June 18, 2011

The Mediterranean Vibe of Antulang Beach Resort

Antulang Beach in Dumaguete is one of my favorite places in the Visayas.  It is situated in Siit, Siaton, Dumaguete Negros Oriental - approximately an hour drive from the Dumaguete Airport. 

The Antulang is not a typical beach resort with accessible shorelines.  It is slightly suspended on top of the island tip, so you will need to descend through its lofty staircases to enjoy the beach below.  It has a Mediterranean vibe like that of Positano Coast (Under the Tuscan Sun movie - does it ring a bell?). If you’re honeymooners or just "kinky acquaintances", making out in the obscure part of the beach is surely a sizzling (but romantic) experience.  Just be watchful of creatures (read: sea snakes or whatever) that may lurk around with a different carnal agenda! haha  

But who needs  sea water when the resort has several pool complexes to boast; not to mention the infinity pool that really captures the "forever and beyond." Just like any panoramic views, it's humbling.

The food is great. At lunch time, it offers smorgasbord of delightful cuisines –  seafoods extraordinaire (my fave from any Visayan sojourn) and other culinary delights.  Plus there are nice, professional-looking (they wear the standard hotel service crew outfits) attendants to pamper you with all your needs… and wants if you’re the “prima donna” type.  There are multi-level decks of cabanas for a themed dinners during peak seasons.

Image credit http://www.agoda.com/asia/philippines/dumaguete/antulang_beach_resort.html
The package also offer a tour at Apo Island through their own private yacht.  A Mediterranean atmosphere, a yacht, it's definitely a high life for a day!

Apo Island is whimsical.  There is a distinct rock formation along the shoreline (similar to Anawangin's) that leaves you nostalgic of an old epic adventure movie. You’ll instantly feel that you’ve seen it somewhere, from maybe an old Panday film or from Pirates of the Caribbean.  

Apo Island, by the way, is one of the major diving spots in the country.  If you’re lucky, you can get a free diving lesson (for the dummies) from in-house divers (if they’re less busy).

The package offer is slightly above the standard rate, if you’re accustomed to the typical Boracay getaway, but it surely is worth it.  It’s double-delight when your company is paying for your leisure trip (as in my case... winks!). If you want a semi-exclusive, less congested vacation spot, I can guarantee that Antulang Beach Resort can give you that.  It’s a different experience.

I know rainy days are coming, and my blog is slightly late for its theme, but what the heck, we’re in the Philippines, where there are only 2 distinct climates – hot and hotter. So it’s never too late.  

For more information about Antulang Beach, you may visit their site at http://www.antulangbeachresortdumaguete.com/ppc/

June 11, 2011

The Video That Won First Place At Cannes

Image credit Derrick T

I love browsing through Youtube's collection of witty ads that chronicle funny, touching and moving life moments. There are occasions when I feel the "void"; when I'm too consumed by mundane routines of my life. So I take a moment to breathe and look for a "convenient" inspiration to remind me that life is still beautiful. 

And yeah, Youtube can magically take you to an emotional roller-coaster ride. Usually in just a few minutes, you may experience sudden burst of laughter or a mild pinch in your heart that leaves you teary-eyed. And somehow, by the end of each viewing session, you are left with a sense of purpose to make your life more "Youtube-worthy." (winks!)

I want to share with you this short clip that features a child's innocent but poignant gesture of kindness. In few unexpected moments, be it trivial or grand, we are moved by acts of selflessness that validate the greatness of a human soul. 

It's so easy to be cynical and feel defeated in the most trying times of our lives. Life can be short, but moments like this make it worthwhile. 

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June 10, 2011

The Menaces of Passive Aggressive People

Sometimes, it is much easier to deal with snotty, pain-in-the-ass b*tches than to deal with nice-in-the-exterior, passive-aggressive people.  At least those b*tches own up to who they are. You will have a clear grasp of how to deal with them head-on.  But with the passive-aggressive ones, it’s a whole new different playing field.  You’ll never know what you might get out of dealing with them.  They can be nice and cooperative at the on-set, but you’ll be surprised how they can turn things around and hold your ground at their mercy.

Life is a competition. It's about survival of the fittest.  You instinctively become competitive, which means you work your ass out to deliver good and thriving results based on what is expected of you as an employee, student, athlete, life partner or whatever role you play in life. Being a conscientious person, you make a conscious effort to promote a healthy competition, that is surviving it through without stepping on or compromising anyone in the process. It's fair and square. And so you are always on guard of people who play it dirty and do tricks which are always at the expense of anyone who’s getting on their way.  Sometimes it gets the best of you. And in many ways, you are offended by their sensibilities. Sometimes you want to do silly things to counteract their menaces. But you don’t have the heart to carry it through. You don’t want to sound self-righteous or anything, but you know you've managed to live up with the moral upbringing your parents have instilled in you.  You recognized that there are code of ethics to live by.   But this is the “real” world.  So you need to figure things out to properly deal with these people.  Meanwhile, you detach yourself.

Which role do you play in this picture? Time to do some introspection.  You might be thriving at the moment. But the race is long. And Karma sees through the deep recesses of our hearts.

And who am I? That’s a secret I‘d never tell. You know you love me.

Your conscience  ;)  

Photo credit Urban Woodswalker

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June 5, 2011

The Quarter Life Crisis

I don’t know when and how exactly I get here. There’s a big void, and I can’t seem to figure where. At this point, I know I should be fine. But I am not.  I have crossed it. I wish I didn’t. I know there’s no turning back.  But I’m slowly ebbing away.  Can someone get me out of this reverie! 

Image credit: Hitchster

June 1, 2011

A Smoker’s Smokin’ Hot Reaction on No-Smoking Laws in Metro Manila

I’m a smoker. I have been smoking since college, that’s almost a decade now. This last decade has been a struggle for smokers like me. Smoking back then was a breeze - it’s a strike-anywhere-anytime kind of thing.  When I feel the urge to smoke inside the mall, I just need to look for the nearest garbage bin and light a stick or two to relieve the urge. Never mind being an irresponsible smoker, an urge is an urge! (Btw, I'm a responsible smoker now, in case, it came across otherwise.) Then we were banned inside the mall.  And so we sought refuge from the gazebos outside of coffee shops.  The problem with this resolve is that it begets another addiction. Caffeine addiction. During frugal times, when budget won’t allow for a couple hundred worth of caffeine fix, I just content myself with smoking outside… just outside… anywhere “outside.” But now, smokers are faced yet again with another challenge, a "world-getting-smaller-and-smaller predicament."  Now, we cannot smoke in just any “outside” premises, at least not along the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila starting today, June 1, 2011.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), in partnership with 17 other Local Government Units (LGU) of Metro Manila  will start apprehending smokers who will be caught smoking cigarettes in public places in all major and secondary roads of Metro Manila. This is for more serious implementation of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003. Violators may either be fined P500 or render an eight-hour community service for first offense.   
Photo by Steven Snodgrass
I’d say, what the f*ck?! Why do I feel like the entire universe is conniving to make me feel “deprived!” Whhyyy?! Smoking is my thing. They’ve all been gone. But my dear Ciggy is the only one who sticks around. 
Well, they can try… but they can’t take that away from me! (right, Mariah?!) I’ve never been an outlaw. But with the development of this Smoking Ban in the metro, Ciggy and I might pull off a Bonnie and Clyde stunt if ever we’ll get caught! 

Too much defiance in the air! Too much defiance in the air! Pardon my profanity. I understand the good intention of the authorities behind this law. I guess the addiction got the best of me again. L

On a positive note, this may be a perfect time for me to finally give it up.  The struggle to quit smoking  has been the major SAGA of my life.  In so many instances, I was Jack Twist telling my Ciggy, “You are too much for me Ennis del Mar, you son-of-a-b*tch! I wish I knew how to quit you!”

Maybe this iron-fist approach would finally make me quit.  Who knows, I’d be one, among my fellow "would-be quitters," with a Smoke-free Metro Manila by 2012. It's funny how it sounded like a lame company vision-mission statement. Even I am not convinced by my own conviction! The odds are tough. I may need to summon all my fellow "demigods" (winks!) to grant me a "major, major" will power to overcome it. But for all its worth, I'm beginning to see the light of this strict No-Smoking Campaign.
You may view the complete MMDA's Strict Enforcement of No-Smoking laws in   Metro Manila at http://www.mmda.gov.ph/news.html.

Image credit: jupe_revolver

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