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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Kenshin in Manila: The Ruckus

Ola! I was at SM Megamall earlier to watch the movie "Lucy" but I also know that Rurouni Kenshin's  main cast will be here in Manila specifically SM Megamall for the Asian Premiere of Kyoto Inferno. I knew this is the only chance I got to see Takeru Sato in personal, so I dragged my friends two hours earlier and hoped we could even glimpse at the artists.

Luckily, we arrived few minutes earlier before the artists were introduced and found a good spot beside Myx's VJ and Boggart The Explorer's designated place. 

There she is!
And maaaaan! It was knee-weakening to see Takeru Sato one ruler away from you!!! 
Images I took were all blurry because I was too caught up at the moment! I was thinking, the hell with these pictures, Imma memorize his face in my brain! So there... 

Takeru Sato, everybody!

No regrets tho!

Here are the Director and other casts..


Emi Takei, Takeru Sato and Munetaki Aoki

Keishi Ohtomo  








Sunday, August 3, 2014

Steaks and Ice Cream

I have never been a fan of Friday night since I started to pay tax. Admit it, some of us ceased to enjoy Fridays since we left our academic years. Either you own a car or you utilize public transportation you gradually hate Friday nights because of the heavy traffic. So just to evade the horrific traffic, my friends and I opt to have our dinner around Capitol Drive, Pasig (which is sort of Maginhawa street of Pasig).

We dine at Mad Mark's Restaurant - a small and cozy fast casual restaurant. They serve steaks bundled with sauce and side dishes and its service size is reasonable for the price. I wasn't really paying attention to their menu because it's already 7 o'clock and I'm starving already, so I guess you can check Zomato or Munch Punch for it. But I do remember this big advertisement on their menu about not eating too much and leave a space on your gluttonic stomach (my words) for their homemade ice cream.

And I should say that their ice cream is a must try. It is rich, creamy, thick and flavorful. 

Here is the photo I posted at my instagram: 

Half-baked Madagascar Flavor





Friday, June 6, 2014

Cagbalete Island Trip - Do we have a semi-virgin?


Disclaimer: The author's experience may vary with what others have and you might experience. 


Cagbalete Island is one of those islands every beach junkie deserves a visit. Though *ehem* some *ehem* glitches may be encountered along the way, the scenery will take your stress away! It is really worth it. Just be prepared and be informed of these few facts.

1. On public transportation: Be early! Instead of taking the 5am departure from Manila, take the 2am and be at Mauban port earlier. Catch a private boat if you're not a fan of trekking. 1500 back and fort service for 1-2 pax (yeah its kinda expensive) or wait for the public boat ride until its full before it sail and apparently trek for about 30mins - 2 hours. FYI, at 9am everybody descends from who knows where and flock at the waiting area of the port. It's freaking chaos!
Tip: You can share your boat with others but advisable only if your resort is the same or near each other's.




2. Low tide approximately starts at 11:30am until about 4:30-5:00pm. Don't wait for this time if you're going to take a private boat because you'll be walking on these for 20-30 mins and Im not even joking. 




3. You can arrange a package with the resort you'll be staying and reserve ahead of time. Many of the tourists who doesn't own a tent decided to not push through with their Cagbalete visit since all the resorts are fully booked already (especially during summer. Take my heed, please. Don't waste resources and energy.) We got a large amount of 3 meals per day and an afternoon snack, a nice spot for our rented tents and extra smile from the staff. We stayed at Doña Choleng's where they have prepared a fire dance number and fireworks display. 




4. Bring at least 4 liters of water with you. Once you're on the island, the price hikes up as much as Php 23.00 per Sakto bottle of Coca-Cola. No shit.



5. Always stay at least two nights if you're going to an island. 



Just in case you're wondering:

Fare table:

Fare
 Particulars
Remarks
Php 218.00
JAC Liner Manila to Lucena 

Php 54.00
Bus from Lucena to Mauban 

Php 50.00
From Petron Bus stop to Port 

Php 2500.00/6-9 pax
Private boat ride from Port to Cagbalete
Depending on the number of pax
Php 45.00-Php 50.00Public Boat
Morning and Afternoon rides only
Php 100.00
Environment and whatever-that-is fee
Php 100.00
Various tips (porter, boatman and his assistant)
optional (but come on! they live with your tip, have a heart!)
Php 100.00
Errands for the local kids
they will help and guide you for a tip and they are nice!



As mentioned earlier, we stayed at Doña Choleng's where, as per the feedback from our boat-mates, have the nicest staff among other resorts though Pansacola has the cleanest shore. 

I pretty much enjoyed the trip and would definitely go back since it's only few hours away from the Metro.



XoXo
Mao

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book of Poems

Few years ago, I was on my way home from a job inteview when I cross upon a mobile book store. The old man sell no more than 50 books of super cheap prices. I remember, I bought my Rainmaker book for only Php 50.00. I tried to pass that route again but unluckily I never saw him again. 

Recently, this store pops up in my mind out of nowhere, and persistently reminding and bugging me for not purchasing this compilation of poems by Shakespeare. It's unusual because I am not a big fan of poems. 

Finally deciding to buy that book, I hunt down every bookstore availabe at my location but found none. So I settle for any book of poems and found this treasure:


Love and Misadventure of Lang Leav

Content and packaging wise, this book is perfect!

I'm so happy with this book, I'm not even thinking about its tag price!

XoXo
Mao

Friday, April 18, 2014

Haler, Baler!

Baler seemed to be a little bit overrated for me, even the waves were milder to what I've imagined. Just the same, I super enjoyed this trip and it was one hella experience!

Here is the summary of what we did.
Video credits to Lai Zubiri.




Sadly, there are no pictures of the breathtaking Ditumabo Falls also well known as Mother Falls.


List of sites we visited:
  • Giant Balete Tree
  • Museo de Baler
  • Doña Aurora House
  • Baler Catholic Church
  • Diguisit Rock Formation
  • Ditumabo Falls (Mother Falls)
  • Sabang Beach
I can't wait to go back and trek again at Ditumabo Falls, surf until I'm all scratches (yeah stones at the shoreline are nasty) and enjoy the gloomy weather of Baler.


xoxo
Mao