Sunday, December 29, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
|The sunrise and the sharkie. Aboard PAL809. Turning final for ILS RWY 05 approach.|
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
|Florida beach landscape. Photo courtesy.|
Friday, December 13, 2013
If you are an avid reader of this blog, you will notice that I seldom publish post about my travel stories. For the sake of updating this blog, I include the progress of my new career as an air traffic controller. Well, it is still part of my journey, the adventure of my life.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Inside the Cessna 172|
Thursday, November 28, 2013
|Road trips over flying the plane.|
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|The Cessna and Rainbow. Photo by Ryan Zuniga|
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
- Park City, Utah — For families seeking a White Christmas, Park City has an annual December snowfall of 44 inches, according to Utah.com. Only about a half hour from Salt Lake International Airport, Park City features three renowned mountain resorts and more than 100 bars and restaurants. In addition to mini snowmobiles for children between the ages of 5 and 12, other kid-friendly activities include hot air balloon rides, skiing, snowboarding and lift-served inner tubing hills
- San Diego, California — If you’re hoping to soak up a little more sun during your break, there’s plenty of room to do that with the more than 70 miles of beaches in this Southern California spot. In addition to whale watching tours and several family attractions in San Diego, Balboa Park offers 1,200 acres that include 15 major museums, cultivated gardens and the world famous San Diego Zoo. The park features a carousel adjacent to the zoo and the half-mile Balboa Park Miniature Railroad trip takes families through 4 acres of the park in about 3 minutes.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
What kind of world do we live in?
|Explore the world! Photo by Lyle Malubay|
Young people of the previous generations had always craved for an adventure - to explore the unknown and discover new realms beyond the seemingly endless horizon. And whenever they go back to their respective homes, they were eager to share their experiences, good or bad. As modern day sets in, there are a number of peope who still opt to visit various places but it seemed, were cut from the experience of culture, and from the truest meaning of traveling and exploring. There were many factors that were held up to blame: modern lifestyle, urban living, computers and gadgets, and the Internet. But, modernity shouldn't be solely blamed for it had contributed greatly of informing others about traveling through blogs, websites, and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. What lacks people these days to discover the world is the drive and passion of experiencing life beyond their comfort zones. Our comfort zones. I guess we have all lived in mediocrity for a long time.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
|Davao City. Photo credit|
|Tomorrow's a brighter day.|
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
|Photo by Melanie Wilde of Flickr|
Monday, November 11, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
|Keeping the sky and ground safe 24/7|
If you think you have already seen the whole scenario of the radar out last week, well... think again. The media have only reported the scenes from the airport terminals where thousands of passengers got stranded due to delayed and cancelled flights brought about by the radar outage. What I am going to share is my experience at the control tower.
When I was still an ATC Trainee, we were taught on how to handle unusual air traffic situations. During our dry runs in Approach and Aerodrome Control, our usual scenarios were always out-of-this-world - an aircraft reported heavy tailwind during the approach and executed a missed approach procedure, quasi-emergency due to the departing Kalayaan 1 (Presidential flight), and an aircraft over Manila declares an emergency. All of these happen in one air traffic situation. I deemed this situation to be absurd and it will never, ever, happen in real life. Because if it does, you are the luckiest person in the whole world. The gods must be damn crazy!
The outage last week made me realize that I was wrong. In air traffic, always expect the unexpected.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
|Cancun at Dusk. Photo by Wikipedia|
Mexico is renowned for its breathtaking beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife and glorious hot sunshine, it’s often a honeymooner’s choice or seen as an adult focused place but that’s certainly not always the case. Yes, there are many upmarket hotels and spas perfect for adults but there are also many family friendly hotel complexes with all-inclusive options as well as many child-safe beaches and a wealth of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Cheap family holidays to Mexico are more accessible than you may think; take a look at some of the great deals online from tour operators like Thomas Cook.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
|24/7 Public Service|
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Work has been awesome so far. I have learned a lot from my recent facility rotations in Area Control Center and Radar Approach. But, I still believe that "all-work-no-play" is dangerous to one's health; sometimes we have to tweak our work schedule in order to play. Haha! A week ago, Brenna invited me to try this newly opened restaurant in Clark. Since it is my day-off and I miss road trips, I immediately accepted her invite. Woot woot!
Little did I know that this restaurant that we were about to try was no ordinary one.
Friday, October 18, 2013
|Photo of a homestay outside of Jodhupur by travelwayoflife via Flickr|
Visiting another country doesn't always mean you have to feel like a visitor. Thanks to sites like Airbnb and CouchSurfing, international homestays are helping travelers connect with the culture by blending in and living like a local.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
|Loboc Church (taken by @tokyodrastic)|
The sun has finally risen and the fine weather looked promising. Nella, who works as one of the caretakers of Loboc Church, left her humble abode earlier than the usual. She arrived at the church around seven thirty in the morning and prepared for work, even if it's a holiday. She went outside, looked up, and admired its beauty. The exterior is made up of ornated corals and stones and had been standing there for centuries. For some, Loboc Church is their place of worship but for Nella, she already considered it as her second home. She had grown fond of it and decided to spend the rest of her life within the vicinity of the church. While pulling some weeds, the ground shook violently. Instinctively, she ran for cover but lost her balance and fell.
And right before her eyes, the once majestic Loboc Church was reduced into a pile of rubble in just a matter of minutes.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
As anyone who has visited the Philippines will know there are a number of amazing SCUBA diving sites including the islands of Cabilao and Boracay. Once you have explored them it’s likely you will be thirsty for some more diving adventures, so where in the world might your travel adventures take you? Most enthusiasts will agree that there are few dive destinations in the world as spectacular as Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt. Here’s why.
Monday, October 14, 2013
|Photo by: http://www.forharriet.com/2012/10/smart-phones-killed-dating.html|
Do you ever stop and think, “Am I in a relationship with my phone?” Okay, not literally. But if you look around you, you’ll see more and more people engrossed in the little black boxes in their hands. At the mall, at a restaurant, at a bar, even at the movies - you can see people tapping away. Eventhough it could cost you a laptop such as iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10 price. And what are they doing? Updating Facebook, IM’ing with friends, and looking stuff up.
For many people, the relationship they have with their smartphone is kind of like one they would have with a significant other. They go out and appear absorbed by these gadgets’ every need and digital shout (beep!). Some people even sleep with their smartphone in their beds!
While things like internet addiction is becoming more and more recognized, you have to admit that smartphones can be just as addictive. This is especially true since the phone can allow you to access all sorts of addictive digital media, like social networking sites, unlimited television programs, and (dare I say it?) porn. And soon you find yourself missing out on real-life social interactions just to play with your phone. It can become so time-consuming that it can feel like a romantic relationship at times.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
|MTS is the place to be.|
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
|Eat like a king at Vikings! Photo from Vikings SM Lanang Facebook Page|
Thursday, October 3, 2013
|Finalist for MBA! Yahoo!|
I created this travel blog last June 2011 simply because I wanted to document my travels. I never thought that I'd get serious into blogging though. In November 2011, my blog was one of the finalist for the Philippine Blog Awards under the category of Best Travel Blog. Even though I did not bring home the bacon, it was the best moment of my blogging life during that time. My blog was barely five months old and it was such an honor to be part of that prestigious blogging event.
A few days ago, I received an email from Mindanao Blog Awards. And yes, it's official: The Geeks Travels is once again a finalist for the Mindanao Blog Awards - Best Travel Blog category. Yey!
Friday, September 27, 2013
The city of Valencia is located on the Mediterranean coast, in the east of Spain. This historical city has many cultural attractions and several beaches.
Explore the City of Arts and Sciences.
The recently built City of Arts and Sciences is one of the city's main attractions. This set of white buildings has an aquarium, an event hall, an IMAX and several museums, including the Principe Felipe Science Museum which has several interactive galleries and a hall with the skeleton of a whale.
The Oceanografic is a large aquarium where visitors will be able to see many sea creatures. There are more than 45,000 fish and visitors will be able to interact with belugas, rays and sea lions. The large white aquarium building has nine underwater towers, and each tower has fish from one habitat. Near the surface there is a mangrove area where there are 80 species of plants.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
There is one common question that is said to stump New Yorkers more than any others: What should I do in New York City?
In recent years, New York City has set new visitation records with an increase of 52 percent since 2006, reports NYC & Company. Hotels, cultural institutions, restaurants, Broadway and all types of entertainment venues have experienced exponential growth.
There are seemingly an endless amount of things to see and do in the Big Apple, but for visitors who have just one day, there are certain experiences that really should not be missed.
Locals enjoy taking a break from the concrete jungle in Central Park. It provides a scenic oasis with numerous picturesque settings that include weeping willows, cascading falls and lush, grassy banks. This is a unique experience that provides the opportunity for outstanding people-watching and the chance to experience the great outdoors right in the middle of one of the world's biggest cities.
You might even catch a glimpse of a celebrity during their afternoon stroll or jog through the park.
Image by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons
Monday, September 23, 2013
Yet another postcard photo taken somewhere in Davao Gulf last year.
On our way to Babu Santa Resort in Talikud Island, we spotted this group who were obviously enjoying their parasailing activity. I immediately changed my lens (from kit lens to telephoto lens) and took some snapshots. It was pretty evident that they were enjoying it because we could hear their screams even if they were a hundred meters away from us!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
As of this writing, the Zamboanga crisis is already on its ninth day. I was at the Manila Area Control Center, delivering ATC clearances to Manila Approach when I heard my seniors talking about the security situation of the city. At around 7:40 in the morning, they informed us not to give clearances to all Zamboanga bound flights; we still have to verify the situation of Zamboanga through Mactan Control. Ten minutes before nine, we were informed that all commercial flights to Zamboanga were suspended and only the military flights were allowed to fly in and out of Zamboanga. And at that very moment, I realized that the situation is worse than I have imagined.
Monday, September 16, 2013
|Photo credit (http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/florida.aspx)|
Everyone knows that Florida is full of world-class theme parks, but you might be missing out on some equally fantastic wildlife and nature parks. If you're jetting off to the sunshine state this season, take a look at this pick of the four best parks in Florida.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
|Photo by ooznu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ooznu/)|
The city of Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean coast in Spain. The city's architecture is one of it's main attractions, and the city is known for its parks and urban beaches.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
|I miss college!|
Sunday, August 25, 2013
|Let's go to beach, beach, beach!|
Friday, August 23, 2013
|Calle de Alcala: Madrid, Spain | Photo by Marc under Creative Commons license|
|Opening number at Abreeza|
Thursday, August 22, 2013
|Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia). | Photo by: Bruno Ideriha|
Most travelers use Siem Reap as a stopping off point en route to the splendors of the Angkor Wat temple complex to the north of the city. However, visitors who decide to spend some of their time exploring the beauties and history of 1,000-year-old Siem Reap, as well as visiting Angkor Wat, will find plenty to do and are sure to gain a greater understanding of the ancient Khmer culture.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
|Colorful culture of Davao.|
Every third week of August, Davao City becomes more vibrant and more colorful. The main streets are decorated with colorful buntings and fruit stands sprout like mushrooms as they sell Davao-grown fruits such as the famous Durian, Mangosteen, and succulent Pomelos sell at rock bottom prices. Kadayawan Festival, dubbed as the King of Festivals, is just around the corner and I cannot wait myself to experience it again this year!
Friday, August 2, 2013
|Davao is not your ordinary cosmopolitan city.|
Sunday, July 28, 2013
|Red, orange and blue.|
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
With all the horror stories out there about hotels filled with bed bugs, hot tubs teeming with germs and restaurant meals causing food-borne illnesses, what's a germaphobe who wants to go on holiday to do? If you're hyper-vigilant about germs, you may think it's impossible to take a trip and relax without worrying about catching an odd parasite or dealing with pests. While no plan works 100 percent of the time, there are things you can do to minimize your risks.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
|Ramp of RPUX|
We're almost done with our first OJT rotation and for our fifth facility, our group went all the way to Plaridel Airport in Bulacan. I still can't believe that we controlled LIVE air traffic and talked to REAL pilots through radio. I was really looking forward for this week to come. According to the previous groups, their Plaridel Tower experience was one-of-a-kind and exciting.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Are you looking for a great place to stay here in Davao? Try The Royale House Travel Inn and Suites! It is good for travelers who are budget-conscious yet want to have hotel-like comfort and service.
The Royale House is located at C.M Recto Avenue which is actually at the center of the city. Here, several places are accessible for tourists and travelers. It’s just a stone’s throw from San Pedro Church, Aldevinco Shopping center and even major banks if you have a few monetary appointments to make.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Once upon a time, an adventurous lad made a promise to create a signature jump shot whenever he travels to new places. It all started with just one jump shot, and then followed by another photo... and the rest is history.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Back in our preschool days, our teachers would always ask us to fill out this statement: When I grow up, I want to be a/an ________. Most kids would have these answers: a doctor, a police, a firefighter, a nurse, a lawyer, a pilot, an engineer, or a scientist. And I bet no kid in the world would have this answer: to be an air traffic controller.
Most people think that the job of an air traffic controller is to just wave the neon 'fan' to guide the plane to its designated parking bay. No, that's not the job of an ATC. There is more when you enter the realm of air traffic.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Lovers of travel made the industry sing to the tune of $564 billion in 2011, according to USTravel.org. Although most of us enjoy the occasional foray to visit grandma or lay around on the beach, some of us crave more. What if you could make money traveling instead of being another part of a spendy statistic? You could experience the highs and lows that the world has to offer with the spirit of adventure blowing your sails onward. Or, you could pursue a career in one of these fields.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Before 2011 ended, I decided to fly out of Davao to Cebu to meet up with my travel blogger friends; it was my first time to see them in person (lol). Actually, seeing them beyond the screen of my laptop was surreal. Upon arrival, we headed straight to the north bus terminal and off we went to the pristine beaches of Cebu.