My 2nd Wordcamp Philippines!

I have just attended the Wordcamp Philippines 2010 along with fellow bloggers Mindanaoan, Cherry and Jenjacqs. This was my 2nd time to attend this event and the first one was last year. This year Matt Mullenweg grace the event which is no wonder participants was more than a half compared to last year. One thing I will always remember is that I got lucky have the chance to take photos with Matt Mullenweg as well as chat with him casually. hehehe credits to Mindanaoan ;) And also I won yet another t-shirt but this time its a "Make Web Not War" Wordpress t-shirt from Microsoft. Last year it was a Wordcamp t-shirt that I won but this year the Wordcamp t-shirt was given freely inside our kits. Which reminds me that I like so much our kits this year it was packed in a uniquely design bag Wordcamp logo.

Anyways, here's my summary of the event...
In the morning we attended the 3 breakout sessions we choose upon our registration online and mine was the following:
  • Misty BelardoIntegrating Social Media
    - The speaker more likely talk on getting to know social media. Topics tackle was for beginners.
  • Jonas Roque - Customizing a WordPress Blog with Themes and Plugins
    - This was a fun session and I really did learned a lot. The topic was more on the technical part in costumizing webpage/blog. Jonas Roque was kind of not used in speaking/explaining infront of so many bloggers all of us go out in the room with new knowledge.
  • Jayvee FernandezBlogging with Passion
    - As the description itself the speaker did shared how he blog passionately and what motivates him to blog.
And in the afternoon also a lot more topics discussed by various speakers; Social Media: Powered by WordPress, Blogging Ethics and Google University. After that was the question and answer portion with Matt Mullenweg.
My special thanks to Ria Jose and avatar media for inviting CDO Bloggers for the dinner after the event. Kudos to Avatar Media and the Wordcamp Philippines 2010 organizers, volunteers and sponsors for the success of the event!

Sanuk Sandcastle Competion

Yesterday CDObloggers where invited for Sanuk Sandcastle Competition at the Limketkai Mall Parking Lot E. It was fun witnessing 8 groups busy building sandcastle's. They all have different designs in there sandcastle some of it are sanuk sandals, turtle, sharks, mermaids and different types of castle.
The winners of the event are:

Dark Green Team - Sand Nuke

2nd runner up
Lightgreen - Debuho Iliganon

1st runner up
Orange team - Adcashemanic


Big thanks to Sanuk and to Miss Tara Valencia for inviting the CDO bloggers at the Sanuk Sandcastle Competion. We will look forward for next year.

After the event we had dinner at The Bridge formerly Skypark at the North Concourse Limketkai Mall.

And as usual I ordered there specialty and my fave grilled stuffed squid.

Harvesting Lanzones in Camiguin Island

Yesterday I left Cagayan de Oro to visit my lola and uncle in Camiguin Island. It was a fun experienced visiting my birthplace. Even though going there was a tiring because I rided the "wrong" bus.

I woke up early to catch the early ferry boat to Camiguin. When I arrived at the Agora bus station at 5am there's already a bus ready for leaving so I ride in immediately. And because I slept late the following night I slept in between while on the trip going to Balingoan Port. Until I noticed that it already took me a lot of time traveling from Agora to Balingoan. I looked at my watch and was shocked to see that its already past 9am when supposed to be at 7am ill be in Balingoan Port already. When Arrived at the bus stop in Balingoan there I see the name of the bus I just rided and it was D&C Express I really thought it was Bagong Lipunan bus because it has the same color red color. Duh! I must be still sleepy when I rided that bus...
Tip: Buses like Bagong Lipunan and Bachelors are non-stop buses so the trip just takes 1-2 hours or less from Agora bus station to Balingoan. And this buses offers aircon and non-aircon.
So when I arrived at Balingoan bus station I rode a tricycle that will take me to the Balingoan Port. Shuttle Ferry 11 was about to live at 9:30am so im just minutes early.

I arrived in Camiguin Island past 11am. I headed to my lola's house. Eat. Rest. And on the afternoon we went to Bio-ong to get some lanzones. There were already lots of ripe lanzones everywhere and a lot more waiting to ripe. My lola's working student and a cousin harvested some of the ripe fruits which I will be bringing back to CDO. This was my anticipated activity in this travel because its a chance for me to eat-to-sawa with the lanzones freshly picked from the tree. Its been 3 years since I've had my first experienced of picking lanzones right from the tree. And for a city girl like me this experienced shouldn't be missed!

Tip: Only ripe lanzones should be harvested with the use of knife, unripe lanzones should be untouch and wait until it is ripe to be harvested.

After helping in harvesting lanzones we went home. I could still catch the last trip back to CDO at that time but my lola doesn't want me to travel last trip because ill arrived in CDO already dark and I have a box of fruits to carry, its not safe for me daw. So I went J & A Lagoon instead I roam around watch fishes in there big pond.
Tip: In J & A lagoon you can catch fish from there fishpond and you decide how to cook the fish you catch. They will weight the fish you catch and you'll pay the total kilograms you catch. So the bigger you catch the more expensive depends on the price per kilo. Cooking of the fish on your decide dish is free though. ;)

I also tried there Halo2x while waiting for the freshly catched fish which I ask to be cooked into soup. My lola was right not to travel back to CDO because it was gloomy in CDO and a friend just texted that it was raining hard, lightning was scary and there was power interruption.

The next morning I left Camiguin Island at sunrise...

New Hair Style and Eyebrows

Tired of my old long hair so I cut it down short in layer style. Its not actually very short back view its pass shoulder in V style and when in front view my hair is level with my face. I also had my eyebrows trimmed. ;)

BFB Night

I was not supposed to be invited in BFB night but since it was the day before my birthday and I was having drama that people will treat me for dinner on that night. Janlac, with no choice tag me along to Big Flat Bread with her former workmates.

We ordered the biggest size of Tropical Adventure (Php 968) and 2 pitcher of Big Flat Coolers (Php 148/2L).

It was a night of meeting new cool people. And also a chance to reconnect with old friends like Shezz and Jesse, who are both my ex-housemates na evict din sa bahay ni Big Brother. :D

After BFB we went to Tsibog and Thaoke's for some beer. When the clock strikes 12 they all sung happy birthday to me and let me blow my lighter-candle in my Redhorse-cake.

Thank you so much for the company; Janlac, Shezz, Jesse, Jigz, Hani, Misha, Jingle, Angela and Glen.

Photos by: Janlac

Surprise Greetings

I received a surprise card from JRS Express earlier, address from my senior VA. It was a birthday greetings from my boss and team. I was really touch for their effort, time and message. Thanks guys!

I did not celebrate my birthday actually but I did called KFC limketkai for a KFC bucket meal delivery. Justine loves it very much because the design of the bucket and 4 tumblers is inspired from the Movie: Legend of the Guardian.

Thank you also to all my friends who remembered and greeted me. ;)

Passion Fruit

Just enjoyed Passion fruit today which I bought from neighbor selling fruits right outside our house. It's is so delicious! I finished quite a lot of it actually. I can't remember when was the last time I have eaten passion fruits I think way back elementary maybe. Kapag uwian time na sa school, me and my classmates always buy passion fruits na binibenta sa labas ng school. Haiz those were the days...