Vodka, The Puggle @ 6 mos!

Vodka, The Puggle @ 6 mos!

Vodka celebrates 6 months!

Her new shirt – StarBarks, a barrista puggle worth P320 from Tiendesitas, Frontera Verde.

Need a coffee? Look for Vodka 🙂 your starbark barrista.

Ilocos Region Part 4 – Pagudpud

Ilocos Region Part 4 - Pagudpud

April 8, 2009

When I first heard of Pagudpud, I thought it was just a beach resort, never knew it was a municipality in Laoag City. The place is located on the northern most tip of the island of Luzon. It is the coastal resort town of Laoag, Ilocos Region which is very promising to be the next main tourist destination after Boracay.

A must see places are as follows: Blue Lagoon, Saud Beach, the Patapat Viaduct, The Sea Arch, The view of Batanes Islands on a clear day, the scenic Bangui Windmills from the beach area and the different waterfalls that connects to the main sea.

My Rating on the Place: Good. If you are looking for a quiet beach resort after a long drive from Manila, then this is your place. No nightlife yet. Food is just okay. Accommodation is Fair. Drinks? try the Pagudpud Sling.

Ilocos Region Part 3 – Churches, Altars and Belfry

Ilocos Region Part 3 - Churches, Altars and Belfry

This is a Philippine Northern Churches adventure and looking for the best church architecture in the Philippines.

My vote on the most attractive church, altar and belfry goes to Sta. Monica Church in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte. The Paoay is differently amazing having its beautiful and wider facade for photography.

It’s Fathers Day!

My Congratulations to Great and Proud Dads!

JRHS Batch 86 Daddys
Romwell and his Kid
Pitt and son
Vlad Tuason and Son
The Arriolas
The Lagmans
EOM Bldg Admin- The Engineer and Future Engr
Andre. The New Dad
Andre. The New Dad
The Swimming Champs
Dad and Son Playing
Dad and Son Playing
The Big Daddys - Dick, Ote and Dante
The Big Daddy's - Dick, Ote and Dante
Fathers of IS
Fathers of IS
Goofy Father ... Louie
Goofy Father ... Louie
Dad and Son in Action, Calatagan Batangas
Dad and Son in Action, Calatagan Batangas
Ric Simbol, Enthusiastic Dad
Ric Simbol, Enthusiastic Dad
Bora Dad Strolling with Kid
Bora Dad Strolling with Kid
Bob Roomian
Bob Roomian
 Chris and Audrey
Chris and Audrey

Ilocos Region Part 2 – Windows

Ilocos Region Part 2 - Windows

Part 2 – Ilocos Region Window Design and Architecture

This is a collection of different window designs that you can see in Ilocos Region. I always admire the “eyes” of every structure which is the windows. Enjoy viewing!

Ilocos Region, A Historic Place and Home of Great Leaders Part 1

Ilocos Region, A Historic Place and Home of Great Leaders Part 1

Date Taken: April 8 to 11, 2009

Travel Route: Manila to Laoag (via Airfare) Vigan to Manila (via Land)

Itinerary:
April 8: Laoag, Sarrat, Batac, Paoay, Burgos, Bangui, Pagudpud
April 9: Pagudpud, Patapat Viaduct, Paraiso ni Anton, Blue Lagoon, Laoag, San Nicolas, Vigan
April 10: Vigan City, Baluarte
April 11: Vigan City, then back to Manila (via Bus- 10 hours travel)

Locations:

Ilocos Norte: Sta. Monica Church, Marcos Museum, Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North, Cape Bojeador 

Ilocos Sur: Cafe Leona, Heritage Village, Crisologo Mansion, Syquia Mansion, Fr Burgos Museum

Part I :

Let me tour you to Ilocos Region and start with Doors – An Entrance to Historic Ilocos and Homeland of Great Leaders.

Register of Deeds – Province of Rizal (Land Registration Authority)

Do not be surprise! Nothing so Special on this Photo but I just want to make this Provincial Government Office be googled in the internet.

Transactions I made to this Office: Cancellation of Mortgage on Car Registration. If  you purchased a vehicle and home address indicated was under the Municipalities of Cainta, Taytay, Angono and Binangonan then this is the RD Office you need to proceed to submit your papers (from the bank) and ask for annotations and cancellation of mortgage. Surprisingly, they dont have any address listed in the Provincial Office Website and they dont have any telephone lines too for the general public to call on to for inquiry. Governor Ynares? Please help this Very Good Office.

Service: Outstanding!!! Salute to the Officers who helped me to finished my transaction in less than 30 minutes.  The cashier operating hours is only upto 4PM due to 1 hour account balancing allocated hours (that’s fair) but they still accommodated me and was very helpful.

Register of Deeds- Region IV
Register of Deeds- Province of Rizal

Regional Provincial Office: Register of Deeds, Land Registration Authority – Province of Rizal

Address: Bgy. Calumpang, Manila East Road, Binangonan Rizal

Provincial Coverage: Municipalities of Taytay, Cainta, Angono and Binangonan

Office Hours: 8am to 5pm

Cashier Hours: 8am to 4pm only

Transaction Fees: Yes- for @P750K I paid P532.

Direction: From Manila – Via Ortigas Extension or East Pasig Floodway (preferred) going to Angono then National Road to Binangonan.

Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF-8&q=binangonan+schools&fb=1&split=1&gl=ph&cid=5208821754908458999&li=lmd

Nearby Landmark: University of Rizal System (URS) Binangonan along National Road

Driving Speed: For Sedan, max 60km/hr min 20km/hr due to lots of pedestrian and school crossings, – and very slow trycicles. The time I went: 3pm to 5pm. So plan ahead with all this information!

Scenic Pundaquit

Location: San Antonio, Zambales
Country: Philippines
Date Taken: June 6/7 2009

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It was a rainy journey at Pundaquit, Zambales. I was amazed at the scenic beauty of this place, it reminds me of the Pacific Coast of San Francisco. The Pundaquit Falls is naturally beautiful. The locals probably need to provide warning notices to travellers climbing the falls. It was my first time to climb up on a wet rocks without any safety gadget but with a very good guide of ours- Kaloi. It was tough! one slip then goodbye world!. I survived though 🙂 and my camera too whos swinging on the rocks survived the bumps, thanks to its armor protector.

Travel Time: approximately 3 hours from Manila via NLEX and SCTEX

Accommodations:  Fair @  Sir William

People: Excellent! I dropped my Iphone on the floor (am buzzed) but they returned it the next morning. The kids like to be photographed and keep on calling me– Kuya Kuya picture picture!

Cleanliness: Fair. The locals should put some trash cans and promote waste management advisories to the tourists

Foods: We cooked on our own but there’s a plenty of mini store in the area that sells beer 🙂 so am okay

This is the nearest entry to Anawangin Cove, Capones Island and Camara Island but since its rainy, we were not able to cross to those islands due to strong waves. This means I need to go back there to take my shots very soon. Wanna join me?

Boracay Island

Boracay! A top most summer beach destination in the Philippines.  It is best known for it’s powder like sand and the long vibrant white beach and top rated hotels just a long the shoreline.

Date taken: August 7 to 10, 2008

Location: 300kms South of Manila, short distance off the Northwestern tip of Panay Island, in western Visayas. Can be reached by land, air or sea from various points of Philippine archipelago

Temperature:

November to February (Amihan)  25 to 32 degree Celsius

March to June (Summer)  28 to 38 degree Celsius

July to October is the Habagat season (wettest season)

History:

The name Boracay was derived from the old local word borac, meaning cotton, in reference to the white, cotton-like color and texture of Boracay’s sand. The other version says that the name came from the local word bora (bubbles) and bocay (white), because Ati elders were amazed on the resemblance of  white sand to water bubbles.

And it was in the year 1978 when a German writer published a book about the Philippines with good highlights of the Island of Boracay. This became a great opportunity to be known worldwide and line up its beauty amongst the  best beach destination of the world.

Travel Tips: Air Transports- Cebu Pacific offers great value. Just ensure to book a month or two to avail the zero fare or One Peso fare.

 

Accommodations: Here are the list of hotel’s I was able to stay with during the years.  Red Coconut, Peninsula Court, Boracay Regency, La Carmela de Boracay, Gold Crowne, Pearl of the Pacific and just last year, Waling Waling. I would vote for Waling Waling being its the most strategic location just almost fronting the Boracay Grotto and their cabanas is really relaxing ang gorgeous. I was able to have a good deal with Waling Waling last year for only 19K for 5 days and 4 nights. It’s a low season of the year (August) but the best time to take these photos. The Waling Waling package includes Free buffet breakfast, Room is good for 4 pax, land and sea tranfers via their private vans and boat. It’s totally a VIP treatment. And their cabanas, so extremely gorgeous and relaxing.

What to Do : There’s so many activities to experience in the island. Here are the list I have experienced so far. Island Hopping and Caving, This is a must to do for the first timer, that will include snorkeling and try to find Nemo and be careful with Sea Urchins. Fishing, I had this just last year and I find it boring waiting for almost 2 hours just to catch a fish. And this is a no pole type of fishing but use your bare hand with a manual cord roller and a hook. The trick is you have to be extra sensitive to know if you have a catch if the cord is somewhat being pulled by a fish and you need to immediately hooked it. Good thing, I had a catch after an hour. My first ever fish catch, and we had it for lunch.  Yum!I also tried, Beach Volleyball, ATV Ride, Mountain Trekking, Massage as usual, and Booze!