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Sign The Petition Now! Say NO to Nickelodeon’s Underwater Theme Park in Coron, Palawan! #coronisnotbikinibottom

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We call on the Local Government of Palawan, Nickelodeon (Viacom International Media Networks), and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts Inc., to junk their plan to build a 400-hectare underwater theme park in Coron, Palawan.

Why is this important?

Contrary to the press statement that the underwater theme park would “advocate ocean protection,” it will accomplish the exact opposite. By building artificial structures, you will undeniably damage and disrupt Palawan’s marine ecosystems — our Last Frontier. If you are sincere and serious about marine conservation, the money allocated for the underwater theme park should be invested in marine protected areas, sustainable livelihoods for local communities, and environmental education programs.

For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources. We don’t need an underwater theme park — our underwater life is fascinating, entertaining, and educational on its own.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PEITION!
https://www.bataris.org.ph/petitions/no-to-nickelodeon-s-underwater-theme-park-in-palawan

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In Photos: Urbiztondo Beach in San Juan, La Union

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Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 9 – The Girl With a Wild Side

There’s a lot of things that I liked about the episode last night and just a few missed that I didn’t care about at all after waking up this morning. I loved the fact that my two home-girls got the first and second call-outs, whoot hoot! And ofcourse, the photoshoot this week was j’adore!!!! I’m not that disappointed with the girl that was sent home, only if you will based the episode on their body of works all throughout the competition but to boot her out with that picture was a travesty! For this episode, the girls went to Sarawak in Borneo. During the shoot, resident judge Mike Rosenthal was their photographer so the girls were very nervous and all. It was the best concept of the season for a shoot if I may say so, let’s all check them out…

Jodilly

Jodilly

This for me is beyond incredible! It’s my favorite shot of the season! This is a very strong photo and could easily land Jodilly a spot in the finals!

Josephine

Josephine

I just love this girl! She keeps on producing great shot after another! I’m not gonna be mad if I’ll see her walking the final runway.

Katarina

Katarina

I love me some baby Katja and she’s looking fierce as hell here! I love that she also reminds me of a tribe princess here jungle warrior princess theme since the outfits says so little about the latter.

Marie

Marie

This shot is too grotesque for me in the face. I wished Marie could’ve soften it a little but nevertheless, it was still a good shot face down.

Natalie

Natalie

Remove the shoes and I can totally picture this in a National Georgraphic feature. I just love the composition of this shot! There’s so much to look at and it’s really interesting!

Nicole

Nicole

Nicole’s magic seems to be not working this time – she’s totally losing it. Cmon’ girl! It’s the final stretch!

Sheena

Sheena

Wow! Sheena is looking so luminous! I love her body movement and I love that I can still see Sheena! Like always, it’s smashing!

So who went home this episode?

Call Out Order
First Call Out: Katarina
2nd: Jodilly
3rd: Sheena
4th: Marie
5th: Josephine

Bottom Two: Natalie & Nicole
Eliminated: Natalie

pictures via Asia’s Next Top Model

The Majestic Stairway To Heaven

Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces Sagada, June 2013

Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces
Sagada, June 2013

I took this beautiful scenic view of the Kapay-Aw Rice terraces after our trekking at the Pongas Falls in Sagada (’twas my second visit as well.) What can I say, I just love this place for everything seemed to be perfect in it like this view!

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 3 – The Girl Who’s Hot When She Is Cold

This episode almost killed half of the girls in the house. For their reward challenge, the girls did a commercial shoot for Visit Malaysia 2014 ads where they have to walk  the runway  on top of Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower)! Janice had a panic attack while most of the girls did pretty well. Hometown girl Josephine was the winner of this challenge!

For their third shoot, the girls are to posed sexy as they test their limits to withstand the cold wearing just skimpy outfitsin SnoWalk in Sengalor. Most of them were amazing this episode except for Janice who seemed to be off her elements this week.

At panel, Josephine was yet again praised for her consistency as well as Nicole  (who’s becoming my favorite by the way) for delivering edgy looks. The judges were not that impressed with the rest but they ultimately felt Janice and Jihye didn’t deliver at all…

So who’s getting the boot???

I just love how Nicole's working her face!

I just love how Nicole’s working her face!

Jihye's looking too posey for me

Jihye’s looking too posey for me

Not a fan of her face here, Luv her body language though. Step it up Jodilly!

Not a fan of her face here, Luv her body language though. Step it up Jodilly!

Poojaa - Model 101

Poojaa – Model 101

Josephine is werking it!  She's unstoppable! The one to beat atm!

Josephine is werking it! She’s unstoppable! The one to beat atm!

my little Katja! Wow! She's totally improving!!!

my little Katja! Wow! She’s totally improving!!!

Sneha's giving me a very "inexpensive" pose here...ehem...

Sneha’s giving me a very “inexpensive” pose here…ehem…

Jihye's looking too posey for me

Jihye’s looking too posey for me

Thao needs to know how to look tall in pictures!

Thao needs to know how to look tall in pictures!

Sheena's one of my favorite girls in the competition, like what the judges have mentioned - she knows this is a competition!

Sheena’s one of my favorite girls in the competition, like what the judges have mentioned – she knows this is a competition!

'still not a fan Tia girl. NEXT!

‘still not a fan Tia girl. NEXT!

Natalie's shot's just okay. Nothing special really...

Natalie’s shot’s just okay. Nothing special really…

This shot has got to be the worst for me... it's  borderline catalog and girl' doesn't know her angles!

This shot has got to be the worst for me… it’s borderline catalog and girl’ doesn’t know her angles!

Call Out Order
FCO – Josephine (double win!)
2. Nicole
3. Sheena
4. Katarina
5. Natalie
6. Tia
7. Thao
8. Poojaa
9. Jodilly
10. Marie
11. Sneha
Bottom Two: Janie and Jihye
Eliminated: Jihye

Best Photo Week3

pictures via Asia’s Next Top Model

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 2 – Who Attracts the Following?

Last night’s episode was pretty interesting with the  remaining 14 girls vying for the title of the most bad@ss model in the house LOL. For their challenge, they were to form three groups with three girls each leaving Nicole and Sneha group-less so they formed a two-girl group instead.  The groups are to take “selfies” of themselves and the winner of that challenge was the beautiful Pooja who shared her reward to… Katarina! They went to an helicopter ride, sightseeing the beautiful Malaysian scenery.

Shortly after that, the girls are to pose in Malaysian traditional clothing in Batu Caves ( a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples situated in Gombak district in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.)

During the shoot, each girl just had 15 frames to work with. Jodilly, Janice, Nicole and Sneha impressed the photographer while Pooja, Katja and Natalie did okay.  Bona was not showing versatility disappointing everyone in the shoot and the rest are just hanging there.

Prior to the panel, the girls are having some issues with each other esp Nicole over Janice whose being a brat in my opinion. Wow! I feel like watching an episode of the American version with this episode! LOL. Tia’s being all so bitchy with Katja. At panel, they hated Bona’s picture. Too bland IMO. I also didn’t like Tia’s pose. She’s not a model, TBH and the judges doesn’t like it as well. #served

Anyways, here are the pictures from last night episode. Don’t mind my critique, that’s just me. >_<

Bona

Bona

This is beyond lifeless. I thought she’d be great over the run of the show but this is pretty boring.

Janice

Janice

I do not like her at all. This photo isn’t very good to begin with. She look one dimensional in my opinion.

Jihye

Jihye

I feel that the dress is too much for her. She’s drowning in this shot.

Jodilly

Jodilly

Biases aside, I think my homegirl’s killing it! The hidden hand was a bit distracting but overall, I’d say that this is a really great shot!

Josephine

Josephine

I love Josephine’s bone structure. She can do better than this and I’m putting this shot in the upper tier.

Katarina

Katarina

The ever-so feisty Katja! I totally love her personality but I feel that she’s not bringing it! She’s without question the prettiest in the house but “pretty” can only get you further.

Marie

Marie

I feel that she’s being safe but girl has got it!

Natalie

Natalie

I liked it. I’m just worried that she looks really short which doesn’t help her at all since she’s only 5’7.”

I'm surprised by Nicole. She's giving me a supermodel aura. I love the position of her legs as well as her face!!! Lovely!

I’m surprised by Nicole. She’s giving me a supermodel aura. I love the position of her legs as well as her face!!! Lovely!

Poojaa (Challenge Winner)

Poojaa (Challenge Winner)

I love this shot. I thought it’s very elegant. Not digging her look but her posture’s quite nice.

Sheena

Sheena

Now, this is fierce baby!! Go Sheena!

Sneha

Sneha

She overdid it so there. It didn’t work at all.

Thao

Thao

I love Thao! I love how she photographs and her face is just to die for! It’s very interesting!

Tia

Tia

I’m not really digging it! Tia’s not a model, I’m sorry.

Call Out Order
FCO – Nicole
Jodilly
Sheena
Thao
Natalie
Katarina
Sneha
Janice
Josephine
Poojaa
Jihye
Marie
BOTTOM TWO: Bona and Tia
Eliminated: Bona

Best Photo Week 2

pictures via Asia’s Next Top Model / RTVG

December To Remember In Sagada Part 2: Rocky Valley Inn and Cafe Review (December 2013)

I booked a room for two as early as November since most of the Inns that I’ve contacted are fully booked already because of the bonfire festival and naturally, December’s a peak season in Sagada. I was able to booked at Rocky Valley Inn. I was asked to deposit half of the rate for three days (it’s 250/pax/day.) The inn is located near the Sagada Weaving and is in front of a gas station. It was a  good 8 minute walk from/to the center.

via saggas.org

via saggas.org

the rock formation fronting our veranda

the rock formation fronting our veranda

The place was very clean of course. I thought Alex, the guy who assisted us was very professional. The room given to us was at the second floor with a veranda which I loved by the way because it’s fronting a big beautiful rock formation and it was naturally, freaking cold.

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They have WiFi connection at the ground floor and they also served food. The food was good and reasonably priced. Our only critique is the lack of hospitality from the other girl who’s manning the place who keeps sneering on us. She was probably in a bad mood that weekend. o_O  Overall, our stay was rather okay because the rooms are clean as well as the shared rest rooms. Just good food and clean room. *wink*

Rating: 4.5/10

To be continued…

December To Remember In Sagada! (December 2013)

Yeah, I know. Three’s a charm for me in 2013 – I have a special connection with Sagada that’s why I keep on coming back. Like what I’ve posted previously, there is a feeling of serenity whenever I visit this place.

This time around, I was with my very best friend Dek! I’ve been asking him for quite a while now to go and come with me to Sagada but because of his dayjob, he cannot really commit. Lo and behold though, in December – our schedule suddenly matched! He was transferred to a new program and was given several days of vacation leaves! How amazing is that? Finally, Dek will finally see the beauty that I’ve been raving about since we’ve met!

This is a trip of first times though. It was actually Dek’s first time to visit here and since we’re going the Baguio-Sagada trip, Dek also got the chance to check out the city of pines for the first time!

So for this trip,we didn’t do any bus booking – you see, it’s crazy for us to do that because it’s the holiday – it was the freaking December 27! We’re basically chance passengers to any bus companies that could take us to Baguio. Eventually, we settled for Dagupan Bus Company. Earlier in the afternoon of December 27, we’re waiting for the Genesis Bus Baguio trip but we were told that it’d be later in the night that the bus will be arriving so we’re to take a chance at Dagupan’s and can you believe that I’ve to stand until we reached Mabalacat, Pampanga? Oh well, I told you it’s a trip of first time right?

Dek's first time in Baguio!

Dek’s first time in Baguio!

We arrived in Baguio City at around three in the morning so we have ample time to check out the city. We went to Burnham Park and the areas surrounding it. It was pretty nice though, it reminded me during my first time in Baguio with my family during my teen years. It was the holy week and we’ve to sleep in the park along with many tourists! It was fun though.

inside the Burnham Park

inside the Burnham Park

Anyways, so we walked around Baguio (SM, the church, Wet Market, Session Road) and we even got lost because I can’t seem to remember the bus terminal for Sagada until it suddenly dawned on me that we’re just walking in circle and the terminal’s just beside the wet market! lol

There were tons of tourist and locals at the terminal and the wait was pretty long. We’re able to get hold of the first trip and I’m telling you, it was freezing!!! It was another six hours to Sagada so we rested a little and ready ourself for the even colder Sagada…

To be continued…

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 5: Salt & Pepper, Echo Valley and Photo Ops (October 2013)

On our last day, Joba and her boyfriend Russell had to leave early because they have to attend some stuff in Manila so Anna and I stayed just a little bit and decided to leave at lunch time.

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yum! yum!

yum! yum!

We had our breakfast at Salt & Pepper whose ambiance I digged very much. We both ordered heavy breakfast and talked about what we’re going to do after.

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at the back of Church Of St. Mary The Virgin

at the back of Church Of St. Mary The Virgin

We also went to the Echo Valley. 🙂

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the football field at the school near the church

the football field at the school near the church

a fellow tourist volunteered to take our picture

a fellow tourist volunteered to take our picture

the basketball court at the center of Sagada

the basketball court at the center of Sagada

we went to St. Joseph Inn to inquire availability on December and I saw this - just... sigh!

we went to St. Joseph Inn to inquire availability on December and I saw this – just… sigh!

after this we immediately went back to the guest house, packed our belongings and catch the last bus to Baguio City! I realized that October’s a really good time to visit this place (my first time here was in October 2010) because there aren’t too many tourist so you’d feel that you really have the place for yourself!

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 4: Cave Connection and Marlboro Country At Night! (October 2013)

The next day, Carlo had to leave early to cover the local election the next day. The rest of us went to the SAGGAS Office to choose what we should do although it was already pre-determined that we’ll go caving.We decided to go ahead with the cave connection from Lumiang Cave to Sumaging Cave. An ardous yet exciting four hours caving (which I did the first time I was there)

the coffins at the entrance of the Lumiang cave

the coffins at the entrance of the Lumiang cave

Hello there!!!

Hello there!!!

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one of the most photographed rock formation within this cave!

one of the most photographed rock formation within this cave!

Evolution of Man? LOL

Evolution of Man? LOL

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I really loved this!

I really loved this!

with our dependable guide Edwin aka Kilpot!

with our dependable guide Edwin aka Kilpot!

After our spelunking adventure, we’re contemplating on going to Mount Ampacao but it was pretty late – around 5PM if I’m not mistaken. We’re actually after the sunset but as I’ve said – it’s late already. We just opted to go to the Marlboro Country! Can you believe it! After four hours in the cave, we’ve to go to the peak of the Marlboro Mountains for a 90minutes hiking and another 90 going down, mind you.

we were accompanied by Patrick as well

we were accompanied by Patrick as well

we're tired but we're happy!

we’re tired but we’re happy!

Edwin and Patrick made a bonfire! Yay!

Edwin and Patrick made a bonfire! Yay!

It was very special though, I personally loved every minute of it. It was foggy so we didn’t see the view but the feeling on top of these mountains is just different. It’s like you are one with nature!

After our Marlboro Country adventure, we went tothe Yoghurt House and had some yoghurt then we decided to grab some drinks at Vincent’s Cafe before calling it a day!

The street below Yoghurt House. Pretty isn't?

The street below Yoghurt House. Pretty isn’t?

Let's drink to that folks!

Let’s drink to that folks!

To be continued…