Archive for January, 2012

Right problem for Right age

As we age, each individual’s problem intensifies.  As a toddler, we wet ourselves and we go hungry.  As a kid, our playmate takes our toys and gets all the attention.   As a middle-school student, the prettiest classmate doesn’t know our name and we wanted to impress her so bad.  As a teenager, we flunk a few subjects and get anxious to hand our parents the report card.  As a college student, we worry about our thesis that’s due next week and the same night our girlfriend dumps us.

I’m trying to say is when we’re young, we have minor problems but as we matures, the problem that we run into builds up or agravates.  All I’m saying is it’s not suitable for a 13-year old kid to bear the problems of a 25-year.   You think a 26-year adult is up for his/her 56-year old parents’ financial problem?  It’s like the 26-year old problems plus the 56-year old.  It shouldn’t be! Just saying…


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Product Name HP Mini 210-2145DX
Product Number XY949UA#ABA
Microprocessor 1.66GHz Intel Atom Processor N455
Microprocessor Cache 512KB L2
Memory 1GB DDR3 System Memory (1 DIMM)
Memory Max 1GB
Video Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 with shared graphics memory
Video Memory Up to 256MB
Hard Drive 250GB (7200RPM)
Display 10.1” diagonal WSVGA HP BrightView Infinity LED Display (1024 x 600)
Network Card Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Wireless Connectivity
  • 802.11b/g/n WLAN
  • Dolby Advanced Audio
Keyboard 93% full-size island-style keyboard
Pointing Device HP Clickpad with On/Off button
External Ports
  • Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader for Secure Digital cards, Multimedia cards, Memory Stick, and Memory Stick Pro
  • 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
  • 1 VGA (15-pin)
  • 1 RJ -45 (LAN)
  • 1 Headphone-out/Microphone-in combo jack (compatible with 3.5mm 4-conductor jack with stereo audio and mono mic)
Dimensions 10.55″ (L) x 7.51″ (W) x 0.9″(min H)/ 1.26″ (max H)
Weight 3.10 lbs
  • Kensington MicroSaver lock slot
  • Power-on password
  • Accepts 3rd party security lock devices
  • 40W AC Adapter
  • 6-Cell 55WHr Lithium-Ion Battery
The netbook is used for less than 5 months.  In pristine condition.  I only use it for watching movies and internet-browsing during travelling because I have a laptop and a desktop that I mainly use at home.  This was my dad’s birthday present.  It comes with its original box. I’ve upgraded it to Win7 Ultimate from Win7 Starter.  Interested buyers can call or text me at 09173008385, email me at joannemicolle@hotmail.com, ym id joanne_marie03 and skype id joannemicolle.  I can do meet-ups but I need serious buyers only.  Meet-ups at malls within Pasay (I live in Merville, Pasay City).  Selling for 15,000 Php (but open for price negotiation for interested buyers). I can do COD or thru bank-to-bank (BPI) account.  I will not shoulder the shipping fee if you’re not within my commuting distance, so you’ll have to pay for the courier.

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A quick stop before the infamous Chocolate Hills in Carmen is the town of Bilar known for its own Bilar Manmade Forest.  It is said that the manmade forest is planted by Boy Scouts as part of their activities several decades ago.  Today, one can have a feel of an actual rainforest while passing through the trail of dense tropical foliage.

The thick trees amazingly look to be of the same height and the canopy of mahogany trees almost completely blocking the sun is creating a murky and cool sensation in this two-kilometer stretch of thick towering trees.

Tourists can take photos posing at the middle of the road but don’t get too excited.  It’s still a main road and speeding vehicles pass by.  There is no parking space so vehicle owners should be mindful in parking so as not to block part of the road and cause accident.

Since the site has achieved a more natural feature, the wildlife has also returned.  Nowadays, there are reported sightings of species of birds and if you’re lucky enough, you may catch sight of a bird or two from some rare breed.

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I have been to Valencia many times before because my late uncle lived there for several years.  But only two years ago, I was able to visit Casaroro Falls.  Ten kilometers west of Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental, Philippines), lies the magnificent Casaroro Falls considered being the most photographed waterfall in Negros province.  Despite steep trails, still many people dare to go and behold the incredible Casaroro crowned jewel.  The Casaroro Falls is a 30-minute ride from the “The City of Gentle People”.  Getting there is a ride worth of excitement, quest and remarkable nature expedition.

We took a private van.  Another option would be to take a multi cab or jeep from Dumaguete City for less than 20Php then ask the driver to be dropped in central Valencia.  From there, take another 20-minute ride by means of “habal-habal”, a motorcycle turned public transport, to along the mountain.  Then, begin the hike.

The Casaroro Falls is a natural attraction hidden in the town of Valencia in Negros Oriental, Philippines.  It is considered to be the most photographed waterfalls in the entire Negros Province.  Casaroro Falls is lodged deep into the rock crevices of the rugged Valencia mountains.  This falls has a narrow opening cascade with an astounding height of 100 feet.

Casaroro’s pristine waters plunge straight into a deep cold basin before it falls down to a stream.  This makes the waters drop heavily and causes a massive growl to resonate all over the place. The roaring sound that the water makes as it thrusts sounds like nature’s therapy creates a surreal sentiment to every sightseer’s soul.  Around the basin are enormous boulders enough to rest one’s tired feet.

Tourists and adventure-seekers that dare see this wonder must trek a 300-something step concrete stairs that lazes in a steep gorge.  And can you imagine? I did take the challenge!  It was very exhausting.  I feel like I lost a few pounds.  But when you reach the bottom, you’ll surely find zen and serenity.  Nature lovers who wish to seek tranquil moments would definitely enjoy the surrounding highlights. All of the efforts and sacrifices in getting through the relentless terrain of rocky heap will truly be paid off.

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Few kilometers from Loboc is the town of Sevilla (Bohol, Philippines) where tourists can experience The Hanging Bridge.  The original structure of this bridge is made of intertwined bamboo slats and rope (no steel cables yet).  Locals used to cross this bridge to get to the other side as an everyday means of access.  Today, another bridge is constructed so you cross on one and back on the other.

Furthermore, the rope is now replaced with steel cables to make sure tourists are safe.  In the early days, there is only one very old interwoven bridge (one on the right) that even motorcycles get through as an everyday route.  The old bridge is the only bridge to get to and from the other side but since it has become one of the tourist attraction, they made another bridge to get back to the main road.

Ten pesos entrance fee is charge to cross the bridge.  People are shoving around to line up to ramble the bridge. The bridge extends around 40 meters and has a magnificent view of the river below.

On the other side of the bridge you will find a small shop selling souvenirs and goodies.  You can also come across “Buko King” who is featured in the country’s local TV station.  He can shred a coconut (buko) with his bare teeth.  The fresh buko juice is sold for 25Php.

Walking all the way through the bridge is a little daunting at first as the bamboo deck sways up & down and slightly contracts under your feet.  It makes you sense a little scratchy as it bends and swings further more than usual but that’s the entire point.  It is part of the Bohol experience.

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Sometime last year, my family went to the newly opened Bohol Rally Go Kart at Tipolo, Bolod, Panglao.  It is on the east side of Panglao Island in the province of Bohol.  One can take a private car or van to get to it.  They have a 400-meter dirt track that you can race with your family and friends.  Owned by Mr. Chan, Bohol Rally Go Kart has been fully operational for a year now.  You can then experience the newest exhilarating ride with the off-road rally go karts in Bohol from Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm.  They can be reached through mobile phone number 09177000821 for group bookings and reservations.

Today, I believe they are planning to have night go-kart race so adventurers will not be burnt by the scorching heat of the sun (You know, installing some lamp posts).  My family went there at noon time and it was a torment. I got sunburns.  I recommend that you apply some sun block to protect your skin and eyes. Nonetheless, we enjoy the race.  I just a tough time maneuvering the kart because it was too big for me (coz I’m petite).

And look! We brought Stick-O!  It’s a chocolate snack.  I feel like we’re endorsing the product (we’re not).  My brother always brings a snack whenever we go for a trip.

The helmet is a little big for my head that it covers my eyes every time I bash from the ride.

Capturing the action during the race.  You can see our competitive sly faces.

My sister is a natural.

My dad looks funny in a small go-kart with a competitive face. 🙂 

This year, I haven’t visited the place yet but I’ve heard they made some improvements to boost the safety of the tourists and enhance the attraction for the visitors to feel the perfect Bohol experience.

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Loboc, Bohol in the Philippines
The Floating Restaurant and River Cruise

The Loboc Church

The Bell Tower

The Loboc Museum

Loboc Children’s Choir (Shanghai)

website: http://www.lobocchildrenschoir.net/

The Loboc Children’s Choir is a group of local kids who sang beautifully in many different countries across the globe.  Once these kids grew to become teenagers and adults, they audition and train another set of local children to represent the choir.

The infamous smallest primate endemic in Bohol (Philippines), Tarsier

Horseback Riding in Gotozan, Loboc

The Horseback Riding at Gotozan, Loboc is a new tourist activity.  Trails have been established thru verdant rolling terrain, up steep slopes and under mango orchards, among others. It is an exhilarating activity and more thrilling when done at night.

source: http://www.bohol-philippines.com/loboc-tourist-attractions.html

Zoocolate Thrills

source: http://www.discoverbohol.com/bsp/2011/0529-11/ZooColate-0529-11.htm

Loboc Eco-Adventure Park

For more info

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