Boracay's white beach

Boracay's white beach
Taken infront of Seawind Resort (2001)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Behold: Pepper Lunch store designs for Rockwell

to those who've read my post on Pepper Lunch; here's an update from the Philippine franchisee;

set to open on april, 30 2008. it's located across the Rustan's supermarket, same area as Shakey's and Kenny Rogers

with permission from the franchisee.

for better view of the photos, go to
4th-Feb-2008 11:25 pm - Behold: Pepper Lunch store designs for Rockwell
We love working with Japanese. They are modern, innovative, professional, efficient and all the wonderful things you thought about them.

For our first store in Rockwell we hired the official
Suntory space designers, MYU Planning & Operators.
While our project coordinator in Manila is Kimachi Takatoshi of Kuni Philippines (L) shown with Hiro (also of Kuni) and Jeroen of Pepper Lunch.
Kimachi, Hiro and Jeroen discussing Pepper Lunch layout

Ok, their office in Makati is just awesome.
Kuni/Corogn office

Kimachi's office

Take a sneak peak at the floor plan sent by MYU
Pepper Lunch store design at Rockwell

and computer renderings by Kuni Philippines

Pepper Lunch store design at Rockwell

The seating looks cozy. Don't you wanna eat here?
Pepper Lunch store design at Rockwell

Eyelovit. Do you love it?

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Friday, February 1, 2008

IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Me and my co-managers attended the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. The convention was held at the Impact Exhibition Center in the Muang Thong Thani district of Bangkok, which is about 25-30 minutes away from downtown Bangkok. It is accessible via one of the elevated expressways that Bangkok has.

The whole complex is bigger than the Phil. International Convention Center, SMX Convention Center, World Trade Center and Araneta Coliseum combined.

It has an arena, 2 exhibiton centers with 8 halls, 1 convention center with 2 halls and the IMPACT Challenger with 3 exhibit halls, several meeting rooms and function rooms and a huge ballroom. It was in the Challenger building were the convention was located. The Challenger is even bigger than the new SMX and the World Trade Center.

The convention center has it's own food court (Subway, Starbucks, McDonald's, etc) and a drugstore (Boots from the UK). It has 5 other restaurants (Japanese, Indonesian, European, Chinese, Vietnamese).

There's even a cafe in the center of the wide lobby area, across the registration counter (as seen in the last 3 photos).

How I wish our country could have a facilty or building as big as this, which could attract the international convention and exhibition market. This would boost the tourism industry of the country.

It doesn't even have to be in any of the congested areas of Metro Manila (Pasay, Makati, Manila, Pasig, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Las Pinas, Quezon City). The Thais situated the convention center on the outskirts of the capital. But, like I mentioned earlier, is accessible via one of their expressways.

Their elevated highway network is another story. Something which Bayani Fernando would want for Metro Manila and connecting provinces.

sigh.... wishful thinking.......

Smoking is dangerous to your health

Warning: Smoking is dangerous to your health.

Check out how the Thais warn cigarette buyers and smokers on the dangers of smoking tobacco.

If that picture doesn't scare you, I don't know what will.

I don't know why the government can't mandate the tobacco companies here to do the same. And to think that the cigarettes were made-manufactured-packed here in the Philippines, thanks to Philip Morris Philippines.

Pepper Lunch Resto, Bangkok

Was in Bangkok last week for the ASEAN Tourism Forum with 8 other managers from Microtel, and during our free time, we had the opportunity to go to one of the malls in downtown.We went to Central World Mall, it was about 7pm, the other managers wanted to do shopping first; i wanted to eat first so i decided to go up to the 6th level where the restaurants were. I was joined by 2 other managers who were hungry as well. Upon reaching the 6th level, we walked around to see what restaurant where there.

I saw an outlet of Pepper Lunch.

A Japanese restaurant, which was featured in 2 blogs (Chuvaness, and my good friend Spanky) and mentioned that Pepper Lunch will open a branch in the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell, Makati City. And if i remember correctly, they might open sometime in March or April.

I ordered the Hitokuchi Cut

It's beef strips with mung bean sprouts and rice, and i ordered a side of egg with it. Which cost me Baht 204.

While letting the electromagnetic hot plate cook the meat, I added honey brown sauce on it.

Aroi! (delicious!)

Joel ordered the sirloin steak

while Rose had the hamburger steak with egg on the side

I even sent a message to my brother in Singapore to try Pepper Lunch. He said he's seen the place already and will give it a try. he also said that it was beside his favorite Japanese hamburger place. I asked if it was Mos Japanese hamburger, to which he said yes. I saw the same in Bangkok and would have wanted to try had I had enough time.

I'm looking forward to the opening of Pepper Lunch Manila and try each item on their menu.

After eating, we proceeded with our shopping. And after an hour, I met the other managers and asked me if we've had dinner yet. I said yes and I told them to try Pepper Lunch too. So they went on ahead as I waited for Joel and Rose to finish their shopping.

We followed the others to the restaurant and they told me that they enjoyed the food they ordered. They were surprised that I knew the place even though there was no outlet in Manila yet.

I owe the info to the blogs of Chuvaness and my Kabalen, Spanky.

Kop koon kap!
(Thank you!)