Archive for March, 2009

30
Mar
09

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’s KA : I WANT !

I’ve been to Las Vegas before & fell in love with it.
I’ve seen Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Paris & Venetian hotels;
was amazed with Luxor, Mirage, NY NY, Excalibur, Mandalay bay & Treasure Island…
I’ve slept in Stardust & MGM Grand
but never got a chance to see any show =(

LIFE IS SHORT. Aww!
I need to see this CIRQUE DU SOLEIL entitled “KA” at the MGM.
This one goes to my wish list…
If I ONLY have the bucks & the chance to fly to somewhere, next to PARIS
(God knows how desperately I want to be in the City of Lights &
take countless photos of the Eiffel Tower & breathe inside the Louvre
but that’s off topic for now),

I WANT TO BRING TINA & GABBY to MGM GRAND for us to watch Cirque du Soleil’s “KA”.

Show tickets at USD 150 exclusive of taxes & charges..
But hell, one can experience the most lavish, breathtaking, stylish show in the planet!

This is what I found in their website :

EMBARK ON AN ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
YOU CAN SEE IT. YOU CAN EXPERIENCE IT. BUT, YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT!

The KÀ Universe
KÀ transcends place and time, with a theatrical landscape, scenic elements and costumes inspired by an array of diverse cultures.

Brought to life by 80 artists from around the world, KÀ is a gravity-defying production featuring a powerfully emotive soundtrack that enhances the innovative blend of acrobatic feats, Capoeira dance, puppetry, projections and martial arts.

And these are the photos enough for me to drool in awe!

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The scenes :
The PAGEANT
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The STORM
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The ARCHER’S DEN
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The WASH-UP ON THE SHORE
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The BLIZZARD
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The FOREST PEOPLE
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The SLAVE CAGE
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AFTERMATH
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The CAST…

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Now, what are you waiting for?
click the button & be ready to be amaze with Cirque du Soleil’s KA…
Enjoy !

BRAVO !!!

Photos & Brief synopsis were sourced from http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/
Video from youtube.com

29
Mar
09

GRAD RITES

I completely understand that more than the attire, what the diploma represent is most essential ofcourse, but it surely counts a lot if you’ll dress for the part.

This is the time of the year when we usually see youngsters in the streets mostly in smart casuals to formal attires, young men in their “ISPOOTING na ISPOOTING
(read : stylish) trying to be dapper in their own right & ladies who are mostly fully made up trying to walk comfortably in high heels for the event. These guys are commonly seen these days with caps & togas on way to their graduation.

This is the time of the year when I remember most my own graduation rites. I recall our ceremony from elementary was done inside a church in Marikina City for I am an alumnus of a catholic school. It was a requirement for us to wear white long sleeves & black pants (what’s with that attire? we all looked like waiters in a restaurant. Not that I discount being a waiter, hell no, it’s a decent job but talk about most of their uniforms…) Anyway, I finished elementary 9th place in my batch (applause, applause!).

Then I transferred school & went through high school. During the graduatio, we wore white togas & caps, inside it, again, we were asked to wear white long sleeves with a tie. I bought my silk abstract-painted tie in Koalition Zoo in Robinson’s Galleria (if you’re 30 something years old & a frequent goer of Galleria in those years, you know those shops that comprised Koalition Zoo).

Until now, I regret the fact that I did not wear something spruce & stylish during our college graduation. After finishing a premedical degree from FEU, my batchmates & I on March of 1997 found ourselves marching in the aisles of PICC wearing battle green togas & caps. Gee, everything could have been perfect if not for my jologs (read: pathetically cheap & corny) attire inside that dignified toga! I wore AGAIN, a white long sleeves which I only bought and haggled in one of the bargain stores in Greenhills. Most of my batchmates wore suits & ties, gowns & other formals. From then on, I told myself that I will not take for granted such occassions & would prepare appropriate attire worthy of the event.

I went to med school & after another 4 grueling years, I had to attend another graduation. It was a perfect time for me to fulfill a personal promise. So when my mom asked me where to buy my grad attire, I told her I found a place somewhere in Makati. We went to an outlet store of Italian clothes called Corso Marconi where sale items from stores like Linea Italia & Uomo are stocked. I chose a gray suit & pants, & bought a silk tie & shirt of the same shade from Marks & Spencer (that started my addiction to M&S ties & shirts). My shoes came from Traffic. But best of all, I am with my future wife during my medicine graduation. It was really worth the “porma”. lol.

Drs. Fatz, Coni, Me & my sister-in-law Bibs

Drs. Fatz, Coni, Me & my sister-in-law Bibs

My next graduation was held in a hospital. It was a year after I had my post-graduate medical internship program in Quirino Memorial Medical Center. My batchmates & I agreed to wear something BLUE. I wore Marks & Spencer blue shirt & silk tie.

QMMC Post Graduate Medical Internship Program Graduation 2001 -2002

QMMC Post Graduate Medical Internship Program Graduation 2001 -2002

Then comes the turning of the tide when my own son gets to march the aisle to graduate from his very first year in school. Since he’s a part of the dancing preschoolers to the tune of “I will follow Him” from the movie Sister Act, they were asked to wear (here we go again) white long sleeves & black tie for the presentation. After their performance, his mother brought him to somewhere private & change his attire to something special. With his mom’s meticulous attention to details combined with my not-so-pleasant graduation experiences, we decided to ask our costurera to prepare Gabby an oriental tunic for his ceremony. And there he was… A little Kung Fu kid besting all of his batchmates in the STYLE category, well, at least for us, lol. Actually, I envy kids nowadays – as early as preschool, they have graduation that comes with awarding of top honors of classes. Even though my son did not own a special award or something, he will forever be number ONE in our hearts. It’s enough for now he got 3rd place (beating 51 nursery pupils) in their Declamation contest last month. He still has years ahead of him.
Gabby’s nursery graduation was held at Henry Lee Irwin Theater inside Ateneo de Manila University last Friday. Allow me to share photos of that special event…

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Twinkle Toes Academy’s preschool grad rites started past 3PM & ended before 6.
We headed straight to TGIF Trinoma for dinner…
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Congratz Gabby & more graduations to come! Carry on, son!

28
Mar
09

WHERE SKY CITY TOWER IS

Summer time always brings back memories of our trip to
Auckland, New Zealand exactly 4 years ago.

I, Tina and our then 4-month old son Gabby arrived in the City of Sails 2 weeks after my parents flew there for a sponsored vacation by our relatives (who all transferred to Melbourne, Australia after living in Auckland, NZ for more than a decade). The main reason why we didn’t fly there together : I got Varicella (read: chickenpox). Yeah, right, I’m so late bloomer. I only got infected with that vesicle-causing virus at my 29th year. Luckily, those lesions errupted 4 days after my Oath taking as licensed physician then.
I remember vividly how I was received by my nieces there. The eldest daughter of my first cousin greeted me, “Hi, Spotty!” Ouch! After 2 weeks of healing, the scars on my face were still apparent but thank God I was not quarantined in any airport stop-overs we had.

My wife Tina & Gabby aboard Royal Brunei Airlines to Auckland, New Zealand

My wife Tina & Gabby aboard Royal Brunei Airlines to Auckland, New Zealand

We were advised by my cousin to get a flight to Auckland via Royal Brunei Airlines. By being obedient, we got a chance to stay over night in a hotel (included in the flight package) & toured Bendar Seri Begawan, the city capital of Brunei Darussalam the next day.

inside the Royal Regalia Museum, Bendar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

inside the Royal Regalia Museum, Bendar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

the Sultan's chariot used in parades is in display at the Royal Regalia Museum

the Sultan's chariot used in parades is in display at the Royal Regalia Museum

Brunei was enticing! With all of its greens around the city, the abundance of gold in the mosques, & the calmness of the city at dawn, we were drawn to the experience.

Considered as one of the grandest monuments to Islam in the whole region, the magnificent Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the brainchild of His Majesty the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah and Yang Dipertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.

Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

With our “sometimes-jologs- lifestyle”, who would have thought that we’d been to THE EMPIRE HOTEL in Brunei already, one of the grandest hotels in the globe. It was part of the half-day city tour that we availed from another hotel where we stayed during our 1st stop over.
(read : JOLOGS as defined in wikipilipinas as “pathetically cheap & corny sometimes equated to baduy, OUCH!!! definitely NOT us!, well, sometimes, lol)

main LOBBY of the EMPIRE HOTEL, Brunei

main LOBBY of the EMPIRE HOTEL, Brunei

inside EMPIRE HOTEL, BRUNEI

inside EMPIRE HOTEL, BRUNEI

From Manila, it took us more or less 3 hours to get to Brunei. We had an overnigt stay in Brunei Hotel & had half day city tour the next morning. At around 2PM, we were brought to the airport & boarded Royal Brunei airlines again to Auckland via Brisbane, Australia. It took us around 7 hours to land to Brisbane from Brunei for a 2 hour-stop over.

another airport stop-over : BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

another airport stop-over : BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Then after a brief aircraft transfer from Brisbane Airport, we flew another couple of hours to our main destination for our 7-week vacation : AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.
We officially arrived in the City of Sails minutes past 3 in the morning.
I can still recall the less than 12 degrees celsius morning breeze we experienced on our first step to the land of the kiwis. We were fetched by our parents & relatives and few hours after, we hit the road for some sight seeing and toured the downtown like we didn’t have jet lags…

FIRST DAY: “walang sinayang na sandali-citytour!…”
translation : “As-if-there’s no tomorrow city tour!…”

the blooms at WINTER GARDEN PARK, Auckland, NZ

the blooms at WINTER GARDEN PARK, Auckland, NZ

forget the jet lag, hello wintergarden park!

forget the jet lag, hello wintergarden park!

After seeing the WINTER GARDEN PARK, we ate breakfast “pinoy style” with “baon” in our vans and headed straight to AUCKLAND MUSEUM for a quick grasp of the MAORI CULTURE…

as if we had adequate sleep...

as if we had adequate sleep...

inside a MARAE at the AUCKLAND MUSEUM

inside a MARAE at the AUCKLAND MUSEUM

With no clues whether they eat live people or whatever, we posed beside MAORIS inside the Auckland Museum. Their attitude towards tourists was warmer than the weather.

the natives of NZ : the MAORIS !  cool, eh?

the natives of NZ : the MAORIS ! cool, eh?

photo-op with a lady MAORI inside Auckland Museum

photo-op with a lady MAORI inside Auckland Museum

DOWNTOWN AUCKLAND …

QUEENS ROAD, Auckland, NZ

QUEENS ROAD, Auckland, NZ

kodak moments before crossing a street, lol

kodak moments before crossing a street, lol

near the FULLERS FERRY station

near the FULLERS FERRY station

HALF MOON BAY…

smile muna before boarding FULLERS FERRY

smile muna before boarding FULLERS FERRY

We tried going to downtown aboard the FULLERS FERRY from HALF MOON BAY..

crossing HALF MOON BAY to DOWNTOWN AUCKLAND IN STYLE!

crossing HALF MOON BAY to DOWNTOWN AUCKLAND IN STYLE!

Ofcourse we found time to give THANKS for blessings HE continuously showers us!

HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL, PARNELL, Auckland, NZ

HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL, PARNELL, Auckland, NZ

another view of the cathedral in PARNELL

another view of the cathedral in PARNELL

I honestly admit that like most people out there, I too, expected that NEW ZEALAND was only a country of cows and sheep but boy, I was all wrong!!! AUCKLAND is more urbanized than MAKATI City here, at par with Hong Kong and probably New York City. The very modern lifestyle in Auckland is due to the british influence of course.

MALLING was always a part of our Auckland experience. There was WESTFIELD MALL where we munched NZD 7 each per combo meal of chinese food and BOTANY MALL which was only a 5-minute bus ride from TE IRIRANGI Street, where we stayed for almost 2 months…

BOTANY MALL, Auckland, NZ

BOTANY MALL, Auckland, NZ

However, just like most provinces up north here in the Philippines, the night life in Auckland ends at around 5 in the afternoon. Yes, you read that right, every establishments including malls close an hour before 6PM. Thursdays were exception. Malls were open until 9PM latest.

Inspite of the urban lifestyle one can enjoy in Auckland, MOTHER NATURE was still at HER BEST!
We went to AUCKLAND BOTANICAL GARDEN one weekend where entrance fees were FREE!
At least we also experienced where Prime Minister Helen Clark put the taxpayers’ fees into use.

roses were bigger than we could imagine

roses were bigger than we could imagine

the stroller that rolled Gabby from Manila-Brunei-Brisbane-Auckland and back!

the stroller that rolled Gabby from Manila-Brunei-Brisbane-Auckland and back!

Gabby with those ducks and other feathered creatures at Auckland Botanical Park

Gabby with those ducks and other feathered creatures at Auckland Botanical Park

No, we haven't been to Japan yet, but this shot was taken also in Auckland Botanical Park

No, we haven't been to Japan yet, but this shot was taken also in Auckland Botanical Park

had some father-and-son bonding...

had some father-and-son bonding...

We boarded another ferry ride and went to WAIHEKE ISLAND, where vineyards and wineries served as tourist attractions. It was a whole day in the island, and we rode buses to explore it, but sadly we got lost! We just found ourselves enjoying pizza at an italian resto in the island before hitting the ferries again back to Auckland.

lost in WAIHEKE!

lost in WAIHEKE!

Our cousins also drove us to NORTHSHORE, a northern part of Auckland where ships and ferries dock from wherever. This shot was taken at PUPUKE LAKE
(yes, you read that right again! If you’re pinoy, you got what I mean)

coolest below 10 degrees celsius

coolest below 10 degrees celsius

si doc tambay sa northshore!

si doc tambay sa northshore!

We also enjoyed KELLY TARLTON’S OCEAN ADVENTURE
where we appreciated seacreatures from piranhas to stingrays and sharks to adorable penguins !!!

monster-fish piranhas at our backdrop

monster-fish piranhas at our backdrop

Kelly Tarlton's Ocean Park

Kelly Tarlton's Ocean Park

SEVEN WEEKS and we headed back to Manila
but never missed to take a shot of SKY CITY TOWER,
the landmark of the City of Sails….
We went to its lobby but did not go up to the main restaurant and viewing deck
at its top… At least we have reasons to go back some other time… SIGH…*-*

taken at Victoria Market, Downtown Auckland with SKY CITY TOWER at the background

taken at Victoria Market, Downtown Auckland with SKY CITY TOWER at the background

28
Mar
09

PRAY TO SUCCEED

It’s always overwhelming to receive positive feedbacks and comments from reviewees (of http://www.allgen.net) and students who already aced their exams. It doesn’t only show gratitude from them but mostly an affirmation that I/we have to continue what I/we do best – inspiring and motivating people to exert more to meet the demands of exam preparation & all other endeavors.

I always tell my reviewees that
“Even a champion like Manny Pacquiao ALWAYS TRAIN HARD before a fight.”
But whatever physical and mental efforts we put in our preparation for whatever,
still nothing beats DIVINE INTERVENTION.
AMEN to that!

For (Catholic) examinees out there, I am sharing an effective prayer I highly suggest you utter before you sit in any examination.
Say this as you prepare for your biggest fight…
try it, it works!

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Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino
for success in Examination

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
Through Christ our Lord.

St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen.

O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (name of exam: NCLEX).

In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.

(Remember, when you succeed in the exams then you should thank St. Joseph of Cupertino in the Newspaper.)

Holy Spirit, you who makes me see every-thing and who shows me the way to reach my ideals, you who gives me the Divine gift to forgive and forget all that is done to me, and you who are in all the instincts of my life with me, I in this short dialogue, want to thank you for everything and affirm once more that I never want to be separated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in their perpetual glory. To that end and submitting to God’s holy will, I ask from you….. etc. (your request).

Btw, His feast day also falls on my birthday : SEPT. 18.
God give you peace!

——————-
Saint Joseph of Cupertino
Provincial Center
P.O. Box 820
Arroyo Grande, CA 93421

Tel. (805) 473-2256
Fax. (805) 489-8303

27
Mar
09

GLOBAL ELECTION

docGelo’s BEYOND TOXICITY supports EARTH HOUR…
And you?

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VOTE EARTH
YOUR LIGHT SWITCH IS YOUR VOTE
This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

Sourced from : http://www.earthhour.org/about/

26
Mar
09

SUNSHINE ON MY PILLOW

I don’t know with you but here’s one for my wish list…
Eye so like this glo pillow!
Don’t you?
I think it’s edgy and innovative.

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Natural waking process – The glo pillow uses light instead of sound to wake the user.

During my lunch break at work in Allgen Review Center today, I browsed some magazines from the shelf of the mini library and found an article about fascinating inventions of 2007. From an old page of Time magazine, I found this glo pillow, it caught my interest so I noted its website and am sharing it with you…

And I quote :
“The glo Pillow is an alternative to the traditional alarm clock. It was designed with teammate Eoin McNally in response to a brief to create a product which helps to combat the pressures of a “24 hour” lifestyle.

The pillow uses an LED fabric substrate below the surface to wake the user using light. This substrate also functions as a display, showing the time on the pillows surface using the grid of LEDs below.

40 minutes before the pre-set alarm time the pillow begins to glow and gently brings the user out of sleep. This natural waking process helps to set the circadian rhythm or “body clock” and results in more healthy sleep/wake patterns.”

Don’t you wish to wake up with “happy sunshine” from your pillow?

Sourced from: embryo.ie/glo/index.html

24
Mar
09

POWERVILLE

After our wonderful lunch at Pepper Lunch at the basement of Power Plant Mall in Rockwell Center, I and Tina brought Gabby to Powerville Fun Rides at the 4th level of the mall.

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AMAZING = NAKAMAMANGHA !
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POWER = KAPANGYARIHAN
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Gabby had so much fun in this kids’ colorful playplace. At one point, he couldn’t contained his happiness and had difficulty in choosing which ride should he try first.

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It was my first time to see a grand carousel without horses, lol.
Two Christmases ago, I had seen a carousel of sea creatures and it included a sea-horse.
But in Powerville, the carousel is composed of zoo animals.
How interesting =)

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Isn’t it peculiar to see the king of the jungle in a grand carousel?

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I asked Gabby to ride the tallest of them all…

The poles supporting the grand carousel were painted to resemble the tallest grass : bamboo…

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Nope, the mooing young bovine creature is not part of the zoo carousel

but Gabby did not miss it for the world…

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