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November 2012

Matilda Returns to 70’s Bistro – Nov. 14, 2012

Music, Photography By November 27, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Matilda seldom does gigs these days that when they do have one, I make it a point to go. I once asked Meh if Matilda has disbanded and she responded with: “No, everyone just thinks so and we don’t get get invites to play but we are very much alive!” or something to that effect. So I get excited every time they have a gig.

Meryl Antonio-Reyes and I go as far along as I do with Dan Ramon Geromo of The Discoball, back to our college days when we were all sophomores at U.P. Diliman and we bonded through The U.P. Repertory Company. I was really happy to come and watch them play again.

 

MATILDA

Charms Tianzon – vocals
Guitars – Meryl Antonio-Reyes
Bass – Yvette Tunguia
Drums – Jovi May Reyes

Matilda at 70s Bistro - Nov. 14, 2012

Matilda at 70s Bistro - Nov. 14, 2012

Matilda at 70s Bistro - Nov. 14, 2012

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Lia Finds the “Dumb Ways to Die” Video

Family, Music, Music and Arts By November 17, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

We were all sitting in our respective “offices”, mine under the stairs, Lia in her designated sofa space, and H on the dining table, when we heard this song playing on Lia’s tablet. It’s a pretty catchy tune, and more often than not, it’s the music that I hear and never the lyrics of a song. H says, “I like that music Lia. Great music choice,” so I go over and look at her tablet to see what’s playing, because earlier she was just singing along to Umizoomi videos on YouTube. And I see the cartoons and hear the “dumb ways to die” lyrics. The mother in me says, “Uh-oh, what is this song about? Masquerading in great, catchy tunes and adorable animation, BUT what is the message?” So we google.

Details are found here from huffingtonpost.

“Well, this is definitely the most precious way to convey the message, “Don’t stand in front of a train, idiot.”

Australian Metro put out this twee-soaked, very creative animated music video listing things that end in tragedy that are just as preventable as being careless around trains — like using your private parts as piranha bait and taking your helmet off in outer space. The song is by a band called Tangerine Kitty, of course, and can also be downloaded here.

This is a message that anyone living in a city with public transportation should listen to.”- Huffingtonpost

You can listen to it here on soundcloud.

Watch the animated video at dumbwaystodie.com

Enjoy all the scenes from the video as animated GIF’s on the tumblr dumbwaystodie.tumblr.com

Direct download of the mp3 here.

This song and video is now going viral and I can only say thanks Lia for finding this, you are amazing! Though wait, I might have to re-think about what this does to 3-year old minds.

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A Sunday for Lia

Family By November 17, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments

As much as Lia loves the beach, Lia also loves the malls. But only if there are reindeers. No, just kidding. Lia loves the beach more. She will never say no to the question, “Do you want to go to the beach?” regardless of her mood or her state of hunger or tiredness. On the other hand, she would say no to the question “Do you want to go to the mall?” eighty percent of the time. Sometimes I even have to force her.

Lia also didn’t want me to take photos of her. She wanted me to take photos of puppy wearing her new funky plastic glasses that we bought at a street stall while waiting for the car’s tank to get filled up at a gas station the day before.

I had planned on going to the Global Pinoy Bazaar at Rockwell Tent earlier but Lia had fallen asleep on the sofa. We let her sleep because we knew she needed the energy, and we needed her to be in a good mood for a time at the mall and the bazaar. We left before six in the evening and traffic from Junction at the Ortigas Ave. Ext. all the way to Ever Gotesco mall was a crawl. Slower than crawl actually. The traffic was light past the mall though and we arrived in Rockwell Makati an hour later – hungry and tired already.

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At the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 – Rockwell Tent, Makati

Design, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests, Other Events By November 17, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Every year, I make it a point to go to the Global Pinoy Bazaar, held every second week of November at the Rockwell Tent Makati, and showcases Filipino products made with 100% Filipino love and pride. “At Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012” seems like such a boring blog title when it really should be more aptly titled “Lia Goes to the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 (And Has A Field Day)”. Indeed, my annual visit to the Global Pinoy Bazaar has documented my journey of motherhood. From being a harassed new mother to a harassed full-fledged mother to a toddler, Global Pinoy Bazaar has seen it through. When I used to buy baby clothes and toys, and things for myself like clothing, shoes, accessories, bags, and make-up, my purchases this year were for toddlers alone. My toddler was too caught up with so many things that we didn’t get to stay long enough to look at other things, much more buy any. Lia wanted to know the names of everything we saw, “What’s this?” “What’s that?” and she wanted to check out things I didn’t want to check out and she wasn’t interested in the things I wanted to look at – except if it was food. We got hungry from all the taste testing we did.

After going around all the booths quickly, Lia and I went back to the booths we liked. Lia absolutely loved this booth selling felt finger puppets and funky hats. She entertained other shoppers while there.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012
This row had all the booths selling items for kids, which weren’t a lot, and right next to it was the booth of “Likhang ArteSana“, and they had books, journals and other crafts items.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

I was told by the owner who was manning the booth that their items are also being sold at Powerbooks. How I love the items at Powerbooks!

Likhang ArteSana, Inc.
17 P.Gomez St. Pasig City
Cellphone: +63.917.836.2250
Telefax: +632.641.0201
Email: info.artesana@gmail.com

Lia fell in love with the “Fun Artivity Book” and though I thought it was a bit complicated for her age, she didn’t want to let go of it anymore, so we brought her one.

Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012

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Raise to 1M Drive Fundraising Gigs – Dec. 11 at B-Side, Makati

B-Side, Music By November 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Here’s another reason why we should support Original Pinoy Music (OPM) and our local musicians and artists – because they are always willing to lend a hand and support causes.

My friend Ryan Mostar, whom I have been close friends with since we were thirteen is giving his kidney to his sister Kanji, who has been diagnosed in 2006 with IgA nephropathy, also called Berger’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that occurs when IgA-a protein that helps the body fight infections settles in the kidneys causing scarring and inflammation and eventually progresses into kidney failure.

For the past six years, Kanji Mostar has been undergoing medication but her kidneys are now only functioning at 12% and a kidney transplant is needed. This November 2012, Kanji will be taking a series of tests, together with her brother, in preparation for the kidney transplant operation. The cost of the transplant operation is far beyond what the family can handle alone and is asking for support in the Raise to 1M Drive. Our involvement, may it be financial, medical, spiritual, will certainly help improve the struggle Kanji is fighting, not just to survive, but live.

I went to my friends and asked them how we could help – and this is how we are trying.

We are organizing a series of fundraising gigs in the hope that it will be able to help in the Raise to 1M Drive. There will be one at Amos Cafe, Anonas QC on Dec 7, as well as on Dec 11 at B-Side, The Collective, Makati. Do support by spreading the word and by coming to the gigs.

Here is the Kidney for Kanji Facebook page for more info: The Official Page of the 1M Drive for Kanji’s Kidney Transplant.

Watch a gig for a cause. Come to B-Side on December 11 and help raise 1M for Kanji’s kidney transplant.

Click here for more info regarding the beneficiary:https://www.facebook.com/notes/kidneyforkanji/raise-to-1m/490759180/955317

With performances by Gaijin, Fuseboxx, Your Imaginary Friends, Paranoid City and Flying Ipis.

Happening on December 11, 2012 at B-Side, The Collective. Tickets are Php 150, inclusive of one drink. Gates open 9pm.

Facebook event page is here. Please share and invite your friends.

Here is a map to B-Side, The Collective, Malugay St., Makati:


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Special thanks to our friends at Fortstream Entertainment, Gig.ph, B-Side Makati, and Juice.ph for organizing and spearheading this event. It would not be possible without your support.

 

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Memories of September

Life in El Nido, Palawan By November 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Our last few days in El Nido last September were spent hanging out at the beach in the afternoons….

Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan

A friend of ours has a cottage in Corong-corong and we would swing by sometimes to hang out.

Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan

The beach in this part of Corong-corong is not known for being clean because there are a lot of trees and leaves fall on the beach.

Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan
Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan

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El Nido, Palawan Accommodations List with Map

Palawan By November 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 60 Comments

Having lived in El Nido on and off since 2005, I have seen how the little town has grown over the years. When I was last back there this year, there are so many more accommodations available that I felt making a master list would be very useful. The El Nido Tourism council has come up with a map and this will be our guide. This list was compiled in September 2012. *updates are ongoing with the photos and details*


WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

We will use these maps as guide:

Click HERE to view large image.

Click HERE to view large image.

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Islandfront Cottages and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 14, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 13 Comments

A family-owned resort located in Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan, Islandfront Cottages is known for its unique rooms, designed and decorated by the owners themselves. The family owns one of the only two drugstores in town, and it comes with a grocery too. I liked doing my groceries at their store because they carry many items that can only be found at their store, and also, we know the owners.

Islandfront Cottages is located right by the beach in Corong-Corong, which, if one is coming from Puerto Princesa, one will pass by right before entering the town proper. The rustic, native-style cottages are arranged around a garden.

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Islandfront Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

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The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 13, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 8 Comments

One of the oldest inn and restaurants in El Nido, The Alternative Inn on Sirena St. has also always been one of my favorite hangouts in town. The place is very quiet and cozy. The place has also undergone changes every now and then, like our favorite reading area is gone and there isn’t an internet shop here anymore, but it is still the same place with the hanging balcony, right over the beach, and during December, right over the waves! (I used to blog from The Alternative back in 2005 when I still used the Friendster blog and internet rates in town were P120/hr via satellite. This year, I went there every time I needed to be alone with my thoughts or be on Skype with my Travel Factor friends). 

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

I was there during the months of July to September, during off-peak, and this is their off-peak rates:

The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

On the ground floor, upon entrance, the restaurant’s restroom is on the left, on the right is the stairs going up the restaurant, the restaurant’s kitchen in the middle, and the rooms are behind the kitchen as well as on the left.

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Pura Vida Rooms and Tours, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 12, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Located on the narrow street of  Sirena (or Serena), the hotel can be easily overlooked. From the outside, it doesn’t look promising, especially since the reception area looks like the family living room and is dark and small. The building is on the right, if coming from Rizal Street, after The Alternative, and right before La Salangane and El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe.

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

Pura Vida Rooms and Tours, El Nido, Palawan

Pura Vida Rooms, El Nido, Palawan

Pura Vida Rooms, El Nido, Palawan

They only have 3 rooms: 1 street-side (standard) at Php2,000/night and 2 bay view (de luxe) with balcony at Php2,500/night, inclusive of breakfast. The bay view rooms are located on the second floor – and the second floor is pretty!

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Casa Buenavista, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 11, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

What I like best about Casa Buenavista is that it is at the end of Rizal street, so it’s very accessible, and right by the beach! But it can also get really noisy because this is a very busy street and a very busy part of the beach too. Boats come and go all the time. It is right next door to Marber’s Restaurant and Aplaya Bar and Restaurant, which are both good places to eat and drink at.

Fronting the beach:

Casa Buenavista, Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan

Fronting the street:

Casa Buenavista, El Nido, Palawan

Casa Buenavista itself is located on the second floor so one has to go up the stairs, to a balcony with a beautiful view, and in the reception area.

Casa Buenavista, El Nido, Palawan

Casa Buenavista, El Nido, Palawan

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Viewdeck Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 9, 2012 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

I started off my photo walk on Rizal Street with Viewdeck Cottages, also called El Nido Viewdeck Inn, one of the newer accommodations in El Nido. It is one of the first b&b you will see, on the right side of the road, coming in to El Nido town from Corong-corong or Puerto Princesa.

Viewdeck Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

The cottages are 40 meters up from the road, up the hill, so be prepared to climb a bit! Though if you are staying here and you have luggage, the staff will bring them up for you.

Viewdeck Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

I was in for a surprise. The b&b is pretty! They were in the process of building of a reception area and a few more cottages when I came by. I chanced upon the owner, Rudy, supervising the construction and he was very kind to show me around and was also very pleasant to talk to. It was my first stop so I was raring to take photographs and the place is very photogenic.

Viewdeck Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

 

LOWER COTTAGE Rooms:

Viewdeck Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Viewdeck Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

Viewdeck Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

UPPER DELUXE Rooms:

Viewdeck Cottages, El Nido, Palawan

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