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Travel Factor’s Forever Summer 2013 – Zambales

Travel Factor, Zambales By April 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

ROAD TRIP + YACHT PARTY + BONFIRE = FOREVER SUMMER

You’ll begin your adventure with a scenic roadtrip to The Circle Hostel, San Felipe, Zambales, our home for the weekend. Looking around, you’ll see the many adventures that await you. Take a walk on the quiet beach. Be one with the ocean and try surfing. Go skimboarding. Or just simply soak in the sun. You’ll then feast on a sumptuous barbecue lunch, maybe down it with a cold bottle of beer.

You’ll want to take a nap, soak up more sun, create some art at the hostel, or surf. Or you could join the Forever Summer Yacht Party. Sail into Subic Bay aboard a beautiful yacht, feel the wind your face, catch some salt in your skin. Listen to the best island beats by DCFER, swim in the ocean. Watch the sunset.

A bonfire waits for you back at The Circle Hostel. You clink bottles and glasses with your new found friends. Coffeebreak Island takes the stage and deliver their dose of sweet island music. You wish this could go on forever. The sun rises, and the ocean invites you in.

FOREVER SUMMER.
Jun 1-2, 2013

Registration is now open: http://travelfactor.org/events/forever-summer-2013-june-1-2-2013/

FOREVER SUMMER is brought to you by Nescafe-in-a-can, Victory Liner, Maggi Magic Meals, OtterBox, Mellow947Dencio’s Bar and GrillLagu and The Circle Hostel.

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Travel Factor’s Summer Block Party

Other Events, Travel Factor By March 17, 2013 Tags: , , , No Comments

On April 13, 2013 join Travel Factor at the MNL Boutique Hostel for a laid-back night of good vibes and music. There is also free booze if you come early enough. Party starts at 9PM!

This event is brought to you by Travel Factor and their partners: Victory LinerMellow947Dencio’s Bar and Grill, Otter Box, Lagu and Maggi Magic Meals.

Click HERE for the Facebook event page for updates.

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Lookin Forward to January 2013

B-Side, Freedom Bar, Music, Travel Factor By January 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

These are some of the gigs I would be seen at in the next two weeks, feel free to come join. 😉

January 11, 2013
Friday
Open by 7:00pm
Gate: p150

FREEDOMANIA

featuring:

Wilabaliw
The Chongkeys
Top Junk

FREEDOM BAR
2nd floor Anonas Commercial Complex
# 3 Anonas Road Project 3, Q.C.

for reservations and inquiries call or text 0917.9037124 / 0919.8144885

It is the first gig for 2013 for these bands and because I have a deep love for The Chongkeys, as we were together for three straight days in January 2012 for their Bicol Express tour, that is enough reason for me to go. I have missed them and I’m looking forward to a fun night!

Wilabaliw played at a bar I owned in July 2011 but I did not really get to meet any of them, except for their roadies Jean Paul and Lemon, at that time. I was up to my ears with work and other concerns at that time to actually hang out with them.

And I am a fan of Top Junk‘s music even before any of them became my friends. (As a side note, hey, I have four Session Road and Top Junk shirts but I have yet to get my Chongkeys shirt! You better have my size now Andrei!)

I am definitely shooting on this night.

But best of all, a friend of mine from grad school whom I have not seen in years is coming too to hang out. She is a big Wilabaliw fan. I hope I do not get too happy puffy (read: drunk) on this night though as the much-awaited….

 

Travel Factor New Year Party is happening on the next night, with performances from our beloved bands:

Stickfiggas
Coffeebreak Island
The Discoball
Goodleaf
Romcom
Paranoid City
Maude

Travel Factor will be giving away prizes from Victory LinerPara’Kito Philippines,OtterBoxThe HeadWare and of course, awesome trips!.

Tickets are available at the door for P250, comes with 1 free beer and a raffle stub.

B-Side
The Collective (7274 Malugay St.), Makati

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


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And the week after, another much-awaited event is happening at the same venue! It is my good friends Your Imaginary Friends album launch!

GIG.PH
in association with Shoplifters United
presents:

Your Imaginary Friends
SILENCE IS A VILLAIN
EP launching party

January 19 at B-side.
9pm, 150 bucks with one free beer.

with performances by:
Taken by Cars
Techy Romantics
Ang Bandang Shirley
Chicosci

Facebook event page is here.

As one of the ArtisteConnect pledgers, I am looking forward to getting my CD, t-shirt (second one, yehey!) and sticker. And seeing my name on the insert. 😛

Though drummer Eric Po and I are batchmates at the same city, him in the all-boys school and me in the all-girls one, we never really met until that one night at B-Side, after we finalized the plans of their having a homecoming gig at my bar in December 2011.

Brothers Ahmad and Khalid Tanji are also from Bicol and Ahmad had one of the best bands during its time in Legazpi, called The Pepsi Paloma Experiment, and actually went to Ateneo de Naga University, but we have also never met before sometime mid-2011.

They now have Emerald Aquino on bass, taking over Tanya Singh’s duties, and all is good! I met Tanya Singh though before I met any of YIF’s members, she plays bass for Tetas and the Twat, another band of drummer Che Santos, whom I met through Flush and the Toilets, a band composed of then-housemates John Villareal and Repists Roma Regala and Amrei Dizon. Now, Roma and Amrei, we go way back to 2000, when our lives and Kiko Machine’s, The Discoball’s and Matilda‘s lives were more intertwined. Oh, the past is so sweet. Tetas and the Twat, Flush and the Toilets, The Discoball all played at my bar in 2011, while Kiko Machine and Stonefree played way earlier, back when I was still not a part of the bar.

See you guys!!!

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Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 3 – San Juan, La Union

La Union, Music, Photography, Travel Factor By November 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Having surfed all day til sunset, I was absolutely exhausted! Spy was already playing by the time I got to our room in Sebay, and I desperately needed a nap. I set the alarm to 9pm thinking I wouldn’t miss Razorback and Wolfgang because they wouldn’t play that early BUT they did! I woke up and I could hear Wolfgang playing!

The lineup for this night was DJ Joey Santos and DJ Niki Rojas, Franco, Razorback, Urbandub, Wolfgang, Pupil, Spy and Kalayo (formerly Pinikpikan). I was only getting dressed while Wolfgang was playing and we were having dinner of chicken and pork barbecues and hotdogs outside the concert venue when Kalayo was onstage.

Apparently, Razorback and Wolfgang had to play early because they had to be somewhere else.

I got in just in time for Franco. I’ve missed Franco when he played at Avenue Square in Naga City for last year’s Penafrancia Festival and missed him too at the Roots Rock Reggae gig at Metro Bar last October 17th so I wasn’t going to miss him at this year’s Surf and Music Festival!

Franco - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 3

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 3

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 3

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 3

FRANCO

Franco, now a solo artist, used to be a band made up of Franco Reyes (Inyo) on vocals and guitars, Gabby Alipe (Urbandub) and Paolo 8 Toleran (Queso) on guitars, Buwi Meneses (Parokya ni Edgar) on bass and JanJan Mendoza (Urbandub) on drums. BUT earlier this year, the band members decided to go separate ways and Franco now goes as a solo artist playing with sessionists during live performances. Read all about the story HERE.

Franco - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 3

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Surf All Day during the Surf and Music Festival 2012

La Union, Photography, Surfing, Travel Factor By November 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

Day 3 of the Surf and Music Festival 2012 was spent surfing! My muscles were sore all over and bruises were starting to form on my left knee and here and there on my legs but aside from being there for the music and my friends, I was also there for the surf, so surf I did!

Preparing to Surf

I passed on the drinking til the wee hours of that Saturday morning so I could have enough rest and wake up early with enough energy to actually paddle but I still woke up at 10 AM! Nevertheless, after a cup of coffee and tapsilog I was out in the sun and sea. 

Welcome back to Surfing!

No matter how small the waves are, I never go out to surf without an instructor. I’ve learned it the hard way. I was once at Monaliza Point some years back, had a really long ride that brought me near the shore and the corals and rocks, and made the mistake of paddling out in the wrong direction when I was wiped out to the point of drowning. Good thing I had Anthony Valdez as my instructor then so he came out to help me. I haven’t been to the point since then. I’m building up some stamina and some courage for that. Also, there were so many people out during the festival that accidents were almost inevitable and H had broken a board in two the day before. My best friend on this trip was Tinay.

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

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Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 2 – San Juan, La Union

La Union, Music, Photography, Travel Factor By November 6, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

I and my friends went to sleep at four in the morning, promising each other to meet up at eleven thirty-two for brunch at Midway Grill in San Fernando, but I woke up at eleven thirty two and decided not to go. I got up, put on my gigantic bee-eyes sunglasses, had coffee, headed over to the Valdezes’ tent and went to surf instead. That’s where I was when they got back, with my lunch of baby back ribs from Midway Grill.

I’m just writing this down because actually, I’ve forgotten what I did all day on this day, and I was wondering why I have no pictures until the concert. 😛

The line-up for this night was: Kaya Green Band, Indio I, Milagros Dancehall Collective.. and so on and so forth, at least those are the bands that I missed.

Actually, I arrived right in the middle of Milagros Dancehall Collective’s set but I was hungry and was collecting myself, thus, no pictures. I was just standing there, staring, hungry and wide-eyed. 😛

So I started taking photos when Taken by Cars went onstage.

TAKEN BY CARS

Sarah Marco – Vocals
Bryce Zialcita – Guitars
Isa Garcia – Bass/Synths/Vocals
Siopao Chua – Guitars/Synths/Vocals
Bryan Kong – Drums/Synths/Sampler

Taken by Cars - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 2

Taken by Cars - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 2

Taken by Cars - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 2

Taken by Cars - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 2

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Surf & Music Festival 2012 Day 1 – San Juan, La Union

La Union, Music, Photography, Travel Factor By November 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

Meet-up was at The Podium’s open parking lot at twelve midnight, so we were all hanging out at Starbucks as early as eleven o’clock. I haven’t been on a trip with my Travel Factor friends in quite a while, the last time we were together was the Tambaron Island trip in Bulalacao, Mindoro last May. (Click here for the blog on that.)

We left the parking lot a little after one in the morning and arrived at Sebay Surf Resort close to nine in the morning. It was a really long trip, especially since I’ve had experience with my surfer friends PJ and Gerard when we’d take Manila-San Juan in three hours, yes, 3 hours, because that’s how fast Gerard (de Sagun) drives! We didn’t mind though because our room was going to be available at noon and we spent the entire morning just hanging out, checking out the beach, the girls, the surf, the breeze, all from the comforts of the restaurant of Sebay.

photo by H from a Samsung Note phone

The last time I was in Urbiztondo for surfing was January 2011, and the last time I went on a decent surfing trip was in Baler, March 2011. I went a number of times to Bagasbas in Camarines Norte while I was based in Naga but I never did get to do any surfing there. I haven’t really surfed in almost two years – so, even though I tried to get ready for surfing a few days before this trip, I took it easy on Day 1. About an hour of riding some white water, and no paddling even. Soo…. lazy.

We spent more time hanging out with friends at San Juan Surf Resort, drinking Pinacoladas from Sunset Buckets (a cousin of the Boracay Bucket). The above photos are from my friend Ayie’s camera. Thanks Ayie!

I spent so much time hanging out with friends that I wasn’t dressed yet by the time Up Dharma Down came onstage. Never mind the bath, we quickly changed into shirts and shorts and headed to the concert area. We weren’t gonna miss Up Dharma Down!

UP DHARMA DOWN

Ean Mayor [drums and loops] 
Carlos Tanada [lead guitars] 
Armi Millare [keyboards, vocals] 
Paul Yap [bass]

UpDharmaDown - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

UpDharmaDown - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

UpDharmaDown - Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

Up Dharma Down was the first band to come onstage after DJ David Ardiente‘s set and the crowd was just starting to trickle in.

Surf and Music Festival 2012 Day 1

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The Surf and Music Festival 2012 has now moved to San Juan, La Union

Surfing, Travel Factor By October 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

For more updates, Like the Aloha Boardsports page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Alohabsports

And the Surf and Music Festival 2012 official website for more information:
http://alohaboardsports.wix.com/surfmusicfestival

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And if you are looking for packages, Travel Factor has it all:

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Surf and Music Festival 2012 Updates

Ilocos By September 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

The Aloha Boardsports Surf and Music Festival 2012 is fast approaching! Here are some updates.

Like the Aloha Boardsports Official Facebook page for more details on the event.
Like the Travel Factor Facebook page for more updates on packages.

Check this page out for more details on the TF packages ->http://beta.travelfactor.org/smf2012/

Travel Factor has the best rooms at the festival. Stay right at the center of all the surf and music. Last 100 slots for Mairaira Beach (Brgy. Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)!

As of 12:45 PM, Sep 4, 2012, Travel Factor have the following available slots for Mairaira Beach:

PREMIUM AC – many slots available
PREMIUM Fan – fully booked
REGULAR AC – 35 slots available

REGULAR Fan – 11 slots available
ADVENTURE AC – 3 slots available
ADVENTURE Fan – 12 slots available

Register now while slots are available!

 

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Surf and Music Festival 2012 Travel Factor Packages

Ilocos, Music, Travel Factor By August 6, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

And here you go! The Surf and Music Festival 2012 Travel Factor packages are now available for your perusal.

 

Like the Aloha Boardsports Official Facebook page for more details on the event.
Like the Travel Factor Facebook page for more updates on packages.

Check this page out for more details on the TF packages –> http://beta.travelfactor.org/smf2012/

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Aloha Boardsports Surf and Music Festival 2012!!!!

Ilocos, Music, Music and Arts, Travel Factor By August 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Yes, the title deserved all of those exclamation points, since that was how I went when I saw this poster.

I missed last year’s Surf and Music Festival SO there is no way, no, no, no, no way I’m living without you, no, I meant, missing this this year.

For more information, follow the following pages for updates:

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Thirsty Thirty at B-Side Makati May 31, 2012

B-Side, Music, Music and Arts, Personal, Theater By May 28, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Because I’m 3 plus 0!

Thanks again for everyone who has made this event possible. Thank you B-Side Makati, Anna and Juela, for accommodating.

Thanks Che Santos of On-Air Studio for all the help. It could’ve been Cubao X coz you know how much I love that place but here we are now!

Thanks to all the artists who will make the time and effort and everything else to be there. I appreciate it with all my heart.

Thanks to all my friends who will be giving away stuff, hosting, doing the documentation, and all that jazz.

Big shout out to my friends from the U.P. Repertory Company, Dax Carnay, Albert Cruz and Marvin Salazar of http://madmacarta.wordpress.com/ who will be our hosts for the night.

And for those who will be coming, let’s all have a really great time!

See you there!

Here is the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/456986694327978/

Here’s the link to the first-released blog and poster.

B-Side is in Makati, check out their website at http://www.bsidemanila.com/ and their Facebook page here.  Map is here.


Tingnan ang Mas Malaking Mapa

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Team Tambaron in Oriental Mindoro

Oriental Mindoro By May 22, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Only my second trip to the beach this year, as I am getting really old (ding! ding! ding!) and do not have the energy to travel every other week like I used to, is a trip with my favorite travel friends. Four years of amazing friendship and counting, and we are growing old, growing bigger, growing in numbers through literal multiplication and addition of kids and pets and even travel gnomes and stuffed toys, and we are looking forward to more, more of this, more of that, more drinks, more music, more friends, more laughs, more crazy pegs, more memes, more ridiculous ideas to pass the time with! Our trip this time included two toddlers, two sets of parents, couples, singles and a jack russell terrier that Lia has renamed as Bingopopoipoy. It was a one of a kind weekend indeed. We were headed to Tambaron Green Beach Resort that our friends AJ and Maya and their family owned for nearly forty years.

Going to Tambaron Island in Bulalacao, Mindoro Oriental involves taking a bus from Cubao to Batangas, a ro-ro from the port of Batangas to the port of Calapan, a chartered van from the port of Calapan to the port of Bulalacao and a banca ride from Bulalacao port to the resort. We left Cubao at 1:30am and was at the resort in time for lunch – that’s nearly 10 hours of travel for a total kilometers of 255 (or 155 miles) from Manila to the town of Bulalacao. The early morning ro-ro ride was fast enough that it only took 2 hours, so we we’re able to stop for breakfast in Calapan.

I first packed Lia an individual bag filled with her things, only to realize that for a small person, she had way too many things and that it was a better option to just bring one big suitcase filled with all our stuff, in addition to my usual backpack and camera bag. Lia now thankfully can carry her own little backpack filled with some of her most needed items, like a face towel, a jacket, a bonnet, some cookies and candies, and a bottle of water. I love that! I had recently purchased packing bags from Travel Essentials and found them to be as useful as I thought they would be. Thanks Tessa for making these wonderful stuff for travelers like us. I love them!

DSC_2204_Maleta

 

We’ve recently been fans of the newest fashion blogger Aaron, and well, he inspires us! Enough for us to do the following shots, while we we’re all standing by the road, waiting for our van drivers to change our ridiculously flat tire.

DSC_2206_TeamSidewalk

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Going to Tambaron Green Beach Resort, Oriental Mindoro

Oriental Mindoro, Travel By May 11, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

This is where we are going next weekend and if you think you want to join us, come and register!

Tambaron Island in Bulalacao, Mindoro Oriental

Brother and sister, AJ and Maya Fajardo, are friends we have been traveling with since 2008; and the Fajardo family owns Tambaron Green Beach Resort in Tambaron Island. Tambaron Green Beach Resort is located in one of the coves of Tambaron Island in the southernmost tip of Oriental Mindoro. It is surrounded by a forest with 40 different tree species that make it good for trekking and you may also directly interact with the native Mangyans. Green Sea turtles sometimes visit the island to lay eggs, schools of Skipjack Tuna abound during the migratory season of December to April, and wild ducks during the rainy season. The resort offers a serene, untouched environment with clear waters for snorkeling and a jump off point for island hopping. It has family rooms, dormitory quarters and beachfront cottages. (see links for sources)

What to expect:

-SCUBA diving and snorkeling spots
-Kayaking and island hopping
-Mountain trails and enchanted fauna
-Mangyan ethnic groups
-Mini cattle ranch
-Beach volleyball and badminton courts

Now that we know what to expect out of the island and the resort itself, here is what you can expect from this trip, with the itinerary as prepared by Travel Factor.

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