Blank page

It took a while to write this post. Probably because I’ve been staring at a blank page for too long. I’d start keying in words, tying a few sentences, but before I can even construct a single paragraph, I’d delete the entire text and end up with a blank page.

You see, just like my recent decluttering efforts, I wanted a reboot for this blog: while I’m not giving up photography, I thought it’d be more purposeful and somehow therapeutic if this serves as my outlet where I can express more of myself through writing. I’d write about ridiculous thoughts and crazy experiences, explore other forms of art with which my weirdness can be justified, and share my learnings from the day-to-day demands of work and the misadventures we all try to prevent from happening but usually turnout to be life’s beautiful lessons. Thus the new tagline: “Reflections on life’s beautiful misadventures.” continue reading »

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 »

Instagram suddenly chokes off developers as Facebook chases privacy

Looks like Instagram is scrambling like its mother-ship Facebook to impose data access restrictions, but doing it without any warning. Understandable but puzzling to developers, given that they’ve been dealing with data scandals lately, these corrective actions though without transparency or any sort of official communication will not only hurt developers but will impact app functionalities.

You’ll thank Cloudflare for this

This is no April fools joke but thank goodness for Cloudflare having launched a Domain Name System (DNS) service for consumers that not only will keep browsing data safe from hacking and unwanted advertisers, but appears significantly faster than any other DNS service available. And thanks to Gizmodo for including an easy-to-follow instruction for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android devices.

Happy Easter!

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The sun dotting beautifully the skyline almost always reminds me of Easter, such as this photo I took when my wife and I went to Marinduque. I remember looking at the seemingly endless horizon and I just can’t help but think about life and get that contrasting feeling of melancholy and elation. Sadness because of discouraging circumstances, happiness because I have overcome and continue to be hopeful.

Like most faithfully celebrating this meaningful day having renewed their faith, I’m thankful to be alive and that all’s well. continue reading »

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.