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 »

Portraiture under pressure

We’re at History Con Philippines 2017 and in the Photo Face-Off Masterclass with Justin Mott, under his eager coaching and cheerful push to be uniquely creative with only 30 seconds, this quick snap won me Top 3 and a prize! As I don’t usually get the chance to join contests, this is really unexpected, what I thought felt like being Miss USA during Pia Wurtzbach’s controversial Miss Universe win!

#ArtKarnival at SM City North EDSA

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Last weekend, we were invited by SM City North EDSA to explore visual arts from renowned local artists via #ArtKarnival, an interactive exhibit installed at the entire stretch of the Skygarden. In partnership with Vinyl on Vinyl, one of Manila’s hippest contemporary art galleries, #ArtKarnival offers a different mall-going experience, showcasing unique masterpieces curated specially for the outdoorsy and hang-out fave Skygarden, in the hopes of attracting shoppers to appreciate and experience art first hand. continue reading »

To be young and in love

Here’s another reason why nostalgic, melancholic music lovers such as myself can’t help but fall in love with Lana Del Rey. Her Honeymoon album may already be too old for fans having been released 2015, but some luckily got an ear-load of her new song “Love” after it leaked across the Internet ahead of its official release. continue reading »

Calculating the math of Hidden Figures

When I got an invite to the press screening of Hidden Figures, I actually thought it’s either a tearjerker movie about body consciousness, of women empowerment or a comedic book adaptation about shaping-up to breakout as a model. While I read snippets of news about it when it released in the US last December, I honestly didn’t have a clue what the buzz was all about, though I got intrigued as it got Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, and already won at SAG, among other accolades. continue reading »