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Phaidon Beach Resort: Exclusivity and Unlimited Beach Bumming Experience

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Part of our Antique-Boracay tour is a beach bumming session at Phaidon Beach Resort. After falling in love with Malumpati Spring, we were in awe upon seeing the clear and exclusive beach front area of Phaidon Beach Resort. When we arrived, we paid an entrance fee of php 60 per person and this includes the rental for the cottage. 
The owner said that Phaidon Beach Resort is the other side of Boracay. I surely agree with her because we had the beach all to ourselves --- no stressful crowd, no boats on the shore and no noisy parties. The peaceful, serene water was just awaiting visitors to plunge in. Of course, the sand is more fine in Boracay but sand at Phaidon Beach Resort is still comparable to it. The water was so clear, too! The moment we arrived at the resort, we dropped off our things at the cottage and immediately ran off to swim in the enticing beach. 

Due to our excitement that we were the only ones on the beach, we didn't notice sea urchins lurking in the water. We found on…

Malumpati Spring Resort in Pandan Antique: Undiscovered Haven

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Pandan, Antique is such an idyllic tourist spot which deserves a separate blog entry. In this way, I can also share the beautiful pictures of the tourist spots we visited. Pandan is a municipality of Antique with a total of 34 barangays. Based on my observation, livelihood is from from arts and crafts, fishing and farming. Again, I would like to thank our hostess in our Pandan, Antique tour, our dear Accountant - Ms. Marnie for welcoming us in their ancestral home.

It took us around 30-45 minutes from Caticlan port to reach Ms. Marnie's place in Pandan. We ate breakfast and prepared for our tour at Malumpati Spring Resort and visit at Phaidon Beach Resort. We rented out a van because each area was quite far from the other. There were tricycles available, and perhaps can be rented out as well. It took us about another 30-45 minutes to reach Malumpati Spring Resort. It was a mixture of rough and smooth road. When we got to the place, we paid the Php 10/person entrance fee and cottage…

Antique-Boracay Escapade

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Finally, I can update my blog after an unforgettable backpacker's trip with my office friends. Last April 18 to 21, we experienced our much awaited trip to Boracay. Originally, we were only aiming to set foot at Boracay but, our beloved Accountant volunteered to tour us around her hometown since she will be going on vacation on the same dates. So, our Boracay escapade was upgraded into Antique-Boracay route. Here are the details of our tour. . .
Day 00 - April 18 (Friday)
At 5pm right on the dot, we all stepped out of our offices and headed to Batangasport to make it on time for the 9pm departure. However, due to the large volume of 2go passengers, our ETD was delayed and we were able to leave the port at around past 10pm (I cannot remember exactly). It was my second time to ride 2go but I was shocked that couples, families, group of students and all sorts or people filled up the waiting area at Batangas port. The good thing about sailing during summer is that, the sea was more calm…

What to do: Rescheduled Skype Interview

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This is actually an update of my previous post about my recent oDesk interview experience. After the first video chat interview over skype, I was turned over for another video chat interview with the owner of the company who is based in Canada. The  interview went okay as I gave him a background of what I do and what I like to do as well as my long term goals. After that, he explained that it will be the first time that they will hire an academic researcher so, they will need someone who has access to online databases and university library which is actually my advantage over the other candidates. The owner also suggested a few management books that I might want to read about because I'll be writing articles similar to those printed in Harvard Business Review magazine. The work sounds promising and I thought it was something I can engage into for a long time if in case I really need to leave my full time job. He even asked how much I was earning in my full time job though he said …

oDesk Interview Experience

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Skype Voice Calls Work on iPad with Everyman Headset (Photo credit: stevegarfield)In my quest to finally land on a full time online job, I've been applying to oDesk jobs recently. Most of the jobs I apply to are about article writing, website content writing, research and social media management. Luckily, there were a few interview schedules and it inspired me to create this blog entry.

When you get an invitation for an interview on oDesk, clients have their own definition of "interview". It's either you are invited to simply chat, chat with video or voice chat only. So, it's important to clarify these things to the client so that you can prepare well especially if they will require you for a video chat interview. Clients who invite you for an interview usually asks for your Skype account and/or gmail. 

The odesk client for this recent interview invitation for a research assistant post asked for my skype ID. She sent me a link to her online appointment calendar and…

Passport Renewal - My DFA Trip

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My passport was overdue for renewal which I should have done last June 2011. Good thing there is no penalty in renewing Philippine passports otherwise, I'll probably be paying buckets of money for the delay. With all the "modernization" efforts in the different government agencies, I can say that I am on neutral grounds. We all know that upgrades with government agencies and infrastructures also equate to people making some adjustments or sacrifices err, hassle.
It was my first time to go to DFA-Aseana in Macapal Blvd. I actually didn't know how to commute going there. After a few internet research, I was sure of one thing and that is to go to SM Mall of Asia and take it from there.
So, here's how I got to DFA-Aseana Macapagal Blvd:
1. From Buendia, I hopped onto the orange jeepneys going to SM MOA. 2. From SM MOA, I walked a bit towards the bus loading and unloading area. 3. There are buses with signboard "MIA and DFA", get on that bus. It costs Php 1…

A Visit to the Mind Museum at Bonifacio Global City - Taguig

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This might be a bit late entry as I was very preoccupied during the Christmas season. But, hey, better late than never! So, I'm posting about our short visit to the Mind Museum last December 2012. The Mind Museum is located in Bonifacio Global City Taguig. It's actually a promising business district. The first time I visited the area, it felt like I am not in the Philippines at all. It felt the same way this time around, especially when we arrived at the Mind Museum which is truly world-class.

There were four time slots to choose from: 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm. This is so because each batch of guests are given around 3 hours to be able to go around the different science exhibits. It was either you avail of the Museum Pass and choose among the allotted time slot which cost Php 600 per person or purchase an all day pass where you can visit the museum any time of the day for limited hours which cost Php 750. Luckily, we had our school ID and were given a discount for teachers and …