Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crunch time: Additional 25% off on sale items at East Dane

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Menswear online shopping site East Dane is holding a 2-day special sale until Wednesday, July 23 at 11:59 PM PST. Already in full swing as of this writing, the sale entitles customers to an additional 25% off on items that are already on sale to begin with! Just enter the promo code "25EXTRA" upon checkout. The offer discount will be allocated proportionally among all promotional items in your order. Check out this page for more details.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Care for some Scotch & Soda?

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Cliché as it may sound, white and blue works for that bit of nautical feel in your outfit.

It's been around since the 80s but since its rebirth in 2001, Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda has seen an explosion of style that's high on quality, detail, and affordability. The brand usually takes inspiration from classic and vintage styles of yore infused with modern inspirations from around the globe.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In and around the church at Samboan, Cebu

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The little angel is bored, waiting for the Flores de Mayo service to start.

Last May, after enjoying the lure of eco-tourism in Aloguinsan, checking out the heritage richness of Boljoon, and then making a quick stop at the town of Oslob, My Bibe and company also dropped by the church at Samboan.

Samboan is a fifth class municipality with its own share of history and is home to a couple of waterfalls and a marine sanctuary. My Bibe wasn't really able to check any of these out, just the church. Nevertheless I had a peek into this town's simple yet arguably charming life through her Instagram photos.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oslob: Beyond Sumilon and the whale shark frenzy

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Remnants of the Baluarte at the town of Oslob.

I haven't been to Oslob, a fourth class municipality in the southern part of Cebu province. But I probably know Oslob because of Sumilon Island and regrettably, the whale shark feeding in Tan-awan, of which I'm totally against. Little did I know that the town also has a few historical places of interest, thanks to My Bibe's Instagram photos from her Southern Cebu trip some 2 months ago. And might I say they made me want to check this town out myself.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The "watching hour" at East Dane

I just realized I have a bunch of wristwatches that have been lying unused inside a drawer because their batteries needed replacement. I know all it's supposed to take is a trip to the watch repair guy but you just can't have enough watches, can you? I mean, especially when you see a classic beauty like this Daniel Wellington Cardiff watch here that I spotted on menswear shopping site East Dane:

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Daniel Wellington Cardiff 40mm Watch in rose gold, with brown leather strap.

If there's one excuse I can make for wanting this, it's the fact that I don't have any watch with a brown leather strap. I'm also digging the rose gold color, something I also don't have, and that it's thin and classic in its design, which would go perfectly with any business attire.

But then East Dane has loads of other beauties.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

[Throwback Thursday 07.03.2014] Our cringeworthy induction climb to Mt Manalmon

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Texting atop Mt Manalmon. Trivia: this photo was used for an article that came out in The Philippine Star.

This should have been my Throwback Thursday post last week because it was exactly 10 years ago on June 26 when the founding members of the Smart Mountaineering Club--otherwise known as Core or Batch 0--scaled the ridiculously short Mt Manalmon in San Miguel, Bulacan. I never wanted to, nor do I now, call it an induction climb because it makes me cringe. I mean, it's an extremely minor climb and this mountain--if it ever deserves to be called one--rises a mere 160 MASL.

In mountaineering parlance, an induction climb is the final climb where mountaineering trainees are inducted into a club following their completion of a basic mountaineering course (BMC). Depending on the club, the course could run anywhere from days to months. As such, induction climbs are often the hardest ones or if not, they involve the tallest mountains, preferably those that require more than 2 days to complete.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A treasure trove of history at Boljoon, Cebu

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Angels standing guard over the entrance to the church grounds at Boljoon.

Poring over My Bibe's Instagram photos of her little trip to the southern part of Cebu province last May, I'm filled with this yearning to really go visit these places she's been to. After Aloguinsan, where she enjoyed a simple yet lovely cruise along the Bojo River, I'm now sharing with you some of her smartphone shots of Boljoon (pronounced bol-ho-ON, or bull-hu-ON in true-blue Cebuano accent).

A fifth class municipality, Boljoon may be as simple as it gets but it does offer some nice views. It's a coastal town bordered by limestone cliffs and hills and has a lush mountain backdrop, making it a really picturesque place. Moreover, the people here are really nice and warm, to which My Bibe can attest.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fun and meaningful time at #BoomPH, the 3rd Social Media Day celebration in the Philippines

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The Philippine National Anthem playing at the start of #BoomPH's main event. Cool lights, huh?

Yesterday, June 28, hundreds of netizens trooped to the Samsung Hall at SM Aura Premier for the 3rd Social Media Day in the Philippines. Social Media Day (#SMDay) is an annual global event launched by Mashable in 2010 "as a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes," where people and communities are encouraged to organize local meetups in their respective cities.

In the Philippines, in Metro Manila in particular, the first such event was organized in 2012 by Tweetup Manila (@TweetupMNL), an online community of people who I can say are genuinely into social good, be it about disasters, rescues, and many more. It's their passion, one that's good and one that brings even more good.

Anyway, yesterday was the third, which was dubbed #BoomPH, short for "The Best of Online Media in the Philippines." Since 2012, #SMDay has gradually made its way into the Filipino consciousness and this year, more and more communities have joined in and staged their own celebrations in cities like Baguio, Cebu, Davao, and General Santos. And I'm sure there were more. The official worldwide #SMDay may be June 30 but hey, it's best celebrated on a weekend, right?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bringing back the old glory of the Bocaue Pagoda Festival

Technically it's called the Kapistahan ng Mahal na Poon ng Krus sa Wawa (Feast of the Holy Cross of Wawa). It's called many names actually but it's arguably the pagoda branding that people recognize the most. As an age-old tradition, the cross that was reportedly fished out of the river in Wawa in Bocaue, Bulacan is paraded annually down the river in a festively-designed pagoda. All this grandness, however, came to a screeching halt on July 2, 1993 when the pagoda gave out and sank in the river, killing around 500 people, mostly children and women.

At the office last Tuesday, the topic came from out of the blue and a colleague who hails from Bocaue told us that their new parish priest is reviving the festivities of old. It's been 21 years since that fateful evening that came to be known as the Bocaue Pagoda Tragedy, and maybe it was time for everyone to move on.

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June 27, 2014: The revived grandness of the pagoda tradition makes its way through the river on the first night of the 9-day novena in the Holy Cross's honor. (Photo from St Martin of Tours Parish Facebook page)

Legend has it, according to my colleague, that more than a hundred years ago a fisherman from Wawa found a black cross in the river and brought it home. His family's life soon turned out for the better, which he attributed to the cross that he found. Later more people would join in the veneration until the cross was entrusted to the parish church.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

[Throwback Thursday 06.26.2014] Mabanban na maulan

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Natulog sa presinto (Slept in a police precinct).

Oh yeah, that's me sleeping in a police station in the town of San Antonio, Zambales in the wee hours of one rain-soaked August morning in 2005. Well, it's not like I was apprehended or something that I had to spend the night in jail. Definitely not. It was probably around 2am and we just got off the bus from Manila, waiting for daybreak before we begin our ascent to Mt. Mabanban.

The mountaineering club we helped establish at our company, I'm happy to say, will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary this Saturday, June 28 at the foot of this very same mountain. I can't help but reminisce the two times I've scaled this mountain, each one with a different story to tell. This post is about my second time, an exploration climb with just four others. It was the height of the rainy season and we basically checked out if it would be a suitable venue for our 2nd batch of inductees, taking into account the logistics, the conditions, and the would-be impact on the mountain.
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