Lago de Oro

Wakeboarding, Calatagan, Batangas

Truth be told, I only knew of one such facility here in our country – Camsur. Yes, I’m sure Lago de Oro has been featured on television as well, but I’m guessing Camsur or CWC (Camsur Watersports Complex) is more popular. And, basing from the pictures of Camsur’s facilities in their site, it’s probably nicer as well. But, it’s more than twice as far.

Lago de Oro is only about 3 hours (with traffic) away from Manila. It’s located in Calatagan, Batangas; Balibago, Calatagan to be exact. The place is huge. The wakeboarding area – the “lake?” or “man-made lake?” is overwhelming in size. It also has the usual obstacles and ramps so I’m guessing regular competitions are held there.

To “ski” would cost 440 for 1 hour, 900 for half a day and 1,386 for the whole day. Equipment plus a short crash course is included. Knee boarding or water skiing (1 ski per foot), as they say, is easier for newbies. There is also a pool and a classy-looking restaurant at the back. The beach is accessible, but it’s not nice. There is also a resort right beside Lago de Oro called Villa Aurea. This is where you should stay if you want to save on lodging, which is exactly what we did.

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PayPal withdrawal through local banks

January 31, 2008 update

My money finally came through today even if I used the wrong bank code supplied by BPI last Monday. But, it had a deduction of Php 150. My Php 12,571.74 became Php 12,421.74. PayPal states that Php 250 will be charged if wrong bank details are supplied, I wonder why mine was deducted Php 150 only. Puzzler.

January 30, 2008 update

The BPI bank code posted below was given to me by BPI’s customer service last Monday, before Paypal released it’s official bank codes list. I withdrew using the code below. I have not received my money in my BPI account, nor has PayPal returned my money with the said Php 250 deduction fee if banks details are wrong. I will update this post if PayPal will penalize me. The new “official” BPI code is 010040018.

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Philippine-PayPal account holders now have the option to withdraw through local banks, and so the title says. I will credit pinoymoneytalk.com on this, just because they bitched about it, but I did honestly read it first from mukamo.com.

To make this post short and swabe, simply log-in to your PayPal account and go to Withdraw. You will need to enter your bank account number, and your bank’s 9-digit code. Call your bank’s customer service to find out your bank code – it is not the same as the swift code, obviously, because that’s an 8-digit code. BPI account holders, save some time and use this code: 021000021. Withdrawing through local banks is free if you withdraw a minimum of Php 7,000.00. By the way, your account must be a Peso account. I withdrew $300 before this post and they gave me a 1 U.S. Dollar = 40.6800 Peso exchange rate. My PayPal account has already been deducted, even if the promised delivery time is 5-7 business days. Maybe in 5-7 business days I’ll update this post.

My Chemical Romance concert Philippines

January 26, 2008 update

I only have three important things to say, since people who visit this page most probably went to the concert anyway. The show was great, I do have videos and pictures, but like what one commenter said, there are tons already in YouTube. One and two, General Admission and Bronze tickets which sold for Php 400 and Php 600 respectively, were being sold for Php 85 and Php 300 by Smart people walking outside the venue. Even better is you get a free sim card with a 30-peso load if you get the Php 85 deal and a 300-peso load card if you get the Php 300 deal. I wish you didn’t buy tickets so soon or from the gates. Third and lastly, why in hell did they not perform Ghost of You?

January 25, 2008

A little late posting about this concert. Oh by the way, Maroon 5 is also coming over this March. More on that on a later post. My Chemical Romance, known for the songs “Helena,” “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” “The Ghost Of You,” “Welcome To The Black Parade,” “I Don’t Love You,” among others, is set to rock Manila on January 25, 2008. It will be held at the Fort Bonifacio Open Field, Taguig.

Ticket prices start at Php 412.00 for General Admission, Php 2,575.00 for the Silver Section, and Php 3,862.00 for the Gold Section. Only three sections for a huge, huge venue. People at General Admission, expect to watch the concert at the screens.

The gig is being promoted by Viva Concerts and tickets are sold by TicketWorld – the one in National Bookstores. Viva Concerts – 687-6181, Ticketworld – 891-9999; www.ticketworld.com.ph.

See you at the General Admission, unless I get a freebie. Anyway, great concerts to start the year. I hope the trend continues till the end of the year.