Wednesday, December 31, 2014

JAPOLogy photos @Manila Bulletin



Photography has helped me see things in a better light. 
It has also made me more aware of my surroundings.   

Year 2014, 3 of my photos were featured 
at the Picture Perfect segment on its Special Lifestyle Section. 

This photo was  taken at Santa Barbara, California. 






I saw these lovers parked their bicycles.While they were whispering "sweet nothings"   to one another,   I secretly wish they become more intimate and do public display of affection. After patiently waiting, they did just what I wished for.


This photo was taken at Barangay Cutud, Pampanga City

I joined a group of photographers to witness
 the "San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites" 

It is a Holy week Reenactment of Christ's Passion and death.


Taken at the "Summer Palace" in Beijing City




I was hoping that I could take a good shot of this remarkable place without the tourists. I wanted a postcard like photo. It never happened. More and more people came. This is the best shot i got with only a few people in it. 



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

printed books vs ebook

Reading books is fun. It also helps in killing time. 

The last time my dear sistah visited me from the US, her pasalubong gift for me was “kindle fire”. We are a family who loves to read. She knew then that I would be very happy and thrilled because it wasn’t even available here in the Philippines that time. 



 I have been enjoying my kindle for couple of years now. I totally enjoy being an e-reader. I definitely appreciate this gadget’s ability to store thousands of books. It is very convenient for a traveler like me who do a lot of reading on the go. 



Nevertheless, there were instances when I miss reading the real thing: Printed Book. 

**I was on board a plane going to Los Angeles, CA. I was already on the exciting/ climax part of the book when the time came when all passengers were asked to turn off all devices.

**I was on a long trip going north and forgot to charge my kindle. I was only able to read for a few minutes. I opted killing time by staring on the road until I fell asleep. 



**One summer at the beach, I read an ebook while lying on the sand under the heat of the sun. It wasn’t a good idea. I ended up hurting my eyes. It prevented me from reading books for the rest of the weekend. 



For quite some time, I stopped going to public libraries and bookstores. However, given the instances of the cons of ebooks, I realized I can’t say goodbye to printed books.

I rekindled my bond to it. I went to a book sale and purchase some paperbacks. 




All day long, books are better than ebooks. They’re easier to manage, and provide us with stories without having to be powered up. 

MOvember

No-shave November. Moustache for November.
I learned about “Movember” only a year ago. 
Part of my job is to create a fun environment to promote 
work-life balance in our workplace.


  
 
Every month, I make sure that there is something 
we can observe or celebrate. 
I came across an article about “Movember Foundation”. 

Wikipedia states that: Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.


Growing a moustache is a visual reminder of how important it is to take responsibility for our own health.


SO, last month, I encouraged all men in our department to put down their razors to show support for the movement. We also encouraged the ladies to get involved. They played a vital role in the success of Movember by supporting and encouraging the men in their livse to get involved


For one hairy month, general information/articles were cascaded thru email to increase awareness of male cancers (testicular and prostate) and to consider what actions can be taken to stay healthy and to help each other with health issues.

 




We ended the event by holding a competition and awarding the best “MO BRO”.

Monday, November 24, 2014

MET Open House


I went to Metropolitan Museum of Manila to witness 
“MET Open House”. 
   





The ongoing art exhibits were truly amazing. 






There were some collections of French and Filipino artworks. 









The current display “Imaging Philippine Flora" 
 is worthy to be seen.






It featured different illustrations of Philippine plants and flora which were done during the 17th century by 
Fr. Manuel Blanco, a Spanish botanist. 






Furthermore, an interesting collection of contemporary art from Filipino artists is also being highlighted. 







Moreover, there was a free film showing at the MET Lab which I enjoyed watching.



The movie title was “Insiang”, a classic 1976 Filipino film directed by Lino Brocka.



 Hilda Koronel played the lead role together with the other actors: Mona Lisa, Ruel Vernal and Rez Cortez
It tells of a young poverty-ridden woman who seeks revenge for those who have ruined her life. 



Insiang is the first Filipino film to enter the Cannes Film Festival. 





There was post-movie discussion after the movie showing. 
Sandra Quan , MET’s director facilitated the discussion discussion with guest Ramon Nocon , a member of 
Society of Filipino Archivist for Film.





The overall experience made me realize the value of 
Philippine Arts. 




Sunday, November 23, 2014

Life is a beach party..!


I always imagine being in a place with an ideal weather 
where people come together. 



A place where people are open and friendly to strangers.  



Where so many friendships are created.When a solo traveler will never be alone for a long time. 




I imagine it will be in an attractive beach with a breathtaking sunset and a zany party atmosphere.



I experience all that one weekend.I got invite for the Arts & Music Festival. 




The spot where it happened was in Circle Hostel , Liw-liwa, Zambales.


We had the reggae band, Indio I



The songs they played were amazing. 


We definitely felt their music.


We absolutely danced the night away.






The crowd’s favorite were “Di Mo Lang Alam” and “Diwata”






The wild party started under the sun and ended under the moon. 

          

Life is really a beach party..!