donuts, is there anything they can’t do?

Posted in life stories on 26May2008 by jod

i am a fan of donuts.

it has been one of my comforting foods. and more often than not, it is the food that i most crave for.

Hansen Gregory claimed to have invented such thing on 1847 aboard a lime-trading ship when he was just sixteen years old. what he was doing on the ship, we don’t know. but apparently, these rings were made by punching a hole in the center of the dough using the ship’s tin pepper box.

*whew. nagresearch pa ako nyan ha. ganyan ko kamahal ang donuts*

anyway, there are apparently a number of establishments that offer donuts. bakeries, for example, has the staple donut which comes in only one flavor, sugar-dipped.

i think, right now, after almost 19 years of existence, i am an expert on this matter – donuts.

Dunkin' Dnouts Logo (from Wikipedia)

Dunkin’ Donuts (Grade: A)

as far as anyone i know, they knew that Dunkin’ Donuts is established by Filipinos. but no, Dunkin’ Donuts was founded on 1950 at Quincy, Massachusetts by a guy named William Rosenberg. it was only in 1981 that these donuts made their way into FIlipino mouths.

i graded these donuts as A from their price and their taste. if you want to satisfy your donut craving and yet, do not have enough money to spend, you may try one of these.

i also love their new choco chip muffins. they are so tasty and big. these muffins, however, are not as affordable as the normal donuts which are only 10pesos.

Krispy Kreme (from Wikipedia)

Krispy Kreme (Grade: B)

If you want to satisfy your cravings and you have enough (when i say enough, it is 50+pesos enough) money on you, you may want to try Krispy Kreme whose most popular donut is its Original Glazed that is usually served hot. Their bread is tasty too!

Krispy Kreme was founded in 1937 but it only arrived here in the Philippines late 2006.

GoNuts Donuts (Grade: B+)

GoNuts appeared in the Philippine donut industry by December 11, 2003.

i first tasted it at a resort when i was in high school. it was the first ever donut chain (that i knew of) that offered peanut butter donuts then. from then on, i was addicted to it and i was very happy when it opened its store in Cubao.

one of the things that people complain about their donuts is that they are very sweet. one donut would suffice your whole craving. also, their donuts are good to eat when served hot.

Mister Donut (from their website)

Mister Donut (Grade: B-)

i also thought that this donut chain is established by Filipinos; but, research prove me wrong. Do you remember the Rosenberg guy who established Dunkin’ Donuts? well, his then partner and brother-in-law, Harry Winouker, split up and created their own donut chains. This led to the founding of Mister Donut by Harry Winouker.

those facts i didn’t know. however, this rivalry is still prevalent here in the Philippines. Mister Donut reached the Filipinos by May 10, 1995. they were 14 years behind.

Mist Donut, for me, is the last alternative. if there are no other choices left, and i am still craving for donuts, i would buy from Mister Donuts. the problem with them is that their donuts taste bland. you cannot differentiate Choco Peanut from Choco Butternut. and that, 10pesos is not worth it.

Hot Loops (form their site)

Hot Loops (Grade: A-)

Hot Loops is proudly Filipino. its idea is spearheaded by John Gokongwei himself. it started its operations by 2004.

Hot Loops is one of the tastiest donuts i ever tasted. also, i love it when they are still hot.

Cello's Doughnuts and Dips (from somebody's flickr)

Cello’s Doughnuts and Dips (Grade: A+)

Cello’s is established by Cello Santos a graduate of Management Engineering of Ateneo. Their branches are in Katipunan Ave. and Taft Ave.

what i like about this place is their different flavored donuts. they have all new flavors like Chocnut, Oreos and everybody’s favorite, Cheese. and they also have dips for pillows, too. pillows are donuts shaped like pillows and are bite-size.

they are tasty and are baked – so there is less cholesterol. also, they are not too sweet nor too bland.

these, by far, are the donut chains that deserve attention and appreciation.

i would like to thank them for bringing joy to my world and comfort in depression.


a theory has only the alternative of being right or wrong; a model has a third possibility: it may be right, but irrelevant.

Posted in school related, thoughts on 25May2008 by jod

DRAFT: April Something Something, 2008

this morning we had our first exam in ES12.

What is ES12?

ES 12 Dynamics of Rigid Bodies

Motion of particles and rigid bodies; force, mass, and acceleration; work and energy, impulse and momentum. Introduction to vibrations and balancing.


okay. i was smiling throughout the duration of the exam. not that it was easy. i was smiling because i loved doing these things. i like analyzing these whats and hows.

however, after the exam, as i walk towards the jeepney terminal, i was thinking about the relation of ES12 with my course – this goes for every other ES subject except for ES21 and 26.

i am industrial engineer, what do i need kinetics and kinematics for?

the one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.

Posted in my rants on 25May2008 by jod

i am a mild-tempered person.

my anger thermometer does not react to the presence of minute nuisance.

however, there still are things that make me irk. and, i get easily irritated.

1. People In Front of Me Who Walk So Slooooooooooooow

i walk in the middle of the road so that i can overtake. however, there are people who walk so slow and cover these areas too.

< if > Parents with Children

don’t you know that you are not setting a good example for your children? and that, sloth is one of the mortal sins? please do not walk at the center of the road if you and your child is on a field trip. if you want to ogle at things like animals in a zoo, go to the park. you will find things there more amusing.

< if > Lovers

please. the motel room not big enough that you need to slow things down on the road, too? or can you not hold your hands so as people can pass?

please do not PDA while walking. surely, we can see that you cannot multi-task. if you can’t, well just pick whatever you want to do. if you want to walk, then fine. if you want to do something else, go find a room!

2. People Smoking inside the Jeepney

is the world not big enough for you to smoke that you need a jeepney? also, there is a law that prohibits smoking in a public utility vehicle.

can you not deduce that people want you to stop smoking and throw your cigarette in the trash can (i also disapprove of smoker littering their sticks of cigarette) when we cover our noses with handkerchief? or are you just plain, walang pakialam.

if you are unaware of such thing, i hope that you die of lung cancer or some other respiratory disease. it will eventually happen to them. only, i said it first.

3. For FX with Malfunctioning Aircon

hey! we did ride the FX for its aircon right? so, an FX without an aircon is not necessarily correct.

what happened to what we paid for?

i did not pay 20pesos to sweat like a leaking faucet.

slow walkers, PUV smokers and malfunctioning FXs aren’t the only things that irritate me. however, my level of irritation for them is so high that they are the only ones i remembered.

one day, i just might lose my temper and walk-out.

it’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.

Posted in school related, thoughts on 23May2008 by jod

i am thinking about whether i should go with this course, CS 197, next semester.

CS 197 is a free elective originally offered in the College of Engineering for engineering students. it’s course title is Leadership 101.

i am having second thoughts about taking this class because it is facilitated by no other than the president of Procter and Gamble president himself, James Lafferty. i don’t know, he was the professor for this class last semester.

another con for this class is that it has a debate. haha. i am really scared of debates. it is not in my nature to join such activities. however, it could enhance my speaking abilities and help develop critical thinking. but, as an ordinary person, i still have my fears and dilemmas.

one thing i like about this class would be the objectives itself. i can makes use of what i will learn in this class in my future career.

the only thing that is stopping me from taking is this class is that i do not know somebody who will be taking this with me. i merely enlisted here because i needed units. haha.

well, come enrollment time, if i haven’t found someone who will be sitting in the same class, i will cancel this. if i can find someone, then, it’ll be Leadership 101 for me.

i imagine how shallow my requirements for this class is. haha. you might laugh, but i easily get intimidated. promise.

pero, i am really looking forward to taking this class. only, i have my reasons for not taking it. plus, there was an all-expense paid trip to Corregidor by the end of the sem. haha.

anyway, i am expecting more than that.

and, i would really want to know the answer to the question.

i’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.

Posted in life stories, my rants on 20May2008 by jod

i am protesting on the way this house lacks entertainment for the members of the household. for me, that is.

i am seriously dying due to lack of entertainment. in short, i am bored.

this summer holds a number of records for me.

i am able to read a handful of books. some of which, however, are reruns. i’ve read them before. and some, are textbooks. i am so bored that i even resorted to reading the Introduction to Logic that i used in freshman philosophy class.

anyway, here is the list of all the books, i’ve read and is currently reading. please take note that reading these books are the effects of boredom and i do not read textbooks for fun. well, the geography books are always are fun read. Titles that are in BOLD are those who are for fun and those in ITALICS are out of sheer boredom.

  • The Enemy by Lee Child
  • Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot
  • Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
  • X-Men 2 by Chris Claremont
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Pokemon The Movie 2000 by Tracey West
  • Teen Angst? by Ned Vizzini
  • Alamat ng Gubat by Bob Ong
  • Come Together by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees
  • Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
  • Another Kind of Monday by William E. Coles, Jr.
  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
  • Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space by Dav Pilkey
  • Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Introduction to Logic by Irving Copi and Carl Cohen
  • Jose Rizal: Life, Works and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist and National Hero by Gregorio and Sonia Zaide

i am seriously in need of help. please let me borrow books. i am bored as hell.

anyway, you might ask me whether we have a television. of course, we do. in the middle of the reading and house painting, i also watch television.

here are the different television shows i watch.

  • @ 12nn, Pilipinas Game KNB?
  • @ 2pm, Shakey’s V-league Delayed Telecasts
  • @ 6pm on Wed and Thursday, American Idol Season 7
  • @ a later time, PBB

yun lang. i am not fond of watching televnovelas. well, i might watch Kim Chiu in her portrayal of “My Girl”. i might.

i am looking forward to the Org Reps Meeting on thursday. it will be the first time i will leave the house ever since summer ended.

and boy, am i really excited.

I do not fear computers; I fear the lack of them.

Posted in my rants on 19May2008 by jod

those were the slowest four days of my life.

the computer’s power source was malfunctioning. since i do not have expertise nor simple knowledge in the troubleshoot of computers, i did not dare take on the challenge of fixing the cpu.

last friday, i thought that 4 days of no computer wouldn’t be such a bad idea. i could bother myself with other things like help painting the house – or sleep.

however, the lack of communication with the outside world (kuya, is that you?), took its toll on me. i was so lonely.

vacation is what you take when you can’t take what you’ve been taking any longer.

Posted in school related on 14May2008 by jod

how do we approach the study of geology – the 45th question of the exam said.

what made me smile then were the choices.

a. humility

b. humility

c. humility

d. humility

it seemed like i never really had a choice. or if ever i had one, it would be the same as the other choices.

i preferred to shade the letter i liked most – C. or was it because i thought that the letter C was not well represented enough in the exam.

he was right, i could answer this exam in 15 minutes. but, i didn’t bother. somehow, something made me think that this was not as easy as i thought it was. then and there, i examined the test paper and answer sheet and found out i shaded the wrong answers. there were trick questions, if you don’t mind.

after i managed to get some of my answers right, i passed the exam.

i was freaking hungry.

however, before i came to think of food, i breathed loudly and gave a huge sigh. “ah, summer at last” was what i said as i pushed the door ajar.

it was true. after this exam, i have more or less two weeks to enjoy the heat (?) of summer. or, just get the hang of it.

it felt like i did study for a whole year and i think that i really need a break.

once in a while, we deserve to take a break. and as they say, “all work and no play makes John, or whoever he may be, dull.”

whoever John is or why is he the basis of such saying we don’t know. what we know is that we can replace John’s name, which i think he won’t mind, with ours and still prove this statement correct.

the length of 2 weeks is relative.

and, i wish that, for just this two weeks, i may be relocated to Jupiter.