Red Letter Day: Blogapalooza 2014!!!!

Last Saturday, October 11, became a red letter day for most bloggers and businesses as WheninManila.com and Ourawesomeplanet.com held Blogapalooza 2014 at SM Aura in Taguig City. The highly anticipated event of the year was attended by more than 700 bloggers and a lot of both budding and well-known businesses in the metro.

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Game Face on at The Archery Academy

When I was in high school, I was always fascinated with the way College of St. Benilde cheerleaders incorporate the “archer-like-dance-step” (placing-the-arrow-in-the-bow-and-pull) in their routines. I always imagine myself doing the same thing (not the dance though but holding a real bow and arrow). Somehow it became a dream and later on became part of my bucket list. Katniss’ and Legolas’ characters were not even popular or were not even created yet- so to put it simply, Archery at that time was not a sport du jour (at least in the Philippines since most filipinos are into basketball and boxing).

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But now, it’s slowly becoming a craze. So I’ve done some research and later on learned about The Archery Academy in San Juan- a “school” that teaches the sport.
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Blogapalooza 2014!

“MU” or mutual understanding is not just for lovers, nowadays bloggers and businesses also has their own version of mutual understanding and this is embodied in the annual event which is Blogapalooza!!!

Aren’t you guys excited?!

So for those bloggers who haven’t signed up yet, follow this link, sign up and see you on the 20th of September at SM Aura in Taguig City.

http://blogapalooza.wheninmanila.com/bloggers/

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Many thanks to WheninManila.com and OurAwesomePlanet.com!

For questions and suggestions:
Email: mikeyongque@gmail.com
Twitter: @budgetdwanderer
Instagram: @budgetedwanderer

GrabCar, Changing the Way We Commute

When I was still working in a premier real estate company, I remember we used to have events and gatherings in hotels or decent venues that would make me buy my pair of suits and look the best possible. Knowing there would be premier clients, the least that I wanted to happen is to be dropped by a taxi in front of the venue where everyone will see me. In tagalog, “ang dyahe diba?” lol. Of course, aside from selling the projects that we have, I am also selling myself (I mean the brand, not the one that you’re thinking of lol) So the best solution is to be dropped by a taxi meters away and walk towards the venue as if I have just parked my car.

Sounds familiar? I’m pretty sure most of us have experienced the same.

Most filipinos don’t have a car. Let’s admit that. And since it’s not really a priority unless of course if you have the money, then taxis are better alternatives than taking the jeepneys, buses or trains. But in certain situations (just like my experience) even taxis aren’t really good alternatives.

For some, even if they have their own car, the idea of being stucked in traffic, parking their car, paying for gas, toll fees, parking fee and car maintenance, are all just hassle and not really as comfortable or convenient as we (people who don’t have cars) thought it was.

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GrabCar Official Press Release

*PRESS RELEASES published in this blog are presented verbatim and without the blogger’s personal comments and insights

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PRESS RELEASE

GrabTaxi offers new hassle-free private car rides with GrabCar
• Consumers can now grab an affordable private car without hassle of ownership
• This no-frills chauffeur service provides the same safety standard and convenience that is synonymous with GrabTaxi

MANILA, 21 May 2014 – GrabTaxi, the largest Southeast Asian taxi-booking mobile app, is launching GrabCar on the existing mobile app. GrabCar is a brand new service that provides an authorized on-demand private driver for anyone without the hassle of owning a private car.

This new service provides a new option for passengers and also expands the benefits of GrabTaxi to a new network of drivers. Like GrabTaxi, GrabCar offers private car drivers the opportunity to build on their income by providing them with a much wider user-base and an efficient driver-to-passenger matching.

Anthony Tan said, “What has ensured GrabTaxi’s success in Philippines has been its ability to adapt and evolve to meet our user’s needs. That’s why we are introducing GrabCar; we see that there is an opportunity to fill a gap in the industry without taking away business from our core user-base of taxis. GrabCar will give our passengers that upmarket personalized experience while ensuring a fun and authentic ride.”
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MMDA Pasig River Ferry System- Will it serve its purpose?

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Yesterday I’ve decided to try the MMDA Pasig River Ferry System which is still at their dry run stage (free ride extended until May 15). This newly reopened system and/ or type of transportation, for both locals and tourists, hopes to lessen passenger volume/ congestion and to lessen the heavy traffic that we are experiencing these days.
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Circus Varga’s Magikaria Silver Tickets Giveaway!

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UPDATE: Contest is over. BudgetedWanderer would like to congratulate Ms. Betti Villarin (@bettibot) for winning the two (2) SILVER Tickets to Circus Vargas’ Magikaria!

To Ms. Betti, kindly wait for an email or a DM on twitter on how to claim your tickets!

To everyone who joined this contest, thank you so much for all the follows, shares, tweets, posts and all your efforts. If only I have plenty of tickets, I could’ve given all of you. But don’t worry, Circus Vargas’ Magikaria is still ongoing until the 1st of January so you guys still have time to buy your tickets and be able to have a happier holidays!

Hope you guys would continue to support BudgetedWanderer, PRC Inc. and of course Circus Vargas!

To PRC Inc. thank you so much! All the best!

Happy wandering everyone!

and Oh! before I forgot, I wish each and everyone a happy and safe new year! To 2014 and beyond! Cheers everyone!
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Insights on Cafe Scientifique: Why Should Pinoys bother with Science?

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It’s been a bit overdue, but finally I would be able to post and share to you guys my insight on Cafe Scientifique’s “Why Pinoys should bother about science?”

This forum is actually part of Andres Bonifacio’s 150th Anniversary celebration. If you were in Bonifacio Global City last November 30, for sure you have noticed different events going on within the area or you probably even have attended one of the events. There are fun runs, cosmo’s hug a hunk, last day of Da Vinci exhibit, and many more.

Cafe Scientifique is one of the highlighted events (at least for the Mind Museum visitors) during that day. It’s a worldwide movement that started in Europe about 10 years ago but only recently here in the Philippines (before the mind museum was built). It’s not actually a presentation but an open discussion (audience participation is encouraged) about different scientific events/ issues. This time, the forum focused on supertyphoon Yolanda and it’s aftermath.
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CIRCUS VARGAS: “Magikaria” Official Press Release

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

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Circus Vargas brings “MagiKaria!” to Manila
The magic of Christmas will be even more captivating – and jaw-dropping – with the arrival in Manila of the internationally acclaimed Circus Vargas troupe, one of the world’s biggest traveling circuses.

Showcasing gravity-defying flights, flashy costumes, fun dance routines, and other deliriously delightful antics, Circus Vargas will be bringing to the country its most exciting production dubbed as “MagiKaria, A Fantastical Magical Experience.”

This amazing production will feature the astonishing athleticism, physical beauty and acrobatic prowess of the men, women and children of the circus, promising to deliver the same immense joy and excitement already experienced by millions of people worldwide.

Circus Vargas promises to bring back the old school circus entertainment mixed with modern twists. There’s the fabulous fluidity of the aerial ballet that uses streams of chiffon material hanging from the ceiling. There’s also Zorro Low Wire who leaps and flips over various obstacles in his way, and other acrobats doing some fun trampoline style tricks.

Equally mesmerizing is the upbeat juggling styles of Michael Ferreri, a 4th generation performer who started at 13 years old, together with the death-defying cannon jumper Leo Garcia. Then there’s the thrilling trio of motorcycle riders doing their dangerous stunts inside the round metal cage called the Thunder Globe.

Charismatic illusionist Patrick Gable will also perform his mystifying illusions that are guaranteed to impress, astound, and make everyone in the whole family a believer of MagiKaria.

This extravaganza of magical proportions will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City from December 25 to January 1, 2014.

Tickets are now available at SM Tickets, SM Cinema, and Snack Time outlets. For inquiries, call Tropical Productions, Inc. at 519-8984, email info@tpiguam.com, or visit http://www.circusvargas.com.

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Circus Vargas- Coming to Manila!

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I’m a big fan of magic when I was a kid.

I remember, I used to go to “peryahan” whenever there’s one near our house.

Every season, I always look forward to mermaids swimming in narrow transparent tanks, headless man (“taong pugot ang ulo”), crab man/ frog man/ whatever-animal-man (hehe dunno what else are there in other peryas), and almost everything about peryas.

Circus and “peryahan” may be different in more ways than one but the bottomline is, these two makes my imagination go wild!

As I grow up, I realized magic is just what it is- a magic..illusion..unreal.

Just like everyone who grows old, we tend to lose that childhood belief that magic is true and real.

But this Christmas, we’ll have another chance to believe in and be amazed by magic!
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