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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

LTC Pick for July: Camsur Watersports Complex

We would like to acknowledge Jerome de Jesus (aka JDJ) for providing us with this wonderful Feature Blog. All photos in this article were taken personally by him.

CamSur Watersports Complex also known more as CWC, is considered as the best wakeboarding site in the Philippines. Located in the capital of Camarines Sur, Bicol, it attracts tourist and travellers to different kinds of water sports the whole day. In line with the numerous activities, there are restaurants, spa, pool, and sports facilities that can be found inside the complex.

Our second time trip there was awesome. We are beginners in this sport and it's not that hard to be standing on the board in just few tries :p

Here are some pics to share. These were taken on an early morning.

One of the wakeboarders

Sunday, June 27, 2010

China: The Great Wall

Considered to be one of the Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China, was built during the 5th century BC.

This acted as a defense from attacks of swords and spears. This wall stretches from Shanhaiguan all the way to Lop Nur, from the east to west side.The view of the Great Wall from the top is spectacular. You can imagine a giant road made of stone stretching on to who knows where. Once you're at the Great Wall, you can only see part of the it because it's extremely long that you will need to go to the other stations to view the other parts.

Trivia: Did you know that you will be able to see the Great Wall of China from the moon? Yes, you actually can!

A lot of people walking in the almost top part of the Great Wall at this station

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Win a Trip Anywhere in the World

For those who have been wanting to go their dream place, now is your chance!  Kentucky Fried Chicken, or well known as KFC, is throwing out the best contest ever.  They will be giving away 400,000 pesos to the lucky winner, which can be used for airfares, accomodations, and pocket money.  Whatever is left of the money after paying for your airfares and accomodation will be considered your pocket money.

Just imagine where you can use all those cash... Or you can even go to different destinations

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hamburger Day at Brothers Burger

Expect long lines in Brothers Burger branches on June 23, 2010.
Big Brothers burger are offered for half the price.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cambodia: Wrath of Pol Pot in the Killing Fields

The most saddening yet meaningful part of our trip to Cambodia was our visit to the Killing Fields and S-21 Prison.

To give a brief historical background (geek mode!) - during 1975-1979, Pol Pol whose real name is Saloth Sar (notice how sinister his name sounds), rose to power as Prime Minister of Cambodia. This was the beginning of his implementation of his Year Zero concept wherein all culture and traditions within a society must be completely destroyed and a new revolutionary culture must replace it, starting from scratch. All history of a nation before Year Zero is irrelevant, as it will (as an ideal) be purged and replaced from the ground up. The merciless killing and harsh methods of torture led to the deaths of nearly 2 million people.

The mass graves and fields where thousands of men, women and children were brutally killed are now called the Killing Fields.

Skulls found in the commemorative stupa in the Killing Fields

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Serenitea: Healtea Drinking

In the past years, people in the Philippines started to get into the coffee craze - either iced/cold or hot. A lot of Starbucks branches quickly sprouted in different locations. Then slowly other brands followed - Seattle's Best, Coffee Bean, Gloria Jeans, Figaro, and many others.

The trend for coffee may not fade away, but tea craze may just be starting. In the inner part of Wilson Street in San Juan, there's a new store serving tea in a different style. It's name - Serenitea.

Stan says: I suggest they can start to expand a little because the space inside the store is really crowded. You can barely move when a lot of people are making their orders. Good thing they provided tables and chairs outside. It was okay to sit outside because the air breeze was relaxing, but if it was during the mid of summer, you will surely perspire.

Pam says: Following on the footsteps of Quickly and Zagu, Serenitea puts a healthy twist to bubble drinks. Serenitea uses fresh tea leaves in its drinks and customers have a choice on what they want to add to the drinks (sago, nata, gulaman etc.).
Can you say jampacked? There was barely enough room to move around when we went to Serenitea. This might be a testament to how good the drinks are here but at the same time we had to takeout our orders because there was no place to sit!

Stan says: I ordered Wintermelon Cool (left), which was black gulaman juice, just given a better sounding name. The gulaman inside was one solid whole, and it breaks when you sip it. Quite interesting - first time I saw a whole gulaman in a gulaman juice. It was easy to drink, but as I've said, it's just like any other ordinary gulaman you can buy outside.
The one ordered by Pam - Cranberry Sensation w/Crystals (center), I found it too sweet. Then the one on the (right) is the Hokkaido Milk Tea w/ Black Bricks, which I never got to taste because it was for someone else.

Pam says: Customers also can dictate how much sugar should be added to their drink. I opted for the 100% sugar choice since I have a sweet tooth. Wrong choice, I should've just gotten 75% or 50%. I didn't get to taste Stan's as I am not a big fan of gulaman. The Hokkaido Milk Tea, which was for my brother, was good though. Milk teas are probably the specialty here.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

WOW Philippines!

A close friend shared the link to this wonderful video that promotes the Philippines.

It shows the different tourist destinations from yummy local food to the various historical sites to beautiful beaches as well as many other things you can discover in the Philippines that will definitely make you go WOW Philippines. =)

"Wag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan."

This video was taken from YouTube, posted by napolinario.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Piso Fare for All Domestic Flights

Cebu Pacific is once again offering its famous "Piso Fare".  All domestic flights are for sale for only 1 peso.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Cambodia: Trees Overpower Ta Prohm Temple

One of the highlights of our Vietnam-Cambodia trip was the Ta Prohm temple. To sum it up in one word, it is breathtaking. The sight of trees overpowering this ancient temple really takes you back in time. (Just remember to ignore all the other tourists doing tourist-y things.)

Our guide Mr. Swan (We never really did get his first name, I hope it isn't Silver? haha.) did a good job of explaining how all the other temples discovered originally in Siem Riep in the same state as Ta Prohm which is overrun by huge trees. But only the Ta Prohm temple was retained in it's original state, the other temples had the trees cleared to make way for the temple structures.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Enchanted Kingdom: Oldie but still a Goodie

I haven't been to Enchanted Kingdom since my freshman year in college. Eight years later, not much has changed but one thing's for sure - Enchanted Kingdom can still bring out the kid in all of us.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Qoola in Manila!

With the frozen yogurt craze in Manila these past few years, there a new player in town.

Qoola: yogurt + fruit has opened in between Greenbelt 1 and 2 and is hard to miss because of it's cute and colorful signage and spacious location.

Pam says:

To declare that 'Qoola is my new favorite frozen yogurt place in Manila' would probably sum up how much I liked Qoola. Being a big fan of frozen yogurt that's saying a lot. I love the Qoola's yogurt which is not too sweet, not too sour.

The self-service concept is quite helpful too if you want to have full control on how much yogurt you want to eat, how many toppings you want to put on etc and they set the price by the gram. The ambiance is clean, spacious and modern so it's a nice alternative to hangout in from the usual coffee shops. Not too mention, there's free wi-fi!

Stan says:

I would agree that the self-service yogurt is a good idea. This gives you more freedom on how much yogurt you want to put in the container. You can also choose what toppings to add on top.

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