Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Happy Birthday to me!

As of yesterday, I am officially 18 yrs old. Ang tanda ko na! This one is different, ito na ang transition from childhood to adulthood. Pwede na akong bumoto (finally!), I can enter bars (officially!) and many sorts of perks. But, I really miss my childhood, all those carefree days...shucks.

I just wanted to say thank you to all the people who had greeted me thru all channels of communication. (Meron pa nga nagsend ng PLDT Voice recording greeting sa akin through phone, Thanks)

For the people who had greeted me through text.

Jeka, Cara, Wivi, Weisa, Bev, L.J., Mark, Gino, Ivy, Anj, Kimbe, Tips, Dang, Ge, Reese, Con, Diana, Shiela.

For the Y!M greetings
Tita A. , Vic, Jon Mencias, Jon Ebido.

Thru Friendster
Wap, Ate Anarie, Manuel, Jobelle, Reji, Melai, Claud, Ritz, Missy, Jon, Marian, Nimrod, Ked.

My Comm3 groupmates (yup, considered secret yun), Geog1 classmates (tama bang i-announce sa buong room), Pol Sci 14 class (esp. Flau, congrats on your perfect recitation) and my art stud seatmates.

Of course sa akin mga relatives, thank you very much.

Sorry kung may nakalimutan akong name, it's the thought that counts naman.
And for all those who had offered their greetings thru prayers, salamat sa inyo.

We'll the greeting part is over. I hope this year will be a good one. (It rained almost the whole day yesterday, good omen kaya yun?)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

MCO Media Tour

To kick in, nangyari kanina ang first project ng RATT for this year, the FRESHIE MEDIA TOUR. Ang tagal din namin to inayos, mga 2 months din. at least it was over. sigh.

We went to Philippine Daily Inquirer and GMA Network. Kasama namin ang most of K2 at 1 CW and 1 Journ student. Pics na lang. tinatamad ako magsulat.

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It was fun. really fun. Salamat sa mga sumama at sa MCO esp. sa RATT! Congrats! One activity down, millions to go...

Sunday, June 19, 2005

On Rizal and Father's day

Today is both Rizal's birthday and Father's day. It is a nice coincidence that two great events were placed on a single day. We could easily say that, Rizal did obviously served as a catalyst of change from the times before. He had, in some way, did aroused people's feelings on fighting for freedom and I think he had his goals accomplished.

It is too bad that, nowadays, we don't give any respect for the freedom our heroes had fought for. At least, show some consideration on honoring our great nation. Just stop when the Philippine Anthem is being played or at least show some respect. Let us put away all our greed and personal desires for the sake of the advancement of our country. No more politics, no more fighting please. I'm sick and tired of it (and I mean we all do I suppose)

Let us move forward.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Palawan: Part 3


Naghanda na ako for my island hopping tour in Honda Tour. I had my breakfast at the hotel and after an hour left the hotel.

Tatlo lang kami sa tour, ako and a couple Mr. and Mrs. Dy. Ang ganda nga, coincidence lang kasi uncle and aunt siya ng classmate ko from high school. hehe. nakakatuwa.Also, we had a tour guide, si ate ana, na super kulit para siyang ate talaga.

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We traveled by land to the Sabang Wharf for about an hour. It was a bumpy ride since medyo di pa ayos ang streets. We had reached the wharf and I borrowed some snorkeling stuff. I was really anticipating this snorkeling activity. First time ko lang mag-snorkeling and with my not so trustworthy swimming skills, it was really an experience that I will truly cherish.

We rode this boat (named Jollibee, haha) and started our island hopping. First we went into snake island. It was a 40-minute trip on a small boat. Nakakahilo kaya sa bangka, and when we got there I was not feeling that well. It was called snake island since there was this strip of sand that is curving on a shape of a snake. We fed some fishes. Nakakatuwa kaya to, you are in some 4 and 1/2 feet of water and colorful fishes. Then, I went snorkeling. It was a freaky snorkeling experience. I was on this water, 10 meters deep. Di talaga ako magaling sa swimming, so I had a life vest with me. It was a nice experience. Makakakita ka ng corals and different fishes there. Haha! I hope pwede yun camera ko dun so that nakakuha ako ng pics. Kaya nga lang, most of the corals are dead. Sayang nga lang, di talaga naalagaan. I hope that sana 20 years from now, that beauty will be improved... Sayang talaga.

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An hour after, we had back to our boat and went on to Starfish island. Again, nakakahilo ang biyahe. Pagdating namin, we had lunch and I went into the water again.
Starfish island kasi starfish was abundant there before. Then after, I went for a walk in the beach far from the camp place. It was a soothing experience, there was this long stretch of white sand and ako lang yun nandon. I felt like walking, making footprints in the sand echos-echos and also taking pictures. It was also a nice place to relax and to think. Then after walking, I went for a swim. It was called starfish island so I was expect to be seeing starfishes.But ngayon, wala ka ng makikitang starfish (except for like 5 starfishes on shore). Because of man's abuse of nature, the once very spectacular island turned into a mismanaged place. Pag alis nga namin, there were this pinoy tourist na binabato yun starfish as if it was a ball. Grabe! Living thing yan! Di yan laruan!. Nakakainis lang talaga. I hope ma-karma sila. I hate yun mga turistang ganyan!

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Then we went to this lu-li island. this was island was supposed to be non-existing on a high tide and since it was in lowe tide. Nakapaglakad-lakad kami sa beach. Again, white sand beach ang nandun and some good and clear waters.

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As we went home, it started to rain. As in malakas na ulan. We were in the middle of the sea, on a not so sturdy boat with winds and waves splashing. Mas matindi pa siya sa ride sa Universal Studios. Nakakatakot kasi baka bigla tumaob yun bangka. Kasi, big waves talaga. Pero we returned to the port safely, kaya lang basang-basa ka nga lang.

Dumating na kami sa hotel ng mga 4pm and I just rested for a while and headed to the town proper para magsimba. After, I headed back to the hotel to have dinner. We had dinner with my malayong uncle and cousin. Yun palang uncle ko na yun was the former owner of the island that is now Club Noah Resort ( a first class resort in Palawan). Nakakatuwa lang.Then after dinner, balik hotel na kami, fixed my stuff and went to sleep.

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I woke early the next morning to prepare for our flight. At breakfast at the hotel, we met this couple from Spain who was in Palawan for there honeymoon. Tinanong ko sila, why did chose Palawan instead of Bali etc. Sabi nila, mas gusto daw nila sa Palawan, since it was not crowded. Buti pa sila, naappreciate ang beauty ng Pilipinas. Bakit ang mga Pilipino magbabakasyon, they choose destinations outside of the country kahit na there are truly beautiful places here in the Philippines.

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Yun ang natutunan ko from this trip, there are more places to discover in the country, more places much better and richer from other countries, marami tayong mga untouched locations that di pa nagagalaw ng modernisasyon. Tama nga na sabihin ni DOT, na "Tara Na! Biyahe Tayo". I'm planning tuloy to go into the places in the song. DISCOVER PHILIPPINES.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Palawan: Part 2

I was supposed to go on to a Honda Bay Island Hopping tour on that Saturday. But our hotel moved our tour for the next day, so that it could meet its minimum number (6) of tour participants.

It was a bummed day for me, no activities planned whatsoever.... but di yun pipigil para sa akin na maglagalag at i-enjoy ang Palawan.

After eating breakfast, we decided to walk and I mean walk to the town proper (about 2 km ang layo nun), just to waste time.

We got into town and decided to watch the Asian Sepak Takraw Competition that was in town. I have never seen a Sepak Takraw live game, so medyo kakaiba ito. We rode a mini-cab (the jeep of Palawan) to the place.

The sepak takraw game was not your usual UAAP game. Apart from the small crowd inside the stadium, the game was a mix of volleyball and soccer. It was really fun to watch. Haha.

Then after, we headed at this vietnamese kainan. The place was not that appealing. It was much like a carinderia in Manila but the food is really great. They had mouth watering seafood and semi-spicy food. Yun nga lang talaga, di maganda yun place.

Nun hapon, we went to the city again to walk around and shop. Masaya sana kung pwede kaming bumili ng seafood dahil super abundant ng seafood nila dun. First time kong nakakita ng big lobster sa market. Even sa Rustans dito sa Manila, wala pa akong nakikitang lobster na ibinebenta.

After nun, we headed into the church. It was like the San Sebastian Church in Manila pati yung color pareho.

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Palawan: Part 1

Nagpunta kami ng lolo ko ng Palawan last weekend just to spend the last days of my summer vacation before classes start. Actually, we had plans on going to HongKong but naisip namin na mas OK na sa Palawan muna pumunta kasi I also haven't been on that place.

Dapat nga di na kami tutuloy sa Palawan because of at that time kakalabas din nung Malaria issue in Palawan. But what the heck, di naman kami pupunta sa bundok or anything and malayo naman kami sa mga Malaria infested area, masyado lang talaga pinapalaki ng media yung issue.

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So anyway, we left Manila last Friday on a PAL flight. As we were on the plane going to Palawan, kitang-kita mo ang mga beautiful islands nito. Clear blue and green waters and white sand beaches.

We arrived in Puerto Princesa in about an hour and I can say that Puerto Princesa is a rural mixed with an urban lifestyle.

So, we had checked in our hotel, Casa Linda Inn. I really like Casa Linda. It has a home-y feeling apart from those luxurious hotels. Kasi I'm looking forward talaga on a getting in touch with nature, ayoko muna ng city life. I really liked the place.

After resting for a while, we went on a tour around the city. We went to the croc farm and butterfly garden. Sumakay kami on a trike (which is by the way, the basic mode of transportation in Puerto Princesa) to our destinations. First, we went on the Butterfly Garden. Di pa ako nakakakita ng butterflies on in one place, so I really enjoyed the tour. But, it was not what I was expecting. The place was a little bit small and a little bit itchy. But the butterflies were great and I enjoyed taking pictures of them.

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Then we went into the Croc Garden, some kilometers from the Butterfly Garden. It was not properly maintained since the place looks a little bit dirty and unorganized. Pero kudos pa rin since it served as a sanctuary for injured crocs.

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We headed back to hotel after kasi my grandpa will meet dapat this PPC councilor that he knows. But we were met by her secretary pa rin and we were treated on free food. I love their food pala on Palawan, fresh seafood a la carte.


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Palawan Scares

With the latest scare of malaria propagated by the media, my trip there on Friday may seem scary. I'll be going there on Friday till Monday, just to spend my last week of summer vacation just before our classes will start.

The media has been sensationalizing issues today. Just today, I saw a TV special report from GMA about why schools doesn't have left handed chairs. Hmmm. I am left handed and I don't have any problems of right handed chairs in school. For me, it is not worth the 3 minute primetime airtime on TV. Instead of tackling this issue, why don't they tackle issues like the national flag day celebration or the soaring environment problems our country is having today.

And then, on the other network, at the start of their news program, showbiz news pops out. I mean, the media tackles and sensationalizes less important issues.

Anyway, back to the Palawan thing. I'm not really scared of the malaria thing. (But I took precautions just to keep myself protected). I just hope for the better.