Get your Playlist Ready on your next Roadtrip with Black Widow!

15 05 2016

14-17 April 2016

Bicol Region, Philippines

The song Black Widow that combines a cracking sound of joy, heavy beat and clapping chorus formula was indeed a good concoction for a roadtrip.

Despite the fact that the lyrics chronicle subjects of revenge and feminism in a failed romantic relationship we all turned the negative message into positive coherence to renew the vow of friendship. We were all ready with our wide open road itinerary to explore the beauty of Bicol region, pair of shades, waze – a free GPS driving app and a hat to go with the final get-up.

The song surely capsulized a continuing friendship. “I’m gonna love ya.. I’m gonna love ya” as if saying “I’m gonna drive ya, I’m gonna drive ya” even if you wanted to sleep while on the road.  The song accompanied us, Breadship roadtrippers – Monay, Crinkles, Straw, Eggpie and Ensaymada, the birthday celebrator in our Bicol region adventure. “I’m gonna love ya, until you hate me.. And I’m gonna show ya, what’s really crazy”. We went nuts indeed! So, what’s your playlist?…h






RIO IS ART: A Weekend Get Away

21 09 2012
Monday 17 September 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you want to feel how it is in Rio for a weekend, try this itinerary (beach, events, sightseeing, hiking):

Friday, Day 1

Arrive late night Guarulhos International Airport

Saturday, Day 2 Copacobana, Ipanema, Harley Davidson Motorcycle event, Corcovado

Early Morning – go to Copacaba and Ipanema for photo opportunities and natural appreciation of beauty. Copacobana is Rio’s major site. Ipanema on the other hand surfaced famous bossa nova songs, my fave.

Mid-morning – I was lucky to see the second Rio Harley Davison Motorcycle event where I saw several models and heard in volume the powerful head turning sound of this big bike!

Afternoon – Catch the tram that would take you to Corcovado, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. This is the largest, most famous Art Deco and considered sanctuary in the country. Christ is soaring high at 30 meters with 8 meter pedestal on Tijuca National Park (710 meters above sea level). Once here, enjoy the panoramic natural beauty of Rio’s sea and mountains. The Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas lies just fronting Corcovado.

Sunday, Day 3 Bodyboarding World Championship event, Urban Hiking on Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf)

Early Morning – Another good thing happened during this trip was my destiny to see and witness the Mundial Bodyboarding/Bodyboarding World Championship event At Copacobana’s Posto 5

Afternoon – Urban Hiking on Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) and catch the sight of Botafogo and Guanabara Bay. Related link >>

Monday, Day 4

Depart early, Guarulhos International Airport

HOW TO GO TO CORCOVADO: This will depend where you will come from. Say Copacabana, go to Bus station 2 and take bus#583. Going back to Copacabana should be bus#584. Otherwise, get the local Rio Guide book for more information.

HOW TO KNOW THE LOCAL EVENTS: From the international airport, go to the information desk. Ask for the guide book and look for what you could find. Also get a map, to know how to get to the event you have chosen!

As I have said, RIO IS ART! Atè a proxima! h

UNPLUGGED: Our Kilimanjaro Song, Jambo Bwana

26 06 2012
14-19 June 2012 Kilimanjaro Trekking via Machame Route
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
High Camp, Mt Kilimanjaro National Park

The traditional farewell ceremony for having a successful climb by our team!

Lead singer: Peter, the summit guide/porter

Back up singers: Amani, camp waiter (light blue jacket); Friedrich, the Team Leader (TL guide in bush hat); Gideon, the assistant team leader (ATL, in black shirt); Assan, the chef (behind TL) and the rest of the gang

link >>


It’s Not Too Late! You could still do Two Things in Singapore

17 12 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011

When you only have the night-time to spare on your crazy schedule while in Singapore, try to watch a concert and go clubbing! In other words, go C2!

Search and see the concerts that you could enjoy. Then google for hot party places in town. Better yet, ask some local experts for a more Royal Treatment!


I watched “Richard Marx Stories to Tell Solo and Acoustic” gig at Singapore Indoor Stadium. SG has chosen the perfect seat to see a very good vantage point of Richard Marx. However, my Black Berry was not ready for the right snap!

Amongst the playlist, my fave this time was “Hold on to the Night!”. Since it was an acoustic concert, I expected myself sleeping like a baby specially when Richard Marx played “Silent Night”.

Setlist: Endless Summer Nights; Take This Heart ;Keep Coming Back; To Where You Are (written for Josh Groban) ;Until I Find You Again; Hazard ; When You Loved Me; Hold Onto the Night; Now and Forever; Save Me; Angelia; Silent Night; Should have Known Better; This I promise you (written for N’Sync); Best of Me (written – sung by ONJ and David Foster); Encore: Right Here Waiting


I thought 1-Altitude was already washed out when we had the very strong afternoon rain. Patience was indeed the best ingredient. After 4 hours of waiting, I was already enjoying the stunning
360-degree view of the city from the 282 m above sea level rooftop of One Raffles Place while having dinner.


Then off we went to Ku De Ta Bar at Sands SkyPark for another snap of the city.

So hurry and decide what suits you best! h

The Burlesque Adventure

17 12 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
Manila, Philippines

Aussieboy and I attended a company end of the year party. Three performers approached him and he was mesmerized by their beauties. He ended up on stage with them. Every guy in the area envied him. But nobody knew that the 3 were the same specie as Aussieboy! h

12 Monthly Reasons why we should all enjoy Philippines

24 11 2011
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Guam, USA

1. HIKING to Pulag in JANUARY – via Ambangeg trail, hike up the highest mountain in Luzon at 2,922 asl. Enjoy the breeze and see the most beautiful sunrise

2. Balloon ourselves up for the HOT AIR BALLOON in FEBRUARY – every year, Clark has the most extravagant celebration of hot air balloon and aviation sports event

3. Join or arrange your own OUTREACH programs in MARCH – go any where in the country to help indigent families

4. SWIMMING with the Butandings in APRIL – go south of Luzon to the Bicol region and enjoy swimming with the quite gentle yet humongous whale sharks of about 15 ft

5. SUNDUNE in MAY – make sure it is the early rush for you to go up north the Ilocos region and enjoy a 4×4 short circuit. If you miss the first two weeks of the month, rainy season will already be a hindrance to your fun!

6. SNORKELLING to the Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery in JUNE – challenge yourself while you “fight with the tide” as you reach the marker of Camiguin island. The current is so strong that you will end up riding a boat on your way back to the main island.

7. ZIP LINING in  JULY – go to the longest zip line of Bukidnon and enjoy the view of Mindanao while you are wearing a harness

8. WHITE WATER RAFTING in AUGUST – get the splash of your life in Davao during the Kadayawan festivities. It may be a prelude to your Mt Apo (the highest in the country at 2954 asl) adventure.

9. SEPTEMBER REEF WALKING in Boracay  – go to the Visayas region and look like an astronaut for once, with your diving helmet

10. CATCH the vinta* REGATTA in OCTOBER with your lens – be amazed with the colourful ala Latin festivities of Zamboanga City in the island of Mindanao, southern part of the country

11. PAY TRIBUTE to the Kabayan Mummies of Sagada in NOVEMBER – take the late bus bound to the north of the country and immerse with the culture and prepare yourself as a travelling archaeologist

12. DECEMBER MOUNTAIN BIKING in BATANES   – cool down and enjoy the slow-paced life in the Batanes area, the north most part of the country. And surprise yourself if you are still in Asia or not..h

*vinta-traditional boat

Barbie Sings for Kubo!

21 11 2011
Sunday, 4 September 2011
Guam, USA

Got an email from Barbie:

Bagong kanta ng “Bahay-Kubo*”…
Bahay condo, kahit munti…ang mga Gadget doon ay sari-sari..Flat screen na TV, Blu-Ray DVD…..IPOD, IPAD, IPHONE. Laptop na malaki, Laptop na maliit at saka meron pa, portable MP3, Digicam, Videocam, WIFI at HD…sa paligid-ligid ay puno ng …..CHARGEEEERRRR!!! ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯

Then I replied: Kubo does not have all of those gadgets! It must be another condominium!

*Bahay kubo is a Filipino folksong about a nipa hut with vegetable plants abound. Original song:

Bahay kubo, kahit munti
Ang halaman doon, ay sari sari
Sinkamas at talong, sigarilyas at mani
Sitaw, bataw, patani.

Kundol, patola, upo’t kalabasa
At saka mayroon pang labanos, mustasa,
Sibuyas, kamatis, bawang at luya
Sa paligid-ligid ay puno ng linga.


Nipa hut, even though it is small
The plants it houses are varied
Turnip and eggplant, winged bean and peanut
String bean, hyacinth bean, lima bean.

Wax gourd, luffa**, white squash and pumpkin,
And there is also radish, mustard,
Onion, tomato, garlic, and ginger
And all around are sesame seeds.


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