Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Lights

"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising."

-- Isaiah 60:1-3

Dancing Christmas Lights in tuned with Christmas Carol Medley at The Ayala Triangle Garden, Makati City

Sunday, December 11, 2011

At the Club

I heard a lot about this resort called Club Balai Isabel at Batangas. I even caught a segment on national television featuring the place. The impression is ...  nice, it's time to relax. Have some self-pampering package for this season.

We arrived at the place for about two hours travel from Manila. The resort is like an exclusive subdivision from the outside. It has a condotel-type houses, big enough for a family gathering. We got the Lakeside suite for almost 50% off. What a nice perk! Watching Taal Volcano in it's full glory is a bonus (hehe!)  

Don't expect a white sand, remember it's a Lake. Mag-tampisaw na lang sa dalawang may kalakihang pool na matatagpuan sa magkahiwalay na bahagi ng resort. They also offered some recreational activities, from beach volleyball to basketball, tennis, badminton and watersports like kayaking, sailing and wakeboarding. Zipline facilities are coming soon. 

Clubhouse and lounge are well maintained. Have some spa treatment with the resident therapists or spend sometime for reflection and prayers in the "Spousal of Mary & Joseph Chapel". They also have this Balikatan Obstacle Course which is ideal for a teambuilding activities.

Club Balai Isabel
   Barangay Banga,Talisay, Batangas

Thursday, December 1, 2011


For to us a child is born,

To us a son is given,

And the government will be on his shoulders,
And his name will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
There will be no end.
                                                               --- Isaiah 9:6-7a

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

At the Cafe

Café Juanita sets the mood for a nice and warm stay to satisfy your appetite. They offer a familiar lineup of food menu but prepared and served in superior quality with a different twist. Price range is quite similar to some other fine dining restaurant. It’s the experience that will make you decide to keep coming back.  

I was surprised of the interior design of the place (kahit wala akong alam sa interior design). Furnitures and decorations are well maintained at mukhang antiques. The colors compliment the ambiance of the place. The pianist plays a relax and beautiful songs. If you want a romantic date, try this one.

With the numerous recognition and citations, this is one of the best in the Metro ..

Crispy Spring Rolls

Two-way pork adobo w/ crispy pork flakes

Cafe Americano

My visit was sulit!

Cafe JuanitaPasig

#2 United St. cor. West Capitol Drive, Barrio Kapitolyo
Pasig City, Metro Manila
(02) 632-0357

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Manny Pacquiao

I'd like to spoil the moment ngayong talk of the nation si Manny Pacquiao. Here's my nth post about the people's champ.

Just because boxer Manny Pacquiao isn’t a household name in North America doesn’t mean that he’s not popular elsewhere. As a matter of fact, Manny Pacquiao is one of the most popular people in the world.

He’s virtually a god in the Philippines, as he appears everywhere in Filipino pop culture, from the music scene to TV and movies. Manny Pacquiao is also known well in Mexico, as he’s left a graveyard of Mexican boxing greats in his trail -- enough to earn him the nickname “The Mexicutioner.”

As he continues to destroy everything in his path, it is beginning to look like Manny Pacquiao may not only be one of the best of his generation; he may in fact be one of the best of all time.

When Pacquiao knocked out Ricky Hatton in the second round of their fight on Saturday, May 2, he became the first boxer ever to win a lineal title in four lineal divisions.

Here is a list of five things you didn’t know about Manny Pacquiao:

1- Manny Pacquiao earned less than $1 for his first fight

We’ve all heard stories about someone who goes from rags to riches, but Manny Pacquiao’s version is extreme.

Pacquiao’s family has spent a lot of time in poverty, and he did what he could to help early on in his life. Before he hit his teens, Pacquiao was selling doughnuts in the streets and he had his first fight when he was 12. After winning, Manny Pacquiao earned less than $1, which he immediately gave to his mother to buy rice.

As Manny Pacquiao gets set for his bout with Ricky Hatton, he is now the highest-paid prizefighter in the sport of boxing and he’s going to earn at least $12 million in guaranteed money. That could escalate even more based on the pay-per-view rake.

2- When Manny Pacquiao fights, the crime rate goes down

Wondering how popular Manny Pacquiao is? When he fights, the entire country watches -- literally.

The police in Manila say that crimes drop drastically during Manny Pacquiao’s fights, which means that even criminals stop their dirty work to watch.

3- Manny Pacquiao owns a lottery outlet

Manny Pacquiao owns a lottery outlet for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, but this isn’t just a regular lottery outlet. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is actually the charity arm of the government, which means that a lot of money that is made from the lottery is put to good use.

The money is often reinvested back into public services, such as health care and welfare, and it wouldn’t be as successful without Manny Pacquiao’s name attached to it

4- Manny Pacquiao is the only Filipino in Time 100

The Time 100 is an annual list of the most influential people in the world compiled by Time magazine. In 2009, Manny Pacquiao made the list.

To be included on this sort of list is quite the honor, no doubt, as only a handful of the world’s best thinkers, leaders and innovators make the cut

5- Manny Pacquiao owns a basketball team

While Manny Pacquiao’s job is as a professional boxer, one of his favorite pastimes is to play basketball. As a matter of fact, his original dream was to be a professional basketball player.

Instead, the 5' 6.5" Manny Pacquiao settled for a legendary boxing career and now owns a basketball team on the side.

Pacquiao is the owner of the PacMan Gensan team of the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association, which is based out of his hometown in General Santos City. They are now known as the MP Warriors of Gensan.

Now that’s a rags-to-riches story.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Reason to Celebrate

It’s hard to escape this feeling of sorrow. I’m still coping. It’s just great to know that we are surrounded by many people who showed their love and comfort to our family. I want to thank them all.

Despite what happened, I know there’s many reason to enjoy life. I must get up and continue to regain my strength and move on.

Kaya dapat kong ipagdiwang ang mahalagang araw sa aking buhay.

Ngayon ang aking KAARAWAN.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


I don't know where to start. All I can see now is blank.

I find it hard to accept the fact that I lose someone we love.

                 He was a good man
                        He was a good friend to everyone

                               He was a good leader at some point

                                     He was a good provider

                                           He is my FATHER!

I regret I never said how much I love my Tatay. If only I can rewind things.

I promise we will be strong and will take care your legacy!

We will miss you.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Top 10 Manny Pacquiao Fights

Nice Read.
         Feel Proud.

No.1 Manny Pacquiao Vs. Miguel Cotto
The most impressive Paquiao moment ever inside the ring has to be the night when he faced off against the lion-hearted Miguel Cotto.

In a legacy-cementing win, Pacquiao defeated Cotto to capture the WBO Welterweight title and WBC Diamond Belt. The win made him the first boxer ever to win seven different titles in seven different weight classes. His performance that night fixed the Filipino's reputation as one of the finest boxers of this -- and possibly other -- generations.

No.2 Manny Pacquiao Vs. Ricky Hatton

The fighter from England went down to the canvas twice in the first round before he was knocked out for good in the second round. In the spirit of Muhammad Ali, Pacquiao looked like he was just biding his time. He then unleashed a left hook that sent Ricky Hatton to the canvas with less than 10 seconds left in the round.

No.3 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (2nd meeting)

Four years in the making, this fight was dubbed "Unfinished Business" because of the controversial draw that ended their first encounter in 2004. This time, however, Pacquiao managed to edge out Marquez, but the result was not without controversy.

No.4 Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya

Can you imagine beating someone so conclusively that you actually cause them to retire? Well, that's exactly what Pacquiao did to Oscar de la Hoya. Pacquiao pummeled De la Hoya for eight rounds straight, and the fight had to be stopped because the Golden Boy was taking such a hard beating.

No.5 Manny Pacquiao Vs. Erik Morales (2nd Meeting)
Pacquiao put his WBC International Super Featherweight title on the line in the rematch against Morales. Pacquiao had lost the first encounter with a 12th-round majority decision. 

Morales escaped being knocked down twice early in the fight, once by holding on to the ropes and once by falling on the referee's body. But his resilience wasn't to last. It was the first time in his hall-of-fame career that Morales was knocked out.

No.6 Manny Pacquiao Vs. Marco Antonio Barrera (1st Meeting)

It was the first time Pacquiao went up to the Featherweight division. With this win, Pacquiao began to establish his legacy as the newest boxing superstar and the new "King of the Featherweight" division.

No.7 Manny Pacquiao Vs. Erik Morales (3rd Meeting)

It was this fight that marked a change in Pacquiao’s fighting style. As if he wasn’t already dangerous enough, Pacquiao began to use his right hand as a key element of his arsenal. Manny now applied tremendous power in both hands, helping to amplify an already stellar swarming style.

No.8 Manny Pacquiao Vs. Antonio Margarito
His recent destruction of Margarito, a fighter 17 pounds heavier than him, was extraordinary in many ways. Anyone who needs convincing now that Pacquiao has solidified his place among boxing's all-time elite (including Floyd Mayweather Jr.) is as blind as Margarito was on the night he was destroyed by the Filipino fighter.

No.9 Manny Pacquiao Vs. Lehlohonolo Ledwaba
Pacquiao arrived in America in 2001 at 21 years old, weighing 112 pounds. On the second of three stops, he entered the gym of the trainer Freddie Roach. There, he formed an odd-yet-formidable combination with Roach, and one month later, Pacquiao entered the ring and defeated Lehlohonolo Ledwaba of South Africa.

No.10 Manny Pacquiao Vs. Joshua Clottey
The fight turned out to be quite a letdown, but one of the highlights of the night was Manny’s "Pompyang" punch. The Pompyang move is a double open-palm strike to the ears, resembling the clapping of cymbals. It's a trademark move popularized by the late Filipino actor, Fernando Poe, Jr., who used it in most of his action-movie fight scenes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Exit Strategies


 If your work is not mission critical, you're a 'luxury'employee.”  

   Unemployment rate is still high in the country. Somehow we survived the recession that hit the globe a few years ago but who can really predict what will happen tomorrow. Sino ba ang may gustong  mawalan ng trabaho, but in case minamalas why don’t consider these:

Take These Steps -- On Stealth Mode

Work harder:  It will be noticed, and may make a difference. 

Update your resume and skills: Decide whether, if you were let go, you would look for a similar position or go in a new direction. 

Network: Put out feelers but keep it on the down low. While you have a job is the best time to network; look through your contacts and ask ‘How can I help this person?

Start saving: A layoff budget is the most important thing to have when planning your departure.

Use benefits: If you’ve been putting off a dreaded dentist’s appointment or doctor’s visit, do it now, while your company will still cover the costs.

Gather info: Quietly remove any email addresses, contact details, personal files, and belongings you’ll need (but be careful about removing private company data).

Sunday, October 16, 2011

This is the Real Thing!

The Real Thing Diner is a coke-inspired restaurant located in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

I was listening to Ms. Noelle Cassandra (the only harpist, singer, songwriter in Asia) on a radio show when I first heard about the restaurant and learned that she is a part owner of the establishment. I was just lucky that Noelle was around when I visited the place. She was nice and damn beautiful! Glad to meet her.

Ready for my meal..

The Real Thing DinerIL Terrazzo

2/F IL Terrazzo, 305 Tomas Morato cor. Sct. Madrinan
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 352-4320

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Her Killer Looks

I can't get enough of her since I saw the movie "The Black Swan" (remember the deed with Natalie Portman? hehe!)

She's definitely HOT!

They say that becoming a movie star is about having a lot of talent and a little bit of luck. In Mila Kunis’ case, the luck part couldn’t be more true. Born in the Ukrainian SSR, Kunis and her family were able to move to Los Angeles in 1991 thanks to the luck of a lottery. After a five-year process, the Kunis clan fled communism and enrolled their daughter at Rosewood Elementary School before she knew even a word of English. Kunis likened this experience to being “blind and deaf at age 7,” an experience that saw her come home every day in tears. But after her father signed her up to the Beverly Hills studios in an attempt to get her to socialize, Kunis was spotted by a talent agent who promptly signed the talented young actress.

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