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Quezon Memorial Circle (mini-post) – February 5, 2012

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Circle during the early morning. In fact it’s been a while in general. I used to bike around and in the circle a bit but walking around gives you a different perspetive. You see the hustle and bustle of folks going about their Sunday morning exercise routines and you get to notice the interactions that take place.

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Corregidor… The Return – January 14, 2012

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Historical, Travel | 8 comments

I had last been to Corregidor Island two years ago on January 3, 2010. This makes it my fourth trip to the island over the years. That said, I invite you to visit my previous post on Corregidor for more pictures and details. This post would just include additional insights and observations.

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The Painted Ladies @ Alamo Square, San Francisco – December 28, 2011

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Historical, Roadtrip | 1 comment

Probably among one of the most recognizable “postcard scenes” of the City of San Francisco after photos of The Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and cable cars is this picture of Victorian-era houses in a row on a street in San Francisco. These houses are also known collectively as “The Painted Ladies”. These houses are also seen in many San Francisco-themed Movies and TV shows, most notably “Full House.”

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Betis Church, Guagua, Pampanga – December 11, 2011

Posted by on Dec 11, 2011 in Historical, Roadtrip | 4 comments

St. John The Apostle Church built in the 18th century by the Augustinians, with ceiling paintings from the early 20th century, the church boasts of the most beautiful retablo in Pampanga. The Church is known as “The Sistine Chapel of The Philippines”

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Astoria Boracay

Posted by on Dec 3, 2011 in Beach | 2 comments

After my post on Boracay a few days ago, a number of folks have been asking me about that cute little hotel we stayed at. The hotel is Astoria Boracay. It is located in Station 1 and is just a short walk to d*mall. It is quite new and according to the staff just opened last year around April 2010.

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La Mesa Dam Eco Park, Quezon City – November 13, 2011

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Trek | 0 comments

On the morning of November 13, 2011 right before the controversial Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 fight, I was browsing through Google Maps when I spotted the La Mesa Dam Eco Park. A few weeks earlier, my friend, Eufer, had posted some pictures when he went to the park. I was also looking for an interesting place to bring my dogs. So on this morning, I decided to take a quick trip to finally see the Eco Park which is somewhat nearby to where I live in Quezon City.

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Boracay – November 26-28, 2011

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Beach, Travel | 10 comments

I’ve been to Boracay Island many times since my first visit in 2002 though my last trip was in 2008. There have been a lot of nice changes to the island and its facilities since then. Over the years, I have read complaints from folks who have complained about the changes to Boracay in the recent past. Pleasantly, I for one am happy with the current state of island, which according to Travel and Leisure is the #2 Island Destination in Asia and #4 in the world.

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Why I didn’t go anywhere this past 4-day weekend.

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Travel | 2 comments

This past weekend, October 29 – November 1, 2011 was the only four-day-weekend thus far this year. For days preceding this weekend, (and during the weekend) people asked me “So where are you going this weekend Jo?” Much to everyone’s surprise, my response was “no where… I am just staying home.”

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Hundred Islands, Pangasinan – September 17, 2011

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Beach, Roadtrip | 0 comments

Way back when, long before destinations like Boracay, Hundred Islands was one of the few typical popular tourist destinations frequented in tourists in the Philippines like Baguio and Pagsanjan Falls. In recent years I rarely heard of people actually going to Hundred Islands. So I wondered… “Is the place worth going to these days?”

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Thai Food Trip, Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by on Sep 3, 2011 in Food, Travel | 0 comments

During my weekend trip to Thailand from August 26-29, I did not have much of an agenda. Actually I did not have any agenda. When I arrived at Kent’s hotel room on the evening of Friday, August 26, he asked me “so where are we going?” I told him I didn’t have any plans at that point in time. But one thing was clear, I wanted some authentic Thai food.

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