Bali Trip Chronicles: Which hotel?

Thoughts of SheryL

Day 2

July 8, 2016 (Friday)

Wohoo! I survived the 6-hour flight with some turbulence on the side! I wasn’t that sick anymore compared to my flight from the Philippines- South Korea (layover)- Japan 5 months ago. That time I felt a little traumatized to go on flights but my travel bug is still with me, though.

It was around 5 in the afternoon when the plane touched down Denpasar International Airport, also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport which is the main airport in Bali. The long queue of tourists at the immigration didn’t give me any surprise. That was expected. There were group of families, solo travelers, backpackers, couples, and the like. I know we were gathered there for one reason.. 😉

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Welcome to Bali!!

I was amazed by the architecture of the airport. It denotes the culture of Indonesia, I guess.

Denpasar International AirportThis has been the most unique airport…

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Look Me in the Eye: Birds~

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I think birds understand more about us than we do about them. This penguin seemed to have me figured out. I had no idea what was on his mind. He seemed quite curious and unafraid. But, if he didn’t like me he is perfectly capable of regurgitating his stomach contents at me to discourage my presence. All I can say is that I am glad he seemed to like me! Birds in the far southern latitudes are less afraid of humans because they see much less of them. Smart birds.

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Owls have stereoscopic vision and incredible hearing. They can detect the vertical location of sound origin by differential recognition in each ear.

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Did you know seagulls like this guy in a La Jolla hotel stole silver napkin rings off guest tables for years and flew away with them. Years later, during renovations, a huge pile of the napkin rings was…

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Into Eden’s~

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wild west,

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coyotes rule,

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above the rest.

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Lords

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of the night,

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they reign
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supreme.

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But in the day,
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they step aside,
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when into Eden,

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serpents slide.

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This 12-year-old Southern Pacific Rattlesnake was about 20 feet from our door. She was well over 5 feet in length. My son said, “Aren’t you going to take her picture?”

I was so shocked by her too close presence that I forgot about taking pics which is a first for me, and I was a bit rattled when I finally took them! This is the wild west, and the rattlesnakes live here, and always have.

On another note, a genetic study was published a few days ago, which clarified there is only one true north american wolf, the grey wolf, others are coyote/wolf hybrids.

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-wolf-species-20160727-snap-story-20160727-snap-story.html

Cheers to you from Eden’s Holler~

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Joery Falloria: Surviving Typhoon Yolanda and Life’s Excruciating Challenges (…unsung hero of Philippine Airlines)

Joery Falloria: Surviving Typhoon Yolanda

And Life’s Excruciating Challenges

(…unsung hero of Philippine Airlines)

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Just like most of Philippine Airline marketing and airport personnel, Joery started his career at the lowest rung of the airline’s corporate ladder which is his case was as a porter. Although, the trainings involved courses on cargo handling, passenger check in, basic domestic ticketing, and customer handling, the employee of “long ago” cannot say no, if he was assigned at the airport to haul carry checked-in baggage and cargoes on tow carts from the terminal to the aircraft. This was what Joery experienced when he joined the airline.

 

The kind of exposure that an employee gets has been actually designed to toughen and prepare him for more responsibilities ahead as he advances in his career. It makes the employee some kind of a well-rounded guy – an airline man who can later handle responsibilities as manager. Joery has marshaled incoming aircrafts to guide them to their slot in the tarmac, computed weights to be loaded for safe flight,  which included those of cargoes, checked-in and carry-on baggage, as well as passengers that also include the crew and paying ones.

 

Along the way, he was also trained to handle PAL customers, be they walk-ins who would like to make inquiries or purchase tickets. To cap this particular training, he was also fed with knowledge on values and attitudes to maintain the high quality of service standards that his person should exude. It was a long journey for Joery from the airport ramp as loader to his present managerial position as Head of the Tacloban Station. It was a journey beset with financial difficulty and emotional pressure. But he made it….on August 15, 2015, he was designated as Officer-In-Charge of Tacloban Station, a managerial position.

 

It was while navigating his challenging career path that he met Pomela Corni Tan who eventually became his wife, and who gave him two offspring, Anthony who is now a registered Nurse working with the Davao Doctors’ Hospital, and Mary Rose, on her second year of Veterinary Medicine course at the VISCA in Baybay City.

 

The typhoon Yolanda devastated Tacloban to the maximum, and recovery was even more challenging, as Joery and his local PAL team, worked hard to rise from such disheartening situation. To make PAL operational again, he had to coordinate with concerned government agencies and the head office in Manila for replacement of lost equipment and office supplies, as well as, reconstruct destroyed records. The story of recovery that was woven around the effort of the PAL Team, with Joery at the helm, was just one of the many that inspired many people around the world.

 

With Tacloban City propped back to normalcy, Joery resumes his overall administration of the whole Tacloban station that includes routine calls on travel agents, issuance of tickets and airport operation. His free time is spent on spiritual-related activities of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, being a Lay Minister. He is also an active officer of their homeowners’ association.

 

Over a simple lunch at the canteen of SSS near the PAL Administrative Offices in PNB building, he confided that he feels blessed for working with the airline. And, as the company is in its recovery stage, he has committed himself to do his best as part of the team. In a way, Joery has survived the various changes at the top management of the airline…just like the survival that he experienced when typhoon Yolanda devastated their city.

BRM Tac

Ang Emergency Power para sa Trapik

ANG EMERGENCY POWER PARA SA TRAPIK

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Nakita na ng gobyerno ang pag-imbudo ng mga sasakyan sa EDSA, Roxas Boulevard, Commonwealth Avenue, at iba pang pangunahing kalsada ng Metro Manila na nagpapakitang mas marami ang mga pribadong sasakyan kaysa pang-publiko. Ilang beses nang napuna ang kamurahan ng mga kotse kaya kahit ang mga nagbi-bedspace lang sa boarding house ay nakakaya ang pagbili….ibig sabihin ay kahit wala silang garahe. Ano ang nangyari sa panukalang taasan ang buwis na ipapataw sa mga sasakyan?

 

Kung tatanggalin ang mga kolorum na pang-publikong sasakyan sa kalsada, mga commuters naman ang kawawa. Ilang beses nang nagkaroon ng “operation” ang LTFRB at LTO upang mahuli ang mga sasakyang kolorum,  na naging sanhi naman ng ng pagka-stranded ng mga commuters. Nangangahulugan ito na ang kailangan ay matinong mass transit system, na kung maaari ay hindi tulad ng maya’t mayang nasisira na MRT. Umamin din ang PNR na wala silang budget para sa mga bagong bagon o tren. Bakit hindi ito aksiyunan agad ng gobyerno?

 

Napansin ko na pagkalipas ng peak hours ng trapik na hanggang 9:00AM ay halos wala na ring laman ang mga bus, LRT at MRT. Bakit hindi ipatupad ang matagal nang pinapanukalang “staggered working hours” upang hindi nagkakasabayan ang mga commuters sa pagsakay sa mga public transports kung papasok  sa umaga at pag-uwi sa hapon,  mula 6:00 AM hanggang 9:00AM, at sa hapon naman ay 4:00PM hanggang 7:00PM? At, ano rin ang nangyari sa 4 or 5-day/ work week upang makatipid din sa kuryente?

 

Ang nandiyan nang common terminal ng mga south-bound bus sa dating Coastal Mall sa kanto ng Roxas Boulevard at Coastal Road ay napapabayaan. Ang pinagyayabang noong aircon waiting lounge na may TV sets pa ay hindi pinapagamit. Ang TV set sa  nagagamit na non-aircon lounge ay matagal na ring hindi gumagana. Marumi rin ang paligid ng terminal, maraming basura at maputik. Ito ay nasa ilalim ng pamamahala ng MMDA. Bakit hindi ayusin muna para maipakita sa mga commuters na talagang tapat sa kanilang layunin ang mga ahensiyang may kinalaman sa trapik?

 

Ang tanong ay kung bakit hindi nakumbinsi ang Senate Committee tungkol sa trapik na pinamumunuan ni Senator Poe ganoong malinaw ang mga pangangailangan. Ang sinasabi ng komite ay wala silang makitang “projects” na paggagamitan ng emergency powers. Baka nagkaroon ng problema sa pagpresenta ng mga layunin ng emergency power….mga taong nagpresenta kaya ang may diperensiya dahil walang kakayanang magkumbinse? Talaga bang competent sila?

 

Hindi sagot sa trapik ang point-to-point na mga bus sa kalsada na proyekto ng DOTC, dahil bukod sa mahal ang pamasahe ay pandagdag lang sila sa dami ng mga bus sa EDSA. Pang-engganyo daw ito maski sa mga may kotse upang huwag gumamit nito papunta halimbawa sa Makati, dahil igagarahe pagdating sa bahagi ng Maynila kung saan ay merong terminal ng point-to-point bus. Ganyan din ang layunin ng LRT at MRT, subalit ang problema naman ay ang pagka-inutil ng train system na ito dahil palaging sira. At isa pang tanong ay kung gaano kadami ang mga ligtas na paid garage o parking lot sa buong Metro Manila.

 

Ang banat naman ng mga organisasyon ng mga jeep ay kawalan ng mga opisyal na itinalagang mga loading at unloading areas. Sa ibang bahagi ng Maynila ay palipat-lipat pa ang mga “stops” dahil walang permanenteng marking. Ang hindi matanggap ng mga opisyal ng mga organisasyong ito ay ang talagang kawalan ng disiplina ng mga driver na kasapi nila na nakadagdag sa kawalan rin ng disiplina ng mga bus drivers!

 

Ang mga pansarili kong agam-agam tungkol sa emergency power ay:

  • Huwag sanang gamitin sa pagpapagawa ng subway dahil bahain ang Metro Manila.
  • Huwag sanang gamitin sa pagpagawa ng cable cars dahil hindi naman bulubundukin ang Metro Manila. Paano kung nagka-aberya sa ere dahil sa inutil na pagkagawa na pinagkitaan lang? Ganyan ang sitwasyon ng MRT na palaging sira!

 

Sabihin na nating hindi corrupt ang presidente dahil napatunayan na, paano ang mga itinalaga niya? Kaya, tama lang ang senado na i-obliga ang mga ahensiya na magsumite ng talagang detalyadong dokumento upang malaman ng mga Pilipino kung tama ang paggamit ng pera ng bayan.

 

 

Bakit Hindi muna Pagbigyan si Duterte dahil Wala pa naman siyang 3 Buwan sa Puwesto?

BAKIT HINDI MUNA PAGBIGYAN SI DUTERTE

DAHIL WALA PA NAMAN SIYANG 3 BUWAN SA PUWESTO?

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

HINDI KO MAUNAWAAN KUNG BAKIT MAY MGA TAONG GALIT DAY DUTERTE SA KABILA NG GINAGAWA NIYANG PAGLINIS NG SISTEMA NG GOBYERNO AT PAGPIGIL SA PAGLALA NG MGA KRIMEN KASAMA NA ANG MGA DROGA. SA NGALAN NG INUTIL NA “PROSESO” AY PINAPANIGAN NILA ANG MGA KRIMINAL KAYSA MGA BIKTIMA.

 

MAY COMPUTER NAMAN SIGURO SILA KAYA DAPAT AY SUBUKAN NILANG MAG-BROWSE SA INTERNET TUNGKOL SA COLOMBIA AT DRUG CARTEL SA SOUTH AMERICA. LUGMOK ANG EKONOMIYA NG COLOMBIA DAHIL HINDI NA NAKABAWI MULA SA ILANG DEKADANG EPEKTO NG KRIMEN NA ANG UGAT AY ILEGAL NA DROGA. IDAGDAG PA DIYAN ANG PAGKASIRA NG KINABUKASAN NG MGA KABATAAN NILA AT PAGKAWASAK NG MGA PAMILYA. YAN ANG AYAW NA MANGYARI NI DUTERTE SA PILIPINAS KAYA HANGGA’T KAYA NIYA AY GUSTO NIYANG SAWATAHIN ANG BISYO BAGO PA TULUYANG LUMALA.

 

HINDI NILA DAPAT PINI-PERSONAL SI DUTERTE DAHIL LANG IDENTIFIED SIYA SA MGA MARCOS. AT, LALONG HINDI NILA ITO DAPAT PANGGIGILAN DAHIL NAGMUMURA.

 

HINDI DAPAT MAGALIT O UMIWAS SA ISANG BAGAY DAHIL LANG SA ILANG DIPERENSIYA NITO. ANG MANI (PEANUT) HALIMBAWA, NA INIIWASAN NG MGA MAY ALLERGY DITO AY HINDI DAPAT  ITURING NANG MASAMA DAHIL MARAMI PA RIN ITONG PAKINABANG. ANG KABUUHAN NG SIMBAHANG KATOLIKO AY HINDI DAPAT LIBAKIN DAHIL LANG SA IILANG TIWALING PARI. GANOON DIN ANG ISLAM NA HINDI DAPAT PANDIRIHAN DAHIL SA GINAGAWA NG ISIS. SI DUTERTE AY GANYAN….NAGMUMURA AT PRANGKA KUNG MAGSALITA, PERO ANG IBANG BAHAGI NG KANYANG PAGKATAO AY MAY KABUTIHAN NAMAN.

 

ANG PILIPINAS AY PWEDENG IHALINTULAD SA ISANG NANGANGANAY NA BABAENG NANGANGANAK…. HIRAP NA HIRAP SA PAGPAPALABAS NG SANGGOL – ISANG BAGONG BUHAY. MASAMA ANG DATING SA IBA NG MGA NAPAPATAY NA MGA DRUG PUSHER AT MARAMI RIN ANG NASASAGASAAN KAHIT MGA MATATAAS NA OPISYAL NG GOBYERNO, SUBALIT ANG MGA NARARAMDAMANG “SAKIT” NA YAN AY DAPAT TIISIN KUNG KAILANGAN NATIN NG PAGBABAGO….NG BAGONG BUHAY.

 

ANG ISANG TAO AY MAGIGING INUTIL KAHIT BUHAY PA, KUNG ANG MGA BAHAGI NG KANYANG KATAWAN AY MAWAWALAN NG SILBI….PILAY ANG MGA KAMAY AT PAA, BULAG ANG MGA MATA, SIRA ANG PANDINIG, ETC. GANYAN ANG GINAGAWA NI DUTERTE SA SINDIKATO NG DROGA SA PILIPINAS….PILIT NIYANG GINAGAWANG INUTIL HANGGANG MAWALAN NG SILBI AT TULUYANG MAWALA SA LIPUNAN BAGO NITO MAWASAK ANG PILIPINAS!

 

BAKIT HINDI MUNA SIYA PAGBIGYAN DAHIL WALA PA NAMAN SIYANG 3 BUWAN SA PUWESTO? KUNG NATIIS ANG MGA KAPABAYAAN NG MGA NAKARAANG PRESIDENTE, ITONG BAGONG NAGPIPILIT NA MAYROON SIYANG MAGAGAWA AY BAKIT HINDI PAGBIGYAN?