Archives For August 2010

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Win! Win! Win!

August 31, 2010 — Leave a comment

Do you want to win hotel stays in the following places, Wuhan, Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Kuala Lumpur? If your answer is yes, then this competition is for you.  It’s so easy to join, all you need to do is register, and viola, you’re in, and you can join in all the competitions.

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    Apple iPad

    Want to win an Apple iPad? Well look no further.  CNET is giving away an Apple iPad 16GB.  It’s so easy to join.  Just answer a short survey, and fill up your details.  No need to buy anything, no need to subscribe to anything.  So what are you waiting for? Click on the following link, http://www.cnetdirectintl.com/sg/2010/cnetdirect/aa/survey_asia/register.htm

    This blog that I am writing is in connection with my previous blog, ” A Tragic and Sad Incident.”  This is my personal view on this subject matter.

    What transpired last Monday August the 23rd, was indeed a tragic and sad incident, which we pray would have not happened.  8 people lost their life, while 12 were wounded, physically and emotionally.  All this is because of the action of one man, Rolando Mendoza.  A police captain, who was sacked because of the actions of his subordinates.  He was charged with corruption, grave threats, etc.  He wanted to be reinstated in his prior position, which he said, was why he took the tourist bus, and the tourist inside as hostages.

    There have been a lot of blogs, posts, letters, and comments from all parts of the world.  Some are of hatred, some of apology, some asking for understanding, and some of reconciliation.  Some criticize the actions on the Manila Police Department, and its SWAT team.  There are also sporadic memorial services to be held on behalf of the deceased and their families.

    As I see it, we cannot point fingers as to what happened.  I know that there were blunders made during the incident, but what if we were the ones who would do the rescuing, would we fare any better? We were watching the news in the comfort of our homes, offices, bars, etc.  Will we be able to think of what to do, if we were actually there? It is so easy to talk the talk, but can we walk the walk? Some say no need to negotiate, just shoot the hostage taker, while some say negotiate first, then shoot later.   Remember, each actions would have repercussions.

    Let’s say the tables were turned.  Let say, Mr. Mendoza, was shot without the chance of negotiation.  What would be the reaction of the world? Will the MPD, be praised for its decisive action? Or lambasted as to why it didn’t give, Mr. Mendoza, the chance to negotiate? Will the Catholic Church lecture the MPD for their action? What about the rest of the world? Will the MPD get any pat on the back? All I see here is the saying, damn if you do, and damn if you don’t.

    All I can say is, please stop the bickering, blaming, and finger pointing.  What’s done is done, and we cannot do anything about it anymore, except to respect and pray for the souls of those who perished.  We can only offer prayers, support, and comfort to the family of the deceased.  I think that is the most important thing we could do now.  Please do not blame anyone, as the one responsible is already dead.  Also please do not sow hatred to us Filipinos, as the action of one man, is not the action of a country, and its people.  Do not blame us for the mistake of one man.

    I do hope that there would be more understanding, more forgiveness, and more love in this world.

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand is running a contest, wherein 2 lucky contestant would win US$5,000, to spend on a holiday in Thailand.

    All you have to do is plan, as to what will you do with the US$5,000, which you must spend freely in Thailand.  You can choose what class or star of hotel you choose, and spend the rest on spas, beaches, parks, and so on.

    To enter the contest, click on the following link, http://discover.tourismthailand.org/pickatrip/, and follow the instructions.

    Win A Fiji Holiday

    August 25, 2010 — Leave a comment

    National Geographic Channel in cooperation with WAYN, and Tourism Fiji is offering a lucky person the chance to win a Fiji Holiday.

    The prize includes Round Trip Airfares, 7 nights accommodation, transfers, and tips and tricks from world renowned National Geographic Photographer, Jason Edwards.

    All you have to do is tell us in 25 words or less why Fiji is your ultimate holiday destination. Join WAYNnow to enter.

    Click on the following link, http://natgeotv.com.au/win-a-trip-to-fiji/, to enter the contest.

    Sanyo Xacti Contest

    August 25, 2010 — Leave a comment

    Here is a contest, wherein you do almost nothing, but get something awesome in return.

    All you got to do is vote for your favorite videos, and viola, you are entered into a contest, wherein you could win a luxury vacation in beautiful Jamaica, not only that, you will also win a US$3,500 spending money, and a Xacti.  What can be better than that?

    To join this contest, just click on the following link, http://www.xacti-passion.com/index.php, and enjoy.

    It’s in the news since yesterday.  There was a tragic and sad event for the Philippines.  A retired police man, wanted to be put back in service, decided to take hostage a Hong Thai Travel bus, full of Hong Kong tourist.

    It was said that the incident happened at around 10 am, near the Quirino Grandstand.  Based on initial reports, the hostage taker released 9 people, in exchange for his demands.  There were 15 people left in the bus, and the hostage taker gave a deadline of 3 pm to grant his demands.  The stand off lasted until the evening.  The police operations were hampered by rain, and low visibility, as the hostage taker demanded the hostages to move the curtains, so that police would not have a clear view on the insides of the bus.

    In the evening, there were shots fired in and out of the bus.  The local law enforcements, decided to use tear gas, flash grenades, and sledge hammer, to be able to get into the bus.  During this commotion, the driver of the bus was able to slip out of the bus, and reported that the hostage taker has open fired into the hostages.

    The tragedy ended, when a sniper was able to shot and kill the retired police officer.  Based on earlier reports, there were 6 survivors, and 9 killed, but of the 6 survivors, 1 succumbed to injuries from gun shot wounds.

    As I am writing this, Hong Kong has issued a black alert on travel to the Philippines.  Meaning avoid all travel to the Philippines.

    We do hope that this incident would not have a lasting affect on the Philippines.  As a tragedy of this scale and magnitude, severely damages the reputation of the Philippines, from investors, and tourist.  We direly need investments, and tourism, as it is one of the country’s life blood, besides the money being remitted by OFW’s.

    CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC)

    I just recently came back from a vacation to my hometown.  Since I haven’t been there for sometime, my sister decided to bring me to CamSur Watersports Complex or famously called CWC.  This is the place to go if you want to see some wake boarding action.

    It took us around 1-2 hours by car to reach CWC.  After parking the car, we proceeded to the changing room.  It would have been a blast to have tried to wake board, but my son wanted to try the “Wipe Out” style obstacle course.  So I

    CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC)

    had no choice , but to go with him.

    We headed for the obstacle course.  Even though I wasn’t able to try the wake board, I enjoyed the swim with my son.  Here are some pictures of our adventure together.

    For those interested, just click on this link, http://cwcwake.com/.

    CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC)

    Misibis Bay Cagraray Island

    On my family’s recent trip to the Philippines, I decided to visit my hometown, and reconnect with family and friends.

    One of my aunt, surprised us with a day trip to the famous, Misibis Bay Cagraray Island.  It took us around 2-3 hours to get to Misibis Bay.  We had to take a road trip, and a short ferry ride to reach Cagraray Island.

    Upon reaching Misibis Bay, we had to register ourselves at

    Misibis Bay Cagraray Island

    the front desk.

    Upon finishing the formalities, we were escorted to the changing rooms, and given lockers.  After changing to our swim wears, me and my son headed to one of the three pools.  My son rode an inflatable.  We spent some time there, and then we decided to head off to the beach.

    There are a lot of water sports activities you can do at the

    Misibis Bay Cagraray Island

    beach, besides swimming.  You can kayak, sail boat, trampoline, climb, and so on.

    After a few hours, we decided to have lunch at the restaurant.  The food was delicious, and you can ask for seconds if you desire so.  The staff prepared a sumptuous lunch for us, including desserts.

    After lunch we decided to try the other attractions in the

    Misibis Bay Cagraray Island

    beach resort.  Theres is a kids room with different games, including PS3, Wii, and a TV.  There is also a game room for the adults, which includes darts, billiard, and table soccer.  Also there is a internet and reading station.

    We had a wonderful day at Misibis Bay, and hope to someday go back.  I highly recommend Misibis Bay, as it is private, and you have the place all by yourself.

    Misibis Bay Cagraray Island

    For those who are interested, just click on this link, http://www.misibisbay.com/

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