1. Stampede Bar was raided last week, manager carted off along with some ladies, some of whom, allegedly were under age. Manager kept overnight, all released the next day after extensive negotiations which ended with a donation to various civic projects. Expat manager a bit stressed out, especially since the two owners of the Club hastily departed the country shortly after hearing about the raid.
The manager was glad it was all over and he decided to keep Cherries Open but kept Stampede closed and in fact, closed up the connecting entrance between the two clubs by putting up a cement wall.
But, the next day officials from the City Assessor's Office along with law enforcement personnel arrived, told all the girls to pack up and get out along with the manager and closed down Cherries. Supposedly, the manager was not authorized to keep it open. An interesting aside is that a source told me that supposedly, an American tourist who has a local girlfriend paid P1.3 million to become a partner in Cherries along with the manager and a Fil-AM. The problem is that this take over was not quite legal. Anyway, that is the story as I know it and now the question is will Stampede/Cherries ever open again and under whose ownership? Will the real owners return? Will the American get his money back? Will the Expat manager get another job or just feel he has had enough of Angeles City?
2. Enough doom and gloom, lets have some good news. I am happy to report that the S&R Membership Shopping which is described as world-class warehouse club shopping will open its doors on 25 November, in San Fernando. Priscilla and I drove to the site two days ago to sign up for membership and received our temporary cards right away. I did not have my camera with me to take a picture of the very large warehouse building but it was impressive. Just take the NLEX to the San Fernando exit, turn right heading towards the car dealerships and just off the road there is a sign up booth manned by S&R personnel who will take care of you. I have heard good reports about the S&R warehouse in Manila and am quite excited to know that one will be so much closer to us now.
3. After signing up with S&R we heading over to Robinson's Starmill Mall and while there decided to try lunch at an eatery I have never seen at SM or Marquis Malls named "Rosemary and Thyme Italian Cuisine". I was a bit apprehensive as usually I end up being a bit disappointed with some of the food served up at the Malls but I was pleased to see an eatery that was new to me. Priscilla had ribs, Jason, my son, had a white sauce spaghetti dish and I had chicken breast with tomatoes and also tried their offering of Panizza. Man, was I surprised, all offerings were absolutely delicious and the Panizza could go up against the one offered at "C" Italian. The menu offered up Spaghetti, Pesto, Chicken, Steaks and many other selections. We will definitely return to this eatery again, and again. The prices were reasonable as well so the next time you head for the Malls in San Fernando check out this restaurant, you won't be disappointed.