24 January 2005

baguio-quezon.info

I'm not yet done with it, but excitement's got the better of me, so I hope you would pay a visit at http://baguio-quezon.info. This is a site I've been working on starting around November of last year.

The idea to come up with such a site was actually in my mind since 2000, when I worked with a web development company for 7 months. However, when I saw that baguio.com and baguio.net was already taken, this personal project took a back seat to my work. But it was always there, with some ideas popping-up every now and then. Some of these ideas are:

- a section where a collection of Baguio ghost stories will be placed. What's Baguio without ghost stories? But I was thinking about putting it in a message board instead...
- speaking of message boards, a section of this will be dedicated to comments on experiences with establishments and restaurants in Baguio City;
- a page to put in common Ilocano words to help the visitor haggle prices, or take jeepney rides the local way;
- a section on nice, unique things you can buy as mementos (dare I include the naughty woodcrafts?);
- a section on local traditions? Though this will take a lot of research on my part ...
- a map of Baguio City. This I got with permission from Cunanan Maphouse, and I'm currently working on it.

So many ideas, so little time...


And then I got married. And I liked my wife's province of Dolores, Quezon too, so I decided on baguio-quezon. Unfortunately, my wife hasn't given me much so far to put up for that half of the site aside from its history which her friends sent me.

I'm currently looking for a nice, free message board I can put up to add interactivity to the site. If you have suggestions, do let me know please. Thanks.

The site is still under construction. I did the lay-out from what little I know of html; my objective is to let the visitors see a Baguio in the eyes of someone who was born and lived there. And hopefully the site would eventually evolve to something that will raise awareness in the people for nature conservation. Of course, that's ideally speaking. Easier said than done, huh?

I will try to put in new information as my schedule permits me. In the meantime, I do hope you can give me suggestions for the message board and other things I can include there to make it more fun (hey, what about recipes!). Just don't ask me to change the layout! :-)

[This is cross-posted in http://baguio-quezon.blogspot.com]
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