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Friday, January 11, 2013

Masuki in SM MOA and also me in photo posted on the wall

Masuki resto SM MOA
After my busy day for work and also shopping, I ate my dinner here in Masuki in SM MOA, it’s a noodle and dimsum fast food that is present since 1932, they have 3 branches, in Binondo, in SM Megamall and now here in SM MOA. I’ve been waiting for this to open since I saw the Masuki signage last year and I didn’t know that they are already open.

I ate and ordered their yummy beef noodle special. Its my first time to eat their kind of noodle, I ate last time in SM Megamall during its Food Sale event, I was with our food blogger friends and we got a nice cheek to cheek talk with the owner of Masuki, Ms. Willen Ma, she’s very accommodating and she always talk to the customers. My tummy was full that time and I didn’t got a chance to try their noodles, but Ms. Willen prepared a take-out food for me and I brought it home, my wife and son ate it the next day.


Masuki resto SM MOA
Okay back to Masuki SM Mall of Asia, sorry that this photo is blurry, I used my iPhone4s in taking pics and I need to take a quick pic before the guard sees me.

Masuki resto SM MOA
Here’s the Beef noodle special
I admit that the noodle special is bit pricey (if I remember this is around P170) but I just don’t care about the price, all I want is good and yummy noodles. Here’s how they prepare the beef noodle special. Its up to you if you want to add the onion leaves and….

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you can add the beef sauce and mix it according to your flavor. I’m not familiar with this kind of style, because other fast food offer the noodle as is and you don’t have to mix it by yourself. I asked the waiter what should I do with that beef sauce, if ever I’ll dip it or mix it with the noodle soup. Its weird that I ask someone on how to prepare the noodle, but the adventure starts from here.

So I pour the beef in one scoop, two scoop,and then I added them all til my soup is gone. I found a nice tip here, don’t pour all the beef sauce, savour the taste scoop after scoop, then on the last scoop, pour it on the small remaining noodle soup, sip it bottoms up and feel the taste of the Old Manila. yummy grabe!

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Here’s what it looks like when I mix the beef sauce. Not too sweet or salty, its just right for the beefy taste.


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the most impressive here is that Masuki has a simple interior and still stick to the old Manila style of their branch in Binondo, its Chinoy style in origin but I love to sit in an old fashioned style table and chair of a diner.

Also, I like to warm you that once you enter Masuki, you’ll inhale a soury beefy odor, smells like armpit, but that’s what I want to absorb, truly an authentic chinoy food ..beefy..noodle..soup, feels like the old age. I still remember that old noodle house that we usually cross in Cubao, it’s a short cut going to Araneta to Ali Mall.

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Here I ordered 3 bola bola siopao, the paper bag is such a classic!


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I also like this wooden signage inside Masuki, the word “antigua” is a Spanish word for “old” or “antique”

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Here’s how you eat the noodle, and also its funny that the style are really old when you see the order slip hanging at the rear of the table.

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When I order food, they gave me this giant cardboard with a list of their menu, it was big and it can cover the entire table hahahaha. But there’s a bigger menu posted on the wall. Oh wow!! this style is also a classic.


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Here’s a funny incident.
After paying my bills, I took a pic of myself here with the background of photos in Masuki
Then when I stand up and grabbed my things, I got the idea to view the photos and see who’s in it.

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while viewing the photo, there’s something familiar on the upper right of the corner.


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and boom!!! it was a group of photo with Ms. Ma, our blogger friends and there’s me hahahahahh
I was surprised when I saw the photo, and told the waiters that the photo is me, then the waiter told me that they are shy to ask me if I was the one on the photo, then I confirmed that it is me hahahaha. Its nice to see our photo being displayed here in SM MOA, we are part of Masuki’s history, its weird to see myself being part of a wall decal of a fastfood., but its okay, I love Masuki and I’m happy to see this piece posted on their wall. Thanks Masuki!

Masuki SM MOA is located in the side entrance of SM MOA facing SM Hypermarket and Mcdonalds

Trying the iPad Mini

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I visited Power Mac store in SM MOA just to check out some iPhone cases and bluetooth speakers, from there I saw that they are starting to sell already the iPad Mini tablet. I went to the demo station and tried the iPad Mini for the first time.

The size is so small and it looks like a Samsung Galaxy tablet, but more sleek in size, think and the finger response to the screen is always impressive and that’s the magic from Apple. I tried to stay away from Apple products, but when I started to own an iPhone4s, my tech fave just changed and I converted myself to Apple because the hardware is great (and also the apps). But I still have my android phone with me, but rarely use it.

iPad Mini is so thin, I’m not sure if people can hold it safely, I suggest that they wear it with an iPad mini casing or bracket just to protect the iPad mini’s body from fall and breaks.

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The price of the iPad mini is very tempting, for a P15,990, you can get already the wifi version of the iPad mini, but if you shell out some P21, 990 you can now own a 16GB with wifi and cellular iPad mini. I know its tempting but my money now will go to a new camera, but owning a tablet will be my 2nd choice.

The 7.9 inches display is just right for browsing and also play games, the 1st version have no retina display looks like they will reserve that feature in the iPad mini 2, Regarding the camera, I do hope that they installed it with the same camera specs of an iPhone4s, that’s the 8 megapixel iSight camera, that takes awesome image quaility. I tried the back camera of the iPad mini, the 5 megapixel is not bad, but I want more good quality photos,but still a best version for a quality of an iPad.

check it out here for more details - http://store.apple.com/ph/buy/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad_mini?afid=p219|GOPH&cid=AOS-PH-KWG

Shopping at Ace Hardware-SM MOA

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I went to SM MOA and visited Ace Hardware store, its like a heaven for tools for me and I guess all guys love to hang out in a tools, hardware and electronic store. I went there to shop for some tools and buy electronic supplies that I needed to power up our TV in our room.

My agenda is simple, buy a 1) extension cord with 6m long cable, plug converters, super glue and soldering iron

I grabbed a basket and went around Ace Hardware to look for the things I need to buy, after grabbing that extension cord, I got a hard time looking for that plug converter with 3 holes, looks like that someone hoard all the supplies and saw the display rack empty, I was lucky to find one piece and I grab it while there's one piece of the plug converter. After visiting the electronic area, I went to the other section to see what's new, here I spotted a large rack of pet supplies, I bought a box of Whiskas cat food for our pet cat Mocha, she's sick and this food will help her recover fast. I went to the tools section to grab a soldering iron, I saw the soldering iron but they don't have a stock for the lead, so how will I use the soldering iron if there's no lead? so skipped on buying the soldering iron (I went to CDR king and check if the have stock, they have the soldering iron but no lead stock too)

Ace Hardware almost got everything, too bad they don't have  the lead that day. I might visit other branches soon.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Me....all in a day's work (Makati-SM MOA)

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2013 started as my laziest and busiest year, but I don’t want to have the laziest part, I need to get busy before the end of the 1st month of 2013, so here I am back in action, rode the bus going to Manila and started my day as planned.

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I arrived in Makati and headed to my 1st meeting of 2013, it’s a special day for me because I’m back to my work again. At around 2:30pm, I arrived here in Makati, then I started to feel dizzy because It feels weird to lock yourself for weeks at home, I think my body is absorbing all the pollution here in Manila.

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The statue of our national artist – Fernando Amorsolo welcomed me here in Amorsolo st. Makati City. I didn’t even know that he has a statue here, I took a pic for some inspirations.

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I arrived in the office and waited for my meeting to start, a cup of coffee powered me up and before I open the pages of Men’s Fitness magazine, my meeting agenda went ahead.

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I went to a different place in Makati, I rode the cab and used this Apple Map apps to locate the street that I’m looking for. After that office visit, I went to KFC and ate a quick snack, here’s my view of a quiet street in Leviste st.

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My day here in Makati is done, I rode the taxi and told the driver to take me to SM MOA, for my shopping adventure is waiting there.

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Inside the taxi

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Just chillin’ and wait til the day ends

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I arrived in SM MOA in a few minutes, I just avoided that 5pm traffic jam in Makati and I’m glad that I arrived early here in SM MOA. Here’s a photo of a mall traffic personnel, that got a funny hat from the foreground view of the scapular inside the taxi.

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Hi SM Mall of Asia!!! nice to see you again after some weeks. I used my iPhone4s fish eye lens in taking this pic

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Let’s have a photo with SM MOA’s structure, and feels like its my first time to be here in SM MOA ahahah

I posted a dare in my Facebook, that I’ll give a merienda treat for those who will meet/saw me here in SM MOA. Others took the challenge, but they failed to see me around the mall.
Tomorrow, I’ll have another all in a day’s work adventure!

Greeting card from mom....c/o Apple

Greeting card from mom....c/o Apple
I didn’t expected that my mom will send this Christmas greeting card via snail mail, she mentioned this to me and I’m surprised that there’s a kind of service c/o an Apple app that you can send a greeting card to your loved ones via a click order in an app. Too bad that the mail arrived almost a month, I told my mom that the mail is in the Post Office, stuck and waiting for its release hehhee.

Greeting card from mom....c/o Apple
Aside from billing statements that I receive from mailman or from a courier, receiving a snail mail is the best thing to happen because few people uses this already in this digital age of internet and Instagram. Thanks to my mom for using one again and next time I’ll request for a post card. When I was in Hong Kong last year, I got this idea that I should send a post card for myself and then send it back to Manila, Philippines hahahaa, that;s one funny activity, maybe I’ll do that the next time I travel.

Greeting card from mom....c/o Apple
thanks Mom!

Are you ready for the 18th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013 ?



18th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013
I saw this newspaper ad last December 2012 and it reminded me that I should prepare and plan our trip for the next 18th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013. I want to bring my son here because he loves airplanes and flying (and also cars), I'm sure he will be amazed when he saw hot air ballooons and jet planes zooming the sky.

Its a festival of anything that flies!

the event will be on Feb 21-24, 2013 at the Oni Aviation Complex in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.
you can read more details here at http://www.philballoonfest.net/

As you know, I'm starting an annual tradition in covering this, this will be my 3rd year, so let' do it!


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For tips and guide, you can read my blog post here for a Survival guide at the Balloon Fiesta event - http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2012/02/your-survival-guide-and-tips-to-17th.html


After the Nazarene 2013 --- eat Lunch at Kung Fu Kitchen Feast of Fury-SM City Manila

Kung Fu Kitchen - SM Manila
After attending the mass in Quiapo church for the Feast of the Black Nazarene, me and my sis always eat a yummy lunch, we usually eat our lunch in Ongpin, but today I made a change and invited her to eat lunch in Kung Fu Kitchen in SM City Manila. She haven’t tried the food there, and this is already one of my favorite resto and wish that they should open up a branch in other SM malls.

Cover photo above is a Pata Tim

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Here are our foodie suspects of the day hahahaa.
Me, Misyel and Florencio

Florencio saw my Instagram post when I took a self portrait here in Kung Fu Kitchen, he visited us to say hi, then I invited him to join with us for the lunch food fest.

Kung Fu Kitchen - SM Manila
Kung Fu Kitchen restaurant is mixed with Hunan and Szechuan food style, I love to eat here because of the spicy taste of their food and also tastyness. You can read my food feature and review here at http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2012/09/food-for-kung-fu-masters-at-kung-fu.html

Kung Fu Kitchen - SM Manila
Yang chow fried rice
we were tired and we want to eat immediately, I ordered this as our rice of day to award our successful trip and also attending the mass in Quiapo church. I forgot that they have another version of rice that I love. The Kung Pao rice and Sausage rice. Sayang! I’ll order that next time.

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Kenya beans
Glorious veggies on our plate! yeahh!, with some pork and tofu, I told the waiter to make the Kenya beans with medium spice, I’m glad that they got the right spice in this. I love it


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Pata Tim
I think this is the best Pata Tim that I tasted, I love the meat and its soft porky skin, the sweetness and saltyness of the sauce is perfect, I tested the taste to my sis and she said that it is delicious, for a price of P300+ , it already satisfied my foodie taste, too bad that the Kenya beans got bad shot this time and ended up in a take away pack.

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Egg drop soup
Solo version only, I like to order the bigger serving, but since its only three of us, we might not finish it all. Its great to sip a hot soup before going to a heavy meal. If I remember, this priced at P45 ??

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Mango Yohgurt milk tea
I promoted this to my sis, because my wife love their milk tea, I don’t like mango, but I have to try it myself and ordered this instead after finding out that they ran out of Watermelon milk tea.

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Its food fest time!
Great chat with Florencio as we share our adventure stories during the Feast of the Black Nazarene, I was hoping also that many other friends can join us, maybe next year, I can organize a group coverage of the procession.


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I learned that the procession is walking so fast and this time it was near the National museum, I got worried that the procession pass by and I get left out, I went on my mobile internet access and searched for a map route of the procession. I’m so stuffed after eating and I condition my self to prepare for battle to walk the way vs. millions of people.

you can read my photo story here at http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/2013/01/photo-story-feast-of-black-nazarene-2013.html

Kung Fu Kitchen - SM Manila
After the lunch meal, the Kung Fu Kitchen staff gave us each a fortune cookie, we were excited for the message and fortune inside the cookie, we opened each and it seems that Misyel and Florencio got a nice message, and then when I opened mine, the message is quite funny hahahah.

thanks Kung Fu Kitchen for the nice lunch meal!
I paid P1000+ plus P300 GC to cover our tummy needs

you may visit their Facebook page for updates - http://www.facebook.com/kungfukitchen888

Photo story: The Feast of Black Nazarene 2013

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I’m back again in blogging and also taking photos in the main site of the procession of the Black Nazarene. The feast in Quiapo is the most attended fiesta in the country and it’s also the most nearest and accessible for me, no need to travel or ride an airplane just to see the whole action. In blogging this feast, I found out that I started mentioning this with photos last 2008, there I used an old Olympus camedia point and shoot camera and then after a week, my wish granted by the Black Nazarene awarded me a free Olympus SP 500 UZ digital camera, a jumping upgrade that made me more interested in photography.
Photo cover above is taken by my iPhone4s, it is the closest shot that I took and I didn’t expected that I’ll end up standing near the bridge. I uploaded this up in my Instagram, Flickr and Facebook after the procession and also big crowd.

here are my photos captured using my Olympus E-520 dslr with 14-42mm Zuiko lens

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Okay, my story started here as I arrived in Recto MRT station, I meet my sis Misyel here in a McDo Isetan, we ate our breakfast here and prepared for a walkathon going to Quiapo church, it was nearly 9am yesterday when we finished our breakfast. It’s a great sight to see Recto again and I started to miss this place after my FEU college graduation, its like home to me and proud to say that I grew up in Manila and know all the maze around here.


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the corners of Recto

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After turning right, it’s a long walk going to Quiapo church, there we saw many people walking going to the church.

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Below the underpass, I spotted this beggar. The lady opened up her wallet and gave money


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I’m happy that I’m very loaded this season, I experienced that almost every year I don’t have money to buy a Feast of the Black Nazarene shirt. The shirts are customly made by the locals and here we spot a man silk screening a shirt for a devotee, you’ll have to bring your own shirt if you want to get a cheap print for your shirt. We bought a shirt nearby for only P70 for sando for kids and P100 for shirts for adults.
My sis got the maroon colored while me got the yellow one.

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Business as usual, lots of vendors roaming the streets, it’s a great opportunity for them to sell their good, millions of people walk around the street of Quiapo, expect buyers in every minute.

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Shirt designs of the Black Nazarene, I always like the shirt with the whole photo of the Black Nazarene carrying the cross, that kind of design display the real image of the Jesus in Black Nazarene, I just don’t like the face of Jesus only, with lots of blood and you can see his suffering, I admit that the photo of the face is bit scary, I bought the yellow shirt with Jesus carrying a cross, got that because I can wear the shirt in any normal day.

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Approaching Raon, vendors galore everywhere!

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My sis and there’s me

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We bought some candles with prayers, I forgot the price of this candle, I think its around P10 only.


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Spotted this kid staring to an image of the Black Nazarene.

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Cops, firemen, paramedics, tv crew and media are everywhere

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We started walking after buying those shirts and candles, and then we saw that the road is getting smaller due to a large crowd of people around us and then it was the end of the road when all directions are blocked, it means that we are near the church.

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We don’t have a plan of turning back or going to the other side of the church, it’s a yearly tradition for us to go straight and then attend the mass even if we are standing outside the church and absorb the heat of the sun. I’m glad that I brought a hat and sunglasses that day. The sun is so hot and I also forgot to put sun block lotion.


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Before attending the mass, we bought this Everlasting flowers for only P55. Its been ages since we last bought and the flowers are still fresh. The flowers will not wit for a day but it will stay as is for months until it became color brown, that’s why it is called Everlasting.

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We arrive at the side of Quiapo church and there’s no access going forward, we stayed there and listened to the priest and hear the mass.

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Years ago, they just broadcast the audio of the mass via a speaker, but today they now broadcast the mass in big colored LCD screen, they posted several screen outside the church.

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I wonder who owns this flip flop, someone left their piece here, maybe because of a stampede-like incident. It happens every time when a large group of people enters the road, or during blessings with holy water.

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Devotee holds his small image of the Black Nazarene

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Shirt of a devotee from Malabon City

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After the mass, its time for the blessing, a representative of the church goes out and spray us with holy water. Everyone raise their hands and swirl white hanky or towel to receive the blessed water.

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So we did out thing too, and I swirl in the air those two shirts we bought, (those shirts are for Anya and Ashton). The church rep. approach our location and then the stampeded started as they keep on moving forward and raise their towels and hanky. The church rep. seems not tired and all sweaty, didn’t stop spraying us.

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Here’s the holy water going straight in front of me and also in my camera, see the white streaks?
It will be a perfect shot if ever the hand of the church rep. is seen here.


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After the blessing, me and my sis will eat our lunch in SM Manila. I told her that we take the route to the Quiapo bridge going down to the mall, and then I took this panoramic view of the side of Quiapo church using my iPhone4s.

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Passing by the last side of Quiapo church.

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Girl walks by holding her small image of the Black Nazarene

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We got a hard time entering the front of the church, because I want to take a photo of the front façade,then we saw a blockade near the entrance after the road, there’s this group of people dress in white robes and a Jesus in costume performing seems like a healing session with their members. I took a photo of this old man sitting in throne like chair, I think it’s a club or some sort of org.


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This young lady cries so hard as this old lady embraces her and mention some prayers. I’m not sure what’s the scene here, but all of the ladies wearing white robes who are participating in this ritual are all crying.

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I spotted also this another Jesus in costume, his crown of thorns are made of metal. He tells something about that stick he holds, I heard that is holy and it came from a tree near the church.


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I saw another Jesus look a like, wearing a sando and holding a stick. I’m not sure what’s his business but we see lots of Jesus in cosplay every feast here in Quiapo.
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Here’s my panoramic photo of Quiapo chuch. almost every year the view changes, and here we spotted that white building standing beside the church, if you saw the old photos, that building is not yet present. I heard that the building stood there last 2012 and many photographers disappointed to see that building.
I took this panoramic photo using my iPhone4s

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Here’s for the Instagram version
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Another view of the front of Quiapo church
I realized that I don’t have yet a Quiapo church feature here in my collection of churches in this blog, maybe in the next Holy week, I’ll visit all Manila church and start a feature. I started collecting photo blogs of church after I experienced my 1st visita iglesia in Cebu.

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Going to the market place is one of my favorite spot, I’m not sure if I’ll buy food here or buy anything weird. This way goes to Quiapo ilalim and SM Carriedo.


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This arc brings you to Carriedo MRT

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Because it’s a feast, locals and visitors from all over the country flock here, you can buy food here and watch lion dancers, musical band and eat street food.

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Dried fish welcomed us, I call this the mini Taboan

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Yummy hotdogs!!! omg..I want to buy one but we need to move forward because another large crowd of people are coming in and they are behind us


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Fresh shrimps and veggies are sold here

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Its rare to see strawberries being sold here in Manila.

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The store here gives free drinking water to all devotees.

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Replicas of the image of the Black Nazarene are spotted here.




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Here’s a happy grandpa walks around carrying the image on his shoulder


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Los of teens seen here joining the procession


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Street food are always the best, I’m so tempted to buy but I need to reserve my tummy for a nice lunch meal in Kung Fu Kitchen in SM Manila. This pasta looks good! I like it all colored red, that’s pasta with lots of UFC catsup

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Fresh lumpia are also a popular food here in Quiapo.

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After the long walks, we arrived the bridge that leads us to Lawton, I think this will be my last route during the feast, I started to hate walking here because some devotees used the concrete as their rest room, foul smell welcomed us and the smell is present again from the end of the bridge.


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me…I still smiled even that the foul smell is present for 3 minutes hahahaha

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me and my sis.

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Walking to SM Manila, we spotted this puto and kutsinta vendor in motorcycle.

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Also blind singers are everywhere, I spotted 4 of them singing their kind of tunes

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At last SM Manila!, saw paramedics walking on the street, I think they ate their lunch and took a break. We ate at Kung Fu Kitchen and ordered a yummy pata tim, kenya beans and pork, mango yohgurt milk tea and yangchow fried rice. We also met our fellow blogger Florencio here, he also covered the procession all the way from Luneta. He told us that the procession is already near National Museum, looks like that the image of the Black Nazarene is carried well and moves fast compare to last year incident that the image stayed infront of Manila City Hall for almost 5 hours.

When I heard that news from Florencio, my plan is to go back to the bridge and will spot the image there when the arrive. I will have to position myself on top of the bridge and take photos there. I downloaded a map of the route from my iPhone4s, thanks to ABS CBN for that map.

It rained so hard after we left SM Manila, me and Florencio walk under the LRT, I’m glad that we have umbrellas, then my sis took a different route and went home after our lunch. Then when we approach Lawton, I saw people still stands on the roof of the overpass, that’s my usual spot in taking photos of the procession, then I realized that if there are many people standing and waiting, it means that the image is nearby and haven’t passed by Lawton. Me and Florencio ran across the main road and there we spotted the image walking slowly and welcomed again by millions of Filipino devotees of the Black Nazarene.

It’s a spark of joy for me. I thought that I’ll miss this view again. Even it was raining, I didn’t even think that my camera might short circuit, I took out my camera and began shooting. I was near the image and the only thing that blocks infront of me are tons of people and a concrete of the bridge.

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It’s a different view for me, and this is my 2nd time shooting it on ground, there are lots of tension as always, and people bump me from the front and the back, I’m starting to get cautious because my iPhone4 might get lost or maybe some opportunist thief might victimize me, so I shoot carefully and check my things and pockets every seconds. It was raining so hard, I have lots of misfocus shots because of the spot of rain on my camera lens, I took out my reserve clothes and started to wipe the lens and then I started to cover my camera whenever I raise it up to get a better shot.

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I have the 14-42mm lens, but this is the full zoom that it can do for me, but its okay.

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The action resumes when the image started to move, people are pushing and then some catches the person who fell from jumping from the concrete of the bridge. I know many people got hurt here. In this photo, I think this is the scene were all of the people standing on the concrete fell all together into the ground, it was like chaos and I thought that the bridge’s concrete collapses. Dust and smoke afterwards but then all those who got hurt must fall back and the ones who are behind them moves forward. It is the survival of the fittest.
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Many devotees fight their way like swimming into sea of people just to approach the image, I got also the idea to try go near, but because I have a gear with me,it will be risky that I may loose my things or damage my camera.

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The image started to move so fast and then the flow of people followed it

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Here’s the aftermath, I took a self portrait after some relief


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But there’s another tension here, there’s a slight stampede and many people want to jump out of the bridge going to the road, while others want to climb up the bridge, expect chaos again, you’ll see a tug of war of people scrambled in one place.

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The image walks so fast and I can see it here that they reach the midway of the bridge going to other side of town.


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I used my 40-50mm Zuiko lens here to zoom in and capture the action, then I realized that the safest thing to view the image is to stand infront of Metropolitan theater. It’s a safe place to stay if you want to cover the procession, less people and lots of room to move. You’ll see the image pass by over the bridge, you can look up and pray as it approaches infront of you.

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I still miss this spot, here we saw lots of shooters standing on the roof of this over pass.

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I spotted this devotee who got injured, I think he has splinters under his foot.

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Other image replicas arrives, some of them are covered with plastic, just to protect it from the rain.


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My last view of the procession, at first I thought that I’ll miss this, but with prayers that I made, my wish came true and here I got another awesome photo story to share.

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Thanks everyone for reading my photo story coverage of the feast of Nazarene, maybe next year, I should find another shooting location to get a better view of the image of the Black Nazarene.

See you next year!
For the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2014.

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger of Azrael's Merryland. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is a full time blogger and photographer and freelance events organizer, social media specialist and marketing consultant. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.


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