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Archive for October, 2007

Climbing up Mt. Romelo 2

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Here are some of the sights while climbing up the 2 hills to the camp site.

scenic shot at rest point

I took this shot while resting up the 1st hill.

We were walking on the edge of the hill on our left and this beautiful scene on our right.

camp site river

We finally reached our camp beside the running river.

Climbing up Mt. Romelo

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

group with backpacksI went camping with some friends up Mt. Romelo, in Siniloan, Famy, Laguna Philippines. It’s about 3 hours away from Manila via public bus. Mt. Romelo is famous for the Buruwisan Falls and Batya Falls. Many people go there to camp, hike, rappelling and just to enjoy nature. We were fortunate enough to have very patient and accommodating friends who made my introduction to camping fun and enjoyable.

 muddy and slippery road up

It had been raining the whole week before the climb and the paths were slippery and muddy. The whole climb up the 2 hills to the camp site took us a full 4 hours (usually takes just 2.5 hours) with a lot of slips and near falls. Nonetheless, it was fun and exciting. The whole climb up, you can’t help but marvel at the beauty of the place. I kept thinking to myself, “Why go abroad to hike Yosemite when I haven’t even explored the many sights of the Philippines!” The different shades of green was refreshing to the eyes and the cool waters of the river, invigorating!

Can you guess what they’re doing?

In the coming days, I’ll post up some more pictures from this trip. Enjoy!

big koffee

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

I was home sick the other day and got the chance to see my dog Koffee laying around the lanai of the house around mid-day. I usually see him only at night when I get home, so I whipped out my phone cam and took this shot. I was showing the photo to a friend when he said “he’s a big dog!” I was so surprised to hear that, considering Koffee is a shih tsu and is only about 2 feet long (if he were to lay down with his arms and legs stretched out). I guess the angle in which I took this shot made him look bigger :)

big koffee

Spanish food at Ilustrado

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

I’ve heard of Ilustrado’s for so long and finally got the chance to visit and dine at this resto which is found in the walled city of Intramuros. Here are some photos I took that night.

ilustrado Very nice ambiance and good food too! A must-visit if you plan to travel to the Philippines!

ilustrado house

I must say, i was a bit hesitant to take this photo.. I might see someone peering out the window. haha! You’ll never know, with these old Spanish houses. *shivers*


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Although I am a little late with this… but in honor of breast cancer awareness month, this blog entry for the month will be pink!

Do take the time and educate yourself with important information about Breast Cancer for yourself and for your loved ones.

Here are the sites you might find helpful.

http://www.nbcam.com/ - National Breast Cancer Month Awareness site

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/ - National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.

happy food

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Ice cream always makes me happy but this one especially…

see the smiley face?

happy sundae

Have a great week ahead!

Peaceful Sunday afternoon

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Some more photos of Manila Bay on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.

manila bay

Manila Bay at night

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Here are some photos of Manila Bay at night…

manila bay at night


Manila Bay

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

The Manila Bay area used to be a popular place when I was growing up. As a child, my parents would bring me to that area to play in the grassy parks and enjoy the fresh air. I’ve recently had the chance to go there after almost 8-10 years! There were new areas set up where visitors can dine and enjoy the great ambiance. I happened to go there on a cloudy/rainy day and didn’t get the chance to take a nice sunset photo, of which the site is popular for. But I managed to get some cityscapes. Enjoy!

manila bay

manila bay

manila bay yatch club


Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

A local form of transportation here in the Philippines, the jeepney was developed from the “jeeps” which were brought here by the Americans during their occupation. These local jeepneys are decked up with colorful decorations - with moving miniature steel horses on springs that bounce up and down as the jeepney travels and creatively painted body which reveals the artistic nature of the Filipinoes.

I took this photo on a trip to Palawan, the army guys were on the boat to the island and rode on top of the jeepney as we traveled the dirt road to the local Busuanga airport. The friendly army guys happily posed for me as I took this shot.

phil army on jeepney

Cool blue camouflage shorts…