Wednesday, December 30, 2015

EVENT | Maryhill College's One Nite Only - Salsa Performance

So just before we cap the year off, I was invited to perform an exhilarating salsa performance.

What made it significantly unforgettable is that there was no prior rehearsals for the performance. It happened so quickly. I called my salsa partner who luckily is in the Philippines, told her to come to the venue by 7pm and voila, the rest was history.

Monday, December 14, 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY | Tamron Philippines, Photo Kwento Contest : Grand Winner

Tamron Philippines has chosen it's Grand Winner for the Photo Kwento Contest. It's none other than John Romeo Briton for his entry "USTe"

Sunday, December 13, 2015

EVENT | The Havaianas Filipinas Collection

Flip flops nowadays are not just utilities for people. As in other clothing accessories, flip flops have evolved into a fashion statement. Gone were the days when one cannot stroll the city streets wearing but flip flops, scared to be judged by others. But Havaianas, the ever so popular brand, has empowered Filipinos the world over in asserting their fashion statements.

JOURNAL | Musings of the Season

So I have been walking around the metro, that is Lucena City. At SM City Lucena for instance, the spirit of the season is so visible- lights everywhere, Christmas tree upon entrance, carols playing loudly on speakers. Even the shoppers do not seem to get tire visiting shops here and there. You'll find my photos below.

Friday, December 11, 2015

PHOTO | Tamron 4-In-1 Photo Kwento Contest

The finalists for the Tamron 4-in-1 Photo Kwento Contest have been selected by a panel of judges last Dec. 11th, and I was not one of them. Not that I expected though, hahaha.

But in any case, the photos selected this year are brilliant and they convey stories that you will see on the photos. You may click the below for the complete list of the finalists' entries.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

TRAVEL | Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Resort

Been to Tayabas, Quezon lately? 

There's a new resort that promises unforgettable stay in this part of town- Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Resort & Hotel. But isn't that the floating bamboo rafter restaurant with infamous grilled tilapia? Well, as the name suggests; the property is a relaxing resort equipped with pools and rooms to boast of. They have amazing views of rice paddies and banquet halls fit for big events like wedding. They also have cafe which features live band during weekends. You may check out the photos below.

JOURNAL | How To Be Wealthy... Or At Least How To Try To Be One!

Here's a good read! A reminder to us all that financial stability should be one of our top goals.

How do you become wealthy?  Some would say pure luck, others would say inheritance or even intelligence. However, wealth is the result of a person's discipline and above all attitude. Attitude is the biggest difference between wealthy people and the rest of the populace. 

JOURNAL | Some Economic Thoughts

Photo taken from

Well I'm no expert on economic matters, but I do understand that the Peso-Dollar exchange hugely affect my capability to purchase McDonalds or KFC when I'm in a foreign land. So perhaps high school seniors or college freshmen can expound more on economuc concerns that hit the Pinoys most.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

JOURNAL | Pilipino, Isang Depinisyon

Pilipino, Isang Depinisyon
Ni Ponciano BP Pineda

Ano ka? Ano siya? Ano ako?
Sabi nila'y Pilipino.
Ugat natin ay Silangan
Anak dagat ang ninunong hatid dito ng barangay
Galing doon sa malayo sa matandang kalupaan
Dito sila ipinadpad ng magandang kapalaran.

JOURNAL | Lights, Moods and Colors

Why is the sky blue? Why is the setting sun red? Why is deep water blue or green? 

Well, the cause in each is the scattering of light- a diffraction effect. Dust particles and even the molecules of atmospheric gases interrupt the wave fronts of sunlight advancing to the atmosphere. The light that was advancing in a straight line from the sun to the Earth is dispersed. Tiny new wave fronts develop in all directions. In a new word, the light is scattered.

To begin, the white light we see is really made up of many different colors of light. You can see these when light is passed through a prism. The color band formed when light passes through a prism is called a spectrum. The band colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. These are the colors of  the rainbow. These colors are visible light, light that humans can see.

DANCE | Salsa Intermediate Routine

Salsa with Allan Abdula

My stay here in the Philippines has been a very meaningful one. After years of salsa training in the Middle East, I got the chance to meet Filipinos who share the same passion for dancing, especially Salsa. Here I am happy to share with you one of my latest salsa classes in Manila, with my intermediate student.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Journal | While There's No Laptop

I found my journal somewhere in my room and thought I'd share my OFW thoughts back in 2011 when I first stepped in Saudi Arabia.

Still has no laptop as of this writing. Got to do this long hand. Though I've noticed that I don't really have much time for writing and I fear that I can only write/record my thoughts on weekends which is by the way Thursday and Friday here in Riyadh.

JOURNAL | Conversations with Efren

This article was written in 2011, while eating dinner in our accommodation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Me & Efren at the Saudi Office
Efren is a fellow Quezonian. He's from Atimonan and tonight we have discussed a number of social issues in the Philippines. Let me just breakdown the discussed points:

Thursday, December 3, 2015

I Remember The Boy (Original by Joey Albert)

I consider Joey Albert as one of the most talented singers in the Philippines. In fact, I believe that she has the most hauntingly beautiful voice I've heard. Her ballads and jazz cross over generations and time does not seem to fade the relevance of her songs. It was in the 1980s when Joey became very popular after winning a TV show and later on joining the Minstrels. And then at the height of her career, she decided to leave the limelight. Rumors had it that she was sick of cancer and underwent treatment. She was cleared of the illness, but recent reports have it that the cancer has relapsed. 

In honor of Joey Albert, I dedicate this song. I hope one day I can sing a duet with you @JoeyAlbert.

I Remember The Boy
ALLAN SINGS JOEY ALBERTI Remember The Boyby Allan AbdulaVideo by Dazzle FlanciaLocation | SM Lucena
Posted by Allan Yasser Zeta Abdula on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What's Up With "Expat In The City"

So, Expat In The City blogger has not been very active recently because the author is working on some related websites to make viewing photos so much easier and more organized.

Whew, at least the cat's out of the bag now.

The long and short of it all, is that there are now two related wordpress sites which you can browse to go over some photos of places the author has visited, as well as photoshoots and events covered in the past few days.

Expat In The City

This wordpress travel blog features some of the most beautiful still photos the author has captured in his travels. It showcases the in-depth look of places and spots which might interest any future traveler. 

Latest posts include:

#Palaisdaan Resort in Tayabas, Quezon
#Popular Delicacies in Lucban
#Alvino's Restaurant in Lucena City
#Calixto Cafe, The Century Old Ancestral House of Zaballero
#Tips and Cups Cafe
#and so much more

Model Shoot Portfolio

This wordpress photo blog organizes the portrait shots of the most beautiful people the author has worked with in the industry. It also has snippets of events and photo tricks done by the photographer.

Latest posts include:
#Jarrett for Male Pageant
#Zandro for Male Pageant
#Nischal, Home Set Up with One Lighting
#Epi M. for Mock Up in Black & White
#Fashion Show with Designers from Lucena City

In the upcoming days, more linking will happen in this site and that makes the blogging experience even more exciting. So hope you are still there to catch the latest developments. Ciao!

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