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January 2011

The Green Hornet 2011

Movies By January 17, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

2011 seems like a promising year for movies. I’ve seen some movie trailers and there are a lot to look forward to. There are Thor, The Green Lantern, Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part II, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and even The Hobbit!

So I saw the Green Hornet’s trailer on cinema and the entire time I thought it was John Cho playing Kato. It was only when I saw the poster when I realized, it really wasn’t John Cho but Jay Chou! I love Jay Chou! Initial D remains to be a favorite film… and what do you know, they’re coming up with a sequel too! And not only is Jay Chou acting on Initial D 2, he is directing it too! That should be interesting.

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Sleeping and Slipping in Sagada

Old Writings, Sagada By January 15, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Mornings at Masferre Restaurant were the best part of my trip to Sagada. Mornings spent sipping deliciously brewed coffee while gazing at the lifting fog on the hill behind the restaurant – a view most enjoyed by the window.

Masferre Resto

The view of the houses from the window of Masferre Restaurant


26 Hours on A Boat from Coron to El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By January 12, 2011 No Comments

If I told you I came out of a twenty-six hour boat trip that was only supposed to last six to eight hours, your initial reaction would be pity, amazement, shock, anger, worry, any one of those or all of those at the same time maybe. When I think about it though, I am glad that it happened to me, not for anything else but because it can only happen to a few people in this world, and it had to happen to me.

It started out a pretty normal day. No premonition of a night spent under a starlit sky that could have been well-appreciated, admired through the night, if only I were warm enough. No signs that I’d get burned under a hot sun for hours and go hungry and thirsty.


Back to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Palawan By January 11, 2011 1 Comment

I have only been to Puerto Princesa City thrice but I feel like I’ve been there more than that. On the plane, I realized that it was the first time I would be arriving at the Puerto Princesa airport. I always flew straight to El Nido and the two times I was in PPC, I took the 8-hr bus ride from El Nido.

Since H and I have been to Puerto Princesa before, we didn’t have to take the City tour anymore. We took the opportunity to explore previously-unexplored areas instead.

Here are the changes that I noticed occurred in the past two years:

  1. My second-favorite restaurant, Dang Maria’s Main is now closed.

dang maria's the restaurant

  1. Sitting next to my favorite restaurant Ka Lui along Rizal Avenue is The Lotus Garden, a restaurant that has an ambience that rivals that of Ka Lui.

lotus garden floating table

  1. Kinabuchs has now improved and expanded – the monobloc chairs have been replaced and a roof has been built over the previously open space towards the front of the grill and bar.
  2. There are a lot of new inns to choose from.
  3. There seems to be a growing number of young “escort girls”. (Too bad!)
  4. There is now a coffee shop! Itoy’s Coffee Shop is now open. It looks quite an unfriendly coffee shop from Rizal Avenue but it has an open air garden at the back, which of course, we caffeine and nicotine lovers always look for. Coffee is reasonably priced and delicious to boot!
  5. There seems to be a thriving night life now. There used to be none at all. Night life in El Nido was much better in those days. At least, there was a live music bar (or live music bars during peak season.)
  6. There are only a handful of multi-cabs amidst the numerous tricycles. When one of the trike drivers was asked why, he said most of the multi-cabs had retired.

The Travel Factor New Year’s Party 2011 [Part II]

70s Bistro, Music, Travel Factor By January 10, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I had come from somewhere else that day and got home late. We arrived at 70’s Bistro quite late and missed one or two band performances. I spent some time hanging out with friends and did not take a lot of photos. Here are the shots I managed to take.


Ver Escalamado


Pretty Girls!


Games with hosts Blaise Rodriguez and Cedric Valera


The Travel Factor New Year’s Party 2011

70s Bistro, Travel Factor By January 9, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The Travel Factor 2011 Kick Off Party held at 70’s Bistro last night was a terrific success. It was a night spent with good friends and good music from Pumping Pluto, Johnoy Danao, Peryodiko and Pedicab.

TF friends arrived in “rock star” outfits, or mellowed down versions of it. For the sake of my friend Ver who does not have a Facebook account, here are some of the photos taken by Deneb Villanueva.

Jessie and Jolo outside 70s Bistro

Mei and Ayla

Tikoy, Reg and Blaise


The TF Trip to Camiguin

Camiguin By January 7, 2011 No Comments

It is January once again and I found myself thinking about the trip I made in January 2009, while I was 28 weeks pregnant – a trip to Cagayan de Oro in Misamis and Camiguin with Travel Factor. It was the first ever TF trip I made with Tikoy Tan, and there, got to meet her own circle of TF friends. It was a really fun trip, made even more exciting by the presence of Maya, AJ and Ver! I love you guys. 🙂

H and I actually arrived later than the others. We were on a different flight with Kim. When we got to CDO, the first thing H and I did was find an Ob-Gyne to sign my Cebu Pacific Expectant Mother form for the flight back to Manila four days after. That was actually quite of an easy thing to do. We then spent whatever was left of the day eating at Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant! My, my, Bigby’s is great. I love Bigby’s!

We left early the next morning on an hour- and-a-half van trip to the wharf in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental – about 86 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro. From there, we boarded a barge that took us to the port of Benoni in the island of Camiguin in an hour or so.

On the ferry with us were a lot of boy scouts going to the island to attend a Jamboree.

Excitement on a boy scout's face

Dirty feet don't matter

Color matters


The TF Trip to Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Camarines Norte By January 5, 2011 2 Comments

Another one of those late travel posts that I am trying to catch up on. This was a trip made in April 2010, made possible by the Travel Factor.

My Nikon D80 died at the Gijalo Port in Caramoan, Camarines Sur in the trip I made in February. My trip to Malapascua, Cebu was thereafter documented using a point-and-shoot Canon SX120. I used the 18-135mm kit lens from my D80 and borrowed my sister’s Nikon D40 for this trip to Calaguas.

Boatmen & Porters waiting, Vinzons, Camarines Norte

I did not notice that the body had molds in it until after all my trips were done. I also used this camera on my trip to El Nido a few days alter. I actually have hundreds of ruined photos.

Sari-sari store, Vinzons, Camarines Norte

I wanted to document local life. This girl tends a little sari-sari store perhaps a few meters away from their house. This little store makes a little money off the travelers/tourists that take the boat in the port of Vinzons to Calaguas Islands.


Surfing La Union, December 27-29, 2010

La Union By January 4, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The little family drove to LU for a little surf break during the holidays. My usual surfing buddies, PJ, Gerard and Donna were already there. Some of my Travel Factor friends also took the bus on the same day and we were able to spend some time together in LU for the very first time. All the lodging houses and resorts were fully booked, even Surfer’s Inn where we usually stay. We did find a gem in Monaliza’s Resort right by the point. Wonderful wonderful weekend!

We spent a lot of time eating and hanging out at Little Surfmaid since it was just next door and I absolutely love their kilawin tanigue. They also have fast free wi-fi! We went there to hang out and ended up having a Facebook and Twitter party.

La Union December 2010

La Union December 2010


Fireworks over Makati

Photography By January 3, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Here are photos taken by my brother-in-law from their condo’s balcony in Makati. There is nothing like New Year in the Philippines!

Fireworks from the Makati Poblacion area

Fireworks from the Makati Poblacion area

Fireworks from the Rockwell area

Fireworks at Burgos

Fireworks courtesy of the Korean neighborhood

Fireworks over at Rockwell

Fireworks over Rockwell

* Photos by Manuel Diaz.


New Year with Friends… All Love.

Personal By January 2, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

The traditional New Year countdown was held at our friends’ apartment, same as last year. There were games, like last year, charades; programs like our own version of Face to Face; even a raffle (of anything we could put our hands on); a photo shoot… and a rave party. And of course, drinks all around. I went home at four thirty in the morning, drunk like I have never been drunk before in years that I cannot even count. Fun could not even begin to describe how it was. Now we have the rest of the year to look forward to the next one. You, my U.P. Repertory Company family, has been my “family” for the past eleven years and I have nothing but love in my heart for you people, and my endless gratitude for being part of my life. Cheers to 2011 (and beyond!)