Sunday, July 15, 2007

Blogging in a hospital?

PinoyExplorer in a hospital? Yes, you are absolutely right. Sometimes, travelling is an exhausting experience but it is worthwhile. Though I have a line of travelling stories to share, I was able to include this as my top priority for now.

I stayed at St. Lukes hospital for 3 days now, but opsss! I am not the one who's sick:). I was here because my wife had experienced again a terrible drop of her potassium count and according to her doctor this is potentially a fatal condition that needs immediate medical action.

According to the diagnosis, she has hypokalemia, a rare disease that has no definite cause. I don't wanna talk about it 'coz til now it remains a mystery to me. The doctor said an operation will be set for her adrenals and I know this means a big cut on my wallet. And that's the real problem, I'm just an ordinary techie who just happened to earn a little for a living... and now just depending on google's adsense that could mean an additional income for me:)

So while at the hospital, I have transformed a little corner of our room as my cyber office. Yap! this time, I have to work online, updating my projects and collaborating my team at the office before my boss updates me again with details. And of course, here comes another entry to support my ever growing readers,... meron na ba?:)

That's another thing when you work mobile, you can allot your full concentration in front of your computer screen and it takes you away from nuisances of phone calls, project meetings and other office stuffs. Its only when I'm infront of my computer when I able to sketched my ideas and turn it into something big. That's how my creative juices comes in.

So while my wife is asleep, I'm tinkering my 3G-powered laptop and connect myself to the online world. Hoping to find a good samaritan to help me win this game in life.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Manila Baywalk: Promenader's Paradise

Tired of the usual scene in the malls? crowded and just teasing you with bargains during mall sales?...why not try another place to relax and experience a bit of nature and see the wonders of Paradise Philippines.

Start an early morning dew or cool afternoon walk in the most talk-about promenaders at the heart of Manila- The Baywalk.

Located along Roxas boulevard, the Baywalk had transformed into a favorite hangout for both local and foreign tourists who wants to experience a taste of nature while enjoying the cool breeze of Manila Bay.

This project had started three years ago as part of Manila's local government program to reinvigorate the country's premier city. Today, commercial establishments sprouted over the place and offered various amenities for the visitors.

Because of its open space, the Baywalk is a good site for everyone who wishes to see and experience one of the most breathtaking sunsets of the world. It is best experienced during summer as the sun turns purple red and so perfect for all landscape shots as shown here. The giant kaleidoscopic lamp posts matching the coconut trees around is a serene experience while relaxing in caf├Ęs and restaurants, sipping cold beer and listening in acoustic bands all over the two-kilometer stretch of Roxas boulevard.

The baywalk has become a hit among promenaders and it was a success for business establishments in the area. It was branded as the "gimmick" place in Manila. There are around 30 eateries in the area that serve both local and international cuisine and everyone can expect a mouth watering taste of different menus being served.

During weekends, "yuppies" or young professionals scattered in the area enjoying the late afternoon gimmick day. Liquors are served starting at six o'clock as the bands starts to play your favorite requested songs.

So, what are you waiting for? enjoy the magic of Manila at night and you'll see the difference.

See more photos in my gallery

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Paradise Philippines: The P600,000 SEO Challenge

After the success of the first SEO contest in the Philippines last year, another attempt was set forth by SEO Philippines founder Marc Macalua to promote the beauty and splendor of 7,000+ islands of the Philippines thru bayanihan spirit of Filipinos all over the world.

So what is this SEO all about? Many have heard it but to the newcomer in website optimization this is an alien word for them. Not everyone who has a blog are aware and planning for this contest or let's say they just don't care. Bloggers thrive not because they want to earn dollars thru it or join a contest like this. I don't want to think that way. Instead I want to conclude that bloggers are here because we have something in common.... passion.

But nowadays, your niche is very important if you want to be seen and read by the public. Blogs can't be blogs if you have no readers. PinoyExplorer is a new site aggregated from my old blog site to focus on promoting the Philippines thru photo and travel blogs. Ranking it to other blogs is really a challenge. So here come the SEO.

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is an important component if you are doing an Internet Marketing for your personal website or for a company. A common practice of submitting your site to search engines and directories (e.g. Google. Yahoo and MSN) is not just the key to your success in online optimization or marketing. Metatags through keywords (e.g. paradise philippines, pinoy explorer) are also helpful but it cannot guarantee you the top position on page rankings.

Optimizing your site and positioning it to the major search engines is the most strategic move you should do and those who ran business/company sites. Search engine optimization comes in different technical tactics. It can start from a simple re-design work on your site down to the part where a SEO experts starts drilling the codes to position its ranking.

You may have the best website on the planet, but its true essence is when search engines find it by your designated keywords or search terms. Search engines has its own search algorithm and and ranking mechanism that gives every SEO practitioners a real challenge.

Since Pinoy Explorer is committed in promoting our dear Paradise Philippines to be the world's most visited tourist destination, it will also try its luck to be seen in the world thru the SEO challenge. It may win or not... it will continue to explore and discover places....took more pictures and take it home as souvenirs....Tara na Pasyal Tayo!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

18th Philippine Travel Mart

Watch out for another forthcoming event in Philippine travel this September. PHILTOA will be holding the 18th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) on September 7-9, 2007 at the SM Megatrade Hall. The event will focus on the thousand and one ways to enjoy the country’s beautiful scenes, attractions, and facilities. With its theme: “Everything’s Here for You” emphasize the PTM’s distinction in the market as the country’s one-stop reference on tour packages and the various components of travel such as transport, accomodations, dining, banquets, and convention sites, traditional and new media marketers and promoters.

For sure local airlines and shipping companies would seduced the public for a possible 50% discounts on transportations. Hotels and resorts operators would surely follow the same. It's all in one stop and there are more than a hundred tour packages to chose from.

The event also will feature cultural presentation from various cities and provinces who will join this year’s fair. Hope PinoyExplorer would be there to cover the event :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Start to Brag about your Blog!

I accidentally browse this site and i think it's something cool to let others know about your blog. The Blogger's choice Awards is on and accepting nominations on what you think can be the greatest blog of them all!

It is divided into several categories from serious ones down to the worst blogs. Which one are you? Vote your own site and invite other's to join you. So this time, PinoyExplorer join the race for fun and let the world know that Philippines is something worth to visit.

If you think you like this site, please vote!

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