Sunday, December 21, 2008

bits & pieces off my lousy phone camera...

In the process of clearing my phone of whatnots, I stumble upon a few things that I snapped in the past that I've always meant to write about but never really got around to doing so...

But before I delete them, here's a breeze-through...


HOW CAN ONE DELAY SOMETHING ALREADY DELAYED BY NATURE?
One gray morning on the way to work, I found myself tailing a truck cab that had a sticker saying: "Government Project, DO NOT DELAY."

They should correct themselves and instead say: "PHILIPPINE Government Project, Do Not Delay FURTHER."

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FUNKY BUSINESS NAMES

This being the Philippines, our more than liberal speech patterns, coupled with our multiple source-culled dialect have helped arrive at some rather amusing, if not altogether interesting business names...

And from time to time (far rarer than I'd wish...), one has the occasional presence of mind that lets one grab his phone (oh, will you look at that, there's a fucking camera!) and snap at a few things...

First is "Cocomo Nail Spa" that one can find at One Kennedy Place at Greenhills. Either they're Beach Boys fans, or they just thought this would be a cute shop name. Or both... I'd agree with either...

Next up is "SideWok," an annex of sorts to Reyes Barbeque. I'm guessing "SideWok" fries things in lieu of barbequing them. And them being a "side feature" makes the name amusing at least...

I found "SideWok" in the food court of the Greenhills' Theater Mall.

Other amusing names that I saw but wasn't able to photograph were:

- "Hair Force One" (a barber shop)
- "Pinoy Big Barber" (another barber shop with a logo designed like "Pinoy Big Brother")
- "LaBada Shop" (a laundermat with a logo designed like "the Body Shop")


There are many others out there. Before blogging became the "thing," many have been proliferated via chain emails... Oh well... Cheers to those...

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GET THOSE DAMN THINGS OFF THE ROADS



To your left is a photo of a side view mirror reflecting an image of something called a "roving billboard."

These "roving billboards" have been done in the past in other countries. Most notably the United States, which we Pinoys desperately get a lot of our inspiration from.

Their main function is to help create brand awareness, while they:

1. Add to the already horrendous traffic of Metro Manila
2. Waste precious fuel just to help the truck owner get rich.
3. Add to the already montrous pollution level of Metro Manila (or the rest of the goddamn planet, for that matter...)
4. ...are not even really effective...

'think the planet's in deep shit? Well, these stupid things aren't helping...

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PARENTS SHOULD BE LIABLE FOR IDIOTIC CHILDREN'S NAMES


In the course of approving and/or cashing checks in the store in Baguio City, I've come across some very amusing names.

I've cashed a check addressed to someone with the last name, "Doctor," who happily claims that she also has an aunt who is a real doctor. Thus, making her aunt "Dr. Doctor."

But that's a surname. What about parents who name their kids things like, "Kobe Bryant Reyes," or "Clark Kent Wong," or in this case "Phoebe Kates N------?" (Please note misspelled "Cates.")

Can children sue their parents for these things?

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Catch you later...

3 comments:

LCB said...

Hey bro! On that amusing post of yours, perhaps someone should tell mikey arroyo to change the name of his resto "mikey's bar and grille" to give much-needed honor to his mother with the new name, "food ng ina ko!" Cheers!

LCB said...

Hello again bro, just one more thing.. Joker arroyo's first name... what were his parents thinking or doing just hours before he was christened? were they playing mah-jong or some card game? what about Jocelyn 'joc-joc' bolante? weren't his parents sure of his gender when he darted out? or Leslie?? hehe well its a unique name not so much used by pinoys but it goes for both genders .. leslie nielsen, leslie hope (bob hope) pres. gerald ford's first name was leslie as well. But jasper ... hey that would mean GREEN as green as life can be! Cheers!

Jasper Greek Lao Golangco said...

ah, pare... Joker was probably named as such to refer to the kind of politician he'd eventually turn into... a joke.
again with Joc-Joc, i'd like to believe that his parents gave him a distinctly girlie name because they knew he was going to turn out to be such a goddamn pussy...
As for "Leslie," you can rest easy, pare... apparently, the name is being used liberally for either gender... cheers!