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El Gamma Penumbra Choose Philippines for Fun

Choose Philippines is a project initiative of ABS-CBN Regional Network Group on promoting tourism in the country by providing information on travel, places, events, food, and people of the Philippines.

After the launch of this first geo-social networking website on 15th of April 2011, it was just in time El Gamma Penumbra, a PGT finalist and my PGT Season 3 Grand Winner bet, caught the eye of many by showcasing their talent in shadow play and aimed to uplift the Pinoy spirit and pride.

Then recently, I heard from my friend Anton here about this web sensation unveiling a new version of Choose Philippines music video using the song Piliin mo Ang Pilipinas composed by Allan Dannug, and arranged by Marvin Querido. The song was sung by Angeline Quinto and Vincent Bueno which inspired me to write the post I Choose Philippines Too..

The Fairest of Them All


Mirror Mirror
Lily Collins as Snow White and Academy Award winner Julia Roberts as the evil queen.
March 30, 2012 (US Release Date)

Snow White and the Hauntsman
stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron, the queen antagonist
June 1, 2012 (US Release Date)

For me, both are visually entertaining. They both have astounding visual effects. However, the story comes in a different flavor. Mirror Mirror is more light toned which is cute. While the Snow White and the Huntsman is fierce and action-packed.

Who's gonna rank the fairest of the two in the box-office?

Guan Yin Statue and Kek Lok Si Temple


Along the way to Penang Hill, my eyes were caught in a few other structures in Air Itam. So immediately after our nice viewing on top of the hill, we walked around and passed by the Hindu Temple Sri Ruthra Veeramuthu Maha Mariamman Devasthanam and also their market.

The Thrill Ride To Penang Hill

I had pictures in my mind of Penang's train passing through hills and tunnels that will make me feel like I am in one of those Harry Potter films. I really want to experience that, so I asked my friend if she knows the place I was referring to and so we can pay a visit during my stay. That's when I heard about Penang Hill.

Ready for the jummppppp????!??

The View from Penang Hill


Almost all the prizes were already given away when we left from the venue of the Hard Rock to Rock Run event. By 9:30 in the morning, we were on our way home to recharge our batteries. But we ended up swimming when we arrived. LOL. I just couldn't resist the sun and their inviting pool. I really enjoyed the splash while my friend did me underwater shots. Here's one for you:

2011 Hard Rock To Rock Run Event at Penang

"I missed my runs."

Feeling athletic lang. lels

Seriously, I had my runs last 2010 and it was really cool to join such event together with my siblings. Well, it's not just about fun but being healthy. Like what experts say, we should have at least 150 minutes a week of exercises because this helps in reducing heart risk while it adds years to life.

I wasn't able to follow any events for the year 2011 since I was adjusting to my new environment. Not until my friend told me there will be an upcoming running event in their place. I was like asking her questions nonstop and finally I decided to join. She immediately registered me for the event.

This was my main reason why I went to Penang besides getting some fresh air. So as I've said earlier on my first day, we had hiking at Taman Negara for our preparation. Now, it's time to run.

Hiking at Taman Negara

Just before the year 2012 started, I was able to visit another island from Malaysia comparable to Singapore -- Penang Island.

My friend fetched me at Sungai Nibong Terminal, shortly as I arrived 7:40 in the morning. I had a few sleep around 10-hours travel via bus from Singapore to Penang but soon as we got to her place, I was with high spirits that I just wanted to go out and start the great weekend. We began touring her place which I eventually fell in love with.

in the pool