Anton’s Awesome Planet — BLOG-O-RAMAed :)

At some point in your blogging career, you know that somehow you have touch some people’s lives and your voice is worth listening to if you get Blog-a-rama-ed by AJ (Annalyn Jusay) blogging @ for Manila Bulletin. She’s becoming the fast defacto authority for blogger profiling in the Philippines. Check out AJ’s appreciative inquiry on Anton’s Awesome Planet in MB’s technews both online and on print this week (10/17/2005). I did not realize that the blog-o-rama’s printed edition would contain half a page of MB’s technews. At least this was a personal awesome moment for me 🙂 Thanks AJ!


On Being Discovered:

Pinoy Big Blogger: Online Food Critics


Writing Salon Series 3: My Feeble Attempt at Characterization

The setting was perfect — breakfast @ Illustrado’s and Sunday morning preaching from James Nave’ on Journaling and Characterization. The ambiance is very important so that the writing flows out and you can let your imagination take control. Our writing exercise for the day was in developing characters and I realize how easy it was to get started with it and how difficult it was to develop the level of detail the character needs. We selected random first names, and random last names then for 15 minutes develop the character. I chose to develop Erundina Lim, Taipan Heiress and Alex Fonacier, Politician responsible for babies genocide in the Philippines. My piece needs improvement but here it is in its raw form:

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Taal Vista Hotel Reinvented — Amazing!

Amazing Transformation! Kudos to the Fuego Hotels group!

I was flabbergasted when I saw Taal Vista Hotel. This was the last place in Tagaytay that I don’t want to be seen in and for decades, this has been off my travel destination or even culinary adventure place. Fast forward to 2005 and the new generation of Pinoys would enjoy the re-envigorated Taal Vista Hotel. Gone where the days of Mass Crowds flocking to see the taal volcano from this viewpoint where this was the only public free spot together with picnic grove. With P100 parking fee, you really need to either stay on overnight or eat in this place just to enjoy this place. Read on for the surpises that awaits you in this hotel.

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Sanctuario Revisited: Ho-hum food?

Ho-hum dinner food

After 9 months (read my january post here), I had a chance to eat again in sanctuario, tagaytay. I was disappointed with the ho-hum food this time around which costs us P400/person and I was looking for the food that I raved about last time. I don’t know what happened but eating there on a wednesday night at 8pm in the evening with only us around might be one of the reasons. I just want to share with you my experience and be cautious next time you visit this place. My conclusion is Sanctuario is best for the merienda — coffee, dessert, bread.

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Flickr+Qoop and Blogcards Experience

Early September, I tested out two online services of and I finally got my orders and you will be surprised that our Phil Mail system still works 🙂 is a digital to print web service currently running beta printing products to two of my favorite online photo service: Flickr and Buzznet. offers a service of innovative business cards and I use it for ordering blogcards with gapingvoid designs. Here is my experience on cost and reliability of the service.

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Blogging Golden Ticket

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away you entered your email address on

We’re now inviting small groups to use and your email address was selected today!

Visit this address to get started:

While you’re on a string of good luck it might be a good day to buy a lottery ticket. Better move fast though, because this invite will expire in a week.

The Team”

I finally got my own golden ticket yesterday! What’s cool about it is that I still got — fantastic! This really means that somehow I was still early in the invite food chain. Thanks and my 40 days search for this coveted golden ticket has ended (which started on my blog post last Aug. 26)

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