Thursday, February 28, 2008

pusa on vacation

i'll be away for a few days... see y'all when i get back

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

shoe house

There was an old woman,
Who lived in a shoe;
She had so many children,
She didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth,
Without any bread;
She whipped them all soundly,
And sent them to bed.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

off duty

From my previous post, i've mentioned that Jose Rizal's monument is being guarded 24/7 by "statues" ... and i was lucky on this day that i chance upon seeing the guards move! twas time to change the guards - they even have a ritual in doing so - and i captured it :) wheeee

Monday, February 25, 2008

jose rizal monument

Another view of jose rizal's monument, Manila's famous landmark, located at Luneta or Rizal Park. Posted this monument before, click here for the front view.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Saw this cute "Ito ang Maynila" (This is Manila) mural along San Andres, at the Bureau of Plant Industry (Kawanihan ng Paghahalaman) to be exact. The word MAYNILA in the mural have pictures of Manila's famous landmark including the Manila City Hall tower, Intramuros, Jose Rizal monument, and the ubiquitous jeepney is also depicted in the mural.

To tell you the truth, i was surprised to learn that we do have this kind of bureau, am so glad i've decided to do this blog, the things and places i've discovered are enough for me to hang on and continue this journey. =)

Friday, February 22, 2008

stray cat

Dear God, please send me somebody who'll care.
I'm so tired of running and sick with despair.
My body is aching and filled with such pain;
And dear God I pray, as I run in the rain
That someone will love me and give me a home,
A warm cozy bed, and food of my own.
My last owner left me alone in the yard...
I watched as they moved, and God that was hard.
So I waited a while, then went on my way
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now, God, I'm so tired and hungry and cold;
And I'm so afraid that I'll never grow old.
They've chased me with sticks and hit me with straps
While I run the streets just looking for scraps.
I'm not really bad, God, please help if you can,
For I have become just a "Victim of Man."
I'm wormy, dear God, and I'm ridden with fleas;
And all that I want is an Owner to please.
If you find one for me, God, I'll try to be good.
I won't scratch the carpet; I'll do as I should.
I'll love them, play with them, and try to obey.
I will be so grateful if they'll let me stay.
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
'Cause I'm getting weak and I'm so all alone.
Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
'Cause I'm so afraid, God, that I'm gonna die.
I've got so much love and devotion to give
That I should be given a new chance to Live.
So dear God, please hear me, please answer my prayer,
And send me somebody who will REALLY care.

Author Unknown

Thursday, February 21, 2008

yum yum yum

still continuing my la mesa eco park series, the place is huge and after walking/trekking and playing i got hungry and found this cute nipa hut kiosk serving filipino dishes, i actually got attracted with these mangoes and i ordered mango shake for my drink... actually most of the families we saw at the park have their own packed lunch or baon and some even enjoy barbeque! yes they also have designated areas where you can grill your baon and have your picnic

hmmmm yummy everything in the menu are filipino dishes and quite affordable too

ordered bistek tagalog or beefsteak and it is delicious, i'm telling you :)
am i making you hungry now?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

wind chimes

saw these colorful glass wind chimes from the souvenir shop inside the La Mesa Eco Park, if you would notice the chimes are made from recycled materials, cool eh? no i didnt buy one though :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

camping fun

While we were at the La Mesa Eco Park we chance upon these kids having the days of their life during their camping trip, KAB Scouts usually camp out outside schools and is supervised by adult scouts for them to enjoy, have small tasks, and accomplish a set of minimum responsibility, just like a real boy scout. KAB Scout stands for Kabataang Alay sa Bayan (Children Offered to the Nation) are for kids between 7 - 10 years old.

The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), or Kapatirang Scout ng Pilipinas in Filipino, is the National Scout Association for boys and young men of the Philippines. Its mission is to imbue in the youth and adults the love of God, country, and fellow men; to train young people to become responsible leaders; and to contribute to nation-building.

To know more about the boy scouts of the Philippines please visit their official website

Monday, February 18, 2008

cuppa coffee

here's a cuppa coffee for you guys to perk up you day... i'm addicted to coffee and my mornings aint complete if i dont get to drink one... i could drink coffee all day long and i consume a minimum of three cups a day... so how about you, do you love coffee too?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

rally in makati

The protest rally at the busy financial district of Makati yesterday asking GMA to resign, the rally was sparked by a Senate inquiry on alleged kickbacks in the national broadband network (NBN) deal by a bevy of personalities close to MalacaƱang - more from Philstar

Friday, February 15, 2008


Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.” ~ Og Mandino

Thursday, February 14, 2008

happy valentine's day

happy valentine's day!
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
So I love you because I know no other way
~ Pablo Neruda

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

pink heart

i squealed in delight upon seeing this pink heart of the banana tree, i usually see red banana heart but this is the first time is saw a pink heart! have you seen a pink heart before you've come to this blog?

found this inside the La Mesa Eco Park, they really do have variety of plants and trees. just a short trivia - heart of banana or the flower of banana tree are used as a vegetable and is common dish here in the Philippines, if you want to know how to cook "puso ng saging" do visit MarketMan's blog.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

la mesa eco park

La Mesa Eco Park is like a province in the city, really! It's like you've left the city once you entered the park, a treat for nature lover and a good place for family and friends to spend their weekends. They do have have a butterfly trail and hatchery, playground for the kids and young at heart, you can even go on trekking, biking, fishing, picnics, and swimming (yep they have a swimming pool - entrance fee is 80 per head)

The Ecopark spans 33 hectares and lies within the La Mesa Watershed which measures 2,700 hectares (though the La Mesa Watershed itself is off limits to the public - of course to protect the reservoir of metro manilas' water source)

The park is at East Fairview Subdivision in Quezon City and is open weeklong from 8am - 5pm, entrance fee is 50 per head but if you're from Quezon City and/or a Senior Citizen you get a 10peso discount

How to go to La Mesa Eco Park -

Take Commonwealth Avenue towards Fairview. You will be passing the following landmarks: UP Diliman, Iglesia ni Cristo Templo Central, Ever Gotesco, Sandiganbayan, Litex, Mercury Drugstore. Turn right at East Fairview Subdivision’s Winston St. then right at Marlboro St. all the way to Pall Mall St. where you should turn left. Turn right at the first corner. You will enter the La Mesa Dam Guard House. There is only one road to take then turn left to the parking lot, in front of which is the gate to the park. The lagoon is further down the path.

For commuters, take a Fairview-bound FX, bus, or jeepney from Philcoa by the entrance to the University of the Philippines. Take note of the abovementioned landmarks and get off at the East Fairview Subdivision. At the gate, you should find plenty of tricycles that can take you to the Eco Park.

Monday, February 11, 2008

spread your wings

Spread your wings and prepare to fly... have a great week ahead

Saturday, February 09, 2008

great expectations

That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day. ~ Pip in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Friday, February 08, 2008

vintage warcraft

Saw this poster at the Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, just in front of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) building.... thought it would be nice to visit Fort Santiago again and have a look at these vintage warcraft.

The Vintage Warcraft exhibit is open daily from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. and will run until May.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

battle for manila

a monument in memoriam to those innocent victims of war, located at Plaza Sampalucan in Intramuros, Manila.

In just a single month, Manila's face was changed forever by the carpet bombing of the Americans trying to "liberate" Manila from the unspeakable atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Forces.

Before the Second World War, Manila was considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Overlooking a tranquil bay, the so-called "Pearl of the Orient" was home to a unique culture drawn from four continents. No stranger to conflict, the city had been seized by the Spanish in the 16th century, attacked by the Chinese in the 17th, occupied by the British in the 18th, and taken by the Americans at the end of the 19th. But even this tumultuous history could not have prepared the Filipinos for what happened in 1945, when Manila was utterly destroyed in a single month. - PBS

Related links: Rape of Manila , Liberation of Manila, and Remembering the Battle for Manila

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

a breather

Been at the world’s end and it wasn’t fun hanging by the edge while trying to keep my sanity intact… but I’m back, thank you all! =D

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