Monthly Archive: November, 2012

Panam Pangan Paradise

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous”.  ~Aristotle I had no idea what kind of paradise I was getting into when I ventured into the southernmost tip of my… Continue reading

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Scaling the Great Wall

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”. ~ Nelson Mandela Scaling the Great Wall via Badaling Route This UNESCO World Heritage Site is very… Continue reading

Fleeting miracles

“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.” ~… Continue reading

Tagum’s Giant Christmas Tree Lights Up Sky

The iconic Giant Holiday Tree was lighted on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 in the City of Tagum, Davao del Norte, to officially start the festive season of Christmas, and coinciding with Tagum’s 3rd Food Festival, one of the 14 monthly celebrations cooked up by the city with the most festivals.

Nature’s canvas

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci This sunset can be viewed… Continue reading

Food trip

I have long believed that good food, good eating is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime “associates,” food, for me, has always been… Continue reading

Langkawi featured in papers

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big… Continue reading

Embrace the unknown

“Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy –… Continue reading

When life is breathtaking

“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.” ~Shing Xiong Sunbather at Puca Beach, Boracay, Philippines  2006 Update:  Out of… Continue reading

Life is a daring adventure

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright… Continue reading

Never stop being a kid

“Never stop being a kid. Never stop feeling and seeing and being excited with great things like air and engines and sounds of sunlight within you. Wear your little mask if you must… Continue reading

Rise above your challenges

“Man must rise above the Earth — to the top of the atmosphere and beyond — for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives”. ~ Socrates Demo sailing… Continue reading

Nurture young dreams

“There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.” ~ Jonas Salk A young skimboarder dreams big in the skimboarding competition held… Continue reading

Guangzhou’s Cirque du China

I am a long time fan of the Cirque du Soleil.  I collected every CD of their performances since the 90s. Years passed and this Canadian world class act finally invaded Las Vegas,… Continue reading

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    The Chapel of St.Joseph the Worker (Chapel of the Angry Christ) was built inside the Victorias Milling Compound by the family to serve the spiritual needs of its employees.  The avante garde at first caused controversy because the artists created a different depiction of Christ and Filipinized the saints with brown skinned colors and costumes. Today it is regarded as a pioneer in Philippine religious icon art. Visit Victorias, Negros Occidental. Casa Mariquit is a 200-year old house surrounded by banyan trees built for Mariquit Javellana Lopez by her father Ramon Javellana when she eloped with Fernando Lopez at 16. Fernando Lopez became a Senator and Vice President of the Philippines. Open for a "look but don't touch" tour inside, look for caretaker Bonbon. From Bacolod to Iloilo food trip... talaba po kayo diyan?? Me and my editor @saestremera and a couple of photobombers in a boat bound for Iloilo