DURING OUR family’s visit to General Santos City and South Cotabato last month (May 24-25)Â we got to visit the famous Seven Falls of Lake Sebu, courtesy of our good friends: Kuya Bob Gerada and the still honeymooning couple, Ryan and Liezel Briones.
Needless to say, Marielle (almost 11 yo) and Johan (9 yo) were ecstatic to find out that another zipline adventure awaited them in Lake Sebu.
And this is no ordinary zipline for two important reasons: Read more
I WAS married for just about half a year when I went to see my very first PAHIYAS Festival in Lucban, Quezon in May 2001 with my former girlfriend and now permanent ex-girlfriend, Marie. So I guess you can say that PAHIYAS was a big part of our HONEYMOON.
As you can see from our photos, the PAHIYAS seems an ideal event for honeymooners to go and see. At least it seemed that way to us some 11 years ago. Read more
I haven’t been doing much of FOOD blogging for quite some time now. In fact I haven’t been doing much of ANY blogging at all since November last year. Time to break the dry spell. And what better subject to break a dry spell than food?
On Sept 28 I had a dinner date with five ladies at Tapella in Greenbelt 5. They are former colleagues of mine and I call them the xACIS ladies. Of course one of them happens to be my xGF, too. Read more
IT’S AMAZING how a single photo captures the timeless bond among old friends wearing their younger faces.
These are the wonderful men and women of ACI Systems Inc.
This serves as the an electronic time capsule for each and every ACI alumnus to go back to in the many years ahead.
Note to all fellow ACI alumni: I’m thinking of a project to collect photos from the good ol’ days for compilation into a single easy-to-access and easy-to-share online location. Anybody interested to “sign up” into this project with me? I have some initial ideas on how to do it but I look forward to hearing yours.
Exactly a month ago today, I attended a rare and almost impromptu reunion with former colleagues and good friends from my ACI/IBM days. Â A very dear friend, Dyk Raymundo, was to leave the country for New Zealand in less than two weeks. Â He’ll be joined there by his wife Jen shortly after and, together, they’ll try and establish a new life for themselves in the land of the Kiwis. Â For good. Read more
Bobby Bernardez, a former classmate of mine in the MBA program of UP Diliman (Evening) Class 2006* dropped me a direct message in FaceBook last November. Â “How’s life after MBA?” he asked.
It was a pleasant surprise for me. Â Bobby and I were in different “circles” in our MBA class so we are not really “close.” I remember him to be among the more serious students in our class. He would actively participate in class discussions and lead his teams in preparing and presenting ca studies. Â We do have one thing in common. Â We were both among the “senior citizens” of UP-MBA (Evening) Class 2006.
I knew it!Â Having lotsa friends is not only good for the soul, it is likewise good for the health.Â And, believe it or not, there is scientific basis to this.
A study conducted by researchers from the Brigham Young University in the US found a correlation between survival chances and being friendly.Â Survival odds can improve by as much as 50% by simply having a good network of friends and neighbors, the study found.
The explanation?Â It is way too simple it is almost impossible to believe: The Utah-based researchers arrived at the conclusion that â€œcaring about others makes us take better care of ourselves.â€
Now here are the much more interesting aspects of the study: Read more
How time flies! Â My High School graduating class — AAIC Batch 1987 — will be marking its 25th year anniversary in 2012. Â I made this realization 2 years ago and, as the Class President of our class, I felt it my responsibility to at least attempt to locate my high school buddies. Â Naturally I also toyed with the idea of organizing what would have been our very first class reunion. Read more
“Good, better, best” used to have an entirely different meaning to us a decade ago. â€ Burt, Dyk, JB, Poms and myself coined “good, better, best” as our not-so-secret code to describe our once-in-a-bluemoon escapades. â€ After weeks of hard-core, geeky work we would decide to paint the town red on Pom’s trusty old Honda Civic ESi. â€ As you might have guessed, “good” refers to the first stage of our 3-stage adventures. â€ “Best” is the ultimate stage, and though we might have bragged about a lot of “bests,” the truth is we often hardly reach that stage. â€ Either we were already all too drunk mid-way on “better” or our cash reserves had already ran dry. Read more