Monday, December 5, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

10.11.11 Philippines vs Nepal

2011 International Friendly Game
Rizal Memorial Stadium Manila
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
7:00 PM

Philippines 4 - 0 Nepal


Philippine Team
L-R:  Aly Borromeo, James Younghusband, Jerry Lucena, Neil Etheridge, Ian Araneta, Paul Maulders, Jason De Jong, Phil Younghusband, Rey Jonsson, Chieffy Caligdong, Dennis Cagara


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SINGAPORE: a beary good hostel


2011 Holy Week SEA Trip
Malaysia - Singapore - Thailand

After a luxurious stay at Marina Bay Sands on our first night, we chose to stay in this small charming backpacker's hostel on our second and last night.

TripAdvisor’s Ranked No. 6 out of 82 Special lodging in Singapore.  Check Reviews here

66A and 66B Pagoda Street, Singapore 059225


Unlike other Asian countries, I find it hard to look for a hostel with Ensuite rooms here in Singapore.  Budget hotels with nice locations were fully booked already and quite expensive, it costs SGD50 and up per head.

So we have no other option but to book for a room with shared bathroom.  And since there is no more room available at A beary NICE hostel,  we were referred to their sister hostel, which is a beary GOOD hostel. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

SINGAPORE: Orchid Suite - An overnight stay at the Sands


2011 Holy Week SEA Trip


Surround yourself in simple elegance.
Named after Singapore's national flower, the Orchid Suite exemplifies tropical hospitality.



The room offered to us was just a deluxe room but when i received the voucher in KL, we were surprised that our rooms are upgraded to a Suite whoaaa!  Why?  I have no idea... What matter is we were staying in an Orchid Suite without any additional fees!  Wohooo!!! another for this trip. 


Sunday, October 9, 2011

SINGAPORE: Marina Bay Sands


2011 Holy Week SEA Trip


The Most Spectacular Hotel in Singapore

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
018956 +65 6688 8888


This is the most exciting part of our Holy Week vacation, an overnight stay at the most spectacular hotel in Singapore. The most expensive hotel I ever stayed and paid haha… This is not actually part of the plan.  As a budget traveler we wanted to stay in a hostel since most of the time we’re out.  We are not rich and cannot afford to stay in this luxurious hotel.

Until I checked our bulletin board in the office and caught my eyes on this special offer for employees.  A 30% discount for an overnight stay at MBS and can pay through salary deduction, offers last until June 30, 2011 only.  Whoa! I know this is still costly but this is not bad.  Who never dreamed of staying here even for just one night?  So we grabbed this great opportunity, all for us to experience this chance once in our lifetime.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Your Singapore

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip
Malaysia - Singapore - Thailand



Your Singapore


Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator.  An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south.  Some 5 million people live in Singapore, of whom 2.91 million were born locally.  
Souce:  Wikipedia



Capital City  :  Singapore
Language  :  English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil

Weather  :  Tropical Rainforest Climate

Religion  :  Buddhism, Christianity

Electricity  :  230 Volts, Two parallel flat pins with ground pin

Calling Code  :  +65

Currency  :  Singapore Dollars (SGD)

            1 USD = 1.23 SGD

               1 SGD = 35.20 PHP


Singapore map source: jddwordpress


Saturday, September 3, 2011

MALAYSIA: Nando's Chicken


2011 Holy Week SEA Trip


After a long trip from Genting Highlands, we get off at KL Sentral.  We still want to explore the area but the weather did not permit us due to heavy rains.  We decided to just get back to our hotel and opted to take a cab than taking the MRT because we were dead tired and just wanted to get some rest.

After about an hour, the group headed to KLCC Suria to take a last peek at the towers.  The mall was too crowded as we get in; there is a fashion show on going so we went near the stage also to check.  





Whew! Nice set of clothes but we can't stay for long.  We still need to find the famous " Nando's Chicken.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

MALAYSIA: Genting Highlands


2011 Holy Week SEA Trip


Since we didn't avail the Go Genting Package, which we really regret.  I would still like to share our original plan.  You can purchase the package at 5 terminal bus stations in Kuala Lumpur (Puduraya, KL Sentral, 1 Utama, Terminal Gombak and Hentian Kajang). 

Here is the: Go Genting Website

Well, most of the travellers recommend the Terminal Gombak Station where you can pay a quick visit to Batu Caves first.

Check this site for the package:  
 http://www.gogenting.com.my/en/express/gombak.htm

So after Batu Caves, we went to another chocolate store before we mount to the highlands.  A number sticker was given to us upon entering and as usual the best part of it was the taste test.  I like their Tiramisu and i think it's better than Beryl’s… but when i checked the price hmmm it didn't passed my budget lol!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

MALAYSIA: Batu Caves

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip


Before we go on our second-day tour, this Kuala Lumpur Transit Map helped us do our DIY tour.  So be sure to carry on with this.  Today's plan is to visit Batu Caves and Genting Highlands.



Going to BATU CAVES:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

07.03.11 Philippines vs Sri Lanka

Rizal Memorial Stadium
07.03.11

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Preliminary Competition Asian Zone
*** Round 1 – Second Leg ***
---
Philippines 4 - 0 Sri Lanka


Sharing some of my photos during the event.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

SOON!


another adventure experience!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

BATANGAS: Virgin Beach Resort-

Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
For reservation: (+632)815-2584; 815-2587 ; 759-2020; 759-2828
Mobile Nos.: +63917 813-1301 


Have you seen the movie "Here Comes The Bride" which stars Eugene Domingo and Angelica Panganiban?  Well, the movie was shot here and this is where I first saw and heard of this resort in Laiya.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MALAYSIA: Hopping around Kuala Lumpur



2011 Holy Week SEA Trip


Before you start your journey, it’s a must that you have a city map and the hotel’s calling card with you.  Just in case you get lost, take a cab and show the calling card to the driver. You can always ask the hotel's reception for these.


As we walked around Bukit Bintang, we looked for a money changer first to change a few dollars since the ringgit we had was used to pay for the hotel.  I decided to just change 100USD only since I still have some ringgit left. By the way, finding a money changer is not a problem in Bukit Bintang since there were several in the area.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

MALAYSIA: Bintang Warisan Hotel



2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

Finally we arrived past 3 in the morning at the hotel.  Bintang Warisan Hotel is located in the heart of Golden Triangle, the shopping and entertainment paradise of Jalan Bukit Bintang district of Kuala Lumpur.  The street was still alive when we got there; there are some stores and restaurants open.


68 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel. No.: 6 03 2148 8111
Fax No.: 6 03 2148 2333
http://www.bintangwarisanhotel.com/

For me, budget and location are the biggest factors in choosing my accommodation.  But,  Tripadvisor's review helped me to decide on this hotel. I made an online reservation in their website.  Although, they didn't ask for any fee, they do need your credit card details just in case you cancel your reservation.  There is no penalty if cancellation is made 72 hours prior to check-in date.  Otherwise, the cost of one night shall be charged on the card for each room reserved.  We paid the hotel in full upon checking in, but you still have a choice if you want to pay in full or only for the first night.

MALAYSIA: Truly Asia

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

Malaysia is located near the equator and divided between two regions which is the Peninsular Malaysia and the East Malaysia being the 66th largest country by 
total land area in the world.  Malaysia is the only country with territory on both the Asian mainland and the Malay Archipelago and Tanjung Piai, located in the southern state of Johor, is the southernmost tip of continental Asia. The 43rd most populated country with a population of about 27.5 million.  Malaysia is a federal constitutional elective monarchy in South East Asia. The system of government is closely modelled on that of the Westminster parliamentary system, a legacy of British colonial rule.   Source: wikipedia


 
Capital City: Kuala Lumpur
Language: Bahasa Malaysia, English
Weather: Tropical all year round
Religion: Islam
Electricity: Voltage is 220 - 240 Volt AC. Standard 3- pin square plugs and socket
Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM)
1USD - 3.03MYR
1MYR - 14.18PHP



(Famous attractions)


Monday, March 28, 2011

Upclose with the AZKALS!

032811 Happy Yipee Yehey Guesting

Im not prepared!!! lol...how come i haven't received any news or tweet from them a day prior to their guesting in ABS??? I always have my camera with me but this time i left it at home waaahhh... Good thing some of my friends were ready and informed me about this. 

Anyways, upon knowing it, me and my friends went to the studio hallway to stalk about their whereabouts.  But someone told us that they have an on-going presscon @ the Restaurant 9501 so instead we headed back there. 

Along the way, i got another sms that AZKALS were off to Studio 8 so we went straight there.  I only saw Aly, Anton and some of the pure pinoys @ the presscon but when i step at the studio so happy to see that most of them were present and to my surprised, Neil was there too weeee!!! I just thought he won't be able to make it coz he's leaving for England today.  Finally, got a chance to see them upclose and have a picture taken with them.  How i wish the Younghusband Brothers, Rob Gier, Jerry Lucena and Jason Sabio were there too hehe... who else is missing?

I was just in front of them taking these  pics... i'm not a footbal fan promise lol!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

MESA Filipino Moderne

#264 Tomas Morato Ave., cor. Scout Fernandez, 
Quezon City
Tel. No. 441-5197
Ratings
Taste        ***
Ambiance  ****
Price         ***

New taste... a Filipino Restaurant


A newly opened restaurant along Tomas Morato, beside Bang Bang Coffee.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cafe Breton

Trinoma Mall
EDSA cor. North Ave., Quezon City
Tel. No. (63 2) 916-6053
Rating: ***



one of my favorite crepe resto



Chicken Breast Sandwich
" a must try, love the sauce"

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Baguio: MARIO's

Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Tel. No. +63.074.4424241 / 4427445
My Rating: ****

A fine dining restaurant, very classy and cozy I love the fire place, you will feel the season of Christmas... nice decoration! Yep this restaurant is not new for us Manilenos because they have branch in Quezon City. 

Fr. Vic had a 5PM dinner meeting here.  We felt tired that time so we didn't go anywhere, we just stayed and EAT again... by the way, dinner at 5PM? gosh, I'm still full that's why i ordered for salad only and dessert while waiting for father... burp! excuse me :-P


Baguio: FOREST HOUSE Bistro & Cafe

16 Loakan Road, Baguio City
Tel. No's. +63.074.4470459 / 3044553
My Rating: ****

Since Fr. Vic's balikbayan friends from Madrid our joining us for lunch, i was shy to take pictures of the main dishes.  We ordered lots of food mostly Filipino.

Foods are superb..pastries looks yummy and they also have souvenir items for sale.  Staffs are very accommodating and i like the cozy ambiance.


Baguio: WOOD NYMPH Korean Restaurant

2F SM City, Baguio
Tel. No. +63.074.442.8648
My Rating: *****


Unlike Cafe by the Ruins, we thought this resto was closed because no one's eating.  Since we're the only customer that time we had a good service.  They should be thankful to us because after a few minutes passed, customers were coming na hehe.


Since we love Korean food, we left our plates empty hehe whoa so full... burp!  The food is great, i enjoyed it the most.  The staff were friendly and the ambiance is ok, so we gave them a good tip!



korean side dishes

Baguio: CAFE 'by the RUINS

25 Chuntug St., Rizal Park, Baguio City
Tel No. +63.074.442.4010
My Rating: ****

We plan to have our lunch here but because of the long waiting line, we look for another place. Good thing Fr.Vic, made a reservation for our breakfast the next day so I got a chance to finally eat here.

The setting is very Baguio, very Filipino.  Mostly tourists are eating here local and international.  I was supposed to order "champorado" at first but change my mind and order something new which is "Olenick".


Baguio Holiday Getaway

" The Summer Capital of the Philippines "
27-30 December 2010

FB Shoutout: “Tagaytay yesterday, Nueva Ecija today and Baguio tomorrow”.

So hectic! That’s how simply I described my schedules that time hehe… 
It was Christmas day when I got a text message from my friend Lian asking me to join her in Baguio.  I was hesitant at first 'coz I was in Tagaytay during that time, but since I am in the middle of my forced leave vacation from the office which will last till new year, I've decided to go.

After my Tagaytay, I go straight ahead to Nueva Ecija to visit some relatives then went back to Manila to pack my things for Bagiuo. I was just given 2 hours to get ready then and at exactly 11am, Lian was already at the gate to pick me up (on time ha).

We went to Ateneo first to fetch her priest friend Fr. Vic, who actually invited her to Baguio. And since it's a long drive, they both brought lots of food and drinks.  While Lian is having her Starbucks coffee, Father entertained us with his iPad to keep us all awake.

Lian was the only one who knows how to drive among the three of us, and it's her first time driving to Baguio so we all have to be very attentive.  It took us 6hours to reach Baguio with a few stops to gasoline stations, only for the call of nature :-)

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