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Nov 25, 2012

I've been collecting Ferrari items from Shell everytime they have a promo. But I got particularly interested with these Ferrari Lego because of that element of fun that goes with assembling them.
Ferrari Lego

I bought this for 180 pesos when I filled up with 1,500 pesos worth of Shell Unleaded Gasoline, it's cheaper by 30 pesos if you use Shell V Power Gasoline. There's a pamphlet showing the step by step instructions of putting them together. I timed myself and it took me 34 mins to finish the assembly, kinda long, a bit rusty, I guess. I think I can do better next time. Anyway, here it is, I totally enjoyed the process and the finished product. There are 5 more models to complete the collection. I got to have them all.

Ferrari Logo
Ferrari Lego
 There's my Ferrari, so far the kind I can afford for now, hehe.

Oct 23, 2012

Its been 2 months since I changed contact numbers and every time I'm meeting a business client, I'm reminded the urgent need to replace my existing business card. It just looks so unprofessional giving them a card with erasures.

As always I take pleasure in creating the card myself during my free time. I ended up doing 6 layouts and now I can't make up my mind which one to choose and make copies. My sisters are not  much of  help since they have different choices, so I'm thinking should I just go with my initial preference? Hmmm, what do you think?

My initial concept was just to make something simple but looks sweet and this is what I came up with. Until one friend kidded me it was Kris Aquino inspired, hahaha ... that prompted me to do another one.

tiger bc

On my second layout, I was thinking of some colors and stripes, what turned out was this.

cow bc

My third and fourth layout respectively have the same concept of printed background and kraft detail.

elephant bc

lion bc

On my fifth and sixth layout I thought a white background would look more relax so I ended up doing these two.

sheep bc

horse bc

Now I'm confused, hahaha.

One good friend put it this way to break her two final choice, she picked the one place on the elephant because she believes its trunk going up is luckier. Makes sense! So what do you think? Maybe you can help me pick :)) 

Which Card Layout Appeals to you Most?

Oct 2, 2012

If I have to name a hobby or a skill that I'd like to take to the next level that would be photography and such was my objective when I planned to give my cousin who happens to be my godchild as well,  a photoshoot to highlight her entrance to womanhood. I thought of it as a perfect 18th birthday present.

Armed with some skills acquired from my online readings and some practice, I know I can pull this through like a real "pro" I wish ;).

There's a saying that your best camera is the one you have with you. I always put that in mind when taking a shot, be it my HTC phone or my Nikon DSLR. So even though I'm not fully equipped with the perfect cam and the right lens and the most up to date accessories, I know I have to make the most of what I have. My limited and basic but trusty gadgets include my 3yr old Nikon D5000, my 35mm f/1.8  lens and my 5 in 1 reflector and then I psyche myself to shoot like a pro and work around my limitations. Well, I definitely need an assistant who'll glady do it in exchange of a BonChon meal, our future photographer, my nephew Kheil ;)

what made it possible

The silver reflector did the trick of putting in a glowing light despite the very cloudy and gloomy weather and I'm glad we were able to take enough shots before the rain fell hard on us. There was supposed to be one more outfit change in some part of these historic university but then we were already soak and wet. I would have considered taking shots with rain on the background, that certainly will bring in the dramatic effect but my camera is not protected to withstand such but yeah I'll have to take note of that next time and prepare my cam for these kinds of circumstances.

Well, I think I did good for an amateur :)) This practice did really point me to areas I need to improve next time around.

Here's the 40 pages softcover photobook to complete my gift courtesy of  Photobook Philippines . So far they are the best online photobook company I've utilized that offers good quality and a very reliable delivery system.

More photos can be found here.

Sep 9, 2012

"Carpe Diem" - Seize the day!

Keating: "Seize the day. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may." Why does the writer 
use these lines?
Charlie: Because he's in a hurry.
Keating: No. Ding! Thank you for playing anyway. Because we are
 food for worms, lads. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in 
this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die.

Those were some of the inspiring lines from my favorite film, DEAD POETS SOCIETY. To this day, I still love watching and savoring the lines and the message of this movie, to always seize the day, to always strive to find our own voice and make our lives extraordinary before its too late. Inspiring words that mean let's make our lives our masterpiece.

Find our passion. Our life is our art. Our heart is our paintbrush and the entire universe is our canvas. It's not what you do that matters, it's how you do it and the difference that it makes.

Let's embrace the life that we had imagined and achieve the dreams we once thought were impossible. Don't sweat the small stuff  but instead always seize the day and work on making our lives our masterpiece.

Note to self :

"IMPOSSIBLE is one of God's favorite words”
Max Lucado, Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions

Jul 8, 2012

It's a trilogy book written by a first time writer, EL James gaining unprecedented readership and I totally understand why these novels are selling like hotcakes. I got my hands on these after hearing a lot of ladies going gaga over Christian Grey. Curiosity got the best of me since I'm not really a fan of reading romance books, much more with an erotic theme. My taste goes from Robin Cook to Robert Ludlum to John Grisham and sometimes Nicholas Sparks.

I'm halfway the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, after 2 weeks and that means it's taking me long to finish. Well, I'm really put off by too much erotic scenes happening page after page, it's quite repetitive and sometimes comical. I actually skipped some parts, finding it unnecessary and so unreal and those exchanges of lines by Anastasia and Christian are so cheesy, makes me want to puke.

It's kinky, it's graphic, a fairy tale with an x rated tone. But yes, like most ladies, I'm smitten with Christian Grey, the idea of that vulnerable man, fifty shades fucked up but gorgeous looking, brilliant and highly successful man is what most women out there find attractive. The thought that you can make him change and live happily ever after is a foolproof formula to make every girls swoon. And just like Anastasia, I'd try to hold on to some extent even if it entails getting hurt in the process just to see how far it would take for Christian Grey to come out of the dark and become a changed man.

The title of the third installment is already a giveaway of how this story will fold up. I'll probably continue my reading but Fifty Shades Freed sounds happily ever after and  I'm already hearing all those giggles from mommies, grannies and ladies in waiting, no teens please, lining up for the movie's release. I might watch it if ever and hoping the movie version will be a lot more tolerable ;).

May 31, 2012

We just witnessed history as it unfolds right before our eyes! The top magistrate of the land, IMPEACHED for misdeclaration of his SALN??? Convicted but not proven guilty for a crime that was not even an impeachable offense. Sen Joker Arroyo best explains this point.

To quote part of Sen Joker Arroyo's speech “Impeachment is a political process not a political assassination. An impeachment aspires to be a judicial proceeding that makes imperative that it sticks to judicial rules. ....... "A bill of attainder is a law passed by one House and approved by the other creating an offense where there was none. Inventing a crime out of actions, willful or not, that were innocent when they were performed. It is a legislative act of convicting an accused of acts that were not offenses in the very measure by which he is condemned through a vote instead of a trial on the basis of accusations taken as proof. I cannot imagine removing a Chief Justice on account of a SALN. Today, we are one step from violating the constitution and passing a bill of attainder. No one can stop us if we do not stop ourselves. This is not justice – political or legal. This is certainly not law, for sure it is not the law of the constitution. It is only naked power as it was in 1972. "

As much as I want to believe in the fairness of the impeachment court, I knew from day 1, CJ will be convicted because the senator judges deciding his fate are all politicians with their own political agenda to protect except of course for the few good men whose integrity remained intact.

Congrats, Mr President, this is clearly your victory! You are now the most powerful man in the country controlling the Executive, the Legislative and now the Judiciary! Dont screw it. I hope you can now do your job well as no one can stand in your way and please include in your duties uplifting the lives of the common Filipinos, you have neglected them for 2 years but they still adore you. You have made them to believe that by removing CJ Corona, corruption will be eradicated. Well, you have to prove that because I really don't buy that crap. Mr. President, this time you have no more excuses, no more alibis, lead your people to release their SALN's and sign the waiver to open their bank accounts, that's the least you can do if you're really serious about your "DAANG MATUWID".

To the Defense Team most especially Justice Cuevas, hats off to all of you. You've shown wit, brilliance and class and clearly you could've won this case if it was fairly judged. Your profession look so good you made me want to go back to school and study law.

To the 3 Senators, who voted for ACQUITTAL, you just proved us that your votes have no price tags. Bravo Senators, may your tribe increase.

Senator Joker Arroyo, some are not taking you seriously because of your first name and your last name but you've always been on the top of my list come election season. Your integrity is unquestionable and admirable and your my epitome of a public servant. I hope God will grant you more fruitful years and more wisdom to share.

Senator Miriam, you may be getting the ire of the many blind followers of Pnoy because you speak the truth and it hit them like lightning. Maybe if you were elected President before, our country would be in a better place right now contrary to what Jim Paredes tweeted. Good luck and God Bless on your appointment as Judge of  International Court, you greatly deserve it.

Senator Marcos, I'm really hoping you will run for President because I'll vote for you. Your father may have done some wrong and abused his power but I also believed that your father have done more good for this country than 4 presidents combined. I know you've learned from his mistakes and I don't see vindictiveness in your character.

Thank you Chief Justice Corona, you may have lost this battle but in my book, you're a HERO. You didn't give up despite the pressure, you have been insulted, maligned and cursed but you remain steadfast because your conscience is clear and I know justice will be served in God's time. I will always remember you as the Chief Justice who was removed from office because you went against the will of  the Cojuangco clan but paved the way to the return of Hacienda Luisita to where they rightfully belong. You made that happen CJ and that's quite a feat. Get well Sir and God Bless.

There was a time when I wrote "Ninoy made yellow the color of courage." Now it is the color of bullying cowardice. - Teddy Locsin Jr.

May 5, 2012

Park 'N Fly is an offsite parking in a  multi level covered building that is open 24 hrs and fully secured. It can accommodate 200 cars and provides  free shuttle service to all airport terminals of  the Manila International Airport.

photo taken from Park 'N Fly FB Site
My family have utilized their services twice already and we find it very convenient and cost effective whenever we travel as a family and no one is left at home. So I suggest if you are going out of town or out of the country, you might want to consider parking your vehicle there and be worry free while you're out on a trip. Park 'N Fly offers their services for a reasonable fee of  PhP 358.00 every 24 hours.  So if you are considering flying and want to park your vehicle somewhere safe, consider Park 'N Fly and follow these steps.
  • Check in at their office and fill up the required forms, be sure to give ample time for this to avoid being late for your flight. They are located at the PTT Gas Station, corner of MIA Road and Domestic Road. 
  • They will inspect your vehicle and make an accounting and you'll leave the car keys to the assigned staff. A claim stub will be issued and you need to present this upon your return when claiming your vehicle.
  • A shuttle service will then transport you to your flight departure terminal.
  • Text them or call them and provide them your details as soon as your flight landed in Manila, they will pick you up in no time.
  • At Park 'N Fly, proceed to their office and settle your bill. 
  • You can now drive your way back home.
PTT Gas Station (around 500 meters from Manila Domestic Airport)
cor MIA Road and Domestic Road
Telephone # (+632) 493-0202 Cellular: 0918-991-0000