Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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Monday, April 9, 2012

A Rockin' Great Time at the Liliputan Rocky Beach Park

 (July 2011)

No, Virginia, we did not go to Lilliput nor did we see Gulliver or the tiny people known as Lilliputians. We went to a not so popular beach park in San Julian, Eastern Samar --- The Liliputan Rocky Beach Park.

It was the last day of my short vacation in my hometown of Borongan so my folks decided to have some  R & R and head on to the beach after the fiesta in our barangay. But instead of just going to Cabong (a favorite place by Boronganons) they decided that we go to the nearby town of San Julian.


Photos from isanjulian.bravehost.com
Liliputan literally mean where one turns around a point, from the root word "liput" meaning to turn around a point. This can also mean a short cut.

The way to the Liliputan Rocy Beach Park
Rocky Beach Park Fees
As you can see in the photo, rates are pretty cheap:
Entrance Fee: Php5.00
Cottage Fee: Small - Php75.00 Medium - Php150.00 Large - Php200.00
Open Space with table: Php25.00
Use of shower/comfort room: Php5.00
Use of electricity: Php50.00
Open space per group: Php20.00

It is not your typical beach, the shore line is far so there is no chance to do some HHWWPSSP (Holding hands while walking pa-sway sway pa) but to compensate for the lack of a sandy beach you can see the majestic rock formations that surround the area. The are rock enclosures where you can swim to your hearts content. My cousins and nephews all had a great time in the water.


Aside from swimming, visitors can also check out the turtles that they are taking care of at the resort. It's a perfect time to teach kids about animals and the ecosystem (Well if you still have time after all the swimming, eating and drinking tuba).

We wished we could have stayed longer but it was already late in the afternoon and I still had to rest for my flight back to Manila the next morning. I do hope to go back when I get the chance to visit Borongan again.

So if you do get to Eastern Samar, which is not exactly on everyone's travel list, you can check out the Liliputan Rocky Beach Park. I promise, you will have a rockin' good time.

Ciao.

Friday, April 6, 2012

SPYDER LEADS THE RACE TO A FULLY-CHARGED SUMMER

ALABANG, Muntinlupa City – SPYDER, the brand that brought top-quality and high-performance multisport and motorcycling gears in the country, launched its summer season campaign for an more exciting, super active, and healthier summer activities with Spyder-Charge Your Summer 2012.


Spyder hosted the week-long Spyder-Charge Your Summer 2012 mall event where newbies are introduced to the discipline of multisport by offering the highest quality of products – helmets, shades, eyewear, and other protective gears, accessories and products to enable a fun-filled engagement.

The event featured a series of activities to invite the interest of mall-goers. A range of activities including hourly raffles, photo-ops on standees and photowalls, and trivia games were held throughout the whole week to spice up the event. Spyder-charge was conducted against a stage resembling a mountain beach resort to capture that summer ambience.
Team Spyder checking out the hottest gears on display at Festival Supermall.

Aside from the Spyder products on sale from March 26 to April 1, enthusiasts were also introduced to motorcycling, cycling, and running clinics. The clinics were held in partnership with Safety Riders, Team Manager of the Philippine Cycling team for SEA Games Edmund Mangaser, and three-time ultramarathon champion and Best Female Triathlete nominee Michelle Estuar, respectively.


Winners of Spyder-Charge Your Summer Blogging Contest were also awarded with cash prizes and premium items from Spyder and sponsors. Top blogs were featured on the Team Spyder website, with the grand winner winning P50,000 cash prize and an all-expenses paid beach vacation for two courtesy of Spyder.

Spyder-Charge Your Summer is an event of Spyder Helmets and Optics and sponsored by Skechers Go run, No Fear, Gatorade, Sun Cellular, Kawasaki, All Terra Cyclery, and supported by Total Fitness, Multisport, One Sport, Inside Racing, and Weekend Warrior Magazines, takbo.ph, swimbikerun.ph, motorcyclephilippines.com, clickthecity.com, and juice.ph.

Spyder Helmets & Optics is distributed in the Philippines by Roshan Commercial Corporation.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Quick-Snack is worth the buck

Quiet, unassuming, modest. These may be the words to describe Quick-Snack, a popular but hidden dining place in Carvajal Street, Binondo, Manila. The street itself is filled with wet market finds like vegetables, fruits and sea food (minus the wet part, which deserves a thumbs up) you will not notice that Quick-Snack is actually inside.


We were brought to this hidden food haven by Jeff Siy, the man behind the popular website Boy Kuripot and his girlfriend, Melody Co also known as, Girl Kuripot along with some new found friends who tagged along with Journeying James on the first day of his 100 days of  backpacking in the Philippines. 


Quick-Snack serves Filipino-Chinese dishes and the prices are reasonable. The servings are good for two if you are not that hungry. I ordered their Lomi and was surprised that it was a really big bowl of piping hot noodles in thick broth. It was a LOMI to remember.


Also recommended according to Yahoo Philippines are their Misua Guisado (Stir-fried misua) and sate chami (stir-fried noodles with sate sauce). So if you want an out of the ordinary dining experience just head over to Carvajal Street in Binondo. You will not regret it, I promise. Cross my heart and hope to die in culinary heaven. Well maybe not literally die folks.

Friday, January 20, 2012

I've Got Mail: A Postcard from Mexico courtesy of Pinay Travel Junkie


It was a slow day at the office and I was not really expecting something in the mail so it was a surprise to receive the postcard sent by the uber popular globetrotter Gay Mitra Emami a.k.a. Pinay Travel Junkie. I don't remember the last time I got a letter or a postcard via snail mail and I surely appreciate receiving something that is not electronic.

I met Gay in February of 2011 when we were chosen to go to Batanes along with other bloggers. We all quickly hit it off like we knew each other from Adam. If you want to know more about her, you can just read her awesome blogs and watch her in this promotional video for Couchsurfing.


What is in the postcard, you ask? Well it is from Teotihuacan, which according to the ever reliable Wikipedia is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, just 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Apart from the pyramidal structures, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful, well-preserved murals. Additionally, Teotihuacan produced a thin orange pottery style that spread through Mesoamerica.

It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and is believed to have been established in 100 BC. (Kuya Kim, is that you?)

What Gay and Shervin (a.k.a Masterblaster Sherv, Gay's hubby) wrote on the awesome postcard:

Dear Kompanyero,

It's day 179 of our round-the-world trip, and alomost a week since we arrived in Mexico. Today we visited Teotihuacan to see its pyramidal structures.

The highligh of this day: Taking Luna to the top of Piramide Dela Luna's Stairs!

Happy Holidays,

Gay

Hi Leon,

Yeah, we also got to witness a tribal wedding held at the base of the Luna Pyramid!

- Shervin


Plus an autograph from the future star Luna Emami


Muchas gracias Kompanyera Gay, Masterblaster Sherv and Uber-adorable Luna Emami. Have fun wherever you may be. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

It's More Fun in the Philippines

The Swiss may had more fun back in 1951 but it's now 2012 and the Philippines is bringing in more fun.

Break it down, Y'all!

Ok, my rapping skills are not up to par but you cannot deny the fact that the new slogan, copied or not is catchier and more fun (pun intended) than its predecessor. So why don't we just support the Department of Tourism and help in promoting the 7,107 islands we call home to potential visitors (Yes, you Swiss are included, we don't care if it's more fun in Berne or Zurich).

Here are some of my entries to the slogan which has gone viral in the world wide web. More to come peeps.