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Chapter VI : Citizen’s Pub – I Partied with the Sun People!

REDUX – To Bring BACK, To Restore.

Last year, i managed to join this guild of photographers, videographers and other art enthusiasts called Helios Project International. it was one of the most stable group that i have been part of for the longest time, and a group showing much promise in terms of future plans and goals. this was the case until we hit a rather unexpected roadblock, hindering the growth and putting everything everyone has worked for to a halt.

Two Months ago, me and other members of the Helios Admin Council decided to “do a phoenix” and have a of rebirth of sorts to this dying group (honestly, there was inactivity for a series of months, and it was rather frustrating.) The Helios Project (now without the International) is here to set roots once again and claim its place as one of the active and top photo guilds in the country (haha).

Last August 18, the group celebrated the actual 4th Anniversary (we called it Helios Project : 4th Anniversary Redux). last year we celebrated the 4th Year (when in fact, it was supposed to be just the 3rd year for us). but past is past, and we have moved on from this incident. the High Council also decided to open the event to the public, inviting non-Helios members and other photo guilds to the party. with this move, we declared that helios will not isolate itself from others, and will not create any more rifts to create gaps between other groups (our “Collective” Passion will live on!).

The Helios Project + Young Photographers of the Phils (YoPho)

Admin Jaypee (stripes), Bill (Grey), Admin Francis (thumbs up), Jarryd “Panda” Ching (pout)

The venue chosen for this anniversary was this awesome pub called Citizen’s Pub, located in Citigolf – Ortigas. we pretty much occupied half of their roof deck, partying the night away without any program, dramas and other gimmicks. just one night of pure conversations, mingling and togetherness!

Helios Group Hug

Bill with Admins Francis and Mina

Niqui and Admin/Founder Aia

Need we provide other reasons for you to join?

The Helios Project grows larger by the day, new members are pouring in, and many activities and events are being laid out. suffice to say, this group is here to stay! watch out for more Helios related posts soon!

Occupying Half of the Roof Deck (Thanks again, Citizens Pub for accommodating us

 THE PASSION WILL “DEFINITELY” LIVE ON!

— behind Thick Framed notes:

1. All photos grabbed from Donna Kiritharan

2. How to Join Helios
– Visit Facebook Page
– Accomplish Registration Form (click see more in the info section of the page – look for join us!)
– Wait for Admin Confirmation
– Follow Helios’ Twitter Acct : @heliosINT

3. Follow Citizen’s Pub on twitter @CitizenPubMNL

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Chapter IV : Soderno : The Food Adventure at Metro’s South

Mech and Myself decided to try out the latest of the many night markets that is scattered around the metro. Soderno, located along madrigal avenue – Alabang, is the latest (based on the info i gathered) of the many sought after food hubs during fridays and the weekends! charging towards the place with an empty stomach, i was prepared for the food adventure that is before me and my companion.

Both Mech and I, started the night with a burger from Big Bob’s Charcoal Burgers (which according to Anton Diaz of “Our Awesome Planet” is one of Mercato’s favorites). Both of us ordered the Big Bob’s special, which costs 180 pesos, but dont let the price take over your consciousness and deem this burger as expensive. it actually is worth the price. my impression of the burger was a taste combination of some of my favorite burger joints like Burger king, Wendy’s and Hardee’s. although offering a different twist with regard the tandem of the  softness of the bacon and the charred to perfection patty.

Big Bob’s Special Burger @ 180 pesos

After my romance with Big Bob’s Special Burger and a cup of Melon Drink, my small party of two was joined by a fellow Helios Project International photographer and blogger Donna Kiritharan. Alabang was her turf, and having her around would be fun! the three of us then set forth to meet another Helios Beauty, Robelene Rayala A.k.a. Robs, who by the way, was at Soderno the entire time. After the inevitable catching up and exchange of witty and funny anecdotes that is our everyday life, rob and her party decided to part ways with ours, leaving us hungry for more food and exchange of stories about life, love and career (cheesy!)

after another round of walking around the Soderno food vicinity, we procured some much talked about Iced Tea at Brewed Leaf : Homemade Iced Teas.  the difference is very noticeable as compared to the regular iced tea. i would recommend the Brewed Leaf: Honey Citrus Sweet Tea which costs 30 pesos only on a 16oz plastic cup. this is the much needed elixir for a very hot and humid night during yesterday’s food adventure.

Brewed Leaf : Honey Citrus Sweet Tea @ 30 pesos

the Adventure at Soderno was much needed after a very mind tearing and stressful week! and of course to top it off, the experience wouldn’t be complete had it not been for the 3 friends and companions that i was with on this food adventure.

some shots from our latest food adventure

—- Behind thick framed glasses notes:

1.Mercato – Night Market similar to Soderno, located at the Bonifacio Global City (Taguig)
2. Photo of Big Bob’s Burger grabbed from their fan page (like them today!) : Big Bob’s Burger
3. All other photos grabbed from Donna Kiritharan‘s Fb Account and Blog

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Chapter III : Everything ends Well at Swell

After the intense rain and wind that manila experienced during the past few weeks, I, along with friends decided to visit a bar and cafe i used to go to in subic for a chill weekend. i heard that the sun is expected to shine there until wednesday, and i have been longing to dip myself in lukewarm water and lie in the rough sandy beaches fronting my favorite bar in subic.

we decided to leave for subic early. Me and the Apes were accompanied by Len David, a sexy and attractive deviant who excels in eating and critiquing food, and Lloyd – the lost boy, a wandering adventurer known for his many quests in and out of the country. at approximately 7:30, the six of us set forth on our adventure.

Subic was a 2-3 hour trip from the Victory Liner Cubao Terminal. costing 250 pesos (via SCTEX) per person. the trip wasn’t that bad, every one of us had our own personal agendas for the trip. i wanted the beach! some wanted the food, meet new friends, and see new sights. although our main objective in subic is to visit Swell Bar and Cafe. Swell is a relatively new Bar and Cafe in Subic, focusing more on healthy options and offering a very unique lineup of food and drinks.

Welcome to Swell Bar and Cafe

Swell offers paddle boarding to its patrons (more on this in the next chapters)

The very cozy and relaxed area of Swell Bar and Cafe

our party was greeted by Gianne, the operations manager of Swell Bar and Cafe. she had us relax and order some refreshments from their very refreshing drink selection. being a fan of their giant iced tea, i ordered it and even recommended it to my party. at this point, i just couldn’t resist the thought of standing in the bar and neglecting the opportunity to just jump in the water. and so i did, and it felt really good.

At that very instance, i was laying faced up to the sun. i thought to myself while floating around on the wavey ocean, i deserved this break. i told myself that every problem and issues that i may have at that point has been forgotten, even for a brief moment. because at that time, i just felt that everything is going to be SWELL.

—- Behind thick Framed Glasses notes:

1. Swell – word used to describe the rise of waves ; it is also an informal way of saying : good, excellent, superb
2. Photos were taken from Ape: Franz Lopez

Swell Bar and Cafe
Boardwalk Inn
Bldg 664 Waterfront Road
Subic Bay Freeport Zone
(047) 250 2221


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Chapter IV : We Seek out the Giant Dog and Impersonate Igorots

Waking up to the chill of the air was one of the worst and best feeling that one might get in the early morning. the temperature was frigid enough to turn my toes to solid blocks of ice, yet feeling this air affirmed that my prayer has been answered. the storm has passed! Quiel has moved on and left us in peace.

despite the wounds from our battle the night before, – our fight against tequila and social media embarrassment, we again prepped to set off in our adventure. looking at the mental note that i made prior to the baguio trip, i crossed out several items on the list to see what is left, and what else needs to be done!

1. View the Mines
2. Seek out the Giant Dog
3. Igorot Ritual
4. Explore the Military Academy
5. Visit the largest Armory and Tavern
6. Seek out the Religious Edifaces
7. Visit the Sanctuary of the Good Shepherd
8. Traverse the Parks of Wright
9. Explore the Lake of Burnham
10. Visit the University way Up.
11. Forge alliance with Igorots
12. Drink the Crimson Concoction
13. Visit the Mansion of the High Head

we say goodbye to Elizabeth. such a good host she is!

still quite a handful. im sure with the limited time that my party have right now, we could only go to a few more. So without any more delay, we set forth on our adventure. the rain has not stopped completely, it was drizzling from time to time. However, the mist has already covered most of the roads that our carriage passed through. its just like heading into the unknown, pretty much exciting! our first destination was the Mines. they said, that the scenery here is fantastic, you can sharply see the slope going down the mountain where this destination is situated. my friends, Jaypee, Franz and Justin opted to obtain sustenance by purchasing the famous “Strawberry Taho”. i am not a fan of taho, yet i still tried it out for the sake of discovering why it is talked about by many people. it was too sweet for my taste, but my friends seems to have enjoyed it.

but this already made me cross out item 12 on my list!

12. Drink the Crimson Concoction 

after the sustenance stop over, we proceeded to our trek towards the view of the mines. it was foggy still and the rain was pouring at a faster rate compared to 20 minutes earlier. we sometimes spend time at the mountain side vendors to avoid the pour, and went on as it stopped for a minute or two. a few steps after our last refuge stop, we already sighted  KING – the Giant Dog!  fascinating size yet very hospitable to its visitors and admirers. never did i feel any hostility from it despite its superior size. other adventurers were lining up to capture the moment with King. our party did the same. the handler told us to donate 50 pesos for the Dog’s sustenance in exchange for the audience and photo opportunities.

Apes with King – the Giant Dog

2. Seek out the Giant Dog

Right after, we tried searching for the igorots. the rain was still pouring, and to our dismay, we did not see any. but we had the chance of being Igorots for a small amount of time, think about a very small serving of polyjuice!

 Apes – Igorots
3. Igorot Ritual

After seeking out the Giant Dog and Performing the Igorot Ritual of dressing up, we finally reached the View of the Mines. disappointed, i was, because the fog covered the entire view. but the travel was very much worth it! the rain still hasn’t subsided, we backtracked our steps and proceeded to our next destination. but the experience was really good, i spent less than a hundred pesos just for the memorabilia opportunities. 50 pesos for the Giant Dog, and 40 pesos for the igorot dress up. 10 peso a person/garb rental.

The Foggy view of the Mines

1. View the Mines

Next Stop: The Sanctuary of the Good Shepherd!

— Behind the Thick Framed Glasses notes:

photo credits to Jaypee David : view his Flickr set here

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