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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mary Rose Grand Carnival

As the Dinagyang Festival fever is getting alive, were everywhere in the city is crowded. On a Sunday afternoon together with one of my best friend Miah who came to Iloilo not to witness the Dinagyang invasion but, ended to be one of the crowd.
We stroll along Plazuela de Iloilo,  grab a green tea frappe (my favorite) at Starbucks, sit outside the coffee shop and watched people passing by... our usual thing :)
Since my nephew is with us we decided to try the Carnival. Mary Rose Grand Carnival situated at the back of the parking lot of SM City. Entrance fee is php30 for each person and this carnival started its operation last January 6, 2012 and will last until February 29, 2012 only. Opens around 4pm  until late evening.
Its a typical classic carnival. Typical rides such as the ferris wheel, octupos, bumper car and more. Rides range at php30 to php50 each. They also have games booth like bingo.
We didn't try any of the rides here all we did was strolling, sigthseeing, played few games and I was curious with one of the show (see photo below) called "Wall of Death" paid php30 for each person, it's a motorcycle exhibition show that makes me feel so nervous watching it, in a not so safe way (very unsafe  to viewers in case something happen on the exhibition itself) it has a very irritating sound/noise of the motorcycle and my curiosity became totally failed and unsatisfied.
Wall of Death
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Lamesa Grill, South Point Iloilo

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Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 Jaro Children's Fancy Ball Parade

Parade and Coronation of  Jaro Children's Fancy Ball happened last January 28, 2012 at around 3:00 pm in celebration of the incoming Feast of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (Lady of the Candles) on February 2. 2012.

Organized by the Association of Barangay Carptain - Jaro Chapter. The Children's Fancy Ball Parade was participated the PNP of  Jaro, Pepsi Cola, Drum Lyre and Majorette Corps of Colegio de San Jose, Jaro 1 Elementary School and Jaro II Elementary School. It is also participated all Day Care Center in each Barangay in Jaro, Iloilo City Philippines.
2012 Jaro Children's Fancy Queen
Her Majesty Ezral Caralden Imperial
Escort Ralph Michael Err Imperial
Fancy Ball Princesses and Escorts

Dinzl Ann Ledesma Castor
Dino Ledesma Castor

Nescel Mae Lubaton
Jan Andrie Kyle Altamarino

Florabel Sumindol
Joemar Raey Batallones

Loizmar Faith Imperial
Jeremiah Edd Deferia Cordero

Dyris Gerochi Magbanua
John Angelo Gerochi Magbanua

Chinie Feonila Alerta Fernandez
Josh Andre Bina

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Jessica Connelly is out of PBB House

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January 29, 2012

Jessica Connelly from Australia was given forced eviction by Big Brother

Since Jessica wanted to be out of Big Brother House, Big Brother gave her three requirements before leaving using the spray paint.

  1. Puting X mark on her photo at the back of the seat in the dining area.
  2. Putting X mark on the housemate photo which she think that does not deserve to be part of the Big 4 , which she choose Wendy
  3. Writing the word "I QUIT" in the mirror.
Jessica did all this requirments that Big Brother gave to her and now she's out of Big Brother House.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

PBB 7th Eviction Night

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7th Eviction Night
January 28, 2012

Joya Genzola  from Negros Occidental has been evicted from Pinoy Big Brother house having the lowest voting percentage  of 7.03%.

Wendy - SAVED (12.50%)
Joya - EVICTED (7.03)
Divine - SAVED (64.47%) 
Carlo - SAVED (16.01%)


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Bluejay, Ayala Technohub

Emilion Restaurant
Dinagyang Saga continue's......

After having a sumptuous spanish buffet dinner at Emilion we went to every place where food festival and street party in Iloilo City happened, in Celebration of Dinagyang Festival. An Annual Celebration in honor of Señor Santo Niño.

Traffic jam and difficulty to find a parking lot in every corner around SM City Food Festival and in Plazuela Area. We ended up passing at Smallville, a night life destination along Diversion Road, were few people are only  there and parking lot is not huge problem, decided to stop by at Bluejay which recently opened its business at Ayala Technohub branch (beside the avenue along smallville) for a cup of coffee and some smoothies.

Bluejay interior was very awesome, i just love their settings compare to their old branch, very cozy, seats are very comfortable (I was unaware, I didn't took a shot of their seats). hmmmp...

You can grab some newspapers, magazines and some books available on this beautiful wall shelves, just make sure not to bring it home :) 

You can choose a wide selection of coffee, frappe, smoothies of your choice in a very affordable price, they also have wide selection of delectable desserts...  yummy!
Pistachio Torte

 Street Party at Iloilo downtown

After having a delightful smoothies at Bluejay we were eager to roam around at Iloilo City downtown. Got a space to park, we did all the walkings in every streets we could. Bands in every corner of the streets, food kiosk in every lanes and people are blasts to party everywhere. 

Ayala Land Technohub Boardwalk Avenue
Diversion Road, Mandurriao
Iloilo City, Philippines

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Creating A New Home by Milagros Gardose Parpa

Simply Me welcomes Milagros Gardose - Parpa, as she shares to us a story about LIFE

About MILAGROS GARDOSE PARPA the author, 32, married, BS in Social Work graduate. Medical Social Worker at Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, Roxas City


          I was born and raised in my hometown, Iloilo City. Living together with my siblings and extended family, pretty much without my parents. My siblings and I were nurtured in a Christian family way of life. Where we put great importance to our relationship with God. Each of us has played our part in establishing & maintaining a harmonious relationship with one another. Being the eldest though, it sure does make me so cautious to commit even simple mistakes. As if there is no room for second chances or am I just being too hard with myself? I started being so tight and came to a point where there is no more room for me to breathe. I’m one hell of a serious gal! Even so, I love my family more than anything else, esp. my parents. For I know, they have gone through a lot in life to get us where we are today and who I am now.

            The absence of my parents has played a vital part of who I am now. I and my siblings had gone through emotional wreckage as we grow-up, struggling to discover our own individuality. Each one of us has its own way of coping with the longingness and separation. Me, I was somebody who sulks into bitterness but chose to be sober about it. Focusing on what I believe I do well. However, my siblings were so confused and find themselves in undesirable circumstances in life. They’ve learned from it though. But as we go older and becoming more mature, we truly realized & appreciate the uniqueness of one another. Gone are the days where we fight against each other and blames the people all around us. Now, we are more eager to listen and be there for each other, without being judgmental. There is more acceptance & patience of who & what we really are, people having strengths & weaknesses. We learned to celebrate our differences. We are more loving and caring; I guess it only comes when we all have understood our family-our roots.  After all, were all we’ve got!

When I decided to get married, I was swept away by my emotions. Though I chose to keep it to myself. I was so scared of jumping into the unknown. But finally was able to find the grit that I needed. As they say, taking risks makes us more mature and find responsibility on something. Along with getting married, came the decision of moving-out from my parent’s nests. It wasn’t at all an easy decision to make because it means being away from the people whom I spent almost 90% of my life. These people have been a witness of my best and worst self, but still accept me unconditionally. The fact that I will not be able to see and talk to them whenever I want to, gives me a bit of apprehension. And the rest is history.
            Eventually, I joined my ex-boyfriend, now my husband, in a small town of Roxas City, in the Province of Capiz. Life here is much simple compared to where I grew up. But the hardest part of resettling is not so much on adjusting with the new kind of life, but finding myself in the middle of nowhere. No friends, no family, no support, no nothing! The first 2 years was the most excruciating, as I struggled with homesickness and succumbed to depression. I felt that part of me was missing. I was secretly feeling isolated and lonely, as if an essential part of me had been lost. All that was left were memories of them. Little did I realize that it is indeed a way or chance for me to create a new home.
            In my journey of finding a new home, I was clouded by my feelings and eagerness to create the same kind of home where I came from. Being in a state of nostalgia hinders me from reaching out to people that is right in front of me. There seems to be a barrier which prevents me to see the beauty and newness of my new life. There were sleepless nights thinking and wondering of what my life might have been.

As I continue to battle the aloneness that keeps lingering, I realize one thing which greatly helped me move-on. The realization that I have to build something out from this beginning, that there is a need for me to extend myself to others and not the other way around. For every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end. I just knew that in finding a new home and if I really wanted to grow from this experience, I must be a part of something larger in my normal life. And this involves including other people in any way, even the strangest person. After all, this is the life I chose to live. I was really longing for a deep connection, but I just didn’t know where and how to start.

           Another issue I wrestled with myself is the anonymity of friends. Coming to a new place means leaving my friends behind. In my late years as a teen, I struggled establishing a deeper relationship or friendship so to say. I’ve been to different places and have met people from different walks of life. Those experiences I have with people was probably one of the greatest lesson and amazing experience I’ve learned in my lifetime. However, in the road to self-discovery, there have been friendships which I honestly and regretfully taken for granted. I was so young & immature then to know what true friendship means. I guess the effort is not just enough to maintain such, but it takes consistency and going out of the way to be a real friend. But when the time I have already found great friendships in my college years, it was an exhilarating experience. It is experiencing human relationship in its best form, friendship.

I may not see my friends more often now, but I realized there were there for me whenever I need them. I still can find my way back to them and can always turn to them. The challenge for me now is to discover connectedness wherever I am and so in doing able me to bloom wherever I am planted. The gift of incredible connectedness is priceless and I am thankful that slowly I am embracing it.

I still long for my family and friends, no question about it. But the longingness goes beyond physical presence but rather the desire to share your life with and together enjoy the fullness of life. I took the liberty to better understand that I can still grow and be the best person I can be, apart from them. Where ever I am right now, I still carry good memories of them. And I thank God for those life changing experiences.


To Milagros Gardose - Parpa, thank you for sharing a very inspirational story
to us. Hope to hear more inspirational stories in your future blog post here.


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Spanish Buffet at Emilion

Dinagyang Saga

In celebration of the Dinagyang Festival last January 21, 2012, were food festival and street party are everywhere in the City of Iloilo. Instead of having dinner on the festival itself (plazuela, SM parking lot, Iloilo downtown), were parking lot is a main problem we decided to dine at Emilion which is located at The Grand Dame Hotel in Lapaz Iloilo City.

Emilion is known for their daily buffet, cuisine varies differently everyday (Japanese cuisine, International Cuisine and Spanish Cuisine). Since its a Saturday, Emilion is on Spanish Buffet and Tapas Bar. This is my second time to dine for their Spanish Buffet, new buffet setting and some new menus for only Php 330.00 per person.
Callos, Carne, Porchetta Balsamico, Linguini con Camarones Asados y Queso Asul, Parmesano Pechuga de pollo con limon (Parmesan Chicken Breast with Lemon)
MahiMahi con Vendura, Huevo con Atun, Verdures Asadas, Tortilla Español, Mushrooms & Shrimp Gratin, Tartalets de Ensaladillia Rusa
Broncheta de Solomillo Iberico Adobado, Chorizo Frito
Desserts: Strawberry Cake, Choco Meltdown, Mixed Fruits, Halo-Halo
Paella Valenciana
Salsa Salad & Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette Ranch

to be continued....

The Grand Dame Hotel
Huervana Street La Paz
Iloilo City, Philippines
33 5088881
33 3205252

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

PBB 7th Nomination Night

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7th Nomination Night
January 21, 2012

Nominated Housemates from Team High Voltage

Wendy - 11 points
Joya - 7 points
Divine - 10 points
Carlo - 7 points

Team Wayuk is safe from being nominated for winning the kontra-battle against Team High Voltage

Voting is officially opened

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Saturday, January 21, 2012


Arrowtown is a former gold mining town, its stunning red and gold autumn colours are celebrated in an annual autumn festival. The town is known for its historic mining site, boutique shops, restaurants and cinema, golf, fishing and close proximity to ski fields.

Arrowtown Chinese settlement is a tribute to the contribution made by the Chinese goldminers and business people to the region's goldmining, cultural and business history.Arrowtown is built on the banks of the Arrow River, once a rich source of gold in the 1860's and now a sophisticated, multi-cultural town catering to the refined tastes of its visitors from around the globe. 
See the hole? Chinese Settlement Restroom
We stayed awhile and enjoy the time exploring the streets and lanes. Arrowtown is recognised as the walking and biking centre of the Wakatipu and the many walking trails and cycle tracks of the area either start or finish in the town.

Arrowtown's stores have something for everybody, with a wide range of quality produce including New Zealand made merchandise to choose from. You'll find that special gift or piece of clothing here.
We visted the regions only working Jade carving factory. Here you can meet locally trained carvers & learn more about the creation and carving process required to create beautiful pieces.You also have the opportunity to discuss your purchase with the carver who created it or talk to them about creating your own personal piece of jade jewelry.

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Arrowtown, New Zealand, Southern Hemisphere

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