Saturday, October 15, 2011

Updating My Wardrobe With Cubik Eyewear!!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda



I love this picture showing the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago,Illinois (USA). You can easily spot the difference between me and the Chicagoan on the screen! That's right! I am wearing eyeglasses, particularly prescription eyeglasses.



I've been wearing eyeglasses for almost two decades now.But unlike others, my eyeglass prescriptions frequently changes, almost every three weeks! Blame it (I don't!) on my sugar level that fluctuates being a borderline diabetic. So I need a new pair of eyeglasses as often as the season changes.



Good thing there is Cubik Eyewear and its affordable style and quality. With the many different frame styles, shapes,sizes and colors, I can always find a new eyewear that complements my lifestyle - as a serious lawyer and a bubbly traveler!



There's nothing like being able to maintain my active lifestyles despite my condition with the practical solution of a pair of prescription eyeglasses! Instead of shoes or fashionable clothes, my wardrobe really consists of the several pairs of eyeglasses which comes in different colors and styles to match my clothing and my current activity- serious or not. Call me an instant fashionista (or one with Dave and Wally with my "Do No Evil" pose (lol)!



Having said that, the key to updating my prescription eyewear wardrobe (often!)is affordability and safety. I trust Cubik Eyewear in both respects. I can get a new pair of eyewear without causing a dent on my shallow pocket with the help of their licensed and knowledgeable opticians and ophthalmologists. See how comforting that is with this pose at the Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado (USA)!



Now it's time to update my eyewear wardrobe (again!) to drive this red Volvo car. I am going crazy with "CUBIK T 105 C 3 TITANIUM RED"! check this why!



And I just might win this Cubik eyewear simply by joining the Cubik Eyewear Blogging Contest! How lucky could I get!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blog Birthday Post: Deplaned In Fifteen (15) of the Top 20 Busiest Airports!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

"My Comings and Goings" blog is three years old today. Yipee!! I can't believe how time flies! From being an online version of my journal (which I have been keeping since 1987), it evolves into a travel blog when I joined the Pinoy Travel Bloggers (PTB) sometime in April of this year.

As a travel blog, it has now 40 followers, 18,589 page views, 450 published posts and a three (3) month worth of backlogs! (haha). My PTB family has fueled my passion for traveling and blogging through their interesting blogs.(Thanks to You!!)Now, I am really pumped up with traveling and checking off some bucket lists!
(inside the Changi Singapore Airport)

So, as and by way of a mini celebration (from a mini princess!), I write about the most important element of my traveling - the airports! (Click for my In Flight Series!)

Recently I saw About.Com's List of Twenty Busiest Airports In The World based on the data from the Airports Council International. It excites me to know that I have enplaned and deplaned (but not slept) in the fifteen (15) of the 20 busiest airports since I started traveling in 2000.

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Date Deplaned: August 2000
Hearty Fact: Wide Walkways





2. Beijing Capital International Airport
Date Deplaned: January 2008
Hearty Fact: Free Trolley
(not inside the airport)

3. O'Hare International Airport (Chicago)
Date Deplaned: August 2, 2011
Hearty Fact: Neon - filled walkway and Brachiosaurus skeleton display


4. *Heathrow Airport (London)

5. Haneda Airport (Tokyo)
Date Deplaned: June 30, 2011
Hearty Fact: Spotless Bidet Toilets!


6. Los Angeles International Airport
Date Deplaned: August 2000
Hearty Fact: First US airport I deplaned on so tolerable I guess(can't remember it was more than a decade ago!)

7. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Date Deplaned: July 2007
Hearty Fact: Romantic Feel!! (I was meeting my prince for the first time in the most romantic place on earth!)


8. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Date Deplaned: September 2000
Hearty Fact: Awesome Sky Link

*9. Frankfurt Airport (Germany)

10. Denver International Airport
Date Deplaned: July 14, 20 & 21 2000
Hearty Fact: Attractive Public Arts and Free Wi-Fi


11. Hong Kong International Airport
Date Deplaned: Frequent from August 2005 - August 2011
Hearty Fact: Flat Elevators


*12. Madrid Barajas Airport

*13. Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates)

14. John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City)
Date Deplaned: February 2001 & February 2009
Hearty Fact: Seats with armrest

15. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands)
Date Deplaned: July & August, 2007
Hearty Fact: It's tarmac is possible backdrop for a dream wedding! (That time not for me! Look at my shirt!)


16. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Date Deplaned: August 2000
Hearty Fact: Every Restroom has attendant!

17. Bangkok International Airport (Thailand)
Date Deplaned: August 2000
Hearty Fact: Spacious

18. Singapore Changi Airport
Date Deplaned: September 26, 2008 & October 4, 2008
Hearty Fact: Skytrain and the "green" walls (garden walls)


*19.Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China)

20. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China)
Date Deplaned: May 2006, December 2007 & January 2008
Hearty Fact: Good Ambience


Here's to many more years of happy flights...in a busy but hopefully not boring airports!!!

*have not deplaned yet.hopefully soon.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dark Tourism: Manila American Cemetery & Memorial

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda





Whenever asked to prepare an itinerary for my friends or couchsurfers visiting Manila for a few days (or even just a few hours), I always instinctively include a tour of the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.





Located at Fort Bonifacio in the district of Taguig, the cemetery and memorial is one of the twenty-three military cemeteries on foreign soil being maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission of the United States government.





A walk through the 152 acres of land (which was donated by the Philippine government) and developed as the Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Manila, you will see neat white crosses (and stars) of those 17,206 American military whose remains were interred there.


(white Stars of David represents that the soldiers' who have died in combat is a Jewish)





Among those represented by the white crosses are 3,744 servicemen from the US, Philippines, Guam,Panama, Puerto Rico, Canada, China,Costa Rica, England, Finland, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico,Peru, and New Zealand, whose identities are "Known Only To God" which is inscribed in the Memorial Hall.





Also inscribed on the walls at the Memorial Hall are the names of 36,285 Americans whose remains were never found or identified. This inscription reminds one that not all who died in World War II are buried in quiet fields of green. Many slipped beneath the waves of the oceans on which they sailed and on which they died.





The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is open as early as 6:00am until 4:45pm daily. Because of its close proximity to the airport and charging no entrance fee, I have given many of my foreign and local friends alike a tour of this hallowed resting place.





For this month's Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival, seasoned blogger Gael Hilotin a.k.a thepinaysolobackpacker will host the topic "Dark Tourism: Philippines in Focus". She defines Dark Tourism as the act of travel and visitation to sites, attractions and exhibitions which have real or recreated death, suffering or seemingly macabre as a main theme (e.g cemeteries, war memorials, century old churches, mausoleums).





As a Latter-Day Saint traveler, I see a big connection with death and traveling. In the words of LDS modern day apostle Elder Russel M.Nelson, he said: “This life [was to become] a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God.” (Alma 12:24.) But we regarded the returning home as the best part of that long-awaited trip, just as we do now. Before embarking on any journey, we like to have some assurance of a round-trip ticket. Returning from earth to life in our heavenly home requires passage through—and not around—the doors of death. We were born to die, and we die to live. (See 2 Cor. 6:9.) As seedlings of God, we barely blossom on earth; we fully flower in heaven".





"Meanwhile, we who tarry here on earth have a few precious moments remaining “to prepare to meet God.” (Alma 34:32.) Today we have a little more time to bless others—time to be kinder, more compassionate, quicker to thank and slower to scold, more generous in sharing, more gracious in caring".


Some of those friends I brought to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

















Other thoughts on Death and Dying:


All that we can know about those we have loved and lost,is that they would wish us to remember them with a more intensified realization of their reality. … The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”- Thornton Wilder


“I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.-“Yours very sincerely and respectfully, “Abraham Lincoln.”


Sources:
Elder Russel M.Nelson
Pres.Thomas S.Monson


This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for October 2011 with the theme. For previous blog carnival post please click Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My 38 Big Loves!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda


It's that time of the year again when I am the focus of my family, friends and prince (cheesy!). Right! It's my birthday!! yipeee!!!

But wait. Days before my birthday I actually want to pretend my birthday isn't happening and just wanna sleep the whole day (birthday blues?nah),maybe just for a change.

Sure! I already slept in during my 2008 birthday but that didn't count as I was on a week-long birthday getaway with prince in Macau-Hongkong. I had birthdays on the road, island adventures in Kota Kinabalu , hanging in Singapore Flyer and Skyride, up on the mountain in Provo,Utah, and lotza, lotza big theme parties so this time want some me-time (emote! emote), with no surprises, no gifts, no parties. (is that a sign of getting old?)

Thankfully, I have wonderful friends and family that always make a big deal of my birthday! Seems everyone would wanna come out and show their love and spend the day with me. Also I realized that my birthday is an unsolicited 'gift' for my 38 precious years and that in itself is a big reason to celebrate!

So as and by way of a compromise, I decided to have some food prepared on my birthday and post a rather late invite on FB! (not that i don't want people to come but i was undecided right?).

That was a good decision. I feel so much love on my 38th birthday either through spoken words of I Love You's from greeters in person,on the phone, on texts,on FB messages, on emails and on the mail. And by those suggestive 143's around me. (Hey, in case you don't know yet, 143 stands for I love You)!!

Here are the Ten Big Loves (143's) I received on my 38th birthday!

1. Thank you to the 143 birthday greeters on my FB wall from 12:01 of October 1 until 11:59 of October 1 who are either my church friends, relatives, colleagues, law students, bloggers family, college friends, high school buddies, law school classmates, San Pablo Mission mates, and even my prince' family. (1.PTB Pinoy Adventurista, 2. PTB Lauren Gaile, 3. Let Bautista, 4. Angel Lois Fernandez, 5. Lingling Gilmartin, 6.Gladyz Credo,7. Beth Directo, 8. Marissa Morelos Baluyot, 9. Grace Angeles, 10. Ruth Joaquino Herrera,11.Bernz Roque, 12. Charmily Lavarro, 13. Jack Stokes, 14. Venus Saba Seals, 15. Hannah Stokes, 16. Shelly Sy Requiron, 17. Russel Riel, 18. Adela Ocado, 19. Elizabeth Andrea Salvan,20. Liam Langam Dala, 21.Minerva de Leon Lee,22. PTB Ivan Brinas Cultura,23. Angeline Ojeca Villanueva,24. Micaela Rodriguez,25. Bjorn M.Madrid, 26. Jennifer Merdegia,27. Angie Silva Liwanag, 28. Eumer Manlusoc Geronilla, 29. Anj Banal,30.Issa Collantes, 31. Chie Ojeda Solomon, 32. Judith Mascardo Pua, 33. Malou Gaddi, 34. Fhatz Togonon, 35. Tess Ojeda Mendoza, 36. Princess Cyndyrella 37.Catherine Indac Kaloush, 38. Rez Cortez, 39. Vivay Sta.Monica, 40. Ma. Anacleta B.Gloria, 41. Jean Carlos, 42. Ma Cristina Canals Espiritu, 43. Brenda Pulia, 44. Babylin Clavite, 45.Juvy Ann Guzarin, 46.Neotono No Evishley, 47.Lherma Bonagua, 48. PTB Marky Ramone Go, 49.Anne Adaza Renner, 50.Sarah Dalman, 51.Bryan Colona, 52. Nikki Madriaga, 53. Jane Cabugao, 54. Tina Capati, 55. Anthony Carl Ong, 56.Jane Labuca Ugsod, 57.Annestien Ong, 58.Merril J.Tobias, 59.Atty. Cheng Parenas Garcia, 60. Kate Laurenne Servanez Belleza, 61.Alyz Perez Ignacio, 62.PTB Josiah Sicad, 63. Lanie Montano, 64. Hydee Nazareno, 65.Kymie Caldamo, 66.Shiela Caballero Balane, 67.Szu Xhin Sayaka, 68.Kate Ojeda Ramos, 69. Kalai Vanessa Sarabia Wan, 70. Jean Bautista de Leon, 71. Fiscal JonJon Roque Jr., 72. Dawn Montez, 73. Jovelyn Abugan Dagal, 74.PTB Ian Dela Pena, 75.Jocai Sarion, 76. Rigel Quinto, 77.Rosario C. Selma, 78. Mafel Hebulan, 79. Taritz Ritzmrbc (Rita Consumo) 80.Feliza Bernardo Tablan Obuyes, 81.Porfirio Don Pagsinohin 82.Atty.Zaniah Siton, 83.Clarissa Angelica Galang, 84.Rona Demetria, 85. Gerlie Macalincag, 86.Frizian C. Esteban-Capinig, 87.Atty.Merz Flores, 88.Ces Leon Tianio, 89.Nornyl Sampang, 90.Sally Velasco, 91.Edz Ang,92.Harrizon Stokes, 93.Charlote Placido Jornacion, 94.Bou Sheng Chou, 95.Yolly Alvarez Ojeda, 96.Lorena Macaspac,97.Atty. Marie Antoniette Sto.Domingo Espejo, 98.Emma Cristobal Garcia, 99.Jettie Mae Evangelista Tuttle, 100. Lloyd Lostboy, 101.Kate Ojeda Ramos, 102.Prince Fernandez, 103.Zaide Uy, 104.Chito Zabala, 105.Arlene Quirante, 106.Nilo M.Penales, 107.Chel Leena, 108.Ruby Ann Ocampo, 109.Cherry Mae Baldomero Gallarpe, 110.Joseh Buenbajo Bornilla, 111.Anna Lisa Seva, 112.Anthony Galorpo, 113.Ofelia Bastillo, 114.Celestine Gabriel Caingat, 115.Joseph Fabila Barcenal, 116.Elizabeth Contratista, 117.Atty. Alemar Mosquito 118.Hannah Carlota Seva, 119.Atty. Caron Lascano, 120.Buena Combes Aguilar, 121.Jhoanna Lozano, 122.Anna Salayog, 123.Domini Thereza Manzano -Pecundo, 124. Rhea Alba, 125.Manny Francisco, 126.Erlinda Santos, 127.Monet Espinosa Salonga, 128.Parker Stokes, 129.Arenas May, 130. Ariel Sarabia, 131.Evelyn Delacruz Sarmiento, 132.Teresita Tomas, 133.Jay Jasper Javines, 134.Teofanes Jamero, 135.Ruby and Roy Evangelista Tuttle, 136.Elisa Ojeda - Misola, 137.Anne Valle Balanlay, 138.Kaye Tyapon-Bay, 139.Judee Albalos Ablang,140. Justin Norell, 141.Lieu Tran, 142.Travis Reitz 143.AndrewRia Evangelista Gonzales.

2)In connection with my 143 wall post on my exact birthday, I clicked 143 'likes'.

3. Still on FB, posted 1 birthday status slash invite which elicited 43 comments (includes greetings from Love Directo Calpo, Ariel Zamora, Armi Dionisio, Cynthia Ampil, Roy Christenon,Delilah Fernandez Serafica, Chad Meredith West, Riza Mendoza Maginsay, Arce Coronel Morales, David Sanglap, Atty.Abby Orilla - Orara, Angeline Gabisan, Felisa Santos, Marivic Tablatin, Jhelia Punzalan Lucero, Rosita Flores,Belenda Ojeda, Tes Bridgman, Cielito M.Versoza, Charito Catada Kent,Cheter A. Demetrio, Julie Stokes, Vivian Tyapon, Joel Lavarro Ojeda, Atty.Bibs Bustamante).

4) 14 text messages (Judith Mayocyoc, Jean Marcaida,Ping Olivare, Manulife family, Reynard Saldana, Grace Tabujara, Joel Ojeda, Imee Ojeda family, Amelyn Ojeda, Jay-A Ojeda,Mitch Ojeda, JM Ojeda, Michael Anthony Ojeda, and Sister Margo)and 3 phone calls from my prince, my BFF Dearie and my parents (in the order of time of calls of the three most important people in my life!)

5) 1 material gift (wallet from my neighbor), 4 cakes and 3 greetings on the mail!

6)I literally did the 1 (Smile) 4 (Nap) 3 (Meditate) of Michael Moniz' 101 Simple Ways To Make Yourself Happy

7) My 38 Birthday means 1 Videoke and 43 singers who attended the small get-together (20 kiddos, 10 from church, 10 families and 3 neighbors).

8)A heartfelt 143 to those who greeted me well in advance on FB(Chito Zabala, Judith Mayocyoc, Leily Tumulak),and those who sent chats or email (Aries Leonor, PTB Claire Raborar, Mary Claire Tia, Ma. Theresa Baul, Racquel De Los Santos, Noel Sandoval,Carol Velasquez,George Ojeda, Milleth Maningas Rivera, Volet Leonor Abad, Atty.Vivian Mac, Elma Gaoat Toleda, and Jeremy Mass)

9)To complete my greeters, I appreciate and say 143 to the 4 girls who came for a post- birthday celebration (Jean Marcaida, Mary Claire Tia, Arlene Quirante and Jeniecris) and those who send belated birthday greetings on FB (Helen Soque Ucat McEntire, Juliet Vallejos, K.C.Hawkes, Ruth Jackson Evangelista, Helen Isernhagen, Atty. Robert "Obetsky Cool", Arlene Bautista Nebab, Aya Palillo, TravisJessica Golding, Atty.Ed Allan Lindain, Penny Eleazar, Glenda Rojas Belnas, Genalin Dichoso Flaminiano, Elma De Jesus Lungca, Atty. Jeanne Serrano, Emily Sofia Arteche, PTB Sol Victorioso, PTB Edelito Sangco and PTB Gael Hilotin)

10. And last but not the least, my most anticipated 143 Journeys was revealed on my big day! (I will keep it a secret for now until it happened!)

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