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Zamboanga City | Paseo del Mar

Posted on 30 December 2008 by Flisha

There’s a new tourist trap in town. And it may be successful, too. Just look at these wonderful photos I was able to take of the government’s current pet project, Paseo del Mar (literally Passage of the Ocean), a park built strategically in the old part of town; to the left of it the historic Fort Pilar and to the right the first hotel Lantaka: Paseo del Mar stands right at the edge of Zamboanga City.

The park is still in its building stage, so you will see piles of bricks, unpaved ground and unfinished structures. Locals and visitors alike are not allowed into the premises yet, but we were able to secure entrance by promising to write about Paseo. (And, erm, maybe not mentioning the avenue of the write-up.)

There are so many pictures I cannot caption them all, so, enjoy the photos!

How about some landscapes? :-)

Here is Gim showing off our (not-so-)new motorcycle, Sebastian. (We sold Pao earlier this year.)

We were there (supposedly) on an official manner, so even though I was tempted to have my boyfriend take portraits of me in every corner of Paseo, I had to resist, haha. We refrained ourselves from photowhoring and instead opted for these two simple shots. >.<

And here is my most favorite shot of all. :)

Happy Holidays!

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PageRank | December 2008 Update

Posted on 30 December 2008 by Flisha

Update regarding the update (heh): Matt cutts twittered the confirmation, and the PR update is finished.

Is there actually a Google PR Update going on?

The geeks over at SEO Philippines Forum are speculating it’s so. Most people are just optimizing for the term. But I haven’t noticed any ups or downs in my PR. (I just got PRed to PR2 last October so I’m not expecting any big changes to my site anytime soon.)

Have you experienced a change in your PR this December 2008?

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Hello Kitty | Countdown to 2009

Posted on 30 December 2008 by Flisha

I am in love with all things Hello Kitty, ever since I played that Hello Kitty Online MMORPG, haha. (So sorry you have to bear this!) This is a new video released by HKO, and it’s a very cute Youtub video of Hello Kitty and her friends counting down to the New Year.

HKO is closed down until further notice (open beta) so now I am thinking maybe I should wake up my Sims and play with them until HKO comes back. But, it’s just that I’ve kind of exhausted all game play with Sims already, all that building houses and choosing bathroom faucets… It gets kind of boring when you’re playing with characters you can control all the time. Who here’s played Flyff???

Anyways, from Hello Kitty and me, a Very Happy New Year!!!

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Zamboanga City Christmas Lights

Posted on 29 December 2008 by Flisha

I meant to upload these much sooner, but I was waiting for my next chance to photograph the lights of Zamboanga City, as I had not taken any of the beautifully lighted Christmas tree in the center of the city nor of the townhall lights in the surrounding barangays like Pasonanca or Sta. Maria.

Unfortunately the holiday season is ending soon and by the time I finish my shoots New Year may well be over, so without further ado, here are my twilight shots of Zamboanga City Hall. Enjoy! :-)

The people of Zamboanga City speak the Chavacano language, the base language of which is Spanish. Thus, on Christmas, we greet each other “Felices Pascuas” (Merry Christmas) and in the dawn of the New Year, we say “Prospero Año Nuevo” (A Prosperous New Year).

Frontal view of Zamboanga City Hall. The lights are truly more impressive this year than last. And I thought we were in recession? ;-)

That’s me posing in front of the Belen, also known as a nativity scene.

My boyfriend Gim pretending to offer something to a shepherd. (I think…) You can see a Jollibee franchise right behind us. It started out as only a small business opportunity but now it’s the Philippines’ version of McDonalds. :-P

Plaza Pershing lighted up. And Gim smack dab in the middle of it all.

A tree filled with lights. I love to see trees filled with Christmas decorations. I couldn’t quite capture the beauty of this one, though. The light was dying… :-(

My boyfriend wishing he were as tall as the camel. Ahh, me too. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!! Wishing you all a Prospero Año Nuevo! :-)

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Philippine Airlines Lowers Fares in 2009

Posted on 29 December 2008 by Flisha

Effective on the first of January 2009, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be cutting down its fuel surcharge for selected flights, owing to the fall of oil prices across global markets.

International flights will experience a cut of at least $45 while domestic flights will be cheaper by P100.

More on the story here.

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Takipsilim: The Philippine Remake of Twilight

Posted on 24 December 2008 by Flisha

Update: The article over at ABSCBN has been removed. It is rumored this may be merely an elaborate hoax, but ABSCBN has not yet released a statement.

Omigod. The Philippines is coming out with its own version of Twilight. Yes, that Stephenie Meyer book which was made into a movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring the meh Kristen Stewart and the rougishly handsome Robert Pattinson.

The Tagalog Twilight is called Takipsilim (I didn’t know that was the literal Tagalog translation for Twilight! To me it loosely translates to “under the cover of darkness”) and it stars Filipino actors Rayver Cruz and Shaina Magdayao.

Um. Couldn’t they find a handsomer looking actor, like, say Gerald Anderson?? Hehehehe.

Also… I wonder if they’re going to cut off Rayver’s lower half. In Philippine folklore, vampires are called aswang or mananggal and they usually have freakishly large batlike wings and they fly, but only their upper bodies fly. Yes, they leave their lower halves wherever. Like in their house maybe. Hahaha. And they can turn into bats.

In the Twilight book, the Filipino danag was mentioned. It’s actually a Visayan word for the Tagalog aswang or manananggal. The Philippines has a lot of languages and dialects, so…

From ABSCBN:

Filipino fans of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series will soon have another reason to celebrate after broadcasting giant ABS-CBN bagged the exclusive rights to make a local television series based on the vampire novels.

Initial reports said ABS-CBN paid $1 million with co-producer Ignite Media for the rights to the Twilight series. The new series, tentatively titled “Takipsilim”, will reunite the onscreen tandem of Rayver Cruz and Shaina Magdayao.

Taping for the series will start February of next year. Some parts of the series will be shot abroad and the other locations include Tagaytay, Bukidnon and Baguio. The series will be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. 

From Yehey:

Rayver Cruz will star as Edward Cullen and Shaina Magdayao as Isabella Swan in the local television version “Twilight.” The hit vampire novel has been bought by ABS-CBN has bought for more than US$1 million with Ignite Media as co producer. The taping is set to start next year by Feb. in Baguio, Tagaytay, Bukidnon with some parts to be shot abroad. To be directed by Cathy Garcia Molina, the TV adaptation will focus on Edward and Bella’s love story to be treated as drama, romance and fantasy. The unofficial cast includes Valeen Montenegro as Alice Cullen, Gabby Concepcion as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, Luis Manzano as Emmett Cullen, Al Tantay as Charlie Swan, Yayo Aguila as Renee Dwyer, Fred Payawan as Jacob Black, Carlos Agassi as James, Chin Chin Gutierrez as Esme Cullen, Karylle as Rosalie Hale, Joross Gamboa as Jasper Hale, Jessy Mendiola as Jessica Stanley, Empress Schuck as Angela Weber, Brad Murdoch as Laurent, Nikki Bacolod as Victoria and Aaron Villaflor as Mike Newton. Rayver and Shaina were former love team partner but the tandem did not work. It seems their tandem will click in “Twilight.”

 
Here‘s an ongoing discussion at Pinoy Exchange. Comments?

P.S. The image above is just a Photoshop work from a fan. It’s not the official cover.

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Discovering Ancient Relics

Posted on 24 December 2008 by Flisha

This is a guest post from Gim, my personal caveman. He prefers the word “spelunker”. Here to talk about caves and treasure. – Flisha

I miss caving. I used to do a lot of caving back in college. Heck, my thesis during my senior year was about caves! I was that hooked. I guess what drew me in was the promise of adventure. The smell of discovering something new. Like the time we found pottery shards dating to the pre-spanish era. That’s roughly 600 years ago!

I remember that day clearly. It started out as a routine day in the field. We were cave hunters, so our task was to shuttle to a certain barangay or small town and start hunting for caves. If we find one, we log its position using a handheld GPS device. If a cave seems interesting enough, we do a bit of exploring. It was on one of these little expeditions that I first caught sight of it. A tiny shard that jutted out of the soft, moist earth.

I bent down to retrieve it and noticed that it was made of reddish-brown clay with an engraving ofsome sort. A thrill of excitement shot through me. I immediately got down on all fours and started clearing away the loose earth. We found dozens of the shards. A trip to the Western Mindanao Center for Cultural Development confirmed our suspicions- the shards we found were part of an eleborate burial jar more than 600 years old!

We found more pottery fragments and even pieces of human teeth during our four months exploring the caves of our city. Our research landed a spot in our University’s journal publication. Apart from that we were asked to give lectures about caves for months after that.

Ah, I will miss those days.

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Christmas Party for the Orphans

Posted on 24 December 2008 by Flisha

My friend Ja is holding a Christmas party for the kids over at the orphanage in Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City on the 28th. She’s got the food and gifts all taken care of and just needs people to help her manage the children, like feed them or help them open their gifts. She says they can get pretty rowdy, so she’s roping us into helping her. Haha.

I’m going, and so are most of my friends. If you’re a Berchie or maybe you know one of us, come and help out, okay? The shelter is right before the elementary school, you won’t miss it.

If you have stuff to donate like textbooks, clothes, cans of food, or better yet, toys, that would be great, too! :-)

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Gorging Yet Again

Posted on 23 December 2008 by Flisha

Yesterday I ate lots of lechon (charcoal roasted pork), then bought a whole cake of Red Ribbon chocolate mousse (which I didn’t particularly like but ate anyways), then went out with friends and drank corn shake, a coffee shake and ate blueberry cheesecake. Except for the corn shake at Greenfields Mano-Mano, the rest of the sweets sucked. Note to self: Never go to 3rd Cup ever again.

Today I had patatim for lunch (oven roasted pork, super delicious) that my mom baked for two days, and some calamares (fried squid rings) too.

It’s Christmas Even and later’s the noche buena so I guess I’m entitled…? Hahahaha. And it’s not even dinnertime!

Felices Pascua, everyone!!!

(Recommend me some fat burners, anyone???)

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A Netbook for Travelers

Posted on 21 December 2008 by Flisha

Nanobook, netbook, UMPC, it goes by many names. I call it a mini laptop.

My mom just bought an Astone UMPC laptop for herself for Christmas and it’s soooo tiny! She’s not a geek like me (or anything remotely close!) and she only wants the thing so she can bring it with her when she goes to Hong Kong early next year for some important meeting (in case she has to show a Powerpoint presentation).

For such a small package (230×171×29.4mm and a monitor of only 7 inches) and such a low price (P12,000 or less than $300) it packs quite a punch. It has a LAN port, wifi, a webcam, a card reader, bluetooth (Hey! Even my HP laptop doesn’t have that!), and even a touchscreen!

You’d think a little toy like this would only contain around 8gb of space or less like the Asus EEE PC, but no, this thing actually has 60 gigs of hard disk space and a computer memory of1 gig RAM. Yes, it’s running comfortably on Windows XP and can handle the whole Microsoft suite and then some. None of that complicated Linux stuff. (My mom would freak!)

So this is my latest tech tip for travelers. If you want to bring a laptop while going around the world, it’s best to keep it light (the Astone weighs only 0.97kg) and thrifty (in case it gets lost or broken!). The caveat of course is that the keyboard is cramped and the best resolution is WVGA 800×480 but, do you really care, when you’re otherwise occupied in sampling the wonders of the world?

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