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22 posts from April 2008






April 30, 2008

Hooters Manila and Aidan's Chicken Wings Fantasy

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After 5 months of waiting, Hooters Philippines opens in Manila Bay, Esplanade, Mall of Asia! Finally, Filipinos can now taste Hooter's famous chicken wings in Manila. I'm sure you are excited like me. The best time to go is now while the Hooter girls from the US are training the Manila Hooters. Most of them will leave on May 2, some will leave on May 7 while the Hooters from Guam will stay on for a few more weeks. They opened just in time for the World Pyro Olympics -- Awesome!

Here is a photo essay of Aidan's first Hooter experience and some tips:

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A photo-op with Hooter Girls or eating the chicken wings? Aidan surprisingly loves the chicken wings.

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Aidan must be thinking " Excuse me, can I please finish my chicken wings?"


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T-shirt (P367) says, " Hooters Girls can't take their hands OFF me!"

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Hooters Girls Philippines (white sandos only). Our top 3 favorites are Leslie, Rhya, and Erica. Maybe you can request them when you reserve...

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April 29, 2008

Big Garments Sale in Bulacan this Summer...

The Big Garment Sale
I was not planning to post this anymore but a lot of recent OAP readers requested me to post the next Big Garment Sale. They are not giving out invites anymore since they already issued membership cards as the gate pass for this sale. We love this sale but we try to avoid it because of the crowd and we always end up charging 5 digits to our credit card.

BIG GARMENTS SALE!!!

Top US UK Brands

May 1-3, 2008. 8am to 6pm

Blk. 4 Lot 3 Acefree St. Sterling Ind'l Park, Iba, Meycauayan City

Telefax: 02-2996061/Mobile +639189918677


Note: Please bring your membership card as your gate pass.


For first timers to this sale, it is either you go with a person who has a membership card or call them if you can apply for a membership card on site. You can mention that you are friends of Anton of Our Awesome Planet.


April 28, 2008

10 Best Ways to Experience and Enjoy Corregidor!

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I've been to Corregidor more than 3x already and this is the first time that I enjoyed every moment of it with Rache and Aidan (for the first time). Thanks to Carlos Celdran for creating a very cool itinerary and for attracting the best company! I would like to share with you the 10 best ways to experience and enjoy Corregidor.

1.
Sunset Cocktail. Carlos is brilliant! He asked all the participants to bring potluck items for our sunset cocktail party. We had our cocktail party at the Battery Grubbs. The Corregidor Inn provided the waiter service while the participants brought the cheese, crackers and cold cuts. Carlos brought some Chile wines perfect for the Corregidor Sunset.

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2. Dinner Bonfire by the Beach. Dinner Bonfire at the South Beach is another brilliant idea. Someone in our group brought the pasta while some brought the dessert. We brought the Mary Grace Chocolate cake to the party. The background music was sounds of the 1940s.


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3. Ghost Hunting at the Hospital. When I first came here, it was super scary because of the imposing Balete tree guarding the hospital. In Filipino beliefs, the Balete tree is the home of the spirits. A few months ago, they cut down the Balete and the Ghost hunting @ night was more bearable. It is better to bring point and shoot camera with a third eye to capture the floating "orbs" The hospital was used as the barracks of the Jabidah secret group. The names of our muslim brothers who died in the Jabidah Massacre were written on the hospital walls.

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4. Exploring the Lateral Tunnels of Malinta, Finally, I was able to explore all the lateral tunnels in Malinta. I highly recommend it and it was not scary as you would imagine. When we did the lights out inside the tunnels, there were no negative vibes not unlike in the ghost hunting in the hospital.

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5. Experiencing the Lost Corregidor. Corregidor is the greek-like ruins of the American Empire during the 1940s... It was a paradise if you were assigned in Corregidor. Before going to the Rock, please read the Corregidor accounts of Selma Harrison Calmes, M.D.. ( Link provided below). In the Corregidor museum, check out the table wares used in one of the last Thanksgiving dinner in Corregidor.


Lost Corregidor
The Lost Corregidor. The Home Front Life Before WWII
Part 1 | Part 2

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The Josh Baby Lingo Project

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Jaymie, the Bull Runner, is holding another Baby Lingo class on May 24, Saturday. We had fun when we last attended it (see Go! Baby Lingo! ). We wanted to teach syoti Josh about the baby signs when he turns 6 months this coming May. We might attend the May class as a refresher course.

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The Saturday session was fun. Jaymie created a fun curriculum teaching the baby signs through games, demonstrations, and active participation of the parents. At the end of the session, we were able to do all the baby signs in the quick guide exclusively provided for the participants.


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The venue has a playground outside for kids. Aidan was just playing outside while we attended the seminar.
Have you tried this? I'm planning to take a collection of photos of Baby Josh doing the baby signs.

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April 26, 2008

World Pyro Olympics 2008 - Summer Fireworks

UPDATE: Check Out World Pyro Olympics 2009!

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DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO AWESOME WORLD PYRO EXPERIENCE 2008
Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

Finally, the World Pyro Olympics is all set for all Saturdays of May! Thanks to Henry Sy's SM Mall of Asia and Pepsi for sponsoring this year's World Pyro! You should watch this because you have not seen any fireworks like this in your lifetime. Each year gets even better than the year before. If you can only watch one Saturday, I would suggest that you don't miss May 3 -- China and Germany's show; May 24 -- Australia's Show; or the Philippines Finale on May 31. For the first time, La Mancha will attempt to do a pyro-musical show that you shouldn't miss.

This year, the main stage of the World Pyro will be in the center of San Miguel by the Bay in Esplanade. I would recommend that you reserve your seats now (as in today). I would recommend all the 2nd Floor Entertainment Mall restaurants specially the center ones. It is best that you reserve the table outside overlooking the Bay Area. Also, I would recommend Padi's Point and Pier One areas if you want to hang out and party with friends. It took me almost an hour to collect the contact information from all the restaurants for OAP readers (see below). Expect to spend P500 - P1,500/ head for the entire night. I just talked to all of them last night and you can still conveniently reserve your spot.

If you don't plan to watch, avoid the Mall of Asia area at all cost -- all Saturday evenings. It will be super traffic -- please share this with your family and friends.

WORLD PYRO SATURDAYS OF MAY

May 3 WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS! | Mall of Asia, Pasay City | 3rd World Pyro Olympics
7.30pm China's The Glorious Group -- Its sensational pyrotechnic out-door sky painting concerts have no rival. In last year's WPO, I can hear the ooohhs and aaahhs throughout their presentation.

9.00pm Germany's Nico Lunig Event -- One of the leading and most requested pyrotechnics company in the globe.

May 10 WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS! | Mall of Asia, Pasay City | 3rd World Pyro Olympics
7.30pm Canada's Pyro Studios

9.00pm France's Fetes et Feux

May 17 WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS! | Mall of Asia, Pasay City | 3rd World Pyro Olympics
7.30pm Italy's Parente Fireworks

9.00pm Venezuela's Venefuegos Fireworks C.a.

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7.30pm South Korea's Hanwha Corporation -

9.00pm Australia's Explosive Productions Pty Ltd- 1st World Pyro Olympics Champion. They produced the designs used to win the 2005 and 2006 Gold Medals at the World Pyro Olympics.

May 24 WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS! | Mall of Asia, Pasay City | 3rd World Pyro Olympics

7.30pm Fellowship of Fire - Collaboration of all Countries with Philippines

9.00pm Philippines! La Mancha Pyromusical Grand Finale -- This is what I was waiting for... Pyrotechnics choreographed with music!

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