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Saturday, February 12, 2011

16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011 (my experience and some tips) day 3

Im here at the day 3 of the 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon 2011, I can say that my trip here is almost semi-fail. I missed the flight of the balloons and I encounter lots of delays like traffic and a long queue of line. I'm posting here some tips that can help you for your plan visiting the hot air balloon site for their last day tomorrow.

1. I suggest you leave tonight, because the bus in Victory Liner terminal, both Pasay and Cubao terminal, they ran out of bus and I didnt expected that all people will be at the terminal, all 4 bus that was supposed to be have a 40 min. departure each, just left all together and bus in Pasay got only the 5:10am departure. I got lucky that I rode a bus in Cubao, I successfully left Manila at around 4:30pm. The hassle is that you need to fall in line to buy tickets first.

2. Traffic in NLEX exit to San Fernando, Pampanga.

3. Traffic in Clark road

4. Jeepney terminal lacks lots of PUJ at around 5am and beyond. Big group of people are falling in line and everyone went chaos to ride a jeepney, it happen only if a jeep comes, so para saan pa yun pila di ba? buti sanay ako at taga maynila ako pagdating sa garapalan at unahan sa pag sakay.

5. Jeepney unloading zone is at the end of the Clark field, near the stop light, PUJ are not allowed to stop infront of the hot air balloon site. You need to walk all the way from the end going to the entrance

6. Long lines in buying tickets, I suggest you buy tickets at Ticketnet

7. Long lines in entering the venue

8. Lots of flying mosquitos in the grassy area,I suggest bring mosquito repellant lotion or do not wear shorts and also high heels, I saw lots of women there getting tired of walking over a grassy and muddy ground

9. Bring water and drinsk, softdrinks in can costs P45. and I bottled water will be expensive too.

10. Caltex Phil. gives free slurpee and coffee in their booth, just present your ticket

11. Free photo printing, just look for that photo booth at the other side of the hangar

12. Souvenir and food booths are everywhere

13. Bring umbrella or rain coat, I heard that on the end of day 1 and day 2, hot air balloon flights were cancelled and the site experienced an Ondoy like storm, and the areas got flooded.

14. Portalet CR are available. Long lines are expected

15. There's a free shuttle ride going to Marquee Mall and then vice versa

16. If you plan to go here tomorrow and leave Manila at 3am. I suggest you leave Manila at around 1am, if you plan to ride the bus, just visit the website of Victory Liner and other buses for bus schedules.

17. Bring money, everything inside are expensive. I bought a souvenir shirt - P300 only.

18. Eat in Max's Restaurant in Marquee Mall. sarap ng Kare Kare. There's free wifi here in Marquee Mall.

19. if you need more tips. just txt me or call me at 09275340309

20. whew! im going home now!!! 2012 hot air balloon will have my revenge!

People, bloggers, models @ 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011

I spotted some people at the event and they were captured by my camera. Interesting people, and some friends that I met after the balloon flight. I took photos of people after I missed the balloons.

more pics below

My Darth Vader hat from Bini Boshi @ 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011

I met Mr. Alex Manabat of Thought Factory at the hot air balloon event and I'm surprised that they have a booth there and he introduced to me his new product - the Bini Boshi hats. He created a custom Darth Vader hat for me, he promised me that months ago and I'm glad that they have a stock for me in their booth. Lots of anime fans went shopping and bought their own Bini Boshi hats. Priced at P250 to P300. Most demanding hats are the Plants vs. Zombies and Angry Birds. Alex told me that these Bini Boshi hats were hand crafted by members of the deaf and mute organization, part of the sales will be added for their org's fund.

thanks Mr. Alex for my Darth Vader Bini Boshi hat.
visit their booth at the hot air balloon event

more pics below

My 2 photo entry for the hot air balloon contest @ Caltex Philippines

I joined the contest and just want to try my luck and have fun in sending my entry and share it to everyone. I took some interesting shots when I was outside the site and saw the balloons flying in the sky.

Just go to Caltex Philippines booth at the site if you want to join the photo contest.

The busy road and air

kite traffic

thanks to Vincent, K and L for assisting me in this photo activity :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

BPI Family Auto Loans installed road signs for Safe Drive campaign in Tagaytay City

Its fun to drive and travel, but it will be better if we follow road signs and traffic rules for road safety. BPI launched 70 road signs in one of the most visited city in the country, and I was there to witness their road safety campaign and advocacy. That me with Senior Manager Michael Anthony C. Mendoza and VP Herbert D. Tuason of BPI.

read the story below

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Airs in Animax every Thurs

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airing every Thursday at 9:30pm, First and exclusively on Animax

Growing up can be a tough experience for many, but it is a lot worse when there are huge shoes to fill or great shadows to step out of. And it seems that teenage angst isn’t that different in the supernatural realm from the human one. (more below)

Kekkaishi anime premieres in Animax on Feb 15

Kekkaishi keyart (Custom)
Premieres 15 Feb airing Mondays to Fridays 10pm on Animax.

For over 400 years, demons are drawn to the Karasumori region night after night to the powerful mystical forces in the land. It has been the duty of a clan of ‘Kekkaishi’ – masters of magical energy barriers – to guard the sacred land from these creatures. (more below)

Yahoo! Philippines’ Top Search Trends For Valentine’s
Yahoo! SEA announced our Philippines' top search trends for Valentines day. Everyone is now searching for gifts and other gimiks for Valentines day, Yahoo! was used by lots of internet users and let's see what our fellow pinoys are searching for.

more news below

16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011 (photos from the web)
photo by Jayvee

Today is day 2 of the 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011 happening today at the Clark Field in Pampanga. I failed to attend the 1st and 2nd day and I already set my plans again to attend the 3rd day tomorrow and after that I will Post my own photo coverage here in my blog.

I compiled a series of photos and links to their albums from people who covered the event.

view photos below

X-Men First Class movie - first movie trailer

The love and hate between Charles and Erik will start here. Oh wow! I'm so excited already for this movie and I'm blocking my date for June 3, 2011. I read a different take of the working relationship of Charles and Erik in comic books, but here in the movie makes it more visual and adding a costume for the two of them make it more than a comic book. Humans and mutants will rule again.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Optical Media Board shouts "Bawal Kumopya!"

Do not copy!!! that's what it means, but I hope they can create a good title for their latest campaign, it should be "bawal kumopya at mag benta". I know that the MMFF didn't escaped the acts of movie pirates last December 2010 and sometimes I asked myself "where did they get that super clear copy? " whenever I saw a super clear DVD-like copy of "Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote" movie playing inside an aircon bus going to Cavite.

I remember that one of the staff of OMB shared his keynote at the first CinExpo event and they told us that OMB is now working on a new law about movie and media files piracy and that includes torrents and downloads. But as of now, they don't have yet the machines to monitor millions of people. I'm not sure if they will work on with the Broadband Cap for that new law, but if it works, then piracy will be lessen and a new way of sharing those media files will be born. We can wait for another year before that could happen, but as of today, media downloads still leads. And OMB should concentrate too on foreign films being pirated, because last December, they just focused on the MMFF films.

if OMB do their jobs right...they can close down those pirates tiangges and in malls for good. As I learned from Teddy Boy Locsin address to the PNP -- "they need a strong leader, do you want a Ping Lacson or Rico J. Puno?"

read below OMB's press release

Chikka wants to know your pasikLOVE this Valentines Day

Here's your chance to get a romantic date at Aubergine Restaurant and Patisserie this Valentines Day, all you have to do is share your pasikLOVE quotes and notes and if you win, you'll save more money and you can use that to buy gifts for her/him, and enjoy the romantic dinner c/o Chikka.

read more details below

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Valentines day events 2011 in Manila, Philippines

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Okay this post is for my blog readers who requested for another listing of Valentines Day events, parties, gatherings etc. that are simple, affordable, and free. I've been compiling lots of events when I started blogging and now let's continue the event blogging stuff for Valentines Day. All Valentines Events featured here are the only events that will happen on Feb 11,12, 13 and 14 only. I will update this whenever there's new event comes in with that schedule.

If you know an event or you as the organizer of the event, feel free to contact me or post info about your Valentines Day event in my comment box. Happy Valentines Day to everyone.

read more Valentines Day event below

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Join Chic Moms Club and get a chance to win LV and Gucci bags

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Bounty Fresh created another innovation last December 2010, they launched the exclusive online "Chic Moms Club" for moms and chicken lovers. The website is the official page of the Chic Moms Club and it is open for everyone to join their club.

Registration is free and all you need to do is fill up the form and complete the online registration. The Chic Moms Club has a promo to all their members, with the most referrals to the club will win an exclusive Louis Vitton or Gucci designer bags. Bounty Fresh will award the bags to the top 5 Chic Moms Club member with most referrals to the club.

New members of Chic Moms Club are entitled to get a discount coupon from Chooks-To-Go and monthly recipe subscription from Bounty Fresh Chicken. Members will also receive exclusive event invites to Bounty Fresh events, monthly raffle and freebies such as spa, hotel accomodation, buffet dinner and shopping. All of these member privileges will be available starting March 12, 2011.

So join now and be part of the new moms club in town

Bounty Fresh announced recently that they have now more than 1,000 plus Chooks-To-Go stores nationwide carrying Asia's best chicken - Bounty Fresh Chicken in all stores.

Bounty Fresh Assistant Brand Manager Kathy Gomez said that they want to make it more convenient for chicken lovers to buy dressed chicken thru strategic availability and home delivery. “The convenience and proximity of a Chooks-To-Go outlet relieves the customers from the hassles of buying from the traditional retail channels which are usually far from their homes.”

Chooks-To-Go, by far the largest chain of roasted chicken stores with more than a thousand outlets and growing, is fast becoming a convenient & favorite hub for chicken lovers. It is a brilliant and highly successful innovation of Bounty Fresh and is famous for its ‘Masarap kahit walang sauce’ roasted chicken.

Bounty Fresh Chicken is processed in state-of-the-art and first-class facilities. The unique processing methods include triple washing of carefully grown chicken (first of its kind) and vacuum-packing immediately to preserve the freshness and flavor. “Our consumers are surely buying the freshest and cleanest chicken in the market due to our world-class vacuum packing process and now made available as well in Chooks-To-Go company chain of stores. This is our unique value proposition,” said Dondi Alentajan, Bounty Fresh’s Group Marketing Manager.

Aside from Dressed Chicken, Bounty Fresh also offers Chicken Hotdogs, Chicken Nuggets, Corned Chicken, Spicy Necks and Adobo Loco Liver and Gizzard in all Chooks-to-Go outlets nationwide. Visit for more info.

Bounty Fresh has already racked up prestigious awards left & right such as the “Asian Livestock Industry Award 2009”, besting all other poultry and livestock producers across Asia, and the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur Of The Year Award’ for the president of Bounty Fresh Foods Inc., Tennyson Chen. The Entrepreneur awards’ stable of prominent winners include Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee, Amb. Jesus Tambunting of Planters Development Bank and Socorro Ramos of National Bookstore.

Winner of the Super Free! Super Pwede! Weekend Promo

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I read all entries from yesterday and I finished reading at around 1am. All entries are cute, cool and fun to read. I feel everyone's excitement of the coming weekend and saw that everyone have their own gimmicks, party and bonding time to their self, family and friends. So that's what weekends are for, it can be a day for rest, self pampering, have fun, connect to the internet, stay away from the internet, watch movies or even know more about your own self.

thanks everyone for joining in our contest with Globe : contest: Win P5,000 worth of fun and pamper for you and a friend

And I like to congratulate our winners and also the grand winner of the P5,000 worth of pamper and fun with a friend.

check the winners list below

BPI and McDonald's launches First cashless food delivery system

You can now order food at McDonald's, have it delivered to your home and pay it using your BPI account by using your mobile phone. Yes, that's possible already as BPI and McDonald's finally pioneered the 1st cashless food delivery system to all their BPI account holders and McDonald's customers. With a minimal stroke of your fingers in your mobile phones, you can order and browse the menu of McDonald's without leaving your home or your office. There's also a settings if you want your food be delivered in specific time or date, or have it set to deliver your food every morning before your woke up or before your sit on the desk of your office.

more news and photos below

Monday, February 07, 2011

UFO lands in Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock Temple

This news was announced last January 31 across the internet, Youtube videos of the UFO that hovers and warps up to the sky after it stop on top of the Dome of the Rock Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The video above was taken by eye witnesses and showed 3 kinds of amateur videos taken using a video cam and a cellphone with camera. Most interesting footage is from another angle close to the roof of the temple.

related news :

Is this real?
is it a sign that 2012 is coming as the end of the world?\
or is this a viral marketing campaign for Battle Los Angeles movie?

Also last January 26th at 3:59am , I was bothered by this star that shines so bright and its big and later on the shines goes out and it went back again. I took a video and photo of it and because its so dark at night and my camera and flip cam can't take a good shot of it. But I have the photos here with me, with complete date and time. The video I took is no longer available, as I deleted it few days ago, I just think if this is the same glowing orb or UFO that floats around in Jerusalem.

here's another video angle that shows that the UFO flashes first before it warped up above the sky -

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon - tv spot trailer

Transformers 'Dark of The Moon' Super Bowl Trailer (720p) from Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.

Here's another tv spot trailer that came out during the Super Bowl, we finally saw some scenes from the upcoming third installment of Transformers movie. Looks like that Optimus Prime just merged again with Jetfire. We also saw new Decepticons on the tv spot and hmm is that a double Iron Hide?

Sunday, February 06, 2011

16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011 ( event list, tips and guide)

16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011
Everyone is preparing for the big hot air balloon fest in the country, The The 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will start on Feb 10-13, 2010 at the Clark Economic Zone, Angeles City. Tickets are sold at P150 and you can buy tickets in advance in TicketNet or buy the tickets there at the ticketing booth infront of the entrance of the hot air balloon fiesta.

I advice to everyone that you buy your ticket in advance because many people buy their tickets on site and if you arrived late, you might miss the departure flight of the hot air balloons.It was announced on the event website that there will be 27 colorful hot air balloons participated for this event and the whole run of the fiesta is jam packed once again with lots of activities and exhibit.

check out below the schedules, attractions and some tips

Comic signing event with Leinil Francis Yu @ Comic Odyssey on Feb 12

Here's an event coming from Comic Odyssey, Robinsons Galeria.
its a comic event and launch for the 1st issue of Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates comics, and also the start of The Death of Spider-Man. Here's your chance if you want to meet our Marvel comics' pinoy comic book superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu.

Be part of Comics History!!!

Visit us at our Galleria branch on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011 for the premiere launching of ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS NEW ULTIMATES #1. This issue starts off the DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN event from Marvel Comics.

Meet Series Artist LEINIL FRANCIS YU. Leinil will be signing from 1-4 pm.

For more info on this event, please e-mail us at

Comic Odyssey is located on the 3rd Floor of Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas, Metro Manila.

(info source: and Alamat ML)

New Live Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film

It is a new live action film that we saw after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) and Ninja Turtles: Next Mutation tv series (1997), but this new film is not a movie or a direct to video, its one of the web episodes or rumored to be a part of a web series of a new direction for TMNT using live action people in costume, the fan film's title is "FIGHT THE FOOT".

But the film is not an official release, its only a fan film created by a fan and with experience in film making. I think this gimmick is a pitch for an upcoming live action film for our heroes in a half shell, but I did some research and read that there are already plans for a 2011 live action come back movie and 3rd cartoon series of TMNT. We didn't read an update after that and after a year of the news broke out. It could be a pitch for the property of TMNT and producers of the film to have this kind of dark treatment, like a Dark Knight-Chris Nolan movie, or it could be a pitch of the movie producers for the fans of TMNT if they will accept a darker version and serious side of TMNT. It can be a reboot or something else.

But for me, I want a reboot, much more darker and follow the comics version that Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created TMNT for Mirage Comics in 1984. But I still misses the 1st cartoon and I grew up with it and will love it forever. But a new movie for the old fan and new fan should be seen before the year ends.

The fan film shows a dark haired April O'Neal browsing some photos of a Foot gang member, then a Foot gang group barged in her apartment and beats April heavily, then in the dark, TMNT Raphael kills the gang group and saves April. ohh that is so cool!

do you like a TMNT movie same treatment with the fan film?

to refresh your memory, check out some links of past TMNT movie and videos

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
Ninja Turtles : The Next Mutation tv series intro
Teenage Mutang Ninja Turtles 2003 cartoon series
TMNT movie trailer
Turtles Forever animated movie (25th anniv special)
anime version : Mutant Turtles: Choujin Densetsu-hen

Little Darth Vader in Volkswagen tv ad

I saw this cute tv commercial of Volkswagen floating in Youtube and to some other geek blogs. The tvc features a kid in a Darth Vader costume that roams around their house and tries using the dark side of the force. Then his dad came home riding the new Volkswagen car and the little Darth Vader used his force power to do the impossible.

watch the video above, its so cute and funny
now I can imagine my son wears his own Darth Vader costume hhahah.
Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. 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 the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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