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My list of places to go this 2009

Posted by on Apr 29, 2009 in Pilipinas, Travel

My list of places to go this 2009

1.  Hong Kong

Well I’m going here this June with tickets and hotel bookings already!  Yaye!  Now, the next thing to worry about is itinerary!  Good thing I have Kristel and Angela.  They are the prime planners for this trip since right now I am just drowning with work. 

What we plan to do:  Visit Disneyland.  Experience HK’s nightlife

I’ve heard some hear-says (not official news) that the swine virus has reached Hong Kong.  I am not so sure about this and I hope it is not true!


2.  Macau

Also in June.  I just want to see the Las Vegas of Asia!  Probably some of my friends would go in and try out their casinos but it’s not really not my thing.  We will just be having a day trip here and I think I just want to take some pictures.  We’ll be riding a ferry from HK to Macau!!!  and I don’t know why but I seem to be excited about the ferry.

I’m quite a bit sad though because my rockstar is not coming with me.  I just know what to expect with myself.  I might feel quite stressed this time because I will be nearing live on my new role.  I hope I would still have the energy to go around disneyland or walk around Macau.  Sigh sigh…

3.  Siargao, Philippines

Ho! Ho! Ho!  That’s what I’m talking about!  Talk about awesome waves here baby!  I know I’m an amateur surfer and I can’t ride those waves (believe me even pros get injured by that).  I will just try baby waves while here.  I’m pretty sure we will be beach-hopping and soul surfing on this surfer’s paradise.



video credits to Pawie

4.  Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Talk about cheap tickets!  The super affordable cost of the airfare caught my attention.  And the google pictures of it are just so amazing!  Awesomeness this is!!!  I wanna go mountain trekking this time and reach the top of it where I could be above the clouds.  Also, with my goal of having to visit the beaches around the world, then shall be it!  This place (along Sabah) got nice diving sites!  I just can’t wait!

random-hikers *from danielctw.com

offexploringdotcom *from offexploring.com


5.  Singapore

Ah… of course… The formula 1 rush!  I won’t say more, just click here and here and here for more haha!



6.  Batam, Indonesia

This is a planned side trip from my Singapore.  I’m not so sure yet but if the beaches are worth going to, then why not.

**attempted to search for Batam pictures and nice ones that you’d drool in your seats, but I could not find a magnificent photo so therefore I think it’s not worth the side trip this September.  It’s better to book on a different travel for Bali Indonesia instead.

7.  Bacolod, Philippines

Of course, my dear humble hometown… the City of Smiles. :)  I don’t know when…  but it has been years since I’ve been home there.  What’s in store for me in Bacolod?  Is it still the same place I know?  or would I experience a lot of changes?  Will the Green City comfort me? 

8.  Caramoan, Philippines

This I’m not sure but they say this is the new Boracay!  How true could this be?  I don’t know… and I want to find out.

9.  Boracay, Philippines

I have been here and this place is done and checked in my travel inventory 😛  I would wanna go back though… **faints!!**



For next year, I’ll be backpacking to:

1.  Malaysia (KL)

for the Sepang Formula 1 2010 Grand Prix :whee:

2.  Penang

If they call Philippines the “Pearl of the Orient”  they call penang this as well…  My friends keep telling me food’s really super nice here and I just can’t wait till I taste that Khoay Zhiap!!!  Of course, I wanna see fellow shouters and the maker of it (i.e., Lasker and Elise Saw)

3.  Vietnam / Cambodia backpacking

I just want to become a millionare for a day 😛 hehe, coz Vietnam’s exchange rate is like crazy :) and take pictures of the historical Vietnam and Cambodia there is :)


Now all these travelling really puts a knife on my pocket >.< So, sponsor me please :) or donate to me 😛 I’m sure we can arrange of a plug for you as well… KTNXBAI 😛

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2009 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Results

Posted by on Apr 27, 2009 in Featured, Formula 1, Sports

2009 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Results


And so the Formula 1 drama continues here at the heat of the Bahrain desert!  The Ferarris finally scored 3 points for Kimi Raikkonen’s 6th position in this race…  Kimi really is my street driver hero… I know I might be biased about the F1 grand prix and I am disclosing it to you right now that I am pro-Ferrari and pro Kimi Raikkonen!

Why is it that everytime I watch the F1, Jenson Button wins? lol… the only time I missed watching F1 was when I was on a beach holiday and Mark Webber won the Chinese Grand Prix 😛

I have nothing against Button and I think he deserves to win too but in my heart is Ferrari still and I have been supporting them for 2 years.  What will be the end of this championship?  I wonder myself heehee!  for now, here are the results after the Bahrain GP.


2009 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Results

1.  Jenson Button (Brawn – Mercedes) 1:31:48.182

2.  Sebastian Vettel (RBR – Renault) +7.1 secs

3.  Jarno Trulli (Toyota) +9.1 secs

4.  Lewis Hamilton (McLaren – Mercedes) +22.o secs

5.  Rubens Barichello (Brawn – Mercedes) 37.7 secs

6.  Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +42.0 secs

7.  Timo Glock (Toyota) +42.8 secs

8.  Fernando Alonso (Renault) +52.7 secs

9.  Nico Rosberg (Williams – Toyota) +58.1 secs

10.  Nelsinho Piquet (Renault) +65.1 secs

11.  Mark Webber (RBR – Renault) +67.6 secs

12.  Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren – Mercedes) +77.8 secs

13.  Sebastian Bourdais (STR – Ferrari) +78.8 secs

14.  Felipe Massa (Ferrari) +1 Lap

15.  Giancarlo Fisichella (Force India – Mercedes) +1 Lap

16.  Adrian Sutil (Force India – Mercedes) +1 Lap

17.  Sebastien Buemi (STR – Ferrari) +1 Lap

18.  Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) +1 Lap

19.  Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) +1 Lap


Did not finish

Kazuki Nakajima (Williams – Toyota) oil pressure


Championship Standings as of April 26, 2009

Drivers’ championship

Jenson Button 31
Rubens Barrichello 19
Sebastian Vettel 18
Jarno Trulli 14.5
Timo Glock 12
Mark Webber 9.5
Lewis Hamilton 9
Fernando Alonso 5
Heikki Kovalainen 4
Nick Heidfeld 4
Nico Rosberg 3.5
Kimi Raikkonen 3
Sebastien Buemi 3
Sebastien Bourdais 1
Nelson Piquet Jnr 0
Felipe Massa 0
Kazuki Nakajima 0
Giancarlo Fisichella 0
Robert Kubica 0
Adrian Sutil 0

Constructors’ championship

Brawn 50
Red Bull 27.5
Toyota 26.5
McLaren 13
Renault 5
Toro Rosso 4
Williams 3.5
Ferrari 3
Force India 0

*source: formula1.com
*cover picture from f1fanatick.co.uk

more Bahrain GP pictures here.

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Singapore GP tickets running out of stock! on my mailbox from a Formula 1 Fan

Posted by on Apr 26, 2009 in Formula 1, Personal, Sports

Singapore GP tickets running out of stock! on my mailbox from a Formula 1 Fan

Hi thought I’d let you know the latest news. The early bird F1 tickets for 3 day walkabout and also the Esplanade (your favourite) tickets have sold out.
Based on the current trend, we expect early bird single-day Walkabout tickets for both Saturday and Sunday to be sold out by the middle of next week, with early bird single day Friday Walkabout tickets anticipated to be sold out by end of the week.
The Bay Grandstand also going fast.
So if you have friends and fans who still haven’t made up their minds, this news might help them rush. Remember, this means 50 % sold out as that was all that allocated for early bird. regular prices now commences.
Best regards and God bless

Teehee!  Dave is a new acquaintance of mine and the only thing that let us meet our online paths is because of the Formula 1!  He has been giving me quite nice tips to the Singapore Grand Prix especially!  I have been in the Singapore Grand Prix 2008 but I have never fully walked the F1 track… He did! and he influenced me a bit to get the Bay Grandstand ticket.  Plus, he got really lucky as he and his fiance bumped into Lewis Hamilton and he even appeared in Singapore’s local newspaper!  Click here to view his post about meeting Lewis Hamilton.  When he told me his story, I became softer on Lewis 😛  But I’m still pro Kimi!

I replied to his mail saying, I think you could contribute more to the F1 society if you create a blog yourself ^_^ and my, he was a step ahead of me and has just started his blog.

If you want to confirm the limited tickets and if you decide to buy go to singaporegp.sg for more info.

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2009 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Posted by on Apr 26, 2009 in Formula 1, Sports

2009 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix

More drama on our Race Tracks, what will the end result be on the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix?  In a few moments we will have a new winner and result for the Bahrain Grand Prix.


1. Jarno Trulli 1′33.431
2. Timo Glock 1′33.712
3. Sebastian Vettel 1′34.015
4. Jenson Button 1′34.044
5. Lewis Hamilton 1′34.196
6. Rubens Barrichello 1′34.239
7. Fernando Alonso 1′34.578
8. Felipe Massa 1′34.818
9. Nico Rosberg 1′35.134
10. Kimi Raikkonen 1′35.380
11. Heikki Kovalainen 1′33.242
12. Kazuki Nakajima 1′33.348
13. Robert Kubica 1′33.487
14. Nick Heidfeld 1′33.562
15. Nelson Piquet Jnr 1′33.941
16. Sebastien Buemi 1′33.753
17. Giancarlo Fisichella 1′33.910
18. Mark Webber 1′34.038
19. Adrian Sutil* 1′33.722
20. Sebastien Bourdais 1′34.159

*Three-place penalty for impeding Mark Webber

Bahrain Schedule at their local time

Friday 24th April

8.00 – 9.30am – First practice
12.00pm – 1.35pm – Second practice

Saturday 25th April

9.00 – 10.00am – Third practice
11.00am – Qualifying

Sunday 26th April

12.00pm – Race

Click here for the Bahrain 2009 GP results.


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La Luz – Batangas

Posted by on Apr 20, 2009 in Featured, Pilipinas, Travel, Uncategorized

La Luz – Batangas


It was my first time here in this resort in Batangas.  We travelled at about 3-4 hours from Manila (probably because of the South Super highway renovations.  It was raining while we were there too but it didn’t stop us from having some f-f-f-fun!


Who: Citi peeps plus me (9 of us)

Where: La luz Batangas

Status: crazy fun

Budget: PHP 2,000 ( but actual boarding and food is PHP 1,640 each)

Days: just overnight (April 18 – 29, 2009)

Room per night:  around PHP 3,500 (80% sure) *rates may be subject to change

3 meal buffet + 1 snack cost: PHP 1,000 per head (includes snacks, dinner, breakfast and lunch)

Weather: Sunny and rainy and down pour rainy! and humid

The beach: white pebble sand shores, arts of rock, clear waters, good for snorkeling and diving

Activities:  diving, snorkeling, kayaking, pleasure swimming, sun bathing (with beach huts and a row of cabanas, massage, board games, boating, volleyball, frisbee, hiking and bonfire by night


Romel (the owner) was kind enough to tour us around the place especially the “private-only” spots that only privileged visitors like us see :)  I was not able to take a picture of the private spots as respect and courtesy to the owner, but what my eyes saw were just really majestic.  We stayed in the private cabana that Romel reserved for us.  These areas are only accessible to certified “La Luzians” and thought it was my first time there, I’m just glad I was able to be a part of it, instantly!  Thanks to Poch for serving as our host for the duration of our stay there.



Pictures and cam-whoring photo ops:


Sadly, I forgot my two key cameras! My lumix and my D40!  But I packed the charger for both cameras it was just a forgetful me that his happened… sigh… Though, I still survived the weekend without it and used my handy nokia e63 (super last resort) and my other well-preferred camera phone, the W760i. :)


*click here to view the gallery in flickr if the flash doesn’t load below.





Helpful Links:

1. La Luz flickr gallery by flaircandy.
2. La Luz official website to view more about La Luz room rates, activities, directions, contacts and more photos of the resort.

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Chinese Grand Prix results

Posted by on Apr 20, 2009 in Sports


Sadly, I wasn’t able to watch the race because I was in another weekend getaway. Still, when I saw the results I can’t help but feel sad again for the mishaps of the Ferraris. Many Ferrari fans are saying, “There’s no way but up.” I hope it would come to a truth because honestly, them not scoring for three consecutive races is bothersome!

This Shanghai GP goes to RBR – Renault and congratulations to the team for both having the 1st and 2nd place at this circuit.

Here are the results of the Formula 1 Shanghai (Chinese) Grand Prix 2009:

1. Sebastian Vettel (RBR – Renault) 1:57:43.485

2. Mark Webber (RBR – Renault) +10.9 secs

3. Jenson Button (Brawn – Mercedes) +44.9 secs

4. Rubens Barrichello (Brawn – Mercedes) +63.7 secs

5. Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren-Mercedes) +65.1 secs

6. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) +71.8 secs

7. Timo Glock (Toyota) +74.4 secs

8. Sebastien Buemi (STR-Ferrari) +76.4 secs

9. Fernando Alonso (Renault) +84.3 secs

10. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferarri) +91.7 secs

11. Sebastien Bourdais (STR – Ferarri) +94.1 secs

12. Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) +95.8 secs

13. Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) + 106.8 secs

14. Giancarlo Fisichella (Force India – Mercedes) +1 Lap

15. Nico Rosberg (Williams – Toyota) +1 Lap

16. Nelson Piquet Jnr (Renault) +2 Laps

17. Adrian Sutil (Force India – Mercedes) Accident


Did not finish

Kazuki Nakajima (Williams – Toyota)

Transmission Felipe Massa (Ferarri)

Electrical Jarno Trulli (Toyota) Accident damage

*source: formula1.com

*thumbnail picture courtesy of: f1fanatic.co.uk

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Indulge at the Shangri-la Boracay

Posted by on Apr 14, 2009 in Celebrities, Featured, Pilipinas, Travel

Indulge at the Shangri-la Boracay

Boy – oh –boy…

Me and my friends had a wonderful adventure going here.  It’s one of those Boracay memories I will never forget!

The gang:

Cisqo and me, Angela and Arthur, Ed and Ada, and Kristel – Del – Val


The Shangri-la Boracay


You won’t believe it!  All 10 of us fit in 1 tricycle!

We went in here pretty too late… It was really a nice hotel and I think the single room costs about PHP 30,000 a night… Imagine that!  But when I was there, it really felt luxurious… The interior, the design, the ambiance is just relaxing by itself!  If you’re planning for a trip to the boracay you will never forget, and a high budget to spend you will never regret!

There’s also an exclusive port and island transfer from Caticlan to the Boracay island so that all is taken cared of and you don’t have to worry about a thing with the transfers and all!

Night Shots of the Shangri-la Boracay:

You can find day pictures of the Shangri-la Boracay here.

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Helmet Diving in Boracay

Posted by on Apr 13, 2009 in Art & Photography, Featured, Pilipinas, Travel

Helmet Diving in Boracay

All pictures are copyrighted and property of flaircandy.com. Pictures can be grabbed with the author’s permission or credits to my site flaircandy.com. All underwater pictures are taken by Panasonic Lumix TZ5.

Since I am kinda claustrophobic and that includes me being trapped underwater, I tried an alternative to scuba diving. Yes, although I really wanna try so much the scuba diving thing and being underwater for almost 45 minutes, I still don’t have the balls try it… Well not for now… probably later…

But I wanted to try being underwater still but less riskier… So I tried reef walking!!! They said that there is not so much danger if you are 15 feet below water. If you are way lower than that then you have to listen to your dive instructors because if you think you can just swim from down there and 15feet above up at an instant then you’re more likely to have an injury…

But this reef walking is such a baby activity that anyone who just know how to obey the rules can do…

This is not so popular yet in the Philippines but it is known in Countries with beautiful reefs like Australia and Thailand. Most people would also not like the idea and got turned off by it even if it is being offered face-to-face. They would rather ride a banana boat or flying fish if they’re so much of a baby, and try scuba diving if they are hyper daring!

But for mid fellas like me who is just getting my groove on the underwater stuff and conquering my aqua-claustrophobism then you sure must try this!

At the boracay, the rates for this activity goes around 500 to 600. You could get a discount if you go in as a group (like we did). The speedboat ride form the boracay shore to a reef walking spot is already included in the price so yippey-di-do-wap-ba-bap! you’re off to try this now if you see my pictures I am pretty sure.

Here’s how we knew about reef-walking (paraphrased conversation between my, Kristel and Angela while we were planning our Boracay activities together):

What time izzit?? laglagan na! XD

Kristel: I wanna try Reef walking!

Angela and me: What is that?

Kristel: I haven’t tried that yet, but literally, reef-walking.. and you have like a some sorta fishbowl in your head.

Angela: (**silent laughter** rotflmao)

Me: ah… that’s kinda super weird i haven’t heard of that…

Kristel: let’s google it!

(aparantly we couldn’t find any pictures)


Kristel: cmon! let’s go reef walking

Angela: I don’t like I’m scared of the fishies and we would all look stupid walking along the shore with a fishbowl and fishies in your head +_+’

Kristel and me: **literally LOL**

But I couldn’t blame her for that because I actually could just not imagine having a fishbowl in my head too!!! so, our mistake Kristel and luckily and hopefully when someone googles “REEF-WALKING” at least they would already see some pictures of it and not create victims of people like us LOL!

This is also actually the first time I used my Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ5 underwater! I will post more about it soon but see I am so glad of the results!

here are samples of underwater pictures for Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ5.


Captured by Lumix, but sad, the corals look dead


Water aliens


Me, Cisqo and Kristel


This doesn't look like a fishbowl to me, this looks more like a dishwasher


The fishy wanna fight Cisqo

Click here for the complete pictures on my flickr Reef Walking Gallery.

More Reef Walking Pictures

Who to contact?

Please look for Danny of Bora Napoleon sports and contact him at +63 910 805 0021 Tell him flaircandy.com referred him 😉

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F1 Chinese Grand Prix Schedule

Posted by on Apr 13, 2009 in Formula 1, Sports

Are you ready for more F1 action? Watch out for China F1 Grand Prix on the dates below.

Formula 1 sessions schedule Chinese Grand Prix
Friday 17th April

Practice 1 – 10:00-11:30am (3:00-4:30am)
Practice 2 – 2:00-3:30pm (7:00-8:30am)

Saturday 18th April

Practice 3 – 11:00am-12:00pm (4:00-5:00am)
Qualifying – 2:00pm (7:00am)

Sunday 19th April

Race – 3:00pm (8:00am)

All times are local time (British time, GMT or BST as appropriate, in brackets).

BBC F1 schedule for British viewers:

Friday 17th April

2:55-4:35am First practice live (Red button)
6:55-8:35am Second practice live (Red button)

Saturday 18th April

3:55-5:05am Final practice live (Red button)
6:00-8:00am Qualifying live (BBC1) (repeated on red button afterwards)

Sunday 19th April

7:00-10:00am Chinese Grand Prix live (BBC1)
10:00-11:00am Interactive forum (Red button)

source: F1fanatic.co.uk

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NSG Formula 1 Schedule

Posted by on Apr 13, 2009 in Food, Formula 1, Sports

NSG Formula 1 Schedule

Don’t you just love watching the formula 1 with other hardcore F1 fans and some snacks?  Well well you can invite some friends over and feel the excitement of being a virtual spectator in the Formula 1 Races this season.  So, if ever I get lucky to have my face on Television for the Singapore Grand Prix in September, make sure that you won’t miss that second LOL, I’m just super kidding… As if that’s gonna happen, but who knows?

Here’s the schedule of the races at National Sports Grill:


1.  NSG featured events calendar.

2.  NSG Menu

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I’m a fan of The Out of Body Special!!!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2009 in Celebrities, Events, Movies & TV, Music

I attended this Charity concert at Fiama last January 4, 2008. It was a Benefit Concert for the Philippine National Red Cross — a “Red Letter Night” event. :)

Then one of the performers was The Out of Body Special! Then I thought at first they were a reggae band because they had to set up a lot of instruments and they have lots of instruments (indications of a reggae band). Then they played and it was more of like RnB/Soul but it was nothing that I have heard of yet it was like a reggae – rnb – rap kinda thing and the music was just so overwhelming that you could see my amazed face really so glowing…

Ok so I said I had to blog about them.. and remind me later to buy their album (if there still is) when me and Cis would watch a movie.

And so I googled them and I do not want to download pirated copies of their music!!! They are just so… Out of the ordinary!!! so Special for me!!! See in the video below… I was so entertained by it… Nice production.. and GREAT Music!!! I wish I could view them live some more!!!

I will try to find out their gig scheds and post them for you…

In the meantime… enjoy watching!!!

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F1 Malaysian Grand Prix 2009

Posted by on Apr 11, 2009 in Formula 1

When it rains, it pours on the Malaysian Grand Prix.  And when the rain started to stop, the sun started to drop.

This was called a twilight race because the race was done almost at twilight!  Bad weather could be good or bad for some of the teams.  The first 10 minutes (or more) was a dry race (dry circuit) then rain started to pour down… CRAZILLY! That FIA has decided to suspend the race.

While some drivers sat still on their car, or some went out of it but just stayed at the side of the circuit, Kimi Raikkonen (weeee!) was as cute as ever as he was found, outside of his F1 race jumpsuit … eating ICE CREAM!!! He’s just so adorable…  While commentators ridiculed him on Ferarri’s bad strategy to put on wet tires early on, he’s just chillin the road and just does his own thing ^_^

Meanwhile Jenson Button wins the race again as he was in first place at that time when the race was suspended.  Lucky lucky! but he only gets half a point for this GP.

Here’s the result of the Malaysian Grand Prix 2009

Result declared after 31 of scheduled 56 laps and half points awarded.

1. Jenson Button
2. Nick Heidfeld
3. Timo Glock
4. Jarno Trulli
5. Rubens Barrichello
6. Mark Webber
7. Lewis Hamilton
8. Nico Rosberg
9. Felipe Massa
10. Sebastian Bourdais
11. Fernando Alonso
12. Kazuki Nakajima
13. Nelson Piquet Jnr
14. Kimi Raikkonen
15. Sebastian Vettel
16. Sebastien Buemi
17. Adiran Sutil
18. Giancarlo Fisichella

Did not finish

Robert Kubica – engine
Heikki Kovalainen – spun

Coming up next will be the Chinese Grand Prix…

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List of lenses the D40 supports

Posted by on Apr 3, 2009 in Art & Photography, Tech Chic

I stumbled upon this forum while I was looking for the list of lens that can be used in D40.  So to all D40 users here here!  Buy some of these… hehe I’m planning to buy a 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom.  But it is expensive.  So I was looking for options.  Sighz.. If you’re like me and you have a list of to-buys for your camera, then you might want to view this before you complete your list XD  Oh Christmas is so far yet…

don’t forget to visit my sponsors


AF-S DX 12-24mm 4.0G ED-IF $ 919.95

AF-S 17-35mm 2.8D ED-IF $1499.95

AF-S DX 17-55mm 2.8G ED-IF $1199.95

AF-S DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G $ 169.95

AF-S DX 18-70mm 3.5-4.5G ED-IF $ 309.95

AF-S DX 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 ED-IF $ 399.95

AF-S VR DX 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G IF-ED $ 749.95

AF-S VR 24-120mm 3.5-5.6G ED-IF $ 514.95

AF-S DX 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED $ 169.95

AF-S VR 70-200mm 2.8G ED-IF $1614.95

AF-S VR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6G $ 529.95

AF-S VR 105mm 2.8G $ 829.95

AF-S VR 200mm 2.0G ED-IF $3999.95

AF-S VR 200-400mm 4.0G ED-IF $5099.95

AF-S 300mm 4.0D ED-IF $1124.95

AF-S VR 300mm 2.8 ED-IF $4499.00

AF-S II 400mm 2.8D ED-IF $7299.95

AF-S II 500mm 4.0D ED-IF $7199.95

AF-S II 600mm 4.0D ED-IF $9079.95


10-20mm 4-5.6 EX DC HSM $ 499.00

12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM $ 689.00

14mm 2.8 EX $ 899.00

17-35mm 2.8-4.0 EX DG $ 479.00

30mm 1.4 DC $ 429.00

50-500mm 4.0-6.3 EX DG $ 999.00

50-150mm 2.8 EX DC HSM $ 679.00

70-200mm 2.8 EX DG MACRO APO HSM $ 889.00

100-300mm 4.0 EX DG $1099.00

120-300mm 2.8 EX DG $2699.00

150mm 2.8 EX DG MACRO $ 599.00

180mm 3.5 EX DG MACRO $ 799.00

300mm 2.8 EX DG APO HSM $2599.00

300-800mm 5.6 EX DG APO $6999.00

500mm 4.5 EX DG HSM APO $4199.00

800mm 5.6 EX DG APO $6479.00

*source: dcresource.com
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Buy cheaper Singapore Grand Prix Tickets

Posted by on Apr 3, 2009 in Announcements, Featured, Formula 1, Travel

Buy cheaper Singapore Grand Prix Tickets

The early bird catches the savings!

Grandstand Colour 

I have a received an email from singaporegp.sg saying I was entitled for the Singapore GP Tickets Exclusive Sale!

Firstly, thank you very much for helping to make the first Formula One night race such a resounding success. With your continued support in 2009, we hope the FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX will reach even greater heights.

As you may have read in the press, we are testing the new upgraded ticketing system before we start public sales on April 9. As part of the evaluation, you have been randomly selected from the SGP database to have the option to purchase tickets before the public release. All the transactions during this period will allow us to “load” test the system.

So if you were intending to buy tickets for this year’s race, we have
set aside early bird inventory exclusively for you in return for you
booking during the testing period. The prices will be the same as
those offered during the public sales starting April 9.

I don’t know if I should disclose the link and the password but I guess it would not work unless you use my email address.   Having the password and link gives you the advantage to book seats that are more preferred and those with nice view.  I was thinking of posting the link to the beta site and the password but I thought that this would be risky if you did not receive your own mail.  This is because it is under “beta testing” and there might still be some bugs.  If you have not received the email then you may not justify for any complaints in case a problem ocurred with your ticket purchasing. 

 Singapore Bay Grandstand

The ticket sales are so fast! For the bay grandstand that is! I was just deciding wether to buy the 3-day walkabout or the bay grandstand for a PHP 2,500 difference (SGD 80). I was so inclined to buying the Bay Grandstand ticket and this was my final decision! Unfortunately I ended up with a ticket up to the 5th row already (was aiming for the front row!!!) but see onlly a couple of days then the system indicates only 5th row up is available! Then I let it pass for another 3 hours because I re-assesed if I really indeed want the Bay Grandstand and if the SGD 80 is worth the upgrade. After 3 hours I decided that I really want the grandstand and guess what… The ticket availability is already for 6th row up!!! I die die leh… I so regretted that I made my decision so slow!

I have noticed thought that prices did not go lower (as compared to last year) prices for the early bird are the prices at which tickets were sold last year! I bought my Sunday Walk-about pass for SGD 108 for the 2008 Singapore GP. SGD 108 is also the same price being offered for the early bird now but regular rates for it is SGD 128. Click here to view the price changes from last year’s GP. At least singapore GP is transparent about this.   There will be bigger savings though if you buy the Turn 1, 2 and Pit Grandstand just in case you want to spend around PHP 40,000 / SGD 1188 to PHP 42,500 / SGD 1288 (discounted price) to maximize your Formula 1 experience.  Where I want to go though is the “Paddock Club.”  The VIP side.  No tickets can be bought to go here though… XD 

Anyway, I purchased my ticket immediately before I get the far seats! I bought this before April 9, 2009 (the official starting date of the buying of tickets).

Here is a guide for those who are interested in buying the tickets on April 9, 2009.

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Ticketing for the 2009 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix will be released in two parts, each starting with an early bird release, both of which offer significant savings over regular ticket prices.

All grandstands, except for the Bay Grandstand, will be released for sale via selected channels during part one of the ticketing launch on 9 April 2009. This will be followed by part two on 20 April 2009, where the Bay Grandstand and three-day Walkabout tickets will also be released for sale islandwide (see Annex 1)..

In all, a total of 72,000 tickets will be released. This is an increase of 2000 tickets when compared to the initial release last year.

The early bird release will consist of up to 50% of the available inventory for grandstand and walkabout passes. Once the early bird allotment in each area is taken up, the balance in the respective category will be offered at the regular 2009 rates.

“We are fully aware of the need to reflect the realities of the current economic situation. Our objective has always been to make the race as accessible as possible. Singapore GP remains committed to this, hence we will continue to offer various pricing points. For 2009, we have introduced our lowest prices ever and held or bettered 2008 ticket prices,” said Mr. Teo Hock Seng, Chairman of race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd (SGP).

In the early bird release of part one, fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for Turn 1, Turn 2, Stamford and Pit Grandstands with savings ranging from 7% to 14% when compared with last year. These prices also represent an average of 15% discount on the regular 2009 prices.

Tickets for the three-day Walkabout, Padang, Connaught and Esplanade Waterfront Grandstands have been held at the same price as last year during the early bird release of part one, offering savings of 12% to 29% over the regular 2009 prices (see Annex 2).

This year, the Bay Grandstand will be presented as a one price category, instead of different pricing points for the upper and lower seats as applied in 2008.

The configurations of the Marina, Raffles and Turn 3 Grandstands are being studied to maximise the viewing opportunities due to the recently announced changes which includes revisions to the Pit Lane Exit and Turn 14.

Currently, only three-day season passes are available for grandstands. However, SGP does not rule out the possibility of releasing single day grandstand tickets closer to the race weekend, pending the take-up of the season passes.

Tickets released in part one of the launch will be available for sale via three channels: online (http://tickets.singaporegp.sg), the ticketing hotline (+65 6738 6738) as well as the SISTIC Box Office, located at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 9 April 2009. They will not be available at the other SISTIC outlets or via SingPost until 20 April 2009.

As the title sponsor of the race, SingTel is offering its customers the chance to purchase a limited number of single day walkabout tickets at early bird prices, before they are officially released for general sale. These will be exclusively available at the SingTel roadshow at Wisma Atria shopping centre from 10 to 19 April. Any remaining early bird tickets will be available for sale in the second part of the general ticket launch.

In part two of the launch, beginning 20 April 2009, the Bay Grandstand and Walkabout tickets will also be available at SISTIC and SingPost outlets island wide. Subject to availability, all other remaining grandstand inventory released in part one and remaining early bird single-day walkabout tickets will also be available for sale.

Ticket holders are advised to visit the official website, www.singaporegp.sg, regularly for updates and detailed information on the various ticket categories.

*source: www.singaporegp.sg

Schedule of Singapore Grand Prix Ticket Sales and Prices:

Part One (April 9-19)
Grandstand: Padang, Esplanade ($598), Connaught ($898), Stamford ($998), Turn 1 and 2
($1,388), Pit ($1,488).

Part Two (April 20 onwards)
Grandstand: Bay ($298). Walkabout: Three-day season pass ($188), Friday pass ($38), Saturday pass
($68), Sunday pass ($128). Early-Bird prices
Grandstand: Bay ($248), Padang, Esplanade ($498), Connaught
($698), Stamford ($898), Turn 1 and 2 ($1,188), Pit ($1,288).

Walkabout: Three-day season pass ($168), Friday pass ($28), Saturday pass ($58), Sunday pass ($108).

The difference between the Singapore Grand Prix 2008 and 2009 Circuit.

Yes indeed this is one of my dissapointments. The main difference between last year’s ticket sales and this year’s is that they no longer offer seats to the Singapore Flyer. This was a total dissapointment for me because to last year, this was where I was stationed.

singapore map where i was

Fully utilized my wald-about Sunday ticket and was stationed here in 2008 at the Singapore Flyer area for great photo ops

There were great photography opportunities here too since F1 cars slow down on the dangerous curve at Turn 22.


turn 22

Where I was



Singapore Formula 1 Night Race (68)

Whoohoo! I was posing in front of many many professional photographers XD embarrassing much


Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen (i think) or Filepe Massa (hehe) they were just coming too fast. This is the view from the bleachers for the walkabout pass.



view of turn 22 at another angle (photographer's platform)

I had the walkabout tickets but they provided here bleacher seats and I deemed myelf lucky!!! I have made the most out of my ticket.

sing 2009 circuit

2009 Singapore Grand Prix Circuit Ticketing Map

Notice the green area for tha walk-about tickets above and compare it with the walk-about tickets on the yellow area below.  It’s sad for me that’s why I considered buying the Bay Area Grandstand.  If the walk-about area is the same as last year’s I would have still bought the same ticket (only for three days).  But potong stim this is >.< I guess it’s one of their marketing / sales tactics.  oh well, back to reality.


2008 Singapore Grand Prix Circuit Ticketing Map


Summary links:

1.  Purchase Singapore Grand Prix tickets here.

2.  Singapore Grand Prix Ticketing Release Details.

3.  Singapore Grand Prix Early Bird Savings Off 2008 & 2009 Regular Ticket Pricing.

4.  Download the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix night race Circuit map here.

5.  Play Formula 1 online.

6.  View the parade of the stars video captured by me. XD

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Nokia E63, E71 and E72 tips and Hidden functions

Posted by on Apr 2, 2009 in Tech Chic

Nokia E63, E71 and E72 tips and Hidden functions

Nokia E63

These hidden functions and tips also apply to Nokia E71 72and Nokia e.

STICKY FUNCTION KEY – A quick double press on the bottom left ‘function’ key locks it. This is helpful in situations when you need to press a combination of keys or in applications like Gmail which can be controlled via the keypad.

(02)-8-MCDO – To dial (02)-8-MCDO: type 028, hit Fn, then Shift twice, type MCDO, and press the Call/Green key to dial. (The idea is to type in the alphabet mode in CAPITAL letters ONLY). The alphabets will automatically be converted to numbers.

TEXT MESSAGES – When in the standby mode, hold down left soft key to read out new text messages.

ASSIGN SHORTCUTS – If you have a lot of applications installed on your E63, you might want to assign additional shortcuts to different applications by definying a set of keypresses with an application called Cute Keys.  Learn how.


  • To get to a symbol or number hold down its key.
  • Shift + Backspace deletes letters after the cursor, thus immitating the behavior of the ‘Delete’ key on the computer.
  • In the Main Menu:
  • A B C D
  • E F G H
  • I J K L

To open A press Fn + 1, Fn + 2 for B, Fn + 3 for C, Fn + * for D, Fn + 4 for E, Fn + 5 for F and so on.

  • Ctrl + C to copy.
  • Ctrl + V to paste.
  • Shift + Left ( or Right ) to select text.
  • Hold Chr + Vowels ( or n ) for accented characters like á or ñ..


  • Green Call to send the image.
  • Fn + * or Fn + Spacebar for full screen.
  • Fn + 7 to zoom in. Press twice for the full screen size.
  • Fn + 4 to scroll left while in the zoomed image.
  • Fn + 5 to zoom in.
  • Fn + 3 to rotate right.
  • Fn + 2 to scroll up while in the zoomed image.
  • Fn + 1 to rotate left.
  • Fn + 0 to zoom out.


  • Hold * to activate/deactivate Bluetooth.
  • Hold # to toggle General / Silent mode.
  • Hold 0 to go to the web browser.
  • Left Soft Key then Fn ( or * ) locks the keypad.
  • Hold End/Red to disconnect all data connections. (This is erroneous – turns off your phone).
  • Hold Left Soft Key to read out new text messages.
  • Hold Space Bar to turn on flash light.
  • Hold Home button to see a list of open applications.
  • Hold keys 1 to 9 for speed dial.
  • *#7780# to Hard Reset.
  • *#7370# to Soft Reset.
  • Type contact name to get a list of matching contacts


  • Shift + Return or Ctrl + Navkey to mark/unmark a single message.
  • Shift + Down or Ctrl + Down to mark multiple items.
  • Fn + Spacebar in new message body to access input (predictive text, etc.) options.
  • Ctrl + Spacebar in new message body to turn on/off predictive text.
  • Ctrl + Navkey to move cursor one word at a time when composing message.
  • Backspace to delete message(s).
  • Green button to send message immediately.


  • Shift to zoom in.
  • Backspace to zoom out.
  • Space to go to the current position.


  • Fn + 2 for full screen.
  • Fn + Right for fast forward.
  • Fn + Left for rewind.


  • 1 for bookmarks.
  • 2 to find something on a page.
  • 3 to return to the previous page.
  • 5 to tab open windows.
  • * to zoom in.
  • # to zoom out.
  • 8 for page overview.
  • 9 to go to a different web page.
  • 0 to got to the homepage.
  • Hit the Backspace key to close the current window.

*source: E63 tips and tricks

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I think I have ESP

Posted by on Apr 2, 2009 in Personal, Wall of the Weird

ESP or extrasensory perception is perception occurring independently of sight, hearing, or other sensory processes. People who have extrasensory perception are said to be psychic. It is commonly called ESP, a term popularized by J. B. Rhine, who began investigating the phenomenon at Duke University in 1927. ESP refers to telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and in recent years, remote viewing and clairaudience. The existence of ESP and other paranormal powers such as telekinesis, are disputed, though systematic experimental research on these subjects, known collectively as psi, has been ongoing for over a century in parapsychology.

I think I have precognition. Blah this is not an April Fools day post ok It’s just that there were some things that happened that made me think I have one… I’m skeptical about it though, but many times I have experienced this and I tried to ignore it!  I just say “It’s just a coincidence.” But it happens most of the time and the occurrence is getting more often.

Sometimes, someone would just appear in my mind all of a sudden then it’s either I see him/her in actual person or I receive a text message or call.  Most of the time I have my phone lying around and I am busy and so engrossed tinkering with my computer or watching TV or DVD, then all of a sudden I panic thinking “whoah where’s my cellphone someone might text me” a second or 2 later it rings / alerts me of a new message.

Another thing that always really happens to me, like I thought at first this is always a coincidence but it just really is happenning too often for my skepticism to this idea melt, is when I say I am in a car driving while listening to music.  Suddenly I just feel like looking to the right and I see a billboard with the word “vacation” then synchronized with the lyrics of the song (or sometimes what the dj says) is also the word “vacation.”

What made me fizz this morning in my office was when I was thinking of updating my CPE (Continuous Professional Education – something like that) credits for my CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license.  Which is a very rare thought because I was so busy tinkering on my computer then all of a sudden this thought (that I don’t think about much probably it’s the first time even that I thought about my CPE for the year) just passed by my mind.  About 30 minutes after, my boss asked me “BTW, have you checked on HR if your trainings are accredited to your CPE?”  @_@  I was like, whoah I just thought about that 30 mins ago.  And this incident so far is the longest time gap from the “precog” to the event happening itself.

Unlike Phoebe in charmed, she knows when she’s having a precog and the precog is not a sudden thing and it happens around sometime in the near future and not after 2 seconds or just 30 minutes.  My “precogs” however, if you must name it that, is just a sudden thing like it happens after 2-10 seconds usually and the longest was 30 minutes.

Yes, coincidence it may be and I don’t really put in mind that I have ESP because it’s ridunculous.  I mean I’m not saying I don’t believe it exists or it happens I’m just skeptical about me being one of those people having that.  I don’t really know about science and physics and how the brain works but technically I think that ESP stuffs have a little bit of scientific basis also other than the “paranormal” description it has.  I think in humans we call it “ESP” what we call in animals “animal instinct / intuition”.  Animals (I don’t know if scientifically proven) know if an earthquake or a calamity is coming… Right?

And so I plurked this morning saying “I think I have ESP.”  Then I have a friend who is a mentalist saying “We can test it, flaircandy. I have certain procedures I use to test for psychics.”

Then I found it interesting that you could actually test yourself if you have some ESP going on…

…and knowing that almost everything is interned, I googled “Test if you have ESP“…

I clicked on the first search result it said “More than 1 out of 6 tries would indicate possible ESP usage.”  I was supposed to guess (if this is the proper term) the shape of the card that the computer picked.

At first I scored 1 out of 6.  XD  This was because I was just randomly putting the mouse anywhere.  I was really just “guessing”.

I scored 2 out of 6 on my second attempt.  I scored wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, right, right.  Among the “wrongs” i was still “guessing”.  on the last two consecutive “rights”  I made an effort to “see” what the card the computer picked.  I know he instructions said “Trust your vision.  Trust your intuition.  Try  not to let anything distract or influence you.” , but I think that does not work for me because I can only anticipate the super-near future if I use my other senses.

On my final two attempt (deep inside I did not want to fail the test because I thought it would be somehow cool to have this), I closed my eyes randomly pointed it at somewhere and my eyes automatically focused into one object.  I saw the shape (shape that I don’t notice before that I have in my room), a “hallow circle” or just an outline of the circle in my bedsheet.  Then I clicked on the option on the computer “outline circle” then I got the right answer.  I did the same thing on the next shape and physically saw Compaq’s logo that looks like a square and then there you go… correct!

Focusing was kinda tiring for my brain lol.  but I said I want to try another test.  And so, I clicked on the second search result of google.   I took the test and got this result:

Total Points 21 to 30
You have some psychic abilities working for you, but, it is scattered. Maybe you should work on this potential and fully develop your precognition abilities. You can then go beyond the simple manifestations you may be currently experiencing like: Thinking of someone just before they call … or sensing danger just before danger appears … or getting impressions of people (good or bad) only to find out later how right you are … and you only had a few moments to get such an impression. By working to develop your psychic sense, you will get even deeper impressions and more accurate readings.

Then it kinda creeped me out because that is so true to me… All of the things there.  And I remember how I almost always say to the people I am close with that I have this certain kind of intuition that I know who to trust and it just never fails me (well not yet) .   And didn’t I just mention above about the call thingy, yes that happens often.  But probably, if I indeed have ESP, it is weak!  Because this has been with me for quite some time but I really don’t believe in the possible fact that I have precog.  So probably it just gets weaker.

Now that I have sort of acknowledged the possibility (possibility only) that I may indeed have this then… we’ll see XD

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