Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Well, if you haven't, let me take you there through the following photos I have taken:
Friday, December 21, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
... and got my shoes wet...
... got bruised on my arm...
... and got penalized for breaking a branch...
... got mud on my shirt...
... and got bitten by ants...
But I don't mind ' coz these pics go out to the ones I love.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
My first stop therefore is to see Pag-asa and other Philippine Eagle at The Philippine Eagle Center. Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Mount Apo, the Philippine Eagle Center is the Philippine Eagle Foundation's facility for the care and propagation of the endangered Philippine Eagle. The center is a captive-breeding facility designed to help increase the eagle's number, thereby avoiding extinction.
Primarily a research facility, the Center is also a vital education venue and a key tourist attraction where visitors are given a glimpse of the country's forest ecosystem. It is located in Malagos, a 45 min drive from the city center. Aside from being a temporary home for the eagles, it also hosts other animals that are native to Davao's dwindling forest like deers, wild pigs, crocodile, monkeys and other birds.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The following photos were taken during my trip there last year. Pardon the because these shots were taken using my old low-res sony cybershot digital camera:
From the City proper, it took us almost two hours to reach Barangay Cabayugan in Sitio Sabang. Then, from Sabang Beach,we had about thirty-minute boat ride to reach the Park.
Upon arrival to the site, what will greet you is the powdery white sand of the beach front leading to a mini-forest trail. Then, you have to wait in line for your chance to ride another boat that will tour you inside the cave.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The photos above were taken during my trip to the Crocodile Farm and Nature Park in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Located in Barangay Irawan, the farm is a joint venture between the Philippine and Japanese governments. The idea is to breed the animals in captivity and eventually harvest them for the meat, skin, and whatever a crocodile has that is valuable. There is a fifteen minute film-showing followed by a tour around the area where you can see the crocodiles in various age. You can even hold a young crocodile for posterity for just a minimum fee. The museum needed a little work done on its displays, but it did have the skeletal remains of the largest crocodile caught in the Philippines.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Here are some of the pics I have taken while I was on the beach overlooking the hills and shots I have taken while I was on the hill overlooking the beach:
Monday, November 12, 2007
We stayed overnight at the Coco Grove Beach Resort located in the Municipality of San Juan. For features of the resort please click here. The beachfront of the resort is truly amazing with its white sand and coral formation at the sea side. However, is you want to go swimming, you have to walk to a neighboring resort where the sand is finer and there are less rocks and stones at the shore.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
They say Siquijor heals the spirit of any weary traveler with its peace and tranquility. So before our venture the mountains of the island and explore the its folk traditions of healing rituals, it was only proper that we offer prayers and visit its famous Christian churches.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL OF YOU!!!
I am now in the Mystic Island of Siquijor. My itinerary includes visits to the famous old churches of the island, then I will also be going up to the mountains made famous by faith healers and mambabarangs.
Will I see ghosts, aswangs and lamang lupa? We will see. I'll keep you all posted. If I do comeback alive. (Insert twilight zone soundtrack here)
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
In 1599, the convent was made a house of studies of grammar, headed by the Visayan linguist, Fr. Alonso de Mentrida.OSA It also served as a rest house for missionaries working in the province and as a retirement home for the aged and the sick, usually attended to by a lay brother.
The church has always been the Sanctuary of the Sto. Niño, under the custody of the Augustinians. The number of priests assigned to the church varied from three to five aside from one or two lay brothers."
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Although the original cross erected by Magellan and his men in 1521 may no longer be there but the kiosk is a potent symbol of the presence of Catholicism in the Philippines. The kiosk is made of coral stone while its roof is made of teja or clay tiles. It is a landmark of Cebu City and synonymous to the city which proudly emblazons it as its corporate seal.
The kiosk of Magellan's Cross is very significant in the sense that it reminds everyone who go to the site that almost five centuries ago, the Christian faith was brought to Cebu and from thence to the entire Philippine archipelago."
The text and photo above were lifted from postcards that I have bought from the Museum of the Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño De Cebu.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Our next stop is Fort San Pedro. Built primarily to protect the Spanish settlers from attacking the pirates in the area, this fort witnessed the different changes in the history of this island until much of it was destroyed during the Japanese occupation when it served as a prison camp.
Monday, October 22, 2007
It really is very unfortunate that it is raining in Cebu when I visited the monument so the sky is a bit gloomy. Anyways, let me share to you some of the pictures I have taken of the monument:
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I recently had a trip to Cebu City. Known as the "Queen City of the South", it boasts of a rich social, economic and religious history. Commerce and recreation blend harmoniously in Cebu. Cosmopolitan lifestyle in a provincial rustic ambiance permeates the air. The combination of different people, from Cebuanos with thick accents to foreign and local tourists, Cebu is really a mixture of people and culture.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I must admit that I am not a fan of caves. This probably is only the third time I have entered a cave. The first time, if I remember it right is the Crystal Cave in Baguio which I visited with my family when I was still a kid. The second cave I have visited is the Underground River Cave in Palawan a couple of years ago. So this is, as far as I can remember, only the third time that I will enter a cave.
The Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol is the most well known and easy to reach cave on the island of Panglao. HInagdanan means "laddered" mainly because of the large number of stalactites hanging from the ceiling and matching stalagmites sticking out of the earth below them. The cave leads to a large underground cavern, that contains a pond. Its underground pools with their limestone bottoms glimmer clear and green, however, it is not advisable to swam in there because it is not clean. What makes this cave really amazing is the cave is lit up dramatically by natural skylights that enters from two holes at the cave's roof creating an eerie and remarkably beautiful natural effect.
Here are some pics I have taken of the cave. (Pardon the shots 'coz it is really dark in there):
Monday, October 08, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
I proceeded last week to my favorite travel agency for them to process my renewal for a fee of one thousand five hundred. I feel that the fee is fair enough considering that I got to avoid waiting time as well as gasoline and travel expenses. However, to my surprise, according to new DFA rules and regulations, effective October 1, 2007 all passport applicants, either new or renewal, should appear personally to the DFA. So, I have to go to DFA-Manila to personally appear before the processors of DFA.
My travel agency scheduled my appearance last Tuesday but since it coincides with a previous appointment, they re-scheduled my appearance on Wednesday. So I filed a "Government Transaction Leave" in my office and scheduled my self to Manila on Wednesday.
I left Cabanatuan at 8 in the morning and because of the heavy traffic in Bulacan and Manila, I arrived in DFA at around 12 noon. I had my lunch there and proceeded to the Passport Section at around 1 pm where a representative from an affiliate of my Travel Agency is waiting for me.
There are lots of applicants that day that I have to endure a waiting time of almost two hours before my application is processed. Actually, it only took about 5 minutes for the whole appearance thing that includes signing and thumbmarking. The rest of the time is really just for waiting.
I also appreciate the fact I have an agent because some applicants took almost forever to have their applications processed. Further, there are lots of fixers in the area that victimizes unknowing clients, so you just have to beware.
Processing of passport normally takes about 12 days, so I have to wait for 12 more days to have my new machine-readable passport. My Travel Agent shall personally deliver that to me in Cabanatuan City.
I left Manila at around 5 pm and arrived home at about 9 pm.
For those who have to apply for a new passport, you can do any of the following:
1. Do it yourself. Go to DFA-Manila and endure the long lines of applicants. Prepare to pay P750 (express-5 days) or P500 (regular).
2. Get assistance from Travel Agencies. They will do all the works for you for a one-time fee of P1,500.00.
3. Apply online in Pilipinas Teleserv. Just go to the link and follow instructions there.
In any case, personal appearance is required.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Aside from being the cradle of Oriental Negros' sugar industry, Bais City has become famous for its dolphin and whale watching packages that continue to enthrall lovers of gentle cetaceans who troop to the city in the months of May to September to cruise along Bais City where if you are lucky, these entrancing mammals, untrained, leap and glide in a delightful acrobatic shows.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Call us nostalgic but we really can't help reminiscing about what we went through last year. Today we can only smile and tell our parts of the story but we really feel how our Barristers are feeling right at this moment. My friend even quipped that even if you offer her one million pesos, she will not take the Bar exam again. I said make it 3 million and I may reconsider (Just kiddin').
The ambiance may be different, because of a Supreme Court Order, there are less activities in the morning. However, come 3 pm, the Festivities has begun: the drums and the cheers has started. Based on my personal experience, I prefer that drum beats be forever prohibited because it really distracted me last year. The room where I was assigned to last year was not totally soundproof and I can hear the beat of the drums as early as 3 pm. Just imagine the beat of the drums chorusing with the beat of your heart. There could be panic attack right there.
But hey, supporters are supporters no matter what. They really mean no harm but just wanna cheer you up after eight grueling exams.
So, after four years of law school, six months of review and a month of examination. It is now time for five to six months wait.
Been there. Done than. Now... it's time for the post-traumatic bar exam syndrome to begin.
To all my friends who took this year's exam, you can hold my hand anytime.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Our first stop is the Chocolate Hills. It took us almost an hour and a half from Panglao to Carmen, Bohol where portions of the hills are located. Although it is a long drive, you won't get bored of the road side sceneries which includes the man-made forest, Loboc River and Nipa/Coconut plantations.
Once you have reached Carmen, you have to climb a stair of about 200 steps to reach the top of one of the hills. A beautiful marker (shown below) shall greet you.
On the observation deck atop the hill, the view is definitely breath-taking.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I chanced upon this site which tells us what does my birthday mean and just for fun, I am posting the results here:
|Your Birthdate: September 8|
Your strength: Your undying determination
Your weakness: You require an opulent lifestyle
Your power color: Plum
Your power symbol: Dollar sign
Your power month: August
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Presenting Mr. India, purportedly one of the most gorgeous guys in the world:
And now presenting, his challenger... Mr. Philippines:
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Me: Why do you have to order something we both don't eat?
Her: I dunno. Maybe I want to try something new.
Me: Well... Are you gonna eat it?
Her: If I do, will you try it also?
Me: Nah, I don't eat something I don't like.
Her: That's the problem with you, you are too safe.
Me: What? What the heck has food got to do with me being safe?
Her: I want change!!!