Late Night Stroll at Vista Mall

Late night stroll at Vista Mall in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

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Late Night Parking at S Maison

We’ve observed what appears to be an almost empty basement parking space at S Maison (at Conrad Manila) after a late night movie on June 12, 2019 (a nationwide holiday). I’m sure had we looked around, we’ll likely find other cars parked.

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Celebrating 55555th Kilometer

After 2.5 years, our daily-driven 2017 EcoSport Trend MT has reached a mileage, or more accurately, kilometer-age of 55555. We have not encountered any issue with our unit since its purchase in December 2016. Thank you for keeping us safe on the road!

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Celebrating its 55555th kilometer

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A visit at a Philippine Naval Base

In June 2019, I had a chance to visit the Philippine Naval Base Pascual Ledesma in Cavite. I was invited to demonstrate to members and officers of the Philippine Navy how to bounce a signal off a satellite to greatly improve a radio’s range, far enough to reach nearby countries such as China, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan.

Naval Sea Systems Command
Bouncing a signal off DIWATA2 satellite

For details about this event, head directly to my blog on amateur radio.

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Use the Engine Bay to Re-heat a Frozen Pizza

We did not wish to eat a pizza frozen, so while waiting for my fiancée to buy some stuff, I placed the pizza on the engine bay in an attempt to warm it up. It worked and we enjoyed the pizza afterwards.

Re-heating a pizza by placing it on the engine bay is not exactly something that I would recommend, so please do not try this yourself. Eat the pizza cold ;)

Chocobo enjoying a warm pizza. To learn more about our rooster pet, click here.

Related link: Meet Our Rooster Pet

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Zambales Roadtrip

In May 2019, I went on a trip to Iba, Zambales. From Cavite, the trip took around 6 hours, via NLEX and SCTEX, passing through Subic, and eventually, through the Olongapo-Bogallon road. I had a flat tire due to a ‘key’ left on the road, which pierced a tire some 30 km before reaching Iba proper.

On the way home, I stopped by a long bridge traversing a very wide river, where the lahar from Pinatubo discharges directly to the sea. The amount of lahar deposited in that river is massive!

 

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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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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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