Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Olaer Swimming Resort in the Netsphere and Blogosphere

Olaer Swimming Resort

is now on the net.

Please feel free to visit the site, folks!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Caby's Beauty Giveaways

A generous blogger is offering the items on the pic for grabs!
I may not be a make up wearer but my daughters do so I wish I'll have the loot :-)

for more about this, please do browse over Caby's blog

Monday, September 21, 2009

Shaken, Not Stirred

I am not fond of drinking alcoholic drinks. I only drink for three reasons; when I'm happy, sad and when it's for free. These three reasons were at hand when I witnessed the bartending and wine mixing competitions of South Ranex students held at Olaer Swimming Resort over the weekend. :-)

I got to witness preparation of drinks such as Cuba Libre, Campari Orange, El Presidente, Mimosa, Silver Bronx, Garibaldi, South Seas, Mocha Slush, Golden Fizz, Daquiri and a lot, lot more. Would you believe, they also prepared drinks tagged as Swimming Pool and Sex on the Beach :-)

'luv this one, a mixture of gin and blue curacao, it's called Dunk! You'll feel like dunking your head on the pool after a round of this drink. .

There are lot of drinks also prepared the way James Bond 007 loved it most. And I also had the chance of tasting it all.

Students and onlookers pre occupied with their stuff. . .

a picture of happy wine tasters! With this, I vowed never to drink again if I want to take good pictures. . . :-)

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Golden Wedding to Remember

September 17, 1959
Engr Leonardo N. Olaer and Ms. Ederlina Dellosa first tied the knot.

50 years after. . .

September 17, 2009
the couple, Nards and Derlie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a
golden wedding ceremony officiated by Father Nonito Adorable, CP and again witnessed by the same ninongs and ninangs who stood by them 50 years ago. . .

The couple as they marched down the aisle. . .
A picture of bliss. . .

The yummy chocolate wedding cake baked by daughter in law, Leonie.
I learned later from her that she only used five kilos of flour in baking this beautiful cake.
Nice job, Leonie!

Nards and Derlie's children with cousin Rose

The author with fashion icon cousin, Henry O. Montilla of DOLE XI.
He also hosted the very lively program during the reception.
The author with her kids who formed part of the entourage.
Only five of them since the Ate is in Manila.

I consider this 50 years of togetherness of my uncle and aunt simply amazing! This is a clear picture of endless love with a boundless room for patience and understanding. I really admire couples like them and as they move on to a new threshold in their lives, I am praying for their continued good health and good life!

Congratulations to their children and grandchildren for having damn good parents and grandparents!

Monday, September 14, 2009

What Air Supply Song Am I? I Am Keeping the Love Alive!

Dreamwork Ventures will be treating again the Generals to an unforgetable night of immortal love songs by bringing to Gensan world class singing icon Air Supply!
This Platinum Concert Series 2009 featuring Air Supply is brought to us by Dreamwork Ventures in cooperation with the City Government of Gensan, Gensan City Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. and ABS-CBN
co-sponsors :
Grab a Crab Restaurant, MISO Hardware, San Miguel Corporation, Coca Cola Bottlers, Inc., East Asia Royale Hotel, Coffee Dream, Giacominos, NY Fries and Dips, Gaisano Mall of Gensan and Gregoria Printing Press

Air Supply duo Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock


I was a dreamy eyed teen ager always hoping that my friends, children of Mayor Toning Acharon, would go to the resort so that I can borrow their very precious Walkman. That was my only way then to get connected to Air Supply songs. It's understandable because we were still living then in a world free from all the luxuries brought about by technology. Moreso, I was still coping up then with a life I thought I won't be able to overcome. We were orphaned and just starting to move on by starting a new life with our dear grandmother. Basic needs always prevailed over whatever simple material luxuries. Being able to listen to Air Supply would mean having the luxury of living in a dreamworld even for just an hour or two. I have been treasuring those memories because it motivated me to strive harder in order to become a better person, a best wife to my husband and a mom that rocks for my children.

28 years after:

I am now a woman happily married for seventeen years to a guy who is a good provider. We are blessed with half a dozen all-girls children who are all bubbly and promising. We both have quite stable jobs. We are gearing towards a life full of good things specially for our children. We dream of seeing them all grown up, God fearing and successful in all endeavours they choose to undertake!

Surviving a life nestled on rocky foundation is not that easy. My decision to get married seventeen years ago was based on impulse not by choice. It was a sort of escape for me. An escape from a turbulent life I was in then. Nevertheless, God had been so good to me. His healing ways made me and my husband survived all the crises we faced before and during our married life. Our relationship may not be the perfect one but I am proud to say that it's the kind that withstood the test of time. Just like the line of a famous Air Supply song Keeping the Love Alive that goes. . If we stand the test of time.. love will be the lasting kind!

I am sharing this other side of me with you, my dear friends, because I am hopeful that this story of mine will somehow inspire others to stay grounded while having a firm belief that God can really do wonders in keeping the love alive!

Also, this is my take to the ongoing blog contest of the famous Bariles of Gensan News Online Mag. I hope that out of this story, others would also be encouraged to give a piece of their mind.

The Dreamwork Ventures who's producing Air Supply Concert in Gensan is, of course, headed by the very handsome Michael Wee of Grab A Crab Restaurant and Coffee Club 101.

The concert's on October 2, 2009, 8:00 P.M. at Lagao Gym, General Santos City.

See you there!

Eid'l Fitr is a Regular Holiday

This is for those who are inquiring on the status of September 21, 2009 which has been declared as the Last Day of Ramadan or Eid'l Fitr.
By virtue of Republic Act No. 9177, this holiday is considered as a regular one. Meaning, those who would opt to work will be getting 200% of their rates on the said day.
For further details, please click on the link below:

Friday, September 11, 2009

18th Mindanao Business Conference in Koronadal City

I am giving way to this announcement of the South Cotabato Chamber of Commerce:

(please click on the images for a larger view)

Kita kits!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Only in Gensan: Tunafest '09 Float Parade

Part of the GTX is the parade of colorful and magical tuna floats. . .
here it is as captured through the lens of Mr. Orman O. Manansala!
1st Runner-up: RD Fishing Industries, Inc.

2nd Runner-up: Norkis Yamaha Philippines

3rd Runner-up: San Andres Fishing Industries, Inc.

4th Runner-up: SOCOTECO II

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Oh My Golly Ugly Sweaters

Just how ugly are ugly sweaters?
Based on definition, an ugly sweater is an overly-gaudy garment that is often adorned with large applique or knitted cartoon-like figures and sometimes made of bad color combinations. Beading, bells, buttons and sequins are sometimes used to embellish the garment.
I got interested on this kind of garment when my daughter was preparing for her trip to Baguio during one christmas. I told her that I will look for women's holiday sweaters or christmas sweaters for her to put on while she's in the city of Pines. I was quite appalled by her response because she told me that "I must look for ugly sweaters because those are nicer!" I wanted to react but knowing my daughter, I know she's not the kind who would play a joke on her beloved innocent looking mom (:-)
Without her knowing it, I made my research and true enough, based on definition, ugly sweaters are more beautiful. This realization made me utter Oh My Golly!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Inkai's Tunafest '09 Escapade

Tuna Festival '09 proved to be one of the author's busiest yet happiest
exciting activities laden days!
(many thanks, of course, to the famous Manansala brothers!)
luncheon tete a tete with Davao and Gensan bloggers at Sarangani Highlands
courtesy of SMART Communication's Ms. Heide

photo op with our beloved Mayor Jun and First Lady Rose Acharon together with the man himself, Bariles, Davao web celebrities, Blogie, Lyle, Brendel, Angel, Chattee and Doc Jim

Beep, beep - here comes the VIPs of the Kamikaze concert

very kodak (y) pose with the soon to be Pogi Senator, Congressman Teddy CasiƱo, Gensan's pride Avel, Marzz and Davao Bloggers, Blogie, Angel, Chattee and Doc Jim

wacky pose during the Mardi Gras in Pioneer Avenue with the very indispensable
Tuna Festival Director Orman O. Manansala,
Bariles, CJ and co-judges Angel, Brendel and Lyle

posing time with happy kapusos!

Brendel, Inkai and Angel with a charming Mardi Gras participant

on stage with the very beautiful Brendel

Many thanks to Davao and Gensan photographers for capturing this
kodak(y) moments!


Friday, September 4, 2009

Latest Holiday Updates from Malacanang

In addition to our long list of holidays, September 7 and 21, 2009 were also declared by PGMA as non-working holidays.

September 7, 2009 marks the burial of INC leader Erano "Ka Erdy" Manalo. This is a special non-working holiday so workers who will be reporting for work on this day gain additional 30% on top of their salaries. The principle of no work, no pay applies for this kind of holiday.

On September 21, our Muslim brothers will be celebrating Eid'l Fitr, or the end of holy month of fasting, Ramadan. Eid'l Fitr completes the list of 11 regular holidays. For details, you may click on this link.

Complete list of 2009 holidays may be viewed here.

Copy of the proclamation regarding these two holidays will be posted here soon!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cakes for All Seasons and Reasons

I have this strong liking for cakes. I love to eat it as much as I love taking pictures of it.
From this day on, I will be featuring here from time to time cakes of all shapes and sizes made for all seasons and reasons.

(cakes featured here were served during Francine's birthday bash)
One thing is sure, the caricature here is not inspired
by my sexy back (:-)

This piece of cake made me say WOW!

Terrific Horrific Halloween Costumes

Good friends posing with a skeleton on Halloween eve
Halloween is fast approaching and for sure as early as today preparation for the event is starting to heat up. Looking for the best halloween costumes used to be nightmarish. Nightmare in the sense that there were only a handful of stores then offering for grabs assorted costumes fitted for the halloween.
It's a different thing nowadays because even on the net, one can choose halloween costumes that best fit one's budget. It can even be delivered for free right at your own doorstep. This is one of technology's offshoot that I love the most.
During my younger days, we use to spend our halloween spooking and scaring poor little children in the neighborhood. Doing this made us literally rolling and laughing at the same time. Making fun not only of our victims but of our looks as well. Lola's old clothes and helpless papaya fruits complemented by glowing candles in the dark were our usual props then. It was fun and nostalgic reminiscing those days of our naughtiness.
Today, one now has the choice to wear halloween costumes ranging from terrific to horrific. It just depends on your liking and budget on how you would want yourself to look like. You may opt to become an angel, fairy, ninja or devil and demon. Thanks to this site that offers a wide array of halloween costumes at affordable prices.
I am looking forward to the next halloween eve while I start figuring out on what/who I want to be. I am also anticipating at looking on my friends' pictures with different halloween characters in tow.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tuna Fest D Day is a Holiday

By virtue of Proclamation No. 1866, September 5, 2009
has been declared as special non-working day by Malacanang.Add Image

Gensan's Tuna Festival/41st Charter Anniversary falls on a Saturday.
Workers who will be reporting for work on the said day
will receive 30% more on top of their wages.

Happy tuna festival/41st city charter anniversary, everyone!

Kudos to this year's tunafest director, Mr. Orman O. Manansala!