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Occassional blogger, photography enthusiast, apparel designer, engineer and a big believer of God. In my spare time I love to create DIY projects or chase the bliss of solitude, sipping a cup of nicely brewed coffee, munching some yummy cookies while reading a good book in a new place with a great view.

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Weekly Photo Memes

May 30, 2009

  
BOOKS is this week's theme for PHOTOHUNT
 This photo was taken from  YOGHURT HOUSE, 
one of my favorite eating place in SAGADA.
They have one corner there where they sell Used Books for just 20 pesos.
I was browsing for some interesting read, planning to buy some
when my friend reminded me to hurry up since we 
have a scheduled Spelunking activity in 10 minutes.

May 28, 2009



strawberry taho

Alam mo ba? Yan ang tema ng Litratong Pinoy sa linggong ito.
Bata pa ako paborito ko na ang taho, laging inaabangan si Mamang Taho
na sumigaw ng tahoooooo tuwing umaga at hapon.
Kahit hanggang ngayon kapag may pagkakataon at
natunugan ang sigaw ni Mamang Taho, tumatakbo ako
habang sumisigaw ng taho, taho, palabas ng bahay,
bitbit ang aking baso para makisali sa
mga batang mahilig ding bumili ng taho.
Noong nasa baguio ako, nagpyesta ako sa pagkain ng taho
na may sahog ng strawberry, ang sarap!!!
I was about to post an entry for Litratong Pinoy, but since I can't find my card reader, I'll just do it tomorrow....


For the meantime, I visited Photofunia and I got excited upon seeing new photo effects I can try out ......

This one is my favorite ..... STENCIL




Another effect, using my other pic .... VINTAGE TV Sets


And this one....... CAPTIVITY

hehehe ( natabunan na nga ng lupa, nakapose pa! LOL)

May 25, 2009


This is Sam who fell asleep while playing with his plastic toy


Plastic sundries like buttons and zipper I usually see at work .....

This week's Photohunt is about Plastic.
Well, plastic stuffs have become part of my daily life....
These are just a fraction of those.

May 23, 2009

Awarding and Tagging Time once again :)

Received two blog awards from a fellow blogger, Crisiboy of
Jologs na Yuppie.
Big thanks Crisiboy for taking time to visit my blog and including me in your list....


May 21, 2009

Watching this season's finale was really a treat. Music greats performed lived on stage .... I think this is the most jam packed finale the American Idol ever had. The highlight for me was the duet of Keith Urban and Kris Allen.... hotness!!! Also worth mentioning is that Boom Boom Pow performance from Black Eyed Peas, Santana's performance with the Idols, and of course that of Queen's.

And because I always root for the underdogs, I was ecstatic upon hearing Ryan announced Kris Allen won. He is the perfect paradigm of a "Dark Horse". Imagine from obscurity with no fanfare at all, he emerged as a contender. He was downplayed heavily by the judges and producers even up to the finale. But despite all odds, he was still there, winning the admiration of a lot of people. It's a realization that success in the music industry does not purely rely on how high the note you can reach but it is a combination of charisma and musical talent and ingenuity. Kris Allen definitely has all three qualities and his humility played a big factor. The song "No Boundaries" suited him best....


Listen to 'No Boundaries'






No Boundaries by Kara DioGuardi (”Kara’s Song”)

Seconds hours so many days
You know what you want but how long can you wait
Every moment last forever if you feel you’ve lost your way
What if my chances are already gone
Started believing that I could be wrong
But you give me one good reason
to fight and never walk away

Coz here I am — still holding on!

Every step you climb another mountain
Every breathe its harder to believe

You’ll make it through the pain (or through all your aches and pains)
Weather the hurricane
To get to that one thing

When you think the road is going nowhere
Just when you’ve almost gave up on your dreams
Then take it by the hand and show you that you can

There are no boundaries, there are no boundaries.....

I fought to the end and stand on the edge, what if the day is as good as it gets

Don't know where the future is heading, nothing's gonna bring me down

I've jumped every bridge and I've heard every line

I've risked being safe and I always knew why

I always knew why, so here I am still holding on.

You can go higher
You can go deeper
There are no boundaries
Above and beneath you
B-reak every rule coz there’s nothing between you
and your dreams

Every step you climb another mountain
Every breathe its harder to believe




Unang pumasok sa isip ko nang makita ko ang tema ng Litratong Pinoy na Lahat ay Payak ay ang kuhang ito na nagsasalamin ng simpleng pamumuhay ng mga Ifugao sa may Bangaan Rice Terraces. Habang kami ay pababa para pagmasdan ang ganda ng hagdanang palayan sa may Bangaan ay nadaanan namin ang bahay na ito habang nagpapahinga ang nakakatandang Ifugao. Nagpaalam kami na sya ay kuhanan at magpakuha katabi nya. Nagpahinga kami ng 30 minuto sa kanilang hapagkainan habang kinuha ko ang litratong ito at para na rin namnamin ang ganda ng kapaligiran.
Tunay na kabighabighani ang tanawin mula dito at kahit ako ay nanaising tumira dito kahit pa simpleng buhay lang.


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First thing that came to mind when I learned of this week's theme "Everything is Simple" of Litratong Pinoy is this photo of an Ifugao house with an old Ifugao tribesman taking some rest, showing the simple way of life in the mountains. Everything they have there is pretty basic but the beauty of nature is more than enough to compensate for whatever they are lacking.

I wanted to update my blog so after finishing a pack of Marty's Cracklin', I thought why not blog about my favorite snack, my constant companion while bloghopping.

I had my first taste of this snack 8 months ago when a cousin dropped by our place with this on hand. I dug in and tasted it and really thought it was chicharon made of pig skin. But to my surprise, after reading the labels, they call it vegeterian chicharon because it was made from green peas. They claimed that it is 100% cholesterol free. So eating it leaves you with a guilt free feeling- yeah for my heart maybe, but how about my kidney? :) But it really tasted like the real thing, so it's a very good alternative for chicharon lovers who have cholesterol problems.

You can easily buy it now at your favorite supermarkets unlike 8 months ago, when only Robinson's Supermarket carries this item and the stocks usually run out. If you haven't tried it yet, grab a pack for just PhP 16.75, it's a great treat!

May 17, 2009

Last night, I had a great time watching Cool Center's episode with Eugene Domingo interviewing David Cook and David Archuleta. Eugene's antics just made my day as she threw all those punchlines at the two Davids. The two Davids are such a sport as they went along cracking up as well. Thumbs up to Eugene, she just overshadowed Pia Guanio's interviewing skills. Calling GMA, you have a gem in Eugene, it's so much fun watching her. Check out the video .....



May 16, 2009



Painted is this week's theme of Photo Hunter. Here's a photo of my sister and cousins displaying the cute hand painting they got from the artist hired for this task during the 1st Birthday Celebration of my niece Kody.

I would like to thank Yami of Mom Writes For A Cause for this friendship tag. :)

~~Begin Copy~~

This is the easy way and the fastest way to :1. Make your Authority at Technorati explode. 2. Increase your Google Page Rank. 3. Get more traffic to your blog. 4. Make more new friends.

Rules :

1. Start copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy” to your blog.
2. Put your own blog name and link.
3. Tag your friends as much as you can.

1. Picturing of Life 2. Juliana’s Site 3. Hazel-My Life, My Hope, My Future.4. Jeanne-The Callalily Space5.My Family is my Life 6. The Simple Life of a Baghag 7. On A Wonderful Day Like Today 8. House Everything 9. The Creativity in Me 10. Travel and Photography 11. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 12. You Are My Sunshine 13.Song to Remember 14. Super Blog 15. Philippine Tv Marathon 16.Simply Blue 17. Breaking the Boundaries 18. Top Five 19. A Simple Life 20. Simple Happy Life 21.Mom's Special Diary 22. The Mommy Journey 23. Mom Writes for a Cause 24. Shie's Asylum

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I'm passing this cute friendship tag to
Utotmopink, On My LeftHand Corner, Make my not so Interesting life more Interesting, One Proud Mom One Proud Wife, Embracing the Clutter in My Head

May 15, 2009


By this time, we know who are the top 2 AI finalist. Had mixed emotions with last night's results, sad seeing Danny leave but happy for Kris.

Had a great time watching Tuesday's performance. Each finalist performed two songs, one is their own choice and the other one is the judges choice.

  1. Adam Lambert - One by U2 (Simon Cowell's choice)
  2. Adam Lambert - Cryin' by Aerosmith (Adam's choice)
  3. Danny Gokey - Dance Little Sister by Terrence Trent D'Arby (Paula's choice)
  4. Danny Gokey - You are so Beautiful by Joe Cocker (Danny's choice)
  5. Kris Allen - Apologize by One Republic (Kara's choice)
  6. Kris Allen - Heartless by Kanye West (Kris' choice)
Each finalist did great on their own song choice but Kris rendition of Heartless had the most impact, the deciding element to his entry to the top 2 finals.

You can DOWNLOAD the Studio Recordings HERE

"Nang Matapos" ang tema ng Litratong Pinoy sa linggong ito at itong lahok ko ay kuha noong nakaraang taon sa Boracay. Naging posible ang kuhang ito "Nang Matapos ang Bagyong si Halong". Pagdating namin ng Boracay ay may bagyo, noong araw ng pag-alis namin ay doon sumikat ang araw. Pero kahit ganoon, naging masaya pa rin ang aming bakasyon.

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"At the End" is the LP theme for this week and my entry is this photo taken last year in Boracay. This shot happened "At the End of the Storm Halong" When we arrived Boracay, the storm welcomed us and the day we are leaving, the sun appeared finally in its full glory. But even with the storm around, we still managed to enjoy our vacation.

May 10, 2009


Sagada's Hanging Coffins

This is my entry for this week's "In Memory" theme of Photo Hunt. Taken from the Echo Valley is this photo of one of the major attractions of Sagada, Mountain Province : the famous hanging coffins. This was the traditional way of burying people but not utilized anymore. To be buried this way, one needs to be married and have grandchildren. The last person buried this manner was in 1986.

Maybe for them this saying makes sense " If I want to get to heaven why would I want to be buried 6 ft underground".

In memory, this hanging coffins will forever be a remembrance of Sagada's mystifying aura.


ADDENDUM :
Received an inquiry from gabrielle that made me look into the veracity of the info I provided here which I got from wikipedia and another sagada blogger. The qualifications still hold true though. It turned out from a very reliable source, my good friend Benjch from Sagada informed me that the last person buried there was in 2007 and about 1% of the Sagada community still observe this old belief. A very small percentage nearing 0 but as long as there's 1%, the old tradition and the memory will continue to live on.

May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day MomQP by Fanette designs


Happy Mother’s Day to my dear Mom,

Author of my personality:

Pleased, I hope, with what you read in me;

Pleased, I hope, with episodes to come.

Of all the players in my family,

The central character, whom I would plumb.

How beautiful to move in that direction!

Each to each a separate source of pleasure,

Reading in the other’s happiness,

‘Mid much description, underlying love.

So would we deepen the connection,

Discovering new passages to treasure

As we follow time towards tenderness,

Yearning for what years unread will prove.


May 7, 2009

Manila Bay, May 1, 2009


Unang lahok ko sa Litratong Pinoy sa temang "Simula pa Lamang" ay ang kuhang ito sa Manila Bay habang palubog ang araw. Simula pa lamang ng paglubog ng araw at hudyat ng simula ng kadiliman.

Nakakatuwang pagmasdan na napakaraming tao ang nakaabang sa gandang dulot ng takipsilim. Nakuhanan ko ito habang ako'y nasa ikalawang palapag ng Mall of Asia noong Labor Day.

(My first entry to Litratong Pinoy for the theme "Simula pa Lamang" - Just the Beginning - is this photo of the Manila Bay while the sun is going down. The start of sunset is the beginning of darkness. It's a delight to see how many Filipinos enjoy looking at the breathtaking beauty of the sunset. This was taken while I was on the 2nd flr of Mall of Asia last Labor Day.)



Xmen Origins Wolverine
If you're looking for hotness overload, don't fail to catch X-Men Origins: Wolverine on the big screen, yeah the big screen!. Don't spoil the fun by buying the pirated leaked version, that's like watching a raw, unedited version and missing all those gorgeous looking guys doing their bigger than life portrayal.

Leading the pack is of course, the sexiest man alive, Hugh Jackman, playing as my most loved mutant Wolverine. This movie will reveal how Logan became Wolverine. His relationships with the rest of the mutants and why he became the cold, emotionless Wolverine that he is now. His journey will bring you to his relationships with his brother Victor aka Sabretooth and the love of his life Kayla Silverfox. The Gambit role went to Taylor Kitsch. I've always imagined him to be this goodlooking, exactly how I pictured him in the comics version. And dont be surprised to know who's playing Agent Zero, he's no other than Daniel Henney, the gorgeous half Korean half American actor who played Henry in one of my most faved koreanovela Kim Sam Soon. Another reason to watch is Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool. There are talks that Reynolds will reprise Deadpool in X-Men spin off. That's something to look forward to :)

Wolverine's journey is one long run-the-gauntlet scenario, with people pounding on him from all sides until he emerges at the other end as the lone-wolf amnesiac bound for membership in the "X-Men" gang.

Run to the theaters now. Just stick around until the end of the credits for some bonus scene :)
My Eight Things
In China, No. 8 is the luckiest number. It means prosperity, balance and harmony.

So here goes my Eight Things and hoping that the luck associated with the number 8 will apply on my eight things.

Thanks Yami and Utotmopink for the Tag!



8 THINGS I LOOK FORWARD TO

- To receive this Friday my consultancy commissions for April
- To watch XMen Origins again for the 2nd time with friends (love this!)
- To receive more Orders for the second half of the year (1st half is really good, Thank You God!)
- To really become knowledgeable with SEO and other web related optimization techniques.
- To finalize our tour packages for Coron, Palawan.
- To start brainstorming on a new business idea with friends.
- To celebrate Mother's day with my mom of course and the rest of the family.
- To really start on my new exercise regimen and start eating healthy (been putting this off for the longest time)

8 THINGS I DID YESTERDAY
- Catch my favorite morning anime show Slamdunk
- Report for work
- Follow up on pending order details and deliveries.
- Prepare my statement of account for April.
- Paid some credit card bills.
- Dine at World Chicken (been craving for Asian Noodles and Chicken with tarragon sauce)
- Watch American Idol, All About Eve and Fated to Love You.
- Went online, check my inbox, get updates on my blogsite and went bloghopping till 2am.

8 THINGS I WISH I COULD DO
- To go backpacking in Europe with friends
- To learn multiple languages and start with French
- To build my dream house on a highlands, overlooking the mountains and the sea and surrounded with pine trees
- To start building my own business and be successful on it
- To try scubadiving and skydiving
- To treat my family to an Asian Cruise
- To build a high earning website
- To have a 26 inches waistline

8 SHOWS I WATCH
- Slamdunk
- Doraemon
- 24 Hours
- American Idol
- Survivor
- All About Eve
- Fated to Love You
- Eat Bulaga

Tagging 8 People below ......

Herroyalbleakness,
Hits and Mrs,
My Lapland,
My Lefthand Corner,
Pinay Travel Blog,
Style and Relax,
Vanity's Child,
I Love Hate America

May 3, 2009



This shot was taken last Feb during our Sagada trip. Leading us is our able Saggas guide - Benjch, followed by Imelda, Aruna, Jen, me taking the shot and the rest behind me :)

Uphill walking after a dip at the Bokong Falls.

For those I tagged and those who wanted to be part of this activity, go ahead and join the fun!

Yami of Mom Writes for a Cause gave me this Friendship Award. Thanks Yami for the friendship :)

In turn, I'll be passing this award to all the friends I made in the blogosphere.

Utotmopink,
Herroyalbleakness,

Hits and Mrs,
My Lapland,
My Lefthand Corner,
Pinay Travel Blog,
Style and Relax,
Vanity's Child,
I Love Hate America


Rules:

1. Take your award here
2. Put the logo on your post
3. Link the person who awarded you
4. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
5. Add links to those blogs on yours
6. Leave a message for your nominees on their blog

May 1, 2009


I was tagged and invited to join this fun activity by my GT sis Utotmopink. The task is to hunt for photos that represents the weekly theme.

This photo was taken today just outside our house where my car is parked. This is just one of the stray cats who usually seek shelter from my vehicle to protect them from the sun and the rain. It's always a conscious effort to check them before we use the car in fear that we might run them over and my father never fails to give them leftovers from our lunch and dinner. It's sad that they don't have a home. I saw this TVC recently by Paws and Purina with the tagline "Homeless but not Worthless - bigyan sya ng bahay para humaba ang kanyang buhay", it was so touching that it really strucked me and I hope pet owners will heed the message.

I would like to invite the following people to join

Yami of Mom Writes for a Cause
Crisiboy of Jologs na Yuppie
Badudets of Everything Nice
Dyusillicious of Pinay Travel Blog

Matt Giraud bids goodbye on his Idol journey. I'm sad as I like this guy a lot, seems like a really nice genuine guy and a great talent. The judges apparently share the same feelings and saved him twice. Oh well, only one will emerge as the winner and I hope its not Adam Lambert as I'm starting to dislike his over the top performances.

Rat Pack Standards Performances from the Top 5 :

1. Adam Lambert - Feeling Good
2. Allison Iraheta - Someone to Watch Over Me
3. Danny Gokey - Come Rain or Come Shine
4. Kris Allen - The Way You Look Tonight
5. Matt Giraud - My Funny Valentine

Download the Studio Recordings here : TOP 5 Studio Recordings