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Animax is adding two new exciting series to its current line up, K-On! and 07-Ghost.


K-On! follows Japan's hottest anime girl band, consisting of Yui (guitar), Ritsu (drums), Mio (bass), Tsumugi (keyboard), and Azusa (guitar) as they aim to be the hottest band in school.

Threatened to disband due to a lack of members, Ritsu and Mio recruited Tsumugi to play keyboard and Yui, whom the duo thought is a guitar prodigy but could only actually play castanets. Comedy ensues, but they later helped Yui learn the guitar for real. Lastly, they get Azusa to play the guitar and become a full-pledged group in time for the school festival.

Watch these five girls, who happen to be the first ever fictional characters to land on the Japanese top album charts, every 7PM, Mondays-Fridays on Animax.

Meanwhile, the Gothic-fantasy 07-Ghost is set in Barsburg Empire, which is comprised of seven unique districts. A former slave, Teito Klein, attends the empire's military academy as he can use Zaiphon, magical powers that are rare and valuable due to the ability to heal, attack, and manipulate.

Teito later learns that he is actually the prince of the destroyed Raggs Kingdom, but he was caught eavesdropping and was consequently sent to prison. He escapes but gets injured. Three bishops rescue him, and he gets protected by seven mythical beings called the 07 Ghosts that are exceptional Zaiphon users as well.

Catch 07-Ghost every 7:30PM, Mondays-Fridays after K-On! on Animax, and know more about K-On!, 07-Ghost, and other Animax shows by clicking here.

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The last town before the Province of Antique is San Joaquin, Iloilo. A 40-minute to an hour’s ride from the capital, this town is usually left out in typical itineraries, and as a matter of fact, CNN Go lists it as one of Asia’s “most overlooked destinations” for its Parish of San Joaquin.

Considered as a “national treasure” by the National Historical Institute, this Baroque-inspired church is made up of coral and limestone. But what sets it apart from other churches is its “militaristic” theme that actually tells a story. Read more…

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First off, kaya is a jam made of eggs, coconut milk, sugar, and a flavor of  fragrant pandan. This custard-like jam is generously spread onto toasted loaf bread slices with a small slice of butter to form the yummy kaya toast, a popular breakfast or snack in Singapore and Malaysia.

Around the same time last year somewhere in Singapore, my uncle’s girlfriend who works in Singapore brought us to a kopitiam, a traditional breakfast and coffee shop. She said we were to have what Singaporeans love to eat—the kaya toast. I knew that it was just bread with a sweet spread, but I didn’t know Singaporeans had a unique way to enjoy it. Read more…

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Clarke Quay and Singapore River (Photo Credit: edwin.11)

Article first published as The Ten Singapore Experiences I Miss by The Lost Boy Lloyd on Technorati.
  1. Orchard Road – I could not afford perhaps half of what’s sold in Orchard Road, but walking along this mall-lined road is a satisfying experience by itself. You’ve got Gucci to your left, and Louis Vuitton to your right. Singaporeans love to shop, and that fact is supported by the number of malls at this road.
  2. Kaya Toast and Chicken Rice – Singapore’s favorite snack and meal, respectively. The unique dip consisting of half-boiled eggs, pepper, and soy adds excitement to the delicious kaya and butter sandwiched between toasted bread. Chicken rice, meanwhile, is so simple, but the flavors are refreshing. Both are best downed with a cup of Horlicks.
  3. Sentosa Island – A day (or even three) isn’t enough in this island. In this island are the many attractions of Sentosa, Resorts World, and Universal Studios Singapore.
  4. Affordable Clothing – It helped that we went during the annual Great Singapore Sale. My hands were full with my loot from Zara, Topman, Uniqlo, and Cotton On. Some items were deeply discounted, and tourists received extra discounts.
  5. Clarke Quay – It may arguably be the most vibrant area in Singapore. One will not run out of choices among its restaurants and nightlife spots. As we cruised along Singapore River, we witnessed how alive this place is.
  6. American Comfort Food – Ironically, only in Singapore have I tasted food from American chains that are not in the Philippines. I’ve tried fish and chips from Long John Silvers, a sub from Quiznos, scoops from a Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shop, and the Famous Star burger from Carl’s Jr.
  7. MRT – Currently comprising of an impressive 79 stations and 129.7 kilometers of track, Singapore’s MRT system is an efficient way to get around the small city-state. I myself felt the rush inside its well-maintained stations and coaches. Some of its stations are connected to malls, too.
  8. Universal Studios Singapore – The second of its kind in Asia, Universal Studios recently had its grand opening last May. I went in when it was only soft-opened, but now, it features new attractions, such as the thrilling Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters. It's one big reason for me to revisit.
  9. Singapore Changi Airport – An engineering and architectural marvel, this airport is like a city by itself with three main terminals, a budget terminal, and a commercially important persons terminal. This major Southeast Asian aviation hub also hosts a multitude of amenities, including a swimming pool. No wonder, it is often admired to be one of the best airports in the world.
  10. Marina Bay – Marina Bay is an iconic visual spectacle. Surrounding it are what mesmerized me: the Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, the Helix Bridge, and the Esplanade. Also within its vicinity is Suntec City, a hub for commerce, and the street circuit where the annual Singapore Grand Prix is held. Truly, it is where one can explore, exchange, and be entertained.

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The usual go-to places when on the lookout for short-term stays are hotels, inns, and everything in between. But you see, many a time, these places may mean being sleeping inside rooms that are too cramped and unimaginative. They may likewise lack a comfortable, homey feel, and more importantly, they may not give a taste of the locality. 

I’m all for local experience, and I’d would most rather eat at a hole-in-the-wall than a burger chain. Now, I didn’t know that my local experience could be amplified some more through Roomorama's short-term accommodations. Read more…
 
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The City of Carcar is located some 40 kilometers from Cebu City and is reachable by an hour’s bus ride. Noted as a heritage city for its remaining colonial houses and the beautiful St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, Carcar’s other primary must-do is a sample of its food.

Due to a curveball from a trip I took during the summer, my feet took me to Carcar to have a taste of what it has to offer. The extreme heat and humidity did not deter me from having this awesome food experience at the Carcar City Public Market. Below, I list my eats. Read more…

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Photo credit: John Allman Dayrit

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Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR), the Philippines’ premier leisure airline, once again offers the lowest fares from Clark to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau for as low as PHP 999 per way until July 27, 2011. Travel period is from August 1 to March 31, 2012 for Hong Kong and Macau, and September 1, 2011 to November 30, 2011 for Singapore. This really low fare can be booked through FlySEAIR.com or at +63 2 849 0100.

SEAIR is also increasing its flights to Hong Kong from Clark to 9 times weekly starting October 1, 2011 then to 14 times weekly from October 30, 2011 onwards. Clark-Singapore flights will likewise be increased to twice daily starting September 2011.


There are so many things to do in these three places. In Hong Kong, there's a fascinating mix of urban sprawl and the countryside. In Singapore, the city and nature converge in one small city-state. In Macau, the heritage sites and the bright lights provide an interesting contrast. Know more about these places with my posts on Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau.

SEAIR also flies to Singapore, Hong Kong, and local destinations, such as the majestic Basco in Batanes, the heritage city of Vigan, El Nido and Taytay in Palawan, Tablas in Romblon, and Kalibo. They offer the fastest flights to Boracay as well. Check FlySEAIR.com or call +63 2 849 0100 for details and bookings. You may also check their page on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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It’s been a year since I saw Singapore. I still remember the places we went to and the food we’ve eaten, but I barely remember the small details like how much things were and the MRT stations of each mall we went to. I wasn’t blogging about my travels then, and I was more of an excited tourist than a traveler.

It seemed ironic that four days weren’t enough to explore a highly urbanized city-state so minute that it’s the second smallest Asian country after Maldives in terms of area. There’s so much to do and experience in Singapore that I just want to live there for a month (and eat all the kaya toast and chicken rice I could). Read more…

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I’m the family travel agent. Well, it’s not only because I love to travel, but it’s more because I keep track of all airfare promos. Plus, before I travel, I do really extensive research.

My grandmother wanted to tour her brother and sister-in-law to Singapore July last year, so I had to book a trip for a party of six, with me as the official tour guide. Note however that it was also my first time in Singapore, so I didn’t know what to expect either.

My grandmother suggested that we just book through an agent, so I went to at least three travel agents to ask for their packages. My grandmother pegged our budget at $400 per pax to include airfare, 4 days and 3 nights hotel stay, transfers, and a tour. I was taken aback by how expensive a three-star hotel package was that I challenged myself to come up with a package on a four or five star hotel. I thought I could definitely do it at $400 or even less. Read more…

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