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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mt. Cristobal » Facing Your Own Evil at the Devil’s Mountain

Devil at Mt. Cristobal, the Devil's Mountain
Yes, they really exist. They are really there, the demons and spirits of Mt. Cristobal, the Devil’s Mountain.

So I climbed this mountain, to face my fears and to recognize they are there. To decide between the real and the unreal, the truth and the lie and go on and attack to prove or dispel the famous Tumao fiction and its mysteries and fairy tale.

Then up there, along Mt. Cristobal’s devious trail under its dark and misty forest, I came across the devil and immediately realized the genuine reality of real threat - to fear the Devil is giving him just the kind of worship that he wants.

It is there,  I feel it, but I can't fight an unseen unknown enemy! Only if I know who my enemy is and where he is at and what he is up to, then I can face him and fight it out.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chinese New Year and the Year of the Water Dragon » How you can join the fun even if you are not Chinese

Most Tsinoys, or the Filipino-Chinese community in the Philippines will celebrate Chinese New Year this weekend. This is the most important of all Chinese holidays and arguably the most auspicious date on the Chinese lunar calendar.

2012 is the year of the Water Dragon, which starts January 23, 2012 and ends February 9, 2013. Dragons are quite special and very much revered because it symbolizes power, superiority and rule, thus this year’s Chinese New Year celebration is expected to be extra spectacular. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

[Mobile Snapshot] That's What Friends Are For

Young boy carrying his best friend on his back while crossing street
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While having my afternoon coffee break, I saw this two guys passing the Reliance overpass outside our pantry window. I suddenly got this urge to grab my smartphone for a snapshot. Maybe they are brothers, but they looked more like best friends - the other guy lifted the one on crutches onto his back and carried him down the overpass. 

So do you still have that friend who’s there for you when the going gets tough?    

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Friday the 13th Interesting Facts, Trivia, Superstitions and Stories

How did Friday the 13th become known as an unlucky date and why? What are the origins of Friday the 13th?

Contrary to common superstition, I consider this as lucky day here at Tomorrow is Friday the 13th and to celebrate this most unlucky day for the triskaidekaphobic, I poke around and gather some interesting facts and trivia surrounding this belief.

So to answer my opening question, here are some amusing superstitions and trivia regarding Friday the 13th:

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo » Faith or Fanaticism?

"When I was a young boy, my father took me into the city to see a marching band. He said, "Son, when you grow up, would you be the saviour of the broken, the beaten and the damned?"
He said "Will you defeat them, your demons, and all the non believers, the plans that they have made? Because one day I'll leave you, a phantom to lead you in the summer, to join the black parade.
-“Welcome To The Black Parade,” My Chemical Romance –

It is a dangerous thing. Devotees clad in maroon, barefoot, spiritually euphoric and wild vie with each other for the honor of pulling the rope. The streets of Quiapo transformed into a raging sea of human bodies, waving banners of maroon and gold. Men climb over the others to wipe the black image with a white handkerchief or even kiss it. This is the Feast of the Black Nazarene – a puzzling devotion even to some Catholics.

January 9 marks the annual feast. The procession, being one of the major Catholic celebrations each year is regularly attended by millions of devotees, which usually lasts for 10 to 12 hours.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Canoe Beach Resort Pundakit Zambales [Review] » What You See Is What You Get

Pundakit Zambales has been gifted with natural beauty and now becoming a favorite travel destination among backpackers and island hoppers. It is perfectly suited for travelers seeking a refreshing Philippine countryside without going too far from Manila. Today, beach resorts and hotel business flourish in the area because of its rustic glory and beauty, thus it is now a challenge searching for cheap resort and accommodation when planning a trip to Pundakit.

As much as possible, we would like a handpicked hotel or resort that could met our basic needs such as convenient location, comfortable rooms with amenities, good customer service and with an atmosphere that offers local charm. It is when oftentimes we refer to online hotel or resort reviews, friend referrals and blogs.

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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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