Saturday, January 20, 2018

A New Healthy Options is Here!

Good news for health and fitness enthusiasts! Healthy Options has relaunched their new and bigger store at SM City Davao last January 17, 2018.

Healthy Options is not just your ordinary store. It offers all-natural products for everyone's health and wellness. These products are cruelty-free, fair trade, green, sustainability sourced, and most of all, organic. Today, organic food, skin, and hair products are now more accessible to Davaoeños. There's no need to order online or abroad. Being healthy has never been this easy!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

It's been a year...

As I was browsing my 'On This Day' on Facebook, I came across with this photo:

It's been a year since my last official shift at Tacloban Tower/Approach Control. I had so many fond memories of this facility: first time to be independent, first time to be away from home, first legit typhoon experience, first time to handle emergency situation, first time to see an aircraft swerve from the runway upon airborne (scary shit, I know), and first time to handle a Papal flight (a once-in-a-lifetime event). This facility will always have a special place in my heart. I am definitely missing the stunning sunrises and sunsets of this airport, it's something that we rarely have in Davao due to the surrounding terrain.

Here's what I've written in my Facebook post a year ago:

Today's shift (5am-1pm) was a mundane one - no special flights, no missed approaches, and no flight cancellations. Everything was handled in a routine manner. However, today marks my last shift here in Tacloban Tower/Approach Control. So many things have happened for the past three years (well, almost). I have learned how to be independent, gained new friends in the city, and finally mastered the Waray language (my maternal grandmother's language). To my colleagues, thank you for making this facility my home away from home. Y'all are cool and amazing to work with. I am truly blessed. Damo na salamat ha inyo tanan! Mapuli na ak buwas ha amon pero bangin mabisita lang ak dida if mayda na time. 
No goodbyes, just a resonating hello from Durianburg.
Time really flies so fast.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Back to Work

After the holiday bonanza, everything's now back to normal. There's traffic to endure again every Fridays and Mondays. Air traffic in Davao's increasing. I'm halfway through with my Approach Control rating. I am looking forward to this year's travel and adventures. Take note that I have already booked three trips for this year alone, and I'm planning to add another one by mid-November. Thinking of going somewhere really far and cold. I think I am ready to face snow again. HAHA! Who knows? God willing, I'll be going there no matter what.

So far, I've been productive on my day-offs. There has been a lot of upcoming projects and tasks in both online and in my blogging community, and I am not complaining. Not at all. It keeps me busy, and it sustains my creative mojo. But, whenever it rains the whole day, I just stay at home and watch my favorite TV shows while sipping a hot choco.

Anyway, back to work tomorrow. Working two shifts, and hopefully no delays or any special operations.

PS: I promise to update this personal blog more often. 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

New Year, Same Shit

How's it going? I know this is kinda late but, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! 2017 was really special to me since I got transferred here Davao for good (I hope). Life got easier for everyone. When it comes to the travel scene, I have leveled up to a higher pedestal by going to far-flung places. See also: Sydney, Australia. I never thought I'd survive the 8-hr flight.

This 2018, I am planning to visit farther than Oz. It's still a secret coz I might get jinxed by it HAHA.

Anyway, Y'all have a prosperous year ahead.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Life Lately

Life has been good so far. Lately, I've been traveling more frequently for work and vacation. Just for the month of October, I flew at least 8 times, two of them were 8hrs long each. Okay, so uhm... booking a flight to Australia for four days was the biggest mistake of the year. I never thought that I'd fell in love with Sydney. I love every bit of it - the place, the people, the culture, the food, and their genuine hospitality. To be honest, I cried as I left my mate's flat at Burwood (good thing, my Uber driver didn't notice it). It was bittersweet. I still have pending trips in Seoul (in a few weeks YEY), Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. I am thinking of ditching my Hong Kong trip this December because I might run out of leave credits (although I still have many, it wasn't really a priority trip, I mean, I bought the tickets out of impulse LOL).

Anyway, about work, I am triggered. No, don't get me wrong. I have no problems with my colleagues. Well, here's the thing: a tall condominium (about 33-stories high) located approximately 3 nautical miles from the final approach to runway 05 of Davao International Airport has been making news lately. Apparently, it's been making rounds in the headlines lately because of its tall boom cranes. According to pilots, their ground proximity warning system blares off as they commence the approach to runway 05. To mitigate this issue, the state ordered us to limit our takeoffs and landings - runway 05 departures, and runway 23 for landing. Everything is concentrated on one airspace. Meaning, all of my landings and takeoff are on possible collision course. To make things worse, the new procedure completely disregards the basic laws of aerodynamics. Aircraft flying in and out of Davao are at risks - they operate regardless of the wind condition. They should land and take-off against the wind. To make things worse, there's this news article which triggered not just me but also some of my colleagues at the airline companies. I just hate when people act as if they know everything but they really aren't knowledgeable about their topic? It's so irritating. You know me, I have a low tolerance for bullshit and stupidity. Here's an excerpt of what I wrote in my email sent to the editor:

I know we are all entitled to give opinions, but his opinions are just way out of line. It elicits ignorance. He's not even an aviation expert. What does he know about the procedures done by air traffic controllers and pilots? Nada. Nothing. I do hope your writers research more before they write 'technical' opinions like this one.

Okay, enough with this rant. I am looking forward to my Autumn trip to Seoul in a few weeks. Yey!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Patay Na Si Hesus: A Movie Review

I was never a fan of Filipino mainstream movies. I find it overrated, overhyped, and sometimes, it’s not worth my money. Sometimes, the plot and story lines are often overused. I’m this type of movie goer who overanalyzes every element of the movie (on rare occasions, however, I watch flicks that don’t need critical thinking). Since the advent of Filipino indie movies in the early 2000s, it had touched several subjects that were considered taboo in mainstream media. I have never seen a movie that is so funny, so poignant, and so insane in many levels. 

There are so many movies that portray the typical life of a Filipino family, but none of them portrayed it like Patay Na Si Hesus did.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Singapore launches “Passion Made Possible” brand

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) jointly unveiled recently a unified brand, Passion Made Possible, to market Singapore internationally for tourism and business purposes. The agencies’ first joint brand is a bold move to put forth Singapore’s unique attitude and mindset: a passionate, never-settling spirit of determination and enterprise that constantly pursues possibilities and reinvention. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MFGM: The Latest Breakthrough in Pediatric Nutrition

The first five years of a child's development is very crucial. At this stage, every milestone of the child determines how much potential the child can achieve in the future.

That's why most parents invest to provide proper nutrition and care for their child's development, so as to help their child's physical and mental growth. During the early stages of growth, 90% of which are accounted on the child's brain. The latest breakthrough in pediatric nutrition may just offer parents the help they need.