Tuesday Travels#27 Malagos Garden Resort


 It has been awhile since my last visit to the Malagos Garden Resort. So, I thought I'd bring along my parents and nieces to check it out. It was a first time visit for my nieces so they were quite excited about it. There were some improvements around the place like this beautiful fountain but the usual features of Malagos Garden Resort were still there. Installations and artworks by National Artist Napoleon Abueva were scattered around the resort which actually made some really nice surprise while exploring the area.

They also have the animal and bird show. I found this cute little horse being taken for a little walk by one of the resort staff.
More photos on my next Tuesday Travels entry..


How To Make More Money Online

I do make money online. It is not much but it helps a lot considering that I do not actually spend too much time doing it. The thing about making money online is one can get flexible with time and effort. After all, there are just so many choices of work online.

If you want to earn more money, you spend more time online doing it. If you get lazy, you lessen your time and effort and you can see your earnings dip low. Still, it is a good way of spending time online than just surfing through Facebook or any other websites with zero earning.

There are many ways to make money online. While I do it just when I have extra time to spare, I know some people who actually are doing it full time. In fact, some people I knew quit their traditional job to make more money online. Blogging, accepting post assignments, doing paid surveys, surfing websites,  doing online auctions like Ebay are just some of the things one can do to earn more money..


Sunday Stealing#114

Today we ripped off a blogger named Scottish Mum from the blog Scottish Mum Blog. It was stolen from three bloggers. She explained that the "lovely ladies over at More Than a Mum, Yummy Step Mummy and Fluffy Dumplings have all tagged me so far." 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. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends!

Link back to us at Sunday Stealing! Sunday Stealing: The Scottish Meme Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from the Philippines and now living in the southern part of the country.

2. Favorite childhood story/book/film? All the children's stories: Cinderella, Snow White, and the bible stories.

3. If you could change gender for a day what would you do? Go where the guys go.

4. Do you feel you family is complete or would you like more/some children? I am single and I am actually thinking of adopting a child.

5. What do you do/Where do you work and do you enjoy it? I am in the Marketing Division and I enjoy my work. I am learning a lot from my work.

6. Which three words do you think sum you up? Hardworking, lifelong learner.

7. If you were a fairy what magical powers would you possess? Knowing if someone is lying, jumping into places in split seconds.

8. If you were invisible, where would you go and what would you do? Why? All over the world, taking photographs.

9. What song can’t you listen to without crying? Can't think of one.

10. Which book changed your life – or at least made you think a lot? The bible.

11. Why do you blog? Blogging is an extension of my writing.

12. What is your top ‘me-time’ tip? Go on travels, reading, going to the gym.

 13. What can’t you live without? My mother.

14. Which of all your blog posts are you most proud of and why? There are a lot.

15. Have you ever met a famous person? Who and where? Local celebrities. Mostly in Manila.

16. When did you last have a full nights sleep? Last night.

17. What would you think is harder: Going to work or staying at home with children? Staying at home with children.

18. What are you doing for Easter? I am thinking of going on a travel.

 19. What is your favorite drink? Coke.

 20. Do you play any sports? Tennis, boxing and for a while, badminton.

21. What is your most embarrassing moment? There were a lot but the one that I can recall right now is when I fell face down on the street while getting off the vehicle near the church door on a Sunday.

 22. How clever are you? I think, you should ask the people who knew me.

 23. Name a new favorite TV show? South Korean movie, Dong Yi.

24. Any guilty pleasures? Travel and books.

25. If you could have chosen your own name, what would it be? Alexandra or Rafaela or Mikaela.

26. Who do you most admire in life, and why? My mother and people who works hard and tries to do good no matter what happens.

 27. What is your most treasured possession? For material things, my Canon DSLR.

28. Tell your favorite funny joke… corny..

29. What is your biggest fear in life? Losing my loved ones.

30. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? What does it remind you of? Cheese. It reminds me of my childhood.


She Wants To Start A Blog

A photographer-friend posts her photos once in a while in Facebook. She is actually a very good photographer and could earn some money from her photos. However, she prefers it as a hobby not as a source of income. She had fun with Facebook for a while but wanted to start a blog as not all the people she knows have Facebook account. I thought she was actually joking when she asked me on how do it but was amused and happy to see that she got her blog running after bugging me continuously for a week.

 The websites I gave helped her a lot in getting her blog up and running. She is lucky that there are now websites and blogs that really give good tips in starting a blog. When I started years ago, I relied only from a blogger-friend who patiently guided me step by step until it was all done.

 For now, she is enjoying her blog more and more and I would not be surprised if she starts thinking of selling her photos online thru her blog. After all, some photographer-friends are already doing it.

In A New Photography Group

Something went wrong with the photography group I had last year. The plans for photoshoots and photography workshop-seminars stopped, members’ meeting attendance dwindled and then, the group was disbanded. I missed our activities and thankfully, I found a new one.

Why go get another group when the previous one flunked? Because it is always more fun to have somebody to share something that you enjoy doing and it doesn't matter if the camera they are using is Nikon or Canon or the recent camera that I covet, Sony DSLR. Also, there are more to learn more because there are more people, you meet new friends and it is cheaper too.

So, here I am quite excited with my new group. Tomorrow is our swearing-in as new members. Looking forward to exciting photography sessions with my new friends.

Why Malaga is a Special Place

Anyone who visits Spain will surely reach the most popular coastal city in the country, Malaga. Malaga is a really important tourism city, so you can see that this place would be really crowded by people from all over the world who spend their vacation here during the holiday season. Malaga has a mixture of tropical and Mediterranean climate so the winter here is quite warm compared to other places in Europe. That is why this city is flowing with tourists who want to escape from the cold at their hometowns during the winter.

If you take a flight to come into the city, you will first land at the Malaga Costa Del Sol Airport. It is located eight kilometres from the Malaga city centre, and it is estimated that twelve million passengers board their planes here to go in and out of the city each year. You will need a car to go to the city centre, especially if you do not want to use the public transport here as they will be usually congested during the holiday season. Car hire Malaga service at the airport can give you the best car deals for your family for the vacation.

Malaga is usually overlooked by the more popular Sevilla and Granada, mainly because these two have more interesting places. However, Malaga is rapidly developing its tourism attractions here so you can see that there are a lot of hotels and museums being built currently. You can spend a day or two at this city but if you are someone who loves the sea, you may need to allocate more than two days to see all of the attractions that are located near to the beach.

If you come to Malaga in the hope to shop for some souvenirs to bring back home, you can find them at the shopping streets of the Malaga city centre. Calle Marques de Larios is the main shopping street in the city and it was named after the Larios family that built the street during the 19th century. You can find a lot if items here like clothes, wooden ornaments, key chains and also shoes. The price of the items here are also cheap enough compared to other famous cities like Barcelona and Madrid, and you can always haggle to get the best price. You will be amazed with how much money you will spend here to buy all the things you want!


Litratong Pinoy#173 Plenty (Madami)


There are plenty of people who wanted to get married but could not afford to do it due to lack of money. It was a good thing that there was somebody who decided to help them. This photo was taken at SM Davao during day of the hearts, February 14, 2012. Pag-IBIG Fund helped in making their members' wedding plans come true.

Pilipino Ang dami palang taong gustong mag-asawa ngunit salat sa pera kaya't hindi makasal. Buti nalang, may nagmagandang loob na tulungan sila. Itong litrato ay kuha sa SM Davao noong Araw ng Puso, ika-14 ng Pebrero 2012. Tumulong ang Pag-IBIG Fund sa planong pagpapakasal ng kanilang mga myembro.


Tuesday Travels#26 Xin Tian Di, Shanghai

  Xin Tian Di is located at the center of Shanghai City, China. It is considered as part of the cultural and historical site of the city and is now one of the popular tourist destinations of the city.

  Nowadays, the old buildings house commercial stores of well-known brands from all over the world. The sculptures above depicts the fortune, prosperity and longevity.



Finding Orlando Hotels for Tourists

If this is your first time going to Orlando, Florida, it is important to know which hotels in Orlando offers the best deals. One does not need to worry about finding hotels in Orlando because there are hundreds of hotels that suits ones budget and needs. Orlando Florida hotels offer the most affordable hotels in the world.

One of the most recommended hotels in Orlando is the Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Villas. They offer Orlando hotel deals that are very good when it comes to affordability and quality. If you are interested in going to Epcot, this hotel is the best one for you. It offers a shuttle service that could bring you from the hotel to Universal Studios. If you are looking for a place to dine with your family and friends, it is a must to try at the boardwalk.

Another hotel that is excellent for travelers is Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. This is the nearest hotel in the airport, and one does not have to worry about flight schedules because the place is just minutes away from the airport.

The third Orlando hotel that offers excellent service is CrownPlaza Orlando Universal. There are many tourists who gave positive feedback about this hotel. When you are with your family and friends, this is one of the best choices in the area. The staffs services are top-notch. They see to it that their guests will have a memorable hotel experience in Orlando. Disney theme parks are just a walk away from this four star hotel.

To see other hotel options, one is advised to search online. There are so many hotel accommodations in Orlando Florida that are available online. Tourists will not enjoy the theme parks but will also have an unforgettable hotel experience in Orlando Florida.


Sunday Stealing#113

Today we ripped off a blogger named  Kyogres from the blog Hero of the BlueFlames. It's long so we will do it in parts. It was stolen from Nerdish. 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. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The 99'er Meme: Final Part

Cheers to all of us thieves!

76) In your opinion, what makes a great relationship?
Honesty, openness and hardwork to make it all work.

77) How did/could someone win your heart?
By being funny, honest, spontaneous and by sharing the same interests with me.

78) In your world, what brings on more creativity?
Inspiration from others.

79) What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?
Finishing my college education against all odds.

80) Why did you break up with your last ex?
Felt taken for granted.

81) What would you want to be written on your tombstone?
Curious. Lifelong learner.

82) What is your favorite word?
Tiguwang, local dialect for "old one".

83) Give me the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word: delusional.

84) What is a saying you use a lot?
Do to others what you want others do unto you.

85) Are you watching Idol this season? If yes, how do you like it?
Yes, so far so good. It's good to know that there's a Filipino-American that made the list. She is Jessica Sanchez.

86) Were you surprised that House got canceled?

Although I really liked it, I am not surprised that it got cancelled considering that not a lot of people are quite in medical themed shows.

87) What is your current desktop picture?
A white-sand beach island with three coconut trees on a beautiful sunny day.

88) If you could press a button and make anyone in the world instantaneously explode, who would it be?
Anybody who is guilty of murder.

89) What would be a question where you'd not tell the truth?
If somebody asks me if they are physically beautiful.

90) One night you wake up because you heard a noise. You turn on the light to find that you are surrounded by WEEPING ANGELS. The Weeping Angles aren't really doing anything, they're just standing around your bed. What would you do?

Freak out and probably, shout my lungs out.

91) You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what's even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What is that power?
I think, I answered this question before but to answer again, I'd like to have the power to fly and to heal.

92) You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?
My first kiss tehehehe!

93) You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?
My father's death.

94) You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. (let's say that you are both single and available) Who might it be?
Gosh, too many.  One would be Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

95) You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?

96) Do you have any relatives or friends in jail?

97) Who's winning the U.S. Republican presidential nomination? Why?
Don't know.

98) Who's winning the next U.S. Presidential election?
Obama seems doing good.

99) If the whole world were listening to you right now, what would you say?
Let us save the earth.


Litratong Pilipino#172 Dugtong/Kabit (Attached)

Photobucket If the ship is not there, would you know where the skies start and where the sea end? At first look, they look like they are attached to each other.

Photo was taken at the Sta. Ana Wharf, Davao City

Pilipino: Kung wala iyong barko, malalaman mo ba kung saan ang langit nag-uumpisa ang langit at saan humihinto ang dagat? Sa unang tingin, mukha silang magkarugtong sa isa't isa.

Kuha ang litrato sa daungan ng Sta. Ana, Lungsod ng Dabaw.


Tuesday Travels#25 Sta. Ana Wharf, Davao City


I grew up near this place called Sta. Ana Wharf. When I was young, my family used to come by here in the early mornings to watch the sunrise. It used to be a quite busy port with big commercial ships making port calls on this wharf. This place and the nearby Magsaysay Park used to be part of the must-see destinations for locals and visitors of the city but things changed. Nowadays, it looks old and desolate but for some locals, life goes on.

Small fishing boats still come and go usually in the early mornings to bring back their catch. Also, small commercial boats plying the Samal-Davao sea route and resort boats still use the wharf. A small military detachment in the port area helps  it clean not only of unwanted garbage but also of unsavory characters.

Additionally, it has also become a weekend favorite for photoshoots as it has a very good view of the sunrise. Plans are undergoing of reviving this part of old Davao and if things push through, Sta. Ana Wharf will undergo some major facelift as part of the tourism development plan of the city government. I am keeping my fingers crossed for those plans to come true in the nearest future.


Happy Valentine's Day!


(Facing a new day of their lives together..) 

The day of the hearts is upon us again. Happy hearts' day, everyone! Love totally, live carefully.

Sunrise photo was taken at the Sta. Ana Wharf, Davao City.


Sunday Stealing#112

Today we ripped off a blogger named Kyogres from the blog Hero of the BlueFlames. It's long so we will do it in parts. It was stolen from Nerdish. 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. Take the time to comment on other player's posts. It's a great way to make new friends! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The 99'er Meme: Part 3 Cheers to all of us thieves!

51) Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong? Yes, especially the ones who did the grave mistakes repeatedly.

52) What is your astrological sign? Libra.

53) Do you save money for anything? What? Yes. Any project or anything that I'd like to purchase.

54) What's the last thing you purchased? A blouse which was on sale.

55) Have you ever had a relationship that you realized was lust not love? Nope.

56) In a relationship? Not right now.

57) How many relationships have you had? A few.

58) What do you want to tell us about your day? It has been pleasurable because I played tennis.

59) Where were you yesterday? I worked and watched the movie, Contraband.

60) Is there anything interesting within 10 feet of you? The TV.

61) Are you wearing socks right now? Nope.

62) What's your favorite animal? Cat. Next is dog.

63) What is your secret weapon to get someone to like you? Smile.

64) Where is your best friend? He's somewhere.

65) How did you end your last relationship? We just talked.

66) What is your heritage? Filipino, Spanish and Chinese.
67) What were you doing last night at 12 AM? Already sleeping.

68) What's new? I want a new Canon lens.

69) What is the key to seduction? It's all in the mind.

70) What was the weirdest thing that happened to you this week?? A guy asked me if I could spar with his friend on the boxing ring.

71) You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time you get fired. What do you do? I might risk getting fired.

72) You are at the doctor’s office and she has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. a) Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? b) What do you do with your remaining days? c) Would you be afraid? I'd probably be looking calm outside but freaking out inside. I'd be praying more while doing my funeral arrangements.

73) You can only have one of these things: trust or love. There can't be just one. They go hand in hand together.

74) What's a song that always makes you happy when you hear it? It's a wonderful world.

75) Who has your cell phone number (other than family)? My mother, friends and some family members.


Wordless Wednesday#4 Hay Field In Columbia City


This mural entitled Out In the Hay Field is located at the back of AgFirst Farm Credit Bank Building in downtown Columbia City, South Carolina.

Buying Another Canon Lens

I wish a good photographer-friend is around to help me decide. A photographer-friend is selling her Canon EF-S 18-200 F3.5 after buying a new Canon L lens (her second one). While I am still drooling on her new Canon lens of which I cannot afford (maybe, if I win the lotto), I am thinking of buying her 18-200 but what's stopping is that I already have a Canon EF-S 55-250 and if I buy the other camera, would it be worth it? Help!

Reading the reviews is not really helping. It's confusing me more so I want somebody who had experience using it aside from the seller. Unfortunately, I cannot find one. Hopefully, there'd be somebody here who could enlighten me before I make my final decision.


Tuesday Travels#24 Universal Studios, Singapore


Universal Studios Singapore is one of the must-see places that we promised to visit during our Singapore travel. The popular theme park is located in the Resort World Sentosa, Sentosa Island. It is the first Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia. Its soft opening was last May 2010 and we visited it last February 2011. Its grand opening was only last May 2011 but during our visit, its thrilling rides were already quite popular with its visitors. Battlestar Galactica is considered as its most thrilling and scary ride, I heard. Of course, I didn't try it hehehe!


Litratong Pinoy#171 Abo (Ash)

The skies looked ashy and rain drizzle came and went when we arrived at Chocolate Hills of Bohol but we didn't stop going up on one of the hills to see the surrounding area better. Of course, we also tried to drop a few coins in the well there to ask for some good luck.


Kulay abo ang kalangitan at may manaka-nakang pag-ulan nang dumating kami sa mga mala-tsokolateng burol ng Bohol. Hindi kami tumigil sa pag-akyat sa isang burol para makita nang maayos ang kapaligiran at siyempre pa, sinubukan din naming maghulog ng konting barya sa balon para humingi ng konting swerte.


Wordless Wednesday#3 Philippine International Folk Dance Festival





Taken last December 13, 2011 at RSM Events Center, PWC Davao Campus, Matina, Davao City.