What to do during an earthquake?

What to do during an earthquake?

DROP, COVER, HOLD is your best plan during an earthquake to save your life.  Avoid fire places and the kitchen. Turn off the stove if you happen to be cooking . Don’t panic. But don’t be complacent.  A 7.2-magnitude earthquake will be so strong it will likely be felt even in cities without the West Valley Fault.

I understand that safer buildings are crucial. But with the non-compliance with building codes and the rampant graft and corruption in our midst, I seriously doubt if the very home where we are living is earthquake-proof.

Each one of us must take precautionary action to protect our homes and properties against earthquakes.

The best way one can survive is to stay as low as you can beside a furniture – that’s beside, not under but if there is a sturdy table then stay under the table, cover your nape and head then hold.

A public service by travelonshoestring.

TAGAYTAY CITY: Best for Cooling Down This Summer Heat

TAGAYTAY CITY: Best for Cooling Down This Summer Heat

How I wish I could go to Tagaytay!  Unfortunately, I had an on-and-off headache the past few weeks 🙁  I am not in the best of health these days, that’s why I hardly attend events.
Traveling or commuting in this kind of heat is suicide! The bad 42 degrees summer heat that has already killed an American in a resort in Albay is also making the lives of people in Metro Manila a living hell. 

Naks, nakarating na sa impyerno ang peg ha ha ha!.
Pero seriously, this temperature is giving me really bad headaches which are a no no for an aneurysm survivor like me.
My blood pressure is on the high side and nag e error talaga ang digital bp monitor sa sobrang taas ng bp ko! Ilang klase ng gamot ang pinaiinom sa akin ng doctor ko pero parang wa effect.
So, sa inyong lahat alalahanin ninyo health is wealth! Alagaan ang sarili. Love yourself. Take care and enjoy Tagaytay!

Honda Philippines Incorporated Launches Let Your Beat Out Video Contest

Honda Philippines Incorporated Launches Let Your Beat Out Video Contest 

Honda Philippines Incorporated wants you to let your beat out through a video contest until May 28, 2015. 

Hey, JH, you and your pals/classmates can join this contest by simply making a 15 seconds video of yourself. Start the video by stating your name, and the remaining portion should showcase how you do your beat. Like this:

Hear my beat! I am Cha Sy of www.travelonshoestring.com, a ruptured brain aneurysm survivor. Right after my brain…

Please like my post at Honda Philippines official site thank you!

As long as it is aspirational you can  go rockin’ by joining Honda Motors Philippines latest promo on Facebook, the “Let Your Beat Out” video upload contest.

The promo involves uploading of personal video entries from participants that state their life aspiration, particularly in the areas of 

  • Street Sports
  • Extreme Sports 
  • and even in Music

To choose the best video, 50% of the final score will be based on the number of likes and shares while the remaining 50% will focus on content creativity and uniqueness of presentation.

Uploading of video entries will be from May 18 to May 28, 2015. Include the official hashtag, ‪#‎LetYourBeatOut‬, when uploading entries.

Winners for the various categories will get the chance to share the limelight with the main product endorsers during a launch event entitled “Let Your Beat Out!,” happening this coming May 30, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall starting at 4pm. Also up for grabs are VIP Access Passes and exciting Honda Beat Goodies.

The Honda “Let Your Beat Out” launch event will showcase the unveiling of Honda’s latest scooter model, which is also powered by the revolutionary Honda’s Smart Technology. 

Other electrifying activities in this much-anticipated event include the following:
  • Street dance Competition
  • 3×3 Street basketball contest
  • Skateboard tricks 
  • Dunking/Ball Handling exhibition
  • and finally a grand scooter ride by Honda’s latest product endorsers
  • awarding of competition winners.

To join the “Let Your Beat Out” promo, simply “Like” the official Honda Philippines Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/hondaph to be able to upload videos.

LAKE SEBU: Punta Isla Day Tour

LAKE SEBU: Punta Isla Day Tour
On my first day at Lake Sebu, I decided to visit Punta Island together with my newfound friends Tita Linda Weaver and her grandchild Moonie.

I super like the Tilapia Pond at Punta Isla! The above picture shows how a curious tilapia emerges from the pond and looks straight at my camera. Huli ka!
Punta Isla serves fantastic tilapia straight from the ponds with rice and coffee for breakfast. You should try it even once.

Nipa hut adorned with eye-catching colorful flowers.

I learned from one of the staff that you can rent various cottages such as the Rosal Cottage for a very cheap price.
The crocs in Punta Isla is the exact replica of the crocs at my Tita’s farm house in Davao. So cute!

Punta Isla has a floating restaurant. This is a good option for moneyed guests because they can eat while enjoying the view of the lake.
I super love the sunset view at Punta Isla. I wish to come back again at Lake Sebu in the future.

LAKE SEBU: Very cheap accommodation

LAKE SEBU: Very cheap accommodation 

With a very limited budget, I was really afraid that my money won’t last long enough to cover my expenses for a few days in my Mindanao sojourn.
It was a good thing that my new-found friend Tita Linda Weaver knew exactly where to bring me. She brought me to the government-run accommodation in Lake Sebu called Tourism Lodge.
It only costs me Php60.00 per night per bed. What a steal!
You too should try it! 

This is the P60.00 per night per bed in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

I learned that Tourism Lodge offers various accommodation such as the following:

Suite Room

1 room Available

2 person capacity

Price is only Php300

Dormitory Type Room

8 rooms available

4 to 6 person capacity

Php60 per person

Function Hall

1 hall

50 person capacity




Catering Services



Wedding Ceremonies

Don’t worry. The weather in Lake Sebu is like Tagaytay, so air-conditioner is not necessary.
Tourism Lodge
Barangay Poblacion, Municipality of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato 
Contact Numbers: +63 9207416527

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not affiliated with them in any way.

GERPHIL FLORES: Reaching the Impossible Note

GERPHIL FLORES: Reaching the Impossible Note

Gerphil Flores has shown Asians that real talent knows no genres or barriers! A rare combination of genuine (no pun intended) beauty and talent, she showed the world how beautiful and talented she is at her performances at Asia’s Got Talent stage in Singapore.

To quote Van Ness Wu, one of the judges at Asia’s Got Talent in Singapore, Gerphil’s performance convey a special message: “Look at me, look at what I can do.” (Paging Ai-ai de las Alas and Kris Aquino.)

The golden girl shows not only to those people who put her down because they can’t understand her genres but to the whole Philippines and its Asian neighbors that no one could take away your dream to share your God-given gift.

Gerphil, you made us proud to be a Filipino. Congratulations on your magnificent performances!

The whole Philippines is so proud of you!  Good luck!

TOKYO BUBBLE TEA: Sakura Bento Trays

TOKYO BUBBLE TEA: Sakura Bento Trays
It is Cherry Blossoms season again in Japan! But going to Japan would entail a lot of expenses. 
Not every Pinoy could afford to spend that much in order to experience the cherry blossoms season in Japan, right?
Guess what? To bridge the gap between economic status, Tokyo Bubble Tea is bringing the Sakura Season in the Philippines with their limited edition offering of Sakura JCC Milk Teas
and of course its Sakura Bento Trays! 

Yes, I so love it! What a better way to celebrate the Cherry Blossom season than by coming up with its very own version of Hanami (Cherry Blossom Appreciation) 

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Tokyo Bubble Tea is offering (3)three hanami bento to celebrate the season.
Sakura Soy Ginger Fish 
Sakura Chicken Katsu 
Sakura Ebi Furai with Hamburg! 
Breaded fish cake with soy ginger sauce and sautéed mixed vegetables sounds yummy for your tummy! 
These include the usual seasonal grilled fish and simmered spring vegetables, plus rice scattered with vegetables cut into the delicate shape of sakura petals. Greenyomogimochi (spring herb dumplings) and kamaboko (fish cakes) with pink designs add to the festive mix, making the bentos especially colorful. Edel had this and said it was okay.
Clarisse tried the Sakura Chicken Katsu which is consist of chicken meat, eggserved with miso soup, fried rice, Sakura salad, and cutie cute cute Sakura maki! The whole Bento looked too cute to eat! Clarisse said the chicken was tender and flavorful, especially good with its sauce. Her husband tried the same dish I had.
What I tried
I had the Sakura Ebi Furai with Hamburg! The tempura was crispy and fresh. Very delicious indeed!
For our appetizer we had the following:
launched not only one but three new mascots that are so cute and cheerful the vivacious Sakura, Ichiban, and Midori.
Sakura has pink color. She is so cute! She looks so dainty! Midori in green is the playful and mischievous one. Ichiban in yellow is actually a prince who loves to explore the exciting world outside his palace’s doors.
Since we don’t have the weather that could make this flower During the event, we all got to meet The Bubblets! These cute and adorable characters are Tokyo Bubble Tea’s very own. Meet the loving and sweet Sakura. She’s the girl bubblet with a pink bow who’s just plainly adorable. Midori on the other hand is the mischievous, adventurous, and playful green bubblet. And last but not the least, Ichiban, the little yellow bubblet prince wearing a crown. He might freak out a little if things don’t go as planned, but he does enjoy all of the adventures they all have together.
The festival itself has changed little over the centuries: groups of friends and colleagues gather to enjoy food and drink, play games, and sing and dance under blossom-laden branches. Food and drink vendors line the main pathways, but most Japanese bring specially prepared homemade (or these days, more likely store bought) 
Cherry blossoms (Higan zakura) From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan, and around the
So what are you waiting for? Let’s enjoy the Sakura Festival before it’s over!

ASIA’S GOT TALENT: Vote For Your Favorite Before Voting Closes At 11:59 PM Tonight

ASIA’S GOT TALENT: Voting Closes At 11:59 PM Tonight

Did you know that you have the power to determine who gets to win the US$100,000 pot money at Asia’s Got Talent until 11:59 pm tonight, SIngapore, Malaysia Standard time?

Please take the time to vote for Gerphil Flores, the Philippines’ Golden Girl with the Golden Voice . She needs your help if she’s going to be crowned the Grand Finals winner! 

To make Gerphil Flores’ (AGT8) dreams come true, vote for her now!

Voting will end on Monday 23:59 pm! ‪#‎AsiasGotTalent‬


Kindly text AGT8 and send to:2929 if you are in the PHILIPPINES

Singapore: 146073300
Thailand: 4541501
Indonesia: 95899
HongKong: 503230
Malaysia: 33200
Vietnam: 7587
Philippines: 2929
Taiwan: 55828

2. Facebook Voting

For Facebook desktop: Just click http://bit.ly/AGTFacebookapp

Note: *Please make sure to double click the photo of your favorite artist. It is important for you to receive a confirmation in your timeline to make sure that your vote is counted. 


For Facebook mobile:

*You can only vote using one account per contestant during the entire duration of voting period.

*make sure to double click our photo and you should receive a confirmation in your timeline.

3. Asia’s Got Talent App Voting

Download first the application.

For Android users:

For IOS users:

*Then you can start BULK VOTING if you have,
-prepaid load (any network on your countries)
-or credit cards (Master, Visa or Amex)

For further instructions on how to vote, please visit:

The penultimate act saw Gerphil Geraldine Flores, the 24 year old classical singer from the Philippines, deliver a diva-worthy performance of the number ‘The Impossible Dream’ of the Broadway musical ‘Man of La Mancha.’ Melanie commended her for having grown through the competition and that she belonged “on the pedestal.” David – who gave Gerphil his Golden Buzzer in the judges’ auditions – said, “the world will hear of you.”

With voting closing on 11 May 2015 at 2359 hours (11:59 PM)  Singapore and Malaysia time, the responsibility of making Asia’s first ever star now rests on TV audiences across the region.

Asia’s Got Talent concluding Grand Final Results episode premieres on Thursday 14 May, 8.05pm (SG, MY, PH, HK) / 7.05pm (WIB, BKK)

‪#AsiasGotTalent ‎

About Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia

Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia was established in 1997 with Singapore as the Asian headquarters of Sony Pictures Television’s networks business. It operates six ad-supported 24/7channels which are wholly-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. AXN is the home of thrilling entertainment; beTV is the place to be for the best of TV; Sony Channel is the premier destination for female-skewing Hollywood entertainment; Animax offers anime for all; ONE is powered by prime and current South Korean entertainment content; and GEM serves up star-studded and popular general entertainment programming from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.

TOTAL EXCELLIUM DIESEL: Earth Friendly Formula

TOTAL EXCELLIUM DIESEL: Earth Friendly Fuel Formula

TOTAL EXCELLIUM DIESEL: Earth Friendly Formula

Good news to all drivers and car owners! Excellium is now also available in premium diesel. Total Excellium Diesel is the latest eco-friendly addition to Total Philippines Corp. innovative fuel products portfolio. The local unit of the giant French oil and gas company understands the care that you invest into your vehicles, which is why it starts offering Excellium products. It certainly knows that the three-pronged advantages are what the cars of today need and what the motorists of today look for. 

TOTAL EXCELLIUM DIESEL: Earth Friendly Formula

So, if you love your car, you will definitely love Excellium Diesel as it cares for your car as much as you do. This is so cool!  Imagine jeepneys, trucks and other vehicles that uses diesel formula can now enjoy the same excellent multi-performance fuel formula used to be enjoyed by gasoline users only.

TOTAL EXCELLIUM Diesel offers three advantages:

  1. It cleans and protects the engine
  2. It significantly reduces carbon emissions
  3. It improves fuel economy to fit motorists’ daily driving allowance.

Total customers in the Philippines can now breathe new life into their cars with TOTAL EXCELLIUM, which was developed in European laboratories to put the customers’ driving experience right at its core, with three distinct advantages in one fuel product.

TOTAL EXCELLIUM DIESEL: Earth Friendly Formula

TOTAL EXCELLIUM Diesel delivers maximum engine protection and more in a single patented formula. This new diesel formula takes one’s driving experience to the next level by protecting and maintaining both old and new engines through special detergent molecules and friction-reducing ingredients. 

TOTAL EXCELLIUM DIESEL: Earth Friendly Formula

Total Excellium Diesel has a higher Cetane Index, which improves its combustion properties in starting, and this can reduce start up noise by around 37%.

With every drop of EXCELLIUM Diesel, the patented formula works to protect metal components in the engine, ensuring that every movement is smoother than ever. With less friction between metal components, one can be assured that the engine will last longer and perform at optimum levels.

Aside from cleaning the engine and eliminating deposits that hinder better engine performance, TOTAL EXCELLIUM Diesel also contains combustion improving ingredients that reduce harmful emissions.

TOTAL EXCELLIUM is your best ally on the road, as it covers all the important points of modern-day driving, wherever you are in the world. 

TOTAL EXCELLIUM DIESEL: Earth Friendly Formula

TOTAL EXCELLIUM Diesel is now available in the following stations:

NCR                                                Northern Luzon                                  Visayas

EDSA-Pasay                                   San Fernando                                   Plaridel, Cebu
Alabang                                           Tarlac
Fairview                                           Tuguegarao
Valenzuela                                       Solana, Cagayan
Makati                                              Clark, Pampanga
Shaw Boulevard                               Camp 7, Baguio City
West Service Road
Las Piñas
Zabarte, Quezon City
Sucat 2

TOTAL EXCELLIUM is also available as a 95+ RON premium gasoline fuel in selected TOTAL service stations. According to Total, Excellium comes with new detergent molecules that clean the most sensitive parts of the engine, thereby cleaning the motor and reducing engine wear and tear.  Excellium fuel product also promotes cleaner driving because it supposedly cuts down pollutants like carbon monoxide and black fumes by up to 10 percent in new cars and by 25 percent in cars that are over five years old.

About Total (Philippines) Corporation

Total (Philippines) Corporation is engaged in the importation, distribution and marketing of fuels, lubricants and LPG. It has a growing network of service stations spanning Luzon and the Visayas (www.total.com.ph).

Total is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries. The Group is also a first rank player in chemicals. Its 97,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry – exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, new energies, trading, and chemicals. Total is working to help satisfy the global demand for energy, both today and tomorrow (www.total.com).