Vacation Bits 08: Cool Characters!

May 5, 2014 at 12:31 am | Posted in PLACES I'VE BEEN TO, TOYS FOREVER | 2 Comments
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All these are from my favorite toy shop in the Philippines – SM Toy Kingdom!

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) In Numbers

November 19, 2013 at 10:16 am | Posted in DOWNTIMES | Leave a comment
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Amazing Children Help Typhoon Victims

November 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Posted in DOWNTIMES, FACEBOOK STUFF | 11 Comments
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My home country, Philippines declared a national state of emergency following the recent typhoon, which was considered the strongest typhoon in the world. Millions were left homeless, and without a family.

Help started pouring from other countries, which was really amazing.

Today, allow me to share some inspiring stories of heroism from children around the world.



TOKYO-Thousands of miles in terms of distance certainly was not enough to keep six-year old Shoichi Kondoh from feeling compassion for Filipinos, not thinking twice about giving away his painstakingly saved-up piggyback savings as part of the ever-growing international relief aid.

Accompanied by his mother, Miho Kondoh, Shoichi visited the Philippine Embassy in Japan to hand over JPY 5,000. Shoichi said he was moved to donate his savings  after witnessing the extent of destruction the Philippines experienced from Super Typhoon Yolanda on television.

Consul Dexter Lao expressed the embassy’s gratitude for the sincere gesture of kindness and sympathy from the boy, now the embassy’s youngest donor. (taken from Philippine Star)



A group of students from SENDAI, JAPAN posed to the camera to show their messages of support to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.



Little angels sold lemonade by the street for typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) victims, in LA, USA (Twitter Photo courtesy of YouScooper Shekinah Eden Pugh)



Anthony, aged six, on a written letter to his aunt Mae Paner (aka Juana Change) donated his own little savings to typhoon victims.



Qatar-based Lebanese girl “Lana” wants to help typhoon victims in PHL (Photo courtesy of her Filipina nanny Jovelyn Bayubay Revilla).

988775_533218756767471_1853279733_n His name is Benjie. He is one of those whom we call “street children”. He literally begs for money everyday outside Mang Inasal along JC Aquino Ave., Butuan City. He was within the vicinity in one of a Yolanda donation drop-off station where he generously donated his widow’s mite of 2 pesos.  Maraming maraming salamat Benjie! (from FB page of Mae Paner)


We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them.

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.

~ Mother Teresa

* Photo by Luis Liwanag


In behalf of the Filipinos affected by this catastrophe, thank you to all who extended their help. Your help will forever be written in our hearts.


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Independence Day

June 12, 2013 at 12:36 am | Posted in EVENTS CELEBRATED, MOMENTS WITH DAD, PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 3 Comments
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Today, the Philippines celebrates its 115th National Independence Day.

June 12 is one of the most significant dates in Philippines history because it marks the nation’s independence from the Spanish rule in 1898.

And although I’m a boy growing up outside the country, my parents make sure that I know my cultural roots. I take pride in celebrating this day because it is part of knowing who I am.

Dad and I proudly wore the Philippine National Dress in a cultural night held in Danal Hotel, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.

Dad and I proudly wore the Philippine National Dress in a cultural night held in Danal Hotel, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.

What do People do?

Independence Day is a day when many people, including government officials, employees, and students, participate in nationwide parades.  However, the main highlight is the police and military parade in Manila headed by the country’s incumbent president, followed by a speech and a 21-gun salute.  Many Filipinos spend the day in parks and malls. Many Filipino communities in other countries also observe the nation’s Independence Day celebrations.

Public life

The Philippine’s Independence Day is a national holiday so government offices are closed.  There are absolutely no classes in all schools.  Many business establishments are closed except shopping centers. Public transport such as buses, passenger jeeps, and tricycles still operate but their routes may be limited due to the closure of streets used for parades.


The annual June 12 observance of Philippine’s Independence Day came into effect after past President Diosdado Macapagal signed the Republic Act No. 4166 regarding this matter on August 4, 1964.  This Act legalized the holiday, which is based on the Declaration of Independence on June 12, 1898 by General Emilio Aguinaldo and Filipino revolutionary forces from the Spanish colonization.  The Philippines’ flag was raised and its national anthem was played for the first time in 1898.  However, liberty was short-lived because Spain and the United States did not recognize the declaration.

The 1898 Treaty of Paris ended the war between Spain and the United States. Spain surrendered the entire archipelago comprising the Philippines to the United States.  The Philippines started a revolt against the United States in 1899 and achieved national sovereignty on July 4, 1946, through the Treaty of Manila.  Independence Day was officially observed on July 4 until the Republic Act No. 4166, which set out to move the holiday to June 12, was approved on August 4, 1964. (


Maligayang araw ng kalaaan to all the Filipinos around the world!


Mom and I

June 8, 2013 at 12:14 am | Posted in MOMENTS WITH MOM, PHOTOSHOOTS OF A STAR | 4 Comments
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Behaving While Mom is Busy Shopping

June 7, 2013 at 12:33 am | Posted in MOMENTS WITH MOM, PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 9 Comments
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These are some of mom’s favorite shops in the Philippines…





Whenever mom is busy shopping, I try to behave so that she can concentrate on what she wanted to buy.





Vacation Bits 18

Weekly Photo Challenge: LOST IN THE DETAILS

March 2, 2013 at 8:50 am | Posted in FOOD TALK, WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE | 22 Comments
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Hi guys! I’m still on holidays with my parents in the Philippines and we’re currently staying at my grannies’ house.

My entry for the weekly photo challenge this week is my grandmother’s native dish –  pansit!  Looking at it got me lost in the details.


Check out some more entries who got lost in the details here.

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