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Sunday, December 31, 2017

looking back at the year that was...2017

The holiday tables have been cleared, and the gifts have been unwrapped.
Yet as we gather with family and friends to celebrate the end of one year
and the hopeful beginning of another, we don’t reflect on the items that
were given and received or the dishes served at dinner. as the first day of
the year begins. I would like to reflect on what happened the past year.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Event Aftermath: Christmas toys and Collectibles fair 2017

TOYS are for kids, but even adults gather yearly for the biggest Christmas Toy event
in the country, 
The people behind one of the popular toy conventions held their 12th annual 
Christmas Toy Fair (Christmas Toycon) which happened last December 17-19 at
the Megatrade Hall 1 at the Megamall, where the site became a collector’s haven 
for 3 days, with lots of figures, model kits, stuffed toys, comics and vintage 
collectibles all for sale.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Armed Forces Celebrates 82nd Anniversary

Last Sunday I  was lucky enough to be invited to the 82nd anniversary of AFP
at The Fort. by my friend Jenny. I woke up early and traveled to
Herman's place so we could all be in one car. Because parking would be
very hard.. this is my first time to attend an anniversary of AFP in Fort Bonifacio.

a taste of Angats' fiesta

Bulacan has fast become an ideal tourist destination, its vital role in
Philippine history, and its rich heritage , its historical sites; grand old
houses ,churches and culture.... ecological & religious attractions; and
the colorful and enchanting festival. the fiestas. thanks sir Meng for
letting everyone of us experience the unique hospitality Happy Christmas

In the Philippines a fiesta is usually celebrated in barrios or barangays.
It is the official holiday of the LGU, the barangay. Filipinos love fiestas.
It is a time for joy and celebration. A fiesta is of Spanish origin and is
usually commemorated in association with a christian patron saint.

a Willy's Jeep with Meng's house in the background
after watching the fiesta, we visited a 300 yr old house of Meng's tito.
it is restored magically. hands down to the restoration work. the house
is a real beauty inside out.
sir Meng is really hospitable this is the first time friends from AHP joined and
celebrated a unique fiesta at Angat.

Foods, party, and thanksgiving! Pinoys are known for their hospitality and that day
we all experienced that. we were invited by neighbors people we just met for the
first time. invited to dine and party with them. this wont happen in Manila. as people
don't trust each other.

After we visited Meng's tito, we went straight home. I really enjoyed this gathering
with my AHP friends. and I know this will be the last time we all see each other for
this year. I will miss them. I wont be able to attend the Christmas party happening
the next day. well there is always next yr.

my blog ends here, next wk, will be the Christmas TOYCON. see you boys and
girls at Megatrade Dec 15-17.
this is your LOVERBOY Dennis signing out.


I have a high hairline, I got hereditary thinning. in
short,  I'm bald at my age. and this is how I looked like without my cap.
and that has always been my problem, aside from an incomplete teeth.
I've done my research. and there is  little doubt that there is much change in the
field of hair loss research.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Postal heritage tour

it has been a while since I last attended Rence's FREE POSTAL HERITAGE 
TOURS so when I read that there will be one scheduled this December I 
immediately signed up. Rence has been doing this for more than a decade 
already, encouraging people to relive the hobby of philately through  educational
postal walking tour. this will be his last advocacy tour for this yr.

Gumaca's Triumphs in Restoration

That face book group Titos of Manila has been so fun to read and participate
that I have missed writing and updating my blog for 2 wks. wow! so I need to
catch up. probably write a few more stories before the year ends...

one day, I  chatted with my friend Allan Martinez and he told me of a big
project in Gumaca wherein a museum will be built just around the area where
we had dinner with LAKAD PAMANA group last summer.
I told him, wow! this would be an interesting story to share. because at a young
age, he has made a name and had accomplished so much. I am proud of him..

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Generation Digital blogapalooza 2017

Last Saturday Nov 18 was my first time to get inside City of Dreams to attend
the annual big blogging event that is Blogapalooza 2017, the last blog event I 
attended was June 2016 at Centris. the first time was in SMX Aura, yes, the 
venue keeps getting better and better every yr.  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Yesterday concludes the 3 day stamp exhibit the first after 21 yrs...
its my first time! I survived the 3 day with just a flu due to lack of sleep!
and today ?  its back to reality for me. back to work. to my philatelist friends,
After the 3 day event.... we all discovered a lot of things...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

AHP Cavite 2: Lakbay ng Supremo, A Hero's Journey

The life and death of Andres Bonifacio were filled with tragedy as well as mystery
Andres Bonifacio (1863-1897) a Philippine revolutionary leader / founder of the
Katipunan, was also a great admirer of  Rizal. He led the revolution in its early stages;
until 2 factions were formed within the group. Magdalo and  Magdiwang. and that is
the start of this tragic story in our history. and the start of part 2 of AHP's educational
photo-walking tour this time titled: "LAKBAY NG SUPREMO" A Heroe's journey.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Chinese cemetery revisited

Nov 1 is 2 wks away, and I know I will be absent and wont get the chance to
visit my maternal grand parents as cars wont be allowed inside.
and I might not be able to make it in time for Rence Chan's Spooktacular  tour.
so I was very lucky to be invited by my friend Rache to take a peek inside.
this time, to the R. Papa side. where the old tombs of the old Rich, and wealthy
businessmen's ancestors are located.... facing Rizal Ave.

Friday, October 6, 2017

car club culture: Parking boys

In the early days, Transportation in the Philippines is relatively underdeveloped,
partly due to the country's mountainous areas and scattered islands, and because
of the government's persistent under investment in the nation's infrastructure.
the first car association, the Philippine motor Association was established in
1931, which always campaigned for road safety.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

mooncake festival celebration 2017

I looked forward to this day with eagerness as I had been longing for the nightmare
of this stressful month of September to end as quickly as it started.
the mid autumn festival dice game (Pua Tiong Chiu) is a special time of year when
beauty, entertainment, happiness, and the values of our Chinese culture are combined.
In my experience at the Moon festival,( no , its the mid autumn festival) held in
13 ubay st. in Retiro QC just last Sunday the 1st day of October,
I saw all that and much more.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


image by: Tito Encarnacion 
I missed the last AHP  tour, because of a big problem last month ,
after a long while of missing my friends, I decided its time to relax
and release myself from a major stress that happened a month ago.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

messanger vs iOS 11

when my friends complained of having problems using their
messanger app after the iOS update...
I Researched some solutions... hope this helps

Friday, September 15, 2017

moon cake mid autumn festival

The joyous clang of dice colliding with big bowls can often be heard around 
the end of this month....enjoying the dice game or bo bing.(phua pia)

Bo Bing is a traditional gambling game involving six dice, a round bowl and of 
course moon cakes. Its origins can be traced back to the great general Zheng 
Chenggong. The game was created as a way to occupy his troops as they 
waited during the mid-autumn festival before retaking Taiwan from foreign 

My most unforgettable Ghost month

I have been offline for a while, a good 2 wks. its not because am busy
with tours and travel but something not so good happened... this ghost month
I have been taking care of dad since last year when he has difficulty walking
because of his peripheral vascular decease. and an injury in his L1  and L2.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Its every collector's paradise happening next wekk! with Over a hundred and 50
 (150) collectors from different toy groups around the Philippines, vintage toys,
bnew toys everything! under one hall and it happens this Aug 25-27, a 3 day event.
for the first time in history. and it is called SWAP MEET. whererin collectors, toy
lovers are there in one venue. buying and selling their collections, Get together
and bond together!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


The second edition of History Con in Manila as they say, was bigger, better, & bolder
than ever it coincides with the 10th anniversary of History in Asia. it is a convention
gathering all your favorite stars from History Asia Channel under one roof this event
 was as usual, people came in from different cities, history lovers, fans of TV their
favorite TV shows.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


The biggest entertainment convention is back! coming tomorow Aug 10-13, a 4 day
event History Con returns to the Philippines, for the 2nd time, from the just concluded
Malaysia event,  Get ready to watch the best of HISTORY come to life!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Liebster Award – I’ve Been Nominated!

Hello friends. I’ve been nominated for a blogging award (for the first time) which
is quite popular in the blog world. The Liebster Award is one that recognizes and
discovers new bloggers. (like you and me)I’ve been nominated by the beautiful
blogger Naye Aaron Lubaton  whose blog you can find right here! The aim of this post
in particular is to let you learn a little bit more about me, THE LOVERBOY..
and to find out more about  the bloggers who I have nominated.

Ghost month once again

Its the first week of  August, and I haven't traveled much last few weeks
in a few more weeks ....its not because of the upcoming Month of Ghost.
August 22-Sept 19, which  in traditional Chinese practice, is not an auspicious
time to start a new business or make a new investment or join a new venture.
its also the month to avoid getting married (hahaha) or celebrating birthdays at night.
(weird eh? ) It is said that birthdays shouldn't  be celebrated at all!  also not a good
time to move to a new residence.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

the 3 day toycon , what you and I may have missed

I still cant believe it
I missed the 3 day toycon last June 30!
The line was around the block as early as 9am.....
when this year TOYCON opened doors on its 2nd yr in SMX, and at 3 p.m. the line still
stretched around the block. well, thats what they told me, yeah, the staffs, I got 3 of them
this yr. Vhie, April and Almarie, The convention hit capacity within moments of opening, 
and  newcomers had to wait for people to exit before they could go in. thats what 
I missed. the traffic of cars,and people falling in line just to get a glimpse of Liza, our Darna.. 
this yr's POPLIFE FAN-Xperience.....

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Las Casas Staycation birthday treat

With a grand Baguio and Sinagtala tour as birthday treat for the past 2 weeks
the next trip for this week before my birthday should be unique, I was told, 
since I love heritage houses, this is the perfect treat.
we head a little north 2 hrs away from Manila to a land nestled in the waters 
of the South China Sea and Manila Bay, the breathtaking Bataan. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sinagtala -an advance birthday celebration

this blog is.... a lil too late, sorry. last June 17, I thought its going to be a regular
working routine for me at my computer shop, because its already late and I
have an injured finger, and so I thought of staying at the shop. but I got a
message with the word "sinagtala", made a google search, then I replied.
I'm IN. even with an injured finger hahaha. so this is my story.

last Saturday is part 2 of my barkada's birthday treat to me. she told me of
a place that her rider friends mentioned. a breathtaking place found in Orani,
Bataan at Brgy. Tala which is located on the slopes on Mt. Natib.
a place called SINAGTALA

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

baguio city - an advance birthday celebration

This will be a long long 3 part series blog that not only narrates my travel but also
tells my story of how exciting 2017 has been for me. I was treated by my pretty
photog and barkada for a rare 3 part birthday celebration no amount of money
can match. here is the first part. my trip to the north again, to Baguio and beyond.

Monday, May 29, 2017

lubao bamboo hub

last Saturday afternoon we went to Pampanga, this time to look for 
another place a different kind of moment with nature, this time I was
informed that we are going to be in the company of bamboos lots of it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

anawangin capones nagsasa island hoping

our day started by travelling a little too early at 2am. travelling North to Zambales,
and I was told that today, will be my first time to hit the beach after 2 years
the last time was with Jen somewhere in batangas.

Monday, May 22, 2017

my gumaca experience

last week we were invited by Allan to visit their town,  a rich fishing ground and
the home of various living corals. a town near a bay near a buluarte with
gray sand, rocks and living corals., a town where coconut trees is all around
and mountains untouched and protected by a very strong group of people that
are living just around the area.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

the puzzle mansion experience

have a look at 1028 puzzles ranging from different sizes, number
of puzzle pieces and dimensions! all in one place! 2 floors!
this is PUZZLE MANSION and this is my story.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

a day at Prado farms

Have you ever seen a gate made-up of old LPG tanks? if not. you havent heared of
#PRADOFARMS, waze bought us there, and told us that its located in Brgy. Prado
Siongco, Lubao, barely an hour from Balintawak,

Sunday, April 30, 2017

mount purro camp explore daytrip

Thinking of spending our Sunday afternoon there to relax.
yes, its a long vacation because of the ASEAN summit, it feels like
lenten holiday, from Friday to Monday(labor day) reality comes
on May 2.
After our event at Kasa Boix Quiapo we were supposed to go
straight home, then we thought... lets go to the highlands!
and so our trip starts...

while having lunch, we were clueless of where to spend the afternoon
Jen  searched from Waze and the result returns:  Camp Explore.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

travelling biac na bato birthday roadtrip

Last Saturday the 22nd, April, we were invited by Allan Martinez  a heritage
advocate, art lover, photographer, and a very good son. I met his parents,
amazing family, very humble antique collector and philatelist. 
we all had an exciting day that afternoon, and here is my story.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Novuhair encourages you to understand your hair

Other than your face, your hair is one of the first thing that other people 
notices, this very reason is why most people take extra effort in caring for 
their mane, but are you doing enough?

A hair salon is one of the usual places that a person would go to whenever 
they need to have their hair fixed, this is typical if you just need a relief from 
a bad hair day or to mend your split ends. What if your hair needs a more 
extensive solution such as for your hair loss?


To give us much more reason to be carefree, we must be confident 
on how we look and feel. Take time to take care of your appearance
 and take extra attention to your hair. Hair is considered as our 
crowning glory, hence, it is pertinent that we start with it. 

Here are a few tips in maintaining a healthy hair.


Channeling your beauty to radiate doesn’t come overnight, your skin requires
pampering and care of a professional center that understands your needs. A
center that provides all your skin pampering necessities has now come into full
bloom as it introduces its new look and logo.

novuhair salutes women

In celebration of International Women’s Month this March, Nutramedica Inc.,
encourages women to speak their mind and know their rights.
Be it in society or otherwise, women have excelled over the years, creating a
sense of socio-equality that every female across the globe shall be proud of.

This years’ theme is “Be bold for change”, a very subjective manner of
approach to the present era where women are called to lead and influence.
Novuhair calls for the same thrust.
Novuhair empowers the female population by improving their appearance thru
self-help ideas on social media. Channeling their self-esteem and confidence
to exude.