Archive for November, 2009

Day 1 of 5 in Palawan – Puerto Princesa City Tour11.27.09

We boarded the plane at 7:30 am and left Manila around 8 am. And we arrived in Puerto Princesa around 9:15 am. After getting our baggage, we met our travel agent headed by Jo of JB Travel and Tours. We boarded the van and checked for the itinerary sent. We had an early lunch at Inato’s. I love the grilled tuna that I ordered. It’s thick, fresh and well grilled. For the price of around P200, I was able to get a fulfilling, tasty meal. The money spent was worth. I also love the ambiance since it’s outside and you can feel the fresh air. Hmmm…the smell of Palawan…. After the early lunch (personal account – meaning we paid for it and it’s not part of the tour package), we proceed with the City Tour. Here’s the list of sites we’ve been:

- Running tour to Rizal Avenue (tour guide really knows the city, one highlight, since Puerto Princesa is an island, buildings cannot be taller than 3 storey floors)
- Baywalk (I like the fact that their baywalk does not have any restaurants, compared with Roxas Blvd, it’s a lot better and less commercialized)
- Plaza Cuartel (I felt sorry for all the soldiers who were burned in the Cuartel, though it’s not on a good light, history is part of what makes a city now)
- Immaculate Conception Cathedral
- Binuatan Weaving Center
- Mitra’s Ranch (you can see a very good view of Puerto Princesa City from this location since it’s considered as the highest peak of the island, I love our picture taking session here!)
- Baker’s Hill (I adore, love the bread here! Yum! Yum!)
- Crocodile Farm (First time to hold a live crocodile. Though it frightens the hell out of me, I just gritted my teeth and did it. I will not let it pass without trying it. AJA!)

We finished the City Tour around 4pm and we’re off to El Nido. In Roxas, we had our early dinner around 6pm, from a Vietnamese restaurant where our driver/travel tour representative took us, which is not that good. I did not enjoy the food. After the early dinner, we continued the drive to El Nido. It’s a good thing that I was so sleepy since I did not had any sleep the night and slept almost all the time through the seven hour drive because the rough road is literally rough! Based on my friend’s account of the event, I’m flying and almost hitting my head to the ceiling of the van and I simply don’t care. Well, I don’t care at that time but after we reached Marina Garden Resort and got off, I can feel as if I had tons of bruises and my muscles are sore. LOL.

Good thing that we kind of arrived late at Marina Garden Resort in El Nido around 11pm, because that means I don’t need to eat dinner anymore…sticking with my diet rules…for how long? Well, I don’t know…hahaha. We just had a midnight snack, we ate the bread from Baker’s Hill. I particular like the UBE flavored Hopia. When I first had it in Baker’s Hill, it’s freshly made, still hot and so so tasty.

So this is the room division, first room, room number 5: Malen, Aila and I. Second room, room number 6: Toni, Sally and Wilmer. Third room, room number 7: Japoks, Carol, and Jade. All rooms are clean and well kept. The AC is brand new (I guess) since it looks like one and it really gives cool air. The bathroom is also nice and it’s clean. Good thing there’s no water problem, I love to take long baths… . One thing though, it’s not bad but it should have been nice to know prior from happening, the power is off in the whole island from 6am till 2pm, since the company that provides the power cannot give them 24/7. Good thing, I had my camera, mp3 and cell phone full charged the night before.

So that’s our first day in Palawan. Will post soon the second to fifth. With more pictures than story…I guess…


Inside Terminal 2, while checking in our baggages…picture picture!
What island is this? Parang insekto…
At the Puerto Princesa Airport

Having early lunch, yum yum grilled tuna!

Group shot inside the Plaza Cuartel

Malen is hugging the wall, years older than us! LOL. She’s a history buff, you know!

And I’m just contented in standing away from the walls…doing the “V” sign!

One of the stops, Binuatan Creations…

They’ve got really cool designs for hand bags

And you can weave your own bag if you want…just kidding!

I love our stay here…Mitra’s Ranch! The air and the view are so freshing! Considered as the highest peak in Palawan…nice view of the city!

Group shot!

Photo session…

Photo session of the girls.

Couple shot with best friend

At Baker’s Hill and some highlights….




Crocodiles in the Crocodile Farm



I lost five minutes of my life here…I’m really not moving and not even breathing…



The longest/biggest crocodile ever!

The new name of the “Crocodile Farm”

See the rest of the pics HERE!!!!

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OFW11.26.09

I think it’s in our blood. Since my dad worked in Saudi Arabia for eleven years (not consecutive) and my sister is currently working in Hong Kong for nearly six years now, it’s no wonder that our youngest, my baby brother will work as well outside the country. We’re only six in the family, so it’s a 50% rate of the population. And I’m not closing the possibility of me and my sister working abroad since we’re still young and honestly, for myself, I really want to try working abroad. I want to experience other culture, learn another language and see other places. If you will ask me now where I want to go, I’d answer Korea. Why? I need another post just to answer that! LOL!

Since my brother will go next year, around January or February, we still have so many things to prepare. Good thing my sister (who’s still in Hong Kong) got some of the stuff he needs. She got him some winter clothes and winter jackets. She will also get him a new luggage, I asked her to get him a Titan luggage since it’s been known for their quality. She’s planning to get him a new pair of rubber shoes but I discouraged her in doing that since we have to make sure of the size and comfort right? So you have to get it with him. We’re also planning to get him a laptop for easier communication, maximizing the technology, right? What else? What else?

For sure we will miss him, but I’m pretty sure that we will visit him when gets there! So Sayonara!

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Movie Reaction: New Moon11.25.09

This may sound so sad but it’s the truth…I’ve seen the movie last Saturday (November 21) on my own. I tried to find someone who would want to watch it with me, according to my own ridiculous time/schedule. The reasons why I’ve seen it alone: most of my girlfriends have seen it, since it was shown last November 19 here in Manila, or they were planning to watch it with their sisters/families, or my Howe, the love of my life, did not want to (since he have not seen Twilight and according to him it seems that there are no action scenes in New Moon), or my Ate Kayen, who’s also a die hard Twilighters cannot watch it with me since we’re miles apart…so in short, I decided to see it alone.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

For my movie reaction: Honestly,  I was not expecting much from New Moon.  From all of the series by Ms Meyers, the book New Moon is my least favorite.  Possibly because I’m Team Edward and as you know, he’s like as if only in the 1/4 of the book.  I love the book New Moon, but for me, Bella and Jacob’s “time” felt like as if it’s dragging and when I read the book again for the third and fourth time, I skipped it from the part after Bella and Edward separated to the part before she jumped from the cliff.  So to enjoy the part where Bella spends her time with Jacob in the movie is really unexpected for me.  I can even say that some of the exciting parts in the movie New Moon were in times when Bella and Edward were apart.  You can add the fact that we can see good chocolate abs from Taylor Laurent, who played Jacob and from the rest of the wolf packs. hehehe.  Something also stuck in my head were the smoothness of camera movements and angles inside the garage when Bella and Jacob where trying to fix the motorcycles.  It so smooth and really well done.  Very good camera skills!

Now, back to Bella and Edward.  I cried after I’ve read the book when they broke up in the forest and I also cried when they broke up in the movie.  Both were heart breaking, as if I can feel Bella’s pain.  The director was able to capture what I had imagine when I’ve read the book.  Though I have not yet experienced breaking up with my first ever boyfriend (and I intend not to), I was frightened that I was able to relate with her, especially when she was crying and was curled in pain crying out Edwards name.  I can’t forget that scene…I love it!

I also love the part where the Cullens specially Jasper and Alice have a bigger role in it since they are my second favorite vampire couples.  What I missed is the house of the Cullens from the first movie, their not the same right?  Or this one was shot inside the studio…I dunno.

I also love the make up of the vampires here, it’s not too chalky white.  Just about the right whiteness.   I don’t like the whiteness of Dr Cullens when we first saw him in Twilight (when he checked up Bella, after the van accident).  His face was so white there, as if he’s trying hard to be a vampire.  For a change, they’ve got red lips too.  Kissable lips only it could kill you.  LOL!  I also love Bella’s look here.  She looked so natural.  Kudos to the make up people!

I also love the Wolf pack.  They were all simply yummy.  LOL.  You can say that Jacob really stands out from the rest.  While in the movie theater, I heard a serious question from a teenage girl seating few seats away from me, “how come that the werewolves were wearing shorts after  they change back into their human form?”  I just thought…what?!? Is she expecting to see more from the guys?  Haller?! Of course there’s no need to see them yanking back their shorts after turning back into human, right?  That one made me LOLed.

I love love love the Volturi clan.  Pity that all the screen time for them was less than 10 minutes. :(.  How I wish to see more of them on the third and fourth film, but I doubt with the third one.   Dakota Fanning is a really good actress.  She uses her eyes here to frighten me! LOL!

For the ending, it’s somehow anti climatic and how it ended like a so so.  But I understand this since in the book, there’s no question on how much Bella loves Edward and vise versa but what I can’t understand is…if you love someone, isn’t the natural course to get married and prove your love to them?  I dunno, maybe it’s just what I see and believe in.  But even in the book, I was just kind of left hanging in the lala land when Bella denied Edward a marriage when she’s willing to be with him forever and ever and ever.  Right?  Hmmm….

All in all, I will give Edward five stars…hahaha…just kidding…I’m giving New Moon, 3.8 stars out of 5.  I can say that this is better than Twilight since I felt as if it’s not dragging.  Congrats to the cast and crew!  Can’t wait for the Eclipse! :)  I hope to see it with someone this time…

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we will have Bamboo!!!11.24.09

I don’t attend rock concerts anymore, well, not often as I have done before.

When I was in high school and early college, I, with my sister, often go to rock concerts. Since we were still students, most times it’s free because of contacts and friends that we have. It’s funny when I tried to recall those days.  As I love to phrase “I can still remember my head banging days”.  hahaha.  Sometimes it feels like as if it did not happen since it was so long ago. LOL!

I can still remember the last two rock concerts/shows I’ve seen. Even though I have a job right now, I’m still proud to say that both were free shows. Yeah, I sound cheap right? hahaha. We’ve attended the free concert from Jam 88.3 fans at Greenhills one or two years ago. They have so many guests that night, but we really came for Kitchie Nadal and 6Cyclemind. Some bands were so hardcore rock that I don’t dig in their music. I was thinking that I should donate stainless steel drums to the drummer since he’s banging so hard, I’m afraid he might destroy the drum set. LOL! And the recent one was last summer, during our Family Fun Day (company summer activity), where we rocked with Parokya ni Edgar.

NowI’m really excited to see Bamboo live on our company Christmas Party this coming December 11. I want to know if he’s gonna be boring or total rock on. Can’t wait!

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Efren Peñaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year11.23.09

Serve, serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve.
–Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year

Efren Peñaflorida, who started a “pushcart classroom” in the Philippines to bring education to poor children as an alternative to gang membership, has been named the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper revealed Peñaflorida’s selection at the conclusion of the third-annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday night.

The gala event, taped before an audience of 3,000 at the Kodak Theatre, premieres on Thanksgiving, November 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the global networks of CNN.

The broadcast, which honors the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009, features performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Carrie Underwood, R&B crooner Maxwell and British pop sensation Leona Lewis.

Peñaflorida, who will receive $100,000 to continue his work with the Dynamic Teen Company, was selected after seven weeks of online voting at CNN.com. More than 2.75 million votes were cast.

“Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes and sizes. We are one great tapestry,” Peñaflorida said upon accepting the honor. “Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need.
Gallery: CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
Video: CNN Hero of the Year named

“So to each and every person inside in this theater and for those who are watching at home, the hero in you is waiting to be unleashed. Serve, serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve. As I always tell to my co-volunteers … you are the change that you dream as I am the change that I dream and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be.”

The top 10 CNN Heroes, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel from an initial pool of more than 9,000 viewer nominations, were each honored with a documentary tribute and introduced by a celebrity presenter. Each of the top 10 Heroes receives $25,000.

“With the recognition they receive on our stage,” said Cooper, who hosted the tribute, “they’ll be able to help thousands and thousands of people. Through their efforts, lives will be changed and lives will be saved.”

Maxwell sang “Help Somebody” from his first album in eight years, ‘BLACKsummers’night.’

Lewis, a three-time Grammy nominee, performed “Happy,” from her second album, “Echo.”

All three performances echoed the spirit of the CNN Heroes campaign, which salutes everyday people whose extraordinary accomplishments are making a difference in their communities and beyond.

Presenters included Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Neil Patrick Harris, Pierce Brosnan, Dwayne Johnson, Eva Mendes, Randy Jackson, Greg Kinnear, George Lopez and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

“This record number of nominations is further evidence of the momentum CNN Heroes has built in just a few short years,” said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide.

“Viewers have been engaged by these stories of inspiration and accomplishment beyond our expectations. It is truly an honor to be able to introduce the CNN Heroes to our global audience every year.”

Again this year, producer/director Joel Gallen served as executive producer of “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.” Among his credits, Gallen produced telethon events supporting victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, winning an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for “America: A Tribute to Heroes.”

The Kodak Theatre is best known as the first permanent home of the Academy Awards.

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This is really inspiring. How awesome it is to be acknowledged and imagine, globally with what he is doing for his fellowmen is amazing. I’m speechless! Congratulations Efren!

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telenovela and drama addiction11.23.09

This past few days I admit that I’m still in KPop (Korean Pop) land, but I wanted to recall where I got this addiction of watching kdramas (Korean dramas) or telenovelas. As much as I want to say that it all started with Kdramas for me, it wasn’t. As I tried to recall, it was all about telenovelas, mainly Mexican and Columbian. I can still remember when I was in high school when Marimar (starring Thalia) was shown here and Filipinos were all ogling with her rumored 19 inches waist line while covered in sea shells coming out from the sea with sunrise at her back. Then after that, I also followed her other telenovelas such as María la del Barrio, María Mercedes and Rosalinda. Then after that I also got hooked with Columbian telenovela, Yo soy Betty La Fea. I also got hooked watching Filipino primetime dramas, like Captain Barbell, Mara Clara, Encantadia, Pangako Sa’yo, Marimar and others. It’s been a while since I followed another drama. This time, I got hooked watching Taiwan, Japanese and of course Korean dramas.

With all this telenovela and drama addiction, I always dream myself of going to their country and experiencing their culture and if possible their life style. I even checked some of the vacation packages online to check if there were available and great, like the playa del carmen vacation packages that were suggested by a friend.

I don’t know if I’ll stop watching telenovelas and dramas, maybe I will but not this year or not within the next five years.

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JoongBo Pepero Kiss!11.22.09

When I’m down and I need uplifting . . . . . I watch this!

You have to understand me, I’m addicted to JOONGBO!!!!

Get addicted with JoongBo and spread the love!

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kitchen is where?11.21.09

Is it the heart? Or stomach?

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If one will ask me to parallel a house with a body. This is how I will answer it…

The music and art room is where the left brain is.

The library is where the right brain is.

The balcony is where the eyes are.

The bedroom is where the heart is.

And my favorite…

The kitchen is where the stomach is. So the kitchen sinks are the…well…it has tubes and it cleans/flushes, right? So…

So next time, when somebody asks you where your heart is, make sure you point it out clearly and make no mistakes, LOL!

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Critics for New Moon11.20.09

Critics slams New Moon, dares to say that it pales in comparison to Twilight.

Here’s what they’ve got to say:

Ty Burr of The Boston Globe remarks: “Sorry, girls: The thrill is gone.” He says that “where the first film’s director, Catherine Hardwicke, plugged into [author Stephenie] Meyer’s vision of supernatural teenage lust with abandon, Chris Weitz is stuck with a sequel that’s a morning-after mope-fest.”

Burr also says that the film favors werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) than vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson).

“When he’s onscreen, Pattinson’s Edward is all emo posturing under a trembling bouffant – the actor suddenly seems to be embarrassed to be here,” says Burr. “Lautner’s performance, by contrast, has the warmth of an actual human.”

But Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times says Lautner and Kristen Stewart (who plays Bella) have no heat: “The connection between these two is so self-evidently non-romantic that it turns out not to be much of a diversion.”

USA Today‘s Claudia Puig agrees, saying the the Bella-Edward romance is a bore and that “the pace picks up” once Jacob and his pals turn into werewolves. She gave the film 2.5 out of 4 stars.

Variety writes that ladies hoping to gaze at Pattinson the big screen ” may be disappointed by Pattinson’s reduced presence” in the sequel, “as his Edward appears predominantly in mumbling visions until a cliffhanger that brazenly sets up the next episode.”

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Despite the harsh reviews, I’m still watching New Moon with my friends and millions of Twilighters. I can’t wait to shout, “Bite me Edward” for the second time.

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60′s fashion11.20.09

Every year that we celebrate Christmas party at the office, I always look forward for the yearly theme and how successful it will gonna be.  So for this year, we are going to have …. 60′s fashion!

So what are the highlights of the 60′s fashion for me:
-Bell bottoms
-Leggings
-Hairsprayed hairs
-Loud Printed Fabrics
-Long Hairs with Bun on top
-Mini skirts
-Afro
-curls
-loud colors
-retro
-skinny jeans
-polka dots

The most bongacious that night will receive ten thousand pesos so I need to prepare myself (got to have acne treatments soon, loose weight, hair treatments and body wax) and the ward robe from my mom’s cabinet!

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