Thursday, June 30, 2011

Map of California Political Pictures

Map of California Political Pictures

This is Map of California Political Pictures, the City maps are big map details location area.


Here's one thing I've been busy with lately. A First 40,7 that was crashed into. Will show more when it's finished.
Hi, it's Alex. I have heard that many of you want me to write some more in this blog. That's very nice of you. There are basically three reasons to why I haven't done it so much :

1. I have a life. A real life outside of this blog. You maybe think that we live only what is written and seen here, but the truth is that this is only maybe 10% of our reality. Taru much of the time lives in between the real world and the online world, but I prefer to live my life totally IRL. But of course, I am not a photographer who has a passion for sharing my art. And for me personally I see not much value in writing. I don't have this need or urge or whatever you call it.

2. And the writing part. I am French, and I lack of some words in English, so for you to be able to understand a shit of what I'm saying in text, there are a lot of editing needed. This takes time, both mine and Tarus. And time is very precious to me. There are many things I much rather do than write, I am sure you understand. 

3. Like earlier mentioned, I have no real interest in writing. Also no time. Or let's say it is not my priority. So it is very simple to us. Taru runs this website as much or as little as she wants and I do my stuff in the world outside of this online thing. I work on the boat, I fish, read, sometimes I work on projects on other boats like that one above, I must also take care of my woman, have a good time with her and all of that. Listen, I don't even have a Facebook account, I rarely check my email and even less I answer any of them and now you ask me to write a blog? Come on. I appreciate the comments from you all that I read and I admire the quality of work which my baby has put into this website, but I personally have not had time to get myself involved too much. It is very distant to me. 

So I hear that some of you would like to read more about mechanical and technical things and my point of view when it comes to boat stuff in general, sounds good, but at the same time I have understood that most people here seem to appreciate reading about hair colors, high heels, fitness advice and whatever else, and this I don't know too much about, so: I will give it a try, but don't expect too much now, I will try to post sometimes. But the question is: What are you interested in reading about? I know Taru makes a great job with her stories and images but what do you want to know from my view? Is it my work done on the boat that is of interest or do you want me to share with you some secrets about Taru or what? If you can be so nice to guide me a little bit I would appreciate it. 

I will get back to you when I find the time. Thanks. Alex


Following a brief lull, all it took was a dark night, men with firearms, a roaring vessel, shipping ropes, police and barangay officials responding, and curious residents roused from their sleep in the wee morning hours for a new episode to unfold on this treasure-hunting story that many, still in their sorry state of denial, could not accept as happening in Marinduque.

Three armed men were invited for questioning early yesterday morning by police offficers led by P/Insp. Russel Dennis Reburiano. The police responded to a call made by Bahi barangay captain Larry Soberano who, together with his barangay tanod decided to check an unusually loud mechanical sound coming from the direction of an earlier identified treasure site. The site is located in a shallow wawa, estuary.

The barangay officials accosted those men who were acting suspiciously on the beach area very close to the actual site but were told by the men to leave the area at once: “Kap, umalis na kayo, kami na ang bahala dito”, one of the men said. Two introduced themselves to the barangay captain as “Castillo” and “Eduardo”.

Upon questioning at the station, the three disclosed to Reburiano that they were coast guards assigned to the nearby Cawit Port. Checking with the Station Commander of the Philippine Coast Guard in Lucena City that holds jurisdiction over coast guard personnel in Cawit, they were identified and their last names recorded as Laureles, Baldago and Cabrera.

Reburiano said that due to zero visibility during the early morning hours his men did not consider getting closer to the treasure site as there could be others deployed there, that if also armed, might lead to a shootout. A roaring sea vessel, apparently a tugboat that had no illumination at all, therefore not visible, sped away before it could be identified. Morning light revealed a long trapa, heavy propylene shipping rope about 2 inches in diameter, tied to the supposed treasure object still lying submerged under water in the estuary.

That treasure is now being described as "an oval-shaped hardened concrete" that did not budge an inch during the attempt to recover it. The other end of the shipping rope ran to the sea and was retrieved easily, having been cut off by those other men onboard the vessel (police and barangay referred to the vessel as a barge), that disappeared into the night.

The coil of shipping rope left behind at the site is now in police custody. The three held for questioning were released at around 12:00 p.m. yesterday.

It will be recalled that the first attempt to recover the treasure only last month was halted following official intervention conducted by the Sangguniang Bayan of Gasan and municipal mayor, Victoria A. Lao-Lim. Said attempt involved the use of heavy equipment owned by the provincial government of Marinduque. The municipal council issued a resolution stating that stipulations and conditions pertaining to treasure hunting must be adhered to by all concerned and that barangay and municipal jurisdiction and rightful claim must be respected.

Lao-Lim had earlier directed P/Insp. Reburiano to vigilantly keep watch over such treasures for protection and preservation before they are “laid waste by vagabonds and illegal treasure hunters”.

Trapa, rope left behind by the vessel that fled from site

Marco Polo Hotel

Marco Polo Hotel - Davao

Marco Polo Hotel - Davao is one of the top premier hotels in Davao City. This 18-storey Hotel sits on a 6, 687 square  meter lot located at the very heart of downtown Davao City, at the corners of Claro M. Recto and Manuel Roxas Avenues. The Hotel has 245 elegantly designed rooms and suites that command a magnificent view of the Davao Gulf, and on the other side, a panoramic view of the majestic Mount Apo, the Philippines' highest mountain peak.

Entrance to the Hotel

Reception Desk

Hotel Lobby

Right wing of the Lobby

Grand Sala of the Lobby

Floral Arrangement and Wood Art in the background at the Lobby

View of Mount Apo at the background from the rooftop of the Hotel

Room Features

The Hotel has 80 Superior Rooms, 123 De Luxe Rooms, 4 rooms for the handicapped, 7 Cabana Rooms  (Cabana View Deck, Cabana Terrace, Cabana Suite, and Cabana Honeymoon Suite), 5 Deluxe Executive Rooms, 21 Continental Executive Rooms, 3 Club Suites, a Marco Polo Suite and a Presidential Suite. 

All rooms are furnished with executive desks, remote-controlled LCD color televisions with Cable TV, fully-stocked mini bars, coffee and tea makers, private baths with hot and cold showers, queen or twin beds, International Direct Dial telephones with voice mail facilities and extensions, fax and modem ports, broadband internet services, individual adjustable air conditioning system, electronic room locks, and personal safes.

Deluxe Room Sea View


Marco Polo Davao has 122 elegantly furnished Superior Rooms, located on the 4th to the 10th floor, with a panoramic view of Mount Apo or Davao Gulf.

* Superior Mountain View - from 4th to the 10th floor

* Superior Sea View - from 4th to the 10th floor


Deluxe Executive Suites are located on the 11th to 16th floors and provide scenic views of Davao Gulf and Mount Apo. Each Suite comes with the Continental Club benefits along with the standard amenities,  and butler service.

* Deluxe Mountain View - 11th to 16th floor

* Deluxe Sea View - 11th to 16th floor

Cabana Terrace Suite

Cabana Rooms and Suites

Cabana Rooms are located on the 4th and 5th floors with a view of Mount Apo. Each Cabana Room provides a host of Continental Club benefits, and standard amenities, including personalized registration in an exclusive check-in and out area, and has  a patio, or balcony leading, or overlooking to The Deck which consists of a courtyard, Sarangani Function Room, Polo Bistro Pool Lounge, Fitness, Centre, and Lazuli Spa.

Cabana Terrace Room

Cabana Honeymoon Suites

Cabana View Deck Room

Cabana Suite

The Cabana Terrace Rooms and Cabana Honeymoon Suites are situated on the 4th floor of the Hotel. Each of these rooms exits into a patio, which leads to The Deck.

The Cabana View Deck Rooms and Cabana Suite are located on the 5th floor. Each room opens to a balcony overlooking The Deck.

Continental Club Deluxe Room

Continental Club Room

The Continental Club Rooms are located on the 17th and 18th floors with scenic views of Mount Apo or Davao Gulf. These Club Rooms provide standard amenities, butler service, personalized check-in and out, and complimentary refreshments.

Continental Club Deluxe Room Mountain View has a total floor area of 32 square meters with VIP amenities that provides an exciting view of downtown Davao as well as an imposing view of the City’s mountain ranges.

Continental Club Deluxe Room Sea View likewise has a total floor area of 32 square meters with VIP amenities that provides an impressive view of downtown Davao, and the deep blue waters of Davao Gulf.

Continental Club Executive Suite

Continental Executive Suite

The Continental Executive Suites combine the privileges of Continental Club floor with the functional elegance of a standard room with butler service, private reception areas, complimentary refreshments, among others. The Suites offer breathtaking views of Mount Apo or Davao Gulf, and are ideal for families because of their size.

Continental Executive Suite Sea View

Continental Executive Suite Sea View features VIP amenities and state-of-the-art facilities. Each room provides a magnificent view of the City and Davao Gulf.

Marco Polo Suite

Signature Suites

Situated on the 18th floor of the Hotel, Marco Polo Suite is ideal for families because of its communicating door with another room. The Suite has a private reception area, exclusive check-in and out  privileges, and butler service.

Presidential Suite

Presidential Suite Sea View

Presidential Suite Sea View is the best suite in the Hotel, and is located at the penthouse. The Suite features VIP amenities and state-of-the-art facilities to please the most discriminating guests. It  provides an exhilarating view of Davao City, Davao Gulf, and outlying islands, and has a total floor area of 224 square meters.

Presidential Suite

Presidential Suite

Jacuzzi at the Presidential Suite

Outer Deck of the Hotel

The Terrace

View of Davao Gulf

Function Rooms

The Marco Polo function rooms are perfect venues for business meetings, conferences, seminars, banquets, weddings, celebrations, fashion shows, and other social functions. The Hotel has a highly trained Banquet Team that assists guests in making every occasion a success.

Marco Polo Ballroom

The Marco Polo Ballroom is located on the second floor of the Hotel and can accommodate 300 guests schoolroom style, 600 theater style, 750 cocktail style, and 425 banquet style. The ballroom can be divided into three separate function rooms, each of which has an average dining capacity of 128 persons, and is perfect for business and social functions. All rooms are equipped with the latest in audio-visual facilities.

Marco Polo Ballroom Pre-Function Area

The Pre-Function Area has a total floor area of 220 square meters and can accommodate 250 guests for cocktails.

Sulawesi Function Room

Sulawesi Function Room is located on the ground floor, and can accommodate 45 guests schoolroom style, 80 theater style, 100 cocktail style, and 40 banquet style.

Mindanao Function Room

Mindanao Function Room also located at the ground floor, can accommodate 55 guests schoolroom style, 100 theater style, 125 cocktail style, and 50 banquet style.

Borneo Function Room

Borneo Function Room can accommodate 35 guests schoolroom style, 60 theater style, 80 cocktail style, and 30 banquet style. Likewise located on the ground floor of the Hotel.

Business Center

The Hotel Davao has a 24-hour Business Center that provides busy business travelers secretarial services, word processing, facsimile, photocopying, Internet access, at a nominal fee.

Lotus Court

Bar and Restaurant

The Lotus Court is located at third floor of the Hotel, and is a perfect venue for business entertainment, and social gatherings with Private Rooms that can seat 20 to 100 persons. The Restaurant serves the finest selection of authentic Cantonese cuisine and fresh seafood in a cozy setting. It is open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM: Lunch is served at 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM, and Dinner at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Café Marco

Other side of Café Marco

Café Marco serves Filipino, Asian, Mediterranean and International cuisine, and a sumptuous buffet in a sophisticated yet casual and relaxed ambiance. It is located at the second floor, and can seat 138 guests. Breakfast is served at 6:00 AM to 10:30 AM, lunch at 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and dinner at 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM.

Polo Bistro

The Polo Bistro Pool Lounge serves International a la carte food and cocktail drinks with Mount Apo and Davao Gulf as the backdrop. It is located at The Deck of the Hotel and can seat 60 guests. The  Lounge is open from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Eagles Bar 

The Eagles Bar serves a wide range of liquors and cocktails in a classic bar setting, and is a perfect place to unwind after a long day's work. It is located at the Main Lobby at the left side main entrance of the Hotel. With its rich wood paneling and comfortable leather seats, the Eagles Bar can seat 48 persons. The Eagles Bar is open from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

Lobby Lounge Bar

The Lobby Lounge is located at the main lobby and can comfortably seat 48 persons. It is open from 6:00 AM to 12:00 midnight, serving a blissful palate of international cuisine, and an all-day menu of light snacks, desserts and beverages.

Lobby Lounge Bar

Fitness Center

Hotel Amenities

Fitness Centre is a two-storey fitness gym which features state-of-the-art equipments, complete with  aerobics room, sauna and massage rooms, and is located at The Deck of the Hotel.

Lazuli Spa

25-meter outdoor swimming pool at The Deck

The Deck

The Deck consists of a courtyard, Sarangani Function Room, Polo Bistro Pool Lounge, Fitness Centre, and the Lazuli Spa.

Hotel Rates

All rates are in US$, inclusive of  taxes, service charge, and breakfast.
Children under 12 years old are free of charge when sharing bed with parents.
Check in time is 2:00 PM, and check out time is 12:00 noon.
Rates are based on twin or double sharing only.

How to get to Marco Polo Hotel - Davao

Marco Polo Hotel - Davao is about 12 kms from the Davao International Airport, and is a 20-minute drive by car, or by the Hotel’s shuttle bus, which services hotel guests to and from the airport at a nominal fee.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 81540 
Claro M. Recto Avenue
Davao City 8000, Philippines
Tel No.: (63 82) 221-0888
Fax No.: (63 82) 225-0111


That's the only right thing to do in this heat..
And who cares if it's in the dirty waters of the harbor area, at least it's refreshing!