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Thank you 2010

31 Dec

Hot Air Balloon Fest

Valentine’s Day

Kapamilya

Sofitel

Mismo!

Nanay

Noynoy

Two-wheeler

Romulo Cafe

El Nido

Farewell

Conquering fears

Why hello there India!

Indian food overload

Smoothest flight and landing (Indian Air)

Landing on Bhubaneswar

Khandagiri Caves

Bumpiest flight and landing (Indigo Air)

Back in Delhi, a sigh of relief

Taj Mahal with minamahal

Hello kids!

On the way to Sri Lanka (Jet Airways)

The Indian Ocean

Meeting heroes

Meeting Sri Lankan mothers

Eating Sri Lankan bread

Mating elephants (Pinnwala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka)

My first ever train ride (Nagka-riot sa loob but the Sri Lankans protected us, thank you)

Tuktuk

Global Towers

Back in Manila

The addiction

The enabler

“Uniting Filipinos Worldwide” right from this office

Mike’s tattoo

Lock-in meetings

Weeee…

Trick or treat!

Check-ups

Showbiz

More showbiz

Late night burgers

Think Tank

People I love

Star ng Pasko

2010 was a blast!

Happy New Year everyone!

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Pahiyas

28 Apr

Three years ago, my bosses/officemates and I went on a road trip to Lucban, Quezon to join the very colorful Pahiyas Festival.

I’d never been to any of the big provincial festivals prior to going to Pahiyas ’07, so when we reached Lucban after about three hours of driving from Manila, I was overwhelmed with the colorful kipings adorning almost all of the community’s homes.

Me, about 50 lbs. ago.

Allen and the giants (with the creepy life-size kid poster).

And of course, there’s the glorious, glorious food. Such as the famous Longganisang Lucban.

And the famous Pancit Habhab, best eaten straight from the banana leaf.

It was one of the funnest events I’ve been to, and one of the most crowded, sobra.   So go to the Pahiyas 2010 this coming May 15.  If you don’t know how to go, IslandPhilippines.net is inviting everyone for “a day of culinary exploration as we take you to charming old houses and dining spots that serves delectable local cuisine.”

Early bird rate (full payment made on or before April 30th)

P2,980 per person
P1,500 for 12 years old and below

Regular Price (for payment made on May 1st onwards)

P3,500 per person
P1,800 for 12 years old and below

Inclusions:

  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Meals in Quezon town (breakfast, lunch and merienda)
  • English speaking tour guide

Tour Date: May 15 (Saturday)
Meeting Place: Starbucks 6750 Ayala Avenue Makati City
Departure Time: 5:00 am
Expected Time of Return in Manila: 8:00 pm

For bookings, please email travel@islandsphilippines.net or call 638-8374 / 09179335609.

So go na! Bring your family, friends, everyone. Wear comfy clothes and shoes.  Better yet, bring an extra shirt. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your camera and sunblock.

Wowowee!

29 Oct

This is even more wowowee than their Wowowee! engagement stint!

Click on the photo and see what happens.

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CLICK HERE to see more.

Turning 30

8 Sep

As you probably know, I just turned 30 last September 4.

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Thirty.  My gad.  Big number.  When I was a kid and a cousin turned 30, I immediately thought, “She’s now so old, she’d never get married.”

I was right with the “she’d never get married” part.  But having turned 30 myself, I don’t feel a year older than when I was, what, 22.  Okay, okay, I’m lying.  I DO feel older.  Aside from referring to my high school days as “noong araw,” the feeling of being “old” must have stemmed from the thought that when someone reaches the age of 30, she officially becomes an adult.

No more excuses for the lame career or bad relationship choices.  No more blaming the traumatic childhood experiences for one’s really bad behavior.  No more time for indecisiveness, dilly dallying, procastination, and delaying tactics.  It’s as though when someone reaches 30, the currents of time will flow so fast there’s no other choice but to sink or swim real hard.

When I was 25 I used to dream that I’d be able to visit Paris before I turn 30.  It never happened.  Now that I’m 30, all I can think about is how to get financial security for my family, how to have extra cash to pay for health and life insurance, how to get/maintain a stable career path, and a little extra so that I could at least bring Maru to Hong Kong Disneyland by the time he turns three or four.

But enough of the drama.

Last September 4, I had a taste of what it was like to be at the River Seinne, except that it wasn’t exactly River Seinne. Mike and I went on a cruise by the Pasig River.

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It was raining the whole day but what the heck, I decided I wanted to do something I haven’t done before or haven’t done in a looong time.  The last time I was in a Metro Ferry was when I was a kid, with my dad.  The Metro Ferry was just revamped at that time and he wanted me to experience riding it.  It wasn’t airconditioned then.  And I remember seeing a floating cat carcass.

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It was a real treat. Kaso mali ang nasakyan naming station.  We boarded at Escolta, the second to the last station from Manila.  We should’ve boarded at the Plaza Mexico station for the Intramuros side of Pasig River.

Anyway, we got off at Guadalupe Station.  We had no idea where to go after we got off so we decided to just take a cab to Boni High Street.

We had a field day roaming Fully Booked BHS.  Grabe, nakaka-overwhelm talaga ang dami ng books doon.  Everytime I go there, I always get stumped.  Especially when you see books such as these.

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Or find cute notepads like these.

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My fave.

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We ended up having coffee and cake/donut at Krispy Kreme.  This Oreo chocolate cake is too sweet even for my sweet tooth.

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We also dropped by R.O.X.  Mike was especially interested in this backpack/baby carrier.  Hello?

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After BHS, we decided to go to another place I’ve never been to: Tiendesitas.  My gad, I should go back there.  There were too many Kenneth Cobonpuenish furniture.  Closed na nga lang when we got there so all we did was drink, eat, and make fun of the scantily clad showband singers.  No, I don’t have photos.

But what made the day really special was when Mike surprised me with these.

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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Alam n’yo ba…

3 Sep

…kung sinong babaeng malaki ang balakang ang magse-celebrate ng birthday bukas?

ME. MYSELF. AND I.  I’ll be three decades old tomorrow, September 4.

And this woman.

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B turns 28 tomorrow, September 4.  Send her my greetings please!

Last night at Cubao X

14 Aug

Went to Cubao X last night for the Cubao leg of the Manila Design Week.  I don’t know about the other events, but there they were promoting the fusion of art and music.  Hence, the bands and the simultaneous exhibits in the art spaces.

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For a change, the place was brimming with life, since everytime I go there, it seems that the only place within Cubao X that gets filled is Mogwai.

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Markus Highway was playing when we arrived.

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And my college mate Wanggo Gallaga was hosting.

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I noticed that a lot of guys there were sporting Tom Babauta hair.

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Bookay Ukay was there selling, well, books.  Ang ganda ng collection nila ha.

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Later, Mike and I went inside Heima to watch Dada Docot’s unfinished docu about Pinoy domestic helpers in Hong Kong.  It looks very promising.

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Heima, by the way, sells Lomo cams.  And really cute furniture (sorry, I forgot to take pics).

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Inside Pablo gallery was an exhibit of old LPs.

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O di ba?  Kumusta na kaya si Lady Guy?

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Wanggo announced that Sandwich would play Rockeoke style.  Kaso hindi na namin nahintay at umuwi na kami. Iba na talaga ang tumatanda.