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Have you tried Lakbayan?

Posted in Digitopia by juned on the June 13th, 2007

If you have not seen it see it. If you have not heard of it through the Pinoy blogosphere then please bloghop about it or visit the site: Lakbayan. Eugene recently released it in beta-version. It is a fun and interesting way of finding out how well one has travelled around our archipelago. Those with high scores would probably the ones who are in a profession that entails them to go around the country - those in marketing & sales; consultants and evangelists; academics and government officials; land, sea and air transport; as well as those in the tourist, entertainment industry; and people with the means to do it. Maybe the whole holiday economics and the roro thing also has an effect. The thing is its another good excuse the rest of our country. Nice work Eugene :)

I got C. This means I have to travel more. Although most of my travels outside of Manila and Luzon tend to be long term, since I stayed in certain for weeks, months, and even years.

Some places I have been to and recommend going to include the following:

  • Miag-ao and the Miag-ao Church
  • Dumaguete
  • Tawi-Tawi
  • Taal’s Volcano Lake
  • The Towns alongside Laguna de Bai
  • Zambales
  • Quezon Province

Anyway here is my score. I passed by the skin of my teeth. My grade is C.

Only in the Philippines!

Posted in Digitopia, Observations and Notes by juned on the June 12th, 2007

Several years ago I used to frequent the Filipino Book Store and in one corner of the store were a stack of postcards. They were an interesting set consisting of turn of the century photos - including a picture of the old San Miguel factory. Anyway, this particular postcard was to say the least very interesting. Each time I went to the store I used to buy one and eventually when they had a closing-out sale … I bought a “couple” of them. I have one on the white board of my cubicle, with the caption “our chief motivational tool”. Going forward several years to last Saturday, a dinner with bloggers and friends friends and friend- bloggers friends -  Gail, Marc, Joey, Markku, and Jayvee -  and they came upon this particular set of postcards and the idea of a meme came up. (more…)