Let's continue sending our hearts to those families affected about this tragedy. (You can click the images for more information.)
I thought sending them to my friends would be cool and I would really love to do it. So I ran to my Facebook to ask friends to send me their postal addresses. And luckily, I had about 10 respondents.
Well, I grew up doing snail mails for my Dad and Mom and some friends and I find it so delightful, as well as, receiving their replies. It's been awhile since then and it is my first time to do it in a foreign country, here in Singapore.
I bought the lovely postcards from a shop in Sultan Mosque. From there, I asked how I can be able to send them in the Philippines, Malaysia, Korea and Japan. I was then directed to a bell man in a nearby hotel where I can just pay the guy and entrust my postcards to be posted the next day. It was holiday when I went there. Okay. I agreed and was told about a week (or depends on the postal service of the country you are sending) that my friends will be able to receive my postcards.
It's been two weeks and I thought of asking my friends if they have received my postcards, unfortunately, they haven't. I tried to ask the bell man about it but he told me he already posted it. I didn't argue anymore.
I just went back to buy another set of postcards and send them once again. I have learned that there is a SingPost, Singapore's domestic and international postal service, at Mustafa Mall near our place. So this time, I will personally do the posting.
I'm just so happy sending them and hopefully it gets to my friends successfully this time around.
The long stretch of this shopping belt is indeed more lighter with the Christmas feel. You can see families and children enjoying and having a good time around the Christmas trees.
Shopping?!? Nah.. I'm not into shopping. I'm good at just walking around and do sightseeing and if I'd be lucky I might just be given free soda or snack while a lot of promotions are being offered along the area.
The place is just full of colors and charm and if you get too emotional, well, probably you will gonna miss your loved ones from afar. Everything is love and happiness.
At the end of the day, it's just how we see things and appreciate what is around us. Everyday is a beautiful day.
Anyway, I got in and my first impression with Kuala Lumpur feels like I was actually in Manila. A busy city but of similar cost of living. Buildings so tall, roads filled with vehicles, people walking the streets and affordable goods -- the feel was just so the same.
Malaysia offers a lot of remarkable structures like that of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Lord Murugan in Batu Caves which really are impressive. Even the Genting Skyway at the Highlands I so enjoyed. Luckily, we met a fellow 'kabayan' that became our instant tourist guide and made our whole side trip more comfortable.
For the food, we didn't explore much about it because we're not the foodie explorer type. We were provided free breakfast on the guest house where we stayed while we took lunch and dinner to fast food chains.
Surely, Malaysia is worth a visit when you're going to an Asian Tour coming from Singapore. I know some of my friends made it to Singapore-Malaysia-Bangkok-Laos-Cambodia-Vietnam trip but for us, we did not have enough time for the whole tour. For the rest of Asia, we will surely have time for you next time. :)
WOOOOWWW!!!! (Malaking nganga talaga ng wow mga 10 seconds.. wala ng bukas..)
I have been in awe when I saw how huge the statue of Lord Murugan is -- standing in the place of worship in Batu Caves and seems to be guarding the area. To our amazement, we took tons of pictures with just the same views for the first 15 minutes. (OA lang.. hahah)
In order to enter the Batu Caves, one must climb the 272 steps from the ground and this really got me excited. I was so eager to feel what is like inside the cave, how the view is up there and if I can go to a higher level than the statue. Even thinking if there is an entrance to the Lord Murugan statue, you know, like that of the Statue of Liberty in New York where its crown serves as an observation deck.
Anyway, we went on our way and carried our own water para pang-gasolina. But if you want to carry and give something with the 'tiny little creatures' along the way, it would be great too. As we went up, I kept looking back to see the view and Lord Murugan.
The Batu Caves has three caves and this one was the biggest, it is referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave. There were several Hindu shrines inside with tourists enjoying the ambiance in a cool breeze. And as we look around, we saw this part of the cave with a tiny opening which allowed the light to pass through it.
We looked up and we can see the clear blue skies with green lushes of forest. It really looks relax and comfy in there. As we trip our eyes around, there were numerous 'tiny little creatures' some quite territorial but what struck us is the baby creature crying out for something, and soon his parent went to attend his need. So sweet.
You can also try rock climbing in the caves. As for us, it was the end of our beautiful day. We went back to our hostel and readied ourselves on our way back to Singapore and have the flight going to the Philippines.
Day 1 was Universal Studios Singapore Day. It was too late for us to get tickets at Vivo City in Harbourfront. Amazingly, two friendly tourists were there to help. They advise us not to take the tickets on any Universal Studios booth because it would take us a long queue or even tickets could already be sold out in that time of the day. It was around 10AM. They told us it would be better having a reservation online. And so, we did.
After USS and while we were on our way back to our hostel, we were planning about going to Malaysia. And just there and then we decided to go. As we arrived on our hostel, we asked the receptionist if he can refer an accomodation for us in Malaysia. We were having a hard time looking for a place to stay that would be cheap or would fit into our budget. It was peak season. Eventually, we have found one that is close to Puduraya Terminal and with an average ratings on the hostel websites.
Petronas Towers Skybridge. The skybridge that connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floor. You can see the city view of Kuala Lumpur.
After the accommodation, our receptionist phoned the bus station and got a scheduled trip. With a little rain and no dinner yet, we rushed to the bus station that was about to depart to Kuala Lumpur. Amazingly, the bus operator were able to wait for us and so we were able to get our tickets in their office and be the last ones to ride their bus.
Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower. Where you can dine in at revolving restaurant to give you a panoramic view of the city.
We arrived in KL looking for a wifi spot to check where the hostel was and capture a map on the area as reference so as not to be fooled when we take a taxi ride. Luckily, there was a McDonalds nearby. It was early 4 in the morning when we got to the hostel just few minutes away from the terminal. The area was too dark and we were knocking the door for the nth time. Until finally, a woman opened for us - the receptionist. She then assisted us while we checked in.
We had early breakfast and we planned to go first at the Petronas Towers. We know we needed to go there early as it only have a certain time of viewing and a limited number of tourists. Tickets are sold out about 10AM. Our hostel was walkable to Kuala Lumpur's landmark about fifteen minutes maybe but we still rode a taxi just to be sure we get there first. And on our way, we noticed the meter was jumping and we were like going circles. I told my colleagues that something is not right on the meter and they also noticed that. So we asked the driver why it went up like triple the regular fare, he just told us we passed by some express lane and telling us certain extra charges. We just did not argued too much because we were so conscious of the time. We run towards the entrance of the tower and BOOM!! there were a crowd of tourists on the area as if there were no assurance of getting in for the cutoff time. Yes, they have a limited time for this site as the building is commercial and on its operating hours. Luckily, we made it. We went to the skybridge and really enjoyed the view. But still thinking, oh, darn that taxi!!
After the tower, we went walking along that area and we met fellow Filipinos that toured us in their place of worship, Masjid Negara. After about 30 minutes, we walk pass around some malls and then continued our bonding moments back to our hostel. It was a bit tiring day for the transition from Singapore to Malaysia but at the end of the day, we were so happy and fulfilled.
Judge 1: isa pang kuha na pwede sa travel blog/magazine
Judge 2: spell RELAXATION haha, eto ang epic example!
Judge 3: One of my favorites as well. Wanna go inside the picture, and make use of that hammock.
Judge 4: Ingit na naman ako. Senysa, partial talaga ako sa beach
Judge 5: Mas-wide sana dapat yun shot, para kita pa yun background. Maganda naman sya.
WTF?? ANSAVEEHHH?!? (Parang bingi lang) This is my initial reaction when I saw my entry in Bulakbol Photo Contest reached the TOP 10. I had my BIGGEST SMILE and I just don't know what to say. I really could not believe it. Then I stopped in a moment thinking if that's the final rankings. I was thinking they will gonna pick top 10 entries and everyone will fight each other until they get to top 5 and have a question and answer portion. (Parang Miss U lang ang drama at nageexpect pa talaga ako.. hahaha)
Anyways, me really surprise. I din't expect that I came from the toff 10. Oh my god. Uhmm. I'm ok. I'm so sorry. This was really my perstaym because em only 16 years old. Eto. Uhmm..Haha.. But I said dot this will be a treasure I'll keep in my entire life. Thank you to my sponsors, Bantayan Beach Resort, Cebu pamily, friends, judges of the contest and Bulakbol for your comments and appreciation. I thank you much.
Two weeks after I came back to the place, then it transformed to a different ambiance. It's Christmas time in the city!!!
I was sitting through the steps along the river and suddenly I heard some Christmas songs play in the background. The Christmas lights were turned on and started to twinkle. Whew, I can feel it in the air.
It became an instant amusement. As people passed by this scene, I can see them smiling and their eyes are glowing. The children were just so amazed and playful with the bubbles.
I never thought that this is gonna be so colorful and bright. I am just so happy to see this.
At the same time, I kinda miss home. A lot of them. I'll see you soon. :P
Yet, another day that is surely marked by most Filipinos to watch and wait for the fight of The People's Champ or Pambansang Kamao, just a few names given to the No. 1 pound-for-pound best boxer of the world and the Fighter of the Decade, Manny Pacquiao.
A usual scene in a bar when Pacquiao is on fight. Surely, Filipinos will flock to the cinemas, restaurants and hotels, in their homes and in every community and streets in the Philippines and around the world to cheer for the boxing hero.
1. Yahoo.com - I really like to see the headlines shown in their slider. It helps me a lot to pick what's the latest trend or what's the best to read about. I roam around from Yahoo US, UK, SG, Malaysia and of course PH.
2. CNN.com - I usually bounce to CNNGo, their travel blog. I dunno why. LOL
3. BBC.com - News. News. And more news.
4. YouTube.com - Where I discovered all the lovers.. paging kalye wan, kalye tu.. :D
5. CebuPacificAir.com - Of course, pag medyo tipid mode, abangers na lang sa promo.. haha
6. mom.gov.sg - I am just looking forward for the holidays, of course, we need to be prepared for all the celebrations.. lels..
7. translate.google.com - I want to be a translator. Actually, I also got this on my phone.
8. maps.google.com - I always wanted to check the places I want to go. (Baka kasi malipat sa mapa)
9. Twitter.com - I tweet more than I fb.
10. Facebook.com - When the Facebook timeline and other updates was still fresh, I was also fresh. LOL. I mean, I celebrated a new day of birth. :)
11. pinoy-ako.info - When PGT season 3 was aired, i went all down to the site to watch em, only to find out that the FINALS would turn out to be so damn okay. (Haha) But I also watch Showtime and GGV.
12. ardeeboi.blogspot.com - Tangkilikin ang sariling akin.
I am currently making a list of places that I would love to dine to when I get home in time for the Christmas holidays. And one I am craving for right now is Kimono Ken, a Japanese restaurant located at the lower ground and food court of Shangri-La Plaza Mall at Ortigas.
I love Japan and one of the reasons is all about their food. The Japanese cuisine has many types of seafood and vegetables with fresh and rich ingredients that are well balanced and healthy. That is why Japan is also known to have the longest life expectancy of any country in the world.
Here's a Chicken Cheese Rolls and Kani Salad Maki. You can get a 6-pieces Chicken Cheese Rolls for Php160, it's a deep fried breaded boneless chicken rolled with melted cheese and vegetables. And Kani Salad Maki for Php150, a combination of rice, crabstick, mango and cucumber salad.
Of course, by default we have Crispy Shake Salad for Php200 and California Maki for Php125. We always get to order this set because it's really good in the tummy.
The food taste and serving is really impressive. The place is clean and the crew are very warm. For me, it's really worth the money and that is why I have it on my list. So that's it, you know where to find me. :)
Check out the other four Kimono Ken locations in Manila, and more details at http://www.kimonoken.com/ website.
*Note: The given prices was that of last year (2010).
Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 have showed us a lot more talents like contemporary dance, shadow play, gymnastics and acrobatics, aside of course, from singing. I have already picked my Top 3 Grand Finalists which was coincidental with what the Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino have said, that they (judges) have been mandated by Freemantle, to make the season "not Pilipinas Got Singing Talent but to show that we have different forms of talent".
So, I'm gonna vote.
I will have to give the 3rd place to the Lucky Twins. I don't know if its just me but they dance really well. I mean, they kinda connect to the audience in every performance they have made. I am one with FMG when he said, "I have never seen a dance presentation as beautiful as yours". Good enough to be on the third place.
Now, we're down to the remaining two, for me, it's really a tight fight between Synergy and El Gamma Penumbra. Both groups have really amazed me on this grand showdown. The only finalist the judges made a STANDING OVATION is the Synergy whom I will also agree their performance is really jaw dropping that I could also give them a standing ovation. But also, El Gamma Penumbra made a very difficult art of shadow playing. Both are world class.
Though I have seen shadow plays like The Silhouettes of America’s Got Talent, I felt a bit lacking with Synergy when they finished their routines. I wanted more.
So, my vote for Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Grand Winner is still El Gamma Penumbra who gave the best performances from start to end.
What about yours?? Who is your Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Grand Winner? The pressure is up on us, guys. The results of this Grand Finals would be based on public votes. So, vote! vote! vote!
Of course, it's not the actual results of the talent show. But the results of the Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Grand Winner in Google Pilipinas.
They all did great for this season. We've seen a lot of talents from around the country. But there is only one who will emerge as the Grand Winner of this season's Pilipinas Got Talent and I have my own pick already.
Here are the lists of Grand Finalists for Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3
El Gamma Penumbra (Voters' Choice)
Lucky Twins (Judges' Choice)
Sandugo Band (Voters' Choice)
Muriel Lomadilla (Judges' Choice)
Bringas Brothers (Jefferson & Kurt Bringas) (Voters' Choice)
Synergy (Judges' Choice)
Loverkada Kids (Voters' Choice)
Twin Divas (Judges' Choice)
Maasinhon Trio (Voters' Choice)
Renagine Pepito (Judges' Choice)
Khalil Joseph Ramos (Voters' Choice)
Kiriko (Judges' Choice)
I have three finalists that struck me the most: El Gamma Penumbra who showcased the Philippines since their auditions. The charm of the Lucky Twins in their graceful dance. And the madness of Synergy Dance Troupe with their jaw dropping routines.
I will have to watch the whole episode first for tomorrow and let you know who is my Pilipinas Got Talent Grant Winner.
The voting starts now!!!
Release Date: 11 November 2011 here.
Release Date: 11.11.11
I have always seen how glorious the Greeks are when it comes to mythology, now I just can't wait to see how they can immortalize the battle between the Titans and humanity led by Theseus (Henry Cavill).
Release Date: 11 November 2011
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
Release Date: 18 November 2011
My Week With Marilyn
Release Date: 18 November 2011
Happy Feet Two
Release Date: 18 November 2011
How about you? What movies are you gonna catch up this November, tell me. :P
At dahil katatapos ko lang panoorin ang No Other Woman by Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay, Cristine Reyes, eh marahil may hangover pa ko dahil ang caption ko is this:
Sana suportahan nyo ang pelikulang Pilipino, ayyy este ang entry ko po pala.. :P
Sure, this girl "has" it. She's just 11 years old from Cagayan De Oro City belting out Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing. But I think his audition piece (video attached) is much better than when I saw her on the semifinals doing the Michael Jackson's You are not Alone. And that's -- something. I mean, I was expecting more powerful choice of song. But she just gave a safe and good performance. So my vote is still gonna go with El Gamma Penumbra since their performances were consistently going up to my expectations and I think they really got more. But who knows, something might just turn out more exciting in the finals.
For this weekend, who among this finalists will take that last 2 slots to make it for the Grand Finals:
Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Week 6 Semifinals
Techno Jazz Cheerdancers
Jane Ann Arnado
Khalil Joseph Ramos
Kiriko Rap Group
Meanwhile, here are the waiting lists for Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Grand Finals.
Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Week 5 Semifinals
Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Week 4 Semifinals
Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Week 3 Semifinals
Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Week 2 Semifinals
Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Week 1 Semifinals
El Gamma Penumbra
The Grand Finals is just near and soon another Grand Winner will be out to shine. So don't forget to watch Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 every weekends at 830PM.
So where can you find this promising place? Nowhere but in Singapore. Yes, on the second floor of Marina Square, a shopping mall located in the beautiful Marina bay area, is where the Philippine cuisine brought to world consciousness as a mainstream of Cuisine of Choice.
We start off from the northern Luzon island of the Philippines, Ilocos. Pinakbet is a popular Ilocano dish served with variety of vegetables and cooked with bagoong. Sometimes associated with dinengdeng but they really are different with each other. The one they served us (in the picture) is cooked with bagoong alamang, well, I know the taste of our pure bagoong we used to cooked our Pinakbet, and this one is really not it. Though, the taste is also impressive. This meal comes with Bagnet also but with a higher cost.
Bicol Express SGD18.5
Now we go southern tip of the Luzon island which is the Bicol Region. I have been to Bicol and I've also tried some of their best dishes in town like Bicol Express. Bicolano style of cooking is known for spicy hot chillies and coconut milk, and this is what made of the Bicol Express. And with this 7107 Flavours' version, it tasted like the same dish I have tried before. Yummy. Tasty. Spicy.
Crispy Pata SGD27
"Pampabata", as what they jokingly say in Tagalog which means, it's gonna make you younger. Yeah right, of course -- younger to die. (LOL) Anyways, it's not like you've always eaten this for the rest of your life, so stop worrying. Once in awhile, it's okay to devour to this devilish meal. Crispy Pata is a pig trotter or knuckles that is deep fried to bring out the crispness. Many restaurants in the Philippines served this as party fare.
Overall. The price is worth it. The food is just great. The ambiance is sooo good, I can almost feel the Philippines in the air and the Filipinos there are all warm. There is acoustic playing wherein customers can jam if they feel they wanna sing their heart out.
Surely, there's always a place for Filipinos in everywhere. Try 7107 Flavours and you'll see..
Here are some equally and more familiar Pinoy foods to celebrate:
Adobo is the more popular known dish in Filipino cuisine. This Pinoy's Best is a pork stew with vinegar and soy sauce. You can have Adobo as chicken or mixed of pork & chicken and even seafood (squid) variations.
What's good with this Pinoy food is that it does not easily get spoiled, so it's also the favorite packaged meal for mountaineers and travellers.
Another famous Pinoy food that I really like is Sinigang. Tamarinds (sampalok), tomatoes, and onions makes this dish truly with such a distinctive taste. Sinigang can also be cooked with pork, shrimp, or beef and also chicken but in this case, it's sometimes called as Sinampalukang Manok.
Tinola is a chicken soup with wedges of green papaya or chayote and moringa leaves (marungay or malunggay). We usually eat Tinola during dinner. Sinigang is best served during lunch while Adobo is all-time good in any meal of the day.
The Pinoy foods for the day was really superb because they have captured its authentic taste. (Pinoy na pinoy talaga) It's super yummy and we super missed it. Good thing, the place I am staying has a good chef and also we can order personal menu of Filipino cuisine.