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In Event, Personal, Work on September 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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In Event, Personal, Travelling, Work on June 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I am not the type of person who works hard everyday of her life. But over the last month, I got so busy with my job. I feel bad for breaking my promise to update this blog every single day of my life but hey, I need cash.






Manila-Pampanga (not so sure on this though but my parents are sure to go.)


Cebu-Bantayan Island



This is why I’m working my ass off. This is why I spend 5 days a week at home in front of my computer. If the world will end on 2012, at least I got to see Brandon Boyd and Jonathan Davis.

As Joey De Leon said, T.I.T.E (trabaho,  ipon, travel, enjoy!)

The Challenger

In Boredom, Family, Travelling, Work on April 23, 2011 at 6:45 am

I work at home so I pretty much have a lot of time to waste. I actually don’t know if my 7,107 island goal is achievable but heck, I’m free to dream.Traveling is one of the things that keeps my blood pumping and my adrenalin rushing.

I listen to Baz Luhrman’s Sunscreen Song everyday. I am taking the line “work hard to bridge the gap between geography and lifestyle” way too seriously. Not so much for the lifestyle as I am very much contented with my mediocre existence.But more for the traveling privileges brought about by what I earn through hard work. ( Hard work for me is facing the computer all day in my pajamas!)

In my hearts of hearts, I know that whatever is it that I can conceive I can definitely achieve. According to my calculations, one lifetime is enough to save up and reach my goal unless of course the world will end tomorrow or on 2012 for that matter.

The Challenge

In Boredom, Family, Travelling, Work on April 23, 2011 at 6:42 am

The Philippines is has a total of 7,107 islands. And I intend to set foot on each and every one of these masses of land in my lifetime. Given all the time and money, I would probably spend everyday of my life going from one place to another.

My mother inspired me to travel as the greatest advice that she ever gave me was ” Travel first before settling down”. By settling down she means marriage of course.

I am in no hurry to get hitched but I know that my time is running out.(considering that there are 7,107 island that I have yet to go to) I have to work my ass off in order to bridge the gap between seas and oceans as there are a lot of sights to see, people to meet, customs to learn, roads to walk, beaches to bathe in and mountains to climb.

Hello, Philippines. Mabuhay!

LUTS what I stumbled upon…..

In Work on April 15, 2011 at 8:49 am

Action speaks louder than words. Got this from Nang Rina’s FS. Ikaw gd mn ni LUTS?

Tani nakita ko ni sang upod pa ta ubra ba, para may kulukadlawan ta.

Pota nga buhok, Patrick Garcia ba…
Facebook Notes by Mera Joy S. Aniolga on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 1:43am

I’m Mera and I’m an addict.

In Boredom, Work on April 15, 2011 at 7:39 am

God! I’m so hooked up in this game. I can’t concentrate on my work. I find myself in front of my pc waiting for my energy to increase, waiting to punch people who robbed me, waiting for my millions to double. No, this is not the real world that I’m talking about..It’s Mafia Wars yo! Now, I can totally relate to Hami! (hahaa)

Facebook Notes by Mera Joy S. Aniolga on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 11:42am

Sweet 16, 17, 18, 19, 20?

In Personal, Work on April 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

NEVER been kissed. Never been touched. These are the usual descriptions of people who never in their lives have had a relationship. They are chaste, inexperienced and innocent. Or at least that’s what my concept is about people who belong to such club. (The No Boyfriend since Birth Club, that is.) While some people take pride in being part of such prestigious and renowned club (everybody once in their lives were members of it too), some however just feel like it’s a taboo to be in such position especially when you reach an older age. The more years you gain, the drive to find someone increases too.

In a world made up of love seats and everything almost made for two, hey it’s a couple world, being single is synonymous with being desperate, ugly, picky etc. It’s no wonder most people hurry up in terms of their love lives. It’s as if the 4 o’clock train of Aphrodite is going to leave any minute from now.
Most people say that for a girl, 18 is the right age to entertain courtship or have a relationship but I don’t think it is still practiced now although I know some “isolated cases” of girls waiting to come of age first before entering into relationships and the like. But let’s face it, nowadays, young people become young parents, in due time our society will be composed of young parents and even younger grandparents for that matter.

But really, I cant seen to understand why most people feel like old maids once they approach a certain age and they still don’t have their special someone. Peer pressure or self-imposed pressure could be pointed out as one of the reasons why some people act desperate and cheap and always on the look-out for “love.” But come to think of it, is there a time bomb about to tick once you reach 20 and you still don’t have anyone with you?

As for me, it’s not a matter of age. You can be young and fall in love really bad. You can be 13 or 30, it doesn’t matter, once Cupid hits you with his arrows, there is no escape. But for people who hurry on love, who enter into a relationship just for the sake of having one. Well then shame on you and pity on your partner. But don’t you think you’re being unfair and selfish? People like you give shame to and destroy the sanctity of love.

Now, you can either be taken or not. You may have your special one right now, good for you but if you don’t have any and still don’t, don’t worry. There’s nothing wrong with you; maybe your time is still about to come. Who knows, God is reserving someone very precious for you. (It could be Brad Pitt or Brandon Boyd!) Just don’t rush things up because you might end up looking pathetic, desperate or worst, you might end up with the wrong guy. Remember, its better to sleep a thousand years and be woke through the right prince’s kiss rather than stay awake and kiss a thousand frogs. (Aniolga writes for Sun.Star Iloilo)

Repost from Sunstar Article

Haven by the river

In Event, Travelling, Work on April 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm

LOOKING back at history, one would usually notice that people during those times would build their settlements at places around bodies of water.

The Mesopotamians have their Tigris and Euphrates River, the Egyptians have their Nile River. Easy access to water for their needs could be pointed out as the main reason why most if not all of them chose that kind of place. But, the serene and peaceful view of the river could also be one of the factors that pushed them into settling in such places.

What’s in a name?

It is no wonder why Hotel del Rio is situated beside the ever graceful and serene Iloilo river giving it an edge over other hotels because it offers a spectacular view.

The year was 1964. Manuel Loring decided to make use of their family’s vacant lot at M.H del Pilar Street, Molo Iloilo City. So, using P1 million as his capital, he put up a hotel. He chose to name it Hotel del Rio because of its location — beside the Iloilo river. Hotel del Rio, a Spanish phrase, when translated in English becomes hotel by the river.

Manuel Loring, the founder of Hotel del Rio officially opened the hotel in 1965. From a small hotel, it gradually evolved and developed until it reached its status right now.

Jesse Ledesma was its General Manager from 1965 up to 2004. Arlette D. Ledesma is its Food and Beverage Manager since 1975. Today, the torch was passed to the younger generation of the family. Just this year, Manolete Loring became the General Manager of the hotel after his uncle retired.

As of January 1, 2005, the new management stockholders are Manuel Loring as the President, Milagros Loring as the Vice President, Gregorio Manuel Loring as the General Manager and Ignacio Javellana and Cesar Frederick Loring as the assistant Managers.

The hotel started with 33 rooms, two function rooms — the Golden Salakot and the Sunset Terrace, a coffee shop and three spaces for lease.

In 1975, 24 rooms became the annex extension. Additional function rooms named The Executive, which can accomodate 100 persons, and The Managuete, which can accomodate 20 persons, were added on the hotel’s second floor.

On August 1980, the management renovated The Golden Salakot and constructed a disco pub called the Treasure Hunt. Two years later, an extension for a ballroom called The Sunset Terrace was provided and the stage was widened where two bands sang every night. This period was also the time of the swimming pool’s completion.

On July 1983, Igmaan, a native restaurant by the river serving local dishes, was born. On August 1988, the Executive room was expanded; from 100 people it now can accommodate 200. On May 1989, a video room bar called The Sundown came into being. June, 1990, the abolishment of The Treasure Hunt gave way to the rise of Plazoleta Gay which serves as a function room in the morning and a cocktail lounge in the evenings of Thursdays and Fridays with a group of entertainers.

On February 1991, the management undertook a gradual renovation of the main building and the annex with only two of three rooms left untouched for the present. On October 1992, the Sunset Terrace’s floor and stage were renovated. July, 2003, the renovation of the obby, front desk and the coffee shop took place. Year 2002 marked the renovation of the hotel’s facade and kitchen. In 2003, Plazoleta Gay Resto and Bar opened catering to mostly the young people.

Last April, Terraza del Sol, a poolside bar and barbeque bar opened and just last month, Elements, a lounge for the young professionals offering jazz music and the likes with disc jockeys and many more, opened. The account of the major and minor changes in the hotel reflects its progress under the capable management of its stockholders.

These days, hotels in Iloilo are sprouting anywhere just like mushrooms. Keeping up with the competition is a tough job. That is why Hotel del Rio takes pride in its status and quality of service.

Stooping down the level of other hotels in terms of price is simply not in their dictionary. Keeping their customers satisfied in terms of food, entertainment, safety and quality of service are their top priority. Warm smiles of employees greet each and every visitor here. A smile of satisfaction from their clients the moment they checked out of our hotel is more than enough of a compliment for them.

Hotel del Rio offers the ambience suited for both business and family affairs. With 57 fully air-conditioned rooms and suites. It has a clean and fresh water pool, a business center, a barber shop, a souvenir and magazine shop and a car rental desk for the convenience of its clients. Its function and dining rooms includes Cafe del Prado with its aromatic brews and a daily breakfast from six to 10 a.m., it’s a perfect rendezvous. Plazoleta Gay/Elements is a bar for the young professionals. The Sunset terrace with its elegant vibe and features live band every night. Igmaan, a restaurant by the river serving char-grilled native food. Ohana, an authentic Japanese restaurant.
Standing still through a test of time is one of the sign of greatness and for a hotel to last this long, is a sure sign of its management’s intelligence, employee’s efficacy and client’s loyalty.

Lucky enough, Hotel del Rio has it all.

Repost from Sunstar Article.

Pinoy Products: Hala Bira!

In Event, Work on April 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm

PATRONIZE your own product! A command given to people to show their nationalism to their country. The simple act of buying products produced locally is such a big help to our economy especially now that it is down in the dumps. We Filipinos are usually tempted by “imported products”, blame it on the Spanish, American and Japanese colonizers, curse that colonial mentality. But no matter how much we adore products from the outside we still can’t set aside the fact that we are fun loving people. That’s the reason why fiestas, festivals and the like are usually celebrated with such grandeur and excitement.

In line with the Dinagyang Celebrations which the Iloilo City celebrate every 4th weekend of January, the Philippines Business for Social Progress, a private and non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting business sector commitment to social development which has now over 180 members companies and has harnessed partnership with government, business, NGOs, donor institutions and poverty groups, Peace and Equity Foundation a non-profit foundation that supports efforts of the civil society in eradicating poverty and marginalization in the country held a PORTFair exhibit last January 23-29 at the SM City Iloilo.

PORTFair have been organized mainly to help their members and affiliates, adhering to the principle of strength in coming together. People’s organization’s Regional Trade Fair aims to assist these People’s Organization in Regions 6, 7 and 8 become viable organization in terms of enterprise development and management by providing them with strategic assistance on enterprise development and management, product development and marketing and promotions.
A wide variety if products that’s truly Filipino made.

From PJ’s Delicacies offering you mouth watering pastries, Foodbites Delight which is enough to satisfy ons hunger,very good pasalubung items can be found at Deocampo’s Barquillos and Rochemar Delicacies. For people with sweet tooth, Cesyl’s cakes and Delicacies and Sweet’ness. Daday’s Cashew Nuts, Biscocho Huose, Panaderia de Molo, New Burgos Bakery and the famous Nang Palang’s Buko Pie. Escom Herbal Products offers beaty products with the use of local products, Capiz NGO Roxas Islam Foundation and their very beautiful orgamis, J and L Hablon Products located at Sta. Cruz, Arevalo with their very fashionalble clothes and textiles, Datu Bangkaya Traders, Kauswagan Development Coop, Handicraft of Aklan, IPA, Pinili Home Decor with functional and world-class designs of local Ilonggo furniture maker.

With the products that the Fair has to offer, all we have to do is to perform our duty. Obey the command, Patronize our Local products and hopefully, this Dinagyang, with the whole city feeling the Hala Bira, may the local products move forward too. Hala Bira!

Repost from my Sunstar Article.

Its time everyone flies

In Event, Money, Personal, Travelling, Work on July 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I normally don’t go out on weekdays. By not going out I mean staying at home for 5 straight days. I work at home so going out is more like a luxury that I can not afford to make every single day.

But today is different. I went out as I have a very important thing to do.


Since I work at home, I do not have an ITR. Therefore, I can not in any way apply for a credit card. This sucks as on-line bookings are paid via credit cards. It is a good thing Cebu Pacific upgraded their payment methods. They now have this “Payment Center” option where one can book on-line and pay on or before the allotted time at the payment centers.

For 2 days, Cebu Pacific had a seat sale. I tried booking on the first day but the system says payments must be settled on or before 12:59 pm. This is impossible as I booked at 8pm and there are no payment centers that are operating for 24 hours. I tried to book again on the next day because I thought I can fool their system. I booked on the last day thinking I can pay on the following day. The total amount that I need to pay on or before 12:59 PM is just 351Php for a good for two round-trip to Cebu.

I’ve been to Cebu but this time I want to go to Bohol. I booked on October 8th to 11th as I thought this would be a perfect time to have a vacation in Bohol. I headed out the next day at the nearest BDO branch. It was a good thing that my friend’s girlfriend is the assigned teller at BDO’s payment area. I gave here the 14 digit confirmation number as well as the 6 digit transaction number. I was opening my wallet ready to take out 351 Php. At this point, we were talking about a common friend who died two weeks ago. In the middle of our sad stories and eulogies, she said that my booking is already closed.


I’m a bit sad and disappointed as it would really be a huge savings on my part. For a cheap skate like me, a cheap plane ride is like winning an Olympic medal for haggling. This left me with two options for the next time: pay early or use other people’s credit card.

I actually have another option but I’m not open to it. I can always work at a regular job that mandates you to pay for contributions such as Pag-ibig, SSS, Philheath and TIN. If I pay TIN, I will have a copy of my Income Tax Return which will eventually qualify me to have a credit card.

But no! I can never give up on one of the most amazing jobs in the world. Nothing can beat the fact that I work in my pajamas. I can travel while working or as long as the place that I go to have an Internet connection.

If I work on a regular 9-5 job, my salary will be a regular salary and my ultimate goal of having a credit card which is to travel will be defeated as time and money won’t allow me to do these thing with a regular job.