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January 9th, 2017admin 0 Comments

BACOLOD. A multi-colored kitchen will entice you to cook upside down. (Contributed Photo)
BACOLOD. A multi-colored kitchen will entice you to cook upside down. (Contributed Photo)

THE urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur is full of many activities and attractions that make post card perfect souvenirs: high rise buildings, shopping havens, iconic towers and line of overpowering skyscrapers.

In a place dominated by steel bars and flashy glass windows, a quirky attraction will make you get snappy and maybe, as in my case, a little dizzy.MORE

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In this Dec. 31, 2016, photo, visitors tour a castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (AP)
In this Dec. 31, 2016, photo, visitors tour a castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern’s China’s Heilongjiang province. (AP)

HARBIN, China — The city of Harbin in China’s frigid northeast is hosting one of the world’s largest festivals featuring ice sculptures of animals, cartoon characters and famous landmarks.

The festival, which officially opens late Thursday and last year drew more than a million visitors, showcases the region’s tradition of snow and ice carvings as well as ice swimming in the Songhua River. Harbin’s temperatures can fall to minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit).MORE

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NIMRUD. This Nov. 19, 2008 photo released by the US Army shows the statues of the lamassu, the winged, human-headed bulls that stood at the gates of the palace and were believed to ward off evil in the ancient city of Nimrud, near Mosul, Iraq. The bulls were destroyed by Islamic State group militants in early 2015 as they razed the entire site, one of the most important archaeological ruins in the Middle East. (AP)
NIMRUD. This Nov. 19, 2008 photo released by the US Army shows the statues of the lamassu, the winged, human-headed bulls that stood at the gates of the palace and were believed to ward off evil in the ancient city of Nimrud, near Mosul, Iraq. The bulls were destroyed by Islamic State group militants in early 2015 as they razed the entire site, one of the most important archaeological ruins in the Middle East. (AP)

NIMRUD, Iraq — Her diligence and face cream cleaned Nimrud’s most famous ivory. She captured the archaeological dig in Iraq on celluloid and Kodak film, developing the prints in water painstakingly filtered from the nearby Tigris River.

And every day, after she balanced the books and arranged for the next day’s meals, Agatha Christie sat down to write.MORE

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SOUTH Korean investors are interested on virgin coconut oil exports from Davao Region for their booming cosmetic industry.

Virgilio Sangutan, president of Davao Inventor’s Association and an advocate of coconut products, said that last Friday and Saturday, he met with South Korean investors in his MI Herbal Plant in Carmen, Davao del Norte.MORE

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El Nido offers a wide array of watersports activities, including paddle boarding. (Photo by Alan Tangcawan)
El Nido offers a wide array of watersports activities, including paddle boarding. (Photo by Alan Tangcawan)

WITH 7,107 islands, there are plenty of places to explore around the country. Just browse through blogs and social media posts and you’ll find that another beach or natural attraction has captured the delight of travelers and adventurers. They are so many that it can last me a whole lifetime just exploring all of them.

I have come up with my own list of places in our archipelago that I hope to visit this 2017. If I can tick off even just two of them, it will already make my year a good one. But if my resources can bring me to all of these spots, why not visit them all? Here’s my travel wish list in the Philippines this year.MORE

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Thousands of Catholic faithful in Cebu City joined the penitential “Walk with Jesus” held Thursday, January 5, in honor of Sto. Niño, Cebu’s patron saint.

As early as 3:30 a.m., people have started to assemble at Fuente Osmeña. Continue reading->

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The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Wednesday that no terror threat has been monitored in time for the annual procession of the Black Nazarene (traslacion) slated on January 9, in which millions of devotees are expected to attend. Continue reading->

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January 4th, 2017admin 0 Comments

2017, pinning spots on the world map
2017, pinning spots on the world map

“WHERE is jeepney jinggoy traveling to this year?,” was the common question I am being asked by everyone I meet.

Being referred to by my newspaper byline and online platform is kind of cool. It’s nice to know that the written experiences get its share of readers. Thank you and I do hope it inspires them to pick their bags, go to their dream destinations and come back home to relate their own inspiring stories as well.MORE

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“LABINDALAWANG kabayo,” my Skylab driver assesses. This was the value in livestock, the T’boli’s accepted currency, if he bought me as wife. I would be his sixth; the latest in a collection he hopes will equal that of his father’s, who had 39.

As a joke, I demand the herd to be all white. Pure, ethereal bodies that cross between dream and wake, the line of which dims with the fog surrounding S’bu, where a man could accumulate six life partners in the same time frame that I have accumulated none.MORE

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January 3rd, 2017admin 0 Comments

HAPPY New Year and welcome 2017! How’s your year going so far?

Now that we’re on another cycle around the sun, here are some of the highlights of the things that you need to know about this New Year for a headstart of what’s to come.

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2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster

The Rooster Year will officially begin on Chinese New Year which will be on January 28, 2017. Cheers to the Rooster babies! (me lol)

Chinese Horoscope calendar says that 2017 is the Female Fire Chicken year. Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year 2017’s color of the year has been announced by Pantone early in December and it is Greenery.

The color has been described as “symbolic of new beginnings.” A perfect description for the New Year which is the season of new beginnings.
Last year’s color of the year was the blend of Rose Quartz and Serenity which was the first time for Pantone to choose two colors for one year.MORE

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FOR someone then fighting for the first time outside of the Philippines and making his UFC debut, Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa was a picture of a fighter who was simply ready to rise to the occasion. If he had any form of nerves, it didn’t show at all. Using his superior striking game, he dominated Yao Zhikui and earned the unanimous decision win in their flyweight showdown at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Brunson in Melbourne, Australia, back in November.

Jenel "The Demolition Man" Lausa
Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa

Lausa notched his first win inside The Octagon and now rides a 5-fight winning streak in professional mixed martial arts (MMA). It also bookended a good year for Lausa in the world of combat sports. He won a regional MMA title earlier this year and a Philippine boxing title prior to his UFC call up. After his successful debut in the world’s premiere MMA organization, Lausa says, he wants to make the most out of the opportunity.

It has been a huge dream to get into the UFC and as he continues to fight, he hopes to be an inspiration to others-especially those from his hometown of Concepcion, Iloilo.

Lausa narrates that people from his hometown aren’t strangers to the concept of fighting — it’s what they do every day to make ends meet — something he himself lived through.MORE

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January 1st, 2017admin 0 Comments

WE ARE now down to the last few days of 2016. Where did this year go?! I can’t believe that it’s almost 2017 already!

I am always ecstatic with the coming of the New Year and it gets me into the mood for planning and setting goals for my year.

This 2017 is my second year of using a planner (religiously) because I often get lazy during the middle of the year and just leave it unfilled but I have improved now. And because I am currently starting to fill up my new planner for next year, I thought, why not share some easy planning ideas with you?

Mark the important dates

Birthdays/Anniversaries – I suck at remembering this (sorry friends) so that’s the first dates that I mark, I used to do this monthly but I think that it is much better to do it for the whole year so that you won’t forget to greet anyone.

Holidays – This makes vacation planning so much easier.

Miscellaneous – Just like the showing of your favorite TV shows or movie that you wanna see.MORE

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THE money sent home by the overseas Filipinos for the first ten months rose by 3.9 percent year-on-year to $24.4 billion, the central bank said Thursday, December 29.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. said the personal remittances from land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more amounted to $19.0 billion while those from sea-based and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year, excluding their expenditures abroad, totaled $5.1 billion.

Personal remittances in October, however, fell by 2.8 percent year-on-year to $2.3 billion.

Meanwhile, cash remittances from overseas Filipinos coursed through banks rose by 4.0 percent year-on-year in January to October to $22.1 billion.

In particular, remittances from land-based workers in the first ten months increased by 6.3 percent, compensating for the 3.7 percent decline in sea-based workers’ remittances.

Total cash remittances in October also declined by 3.0 percent year-on-year to $2.1 billion as remittances from sea-based workers declined by 11.1 percent while those from land-based workers slid by 0.6 percent.MORE

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THE government would provide legal and consular assistance to the Filipino woman sentenced to 10 years in jail after being convicted for joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Malacañang said on Tuesday, December 27.

In a statement, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the Duterte administration respects the decision of the Kuwaiti court to sentence the 32-year-old Filipina maid and deport her after her jail term.

Andanar said the Philippine Embassy to Kuwait would just make sure that the arrested Filipina would get due process.MORE

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