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When Fame flies, and reality Barks.

He was one of the most popular guys in school. He was not handsome (in my set of standards.. maybe), but he never ran out of girlfriends. He was not in the intelligent group. He was member of a high school frat. He was famous. 


This evening, I was on my way home from work. I was very happy and excited to buy Christmas presents for family and friends. The jeepney ride home has been brief. The only few stop overs were near my school in elementary. In the usual stop overs of the jeepneys, most barkers stay in the place to earn an income from calling passengers. I was startled to see that  famous guy from high school. 7 years had passed by. I didn’t know if he finished high school. He was definitely in the same area near his home before. 


I remembered how he walked through school like he was a king, and now I look at his fate. Was it worth it? Was the fame and popularity in high school the basis of a fulfilled life? I was a nobody then.. maybe more inclined on being part of the nerdy brood. But I didn’t regret every single time I invested on my studies.


So here’s an unsolicited advice for elem and high school students. High school lasts for 4 years. Your life is more than that. Don’t waste it on a relationship when you are not yet ready. Don’t give up your studies for fame, friends or popularity. Invest. Reap afterwards. 


Here’s a song by Jon McLaughlin that reminds me so much about it.



Posted in Cebu, Journeys

CEBU for first time travelers!

I don’t need to go to London to visit a Queen because I visited the Queen City of the South Last Nov. 15-20! Here’s my adventures in the beautiful province of CEBU!



So here goes an account on how to go about CEBU for us – first time travelers. This blog aims to give you tips on how to tour CEBU, how to commute in Cebu (hopefully), where to stay in Cebu, what to see in Cebu, where to eat in Cebu, etc.. Let’s take it day by day… 🙂 Here goes!


Our flight was scheduled at 9 PM. Originally, we had a flight with AIRPHIL. But eventually, because of a new policy, we moved to Philippine Airlines.. which was great because they had SNACKS! 🙂 We arrived 2 hours before our scheduled flight. Better late than sorry! But the policy is I guess 45 minutes before the flight. Anyway, just make sure you’re earlier than the 45 minute mark.


That’s Derek and Chi, checking-in our baggage at NAIA Terminal 2.


We arrived at the Mactan Airport on Nov. 15 about 11 pm. We had prepared for the trip in advance so we had reservations in a HOTEL. So that’s TIP #1.

TIP #1: Research in Advance. Book hotels in advance. Have a mental picture of the place. Research how to go from point A to point B. 

We checked in at Islands Stay Hotels in Mactan.


We hailed a metered taxi in the Airport. But he was charging us 150 ahead of time. I said that we stick to the meter’s readings, but he still insisted.. Since I was very tired, I said 120. Derek said 100. But I gave him 120 na rin… It’s a pity I didn’t get his plate number… I was extremely tired and was not feeling well.

HOTEL — The people in the hotel were nice. I didn’t feel a 5-star-treatment of course.. pero it was nice and warm naman… Here are some snapshots of Islands Stay hotels – MACTAN.


There were 2 beds. 2 people can fit in each.


They had a sink and a sort of kitchen but with no cooking tools.


They had a TV with Cable.



They had warm and cold water in the CR! 🙂 It was clean.

The design of the room was also chic!








Islands Stay hotel charged 1650 for this LARGE room, but we had to add another 300 for an extra person.. so that’s 1950 for the three of us or 650 for each person.

Check out their website for rooms and rates. Visit

The hotel is very near the airport and the bridge connecting Mactan to Cebu City, so its definitely a good place to stay.


TIP #2: Research for a place to eat at night or eat at the airport.

We were hungry when we arrived, but it was already about 12 am when we went out to eat. I felt a bit scary, good thing 2 guys were with me. We ended up eating at a carinderia near the hotel.. but to get there we had to climb a foot bridge (which was scary at night). We ordered Barbecue at the eatery. I didn’t like the taste that much, but Dek and Chi liked it… It took away our hunger and was reasonably priced.. 12 pesos per stick. there were many people drinking so I felt uncomfortable. But the staff were nice even if I couldn’t speak Cebuano so I felt safe naman.

If we had researched a place where we can eat.. maybe we wouldn’t end up in that eatery. It was okay for us, but if you are not up to it, better eat at the airport though it’s a bit pricey.

So that’s DAY 1 for you. I’ll post DAY 2 when I have time again! Ciao!! 🙂

Posted in Good Neighbors International Philippines

My Shots 2. I Like 2012



This is Janelle Briones of Lumayag, a band here in the Philippines. She has such a great and powerful voice!




Ney, former 6 cyclemind voaclist, serenades the crowd.





Our campaign booth surely looked CHILD Friendly with all those balloons!



One of the favorite artist of my little brother.



This event was held at the Quezon City circle just like last year.



Our official photographer was Sarah, a volunteer from Korea.



That’s me.. striking a pose outside our booth.




Isn’t fun to go back to your childhood days?? 🙂 So let’s help kids remember a fun childhood by giving them one. Respect and uphold their rights.



Balloon-making is definitely hard. That was my lesson for the day! hehe!


My office mate–> Almie and our boss’ Son..


Marketing Strategy. hahahaha!


This guy here was terribly cute. I couldn’t resist to take a photo!


One of my favorite Pinoy artist… Ebe Dancel! He greeted me on stage!


The greatest thing about EBE is.. when he sings, it’s like he is singing to you and for you alone!


My brothers and sister, and my brother’s friend.. i think.. 🙂


Our field staff Jam and Jha.