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1. The Biggest New Year's Eve Concert @ Eastwood Grand New Year Countdown
Eastwood organizes the Best New Year's Eve Concert in ManilaThe Official Quezon City Countdown will be in Eastwood Mall from 5pm of December 31 to the morning of January 1.
Eastwood is said to be throwing the best New Year's eve concert featuring K 24/7Kiss Jane and Dream Carousel, True FaithSide AFreestyle and Journey’s frontman Arnel Pineda with The Ammo Band.  It will be hosted by Cesca Litton and KC Montero. There will be free photo booths, videoke booths and other sponsored activities.
For inquiries, call the Eastwood Mall Concierge: +632 709-9888, + 63 917-8380111.
2. New Year Fireworks @ Mall of Asia!
The annual countdown of GMA-7 will happen in Mall of Asia, hosted by Tim Yap. At 11pm, there will be a 3-minute fireworks show to start off the GMA-7 telecast and a 15-minute Grand Fireworks show at 12 midnight. The Mall of Asia Veranda restaurants are accepting reservations already.  On New Year's day itself, MOA will have the annual grand Mascot Parade around the mall.
If you are looking for fireworks, this is the place to be. Sadly, it seems like Makati and Bonifacio Global City won't have any fireworks activities. :(
3. Balloon Drop @ Peninsula New Year's Eve Gala Ball & Dinner
The most elegant New Year's Eve celebrations always happen at The Peninsula.
It starts with a lobby buffet from 9am to 12mn with a live band as entertainment. At 12 midnight, the balloon drops to welcome 2011! The price ranges from: P6,700++ with champagne, P6,200++ without champagne, and P3,700++ for kids 12 years old and below.
The newly opened Salon de Ning will have a P1,500++ consumable drinks and Asian-inspired tapas promo from 7pm - 2am.
To reserve, call The Peninsula: +632 887 2888 local 3758.
4. 2011 Ultimate New Year's Eve Countdown Party @ Mandarin Oriental
6.30pm -10.30pm Dinner Buffet
Paseo Uno - P2,390 nett (adult), P1,190 nett (child)
Tin Hau - Set Menus P1,580 nett to P2,930 nett
The Tivoli - P3,900 nett (adult), P1,900 nett (child)

11.00 pm Cocktails at Mo Lobby Lounge
11.45 pm Countdown by Sinosikat along Makati Avenue
12.15 am Celebrate 2011 with DJ Cocoy Ouyat at Martinis
To reserve, call Mandarin Oriental: +632 750 8888.
5. Crossover Buffet Dinner & New Year's Eve Countdown @ Dusit Thani

I love the Crossover Buffet Dinner where you can eat the best Thai food at Benjarong, the best Japanese food at Umu, the best Italian food at Tosca, and the Best Continental/Filipino food at Basix. (Tip: Reserve your seats in one of the private rooms of Umu.)

Dusit Thani will have a concert with music from the Manila Sound Project, the group of Philippine musical legends -- Hotdog, Hagibis and VST & Co., and Operation Smile singing ambassadress and miracle patient Chadleen Lacdo-o.
New Year's Eve Countdown - P3,800 nett per person.
To reserve, call Dusit Thani: +632 238-8888.
6. The best New Year's Eve Club Party will be at Republiq located in Newport Mall
(in front of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3).
MYMP will be performing at Bar 360, leading to the NY's Eve countdown.
Real Groove Band will be performing at Genting Club, leading to the NY's Eve countdown.
The New Year's Eve Club Party will be at Republiq (vs. Encore) with Tim Yap, at 3am in the club.
Note: There won't be any fireworks since they are located beside an airport.
7. Other New Year's Eve Parties around the Metro:
  • Shangri-La Makati's Lobby Lounge Countdown (P5,000++)
    Buffet dinner with 3 performers: Arthur Manuntag, Karylle Padilla, and Version 4.0 Band
    Conways Bar Countdown with Kudos Loves 80's band.
    To reserve, call Makati Shangri-La: +632 813-8888.
  • Sofitel's New Year's Eve Party (P7,231.94 nett adult, P3,615.97 nett child)
    Spirals Buffet starting at 6.30pm with music from Brown Inc. and trio with Ms. Rowena Barcelona as vocalist. There will be fireworks and a balloon drop at 12 midnight.
    To reserve tickets, call Sofitel Philippine Plaza: +632 832-6988.
  • Diamond Hotel's New Year's Eve Party @ 27th Floor Sky Lounge
    P750 nett, 2 drinks with music from Street Beat and DJ
    Corniche (lobby coffee shop) has a special P2,011 nett New Year's Eve Dinner.
    To reserve, call Diamond Hotel: +632 528-3000.
  • Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila's Year End Party
    Dinner: Fireplace P4,500 7-course dinner with wagyu, Lili's 8-course dinner - P1,688 nett minimum of 2 persons, Marketplace Buffet Dinner P1,888 nett (child- half price).
    33rd floor Roof top New Year's Eve Party: P800 walk-in, P600 nett in-house and restaurant patrons with DJ music and dance performance from Hotlegs. You'll see a bird's eyeview of all the fireworks around Manila.
    To reserve, call Hyatt Hotel: +632 245-1234 loc. 7818.
    • Greenhills and Tiendesitas will close on December 31, 8am. There will be fireworks at the Greenhills Night Market on December 30th.
    • Ayala Malls, Makati City, and Bonifacio Global City do not have any official New Year's Countdown activities. :(
      • ABS-CBN does not have an official countdown activity for New Year's Eve yet?
        They usually cover the different New Year's eve celebrations. I'm still waiting for confirmation from anybody from ABS-CBN, but they seem to be ignoring my inquiry. :(
      Let me know in the comments section if there is a New Year's Eve Party that I missed that's worth checking out in Manila.



      Bomb on Kenya-to-Uganda bus kills 1

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      (CNN) -- An explosion that ripped through a Uganda-bound bus in Kenya on Monday killed one person and injured 26 others, a Kenyan police spokesman said, crediting security guards with potentially preventing even more carnage.
      The guards confronted six people who seemed to be ordinary passengers as they tried to board the bus about 7 p.m. in Nairobi, Kenyan national police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said.
      The passengers resisted the guards' attempt to examine their luggage. As the altercation heated up, the assailants dropped their bags and ran away -- and soon after, some of the luggage exploded, according to Kiraithe.
      Kenyan police said that no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, nor do they know the motive. Kiraithe said the blast was most likely caused by a grenade or improvised explosive device, though investigators are still working to get more details.
      The bus was owned by Kampala Coach, a passenger and delivery company named after Uganda's largest and capital city. Kiraithe said Kenyans and Ugandans frequently travel between the two countries on business.



      Nuvali dirt weekend

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      Saturday night went to bus stop at buendia LRT and check in our baggage bike under the compartment. after an our we stop at sat. Rosa exit and ride our bike going to Nuvali for the dirt week end competition.





      PACQUIAO BEATS UP MARGARITO

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      Bloody face of Margarito



      Manny Pacquiao captured the vacant WBC super-welterweight title with a punishing 12-round unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday.
      Filipino hero Pacquiao won on all three judges' scorecards as he put a savage beating on Margarito and extended his win streak to 13 straight fights.
      "He is really strong," Pacquiao said of Margarito. "I never expected him to be as strong as he was.
      "He hurt me in the body and in the face. I am so lucky tonight."
      The southpaw Pacquiao used his hand speed and ring savvy to prevail in front of a crowd of over 50,000, despite giving up a 7.71 kg weight advantage.
      Pacquiao has shown little sign of losing speed and power as he moves up in weight to fight bigger and stronger opponents, but he failed to score the knockout on Saturday.
      Even so, the bout didn't turn into the same kind of dull affair as Pacquiao's fight against Joshua Clottey at the same venue in March.
      Unlike Clottey, Margarito came to fight. He paid the price as he suffered a nasty gash under the right eye and had a huge welt that almost closed his left eye.
      At one point in the 11th round Pacquiao appeared to look towards referee Laurence Cole as if he was trying to get the ref to stop the fight.
      "I feel for my opponent," Pacquiao said. "His eyes (were swollen and cut) and bloody face. I wanted the ref to look at that.
      "In 12th round I wasn't looking for the knockout. My trainer said take it easy."
      Pacquiao, 31, entered the ring at 67.13kg while Margarito beefed up from 68.04kg at weigh-in to 74.84 kg by fight time.
      Pacquiao dominated Margarito from the outset to capture his eighth title in as many weight classes. He is also the first Asian to hold four or more major world titles.
      The Mexican had his moments Saturday and hurt Pacquiao in the eighth round when he landed a left uppercut on the button that snapped Pacquiao's head back.
      Margarito was most effective when he had Pacquiao on the ropes but he failed to capitalise on his big height and weight advantage.
      "We were going good until I got caught," Margarito said. "And then that is when the problems started coming."
      Asked if he thought of quitting because of the punishment he was taking, Margarito said, "No, no way. I am Mexican and we fight until the end."
      Pacquiao earned close to $A15 million dollars while Margarito collected about $A6 million.
      It was Margarito's first fight in the United States since serving a one-year suspension after he got caught with plaster-filled hand wraps in his gloves prior to a fight against Shane Mosley.

      Thunderbird Resort Rizal Functions

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      cocktail 
      pool bar

      Narra function hall


      pool area

      Narra Conference center

      My Cooliris Wall

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      FUN RUN Thunderbird Resorts ondoy no more

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      Race Result
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      Fun Run for a cause

      12 Suicides at Apple’s Production Plant in China: What is the real cost of an iPad?

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      20100603 suicide01 iPad News: 12 Suicides at Apple’s Production Plant in China: What is the real cost of an iPad?
      We all know the dollar cost of owning the new wonder tablet from Apple. It’s not cheap and for most of us it’s a real spending decision. But what is the human cost of such a device, especially one where demand has so much outstripped supply? In the Chinese electronics factory Foxconn, where the iPad is manufactured, 12 successful suicide attempts have occurred recently, with a further 4 unsuccessful attempts. According to internal sources, 30 further deaths have been avoided by counselling. Is something rotten in the state of Apple?
      20100603 suicide02 iPad News: 12 Suicides at Apple’s Production Plant in China: What is the real cost of an iPad?
      Glistening workshops and shiny new buildings can be a flimsy façade masking an old-fashioned-style sweatshop. Although Steve Jobs refuses to answer this accusation directly, perhaps the evidence speaks for itself. The factory employs over 300,000 workers, all of whom are forbidden to speak, even when on break. Reported weekly working hours exceed the theoretical maximum of 70, and the factory runs a near-militaristic regime to ensure that huge productivity demands are met.
      Over the course of Apple’s iPad contract, where over 2 million units have already been made at the plant, an astonishing 15,000 workers per month are quitting, citing loneliness and alienation as their main reasons. Although pay looks to improve by a third over the next month, will this be enough to stabilize the workforce or end the distressing bout of suicides?
      Foxconn stated that the suicides linked to its plant were not above the national average amongst the young people throughout China, and personal problems were the cause. They stated that the pay increase was not directly linked to the suicides; rather its purpose was to attract better-qualified staff to their organisation during a manufacturing labor shortage.
      Steve Jobs was apparently distressed by this news when questioned about it yesterday at a conference in California: “Apple does one of the best jobs of any company understanding the working conditions of our supply chain,” he stated. “We are all over this.” His view was that proper investigation was necessary before offering any solutions. That sounds a little fudgy to me.
      In the newly industrialized China, conditions are notoriously fierce and stressful. In spite of workers esteeming employment by prestigious electronics companies, the pressure can become intolerable. It’s all very well blaming China. That’s easy, but aren’t they fulfilling contracts at the cheapest price possible? It’s also easy to blame Apple, maybe with some justification: should they be policing conditions within their supply chain more stringently? Or maybe we should look at the good old Western Consumer… (that’s us) … who don’t really want to think about how something is made, under what conditions other people have to suffer in order to get us the latest gadget at an affordable price? Something rotten in the state of Apple, or may be food for thought?

      Mt. Batulao Nasugbu, Batangas bike ride

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      ITINERARY FOR BIKE AND CLIMB 

      0600 AT macapagal blewave.
      0800 bacoor stop and re group
      0900 at Dasma for a quick marienda
      1000 at silang tagaytay for buko juice stop over and donut stop over.
      1200 lunch at olivares
      0200 ever crest nasugbu, Batangas and start bike trek.
      0500 camp at new trail.


      ITINERARY FOR CLIMBING
      0400 ETD bus terminal in EDSA-Taft via Crow Bus Lines to Nasugbu, Batangas (P114.00)
      0715 Arrival at Evercrest
      0730 Start trek
      0930 Arrival at Camp 1 (fee of P20.00)
      1015 Arrival at Camp 8, commence summit assault
      1100 Arrival at summit; lunch
      1200 Start descent
      1530 Back at Evercrest; clean-up at nearby sari-sari store
      1600 ETD for Tagaytay by jeepney (P24.00)
      1630 ETA Tagaytay; anything goes from here

      Ride form manila to Nasugbu, Batangas

      after the ride form manila to tagaytay, we stop over at evercrest subdivision and at the front of that is manang carinderia for last buying and pack dinner. that manang carinderia is mountaineering stop over for buying some stuff like battery and trail food.



      Mt. bike and climb


      Travel Advisory



      For months of December-February, jackets or long-sleeved shirts have a dual purpose in Batulao: they protect you from the chilly morning temperature, and shield you from the sun’s UV rays. Avoid garments that easily stain with dust, for Batulao is arid. During the rainy season, however, Batulao also gets humid, so wear clothes according to your comfort. Also, during rainy days, the portions of the trails could be severely muddy -- preparing accordingly. In all seasons, however, long-sleeved clothing is still advised.

      For the old trail, some would advice wearing gloves during the final ascent to Batulao’s peak, but it would depend on the hiker’s grip and convenience. For the new trail, gloves are not needed nor recommended.

      Boy guides, aged 8-17, wait for mountaineers by the highway; you can secure their services for a range of prices but PinoyMountaineer.com recommends P300/day. Don't worry much about the 'child labor' aspect as these kids are able to go to school on weekdays; they do the guiding on weekends as their part-time job.

      Going to Summit


      Trail going to old trail

      You can save time by taking a tricycle from the highway to the end of the road - about a 20-minute trip that costs P100/tricycle ride. You can also get their cellphone number to fetch you on your way back. At the small village that you will pass by foot or trike, you can buy food and water. A local ice cream is also sold.

      At Camp 1, P20 fee is collected; a similar fee is collected at the New Trail campsite. Take note: If you want to two different trails up and down, you must pay P20 on both sides.

      There are no immediately accessible water sources throughout the Batulao trail but guides can access further sources, 30 minutes away for you on either trails. For dayhikes, 1.5-2 L water is advised. Cellphone signal is present throughout the climb.






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      Island for rent Philippines

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      Lori Hyde was hunting for a unique vacation experience when her curiosity was piqued by Pretty Joe Rock, a tiny speck of land in the waters off Marathon in the Florida Keys with just enough room for a two-bedroom home and a few clusters of mangroves.
      She and her husband spent a week on the petite island in February, relaxing and enjoying each other's company, with no one else around but the resident birds.
      "I was looking for a rental that would be private so that came up as I was searching around and we were like, well it can't get much more private than that," said Hyde, 43, a stay-at-home mom who lives in Woodbridge, Virginia.
      "It's not an exclusive sort of thing. We're just ordinary people who just did something cool."
      Indeed, the idea of renting a private island usually conjures up images of multimillionaires spending a fortune to jet off to a tropical paradise in the Caribbean or the South Pacific. If you have a lot of money to shell out, the possibilities are endless.
      But while a big budget will give you more options and luxurious accommodations, you don't have to be rich to rent your own island for a vacation. It can sometimes take as little as a few hundred dollars a week, a sense of adventure and the willingness to look at locations closer to home.

      The island mystique

      Melody key
      jonathan island

      Pretty Joe Rock

      Pretty Joe Rock, for example, can be yours for under $3,000 a week, which includes the use of a boat to get you to and from the island. Owner Bob Rainek said he gets a broad spectrum of renters, from blue collar to white collar; from families with kids to couples.
      "It's almost a universal thing that people have this romantic kind of feeling for islands," Rainek said. "It's a mystique to be on your own private island, to have water 360 degrees [around you.] It's a primal type emotion, as I look at it."


      Business has been brisk despite the economy, partly because people who might otherwise go to Mexico for a vacation have been scared off by that country's drug-related violence and are looking for something exotic closer to home, Rainek said. He was proud to tout the Florida Keys, which he called "America's Caribbean," as an alternative.
      Some of the most popular places to rent islands may surprise you. They include the northern United States and Canada, said Chris Krolow, the CEO of Private Islands Inc., a company based in Toronto, Ontario, that has about 200 islands for rent all over the world in its database.
      Clients come from all walks of life, spending as little as $550 for a week on Republic Island in Michigan (which comes with a log cabin) or more than $66,000 for a week on The Rania Experience in the Maldives (which comes with three villas, a private chef, a yacht and other ultra-luxurious touches.)


      'Robinson Crusoe' experience
      For something in between, a budget of several thousand dollars a week is usually a good start.
      "We're even finding more and more people who are saving and planning a honeymoon on an island. It's a little bit more expensive than what they had originally planned but it seems to be a growing trend," Krolow said.
      "It's probably the most romantic experience that you could ever imagine just being on this tiny island with the person that you just married."
      You can choose a self-catering island, which gives you the use of a home but requires you to bring your own food and make your own meals (the less expensive option), or a full-service island that comes with a staff, according to Vladi Private Islands, a company based in Hamburg, Germany. Its database of about 150 islands for rent includes everything from Île de Chantemesle near Paris, France, to Forsyth Island, New Zealand.
      Some people seek the thrill of being dropped off in a remote place that's completely undeveloped. On "Robinson Crusoe" islands, you are left to your own devices, make your own meals, bring a tent or hammock and anything else you may need, the company said. Nova Scotia, Canada, is one part of the world that offers such opportunities, added Sabine Rollinger, a Vladi spokeswoman.
      Krolow recalled a CEO who last year spent 10 days on a deserted spot in the Marshall Islands bonding with his 13-year-old son.
      "It's pretty much the closest you'll get to being stranded on your own private island," Krolow said.
      Spending a lot or a little
      Necker Island


      Necker Island
      Necker Island


      Necker Island
      Necker Island



      Necker Island

      Necker Island
      On the other end of the spectrum, there's Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson's 74-acre paradise in the British Virgin Islands complete with luxurious accommodations and a large staff.



       It's all yours for at least $53,000 a night for up to 28 guests, though you can rent individual rooms for a fraction of that price during a select few "Celebration Weeks."

      YouTube: See what $53,000 a day gets you on Necker Island
      It may sound like the ultimate getaway, but people who are looking for that private island feel might be a little disappointed by such a huge resort, Krolow said.
      And if the idea of having an island all too yourself is too expensive or intimidating, you can try one with a single lodge or hotel perched on top, like the quaint five-room bed-and-breakfast on East Brother Light Station near San Francisco, California. Starting at about $300 a night, it's an island stay that's both private and not too hard on the wallet.
      Whatever your budget, an island may be waiting.

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