LAOAG CITY. MAY 2, 2014. â€“ It’s the second and last day of our Ilocos family road trip. We just visited the bell tower ruins of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. OurÂ next stop in our very busy itinerary for the day: the sand dunes of La Paz in Laoag City.
We arrived in the sand dunes of Laoag City around 1:00PM. Not the ideal time to do any of the activities waiting for us in the sand dunes. We know that all too well but we really did not have much choice. That was the only available time for usÂ to visit the place.
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 sorting through a pile of some old stuff a few weekends ago and look what I found?!
This photo was taken in Chang Mai, Thailand.
I can no longer seem to pin down the date, however. In my recollection I was attending a regional conference conducted by the IBM Software Group at the time. Cross-referencing it against my job history in my CV I am guessing that it was some time between 2001 and 2003.
Nobody knew where I was and what crazy stuff I was doing at that very moment â€“ not my family, not my colleagues in the conference, no one.
I JUST thought I would share this. This lady climber is such a beauty to behold. She’s not only cute, she seems to be a very serious and a very proficient climber, as well. But what I like most about her is that she doesn’t seem to have those over-developed muscles â€“ common among some lady climbers â€“ that can make Arnold SchwarzeneggerÂ feel insecure. She’s still very much huggable.
Maybe somebody can recognize her and tell me her name. I’m a fan.
I no longer remember when, where, an how I got this photo. I serendipitously found it in one of my file archives. My re-discovery of it has inspired me to look forward to climbing again, and soon, if possible. Read more
Look what’s cooking?! Make that “Look who’s cooking?” or, to be more grammatically correct about it, “Look who is getting cooked?”
This is actually a very late post. Almost a year old now. I created it on first week of December last year, right after our family vacation in Pagudpud. Apparently I forgot to publish it and it was in my draft folder for the past 11 months. Silly me. Read more
This will be my last blog post featuring my family’s recent visit in White Rock Resort in Subic, else other people may already think that I am being paid to promote the place.
STRICTLY SPEAKING, White Rock Resort in Subic is not a water theme park (like Splash Island along SLEx in San Pedro/BiÃ±an, Laguna). But it offers a pleasant surprise to people who, not unlike myself, love the thrill of extreme water slides.
It features not one, not two, but three extreme water slides.
First is the Rampage Slide, which is simply a 45-degree slide from a height of approximately 50 feet (about the height of an 8-story building), and ends in a shallow pool.
Next is the Super-Bowl Slide, which starts from the same approximately 8-story platform of the Rampage Slide and goes down a long barrel slide which is about 80-100 feet long. The barrel slide dumps into a huge “bowl” where you continue to slide around a couple of times before getting literally flushed down the middle and into a 5-foot deep pool.
Lastly, there’s the See-Saw Slide which may look deceivingly “easy” to some, but guarantees a big scare with its initial “dead drop.” Read more
Ever wondered what it is like to be “flushed” downÂ a toilet bowl? Yaiks!
You can find out for yourself. I did.
Check out this 14 sec video clip I took of myself while sliding down an 8-story high tube slide which ends in a big “bowl” with a hole in the middle. It’s probably the closest thing you will get to knowing how it feels like to be flushed down a toilet bowl. LOL.
It is called the SUPERBOWL SLIDE. You can find it in White Rock Resort in Subic, Zambales.
The SuperBowl Slide is not a new attraction in White Rock. I’ve been to White Rock with my family 3 or 4 years ago and it was already there. I’ve already tried it several times way back then, but I still tried it several times more when my family went to visit White Rock again two weekends ago. I love that slide, and so far I haven’t seen anything similar in the many resorts and theme parks I’ve been too.
I ALWAYS seek opportunities for close encounters with wild animals but this one doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. Sure the cage must have been built sturdy enough without the possibility of collapsing, but still…
On the other hand, it may well be one hell of a thrill ride especially if I will be joined by some of my equally crazy and thrill-seeking friends. Dare to join us?
But first we need to figure out where this zoo is. Do you know?
AMONG THE Universal Studios Singapore attractions, the ultimate “high” (pun intended) for thrill addicts like me are the twin Battlestar Galactica roller coasters in the Sci Fi zone. Â After all, they hold the distinction of being the “world’s tallest dueling roller coasters.”
Again, Johan was itching to try both but failed the minimum height criteria by a full half foot. Marielle couldn’t be coaxed into trying it even if her life would have depended on it. Marie had the convenient excuse of staying with the kids.
Truth be told, I was scared to bits. Â But I knew I had to do it then and there. Â It wasn’t like I could go to USS anytime I feel like it, you know. Read more
MY EX-EXGIRLFRIEND and I had the chance to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt late last year as part of our HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE TOUR. Yes, I am referring to the real pyramids in the real Egypt. However, our tour package did not include the other must-visit sites like the famed Luxor, with its ornate and majestic temples and royal mausoleums.
We had a taste of some of that during our family holiday in Singapore last May, as you will see in our photo slideshow below.
Ancient Egypt is one of the major “zones” in Universal Studios Singapore. Of course, this is ancient Egypt according to Hollywood, or more precisely, according to Universal Studios. Read more