Sep 30, 2010

Guam.

Before this trip, I honestly knew nothing about Guam except that it was a US territory and that it  played a big role in World War II.  I imagine it to be just an empty island containing nothing but a large US naval base, like the ones in Olongapo and Subic.   Boy, was I wrong.
 
Guam is an island in the western Pacific Ocean and is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States. It is one of five U.S. territories with an established civilian government.  The island's capital is Hagåtña (formerly Agana). Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands.

Guam is actually a shopping destination with a number of designer shops and American stores.  It's also a good summer destination with beaches akin to that of the Philippines.  No wonder Guam is so popular with the Japanese!


Day 1
24 September 2010

Strolling by the beach.

Sep 29, 2010

Everlater.

If you're a friend of mine in Facebook and Multiply, a follower on Twitter and Tumblr or a constant reader in Blogspot, you know that the two things i like the most is food and travel.  However, due to  reasons beyond my control, I don't get to blog immediately after a trip so I forget the details.  Post a few photos on my Facebook and Tumblr, maybe once in a while.  Tweet, sometimes.  But never blog.  Counting off from the top of my head, I have around 4 trips during the recent months which I haven't even started blogging about.  Then I discovered Everlater.

   
Everlater is a free travel journal designed to help adventurers around the world share their experiences and connect with others. Members can also instantly transform their online logs into personalized travel photo albums for friends and family to enjoy.

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I find the name so fitting since you write in real time but upload later when you get to a hotspot with free wifi.  No fuss, no worries!  Write whenever you want, post photos whenever you feel like doing so, and then upload them later when you already have access to the internet.  No hidden charges, no need for 3g fees!

What I use is the iPhone app but Blackberry, Android and other mobile phone users, don't despair.  You can still post on Everlater using an email account.  Just follow the instructions on their website: www.everlater.com.

Everlater is definitely not a substitute for free-form blogging and  I still believe (and want to) blog in the traditional way.  But I think Everlater is a big help for people on-the-go who don't have sufficient time to sort out photos and write entries when they get back from the trip, such as myself.

And good news to all Blogspot users, you can embed your Everlater trips in your entries.  I'll try doing that so wait for it in my next entry.










Update: Check out my 'backblogs' where I tried embedding Everlater into my entry (11/03)
1. Hanoi, Vietnam 
2. Guam

Sep 19, 2010

Hanoi, Vietnam.


Note: You might be wondering why you haven't seen this post before.  The entry was written and published on October 29.  However, since this is one of my 'backblogs', I moved the entry's publishing date back to September 19 for chronological orderliness :) 

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, will be celebrating its 1,000th year this October. Too bad I missed the big celebration by only a few weeks! 

Christmas lights all over Hanoi!


Sep 5, 2010

Army Navy vs Charlie's Grind & Grill.

Resurrecting two places I've tried for the first time last year but which I got to eat in again recently.

Army Navy

It's always the burrito for me!

Sep 3, 2010

yoggle.

you're probably thinking... another yogurt post?.  well, to tell you honestly, i try to refrain from posting about things already written about a thousand times before even if it interests me to avoid being just 'one of those blogs'. but i had to write about this yogurt place because it's pretty unique!  and i'll tell you why in a bit.  first, say hello to yoggle.


front of the store.

in the philippines, the common practice of yogurt places is to make you choose between different sizes of cups and charge you by the topping. 


the inside's bright and cozy.

but in yoggle, they let you put as much yogurt and toppings as you want and just charge you by the weight!  this method is perfect for people like me who prefers a pinch of this and that on my yogurt. 

get your own cups!

they have so many flavors to choose from like kiwi, strawberry, taro, vanilla, green tea and original.  i mixed green tea and original though i wish i mixed in other flavors as well.


self-service.

after getting your yogurt, you can place as many toppings as you want.  they have all the usuals --- mangoes, graham, gummy bears, cherries, almonds, chocolates and so on.  




the cashier then weighs your cup and charges you by the ounce.  when the cashier rang my yogurt cup, i expected around a P250 peso bill with the amount of yogurt i put in and the number of toppings i raked.  but surprisingly, they charged me only P120.  wow!  in other yogurt places, that's only the price of one large PLAIN yogurt (no toppings).  amazing.  




too bad yoggle is just too far from us.  i only got to eat there because T had a basketball game around the greenhills area.  can't wait for my next visit!


click on the map to enlarge.



Yoggle
Dining Date: 21 August 2010


RONAC Building
Ortigas Avenue corner Santolan
San Juan
Philippines











photo credit:
yoggle's facebook account


*conversion is approximately $1 = P50

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