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Mayor Bongat in Vietnam for Asian Regional Nexus Workshop

June 26th, 2014 No comments
Foregoing the celebration of his birthday last June 24 with family, city hall co-workers, friends, and supporters, Naga City Mayor John Bongat, along with City Planning Officer Willy Prilles, flew to Vietnam from Manila on the same day to participate in the Third Regional Nexus Workshop in Da Nang from June 25-27, 2014.
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Naga to celebrate Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day

June 26th, 2014 No comments
The City Government of Naga, thru the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office, the Office of the Honorary Consul of Spain in Bicol, and the Nueva Caceres Heritage Movement, Inc. are set to hold a series of high-profile events to celebrate the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day starting on Monday, June 30.
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Yevchenko

June 25th, 2014 No comments
The dream happened at home. There on the couch by the corner, curled up like an unborn, wrapped in a blanket for an amniotic sac, a house within the house, a room within the room, impervious to the...

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Sanggunian expands SP-SPP, signs MOA with 9 schools

June 23rd, 2014 No comments
Expanding and formalizing the partnership between the academe and the city government on the efficient and effective implementation of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Student Participation Program (SP-SPP), nine schools, from 5 universities last year, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the City Government of Naga during the 47th Regular Session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga held last June 17, 2014.
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Far and Near, Or the Language of Distance

June 21st, 2014 No comments
“What is Far?” “Far is the distance between our lips that, I’m afraid, may never kiss again. It is the space between your Tokyo and my Manila, and the minutes and hours that have bloomed into...

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CamSur medical society to hold annual convention this Saturday

June 19th, 2014 No comments
The Camarines Sur Medical Society (CSMS), considered as one of the oldest and most prestigious professional organizations in Bicol, will be holding its 78th annual convention on Saturday, June 21, at the Villa Caceres Hotel, this city.
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Bongat confers Mayoral awards to 19 outstanding citizens

June 19th, 2014 No comments
Highlighting this year’s celebration of the city’s 66th charter anniversary, City Mayor John Bongat conferred Wednesday afternoon (June 18) the prestigious mayoral awards and recognitions to at least nineteen outstanding citizens whose exemplary achievements in their chosen fields have brought honor, pride and glory to their beloved city.
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America: NY & Chicago

June 19th, 2014 No comments
It was my first time in the United States so I was intrigued to see what the hype was all about from all the American Pinoys coming back home.  They especially praise NY saying everything is there; kinda like Manila.
And oh boy,  New York didn't disappoint. It wasn't the tall buildings, cheap chocolates, corner to corner Starbucks that made it great but more so the vibe that New York exudes. The diversity of people, every food niche you can think of and number of things you can do, watch and listen.
Having said that, the touristy bits were pretty awesome as well.
Mandatory visit

 We drove to Liberty State Park in New Jersey to go to Liberty and Ellis Island. Apparently, you can choose to go either through New York and New Jersey for the tour but the one in Jersey is the better option.

Ellis Island. X-Men!?

 This bit was I think an part of an old hospital or dorm, but I didn't think tourist had access to these buildings.
Plenty of boats to go around

How America became a nation of immigrants

Where did my group go?


 If anything the view of NY from Ellis Island more than makes up for cost of the tour. The sun was out all day so burgers while enjoying the skyline went down very nicely. 







People watching

Money shot right here

 Sitting on the shade with a glass of Lemonade. That's the (simple) life

There were tours on the ground. They nicely pointed out that Lady liberty is on the move; right knee bent. I didn't really go with the guided tour but the guides voice was that loud, you didn't need to.
 It cost extra to go on top but we were running out of time so we had to skip that bit. Such a shame though I imagine the view would have been amazing.



Chicago

 Chicago is known as the Windy City. When we went there it was proper foggy. If only the wind was stronger to blow the fog away.

Wish, partially, granted.

The bean

 There is a park in Chicago right by Lake Michigan. As I said, it was summer and although it was foggy there were still people relaxing by the park.
I could imagine myself living in Chicago they say the winter is awful but at least rent is affordable and space is not that such of a premium.
Vegas-y



 Back to New York to finish the bucket list though that mainly includes cheap food stops around Chinatown and walking around Soho.

 Passing by Times Square, it reminds me of Piccadilly Circus in London just super sized.
I can imagine myself spending hours sitting by the steps watching people and time pass by. Getting home might be a problem though but to a city that never sleeps - it's just one of the challenges of city life. 

And back to Chicago again for the flight home
Two weeks went by so fast. Another good surprise is how not-bad American airports are. I was told it doesn't compare with Middle Eastern Airports but I'd choose Chicago O'Hare between Bahrain or Qatar's airport anytime. 




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Richard & Sharon

June 14th, 2014 No comments

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What the Weatherman Did Not Say

June 14th, 2014 No comments
For the first time, the weatherman was right. Exactly three hours after he delivered his weather forecast over the radio — his voice a guttural baritone permeating the static, punctuating his report...

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PNoy parries opposition in Naga Independence Day speech

June 13th, 2014 No comments
After reflecting on the importance of Thursday’s celebration of Independence Day as the “culmination of all sacrifices, battles and triumphs of the Filipinos’ ancestors,” President Aquino turned to parrying opposition senators’ accusations that politics was behind their being charged with plunder for the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
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Public Advisory: Traffic Management Plan for June 11 and 12, 2014

June 11th, 2014 No comments
Traffic Management Plan during the celebration of the 116th Independence Day
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P-Noy to lead Independence Day rites in Naga City

June 11th, 2014 No comments
Pride and honor and a great deal of patriotic fervor are running high among the residents of this city as they await with bated breath and excitement for the President of the Republic to join them on Thursday’s celebration of the Philippine Independence Day.
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The Letter From Tokyo

June 7th, 2014 No comments
[Part 6 of 6 of "Once There Was Anne"] DEAR HERSON, I hope you’re doing fine by the time you get to read this letter. It’s been a week since I arrived in Tokyo. So far, things are going well, I...

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I Told Them So

June 6th, 2014 No comments
[Part 5 of 6 of "Once There Was Anne"] “WHO’S ANNE?” That was the first thing my mother said when I told her about it. “Anne,” I said, “the girl you first met in my apartment back in college,...

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