VinJoiel

A suburbian soul living in the concrete jungle...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Graduation day...

Congrats kids, all the best...

Secondary School: Ramjo, Kayie
Primary School: Iel & Ashley (who finish with 2nd honors)...

Keep up the good work!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Bangkok Trip




We went to Bangkok last week-end and we had a blast of a good time...
The food was superb, the place was amazing and shopping is great....
For sure we'll go back there....
Eric for golf, me for shopping and makan...


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lola's 96th Birthday...

Last March 10 was Lola's 96th birthday and all of us have arranged some get together party for her. Lahat kami apo pitched in a certain amount para sa handa and they had the party from 4pm till 8pm. Just a close get together with the whole clan and some visitors from around our compound.

All in all she has a wonderful time..with much crying and laughing and being so excited about the whole thing, tatlo daw cake nya hehehe...y..un nga lang we are not there to celebrate with her pero we make it up by calling that day...

Imagine 96 years old!! whew....
Happy Birthday Lola Mary...we love you...

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Dex Visit..







Last Saturday Mar4, our dear friend Dex came for a very short visit. He arrived from KL at around 3pm and then we start showing him around singapore until 12midnight..He went back to Phils the next sunday...

So here's some of the souvenir pics we've taken..hopefully next time he can visit us with Ghe and the beautiful kids....

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Our house here in Singapore...

We've been renting this place for 4years already going on 5, I don't want to move out really even though its about 45minutes train ride from our current work place.










Can you blame me?













Dineskubre ga ang Batangas o inalam kung ano ito....

Basahin daw ng malaman, galing ito sa forwarded email, so read on:



Early Beginnings
Long before the Spaniards came, large centers of population already thrived in Batangas. Native settlements lined the Pansipit River, a major waterway. Mr. Robert C. Fox, an American archaeologist, revealed that based on archaeological findings particularly in Calatagan peninsula, the province has been trading with the Chinese since Yuan Dynasty until first phase of Ming Dynasty in the 13th and 15th century. Inhabitants of the province were also trading with Japan and India. Historians believed that the present Batangueños were descendants of the Bornean datus, Datu Dumangsil and Datu Balensusa who sailed from Borneo to Panay Island as far as Taal Lake. They organized the first Malay settlement at the mouth of Taal River. They eventually set up their own settlement in the place and founded the town of Taal in 1572. The towns of Balayan, Lipa, and Batangas were founded later.

In 1570, Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo, two Spanish generals explored the coast of Batangas on their way to Manila and came upon a Malay sttlement at the mouth of Taal River. In 1572, the town of Taal was founded and its convent and stone church were constructed later.

Batangas was founded in 1581. Originally, it was composed of the present provinces of Batangas, Mindoro, Marinduque, Quezon, Southeast of Laguna and even far Camarines. After several devastating eruptions of Taal Volcano, the smallest volcano in the world, the old Taal town site was buried. The capital was eventually transferred to Batangas (now a city) in 1754 where it has remained to date.

The name "Batangas" was derived from the word "batang," which is a term of the natives for the numerous logs found in the Calumpang River, the body of water that runs through the northeastern portion of the town and assumes the shape of a tuning fork.
Batangas was also among the first of the eight Philippine provinces to revolt against Spain and also one of the provinces placed under Martial Law by Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco on August 30, 1896.

During the Spanish-American War, many outstanding Batangueños made names in our history. Most notable of them are Apolinario Mabini, also known as the sublime paralytic and "Brains of the Revolution"; Marcela Agoncillo who made the present Philippine flag, and General Miguel Malvar who was recognized as the last Filipino general to surrender to the Americans. For this, Batangas also came to be known as the "cradle of heroes and nationalists."

Batangas is the home of sages and the birthplace of the country´s notable nationalists. Historical places have been the legacy of the old eras. Natural resources and picturesque views abound in the area. Numerous fine beaches have been the sought-after-sites. And a few kilometers away from the shore will bring the more adventurous ones to diverse dive sites, from the ones fit for a novice (relatively shallow, constant water current), up to the ones for those who may call themselves experts.

The proximity of Batangas to Manila and the good quality of most of the main provincial roads are advantageous for the existing attractions and facilities of the province. The tourism industry has been regarded as a contributor to the economy of the
province.

Batangas first came to be known as Bonbon. It was named after the mystical and fascinating Taal Lake, which was also originally called Bonbon. Some of the earliest settlements in Batangas were established at the vicinity of Taal Lake.

In 1534, Batangas became the first practically organized province in Luzon. Balayan was the capital of the province for 135 years from 1597-1732. In 1732, it was moved to Taal, then the flourishing and most progressive town in the province.

Batangas was also one of the few provinces in the country which can boast of having a distinctive culture of its own. The song and dance repertoire called "kumintang" is of Batangas origin. Because of this, it came to be known as "La Provincia del Kumintang".

Batangas Province, Region IV, Philippines Biographical Information
PROVINCIAL PROFILE OF BATANGAS
FAST FACTS
Capital : Batangas City

Area : 3,165.8 sq. km
Population : 1,476,783
Cities : Batangas, Lipa
No. of Towns : 32

LOCATION
Batangas is in southwestern Luzon. It is bounded on the north by Cavite, on the east by Laguna and Quezon, on the west by the South China Sea, and on the south by the Verde Island Passage.

THE LAND
Some 50% of the province's terrain is generally rolling; the rest are mountainous and hilly. Mt. Makulot rises 1,145 m in the central part. Taal Lake and Volcano, although usually viewed from Tagaytay in Cavite, is in Batangas. in fact, the entire province is said to be once the base of a huge volcano which erupted violently and Taal lake used to be its crater. The present volcano, the smallest active one in the world, is sometimes referred to as a volcano within a volcano. The irregular coastline is dotted with coves, peninsulas, and bays. the Maricaban and Verde islands in the Verde Island Passage belong to the province. Batangas has two distinct seasons: dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year.

A BRIEF HISTORY
The discovery of ancient graves and sites containing Chinese pottery in Calatagan established the fact that the Philippines traded with its neighboring Asian nations long before the coming of the Spaniards in the 16th century. In 1570, Martin de Goite and Juan de Salcedo explore the coast of Batangas and came upon a Malay settlement at the month of Taal River. The town of Taal was founded in 1572. The province was organized in 1581. It was composed of what is now Batangas, the island of Mindoro and Marinduque, and the southeastern portion of Laguna. It was then called Bombon or Balayan with the capital at the town of Balayan.
By the beginning of the 17th century, Mindoro and Marinduque were made into a separate province. In 1732, the capital was transferred to Taal and the province was named after it. Again in 1754, the capital was moved to Batangas and the province assumed its present name. The province was one of the first eight provinces that revolted against Spain.
It has since then been known as the home of heroes and patriots. Apolinario Mabini, the "Sublime Paralytic" and "Brains of the Revolution," was from Tanauan. Marcela Agoncillo, who sewed the Filipino flag hoisted during the proclamation of the Philippine Independence in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898, was from Taal. Miguel Malvar, the born in Santo Tomas, Jose P. Laurel, the President of the Japanese-backed Philippine Republic during World War II, was from Tanauan, too.

THE PEOPLE
Batangas is one of the principal seats of Tagalog culture. The people speak the language with a distinct accent. Batangueños are renowned for their industriousness traders. Many commercial centers in the country often have establishments owned by people of Batangas descent.

COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Agriculture is the main economic activity in Batangas. The major crops, in terms of area planted, are palay, sugarcane, coconut, and coffee or cacao. the province is also a major supplier of cattle to Metro Manila. The coast provides rich fishing grounds. Taal
Lake is also a major fish source where the tasty maliputo and tawilis ara caught.

WRITERS FROM BATANGAS
Tolentino, Manuel, Sr. Kalaw, Teodoro Agoncillo, Teodoro A. Lumbera, Bienvenido Calalang, Casiano T. Benitez, Paz Marquez Landicho, Domingo