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Dec 31 2007

Rebels Raid Mining Firm In Southern RP

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 01, 2008) – Communist insurgents attacked early Tuesday a mining firm in South Cotabato province in southern Philippines, where security forces are battling the New People’s Army (NPA), which is fighting for a separate Maoist state.

The raiders torched a building and destroyed equipment owned by the Sagittarius Mines Inc. in the town called Tampakan past 3 a.m., according to a military report.

No one was reported injured or killed in the raid.

But the attack sent a chilling warning to the government that the NPA can carry out offensive despite a massive military operation to crush the growing insurgency problems in Mindanao island, where Muslim rebels are also fighting for a separate homeland.

The insurgents fled after the attack. The motive of the attack is still unknown, but NPA forces have previously raided other mining firms in Mindanao which refused to pay illegal taxation.

Indigenous tribes also were protesting the operation of the SMI, saying, the mining activities allegedly encroached into ancestral lands and caused pollution in rivers and streams in Tampakan, which is considered a watershed area.

In March last year, insurgents also raided a private coal mining firm, the MG Mining Company, in Raja Cabunsuan village in Surigao del Sur’s Lingig town.

The NPA carted weapons taken from security guards at the mining headquarters after MG executives refused to pay illegal taxation imposed by the insurgents.

The NPA had been collecting so-called «revolutionary taxes» to support its armed struggle to overthrow the democratic government for a separate Maoist homeland in the Philippines.

The weapons maintained by mining firms’ security guards have also attracted the insurgents.

The latest attack came days after the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said the NPA has achieved significant military victories in 2007 and warned of more and bigger offensive this year. (Mindanao Examiner)

Dec 31 2007

Year ender post

In a few hours it will be year 2008. Since i did it last year i thought ill make it again as a year ender post. 1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? Worked, worked, worked, got sick, sicked, got well then worked again its a cycle! 2. Did you keep your new […]

Dec 31 2007

Honoring Mary

Luke 2:16-21
Nm 6: 22-27/ Ps 67/ Gal 4: 4-7

But Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.
(Luke 2:19)

Lord, on this first day of the year, We honor Mary, our mother. May her example draw us near

To You, our most loving Father.

So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in a manger. When they saw this, they made known the saying which had been told them about this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb (Luke 2:16-21).


In today’s Gospel of Luke, Mary, the mother of Jesus took the time to reflect on the strange events surrounding her Son’s birth. It had not been easy for her, traveling from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea, at a time when she was about to give birth. All the inns were fully booked, forcing them to take shelter in a cave, fit only for horses and cattle. But this humble and strong lady took it all in stride, happy in the thought that despite all the miserable conditions she was being subjected to, she was the mother of the Messiah, the Lord and Savior of all mankind. Sure enough, her confidence was confirmed by shepherds who came to give homage to her Son. They told her about the hordes of angels who had proclaimed His birth. Soon after, magi from far-off lands would also pay them a visit, bearing gifts fit only for a king.

Another year has just begun, and it’s time to look forward to a better future filled with more confidence. The year past had been tumultuous and erratic — the economy was buffeted by soaring prices of oil, and the situation seemed hopeless in the light of civil unrest, crime, corruption in government, and the massive exodus of our jobless to foreign lands. Then, suddenly, as the year ended it seemed as if things are looking up again. How did we survive 2007? It was simply our strong faith as a Catholic nation. As Catholics, we are fortunate to have Mary as our model of faith and perseverance. She accepted without doubt the words of the angel during the Annunciation, just as she never wavered in the trials of Calvary. Pope John Paul II said we must be like the Mother of God, always reflecting in our hearts to be grateful for all past events, whether ill or fortunate; to live the present with exuberance (“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”); and to look forward to the future with hope and confidence. And why not, indeed, when we believe that we have a loving Father in heaven, and a Mother who will intercede for us in our times of need?

May the year 2008 be a prosperous one for all of us, full of love and compassion, reflections, prayers, and peace… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Father, as we plan our New Year’s resolutions today, we ask for the guidance of Your Holy Spirit, and for the intercession of our Mother Mary, our ideal of faith. Amen.

Dec 31 2007

Seafood Fettuccini

I don’t usually measure my ingredients when I’m cooking something like this, so I had roughly a little of everything of the following: Ingredients: Shrimps Mussels Oyster Squid Smoked salmon Garlic Onion 1 can all purpose cream 1 glass of white wine Oil for stir frying Salt & pepper Home-made fresh fettuccini

Dec 31 2007

Fresh Herbed Fettuccini

What’s the heck of making fresh pasta when there are available ready made in the supermarket? Well, the taste really differs!!! Been wondering why some restaurants are very proud to tell their customers that they make fresh pasty and that makes it quite pricey! Fresh pasta is more succulent and there is the flavors just comes alive in your mouth every bite compared to the dried lifeless

Dec 31 2007

Swiss Deli

Had this meal last night. It’s a Mahi-mahi fillet with capers, tomatoes and mushrooms with a mashed potato side dish. I was supposed to order Fish and Chips but they didn’t have it anymore 🙁 so I preferred to have this healthy meal instead of ordering some red meat meals. …

Dec 31 2007

The morning after

Deadweight like these cause local power outages and fatal accidents Ditto with large branches that give way to the bearing weight onto the hapless vehicle underneath. Not good without a garage…

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Dec 31 2007

Tungsten and lavender

After 9.5 inches of downpour, the place took on an eerie light of its own, kind of like those Arctic ghost town movie sets. This was taken about half past midnight. Click to see bigger photos or…

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Dec 31 2007

bag-ong tuig, bag-ong kinabuhi

Dec 31 2007

NY eve was a puh-retty good day!in the morning, wala hibernate lang.

in the afternoon, it was time to have fun.!I’m one lucky girl. If there’s one thing I am really «mayabang» about is the fact that I have these four girls as friends!!!And when i say friends, not just people you «hang with» but real and solid friendships! Meaningful connections that have really touched my soul.

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great, big WITCH hug!

look!! beggars!! yay!!

meet-ups like this keeps me sane, i should do this more often..hehehe..^^


start it w/ a bang!

Dec 31 2007

Firecrackers, New Year and Legal Greetings

Years back, I can’t understand adults who can’t understand us young ones setting off firecrackers left and right. These old people are killjoys, I thought.

Dec 31 2007

Best Christian Videos of 2007

Here is a list of what I consider as the best Christian videos I have seen in 2007. These videos have one thing in common – very powerful and inspiring messages. Each of the 5 videos has taught me something worthwhile. I must say that “The Bridge” and “Everything” have even moved me to […]

Dec 31 2007

Hapi New Year

  Gikan sa kinauyokang luna ning naglagubo kong dughan , duyog sa pinitik ning akong kasing kasing, dawata kining akong mainiton nga pagpanimbaya kaninyong tanan ug sa inyong banay sa paglabtik sa bag-ong tuig 2008. Tim-os akong manghinaut og hugot nga nangaliya nga ang gugma, Kalipay, Kapiskay sa panglawas, ug Kalinaw mohari …

Dec 31 2007

Blog Year 2007

Today, the last day of 2007, I was reflecting on the events of the last 12 months. My realization: they were good months. Not exactly as I’d planned, but highly satisfactory.

My greatest achievement for this year was the very successful conduct of the first-ever Mindanao Bloggers Summit in October. Surrounded by bloggers and supporters all throughout, I had no doubts that we could pull it off. What I hadn’t counted on was the way MindanaoBloggers.com turned out to be so viral. Long after the Summit was concluded, more and more bloggers from Mindanao are participating in the community.

In my work as an I.T. consultant and marketer, I’ve also seen some new developments this year. After several years of trying to promote Davao City to the Japanese market, it was only this year that these efforts have begun to pay off. Beginning in August, I’ve been monitoring an increased interest by Japanese I.T. companies in Davao City as an outsourcing and investment destination. This will hopefully continue into 2008 and beyond. (more…)

Sponsored By: 1st Mindanao Bloggers Summit — 27 Oct 2007, Davao City

Dec 31 2007

Reflecting on the Year to Pass

John 1: 1-18
1 Jn 2:18-21/Ps 96

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
(John: 1-2)

John talks about the Beginning, We wonder as the year’s end is here: What will the new year be bringing?

May God fill it with goodwill and cheer.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.


Today the year 2007 is ending. And yet today’s Gospel talks about a beginning — the never-ending Word of God Who is eternal — our Lord Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega. He is “the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn.1:5) Through this Light from God we have come to have life, because through Him God has given us power to become children of God, believing as we do in the power of His Name. (Jn. 1:12)

Today, let us reflect for a moment on how we have lived this past year, so that we can make a firm resolve to become even better in the coming year. How well did we spread goodwill and cheer among our relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors? How often did we show affection for our spouse and children? How much time did we spend with our parent(s) or grandparent(s), knowing how little time they have left to live on earth? How much effort and resources did we expend to give life to those who were in desolation, or the light of the Good News to those who were in darkness? We have received the fullness of God’s grace; how much of it did we share with others? How often did we stand for the truth, and spoke against the immoral and the unjust? How much good did we accomplish to make this world a better place to live in? These are just some of the questions we must ask ourselves if we are to make a resolution to become better Christians, and worthy children of God in 2008.

Lord Jesus, as we enter another year in our life’s journey, we pray for the grace to become better heralds of Your Good News not only in words, but in living our lives in accordance with our Father’s will. May the Holy Spirit abide in us always, as we strive to be more spiritually active and productive in the coming year. Amen.

Dec 31 2007

Ang Aking Ama, Lola At ICC Batch 86 Ni Mark Navales

Ako (dakong kaliwa) at ang ang aming Batch 86 ng Immaculate Conception College.

Isang araw ay sumagi sa aking isipan ang lugar ng Ozamis City na kung saan ako ay nagtapos ng highschool sa Immaculate Conception College. Nasa Ozamis rin kasi ang aking mahal na lola na siyang kumupkop at nagpaaral sa akin. Naging pasaway din kasi ako sa aking mga magulang noon kahit na ako’y sagana sa luho noon.

May kapatid ang aking ama sa Ozamis at doon sa aking auntie ako ay nakitira rin subalit hindi naging maganda ang pag trato sa akin — minamaltrato niya ako noon kung kayat isinumbong ko sa aking ama at pinalipat ako sa isang boarding house na kaharap lang din ng bahay ng aking auntie.

Habang akoy pinapaaral ng aking ama sa Ozamis City noon ay nasunod rin ang aking luho, hindi naging mabuti ang aking pag aaral, sumama sa barkada, disco rito disco doon at naapektuhan na ang aking pag aaral. Hanggang akoy pinahinto ng aking ama. Kilala ako sa aming eskwelahan bilang magaling sa sayawan, strut dance pa ang uso noon, at ang tawag sa aming grupo ay “The Body Crack Machine.”

Nakilala rin ako sa aking pagiging artista at magaling na atleta dahil sa aking paboritong laro…ang soccer at track and field. Natatandaan ko pa noon na kung tawagin ako ng mga estudyante at kaibigan ay “Tagalog” dahil ako lang yata ang estudyanteng Tagalog sa mga panahon noon – dekada 80!

Sa panahong iyon ay ayaw kong tumigil sa pag aaral subalit matigas ang aking ama at ayaw na akong gastusan dahil raw sa mga kaliyuhan ko…hindi ko raw pinagbuti ang aking pagaaral na siyang magiging puhunan ko sa kinabukasan. Sa pagkakataong iyon gumawa ako ng paraan at naisip ko na mag layas na lamang at naghanap ako ng kamag-anakang kukupkop sa akin – may ilang mga kaibigan rin ang tumulong at sa mga panahon na iyon ko na rin nabatid kung sino ang tunay na nagmamahal sa akin.

Sa mga panahon rin iyon ko nalasap ang tunay na kalbaryo ng buhay, ang hirap na aking dinanas sa malupit na mundong ginagalawan.

Hindi alam ng aking mga classmate at kaibigan na naging working student ako sa aming paaralan at sa totoo lang ako’y hiyang-hiya sa aking sarili dahil ang pagkakilala nila sa akin noon ay may kaya o sinabi sa buhay dahil nga sa magkabilaang mga gimik noon.

Noong una tinago ko muna sa kanila na akoy isang working student, hinhintay kung makalabas lahat ng mga mag aaral sa eskwelahan bago ako mag linis ng hallway at CR. Matapos akong maglinis ay uuwi na ako at maghihintay naman ng gabi dahil waiter naman ako sa isang sikat na bar at inaabot ako ng hanggang madaling araw. Minsan akoy napa luha dahil sa sampung piso lang ang kinikita ko sa panahong iyon, dahil sa totoo lang hindi ko alam ang salitang IPON.

Sa panahong iyon doon ko naalala ang aking mahal na ama, muling gumuhit sa aking ouso at isipan ang mga paalalang aking binalewala. Sabi niya “anak tapusin mo ang iyong pagaaral dahil iyan lamang ang tanging yaman na maiiwan ko sa iyo at iyan rin ang iyung magiging puhunan sa buhay…ang makapagtapos ng pag aaral.”

Hindi rin ako gaanong tumagal sa aking mga pinasok dahil alam kong ito’y pansamatala lamang at hanggang lumapit ako sa aking lola na nakatira sa KOTA area kung na kilalang pinag kutaan noon ng mga sundalong Kastila na tabing-dagat lamang at dito rin ako tumagal habang ako’y nag aaral.

Isang araw dumating ang aking mga magulang at ako’y sinundo upang kunin at muling paaralin sa Cotabato City at laking pasalamat nila sa aking lola na akoy kinupkop pasamantala. Ang sabi ko sa aking sarili na balang araw akoy muling babalik sa Ozamis City na nakataas noo at hindi na mahihiya sa aking mga kamag-aral at kaibigan at nagapi ko ang isang nakakahiyang karanasan at naging inspirasyon ko ang aking pag titiis at sisikap na matapos ang aking pag aaral.

December 28, 2007 at naisipan kung bumalik ng Ozamis City makaraan ng 21 taon upang muling makita ang lungsod na minsang naging bahagi ng aking buhay, na naging saksi sa aking mga nakaraang pagsubok sa aking buhay, at upang muling makita ang aking pinakamamahal na lola.

Isang kaibigan ang nagsabi sa aking may reunion daw ang ICC High School. Pumunta rin kami ng Oroqueta City upang mabisita ang ilang kamg anak at kaibigan na si Tony Abejo, na isang broadcaster at manunulat sa peridico. Nakalipas ang gabi kami ay muling bumalik sa Ozamis at sa pagkakataong iyon hindi ko na pinalampas ang nasabing class reunion ng ICC.

Muli kung nasilayan ang aking mga classmate at ka-batch ng 1986 sa naturang reunion ng gabing iyon, may mga kwento rin sa ilang classmate ko ang nakaka lungkot dahil ang iba ay tuluyan na rin nagapi ng droga ang kanilang buhay.

May ilan rin ang hiwaly na sa asawa at ang iba naman ay dalaga pa rin hanggang ngayon at may ilan rin naging negosyante. Hindi pa rin kumupas ang mga dating kasamahan na guwapo at maganda. Sa aking pakikipagusap sa mga dating kasama sa paaralan ay mistulang komiks ang kwento ng buhay naming lahat.

Mistulang Pelikula ang bawat salaysay ng buhay…may malungkot at may masaya.
Sila’y namangha rin ng makita ako dahil sa aking propesyong pinasok sa buhay – ang pagiging isang PHOTO JOURNALIST na kaya ng humarap sa kanila at pinakita ang ilang mga obra maestra sa diyaryo at magazine. Sa gabing iyon hindi mababayaran ng salapi ang kaligayahang aking naramdaman at napakasaya ko rin dahil muli kong nakasama si LOLA an gang ICC CLASS 86!

Dec 30 2007

Is It War On Terror Or War On Civilians Or Simply Paranoid? US Military Reprimanded In Philippines

SULU ISLAND, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 31, 2007) – The Philippine military ordered US troops away from a government hospital after they forcibly closed it down in the southern province of Sulu.

US troops ordered Muslim doctors and hospital staff to close down the Panamao District Hospital at night since December 3. American troops who put up a base near the hospital even told the doctors to treat their patients at the municipal hall.

Dr. Silak Lakkian, head of the hospital, has complained about how US troops meddled into their operations.

US soldiers insist there is a threat against them in the town from suspected Abu Sayyaf militants, but the report was disputed by local security forces.

American soldiers are in Sulu since 2006 to train Filipino troops and assist and advice them in the so-called war on terror. Rebels are active in Sulu province, about 950 kilometers south of Manila.

On Monday, the Philippine military banned US soldiers from near the hospital and even sent Filipino soldiers to guard the hospital.

The governor of Sulu, Sakur Tan, allowed the resumption of the hospital operations at night to cater to emergencies and patients in Panamao after a meeting with military and town officials over the weekend.

At the meeting, the US military commanders in Sulu apologized for the incident.

“The hospital has resumed operations at night and everything is back to normal again,” Brigadier General Ruperto Pabustan, commander of the Philippines Army Special Forces in Sulu, told Mindanao Examiner.

The news of the incident only broke out Saturday after hospital staff complained to authorities and journalists about how US troops forcibly shut down the hospital at night and even threatened to shoot anybody if there was an attack against the foreigners.

“US troops have no authority to impose on us,” the governor said.

The US military tried to cover up the incident and denied it ever happened and blamed the local media for the “blunder.”

Local villagers and some Filipino troops also have complained about the arrogance of US soldiers in Sulu. Some US troops have allegedly treated Filipino soldiers like vassal.

Some US troops also prevented curious Muslim villagers to go near them in public places as though the locals were terrorists.

American troops had in the past also harassed Filipino journalists who were covering joint RP-US military war games in Zamboanga City and Sulu and in some occasions arrested and seized the cameras of reporters who took photos and videos of them.

It was also in Sulu that hundreds of US soldiers slaughtered some 800 Muslim villagers, including innocent women and children, during the Moro rebellion in March 1906 that has become known as the First Battle of Bud (Mount) Dajo also called the «Moro Crater Massacre.»

During this battle, 790 men and officers, under the command of Colonel J.W. Duncan, assaulted the volcanic crater, which was held by several hundred rebels protecting Muslim villagers. (Mindanao Examiner)

Dec 29 2007

Suspect In Journalist Slay Arrested In South RP

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 30, 2007) – Police have arrested one of two men linked to the murder of a Filipino broadcaster in the southern port city of Davao.

Police said Oliver Antoc, 31, was nabbed on Friday night in Davao City by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group while buying a roast chicken for dinner. They also seized a .45-caliber pistol from Antoc.

Two witnesses in the killing of Ferdinand Lintuan also pointed to Antoc as the gunman who shot the journalist inside his car on December 24.

It said it would file criminal charges against Antoc based on testimonies of the witnesses. It was unknown whether Antoc is a member of the Davao Death Squad or who ordered the killing of the journalist.

Two motorcycle gunmen killed Ferdinand Lintuan as he was driving his car.

Lintuan’s killing was previously blamed on the vigilante group called the Davao Death Squad, which is believed behind hundreds of extra-judicial killings the past years in Davao City.

Most of its victims were suspected criminals and thieves, but relatives and families of those killed have accused policemen as behind the Davao Death Squad.

Police gave no details about its investigation into the killing, but Lintuan’s murder was not the first in Davao City. Several journalists had been murdered in the past in Davao and among them were Ed Palomares, Cezar Magalang, Narciso Balani, Rogie Zagado in 1987 and Juan Pala Jr., in 2003.

Five journalists had been killed and two others wounded in separate attacks in the Philippines since early this year, according to the National Union of Journalists.

The Philippines is branded as one of the most dangerous place for journalists because of unresolved killings. Dozens of journalists were killed the past years and most of the cases remain unresolved.

More than 900 people, among them political activists, have been killed and hundreds are still missing since President Gloria Arroyo took office in 2001, according to the United Methodist News Service. (Mindanao Examiner)

Dec 29 2007

Book for January: I Am Legend

Our book club is underway. We will be having our first book discussion next month. Our first book is I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.It’s not very challenging. I mean I was looking for something more deep, more intellectually stimulating, more poignant, something that will get you emotionally involved in and make you think deep thoughts even after reading it, a pleasure to read, etc. But we chose it in the hope that it will attract more potential members knowing that it’s a ‘popular’ book.I’m already half-way through the novel and all I can say is that the story is just so-so. I wonder why how I’m going to facilitate our discussion next month, since our reading is not very interesting hehehe… (The way we structured it is that each month we will have a three-man committee, composed of the host, the facilitator and the secretary. The host takes care of the book discussion venue, the facilitator takes charge of the discussion itself — he or she prepares the guide questions, maintains orders, etc., and the secretary is the contact person, records the book list and suggestions for the coming months, the minutes of the meeting and etc. This way the other members can just focus on the reading.)Still this is all very exciting. I’ve always wanted to join or start a book club.But, you may wonder, why join/ start a book club?Well, a book club will help you grow as a person, too, you know, just like any other club. It provides a place where you can socialize with other people who have similar interests as you. And since this is a book club, it will help you grow intellectually and emotionally as well.Mr. J asked me the other day, half in jest, why he should join the club (I encouraged him but he’s hesitant). He doesn’t see the point of reading fiction. What’s the point of reading stories that are not real, events that never took place? I told him that fiction is important, too. The stories may just be the author’s invention, but they can still be relevant to our personal lives. Our existence as individuals are very limited. We only get to live one single life, after all. Yet by reading, we get to live the lives of others; the scope of our existence is widened. We get to live the emotions and thoughts of countless authors in all their variety. We plunge into the richness of human experience, and in the process we gain wisdom and knowledge, and our lives improve for the better, in a way.

If you’re interested in joining our club, let me know. Btw, our club’s name is Book Fellas.

Dec 29 2007


I’ve been planning to change the template of this blog, but I can’t get it right. I keep getting an error message from Blogger. I’ll put back my blogroll later.

Dec 29 2007

Visit Britain!

UK is particularly well prepared to accommodate visitors at anytime of the year.It is served by  a fantastic public transport  system which makes getting around so simple & quick.Getting to know UK means getting to know its rich history, and for each city you visit there’s a story to tell.It may be winter at this time but there’s so much thing to do around the UK . One of the world leading tourist destination is London.Historic & magnificent buildings like the ‘Tower of London’  it’s a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can see Britain’s most precious treasure’ The Crown Jewels’ stand on the execution site of 3 English queens.Famous museums ‘Madame Tussauds, the famous House of Wax’ is a must to visit as well as to beautiful parks are just a few reasons why you have to visit this very exciting city.You can easily book a room in any Hotels in London with very competitive cost.

Another exciting city is Birmingham,it’s otherwise known as a gateway to the heart of England with full of history and heritage, beautiful villages and access to lush rolling countryside. Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshousesare are two favorites for kids and adults alike.Browse the directory of hotels in Birmingham and you’ll find the list of recommended hotels with very affordable prices.You can also check for last minute deals with lowest rates to enjoy a more pleasant stay in Birmingham.Another fantastic city to visit while traveling to England is Manchester.Getting around this interesting city is made easy and more exciting with the several tourist attractions to see. Manchester is famous of its image for contemporary metropolis, with modern landmark buildings, a brilliant source of art and culture,and superb hospitality.From fine dining and classy theatre, to major sporting events. It’s also popular shopping destination with the added advantage that you don’t have to travel far from your hotel.This city offers every entertainment you can wish for.So,whatever it is you are looking for, either hotels in Manchester or fun attractions & festivals surely Manchester have you covered.

By the way, if you have a last-minute trip to the UK, a website that may be worth visiting is Cheaperthanhotels.co.uk Check them out!

Dec 29 2007

New Year Wishlist

I was tagged by Thess awhile back to write down 5 Christmas wishlist but just a day to go before New Year.I thought it’s only appropriate to list down my New Year Wishlist instead.

Photos by Sidney of MySarisariStore


My 2008 wishlist is sincerely goes to these poor children in the Philippines.I couldn’t help but shed many tears of sadness for these kids.I’m finding it very hard to ignore these photos and simply live my “normal daily life” without feeling guilty about having abundance of food to eat & sleeping in a soft clean warm bed.How lucky we all are!

1.I wish that God bless these children.

2.I wish to see these children getting proper education and better homes.

3.I wish they receive the love and attention that they so desperately need!

4.I wish people reach out,to lend a helping hand to these children.

5.I wish the Phil. Government to have human morals or concerns towards these children.

I’m sending my love to these little angels this New Year!

Dec 29 2007

Blog Addiction

What made you start blogging ?

Not sure anymore what made me start blogging.I actually started it in 2004.I had my first blog hosted by Mblog but after few months they required bloggers to pay the space so decided to go for Blogspot where I was happy & contented til wordpress came.Then the rest were history.

2. How many people that you know in real Life, know about and read your blog ?

Many many of them but they never leave comments (except my giving birth entry,lol) Funny thing is,if my post cracked them up,they would send me an email telling me that I’m crazy and they’re missing it.

3. How important are hits and comments to you ?

They’re like a morning cup of coffee.I don’t think this blog would ever survive without them.Getting hits & comments  really makes my day.

4. How personal are your posts ? or, if someone you knew found out about your blog, how much trouble would you be in ?

I’m avoiding personal angry-bitchy kind of post as much as I can.But few exceptions to it ofcourse.In that case,these are moments when I have PMS or full moon or something,hehe

5. Have you been to / would you attend a blogger meet-up ?
 I’ve been to blogger meet up (eyeball) thrice infact. Please see photos.

My ever first meet up with fellow pinay bloggers was at Ruth’s son b-day party in 2004.There, I’ve met Anp and two other bloggers,justice & jhing and ofcourse,their cuty kiddies & daddies:)

The 2nd meet up was held in my place with my son’s first b-day celebration in 2005. Full attendance with EU bloggers like Thess,Jing,Svelte,Justice,Alaine,Anp & Ruth.Can you imagine,accommodating 7 of them with kids & husbands for weekend?Well, I did and no regret on my part.My husband enjoyed it,too. That was a blast indeed!

My first meeting with the gorgeous Ms. Lukaret & Ms.Wanderlust was in 2006 at Ms.Lukaret’s place for her debut celebration:)And ofcourse,Thess & Jing were there,too.I had a fantastic time with them really.It was like visiting a family home.Truly unforgettable! I was 8 months preggy,Imagine?Walang patawad basta EB haha

Dec 29 2007

US Troops Losing War For Hearts And Minds In Sulu

SULU ISLAND, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 29, 2007) – Philippine authorities have began an investigation into disturbing reports that US troops deployed in Sulu province had ordered the closure of a government hospital in the town of Panamao.

The soldiers allegedly barged into the Panamao District Hospital on Dec. 3 and ordered its closure for a still unknown reason.

US troops are in Sulu province since early this year to assist and advice Filipino forces in fighting terrorism.

Dr Silak Lakkian, head of the hospital, has complained about how US troops meddled into their operations.

The news only broke out Saturday after local journalists learned about the incident, but US military officials were not available to make any statement.

Sulu Governor Sakur Tan said he will personally on the reports involving US troops and has talked to Major General Reuben Rafael, commander of Philippine military forces in the province, about it.

“US troops have no authority to impose on us,” he said.

It was not immediately known whether the US military tried to cover up the incident, but General Rafael, also said that he will look into the reports. “We will look into this,” he told the Mindanao Examiner.

Local villagers and some Filipino troops also have complained about the arrogance of US soldiers in Sulu. Some US troops have allegedly treated Filipino soldiers like janitors and laborers in the province.

Heavily-armed US troops were also preventing curious Muslim villagers to go near them in public places as though the locals were terrorists.

American troops had in the past also harassed Filipino journalists who were covering joint RP-US military war games in Zamboanga City and Sulu and in some occasions arrested and seized the cameras of reporters who took photos and videos of them.

It was also in Sulu that hundreds of US soldiers slaughtered some 800 Muslim villagers, including innocent women and children, during the Moro rebellion in March 1906 that has become known as the First Battle of Bud (Mount) Dajo also called the “Moro Crater Massacre.”

During this battle, 790 men and officers, under the command of Colonel J.W. Duncan, assaulted the volcanic crater, which was held by several hundred rebels protecting Muslim villagers.

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