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.

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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.

Instagram that #KindComments!

We’re doing a sit-down instameet (read: sit and sip coffee while talking about social phoneography) for Instagram’s Worldwide Instameet 16 #wwim16ph #wwim16 at Commune in Makati City. As the theme this time is #kindcomments, we thought of bringing back the early days of Instagram meetups, which are usually done in coffee shops or “instagrammable spots” where faceless usernames with the same passion for actually anything mobile app or online-related, meet for the first time and reveal their true identities (and later to become very good friends), and talk, exchange follows and likes, do on-the-spot editing tutorials, and snap lots of selfies and group shots.

Sign up now as seats are very limited, see you!

Nokia 8 – Share both sides of the story

So far I’ve read so many positive reviews of Nokia 8, supposedly being the first to offer that dual-sight camera mode and that gorgeously polished aluminum unibody in colors that are simply amazing, will this finally revive the Nokia that most of us (at least in my age) have come to love, the brand that gave us our first mobile phone. This is an Android smartphone (not the Windows Phone of previous iterations), so yes this (and possibly the rest of its Android line up) stands a chance to compete with the bigger guns of Apple and Samsung and gives us, and its still loyal following, more options when in the market for a new phone.

The good morning mentality 

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Please don’t think me rude if I greet you “good morning” even in the afternoon or evening, or at the wrong hour of the day. Not that I have lost the sense of time, but it’s something I picked up from a college friend, a successful real estate broker, whose charisma shines with her infectious laughter and cheerful chatter. When we got together for a video workshop and interview one late afternoon, she started with a “good morning” opening spiel. And as if she knew she’ll be corrected, continued on by saying “it’s because I begin and end my day like it’s always a good morning.”

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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!