Intramuros, Manila

While we’ve been to Intramuros countless times, we’ve never actually explored it until now. Two of its walls are adjacent to Manila Bay and Pasig River, taking advantage of natural barriers at the same time gaining access to water ways. The other walls facing inland (in the direction of Lawton, for example) are more heavily fortified (with provisions for mounting canons). Afraid of losing power and decided to build a wall?

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Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum

We’ve visited the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. The museum features a comprehensive history of the various aircraft and aircraft-related artifacts of the Philippine Air Force, as well as an outdoor exhibit of actual decommissioned aircraft. We were surprised to see a full-size model of the Apollo 11 Command Module in the museum.

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Cleaning Seats with Non-Leather Cover

Our 2017 Trend MT unit has seats with non-leather cover. Remove dirt by using soapy water and a soft brush. Do the cleaning on a warm sunny day to make sure that it dries up completely within the day. After cleaning, the inside of your car will smell like brand new!

To watch a video on how to clean non-leather seats, head directly to Cleaning Non-Leather Seats.

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Zero Km-to-Empty (Empty Gas Tank)

Have you driven your EcoSport with an almost empty fuel tank? In June 2017 (about 2 years ago) I was able to do so. While the information display shows “0 km range” indicating an “empty” gas tank, I was able to drive around for about 2-3 km after reaching the zero mark. I do not know how much fuel is left at zero mark (I have yet to measure that), but it appears that there is still some “reserve fuel” in the tank. As a safety margin, the gauge is probably calibrated to display zero even though there is still some fuel left.

Zero km to empty (4)
If the needle overlaps with the zero mark, then the fuel is almost empty.

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Aguinaldo Shrine and Digman Halo-halo

We’ve visited the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. I’ve confirmed two of the things I’ve read about it in history books: (1) that the shrine’s tower can be seen from a few kilometers away—which means that any approaching party could be easily spotted, and (2) the shrine is surrounded by bodies of water (sea and river networks), which probably served as natural barriers to prevent uninvited guests. We did not go inside since we are far more interested in learning about the shrine’s strategic and defensive location.

We also tried out the Digman halo-halo in Bacoor, Cavite. Digman is a narrow street with shops serving the famous halo-halo. Note that parking is really difficult, even during off peak season. All of the shops claim to be “the original”, but which of them is the real one? Perhaps one day we’ll find out. For now, we’ll just let our pet rooster Chocobo enjoy the halo-halo :)

Digman Halo-halo
Chocobo seems to like the Digman halo-halo

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Venice Grand Canal Mall (Taguig, Philippines)

The Venice Grand Canal Mall (also known as the Venice Piazza) is an Italian-inspired shopping mall along McKinley Road in Taguig City, Philippines. Visit this place at night as it registers really well in camera. It features an indoor pool that mimics the Venetian Lagoon and offers rides with their gondolas.

Even the parking area at the side registers well in camera!

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Receiving Transmissions from Space

I’ve used the two-way radio installed in our EcoSport to receive a transmission from the International Space Station (ISS), a satellite orbiting the Earth at a height of about 400 km. Tracking satellites is part of my hobby as an amateur radio enthusiast. Installing a powerful receiver in an EcoSport allows me to move around easily and find optimal places to conduct radio-related experiments.

Contact Camarines Norte (hi-res)

To watch the video on how I received transmissions from the ISS, head directly to Receiving Transmissions from Space.

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Chocobo visits Greenbelt Makati

During the Christmas break (December 2018), we’ve visited Greenbelt Makati—one of the very few pet-friendly places which allowed our pet rooster in. During our road trips, Chocobo wears a comfy diaper custom-made by his lola in Bicol :)

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National Astronomy Week 2019

Every third week of February, Philippines celebrate the National Astronomy Week (NAW). Astronomical organizations and fellow astronomy enthusiasts promote awareness by conducting free events, such as viewing the moon through a telescope.

To view our previous astronomical observations, click here. Visit my astronomy blog to keep posted with astronomy-related events!

Related link: Visit to PAGASA Observatory

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UP FAIR 2019

UP Diliman celebrates the UP FAIR every second week of February. To watch a short clip of our visit to this year’s fair, head directly to UP FAIR 2019.

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