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Friday, 26 November 2010

DSL vs DSL

Medyo napikon na ako dito sa Globe Broadband connection ko dahil lately either ang bagal niya or walang connection talaga. It started last tuesday, my connection started to slow down.

ASS INNNNN.

Wednesday nakikita ko minsan walang ilaw yung internet led sa modem ko. Tapos yesterday, hayunah. Bumongga na si modem. Bumonggang-jabongga. Walang kislap, walang kurap, walang internet. Salamat sa maluhong Diyosa, meron pa akong Globe Tattoo and I used that to visit the PLDT website. Nakita kong meron ding DSL plan 999 for 1mbps and right there and then and when and chicken, nag-apply ako online.



"Bahala na," sabi ko sa sarili kong ubod ng kagandahan. CHAR!

"Go lang. Go for gold," sinagot ko naman sa sarili ko na ubod ng alindog. Tutal naman naka-one year na ang subscription ko sa Globe Broadband, I can have my account terminated na.

Ang gusto ko kasi mangyari is get a new pldt line for the DSL na under my name. PERO yung internet lang ang kukunin ko, I don't need the voice/phone service. Ang pagkaka-intindi ko kasi sa website nila ganun yung 999 pesos plan nila ng 1mbps kasi hindi naman siya bundled sa phone line, unlimited DSL, free modem and installation fee, just like Globe Broadband's plan 995 na 1mbps din. Well, yun ang akala ko.

I filled-up the online form, clicked on the submit button and then SWOOOOOSH! Nag send na siya. Then yesterday, I received this e-mail.



Sabi ko sa sarili ko "wait, wait, wait!," sabay tapat ng both hands sa screen. "May additional charge pa for the phone line kahit na internet only ang kinukuha ko?" Kaya instead na 999 lang ang babayarin ko, it's actually going to be 1,699 pesosesosesoses?

So reply naman ako kay mamang Customer Care na bibong-bibong sumasagot sa email ko. Ini-clarify ko lang kung tama ang intindi ko kasi internet lang ang kinukuha ko. Posible naman kasi yun because right now ang DSL ko walang bundled na phone (kasi lousy naman yung landline ng Globelines). I'm only paying for the internet service of 995, nothing more. Pero DSL pa rin ito so meron talagang telephone line physically. And today, I received this reply.



Yes, nagkamali siya. Diwata ako hindi Reyna. Ayyyyyyy....!

Alam kong tanga ako. Pero ngayon ko lang na-confiiiiirm na napakaubod kong TUH-NGUH. Feeling ko hindi niya na gets yung point ko pero ok lang dahil na-gets ko din naman yung point niya. AHAHA AHAHA AHAHA. Sa ibang salita, sa PLDT walang Internet Only plans.

At kung meron man, pwede bang paki-turo sa akin ang link?

HENIWEY... ganito yan. If you're in Alabang and looking for a DSL service WITHOUT the landline service (whew!), you can only get it from Globe Broadband (1mbps pa). With PLDT, you HAVE TO get the landline as well kung target mo yung 1mbps na speed.

Tama ba ang intindi ko?

Mag-aapply din sana ako ng cable internet pero same dilemma! Kailangan kunin ko din yung cable tv service din. Nakakalowkah! LOL!

Ang ending, dahil sa nangunguripot lang din naman ako, sa Globe Broadband pa rin ako. Ehehe ehehe.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Lamon Malas Night

Boyfriend was too busy to meet up with me in Alabang kaya ako na lang ang pumunta sa Bonifacio High Street. It was a long wait in Seattle's Best Coffee pero ok lang. I was busy with my own paper work anyway. Actually, hindi ko pa nga natapos hangang ngayon so KAMUSTA NAMAN YUN DI BA. Fast forward. So dahil nasa vongang Boni High Street naman kami, we decided to have a nice dinner. And by me saying "nice," that means pahinga muna kami sa date-date sa fast food at makatikin naman kami ng kainang pampabutas ng bulsa. Sabi ni Hani sa Sentro kami kakain sa Serendra.

Nagulat naman ako, "ha? May Sentro sa Serendra?"

Akala ko kakain kami sa inuman joint. Yun pala CENTRAL yung nasa utak ko. Sorry naman, biglang naging tamod ang utak ko.



Ewan ko lang ha pero feeling ko minamalas kami last night in the lamon department. Una, dinner was bad. NOT super bad tho. Pero hindi ako nasarapan. We ordered this adobo dish na dry na nga yung meat, bongga levels pa ang asim. The adobong kang kong was forgettable, mas masarap pa yung sa Kanin Club Sta. Rosa. I liked the ginataang Tilapia dish. Matinik lang, kahit na fillet na siya. Boyfriend and I both liked the kesong puti appetizer thingee. It's this ball of fried (I think) kesong puti that you can dip on either of the 2 sauces that comes with it. I think one is sweet and sour and the other is sour cream. Basta I l iked the white dip. Siguro namahalan ako dahil i didn't enjoy the food. I would have a different opinion if the food tasted great. Sabi nga ni Mudra, quality comes with a price.



Next we had coffee at this new European bread shop na halos tapat ng Mary Grace. Trying out new places kumbaga. Pero shet na malagket, sana nag Mary Grace na nga lang talaga kami. The place has coffee nga pero yung instant coffee lang. like those Coffee Pod things you see in sushal-sushalang offices. Basta i-google mo na lang, hindi kaya ng powers ko mag explain. So meaning, hindi siya refillable. Tapos he had a so-called chocolate moist cake which wasn't moist at all. Eh pucha 120 plus pesosesoses pa ang isang slice. Mas masarap pa ang Brownies sa Red Ribbon.

TAMAAAAAAAAA!!!! Masarap ang brownies sa Red Ribbon kaysa mga CHEESE CAKE-CHEESE CAKE na yan sa tabi-tabi. Baka madumi, magkasakit ka pa at mamatay. MAMATAAAAAY!! Ang hirap pa naman magpalibing ngayon! Naku salot. SALOTTTTTT!!!! Kaya wag kang bibili ng mga CHEESE CAKE-CHEESE CAKE na yan ha??? Naku mahirap na. MAHIRAP NAAAAAAAAAA! Punyeta makinig ka!!!! Hindi masarap ang cheese cake na yaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!

* Huff

* Huff

* Huff

Naku, na-high blood ako bigla. Ewan ko kung bakit. Ano Hani, may comment ka? Ha??

O sige.

* inhaaaale….. exhaaaaaale…

* smile

Ayaw ko mag smile.

Ayan. May Sumpong na ako. Ayoko nang mag kwento. Hmph. Ha-rumph!! HUMPHPHPHPHPHPHPH!!

Don't Ever Eat Fruit. That's Just So Bad For You. ;)

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Landline Fail

Importante sa akin ang mobile landline. Kaya nga 2 years ago I got myself a Bayantel phone. Yung unit na mukhang cellphone, hindi yung parang aparato ng PLDT. But then I was carrying 3 cellphones in my pockets: My Globe phone which is my personal phone, my Sun phone which is my work at the same time my "Hani" phone (hihihihi) and my Bayantel mobile landline. So Imagine the hassle. But having the mobile landline is really convenient and cost effective.

And then Globe duo came in: a landline number connected to your Globe mobile number. Unlimited calls to and from landline numbers. That's 2 phones in 1. Hindi ko agad kinuha ito kasi nanghihinayang ako sa Bayantel phone ko. Kasi naman with Bayantel, you HAVE TO buy their phone before you can use their service. If I give up the Bayantel phone and get a DUO, it will still be with me pero somewhat useless na siya.

But the three phones were bothering me na (knowing na I can use 2 lang). Plus nainggit ako kay Hani kasi he availed a Globe duo replacing his PLDT mobile kaya 2 phones na lang ang bitbit niya.

So a few months ago I terminated my Bayantel account. I can still use daw my unit as a prepaid phone. I just need to have it reactivated kung kailangan ko pa. I availed the DUO service by texting the code to a certain number. 10 minutes later, my duo number was activated.

I can use my DUO number if I'm within metro Manila. I don't know about the northern boundary but here in the south, the metro manila duo coverage ends in Tunasan, Muntinlupa. Pagdating ng San Pedro, wala na. I know this kasi one time my accountant was trying to call me on my landline number when I was just at the San Pedro boundary and she couldn't reach me. San Pedro Laguna is still area code 02. She ended up calling me on my Sun mobile. So yeah, that sucks. But at least I have an alternatiive number.

So in my situation, the advantage of DUO over Bayantel is it's a hundred pesos cheaper, I have a land line number and mobile number on just one phone, and I don't have to buy a new phone unit to use the duo service.

So anong point ko?

WALA! Bored lang. Ang tagal namang tumawag ng Hani ko! Hmph!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Slideshow

I miss this place.







Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Sagada Weekend Quickie

Pagod levels ang inabot ko sa Sagada weekend but I think it was worth it. The first time I visited this place was 3 years ago. Boyfriend and I were still dating, habang ako ay isang dakilang kabit na mahaba ang hairrrrr. Ganda lang. Thank you. Tapos ngayon binalikan namin for our 3rd anniversary, with 3 other friends. We only had a day and a half to tour around kaya super madali factor lang naman. Sige I'll make kwento na rin kung paano kami nakapunta doon.

* Ahem.



The Victory Deluxe Bus from Cubao to Baguio is 700 pesos. Ha? Bakit kamo mahal? Kasi DELUXE nga ito. Derecho na ng Baguio, mas malaki ang seats at may sariling toilet. Kung gusto mo ng ordinary it's 430 pesos pero baka di ka pa umaabot ng Baguio, minantika na ang face powder mo sa dami ng stop over.



Ay, get this. May sariling Wifi internet connection pa sa loob. Kaya habang bumibiyahe ka, pwede ka nang maghanap ng hada sa Baguio through Grindr. CHOZ. Anyway, ang huling deluxe bus ride (daily ito) is at 12:15AM (midnight yan). We took that trip kasi ang estimated travel time to Baguio is 5 hours. But it actually took us only about 4 hours kasi walang traffic at parang nasa Ferrari race track si mamang driver. Tandaan, wag kalimutan ang iPod kung ayaw mong makinig sa Energy FM. LOL!!!

Punyeta.

Anyway, at around 4:30AM, wala pang traffic sa Baguio. Pwede kang bumili muna ng Bus ticket na Baguio to Cubao/Pasay before going to Dangwa Terminal para hindi ka maubusan ng Deluxe ticket pagbalik mo galing Sagada. Get the 1 or 2PM trip kung gusto mong tamang-tama lang ang alis mo once you return from Sagada. You can get to the DANGWA BUS TERMINAL via taxi in less than 15 minutes . The earliest bus trip to Sagada is at 6AM (GL/Lizardo Bus) so tamang-tama lang kami sa sched ng Victory. The bus fare is 220 pesos I think. Hindi aircon ang bus dito pero maginaw naman sa Benguet kaya wag ka nang maarte, ok? 6 hours ang biyahe from Baguio to Sagada pero may dalawang stop over naman every 2 hours.



Yung una sa Morning Star Canteen na may Bakery, Sari-Sari store at banyo para lumamon ng breakfast at jumingel. Pwede ka ring mag picture-picture kung feel mo. Walang Wifi, sorry ka na lang.

Babala. Wag matulog sa bus dahil baka may sira ulong kunan ka ng picture. Wehehehehehe. >:-)



The 2nd stop will be 2 hours later. May bayad ang gamit ng banyo dito. I think 5 pesos. Ihanda ang mga coins para sa banyo at ang smile para sa makakasabay na foreigner. Landi lang.

The recent typhoons caused landslide in some parts of the highway but it is still passable for buses. Medyo mabagal lang ang takbo due to road repairs. We reached Sagada at 12 noon. Deposited our stuff in our rooms at George Guest House (http://sagadageorgeinn.bravehost.com/) then we had lunch at The Yogurt House. The Guest house is just along the main road together with the other taveller's inns. Medyo malayo-layo ang lakaran. About 10 minutes ang walk from the bus stop kung priority mo pang kumembot. The place is very basic. May running water, electricity, satellite TV (o, bongga, right?) and a little cafe downstairs. It's 600 pesos for a twin sharing bedroom. 400 pesos for single occupancy. Kung nakuha ninyong mas mura, wag niyo akong pagtawanan. Kung nakuha niyo naman nang mas mahal, wag niyo akong awayin. HMPH!

The Yogurt House is famous for it's… HANUFANGAVAH… yogurt. After a meal of pasta and Sagada vegetable rice (must try in Sagada!), we had their specialty.



I had my first taste of yogurt in this place 3 years ago and I HATED IT. Pero siguro hindi pa adjusted ang taste buds ko sa asim. Or pang ice-cream lang talaga ang level ng beauty ko. CHOZ. But lately I have been a consistent yogurt lamonero in Manila kaya I decided to give the Sagada yogurt another try. And finally I can confirm na it is DE-LI-SHOZ. Even if it wasn't very cold, it blended well with fruits and berries.



Obvious bang nagiisip lang ako ng magandang sasabihin? Ehehe ehehe. But really, masarap talaga. Trust me. :)

After an hour's rest, we were picked up by our guide for the afternoon to bring us to Sumaging Cave.


The walk going to Sumaging Cave.

When in Sagada, you HAVE TO TRY Spelunking at Sumaging Cave. Medyo delikado. But with a guide's help, you'll be safe.



Kung itinerary mo ito don't bring a lot of things na. You'll need a pair of shorts na pwedeng mabasa, sandals or water proof shoes (which you'll have to take off anyway at one point) and water proof camera. I remember nung first time kong pumasok dito, I was actually using a DSLR with 10mm lens. I don't remember how I got away with it. Pero this time Ixus lang dala ko with waterproof casing.


A shot i took in Sumaging 3 years ago using a DSLR that miraculously survived. :D

The whole caving tour would take about an hour. Sorry na lang kung hingalin ka.



And so we were free for the rest of the day. On our way back to the guest house, we spotted this little place called Lemon Pie House. We tried a slice of their specialty and it was amazingly good. The boys decided to buy a couple of boxes before going back to Manila. 20 pesos per slice, 150 pesos whole. They also serve egg pies, other pastries and meals.



We had dinner at the newly renovated Cafe. St. Jo. And I had the whole plate of meat spaghetti all for myself. In fairness, masarap. Hindi masyadong Italian ma-asim, hindi din masyado Pinoy-ish tamis. OH HECK I just wanted to EAT!

Kung nagtatanong ka kung ano ang night life sa Sagada, heto ang sagot…



WALA!

Pero madaming beer at pulutang aso. Wehehehehe. And speaking of aso, it is also advisible to bring a flash light kasi hindi well lit ang kalye dito at baka kapag nagmumuni-muni ka sa dilim, bigla kang makatapak ng ebak or mahulog ka na lang sa bangin.

I LOVE mornings is Sagada. Malamig, malinis ang hangin, foggy.



At dahil merong libreng WiFi (sushal na ang Sagada ngayon, may mga WiFi na rin ang mga establishments, salamat sa Smart Bro), we went back to the Lemon Pie House the next morning for breakfast. Their breakfast meals are only 90 pesos: Garlic Rice, Omelet or fried egg, longganisa or Sausage, and tea or coffee.



Medyo nagmamadali nanaman dahil ang next activity namin ay ang bisitahin ang Big Falls (or Bomod-ok falls, ayon sa Wikipedia). Ang biyahe ay 20 minutes na jeep ride and AT LEAST 1 hour na lakad crossing the fields and terraces. Depende na rin yun kung mabilis ka maglakad or madami kang stop over para kumuha ng mga litrato tulad namin. Wehehehe.



At sa kalagitnaan ng lakad ay magbabayad ka ng 10 pesos para sa community na nagme-maintain ng pathway papuntang Big Falls pero ok lang yun dahil ANG KYUT-KYUT-KYUT naman ng mga chikiting doon.



Becareful while walking the trail. Most of it have been paved but there are parts that you need to step on rocks and this can be a bit tricky. Some are slippery kaya you need to be extra careful. Hindi ka naman tipong mahuhulog sa bangin. Pero loss ang beauty mo kung madapa ka sa harap ng hotness na afam, di ba?



Hindi siya mukhang BIG sa picture pero BIG naman talaga siya. There's a big pool below that you can swim in. Pero natakot ako kasi super ginaw. Si Hani nagtampisaw-tampisaw na naka brip. Feeling Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon.

Ambishoza.

We trekked back to the jeep for another one hour. Kaloka. Ang daming lasing sa daan. Wag kang magtaka kung ini-english ka ng mga matatanda dito. Hindi dahil lang sa lasing sila. Mas marunong mag-English ang mga tao dito kaysa mag Tagalog. So go ka lang. Englishan kayo dito.



Lunch was at Shamrock Cafe, habang kaganapan ang Pacquiao fight sa TV (keberrr). I don't know the specialty of this place. But we were all very happy with our orders. Take anything with chicken. They're all GOOD. The old lady who served us was really nice pa.



While everyone was having an afternoon siesta, Boyfriend and I decided to visit Echo Valley and take pictures of the hanging coffins. Nung dati kasi, hindi maganda yung mga kuha namin. Hani was using just a pro-sumer camera while I forgot to bring my zoom lens. Kamusta naman, di ba. And we didn't really go further down to have a better look kasi natakot ako sa trail that time. So anyway, we visited it again.



Passed through the old cemetery...




...admired the different views from the cliff, nag-pose for pictures, nag-tanghal ng beaucon (CHOZ!!!) at sumugod sa mga hanging kabaong ng mga dead.



Afraid ako sa trek na dinaanan namin dahil unang-una wala kaming guide. Pangalawa, ilang beses ako nakakita ng bangin. At pangatlo, ilang beses akong gumapang sa lupa sa takot na mahulog sa trek. Waah!! Pero tinuloy ko pa rin at wagi naman. Nakita namin nang malapitan ang hanging coffins.

Pagkatapos niyan bumalik kami sa guest house to meet up with our friends para magawa na ang last Sagada activity namin: to visit this lake (Lake Danum ayon ulit sa Wikipedia) and the top of the hill (di ko mahanap sa Wikipedia… ehehe) to take sunset pictures.



The Lake was a disappointment because one, may punyetang masungit na cow na gusto kaming sugurin dahil akala niya papatayin namin yung anak niyang mukhang kambing. Bwiset. And 2, brown ang color ng lake ngayon because of the rains daw. Pero yung reflection naman ang habol ko na meron naman nang SLIGHT.



Chaka.



Then we went on top of the hill and waited for the sunset. Malas lang ayaw lumabas nung araw. it was cloudy and the sun was behind the clouds most of the time. I just made do with what ever shots I could take then we went back to the town before it got too dark.





Last dinner was at the Guest House mismo. Ayaw na siguro namin mag-isip pa kung saan kakain dahil maaga pa ang gising namin the following morning.


Long exposure shot of the street when we stayed in.


View from the back of George Guest House at night.

We woke up the next morning really early to catch the 5AM bus ride to Baguio only to find out na 6AM ang earliest bus ride. So yeah, MENTAL NOTE, Alas-6 ang pinaka-maagang trip pabalik ng Baguio. LOL.


View of the town from the Bus Stop.



It again took 6 hours for us to reach Baguio. That still includes 2 stops for lamon and wee-wee. The ride would have been boring if not for the awesome view that I was getting from my window. Although there were parts in the trip that the bus was already too close to the ravine; it was freaking me out so much that I was squeezing on Boyfriend's arm.



We arrived in Baguio on time naman for the 1:15PM bus to Cubao. Actually, delayed pa nga siya. Nagkaroon pa ng time na tumaya sa lotto si boyfriend. Ehehe ehehe. Hay jusme. Frustrating yung trip pauwi dahil sa sobrang bagal mag drive ni Manong, na-over take pa yata kami ng flying kalabaw. CHOZ sa flying Kalabaw.



I knew I was back in polluted civilization when I saw the NLEX toll way.



I picked up my car at boyfriend's house and drove myself home back to Alabang. And my weekend was officially over on a Monday night when I got stuck in traffic… sa SKYWAY!



It was another amazing weekend with the boyfriend and friends. Nakakapagod at nakaka-haggard but it was alright. We all had fun.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Pssst!

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Ano ba Bortang Kuya ikaw ang tinatawag ko!



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Saturday, 6 November 2010

Ang Haba ng Hair ng Lola mo, o....

... at hinarana siya ng pogi. Congratulations, 'te!








Darren Criss, ladies and gentlemen.


Sarap!

Friday, 5 November 2010

FS: Canon 400D

I'm selling my Canon 400D (bought in January 2008) with kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm). 10.1 megapixels, 9-point Autofocus, self-cleaning sensor, and compatible with any EF and EFS lens.

And I'm including 12gb worth of CF cards, an extra battery and a battery grip (Canon BG-E3 worth about 9k). The battery grip can be used with both the 350D and 400D models.

With the battery grip:
- you can comfortable take portrait shots complete with the shutter release and other buttons (which you can turn-off if desired) similar to a built-in grip
- Great for people with bigger hands
- can use 2 batteries (battery pack NB-2LH) at the same time in the battery compartment allowing twice as many shots without a battery change.
- 6 AA batteries may be used (AA batteries adaptor/cassette included)
- larger lenses are easier to control.









If interested, text me (if you know my number) or message me on YM: sakalyenifelipe.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

I'm so Full I Can Die!



We -- Boyfriend and I -- each had only a slice of pizza (meatballs and New York) and shared on a pasta (sausage on oil with garlic) but I still think I ate a lot. There's a new planet and it's inside my tummy.

* burp