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Friday, February 26, 2010

Heartbreak Quote 1001

Heartbreak Quote: "I wish heartbreak was as painless as getting a haircut.
Heartbreak Quote

You don't feel a thing.

But when it's over…

It's a new you."

Photo source: http://www.insidesocal.com/bargain/bad_hair_cut.jpg

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tourist Attractions In Banaue

Apart from the rice terraces in which Banaue is known for, I am also looking forward to see other tourist attractions seated in this province of Ifugao. Like the cascading water of Tappiyah Waterfalls.

Tappiyah Waterfalls

Or have my warm bath at Ducligan Hot Spring. A 30-minute drive and a 20-minute walk are the things I should do to reach the hot spring.

Better yet visit Museum of Cordillera Sculpture to further my lore about the history and culture of the Ifugaons.

Photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26687900@N04/4115107046/sizes/o/

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Gibo For President: Why Not?

Gilbert Teodoro

Gilbert Cojuangco Teodoro, Jr. or better known as Gibo is the almost perfect replacement for the soon-to-be vacant Presidential seat.

Smart:

> A Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Financial Institutions graduate.

Intellectually stimulating:

> Topped the Philippine Bar exams

Shrewd:

> Been awarded the Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence in 1989

Quick-witted:

> Completed Master's Degree at Harvard Law School in Massachusetts.

Adroit:

> Licensed commercial pilot.

Genial:

> Involved in disaster management.

Plus, he uses the color green as his "brand" or "color signature."

In addition, Gibo is, I guess, the only presidential candidate who knows how to give concrete solution for the present problems in the Philippines. The recently ended FOCAP presidential forum in February 2010 proved my point when he said, "The Comelec must have an “honest to goodness” appraisal of the modern voting system, of what it could and could not do, based on the equipment delivered, systems installed and people trained on the ground." (Source: philstar.com)

Gibo's answer provided a more vivid picture than Aquino's retort: "Failure of the machines would not mean failure of elections, but the Commission on Elections (Comelec) must assure the public that it is on track on poll automation." (Source: philstar.com)

But Gibo's apparent tight political relationship with the present administration can be a drawback if he wins.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Marc Nelson: The Most Beautiful Man In The Philippines

Marc Nelson

I stole this from my friend’s friend’s photo album in Facebook. This man… this gorgeous guy with perfect teeth… this delicious male with a perfect smile that never fails to make my heart tremble is Marc Nelson, the most beautiful man in the Philippines. (He is still my ultimate crush, well, second to Justin Hartley.)

I almost had the chance to see him in person when he visited Davao. But our paths did not meet because of professional duties. (I think he is currently dating Enaj, an unknown woman.)

Marc Nelson

Marc Nelson stands five feet, eleven inches tall with a shoe size of 10. His eye color is dark brown while his hair color is black. He was born on Valentine’s Day which could be the reason for his irresistible and magnetic nature.

Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyrano3790/3434660305/sizes/l/

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Travel Banaue: Where To Stay In Banaue?

After knowing how to get to Banaue

Where to stay in Banaue

...you cannot pack your bags, just yet, without knowing where to stay in Banaue.

If you want to see cultural shows performed by the Banaue Heritage Dance Troop or witness performances of Ifugao Native Rituals, then the Banaue Ethnic Village and Pine Forest Resort is the right place for you. This place has included lecture on Ifugao culture and traditions.

If you want to be in a place where you can overlook the town proper of Bocos Village and Poitan Village, then you can have your online reservation to Banaue View Inn.

How about a place to stay in Banaue where you can just walk few paces away to the town market? Fairview Inn is the perfect place.

But if you want to find a place to stay in Banaue where you can have a panoramic view of the Hapao rice terraces and the Banaue rice terraces, the Hiwang Native House Inn will be your auberge.

Other hostelries you can stay in Banaue would include: Halfway Lodge and Restaurant, Ilob Village Inn, Las Vegas Lodge and Restaurant, People’s Lodge and Restaurant, Ramons’ Homestay, Sanafe Lodge and Restaurant, and Spring Village Inn.

Photo by: http://www.pinoyblogosphere.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/harlet_davidson___ifugao_22.jpg

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Fried Chicken Recipe: How To Make Fried Chicken The KFC Way?

I just followed the recipe I found at WikiHow on how to make fried chicken the KFC way. I prepared the following:

1. 1 kilo of chicken legs

2. 1 ½ cups of flour

3. Instead of 1 pack of dry Good Seasons Italian Dressing, I used Chicken mix.

4. I could not find tomato soup mix, so I just added 1 teaspoon of water to 1 teaspoonful of tomato catsup.

5. 3 eggs

6. 2/3 cup of milk.

7. 1 tablespoon black pepper

8. Vegetable oil

Now, the steps on how to make fried chicken the KFC way:

1. After beating the 3 eggs in a bowl, I poured the milk into the said bowl and mix.

2. In another bowl, I mixed the tomato catsup mixture, Chicken mix, black pepper and flour.

3. Each chicken leg was dipped into the batter before covering it with flour mixture.

4. Over a medium heat, I prepared the chicken pieces for eating into the frying pan. With occasional turning and flipping, I waited for 20 minutes before removing the chicken and draining the grease.

My end result for this recipe is this:

How To Make Fried Chicken

I know they don't appear gastronomically appetizing, but they taste way better than KFC.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Bigby’s Food Trip Platter: Belly Buster

Bigby's Food Trip Platter: Belly Buster

Or I may call it, a platter that would bust someone’s belly, my belly. With its juicy, mouthwatering half rack grilled baby back ribs, I could not put my gastronomical appetite to a halt.

This belly buster’s platter will induce more cravings while eating the 2 big pieces of rodeo chops plus a block of smoky pork belly.

The Belly Buster of Bigby’s Food Trip Platter would not be complete without its garlic rice. The stony Baguio beans and the palatable few pieces of cooked sweet corn seeds were prepared with butter which balanced everything in the platter.

The downside of this delightful Bigby’s Food Trip Platter called Belly Buster is its onion rings. I eat onion but only when it’s minced. I thought it was Calamares, one of the most famous dishes in the Philippines. So, to avoid devouring the pungent taste of onion, I sliced the ring to reveal the onion and removed it. In other words, I ate the onion rings without the onion. It had a smack of baking powder.

Belly Buster Of Bigby’s Food Trip Platter is good for two to three people with small appetite. But this meal is designed and prepared for one person with a BIG APPETITE, the management says.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Banaue Rice Terraces: How To Get There

Because of the beautifully engineered terraces that started at the base of the mountain going up thousands of feet high, Banaue Rice Terraces are considered as Eighth Wonders Of The World.

Banaue Rice Terraces: How To Get There

How to get to Banaue Rice Terraces?

If your starting point is Manila, you can take a bus that will drive you to Banaue. The trip can be a tedious journey, around 8 to 9 hours. But your boring travel can be eliminated as you pass by Banaue's neighboring provinces, such as Nueva Vizcaya, Bayombong, Solano and Bambang. With the sceneries enveloping those places, you can still savor the moment even on a long-hour trip to Banaue.

How about cheap air flight going directly to Banaue from Manila?

Since there are no direct airports located in Banaue, you need to take the Manila airport. And from there you can opt to take a car or a bus service to reach Banaue. Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines are just some of the airlines that have flights to Manila.

Apart from the pristine Banaue Rice Terraces, you can also enjoy the beauty of Banaue as soon as you step on Tappia Falls. Although a long-hour hike is needed to reach that destination, it is worth your time.

Photo by: http://famouswonders.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/banaue-rice-terraces.jpg

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Monday, February 08, 2010

Surviving Cancer Blog: An Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Surviving Cancer

After a few months of persuading my confidante, G finally said "yes" to my proposal—start a blog that will chronicle her struggle, as well as, her triumph against the pesky ovarian cancer.

Her first post narrates her first encounter with the big C—cancer of the ovary. My memory of her in that clean-shaven head while she's on chemotherapy is still fresh. Like G, I, too, could not believe cancer would invade her strong but slim-built body.

Cancer is no stranger to us. Both G and I attended the same school in college. Both of us are graduates of college degrees related to medicine. Our knowledge about cancer is extensive, I could say. But I guess that same knowledge alone did not assist her from stopping that deadly thing.

Fortunately, G and my father, a prostate cancer victim, are living in this world with advanced technology at arm's reach. Through the latest innovative technology that we have now, we are slowly winning the fight against cancer.

I encourage you to explore her blog and learn more about how to win against ovarian cancer.

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Daughter Of Business Tycoon Is Vivienne Tan Not THE Vivien Tan

Vivienne Tan

This is Vivienne Tan, the daughter of Lucio Tan who owns Tanduay Holdings, Fortune Tobacco, Philippine Airlines, Asia Brewery, University of the East, Philippine National Bank, Allied Bank, and the list goes on. She has been disqualified to run for congress in Quezon City because of citizenship issue. I thought she was THE Vivien Tan. I was aghast to see she has aged …

Anyway, I know Viviene Tan because she was once an endorser of defunct Addict Mobile of Smart Communications, a mobile phone and Internet service of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT). I never heard of her since 2004 (?). For that reason, I was surprised to get an update of her being disqualified or delisted from the voter's list in a certain district. Vivienne Tan and Vivien Tan are two different people.

Photo by: philstar.com

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Travel Banaue Rice Terraces: Quick Facts About The Eighth Wonder Of The World

Banaue Rice Terraces (in Tagalog: Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan ng Banaue) is located in Luzon, specifically in Apayao, Benguet. It is also known as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

The Banaue Rice Terraces begin at the base of the mountain going up to thousands of feet high. If you place the terraces end to end, then they would seem as if they enfold half of the globe.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Furthermore, the Banaue Rice Terraces depict on how skillful and creative the people of Ifugaos 2000 years ago. No wonder the UNESCO included it in the Heritage List as a Continuing Cultural Landscape.

Photo by: http://www.ems-networld.com/images/Banaue%20Rice%20Terraces(Banaue,%20Ifugao)edit1.jpg

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Monday, February 01, 2010

LG Flatron Monitor: The Day All LG Flatron Monitors Died

LG Flatron Monitor

Okay, the title was an overstatement of what really happened. But last Thursday, my LG Flatron monitor died. I took it to an authorized LG repair outlet to help revive it. I don’t know if it was just a coincidence but there were approximately 10 LG Flatron monitors having the same model and size as mine lying there, waiting to be rescued. According to the technician, they all came that day, ergo, the title.

Although my LG Flatron monitor is still under a 3-year warranty, the store—Byteworld-- where I bought it, was no longer in existence. But even though that store was still alive, I still have to pay for the “restored parts” regardless of the warranty, said the technician. This is because that warranty is only for the “LCD” and does not include the “parts.” I didn’t know that until now. I was too confident for the given warranty, so I was lured to purchase it.

LG Flatron monitor has a life span of approximately 30,000 hours, the technician added. That said, if I’m going to use it for five hours, every day, it would last until about 5 years. However, if I’d use it for eight hours, like I usually do, it would only last less than five years. Prolonging it would require a fan, a cooler, or place it in a cool environment while in use.

The performance of LG Flatron monitor is quite good. The display is outstanding. Since it is a LCD monitor, it is easy to carry around.

Overall, I guess, LG Flatron serves me well. But one lesson I’ve learned from this incident—I should not buy monitor, IT equipment and the likes in a fly-by-night computer shops.

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