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Movie Time #2: Chappie

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La Anclar Hometel

I and wifey together with our sons (6 and 3 years old) visited Davao to celebrate wifey’s birthday and at the same time take a breather from our very busy and hectic job. Our stay in Davao lasted for 3 days so we made sure beforehand that the place where we would stay would be comfortable yet affordable.

We picked La Anclar Hometel which is located at Bonifacio Street, Davao City. The pictures in their website were so enticing aside from the fact that it met our primary qualification which is affordable. Wifey made a reservation through email and was surprised to know that they do not require any reservation fee. That’s something unusual lately. Most hotel would require down payments by depositing in their bank accounts. But just to make sure that our reservation is valid, wifey called their number a day before our scheduled date and the receptionist confirmed about the reservations we made earlier.

Upon arrival, the staff were so accommodating. Check in process did not last for 3 minutes. Yeah! It was fast! Immediately they showed us our room. The family room which is a little bigger (I suppose) than most was clean and doesn’t have any durian smell. The comfort room is clean as well with soaps and shampoos neatly arranged.

During our entire stay in the hotel, we didn’t have any complaints about the amenities. All the lights, toilet, hot shower are working, air conditioning unit was operating well – cold and no humming sound – and the flat screen TV with remote control was functional. However, the TV needed to be programmed first before you can use it. But don’t worry, there’s an instruction card for the step by step procedure. Just in case you can’t do it by yourself, you can always dial “0” on the telephone to request assistance from the friendly staff.

The hotel is strategically located at the downtown area. Mercury Drugstore and Convenience Store is just on the corner street in case you need something. The hotel is also walking distance to San Pedro Church (for the religious catholic) and People’s Park. It is also one jeepney ride to G Mall (Gaisano Mall), Abreeza Mall and SM Lanang Premier. Just imagine the savings you get if you took the taxi. Hehehe! It is also accessible to Magsaysay Fruit Stands, SM City Davao, Jack Ridge and other known locations in Matina.

By the way, the room rates are with complimentary breakfast! Another savings and a prelude to a hassle-free morning like us with two makulit children.

Over-all Rating: 4 out of 5 stars! 😉

It’s open

I was able to visit Zamboanga Peninsula Medical Center by accident the other Saturday, August 9, 2014. Yeah, it’s open for business already. They had their soft opening a few days ago accordingly and will launch a grand opening ceremony on a later date.

My wife has a date with her dentist on that date. When I visited the dentist’s old clinic to confirm our appointment, I was informed that she was on her new clinic in the mentioned hospital. So I headed there immediately for confirmation and eventually when wifey arrived (I left the house ahead of her for other errands), the date materialized.

Below are the pictures I was able to take while in the hospital. Sorry if the pictures were not very clear. They were taken using my Samsung Champ phone only.

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Information Counter

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Hospital Directory

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View from the 6th Floor (or was it 5th?) front side overlooking the Putik Area and Tugbungan Area on the farther side
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View from the 6th Floor (or was it 5th?) right side

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View from the 6th Floor (or was it 5th?) left side

 

I think it is the biggest hospital in Zamboanga Archipelago with 6 floors to boast plus 2 basements. I wish I have the data for the number of rooms, patient capacity, number of clinics and other relevant data.

Anyway, let’s just watch out for the grand opening of the newest hospital in Zamboanga City soon!!!

Zamboanga Peninsula Medical Center is conveniently located at MCLL HI-way, Putik, Zamboanga City.

 

 

Up North of Cebu

I was able to visit this place for free about four years ago. Yes. Read my lips. FOR FREE. Hehehe! It was the venue for our live-in seminar which lasted for almost one month. The place was huge and ideal not only for live-in seminar but also for excursion, retreat or anything that involves communing with nature. I think the resort can accommodate up to 100 persons or even more.

This is the reception area. I chance upon this lady who was inquiring about the other facilities of the resort which include a basketball court, badminton court, table tennis and billiards all for just a minimum fee on a per hour basis. They also have available activities for beach like kayaking, snorkeling and diving ( the resort is located near a marine sanctuary which I was able to dive).

The clubhouse was the perfect place to study (that was in our case after spending most of the time in the session hall) and relax. The place is overlooking the swimming pool. So if your lucky enough, you can catch good views here of, you know what I’m referring to. 

Speaking of the pool, it has a jacuzzi which has a capacity of 6-8 persons. The depth starts at 4 feet and progresses to 6 feet as you move to the other end. The other pool is for the kids.

 

The beautifully constructed waterfalls with swing.

 

Cafe Gloria were we took our meals. You can also find the convention center and the dormitories in this building. The second floor has high-end rooms. 

 

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Recreation Area overlooking the beach front.

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Summer Break

Even before the summer break ends, I could say that Ryx already had a well-spent vacation.

Just before his school activities were about to end, we already booked a swimming lesson at Lantaka Hotel by the Sea sponsored by Milo – a chocolate drink from Nestle Company. The activity was good for two weeks beginning March 24 from Monday to Saturday. The idea of enrolling him to that lesson was conceived weeks ago by Lesette, our classmate from college cum Eena’s best friend plus Ninang of Zyk. She wanted his son, Ethan, to learn how to swim because she doesn’t know how. But the problem was, Ethan doesn’t like to enroll if he will take it alone.

On my part, I wanted Ryx to learn how to swim. It’s always an advantage if you know how. However, unlike me and my other self-thought-swimmer-siblings who frequent to a nearby river in our hometown during our childhood days for a short swim (some sessions were without parents’ approval! Hehehe!), Ryx has no access to swimming pools or rivers. His probability of learning the art of swimming was slim. So when Lesette brought up the idea, I instantly said yes even without consulting Eena about it. (She said yes when I asked her later, but I had to shoulder the fee entirely. Toink!)

The kids were so excited on their first day! They got to meet 5 other students plus the teacher. (We met some of the parents/ guardians, too. One of them was so rude. I wanted to push her into the pool.) On the first day alone, I was able to conclude that it was a good investment because Ryx was so eager to learn.

The two-week period went-by in a breeze. And what did we get? A very confident swimmer. But of course he still has a lot to learn.

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Ryx and his buddy Ethan taking their snacks after one tiring session

The second reason why I was able to say that Ryx had a sell-spent vacation is that he was able to live with his Momsy and Dadsy in Basilan, all by himself! Yes, you heard it right! All by himself… without us (Papa and Mama plus Zyk) around. (This was another milestone actually. Yay! Congrats Ryx.)

Your question would probably be “What drove him to take the sleep-over?” Well, it’s the idea of having Dadsy’s gadget all to himself. (Dadsy got an Ipad Air from my sister when she came for a short vacation. She gave Daddy that thing in order to make their communication convenient – no need to make long distance calls this time; they do it through the net.) So, all throughout Ryx’s stay there, the gadget was at his disposal. He played Plants vs Zombies and Adventure Time. He used other applications too like Sketch.

Other than the gadget, the desktop computer and the television were at his disposal too. He played Feeding Frenzy to the max and had his dose of Adventure Time, Oggy and the Cockroaches and other Cartoon Network shows.

Ryx really had a grand time in Basilan especially with his spoiler lola. Hehe! He can’t have those activities accorded to him if he stayed at home: 1.) we don’t have a tablet or any gadget, 2.) our PC usage is limited, 3.) we don’t subscribe to any cable-company. However, when he came back, we needed to remind him that his happy-days were over. It was tough at first because he became used to being independent. So there was resistance on his part which is very normal for a 6-year old boy. But after a while, he was back to his old self.

Vacation well-spent indeed!

Art Attack

A few weeks ago, I gathered my two kids and decided to engage them into some artwork.

We have two cake boxes lying in the corner waiting to be disposed. The boxes were nice because they are laminated and they looked sturdy. So I came up with an idea of making some masks out of those scraps.

Here’s our finished product:

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Zyk was supposed to be Kevin – the Blue Power Ranger. I don’t have a picture of Kevin so I just made it up. The eye holes were not perfect. Hehehe! I can’t find our cutter that’s why. I used a knife in making those holes. 😦 The mask lacks color too… don’t blame me for that. The little boy was so eager to try it on already. So, I handed it to him unfinished. Later, when his Kuya got an opportunity to “remodel” it, he grabbed the chance and drew the lopsided mouth.

Ryx, who was still obsessed with Blu, the Rio movie lead character, asked if I can make it. It was feasible so I embarked on the idea. I cut out the flaps of the box to make the beak. Yeah, it was like a real beak – BIG and protruding. Again, a knife was used to carve the eye holes and Ryx did the coloring.

Of course the kids like our outputs. But the masks can still be improved, right?

Suggestions please.

 

On Leave – On Work

Another post from Eena:

 

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I was recently on leave for two days. On the first day, Ryx and I had to hang out at the office for an hour or so while waiting for my schedule to go somewhere. In case people came to see me for official business, I printed a sign “ON LEAVE” and placed it on my table. Of course, he asked what it meant, so I explained it to him.

The following day, I didn’t go the Office at all, but Ryx and Dida dropped by there to get something. When I reported back for work, I was amused to see that a sign was still on my table, but this time, it was a handwritten one that read “ON WORK.”

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Turns out that it was the handiwork of Ryx who had written “On Work” on the other side of the sign “On Leave” I made.