Wednesday, March 30, 2011

RECONQUERING MANILA | Series 3 - Road to MOA - Is the FARE Taxi Rate really that FAIR?

baggage conveyor area
Please read series 2 for better appreciation to read this post. 

ONE OF THE UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES IN TRAVELING SOLO :

After I disembarked from the plane, right away, I proceeded to the tarmac,  the escalator of the terminal 2, and headed directly  to the baggage conveyor to get my bag.
 
The first thing I did was to have a minute of observation and re-familiarization of the terminal premises. Then got up using the escalator and proceeded to the taxi bay outside the pre-departure and arrival lobby.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

RECONQUERING MANILA | Series 2 | Fluffy Cotton View - Inflight to Manila

If you haven't read the Series 1 of Reconquering Manila, the Road Experience, Check-point, Check-in Hassles, Credit Card and Late Lunch please read here....

When I heard the announcement of  the flight stewardess of  Philippine Airlines, that "all passengers for the Philippine Airlines Flight 283 bound for Manila must now ready for boarding and fall in line". My heart was pounding. Asked myself, on when was the last time that I boarded a passenger plane? Ah, that was 2006. So, that was 5 years ago, I whispered.

When I stepped outside the pre-departure area, I kept my composure when I saw the Philippine Airline Bus Plane right outside the parking bay/deck and feel the breeze of cool air of the runway, still feeling so excited to go home. Then I grabbed my camera and sees to it that every step I've made towards the ladder of the plane should be randomly taken and documented.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

RECONQUERING MANILA | Series 1 - Road Experience- Check-point, Check-in Hassles, Credit Card and Late Lunch

at the extension seat of the bus going to Cagayan de Oro City
Some of us were always drifting what to expect, where to go and what type of transportation that we are going to take in Manila once we get there.  On my part, though I am used to this place,  I still have to take some precautionary measures from people who  will take advantage to a "promdi" like me. Nevertheless, according to Lakwatsera de Primera, a sensible traveling dictates a smooth transition in going to your final destination. You need not to be smart. All we have to do is to ask from authorities on what type of transportation we are going to take for a safe and budget travel. (I will write a separate post on this about my experience in taking a right transportation to my destination to MOA).

Friday, March 11, 2011

RURAL LIVING | Road Views from Malaybalay City, Bukidnon to Banisilan, North Cotabato

Updated Photos #1 - Mount Kalatungan Ranges
Updated Photos #2 - Mount Kalatungan Ranges-nearer view
Every time I passed by  this portion of the Municipality of Pangantucan, Bukidnon, I see to it that I'll never fail to have at least a minute of glance in this breathtaking view of the Mount Kalatungan Mountain Ranges and its lush vegetation of production areas. Surely will be consoled with a clean and fresh air of a real green environment. 

Mount Kalatungan is one of the preserved and protected water sheds in the Philippines today. This mountain supplies water through its tributaries down to the irrigation system established by NIA. Some benefited areas are Kalilangan, Pangantucan and the Maramag  of the Bukidnon Province.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Kaamulan Festival 2011 | 8 contingent-street theater dance competition

The Datus or Leaders of the 7 hill tribes lead the street competition - as their usual sequence
I woke up @ 6:00 am this morning to catch up the early assembly of the street dancing of Kaamulan Festival 2011 @ Sumpong, Malaybalay City, but still  me and my family  were a little bit late. The competition was already on at around 7:15 am in my watch.

The main thoroughfare was closed to the vehicular traffic to give way with the competition, we opted to walk along the sidewalk heading up to the Jolibee for their breakfast.
Dancers of Malaybalay City contingent

Thursday, March 03, 2011

SUMILAO CORN COFFEE | The "Native Corn Coffee" that is Best for Me

As far as my memory can grasp today, I remember that my old folks regularly drink corn coffee during breakfast and even in the lazy hour in the afternoon just to  remove the dizziness. This corn coffee was popularly called as a "Native Coffee" by the old folks in Cagayan de Oro, the place where I was being raised by my parents. I first tasted this "Native Coffee" when I was at 7 years old and grade 1 pupil. The flavor is so natural and they recalled it to me that the native coffee has no preservatives and it was manually and carefully processed to attain its true flavor through the process of roasting. 

I've seen how my grandmother roasted the corn, grind them and until it became ready for boiling process. That time, we pour the boiled native coffee through  a sieving aluminum tool to filter the course granules to a cup and that was the time when a native coffee is ready to drink. You can even smell the natural aroma of a native coffee. I drink corn coffee or the "native coffee" until college, but sometime in 1987, I eventually stopped drinking corn coffee when my father introduced to me the instant coffee. When I was diagnosed in 2004 that I have a toxic goiter, the doctor restricted me not to drink instant coffee anymore because it can cause palpitation on my part that will further cause heart enlargement if I continue to drink instant coffee. After 3 years of medication, I am already back to normal.


In 2008, when I joined a religious group here in Bukidnon, I learned a lot from them aside from being a vegetarian and I discovered that the group  preferred to drink corn coffee which they bought from a local superstore. I tasted  it and it was really has a natural aroma that made me to add more until 3 cups. I discovered also that I did not experienced palpitation after drinking 3 cups.

Now that I learned that there is this product the Sumilao Corn Coffee which is made from carefully selected organic sida-sida kernels, the local name of the native yellow corn in  Sumilao, Bukidnon. I found a new partner for my breakfast, a new "Native Corn Coffee" that is meticulously roasted to perfection. So, with the presence of my coffee maker, I will not  undergo a tedious process anymore in boiling it and have it sieve through an aluminum filter, since I will now have it brewed first before drinking it. 

A brewed "Native Sumilao Corn Coffee" with a natural aroma, it contains a natural ingredients, no harmful chemicals, purely organic product, caffeine free and healthier alternative from an instant coffee and a coffee that is best for me and my health. So, what are you waiting for? Grab now and be the first.

You may visit them at the Kaamulan Ground Display today, or visit their site http://www.sumilaofarm.com/   for more information.
Note:
Native means local or home made.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Festive Mode | The 2011 Kaamulan Festival is now 4 Days to go

#1 Cottages were constructed along the Capitol Drive
Last 2 Saturdays ago, I went to the wet market to buy for our weekly food consumption and I passed by the Capitol Ground where I've seen this heavy preparation for the upcoming Kaamulan Festival. These are the normal view of the ground every time Kaamulan Festival is fast approaching. People were busy constructing cottages for their concession sites.

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