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A Visit to Tagaytay
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
April is the month of annual conventions and PSP (Physiology Society of the Philippines) had its 27th on April 20 and 21 in Angels Hills, Tagaytay City, with the theme "A Friendly Approach to Molecular Physiology". Wow, just by reading the theme anyone will agree that the officers went through a tough time deciding on the topics for presentation. The lectures included something on the neuroendocrine and the T-cells, genetics, molecular biology, and receptor physiology. Pfizer even gave a lecture on the physiology of smoking making the first day of the convention uber hectic.

Anyway, the convention was held in a place called Angels Hills. While entering the place, you will not fail to notice the many statues of angels ( Saint Raphael, Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Uriel, Saint Jhudiel, Saint Barachiel, and Saint Sealtiel), reason for its name.

The place is mostly used for retreats but because of its serenity, we cannot help to wonder if there are nuns living in it. Maybe it was really designed for use by the holy because there was no television nor radio in its rooms. The silence and the weather makes one feel very sleepy. But when I mentioned it to my aunt who is a nun, she claims that their convents and retreat houses have TVs and radios in them.

We had plans of exploring Tagaytay and have a taste of the bulalo it is well noted for. But due to time constraints, we were not able to do so. We noticed the heaps of pineapples and other assortment of fruits along the highway while on our way home, and so I cannot resist the temptation to buy. The pineapples are really cheap as they were sold at 3 for Php 100. Bananas were cheap, too. Together with the several boxes of pies (apple, pineapple, buko, and ube) I bought from Angels Hills, our car compartment was really filled to capacity.

It was actually my second time to visit Tagaytay. The first was when I was in grade school so I don't really have a vivid memory of how it was. Looking at the place, it is very progressive. I would love to go back and explore some more if given the chance.

Taal Volcano taken along the highway

My husband (in green) during the oath taking ceremony. He was elected as one of the officers.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 11:42 AM   0 comments
Cantinetta Baguio with LRI
A few days ago, LRI (a division of Unilab) invited us to a dinner, with a lecture on their drug Piozone, a brand of Pioglitazone, an antidiabetic drug. It was held in Cantinetta in Baguio, found in Camp John Hay.

If you are craving for steaks, this place is good to visit. They are known for their good quality steaks, I was told. Spaghetti was also served and I found it very good. Kids will surely love it, too.

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Summer Fun: A Night in Treasures of Bolinao
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Treasures of Bolinao is a beach resort located in Baranggay Patar, in the northwestern part of Pangasinan. It overlooks the China Sea and boasts of golden white sand and crystal clear water in its beach. It is three hours away from Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

We had an overnight stay here over the weekend, to relax and have fun. We left home after lunch and arrived at the place just in time to have a quick stroll at the beach and view the sunset. The kids took no time to change and plunge into the water. When it was getting dark, they continued swimming in the pool inside the resort.

The pool is small. There was a wall dividing the kiddie from the adult pool. It was not so clean either as I could feel the sand on the floor whenever I stand.

Dinner was served at eight in the evening. The food was good but a bit expensive. I had a spa later in the night together with my husband.

Early the next morning, we strolled again along the beach and took lots of pictures. We found out that visitors continued to arrive until one in the morning. The hotel rooms were already full so they slept inside tents. The hotel owner couldn't just send them away as the place is located in a secluded area, a bit far from civilization. Hence, an ideal place for relaxation.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 11:19 AM   3 comments
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