Facebook Mobile App (for Java) Still Free on Smart

FB OverviewI’m not late alright, I know this started months ago. I simply want to remind you. You can still be part of the thousands of Smart subs — no pun intended — using the Facebook Mobile App (for Java) for free.

You have a month and a half more to enjoy this, so if you have yet to download it on your good ‘ol Nokia N70 or even your new china phone, it’s about time. Continue reading “Facebook Mobile App (for Java) Still Free on Smart”

Futsal at Club 650

I have gotten numerous requests to post this, so once and for all, here it is. These Brazilian guys regularly play Futsal beside the Capoeira area at Club 650. If you’re actually interested to work out though, Club 650’s got badminton, futsal, basketball, table tennis, and of course, Capoeira.

Club 650 is located along Libis, Quezon City, Philippines.

What Could Go Wrong With Tali, Batangas?

or You Suck at Looking for Vacation Houses

It was a 4-day weekend and my dad and I have planned this family trip weeks ago. We wanted somewhere near, not too expensive; some place we can relax even if it rains. I think it was my dad’s assistant who did the googling. She suggested we check out this certain beach house in Tali Beach, Nasugbu, Batangas. The house looks old and stuff in the photos, but we said “okay, okay”, “maybe it’s just the homey kind of old”, “the reviews look okay”, “we can’t go wrong with Tali, its a private subdivision for rest houses”, and so on. Until we actually got there. Although there was a caretaker, it smelled as if it’s been a long time since someone had an actual vacation there. Truth is, the doors and furniture actually look like they could have been really nice before. With all the carvings and decorations.

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I’ve Got Pot from Vigan

One of the things I was able to try for the first time in Vigan — making a pot!

As part of our one-day tour around Vigan and Laoag, we went to GR Jars Pottery.
One potter can make over 200 of these a day. Continue reading “I’ve Got Pot from Vigan”

Vigan and Laoag in a Day

A one day tour around Vigan and Laoag is like browsing through pages of a history book. Just to give you an idea of what’s there to see, I’d like to share some of the photos I took of buildings, museums and old things from our tour a week ago.

Having stayed in Fort Ilocandia, Laoag, we hired a tour van to drive us all the way to Vigan for an hour and a half. From there, the tour begins.

  • Syquia Mansion. Built in 1830, this mansion was the ancestral home of the wife of former President Elpidio Quirino, Dona Alicia Syquia. Entrance at P20. 

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That Pretty Street in Vigan — Calle Crisologo

My mom comes from an Ilocano clan, but for some reason I don’t remember ever going to Vigan when we were younger. I have often envied the pretty photos of its streets, buildings and calesas so it’s pretty exciting that I can now share my own.

This is from Calle Crisologo — one of the most beautiful streets in the Philippines. I always thought all streets in Vigan look this way. Continue reading “That Pretty Street in Vigan — Calle Crisologo”

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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