Saturday, December 24, 2011

Kaunayan (Cunayan) Waterfalls, San Luis, Aurora Province



Day 2: Ditumabo (Mother) Falls Kaunayan Falls, San Luis, Aurora

According to my DIY Itinerary, I was supposed to visit Ditumabo (Mother) Waterfalls

Because I got limited time, and 2 other "invalid" reasons,

we headed to Kaunayan Falls in San Luis, Aurora province instead.



Kaunayan Waterfalls is the most accessible waterfalls in Central Aurora Province.

From the town proper of Baler,

we hired a tricycle for Php 300.00 back and forth

The falls is located in Brgy. L. Pimentel also in the Municipality of San Luis.

The trip was more than 1 hour.

The dirty road from the National road was rough, bumpy and dusty.

Three entrance fees were collected because we pass through two private properties (Php 10.00) and another  Php 10.00 charged per person at the entrance of the falls.

Cottages are available for rent in the area nearby.




Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed when my DIY plan didn't fall into place.

But when I saw clean, crystal clear waters dropping from the range of Sierra Madre mountain,

my disappointments paved away.

The falls mildly sprays water from a cliff where hanging wild vines and other greenery grows.



Im more of a freshwater type of person rather than of saltwater.

I guess, its because half of my life was spent in saltwater exploration back in Palawan days.

My remaining days will definitely discover freshwater wonders, lol!



It is, actually, a  series of waterfalls one after another with own sunken plunge pool.

Cunayan Waterfalls is a seven-tier waterfalls and could be navigated.

Trekking and hiking could be arranged through the Municipal Tourism Office.





Well, I guess, I have so many reasons to go back in this beautiful province.

Maybe next year, wanna join?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

NIA Watershed and Picnic Ground, San Luis, Aurora



After a long day of surfing and swimming on Sabang Beach in Baler,

we took a dip in this natural swimming pool,

washing away the stickiness and saltiness of the seawater.



The cold,

clear,

fresh,

and flowing waters of NIA Watershed in San Luis, Aurora Province,

with greenish reflection of the vegetation surrounding the pond,

was really refreshing!





I breathed fresh air,

hmm...reminds me of my hometown in Palawan.

The fragrance of the province is indeed incomparable.


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The San Luis Watershed and Picnic Ground is being manage by NIA,

the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is a government-owned and controlled corporation primarily responsible for irrigation development and management.

San Luis Watershed is a "Healthy" Watershed.

It is one of the forest-depleted watersheds in the municipality covering 67%.

A picnic area beside the small dam was built with rustic cottages for public use.

The place is a coconut plantation covered with short carabao grass.




entrance fee is Php 2.00 per person.































We hired a tricycle from the town proper of Baler to the neighboring municipality of San Luis (Php 100-150).

I just hoped that I was riding in a Wedding Limo Hire Warrington

While traveling,

I was entertained by the breathtaking provincial sceneries,

The time slowed down for a moment.

It took us almost an hour to get there.



We swam,

raced to the other end of  the natural pool,

just like when were kids, back to the memories of Palawan's summer.



How I missed talking with my cousin Mike.

Our conversation is always full of sense.

I just hope I could go back on the first quarter of 2011.



We stayed until 8:00 PM,

Fireflies waved goodbye when we leave.



Friday, December 16, 2011

Wintry Shopping in SM Mall of Asia



Here comes the season when the world is  filled with Christmas joy.

Everyone is so busy buying special gifts to complete their holiday list,

Attending reunions and Christmas parties.

I've been very busy with my Christmas shopping lately.

I took so much time to complete my super long list.

Blogging and traveling out of the metro was my least priority, sorry guys.

My daily trip to the malls in Metro Manila seems like a grand vacation though.

I love the colorful and festive Christmas decorations despite the heavy traffic everyday.




Last year, my favorite mall theme were the Ayala Malls' "Imagine"

This year's favorite is SM's Winter Wonderland Christmas theme at SM Mall of Asia.

A glorious winter scene welcome their loyal shoppers at the Main Mall Atrium.




Shoppers who wants to have a picture with Santa Clause could be taken here.

Splendid snowy scene complete with 50-foot giant Christmas tree is so awesome!

The mall's main attraction is the Snow Globe.

Experience man-made snow falling over your head for PhP 50.00 only.




Want more fun while shopping?

Visit Mall of Asia today, December 16,2011 to witness the opening of  newest theme park and Ferris wheel attraction in Manila.

The SM Mall of Asia’s Ferris Wheel called the SM MOA EYE  wheel is now the tallest Ferris wheel in the country!



Happy holidays, everyone! I hope you have a happy, healthy holiday season and a prosperous new year!




Friday, November 25, 2011

Learning to Surf in Baler, Aurora Province



I grew up in New Guinlo, Taytay, Palawan where I kiss the shallow, brackish water of Malampaya Sound good morning! 

Swimming from New Guinlo's shore to the little island back and forth was our daily routine.

Paddling while the sun sets at the back of Mount Kapoas was a splendid memory of my childhood.

'twas my recreational activities everyday rather than of surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, jet-skiing. These are rich kids activities, I thought.

The idea of surfing in my sports activities during my younger days was not in my sport category. I do not consider surfing as a sport rather than of a recreational activity. 

Paddling a surfboard, waiting for the perfect wave for 10 minutes and stand up and ride it for less than 1 minute. is the surfer's idea of "enjoyment" 

I didn't get it. It was boring...

until my cousin, Mike, invited us in Baler for a short vacation.....




Fearful,

I braved the waves of Pacific Ocean with my instructor.

Standing upright on a surfboard was my ultimate challenge.

Before jumping into surfing and get your feet wet, there are many things to learn starting out, like equipment,  terminology, safety precautions and surfing etiquette.

Essential equipment that you need are surfboard with surfboard leash, 

one piece suit or wet suit, surfing wetsuits are very important.

sunblock,

and the most important... perseverance.

Longboard is the ideal surfboard for beginners because it has more paddling speed and stability than shorter boards. 

Midsize or funboards are also a popular shape for beginners as they combine the volume and stability of the longboard with the manageable size of a smaller surfboard.




There are different types of surfboards for rent in Sabang Beach ranging from PhP 350/hour to PhP 1000/day including basic surfing instruction and a buddy surfer.

Surfing lessons started on the beach, like Make Up Tutorials it was really easy.

It can be broken into several skills: paddling, duck diving/eskimo roll, drop in positioning to catch the wave, the pop-up, and positioning on the wave.



Have you learned to ride a bicycle when you were a kid? 

If yes, you might understand a little bit about what it takes to learn to surf.

Biking involves an awkward combination of pushing off while trying to balance and steering wildly before falling over. 

Eventually, you will get it. 

Surfing is almost the same. It requires balance and coordination.

Like the first moment of balancing on two wheels after a series of falls,

maneuvering upright on a surfboard was incredible!

Just like applying Make Up through the guide of some  Cosmetics Tips. Below are the Surfing tips I've found online to help you out.




Surfing begins when the surfer paddles toward shore in an attempt to match the speed of the wave. Do not forget to put your leash on your back leg.

Paddling - requires strength but also the mastery of techniques to break through oncoming waves (duck diving, eskimo roll). Raise your chest up with your arms so that the water passes between you and the board.

Duck diving/eskimo roll - Just as the wave is about to hit you, roll over on your back (roll the board too), and pull the nose of the board down. Then roll back up. Duck-diving is a technique to allow you to pass under breaking waves when paddling out, rather than getting hammered by each breaking wave.  



Drop in positioning to catch the wave - Catching the wave, can be tricky, and it requires significant upper-body strength. Pick a wave that has not broken and be sure to sit far enough out among the sloping swells, not where the waves are standing up straight. 

Lean forward but raise your chest so that your weight is just above the centre of the board.   You should now be sliding down into the trough of the wave.  

 The first phase of surfing will entail that you wait until you are in the flat water in front of the wave before you stand up.   However, the ideal is to begin standing just as you feel the pull of the wave. 




Positioning on the wave - Paddle for a wave and just as you feel the momentum of the surfboard flow faster than your paddling speed, you are ready to hop up.

With your hands firmly grasping each rail push up quickly.

Simultaneously, extend your arms completely and pull your knees quickly up to your chest.   Be sure to keep your weight centred with just a little slant forward.





Place your feet firmly on your board, one foot near the tail and one foot just above the midpoint of the board.

Don't stand up completely erect.   Keep a low centre of gravity by crouching down and focusing your weight on the midpoint of the board.   Keep your arms out, your eyes looking forward and balance.






Surfing could be a little intimidating if you don't know important things about it. The local surfers out on the waves can lose their patience with newbies who don't know the rules and big surfing no-no's.


Surfing tends to be pretty free form but there are certain accepted rules, mostly based on safety and common sense.

Wave Ownership (The My Wave Rule)

The person closest to the breaking part of the wave has the right of way. Be aware of other surfers and water users, of the surf conditions, and of where you are surfing. Also, make sure you are not taking anyone else's wave. If someone is up and riding, paddling into the wave behind them does not give you the wave. In many low-key breaks, the first person paddling for the wave owns it. Do not expect this to apply in crowded conditions.

Dropping In (The Thou Shalt Not Rule)

Dropping in is taking off on a wave in front of someone who is already up and riding. Don't do this. Ever. No exceptions.

Paddling Out (The Eat It Rule)

When paddling out, if you must get over a wave that someone is riding, paddle behind them (On the white water side). This generally means getting stuffed for the sake of someone else's ride. Take comfort in the hope that they would do the same for you. Do not paddle in front of someone unless you are so sure that you will be 20 feet in front of them that you are willing to bet the well-being of your board/car/nose on it.



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My impression about surfing totally changed with my challenging experience. 

Now I understands why surfers love this sport,

It was really addicting,

Reliever from stress somehow,

I will definitely try again in Baler,

where I learned,

SURFING IS FREEDOM.




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

For a Perfect Life, We Need...

more holidays,

more long walks,

more sunsets,

more rain,

more coffee,

more cake,

more sleep,

more dreaming,

more adventure,

more fun,

more love,

more hugs,

more conversation,

more laughter,

more sunsets,

more music,

more TIME to do all we want to do.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora Province



'Twas a little bit gloomy when my cousins and I arrived at the sandy shoreline of  Sabang Beach in Baler, Aurora.

Y'all knew me, I escape beaches on summer days because I don't like hot weather and crowded beaches.

The weather was perfect for me to experience wave action, surfing.

The waves of the Pacific Ocean seems like cooperating with my plans, just right for a beginner surfer like me.

The dramatic, picturesque,  cloud-capped Sierra Madre mountain range was just simply amazing,

The sea breeze blowing against my face feels like hhhhhhmmmm....FREEDOM.




Although the sand is gray, it's texture is so fine that I can’t feel any grittiness when I walked barefoot along the Philippine surfer's beach.

I was told that the wave here is seasonal.

The waves arrive from the months of October to February and are good for first time surfers.

while waves from March through June are reserved for swimmers and an excellent challenge for expert windsurfers.

Sabang beach is perfect for beginning and novice surfers.





When I thought surfing is the only activity I could do on the beach, I was wrong.

I saw some tourist enjoying an all terrain vehicle ride from coast to coast,

couple spending quality time in the beach riding on a bike,

group of friends having fun at the sea,

and a loner wading through the shores of the beach.





Most accommodations are located in the shore of Sabang Beach.

but cheap accommodations are also available throughout the town proper.

This place is definitely worth a come back.





My brother and I had a great time bonding.

The people I've met in Baler were very hospitable.

I'd like to thank my cousins Mike, Amie, Phoeb and Rizza for accommodating us.

The food were great. Click here and here to check it out.

My visit to Baler never stops here.

I'll post more Baler Attractions next week.




Thursday, November 3, 2011

Philippine Calendar of Festivities in November 2011

Below is the list of Philippine Calendar of Festivities for the month of November  2011. You might want to join the local celebration  while on 3 day holiday.  So, if you're planning to have a short beak this month, you have a lot of choices from November 1 to 30. Lets go!





Source: Department of Tourism

BANAAG FESTIVAL  |   Anilao, Iloilo  |  November 1
This “dance of lights” is the first of its kind in the region. Banaag is a celebration life and spirit; beauty and artistry using fire in tribal performances that mesmerize and enchant spectators. A dance-drama competition using light and all its forms as a medium .

   
BELEN SA MAKATI  |  Makati City  |  November 1- December 16
Façade of buildings along the City business district particularly Ayala and Buendia Avenue are decorated by crėches and complemented by locally made lanterns in celebration of Christmas on the birth of Jesus Christ.
  

PASKUHAN  |  Luneta Park & Surigao City  |  November 1- December 24
A month long Christmas bazaar display and activities which include: Light –up a tree, lanterns/Christmas tree making contest. Lantern parade, display of all winning entries of Lanterns and Chirstmas trees and Rondalla contest. Painit sa Pasko is also held during the Misa de Galleon on the 16th to 24th of dec. Mass goers converge at the park to buy and eat Surigaonon delicacies.
       

SAN CARLOS CITY FIESTA 
|  San Carlos City, Negros Occidental  |  November 4
A three-day religious festivity honoring the patron saint, San Carlos Borromeo, featuring Pintaflores Festival, fluvial parade, processions, sports exhibitions, body painting contest and concerts.
  

NEGROS DAY / EL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE / KANSILAY FESTIVAL 
|  Negros Occidental  | November 5
A historical festival that commemorates the victory of the Negrenses’ bloodless revolt against the Spaniards in 1898 popularly known as Al Cinco de Noviembre or Negros Day
 

PINTAFLORES FESTIVAL  |  San Carlos City, Negros Occidental  |  November 5
The emerging festival of San Carlos City, highlighs the traditional fiesta celebration in honor of its patron Saint San Carlos Borromeo on the first week of November. It features street dancing by "tribes" dressed in colorful ethnic-inspired costumes, their bodies painted with flower designs reminiscent of the tattoed Visayans of the Pre Spanish Negros

   
ANGONO ARTS FESTIVAL  |  Angono, Rizal  |  November 5- November 25
The festival aims at creating awareness and appreciation of Philippine Art and Culture; and promoting arts and culture as vital attraction for local and foreign tourists. Rizal has the potential of becoming a tourist destination particularly in the field of arts and crafts. It is known as the home of various national artists, musicians, and other equally creative artists.

  
SANDUROT FESTIVAL 
|  Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental  |  November 9-15
Is a joyful celebration of the people of Dumaguete, their innate hospitality, friendliness, and their propensity to live harmoniously with people of different race, religion, and cultural beliefs. Through the course of history and to the present time, the people of Dumaguete have always been known to welcome strangers from different shores and countries, and to live with them in complete peace and understanding.

       
HELOBONG FESTIVAL (T’BOLI)  |  Lake Sebu, South Cotabato  |  November 9-15
One of the prettiest places in the Philippines becomes even more attractive this month, as its native residents celebrate a week-long cultural fiesta.See the T''Boli culture in its colorful best through the natives'' traditional songs, dances and crafts. 
  

VISAYAS-MINDANAO DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS  |  Mindanao Area / Cagayan de Oro City  | November 9-15
Drum and bugle competition from different schools / civic organizations from the Visayas and Mindanao.   

   
TAW-ANAY GUGMA   |   Dumalag, Capiz   |  November 11
A cultural and fiesta celebration.
   

MARIKINA CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL  |  City Hall-Riverbanks Mall  |  November 15
One of the major events included in this years' Christmas Celebration.
   

LA UNION SURFING INVITATIONAL/SURFING FESTIVAL  |  Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union  | November 17-19
An all Filipino managed surfing competition. A community based tourism activity where surfers from around the Philippines are invited to compete and have fun at one of the best surfing destinations in the country.

   
KAHILWAYAN FESTIVAL/CRY OF STA. BARBARA | Sta. Barbara, Iloilo | November 17
Anchored upon the Cry of Santa Barbara Celebration, Kahilwayan Festival is a cultural festival in a dance-drama form which is a reenactment of sort of the struggle for freedom by our very own local folks led by the heroic Gen. Martin G. Delgado. Aptly dubbed as Kahilwayan Festival, Kahilwayan being an Ilonggo/Hiligaynon word which means Freedom or Liberty, it highlights the quest of the Ilonggos to attain freedom through their fierce independent spirit.

   
URUKAY FESTIVAL  |  Anini-y, Antique  |  November 18- November 19
It is inspired by a local custom whereby a wedding feast is observed no matter how poor or humble the bride and groom are in this celebration, there is much fun and good nature teasing.

   
P’YAGSAWITAN FESTIVAL  |  Maragusan, Compostela Valley  |  November 18- November 25
The municipality of Maragusan, Compostela Valley celebrates its foundation day with a trip to the outdoors—quite literally—as its residents highlight their hometown’s ecotourism potential..   
  

BAGUIO ARTS FESTIVAL  |  Baguio City  |  November 18
An exhibit of the different artworks and art pieces of the various Cordillera artists in different art media.
   

INILUSAN  |  Mambusao, Capiz  |  November 20- November 25 
A cultural and fiesta celebration
       

LAPU-LAPU CITY FIESTA  |  Lapu-lapu City, Cebu  |  November 21- November 22
Join in colorful rites to honor the Virgin of the Rule, patron of Lapu-lapu City.
   

KALIMUDAN FESTIVAL   |  Isulan, Sultan Kudarat  |  November 21
It is another tribal fiesta down in Mindanao, with just about every major ethnic group joining in the fun. Cultural sharing is the theme here, its message clearly displayed in the timeless songs and dances of these native folks. One need not be a Manobo, Tiruray or T’boli to take part in the fun—all you need are the right clothes, the right moves, and a genuine desire to go totally tribal!

       
CORDILLERA FESTIVAL  |  Baguio City  |  November 22
A showcase of the various tribal dances, rituals and songs of the Cordilleras.
   

HIGANTES FESTIVAL  |  Angono, Rizal  |  November 22-23
Angono’s joyous fiesta in honor of San Clemente whose image, resplendent in papal investment, is borne by male devotees during a procession accompanied by parehadoras devotees dressed in colorful local costumes, wooden shoes and carrying boat paddles and higantes, giant paper mache effigies. The street event culminates in fluvial procession at the Laguna de Bay amidst revelry that continues until the image is brought back to its sanctuary.
 

BENGUET FOUNDATION DAY  |  Benguet  |  November 23
The Ethnic Igorots make their presence felt once again in Benguet as they hold a grand canao (the local word for “party”) at the Benguet provincial capital grounds. Ritual sacrifices are made, followed by a series of chants and prayers made in the native language. Tribal performances come next. No touristy stuff here, just a healthy dose of of traditional Cordillera culture.
 

KABKABAN FESTIVAL  |  Carcar, Cebu  |  November 23-29
The festival is not just a religious fanfare in honor of the town’s patroness, St. Catherine of Alexandria, but a cuLtural catalogue of the town’s historical periods and industry like shoemaking, as well as their arts that is showcased through street dancing and parade .

   
BAGUIO TOSSED SALAD FESTIVAL  |  Baguio City  |  November 26-28
A record breaking attempt to showcase the heaviest tossed salad and served to the public
   

FEAST OF SANTA CATALINA  |  Mansalay, Mindoro, Oriental  |  November 26
Palarong Lahi, an array of games very native to Mindoreños and Filipino, joined in by all games enthusiasts.   

   
PANANGEDAYEW  |  Dagupan City  |  November 27
Panangedayew, Pangasinan word meaning to uplift. Acitvites include garden show beside the Dagupan Astrodome, trade fair of Pangasinan’s pride like Bonuan bngus, bgoong, peanut brittle, quilted products housewares and locally made Christmas decors.
   

ANNUAL PINATUBO TREK  |  Brgy. Sta Juliana, Capas Tarlac  |  November 30
A annual event to commemorate the world-famous eruption of Mt. Pinatubo heralded the world over as the biggest and geologic uphearal of the20th century.

   
PANDAG-KITAB  |  Calapan City  |  November 14
Pandang-Gitab was coined from Pandanggo (Fandango) and Dagitab which is synonymous to “light”, adapting basic steps of Pandanggo sa Ilaw (Dance of Lights) which was told to have originated in Lubang, Mindoro Island. The style of Pandang-Gitab is the traditional “sway-and-balance”, with graceful shallow gyrating of hips and torso, complemented with a side-to-side gentle swing of hands, careful not to drop the candle-on-glass on both palms and on the head of the dancer.  Props and other materials are being utilized for added attraction and modifications are allowed but must not affect the fundamental pattern of the dance (pandanggo) itself.  The Pandang-Gitab Oriental Mindoro was launched as a street dancing competition and became a much applauded attraction as it was danced in Calapan City’s main avenue.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Travel on a Boat

I love long weekends!

Its great to have extra days to do the sweetness of doing nothing

at the comfort of my home,

to cook and eat special recipes,

to read and completely understand my Accounting Books

or to have a movie marathon with my brother

or perhaps visit the places I've never seen before

 and meet new friends along the way.

This is a wonderful time to reconnect with relatives

that I rarely seen.


Travel on boat
Submitted by: Rome Diwa
Taken by: fay Esteban
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Entry Title: Sail Away


I'm loving the long weekend!

Today I'm leaving...

Before I leave going to Baler, Aurora later today

to try surfing,

I'm leaving y'all with these photos I've submitted 

to Sports Unlimited's facebook fanpage.


Travel on boat
Submitted by: Rome Diwa
Taken by: Rome Diwa
Location: Club Balai Isabel, Talisay, Batangas
Entry Title:  Catamaran Crew Cruises



I wont be able to watch the episode this Saturday.

Most probably,

I'll be very busy catching up with cousins Mike and Brother Ramil.

So, please let me know if these images will be picked.
 


Travel on boat
Submitted by: Rome Diwa
Taken by: Sharlene Palma
Location: Coron, Palawan
Entry Title:  Water Mark

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Let's Create a Drown-Free Beaches in Zambales

How would you identify drown-free beaches?

If you see two yellow-orange flag planted at the beach area,

it means the water is safe to swim between the flag area.

It symbolizes that lifeguard’s patrol the area.

Source: Department of Tourism

Zambales Resort Owners Association, Inc. (ZROA) and  Philippine Life Saving Society (PLS) have now launched a revolutionary program to train Life Savers (Lifeguards) to patrol the popular beaches of Zambales and other areas for Summer 2012. The main objective of ZROA and PLS, is to achieve a Drown-free Zambales and the current training will act as a catalyst all over the country to lower the estimated 40,000 fatal and near fatal drowning incidents that occur annually in the Philippines, of which more than 6,000 are children.

Both ZROA and PLS are extremely grateful to the Surf Life Saving Society of Australia who are sending their most experienced Instructor, Mr. Murray Copas, to the Philippines to oversee and assist in making sure that the training is of the highest International standard.

For the past 5 years, Philippine Life Saving, a full member of the International Life Saving Society spearheads the campaigns in Drowning Prevention, through the standardization of Water Safety, Pool and Beach Lifeguarding in the country through our Bronze Medallion programs - the internationally recognized minimum standard for lifeguards.

The training is designed to train Filipinos in the areas of surf and general water safety, with the additional advantage that a number of those who will undergo the stringent 12 day training course will be certified as Instructors, so the program can continue and expand in the Philippines.

it was learned that despite the financial setback, the training must have to go ahead; this was due to the unprecedented efforts of ZROA members, the mayors of the municipalities of Botolan, San Narciso and Subic, plus a number of Zambales professionals who, along with Surf Life Saving Australia, offered financial assistance they could, to make sure the program would push through.

The main objective of ZROA and PLS, is to achieve a Drown-free Zambales and the current training will act as a catalyst all over the country to lower the estimated 40,000 fatal and near fatal drowning incidents that occur annually in the Philippines, of which more than 6,000 are children.

ZROA is currently looking for SPONSORS who are civic minded to help fund this worthwhile project over the next 5 years to achieve its vision of some 400 (or more) fully trained and equipped voluntary Life Savers on the Beaches of Zambales by 2015 thus achieving our mission of Drown-free Zambales. This project will surely attract local and foreign tourist to visit Zambales as the beach province center in central Luzon to enjoy its beautiful beaches. This will surely boost the province tourism industry through additional employment, increase sales of souvenir and miscellaneous products, food, and enhance occupancy of resorts and hotels in the province.

For more information, please contact Arch. Quin Sajorda, President of ZROA, Mobile 0930-180 6248 Email: qsajorda@yahoo.com or Roger Bound, ZROA director for Life Saving, Mobile 0918-922 2863

Monday, October 24, 2011

Stand Out Beauty on Sports Unlimited


Last week

on  ABS-CBN's

travel, sports, and adventure TV show

Sports Unlimited

I shared two

of my favorite travel pictures on facebook.


Orange Oasis
Submitted by: Rome Diwa
Taken by: Faye Esteban
Location: Fort Barton, San Vicente, Palawan

The theme was "STAND OUT BEAUTY!"

Out of the numerous entry

30-40 quality images were picked

Both of my pictures were selected

and was shown on TV last Saturday's episode.

From those entries, they raffled 5 Sports Unlimited T-shirts

I got one!


Preview of Paradise 
Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan 
Submitted by: Rome Diwa

I've submitted my pictures for this week's theme already.

I'll post the photos later this week.

I wish one of my three entries would be picked.

Instead of t-shirts, I hope, ABS CBN would raffle AH-D5000 headphones.That would be awesome!



Thank you Sports Unlimited for the cool t-shirt!

I'm going to wear it on my next trip.

You probably wonder where will I be this coming weekend.

Well, I'm planning to go to Baler, Aurora in Quezon

to try surfing.

I heard,

It's the surfing mecca of the Philippines.

I'm so excited!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City




The Ayala Triangle Gardens in the heart of the Makati's Central Business District.

Bordered by Ayala, Paseo and Makati Avenues is the Philippine counterpart of Central Park in New York City. 

A distinct and surprising hub of lush gardens

Amidst the country’s busiest business district is  a refuge after a week of  fast-paced Makati life.






Surrounded by the most prestigious office towers in the Philippines.

The Ayala Triangle Gardens is a separation spot 

between business's concrete infrastructure,  and verdant natural landscaping.






Behind the Philippine wall street is an ideal spot for people like us 

who want to distance ourselves from the everyday hustle bustle 

to relax, 

to unwind,

and to get in touch with nature for a while. 







to breath the fresh air,

to gossip,

to enjoy a diverse mix of cuisines in a cluster of unique & exceptional restaurants on the other side of the park.

to complete my Ayala Triangle Project.





This place is simply

pretty. 

cozy.

with Wi-fi hotspots that can be used for emplyoyee meetings and or  team buildings






enjoyable for jogging, 

brisk walking 

or people-watching.






There are different events and activities in the park

attracting unique visitors

....and oh, The Symphony of Parols at the Ayala Triangle Gardens

is one big attraction this holiday season that I'm looking forward to witness




Sunday, October 9, 2011

Adore: One Tagaytay Place



Adore. 

That was the name that welcomed us.

The name of our penthouse on the top of One Tagaytay Place when we celebrated Sissy Peachy's nth birthday last year.






Our airconditioned room: complete with inspiring medley of posh amenities.

Welcome drinks were delivered when we arrived.

2 LCD TV with cable channels, Mini-bar, Wi-Fi, Coffee/ tea maker, IDD/ NDD phone with voicemail, Safety deposit, and Daily newspaper.

DVD player and microwave oven were also available upon request






Our adorable room room was painted in soft hues and soothing brown shades with interiors that mirror the calming ambiance

Invites us for a long rest or a massage or perhaps acupuncture That Works.






The stylish and trendy suit was equipped with electronic door lock system and Private balcony with panoramic view of Taal Volacano which Tagaytay is famous.






A stunning scenery of Taal Lake was a promise of a real  good morning...







The luxurious bathroom was clean, comfortable and smells good.





Among the facilities that are available like Game Room, Business and Fitness centers, and Spa, my favorite place are the adult and kiddie swimming pools.





For

One Perfect day of Photo opt.

One Perfect day of no worries.

One Perfect day of sumptuous comforts.





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One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites
Barrio Sungay, Tagaytay City
Philippines

Phone Numbers: Tagaytay Reservations Office
  (+632) 584 4111
Manila Sales Office
  (+632) 477 7111