Rain's New Lotte Calendar Photos Plus Adieu 2010 Snippets

When The Fugitive: Plan B finished airing in South Korea late last year, Rain returned to his first love-performing-to the delight and paranoia of his die-hard Asian fans. Rain bid goodbye to 2010 with a bang in this highly-anticipated concert in South Korea aptly titled Adieu 2010. Here are some snippets from the concert just in case you missed it.

                                            One by Rain
                                                   Credit: Raintic@Youtube

                                          Hip Song by Rain
                                                   Credit: Raintic@Youtube

                                     Not A Single Day by Rain
                                                  Credit: Raintic@Youtube
After this amazing concert, our dear Rain has been quite busy keeping up with engagements from Paris to London in a span of a few days.

Rain in Paris
Shared by Rhodora Gualberto and Addicted to Rain Fan Page

Rain in London
Courtesy of Addicted to Rain Facebook Fan Page

                                                     Calendar Photos shared by Cel Samson

It's a good thing that we have the Lotte Calendar photos to keep the illusion that Rain is just somewhere nearby. Aja!Aja! Rain wherever you are!

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Draw Me Close To You by Michael W. Smith

"In a man's heart is a God-shaped vacuum that only Jesus Christ can fill." It was St. Augustine who said that shedding light on the truth that no amount of recognition, relationship, money or power can ever fill that void in our hearts.  May this song be a constant prayer to ask God to draw us near to Him and to never ever let us go despite our shortcomings and stubbornness.

Here's gospel singer Michael W. Smith with Draw Me Close to You.

Let's sing along...

Draw me close to You
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear You say that I'm Your friend

You are my desire
No one else will do
'Cause nothing else could take Your place
To feel the warmth of Your embrace
Help me find the way
Bring me back to You

You're all I want
You're all I've ever needed
You're all I want
Help me know You are near

Have a wonderful Sunday!
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Floating Promo: Korean Superstar Rain Blog Archive

Hi! Are you a Rain fanatic like me? If yes, you're in for an amazing treat! I have several articles about him from this archive.  Check them out soon! Gamsamhamnida.

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Floating Promo: Beauty and Fashion Archive

Hello! Do check out my blog entries from the Beauty and Fashion Archive for some cool reviews and tips.  Thanks!

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Promo: Floating Madame Tussauds Wax Museum


Do check out my blog entry on Madame Tussauds at the Peak Tower in Hong Kong for  more information on this slideshow.

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Food Delights Galore

Hi! Do check out my Food Delights Archive for the write-ups. Thanks!

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Frozen Delights Galore

Hi! Do check out my Food and Frozen Delights Archive for the write-ups. Thanks!

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Next Attraction: Meet & Greet With Ms. Lea Salonga

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Next Attraction: The Face Shop Mask Sheets

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A Guided Tour of the Oceanarium at the Manila Ocean Park (Updated)

As expected, we were terribly behind schedule. With only a few precious hours before closing, we did not have enough time to dine at the Makansutra Asian Food Village and taste the flavors of Asia on a budget.

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Taming my cravings proved to be a wise decision for the Oceanarium was breath-taking! This world-class facility boasts of an array of marine life numbering to about 5,000 varieties from 300 species indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia.  It was a fantastic way to experience life under the sea without getting wet! Let me take you to some of the marine species that have made a strong impression on me during our visit.

Giant Clam or "Taklobo." Nestled in the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, the giant clam is the largest living bi valve mollusk with a life span of up to 100 years. Its life-giving mantle serves as a habitat for single-celled dinoflagellate algae from which it gets 90% of its nutrition. 

Shrimpfish / Razorfish or "Isdang Laring-laring" or "Isdang Sikwan." Found in the shallow tropical portions of the Indo-Pacific, this fish type is luminous, flat and boasts of a long snout and a sharp-edged belly. With its trademark thin, dark stripe and ironic shrimp-like appearance, a school of shrimpfish swims in a synchronized manner with heads upside-down.

Firefish or Red Fire Goby. Normally found in the upper portions of outer reef slopes in the Indo-Pacific region including the Philippines, this fish type feeds on zooplankton, mostly copepods and crustacean larvae. Aside from its fascination with food, the Firefish also values its partner so much so that it stays monogamous for life.

Blue Tang. With its trademark electric blue color fused with bold black markings, the Blue Tang is without a doubt, a real beauty! Otherwise known as Palette Surgeonfish or Regal Tang, this fish type is native to reefs across the Indo-Pacific region. It feeds on seaweed and algae to maintain its over-all mobility and love for action.

Spotted Garden Eel. Drawn to live in small groups, these eels enjoy some alone time in the burrows from which they pop out and stay put if not disturbed.

Pinjalo Snapper. Reefs and rocky bottoms seem to be the snappers' favorite spots.  Here, they prey on planktonic invertebrates and small fishes for survival.

Humpback Grouper/Panther Grouper or "Kulapo" or "Panter." It's interesting to know that its trademark polka-dots serve not as a decor but as a camouflage to confuse would-be predators.  

Another nameless fish type yet overflows with graceful charm. A definite scene-stealer at the Oceanarium!

Longhorn Cowfish or "Baka-Baka." This fish type is not only popular for its long horns protruding from the front of its head but also for unleashing the deadly toxin ostracitoxin, which resembles red tide, when it's under stress.

Bluespotted Ribbon Tail Ray or "Pagi." It usually flourishes around coral reefs but migrates into groups in shallow sandy areas during the rising tide.

Luminously shiny and interestingly mobile, this fish type is a celebratory toast to the Oceanarium's vast array of marine life!

Common Lionfish or "Ranuy-ranuy." This type chooses lagoon and seaward reefs as habitats but hides in unexposed spots during daytime, immobile, and with its head down. The widespread pectoral fins are used not as mere decoration but as a trap for small fishes, shrimps and crabs.

Blackspotted Puffer or "Butete." Approximately 33 centimeters long, this fish type can survive between 12 and 25 years by feeding on corals, crustaceans, mollusks, sponges, tunicates and algae.

Reef Stonefish or "Sumalapaw." Carnivorous by nature, this fish type is found on sandy or rubble areas of reef flats and shallow lagoons and in small pools during low tide; well-hidden among the substrate and sometimes, even covered with algae.

Ribbon Eel or "Malibanos." It resembles a vibrant celebratory streamer with its black and yellow hues spanning to about 1.2 meters long but with expanded nostrils to boot.

Snowflake Moray Eel or "Igat." A large fish without any pectoral or pelvic fins, this type is particularly known for its strong body that swims flawlessly through waters as a snake does on land.

Shark or "Pating." Its mere presence has fascinated and frightened humans for centuries making it one of the most popular attractions at the Oceanarium. 

I walked slowly through the huge underwater viewing tunnel spanning 25 meters long with a curve at 220 degrees. I didn't want to make any sound that will disrupt the glorious solitude of the moment. It was just me and the fishes in this slice of marine paradise. 

Embraced by the quiet whisper from the water ripples all around me, I was brought back to my senses when I noticed that the fishes continued to lurk in the cool waters unruffled by my presence.

Whether flying solo or in a group, the strange busyness inside the tank was unmistakable. These fishes don't have an idea that the facility was about to close in a few minutes. Life is practically the same for them every single moment of every day.

By the end of our visit, I had a renewed appreciation for "life under the sea" like never before. Then I started to realize how truly blessed we are as a people to have these species present in our marine territories. I could only hope that this world-class facility will be preserved for future generations.

Come visit soon!

Oceanarium at the Manila Ocean Park
Location: Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Park
1000 Manila, Philippines
Hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm; Sat - Sun: 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Phone:   (02) 567 7777
Email:    inquiry@manilaoceanpark.com