Travelers Journal :: ßry™

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The years have gone by so quickly! 2008 marks my 5th year of stay in Bangkok which is also the length of my employment outside the Philippines. I can still remember how exciting it was for me to work abroad. I gave up a flourishing career in the Philippine entertainment media just to try a different avenue that is to become an International civil servant.

The first 3 months of my stay in Bangkok was filled with pure observation of the city simply because Thailand has a completely different culture. I was very careful of my activities and interactions with people. The religion was not an issue for me. In fact it was a good opportunity to come closer and discover a different belief. The sophisticated architecture of temples, golden statues, spirit houses and early morning merit making for monks were my reminders that I am really in a different country.

While I still do not consider yet of staying longer in Bangkok, there are a few things which I will never forget should I decide to leave or be reassigned in the near future:

1. Thai Food - I must say that I am impressed with how the Thais prepare their food. It is basically everywhere. You step out of your place or Soi (small street in Thai), you'll surely find a mobile restaurant (Noodles in particular). My favorite Thai dishes which I always crave for if I am on vacation in Manila or whenever I travel are Som Tam (papaya salad), Pladook Foo (fried cattlefish with mango salad) and Tom Yam Goong (hot shrimp soup). The unique blend of sweet, sour and most importantly "hot or spicy" tastes of these dishes are always a craving for my taste buds. I eat a lot here and needless to say I gained 10kg since I stayed in Bangkok.

2. The Lumpini Park and Queens Park Emporium - My early Saturday morning habit is to jog or briskwalk in either of these two national parks. It is a lot of fun to exercise in Bangkok as you will never be alone. I got to meet a lot of people who are so engrossed about exercising and being healthy which I think is a good hobby. Unfortunately though, lately I do not go to these places that often since I started taking up my Masters.

3. Jatujak Market - This is a one-stop shopping place. It is a weekend market where you can find almost everything. From garments, house ornaments, sports gadgets to pets which include puppies, cats and birds. (hehe) I enjoy looking at the puppies being sold at a very cheap price. I even accompanied my visiting friends to purchase one.

4. Carrefour Rama IV - This is perhaps the biggest branch of Carrefour supermarket chain in Thailand and I would say that this is the most popular in Bangkok. I enjoy buying groceries from this shop since I get a free round-trip shuttle bus ride. A shopping so convenient!

There are quite a number of destinations in Bangkok since it is a huge busy city. However, you may not be able to visit them all in one day given the notorious traffic situation on the roads of Bangkok! This is an ultimate scene one can ever think about Bangkok. But once you got used to it then it becomes a fun all of a sudden and a part of your normal daily life in Bangkok. At night, the traffic jam becomes a nice scenery of lights as cars and other transportation queue up in a lane and form a pattern of lights and objects.

If you feel like partying in Bangkok, I would recommend the best hang-outs near my place (Ekamai Road) which includes "The Curve", "The Piano" and "Santika". As of writing, the most popular hang-out place both for teens and young professional Thais and foreigners like me is the Bed Supperclub located on Sukhumvit Soi 11. They have musical themes for each day. My most favorite is Thursday -- a night of 80's rock and disco music. Bed Supperclub is known for its unique design and concept. It is a restaurant at day time and a loud techno club at night.

If you are a shopping fan, Bangkok is a place for you! It offers both high-end and cheap but classy shopping experience. You can find cheap garments in Pratunam Market, Bobae Market, MBK Mall and Jatujak Market. You can also try Lumpini Night Market where you can find good Thai restaurants as well. High-end shoppers can enjoy discounts of signature items at Siam Paragon, Central, Central World, Zen, Gaysorn and Erawan. As for me, if I need to buy something special and expensive, I always prefer to shop at the Emporium. Shopping is not too busy and I think the merchants and items at Emporium are more organized compared to the other malls in Bangkok.

The above is just an overview about Bangkok. Just like any other places, you will get to discover more of it once you are actually in the place!

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It cannot be gainsaid that amidst political turmoil, the Philippine economy has continued to perform positively since 2005. The Economic and Social Survey 2008 published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific reported that the GDP growth rate for the Philippines increased between 2006 and 2007 – from 5.4% to 7.0% which is a clear 2.4% increase. Thanks to continuously increasing volume of remittances from highly skilled overseas Filipino workers.

The United Nations Survey further stressed the following:

"On the upside, investment has rebounded dramatically in the Philippines: after declining 6.6% in 2005, it grew 1.4% in 2006 and 11.6% in 2007. The acceleration reflected a very strong investment in construction, especially public construction."

As a young Filipino who has great trust and optimism that the Philippines will regain its popularity and key position in the global arena, I must admit that I was moved by the findings presented in the United Nations Survey 2008. My hope that has long been shaken by the selfish and greedy acts by the highest political powers in the Philippines has once more been revived. Just like any Filipino citizen, I can be more patriotic and positive by doing my own little ways in promoting what others need to hear and discover about the Philippines.

The international news about the Philippines may cover more about the country's political instability and sadly only a little about its achievements in different areas such as sports, entertainment, arts and a lot more --- a mistake of a generalization about the Philippines from the international critic.

Recently, I have a lot of foreign friends who have surprisingly asked me where to go to in the Philippines for a short summer holiday stint. The fact that they are considering the Philippines as a holiday destination thrilled me that I even took time in preparing a suggested itinerary for them. A tour list in Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Vigan, Negros and more... I took time in picking the best destinations in the Philippines that a Filipino can be more than proud of. While I have already visited some of the key cities in the Philippines for work, I must admit that I have not yet been into some of the most-talked-about tourist spots in the Philippines (e.g. the diving sites in Negros and Palawan). Thanks to the powerful and boundless information on the Internet. Various pictures and video presentations are available which made me totally convinced that indeed, the Philippines is a haven of an undiscovered beauty and diversity. I have been travelling enough the world but I have not seen more of my own country.

The Philippines is indeed beautiful! It is more than the the honking and colorful jeepneys on the busy streets of Quiapo and Avenida, more than the classic and descriptive history that lies within the Walls of Intramuros, it is more than the white talcum powder-like sand of Boracay.

There is more for me to discover about the Philippines. There is more which the Philippines can offer you! Visit the Philippines -- It's more than the usual!

Mar 28, 2008

Introducing ßry™

Welcome to my blog!

For my initial post, I thought that it might be more appropriate to introduce myself first. This blog is a journal of my personal experiences, insights and just anything about my travels which I find interesting and worth-sharing. I welcome all your comments and suggestions for all the articles that I will be publishing for my blog.

Now who is really this traveller writing for his blog/journal?

There's a lot for me to say who I am and I really don't know where to start. That's why I'd rather tell you some of the things in this world, life that I truly, deeply and utmostly like and hopefully you'll get a hint of my real personality... don't know how, but just give it a try!

I really don't talk much. But when I started to do so, my friends would not have a choice but listen, 'coz I won't stop then. (hehe) I am more fond of writing than reading. It goes without saying that I like to scribble my thoughts more than verbally expressing them.

I do love meeting people and making friends. Although, I have the tendency to become extremely selective. Once I get to know a person, he/she would feel my sincere appreciation of him/her. Oftentimes, people may not reciprocate the time and attention I offer, but I really don't mind since I've done my part and I don't expect anything in return.

As much as possible, I try not to fail in showing appreciation to others like giving praises and good comments especially if they truly deserve it. However, never could anyone force me to be nice with someone whom I really don't feel like talking to, especially those who are extremely UNSINCERE.. fakes out of my way please! My friends could count on my most sincere comments about everything including themselves. I have a tendency of becoming extremely bold about giving comments particularly constructive criticism just as much as I like my friends to criticize me if need be.

I will FOREVER love: number 22 (because it's my birthdate)... letters J B A (because these are the most common letters I've known since birth)... months of JULY, AUGUST, DECEMBER and my birthday month OCTOBER (because these are extremely memorable months to me)... my elementary, highschool, college, childhood and current FRIENDS (because they are highly instrumental of who I am now and who I was in the past)... and ofcourse meeting people who's got a lot of things to tell with sense (because new acquaintances are potential sources of learning and experiences in life).

i love my Family...

i Love God!

111 TO me, life is a gift from God. It is too short and unpredictable. There are things we might want that only us can make them happen.

222 Love is a gift we get from life. It flourishes when you share it with others or with someone special. It naturally dies when it is rejected and has to leave in its own timing. And when it leaves it may never come back. It comes in a special way that only sensible person can identify. And sometimes, love means letting go and setting someone free.

333 Success in career is just a bonus of all your hardworks. Money is just a tangible proof of your success. It fades easily especially if it was acquired in a wrong way.

444 Friends must be treasured. They MUST be chosen well not on the basis of their status in the society but on how they can help us make a difference in our lives. Friends mirror who we are as a person. It has never been easy to find real friends who could give more than what you can give as a friend. But ofcourse like any relationship, one has to be more understanding, more giving and more open-minded.

555 Of all the things said and done, handling all these is just too complicated. But with a great sense of responsibility, life becomes easy and dignified.