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Posted in Places & Travel by juned on the November 4th, 2008

Cubao is where I grew up and still live in. It is hilly place although you would notice it now. According to old tales this is where it got its name from - Its was made up of hills that well resembled a hunchback or kuba in Tagalog. If one checked the Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Cubao the upper crest presents the original landscape of Quezon City - a series of hills.

It is also told that Andres Bonifacio and the Katipuneros’ passed by Cubao way going to Balara.

Today Cubao is mix of old and new, rich and poor, cono and jologs. Commercialized and gentrified areas. It is a mix-match of Filipino society. The human traffic is diverse because of the shops; the two train systems flanking Cubao; and traffic from C-4 and R-6 (Edsa and Aurora Boulevard).

Everything is changing. A lot of things are being added and changed. Who knows what Cubao will look like in a couple of more years.

Cubao where Muhamad Ali has a mall named after him - Ali Mall. Where the Coliseum plays hosts to a diverse set of events through out the year - from basketball games, concert, fashion shows and even mass on Sundays. All under the big dome.

Here are some pictures/snaps of Cubao. Some of the buildings are still there; a few have changed; and still a few you will find have been replaced.

Sunrise & the Araneta Coliseum

Sunset seen from inside a restaurant at Gateway

Old Rustan
The Old Rustan store. Rustan moved to Gateway but the building is still there.

New Frontier
New Frontier Theatre: Soon to be re-opened?

A pond in Cubao
Back of New Frontier - A pool that will soon be occupied by a high -rise.

Cry Havoc at LazerXtreme

Posted in Places & Travel by juned on the July 1st, 2008

One of the fondest set of memories growing up is that of playing cops and robbers also known (Although less politically sensitive) as Cowboys and Indians (know it would be called Native Americans). It simply a make believe game of two, three or more contending forces.

This was a time that all one needed was one’s weapon of choice and one’s imagination and all was set. Shakespeare said it best I think when he wrote: Cry havoc, and let slip the Dogs of War.

Incidentally this was the same line said by the Klingon General Chang as he was attacking the starship Enterprise in the movie Undiscovered Country. Probably one of the most Shakespeare infused Star Trek movie of all time. General Chang did proclaim that Shakespeare was Klingon.

“You haven’t heard Shakespeare until you’ve heard it in the original Klingon.”
“taH pagh, taH be?”

But I am meandering. We will get back to Shakespeare and the Klingons a bit later.

Anywho, through the years we have seen several versions of Cops and Robbers. And even Cops & Robbers is a variation of games perhaps like The Romans versus the Carthaginians or even the Spartans versus the Athenians - who knows. And it is a game that is not hard to enjoy. It has all the excitement of the chase and the thrill of the hunt: The ultimate game.

But as technology progresses so too does the “toys” involved - just look at Paintball : another fun game.

Last Sunday, though we were in for a treat. Imagine playing the game but this time your imagination is empowered with a maze and lasers At Lazer Xtreme


Cry havoc, and let slip the Dogs of War.

So there I was probably the oldest person in the group about to play the game. It has been a long time since I played this game. It was fun and we played it twice. Release your inner Klingon.

Cry havoc, and let slip the Dogs of War.

The game lasted for twenty minutes although it seemed to last longer. And this is primarily because it was fun. Let us face it there are a few games that will allow you to play make believe with your friends (this is one place where you can shoot at Atheista with impunity and all for the spirit of fun). Its fun.


And its not that expensive - check out details written by Jayvee:

LazerXtreme Rates and Packages:

Games cost P170.00 on weekdays and P190.00 on weekends. It operates during mall hours. The venue also has a function room for events and team building activities.

Birthday Party Package
Weekday Rates P320.00 per head for 2 games
Weekend Rates P360.00 per head for 2 games
Birthday celebrant plays for free :)

Additional games is P150.00 for weekdays and P170.00 for weekends

The function room can be rented out for 2 and 1/2 hours for events. LazerXtreme caters as well (they have decent burritos) for P3,000 on weekdays and P6,000 on weekends (consumable).

LazerXtreme contact:
Maureen Scherrie Delantar
09194652654 / 256-6467

Speaking as one of three forty something in the group I would say it was fun irregardless of age. And you can play it with friends and family - especially the kids.

Cry havoc, and let slip the Dogs of War.


and have a fun time.

Recommended for the young and the young at heart.

Busy as a Bee

Posted in Places & Travel by juned on the May 22nd, 2008

Whenever I see bees, termites, and ants I feel so connected to them. Maybe its because everything seem so familiar. These set of bees live on Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm. A very interesting and quaint place. And as interesting as its proprietor Mr Magsaysay.

An interesting place.