The Best of Laoag: Fort Ilocandia

With much luck, I had the opportunity to visit what they say is the only 5-star resort hotel in the North of Luzon — Fort Ilocandia. It isn’t peak season this time of the year so there weren’t a lot of guests around the huge resort. And of all the guests we were with, perhaps 80 percent were foreign — specifically Chinese and Korean. All around the vicinity you’d see Chinese translations of signs and such, so it’s pretty obvious it’s their market.

We flew to Laoag via Cebu Pacific at around 6:30pm.You can opt to road trip or take a bus from Manila, but this will take something like 10 hours, as compared to the 1.5 hours you’ll spend flying.¬†When we got to Fort Ilocandia after a 20-minute van ride from the airport, chandeliers and yellow lights greeted us hello.

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FiveFingers: Are you wearing your feet?

Sinha Bahia Capoeira had a demo class at SMX last Saturday for the Sports and Fitness Expo 2011. We were¬†sponsored by a certain “VIBRAM Five Fingers” — I mean, what the hell is that? It doesn’t sound so sporty to me. So anyway, I found out they were actually shoes.

And if you ask me, they shoulda been called “FiveToes” instead. Ugly if you just look at ’em, but the concept is pretty cool. It’s supposed to lessen the cushion between you and the ground so you actually get to use the muscles on your feet. That way, you get to do sports — run, trek, climb, yoga, do martial arts or even water sports — as if you’re barefooted. Pretty much the same concept as Nike Free. And it’s as expensive too. This particular design, Sprint, is worth a little less than P5,000.

Side note: I found out about this from the January 2011 issue of Runner’s World, whose cover features a guy from the office — Javy Olives.

Anyway, here are some photos from the event.

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If you want to go all natural with your sports, this is a pretty good alternative to your good ‘ol running shoes. I imagine using this on my trekking/water sports trips. Quite excited to use them again, actually. Outdoors this time. Even if they may look a bit stupid.

Cartimar: The Divisoria for Pets

If Divisoria is for clothes and Dangwa is for flowers, Cartimar is the shopping complex for pets. Yes, pets! And you might have heard that this place is oftentimes raided for illegally selling endangered animals. Name them — monkeys, snakes, birds, spiders, turtles, all these wild creatures and more. It’s like a zoo, except you can actually buy the poor little things. Good thing I didn’t see any when we went there yesterday.

So my sister Nikka and I drove all the way to Pasay to buy a few things for our beloved fishies — my grandmother and I have 3 aquariums back home. Since we had some time to waste, we did a little exploring. We were more interested in the fish section so most of our photos are from there.

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Pole Dancing: Don’t Expect it to be Sexy the First Time

I’m sure that when you hear the word “pole dancing”, a lot of questions come to your mind: Do they play Bon Jovi music in class? Do they dim the lights for a sexy effect? Isn’t that supposed to be an all girls class? Tonight we found out that almost everything we thought about pole dancing was wrong.

After work this evening, some office mates and I went to Jollijam Arts Center in Makati to try it for the first time.

From left to right: 2 regular students, and then my office mates Kimbee, Jean, Marj and Val

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I’m back!

So I’ve been in and out, in and out of this world (among others), but today I declare myself officially back! And like your favorite superhero, I decided I’d dive from the ceiling and fly in with a grand entrance… Except I couldn’t, but I managed to make a graceful landing.

Literally Head Standing

I guess that would be Crazy #1 then.

That would be all for now. So, goodbye and hello!