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Saturday, February 14, 2015

BURP! Flame-Grilled Burger– finally! a new taste for burgers is here! (located in Angeles City, Pampanga)


Its not a burger joint with twist, but I can say that it’s the burger joint that brings new taste for burgers. After eons of burger eating in my entire life, I finally discovered a new taste here in Burp! Flame-Grilled Burger, a burger joint located in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Burp! burgers surprised us when we tried the last burger, the BBC Burger. I think it’s their flag ship burger, because there’s something unique on it and it brings a new kind of taste the beats other flame grilled burger.

POTS: Asian Flavors Restaurant– offers 5 kinds of Asian cuisine (in Shell Northwalk Clark, Pampanga)

Its very rare to see a restaurant that offers 5 kinds of Asian cuisine, especially if you are in the middle of nowhere and don’t know what kind of food you want to eat when you are in Pampanga. This restaurant offers Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean food. It looks like they got it all for you!

Aling Lucing Sisig Queen–the best sisig ever! (located in Angeles City, Pampanga)


I learned about Aling Lucing’s sisig way back early 90’s when my parents brought us here to eat dinner in a small carinderia along the highway, I can’t remember the exact location but our family driver knows it. We visit Aling Lucing’s small carinderia every time we go to the North side of Luzon, lalo na pag pupunta kami ng Baguio, it’s a part of our family tradition to eat that yummy and delicious sisig that was prepared by Aling Lucing.

The people, celebs and visitors of the19th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival–part 7


For my last blog post series, I like to feature the people, the celebrities and visitors spotted at the 19th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Festival 2015. They are the ones that makes the event more lively and fun. I use my other DSLR with 150mm lens to capture the off cam moments.

Land Rover, official chase vehicle of the19th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival–part 6


Land Rover is the official chase vehicle for the crew of the hot air balloons, you can see these vehicles in action carrying a mini trailer with the basket of the balloon. 4 wheel drive vehicles are needed here because the ramp area is grassy and there are times that the ground is bumpy. The basket is a bit heavy so it needs more pull and push power to transport it to the designated ground area.

Other attractions and booths - 19th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival–part 5


After sunrise and the flight of the balloons, the event showcased everything that flies, from RC planes, propeller powered paragliders, sky jumpers, aircraft acrobats, rescue chopper demo, and many more. There’s a schedule in every activity and expect a series of flyers after the morning til the evening.

Fire accident in one of the balloons - 19th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival–part 4

The pilots, event organizers and crew are very careful in handling the balloon operations, its not easy to prepare and set up the balloon because they are big, light-weight and powered by hot air from a blazing jet flame engine and also cold weather . The organizers are very strict for the weather, if the weather is good, they will allow the balloons to fly, but if its windy or rainy, expect a suspension and cancellation of flight for that day.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The flight of the colorful balloons at 19th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival–part 3

5..4..3..2..1.. fly!!! at around 6am, we saw the hot air balloons started to fly one by one. There are too many balloons on the ground and its hard to choose which is the best to take a photo, but for me, my new favorite is the octopus balloon from Japan team.

Preflight action during the 19th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Festival–part 2

We were at the ramp field site of the hot air balloon at around 5:30am, I’m glad that Eli lead the way going to the hidden gate located at the big tent which we thought that it’s for the media holding area, but it’s a tent for the VIP and organizers of the event. We showed our ramp pass sticker ID and the army guy who guards the mini gate allowed us to enter the field.

Our adventure started here! - 19th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Festival - part 1 #19thballoonfestPH


Hey guys! I’m doing another blog series here in Azrael’s Merryland, and for this month of February, I’m hyper posting my 7 part blog series about our adventure and also coverage of the 19th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival 2015 that is happening today in Clark Freeport in Angeles City, Pampanga. I’m so glad that our coverage for day 1 is successful and got home safe and still in hyper mode to blog about it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

VIDEO: #KimXi - Kim Chiu and Xian Lim hot air balloon ride Feb 12, 2015

Hi KimXi fans!

Here's the video that I captured yesterday during the 19th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fest in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. You can see Kim Chiu in the video standing inside the basket of the hot air balloon, while Xian is seen here in the video sitting inside the basket and avoiding the hot jet flame of the balloon.

PHOTOS: Kim Chiu and Xian Lim rides hot air balloon here in 19th Philippine HotAir Balloon Festival


I spotted the celebrity couple Kim Chiu and Xian Lim here at the hot air balloon festival. I got attracted to some crowd at the barnhouse balloon, I went there to check who's the celebrity and then i recognized that it was Kim Chiu inside the basket of the hot air balloon, wearing a shades and a hoodie and then Xian Lim pops out from the basket, he was sitting inside and avoiding the flames of the burner, I think it was suggested for him to sit down because he'a tall.

The balloon flew and we saw the two lovebirds do lots of selfie

My blogger friend Ted Claudio told me to blog this right away so that their fans can see what Kim and Xian are doing nxt

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Green Canyon Resort in Clark, Pampanga–staycation with nature and outdoor adventure


I got a chance to try for a staycation here in Green Canyon Resort, it’s a new resort in Clark, Pampanga, the resort is a perfect place for outdoor adventure, swimming, nature tripping, mountain hiking, relaxation and a nice hideout away from the busy city and be close to nature. I heard of this resort when the Mazda PH teams invited us to join in a drive activity and car photography here in Pampanga, we stayed here in Green Canyon Resort for the photography seminar, driving activity and photo shoot.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Go Chocolate or Cheese fondue for PHP550+ this Valentine’s Day in Chelsea Grand Café BGC


Have a different dining experience in a Western-European setting, here in Chelsea Grand Café in Serendra BGC, I think this is the most romantic dining place in the area, because the restaurant glows at night and also the food is great!! oh especially with that pasta with truffle oil. Its my 2nd time to dine here and its different during night time here in Chelsea Grand Café, its better to dine here at night, because of the light ambiance and the positive aura it reflects.

Brother Philippines launches Customer+ Loyalty Program for their end users

The customer is always first! – That’s the first thing for a brand to think of when they launch a product. Yesterday, Brother Philippines launched their Customer+ Loyalty Program, a loyalty program that can benefit the users who are techie or non techie. They will be invited to a series of workshop and seminars, a learning ground for users who want to learn how to take care, how to use and even trouble shoot the Brother products they bought and own.

Saboten: Japanese Cutlet restaurant offers Katsu Sharing Set for PHP 1030++ this Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day recommendations are now up online, there are lots of selections and its hard to choose the best for us lovadoodles. But the best part for celebrating the day of hearts is filling up your stomach and enjoy an authentic tonkatsu original from Japan, this can only be found here in Saboten: Japanese Cutlet restaurant. Eating an authentic katsu with ingredients from Japan is sure special, you have to try it yourself in order to discover its uniqueness from other katsu houses.

New episodes of The Walking Dead is back on FOX Philippines for Season 5.2 (zero spoilers here)


The Walking Dead tv series won’t stay dead because the walkers are back and the surviving humans will battle for their life in search for cure and answers of what the hell is going on. This is the only tv series that brought back the attention of people to watch TV and learn to think of what you should do for this –what if scenario.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Mazda KODO Drive: car photography activity to capture the “soul of motion”


Mazda Philippines organized a car photography workshop and activity for us media and bloggers, its an activity of introducing KODO, the design philosophy of Mazda, The new design philosophy exist few years ago and this will be the image and design of the car for the next coming years. The Mazda Kodo “soul of motion” design can be seen in a Mazda 6, CX-5, CX-9 and the all new Mazda 3 SKYACTIV.
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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