Wednesday, October 31

Wander Photo: May 2012

Seeing the perfect-coned shaped Mayon Volcano in Legaspi, Albay has been one of my childhood dreams.

I remember staring wide-eyed, jaw-dropping a bit, upon seeing her as if pasted picture-perfect on the bus glass window. 

Simply breath-taking! Discover more of my adventures in the beautiful Bicol Region.

Saturday, October 27

My First Top-Loading Experience

When I was younger I get to watch documentaries set in the Cordillera provinces.  Aside from jaw-dropping sceneries, what captured my attention was the often too-full big jeepney loaded from top to bottom.  Adding to the weight of the cargo are numerous people sitting, or I may call it 'hanging' from the vehicle itself.

Top-loading is sure one way to enjoy and feel the exhilaration of the ride in your travels.

Thursday, October 25

Friendly With

In the advent of modern technology comes the growth of numerous networking sites just within reach either through a computer or your glitzy mobile device.  Sometimes I wish for that traditional slum book back in my school days where  I would eagerly fill-out all those personal questions including those about my first crush.  My desire to look for something new lead me to the Pinoy networking site

One will be instantly attracted to its fresh and simple over-all design.  Navigation is fairly easy.  I am seeing more improvement in the coming days which will eventually lead to its ever-growing popularity.  Since I have a deep love for my country, I definitely adored the site logo. Below is a screen capture of their log-in page.

Innovative and eye-catching.  Browsing through the 'friendly' world is helping me build a new set of friends and relationships outside the traditional social circles. is at its early best.  I would say being a part of this team in these days is great.

Aside from the normal post-comment-like activity, would help bring out the concerned citizen in you. Here you can keep yourselves updated in current events and you can also think out loud by engaging a friendly conversation in one of their forums.

All in all, is a breath of fresh air.  Invigorating and intellectual, that what is is for me.

Now, it is your turn to get friendly with!

Tuesday, October 23

Relaxing at Club Balai Isabel

Two long weekends last August were perfect opportunities to plan and execute holidays spent only with our families.  A short vacation at the beautiful and charming resort right at the heart of Talisay City, Batangas: Club Balai Isabel, was the perfect idea to relax with them.

Friday, October 19

Dinner For Two At The Legendary Manila Hotel

Sometimes it is great to have luxury and leisurely experiences once in a while.  As I am in love with anything antique, a brief visit to the legendary Manila Hotel was a brilliant idea. 

Monday, October 15

Me and the Now-Famous Bo

I find it a bit comical that I would share this with another 'person' through my first published article (I won a weekly travel-writing promo hosted by a local broadsheet).

Not that I am craving for fame or popularity, but sometimes it feels good that your first attempt in honing your skills was immediately recognized and appreciated. I am really glad that I am sharing this win, (too bad I won't be able to 'share' my prize of two movie tickets with him :-D) with the handsome Bo of Bohol.

Thursday, October 11

Those Lovely Old Houses

I am an old soul.  I love anything that gives a hint of a past when buildings were as magnanimous as their built.  I am at awe when an old house lurks at every old town's corner.  My eyes are wide as they can be when ruins of the past stand tall before me.

Wednesday, October 10

The Hustle and Bustle of Travel-Planning

Sometimes I can sit glued on our dining table chair for several hours just staring in front of our laptop, looking at Google maps, airline websites, LGU portals and other travel havens.  

I find myself at times compelled to send an inquisitory e-mail to the Tourism Office. At the few events that I actually did, I bid goodbye to my e-mail, waiting for it to get lost in the wired world, consciously admitting that I will never receive a reply (Oh well, at least I did not die not trying).  Surely planning a much-awaited event can be a headache and time-consuming at the same time. 

Friday, October 5

5 Places To Go Even If It’s Raining

A guest post by Ms Ann Joy Perez

Kind of stuck in your home when raining? You don’t need to stress yourself out and just sit beside your window pane to feel the pain of not having any idea where to go. It’s just rain and believe me,  you won’t multiply when you try to go outside. Read through this article to have some ideas where to go while the god of thunder enjoys his work.

Here are some of the places where you can spend your rainy days with a smile on your face.

One, two, three or more movies could help you forget about the weather outside. You can also do a movie marathon inside your home, but it would be better if you sometimes treat yourself into a movie house after all those work or with all those boredom. As a suggestion, enjoy thev different genres of movies in a day: action, romance, sci-fi, horror or comedy.  You may also want to call some of your friends or someone vary special to watch the movie with you.

Going to a science museum is not that expensive. It’s like you’re only buying a peer-size pizza or one branded shirt. Good thing about it, you’ll get to see some things you don’t usually encounter in your daily routine, and as an addition, you will get to learn new things.  Go to a science museum which allows visitor interaction. –where visitors can actually touch and play with the displays.

If you enjoy outdoor go-kart racings, you’ll definitely love indoors as well. The more, the merrier. This could be a very nice bonding moment for you and your friends or with your family.  If you haven’t tried it before, then might as well try this now. You’ll surely enjoy it!

Miss climbing? Then do it indoors. There are lots of areas where indoor wall climbing are being offered. You’ll feel the same as doing it outside. Same gears, stamina and outfit but just different ambience.  You can enjoy it alone or with your friends.
It is also a good exercise for your mind, heart and muscles. Don’t forget to drink lots of water or sports drink.

This game boosted up its popularity over a small span of time. It only means, it is a  fun game to play! Invite your friends or bring your family to enjoy virtual games with them. The more you are in the team, the more fun and challenging it would be. 
Plus, you’ll get to move and play in a virtual world where you can imagine and feel being in a more futuristic era.

When it’s raining, you can’t just sing “rain, rain, go away, come again another day…” and then the rain will suddenly stop right there and then. Instead of giving yourself some stress, enjoy it as others do. Grab those umbrellas… or just leave it there and go outside.

Monday, October 1

That Big World Out There

Dear Readers,

Every once in a while we dream of a dream that we only dream of. Like a little kid idolizing Iron Man, running around inside his brightly lit room like there's no tomorrow, with a red metal suit and all.  To a little kid's mind, it is the only world out there.  But to a traveler like me, the world does not exist in only one place.

As I pack my bag, making sure everything that I need for a two-week trip is in my 50-liter hot pink, North Face backpack, I can not recall how many times I have unpacked and packed yet again (#laughing). I do not know if it is mere out of nervousness or excitement, or simply just the logical pre-trip jitters every wanderer must sure feel.

I recall almost a year ago,  I was dreaming of conquering that big world out there the soonest possible time.  I was sorely focused on introducing myself to every province our beautiful Philippines has produced.  But then, I told myself, why not conquer her and the rest world at the same time.  I can do it. I sure know I can.

It is quite hard to plan a trip.  With work and personal stuff to take care of, I sure had experienced headaches due to long hours of surfing the net.  Shopping for the cheapest accommodation and catching seat air fares.  Endless staring at google maps almost made me think that I have already been to Bugis Station in Singapore and already saw the Petronas Towers in Malaysia! (#laughing again).  But I would pinch and re-convince myself that the feeling of actually being there can never compete with  by just looking at their photos, be it a National Geographic-worthy shot or not.

Now fast forward in the present, as you are reading this entry, I may already be taking out my camera and taking multiple night shots of the Singapore skyline.  Two weeks is two weeks that will never be replaced by time.

It will only be replaced by memories: etched, stacked, pasted, permanently written in my heart and mind.

Happy and safe travels!


Pondering Paodaolei