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April 30, 2007

Balay Indang, The Red Ginger Farm and Garden

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" Balay Indang is a garden refuge comfortably located in Indang, Cavite. The wide, expansive gardens are filled with some of the finest flowering plants, trees and cacti making them some of the most relaxing and beautiful settings you could ever imagine. Our sanctuary boast of a variety of amenities including a large, well-maintained swimming pool, a luxurious and airy pool-side pavilion with billiards, mahjong and a collection of classic board games, a fishing pond with Red Kingfish Tilapia where you and your family can enjoy hours of fishing, and a well-stocked kitchen and restaurant specializing in local and foreign home-cooked meals. "

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April 28, 2007

Antonio's, Tagaytay -- Still the Best

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The new Antonio's Main Gate.

We went back to Antonio's to check out their wedding package for my brother's wedding. As I posted a while back, I still think that nothing beats an Antonio's Dinner in Tagaytay. It is still the best if you want to hold a grand wedding for your closest friends. Antonio's beats any other places in Tagaytay in terms of great food and great ambiance. There is no set package in Antonio's for wedding and they leave it up to you to order from the menu and the beverages menu. You should budget a minimum of at least P2,000/ head and it doesn't make sense to go cheap on your guest if you decide to hold your wedding in Antonio's. There is a corkage fee of P500/ bottle so they highly discourage you to bring your own wine.

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April 25, 2007

Batungbakal Zambales Mangoes

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One of our awesome indulgences unique to the Philippines, is to eat as much mangoes as you want! Not just any mangoes, but you need to try out these super delicious Batungbakal Zambales Mangoes! They are in season this summer and we are loving them now. This is also the best time to indulge in Dulcelin's Mango Torte because they would be using mangoes from Zambales.

At first, we were kinda disappointed to receive our box of zambales mangoes because when we opened it, the mangoes were green. But we now understand that it was necessary to prolong your indulgence for two+ weeks. Because once these mangoes ripen and becomes golden, oh man, we can't stop eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can even make my own mango torte or my own mango dessert. We bought two boxes of the Large Batungbakal Mangoes which cost us about P350/ box.

Personally, I love my mango green with a mix of yellow to give it a sweet and sour taste. My wife loves the ripe ones and it is perfect for the lihi period. Check out the email that we got from watergirl below... (Thanks so much!!)

BTW, I'm also looking for other zambales mangoes sources, please please let us know...

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April 24, 2007

Hacienda !sabella , Celebrate Life!

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" You need a getaway. And fast. What's holding you back? You don't want to feel as if you were far, far away from the city.

You want to pay good money for a nice place. But somehow, every other resort feels too generic. Same old cabanas, same old bungalows. As if it would hurt to have just a little more uniqueness and style.

You need to feel refreshed and recharged after, not tired out and exhausted. You've realized that taking a break is as much a need of the spirit as it is of the boy. It isn't about running away and spending all your money and burning out. It's about coming home to a place that allows you and your family to be the best people you can be, in a place where the true luxury is that of choice.

Hacienda Isabella... The possibilities are endless... Dream Weddings, power team buildings, intimate parties, fabulous events and enchanting moments.

Welcome to the World of Hacienda Isabella!"

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April 19, 2007

Paalam, Julia -- Your Spirit lives on.

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As shared in my iBlog 3 speech, life is too short that you should concentrate your blogging on all things beautiful and positive. Because you will be remembered by what you wrote and how you live your life. Now that it is confirmed that Julia Campbell died in Batad, we should remember her for not how she died but how she lived and loved the Philippines so much more than most of us Filipinos.

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Her last entry on her blog, Julia in the Philippines last January 13, 2007 was entitled "Buhay Pa Tayo"

"Buhay Pa Tayo
One of the most familiar phrases people say here when you ask them how they are is "Eto" (here) or "Buhay pa" (still alive). Never has it had more meaning than in recent weeks here as we recover from one of the worst typhoons to hit the Philippines in decades...
" - Julia Campbell

How many of us Filipinos would say that I want to live in the Philippines! Only a few, and most would rather immigrate. As for Julia, her blog introduction says it all:

"Mabuhay! (Welcome) For those of you who could not be convinced to follow me into the Peace Corps, this is for you! Welcome to my new adventure in the Philippines! At the age of 38, I decided to step out of the rat race of New York, join the Peace Corps and board a plane for Manila. This blog is dedicated to my adventures in the Philippines for the next two years. Wish me luck.... " - Julia Campbell

As for me, I envision this last blog entry on my tombstone and this drives my blogging passion:
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So for all bloggers out there, how do you want to be remembered? What will be your last blog entry?

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April 17, 2007

Heritage Park Sunset Airplane Watching

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One of our favorite hang-out place is the Heritage Park and it took us a while to be comfortable with the idea of going to a cemetery- technically. But Heritage Park is a special kind of cemetery. We hang out there around 5pm-6pm where we can see the planes landing and taking off from NAIA. Some of the planes were so close that Aidan began to be afraid of the sound of the plane engine, contrary to his previous reaction of being excited to see the real life size airplane.

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I'm sure when Aidan grows up, he will conquer come to understand where the sound comes from and eventually overcome his fear of the plane engine sound. We were actually teasing Aidan while he was crying especially with the plane still so far away. His sense of hearing is soo sharp that he was already whining while we wonder why.

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