Detox water. Cut the drama.

It started with a few neglegted strawberries in the fridge, a cucumber and the last squeeze of lemon. And oh, the will to try it out. And so goes my little history of how my bottle of detox water became.  Instinctively I googled how and which fruits and veggies I could include in my concoction,…

Print’s not dead…yet.

We were on our way back to Abu Dhabi when we had a stopover in Jumeirah Lake Towers for a late lunch/early dinner. The restaurant we decided to dine in specialized in international cuisine at a fair price. The group just came from a long two-day conference in Dubai and I wanted to rush home….

Still-ing the moment

I am not a photographer and definitely not learning to be one. I actually hate understanding those photography jargons and tiny icons and digits appearing in my DSLR cam screen. But I love ‘stilling moments’ and preserving them the way I want them remembered. For as long as my memory takes me back in time,…

How it feels to be in Kish

Dreadful. By the time you get your air ticket to Kish you feel something squirming inside your stomach. Talking about flying in a rundown Kish airbus, to staying in a 10- to 14-bedded room, to waiting for your visa to arrive – imagine how one feels in going through such this stressful (and not-under-any-normal-circumstance) process….

Filipino competitiveness is world-class

Last week my nephew, Peter Angelo, won third place in English oration at the Iloilo PRISAA (Private Schools Athletic Association) 2015 competition. Representing his school, he delivered a well-written piece particular to the competition’s theme. Sadly though, my piece I did for him was too broad, therefore the school opted for someone else with a…

Not all first impressions last

I admit it, I was never a fan of Philippine Airlines (PAL) for international flights as much as I am for domestic ones. Dealing with my flights means keeping myself preoccupied with entertainment – and by this I mean an airline should be equipped with such on a complimentary basis, but PAL flights between the…

The homegrown dining tradition that is Tatoy’s

When you are looking for a decent dining experience with the family, a business client or your group of friends at a reasonable rate anywhere in Iloilo, then Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood restaurant should rank top of your list. This part of the region’s dining culture has become known in the international gastronomic scene simply…

The power of the Web in the palm of your hands: Boon or bane?

(Please excuse me for such a blatant deviation from this blog site’s concept, however I feel the need to share my views on the power that has been virtually gripping almost each of us every single day and hope that somehow it will make a difference for you today.) Back in my college days, I…

A national affair to remember

Nothing is more meaningful than a national day celebrated under honest governance. Upholding the nationalistic beliefs of his late parents (former Senator Benigno Aquino II and former President Cory Aquino), Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III well represented the worth of the Filipinos before respected ambassadors and dignitaries from all over world. The 117th Independence Day commemoration…

Eloquent Grace under fire

She was an endearing infant found in Iloilo’s Jaro Cathedral by a kind-hearted local lady. She was lovingly treated as her own. She was then adopted by the celebrity couple (the late) Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces. She was given an excellent education abroad and now she is one of the few appealing public…

The calm amid roaring waters

There’s something soothing about waters rushing to and ebbing away from the shores. Despite little recollection of my encounters with beaches during my childhood, they somehow bring out the inner child in me. I just can’t help shrieking for pleasure at the sight of sun-glistened blanket of waters. Who can? Tigbauan is one of the…

A wedding celebrated on a hotel’s golden year

It could have been a simple civil wedding for my brother and his fiancée. However, given both parties’ will to make this day extra special, a little dash of collective specialties within the family and an established budget hotel for a venue made a big difference. After months of planning and deciding on a date in…