We were billeted in a hotel which is ideally located right in the heart of Boracay’s commercial zone. While the shopping center is only a 15-minute walk away, it took us an hour to actually get there as there are lots of small shops and fascinating spots along the way to hop in, selling beach and non-beach apparels, jewelry, coastal crafts and art articles, from authentic to counterfeit items and the so-called Triple A” (a newly coined jargon I’ve learned from one of the salesgirls). I understand that “Triple A’s” are copy cat of branded items, mass-produced but looked exactly … Continue reading Boracay: Where Beach Fashion Enthusiasts Thrive!
I woke up the next day looking forward to having a glimpse of the beach at daytime as it was getting dark and raining when we reached the island the other day. Note that in tropical islands like those in the Philippines, weather can be erratic and unpredictable, and so I was skeptical of the events that would be in store for the Boracay visitors at this time of year. When I rushed out of the hotel room, I was glad to see the morning sun smiling; its beaming rays extended to the hotel’s veranda made me smile too! I … Continue reading Boracay: The Paradise To Beat! – The Second Day
Ten years ago, I organized a workshop together with other lead agencies for certain government officials and staff held in Boracay Island, Philippines. The said workshop was all expenses paid, including first class accommodation and lodging, partly funded under a USAID grant for four days and three nights. It was specifically held at Club Panoly, an exclusive beach resort in the said island, about 15-minute tricycle drive from the island’s commercial center or the so-called “d’ mall” of the main long white beach, as popularly known today. Despite it being an official trip, the organizers reserved a half day tour … Continue reading A Second Glimpse of Boracay After A Decade – The First Day!
Featured Article – By Wenn I. My long time good friends back home were given the opportunity to visit NYC for the nth time but never got the chance to go upstate (Buffalo) to take a peek of the world-famous Niagara Falls. Last month, some of them who are leaders of local church organizations attended a 3-day conference in New Jersey. Among the delegates to the said conference were my friends who are known for their exemplary contributions and service to their respective local communities in Cagayan de Oro City, namely Judge Evelyn and husband Engr. Kelly, Atty. Rene, the … Continue reading A Brief Tour of Niagara Falls – A Remarkable Feel!
Eight time world boxing champion and now Congressman Manny Pacquiao (Pacman) got the privilege to step on the grounds of the White House (WH) and reportedly had a tete-a-tete conversation with President Barrack Obama with the help of his friend Nevada Senator Harry Reid. (photo from the web) I was surfing the net to check on details of Pacquiao’s WH visit but based on reports, it appears nothing has been said much about it except for the very brief identical press releases published by certain known sports dailies. One of the highlights of the reports is Pacman’s comments such as, … Continue reading Saranggani Congressman Stops By the Oval Office- “An Unforgettable Moment”
It’s mid-January and I am still in the process of reconciling my thoughts on which topic to blog first. Let me see. My first days of 2011 were actually a continuation of our tour and hotel escapades with my Fil-Aussie friend. Before we transferred to another hotel in the city, I had a green tea and a Chinese biscuit (hopia) for my New Year's breakfast. Since I was not feeling well due to the chilly and cold weather outside on New Year’s Eve, I had to take a natural Vitamin C in strip and a paracetamol which quickly replenished … Continue reading Welcome 2011! – A Penny For Your Thoughts and A Way To Enjoy It!
It was the day before the brand New Year start! 31st of December to be exact, we were supposed to be with a close family friend to celebrate the night until the New Year’s Eve, as planned. A very close buddy of mine, however, was on a brief holiday vacation in NYC for the first time and I had to attend to and accompany her on tour related matters. I never expected that my last day of 2010 could be so hectic and mobile. At 11:00 am, I literally rushed to the hotel where my friend was billeted, just few hours from … Continue reading Good Bye 2010, What A Day To Close It! – Memories and Thoughts
Summertime has just begun and in the US it lasts for almost 3 months. Regardless of the nature and type, planning for a vacation is normally a budget-buster in the family and could be a family issue in the long run. Despite this constraint and coupled with the continued global economic crisis, an average middle class family would try as much as possible to squeeze every dime out of every asset, so as to spend and enjoy a summer vacation. In other words, a certain average family would stretch its budget to allocate a portion of their resources for travel … Continue reading Practical Useful Tips For A Budget-Friendly Travel
Three days ago, I had an intelligent excuse to sneak out freely …..a precious gift for that particular day so to speak. It was a dine out in one of the fine dining restaurants along 42nd St. in Manhattan! But lo and behold, the restaurant seemed to have disappeared and when found, there was a very long queue which was quite impossible to get in there before closing time! I'll reserve my privacy rights on why I was given the said privilege, rather I wish to share with you the lessons learned and some useful tips on how to … Continue reading Useful and Tested Dine Out Tips For New York City’s Visitors And Diners Everywhere