Friday, March 13, 2015

" daily life in Manila "

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peeking through one of the makeshift houses along Rizal Ave.

Those plastic bottles outside the window aka : his " Kalakal " {recyclable goodies} collection, where his next trip will be a visit to the junk shop

A common sight for those who are commuting everyday.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

" How are you Manila? "

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The busy streets and the hoi polloi of Manila. The same run of the mill setting. location: CM Recto - 7-sih at night what you see: the tricycle, the jeep and the bike. How you wish almost two years of hiatus, this city could do a bit of improvement... Not!

Sadly, it's still polluted and traffic. and don't even get me started about politics.. Pretty much everything's the same. Outside Manila though, there seems to be more improvement. More restos and hip shopping malls abound.

But in the heart of the city, what was once a glorified and well-known sight, is slowly becoming like a rundown.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

" Tarsier "

Alas! on their 2nd day,
Off they went to see the famous Philippine Tarsier.

Its size is only 3-6 inches in height!

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so Small that my four-eyed mom thought this was it! ^0^

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they had to climb a few plight of stairs before reaching its hub.

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which strictly restricts anyone from flashing their camera or
making loud noises.

here's a few info I found via WIkipedia .

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enhanced photo-op for souvenir shots.
but obviously, the gal's angry bird shirt was disturbing. ^0^

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and some cute memorabilia as well.
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Monday, June 25, 2012

" Baclayon Church "

Welcome to Baclayon Church.
among the must see whilst in Bohol,
which is only a short trip from Tagbilaran.
( the city's capital )

a piece of its history:
It's considered to be the 2nd oldest church here in the Phils.
I think what's interesting inside is, it's made of coral stone,
cut into blocks and piled atop each other.
It is believed that egg whites were used to cement the coral stone blocks together.

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a closer look at the Bell tower,
still in tip top shape, obtained during the 1800's.

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the entrance to the church.

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warning:

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from the inside looking out

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is this the confession area? not sure...

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the interior of the church has exquisitely carved gilded altars,
nave paintings, dichromatic tiled floors,
with large stained glass windows.
notice the super sharpness I did with this one.
the lighting just wasn't that good.

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the ceiling

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looking at the other side of the church

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what used to be where the priest held his sermons.

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the stained glass windows.

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some emblematic heraldry i suppose...

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its craftsmanship

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a room full of saints, religious artifacts.

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entrance fee for the museum costs 50.-( less than a dollar).

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mom was so pissed when she took this one, because this lady just wouldn't
budge or move.

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apparently, picture taking isn't allowed inside the museum.
for whatever reason we couldn't seem to decipher.
the artifacts inside weren't even that interesting to begin with.

so these are more or less, "stolen shots" .

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this is a view from the museum.

the restroom.
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a wishing well outside.

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and of course, the souvenir shop
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Sunday, June 17, 2012

" Panglao Blue Water Beach Resort "

so, the trip to Bohol continues... ^0^

But first, let me show you where my mom and her gang stayed during the trip,
its ambiance and what's her verdict.

A resort called Panglao Blue Water Beach Resort is located
almost at the end of Alona beach,
if you love the hip and buzz during night time or
hanging out on the the beach,
then this resort might proved to be secluded or
off beaten path as one might call it.

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On one hand though, if relaxing is your kind of thing, lazing around and merely doing nothing, then, this is the perfect place for you.

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You're greeted with a warm smile and upon checking in,
you'll quench your thirst with a free glass of honey/calamansi/lemongrass
mixture of cold drink.
The hotel boasts its 5 star rating, and they were lucky,
because they made early reservations, plus off peak season, so the rate was cheaper.
The room was spacious and modern looking.

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A small balcony outside with nice bathroom amenities.

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Plus a huge swimming pool, for adults and kids alike.

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Nipa hut inspired tents for those who love their spa treatments.

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A wooden bridge connecting inside out.

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A few minutes on the way to the resto,
very nice decor but according to Mom and some of T.A.'s comments,
the food was just so-so and quite expensive compared to others.

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by the way, that's tuyong adobo, a local dish here in the Phils.

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There's a floating bar further ahead,
they didn't get a chance to see it, as on their last day,
the make shift bar was torn apart due to strong winds. ^0^

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A glimpse of the beach.

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these last two photos, displays an array of grilled foods prepared solely,
for the dame Kris Aquino's staff.

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*if you don't know who she is, click here.

It was the start of rainy season then, so I was worried about the weather,
I was constantly texting her if it was raining or too windy.
thankfully though, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

ps: My mom couldn't help but notice this cute lil kid playing around the pool that
afternoon. ^0^
I told her to capture some candid photos of ordinary people.

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