Saturday, April 4, 2009

How MUCH is your Blog Worth?

I came across this blog which apparently compute the worth of each blog...and to my heart's dismay mine is worth $0.00

Budget Friendly Bangkok Escapade

After 2 weeks from the Bangkok Vacation, I finally tallied all my expenses.

Manila to Bangkok roundtrip air fare - Php 5900.00 via CEbu pacific promo fare
Butuan to Manila roundtrip air fare - Php 2200.00 via Cebu Pacific promo fare

Dylan Wilk, Philanthropist... and Gawad Kalinga

I was just watching The Duke in AXN. This is a glossy men’s magazine talk show with Rovilson Fernandez, Marc Nelson, and Eunice Olsen. The show is based in Singapore and is the fruit of Marc's and Rovilson's participation in Amazing Race Asia 2.Whiler Eunice is a former Miss Singapore Universe and the yougest elected member of the Parliament
As for The Duke, they usually features the Duke of the week, who is either rich, famous, or both, and most importantly have laready live LIFE. The Duke of the Week for this week is Dylan Wilk. He is previously one of the richest man (9th) below 30 in England, all attributed to the success of his gaming programs. He lived a life then of cars, jetsetting all over the world, and all the perks of being rich. A Filipina friend shared with him some insights on the Philippines...including the fact that the price of one shoulder bag...or 1 luxury car can build homes for several homeless Pinoys. Wilk was in Sydney when he witnessed a beauty contest whose contestants raised enough money to build a few dozen houses in the Phlippines. His curiosity was piqued and decided to travel to Manila to see for himself the feasibility of this project. His discovery of the life most of the Pinoys are facing made him go back to England, and sold his latest BMW acquisition for $100,000.00....and build homes in GK. From then on, he was involve with Gawad Kalinga and helping alleviate poverty not only in the Philippines but also in other parts of the globe .

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Edsa Shangrila...Comfort and Luxury

Just got back attending a 2 day convention on pediatric pulmonology and I got billeted in Edsa Shangrila where the convention was also held. My experience with this hotel chain defined comfort to a T. Anyway, unlike big hotels, check in was a breeze considering that there is a convention going and they would have to accomodate more guests. I was given a room in the garden wing on the 8th floor, which is non smoking...a blessing since im asthmatic. The room was great with very comfortable mattressess. The bathroom was clean, the carpet newly vaccummed. However the hallways have a peculiar, musty odor.. .though it didnt make me sneeze, thus maybe its not really dusty. Since there were 2 of us on the room, we asked for additional toiletries plus mouth was provided in a flash! Thats good service, right? And the breakfast was insanely delicious...goodbye diet, I simply have to indulge...though it was healthy indulgence. Food choices varied from the local taho to chinese dimsum, japanese food, assortment of fruits, for the kids and the kid at heart, choices of cereals, continental cuisine, and a lot more.

Kabuhayan Tours

Everybody would agree with me that careful planning and atttention to details would make every trip easy, hassle free and thus very relaxing and enjoyable. However, even the well planned trip, especially in another country with a very wide language barrier would have some unplanned problems. Our recent trip to Bangkok was just like most trip...hours spent in the internet and careful planning didnt prepare us for Bangkok...its high humidity that would make even the most seasoned and cheerful traveller lost her cool, the language barrier, and everything. Thus we were very glad of the help given by Kabuhayan Tours.

First House Hotel,Cheap Bangkok Hotel

We were searching for a place to stay while we are backpacking in Bangkok, when My, my co traveller, stumbled across this site on the net. It is located in Petchburi road which is just a stones throw away from Platinum mall and Pantip Plaza. For a place to spend the night and rest tired, aching muscles from too much site seeing and shopping, paying Php 600 per night per person seemed like a good bargain to me. Taxi and tuktuk drivers knew the place...if you are bringing a copy of the name in Thai, the breakfast is quiet decent for what we paid for, and the sheets were cleaned daily. But for me the most important part is the clean bathroom, the very cool AC and it is just across Kabuhayan Tours.