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Friday, January 9, 2009

The Beauty of the Philippines

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

There has been for sometime an ongoing campaign for the "New Seven Wonders of the Nature" and an online voting scheme has been set-up to support nominations. The link below -

I was never much of a competitor and to me, the world God and Nature gave ALL of us is filled with so much awe and beauty, there really shouldn't be any "popularity contest" as to which country or people has the best or most of it.

Originally, our lupang hinirang had four entries. Now it seems that the lone contender still in the running is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park located in Palawan pictured above. The other previous nominees also derserve a mention since they are indescribeably unique and beautiful, contest or no contest.

The Tubbataha Reef located in the Sulu Sea of the Philippines. It's the country's only marine natural park and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Chocolate Hills in Bohol. So named because the more than a thousand cone-shaped green hills turn brown during the dry season.

And last but not least, the Mayon Volcano in Albay. Known to have "the most perfect cone shape".

To all foreigners and fellow Pinoy expats abroad, there's alot more to see and experience, including fun, food, and colorful festivals! Come visit us here in the Philippines!

Does Coffee Really Dehydrate?

Well now! As an admitted "caffeine junkie" averaging 4 cups a day, knowing it to be a diuretic (a substance that makes you lose water thru urination), I was pleasantly surprised about some recent findings about this long-held view. Link below -

Gonna have a cup now!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

An Elusive Peace

Photo from the Associated Press

The Gaza Strip is this piece land bordering Israel and Egypt that's been the source of dispute and conflict for some time now. We've been hearing and seeing the bombings which have been relentless. Both sides claim they're in the right, yet it is Israel that seems to be the merciless aggressor since its response is immensely "disproportionate" when compared to the sporadic rockets fired on Israel by forces of Hamas, which stands as its ruling party.

Below is more info -

Here's a link to a story -

I'm not about to add to the fires with this already deteriorating situation and hundreds of lives already lost by whining about the injustice or immorality of it all. What I am asking though is that the very least, what that we can do is to PRAY that this gets crisis gets resolved at the soonest possible time. Although the political situation can not be improved any time in the forseeable future, the bombings have to stop!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

An FMA Legend

A brief clip of the legendary Antonio "Tatang" Illustrisimo, Founder and Grandmaster of the art of Kalis Illustrisimo (Note the disarm with the elbow at 0:52 sending the stick flying hitting another guy!)

Flowing, effortless, efficient.