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Showing posts from August, 2008

Discovering Muay Thai

Yesterday was the most awaited Eraserheads reunion concert but I didn’t go. I thought I could score an invite and get in for free but unfortunately, the organizers changed prior to the big event and if I wanted to go, I had to buy tickets. I then realized that I am not much of a huge fan to actually spend on it.  I do hope the real fans were all able to go and enjoyed their performance. I’m sorry to hear about Ely Buendia (lead vocalist) who was rushed to the hospital during the concert and they had to cut it short. Still, that event must have been monumental.
Me? My Saturday was a bit hectic – socially - ahehehe. I attended a meeting for our outdoor group then after lunch with some of them, I had to rush to a nearby mall to meet my friend Rea. After a business meeting, me and Rea went to a Muay Thai tournament in the Mandaluyong gymnasium. I don’t know much about Muay Thai except that it’s a form of martial art that involves a lot of kicking and punching. We were there because the co…

the backpacking plans

Wohoo..I'm about 80% done with my birthday backpacking itinerary. I just needed to clarify some details.It was a challenging one because of the routes. I've been literally dreaming about this trip for two days straight already. In my first dream, I was running late for a flight and couldn't find my pocket money but before I woke up, I found my money and was able to make it on time. In my dream last night, I was riding in a private bus with lots of seats and I had a whole seat to myself near the driver and we stopped by a resort in Bohol. The water was so clear - as clear as the last time I was in Bohol. I forgot how my dream ended but I woke up smiling.

I am really weird - guess which book I started reading again last night?! It's one of my favorite books actually - In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham. It's the real life story of Gracia and the other kidnap victims' ordeal under the hands of the Abu Sayyaf. Gracia and her husband Martin were va…

Explore Not Exploit

Traveling and backpacking seems to be the "in thing"these days in our beloved country. I think, of all the years that I've been going to places, local tourism is so much better than it was. I remember having a family vacation in Puerto Galera, early 90’s and most of the people in the resort were foreigners. Now, traveling around the Philippines is much more affordable and easier for us who really grew up here, there are cheap inn’s everywhere and varied choices. Ang galing din ng campaign ng Wow Philippines which worked on targeting local tourists – diba they have this – Tara Na Byahe Tayo and the music video with local celebrities which showcased the places around the Philippines…their website could use some updating though.. As travelers, some have evolved from family picnics and group excursions. They have deviated from the usual tourist route and have become explorers. Blogging tremendously helped.It’s so nice reading about other people’s experiences andlooking at th…

Cooking Day Saturday

Though the memory of my last cooking disaster with hotdogsis still a bit fresh, I decided to give it another shot. This time, I had a support group – Charwill and Glee with the special participation of Adi – chums who are much more experienced cooks than I am. They prepared their own dish – chicken something, bangus ballsand pasta with ranch dressing. I get to prepare the dessert (with Charwill’s help) - which wasn’t really part of the plan. Initially, we just decided in having a get-together cooking day so we can try Glee’s chicken something which she learned to make from this cooking show – Quick Fire.However, when we went to the grocery and I saw these huge, intriguing, green plantain (saba which most of us locals call it) , I went ahead and bought it. It was really scandalously huge, I just couldn’t leave it alone. In fact, before buying it, me, Charwill and a foreigner guy were both just staring at it in amazement. It was the first time I’ve seen plantains that long and huge – it…

The Preps I do Before A Travel

Just want to share these to you. Maybe you can use some of these or maybe you have something you can also share so we can both learn more about traveling. Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to hear your inputs. Things I consider before choosing a destination (in no particular order):·Sights to see·Food to eat·Peace and order situation in the area·Weather forecast·Geographical information of the place such as capital, municipalities, whichever is relevant·Transportation – how to get there·My budget·Travel time against the time I can spareOther Things I research on:·Nearest police outpost or barangay hallBefore leaving the house:·I leave a copy of the itinerary to my family which includes possible places I will wander off, contact information of the places I will be staying or possibly stay , contact number of my companion if I have any, contact number of people at work who are not with me·I leave a copy of the itinerary to my colleague and good friend Glee (if she’s not coming with…

Bangkong Kahoy, Quezon Province

Last weekend, I went to Bangkong Kahoy Valley in Dolores, Quezon for a tree planting event. Well, that was the original plan, but due to a communication failure between the local government unit and the PASU (Protected Area Superintendent), we couldn’t proceed with our activity. Our group will definitely go back and fulfill our unfinished business. Temporarily, we handed over our seedlings for safe keeping to the owner of the Bangkong Kahoy Valley resort who also happens to be an environmentalist. Like me, he also believes that commercialism and mother nature can complement each other.
He’s quite a nice fellow and very keen in saving the environment by starting with the local community of Bangkong Kahoy. He organizes youth groups who help educate other people about proper waste disposal.
The resort is very quiet and weather is similar to Baguio's. They have several cottages and from there, you can get a glimpse of Mt. Banahaw. There’s even a trail from his resort to Mt. Banahaw.