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Favorite thing: The roads along Olongapo City are clean, since they are strict about it. They are also strict about traffic rules and regulations.
I am saddened that some patrons at Baloy just litter the beach! Please bring your own garbage bags (recycle those grocery bags) and clean up before heading home. Besides, you don't want to swim with litter floating in the water, do you?
Fondest memory: Zigzag roads, greenery and clean air.
Written Jul 1, 2007
Favorite thing: It is common of the people here who ask to take a picture of them even that they don’t know who’ve they talking with, In short they don’t mind if you are stranger if they saw you holding a cam just expect that one of them will asked you. That’s one of the foreigners think we’re friendly. Well, yes we are friendly enough. You can see them smiling especially when you took a picture.
Fondest memory: This kids make my visit there full of laughter why? coz after they asked me to took a picture of them, they say thanks at me and even asked me where i came from? hahaha friendly and funny dudes! i was ( ya'll welcome am from Olongapo, see yah next time guys! )
Written Jul 23, 2006
Favorite thing: Dont miss to go at this place if ever you can come over as this place is one of the best beaches here in Olongapo where peoples usually hang out for swimming, playing, and having fun. Where you can watch nice sunset view, watch people playing games. Go swimming in the sea or go swimming in the pool.
Fondest memory: It was funny when we get here though we left some foods at my friends house so she need to drive back again in their house to get it. As i was the only girl left with 3 boys we have nuthin' to do except watching people playing around and am waiting of the sunset. one of my friend is hungry already so he walk around i dunno what he do but when he get back he bring a plate of spaghette.hahaha they eat so fast. Seems really hungry.
Written Mar 27, 2006
Favorite thing: Street Cats we call this at *PusaKal*- Pusang Kalye
As we have many cats here in the street who dont have any owner. You can pick one if you like and bring to your home, feed, etc. he he he. You'll find this cat at garbage area waiting for food to be toss there. Well, as you can see not all people love animals and some people eat cats. This cats are aware of people, shall we say they run so fast if they thing people are getting closer to them.
Fondest memory: As i've seen this cats at street, back home from school i try to be closed to them and touch but the bigger cat were angry and move to other place. So, i just zoom my camera to take a picture. Then after that they run so fast. Lookz really cute yeah?
Updated Mar 8, 2006
Favorite thing: 30 of December is the date of Festival here in Olongapo City. As living here for approximately 4 years this is my first time to watch the Cities parade. I was amazed because there are lots of band group from other places here in the Philippines and there are plenty of float from different department of the city. A long parade that nearly done for 2 hours. After this, all bands will perform at the Triangle Plaza. Other people are waiting there already.
Fondest memory: Even its hot and lots of people that you need to look for other way to watch them performing at the street im having fun of it. Taking picture and watching them. I dont mind it all, i was thinking if i can join them..hahahaha. I will probably watch this parade again end of the year..
Updated Jan 1, 2006
Favorite thing: Riding bus to get in the place where we will going to have a nice Out Reach Program is kinda nice specially if you?re in the bus with your classmates that you can have fun on the way to the place. It was early in the morning when we leave Olongapo City. So when we approach Castilejos place the sun comes out and im watching of it while the bus is running so fast of course ready to take a pictures too..ha ha ha..
Fondest memory: One of my classmate is really funny, she keep saying are we going to Thailand or just in Malaysia?.. even the teacher are laughing too for her morning jokes and morning story. For that no one is being bored inside of the bus. i dont know the other section as we are 2 section inside of it. But me? no i aint feel bored specially i do have the cam and ready to take pictures.
Written Dec 20, 2005
Favorite thing: I had been able to go visit at this place and look around because we are having an Out Reach Program in this remote area of San Marcelino Zambales last 17 of this month. This sinking Church is been buried for many years, many people died at that time because of the landslide tragedy. It is a town and now it is already a huge lake. I was really interested to know how make it happen. As I am with the kids only I can?t get much information about it. I look around and asked the kids if the lake is really deep, and they say ?yes? . That people are getting an income in the lake thru fishing. And the water elevated if there is a rain.
Fondest memory: This remote area had his nice views and the place it self greet you for coming there. Its really far that you need to passed other mountains before you approached this town. Well, it is a great experience for me.
Written Dec 20, 2005
Favorite thing: Like the Southern Chinese, the Thais, Malays, Indonesians and some Burmese, the modern-day Filipino traces his remotest genetic lines back to an Australoid and Mongoloid stock. You will also find a touch of Caucasian, Chinese, Indian and Arabic in their gene pool as well. But to truly understand the Filipino, you have to look at the land. The historic isolation between islands and the topographic isolation on each island, become the primary influence governing regional traits and societal behavior.
This diversity makes Filipinos all the more interesting. However, what is apparent isn't how different they are from each other, but rather how alike they are. Brought together by a common history and looking forward to a common future, it is not surprising to find a sharing of certain traits. Their warmth, graciousness and hospitality—all part of the Filipino psyche—will make your stay a delight.
Car Rentals: Car rentals, with or without driver is readily available at airports, hotels and local independent services. If you know the city, driving yourself is fine but you have to deal with some traffic and parking problems.
Taxis: Air-conditioned taxis cost P25.00 on the meter and additional P2 is added for every 500 meters to the final cost. No Regular taxis. Taxis are always lined up at the major hotels and tourist restaurants and can be hailed on the street. If you take a taxi, make sure the driver turns on the meter. If he gives you a story that it is broken, get out and take another taxi. Unless you are taking a long trip or traffic is unusually horrible, most taxi rides should be well under P100. At least a 10% tip is expected.
Public Transport: Air-conditioned and regular buses or Tamaraw FX, usually ply the major routes such as EDSA. Other convenient choices for transport include the unique and colorful, Filipino-built local jeepneys, the (LRT) Light Rail Transit, public utility tricycles (motorcyle-run side cars) and pedicabs (pedal-pushed side car)
Fondest memory: Population: 67,114,060
Language:Tagalog (Filipino dialect) is the National Language.
The American occupation was responsible for teaching the English Language.
The Philippines is currently the third largest English speaking country in the world.
Currency: Peso (Php).
Notes are issued in denominations of P5, P10, P20, P50, P100, P500, and P1000.
Coins are issued for (centavos), 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, p1, p5.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorized exchanged dealers.
Outside of Manila payments are preferably made in pesos.
Major Travelers Checks is widely accepted.
Major Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club) can be used to pay for most goods and services.
Bank Hours Banks are open 9am-3pm Mon-Fri (except public holidays).
Shop Hours Most shops operate 10am-7.30pm daily (except public holidays)
Time: Local time is GMT plus 8 hours.
Business English is the language used.
Sexual equality is more widespread in the Philippines than in other Asian countries.
Make sure you have business cards.
Halo-halo is a Filipino word that means mixture. While it describes a popular dessert, it could also describe the Filipino. They look like Asians, write and speak English like Americans, worship like Spaniards, and have an outlook that is international.
Written Sep 6, 2005
Favorite thing: Mardi Gras was being held outside SBMA every year... for 3 days... you will lots of happenings or gimiks everynight in this place
Fondest memory: You could drink along the road and shop at the same time and have a great time around the main town... in Magsaysay Road
Written Dec 4, 2004
Favorite thing: SBMA itself is like a big town in an enclosed/secluded environment. As we recall it's history, it was a former US Military Base, so to speak everything basic that you need is there. From food, clothing, shelter, recreation and even jobs can be offered by Subic Bay Freeport. People are well disciplined especially in obeying traffic rules and regulations. Any types of clothes can be worn inside the base as mix cultures are present, so wear the most comfortable shirt that you want or the hippiest clothes that you want to show to the people. Nothing strict generally but you must observe their traffic rules and regulations.
Written Apr 15, 2004