Happy 1st Birthday Chocobo

We found Chocobo while still an egg, helped him hatch, and now he’s 1 year old. This rooster still thinks that we are his parents! Watch the video below as he enjoys the fruits served on his 1st birthday celebration. To learn more about our pet rooster, click here.

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Two-Way Radio Landmark in Daet

Fellow amateur radio enthusiasts find this landmark very fascinating, featuring a two-way radio. It is located near the Daet-Basud boundary, along the Pan-Philippine Highway (do not confuse it with the new highway—Quirino Highway—which does not pass through Daet). The landmark was built by Kabalikat Civicom 139 Daet Chapter.

In case you wish to visit the landmark on your next DU4 visit, I’ve had it located in Google maps.

April 2019 Daet
I first noticed this landmark in the 90s, when we moved to Bicol

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Walking on the Beach with our Rooster (April 2019)

We’ve just returned from a Bicol trip with our pet rooster Chocobo. As always, we’ve visited the two-way radio landmark near the Daet-Basud boundary, along Maharlika Highway, and the Bagasbas beach (also in Daet). Watch the video of our pet rooster as we take a walk along the beach at sunrise.

 

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Observing the March 2019 Super Moon

Supermoon with Chocobo
Observing the super moon with our pet rooster

We’ve observed last night’s super moon using a 4-inch f/9 telescope. While it is true that the moon will be closer to Earth during a super moon, the difference in size and brightness compared to a non-super moon is so small and so subtle that it will be very difficult to detect such an almost negligible difference, even for amateur astronomers who regularly observe the moon, and use astronomical equipment such as a telescope.

To learn more about upcoming astronomical events, head directly to my astronomy blog.

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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!

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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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Related link: Information Display

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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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