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October 31, 2008

1,000th Blog Post and the Next 1,000

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After 1,000 blog posts in 3 years and 10 months, our family is thankful for the 4,000+ OAP friends who read our family's food and travel adventures. We are honored and blessed for achieving this blogging milestone.


An AWESOME THANK YOU to all our OAP Friends!
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I want to take this milestone opportunity to share with you the results of the OAP survey conducted last June 2008. A total of 543 OAP friends responded to the survey. I read each one's comment and reflected on how I can apply them to take OAP to the next level. I'm committed to constantly improve Our Awesome Planet until the day I have to pass it on to Aidan and Joshua. Based on the readership's candid feedback, I would like to share with you my strategies and plans for OAP 2.0!

The Next 1,000 Blog Posts

1. The Mission of Our Awesome Planet:
" To use my never ending curiosity to discover new things and my internet marketing experience to inspire the minds and touch the hearts of Filipinos to live an Awesome Life in the Philippines! "

One of the secrets of OAP success is our desire to give as much value as possible to our OAP readers. OAP will continue to be the story of our family's adventures. It will continue to be the number one source of food and travel insider's secrets in Manila shared through word-of-mouth.

Our Awesome Planet will NEVER ...
- be formatted or written like a lifestyle magazine. I want to keep the content fresh, honest and most importantly, fun.
- spam our readers with advertorials. I have a policy of not accepting any freebies from restaurants and hotels before or after I review them. I'm committed to remove any bias and perceptions of any conflict of interests in my posts.

OAP will continue to support blog advertising through Blog Bank, Google Adsense Network, and Red Sight Media. I will let the Blog Advertising Networks to talk to advertisers and create a firewall between us.

2. National Geographic Photography, Conde Nast Traveller Writing Quality and Doreen Fernandez Food Writing Caliber

I am committed to "kaizen" or continuous improvement. OAP is a historical view of my professional development as a photographer, travel writer, and food critic. I am happy that 82% of the readers are either Very Satisfied (50%) or rated OAP as Awesome (33%). The Photography is rated highly at 84.5% (44% Very Satisfied/ 41% Awesome!) - my photography classes have paid out. The Articles are rated 78.6% (58% Very Satisfied / 21% Awesome!) overall because they are relevant, engaging and honest.

For the next 1,000 blog posts in OAP, I'm focusing on improving my Writing. I aspire to write Philippines-related articles for Conde Nast Traveller. I'm inspired to write as good as Doreen Fernandez when it comes to food reviews. In order to achieve that dream, I need to improve the way I write. I already mastered writing from the heart, and I will master editing with the mind. I tried to get an editor for the blog but with the fast rate I am writing my blog posts, the editors cannot keep up. Releasing timely, relevant and engaging articles is key to the success of OAP.

I get the message loud and clear from the comments. Thank you for the concern and I can only return your love with noticeable improvement on my grammar and writing style.

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October 30, 2008

UKOKKEI RAMEN RON - One of the Best Shoyu Ramen in Manila!

rache Ukokkei Ramen Ron by Mrs Awesome Planet

OAP Goes Japanese Related Links
Ukokkei Ramen Ron - One of the Best Shoyu Ramen in Manila!

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Ukokkei Ramen Ron serves the best shoyu ramen in town! I got this tip from my Japanese foodie friend, Atsushi Matsuura.

Before reading the rest of the blog post, you need to be aware of unique policies of this ramen house:
1. The Ramen is not available for take-out. You can only enjoy it in the restaurant.
2. There is a NO-SHARING Ramen policy which means you cannot share the ramen between two people. (Even if it is good for two people)
There is NO dessert in Ukokkei Ramen Ron.

Ramen Ron-9 Drinks | Lunch Set | Miso Based Ramen | Shoyu and Shio Ramen | Other Japanese Treats

The BEST RAMEN in Manila Series 2013:

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Mang Rudy's Puto @ T-House (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 8 of 8)

The Ultimate Tagaytay Tour Related Links

Loumars Buko Pie (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 1 of 8)
Ilog Maria Story (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 2 of 8)
Ilog Maria Store (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 3 of 8)
Bawai Vietnamese Lunch (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 4 of 8)
Chateau Hestia Happiness (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 5 of 8)
Yoki's Treasure (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 6 of 8)
Yoki's Farm (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 7 of 8)
Mang Rudy's Puto @ T-House (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 8 of 8)

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Our final stop of the tour is a sunset chill-out merienda with Mang Rudy's Puto in T-house Dining.

OAP Related Posts:
The Definitive Guide to T-House, Tagaytay
T-House Dining's Fluffy Pancakes!
T-House Romance

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October 29, 2008

Destination Wedding Tagaytay: Lessons and Tips On How to Make Your Day Special

Happy Anniversary Enzo and Carmina! They are expecting their first baby soon! I'm sharing with you a blog post from my brother about that special day. - Anton

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Destination Wedding Tagaytay – Lessons and Tips On How to Make Your Day Special
By Enzo Diaz

Readers of OAP are privy to the little experiment I had two years ago. I went to a regression session. See the article here: a Frances Gloria Regression Experience . My brother Anton gave me a surprise experiential Christmas gift-- that of having a regression session with Frances Gloria. Part of the experience is supposedly taking a peek into the future. Based on the notes from Frances, the name of my future wife is supposed to be “Carly”. We are supposed to be married in some vineyard setting and the date is September 14th, 2007. The honeymoon will be at some mountain retreat in some foreign country.

My date in the altar came on October 28 2007 (date is off by 44 days). I got married to Carmina (first syllable is correct though). I got married in Caleruega, a chapel on top of a hill in Tagaytay (not really a vineyard) and we had our honeymoon in a beach resort at El Nido, Palawan (really far from the predicted mountain retreat in some foreign land).

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Yoki's Farm (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 7 of 8)

The Ultimate Tagaytay Tour Related Links

Loumars Buko Pie (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 1 of 8)
Ilog Maria Story (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 2 of 8)
Ilog Maria Store (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 3 of 8)
Bawai Vietnamese Lunch (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 4 of 8)
Chateau Hestia Happiness (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 5 of 8)
Yoki's Treasure (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 6 of 8)
Yoki's Farm (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 7 of 8)
Mang Rudy's Puto @ T-House (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 8 of 8)

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We drove for 30 minutes crossing over the Tagaytay Ridge and finding our way to Yoki's Farm. It is a hydroponics farm which houses a private collection of Yoki's artifacts collection.

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Yoki's Treasure (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 6 of 8)

The Ultimate Tagaytay Tour Related Links

Loumars Buko Pie (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 1 of 8)
Ilog Maria Story (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 2 of 8)
Ilog Maria Store (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 3 of 8)
Bawai Vietnamese Lunch (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 4 of 8)
Chateau Hestia Happiness (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 5 of 8)
Yoki's Treasure (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 6 of 8)
Yoki's Farm (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 7 of 8)
Mang Rudy's Puto @ T-House (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 8 of 8)

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Let me share with you one of my latest amazing discovery in Tagaytay. We visit this place after lunch during the Ultimate Tagaytay Tour. Are you ready for this?

Welcome to Yoki's Treasures!

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October 28, 2008

Chateau Hestia Happiness (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 5 of 8)

The Ultimate Tagaytay Tour Related Links

Loumars Buko Pie (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 1 of 8)
Ilog Maria Story (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 2 of 8)
Ilog Maria Store (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 3 of 8)
Bawai Vietnamese Lunch (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 4 of 8)
Chateau Hestia Happiness (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 5 of 8)
Yoki's Treasure (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 6 of 8)
Yoki's Farm (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 7 of 8)
Mang Rudy's Puto @ T-House (Ultimate Tagaytay Tour 8 of 8)

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After the Bawai lunch, the group walked over to Chateau Hestia, my personal favorite dessert and wine place in Tagaytay.

OAP RELATED LINKS: A Chateau Hestia Birthday Celebration (January 8, 2008)

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October 27, 2008

Sister Raquel Reodica, Cancer Healer of the Lord

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One of my pro bono projects is to do a total site makeover of Sister Raquel's website from a Web 1.0 site (Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry) to a Web 2.0 Site (Sister Raquel Blog).

Sister Raquel is one of the Mother Ignacia nuns who is known as a Cancer Healer of the Lord. You can subscribe to the blog to get inspirational photos and poems by Eastwind and Sister Raquel. You can also pray for people from all around the world who requested for prayers for their sickness. You can also send your own prayer requests to the prayer warriors.

We visited Sister Raquel and had a healing pray over session for my mom.

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My partner for the blog site, Bernie Lopez was busy filming testimonials on how Jesus was able to heal the sick through Sister Raquel.

Check out SisterRaquel.com if you want to know more about the Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry of Sister Raquel, RVM.

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Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.
Email: anton@diaz.ph
Blog: www.OurAwesomePlanet.com