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Saturday, April 30, 2011

FUJITSU LIFEBOOK: the introduction of 8 top notch laptops

Optimal Performance • Exceptional User Experience • Perfect LIFE companion

I was invited in the launch of 8 newest FUJITSU Lifebooks last Wednesday at Makati Shagrila Hotel and I could tell that this is an amazing lineup of gadgets ready to entice the Filipino costumers who are thirsty for the latest cool gadget there is in the market. Powered by 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ platform, these lifebooks are specially engineered for higher performance, allowing its users to enjoy the best multimedia, visual and mobile computing experience.

Lifebook H330

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


One of my main goals this year is to try surfing in San Juan La Union. Preferebly before the end of summer. It's the closest I knew as an alternative to far far Siargao. In the first place, I haven't tried it before so I think a beginners course would be enough. I have always thought SanJuan is the closes surfing paradise there is, until 
April 17 that is, when I realized that there's a place near the Metro where one can learn surfing and even do it in a competitive level!!!

Yes, it's in Club Manila East Taytay Rizal and this was the venue of the successful 2nd ANNUAL SURFING COMPETITION  for beginners dubbed the CME SURFING CUP 2011.

The CLUB MANILA EAST Surfing Cup 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

1st Wedding Anniversary at THUNDERBIRD RESORT RIZAL

This is a personal, cheesy post ----so if the sight of a sweet couple makes you physically ill, I suggest you leave this page immediately.hahaha

Its just that it was our 1st WEDDING ANNIVERSARY yesterday and I feel so good I wanna talk about it. love love love. I can't believe it has been just a year. Well, we were together for 10 years before we officially tied the knot. I guess that explains why it felt like forever. And I mean forever in a good way. But if I look closely into it, the past 1 year after the wedding really was a fun and fast paced ride. We have achieved so many things in such a short time and shared many things together.

Since we just came back from a vacation and the funds are reaching alarming levels,almost got AIDS after consecutive travels--Acute Income  Deficiency Syndrome--- I decided to take my wife on a treat that I knew she will love. kahit simple lang.:D

at the Cabana resto of TBR. sun tanned due to recent beach trips.:D

Saturday, April 23, 2011

travel to sunny ilocos norte: BLUE LAGOON

by the time you see this article auto posted, I might be soaking in another warm sandy island south of Manila and since its Black Saturday ( Sabado de Gloria), you are probably heading to the beach as well together with your family........

...but before you go, let me give you a taste of our recent trip to sunny and sandy ILOCOS NORTE where we stayed in the famous Blue Lagoon of Pagudpud.

beach jump

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

CUTUD PAMPANGA LENTEN RITES : recalling my first maleldo experience

It's again HOLY WEEK in the Philippines and people including myself are either busy queuing in transportation terminals or are yet to make up their minds where to go or what to do. My friends has been sending invitation in facebook to go to CUTUD PAMPANGA this Friday to witness Maleldo 2011.

Cutud is very famous during Holy Week, not just in the Philippines but all over the world as it is the place where penitents reenacts the Passion of Christ every good Friday which culminates in the actual nailing on the cross. I was in Cutud last year and I witnessed these Lenten Rites myself......

imitation of mount Calvary

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


The Extraordinary Grand Prize winning video featured a guy going about his daily routine with such enthusiasm only to reveal in the end that he’s on a wheelchair. The video closes with the text “You Make Yourself Extraordinary.” 

On the day of the awarding, the Grand Prize winner Randolph Longjas received his award with both legs able and walking, a big surprise to all those present.“The video was inspired by my family’s adopted brother who can’t walk,” Longjas explained.

videoCONTEST winner
Grand Prize winner Randolph Longjas

Monday, April 18, 2011

BLOGGERS FEST : luzon bloggers show of force

Bloggers in Manila and nearby provinces converged in the EVENT CENTER of Thunderbird Resort Rizal last Saturday, April 16 for BLOGGERS FEST 2011. The gathering served as a venue for bloggers to meet&greet, share ideas and experiences with each other, and learn the essentials of blogging..........

Thursday, April 14, 2011

travel to Rocky Ilocos Norte : KAPURPURAWAN ROCK

A natural wonder. One of the reasons why I wanted to travel to Ilocos Norte so badly. The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos Ilocos Norte is another attraction one should not miss.

It's a comfortable 30-45minutes ride from Pagudpud to the South past Bangui (where the windmills are). This rock formation will definitely make your imagination soar. Its another showcase of how the wrath of nature could work beautifully.....

Taking its name from a local dialect, CAPURPURAOAN literaly means "white rock" 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Windy Ilocos Norte: BANGUI WINDMILLS

I still have a hangover from our latest trip in Ilocos Norte last weekend. If you are going to ask how it was, I will answer with a 1-lines----HAPPINESS!!!! lol

In as much as I want to jump straight to the travelogue, I wanna focus on individual teasers of the places interests first the way I saw it and in the perspective that my nikon camera had. I am a native of Pangasinan which is part of Region 1 or Ilocos region but I have never been more north of San Fernando La Union until last week so this is another first. Surprisingly, Ilocos Norte lived past my expectations. It is a destination you should not miss.

We started our tour with the famous BANGUI WINDMILLS which I was very excited to see. It has amazed me for the longest time. I got this feeling that the windmills of Bangui are good for the environment but are an eyesore in a seemingly perfect beach front. I will tell you my verdict later........

beauty in adversity

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

10 TIPS when hiking Mt. PINATUBO

 I already made 3 features about Mt. Pinatubo in my previous posts, specifically detailing the 3 stages of the hike to this insanely beautiful volcano as follows.

 the bumpy 4x4 ride
the hike
the crater

If you noticed this past few days, I've been going back to my early trips and giving some pointers for D.I.Y travelers. I've been getting lots feedback and queries lately kasi. Now, I wanna share to you 10 TIPS when hiking Mt. PINATUBO.

1. TRAVEL with a GROUP

In as much as I admire solo travelers because it is a show of independence, I believe travel is a social experience, it's at its best when shared and experienced with others. After all, its not just about seeing inanimate things. Sure, you get the chance to meet people along the way even if you travel on your own, but the certain level of commitment you give with your travel buddy is a lot different. After all, what's joy and learning if you can't share it?

the PINATUBO dozen, my travel team during the hike 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

CAPONES IN MY HEART : the golden grass, the lighthouse, the beach, the rock formations

When people invite me to destination I have been before, I usually say no. There are many more places to see in the country and I prefer trying new ones given the limited time and budget. I guess not all the time. CAPONES is one of the exemptions.

The first time I was here was the time of innocence. I didn't know the existence of Anawangin and Nagsasa. When somebody commented in my blog entry of Capones before about Anawangin cove, I simply didn't allow myself to be noticed. So I made the resolve to go back, see the 2 coves myself and compare them to Capones.

Sorry if I jump into the verdict early on---CAPONES is CAPONES. To my surprise, it is still for me the best among the three destinations. Teresa and my 2 blogger friends from Cebu--Ed and Doi agreed with me. Sorry Nagsasa and Anawangin--CAPONES is still #1 in my heart!!!

The reasons?

Capones viewed from the North ( San Miguel)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

5 Tips on Planning A Weekend Camp in Anawangin Cove

Somebody added me in Facebook last night, and after approving her, she sent me a message which goes.....

""Hi! Thanks for accepting the invite! Came across your pusang kalye blog through dangkalan resort, we're thinking of staying there next month. Nice blog, I must say! Anyway, I just wanna ask about anawangin, hahaha. The place seems nice, I just wanna ask if may mga ok bang accomodation dun and pano yung transpo? o.o.Sorry if im asking too much. Its just that I looked for your anawangin post and wala masyado details. Lol. Just interested in the place. :) Thanksmuch!""  

.......which made me think of finishing my ANAWANGIN-NAGSASA-CAPONES series with more details this time around. I realized that when people google a place and land in my blog, they find it indeed lacking in information which is bad for my site. So aside from the photo teasers, I resolve to give more info on the places I will be blogging about from here on.


Anawangin Cove is a favorite destination in Zambales in the island of Luzon because of it's proximity from the capital city Manila. Victory Liner bus has daily trips to the Zambales. One can board bound Iba or Sta. Cruz. The town to look for is San Antonio which is the 4th municipality from Olongapo City. The trip takes 3-4 hours depending on the time of day you travel. From San Antonio, one can take the tricycle (25 pesos each to San Miguel) to either Pundaquit or San Miguel where boats are available to take you to your choice of destination, either to CAPONES, NAGSASA or ANAWANGIN.. We paid 2,000 pesos for the boat. Good for the 2 coves and Capones na yun.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PAETE LAGUNA via binangonan,tanay and siniloan

My sister in law was invited by her friend in a christening last month in Siniloan Laguna.She was told that the place is already near Binangonan through Manila East Road so she thought of brining us with her. But since there was a sudden change of plan, and she opted to go with her friends the day before the event, Teresa and I had another idea in mind.

The farthest that I reached in Rizal was Tanay. From there, I know that one can go to Laguna or Quezon but I've never tried coz I don't know what public transportation to take. The event in Laguna prompted me to do a little research and after asking for directions from my sister in law, we decided to go and survey the area.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

iBLOG 7 : Philippine Blogging Summit success

The Philippine Blogging Community is as vibrant as ever, and the 7th iBlog Summit is one proof of that. Yesterday wraps up 2 days of successful exchange of ideas in the largest blogging summit in the country. I am glad I was able to attend the second day at Malcolm Theater UP Diliman. To be honest, this is my first iBLOG summit ever.I am a late bloomer, despite blogging for almost 3 years, I decided to go out of my shell just last  year. A few months on, and more than a hundred blogger met to date, summits like the iBLOG serves like a formal passage to a blogger. At least for me.

The first day  targeted businesses and entrepreneurs wanting to understand how to tap blogs as a medium to promote their products and services while the second day saw interesting topics for everyone interested about blogging.


Friday, April 1, 2011

about saving for tomorrow

RANT NOTE: until now, I haven't had the chance to get a hold of the new Philippine peso bills. Where are they? I am running out of patience!!!lol
I love comparing paper notes from different countries.Like stamps and postcards, they are telling stories of a place. This is one thing I always look forward to upon landing in another airport,  going to the foreign exchange counter for local bills and coinage. It's fascinating how colorful the paper bills are, they come in different sizes too depending on the value like that in Macau--with some overlapping in my wallet because they are over sized.haha. The bills in Malaysia are cute coz they are smaller in size than that in the Philippines while I find the ones in Hongkong and Singapore kinda similar. You feel like they are too fancy you don't want to spend them.

So this is money talk then?

Hong Kong notes
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