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Badminton cracked my iPhone 7

My first iPhone is the 3G, heavily protected with a thick case, but when the iPhone 4s came out, with its promise of a stronger exterior, I stopped using a case and used every iteration I owned almost always naked from unboxing. I thought, if Apple says it’s durable, whether glass or aluminum, it must be. Even with a few silly drops here and there, every iPhone I owned survived without cracks. That’s true until today.

It was my usual Sunday cleaning drill at home, when I saw my wife playing badminton outside with a nephew. I joined in. I actually missed playing and just as I was happily sweating it out with heavy smashes, I heard a loud thud from what I thought was a TV remote. Everyone watching us play was in shock: it was my jet black iPhone 7! You can tell from the look on their face, I must be stupid for not being careful or not investing on a protective case. Read more

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Let’s hang out at TAYO!

If you work or live near Kapitolyo in Pasig City, there’s this trailer-turned-gastropub you can hang out for late lunch and beyond that serves hefty servings of Asian fusion and Filipino favorites. TAYO All-Day Brunch & Beer (TAYO is short for Tambayan sa Kapitolyo) also serves a mix of local and imported below zero beer and hard drinks for after office gimmicks. Aside from the witty names in the menu (they’re all instagrammable and of course delicious!), you’ll definitely love the familiar “tambayan” look and feel of the place. TAYO is located at 16-I United Street, Bgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig 1603.

Check out some of my snapshots (I was terribly late but glad I decided to drop by) when @IGersManila was invited there last February 3 for a food instameet.

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Disclosure: @IGersManila’s Food Instameet was sponsored by TAYO. Here’s the rest of the #IGMNLxTayo photos.

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2017 was a blast, 2018 will be a smash!

It was mid of 2017 when my wife and I were faced with a seemingly negligible problem, that would soon keep us busy for the rest of the year. We were as usual busy catching up with work, our youngest now in senior high school with focus on arts and design, while Kurt gets landed in a job with an early morning shift. It all started with dilapidated roof drips that needed mending. Now we’re glad we not only took on that repair problem lightly but even took on a bigger challenge.

By the push and support of my mother-in-law and after countless convincing and discussions, layout planning with the kids, Googling designs, color combinations, and costing, we went ahead with our biggest family project this year (actually ever) – our house renovation – but it was my wife Rosalyn Panado-Lozano who bravely took on the day-to-day challenges from starting at the early onset of the rainy season last July, with which got most of our furniture wet and practically useless, until finally seeing the tiled floors, rooms in the hues to our liking, the bath tub with heated water we all wanted but almost didn’t happen, moving in after four months right just in time for the holidays. Our family was overwhelmingly happy to have finally welcomed friends and relatives to our home at the Thanksgiving Mass and Blessing.

It’s still a work in progress (at least for my wife who can’t wait for summer to have the exterior painted in our favorite happy yellow and fresh green colors) and continue working on her mini-garden, but we’re just so blessed to have celebrated Christmas and New Years Eve at our home we fondly call Happy Lemony Crib.

It was a tough but awesomely gratifying 2017 and we can’t wait to make great this 2018. Cheers!

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Running not jogging

When the guard at the office saw me going out in my running gear, she asked if I’m going jogging at the park. I smiled and corrected her, saying “Running not jogging!”

I didn’t renew my gym membership when it expired last August. Well aside from the savings (we’re having our house renovated), due to my schedule, I was only using the treadmill there after work to save time, essentially running or cardio mostly. So it’s a no-brainer that I instead do it outdoors, but I only got to hit the track seriously once construction work at our house was done this November. I signed up to two running events, but I’m not sure I’d be ready as I only started this week, so here goes, this time using Strava.

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It’s been 4 months and we’re moving in

After four seemingly long, struggling months, losing most of our furniture as they got wet and broken, going over budget and making several outrageous changes, our house renovation project is almost done, and so finally it’s time to turn it into our home as we move in on this auspicious date. Our six dogs are even more anxious but we’re just happy we’ll be getting back our normal schedules and sleep in our separate rooms.

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