Monday, August 30, 2010

Cebu City, Philippines Part II

Second day was falls day. Three things to hate on this day:
1. Did not bring a tripod - running water photos were really bad.
2. It rained the night before the day we went to visit. - Water colors wasn't blue, it was like a coffee with cream
3. Since it rained, the steps were slippery.2 Things I enjoyed: 1. Food was great even if the serving isn't that big.
2. The raft was fun under the water falls, got a free massage!

Third day was slow, we only have one place to go, Mango Factory. It was the 7D Factory, we didn't find the unpacked dried mangoes and the per kilo being sold. Instead, we got this cheaper dried mangoes, sealed with its famous packaging. The mango candies were great including the mango puree. Factory prices are always way much cheaper.

Well, not to mention tracking of these products that adds up the prices when delivered to grocery stores. Fourth day was the most tiring but the most adventurous, Off we went to Plantation Bay Resort, a five star hotel and resort. This is the most gorgeous place I've seen in Cebu, located at Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City. We got a little pissed cuz the taxi driver said we might pay 300-500 for the taxi fare. Instead the meter only reached just a hundred and .... He doesnt know the place. He even dropped us off to the wrong place. Good thing it was just a block away from the gate. Yes, we still have to walk through the receiving area which was like 50meters away. They have a couple of Korean hotel receptionists. And Voila! there in front of you is the 11.4 hectare amenities. I love the saltwater lagoons and freshwater pools. Totally awesome landscapes with its different islands surrounding Plantation Bay.

Another destination was Lapu-lapu shrine. The place is like a school playground. As soon as you walk inside, little school girls in maroon colored uniforms are walking and chatting. Some of them were playing and some of just there chatting with friends. What makes the place nice is that it cleanliness is being observered and fresh air is exemplary.


Cebu Trip

We went to Cebu City as a travel hop for my birthday on the 20th. Cebu is well known for exporting dried mangos and the yummy danggit! Also known as established by Spaniards with its rich culture and as a catholic region. I do admit that I didnt like the weather, it was also cloudy.

We took the 4am flight to cebu since we have planned to go to Kawasan Falls in Badian which will take 2.5-3hr-bus ride. It was past 6am when we reached Cebu City so we decided to go the next day. First off, we went to eat to Abuhan restaurant. They have 3 branches calles Abuhan, Abuhan Dos and Tres. We went to a nearby hotel branch which is Abuhan Dos, just beside Robinson Mall. Abuhan's specialty is pochero. I didnt have an idea how pochero looks like until it was served right in front of me. I described it as a bulalo look-alike, tastes like bulalo but better. And I thought it was color red. I love the soup, its pork were big together with some bones. I love the taste of ginger.

A calm and serene place located on a mountainside lies the Taoist Temple. It has a fascinating view overlooking the city and its along side mountains. Fresh air, lush gardens, shrines and Taoist Gods statues. The place is neat, maintained by Filipinos. And oh, great news, its free! Just No picture taking of the statues and be silent. This is a sacred place.

Cebu City is a smaller version of Manila but of fresher air and cleaner streets. The only tallest building visible to me was Crown regency where you can try some adrenaline rush for its Skywalk Adventure. No, I didn't want to try. I thought, they will be charging me for waiting. Waiting when to get ready to get myself into the edge of the building. I'm not ready for that. Speaking of Christian, Sto Nino Basilica. Typical Spanish Church. Though with a very nice nave ceilings with its dome paintings. When you go out of the church there's this hallway that leads you through the church offices and a souvenir shop. The hallway was filled up with old paintings, from the history of Magellan's introduction of Christianity to Lapu-lapu and the portraits of parish priests who served terms in the church.

The sky was cloudy, there was a little fall of rain. We still managed to go see Fort San Pedro, similar to Intramuros, more maintained and has more to see. Old bricks, walls, historic corridors in chateaux with some old house and war canyons. There are some nice plants, flowers and trees too.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Summer is officially over.

Rainy season has began.
My summer ended with the wildest fun in Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Time to clean up.

Em and I were chatting and end up with Hugh Dancy, a British actor who usually play a charming role on love-story-themed-movies. We googled him right away and found out that his wife is Claire Danes. This comes up under Controversy on Danes' life in Wikipedia: In 1998, just after the filming of Brokedown Palace in Manila, she was quoted in Vogue as saying that Manila was a "ghastly and weird city."She further remarked in Premiere that the city "smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over and that there is no sewage system and the people do not have anything—no arms, no legs, no eyes."

People were ferocious of what she said and even declared as Persona Non Grata. I've been here in Manila for almost 6yrs. Commute is a part of my life here. And I can say that
one part of what she said is right. Manila overall doesn't smell rats and cockroaches, but there are places in fact, quite many. I tell you, I even know when to hold my breath so I won't smell the rotting garbage. Filthy streets and the worst stink of canals.
I hope the election candidates did well on removing their craps on Manila walls. And I hope they would prioritize cleaning up the city. And we, people, should start to know proper disposal of waste.

Picture here in the right is one of the many garbage you will see. I forgot to upload this one last night, just as I was on my way home and thinking about the stinking smell.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Unlucky but good day.

Friday, May 14th.

I am headed for a photoshoot with friends.
My friends Ren and Bam just arrived from Oman and needed me to bring the wedding souvernirs to Lancaster Hotel where they were staying. It's Friday, Mamang Pedicab can't get me a taxi outside the apartment so I decided to take the jeep since Gretel was already at the Shaw MRT station. I have a backpack, a body bag. and 2 plastic bags with the wedding souvenirs. I managed to bring all of them to where I was going except for one, my precious iPhone :(

I tried to call Gretel before I get in the train but I saw it approaching so I hurriedly put it in my pants right pocket. I am aware that there was like 10 people including me, waiting for other passengers to alight the train. I was the first person to enter the train but people were rushing to get in. As soon as I got in, I put the 2 plastic bags and checked my phone. It was gone. Shaw is the next station from Boni, I even checked the train If the phone just fell off but it was long gone. I waited for about 15-30mins near Shangri-la for Gretel hoping she'd pass by but didnt see her. I even asked to page her and was paged for about 4x. I thought Gretel was real impatient, got pissed off already. As I was about to leave I asked the guard if no one went looking for me and thank God she was on her way there.

She said she was really pissed off. But as soon as she learned someone took my cellphone, she gave way and she said she's gonna give me all the right to get mad. LOL.

Went over to Lancaster.
No internet. I have other friends, waiting for me.
Toti was already agitated, but felt sorry.
Dhanelle and Paula was patient enought to wait for me. They were still there at Betty Go when we got there in a cab.
They said they were calling me but the bastard who took my cellphone was cancelling the call.
My last problem was Margot, I couldnt get an internet connection or even Gretel's GPRS failed.

We were already at Mark's house where there was this notebook in a dollhouse.
There was a free wifi access from the mansions beside their house. Ayus!
Was able to make a wall post in Facebook looking for Margot, she didnt read the message.
Thanks to Angel for providing the number. Margot was patiently waiting in Gateway.
Meet-up is supposed to be 9am. I called past 12pm.

Summer Goddesses was a success.
Thanks for Mark and Tita for the venue, models Gretel Margot and Paula.
Photogs Dhanelle and Toti.

Good thing there was a photoshoot to divert my attention of my snitched cellphone.
I have a new one now sooo. I know I can no longer bring it back. I dont know how Tracer works cuz I dont have a Serial Number noted.

The after party was hilarious I got drunk with Cuervo.
Thanks for making it a good day super friends!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Anawangin: Second time around

My summer began early on the 2nd week of January with Jay's family. But this is the first outing I had with friends.

My G53 Eng'g friends originally planned to go to Nagsasa Cove. No, can't do. We arrived late as in late in the afternoon un San Antonio. Sea waves are a little unpredictable if we decided to go in at 2pm.

We woke up as early as 4am even if we stayed up late. Took a shower and headed to the terminal.
There was too much of a crowd. I realized it was a long weekend and everyone's going to the beach! Line is piled up. We should've rented a van instead. We don't have a choice. I had to fall in line.
We left the house at 5am but we left Manila at 8am already. Crappy system you got Victory Liner. It was a like 2 years since the first time I went to Zambales, we're supposed to take the Manila-Iba destination but the first bus took off at 6am. They have released the tickets for about 4am already. I asked one Manong over the counter, he said it will only take 2hrs to Olongapo cuz the bus is taking the Subic something expressway. Ride went for 3hrs. Another 45mins to San Antonio. Went to buy food from the market and off we went for a tricycle ride for about 15mins to Brgy. Pundaquit.
Good thing we have a contact, Thanks to the boatman Bornok for the warm welcome and for taking care of us. 

Anawangin was nearly fully booked when we arrived at around 4pm. It wasn't the same since I first came. There was way too many people camping with various kinds of tents. There was a new wooden bridge made which I honestly don't know its purpose since most of the people cross the lagoon having more fun wading in the water.

  • We had fun bringing along the cards playing 1,2,3 pass!
  • Cheered over silly but funny jokes.
  • Ate adobo, porkchop, laing and bicol express bottled but hell it tastes good.
  • Endured the hot weather even on night time.
  • Fun setting my baby Velkan's timer and taking group shots.
  • Heared "Nasan si Verns?" and someone will answer where she is over and over again.
  • Few shots of Fundador
  • Passed out
  • Wake up feeling the cold air.
  • Noodles breakfast with the famous Baker's Plaza asado pandesal and bacon and cheese bread.
  • And seeing the breath-taking Capones Island.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Aliwan Festival

I could use an energy refill from you if life is like Mafia Wars. I came late to a Digital Photographer Philippines Mandaluyong Group rendezvous. I was the only one they're waiting so we could go to MOA. I was quite hesitant because of the weather. Damn sunny. Real sunny.

There was only like 12 delegates on the 1Million-prize-contest. Every group represents a province outside the metro. Every team donned colorful garments, make-up and even hairstyles. I don't know if this list completes the Contingents:

1. Panagbenga Festival – Baguio City
2. Kiling-Kilingan Festival – Penablanca, Cagayan
3. Caragan Festival – Mabalacat Pampanga
4. Halamanan festival – Guiguinto Bulacan
5. Halamang Dilaw – Marilao, Bulacan
6. Boling-Boling Catanauan, Quezon
7. Lapay Bantigue Festival – Masbate
8. Kasanggayahan Festival – Sorsogon
9. Dinagyang Festival – Iloilo City
10. Kasag Festival – Banate, Iloilo
11. Pasaka Festival – Tanauan Leyte
12. Tuna Festival – General Santos City
13. Tamfaken Lum-alay – Tampakan South Cotabato
14. Zamboanga Hermosa Festival – Zamboanga City
15. Buklod Festival – Maguindanao
16. Padang Padang Festival – Parang Maguindanao
17. Talakudong Festival – Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat
18. Pakalog Festival – Pasig City
19. Pajotan – Kalookan
20. Sinamba sa Paraw Regatta – Iloilo City
21. Lakbayaw Festival – Tondo

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Contingents were obviously tired even before the street parade started. All dried up from the sun. Good thing water was abundant, SM people took the advantage selling water for 20pho. I know the original price is 18php inside the mall.

Photographers, pro or not are also over the place taking every shot they need.

As the contest started, I had to rest at the back of the photographer's area and decided to go home later on. I didn't want to see the street dance at all. All my energy has been used. I couldn't stand the heat of the sun.

Anyway, here are some of the moments I have captured. Enjoy!