Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bulacan Daily: Fiesta Republica 2013

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My brother, Ken, invited me to watch him play with The Hiyas ng Bulakan Symphonic Band and since we do not have an activity lined up last Monday, I eagerly agreed.

We arrived at the Malolos Convention Center a little before 5pm, it was drizzling that afternoon so we had to wait for the sky to clear before heading out. The area was bustling with activities. It turned out Fiesta Republika 2013 was being held that day and students from neighboring provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Pampanga, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija joined in to participate in the contest dubbed as Dulangsangan, where they reenacted our forefathers’ fight for the country’s freedom from Spaniards all those many years ago. It was in fact a special non-working holiday in our city and the town mayor just announced that the President has  just proclaimed 23 January as a working holiday for the rest of the country, too, to commemorate the glorious day of our very first republic.

A little trivia:  the First Philippine Republic was formed in Malolos through the Malolos Congress. During those times, people from nearby provinces, especially those included in the 8 provinces, who where later represented in the 8 rays of the sun in our National Flag, who first revolted against the Spanish regime would come down to celebrate and play at the Barasoain plaza {or whatever it is they call it during those days}.

There were large groups of people gathered around the makeshift stage, so the little man and I decided to go and look around, instead, and headed to check out the carnival next. We’ve  passed by this place on a few occasions and the little man would never fail to point at the Jollibee-inspired ride. He was excited to try it, so off we went. Read more »

Hidden Hills Getaway Giveaway {Open Worldwide}

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Welcome to Palawan’s Hidden Hills Getaway Giveaway hosted by The Travel Bug, in cooperation with What’s Up  |  Henry’s Mom Blogs  |  My Own Travels  |  Sporadic Thoughts  |  It’s My Party  |  Home Is Where The Heart Is  |  Red Lips and Pinky Toes  |  The Bunny’s Review  |  Boracay Resorts Bookings

Hidden Hills Private Resort

You can enjoy this free accommodation and relax in the idyllic Palawan when you win in this amazing getaway sponsored by the generous owner of Hidden Hills Private Resort. The whole prize will total to $400 excluding transportation and yours free when you win the amazing getaway prize!

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Hidden Hills is your exotic vacation home in the Philippines, situated in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The exclusive villa is a lovely rustic chalet which sits on top of the hill with an additional loft built downhill to accommodate additional guests.

The whole villa is a masterpiece and truly a place to enjoy a quiet time, to de-stress and marvel at Mother Nature’s best! To get more info about the property and view the gallery, please visit: http://www.flipkey.com/puerto-princesa-villa-rentals/p132853/

The Prize:

1 winner will be chosen to avail the 2 nights/3 days free accommodation. The prize is for 2 persons in one accommodation.

Prize package:

  • Accommodations : Exclusive use of the entire property
  • Welcome Drinks
  • Welcome Pack / Fruit Basket
  • Daily Freshly Picked Flowers From the Garden FREE
  • Unlimited Coffee or Tea
  • Mineral Drinking Water
  • Eat-All-U-Can Fruits & Veggies in season whatever grows in the farm FREE!!!
  • FREE FRESHLY PICKED BUKO (YOUNG COCONUT JUICE) ON ARRIVAL.
  • Cutleries & beddings / towels/ flip-flops / rain boots / beach mats provided for use
  • ONE BOTTLE OF WINE (Seasonal Welcome Compliments)
  • Cleaning services (daily)
  • Cooking Assistance
NOT INCLUDED: Transport. The winner will shoulder his/her plane/boat/land fare and visa for a foreigner winner must be the sole responsibility of the winner.

Important notes:

  • The dates chosen by the winner will have to be discussed with the owner of the Hidden Hills for the availability.
  • The prize is NOT convertible to cash and is valid for a year upon winning
  • The winner is responsible for his/her plane/boat fare, if applicable. Visa formalities, if required, will be the sole responsibility of the winner.
This will run from 15 January to 15 February 2013 (12:00 a.m. Dubai, UAE local time or +4 GMT and close at 11:59 p.m.), and a single winner will be chosen via rafflecopter.com after all the entries have been verified.
This giveaway is open WORLD WIDE.
Join now and next thing you know, you may just find yourself relaxing in Hidden Hills!

Enter thru the Rafflecopter widget here:

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Disclaimer: Musings on Meanderings did not receive any payment from the sponsor to host this event. The prize will be awarded by the owner of Hidden Hills as soon as the entries are verified.

Another Vintage Philippine Map Card

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I simply love this vintage Philippine map card I got from the mail last year. It reminded me of another vintage Philippine map card that I received before this. I have never seen it in any of the bookstores I visit and I would really love to have a few dozens of this to swap with fellow map cards enthusiasts. Hopefully, I will be able to find some soon.

Sending a map card is a perfect way of introducing your country to a foreign postcrosser. He will find in it the provinces and cities, as well as the bodies of water, found in your country. Depending on your card design, some would even have snapshots of famous landmarks and traditions, as well as a bit of trivia about the country or place featured in the map card. I’ll say it is a perfect introduction to that place. So I got hooked on collecting them. And much like how a baseball die-hard would get a kick at receiving baseball coach gifts, it also gives me so much delight to get map cards in my non-existent mailbox! Hopefully I will get another one soon enough!

Thank you Sandra for this beautiful 12.12.12 card. I simply love it, as well as the stamps you used! ^_^

top 5 things to do in baguio: go to bell church

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It was rather serendipitous that we made it to Bell Church. See it was not even included in our Baguio travel itinerary. What happened was the friendly taxi driver we flagged down at the Strawberry Farm to bring us to back to Baguio City suggested the place. The moment we set foot in it, I was delighted that we heed his advice.

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Bell Church reminds me so much of the Taoist Temple in Cebu {was not able to see this one for real, but I received a beautiful postcard featuring this site not long ago}, and the surroundings conjure images of China, thanks to the pagodas and the dragons.

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#fmsphotoaday: water

It was a little before lunch time when we arrived, but unfortunately the temple closed for lunch break and we were not able to explore inside and see the monks. But the view outside is just as beautiful and we took those many steps to get to the top-most part of the Church and view the rest of the city from there, with my little man, in tow.

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I love the landscape, but most especially, we love the lotus pond + the one with koi fish in it. Jared developed this special fondness for them, too, and threw a few coins onto the water. I just hope he’s old enough to whisper a wish or two. 🙂

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This place is so tranquil + if only we’re not starving + not pressed for time, we could’ve lingered much longer and wait until the temple reopens. Nevertheless, I am just glad we made a quick stop to this place, otherwise, I would’ve really regretted it!

Am sharing the lovely water photos with Blog Photo Challenge {entry#11} + #fmsphotoaday

images are taken by my sister, Isabel, unless otherwise stated.

Haji Ali Mosque, India

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I got this postcard from one of my 12.12.12 swaps last year. I find the mosque really interesting and a tad similar to this local one in Jolo which was built near the water.

Here’s what the back of the card says:

Haji Ali Mosque is the tomb of a Muslim saint who died while on pilgrimage to Mecca. It is believed that a casket containing his mortal remains floated and came to rest on a rocky bed in the sea, where devotees constructed the tomb and the whitewashed fairytale mosque.

And just check out the very lovely 12.12.12 cancellation the Indian Post made especially for the occasion! Cool, isn’t it? Thanks Amit for sending this one out! I will feature the beautiful Gandhi stamps in another post. 😉

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Hopefully I’d be able to find more of these interesting postcards. I wish to get some myself so that I can have more cards to swap with others. When I go to the bookstore next, to rummage through books and search for award ribbon holders, perhaps, I will make sure to find more lovely postcards to add to my stash! 🙂