Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

A weekend of everything that flies - the tagline of the longest running balloon event in Asia. The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) is an annual event in Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga that exhibits colourful hot air balloons in different form and sizes, kite flying activities, paragliding, skydiving, aerobatic show, Breitling Jet Team and many more.

Unfortunately, the committee decided not to hold the 19th PIHABF this 2014 but they promise to prepare for the bigger event on February 2015 in a much suitable venue to provide a truly safe and world class Hot Air Balloon fiesta.

Sharing with you a photo diary of my Hot Air Balloon Fiesta experience last February 2011. Me and my friends arrived at the venue at 5AM to secure the best spot near the barricade to take photos of the hot air balloons preparation and flying. Around 530AM when the pilots started to setup their balloon and they begin flying one by one until 8AM.

Flag Raising Ceremony

Crowded Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Setup and Preparation

Ready to Fly

Up, Up and Away

Animal Farm

Barrel Man

Sunday, February 9, 2014

#PHthankyou | The Philippines says Thank You!

On November 8, 2013, the strongest typhoon ever recorded in the history devastated a large portion of the Southern Philippines. Cities and towns were largely destroyed and thousands of fatalities were confirmed. 

Three months after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, a whole nation wants to show its gratitude to the whole world. This is the Philippines. And this is our way of saying thank you to every one who is helping us rebuild after the storm.

The Philippine music industry genius Jim Paredes wrote a Thank You World song to thank all of the countries and its people for helping the Philippines after the deadliest storm. Downloading his song in iTunes can contribute to the ongoing and continuing relief efforts.

The Philippines Says Thank You billboard were launched in the following iconic places around the world.  

Times Square, New York
Picadilly Circus, London
Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan
Potsdamer Platz cor. Leipziger Platz, Berlin, Germany
Lafayette Mogador, Paris, France
ION Orchard, Singapore
Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada
Darlinghust, Sydney, Australia
Paiknam Building, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

The #PHthankyou was started by the advocate leader Gang Badoy. Follow this link for her Esquire Magazine article entitled #PHthankyou.

Arigato, Vielen Dank, Tusen Takk, Merci Beau Coup, Shukran Sadik, Kamsahamnida, Xiexie, Càm ón Ban, Gracias Amigo, Toe Dah Ba, Mange Tak, Terima Kasih, Dhanyabad, Grazie Mille, Dank u Well, Merci Vel Molls, Sawadeeka.

Daghang Salamat.

Maraming Salamat.

THANK YOU very much for the storm surge of your LOVE to the PHILIPPINES.

Binondo Foodtrip

Established in 1594, Binondo in Manila Philippines is the oldest Chinatown community in the world. The place offers you some of the best Chinese food houses in the country.

Upper Right: The Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch.
Lower Left: Welcome signage to the Manila Chinatown.

Upper Right/Lower Left and Right: The Seng Guan Si Temple or the Philippine Chinese Buddhist Temple 

Estero - located at Brgy 297, Binondo Manila

This famous food stall is located beside an Estero, the reason behind it's name. They can cook your food on the spot at an affordable cost. You should try to eat their fried frog legs.

Masuki Mami Restaurant - located at 931 Benavidez Street, Binondo Manila

Masuki is the home of authentic Chinese noodles. This Tsinoy mami house produces their own mami. Their beef and chicken mami is best paired with their siopao sauce, yes siopao sauce, try it. They also serves one of the best siopao in Binondo. 

Cafe Mezzanine - 650 Ongpin corner Nueva Streets, Binondo, Manila

Cafe Mezzanine is a fireman's inspired/themed restaurant. Portion of it's income goes to Binondo fire department and to the famous purple firetruck. Their specialty is Kiampong, a fried rice cooked in pork stew.

Above: The iconic purple fire truck parked beside the Binondo Church.

Ongping Mañosa Restaurant - located at 926 Ongping Street, Binondo, Manila

This is an old established authentic Chinese restaurant in Binondo, they serves the best pansit guisado and thick pork maki soup.

Shanghai Fried Siopao - located at Ongping Street, Binondo Manila

The store's specialty is the tasty fried siopao for Php16/17 pesos only. The siopao is not that crispy but the filling is a must try.

UNO Seafood Wharf Palace - 270 Calvo Bldg Escolta Street, Brgy 291, Binondo, Manila

One of the best Chinese seafood restaurant in Escolta, they serve their seafoods fresh from the aquarium. My favourite dish in this restaurant is their chicken pie, the crust really tastes good and can be eaten alone.

Upper Right: Crab Sotanghon
Lower Left: Chicken Pie

Eng Bee Tin - located at Ongping Street, Binondo, Manila

Eng Bee Tin is the home of the best hopia and tikoy. You can buy your pasalubong to friends and family here. Custard and ube hopia are the must buy products.

Polland - located at 209 Escolta Street corner Yuchengo Street, Binondo, Manila

Another authentic hopia maker for your family and friends pasalubong.