Martial law manga

Other than Voltes V, Mazinger Z was my childhood favorite. Along with Daimos, all these super robots were very popular during the martial law years (1972-1981) under the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos. And if you’re a martial law baby like me (I was born a few days after it was declared), I’m pretty sure you won’t forget missing out on some episodes as most of these anime series were either cancelled or banned. All I remember is that they went off air for fear (by the government) that kids watching were being taught or encouraged to rebel.

Yes, I remember joining the “rebellion” with playmates – badgering our parents why episodes were in constant replay and then suddenly disappeared and replaced with Tagalog shows. We’re missing out not only on Mazinger Z, but also his robot-girlfriend of sorts, Aphrodite A, who ends up bosom-less after going on a battle, whose attack “joga” must’ve started that slang term you can still hear today. Well, funny that I got to see the complete/final episodes of some of these shows when I was already working as an adult. Still, I have a lot of manga-catching up to do, so many I’d really like to read/see again, though some I couldn’t remember the titles anymore hahaha. continue reading »

De-cluttering

Give me a few more weeks and I can proudly claim that I’ve become a minimalist. I actually didn’t know it’s been called that term, I always thought of minimalism in terms of photography. No I wasn’t unhappy or miserable, the level of clutter I have is not even alarming enough to that of a hoarder, but I guess it’s because I wanted to live within my means and enjoy life without the pressure of wanting more. I came across this documentary film about minimalism by Matt D’Avella and was inspired even more. Here’s what got me started. continue reading »

Into dish gardening

While it took her a while to quit cigarette smoking (I stopped several years ago) I’m just happy that my wife, who remains a huge Aldub fan, have realized she’s gifted the green thumb and kind of got addicted to gardening, and collects a variety of cacti, succulents, and several flowering plants.

It all started with the small, barren areas in our garage and front yard, having had our house fully renovated last year from one story to add another floor to accommodate more rooms. What used to look like a puzzle of plumbing lines and unsightly cement droppings and broken hollow blocks, are now plots for beautiful gardens when she got them fixed, with which she’ll wake up early every day (even if she hardly slept due to work) keeping her mornings preoccupied with watering and tending to her plants. This also got her started with dish gardens and turned it into a business of sorts – Lhen’s Dish Gardens – selling her creations to friends and those who inquired online. continue reading »

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. continue reading »

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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