PhotoHunt#134 Square


This is one of the well-lighted buildings along Pudong River in Shanghai, China.

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Help For the Philippine Eagle

This is the press release from the Philippine Eagle Foundation which was released this week:

Our Philippine Eagle is now rapidly deteriorating due to many reasons, one is the loss of habitat.  Recently, on Facebook, the Philippine Eagle Foundation sent a statement on alarm when four eagles were retrieve in just five months, the highest in the history of the Philippine Eagle Foundation retrieval.  Here’s the full press statement as of April 27, 2011:
PRESS STATEMENT { April 27, 2011 }

Four Eagles in Five Months:   A Statement of Alarm Over the Rate of Eagle Retrievals
The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) expresses alarm over the spate of captures of Philippine Eagles in the last five months. The PEF team has retrieved four Philippine Eagles since December 2010, making up one of the highest rate of retrievals since year 2000. More alarming is that two of the four eagles were rescued with serious injuries, and that a third eventually died from a fungal infection.
In December 2010, the PEF rescued a female Philippine Eagle estimated to be about 5-6 years old in Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte. The eagle was missing two out of three toes on its right foot.
A month after, on January 31, 2011, DENR XI personnel turned over a one-year-old male Philippine Eagle which originated from Sitio Biasong, Don Salvador, Mati, Davao Oriental. Details are still sketchy about the history of the bird.
Then on April 4, a juvenile Philippine Eagle was retrieved from Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat. PEF staff believe that the eagle had already been held captive for over a month by the time it was in PEF possession. It was to be released back to the wild, but the bird died from stress leading to multiple organ failure due to extensive fungal infection on April 24, 2011.
Finally, on April 19, 2011, an eagle about a year old was brought to the Philippine Eagle Center by residents of Sitio Biha, Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District, Davao City. Only two primary feathers remained on its right wing.
What we gather from this wave of retrievals is that:
1. The eagles continue to be harmed and poached. We have no doubt that the Sibuco eagle’s missing toes and the Tambobong eagle’s missing wing feathers were injuries inflicted by humans. Without the ability to grab prey or fly, the chances of survival in the wild for these eagles are practically zero.
2. The eagles are being taken away from their natural habitats. The best place for an eagle is still the forest. Many of the eagles we retrieved were reported or brought to us by individuals or groups who had good intentions for the birds. We appreciate their concern. However, this concern often translates to the incorrect thinking that we should “care” for the eagle by taking it and keeping it in human care. What has been happening is that the eagles, although perfectly healthy when they were found, instead suffer major injuries during the untrained and unauthorized “rescue” attempts of even the most well-meaning individuals. Eagles who have been held captive also get stressed, acquire diseases, and develop abnormal behaviors (such as becoming imprinted to humans) while they are in human custody. A fungal infection, like the one that killed the Sultan Kudarat eagle, takes months to develop and is closely associated to human activity. We thus believe that the eagle had been kept captive for a very long time.
3. People have brought Philippine Eagles to us and the DENR, expecting incentives or rewards for their effort, as if to make the retrieval and transport of eagles away from their natural habitats seem like a profitable deed. It is not. What we reward instead are nestfinders – individuals and communities who provide us with information about active nests, breeding eagles, and/or newborn chicks. Communities hosting these eagle nests are rewarded at each milestone showing that the eagle family is thriving (new egg, new chick, etc.). What we want to reward are human actions that ensure the eagles flourish in their natural habitats.
We are extremely distressed about these events. We call on all local government units and the media to advise their constituency on the appropriate response when a Philippine Eagle has been found. The PEF offers the following guidelines:
1. Observe Wildlife Act 9147 at all times. The law prohibits the killing, collection, possession, and maltreatment of wildlife, their by-products, and derivatives, as well as activities which threaten critical habitats such as dumping of waste, burning, logging, quarrying, and mineral exploration and extraction.
2. Never touch or approach the eagle. It could harm you as much as you could harm it. Never approach its nest, eggs, or chicks, as the eagle could be threatened by you and attack.
3. Just observe the bird. Take note of any apparent injuries. Take photos if cameras are available.
4. Always call the authorities. Only the Philippine Eagle Foundation and the DENR are authorized to intervene and coordinate a rescue and retrieval operation if any Philippine Eagle is in imminent danger.
Further, we call on the Philippine government and its law enforcement and judicial agencies for stronger enforcement of Wildlife Act 9147. Crimes committed against nature have effects of a much bigger impact than we can imagine (deforestation and the landslide of Ginsaugon, Leyte) and can reach generations beyond our own (global warming).
The Philippine Eagle is important not just because it is our national bird and therefore a symbol of our country, but because the abuse and harm caused on Philippine Eagles illustrate our recklessness in managing our natural resources. If the Philippine Eagle, which is already perhaps the most prominent and recognizable of Philippine wildlife species, suffers a fate as grim as the above four eagles have experienced, how much more other species? What bigger injustices could possibly be happening to the rest of the Philippine environment?
We condemn these acts of violence against nature and call on our fellow Filipinos to adopt more sustainable paths towards progress. Our economy is built on natural resources – the indiscriminate killing and plunder of these resources is not development. This will only bring us several steps backward.
For more information:
Tatit Quiblat, Manager for Development, Philippine Eagle Foundation
09177122895 | tatit@philippineeagle.org
Philippine Eagle Foundation
Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City
Tel. No. +63 82 2712337 | Fax +63 82 3011033 | info@philippineeagle.org

The Philippine Eagle is an important part of our heritage and they are rapidly dwindling due to man's greediness. Let us help so that the next generations may still see them!


Apple iPad2 Is Here In the Philippines

Finally, the long wait is over! Apple iPad2 is here now in the Philippines. iPad2 will be officially available at Apple retail stores starting April 29, 2011 at 9 a.m. local time, select Apple authorized resellers and also through online Apple store, www.apple.com, starting at 1 a.m.

In the meantime, iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in China on May 6.

Suggested retail Apple iPad2 prices are here:
Prices in Philippines are as follows according to Technoodling.net

* iPad 16 GB WiFi = Php 23,990
* iPad 32 GB WiFi = Php 28,990
* iPad 64 GB WiFi = Php 33,990
* iPad 16 GB WiFi 3G = Php 30,990
* iPad 32 GB WiFi 3G = Php 35,990
* iPad 64 GB WiFi 3G = Php 40,990


Litratong Pinoy#133 Kalye (Road)

The horse-drawn carriage used to be the king of the road, it is now being used to carry sight-seeing tourists around Intramuros and some parts of Manila. This is why, this is one of the must-do things for visitors of Intramuros, Manila.

The photo was taken infront of Fort Santiago.


Dating hari ng kalye ang kalesa noon sa Maynila, ngayon gamit-gamit lang ito para isakay ang mga bisita sa pamamasyal sa Intramuros at sa kokonting panig ng lumang Maynila. Kaya naman, isa ito sa mga dapat gawin ng sinumang bumibisita sa Intramuros, Maynila.

Kuha ang litrato sa harapan ng Fort Santiago.


Outdoor Wednesday#29 Full Moon


I have always loved full moons and it was such a disappointment that I could not seem to get a good shot of them. But when I bought my Canon lens EF85-250mm, things changed. Not a bad shot considering I've done worst before.

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Ruby Tuesday#95 Colorful Lamps

Colorful lamps that light a restaurant inside First World Indoor Theme Park of Genting Highlands, Malaysia.


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It Served Her Good

A relative went to a cosmetology school before going into college years ago. She figured out that it would be hard for her to get through college without getting a job first as nobody in her family could help put her through college. She chose going into a cosmetology school because she has always been a fashionista who loves doing make-up.

Years later, what she learned from her cosmetology classes saved her from financial ruin. Not used to having so much financial freedom after getting a good job right after college, she maxed out her credit cards and had loans almost everywhere. She could not cope up with the monthly due payments and had to find another job aside from her regular job. Her cosmetology background served her in good stead as she was able to find a job as a beautician in an upscale beauty salon. Slowly, she updated her credit cards and paid out her loans.

She is approaching retirement age right now and she is planning to put up her own beauty salon using her retirement pay. Am happy to see her doing well after what she went through.

Her usual advise to youngsters who seem confused on their career choices and have some aptitude in beauty and cosmetology courses was to try it first. She always said, “Choose the good schools like the ones recognized by the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and you will never go wrong.”

She is such an inspiration to me now that I am nearing the age that I should consider what should I do when I reach my retirement age. I might heed her advice and start looking for a good cosmetology school.

Sunday Stealing#85 It's All About Four Freakin' Things Meme

Today we ripped off a blogger named Mejis from the blog Southern Discomfort. She explains the she was tagged for the meme from Miss Angie over at My So-Called Chaos. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing! 

Cheers to all of us thieves!

Four Places I go:
My daily routine is:
1.  Office

2.  Gym

I would like to go someday soon to:
3.  Coron, Palawan

4. Washington, D.C., USA

Four Crushes I Have:
From years ago..
1. Brad Pitt

2. Hugh Jackman

3. Bruno Mars

4. Jake Gyllenhaal

Four Smells that I Love:

1. Fried dried salted fish (bulad)

2. Newly baked bread

3. Coffee

4. The smell of the sea

Four Favorite TV Shows:

1. Grey's Anatomy

2. American Idol

3. So You Think You Can Dance

4. Baker King

Four Favorite Movies: (too many but I'll try as what I could recall)

1. I Am Number Four

2. When A Man Loves A Woman

3. Twilight

4. Burlesque

Four Recommendations:

1. Live. Love. Laugh.

2. Don't expect too much. If you do, you're waiting for a disappointment.

3. Travel and see the world.

4. Challenge yourself.

Four People that I'd love to read their Fours:

1. Anybody

2. because

3. I like everybody and

4. am not choosy.

Four Things about me that you don't know:

1. I love to read but I've been reading more this year than years ago.

2. I worry more about my mother now that my father is gone.

3. I love animals.

4. I love doing charity work.

Four bands that I love:

1. Little River Band

2. Journey

3. Maroon 5

4. Queen


PhotoHunt#133 Dusty Children Of Agong House


They may look dusty and unfinished but these sculptures of playing kids had me smiling when I saw them at Agong House. The sculpture was one of the many works of the renowned Davao-based sculptor-artist, Kublai Millan.

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Pag-IBIG IDs Are Out

Last year, Pag-IBIG Fund issued their much-awaited Pag-IBIG IDs to their members. The identification cards are officially called the Pag-IBIG transaction cards and were distributed last year. For those who have not received their transaction cards yet, it is wise to verify first with your employer/s if you have made Pag-IBIG membership payments last October 2008 as the said date is the cut-off date for getting included in the first batch of transaction card printing.

In-charge of printing of transaction cards are Pag-IBIG branches. So, if you remitted on a certain branch on October 2008, that Pag-IBIG branch should be the one that should print your transaction card and send it to the member. For those who have not received any transaction cards yet, hereunder are the following reasons why:

1. No remittance payment for October 2008.
2. Lacking information on member’s data file such as birthdate, middlename, etc.

However, if a member thinks that he was able to pay last October 2008, then the advise is to go to the nearest Pag-IBIG branch to verify the status of their transaction card. The Pag-IBIG Fund directory to check the nearest branch can be found in http://www.pagibigfund.go.ph/

The Pag-IBIG transaction card should be signed by the member (above the printed name) and should bear the member’s 1x1 ID photo on the upper right side for it to be of use for any Pag-IBIG transactions.

The succeeding batches for the printing and release of Pag-IBIG transaction cards were put on hold but there is no worry as any Pag-IBIG member can still transact using their full name.


Online Royal Wedding Coverage

I saw samples of royal wedding souvenirs while I was browsing online and I was reminded that the royal wedding of Prince William and commoner Kate Middleton is just a few days away. I know that there are online royal wedding coverage somewhere in the internet but I have yet to find them. I don’t even know the TV channel that will also feature the said royal wedding but am not betting on it as I would be competing with my nieces for their favorite local TV shows. My best bet is the online royal wedding coverage. Hopefully, I won’t be paying anything and the connection would be good enough.


Looking For Judas

Let us admit it, Jesus’ life won’t be as interesting without the evil doers who made his life miserable. One prominent evil doer was Judas. The man who betrayed Jesus Christ, his friend and mentor, for a few pieces of silver.

Not surprisingly, a senakulo (Passion play based on the life and death of Jesus Christ) can be more interesting if the Judas character is really good or shall I say, bad. I remember years ago when we judged the senakulo as quite good not only for its production but also for how the Judas and Jesus Christ characters were played. I am not saying that am a fan of Judas but what am saying is that he was there so we could learn from his mistakes.

I haven’t seen a senakulo for almost a lifetime now. I used to watch it during Lenten season when I was a kid but moving here down south made watching senakulo impossible as it is not widely practiced here compared to the northern parts of the country.

I hope that I could watch a senakulo someday soon again.


Outdoor Wednesday#28 Sentosa's Garden

It was like being transported into a giant's world. We came across this garden in Sentosa with giant, colorful flowers. Giant ants with newly lain ant eggs crawling nearby.



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Ruby Tuesday#94 Visita Iglesia In Cebu

Visita Iglesia is a Filipino tradition that was handed down during the Spanish occupation.

I have only recently started doing the Visita Iglesia when I did it on my first Ilocos tour. Not only was I able to appreciate the religious tradition, but it only made me appreciate more the historical significance of the centuries-old churches of Ilocos. Since then, whenever I have the chance, I do the Visita Iglesia wherever in the Philippines I maybe during the Holy week.

Cebu City is one of the cities that I would recommend to do the Visita Iglesia for its religious and historical significance. One of the churches really worth including in the church visits is the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino. It houses the miraculous Holy Child Jesus which was purportedly found by Spanish explorers in 1565 preserved in a burned wooden box which was left behind during the 1521 Magellan expedition.

The church not only houses the miraculous sculpture but right on the left side of the church is the museum which houses antique paintings and religious paraphernalias. Here's one of the paintings..


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Sunday Stealing#84 The 65 Questions Meme

Today we ripped off a blogger named Doug Spencer from the blog Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Doug does not credit where he got it. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The 65 Questions Meme

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1. Tell us who the last person that you took a shower with.
Secret!! but I've been missing it.

2. Tell us about your favorite tee-shirt. Extra points if you show a pic. (We know. What can you do with freakin' extra points?)
Right now, my fave t-shirt is the one with I bought from Camarines Sur Watersports Complex. It's color is yellow with a front print a guy in wakeboard.

3. Has anyone ever hit on you even though they knew you were taken?
Yes, ugh!

4. Do you plan what to wear the next day?
Not really.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Why?
Feeling a bit dizzy. Not sure, I suspect I might starting to have hypertension. God forbid!

6. What's the closest thing to you that's black?

7. Tell me about an interesting dream you remember having.
That I came upon a lot of money and I was able to travel with my best buddy. 

8. Did you or might you meet anybody new today?
I don't think so. 

9. If you could be doing anything right now (or perhaps after you finish this ridiculous meme) what would it be?
I wish I can play tennis right now but it's drizzling outside.

10. Can you think of a meme question that's never been asked?
Gee, I can't think of any. 

11. What comes to mind when I say China?
The Great Wall of China. Seeing it with my own eyes got me really awed. 

12. Are you overly emotional?
Nope. In fact, some friends say I can be really cold if I want to.

13. If you could listen to just one rock album (CD, vinyl or mp3) which one would you pick?
Queen it will be.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?
Bite and lick.

15. Do you like your car?
I don't have a car and I'm now discouraged to buy because of the increasing gas prices.

16. Do you like yourself?
I had to.

17. Would you go out to eat with Charlie Sheen?
Nah. I find it strange.

18. What was the last song that you listened to?
Pyramid by Charice Pempengco.

19. Are (or were) your parents strict?
Yes, they were. I didn't appreciate it when I was younger but I do appreciate it now that I'm older. 

20. Have you ever wondered what attending a wild orgy (if only to watch or...) would be like?
Orgy of what?

21. I say cottage cheese. You say:
Yummy! I hope I don't have funny stomach.

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?
Yes, several. Recent one happened last month at the Mactan International Airport where I saw the stars from ABS-CBN like Venus Raj, Shaina Magdayao, the Imortal cast and more. 

23. What was the last movie that you watched at home?
Shanghai with Chow Yon Fat and Gong Li as the leads.

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in?
Right now, nope. 

25. What countries have you visited?
Hongkong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and USA.

26. Have you ever made a phone call while you were drunk that you've regretted? If yes, do tell.
Nope. Thank goodness for that.

27. Where were you going the last time that you were on a train?
Somewhere in Manila.

28. Bacon or sausage?

29. How long have you had a cell-phone?
More than 10 years.

30. What other memes do you do regularly?
I do PhotoHunt, Friday Fill-Ins, Mellow Yellow Monday, Litratong Pinoy, My World, and Skywatch.

31. Who is the craziest meme host?
Don't know. They are all fun but not crazy.

32. Who invented chop sticks?
The Chinese, I think. 

33. Who are you going to be with tonight?

34. Are you too forgiving?

35. When was the last time that you were in love?
Ages, still going on.

36. Tell us about your best friend.
Funny, patient, unselfish, always thinks of others, hardworking, a very good person and my bestest friend.

37. What was the stupidest thing you learned in high school?
Too many to list down here.

38. What was the last thing that you cried about?
When suddenly I remembered my father, I miss his presence.

39. What was the last question you asked?
Are we going to play tennis today?

40. Favorite thing to do this time of the year?
Going to the beach if it gets sunny. It used to be sunny during summer. Nowadays, summer is mostly rainy and wet.

41. If you had to get a (or another) tattoo, what would it be?
Chain of flowers on my ankle.

42. How would your best friend describe you?
Frank, hardworking and steadfast.

43. Have you ever seen all three Twilight films?
Yes, and read all three Twilight books.

44. Ever walked into a glass door?
Almost but I stopped before I hit it fully.

45. Favorite color on that person that you are attracted to?

46. Have you ever slapped someone?

47. What hair style (for you) would you like to see return?
All hairstyles return. Maybe, the shaggy the type :D

48. What was the last CD you bought?
The Journey's latest CD.

49. Do looks matter to you?
Not much. I almost always look at the character more. 

50. Could you ever forgive a liar?
Once or even twice. Further than that is stretching too much.

51. What's the hardest bill to pay every month?
The one that my mother swiped on the credit card recently that she should've told me prior to doing it.

52. Do you like your life right now?
It could use a little improvement but yes.

53. Do you sleep with the TV on?

54. Can you handle the truth?
Better than lies, yes.

55. Do you have good vision?
What vision? Vision on looking at the future or vision on the eyes?

56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?
Hm...dislike more than 3 but I try not to let them get under my skin.

57. How often do you talk on the phone?
Always when am working. Not much when am at home.

58. What celeb would you like to come home to?
Brad Pitt or Hugh Jackman.

59. What are you wearing?
Houseclothes, white sleeveless top and blue shorts.

60. What is your favorite wild animal?

61. Where was your facebook picture taken?

62. Can you waltz?
Yes, can you?

63. Do you have a job?

64. What was the most recent thing you stole?
None. Geez, this has taken too long. It's stealing my time!

65. Have you ever crawled through a window?


PhotoHunt#132 Road

On weekends nowadays, the roads are busier than it used to be. Thanks to the increasing popularity of running, marathon runs are happening almost every weekend in our city. Not only in the mornings but they are also starting to do the road runs in the evenings.


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Where Will They Go?

Congratulations to the new electronics engineers! The Electronics Engineering Board Exam results are already out. There are 1,170 new board passers and the top performing school is the University of Sto. Tomas.

I wish them good luck considering it's tougher now to get a job. Getting the licensed is a good thing though as it'll help them in their pursuits.


Disliking Willie

We were inside our doctor’s clinic. We could hear muffled TV sounds as our doctor’s assistant was changing channels. Then, she stopped as we heard Willie Revillame’s raspy, excited voice urging somebody to show her stuff. Our doctor stopped talking to us, called her assistant and told her, “Please don’t make my day bad. Change channel or turn it off. I don’t like that guy.” A few moments after, I can hear a National Geographic channel announcer describing some wild animals in Africa.

Our doctor muttered under her breath, “Goodness, people are already poor. How can a crass guy get popular encouraging poor people to act silly over national TV just to earn money. There should be some TV programs that promote hard work instead of encouraging people to line up for days going hungry just to make it to this kind of program. ” “Amen.”, I said under my breath. That day, I was relieved to hear that in that doctor’s room there were two people who disliked Willie.

My father was a big fan of the guy. He would make it sure to watch Willie on his noontime show, Wowwowwee, everyday. He was so disappointed when the guy had troubles and had to stop his shows temporarily. As for me, I was relieved.

Willie may be the answer to the poor man’s dream to win big and the ultimate great endorser of any product but for me, I find him loud and cocky bordering to arrogance. Arrogance that keeps getting him into limelight and into trouble. Nowadays, he’s in the limelight again.


Outdoor Wednesday#27 Rain At The Beach


We arrived in Bohol on a very rainy afternoon. Tired after our flight, my mother opted to rest and I went out to explore the beach. It was deserted after the heavy rain. A slight drizzle was still going on when I got to the beach. The water was tempting but decided to just wait for my mother to wake up.

This is my entry for Outdoor Wednesday.


Ruby Tuesday#93 Church Vendors

Like any other churches in the Philippines, flower and candle vendors are permanent fixtures around its areas but aside from them there are more ambulant vendors selling different products ranging from the usual kakanin (native delicacies) to school supplies and kitchen wares.

Here are some vendors just outside the Basilica Minore Sto. Nino de Cebu:


and here're some of the red roses being sold by the flower vendors...


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Overcast Skies Over Sun

Thank goodness, there are other cellular services out there. I’ve been out of connection from my Sun account since late February. It happened while I was on travel out of the country. One day I was busily connected with my family and friends back home and the next day, I was out in limbo wondering what happened to my Sun service connection. No warning bells, no text messages. Thank you, Sun!

When I got home, I checked with the Sun office. I was told I exceeded the credit limit and I needed to pay in full the outstanding balance to get reconnected. Surprised with the demand considering I’ve fully updated my account before I went on travel, I asked for the billing statement to check on the calls and texts made on my account. Surprise! Surprise! The customer representative said it was not available. The precious billing statement will be made available on my next billing period which is about 2-3 weeks away. My jaw literally dropped.

I need to pay in full the amount so I can get reconnected but they don’t have the details so I’d be paying blindly considering they don’t have the details yet. How did they come up with the amount I needed to pay when they can’t give me the details? How can they demand payment when a simple billing statement cannot be available?

Annoyed at such bad service, I decided to pay in partial and waited for the billing statement. It came two weeks before my next due date and by now, I’ve had no Sun connection for more than a month. I decided to pay in full on April 5, 2011 after checking the billing statement and expected a 24-hour reconnection like what other cellphone networks have guaranteed.

Ta-dah! It is now April 11. I am still disconnected. I have made several inquiries thru email and visits to the Sun office. The common answer was they’ll check with their system. Man, your system sucks.

If I’m not within the holding period, I’ve already cut my ties with Sun. What an inconvenience.


Sunday Stealing#83

Today we ripped off a blogger named Leo from the blog Leonine's Journal. He was tackling a meme that his blogging site, Live Journal, hosts. It has 5,000 questions. He did a hundred. So, we will break it up into parts. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The 5000 Question Meme, The Final Part

Cheers to all of us thieves!

76. Do you prefer Disney or Warner Brothers?
I like Disney more.

77. What is the first animal you would run to see if you went to the zoo?

78. Would you consider yourself to be romantic?

79. If the earth stopped rotating would we all fly off?
I hope not.

80. What is the one thing that you love to do so much that you would make sacrifices to be able to do it?
Travel and books.

81. If you (and everyone) had to lose one right or freedom, but you could pick which one everyone had to lose, what would you pick?
Texting or calling while driving.

82. If you had to choose would you live on the equator or at the North Pole?
I'd rather stay on the equator. A visit to the North Pole won't be bad though.

83. Would you rather give up listening to music or watching television?
I'm not a much of a TV watcher so I'd easily give watching television.

84. What do you think makes someone a hero?

85. What cartoon would you like to be a character in?
Nowadays, it'll be in the movie Rio.

86. Name one thing that turns your stomach:

87. What was the last thing you paid for?
Tennis game, just this morning.

88. Are you a coupon clipper?

89. Get anything good in the mail recently?

90. Which would you rather take as a gym class...dancing, sailing, karate, or bowling?
Dancing and karate.

91. In Star Trek people 'beam' back and forth between different places. What this means is they stand in a little tube and their molecules are deconstructed and sent to another tube somewhere else where they are reassembled. Only problem is when the molecules are deconstructed the person is dead. When they are put back together it is only a clone that has all the dead person's memories. Is the person who gets beamed the same person on both ends?
I don't think they're the same.

92. What insects are you afraid of?

93. If you could print any phrase on a T-shirt, what would it say?
Life-long learner.

94. What's the most eccentric thing you have ever worn?
Can't remember anything.

95. If you could pick one food that you could eat all you wanted but it would have no effect on how much you weigh, what food would it be?
Grilled fish and kare-kare.

96. What are your parents interested in?
Mostly, real estates.

97. Have you ever caught an insect and kept it as a pet?
Nope. They're too delicate to be considered as pets.

Have you ever caught and tamed a wild animal?
Nope, I don't think it's a wise thing to do to them.

98. What is more helpful to you, wishes or plans?
Both, wishes because they make me hopeful. Plans because they make me look forward to something concrete.

99. When do you feel your life energy the strongest?
While doing something I really like that's when I feel my life energy at the strongest.

100. You are spending the night alone in the woods and may bring only 3 items with you.
Flashlight, water jug and knife.


PhotoHunt#131 Trees


Coconut trees fringed the beach at Dumaluan Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol. It was raining that day so the beach was deserted.

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Bruno Mars In Manila and Cebu

Just when I was thinking of buying a ticket for Bruno Mars' concert in Manila or Cebu, the news came out that all of his concert tickets were already sold out. Bruno Mars' concert was held in Cebu (April 7) and in Manila (April 8).

He came into my attention when I heard the song, Just The Way You Are. Then, one song after another with more awards under his belt, he has decided to come home to the Philippines to see the land of his mother.

I just hope that he'll be able to do his concert in Mindanao next time.


Litratong Pinoy#132 Sagbayan Peak's Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills as taken from Sagbayan Peak, Bohol.

It was rainy that day but we did not stop from sightseeing and taking photos so I apologize for the cloudy skies taken at the photo.


Ang Chocolate Hills kuha sa Sagbayan Peak, Bohol.

Maulan man ng araw na iyon, hindi kami huminto sa pamamasyal at pangunguha ng litrato kaya pasensiya na kung medyo maulap ang litratong nakunan.


Summer Should Not Be Boring

Just a few days into summer and my two nieces are already bored up to their eyes staying at home. I'm not sure how will they fare for more than a month at home. I've been telling them that summer need not be boring. I've been trying to encourage them to do some reading but sadly, they would rather stare brainlessly at the TV than do some readings; their father's addiction to TV watching even worsened the situation.

Now, am racking my brain cells trying to think of some things that might help their summer unboring. Summer classes should be helpful. They had badminton, swimming and English summer classes before. I still prefer to have them enrolled in some academic classes but I also want them to try working part time to earn a little money for their school fees.


Outdoor Wednesday#26 Hanging Bridge

The hanging bridge at Sevilla, Bohol. It is one of the must-see destinations in Bohol.


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Ruby Tuesday#92 Dinosaurs Of Sagbayan Peak

The dinosaurs are still here. They are currently staying in Sagbayan Peak, Bohol. Here is the proof..


Unlike the Carmen Hill where there are more of the Chocolate Hills that are visible, Sagbayan Peak's advantage is its children's playground. These dinosaurs are guarding the entrance of the Peak.

Sagbayan Peak is almost an hour away from its more popular counterpart, Carmen Hill.

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Sunday Stealing#82

Today we ripped off a blogger named Leo from the blog Leonine's Journal. He was tackling a meme that his blogging site, Live Journal, hosts. It has 5,000 questions. He did a hundred. So, we will break it up into parts. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all of us thieves!

51. Make up a definition for the following silly words...

Fruitgoogle: googling for fruit.

Ambytime: ambiguous time.

Asscactus: cactus with ass

52. What was the last thing you made with your own hands?
I made pastillas de leche last night for the first time.

53. What was your favorite toy as a child?
I used to really love to cook with may toy clay pots.

54. How many TV’s are in your house?

55. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Pay my bills, take photos, play tennis.

56. How do you feel when you see a rainbow?
Rainbows make me feel  happy.

57. Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true?
Several times, felt like it was deja vu.

58. Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader?

59. What is your idea of paradise?
A beautiful place without poverty, sickness and worries.

60. Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like?
Yes, ever-powerful, ever-wise and ever-knowing.

61. Do you believe in Hell?

62. What one thing have you done that most people haven't?
Read and travel.

63. What is the kindest thing you have ever done?
Gave to charity. Volunteered in constructing houses with Gawad Kalinga.

64. Have you gone to WTIT's facebook page and hit "like" yet? If not, why not? (No pressure.)
Not yet. Haven't been to my facebook account in a while.

65. What holiday should exist but doesn't?
We have too many holidays in the Philippines, we don't need one anymore.

66. What holiday shouldn't exist but does?
Can't think of one right now.

67. What's the best joke you ever heard?
Too many to recall.

68. Where is the most fun place you have EVER been?
Recently, at the Universal Studios Singapore.

69. Is your hair natural or dyed?
My hair's natural and hopefully, it won't get dyed.

70. Do you have any deep dark secrets or are you pretty much up front?
Am always pretty much up front.

71. What is under your bed right now?
Boxes of photos I need to put in the albums.

72. If you were in the Land of Oz would you want to live there or go home?
I'd love to try to live there for a few days.

73. If you drive do you frequently speed?
I don't drive but if I do, I'd probably be frequently speeding.

74. What is the world's best song to dance to?
I think, it's Buttercup coz in dance clubs, the number of people in the dancefloor increases everytime that song gets played.

75. What song was on the last time you danced with someone?
Gee, can't recall. It has been too long ago.


PhotoHunt#130 Closed


Closed windows of Dauis Church. The front door and windows of the church were closed when we got there but it was a good thing that our tour guide knew that the side door was open. We were able to get inside the church and were given their well-known water taken from the well infront of the Dauis Church's altar.

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Holiday Gym and Spa Summer Festival

Holiday Gym and Spa is offering the following summer classes/workshops:

Coach: Arvin Bonleon
Fee – P1,800
Start Date: April 4, 2011 (1st batch)
Ages 7-13 yrs. old
Schedule: Mon-Wed-Friday 3pm-5pm
Inclusive of 1 basketball & 1 jersey

Instructor: Bryan Grandeza of Groove Unlimited
Fee: P1,500 for 12 sessions
Start Date: April 4, 2011
Boys: Ages 8-14 y.o. Mon & Wed: 1010am to 1140am
Girls: Ages 8-14 y.o. Mon & Wed: 12:30pm to 2pm
Adults: Ages 15 y.o. & above Tue & Thurs: 4pm to 530pm

1ST batch: March 21 to April 1
2nd batch: April 4 to April 15
Fee – P2,500/pax
Inclusive: 10 lessons + 2 free pool passes (expiry date-30 days)
Kids: 730am to 830am, 300pm to 400pm, 430pm to 530pm (Mondays to Fridays)
Adults: (Mondays to Fridays)
600am to 700am, 730am to 830am, 600pm to 700pm, 730pm to 830pm

Start: April 2, 2011 – May 28, 2011 (Tue/Thurs/Sat)
Fee: P5,000 (24 classes)
Tuesday and Thursday:
1115am-1215pm Grade 2 & 3 (old & new students ages 8-11 y.o.)
12:15pm-0115pm Grade 4 & up (old & new students ages 12 y.o. & up)
0115pm-200pm Pre-primary – Grade 1 ((old & new students ages 3-7 y.o.)

1030am-1200pm Grade 2 & 3 (old & new students ages 8-11 y.o.)
12:00pm-0130pm Grade 4 & up (old & new students ages 12 y.o. & up)
0300pm-430pm Pre-primary – Grade 1 ((old & new students ages 3-7 y.o.)

BOXING CLINIC FOR KIDS (6 y.o.-12 y.o.)
Start on April 4, 2011
Mon/Wed/Fri 9am to 1030am

Fridays: 6pm-9pm
Satudays: 4pm-6pm/6pm-9pm
Sundays: 2pm-4pm

Tue & Thurs: 430pm to 6pm

For more details, visit Holiday Gym & Spa at F. Torres St., Davao City with contact number 082-2223041.