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Saturday, December 29, 2012

I'm going to Taal, Batangas later

I'm going to Taal town in Batangas City, its the town located at the other side of the Taal Lake, I'm going to the town and not in the Taal Volcano. When people hear the "Taal", they remind me them always the volcano, but there are lots of interesting sites and historical venues in Taal, I'm so alien to the town and I don't know what's in there, but thanks to our local travel bloggers for organizing a trip for our group. me and 12 travel bloggers will be there to tour around and try also their yummy food.

There are lots of blog post about Taal, and they are published by our local bloggers. 
I'll post an update soon via my Facebook and also Instagram

I'll travel via bus coming from here in Cavite, and since my group will be coming from Manila, I'll just go straight to Taal and meet them there in the morning. It will be my 1st time to commute there, I got a tip that I should ride the Tagaytay bus or Lemery bus , and then after the bus drop off at Lemery, I can ride the jeep going to the Taal town. My estimate travel time will be 2-3 hours.

map above is c/o

thanks to Ramil for organizing this trip

thanks to Dexter Panganiban for sharing his Batangas blog -
we're excited already to try their tapa and longanisa -

Pay your bills online, enjoy the holiday and GetOutMore!

I’m ready to fly again!

The holiday season and vacation breaks make us so busy in preparing for the big celebration like Christmas and New Year. There are times that all establishments are closed during the near of the holiday break and there are no other chance for you to pay for your electric bills for example, and other billings. Last week, I just experience a hectic schedule and I forgot to pay our electric bill and we are already due for almost a week and My wife is mad at me because I forgot to pay our bills. Paying bills is a stress, you’ll have to make a sched of it, and then go to the payment center or establishment, stand in front of a long line going to the counter and then wait. I should be using those holy payment hours in other things, like finish my workload or eat a yummy cake at home. Another lessons learned…pay the bills on time OR pay it via online.

Yeah, there’s such a system that you can pay your bills online.

I told her about the system that she can pay our bills via BPI 24/7 channels and it can help you pay your bills via Express Online, Express Mobile or Express Phone. There will be no more worries next time when you pay your bills online and this is a big reminder for me to apply a BPI account and also enroll my account for an online payment system c/o BPI. Getting a BPI savings account will just require you to deposit P200, and then voila! you now have an account. (this reminds me that I should get one next time when I visit the mall )

Also, enjoy the holiday by going out more, check out the BPI GetOutMore promo and campaign, they just gave away free travel with accommodation plus pocket money!

Lucky holidayers already won free trip to Bohol, Boracay and Davao. But today, they are looking for 4 more winners to get a free trip to Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Legazpi and Iloilo. You could be the next winner!!!

Promo will end this December 31, 2012

For details of BPI GetOutMore, visit :

I already talked about this before, you can read my blog post here at

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fixing this Mac Book Air (knock off version)

funny macbook air in windows 7
Its not a real Mac Book Air, it’s a netbook with a body of a Mac Book Air and running on Windows 7. I just spotted this at home when a family friend visited us and I got fooled that I thought it’s the real thing, he told me it’s a Mac Book clone running on Windows 7, I didn’t believe at first but when he told me that there’s something wrong with his netbook, I check and fixed it. There’s a minor problem in its charger, and with a little tweak, the netbook loads normal and boom!! I saw the big Windows logo haahah.

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I told him that this netbook is an eye candy, I want one and I can fool people around me and thought also that I’m using a Mac book Air.

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He mentioned that the netbook came from Korea, wow! I didn’t know that they make these clone netbook

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If you look closely, it looks like a real Mac Book, check out the keypad, mouse track pad and the cover

funny macbook air in windows 7
I forgot to check the specs of this netbook, but looks okay running on 1ghz processor.

Have you seen this here in Manila ? do you know where to buy one? hahahah

Our Christmas gifts haul 2012 (me and son)

My Christmas 2012 haul
Its the most exciting event of the year because we give and also receive gifts for free from our loved ones and also from friends. Here in my blog post, we feature the gifts we received last Dec 24th, Christmas eve. We opened up our gifts after our Christmas dinner and we didn’t wait for the 12am time because our little ones will be sleepy and we celebrated Christmas 4 hours early.

here are the Christmas toy haul that my son Ashton received

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Jet plane from my mom
Hot Wheels Custom Motors from me

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Tomica Subaru Impreza WRX from Ate Anya Ibarra
Train set from Dada and Nanay Ibarra

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Model airplane from Misyel
Fireman container with jellies from me

ashton christmas toys

Mr. Pirate Potato head set from Ate Joni

And here’s my haul…
My Christmas 2012 haul My Christmas 2012 haul
Captain America and Instagram shirts from my wife Lace Llanora

My Christmas 2012 haul
Hahahaa, got a tumblr from Havas, socks from my sis, and boxer shorts from Liza

My Christmas 2012 haul My Christmas 2012 haul
Here’s my little boy Ashton so excited and curious on his new toy, he loves puzzles, so I gave him a challenge to assemble his kind of car using the new Hot Wheels Custom Motors. Too bad that I missed the Batmobile version, this was sold at Toy Kingdom with a super sale price of P500 only.

My Christmas 2012 haul My Christmas 2012 haul
Lots of gifts last Christmas and we thank our loved ones for picking up the items we like. I haven’t gave a gift yet to my wife because she said that she wants a dress as a gift and I will take her to the mall after the holiday season to shop her desired dress. Also my son Ashton will receive more new toys, I spotted some cool new toys but it was sold in SM Sta. Mesa and there’s no stock in the two SM Malls that I visited. I’ll also buy and hunt for more new Tomica toy cars and toy set.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Actors pose as their movie character for one last time in a photo shoot

I spotted these set of photos at Fstoppers and its great to see these movie actors posing again as their famous movie characters for one more time in a photo shoot. I don't know who took the photos and where will it be published. Awesome to see iconic poses and look from the movie Braveheart, 300 , Terminator 2, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Matrix, Silence of the Lambs, Jurassic Park and many more. Check out the post at Fstoppers to see more photos.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lunar halo of the moon last December 25, 2012 Philippines

Lunar Halo of Dec 25, 2012 Philippines
I didn't expected that I'll witness a lunar halo during the night time of December 25, 2012 at around 7:00pm Christmas night here in Cavite, Philippines. I went out of that house to scout for a good location for a fireworks display coming from SM Bacoor, but before the fireworks display, I spotted the moon and its lunar halo glowing so bright above the night sky.

I took a pic of the lunar halo using my Olympus E-520 and in P mode and not using a tripod, I got one good shot with blurry backgrounds. Awesome sight and its my first time to see a lunar halo

What's a lunar halo?

A 22° halo is a halo, one type of optical phenomenon, forming a circle 22° around the sun, or occasionally the moon. It forms as sunlight is refracted in hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. As the light beam passes through two sides of the prism forming a 60° angle, the angle of minimum deviation is almost 22° (namely, 21.84° on average; 21.54° for red and 22.37° for blue). This wavelength-dependent variation in refraction causes the inner edge of the circle to be reddish while the outer edge is bluish.[1] A 22° halo may be visible on as many as 100 days per year  - more details at Wikipedia

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

1st Christmas gift came from Flickr - yay!!!! thank you

Flickr holiday gift!  - yey! thank you
I didn't expected this, but maybe some Flickr members got also the "Merry Flickr Gift", they just gave me a free 3 months Flickr Pro subscription and when I saw the notice on my Flickr wall, I activated it immediately hahahaha. I'm so happy! now I feel the awesomeness of Christmas!

According to Flickr

Thank you for accepting your Flickr Holiday Gift. Please enjoy 3 months of unlimited* storage as our way of saying thanks this holiday season. So go on and snap your amazing photos and upload to Flickr — yes, as many as you'd like all day, everyday.
Here’s what you are getting:
  • Unlimited* uploads (up to 50 MB per photo)
  • Unlimited viewing of your entire photo library
  • Post photos in up to 60 groups
  • Download your original, high-resolution photos – whenever you need them
  • Upload and play unlimited HD videos
These benefits will expire on 23rd March, 2013.
On 23rd March, 2013, your account will revert to a standard free Flickr account. Don’t worry -- we’ll send you a reminder.

Yay!!!! thanks Flickr!!

I was planning to get another year of Flickr Pro, but this gift will give me a chance to save more and re-activate my subscription after March 2013. Oh Yeah!! let's upload more pics

Christmas shopping blues

I'm so frustrated for 3 days already because I failed to visit the mall and do my shopping and grab some gifts to be given this Christmas eve and the same old problem that I'm facing every year is having a last minute shopping. I'll visit the mall tomorrow to buy items and I'll just make a raffle game at home and let them pick a number and get the winning item under the Christmas tree. That way it will have a different Christmas gift giving from me hahhah.

lessons that I learned this year
1. If you saw the item in a store, grab it while you're there
2. Bring lots of money when you have time to visit lots of malls a week before Christmas
3. Make a list of names of people you that you will give a gift
4. Avoid the free gift wrapping services (yeah I don't like waiting and I just wrap the gift my own)
5. Pick up checks and deposit them in the bank before the bank holiday
6. If you saw a unique item in a bazaar or tiange, go grab it!
7.  blog blog blog blog

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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