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If Boracay is the only place you know about the Philippines, I strongly suggest visiting the 7,106 other islands and get to know the people that make up the Philippines. Just visit www.wowphilippines.com.ph. Everything you need to know about the Philippines is there. Fine! Not everything but its a start.

If a Filipino tries to help you, and treats you like a dear friend, please don't get suspicious. We love foreigners. "Mi casa su casa" as Spaniards say. We even let foreigners (westerners mostly) stay and rule us for about 4 centuries. We are probably the most westernized country in Asia.

I would love to travel the world and meet people at random. Get in touch and visit them from time to time. Experience what they would call fun. I think that would be absolutely great.

Its safe in our country. Everything's cheap and depending on where you are, there are first world amenities. Spas are everywhere. Expeditions, Benzs and BMWs are not uncommon.

If you're a wuss and could'nt leave the comforts of your first world country behind, I think this is for you........."Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOOO HOOO - WHAT A RIDE!"-Anonymous

That girl down there is my ex-fiancee (we got married on May 18). Pretty isn't she? =D

We both love to travel and this is our first trip as a couple, in Camiguin Island. This picture was taken in Katibawasan falls, one of the waterfalls in the island. Water is crystal clear and sooo cold it will shrink your nuts to the size of a pea.

On a day when the only tourist in the area is you, you can actually skinny dip....Honest.....;-D hehe.

Slum Book

I have'nt answered these kinds of questions in a looong time. Here's one I answered recently. You can tell I've got waaaay too much time to waste...hehe

Name: Danilo Sotto
Nickname: Dan, Ino
Address: Mt. Doom
Phone NO.: nice try
Birthday: 28 October
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Single/Married: proudly and happily married
School/s: Diliman Prep. School, Far Eastern University HS, UP Los Banos
Courses: MSc. Animal Science, BSc. Agriculture
Hobbies: whining
Music: Simple Plan, Sting, Nirvana, Greenday
Cartoon Character: Daria, Dexter, Taz, Slimer
Movie Idols: Edward Norton
Sport/s: Badminton
Fave color: any but pink
Book/s: Catcher in the Rye
Author: JD Salinger
Ambition: world domination
Fave Hangout: where the girls and booze are
Best friends: my other self
Describe yourself: which one?
What is love? Purely biochemical
Who is/was your first love? A huge chocolate bar called Cadbury's
Describe your loved one: Uma Thurman
When & where did you meet? In a restaurant
What attracted you most? She made the first move
Unforgettable date & place? you're seriously asking me this?
Who was your first kiss? Is this grammatically correct?
Happiest moment? I am always happy.
Most embarrassing moment? I really don't know why I started answering these questions.
Your greatest wish? That the future generations never have a hard time getting laid in high school.
What book are you reading? The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
Babies? In June, we're naming him Joaquin. My current baby is called Honda.
Favorite sound: Stewardess announcing "We have landed safely at....."
Worst feeling in the world: having diarrhea with no toilet in sight and you have to keep it in.
First thing you think of in the morning: got to pee
Favorite food? Tom Yam kung (dont know if its spelled like that though)
Do you like to drive fast? YES...operative word there is LIKE.
Sleep with a stuffed animal? I'm loving this survey. Really!
Storms ? cool or scary? ask someone who is in a boat crossing the Pacific at the height of one.
What type was your first car? Mitsubishi GLXI '94
What's in the trunk of your car? a dead body in a duffel bag and a whole lotta stuff that I have no idea how they got there.
Do you eat the stems of broccoli? yes. do you really need to know?
If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be? Porn Star. No doubt about it.
Do you type with your fingers in the right keys? I can press the right keys alright.
What's under your bed? A huge, hairy, savage monster in a tutu.
Which do you prefer a sports car or a 4wd? Porche Carrera Turbo
Do you believe in afterlife? No. But I suggest you do.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? do you write questions in beauty pageants?
If you have a tattoo, what is it? no tats yet, but im planning to have one on my butt.
Sushi or hamburger: sushi
IF YOU COULD TAKE A VACATION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
WHERE WOULD IT BE? Egypt, Israel, Germany, Amsterdam, Russia, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Bali.
Do you have pets? No, but I am cohabiting with someone Im taking care of.
What time is it now? 2:58 p.m. (I know! I?m doing this at work. Sue me!)

Only in the Philippines

World's Smallest Monkey
In many respects, the Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) is different from other animals. Considered as the world's smallest primate, it measures only about twelve centimeters in length. Its two big eyes cannot move and do not have a tapetum - the upper protective tissue. Because of this, the Philippine tarsier has learned to turn its head 180 degrees. It has also two grooming claws on each foot and an almost bald tail extending about nine inches.

Found in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol and Mindanao, the Philippine tarsier got its name from its elongated tarsus bone. An ordinary tarsier weighs between 117 and 134 grams. It is able to move between trees by leaping as far as three meters. It also has keen senses of hearing and sight.

Today, there are only about 1,000 tarsiers inhabiting the wilds of Corella town in Bohol province where the biggest concentration of these rare animals was once reported. Ensuring the continued existence of the Philippine tarsiers is the Philippine Tarsier Foundation Inc.

Source : http://www.txtmania.com/trivia/only.php

Manila by Hotdogs...also recorded by Side A

Maraming beses na kitang nilayasan (I left you lots of times)
Iniwanan at iba ang pinuntahan (Left and went to other places)
Parang babaeng ang hirap talagang malimutan (You're like a girl I can't forget)
Ikaw lamang ang aking laging binabalikan (I keep coming back to you)

Manila, I keep coming back to Manila
Simply no place like Manila
Manila I'm coming home

I walked the streets of San Francisco
I've tried the rides in Disneyland
Dated a million girls in Sydney
Somehow I feel like I don't belong

Hinahanap-hanap kita Manila (I long for you Manila)
Ang ingay mong kay sarap sa tenga (Your noise that soothes my ears)
Mga jeepney mong nagliliparan (Your jeepneys so fast it can almost fly)
Mga babae mong naggagandahan (Your oh so beautiful women)
Take me back in your arms Manila
and promise me you'll never let go
Promise me you'll never let go

SUNSCREEN...a speech by Baz Luhrman

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proven by
scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
than my own meandering
experience…I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubblegum.

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you. Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe
you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky
chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t
congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your
choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever
own..

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for
good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the
people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live
in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will
philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize
that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund,
maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one
might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will
look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it for more than
it’s worth. But trust me on the sunscreen…

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