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Mt. Timbak - Scaling the third-highest Peak in Luzon

Scaling Mount Timbak was really such a great experience! Meeting with new folks, be inspired by the locals, sharing insights and laughing over silly jokes with the Conqueror Outdoor Club it was indeed a meaningful and fun experience that I will treasure forever.

Cagbalete Island Experience - Php 1,200 Cheapest Budget Ever!

Glad our CAGBALETE ISLAND Trip was a success. Thanks to Ms. Tess of Villa Cleofas who answered all of my inquiries and to Josiah Sicad of Lakas Trip. I'm glad that I stumbled upon his blog for this made our journey possible in the cheapest way.

Calaguas Island - Beach Bum's Paradise

What I love in Calaguas Island is its shimmering grains of powder-white sand and its awesome turquoise waters. No doubt, these make me want to go back again!

Dare to Climb a Mountain?

We face a lot of challenges everyday of our lives. Some are easy to handle while some may seem too much for us to take. And as I gradually became fond of climbing lately I realized that Life is.. Life is also a mountain to climb!

From Religiosity to Relationship

I was very sincere in seeking God. But I also saw the reality that my religiosity in church did not carry over to my life at home. I got angry at my nieces and pinched them whenever they touched my things, gave my mom, my ate, a weeks/ or month of silent treatment in rebellion to their strictness, spent hours devouring novels and giving way to my imaginations. I was selfish and self-centered.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Classic Sansó: Revisiting Earlier and Best-known themes

In the past decade, internationally renowned artist Juvenal Sansó introduced a new series of works called his Moderno series which were inspired by memories of his travels. Moderno explored intense and highly colorful creative interpretations of particula views and sceneries he had found memorable and which were indelibly etched into his subconscious. Moderno had several critically acclaimed shows both in the Philippines and Singapore. This year, with his forthcoming show Classic Sansó, the artist revisits some his earlier and best known themes. These themes are his landscapes and seascapes as well as his floral paintings.
(Acrylic on canvas)
Fortuitous Wonder (Acrylic on canvas)
An Overflowing Cup (Acrylic on Paper)

Sansó has always found water alluring and admits being captivated by its energy, beauty and mystery. He is enthralled by water whether it be for its vibrant tides and motion or for it sotthing, calming and tranquil attributes.

Quaint and Picturesque (Acrylic on Canvas)

Likewise flowers have been another stellar inspiration that has continuously challenged, inspired and motivated the artist. With these works Sansó succeds in bring his viewers to a world of strong feelings and emotions.

A renowned painter, Juvenal Sansó is one of the best-know members of the Philippine Modernist movement. Having graduated from the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philipines, he has his contemporaries, National artists Jose Joya, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, and Napoleon Abueva (His batchmate in UP).

Juvenal Sansó
 His teachers were National Artists Fernando Amorsolo and Guillermo Tolentino. A foremost master, Sansó has had a long and stelalr career capped by a number of awards and recognition including a King's Cross of Isabella knighthood from the King of Spain, membership into the Order of Chevalier from the French Government, and a Presdient Medal of Merit from the Republic of the Philippines. His works are represented in the collections of some 40 museums in the world including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum d' Arte Moderne in Paris, the Rosenwald National Gallery of Washington, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. His collectors include the Rothschild Family, Nelson Rockefeller, Vincent Price, Elsa Schiaperelli, Jean Cocteau and many prominent, American, European and prominent Filipino families.

With rare artworks culled from the artist's studio on canvas and on paper, Classic Sansó is a much anticipated revisit of the artist's favorite themes. It shows Sansó at his very best, full of life, full of engery and full of passsion for his art.

Classic Sansó opens to the public at the Podium

Me in the middle together with fellow Bloggers

Monday, February 20, 2012

MV Logos Hope - The World's Largest Floating Bookstore is back here in Manila!

Calling all book lovers! MV Logos Hope, the worlds largest floating bookstore is back here in Manila! I'm fond of reading at night before going to sleep. At times, I look for books on sale cause I love it when I find a good read for a couple of bucks!

So when I heard the news that this Floating library docks in Manila port, I get excited, and I feel the need to spread the word. Cause I believe it is really worth a visit. I mean, I'm not a bookworm, but the moment I heard about this floating bookstore, two years ago, I've been really wanting to see it!   I wonder how it feels like to be inside that huge floating library with different kinds of books to choose from. Yes, I really wanted to see it with my own eyes.
MV Logos Hope

MV Logos is said to come here every year, and sad cause I always missed their Manila visit. But this time, I'll make sure that I'm gonna be here this March. Who's with me? ^_^ I wanna take advantage of the big sale, which runs until March 13 only.

The biggest floating library ship was constructed in 1973, MV Logos Hope (first named Gustav Vasa) was originally built as a passenger car ferry sailing the North Atlantic routes. It is owned by Christian charity organization GBA Ships, and I was really surprised when I found out that it is run by a volunteer crew. Yes, you heard it right. The crew and staff are all non-salaried volunteers – including many serving in their professional capacity, such as seafarers, engineers, electricians, nurses, teachers and cook. Amazing, isn't it?!

The ship has a library onboard with over 5,000 titles, covering a wide range of topics. They're been sailing from port to port since 2009 in its mission of “bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. And they come here every year to provide Filipino students an opportunity to buy quality books at cheaper prices.
See the world’s largest floating book fair and buy quality books at affordable prices.
(Inside of the MV Logos Hope floating bookstore.)

Entrance Fee:
- Adults: Php20 Only.
- Children 12 years and below: FREE

MV Logos Hope is open everyday except Monday, until March 13, 2012 only in Manila.
- Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

- Pier 15 in the Port Area, Manila.

*Photos courtesy of Philippine Inquirer & ABS-CBN News.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Dell XPS 14z - Thin and Powerful

Dell XPS 14z - Thin and Powerful
Dell revelead its XPS 14z laptop, one of the thinnest fully featured 14-inch laptops featuring an internal optical drive and discrete graphics option. Undoubtedly one of the thinnest laptops around with a thickness of just 0.9 mm. Dell XPS 14z is the latest in a series of thin-and-powerful solutions from Dell that include thin laptops, desktops and accessories, the XPS 14z delivers performance that impresses and design that inspires. 

From left to right: Jermyn Wong, Market Development Manager, Intel Philippines, Alvin Go, Brand Manager for Dell, Personal Computers and Notebooks division and Don Navarro, Dell Philippines.

Key Features:

Exceptionally slim and stunningly powerful
Less than 1" thin and featuring 2nd Gen Intel Core processors, the sleek new XPS 14z delivers commanding power. The XPS 14z’s uncompromising performance helps busy professionals achieve their personal and professional pursuits – and look good while doing it. 

Stylish & Compact
Its anodized-aluminum finish is stylish and sophisticated, and the latch-less design is simple, yet elegant. It has the easy portability of a 13-inch laptop. Indeed, XPS 14z is visually striking, with a slim, yet powerful form synonymous with innovation.  

Large HD Display
The XPS 14z is a sleek laptop with a compact design that measures in at less than an inch thin. The unique design maximizes screen size, delivering a 14-inch screen in a 13-inch form factor. With Dell XPS 14z you can Edit HD videos or high-res images1 in record time hen you upgrade to high-performance NVIDIA GeForce graphics, complete with 1GB of memory. It even lets you use 3D processing power to create an immersive 3D experience at home on your compatible 3D TV. 

Long Battery Life
With XPS 14z six hours, 42 minutes of battery life, professionals now can power through their day at work and kick back at night to take advantage of the system’s HD screen to watch.

What’s innovative?
“When Dell looks at innovation and product development, we start with the customer. For us, it’s about delivering the right feature-set and design to provide the best user experience for our customers,” said Sam Burd, vice president of Dell’s Consumer and Small/Medium Business product group. “With the XPS 14z, our challenge was to build a laptop that provided customers the performance and portability that they need, with the design and finish they desire.”
Alvin Go, Brand Manager for Dell, Personal Computers and Notebooks division

Price and Availability
Dell XPS 14z is available with second-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, an HD WLED display for great entertainment experiences, a slot-load optical drive and NVIDIA graphics option.

The XPS 14z laptop is available today in select retail stores nationwide
  • Intel Core i5, at starting price of Php 65,150.00
  • Intel Core i7, at starting price of Php 69,590.00
Technical Specification:

  • System Type: Laptops/ Notebook
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • CPU: 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Dual Core processor choices
  • Display: Thin laptop PC (0.9”/23mm) with anodized aluminum and magnesium alloy palmrest in dark gray. - Standard HD (720p) WLED with TrueLife and edge-to-edge glass (1366x768)
  • Wireless Controller: Built-in Intel Centrino Advanced
  • Wireless: N 6230 802.11 A/G/N,  Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity
  • Memory & Speed: 4GB dual channel DDR3 up to 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz memory options
  • Storage: Fast 7200RPM hard disk storage, from 500GB up to 750GB; 256GB SSD drive option
  • Graphics Processor: Fast NVIDIA graphics option including NVIDIA Optimus technology:
  • - NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M with 1GB graphics memory
  • - Intel Wireless Display-ready
  • Slots: Built-in Slot load DVD +/- RW (reads & writes to CD/DVD)
  • Interfaces: USB 3.0 (1), USB 2.0 (1), HDMI 1.4 (1), RJ-45 (1), Mini Display-Port and microphone/audio connectors
  • Camera: Built-in 1.3MP HD Webcam with dual array digital microphones and stereo speakers
  • Input Features: Backlit, spill-resistant Chiclet keyboard
  • SoftwareDell XPS Laptops come with the Dell Stage software for fast, easy access to content like music, videos and photos.

- Technology: 8-cell battery
- Run time: Up to six hours, 42 minutes of battery life

Dimensions & Weight:
- Height: 0.9” (23mm)
- Width: 13.19” (335mm)
- Depth 9.21” (234mm)
- Weight: starting at 4.36lbs (1.98 kg)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Buttered Marble Potatoes with garlic & cheese

Last week I made my own buttered marble potatoes, kenny Rogers side dish-inspired. Though it didn't turn out like its supposed to, but its certainly ok. :D. These potatoes taste so good, Butter and garlic combination are really good!

 Prepare for:
  • 1/4kl of marble potatoes
  • 4-6 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2tbsp of margarine
  • small amount of herba buena.

Here's How:

  1. Wash the potato marbles 2-3x until you feel its already clean. (No need to peel, just wash them real good)
  2. Cut in halves the potato marbles, then boil in pan with enough water to cover.  Add some salt in water. (2-3 teaspoons will do)
  3. Simmer 20 to 25 minutes, until fork-tender. Drain. Set aside.
  4. In a different pan, melt some butter. (I can't find butter on our ref so I used margarine instead.)
  5. Melt some margarine, add garlic and grinded cheese. Simmer just until all the flavors have blended.
  6. Remove from heat then toss it with the potato marbles.

I put mine in a container and toss! I sprinkled it with cheese and some chopped Herba Buena . Prelibato!

I love it! It's simple and easy to make! ♥

 Ubos agad! Yum!

Postscript: Herba Buena or Yerba Buena is also some kind of aromatic plant herb. My mom had one of these plant so I tried using it as an alternative to parsley. ^^ It was ok though. But since  it has a stronger scent, I only add a very small amount of it. 

Sunday, February 05, 2012

All-in-one Share Buttons on your Blog Post

Last year I created a post about how to "Add Facebook Like Button on Blogspot". This time I'm gonna share you on how to add all-in-one share buttons on each of your blog post for easy content sharing!

With the code below you can easily integrate the important social share buttons like twitter, google +, facebook like, or even share it with your facebook friends!

You can add share buttons before or after your post, as easily as a snap! Here's how:

  1. Go to your Blogger Dashboard.
  2. Then on Layout/Design Tab > Page Elements.
  3. Click on "Add a Gadget" link, choose HTML/Javascript from the list, and paste ALL the code below, on it. Save.
  4. Position your html gadget - display it at the top or at the bottom of your blog post, then Save!
 Copy all this code.

If the feature of adding a gadget is not available on your layout/design tab,
Go to Design Tab > Edit HTML, and paste the code above, before or after this code:


(CTRL + F, too easily find this code in the html file.

Save and you're done! :)

>> Kindly "LIKE" this post if it helped you : )

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