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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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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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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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.

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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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UP Diliman Academic Oval

This is a daily sight for me, as I have been working here in UP Diliman since 2013. Send me a note if you happen to be in the vicinity.

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