Category: Family

 

Pub 1842 by Michael Mina: Great Food, Great Beer

During our stay in Vegas, we made sure to satisfy my gastronomic cravings to the hilt so we went on a food trip each time we are done with our activities in the Sin City.

Among the places we visited was the Pub 1842 by Michael MIna, located at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

It’s an American pub that offers a wide variety of whiskey, beer and provisions. They also have a wide selection of meals and burgers that would surely satisfy your cravings.

Being a food lover, I found the pub’s offerings quite commendable and deserves a thumbs up from someone who regards food as their comfort in this very busy place.

The ambiance was casual but great! For starters, I had the macaroni and cheese and it was just perfect. I loved its creaminess and consistency that I would have made for my own mac and cheese.  It looked very simple but surprisingly satisfying! And mind you, it was such a big side serving that might make you feel full if you gobble it up all at once.

The champ burger lived up to its name! The very tasty patty in the middle of a soft and fresh buns, with smoked gouda, bacon and American cheese with their very delicious sauce was what made it the real champ. The BBQ fries. had a taste of Lay’s BBQ chips it made me crave for more!

We also tried the peanut butter crunch burger and it was oh so good!

The variety of beer selections and other beverages makes it hard for you to think what you’re going to have. But whatever it is that you may choose, you won’t be disappointed.

The draft taps which were built in on top of the high tables makes a convenient feature.

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I could say we enjoyed the experience. I did! Great food, great drinks. But I would say not much for the service as I find it quite slow.

But all in all, it was still an awesome experience and and now it has me thinking of having another champ burger on my next visit.

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BURGR by Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay Burgr offers great food that could almost blow your mind as it brings a very enjoyable sensation as the food touches your taste buds. Awesome and amazing with all the great food, great steak plus the great service the staff give to the customers.

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The experience will make you keep coming back. The dining experience is so fantastic and the mouth-watering food and every flavorful stuff the place has to offer is very nice. You could count on the experience as one that is so unforgettable.

If ever I would have the chance to go, I will use every opportunity to spend some time and enjoy a meal at this nice and wonderful avenue and I would do this again and again to satisfy my cravings for superb food flavored deliciously.

An added attraction that completes customer satisfaction is that the people that run the operations of the establishment makes you feel special as they offer a very attentive service to the clients. The sweet and caring gestures that customer gets is a sure come-on to clients to enjoy their meal giving every customer an amazing meal experience.

Missing this experience would likely make you regret that you did let this pass without indulging in a sumptuous meal. Great, tasty burgers are served hot and fresh but may mean additional costs as the products can be pricey and may not be easy on the pocket.

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Indeed, the place could be expensive. But giving Ramsay’s a nice try, I suppose you would be able to get a feel-good satisfaction as you get your money’s worth all the time.

The friendly atmosphere sends a relaxing feeling and the food gives complete satisfaction to the palate getting and feeling more self-rewards by enjoying every minute of your stay at Ramsays’s with all their lovely and fabulous food selections.

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Pampas Churrascaria: Definitely Great Brazilian Cuisine

Pampas is located along the strip in Vegas, at the Planet Hollywood.

We went there at dinner time and the food was good and steaming hot. The dinner meat rodizio was mouthwatering! The meat wrapped in bacon tasted a bit salty for me. Nevertheless, it was delicious.

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There’s an array of good food and seafood platters. The top sirloin was cooked on point and was so moist and tasty that even after dinner, the taste lingered in my mouth. Haha! Tha flank steak lacked softness but I liked it too. The mussels, shrimps and salmon were perfect.

Everything tastes good for me. I can see my friend having that smile maybe because he felt and saw that I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve never been to a restaurant where I definitely liked all the food I tasted.

The service was okay. Meat servers came very often and the staff are very friendly and attentive. The drinks are good and our water refill was regular.

The salad bar had plenty of selections and you could not go wrong with whatever you choose. They had a variety of vegetables and cheese and I loved the fried banana and the grilled pineapple too!

The desserts will definitely make the ones with a sweet tooth ask for more. The white chocolate cheesecake was yummy.

We’ve had some special requests on how we wanted our food cooked like charring our sausages and lamb and they were just happy to oblige.

The location was great. The food was pricey but it’s worth it. Pampas Churrascaria is an awesome place to dine. It may not have been the first time that I have tasted any Brazilian cooking, but I told my friend that I loved everything and thanked him for having that mouthwatering experience.

I could say the food was great and I would definitely be spending another “food binge” at Pampas!

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R Steak and Seafood Restaurant

The R STEAK & SEAFOOD goes at par with other first-class restaurants and I wouldn’t mind that effort of traveling just to get to this place to eat the savory steaks and seafood in their menu list. The place amazes me in every way from the food, the convenience and relaxation that goes in harmony with each other. The combination blends well it could have been a perfect place for dining and relaxing.

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Attentive staff would attend to you graciously and shortly and customer satisfaction is one of their major concerns. This is a great place really with quite good food preparations. It could be a pleasant dining experience with all the steak recipes that really melts into the mouth and menus of crabs and shrimps. And come to think of the ambiance which can make you feel a soothing relaxation.

The food stuff and drinks were not pricey and are easily available and affordable. I felt like I only spent a little for everything that we partook of. So this would be a great suggestion if anyone would like to be treated for steaks and seafood, the Riviera Steak and Seafood would fairly pass an insistent recommendation. Nice place, great food, relaxing ambiance, and reasonable prices! What more can a client could ask for more. That would really be cool huh!

The New York steak is among the best steak recipes which characterizes juiciness and tenderness. Prompt service is obviously felt, and the food preparations are remarkable. I share the same idea for those who speak well of the Riviera Steak and I would agree with that thought that the food are 100 % worth every dollar as the moment you enter the restaurant premises, the first step brings in the readiness and alertness of the personnel in rendering good customer service.

The Riviera may be on of the older hotels on the strip, and yes, a bit out of the way from all the fun of the strip, but we were pleasantly surprised when we took a recommendation to try out the R Steak and Seafood Restaurant. They exceeded all of our expectations.

Absolutely great customer service since the moment you walk up to the waiter and meeting the chef. My husband ordered their rib eye and I ordered the filet mignon. They prepared it not just to our liking, but the presentations was absolutely a piece of art!

One of the best steak house meals I have ever had and we have gone out quite a lot all over the country. It is an ala cart menu, so do be prepared to spend a little bit more than the average restaurant but the experience and the food are 100% worth every dollar!

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D’ Pinoy Joint: Authentic Filipino cuisine at its best

It is just fitting that we find a Filipino restaurant on the second day of our trip, so we searched Yelp for a restaurant close by.  We initially went to Cafe de Cebu on Flamingo Road.  The place was however very small, and when a group of 12 were seated a few minutes ahead of us, we were simply turned away.  Bummer.  So we went back to Yelp and found D’ Pinoy joint literally just a few yards away, so off we went.

If you are a Fil-Am living in Las Vegas, it is most likely that you’re facing a serious problem looking for a place to satisfy your palate craving for that authentic taste of Filipino cuisine. Sometimes, you just want to have that feel-at-home experience and have a taste of the food you would love to come home to after a long, hard day at work.

It is quite regrettable that some Filipino joints in Vegas fail to represent the Filipino cuisine in its pleasurable glory. Some restaurants serve bland food in buffet-style and lacks that appetizing look that will make your mouth water.

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Fortunately, there’s D’ Pinoy Joint on Flamingo Road that makes you heave a sigh of relief and lets you thank “The One” above for sending this food joint to us. The D’ Pinoy Joint has taken over the old building that used to house the Thai BBQ. There are plenty of Asian restaurants that can be found in Las Vegas and we are just so glad that D’ Pinoy Joint is now one of them.

I remember waking up smelling the aroma of tosilog (tocino, sinangag and fried egg)  being home cooked by my mother, and the D’ Pinoy Joint’s version of it is quite very similar to the one I had at home. It is indeed one of the breakfast favorites I would love to eat.

Every popular Filipino food can be found on the menu and they are priced just right for your budget, yet having that taste of authentic Filipino dishes at its best!

The Pork Tonkatsu is such a big serving so make sure you’d have someone to share it with. It is actually one of the most popular dishes they serve and it comes with a very tasty banana ketchup dip.

Everything is cooked to perfection  and freshness that makes me recommend everything that you can find on their menu.

D’ Pinoy Joint is the go-to restaurant for lovers of the authentic Filipino cuisine and you’d surely be not disappointed.

On top of the good food is the hospitality and friendliness of their staff and crew which is a very important factor in the restaurant business.

From their entrees, main dishes and dessert, you’d never go wrong whatever you may choose to satisfy your craving. So if you’re looking for the joint that serves Filipino food at its best, visit D’ Pinoy Joint and see for yourself.

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Our Las Vegas Trip

A Filipino-American Family’s Las Vegas Restaurant and Entertainment Review

We wanted to go somewhere fun this December 2014 and decided to venture to Las Vegas to sample some of the treats it has to offer, and write about our experiences trying out the restaurants and entertainment venues.

We flew in on Christmas day via Allegiant Air out of Stockton, spent six days and headed back home on New Year’s eve, just in time to avoid the craziness . The plane fare was exceptionally inexpensive at around $285 round trip per person, including a six-day car rental at Alamo (Volkswagen Jetta), also including a $37 per person flex trip plan (so I can change travel plans without getting charged a lot more), and all the fees and charges.

We stayed at the MGM Grand, it was crowded but the check in line was moderately quick. Our room was on the 13th floor (I guess they are not superstitious), and the room itself was nice as expected in a large 4-star hotel in Vegas. One nice feature I liked is that the TV had this breakout panel where you can plugin your electronics to use the TV as a monitor. I brought my Macbook and we were watching Netflix on our TV using the HDMI port (I brought an HDMI cable with me). As I remember, there were ports for HDMI, USB, VGA, Composite input for Video and Audio (RCA), legacy Apple iPhone 3/4 interface (not lightning) and two electrical outlets.

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MGM charges a resort fee of $28 per room, per night, which includes use of the fitness center, business center/computer access, in-room WIFI and newspaper.

One thing to be careful about with the in-room WIFI is to not let everyone login with their device as soon as you come in. The reason is that each room is only allowed four WIFI devices.  As soon as the device limit is reached, no one else will be able to login with a new device without calling the hotel WIFI support to remove some of the devices from their system. In our case, everyone was excited with the WIFI and logged in with their smartphones. By the time I needed the connectioin for my Macbook, our room already had reached its limit, and simply ‘forgetting’ the WIFI network on your smartphone will not take the device (Mac Address) from the WIFI system. I had to call into the hotels WIFI support to reset the devices. Each device gets a 48-hr ‘lease’ and will need to re-login with your name and room number after. Connection is reasonable, with a 3Mbps speed limit for each device.

We wanted to try a variety of restaurants during our stay. But we really did not plan out where we would go the entire time, we sort of just ‘played it by ear’. Nevertheless, we are happy of the places we tried, as it turned out to be a good array of choices a regular family of four would expect when staying on the strip and venturing off a couple of times.

Here is what we found out (click on each link to follow the reviews contributed by Emily, Sean and Erika Totanes):

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANTS

MGM Buffet

D Pinoy Joint

R Steak and Seafood at the Riviera

Pampas Churrascaria

BURGR by Gordon Ramsay

PUB 1812 Michael Mina

Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio

Avenue Cafe at the MGM

Rainforest Cafe at the MGM

Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan

Buzios Seafood Restaurant

Hot N Juicy Crawfish

LAS VEGAS SHOWS

Riviera Comedy Club

Michael Jackson One

Jeff Dunham: Not Playing with a Full Deck

Penn and Teller

30 Indicators to Know That You’re Definitely 50 Yrs Old and Over

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YOU KNOW YOU’RE 50 YRS OLD AND OVER WHEN…

1. You don’t even remember when you last got carded.

2. Instead of baby photos, your Facebook friends are all about their kids’ college graduation.

3. …and posts about lowering cholesterol and uric acid…

4. You go to a mall, and the first thing you look for is a bench to sit in.

5. You start a story with “when my kids were babies” and realize that was more than 20 years ago.

6. When you watch teen movies/Tv shows, you need your kids next to you to ‘explain’ stuff.

7. You’ve gone to a bar and left because it had too many people.

8. You go through business cards from old jobs and wonder if some of those people are still alive.

9. A standard subject you talk about with friends is the last medical checkup anyone has gone through.

10. You look at celebrities in your same age bracket who were popular in your twenties, and say “oh my…”

11. You no longer care about your credit score.

12. You think this dog or cat you have now will be your last and probably outlive you.

13. You select a hotel room so you can enjoy the room, not just a place to sleep.

14. You get a head ache just setting up your new smartphone.

15. TUMS and Nexium are standard items in your medicine cabinet.

16. Shakira who?

17. Staying up past 1AM is an all nighter to you.

18. You no longer have hang overs since all you can take is one drink and then fall asleep.

19. You realize your parents were the same age you are now when they started really looking old to you.

20. Running, err… walking hurts your knees.

21. Your kids seem to increasingly talk faster than before.

22. You select shoes based on comfort more than style.

23. Your kids have to explain to you why something is ‘cool’, and still don’t get it.

24. It increasingly seems like everyone is always in a hurry on the road.

25. You have WebMD bookmarked in your browser.

26. You get upset if you don’t get more than 6 hours sleep on the weekends.

27. You panic when you misplace your reading glasses.

28. You simply say “I’m too old for this” on physically challenging games and everyone accepts it as a legtimate excuse.

29. You catch yourself daydreaming about retirement.

30. You start receiving membership offers from the AARP.

Totanes Family Cars, Through the Years

Hino Contessa 900

I was searching the internet a couple of weeks ago and I stumbled upon a photo of the very first family car we ever had in the Philippines. The photo brought back memories of my childhood that I decided to write this note. Basically, recollections of my thoughts as I remember each period intertwined with our family autos at the time.

The Contessa

The 1965 Contessa was made by Hino motors of Japan. It was a small sedan and was gift from our Uncle/Aunt (Tito Rudy, Tita Tess) after purchasing their brand new 1976 VW Beetle.

Hino Contessa 900

Seeing the photograph of the car brought back the excitement of having your own automobile and the thought of not having to take public transit anymore when visitng relatives or simply going to Cubao for a family night out at the movies. This also brought back times of sadness since this was basically only a few months after our beloved mother sadly passed away in March 1975. It was a time etched in my mind as one mixed with sadness and happiness.

Hino Contessa 900 back side

I remember this particular car as having a defective horn. My father would simply give way to the buses and large trucks who veer in our path, and without a horn to express his objection, helplessly stare at the offending vehicle in vain. Needless to say, the first investment put into the car was a horn made by Bosch. It emitted a tiny shriek akin to the horns put into Japanese economy cars of the 80’s.

The car had a faulty water pump too. There was one time, it overheated and my father, brother Edgar and I stupidly unscrewed the radiator cap and boiling coolant squirted all over us. Later on, my father mentioned to me that it was stupid that we even thought of removing the cap.

The 1965 Chevy Nova II

Right around 1977, my father sold the Contessa and bought a 1965 Chevly Nova II. Now this was a clear upgrade from the Contessa. Aside from being a better-looking car, it had greater power and the interior was much better.

Chevy Nova

One of my great memories involving this car was the Pioneer stereo my father purchased. This was my first stereo-installation job, and I think I did a pretty good job. My brother Edgar will attest to the constant barrage of Pilita Corrales songs Dad used to play wherever we go “? Ako ang nagtanim, at nagbayo at nag sa-ing, ? ? subalit ng maluto ay iba ang kumain… ? “.

During this time, backup horns were a hit in Manila. If anyone remembers, these were the little electronic devices that were installed at the rear of the car, and beeps when put on reverse. I remember installing one of these in this car but the type we had played a wailing sound like a bomb dropping before playing the bird-like tweet, tweet sound. I had a laugh one day when my friend heard it the first time and started to duck because he thought there was a whistle bomb that was lit next to him.

Dad had also been managing a group of out-of-school boys in the Cubao area, which was a project by a class called 36-70 in Fort Bonifacio by then President Marcos. The aim of class 36-70 (named after Proclamation 36-70) was to train business owners in the Military and awarded them ranks as commissioned officers upon completion. The class project was to round up all the street kids in the Cubao area, turn them into Boy Scouts and teach them a living by shining shoes. We visited these shoe-shine kiosks every weekend around Cubao in this Chevy Nova car. Being a Boy Scout myself, this was probably one of the most humbling but fun experience Dad has ever gotten us involved in. Camping and doing activities with less fortunate youth made me appreciate what we had.

Mercedes Benz 190

This is probably the most solid car we have ever owned. The body, engine and everything about it says a lot of thought has been put in its design and manufacture. Our particluar car did not have the front round headlights as in the photo. The previous owner of the car ‘upgraded’ the front headlights to oblong-shaped ones that made people mistake the car for a model 220.

1965 Mercedes Benx 190

Dad rear-ended a car one day on the way home from the office and pretty much destroyed the front end of this car. He never told us about the accident but he didn’t know that I knew about it. All I remember is that he came home a little shook up that day. The car was in the shop for several weeks for ‘engine repair’ as my Dad called it.

1969 Toyota Toyopet

The first car ever provided to us by the government was this Toyota Toyopet. I don’t have much memories of this car except that I can readily detect another Toyopet because we had this one for a few months. It was also one of the most popular car models for taxis in Manila in the 1970’s.

1969 toyota toyopet

1973 Toyota Corona

This was another government-owned car, and an upgrade from the Toyopet. This was the last car I ever rode with my Dad before I left for America. I believe it was around 1981 when he was assigned this car.

1973 Toyota Corona

Our first air-conditioned car, Dad got this during a time when CB radios were popular in Manila. I remember installing a borrowed CB radio in this car with a K40 antenna, going mobile everywhere we went. This was also the car we used to drive to the the very first McDonald’s in Cubao (first in the Philippines), where I tasted my first McDonald’s product, the Big Mac. I remember taking a last glimpse of this car on the way to the airport when I came to America in March 1983.

Since the Toyota Corona, my wife and I have owned several cars here in the States as well.  But the very first car we ever bought on our own was a 1986 Plymouth Colt E.

1986 dodge colt e

 

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We kept this car until it was paid off, and sold it around 1989.  I remember seeing this car one last time about two years later at a grocery store parking lot, it still had the same license plate (and I still remember it!: 1SLL794), but was plastered with some stickers on the backside.  The man who bought it from us was getting it for her daughter who was going to college.  I guess that explained the stickers.

Each car has its own history and its share of memories attached to them.  It’s funny because as I was writing this, I felt that they were family members who have somehow passed a away or have moved on.   But the reality is, they are material things, and with all material things in this world, they come and go…  But one thing is for sure,  my memories will linger on.

My Oldest Searchable Internet Post

NCSA Mosaic

I came online via dialup BBS (300 baud modem) around 1985-86, then email around 1993 with my employer at that time (Micronics Computers Inc). But I truly became an Internet web surfer on WWW in 1994, first using dialup (9600 kpbs) via Linux shell (Pine text browser) and then eventually via Graphical UI Mosiac and then Netscape (SLIP/PPP, 14.4kbs~56kbps dial up). Switched to ISDN (digital dial up, 128kbps) in 1998 and was hooked downloading MP3 music in 1999-2000 (Napster!). Then upgraded to DSL (384Kkbps) when we moved to Tracy in 2001.

Below is the oldest internet post I can find of myself. Dated April 14, 1995. This is the actual call for discussion and votes that was posted in Usenet for the creation of the group rec.music.filipino. It was eventually created and became a hangout for Filipinos to discuss Philippine music. I can still recognize many of the names who voted, if you are on this list and happen to come and see this post, please be sure to say hello by leaving a comment :)

(Update) I have since discovered an older post dated March 17, 1995 replying to a post regarding expiring Green Cards:

PNNS NEWS: Pre-1979 Green Cards To Expire March 20

In article <[email protected]>, JSh…@ix.netcom.com says…
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The deadline has been extended for another year…


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[email protected] Jose, CA–SILICON VALLEY
//”The only regrets you’ll ever have when you’re
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From [email protected] Fri Apr 14 17:41:35 1995
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Benjamin Totanes)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.filipino,rec.music.misc,alt.music.world
Subject: RFD: rec.music.filipino
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: 11 Apr 1995 18:06:19 -0400
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REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION
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This is a formal Request for Discussion. Please distribute it on all
platforms that might be interested. This is not a call for votes–do not
try to vote now. This RFD is being posted in compliance with the guidelines set
in the “How to create a new Usenet Newsgroup” FAQ regularly
posted to news.announce.newgroups. Please refer to this article
if you have any questions about the Newsgroup creation.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in the *discussion* about the
possible creation of the newsgroup “rec.music.filipino”, in the
sole newsgroup intended especially for this purpose: news.groups. All
follow-ups have been directed to news.groups. Please stick to this Usenet
convention and post your contributions to our discussion in that newsgroup.
Please do not post or cross-post your discussion contributions to other
newsgroups.

Proposed Group: rec.music.filipino
Alternative names: soc.culture.filipino.music
Status: unmoderated
Distribution: world-wide
Proposer: Benjamin Totanes <[email protected]>

Proposed Newsgroup line:
rec.music.filipino All types and forms of Filipino music.

CHARTER
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rec.music.filipino will be an unmoderated discussion group on all
aspects of music originating from the Philippines. This can include,
but is not limited to, Opera, Kundimans/Haranas, Pop, RAP, New Wave,
Liturgical and any form: Instrumental, Vocal/Choral, etc. Exchange of
non-copyrighted materials will be encouraged including lyrics sheets,
guitar chords and piano music sheets.

The intended audience for this proposed group would be wide ranging,
>from beginning students, to those studying in College or University,
to professionals involved in teaching, performance, and the persons
simply interested in knowing more about the richness of this
culture. Because of this diversity, this group has the potential to be
enormously useful, as experts can post opinions and comments on
addressing particular situations encountered by others.

If the group is successfully created after a positive vote, details
will be sent to various Music Colleges and Organizations in the
Philippines including the University of the Philippines College of
Music.

RATIONALE
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Filipinos are mostly musically inclined. They also easily adapt many
types of music to give it a Filipino “flavor”. The time has come to
gather all the talents and share this with the world.

PROCEDURE
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Please post any responses to this message to only to the Usenet
Newsgroup “news.groups.” If you use the followup feature on your
newsreader, this should happen automatically. ALL discussion about
the merits of this proposal should appear on news.groups.

Unless the discussion indicates a need to resubmit a new RFD, a call
for votes (CFV) will be posted approximately four weeks after the
posting of this RFD. Please do not post any votes now. When the CFV
is posted, instructions will be given on how to mail your votes to the
independent vote counter.

DISTRIBUTION
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This RFD was (cross)-posted to the following Newsgroups:

news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, soc.culture.filipino,
rec.music.misc, alt.music.world

When Call For Votes (CFV) is issued, it will also be cross-posted in these
groups.

[email protected] Jose, CA–SILICON VALLEY

From [email protected] Tue Jun 6 00:07:16 1995
Status: RO
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From: [email protected] (Michael Handler)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.filipino,rec.music.misc,alt.music.world,alt.fan.lea-salonga
Subject: CFV: rec.music.filipino
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FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
unmoderated group rec.music.filipino

Newsgroups line:
rec.music.filipino All types and forms of Filipino music.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 21 June 1995.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party. For voting
questions only contact Michael Handler <[email protected]>. For questions
about the proposed group contact Ben Totanes <[email protected]>

RATIONALE

Filipinos are mostly musically inclined. They also easily adapt many
types of music to give it a Filipino “flavor”. During the discussion period,
many expressed sincere support and agreed that such a newsgroup would
enhance/complement other existing newsgroups such as soc.culture.filipino
and alt.fan.lea-salonga.

CHARTER

rec.music.filipino will be an unmoderated discussion group on all
aspects of music originating from the Philippines. This can include,
but is not limited to, Opera, Kundimans/Haranas, Pop, RAP, New Wave,
Liturgical and any form: Instrumental, Vocal/Choral, etc. Exchange of
non-copyrighted materials will be encouraged including lyrics sheets,
guitar chords and piano music sheets.

The intended audience for this proposed group would be wide ranging,
>from beginning students, to those studying in College or University,
to professionals involved in teaching, performance, and the persons
simply interested in knowing more about the richness of this
culture. Because of this diversity, this group has the potential to be
enormously useful, as experts can post opinions and comments on
addressing particular situations encountered by others.

If the group is successfully created after a positive vote, details
will be sent to various Music Colleges and Organizations in the
Philippines including the University of the Philippines College of
Music.

DISTRIBUTION

This Call For Votes (CFV) has been crossposted to the following newsgroups:

news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, soc.culture.filipino,
rec.music.misc, alt.music.world

This Call For Votes (CFV) has also been crossposted to the following
newsgroups. Please note that the Request For Discussion (RFD) was *not*
crossposted to this group:

alt.fan.lea-salonga

HOW TO VOTE

One vote counted per person, no more than one per account. Attempts at
ballot box stuffing or vote fraud will not be treated lightly.

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I vote YES on rec.music.filipino
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From [email protected] Tue Jun 13 21:43:41 1995
Status: RO
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Michael Handler)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.filipino,rec.music.misc,alt.music.world,alt.fan.lea-salonga
Subject: 2nd CFV: rec.music.filipino
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LAST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
unmoderated group rec.music.filipino

Newsgroups line:
rec.music.filipino All types and forms of Filipino music.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 21 June 1995.

***************************************************************************
*** NOTE: This is the second CFV of two. If you have already voted and ***
*** received an acknowledgement of your vote in email from the ***
*** votetaker, you *DO* *NOT* need to vote again. If you have any ***
*** questions, ask the votetaker, Michael Handler <[email protected]> ***
***************************************************************************

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party. For voting
questions only contact Michael Handler <[email protected]>. For questions
about the proposed group contact Ben Totanes <[email protected]>

RATIONALE

Filipinos are mostly musically inclined. They also easily adapt many
types of music to give it a Filipino “flavor”. During the discussion period,
many expressed sincere support and agreed that such a newsgroup would
enhance/complement other existing newsgroups such as soc.culture.filipino
and alt.fan.lea-salonga.

CHARTER

rec.music.filipino will be an unmoderated discussion group on all
aspects of music originating from the Philippines. This can include,
but is not limited to, Opera, Kundimans/Haranas, Pop, RAP, New Wave,
Liturgical and any form: Instrumental, Vocal/Choral, etc. Exchange of
non-copyrighted materials will be encouraged including lyrics sheets,
guitar chords and piano music sheets.

The intended audience for this proposed group would be wide ranging,
>from beginning students, to those studying in College or University,
to professionals involved in teaching, performance, and the persons
simply interested in knowing more about the richness of this
culture. Because of this diversity, this group has the potential to be
enormously useful, as experts can post opinions and comments on
addressing particular situations encountered by others.

If the group is successfully created after a positive vote, details
will be sent to various Music Colleges and Organizations in the
Philippines including the University of the Philippines College of
Music.

DISTRIBUTION

This Call For Votes (CFV) has been crossposted to the following newsgroups:

news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, soc.culture.filipino,
rec.music.misc, alt.music.world

This Call For Votes (CFV) has also been crossposted to the following
newsgroups. Please note that the Request For Discussion (RFD) was *not*
crossposted to this group:

alt.fan.lea-salonga

HOW TO VOTE

One vote counted per person, no more than one per account. Attempts at
ballot box stuffing or vote fraud will not be treated lightly.

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*** by secret ballot. If you don’t like this, don’t vote. ***
**************************************************************************

Send email to: <[email protected]>
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Your mail message should contain ONE (and only ONE) of the following
statements:

I vote YES on rec.music.filipino
I vote NO on rec.music.filipino
I vote ABSTAIN on rec.music.filipino
I CANCEL my vote on rec.music.filipino

If you vote ABSTAIN, your vote will be registered and will be shown in
the final results posting, but it will not affect the outcome of the vote.
It is intended as a form of symbolic protest, nothing more.

If you CANCEL your vote, all records of your vote will be purged from the
active results file, and your name and address will not be listed in the
final results posting.

ABSTAIN and CANCEL are nearly the same thing — the only difference is,
with ABSTAIN, your name and address are still listed in the final listing.

If you later change your mind you may vote again. Only your last valid
vote will count and will be published in the final results posting.

Anything else may be rejected by the automatic vote counting program. The
votetaker will respond to your received ballots with a personal
acknowledgement by mail — if you do not receive one within several days,
try again. It’s your responsibility to make sure your vote is registered
correctly.

After the final results are posted to , there
will then be a five-day period during which the published vote list may be
corrected and any irregularities addressed.

OFFICIAL SOURCES OF THE CFV

The only official sources of this CFV are:
* The copy which was crossposted to
* Any copies which were sent to mailing lists by the votetaker (and *only*
the votetaker)
* One received from the votetaker’s automated mailserver

To obtain a copy of the CFV from the votetaker’s mailserver:
* Send email to <[email protected]> with

Subject: send filipino cfv

This is an automated function, so it does not matter what
your message body contains, as long as the Subject: line is exactly as
described above.

IMPORTANT: If you give anyone copies of the CFV, the copies must be whole
and unmodified. Distributing pre-filled in ballots or modified copies of
this CFV is considered voting fraud. If this occurs on a large scale or
causes voting problems or irregularities, the vote may be canceled.

When in doubt, ask the votetaker.

rec.music.filipino Bounce List – No need to revote
——————————————————————————
[email protected] Maria T Ocampo
[email protected] Pebbles Salazar
[email protected] Rey Santos
[email protected] Raymund Fajardo

Michael Handler <[email protected]> Usenet Volunteer Votetakers (UVV)
Usenet Volunteer Votetakers WWW page: <URL:http://www.amdahl.com/ext/uvv>

From [email protected] Wed Jul 12 10:43:33 1995
Status: RO
Path: uunet!in1.uu.net!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Michael Handler)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.filipino,rec.music.misc,alt.music.world,alt.fan.lea-salonga
Subject: RESULT: rec.music.filipino passes 172:28
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RESULT
unmoderated group rec.music.filipino passes 172:28

There were 172 YES votes and 28 NO votes, for a total of 200 valid votes.
There were 4 abstains and 2 invalid ballots.

For group passage, YES votes must be at least 2/3 of all valid (YES and NO)
votes. There also must be at least 100 more YES votes than NO votes.

There is a five day discussion period after these results are posted. If no
serious allegations of voting irregularities are raised, the moderator of
news.announce.newgroups will create the group shortly thereafter.

rec.music.filipino passed on Thu Jun 8 00:10:30 1995

Newsgroups line:
rec.music.filipino All types and forms of Filipino music.

Voting closed at 23:59:59 UTC, 21 June 1995.

CHARTER

rec.music.filipino will be an unmoderated discussion group on all
aspects of music originating from the Philippines. This can include,
but is not limited to, Opera, Kundimans/Haranas, Pop, RAP, New Wave,
Liturgical and any form: Instrumental, Vocal/Choral, etc. Exchange of
non-copyrighted materials will be encouraged including lyrics sheets,
guitar chords and piano music sheets.

The intended audience for this proposed group would be wide ranging,
>from beginning students, to those studying in College or University,
to professionals involved in teaching, performance, and the persons
simply interested in knowing more about the richness of this
culture. Because of this diversity, this group has the potential to be
enormously useful, as experts can post opinions and comments on
addressing particular situations encountered by others.

If the group is successfully created after a positive vote, details
will be sent to various Music Colleges and Organizations in the
Philippines including the University of the Philippines College of
Music.

***************************************************************************
*** The following results posting is Copyright 1995 Michael Handler and ***
*** Sub Rosa Software, Inc. Usage of the following list or any part ***
*** thereof as a mass mailing list or for any other purpose without the ***
*** express written consent of the votetaker is strictly prohibited, ***
*** and may be enforced by law. ***
***************************************************************************
(In other words, don’t use these email addresses as an advertising mailing
list or to send them all surveys asking them why they voted the way they
did. You’re only going to get people pissed off at you.)

rec.music.filipino Final Vote Ack

Voted Yes
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[email protected] MABINI M. CASTRO
[email protected] Miguel A.L.V. Paraz
[email protected] Alex Vizconde Dorupa
[email protected] Filipino Community Computing Sector
[email protected] Michelle Calderon
[email protected] Jose L. Acosta
[email protected] Albert Santa Romana
[email protected] Aimee Manosa
[email protected] Archie Medrano
[email protected] Anna S. Ocampo
[email protected] Ramon C. Canumay
[email protected] Melissa P. Aluquin
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Amparito Clapano
[email protected] Vic Boss Paredes Jr.
[email protected] M. Dawn Banks (813) 253-7616
[email protected] BEN GODFREY
[email protected] Douglas P. Shannon
[email protected] Bobby Factura
[email protected] Ben Totanes
[email protected]
[email protected] Odie Calima
[email protected] Pinoy Tv!
[email protected] Paul Castro
[email protected]
[email protected] Celvin V Samson
[email protected] Chuck Gardner
[email protected].AU Joey Santos
[email protected] Christoph Epping (CIP 88)
[email protected]
[email protected] Mel Cruz
[email protected] Theresa Ocampo
[email protected] Samuel P. Mallare
[email protected]
[email protected] Daniel S. Lewart
[email protected] Daisy Aya Asuncion 372-2216
[email protected] David Anderson
[email protected] Donato S. de la Cruz
[email protected] Kristine M. Ocampo
[email protected] Eric Manguiat
[email protected] Cepe, Emmanuel
[email protected]
[email protected] Seb Koh
[email protected] Cynthia Endriga
[email protected] MISS MARIACHERYL G DOMINGO
[email protected] Eric Liwanag
[email protected] E Tan
[email protected] Ed Udani
[email protected] Eugene Poral
EW::MRGATE::\”A1::FIDLER.DICK\””@ewir-wr.robins.af.mil
[email protected] Oredroc
[email protected] Bernard B Floresca 708 979 2080
[email protected] Paul Fontelo
[email protected] Franklyn Bandolon
[email protected] Eric/Genny
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Glenn D. Aguilar
[email protected] George Son Keng Po
[email protected] Gabe G. Guevarra
[email protected] Aykol
[email protected] Hannah Pia Baral
[email protected] Joey Fuentes/5146
[email protected] heidi
[email protected] RemoteIP
[email protected] James Gryga
[email protected] Alicia Jandoc
[email protected] jessie
[email protected] Juan Belisario
[email protected] JADE CADELINA
[email protected] J.M.Cruz
[email protected]
[email protected] j.figueroa-student-ele-acacia-95058588
[email protected]
[email protected] John E Wynn
[email protected] John Oliver Sy Tanbonliong
[email protected] Jonboy
[email protected] Jorge Pastor
[email protected] Josefina Tuason
[email protected] JOSEPH DEAN PINGOL
[email protected] Jim Ayson
[email protected] Jorge C. Satorre III
[email protected] John S. Jacob
[email protected] Joey Tuason Jr.
[email protected] Justine Leon Uro
[email protected]
[email protected] Larry Roa
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Hermelito Go
[email protected] Justin C Lloyd
[email protected]
[email protected] REY MAGNO
[email protected] Dario B. Magpantay
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] ZGR81
[email protected] Remel V. Mendoza
[email protected] Meg Mendoza
[email protected] Melecio Estoque
[email protected] Marissa B. Harding
[email protected] Michael Merillana
[email protected] Timothy Kelly
[email protected] Mihali Felipe
[email protected] Maria T Ocampo
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Whats Up Doc?
[email protected] Mylene Manongdo
[email protected] Nick Cabison
[email protected] Nigel Allen
[email protected] Nestor C. Buenaflor
[email protected] Nick Ingegneri
[email protected] nina rojas
[email protected] Oliver
[email protected] Ordonio Riza S
[email protected]
[email protected] Jose N Loyola
[email protected] Paul Schmidt
[email protected] JOSELITO M CRUZ
[email protected] MR J M CRUZ
[email protected] S MILLER
[email protected] Pietro Reyes
[email protected] Brian O’Donnell
[email protected] Pebbles Salazar
[email protected] ==quizon==
[email protected] Rey Santos
[email protected]
[email protected] Raymund Zapanta
[email protected] Rodrigo A. Dar
[email protected]
[email protected] Raymund Fajardo
[email protected] Roderick Que
[email protected] Robert Martin A. leyba
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Richard P. Lozada
[email protected] Rebecca San Agustin
[email protected]
[email protected] Timothy Joseph Harvey
[email protected]
[email protected] Melody C. DeGuzman
[email protected] jowell sabino
[email protected] Sarah Jane M Po
[email protected] Salvador SABANAL
[email protected] Steven E. Asercion
[email protected] Ted C. Gonzalez
[email protected] Karen Go
[email protected] Scott W. Morrical
[email protected] Tim Taylor
[email protected] Coralie J. Allen
[email protected] John R. Tegtmeier
[email protected] Tomomi Itakura
[email protected] Tony Castillo
[email protected]
[email protected] Thomas E Smith
[email protected] Denz J.Demiar
[email protected] Lyrka Sikat
[email protected] Dennis Allen Carr
[email protected] victoria manankil
[email protected] Virginia Evano-Williams
[email protected] Celeste Ward
[email protected] Warren G. Custodio
[email protected]
[email protected] Walter Schneider
[email protected] Wilfredo G. Tabada (\”WILL THE THRILL\”)
[email protected] none
[email protected] DR CEFERINO F BAGUE
[email protected] MR NESTOR ENRIQUEZ
[email protected] Sonny Dionida

Voted No
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[email protected] Karl Krech
[email protected] Christian Much
[email protected] Chris Stamper
[email protected] David W. Crawford
[email protected] Christopher Ward
[email protected] Ryan
[email protected] Eric Garbos
[email protected] Francis A Uy
[email protected] Gordon Engel
[email protected] Hasnain Khan
[email protected] Kim DeVaughn
[email protected] Lance K. Chun
[email protected] Lech Mazur
[email protected] David Maurice
[email protected] Patrick J. LoPresti
[email protected] Pierre Uszynski
[email protected] Paul Klose
[email protected] Andrew Raphael
[email protected] Ryan Waldron
[email protected] Richard H. Miller
[email protected] Ollivier Robert
[email protected] Smarasderagd
[email protected] Erland Sommarskog
[email protected] Dwight Brown
[email protected] Tony Basoglu
[email protected] Thomas G. McWilliams
[email protected] Tom Randulff
[email protected] Risto Widenius

Abstained
——————————————————————————
[email protected] Kenneth P Crouch
[email protected] Jose Aniceto
[email protected] M Mike Taksar KC6ZPS
[email protected] M. Otto

Votes in error
——————————————————————————
[email protected] Chiu Yee Chen
! No vote statement in message
[email protected]
! Invalid address

Michael Handler <[email protected]> Usenet Volunteer Votetakers (UVV)
Usenet Volunteer Votetakers WWW page: <URL:http://www.amdahl.com/ext/uvv>

NCSA Mosaic

NCSA Mosaic is the first Graphical User Interface for the World-Wide Web, NOT Netscape.  In fact, Netscape was based on Mosaic.  I think I still have a copy of this on a floppy disk somewhere :)

Is your last name Totanes?

I have been on the internet since 1994.  I have seen it grow from a handful of useful websites to thousands in just a few years.  One of my early email contacts with someone in the Philippines was with Professor Henry Totanes from Ateneo.  His reply was a simple hello letter explaining to me that he was writing from Ateneo rather than Adamson University where I first thought.  Later, I found out he actually
was a distant cousin of my dad.  Small world — and getting smaller each day the internet expands.

Since that day, I have seen more and more people in the internet bearing the same last name as mine.  Last year, I decided to start an email list for all people having the Totanes family name.  Sometime this year, I will also share the Totanes.com domain with you by providing free email accounts.  If you are interested, please drop me a short message, with your email address and name.  When I collect a list of more than ten people, I will immediately start the project.  Please email me at [email protected] — Thanks!

TOTANES Genealogy Forum
Visit the Totanes Genealogy
Forum at Genealogy.com.  If you’re
looking for distant relatives or simply just curious as to who else share our
family name, this is the forum to visit.

Totanes, Origins

Have you ever wondered where it all began?  After several years of researching, and receiving emails from different people, it has become apparent that the Totanes family name was
brought to the Philippines by a Spanish Franciscan priest named Fr. Sebastian de Totanes
during the 1700’s.  He came from a small municipality in the spanish
province of Toledo, called — you guessed it — Totanes.  The town still
exists today and is one of the oldest municipalities in Toledo.  The feast
of San Anton is celebrated every January, where the whole town is lit up and the aroma of garlic sausages fill the air.  The feast of the Virgin Mary is on the 3rd Sunday of September followed by the feast of the Immaculate Concepcion every 8th of December.  Totanes produces high quality cheese and extra virgin olive oil.

The main plaza at Totanes, Toledo is the picture above, right.  Also above left is the municipal seal.

For more information about Totanes, Toledo Spain, visit the following links:

http://totanes.webcindario.com/

http://www.totanes.org/

Special thanks to Esmeralda Guio who hails from the town of Totanes for the above links.