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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Coffins Before You Die » How to Leave this World In Style

Would you fancy to ‘leave this world' in style? Leave this transitory life for the eternal afterworld in a colorful and uber-cool coffin that looks like an art canvass or a gift box?

I have previous posts regarding different fashionable ways to kick in the bucket list – wherein we can choose a non-traditional ways of disposing our body or perhaps a customized tombstone. Accordingly, I was amazed by this news in a broadsheet yesterday about a Singaporean charity which announced the winners of an international art competition to design "happy coffins." The aim is to encourage the elderly and dying to celebrate life, with 3,000 US dollars for the first prize winner.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bohol Tour » Blood Compact Site and Monument, A Bit of Philippine History on Our Leisure Trip

The lazy morning at Tagbilaran was over and we immediately go to our first stop, the Blood Compact site and monument, a particular site made in honor of a very important event in the Philippine history done between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi of Spain and Rajah Sikatuna of Bohol.

What to expect in the Blood Compact Site

There was nothing there except for some statues overlooking a wonderful view of the sea on the side of the highway. But like many landmarks and statues, there are bits of Philippine history there. I’m not a history buff but sometimes it is nice to know some facts about the places we’ve been – it makes the trip more meaningful.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lazy Morning at the City of Friendship » Tagbilaran City, Island Paradise Province of Bohol

Most people, if asked will not remember what they ate for breakfast. Maybe because it was unremarkable and routine - but I remembered this one, a simple carinderia breakfast by the Tagbilaran City Wharf.

We are on a tight budget so we always hunt the cheapest restaurant or carinderia. We asked our friendly driver to bring  us  to a place where we can have a cheap breakfast. There are fastfoods, but of course, we want something different. For backpackers like us, the hunt always adds excitement and fun to our travel experience and it always never fail us.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bohol Tour » Chocolate Hills and the Nine Choco Wizards

I’m back! I’ve been away from the blogosphere for a few days to enjoy our weekend stress-reduction trip to the famous Philippine destination – Bohol! We availed the Philippine Airline’s promo fare a few months ago and booked a package tour to Bohol in the Central Visayas.

One of our major destinations - the Chocolate Hills, an unusual geological formation found in Bohol, in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. These cone shaped hills are the most famous tourist attraction in Bohol and were featured in the Philippine Department of Tourism’s top list of Philippine tourist destinations. It has been declared as the country's 3rd National Geological Monument on June 18, 1988 in recognition of its scientific value and geomorphic uniqueness. Isn’t that cool?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

16 Funny Things To Ponder About Living in the 21st Century

 1.  The one thing that unites all human beings on the internet, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside we ALL hope that our friends/network will click that "Like" button on our Facebook status.. 

2. There is a very fine line between “Facebook,” "Twitter" and “mental illness.” 

3. The most powerful force in the internet and the whole universe, is gossip. 

4. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one Filipino policeman who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that policeman is crazy. 

5. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she’s gaining weight. 

6. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why your company has not achieved, and never will achieve, its goals, targets or implement plans for salary increase, that word would be “meetings.” 

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Blogroll Makeover » What do you do to improve the quality of your blogroll?

When was the last time you do a blogroll makeover? Ok, when was the last time you checked your blogroll for dead links and abandoned blogs?

As bloggers, we know that a blogroll is supposed to be a collection of links to other blogs that we recommend to our readers. Therefore, the usual expectation is that, if you have a niche blog, your blogroll will link to bloggers that cover topics related to your blog, not just any random blog you happen to find cute. However, in my case I don’t consider this blog as a niche blog yet, is a whatever-is-interesting Pinoy lifestyle blog, so you will find the links in my blogroll are kindda random. Those are the blogs I often visit - bloggers I met, groups I support and blogs that keep me entertained and updated.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Book Notes: Sepharad by Antonio Munoz Molina

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"Generalizations are harmful, I should know, but the real problem is our species, We’re aggressive primates much more dangerous than gorillas or chimpanzees; we carry cruelty and the will to dominate in our brains, and we get the oldest part of the brain from our reptile ancestors. I know the story that’s going around, that in the evolution of the species the instinct for cooperation has served us better than the law of the survival of the fittest. Except that some primates cooperate to wipe others out."
-from Sepharad - p. 316
Antonio Munoz Molina
Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden
Copyright 2001 Harcourt Publishing Co. Florida

Friday, September 03, 2010

September 10 » Officially Declared as Non Working Holiday in the Philippines

Wow, another long weekend again. I will have enough time writing articles again. 

Here's the official news:

Malacañang has declared September 10 a non-working holiday to give way for the celebration for the end of the Muslims' holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from dawn until sunset.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has signed Proclamation 26, declaring September 10 as a non-working holiday as Muslims celebrate the "Eid ul-Fitr," or the festivities for the end of Ramadan.

How to Control Your Gmail Inbox » Get through your email faster with Gmail Priority Inbox

Do you have an effective way to process and read your priority email so that you can deal with the important matters of the day? As blogger, I always receive lots of email in my Gmail Inbox, and I always want to read first those important emails rather than checking out those chain mails from friends.

Sometimes, I've opened an email and thought, "Hmmmmm, not sure what to do with this. Damn!  I will deal with it later!"—and promptly closed the message or drag it to some folder. I thought if I do this over and over again, it doesn't take long to end up with hundreds—or even thousand messages in my Inbox.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The Shortest Movie Review » The Twilight Saga

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"The Lord of the Rings is about friendship and supporting others during life’s trials, Harry Potter is about inner strength, facing adversity and confronting fears, The Twilight Saga is about how important it is to have a boyfriend."

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Grab A Bowl of Mami for FREE! Sagot ka ni Henlin Promo

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I receive this via newsletter. Just want to share this to you guys. Try it! Joining is really easy -  you might win a Free bowl of Mami or cash (For Philippine residents only.) I didn't won a bowl of mami today, I'll try again tomorrow. Let me know if you won. Good-luck! 

"Sagot ka ni Henlin"

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Yodi Insigne
Yodi Insigne is one of those delusional sorts who imagines himself a useful contributor to the greater blogosphere (Well, that's what he's trying to accomplish).

He started blogging for three reasons:

1. He always felt he has something important to say,
2. Books can make him cry, and cliff jumping can make him high,
3. He want to sleep at night.

He is a self-certified bookworm, travel junkie, shutterbug, movie freak, Mangyan hiker who sleeps a lot and think a lot. He got a little vice, which is black coffee and cashew nuts. He got colorblindness on yellow and green - and he freaking loves it!

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