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Top 5 Budget Hotels In Boracay

While Boracay remains a world-class tourist destination that hosts a vast number of luxurious and renowned hotels, the island still has a lot of affordable hotels and inns to offer. So, if you are bound for Boracay, and you are looking for the best and most affordable deal for your accommodation, make sure to consider these budget hotels in Boracay:

Bans Beach Resort

Bans Beach Resort

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Bans Beach Resort is a budget resort that is just situated three kilometers from the white pristine sands of Boracay, and just a few minutes away from the Station 2 D’Mall. For one thousand five hundred pesos only, Bans Beach Resort gives you an air-conditioned room with a set of modern amenities, such as a private bathroom, hot and cold shower, refrigerator, cable television and a Wifi access.

Rate per night: 1,500 PHP

Villa Romero

Villa Romero

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Situated just a few meters away from the famed Boracay White beach, lies a renowned budget hotel known as Villa Romero. The rooms offered by this budget hotel would usually cost around one thousand five hundred to three thousand five hundred pesos per night, depending on the size of the room and the type of accommodation.

Rate per night: 1,500 PHP

Banana Saging Guesthouse

Banana Saging Guesthouse
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Located in Bulabog Beach, Banana Saging Guesthouse offers their guests with an easy access to the best and liveliest activities that the island has to offer. From Banana Saging Guesthouse, you can take pleasure in visiting and touring Boracay’s finest attractions like the D’Mall, Boat Station 2 and Bulabog beach. On top of that, this budget hotel offers a wealth of comfortable amenities and unrivaled services like a massage center, a restaurant, water sports, a bar and a free Wi-fi access.  For the most part, the rates per room per night from this budget hotel would cost around eight hundred to one thousand pesos.

Rate per night: 800 to 1,300 PHP

B&B Resort

B&B Resort

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B&B resort is a tropical resort that offers affordable rates for their services and amenities. For the most part, their rooms would cost around seven to one thousand pesos per night. Aside from its quality and economical rooms, this budget hotel has competent, friendly accommodating personnel.

Rate per night: 700 to 1,000 PHP

Boracay Tourists’ Inn

Boracay Tourists’ Inn
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One of the most affordable inns and hotels in Boracay Island today is the Boracay Tourists’ Inn. For only nine hundred pesos, you get a luxurious and restful place that is equipped with air-conditioning, a cable TV, a private shower and a refrigerator.  Aside from offering affordable and luxurious rooms, Boracay’s Tourists’ Inn is also situated just a few steps away from the island’s seashore.

Rater per night: 900 PHP

You do not have to spend a fortune in order to get a luxurious and relaxing vacation in Boracay Island. Besides getting Cebu Pacific promo, you can also save a lot of money from your Boracay escapade by staying at a budget hotel. Aside from their economical rates, budget hotels in Boracay provide tons of amazing amenities as well.

 

About the Guest Author

This post is written by Melanie Sy, a traveller who wants to share her travel experience and adventures.

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Top Filipino Restaurants in London

Note: Here is a another guest post by Clare Carmichael, a food blogger from UK.

London is a great city and there’s so much to do you’re sure to have a whale of a time. The only problem is that the British aren’t exactly known for their cooking skills so if you’re sick of greasy fry-ups and equally-as-greasy fish & chips then why not go to one of the many Filipino restaurants in London and eat a bit closer to home?

Here are a few Filipino restaurants in London:


Lutong Pinoy Filipino Restaurant

– 10 Kenway Rd, South Kensington, SW5 0RR.

With the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Filipino Restaurant costing £8.00 it means you’re able to try as many Filipino delights at once AND not break the bank. Don’t worry if you’ve nothing to chat about over dinner as there’s a TV in the corner showing Filipino game shows! If you still have some room left at the end then it’s recommended that you order the Ginatanng Bilo-Bilo, which is a steaming bowl of sago and yam in coconut milk.


Josephine’s Filipino Restaurant

–  4 Charlotte St., Fitzrovia, W1T 2LP.
Here you can sample your favourite dishes from the Philippines! The restaurant opened in 1996 and has welcomed many celebrities through its doors including celebrity chef, Gino D’Acampo, Ricky Gervais, Ken Livingstone and many others. The most popular dishes at Josephine’s are Adobo, Lechon Kawali and Halo Halo. The restaurant also caters for parties, weddings and corporate events.

Photo Credit: Kake Pugh


Kusinang Munti

– 913 Garratt Lane, Tooting Broadway, SW17 0LT.
This restaurant serves the finest Oriental and Asian cuisines such as Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Halal, but specialises in Filipino delicacies as well. A buffet is available or alternatively you can order à la carte specialities such as kare-kare, dinuguan, binagoongang baboy and many more. Kusinang Munti seats up to 55 people and can be booked for parties and special occasions.


Port of Manila

– 129-131 Brackenbury Rd, Hammersmith, W6 0BQ.
Port of Manila has received the prestigious AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence so it must be doing something right! Their dishes are made using recipes from all over the Philippines and the staff is known to be extremely friendly and welcoming. The food is also available for takeaway, which is perfect if you don’t want to venture outside, but are in the mood for some lovely Filipino food. This establishment has also been frequented by many V.I.P. guests such as Ambassador Lagdameo, Sarah Geronimo and Sharon Cuneta.


Kika

– 228 St. Paul’s Rd, Islington, N1 2LJ.
This Filipino restaurant also serves organic food so it’s perfect if you’re looking for Filipino grub AND are health-conscious. This establishment is best known for its breakfasts and lunches and there’s also karaoke so why not make a full night out of it? Tasty Filipino food and then a singsong afterwards. Parties of up to 25 people can be catered for and there’s also a back garden where people can sit and watch the world go by.

Photo Credit: Ewan-M


Bintang Restaurant

– 93 Kentish Town Rd, NW1 8NY.
This restaurant, which opened in 1987, specialises in Pan Asian fusion cuisine and serves dishes from Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, of course! The interior consists of dark wood, bamboo plants and varied artwork. If you don’t like forking out for expensive wines you’ll be pleased to know that this restaurant has a BYOB policy so just head to the nearest shop and choose your own wine. If you want to celebrate there they accommodate parties of more than 15 people.


About the Guest Author
This has been a guest post by Clare Carmichael, a freelance writer for My Passion For Food and the hungryhouse magazine. The UK’s leading food delivery platform featuring restaurants from across the country including Nottingham, Glasgow and Birmingham.

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Best Things To Do in Cebu If You Will Win the Lottery

N.B: This is a guest post from Austin Weaver, a fellow Guest Blogger from MBG.

Cebu is quickly becoming one of Asia’s up-and-coming hot spots. So, anyone who pockets millions by getting lucky (or a big jackpot win from any lottery) should turn to this tropical island in the Philippines for some serious relaxation and respite. While the pristine white sand beaches and sparkling blue water might be free, some of the local attractions and accommodations can cost a pretty penny. Here are a few of the best things any lottery winner can do in Cebu to celebrate their giant win!

Check into a fabulous hotel.

Nothing says luxurious seclusion like a hotel set on 1.4 private hectares, including the largest privately-owned waterways in the world. Having correctly guessed the Mega Millions winning numbers, you can clearly afford the Quantum Villa, a colonial suite with 4 separate bedrooms and a private pool, for $800 per night.

For those lottery winners with kids in tow, the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa is the place to stay. The garden retreat not only has the most opulent spa in the region, but it also has a state-of-the-art Adventure Zone and mini golf for the kids; a great combination. Reserve a luxurious suite in the Ocean wing and benefit from a wide array of perks including a private concierge, access to the Ocean Club Lounge and the CHI spa.

For those looking to steer clear of the crowds, book ahead to reserve one of Abaca Boutique Resort’s 9 coveted guestroom.  Request the Seaview Pool Villa for $630 a night and take in the stunning views of the Hilutungan channel and stunning Filipino-inspired architecture and design of a private, 125 square meter paradise, complete with personal infinity pool, garden and outdoor shower.

Eat the best dishes Cebu has to offer.

Those lottery winners who chose to check into Abaca Boutique Resort don’t have to travel far for some of the best cuisine on the remote island. The hotel’s onsite restaurant ranks among the top in the region, serving fresh California-Mediterranean fare by world-renowned chef Wade Watson.

But if you are really seeking to take in the local waters, head to Olio Bar and Restaurant for a taste of the world’s best oysters, served up 8 different ways. Opt for the 7-course prix fixe tasting menu to experience an unforgettable dinner filled with the freshest lobsters, scallops, beef tenderloin, lamb, seafood, strawberry sorbet and tiramisu. All that plus wine for only $48.

Or, if you want something more ethnic, you can try their PUSO (Rice cooked inside a heart-shaped coconut leaves.  See photo above.)  Enjoy the experience of eating a heart-shaped riced for the first time.

Have some fun!

With millions in their bank accounts, any lottery winner deserves to have a little fun on their Cebu getaway! That’s where Thresher Shark Divers comes in. Based on Malapascua Island, right off the northern tip of Cebu, this diving company sets itself apart by offering superb diving lessons and outings in the most stunning reefs. The company policy is to only take out 2-4 divers at a time to keep things intimate and give every diver the personal attention they deserve. So sign up soon for the scuba adventure of a lifetime.

Between beachfront resorts, 5-star restaurants and ultimate adventures, Cebu seems like the perfect playground for a recent lottery millionaire. I hope the lottery results tonight come out in your favour and see you in Cebu!

Photo Credit: Jaypee David of http://www.enjayneer.com
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Azkals Sports Bar Hosts Cebu Bloggers Anniversary Party

Photo from Azkals Sports Bar and Grill Facebook Fan Page

Azkals Sports Bar and Grill is the official event venue partner of Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc.’s 4th anniversary dinner party.  Azkals is one of Cebu’s hippest and newest restaurant-bar located at Treehouse Bldg.,Ramon Aboitiz Street – just right next to back-gate of St. Theresa’s College.

The sports bar is named after the Philippine Football team “Azkals”.  The owners themselves are pure-blooded Azkals fans.  Sports enthusiasts, Azkaleros, and anyone who want to experience a cool dining and hang out experience are invited to check and have fun in the sports bar.

Aside from the usual sports bar and restaurant accommodation, Askals Sports Bar and Grill also accommodates small events like kids and adults birthday parties, business assemblies, meetings and group gatherings.  The bar can accommodate 40 to 50 persons.

And, good news for bloggers or anyone who loves to always go online, Azkals Sports Bar offers free Wifi and it also has its own car park area.

For reservation or inquiry, you may contact these numbers – 9153433251 and 2391967, or email azkalssportsbarandgrill@gmail.com.  You can also check Azkals Sports Bar in Twitter or their Facebook fan page.

About Cebu Bloggers

There is only one blogging group in Cebu that continues to thrive in reshaping the online publishing norm in the locality, and introduces a new form of media to the locales, bringing citizen journalism and independent online publishing to the next level.  Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. empowers the common people to know their rights and capabilities toward information dissemination which also changes the way they consume them.

Read the rest of the article here.

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SM Seaside City Cebu Soon to Open at SRP

I heard that this is one of the biggest malls SM is currently developing here in CebuSM Seaside City Cebu is designed by Arquitectonica, an international architecture, interior design and planning firm from Miami, Florida.

It is said that this first-of-its-kind urban development at the SRP will dramatically change the landscape of the city with its nautilus-inspired design of expanding, concentric arcs from a central multi-purpose space.  To give you a clearer picture see photos below.

Aerial View-Master Development

Exterior View-Mall

The 304,100 sq. m. mall will consist of a Hypermarket, Department Store, Retail Shops, Restaurants, Junior Anchors, 5 SM Cinemas, Imax Theatre, Bowling Centre, Ice Skating Rink, Roof Garden, Covered Event Area, Theatre, Covered Parking, Public Transport Interchange, and a space for 800 Tenants (Food and Non-Food). A 100-meter Iconic Viewing Tower and The Cube structure are also being proposed to be part of the over all mall properties.

More details about its design here. Read their latest press release here.

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Pitogo Island – Cebu’s Close Neighborhood

Cebu is closely surrounded by three big neighboring islands – Negros, Leyte, and Bohol. Among these three islands, Cebuanos often visit Bohol because of its world class tourist destinations and white sands beaches. These beaches are located mostly in Panglao Island.

Though I’ve been to Panglao and its neighboring islets several times already, I still can’t get enough and wanted to spend my vacations there again and again. But, this post is not about Panglao, this is all about Pitogo Island. This, may be is the first time you heard about Pitogo. So let me introduce it to you.

Pitogo Island

A shot from “Moto”.  That’s barangay Lapinig, part of the island municipality of Pitogo.

Pitogo Island or President Carlos P. Garcia is an island municipality surrounded by four big islands – Mindanao, Samar, Leyte, and Cebu. Residents in the island are mostly fishermen and farmers but there are also professionals like teachers, policemen, doctors, and nurses.

Though Pitogo is considered as a 4th class municipality, you’ll be surprised at how advanced they are now it terms of technology. Just a few years back they already have their own mobile satellites (Sun, Smart, & Globe), and just recently, everyone in the island now have an access to broadband internet. Aside from that, they also have their own hospital, clean port, and a tennis court.

Some of the island’s residents prefer to study here in Cebu than in Tagbilaran (Bohol’s Capital City). They believe that school institutions here have better trainings compared to the universities in their mainland.

Tourist Attraction

A lone fishing boat between the beautiful islets.

The island has no specific tourist spot or destination. Unlike Panglao, it has no white sand beaches and you need to take a long travel before you can find a decent beach. But, there’s one beautiful spot that attracts me a lot and I often visit every time I go there. It’s the “Moto”. I’m not so sure if I spelled it correctly but that’s how they called the place. I will take photos the next time I will go there. It has breathtaking views that are a must-see for every traveller.

How to Go There

If you are from Cebu, you can take a 4-hour direct route by taking a motorboat from Looc, Mandaue to Pitogo Port. That’s the fastest transportation you can have. But, if the weather is not good, you are advised to take the ferry boat (i.e. Ocean Jet) bound to Tagbilaran and then take a motorboat in Ubay which has a direct route to one of Pitogo’s tiny ports. You can also take a ship but it would take you like 12 hours to arrive there.

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Let’s Escape to Hidden Valley

Photo by Wantet

Tired of the sandy and sunny beaches? Wanted a total relaxation away from those noisy beach goers and drunk party animals? Then, you have an alternative escape – Hidden Valley Mountain Resort.

Hidden Valley Resort is one of Cebu’s untarnished mountain destinations.  It is located in Barangay Lamac, Pinamungajan, which is about 2 hours from the city. It is 8 kilometers away from Lutopan, Toledo and 14 kilometers away from Poblacion, Pinamungajan.

Hidden Valley is surrounded by mountains and forests, which made it an ideal vacation spot for people who yearn absolute relaxation and peace of mind.

Photo by Wantet

The resort is managed by Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LMPC).  For bookings and reservation, please contact 032 516-0450.

N.B.: Hidden Valley is the official resort of Tsinelas Associaton and Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. Computer Literacy Outreach this coming 24th and 25th of April.

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Let’s Party to Paradiso!

Can’t get enough of summer?  Here’s another summer event that would surely get you wild and wet.  PARADISO: The Ultimate Summer Kick-off and Outdoor Dance Party.  This ass-kicking summer gig will be happening this  17th of April at Tambuli Resorts– East Wing, Mactan, Cebu.  Gates will be open by 1PM and the party will start from 3PM onwards.  There will be a Sunset Chill-out Session, BBQ Party, VIP Area, Activity Booths, a Visual Show Arts by 9PM, and a lot more.  Invite your friends now and get get ready to rock your summer!

PARADISO is summer’s ultimate outdoor and dance party. Last year, Paradiso 2009 set the standard. This year, don’t miss out as we raise the standard higher. We are kicking-off the beginning of summer this April 17, 2010 (Saturday) at the Tambuli Resorts-East Wing.

Feel the vibe and bring out the energy of Cebu’s clubbing scene to the beautiful shores of Mactan with the mixes of Encore and Natural Born Klubbers’ BOMBI “The Bomb” Balquiedra, Manolet Dario and Chico Cristobal on live guitars and Fusion recordings and The Suite’s FUNK AVY. Let loose to the mixes of Cebu’s own Lady DJ Nikki Taylor and VUDU’s resident DJs Maxie Perez and Marlon Orellano, with live tribal beats by DJ LEANDRO ZAYCO and The Patiqueros featuring the Hutaru Flare Troupe.

PARADISO beckons the collective vibes of beach and partygoers. Brace yourselves for massive sound, lighting and visual effects. Allow your senses to be captivated by a visual show that will embark you on an epic journey into a higher dimension. Be there and ascend to the island’s ultimate beach and dance event

PARADISO is presented to you by PLDT myDSL Beyond Broadband. In cooperation with Tambuli Beach Resort, Cebu Beach Club, Metrografix,Sunstar Daily,Sarmeinto Construction, San Miguel Corporation and Department of Tourism. Also brought to you by Y101-Always First, Havaianas, Proctor & Gamble , Nescafe, Nestea Fit, Island Souvenirs and Island Banca Cruises. And in part with Ila Puti, Cebu Central.Com, Kumpara 63.com. This event is powered by A. Salonga. For inquiries and ticket reservations, email paradisoevents@gmail.com or contact 0932.779.8689 or 0915.438.7351.

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Be Enamored @ Be Resorts Mactan

The beach front

I’ve never been to a resort here in Cebu wherein you can instantly see the beach front even if you are still standing at the entrance door of the main building.  It is only at Be Resorts (formerly known as Microtel) that I immediately see one, spruced with Greek-like architecture, carpeted with man-made white sands.

Be Resorts’ main reception area is covered with glass walls and lavishly decorated with Kenneth Cobonpue’s artworks.  Yeah, you read it right.  Kenneth Cobonpue’s.

Despite the affordable rate, which by the way, is now as low as Php 3000 (net twin sharing with breakfast), I think Be Resorts put justice in the word grandeur.  From their cool activity center, executive function rooms, comfortable and refreshing bedrooms,  enticing pool to limb twisting kayaking (which I enjoyed a lot), it is one great beach destination here in Cebu especially if you wanted to feel like you are in Greece. (:

Kayaking

Be Resorts is nestled in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island.  It is located minutes away from the Mactan International Airport and easily accessible via the Marcelo B. Fernan bridge.  For booking and reservations, contact the Cebu Sales and Reservations Office, Punta Engaño Road, Mactan Island, Cebu 6015, Philippines.  Telephone: (6332) 2368888 local 8800 (Sales); local 8832 (Reservations).  Fax: (6332) 236 8088.  Email: sales-mactan#beresorts.com.  Website: www.beresorts.com.

N.B.: The Php 3000 net twin sharing is a local summer promor rate.  Limited rooms only.

Photo Credits: Edcel Ceniza and Doyzkie Buenaviajie

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La Belle Aurore, Newest Bookstore in Cebu

Are you a self-confessed book maniac and page-turning addict who can’t live without molesting hundreds or thousands of bound leaf pages as part of your daily routine?  Do you intentionally confined yourself in your room and promised a six-dimensional non-living matter that you will stick with it through  thick and thin (the pages, of course)?  Then, you might want to meet “The Beautiful Dawn” aka La Belle Aurore.

La Belle Aurore is the newest opened bookshop in Cebu, located at Hernan, Mandaue City (just beside Jade’s Court).  This bookshop is owned by JB Lee, a self-confessed book lover, who believes that books must be well circulated so that it will attain its worth and value.  With currently over 3, 000 available titles being displayed in the shop, JB is still planning for an expansion.  He plans to occupy the 2nd floor of his shop to display a wider variety of affordable books.

La Belle Aurore’s books are way more affordable compared to 2nd-hand bookstores like Booksales and Cagnaan.  Book prices range from 70php and up.  Store hours is from 10am-9pm.  You can contact them at 0923-357-9159 or telefax 2380154. Email is labelleaurorebooks@yahoo.com.  You can also visit their multiply site to place orders and check titles.  Check the store’s sketch below.

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Enjoy Maribago Bluewater for Free

Photo by PinoyWorld

Yes, you read it right.  One of Cebu’s finest beach resorts is inviting again another batch of bloggers all over Philippines to have an all day stay in their blue water and white sand paradise.  And the key word here is, it’s for free.  You should check PinoyWorld’s post for the detailed guidelines.

If I will be asked what makes Maribago Bluewater totally different from other beach resorts I’ve known, then, my primary answer is definitely the way they market their services.  It’s actually the very first time that I heard of a high end resort that utilizes the credibility of bloggers, using their online power to reach international target markets.  This is one thing that lots of establishments haven’t realized yet.

Anyways, if given the chance, it will be my second time going there.  I went there last May with CBS, and we really had a great time together. Maribago Bluewater is a beach paradise carpeted with beautiful white sands; decorated with glorious pool bars, restaurants, royal bungalows; liven up with various leisure activities like  scuba diving, snorkeling, live entertainments, etc.; and crowned with Alegro Island, the spectacular 1.1 hectare man-made island which added charm and harmony to the whole resort.

For your convenience, below are a few Maribago Bluewater resources that you should check before you’ll go there.

For more details about Maribago Bluewater Cebu, you can visit their website.  Happy Blogging!

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CBS Castaways stirred Sumilon Island’s Silence

Where could you find a group of sociable cyborgs who has this “cam-whoring” personality disorder, but were courageous enough to play with big waves and survived a sandstorm?  They are a group of unique and happy individuals who love even the pettiest of things, and laugh at the cheapest and lamest of jokes.  Well, I’m referring to my fellow CBS barkada, the second main reason why I enjoyed our Sumilon Bluewater Island trip last 1st of August.

The main reason is of course, the island resort itself.  Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort is one of the finest Cebu destinations that I’ve been to, so far.  We were picked up by their three caravans at SM for a two and half hours of land trip to Oslob.  The road trip itself didn’t take so long because I didn’t notice the time since we were so busy with our chit chats and nonsense talks inside the van.

We arrived at Sumilon’s port area twenty minutes after we toured the whole island (in a pump boat) .  I noticed how raucous the whole gang every time the ocean waves carelessly wobbled the whole boat.  They screamed, laughed, shouted at each other, and others were amused looking at other people’s reactions.  A few were too busy capturing photographs and did some sight seeings at the upper deck.

And, at the very moment we set foot in Sumilon’s 24-hectare virginal island, the calm and still surroundings of the place was disturbed (I was the only one who noticed all these.  Hehehe).  The meek white sands sensed something is not all right, the old Ipil-Ipil trees bent their slender trunks to investigate, the white seashore waves moved closer to the seashore’s end to take a peek, the beautiful water in the infinity pool wanted to jump out to greet us, the kayaks at the small river’s end were nervous, the snorkels were optimistic, the delectable foods served on top of the table were scared, the famous white sandbar was unaffected, and the sandstorm had something deadly in mind…And wait, the innocent, chinky-eyed Koreans were dumbfounded. LOL!

Well, the rest of this careless, I mean carefree bunch of cyborgs was not aware of all these commotions.  They were too awed with the resort’s beautiful attractions, unaware that there were other creatures watching us, checking our every moves, listening to our thoughts (creepy).

Nothing can stop our giddy spirits.  It’s because when we entered the resort’s Island Pavilion (the building that houses the resort restaurant that serves delectable fare of local and international cuisine), a few heads turned, chairs and tables murmured at each other, and the mouth watering foods on the buffet table turned pale.  Once again, all of us (except me), noisy androids, were totally unaware how our presence affected the creatures around us.

After the resort background briefing, and after consuming our mid-morning snacks, we proceeded to check and to take photos of the island resort’s deluxe rooms.  And as expected, the harmonies of the cozy private verandas, comfortable lounge bars, privacy of the toilets and showers, and the coolness of the rooms’ mini bars, were soiled by the our unending “cam-whoring” sessions.

Famished after over an hour of whoring our bloody faces before our lowly and poor cameras, we voraciously  attacked all the mouth watering foods that were served on the buffet table.  These foods got no time to faint because they were already consumed before they could react.  Acid filled stomachs were their final destination.

Full and ready to ramble, we tried every possible island activity.  From snorkeling, paddle boating (kayaking), hiking (trekking) to skim boarding, swimming, and playing with the big waves (in the sandbar).  It was during our fun-filled-challenge-the-waves moment that we encountered the mischievous sandstorm.  While we held each other to face the big waves, we were surprised by a sudden violent rush of wind, and it only took us a few seconds to discover that we were already hit by a sandstorm.

It was like rain of tiny bullets were fired toward us.  The intensity of the ocean wind served as a momentum that ignited the fiery white sands to ambush us unexpectedly.  An angry current violently squashed us as we ran with all our might toward the safety of the caves at the seashore’s end.  It was like  a tragedy is unfolding on our very eyes as we ran for our lives, forcing our legs to run as fast as it can.  A few minutes later, we found ourselves groggy, tired, out of breath, and full of red patches.

Still not satisfied from our sandstorm encounter, we jumped in to the very relaxing water of the resort’s Infinity Pool.  There, we tried to relax our tired bodies and feed our eyes with the beautiful island sceneries.  From the magnificent ocean below the pool, the graying sky above us, the chirping of birds in the nearby tress, the salty humid air that caresses our tired senses to the “delectable” pretty Koreans squealing and playing at the other side of the pool…  It seemed like we were in paradise.

We ended the escapade with warm cups of tea and palatable plates of carbonara.  Thank you very much to Sumilon Bluewater for the very great and hospitable accomodation.  That trip was indeed one of our most memorable island adventures.

Photo Credits: Bryan, Atty. Ouano, Tiborsho, Xerxes, Mikyu.  Dili na nako maidentify ang uban.  Sori jud au.  Huhuhu.

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Maribago Bluewater – A Recall

Obviously, this is not my first post about Maribago Bluewater, but it was my first time going there last May along with my co-blogging cyborgs.  For all those people who don’t know, Maribago Bluewater is one of the finest beach resort here in Cebu.  Its world class amenities and high quality customer service made it one of the most sought tourist destination worldwide.

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort was established on July of 1989.  The establishment has a 50-50 recruitment process, that is, they hire employees 50% from agencies and another 50% from independent applicants.  Their target market is mostly foreigners, and the Japanese chinks topped their list of regular customers. These are few of the information I learned after the small conference they held.

One of Maribago Bluewater Cebu’s main attractions that captivated my interest and awed me a lot, is their man-made island.  I’ve been to a lot of resorts here in Cebu and outside the province, but I never seen such kind of attraction.  A man-made island a few meters away from the main beach is just simply terrific.  It’s just too bad we didn’t able to explore the place because our time was limited.

Anyways, there’s another good news.  Once again, the Maribago Bluewater management in cooperation with PinoyWorld, invite another batch of blogging cyborgs to visit their Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort.  This beach resort is located in Sumilon island, a 15-minute boat ride from the town of Oslob, Cebu.  For more information about this tourist destination, you can check their Sumilon Bluewater blog, or you can also watch the Maribago Bluewater video.

Photo Credits: Michelle

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La Maison, not for true-blue Pinoy

It was way back 2007 that I first went to this European resto with my colleagues.  We were actually with our Swedish boss that’s why we got no other choice, but to eat there.  I rarely go to this type of restaurant because I have limited budget, and also, I really find it impractical to spend my hard earned money to expensive foods.  I prefer to eat in carenderia (small local food stores) and pungko-pungko (street foods stored in carts or put up on small tables).

Honestly, I never learned to love eating European foods except pizza.  My first time eating a roasted lamb made me feel like I wanted to puke everything that I swallowed.  The smell really made me feel nauseated and I swore that I will never eat a roasted lamb again.  This may sound ridiculous to those people who are into European dishes, but may be, my taste buds are just so “Pinoy”.

It was last week of May this year that I had the opportunity of going back there again, since CBS had a small conference with Yehey.  The restaurant is now located at The Terraces inside Ayala Mall.  I noticed that its whole ambiance was changed and it’s more spacious than before.  Along with other CBS members, the Yehey team introduced us to its co-owner.  La Maison is teaming up with Yehey for their restaurant’s promotional campaign.

Among the courses on the menu that they served and that I could still remember were barkada ribs, classic gourmet platter, tostitos and seafood marinara.  There’s also a pizza, but I can’t remember what’s the flavor.  All the foods mentioned above didn’t make any impressions to me except the barkada ribs.  But still, while I was eating, I can’t help but compared it to Golden Cowrie’s.   Same with their tostitos that resembled Moon Cafe’s quesadillas, but can’t even be compared to its succulent taste and flavor.  And also, the fish fillet in their classic gourmet platter has this somewhat “non-salty” taste which definitely disappointed my very Pinoy taste buds.

And as for the quality of their service, I can’t really tell because it’s obvious that they were treating us well since we were there to criticize and blog about their place.  All in all, La Maison is an ideal restaurant for those people who loves and appreciates European dishes.  I won’t recommend it for true-blue pinoys like me whose taste buds are loyal to salty foods.

Photo Credits: Van, Miss Elaine, Doyzkie

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Maribago Bluewater Turns Bloody Red…

Once upon a weekend, in the beautiful island of Cebu, a throng of blogging cyborgs were invited to the pulchritudinous beach paradise which is sublimely located in the historic island of Mactan.  This mob of hyperactive cyborgs were very pleased that an inmate of theirs, Mr. Ruben of Pinoyworld, had specifically asked them to check his place of jurisdiction and blog about it.

Maribago Bluewater is the name of this tropical paradise.  All the “low-teched” cyborgs were so excited to see the place, and also,  to experience how it is to become human beings.  That’s why when everyone arrived at the venue, the Maribago royal slaves immediately catered to their needs.  The humanoids were treated to a very refreshing cold drink.  And most of the cyborgs concluded that it tasted like a seashell soup with a hint of lemon.

Later on, a pretty tour guide appeared and accompanied the whole gang to take a look at the whole resort.  All of the cyborgs were pretty excited.  They took pictures of almost all the living and non-living matters they saw as the tour guide stopped once in a while to give brief backgrounds of the resort’s amenities.  The thrilled humanoids had non-stop fun as they took photos as evidences, that for once in their bloody lifetimes, they had also experienced the high of becoming lowly human beings.  They were so delirious, they forgot to shut their bloody mouths and had kept the tour guide wondering what an “ORGY” is.  Every zombie lovers like the CBS cyborgs knew about it, but, unfortunately, the pretty tour guide had to ruminate about it for a long time before she got it.

After the tour session, the hyperactive blogging cyborgs were whisked to the resort’s conference room and had the chance to have small talks with its management team along with their PR manager, Mr. Ruben of PinoyWorld.  The humanoids, true to their ambitions of becoming real human beings were also treated to a very colorful and delectable afternoon tea.  While pigging with the colorful treats and assuming that they tasted how appetizing those were, a Q & A portion was also happening.

The cyborgs learned that Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort was established on July of 1989.  The establishment has a 50-50 recruitment process, that is, they hire employees 50% from agencies and another 50% from independent applicants.  Their target market is mostly foreigners, and the Japanese chinks topped their list of regular customers.  The resort, as a payback to the people living in the locale, gives special discount rates to them whenever they wanted to visit and avail the resort’s amenities and services.

The management had also confessed, that the resort business has also been affected by the global recession.  That is, the number of vacationers and tourists are lesser this year compared to last year.  And when asked about what makes Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort different from other high class beach destinations in the country, the management team said, that it is the kind of service they provided to their clients.  In Maribago Bluewater, they see to it that they not only make good business with their customers, but also good interpersonal relationship that would imprint better impression and higher customer satisfaction.

After the short conference, some of the rusty blogging cyborgs automatically transformed into their swimming costumes, shamelessly exposing their cybernetic organs.  And seconds later, the blue water of Maribago turned red and populated with millions of rust fungi.  On the other hand, the other half of the humanoids, spent their time sharing indiscreet talks.  Every now and then, they giggled, laughed and snickered as they dissected every fleshy gossips they could muster.

And the cyborgs visit was ended with a very sumptuous buffet dinner in the resort’s Allegro Restaurant’s poolside.  Since it was Saturday, the resto had their Barrio Fiesta specialty along with a special cultural dance extravaganza.  All the blogging humanoids enjoyed the mouth watering foods and cracked jokes over the performing dancers, for it’s the very first time that they saw people dancing with their butts out.  Hahahahahahaha!

N.B: Click here for the resort’s detailed information, and reservation.

Photo Credits: Doyzkie, Sir Ruben

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In the Company of Mom Concert Review

In lieu with the Cebu Bloggers Society’s advocacy, to promote Cebu thru blogging, we(I, X, Aileen and Atty. Ethelbert) went to the The CompanY and Aiza Seguerra’s Mother’s Day concert in Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City.  The concert presentation was specifically held in Teatro Casino of the said hotel.  MJ, the event’s production coordinator, invited us to attend the concert and blog about it.

Though we missed half of the show, we still thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the presentation.  We arrived at Teatro Casino around quarter to nine, and it was Aiza Seguerra’s very melodic, enchantingly soothing and soul captivating voice that greeted us as we were making our way to our seats at the back portion of the venue.

I’m really not that familiar with her songs, but all I felt while listening to her voice lulling the whole crowd, is that somewhat very refreshing feeling which penetrates your soul, though its lyrics is somewhat melancholic.  The tenderness of her vocal softly embraced my tired mind and body, and as I closed my eyes to fully enjoy the moment, it seemed like a cold breeze of summer wind subtly kissed my haggard cheek…or is it just the “aircon”? Hahahahahaha!

On the other hand, The CompanY had definitely delivered a very exceptional performance through out the whole concert presentation.  The blending of their voices was splendidly perfect.  Their solo performances were unique and flavorfully seasoned with faint humor.  Their stage presence was omnisciently beautiful.  And the lighting effects complemented the rhythmic velocity of their vocals.

Hahahaha!  Please give chance to a non-experienced music critic’s way of describing a concert performance.  I’m not really knowledgeable when it comes to this kind of stuff.  Anyways, after their performance, Miss MJ personally introduced us to them(The CompanY members).  She also introduced us to the production staff of the concert especially to Mr. Joey Nolasco(a fellow Cebuano), one of the producers.  And later, we had our picture taken with the performing artists.

N.B: At the center of the Queen City of the South is Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, one of the Philippines’ famous landmarks. Located 30 minutes from Mactan international Airport, and a stone’s throw away from the city’s financial district and best attractions, Waterfront Cebu city Hotel & Casino is the place to go and stay. (Source: Waterfront Hotel Cebu)

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Immortals in Moalboal 2009

This is a very late post, but, nevertheless, I am inspired to write about this because this is something that only happens once a year among my forum comrades in Immortality Forum.  We’ve been doing this for three years now and I’m expecting another outing next year.

First, I would like to thank all the the mortals who went there.  This is in random order.

I guess that’s it.  I hope I didn’t miss anyone.  I’m a little bit disappointed that a few important people didn’t manage to attend like MagicBeans Guy and Blink.

We actually planned this outing very early this year.  Would you believe that we started talking about this in the forum exactly on 11th of January?  Hahahaha!  And to think the actual outing was on 1st and 2nd of May.

We had lots of alternative venues.  At first, we talked about Sumilon, but when we checked the place online, we found out that the accomodation rates are in dollar value.  This means that we can’t afford it and we better check for another nice beach resorts, those ones with nice beaches, but with affordable rates.  We considered Camiguin and Bohol in our list, but these places are way too far from main Cebu.  Others find it a hassle both in transportation and time.  We checked a few others and then, at the end we decided to go to Moalboal, specifically, BigSand Campgrounds.

Because I was too excited, I phoned the resort immediately and made reservation for at least 20 people for an overnight stay.  After that I heard negative feedbacks from titah Binky.  She told us that the beach front of the said resort is no good and we should try another one.  At the back of my friggin’ head, I was a bit disappointed because the place is actually almost perfect.  I mean, with our number, we really need a big place and BigSand Campground’s accomodation is definitely big, but very affordable.  It is a two-storey, air conditioned cottage with tap water and fridge, and the place is private and safe.  I really don’t mind at all the beach front because I know that we can roam somewhere in the strech of beaches and find some nice shorelines.

Well, to make the story short, the bloody outing was pushed through.  Everybody was happy and I got drunk early in the evening.  Hahahaha.  Thanks to Nabet and Pepe for the CnT lechon donation and to Manash and Nabet for the free cottage fee.  Moalboal beach ain’t that great, but the people I was with were all awesome.  Labi na katong mga nangahubog, apil nako. Hahahaha.  Xie xie Ni and Jia You!

Photo Album 1, Photo Album 2

Photo Credits: Jeff Saberon “Doble” and Jolla Carmen Valencia “Mingo”

N.B: There’s still a 3rd batch of photos in isda’s cam.  I dunno why until now he hasn’t uploaded those yet.  Iya pa guro giorasyunan.  Unod Bukog, Bukog Unod.  Hahahahaha!

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Maribago Bluewater Summer Blowout

A fellow Cebu Bloggers Society member, Pinoy Blogger, just informed the group recently that there will be a free summer blow out this coming May.  This event will be sponsored by Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort in cooperation with Pinoy World.  This activity is actually open to all bloggers in Cebu, but most specifically to CBS members.

Free resort accomodations, fun games, and sumptuous foods are waiting for all the participants.  In the games, the lucky bloggers can win gift certificates and other freebies.  In order to participate to this great summer event, the blogger must visit Pinoy Blogger’s post and follow a few easy instructions to register.

The posted date of this event was set to 9th of May, but this is in conflict with the schedule of the iBlog Summit in Manila which will be held on the same date also.  The CBS VP for Events, Xerxes Bernadez,  asked Pinoy Blogger to move this activity to 16th of May.

For further details about this event please visit Pinoy World.  And if you wanted to know more about this beach resort, you can visit Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort’s blog.

Photo Credit: bluewateronline.wordpress.com

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ASKATO Trio at Seattle’s Best

After their hilarious body massage and farting session at Nua Thai, the Askato Trio proceeded to their next destination.

It was in Seattle’s Best located at The Terraces, Ayala Center. Here are photos to back up their bloody alibis.

Seattles Best

Seattle’s Best

There were just a few people when we came in around one in the morning.

Seattles Best Coffees

Seattle’s Best Coffees

We ordered Vanilla and Avocado Shakes, and Java Chip Coffee.

HUHU2

NBI Special Defective Agent HUHU2.

HUHU1

HUHU1

NBI Special Defective Agent HUHU1.

HUHU2

HUHU2

The ASKATO grand nanny…wahahahhahahaha…

The Askato Duo

The other Askato member refused to be molested photogically. Hehehehe.

More pics here.

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Warm Brownie Cup at La Marea

La Marea at The Walk

La Marea at The Walk

NBI Special Defective Agents HUHU1 and HUHU2 went to La Marea yesterday to chill out.  They were disturbed by Team Darwino’s mobs while they were working at their hide out.  HUHU2 treated HUHU1 a warm brownie cup.  HUHU2 was telling HUHU1 that La Marea’s warm brownie cup is very delectable, but HUHU1 can’t agree after tasting it.

Warm Brownie Cups

Warm Brownie Cups

The warm brownie cup which is for HUHU1’s estimation very expensive tastes like Ngohiong’s EXpress FOBI(Fried or Baked Ice Cream).  HUHU1 wanted to chill at that place again but won’t be eating any warm brownie cups.

A warm brownie cup tastes like champorado minus the vanilla ice cream

A warm brownie cup tastes like champorado minus the vanilla ice cream

NB: This post was inspired by Mindless Self Indulgence’s The Retard Song.  Click here to watch the MV of this song.

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End of December Wrap Up

[mwrap][dcap]T[/dcap]ime flies so fast I merely noticed it. Christmas was just over and New Year is just a couple of days away. Sayonara 2008, Ne Hao 2009! I’ve been busy with my crappy addiction of wrinkle-tear-jerker stuffs that I got no time to post anything here. I even became a gluttonous machine I suddenly have the phobia of looking at my face in the mirror. And because I feel like a walking Buddha, I noticed that I don’t socialize that much lately. Oh crap! Am I going back to my old-boring introvert self? Jia You EOD, this is not the time to accommodate set backs and personality problems!

Some people would definitely laugh at me if I’ll tell them that I’m an introvert and I really hate socializing and being observe at. Though I already surpassed that phase, I could still feel the old me kicking persistently, trying to slow down and change my current way of perceiving the world around me. Man, this is really getting creepier. I can’t believe I’m retrospecting at this very bloody moment. I should wake up now before I could scare myself away. Lolers!

Chrismas Dinner with Friends

Anyways, we had a Christmas dinner last Saturday with my friends at Moon Cafe. These people are the same mortals I hang out with since 2006 at a small beach resort in Marigondon(though we were in a big group that time). Titah Binky(she’s not really a “titah”, but I’m fond of calling her that way) was there with her usual authoritative and kinky self. Hehehe. I really look up at her because she really has this strong personality that could convince you that there’s really no point of being a coward. Manash, my close friend for almost nine years who I despised a lot at our first few meetings way back 2001. I can’t believe that she’ll become one of my few treasured friends since I really didn’t like her before. I guess I tend not to like her that time because she’s too much of an extrovert. Up close she’s really the type of buddy whom you can bring and hang out with anywhere. Her openness and high degree of friendliness attracted mobs of men, you can’t help yourself to wonder how she managed to accommodate them all(Hehehe. Peace Nash!).

Kiere was also there. I was a bit shocked when I saw her wearing a scarf and black tops and jeans. I was wearing the same though my scarf was of different color. I’ve also seen this mortal’s ups and downs in life. Though I know that she had coped up well, I can still feel the burden she’s carrying inside her until now. She actually cries a lot and very emotional. I guess we are in the same wavelength though I could say that I managed to avoid that kind of stuff for almost a year now. We actually had a lot of misunderstandings before, but we have quickly settled them down.

Blueberry and Gtboi were also there. I mentioned them as one since they are a couple and it would be awkward to mention them individually. Blueberry and I are friends for almost three years now. This girl awed me a lot because she has done a lot of impossible things that I can’t imagine myself doing. She’s definitely not your average type of lady. We really want to name her baby girl Blueberry Cheesecake, but it sounds crazy and cheesy. I wish her well and a safe delivery this coming March. Jia You, Jia You bai! Hehehe.

The people who were supposed to go there, but failed are Tats, Wasted and Caloi. Hmmmn…It was actually Tats who suggested to hold the dinner at 27th, but he’s the one who failed to come. He texted that he’s on his way to Zamboanga to attend the funeral of a relative. How sooo Gabino Ang! Caloi, on the other hand, had a Team Building, and Wasted spent her holiday vacation in Butuan(her hometown). Titah Binky texted Khalai and Twistedsui, but as usual they didn’t manage to come. We also texted and called Isda, but I guess he’s busy since he didn’t answer our call nor reply to our text message. We also missed Nabet and Pepe. They are busy making themselves rich in Singapore. Hehehe. Other people whom I haven’t seen since that first Christmas gathering in 2006 are Xidvicious, and Captain Poloi.

After our dinner at Moon Cafe we went to KartZone. We didn’t like the atmosphere there so we transferred to Off Roads.

Meme Disney Land

I guess I overly exaggerate when I stated that I didn’t socialize a lot. I did went to a meme disneyland last 20th to 21st of December and I did enjoyed the whole day tour though it was very exhausting. I arrived around nine in the morning and I was a bit embarrassed because they were all waiting for me(to think the only one I know in the group is my friend). The next day, my friend was forced to watch a Shoujo series since he got no other choice. I actually have an unpleasant reminder from that trip. I bumped my right leg into the sharp edge part of the antique table in one of the spots we visited. It really hurt a lot and as I checked it now it left a hideous coloring at my upper thigh.

Monkey Networks Christmas

Banilya, Vanilya, Balila, Banana…Hahahaha! Our company’s name is sooo unique, it garnered lots of bloopers. Now, I’m calling it Monkey Networks so that everyone will be happy. Our company is actually the very first tenant who occupied the TGU building here in IT Park and we are also the very first tenant who used their lobby. It is where we held our Christmas Party.

Banana Networks Christmas

Banana Networks Christmas

What a very long post! Xie Xie everyone for reading and visiting. Jia You, Jia You!![/mwrap]

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Halu-halo at Payag

It was one of those several trips that I enjoyed a lot. It’s not because of any grandeur or anything fantastic. It’s just because this trip in particular, though not stress-free, made me feel good about myself.

When I arrived at the terminal, I know that he’s already there. I was not sure how long, but I know that his eyes were only searching for me among the arriving crowds. Well, that’s what my instinct told me.

It’s actually a great feeling that once in a while you give yourself a chance to escape from the tedious bustles of the city and relax in the comforting lull of the suburban. And I just realized that it’s really not that bad to lie every now and then. I mean lying sometimes can make things more bearable. But this doesn’t mean that I’m advising anyone to do a such.

Anyways, I spent my weekend critiquing NBA 2K9 and comparing it to the previous releases. Though I rarely play such kind of PC game, but I’m always a keen observer. After the day that I arrived, we went to the theater and watched Madagascar 2 and had our lunch at KFC. And late in the afternoon, I accompanied him with his friends to play basketball. During the evening, we had our late dinner at Payag. And there, I had my very first try of their special halu-halo.

Payag is actually a restaurant inside a two-storey structure. It is a preserved old house that was instyle during the Spanish era. The place has a very historical ambiance with antique-like wooden tables and chairs and low lightings. It was like you’re stepping to another era once you entered their guarded door. Chicken is actually their specialty. And you should not miss their special halu-halo which is way cheaper than Chowking’s, but yummier.

Payag’s halu-halo is served in a coconut shell with all its meat on it and its juice is served along with it. I was quite amazed because I know it would cause more when it’s served here in Cebu. There’s really an advantage in living in a suburban area compared to living in the city.

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Badian Island…

Say goodbye to those lousy experimental papers, trash all those field research instruments, and wave farewell to those endless overnight-mares responsible of countless falling hair and scary eye bags! Hehehe! Whew! Summer is finally here! My most beloved season of the year! But ooppsss…reality check…My calvary ain’t over yet. I still have a research paper and focus group discussion write-ups to do for my field psych, a final exam and paper in learning, a group facilitation exam in group dynamics and a final exam as well, and most especially I’m not finished yet gathering data for my field psych…This is terrible! We just finished our final paper in experimental psych today as well as our proposal paper in group dynamics, but it is still so frustrating because the list of things to do is still a kilometer long. *cries*

Summer!!!

Anyways, the list seems to shorten every time I think of our planned summer get-away this April 26 in Badian Island. Weeeeehhh! Yeah! April 26 is actually my close friend’s birthday and we always celebrate it out of town. For this year we decided to go to Badian Island. Another close friend of mine has a house there but we will be staying in another house which is already fully equipped (with shower, kitchen, ref, tv, aircon, and the whole house for all of us) and mind you, it only charges one thousand and five hundred bucks for an overnight stay. Ain’t that amazing? Hehehe! I’m so excited I can’t think of anything, but the beautiful stars grazing above the summer sky, while I lay lying on the sand feeling the summer breeze kissing my skin and breathing the cool sea air in and out of my lungs. Hehehe! I really, really miss the ocean especially those lazy hours I spent alone in the beach by myself (murag amo kay sigeg ruminate…hehe..). (Photo from badianhotel.com)

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I miss Philo…

This is the second time that I met a teacher who is so passionate, and very devoted to his profession. The first time was when I was in highschool, and it was Mr. Candano, my English teacher. Now, it’s prof. Espiritu, my Philo teacher.

Prof. Espiritu in white long sleeves

Prof. Espiritu in white long sleeves

The common ground of these two fellows, is they see to it that every person would feel special every time they’re around. These kind of people are so rare to find and so precious to lose. Anyways, here are photos of my Philo class last semester…

Thats me in stripes(:

That’s me in stripes(:

This afternoon, as I went to Sir Espiritu’s table in the faculty room to let him sign my AdMat form for Philo 171, I was actually surprised he still remembers my fondness of Osho, and he told me to look for Osho’s lecture in YouTube. I hope to meet more people like him…just wishful thinking. (:

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