Monday, December 31, 2007

Week #2: 2008 in the Philippines

Celebrating the arrival of 2008 means eating lots of food, making lots of noise, having fun, making plans and listing resolutions and goals, and sometimes looking back at past accomplishments and failures. Here are some bloggers blogging about the year 2008:

Do You Have a New Year's Resolution?, Connie Veneracion (Sassy Lawyer) prepares for the New Year with her resolution to stop evil disguised as housework.

In Philippines Before New Years, A visiting foreigner's view of the Philippine holiday celebration(s).

13 Round and Sweet Fruits for New Year, Where the year is expected to be greeted with round fruits, probably a Chinese tradition denoting prosperity. Now that tradition is being celebrated in France by a Filipina blogger.

Do you do any of these during New Year's Eve? Toni reminisces the old traditions practiced by Filipinos during New Year's eve and wonders if she'll keep them this year.

Making Fun in 2008 (because you can't have what you haven't made yet), Jester-in-Exile plans to do more blogging in 2008.

In RP, Mindanawons least hopeful in greeting 2008, Walter (a journalist), reports on the result survey on hope versus fear in 2008 in the Philippines.

May all have a blessed year!!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Week #1: Blogs I read

Adam's Reef - Jean Claire's Blog. Based in Mindanao, Claire blogs about Mindanao (of course), feminism, books, art, dance, writing, teaching, travel, politics, stupidity and ignorance, and her struggles for and against all these..

Bucaio - Kai describes her blog as "A blog about Pangasinan cuisine, and Filipino food in general, as well as a documentation of life in the Philippines." I think that says it all. A must read if you're into food.

Ivan About Town - Ivan Henares travel journal around the Philippines. Has won many awards on travel writing. If you want to know about certain places in the Philippines not covered by travel agencies or Lonely Planet, come to this site. He has an index of the towns, cities, and provinces he has covered.

Jessica Rules the Universe - Jessica has ambitious plans for world domination. Writes about books, movies (or films to be snob about it), rants about the food she eats and where she eats them, her favourite writers and not so favourite, people who can't speak/write English well, pirated movies, tennis, uncultured culture, herself, and many other topics about world domination I can't mention here because there are too many of them..

Sassy Lawyer - All about Philippine politics. Connie is a lawyer/journalist who analyses Philippine politics, Philippine food and motherhood. Her blog is currently under repair, but will be back January.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Philippine Food Blogs

Bucaio, Kai describes her blog as "A blog about Pangasinan cuisine, and Filipino food in general, as well as a documentation of life in the Philippines." I think that says it all. A must read if you're into food.
The Scent of Green Bananas, the scent of green bananas: food from the guambat.
The Mommy Journals, Tales from a house on a hill
Market Manila, Marketman is a well-traveled management consultant who loves buying, cooking and eating good food.
English Patis, A Filipina living in Middle England. Dreams of cooking for a living.
Iska n Dals, Ako po si Iska, anak ng isang Batanguena at isang hampaslupang Ilocanong Accountant na parehong may talento sa pagluluto; mga magulang na nagkaron ng carinderia not for the money but for the love of cooking kaya ako naman ay natuto ng mga lutuing pangmasa. Ito po ang aking Edible Experiments.
Lasang Pinoy, The Filipino Food Blogging Event. Lasang Pinoy is a monthly food blogging event to promote Filipino food.
Pinoy Cook, My name is Connie Veneracion and this blog is about the meals I cook for my family, my personal observations on restaurants we have eaten in, and information about Filipino delicacies and other locally available food products.
Munchin ' in Manila, great eats & treats in Asia's friendliest city

Philippine bloggers

Alaism, Ala Paredes, 24 years old, blogging since July 2003.
Art A2Z, Everything about art, reviews by Nino de Veyra.
Bananacue Republic, Foodcart of ideas, opinions, and hidden news.
Books A2Z, Everything about books, reviews by Nino de Veyra.
Concaved Lenses, a story of the lonely behind that concave lense
:D, yellow, because I can
Davao Diaries, Grumblings of a BlogBug
Denciojuan (apathy), simply black and white - the beauty of duality, of oppositions, of structuralism
Digital Filipino, This is the e-commerce resource website of Janette Toral marketing her books, articles, events, and advocacies online.
Digital Imageer, Create, Unique, Impact
Gibbs Cadiz, Theater, travel, movies, music, books, bloviations.
Istambay Sa Mindanao, Notes on Mindanao, mostly
Life In Between Banana Split, WARNING: Adult, adulterous and adulterated contents
Manuel L. Quezon III, Punditry, Politics, History, Commentary.
Morofilm, Gutierrez Mangansakan II is a writer, documentary filmmaker and heritage conservationist from Pagalungan, Maguindanao, in Southern Philippines.
Nino Soria de Veyra, The Not So Official Blogsite
Rambling Soul, a monstrous, all-consuming, wizard-hating balrog; the father of Blogging.
Shirley ni Ely, filipina, feminista.
Torn and Frayed in Manila, "And his coat was torn and frayed / It had seen much better days" (Jagger/Richards)

(more to come)

Philippine Travel Blogs

Ivan About Town - Ivan Henares' blog about his Philippines travels. Has won recognition on his travel writing. If you want to know about certain places in the Philippines not covered by travel agencies or Lonely Planet, come to this site. He has an index of the towns, cities, and provinces he has covered. (featured Wk#1)

Pinoy Travel Blog - an experimental project on group blogging. This site provides information on Philippine travel, destinations and travel tips. Mostly it's about the bloggers' travels and experiences.

Happy Tripper - If it's information you want, I would suggest to just click the Philippines category and read about the blogger's travels in the country. Check out the tips too, you might learn some for your coming trip. Lots of excellent photos, and informative descriptions.

Byahilo - Not an informative travel blog, but it offers lots of photos with long captions. It reads as the blogger's personal travel photojournal with side comments about promo fares and hotels.