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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

goodbye 2015

I grew up very career-driven and achievement-oriented. To me relationships
come and go, but personal achievements and career, these two go together.
Seeing and hearing of couples part ways after 3, 5, 10, or even more years
simply re-enforced the transient nature of relationships in my mind and that
I shouldn’t invest too heavily in something that wouldn’t last.  Not wanting to
be in a relationship for the sake of it, I always believe that there is a special
someone out there for everyone.  I felt I owed it to myself to give love a

serious stab because truth be told, I had been putting love on hold all my life.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Toyfair 2015

its been a few weeks since I last updated my blog, I have been busy and preoccupied
with work and some problems I needed to patch up at the shop.
by now, with the  worsening traffic conditions We may all feel the Christmas season
without the cold breeze of air. There is no religious holiday quite like it for the millions
everywhere who observe it. after all, we filipinos have the longest Christmas!

As shoppers pack stores, browsing for gifts they hope to buy at bargain-basement
prices. Soaring strains of “White Christmas,” “Silent Night” or “Rudolph, Reindeer”
resonate everywhere. Christmas trees with twinkling lights and bright, sparkling
ornaments create a mystical and glowing environment. Entire families want to
experience the special mystery that only comes with the Christmas season
and with this comes the 10th edition of the Christmas Toys and Collectibles
fair! and dont forget about RETRO TOYS!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

No stamp collectors month this yr

Last year I attended my very first Stamp Collecting month sponsored by Philpost
held last Nov 11, 2014, this year I was dissapointed that maybe because of APEC?
there is no stamp collecting month and no major exhibit and contest. why? maybe
because  there are only a few stamp collectors left.

I remember when I was in grade school, teachers promote stamp collecting as
a secondary hobby I wonder if Chinese teachers are still doing this now in our
Chinese schools? I guess not? Please,. correct me if am wrong.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the Sad of APEC

Its been said based on the media that the event will allow the Philippines to expand trade
interaction with APEC member countries, including a new free trade agreement with
Chile; consult with the US on joining the American-led Trans-Pacific Partnership,
free trade agreement, which has concluded its first phase of negotiations; and finalize
a major infrastructure deal with  Japan. There could also be discussions with China
on the Philippines' pending decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Chinese Funeral Tradition

Today is November 1, being Chinese, I thought of sharing what I believe and what
my grand mother, and aunties taught me about the other side of Chinese tradition.

Chinese funeral has several main traditions.   Buddhist ceremonies that last at least for 49 days. 
the most important is that the first 7 days are believed to be made up of prayers 7 days a wk
49 days. for well to do families. If a family of the deceased is poor this period can be short, 
lasting only 3 days.

Traditionally the daughters of the deceased pay the funeral costs. The head of the family 
should at least be present at first prayer ceremony, if possible at second prayer ceremony 
and certainly at the burial or cremation. Chinese also have a special Buddhist prayer 
ceremony held every 10 days for 3 succeeding periods until the burial. then the optional 
final ceremony 100 days after death. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sosro fruit tea

Have you heard and tasted fruit juice? yeah I know you have even in your early childhood
during recess, and after play, but have you heard about the term fruit tea?  Maybe not.
Fruit tea is a liquid mixture with mixed essence of various fruits. it enlightens your mind
and give strength to your senses.
Last week, at the recently concluded  event  called Blogapalooza 2015 last Sunday,
Oct.25, I visited a booth and was treated to two bottles of SOSRO Fruit tea. and I have
tried it out while stuck in traffic, after a good jog, after wushu practice indeed a great way
to be refreshed and its available near our place(SM HYPERMART).

Monday, October 26, 2015

blogapalooza 2015

the biggest Business to Bloogger event is back again! (the 1st one I attended was
This year, Blogapalooza was scheduled on a Sunday, and its so happened that its my
brother's birthday(Oct. 25) I was surprised that  this year's venue is a much smaller one
compared to last years, but I had so much fun compared to last year. Meeting a lot a lot
of people and getting to know their services through friendly one on one interactions,
games( which I lost all the time) and raffles (I lost) is an awesome way to experience
getting connected.

It has been 2 days already but I won't let this passed by without sharing with you my
great experience on my 2nd Blogapalooza event. (I missed the first one held at Fully
booked) last Sunday, while missing someone badly,  (yes u knw who u are!)
I remember attending this yearly blogging event.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

its time for Collecticon 2015

Growing up in the 70′s I loved a ton of Japanese cartoons that one of the local
TV stations played, such as Mazinger Z, BALATAK, Chōdenji Machine Voltes V
Grendizer, Gaiking, and Geta Robot, Daimos etc.
So who are some of your favorite robots? Yes, I know I left out some great robots.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Walk with Chan:Quezon circle tour

Its been a long time since the LOVERBOY talked about his weekly
adventures. Sorry for the long delay. I've been inactive for the whole
August , Sorry.

P.O.S. (Philippine Orchid Society) has organized it's 69th Mid-year  Orchid and
Garden Show at the Quezon Memorial Circle which runs from August 28 to
September 7, 2015.

With its theme "Enriching Lives and Building Opportunities Through Orchids".
It is my 2nd time to attend this horticulture event thanks to Lawrence for inviting
me. for this year I did not make it to the ingress, and the opening  rites,
Saw many familiar faces during the show. friends from social media and fellow
orchid enthusiast.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

cactus seminar

Last Saturday July 4, 2015 Cactus and Succulent Society organized a free
seminar on how to take care of cactus and succulents, how to identify them
and how to love them even more. the seminar was held at Gancayco Hall
Quezon Circle from 2pm-3pm.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

the week that was: TOYCON 2015

Its another year of toy hunting for collectors! Megatrade Halls 1-3 is the Venue
where toy geeks unite and converge, they will find the toys that they don't normally
see in big toy stores. inside, you'll get to see crowds that love toys, yes, big boys

who can afford toys as expensive as your Nike Apparel!  you'll see kids being trained
by their toy collector daddy on how to identify each old toy, others are into cosplay,
recreating huge action figures, or imitating their TV heroes, others just love to hunt
childhood toys when their parents couldn't buy them before, or when their childhood
toys gets destroyed during playtime, to sum up, This is just the place for You and me
to look around.

this year is our 2nd year to join this grand event as RETRO TOYS concentrating on
old nostalgic vintage toys from yesteryears.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

its time for toycon 2015

born in 1973, am a child of the 80s…that most outrageous and colorful of all decades. 
I repeat..ALL.

The excess and overindulgence of the 80s was unavoidable. It was reckless. And 
it was soaked in neon hues. This was no more evident than in the fashion, pop stars, 
movies and television of the time. and not to forget... the toys!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

LAKAD PAMANA2015: San Miguel de Mayumo heritage tour

credits to Lito Ligon for the pictures

The tourism industry is unlike any other...mainly because  instead of a product, you
are selling a place and all the things it has to offer. You are competing with the entire
world every time you promote tourism in a given destination, and this high level of
competition demands a creative and unique approach.
credits to Lito Ligon for the pictures

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ride in Style With Great Motorcycle Audio

Ride in Style With Great Motorcycle Audio from TRAPIK AUDIO!

What better to accompany the sound of a motorcycle engine and the wind in your face
than incredible sound from your favorite RNB music from your favorite installer?
It’s all possible from the experts at TRAPIK AUDIO. look for the owner ,boss
Marlon? the man they called "bulag" and I wonder why?

Honestly I'm impressed with this place. the prices were competitive, but it's the service
that earned my respect. Marlon the owner is such a humble talended friend. upbeat and
polite. was greeted by an employee (kabayo) before I even entered (Trapik Audio).
He was lending a hand to another customer and took a second to explain, in tagalog...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

the big one.

PHIVOLCS released on last week Tuesday the Valley Fault System Atlas, an 84MB file
which I downloaded.  its a detailed large-scale maps that illustrates the areas that are near
an earthquake  fault.

After this, traditional and social media  started warning people that the West Valley Fault
is now ripe. and a big earthquake may occur either in our lifetime or the next 50-100 years.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Palace Museum, a tour of Malacanan

When I received the email in the middle of work and it so happens that it falls on a
Monday, I know it was an opportunity that’s hard to pass up. It’s not everyday you can 
get inside the palace walls. Or take photos even. so I grabbed it. so today
May 18, 2015, at 11am. I went as scheduled for the first time with just WAZE to 
guide me.
located at the Old executive building

Saturday, May 16, 2015

the 2015 transportshow

The longest running motor show  on its  24th year,  known to everybody as the Trans Sport Show 
or Transhow, starts a day ago on  May 15 to 17 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
I usually attend the 2nd day, I went there after lunch, unlike last year, where the venue is much 
bigger (SMX),  Ive observed that this year's show is not  as big as the past year, and MIAS and 
PIMS are much bigger.  TransportShow is usually the last big autoshow that marks the end of
the summer vacation, a few weeks before classes open.

Escuella Talyer a lesson on restoration

The mystique of old churches and buildings and their bittersweet memories never
fails to captivate me. today, I joined AHP and Escuella Talyer's special talk and
tour of the Old Malate church.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

the hidden Malabon Heritage

Known for its Rainy season floods, It’s almost a miracle how its beuatiful old houses
has survive through the years. The well preserved old houses by the descendants proves
that most of my kababayans in Malabon still value heritage above all.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Where to visit When in Pampanga

May 10, 2015

Sorry this blog is 2 days  late,  last Saturday,  after our late breakfast at  Finio Cafe,
T. Morato, @135.00 All in. Im with 3 my barkadas, decided to cancel our history trip
to Bataan because there may be an impending storm coming(dodong-the first storm of
summer), so we decided to just hang aroud Clark Pampanga and tried wakeboarding at

Deca Wake Park, located in Margot Angeles. due to its similarity to surfing,
wakeboarding is now an emerging sport in the Philippines, by going here, this park
offers the action-packed leisure sport that is open for both beginners and
professional riders. The park has two facilities, the “Little Bro” (starts at 1 - 30kph
at 3 ft only) and the “Big Bro” (30 kph at 7 ft water level)

Sunday, May 3, 2015


The Boxing battle between the two rivals is over, and so the public has spoken.
The fight’s expensive marketing promotion is highly interesting and so is the rant.
The netizen’s reaction ranges from rage, to shock to dismay, to  ridicule.

The long-awaited bout between two of the world's best fighters finally ended. with a not
so happy ending. a lot of people suffered , a few of my friends and lot of my aquaintances
suffered huge looses from betting. am lucky am not one of them!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

my MIAS 2015 experience

Carlos Gono's MOTUL booth with  their  weapons , to test your might

On April 9 to 12 the World Trade Center in Pasay City opens its doors again for the
biggest annual carshow event for genuine car nuts of all ages. they  got all the new 
and exciting car model launches you should watch and testdrive 

Car enthusiasts and buyers all over the Philippines flocked to the World Trade Center 
as the Manila International Auto Show celebrated its 11th year, which always surpass 
its previous events in terms of scale, popularity and versatility. and as expected, the 
number of exhibitors and visitors alike reached an all-time high.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

remembering bataan

this blog should have been posted Yesterday, April 9, sorry for the late post.
our grandparents would remember April 9, as the Fall of Bataan, where close to
a Thousands soldiers died fighting for 4 months until they capitulated due to
lack of  food and critical war supplies on April 9, 1942.

then we all know the Bataan death march.... where 68K Filipino soldiers and 11K+
Americans who became the Japan’s prisoners of war were made to walk.
yesterday was the 73rd anniversary of the Fall of Bataan.

credits to

Saturday, April 4, 2015

the long holy week

Easter Sunday morning. What a peaceful, quiet time of reflection. or is it?
I hear people singing, observe people drinking, going to resorts, swimming, partying....

Holy Week is the celebrated during the week leading up to Easter. It begins on Palm
Sunday, continues on to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then finally, Easter Sunday.
this year is a long long weekend starting at April fools, until today.
"pabasa" Photo credits: Enzo Contreras

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Not an april fools joke

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority refused to support the
“no-plate, no-travel policy” of LTO, yesterday holy Wednesday, April fools,
the vehicle regulator has started stopping motor vehicles having no valid plates.

last Nov 14 2013 the palace has appointed Land Transportation Office (LTO)
officer-in-charge Alfonso Tan (LTO ASEC), with this, we have the now famous
Only motorist and public transportation operators are affected with this.
friends, only LTO personels enforcers with proper uniform are allowed to apprehend you. (scanned image fr: Dan KawPeng)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


taken at Tai To Taoist temple Caloocan

I have been driving Nissan since 20 years ago, its my first time to own a 3.0 mid-sized
sedan one that has 3 liter, 24v and v6.  and at that time, VIP.
This June will be my first year to own and drive this car, I want to share a few things.
taken at National Museum picture credits: Yosefio

Monday, March 23, 2015

9th TAGCOM 2015: Summer Toy event.

From its first event in 2005, TAGCOM has grown to just another toy event.
on its 9th yr, this is one of the first major events, this summer of 2015.
this year's TAGCOM is on March 21 - 22, 2015 Megatrade hall 3.
the organizers: picture from Dan Castro

Friday, March 20, 2015

Purchasing tips for the toy collector

Its summer and the days where the gathering of toy collectors and 
cosplayers  is upon us.

2 days of TAGCOM 2015 starts tomorow, Martch 21, Saturday to Sunday March 22.
Today is ingress day. I want to share to you some of the rare toys that can be seen
tomorow at the toy show.
ticket prices are: 100.00 each regardless if you are an attendant, or a cosplayer.
you pay 100.00 (if you dont have an exhibitor's ID)

vintage cars, diecast toys from yesteryears

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

first look : affordable camping gears this summer

Dedicated to the hardworking geek who also has a love for sweet mother nature. 
If you are into hiking with your buddies, family members, having fun outdoors, 
climbing ,trecking, or would like to hangout and bask in the sounds of nature while 
keep your gadgets closeby, there are solutions listed here that you will probably love.

Summer is almost here and countless fun activities are in the plan.

One summer activities for boys is camping, gears for this activity tend to be 
expensive.CDR King solves this problem by providing affordable gears that will 
not break your budget the next time you do your adventure in the wilderness.

No matter the location or the time of year these gears are a must have in your pack.
for guides, enthusiast, hobbyist, outdoor junkies, here are some of the cool gadgets
that should be bought with you in your next great outdoor summer adventure adventure.

9th TAGCOM 2015

TAGCOM 2015 is a two day(s) event for all ages. They will have panels, many
vendors cosplayers, and much, much more. Come and support this shows 9th year.
I would remember that last year's TAGCOM  was our first attempt to join and its the
collectors first  time to see our booth named RETRO TOY COLLECTIONS.

It’s a small affair, but there are plenty of deals to be had.  There were a few more
vendors then there were last year, and about twice as many people in attendance.

I didn't want to get my hopes up just in case, but I know this year's event will be a

Just to remind you how awesome THE 9TH TAGCOM 2015 is check out some of
these pics from previous show last yr.