Pocherohan sa Mabolo


Filipinos love pork. Just ask Rex Navarrete. But Filipinos also love beef! That is why we have Pochero. That’s delicioso Filipino beef stew to you, turistas! So this morning I was jogging for 30 minutes when I decided to just quit take break, because it was already getting hot at 7AM. As I was cooling down, I thought about ZeroThreeTwo’s post about Pocherohan sa Mabolo.

It’s funny, because this place is only a 5 minute walk from my house, but I have never been here before. Can you believe that? Ridiculous. Anyway, their pochero stock pot was nowhere to be found. Gasp. But thankfully, it was cookin’… inside. So, I had one order of Pochero for take out at 50 pesos only! Then they also had Octopus and Squid Stew for 40 pesos. I ordered one, too.

Their cholesterol-laden Pochero is delicioso, and rich in flavor. A daily dose of this is a quick trip to the hospital. It’s that GOOD! Meanwhile, their Octopus dish is surprisingly better than the one served in the karenderia in front of IPI. I was expecting bubblegum texture, but NO. This dish had tender meat. Really good. I’ve not had the chance to taste the squid though, because I usually do not like the flavor of these tiny little things.

So if you don’t have the budget for Pochero in Filipino restaurants like Golden Cowrie or Abuhan, check this place out. It’s only 50 pesos, people! 50 pesos. Ekit’s Foodhaus, better known as Pocherohan sa Mabolo, is in Tandang Sora St. in Brgy Kasambagan, Cebu City. They also have an area for dining in.

BIGGER photos are in my Facebook album.


Credit Card Overlimit by Citibank PayLite


I have been a long-time Citibank credit card (CC) user, charging most payments with plastic. You see, I don’t like bringing a lot of cash. Thick wallets are ugly, and mostly uncomfortable inside pockets.

I have lost the same CC twice and requested replacements. I have also forgotten online passwords and PIN codes, and paid penalties for delayed payments. But I have never hit the CC limit – until now.

I encountered my first issue when trying to update the CC expiration date in PayPal. This CC was a replacement to an expired card, so the update was necessary. But PayPal wouldn’t have it, and told me to contact my bank. So I called up Citibank, and was told that I had reached my limits. The next day, I tried to register the card again, and this time the CC update was accepted by PayPal.

I thought my woes were over, but NO. Every time I’d swipe my CC, I’d get a text (SMS) that my CC had reached its limits. I knew this to be impossible. After all, I knew my limits, and knew that my current expenses were only a third of that limit. So, I sent Citibank an email, and received this response some days later (with figures slightly modified):

Thank you for your message.

We would like to inform you that your account has already exceeded the limit as of today. Kindly refer to the details below:

Outstanding balance: P33,xxx.xx
Total outstanding installment balance: P59,xxx.xx
Outstanding floating balance: P16,xxx.xx
Total: P110,xxx.xx
Credit Limit: P88,xxx.xx

There’s my culprit – Total outstanding installment balance. See, I had made purchases done on a 12-month PayLite 0% installment scheme. It turns out that the FULL amount eats up the Credit Limit every single month, even if I’m charged only partial amounts! With that, I’d be able to use up only P28,xxx.xx (Credit Limit Installment Balance) every month, instead of the full P88,xxx.xx Credit Limit. SNEAKY BASTARDS!

So the next time you think about going on an installment with Citibank’s PayLite scheme, consider if the amount if safe enough not to cripple your Credit Limit.

Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 in Cebu


When word about the Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 came out for the first time, I wanted to sign up as soon as possible, only to be discouraged by the need to register… with your own blog , one which I didn’t have at the time. And to think I was sooo excited to learn more about blogging. meh.

Then came a FREE t-shirt offer from Experts-Exchange last week, if you shared their badge… on your blog. AGAIN. Now I wanted that shirt, and I wanted it BAD. So, I attempted to register geffchang.wordpress.com, only to find out it had already been registered — not surprisingly, to me — but never been used nor started. So, I took a couple minutes of my time (more than 30 actually, given that I’ve never used WordPress before) and whoopped up FREE advertising for Experts-Exchange. So THAT was the birth of my blog.

Fast-forward today, and EventGeek has posted another announcement about Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI) supporting the event. So now I’m back at the registration site (on another tab) and ready to register… with my own blog. I will probably not get a FREE gift pack anymore, but that’s fine.

So, let me just quickly introduce you to the Visayas Blogging Summit 2011. It is reportedly the most-awaited, and largest blogger gathering in the Philippines. It will be held in SM City Cebu, Trade Hall 1 on November 26, 2011 (Saturday) 08:00AM – 05:00PM. Registration starts at 07:00AM. Expect to learn more about: (1) Personal blogging, (2) Professional blogging, (3) Social media for business, (4) Social media responsibility, and probably a couple more things. You will hear from speakers like: (1) Joanne Apat, (2) Janette Toral, (3) Chris Ducker, (4) Coy Caballes, (5) Vernon Go, and (6) Cong. Mong Palatino.

If the event interests you, register online now! And oh, you no longer need a blog to register. So go ahead, register, and expand your knowledge this coming November 26, 2011. See you there! 😀

Get ready for the new Experts Exchange!


For the longest time, I’ve always wanted to start a blog, but never got around to it. Then today, I read about a FREE official Experts Exchange v.10 t-shirt offer in their newsletter. The catch? To post an Experts Exchange Beta Badges on my blog. So here it is, folks! I introduce to you EE’s latest offering, a redesigned Experts Exchange.

Large Experts Exchange VIP Badge

There.. Click on that badge, and find out what’s new. For one. No, two.. the Webinars and the Job Board look interesting. So I’m definitely looking forward to the beta access. And the free shirt, of course!

And of course, today, gchang’s blog is officially born. Cheers!