Monday, May 30, 2011

My World#116 Abreeza's Dancing Fairies

For me, Ayala Abreeza Mall is just one too many malls in my city. But what made me go there to check it out? Their dancing fairies.

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When I first went to Ayala Abreeza Mall, it was for the Canon's Photo Shoot and Run contest. I was hoping to find the dancing fairies somewhere in the maze-like lobbies of the newly-opened mall but I could not find them after walking around for hours. I actually first saw them in a national newspaper announcing the opening of the mall.

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My mistake was I did not get inside their department store. I only saw these dancing fairies on the next day when I took my mother to see the mall. Knowing that she likes the home section of any malls, I took her inside the department store. And voila! There are the dancing fairies right in the middle of the department store.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Skywatch#74 Ayala Abreeza's Food Court

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Aside from the fact that it still needs a lot of work, the foodcourt of newly-opened mall, Ayala Abreeza, was not airconditioned. The saving grace though was the view from the food court because it has an open balcony at the back and one can actually see the parts of Barangay Obrero and the mountains of nearby Samal Island. Also, the ongoing work at the mall complex can be seen from the foodcourt's balcony. I heard that there would be a condominium hotel and a call center building to be added in the plans.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

SM City Cebu’s Traveller’s Lounge

It was a relief and a nice surprise to find a traveller’s lounge in a mall. After all, most Filipino travelers tend to leave their luggages not in the airport’s locker rooms but in the malls’ baggage counter.

I found out about SM City Cebu’s Traveller’s Lounge thru our conversation from the airport to the mall. Knowing that the mall was still closed, I asked our driver to find us a restaurant at the mall that has opened before the mall hours. He then suggested that we might be better off at the traveller’s lounge.

The lounge is located at the back of the mall, on the left side of Radisson Blu Hotel. It has shower and toilet rooms, a counter for information, currency exchange, hotel accommodations, car rentals, and telephone booths. There are also some stalls for snacks, coffee and meals, pasalubongs, souvenirs like t-shirts, keychains, bags and etc. It has free WIFI connection and finally, you can leave your luggage their for a P30 baggage deposit fee. Another convenience for this lounge is that the taxi line is located right infront of it.

I do hope that more of SM malls or rather, more of the malls have the traveler’s lounge. It really helped us in our stopover in the mall considering that we had to have our meals before continuing our travel. It would have been very inconvenient lugging our big bags around the mall looking for some place to eat or just while away the time before proceeding to their next destination.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Skywatch#73 Tornado Over Mt. Apo?

While we sit on our boat waiting for others, I saw this tornado-shaped cloud hanging over the mighty Mt. Apo.

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It changed shape slightly after a few minutes but still it hovered over Mt. Apo.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hulagway Sa Kinabuhi#1 Latayan (Bridge)

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Latayan ni na padulong sa kan-anan sulod sa Maxima Aqua Fun Resort. Lalom ang yuta sa ilalom kaya medyo hadlok agian.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

My World#115 The Marginalized Badjao

Badjao,Davao City

Somebody asked me before if I ever knew any one of this people that was able to get out of the extreme poverty that were commonly attached to them. My answer was "None." I would be really happy to see one but the ones I have seen so far were those in the streets begging for alms.

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They belong to the indigenous people called Badjao or the sea gypsies. They commonly lived in shanties by the sea and made their living by begging in the streets. Some made their living as fishermen and divers of pearls many years ago but extreme poverty drove them to beg for coins in the streets or coins throw out into the waters and they dive for them.

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Most of them married young and a lot had their own kids while they were still teens. Most of them never went to school and because of this, the cycle of extreme poverty were passed on from generation to generation.

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There were government and private programs to help them with their livelihood. Programs to help them keep out of the streets especially their children. But so far, I have yet to see a Badjao who has gone successful. Hopefully, someday soon.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Skywatch#72 May Peace Prevail

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"May peace prevail." and I wish the same.

This was taken at the Carmen Hill, Chocolate Hills, Bohol.

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It was raining when we reached Carmen Hill of Chocolate Hills, Bohol. I knew it would be  slippery going up the steep stairs but when my mother said that she wanted to go up, we slowly made our way as the wind and rain swirled around us. Slow going but we made it to the top to see the more than a thousand hills scattered around several barangays in the central part of Bohol island.

They looked like they were part of the skies as most of them were shrouded in fog and rain but the ones we can see nearby more than made up for the trip. After taking photos, we slowly made our way down the walkway instead of the stairs and we had another surprise here.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My World#114 Parade of the Philippine Presidents

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Located at the seafront complex of Intramuros, Old Manila is the Parade of the Philippine Presidents from Aguinaldo to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. There's a sign that says "Galeria delos Presedentes dela Republica Pilipina" which I loosely translated as the "Gallery of the Presidents of the Philippine Republic".

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Each one of them was carefully done, I even tried knocking on some of them to ascertain what they were made of. If I'm not mistaken, they were made of aluminum or some kind of steel.

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My favorite, of course, is that of the former President Corazon Aquino. Hers was surrounded by the images of events during her presidency, most prominently that of the EDSA Revolution.

Just beside this place is the Intramuros golf course.

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