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“Been There”: Local Version

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After reading several travel blogs from around the globe and read their nice praises and adoration about how beautiful is our dear country, it made me felt a tinge of guilt for not seeing more of it. So, instead of my daydream to go to Sentosa, I directed my plans to go to Palawan or Bohol… (another daydream? 🙂 )….

Well, to soothe my “guilt,” I am taking inventory of places of great interest I’ve been in the Philippines… (not in particular order and much specific…please bear with me)

1. Cebu City (my first experience of domestic flight)
2. Magellan’s Cross, Cebu City
3. Cebu White Sands Resort, Maribago Mactan
4. Sto Nino Basilica, Cebu
5. Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro (my first ferry ride)
6. Tanawin Bay Resort, Puero Galera, Mindoro (our honeymoon)
7. Tamaraw Falls, Mindoro
8. Camp John Hay, Baguio City
9. Mines View, Baguio and other city tourist spots (been here several times)
10. Mt Data Hotel, Bauko, Mt. Province (honeymoon again)
11. Intramuros Walled City, Manila
12. San Agustin Basilica, Intramuros
13. Manila Cathedral, Intramuros
14. Villa Escudero, San Pablo, Laguna
15. Batangas Beach (twice, same place, with HS friends then with SGV friends), Batangas City
16. Hundred Islands, Alaminos, Pangasinan

17. Candon, Ilocos Sur
18. Candon Church, Ilocos Sur
19. A beach house in Ilocos Sur (allegedly owned by C.Singson)
20. A beach house in La Union
21. Fontana Leisure and Waterparks, Clarkfield Pampanga
22. Nayong Filipino, Clarkfield Pampanga
23. Expo Filipino, Clarkfield Pampanga
24. Zoobic Safari, Subic
25. Tree Top Adventure, Subic
26. Tagaytay Highlands, Tagaytay
27. Tagaytay Picnic Grove
26. Manaoag Church, Manaoag, Pangasinan
28. Club Balai Isabel, Talisay Batangas
29. Ace Water Spa, Quezon City
30. Fireworks Olympic, MOA
31. Star City, Pasay (the rides and the ballet shows!)
32. Microtel Inn Boracay, Aklan
33. Crown Regency Hotel, Boracay, Aklan
34. Stations 1, 2, 3, 4 and the Mall, Boracay (see pics here)
35. Ocean Adventure, Subic (most recent)
36. Mt. Samat Shrine, Bataan (most recent)

I know there are several more, like churches, museums and zoos that i have to rake my brain a bit more to remember (and no need to count malls, nearby resorts, parks and dining experiences….). Well, after this exercise I am relieved that i have not taken our “home” for granted after all…. 🙂

See also my other “Been There” page

These Are the Days….

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My greatest appreciation to my staff and colleagues at Audit Department. Life and work wouldn’t have been so engaging, rewarding and “easy” without the enthusiasm, commitment, motivation of these people. I have learned a lot from this bunch and I hope that I was able to inspire them too. Our moments of working, planning, achieving and playing together deserves this video clip I made:

These are the Days, by Natalie Merchant.



The Travelling Feet

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See my collection of “my wandering feet” that somewhat chronicle my travel and adventure. It started in Macau last August. Here are the samples:

at the venetian hotel
venetian feet

the venetian casino
venetian2 feet

on top of macau tower
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in HK train after been denied entry at shenzhen
schenzen train feet

at HongKong
hong kong feet

at fontana clark
fontana feet

at baguio (store site visit)
baguio feet

at tumana marikina (relief operation)
tumana feet

“First Time” Again After Many Years

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igorotJust like to make an emphasis of the “first-time”
It’s just the same feelings of awe and excitement, eventhough the experiences have already happened before. Pardon, if I am just too “babaw” (shallow) when come to this. Well, I am just enjoying life and what it offers…. everyday….
Below are some accounts of what happened to me on last Friday and Sat…. (that I can add to my 101 list).
🙂 seen the tiger head going to Baguio (Kennon Road), I was still awed by the enormity of it, since I always remember it small.
🙂 been to Mines View again and seen the monochromatic landscape of mountains (but I’m bother by new four tombs in the bottom of the ravine 😦 )
🙂 ate at Rose Bowl and the pata tim was so delicious
😮 amazingly did the travel back and forth of Baguio in just one day
🙂 seen the vast Hacienda Luisita
🙂 enjoyed our interview of applicants, they are all qualified, but unfortunately have to accept only two.
😮 I learned that the Marcos bust on the mountainside was already gone (I just thought it just suffered some damage or vandalism — sayang…)
🙂 ate at the famous (1st) restaurant of Aling Lucing (sisig)…
🙂 nice stay at Fontana, I like the feeling of relax mode (and the greenery, nice bed sheets, quiet streets and the new grand lobby)
🙂 seen the new upcoming 2 stores of Puregold (Baguio and Angeles)
😉 started reading the book “Judas Strain” (I think I can finish it in less than 4 days — record-breaking!)

Picture Story #10: Audit team! Building Team!

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🙂 we had our teambuilding at fontana last weekend, complete with games, brainstorming, night-out, swimming, shopping, food and fun!
🙂 we really need this kind of unwinding activity!
😦 but is it acquaintance party or what? anyway, after few moments, they were bonding already!
🙂 new breed of auditors were discovered!
🙂 new talents were uncovered!
🙂 🙂 really had a great time!

Picture Story #1 : Captured Moments in a Picture

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My son Lean once said when he woke up one morning, “why is it everyday is always a same day to me?” and he goes back to sleep! Huuhh! There’s so much years ahead of him and he is now bored!?
Is it life seems so “the same” everyday?… it is not… only if we can capture and seize every moment and count every drop of blessing. Life is so good that we should not treat it as “boring”….
I don’t know if Lean can understand what im saying now (he is only seven), but i will try by making his “everyday” as brand new, exciting, and full of fun…
For now, as my project, I will post one picture – or pictures – (old or new) everyday and make a story, so we can have better appreciation what life is stored for us. And remind us that everyday is new!

lean

lean


this is my lean, having a great time at fontana waterpark just last April 2009… so, how can be life so boring…. i dont think so!up

dad’s 80th bday!

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HELLO, TO ALL
IN BEHALF OF DADDY OMENG! MARAMI, MARAMI SALAMAT! IPAABOT SA LAHAT NG TAO!…

UULITIN ULI NATN ITO…. WINNER ANG AMBIANCE, EXPERIENCE AT FUN!

WE THANK THE THE FOOD NA KAHIT PAULIT-ULIT AY DI KINAKAPOS (EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST LUNCH ! :)) TY SA CONTRIBUTION NG LAHAT! SALAMAT SA MASARAP NA UBE NI ATE LUZ! SA WINNER NA ICEDTEA NI ATE YOLLY! ANG BESTSELLER NA ADOBO NI TITA MARY, AT LONGGANISA PUTOK NI NINANG! BESTSELLER DAHIL UBOS AGAD! SA FAMOUS PAKSIW NA BANGUS NI NANAY SION, AT WALANG KAMATAYANG ASADO MANOK AT PAKSIW NA PATA NI MAMA AT NINANG (DAHIL LAGI NAKAAHIN) AT SA “UNLI” MANGGA NI DADDY, DAHIL MAY TAKE HOME PA! AT SYMPRE MASARAP DIN ANG DINNER!

SA WALANG HUMPAY NA PAGHUHUGAS NG PINGGAN NI BLANCA, TALET AND COMPANY, SA PAGLULUTO NI NICKY NG BREAKFAST SA GITNA NG GABI! ANG ATING FOOD PREPARERS (ATE MARIE, ATE YOLLY AT YOURS TRULY) SA ATING CAMERA MAN NA SI KUYA WILLY! SA MAKABAGBAG DAMDAMIN TARP NI ATE ANN AT ANG DECORS NI SOC, NUNU AT NICKY! SA MGA PAKULO NG MGA TSIKITINGS! SA PA-CASINO NI JON-JON AT BONE! SA BAR TENDING NI PAPI! AT KAKENGKUYAN NI KUYA ROMY AT KUYA BOYET! AT SA PA-BINGO NI TITA SION!

WE APPRECIATE THE UNLIMITED SWIM & SPA! AT ANG SARAP NG AIRCON NG 2 VILLAS…. COURTESY OF MY GENEROUS SISTER FLOR AND RON. PARANG SAMIN ANG FONTANA! SA MASAYANG PAGLAHOK NILA TITO BOY AT TITO NICK (FINALLY)!

AND OF COURSE, KUNDI DAHIL SA MGA KUYA, E KAPOS TYO SA BUDGET! BUTI N LANG AT MARAMI GALANTE SA PAMILYA! KUYA LITO AT ATE ALELI, SALAMAT SA PA-WESTERN UNION NYO, KAHIT PICTURES LANG ANG AABUTAN NYO (AT MAIINGGIT LANG KAYO)!

WINNER TALAGA ANG LAHAT! LAHAT! LAHAT! PATI ANG MGA DI NABANGGIT! WINNER!

UULITIN NATIN ITO SA DECEMBER!

KUYA LITO AND FAMILY, BE HERE!

TO ALL ORGANIZERS AND FUNDERS, MARAMING SALAMAT!

aBEL