Thoughts on dating a carless guy

Shallow it is, but for pastime’s sake, gotta ride on this. ” How can you discount a chance of true love with just the issue of transportation?” — advertorial by Tuason Racing School


A repost. Original article written by: 


Yes, I know it sounds so Stone Age, backdated and totally superficial.  How can you discount a chance of true love with just the issue of transportation? Why would hailing a cab in your mini-skirt in a darkened part of town at 3 a.m. be such a deciding factor in your quest for “the one”? Why would standing on the jeepney line in your 5-inch Blahniks set a tone for a potentially sweet, lasting love story?

Times have changed. We women are so empowered that we can actually take our pick: Would I go for somebody I want to drive home, or do I want to be the one driven home? Yes, it sounds so judgmental and superficial but there are other factors to be considered before we can write off a possible candidate if he is carless.

Age factor. If you have a cougar tendency, eyeing a carless boylet is forgivable. In fact, be prepared to give not just a lift, but also phone loads, clothes, etc., but if he’s closing in on 30 and doesn’t have wheels yet, then maybe he is either not in a hurry to secure stability or just extremely unlucky. Having a car is like the first order of business as soon as the first hair of puberty grows; puberty to the 30s is long enough to be able to make enough money for a form of transportation if they were hardworking and smart enough. There are of course exceptions to the rules, like a transient Brazilian-Japanese model or a billionaire-gone-green, bicycle-riding guy, just make sure your return on investment in kind is worth your fuel and time.

Ability to provide. Nature made the female species to be attracted to the strongest in the pack. This is to ensure the continuation of the species. Having a car is a sign that this guy has the capability for big purchases and has an ability to provide, has a stable job to pay for the monthly loan payment.  Since women are so empowered that they are sometimes more successful, they might say that being carless is not a handicap, because they have a car anyway. Some guys might feel they won the lotto, for getting the girl and a car, but nine out of 12 guys I asked said this is going to be the root of a lot of disputes later on, when the honeymoon stage is over and reality sets in. Women want to feel cherished and taken care of, men need to feel they can provide, so if you are going to go this route, make sure there are other ways he would adequately be providing and that you are in no way going to “bitchslap” this to his face when you are fighting.

Safety and mobility. Seven out of 10 women cited this as the reason why having no car is a bit unattractive. Unlike other countries, where the public transportation is quite sophisticated, public transportation here does not encourage dressing up, which is essential in going out. In fact, to be appropriately dressed to brave the public transport you need to be in full battle gear; not only is it a jungle out there, there is a war going on as well. Yes, taking a cab is also an option, but imagine you having a dinner reservation, which means it’s rush hour, how long will you stand out there to get one? Your “eau de fresh shower” scent has already become “eau de MMDA in the sun” before you get into a Christmas-tree-scented cab. Some parents would also feel comfortable if their daughter’s boyfriend had cars as well; it’s more of being sure that late at night they don’t need to scramble for public transport. Although there are some exceptions to the rule such as drunk driving or having their own private motel, at the end of the day parents always want a better life for their kids. And sometimes, status quo objects are the easiest representation of being able to provide security.

Practical vs. superficial. All of the men agree that there is a difference between you not wanting to date a guy without a car and you dating him depends on the brand or make of his car. When you start introducing your boyfriend to your friends like, “This is Paul, he drives a Ferrari,” or answers the questions if he is good-looking with, “He has a Ferrari,” then maybe we have a bit of gold-digging issues. Wanting to have a comfortable life or a better one is not a crime. We all want to be comfortable and have a good place in society; social climbers are looked down upon by people who did it successfully. Everybody had or has done a little social climbing to have a better life, to have access to more money. But when this becomes your motivation or measuring cup for men, then be prepared to be disappointed.  Like cars there is always a newer and more coveted model the next year.

He is not his car. Yes and no. Could we judge Prince Charming on how bling-bling his diamond-studded carriage or how handsome his horse is?  Could we say James Bond is a cool spy if he’s driving a stainless jeep?  Like our physical feature, these are the first things that make an impression. A swanky BMW- or Audi-driving guy would probably get the most sideward glances from those long-legged, hot women, but in the long haul, might not get the everlasting love, when the woman learns that Prince Charming’s diamonds are actually faux and James Bond’s “stainless jeep” is actually made of platinum and transforms to an Aston Martin Vanquish—you wouldn’t really know until you do the ride.

In the end it all boils down to what you like and what you can take, although in the movies the poor man always gets the rich girl after he becomes a revenge-motivated, stinky rich gazillionaire and fairy tales always had a girl marry a rich prince before ending happily ever after.  Love is supposed to conquer all, including the ever-increasing gas price and the lone journey home.

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I choose to be happy.

Even the princes of the legendary Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and even our Maria Clara had to go through heaps of battles, braving just to be with their one true love. And so are the rest of the fairy tale romances.

That tiny part of us wanting, hoping to be living in such a  fantasy, “and-they-live-happily-ever-after delight. Irresistible but not unimaginable.

But stop imagining for a while and let’s get down to reality. For us, Filipinos, life has been tough. Plenty of us are in the state of isang-kahig-isang-tuka while much more are those that can’t even afford a single meal, how much more education?

TESDA comes to the rescue on its highest spirits extending feasible help to those in need.  Offering the various, practical courses, one can choose which field to excel in at a very minimal cost, or even for free. These classes can allow you to obtain our dream jobs – may it be technical, industrial, food and beverage, hotel and management and a whole lot more. Given the scarcity of resources from the struggling Filipinos, with this CHOICE that TESDA grants and with our perseverance, we can now showcase our skills and talents to be globally competitive.

TESDA provides these trainings and services to every single Filipino, no matter the tribe, age, gender, religion, customs and educational attainment.   

To top it all, TESDA maximizes the power of social media. At a single click, one can find out what the institution offers, where these have been offered, how to acquire these and even what jobs to perfectly fit us. There is even a vanity number for us to get in touch with should we wish to get the answers straight from them.

TESDA makes our dreams come true. We can start with mincing steps but at the end of the day, we still have the choice to take giant leaps because when that time comes, we will now be competent and excellent in our chosen fields. Now who says we can’t live a happily-ever-after reality? 



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AFTER operating since 2005, Hilton Worldwide will cease to manage the Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa tomorrow.

A company notice published in yesterday’s Sun.Star Cebu newspaper stated that Hilton Worldwide and Oikonomos International Resources Corp. will end the management agreement. No reason for ending the agreement was given.

Redentor Arias, president and chief operating officer of Oikonomos, the company that went into a business venture with Hilton Worldwide to develop the Cebu Hilton Resort and Spa, said both parties reached the decision to terminate the agreement and “shook hands” during their discussions and that they were “happy” with the outcome.

“The termination of the management contract is mutually agreed upon and allows both parties to explore new opportunities independently,” the notice read.

Beginning tomorrow, the hotel will be known as the Movenpick Resort and Spa, which will be managed by the Swiss-based Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts.

Arias said Mövenpick is an “upscale, Swiss hotel chain” that has been in the business for 35 years.

He said the hotel chain is rapidly expanding in the Asian region and that the resort in Lapu-Lapu City will be their first in the Philippines.

Arias also stressed that the change in management will not affect the 300 employees
serving the hotel.

“They have nothing to worry about. They will keep their jobs,” he told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday. He added that the condominium units will also remain.

Arias was not worried about losing possible clients who are loyal to the Hilton brand.

“When they taste the Mövenpick hospitality, I’m sure they will like it,” he said.

Though he admitted the Mövenpick name is unfamiliar to Asians, Arias said the Swiss chain operates many hotels all over Europe and hopes to add hotels in Asia.

He also pointed out that the service culture started in Switzerland and the world’s best hoteliers graduated from Swiss schools.

According to the Mövenpick website, they have 69 hotels operating worldwide and 26 under construction.

The company’s development strategy is to increase its international presence and grow by adding 10 hotels a year under management contracts.

The change in management will also bring changes in the hotel facade and layout.

Arias said they are allocating around P100 million to upgrade their facilities such as improving the lobby area and widening the entrance.

He added that they have engaged the services of a colorist from Europe to study the best shade of pink for the building. Arias said the public can expect “more exciting things” from the new management.

Lifted from: Sunstar on 02 April 2011.

Below is the blog post of a colleague, Arren Liza, to whom I shared the same experience for the night. Read along…

I am one of more than twenty thousand people who went to Araneta Coliseum tonight to watch David Foster make beautiful music at his piano while his friends sang their hearts out to songs that are both beautiful and timeless. This is one night I will never forget. I never even expected to watch the concert until an hour before the program started. As one of the sponsors for the event, I was given the chance to watch the show for free! I sat at the hard, aisle stair for three hours but it was all worth it!

The show started with David Foster at the piano and he told the audience about his experience here in the Philippines afterward. He noticed that Filipinos are very happy people and that we love music. He was right on both counts. Later on he hinted that he wanted to come back next year, perhaps do a show on Valentine’s day. I’ll watch out for that one.

The entire concert was a musical feast. I enjoyed every minute of it. The performers are really great and talented artists. There were many songs sang but some stood out for me because of the emotion they evoked. David Foster introduced the Canadian Tenors first. I was torn between screaming for joy and savoring their music while they were singing. I opted to be quiet to truly listen to the song. They sang ‘The Prayer’ and I had goosebumps. They are amazing! The Canadian Tenors are a vocal quartet consisting of Remigio, Clifton, Victor and Fraser.

Natalie Cole took the stage next. The whole crowd sang ‘I Miss You Like Crazy’ with her and David Foster stopped playing the piano to look at the singing audience. And then Natalie sang ‘Unforgettable’ which brought tears to my eyes and made me decide that this would be one of my wedding songs.

Next came Ruben Studdard and his beautiful renditions of ‘I Swear’ and ‘Home’. At this point I could have floated in the air. David Foster claimed that Ruben could come up with a song just by giving him a few words. David asked the audience to give any words. The words given were ‘So many years’ and ‘I’ll be there for you forever’ by two George’s from the audience. It was complete coincidence that they had the same name. And we were simply amazed at the two songs that was created by just these words in the impromptu song-inventing session of David and Ruben. Ruben came up with the words while David provided the music. Only a few people could come up with beautiful songs like that in just the span of a few seconds.

As an intermission, David Foster roamed around the audience area to ask some to sing. We enjoyed the special audience participation of Randy Santiago, Pilita Corrales and Arnel Pineda. I wonder who else was in the audience tonight.

And then came Peter Cetera whose every song garnered an ‘aaaaawwwww’ reaction from the crowd, myself included. The songs he sang are the songs that my parents and their siblings listen to. I learned to love and appreciate these songs and I have no doubt that many more people will.

Lastly, came Charice. She is vastly different from when she started two years ago. She was a great singer then, but she became better. This is a young woman who is very nice and shy, but transforms into a powerful performer once she starts singing. She is a whole different person when she sings. All her songs for the night are flawless and brought the crowd to their feet. She gained four standing ovations tonight if my counting was right.

The entire performance deserved a standing ovation and that is what they got. I wish there was more and I am hoping for a next time. I am going to save for the next David Foster and Friends concert here in the Philippines. For now, I came home with my ear happy and my heart singing.

My precious passes.




Now I’m tracking…I can’t believe I’ve attended 95 per cent of these events! God, I survived and still surviving..;-)

David Foster and Friends Cocktails and Welcome Dinner
360 Bar and Passion Restaurant, New Port City, Resorts World
October 22, 2010; 6pm-10pm

Senator Chiz Escudero’s Birthday Party
Rockwell Tent, Makati City
October 10,2010; 7pm-11pm

Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino’s 4th Year Anniversary
Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino, The Fort, Taguig City
October 10, 2010; 10pm

Art Gallery Manila Inauguration
Art Gallery Manila, Chino Roces Avenue Makati City
October 10, 2010; 3pm-8pm

Star Studio Celebrity Style Awards Night
Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City
October 30, 2010; 6:30pm-11pm

Grace Lee’s Birthday Party
Limbo Art Bar, The Fort, Taguig City
October 2, 2010; 10pm

AirPhil Express A320 Launching
R1 Hangar, APC Gate 1 Andrews Ave., Nichols, Pasay City
September 29, 2010; 7pm-10pm

Art Gallery Manila Launch
Chino Roces St., Makati City
October 10,2010; 6-9pm

Wines and Canapes Night @ La Regalade
La Regalade French Bistro, 820 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City
September 8, 2010; 6:30pm-11pm

Amazing Race Asia – Philippine Team Revealed
Club Republiq, Newport City, Resorts World, Pasay City
September 2, 2010; 7pm-11pm

The Art of Food and Wine Pairing – A Lecture Conducted by Manny O.
Enderun 101, Enderun College, Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
June 10,2010; 6:30pm-11pm

Mayenne Carmona’s Birthday Party
Velocity Bar, Marriott Hotel, Pasay City
July 24, 2010

Mika Lagdameo-Martinez’ 80’s Birthday Bash
The Vue Bar, Bellevue Manila, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
July 23, 2010; 9pm

Philippine Travel Mart Launch
Travel Café Philippines, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
July 12, 2010; 11am-1pm, 6pm-9pm

FitFlop Premium Launch
2nd Flr, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
July 6, 2010; 6-8pm

PTAA 2nd Charity Run
MOA Open Grounds & Microtel, Pasay City
June 20, 2010; 5am

2010 Inter-MBA Friendship Games
Society Lounge, Makati City
June 5, 2010; 5pm-10pm

Racing Team Launch of Tuazon Racing School
VIP Members Only, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
May 27, 2010; 8:30pm-12mn

Lonely Planet Philippines Launch
Ayala Museum, Makati City
May 19, 2010; 6pm-11pm

Bimmerfest 2010
A Venue Mall Grounds, Makati City
May 15, 2010

THEN and NOW Massive Music Fest
LAX the Nightclub, Mall of Asia
May 15, 2010; 10pm

Encore Super Club, The Fort, Taguig City
April 28, 2010; 6pm-9pm

4th Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival
Boracay Regency Hotel
April 22 – 24, 2010

P…is for Philip’s Party People
Society Lounge, The Atrium Makati, Makati Ave., Makati City
April 08, 2010; 6pm-12MN

Clothes for Life, Annual Gathering
Rizal Museum Library, Cebu
March 28, 2009; 6:00pm-9:00 pm

American Chamber Manila Networking Night
The Velocity Bar, Marriott Manila
March 25, 2010; 6:00pm-9:00pm

Grand Launch of Toyz and Mukha Models Night
Toyz Bar, The Fort
March 23, 2010; 8:00pm – 12:00mn

Department of Speech Communication & Theatre Arts, College of Arts & Letters, UP Diliman, Alumni Homecoming
Hardin ng mga Diwata, KAL
March 20, 2010; 6:00pm – 11:00 pm

Oscars’ Stars of the Night
The New World Hotel, Makati
March 19, 2010, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A Night With Manny O. Wines
Bourdeaux French Premium Wine Bar, Taguig
March 18, 2010, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Ballet Barbie
Manila Penninsula
March 17, 2010; 6:00 – 10:00 pm
W4W (Women for Women) 2010
Waterfront Cebu
March 12, 2010; 5:30 – 10:00 pm

Limbo Art Bar Opening, Media and Press Night
Limbo Art Bar, Taguig City
March 12, 2010 7:00 onwards

Cebu Next Buyers’ Cocktail Night
Waterfront Cebu
March 6, 2010; 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Allied Bank China Credit Card Launch
NBC Tent, Taguig
Feb. 19, 2010

“Love and Laugh with Gabriela” Elk’s Dinner Show
Manila Elk’s Club, Corinthians Plaza, Makati
Feb. 19, 2010

The 1st IWFS Philippines Wine Fair
Alliance Francaise de Manille; Makati City
Feb 18, 2010; 6-11PM

Mister Donut Franchisee Convention
Summit Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay
Feb 18, 2010

REveal: A Ronald Enrico Fashion Show

Waterfront Cebu
February 15, 2010, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Pinoy Big Brother Double Up The Grand Reunion

Pinoy Big Brother House, ABS-CBN Complex
February 14, 2010, 9:30-10:30 pm

3rd Philippine Starball Open International Competition

Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Makati City
February 14, 2010, 7:00-10:00 pm

Last Valentine nAPO Sila

SMX Convention Center
February 13, 2010, 7:00-10:00 pm

Hard Rock Cafe Makati Valentine Show Concert Series

February 12-14, 2010; 7:00-10:00 pm
Hard Rock Cafe Makati, Glorietta 2

Cebu Schedule:
Feb 10, 2010 – Don Mertos, SM Cebu
Feb 11, 2010 – Mooon Cafe, Ayala Terraces
Feb 12, 2010 – Cafe de France Mactan
Feb 13, 2010 – La Maison, Ayala Terraces
Feb 14, 2010 – Don Henricos, Ayala Terraces
Feb 15, 2010 – Don Mertos, Juana Osmena, Cebu

Manila Schedule:
October 29, 2010 – Parmigiano, New Port City, Resorts World, Pasay City
October 8-10, 2010 – Dulcinea Ali Mall, Cubao, Quezon City
October 8-10, 2010 – Dulcinea Glorietta, Makati City
October 8-10, 2010 – Dulcinea SM Fairview, Greater Lagro, Quezon City
October 1-3, 2010 – Dulcinea Mall of Asia, Pasay City
September 27, 2010 – Lolo Dad’s Brasserie, 6750, Makati City
September 26, 2010 – Chantilly Bar and Bistro, Manila Jockey Club, Carmona, Cavite
September 25, 2010 – Bread Bag Pandesal Bar, Ortigas Home Depot, Makati City
September 17-19, 2010 – Dulcinea, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
September 17-19, 2010 – Dulcinea Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City
September 17-19, 2010 – Dulcinea Rockwell, Powerplant Mall, Makati City
September 14, 2010 – Beurre Blanc, Newport City, Resorts World, Pasay City
September 10-12 , 2010 – Dulcinea Greenhills, Greenhills, San Juan City
September 8, 2010 – Status Lounge, The Fort Strip, Taguig City
September 8, 2010 – Café Lidia, 64 Calderon St., Marikina City
September 3, 2010 – L.A.X the Nightclub, Mall of Asia, Pasay City
September 3, 2010 – Botong’s Up Restobar, A Venue Mall, Makati City
August 27, 2010 – Manila Elk’s Club, 7th Flr. Corinthian Plaza, Legazpi Village, Makati
July 30, 2010 – Café Lupe, Sumulong Hi-way, Antipolo City
July 22, 2010 – Ice Vodka Bar, Greenbelt 3, Makati City
July 2, 2010 – Schmak Bar and Resto, Ortigas Home Depot, Pasig City
June 25, 2010 – Deli, Mandarin Oriental, Makati City
June 24, 2010 – Travel Cafe Philippines, Greenbelt 5
June 20, 2010 – Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino, Global City, Taguig
June 5, 2010 – Mana-ish
April 28, 2010 – Society Lounge, G/F Makati Atrium, Makati City
Feb 12, 2010 – Cafe Ysabel, San Juan City
Feb 13, 201 0 – Bourdeaux Wine Bar, Forbes Town Center, Taguig
Feb 15, 2010 – Red Lion Pub, BF Homes, Paranaque City
Feb 17, 2010 – La Regalade, Arnaiz St., Makati City
Feb 20, 2010 – Cabooze Bar, BF Homes, Paranaque City
Feb 26, 2010 – Ardi’s Restaurant & Bar, Jupiter St., Makati City
April 08, 2010 – La Maison Cafe, Greenbelt 5, Makati City
April 15, 2010 – Boy Katindig Jazz Cafe, G/F Greenhills Mall, Greenhills, San Juan
April 16, 2010 – Fuel Bar, The Fort, Global City, Taguig

The FIRST All Chicks Kite Camp


with Susi Mai in the Philippines


This is gonna be exciting!!!!


Three Different Destinations,

10 days of kiting and pure fun!