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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lunch in Quicksnack in Carvajal st. - Feast of the Black Nazarene 2014–part 4

I went to Carvajal st. in Binondo to find a nice carinderia for my lunch. I remembered that there’s a famous food hub here in Carvajal and I forgot already its name, but a quick photo walk inside Carvajal st. might land me for that food hub.

Photowalk at Escolta st. and Binondo - Feast of the Black Nazarene 2014–part 3

Its my first time to walk in the streets of Escolta alone, usually I go here in a tour or with photo walk buddies, but this time I went here alone and its funny that I landed in Jones bridge after walking through the end of the street, my map is kinda wonky and I realized that I am in the right track for the Black Nazarene procession. I know the streets of Quiapo and Binondo but I’m not familiar with the corners of Escolta st. hahahaa. I think this photo walk will remind me to visit this place often and take awesome pics of the strain of old Manila.

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene and the market side of Quiapo - Feast of the Black Nazarene 2014–part 2

Here’s my part two of my blog series about my trip and experience at the Feast of the Black Nazarene, I have tons of photos that I took yesterday, and I just selected a few that will tell a story, I like to upload everything on my Facebook photo album but uploading with photos only is just so boring, that’s why I created this blog series just to accompany the photo with a story. I hope I can finish everything before the day ends, I think this will go up to part 3 or 4.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

On my way to Quiapo Church - Feast of the Black Nazarene 2014–part 1

Welcome back to my photo story and also my coverage of the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2014, this is my 7th year in doing a blog coverage of the feast and the procession of the Black Nazarene here in my blog. Every year I go to Quiapo Church to attend the mass and also watch and wait for the arrival of the procession in the streets of Manila. My family is a devotee of the Black Nazarene for many years and my memory of starting to join with them in a mass in Quiapo was when I’m 7 years old, not the accurate age that I can remember but I will ask my mom if ever she’s online.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Route map - Feast of the Black Nazarene procession

Here's a route map of the procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila, I think its the same route from last year's procession. I'm not sure if I can go there tomorrow morning at 6am to take photos, but my first plan is to go to Quiapo church to attend the mass and then cover the procession in Central Terminal area. I'm not sure if ever I can climb up to the roof of the underpass, because my right knee is still injured and I can't even bend. so Bahala na bukas hehehhe.


New Year fireworks display at Sky Ranch - Tagaytay holiday tripcation v.2 part 6

December 30, 2013 – I went to Manila in the morning to attend a radio guesting with Francine Delas Alas for her radio show “Happy Thoughts” in DZRJ, I was invited to be the year ender guest of her radio show, you can listen to the recorded audio here in my blog at , and when I was in Manila, my wife texted me and told me that I should be home in Tagaytay City before night time because there’s a New Year countdown and also a firework display in Sky Ranch, I’m a bit puzzled why they have the countdown on December 30th, then I realized that maybe Sky Ranch is closed at the evening of December 31 that’s why they organized a fireworks display and a mini concert in the evening of December 30.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Picnic table and view hunting - Tagaytay holiday tripcation v.2 part 5

December 29, 2013 – I don’t know why my wife started this hunt called “picnic table with awesome view . hunting in Tagaytay” , I think she’s doing an ocular view for her next birthday this Feb 2014. That’s why she joined in our photo walk and she inserted this activity in checking out some picnic table set up along the highway of Tagaytay City with an awesome view of the Taal Volcano.

Its my first time also check those picnic tables and I didn’t noticed those whenever I’m in Tagaytay.

Café Carmencita - Tagaytay holiday tripcation v.2 part 4

December 29, 2013 – We found a new café here in Tagaytay City, after we ate our lunch in Mushroomburger, we decided to have a photo walk along the highway, so we walk down going to the bulalo side of Tagaytay and right after the burger joint and bulalo stip, we found this sign “Café Carmencita” on the road and then there’s a bigger sign posted on a gate and it leads us to this café that sits at the ground floor of residential home, not sure if it’s a private home or maybe they converted the ground floor to a café.

Lunch in Mushroomburger - Tagaytay holiday tripcation v.2 part 3

December 29, 2013 – Hello!! and welcome to our part 3 of our Tagaytay holiday tripcation version 2. This is my 2nd blog series of our pre-New year vacation here in Tagaytay City. I rarely go to Tagaytay because we live 1 hour away from the city, its not our special place because its too common already for us to go there, but after this holiday tripcation, I realized that there’s a lot of things need to discover and re-discover here in Tagaytay, the place is starting to bring more new resto, new attractions and also place to stay, that’s why I created this new blog series, just o re-visit the old place and also discover new spots here in Tagaytay.

Nature Discovery Camp–Tagaytay holiday tripcation v.2 part 2

December 28, 2013 – I have no idea that my wife will brought us here in Nature Discovery Camp in Tagaytay City, it’s a camp site and nature tripping venue located right after Picnic Grove. She told me to check out the some photos and stories from blog post so that I can get an idea what’s the review about Nature Discovery Camp. In some blogs, I saw that many teens and young professionals spend time here with their friends during weekends, just to relax and enjoy the nature side and also fresh air here in Tagaytay City. They also set up their tent and stayed overnight, there’s also a swimming pool and clean separate shower room and bathrooms for male and female.

A carinderia lunch at Mahogany Market –Tagaytay holiday tripcation v.2 part 1

December 28, 2013 – We went back to Tagaytay after spending Christmas at home in Cavite and this will be our holiday tripcation before the coming of new year 2014. Let’s dub this new blog series the Tagaytay tripcation v.2 (or version 2).

We’re a bit unprepared again when we went to Tagaytay City, we don’t know where to eat our lunch and then we heard of Mahogany Market from travel sites and blogs online that we should try it and its one of the most visited place for food here in Tagaytay City. I also read that the best bulalo in town is in there and freshest veggies and fruits are also sold in Mahogany Market, so at around 11:30am, we went outside and rode one jeepney going to Mahogany Market.

Monday, January 06, 2014

I went back at Tully’s Coffee @ The Exchange Regency to eat my dessert

I went back to Tully’s Coffee at The Exchange Regency building in Ortigas Center, my plan there is to eat my dessert and then wait for someone there for a meet up.

I was supposed to eat my breakfast here, but I arrived at around lunch time and then I just ate my lunch somewhere else, then I went back here to have coffee and eat a yummy cake for my dessert. I have my laptop with me that day and I included in my plan is to finish some of my work there while I wait for the person that I’ll meet that day. Tully’s Coffee is a nice place for your mobile office, they have many electric sockets for your smart devices and laptops. They also have free wifi and you can request the password access from the counter after you order.

Knee injury day 8


the ouch never stops...
My wound on my right knee starts to heal at day 8, I can say that the pain starts to go away for almost a week, but I can still feel the pain whenever there's pressure happening at my right leg, but the pain is bearable,I can still walk and sit down properly, but can't bend too much or stretch because the wound starts to dry up and there's swelling around it. The farthest that I can go is in a nearby mall, but there are times that I can feel pain on my knee when I start to walk longer, I'm glad that we rode the taxi on the way home earlier, we went to the mall to buy some grocery and treat our son in a playhouse, my knee starts to give up because I'm carry my son and he fell asleep on me.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Lunch at Goodfellas Steaks and Burgers in Kamuning, QC

Its my 2nd time here i n Goodfellas Steaks and Burgers, my 1st time here was years ago during the early stage of their restaurant, and flash back to 2013, I saw that this resto is surviving on its own and now has a position in the food belt of QC as a venue for good burgers, steaks, beer and wine. When we went here at around 11:30am, we were the only customer that arrived and we’re so lucky that they are still open. And during our lunch meal, we noticed that there’s a company who ordered a big set of burgers and drinks, I think its for their company’s Christmas party and then later on some foreigners in big bikes stepped in and bought some beers, and lastly some couples entered the resto and ordered the same food that we have on the table.

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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