Sunday, January 28, 2007

Featured in PhilippinesToday.Net


Yehey! Photos from this blog are currently being featured on the front page slideshow of Philippines Today. It will be featured there for a week. Come and see their website.

In Philippines Today

I gave them ten photos from the latest blog entries posted here.

Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park

White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

Yummy food in Gloria Maris in Lim Ket Kai

2nd World Pyro Olympics


PT Closeup

If you are into photography and is interested in sharing some of your photos with the rest of the Philippines Today readers and the world, send them an e-mail. You can send five to ten images, preferrably 640 x 480 pixels in size. Include a caption for each image and a very brief description about yourself. You can also include a link to your website.
Padala na!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Blog Parteeh '07 - Excuse Letter

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Steering committe: Abe Olandres, Carlo Roxas, Ernesto Sonido, Gail dela Cruz-Villanueva, Jayvee Fernandez, Jomar Hilario, Jun Asis, Kevin Codamon, Migs Paraz, Noel Bautista, Noemi Dado, Rico Mossesgeld, Will Garcia

My fellow bloggers: Chris G. Haravata, Darwin Sotto, Richmond Ruiz, Maria Theresa R. Termulo, Joseph Angelo B. Racoma, Janette Toral, Benjamin Espina, Lauren Dado, Jonas Diego, Luis Bernardo E. Cruz, JC Cuneta, Paul Irvin Rivera, Aaron Roselo, Elymar Apao, Pierre Tito Galla, Joel Yuvienco, Marhgil Macuha, Mike Abundo, Rens Gener P. Sese, Joseph Gonzales, Adrian Magnaye, Arvin Jay Jorge, Shari Cruz, Dominique Baniqued, Mark Joseph N. Baun, Jeffrey Villafranca, January Ison, Gerardo Barcelona , Zaldy Dalisay, Karla Redor, Marcelle T. Fabie, James Michael Deen, Andrea Leonor Haravata , Hermie Unite (ako), Aldrin Cantos, Liz Buenaflor, Eugene Alvin Villar, Randy Lorenzano, Arnold C. Zafra, Mae Paulino, Sharmaine Miguel, Nestle Poell Lagaya, Julius Rocas, Marc Macalua, Allan Ray Penilla, Joni Ang, Lord Art Florenz Lomarda

Sponsors: Sheero Media Solutions, MyJournal Philippines, FeedText, Inc., Migs Paraz, A Bugged Life, The Blog Herald, b5media blog network, About My Recovery, Pinoy.Tech.Blog, Enthropia, Inc., Krispy Kreme Philippines, GMA New Media, Awesome Philippines, Codamon.com, Boracay.com.ph, Recipes.com.ph, WebMaster.com.ph, Bouncing Red Ball, Bo Sanchez, Microwarehouse Inc.

Donors: Adobe User Group - Philippines, Andrew dela Serna, Bo Sanchez, Bubba Gump, e-YellowPages, Google Philippines, Hinge Inquirer Publications, Marc Javellana, Microwarehouse Inc., http://www.weddingsatwork.com/, Yehey!



Again, my apology to you all.

Sincerely yours,
Hermie Unite

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Blog Parteeh '07


Yehey!
Got my E-ticket for the Blog Parteeh!

Sana gumaling na paa ko.


Blog Parteeh


This is the final list of invited bloggers:

Chris G. Haravata, Darwin Sotto, Richmond Ruiz, Maria Theresa R. Termulo, Joseph Angelo B. Racoma, Janette Toral, Benjamin Espina, Lauren Dado, Jonas Diego, Luis Bernardo E. Cruz, JC Cuneta, Paul Irvin Rivera, Aaron Roselo, Elymar Apao, Pierre Tito Galla, Joel Yuvienco, Marhgil Macuha, Mike Abundo, Rens Gener P. Sese, Joseph Gonzales, Adrian Magnaye, Arvin Jay Jorge, Shari Cruz, Dominique Baniqued, Mark Joseph N. Baun, Jeffrey Villafranca, January Ison, Gerardo Barcelona , Zaldy Dalisay, Karla Redor, Marcelle T. Fabie, James Michael Deen, Andrea Leonor Haravata , Hermie Unite, Aldrin Cantos, Liz Buenaflor, Eugene Alvin Villar, Randy Lorenzano, Arnold C. Zafra, Mae Paulino, Sharmaine Miguel, Nestle Poell Lagaya, Julius Rocas, Marc Macalua, Allan Ray Penilla, Joni Ang, Lord Art Florenz Lomarda

Now I've blogged about all of you aside from the sponsors and donors.
Hope to see you guys... (quick glance at my leg)... waaah!!!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Me, my wife, the manghihilot, the doctor & Blog Parteeh '07

Last Sunday, January 21, I went to the doctor to have my ankle sprain fixed because after a week of hilot therapy, it was not improving - the swelling was still there and my toes are starting to turn black and blue. When I noticed it I had horrible images of my foot deteriorating then falling off my leg.

Waaah! To the doctor very quick!

I drove to the hospital with my wife and daughter, parked at the parking lot and limped slowly to the emergency room. The nurse said "Tatay, ano po ang nangyari?" In my mind I was saying "That's not polite miss, I'm not that old. Huhu. Wala pa akong apo. Four years old pa lang ako... este... ang baby ko." So I told her "Natapilok PO." After a few minutes, the resident doctor asked me "Ano po ang nangyari kuya?" Not that's a lot better! X-ray revealed that there were no broken bones. It was a sprained ankle. The doctor used a splint to restrict movement of my ankle. I was also advised to keep my leg up. With my left leg restricted from moving, my wife drove us home. Daily bathing became a chore. I have to lift my leg high up all the time like some porn star to prevent the splint from getting wet. My wife bought an office chair with casters (wheels) so I can move around the house. I'm on sick leave for a week so I just log to my company's intranet, instant messaging and e-mail system to catch up with what's happening at work.

Today is my wife's birthday. I'm a bit sad that we can't go out tonight to have a little celebration.

"Happy birthday, dear. What would I do without you. You've been a great partner all these years. I love you."



Manghihilot vs. Doctor

Doctor:

  • Gentle pressure on the injured area to know where the pain is. Stops after knowing where it hurts and where it doesn't.
  • Subjects you to an X-ray test to see why it hurts.
  • Uses a splint or cast to prevent movement and hasten recovery.
  • Maxicare health card accepted. No cash needed.

Manghihilot:

  • Massages your sprain with mystical oils where it hurts until your eyes pop out.
  • Asks you to move the injured part as normal as possible to fix any misaligned nerve or tendon.
  • If the swelling persists, go to the place where you had an accident and collect some leaves or soil so she can reverse the curse that may have been cast by unseen creatures.
  • Maxicare health card not accepted. Cash needed.


How I wish my ankle would fully recover by Saturday for Blog Parteeh '07, the largest Philippine blogger meet-up ever organized by bloggers for bloggers. It would be a great opportunity to learn from the probloggers and blog heavy-weights of the Philippines. Teka nga pala, wala pa pala akong invitation. I hope I qualify and get invited because I also want to win any of theses prizes:

  • iPod Video 5.5 Gen 30GB
  • JBL Creature II 3-piece speaker system
  • Belkin F8N044 Notebook Cushtop (courtesy of Microwarehouse Inc.)
  • 5 iPod/Palm gadget beanbags (couresty of Microwarehouse Inc.)
  • 50 half-dozen boxes of Krispy Kremes
  • 5 double dozen Krispy Kreme Gift Certificates (Php550 each)
  • Php2,500 Gift Certificates for Bubba Gump
  • Google / Blogger Products
  • 2 IT Books
  • 2 T-Shirts
  • 1 SIM Backup
  • and more...


Here are some details about the event.

What: Blog Parteeh! 2007
When: January 27, 2007 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Who: All Philippine-based and active bloggers
Where:
6th Floor (Poolside Area)
Classica Tower 2 Condominium
HV dela Costa St., Salcedo Village,
Makati City 1200

This event is sponsored by: Sheero Media Solutions, MyJournal Philippines, FeedText, Inc., Migs Paraz, A Bugged Life, The Blog Herald, b5media blog network, About My Recovery, Pinoy.Tech.Blog, Enthropia, Inc., Krispy Kreme Philippines, GMA New Media, Awesome Philippines, Codamon.com, Boracay.com.ph, Recipes.com.ph, WebMaster.com.ph, Bouncing Red Ball, Bo Sanchez, Microwarehouse Inc.


BlogParteeh07 Donors:

Marc Javellana, Bubba Gump, e-YellowPages, Adobe User Group - Philippines, http://weddingsatwork.com, Google Philippines, Hinge Inquirer Publications, Andrew dela Serna


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To the steering committe, if I do qualify e-mail me here



Thanks.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

2nd World Pyro Olympics


January 13, 2007 was the last day of the 2nd World Pyro Olympics at the Espalanade of Mall of Asia. We went there to watch the fireworks display of China and Philippines.


Flashback:
A week earlier when we watched Day 2 fireworks of USA and Spain, we forgot to bring our tripod so I was not able to capture decent fireworks photos. The North Wing restaurants of MOA fronting Manila Bay is the best spot to watch the fireworks if you're in MOA so we went to Highlander Steakhouse. It would be like hitting two birds with one stone - watching world class pyrotechniques in MOA's sweet spot and enjoying the food of Tagaytay Highlands' Highlander Steakhouse. The pricey food of the steakhouse would be justified by the excellent fireworks display. A great deal if you ask me. But our stone did not hit the two birds - the steakhouse was fully booked. So we ended up watching the fireworks display in the open parking fronting the Esplanade that was cramped with people .

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Even the North Wing multi-level parking is full of fireworks spectators.

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We still enjoyed the fireworks display. So the moral of the story was:
Fireworks, like most birds, fly high. So you can enjoy the World Pyro Olympics even without paying PhP 100 or PhP 1,000 or more. And of course, never forget your tripod.
End of flashback.


So on January 13, we parked in the wide open lot in front of SM Hypermarket. It was a few hundred meters away from the Esplanade but had a great view of where the fireworks would be. This time we have more than enough elbow room, we brought our tripod and we have plenty of snacks and drinks to enjoy between the show.

The parking area and the side of all roads were full of vehicles

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But the cool breezy open lot was not too crowded. Actually, it was like one big picnic. Families sat on the grass, some brought tents, some brought tables, there were photographers standing on top of their vehicle where their SLR camera and tripod and there were portable boom boxes playing music.

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We found our spot and waited for the fireworks to begin. China and our country, Philippines, did well. Here are some of the shots I took.

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Ten countries participated and United Kingdom won first place.

Going home was a long, exhausting and sleepy moment. It took us an hour to drive less than one kilometer from our parking spot to the big globe in front of MOA and another hour to reach Magallanes Interchange.
Whew!

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Participants to the 2nd World Pyro Olympics (Jan 5-13, 2007)
Esplanade, Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Philippines

Australia
Show FX Australia Pty. Ltd.
*** Winner: 1st World Pyro Olympics

China
Glorious Group

Germany
Nico Lünig Event

Spain
Astondoa Piroteknia

Denmark
Bright Star Fireworks

Poland
Flash Art GmbH

Canada
Pyro Studios

United Kingdom
Westcoast Fireworks Ltd.
*** Winner: 2nd World Pyro Olympics


United States of America
Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc.

Philippines
La Mancha Pyro Productions, Inc.,

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Iligan: Part 5 - Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park

Last December 29, 2006, we went to MOAP in Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental. MOAP stands for Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park and is a provincial government project constructed in 2003 under the administration of Governor Loreto Ocampos.

After an hour drive from Iligan, we reached Mukas port.

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There was a long line of vehicles waiting in line to board a ferry boat. It took us an hour to queue for a ride in one.

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The 20-minute ferry boat ride transported us and our vehicles across Iligan Bay - Lanao del Norte was behind us as we head towards Ozamis City which is already part of Misamis Occidental. The ferry boat was carrying 10 vehicles (big and small) in its lower deck and passengers on two upper deck levels.

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From Ozamis City Port where our ferry boat docked, it's another 25-minute drive to Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park. MOAP offers guests a mini zoo, a hatchery, a hotel and a restaurant in an excellent location - above water. The park cultures lobsters, groupers, fresh prawns, bangus and shrimps.

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Mangroves grow in the shoreline along MOAP.

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Their restaurant serves delicious food at reasonable prices but to get there you need to walk around half a kilometer on wooden planks supported by bamboo poles with water directly below you.

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We wanted to go to MOAP Dolphin Island so we walked further from the restaurant to ride a boat.

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From here, you can already see Dolphin Island. See the box on the left side of the photo below. This distance is a good 12 minutes of boat ride in deep blue water.

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Dolphin Island is where MOAP takes care of rescued dolphins. This is the only island that I've seen that has no vegetation growing on it. This is because the whole island is actually submerged under water and to say it plainly, all structures there are on stilts to keep them above water.

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The water level in Dolphin Island is shallow and in some parts you can stand in the water as what these guys in the photo inset below were doing. The surrounding water is very deep - observe the sudden change in the color of the water from light blue to dark blue. If my memory serves me right, this land formation is called an atoll.

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This is the restaurant located at the center of Dolphin Island

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You can go diving and snorkeling in one side

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and kayaking on the other side

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Before sunset, we headed back to the main island to head to our next destination.
'Eto kami papuntang main land.

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Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP)
Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental, Philippines
Park general entrance = PhP 10 / person
Dolphin Island entrance = PhP 130 / person
SCUBA diving = PhP 1,000 / dive
Snorkeling = PhP 50 / hour
Kayaking = PhP 100 / hour
Fish for Fish Feeding = PhP 100 / kilo

Room rates
Suite: PhP 2,000 / night (2 persons w/ breakfast & free entrance to Dolphin Island; extra bed at PhP 300)
Family Room: PhP 2,000 / night (6 persons; extra bed at PhP 200)
Dormitory: PhP 250 / person / night (one dorm cottage can house 14 persons)




Tangub City


It was an hour drive from MOAP to our next stop, Tangub City. It was already dark when we arrived there. Just the right time to visit Tangub City during the Christmas season because they are known as the Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines. Their big City Plaza turns to a bright colorful display of life size and bigger than life Christmas decors. You can ride a mini train and it will tour you around the whole plaza.

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Dinner was next right there in one of the food stalls in the town plaza. We had puso (rice wrapped in young coconut leaves) and pork barbecue. The pork barbecue was yummy and you know how much the food here costs?
1 rice pusó = PhP 2
1 stick of pork barbecue = PhP 5

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A full meal here costs 100 times less than Antonio's in Tagaytay.