Kalabasa Awards 2016 – HSNI/TCSC

It’s that time of the year again, to take a break from our day-to-day productivity battles, kickstart the holiday-feels and recognize not only those who did well with numbers but also our colleagues who stood out by making each working day extra special – routinely funny and bearably enjoyable – with their crazy spiels, scene stealing antics, masquerading their talents without having to ask.

We’ve been doing this for over 10 years now, make no mistake though, this is really just because we’re too serious at what we do we’d like to make fun of ourselves and be the first to laugh about it.

Below are the polls for this year’s Kalabasa Awards, vote for your favorite nominee for Yuga, Eksena, and Talentado Awards. continue reading »

Mystery of “The Falling Man”

This haunting 9/11 photo, which came to be known as “The Falling Man” after an Esquire article by Tom Junod, is by photographer Richard Drew of Associated Press. It’s been 15 years and his identity is still unknown and the photo is still difficult to digest to this day. The falling man though reminds me of my graveyard shift days. continue reading »

Just kidding

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I can go on forever saying it’s been hectic the past several days, if not weeks, even months. I really am, massively, routinely busy. While I’m not complaining, I thought this has got to change. In my attempt to break this busyness, I signed up to a 24-hour gym, heeding the advice of my doctor to exercise and get back in shape. That seem to add another hour or two to the routine, and my exhaustion, but it felt good this time. It felt good to take care of yourself so you can take care of others, I thought, so I’ve been pushing myself to be strong, healthy, and always ready for life’s misadventures with energy. continue reading »

Foodgasm for #wwim14

Instagram just announced the 14th Worldwide Instameet or #wwim14 to be held over the weekend of September 17 to 18 and this time it’s a call for communities of Instagram’ers around the world to celebrate undeniably everyone’s favorite subject – food. This will not only be food porn (as anything excessive in social media’s tagged with that “p” word), there’s going to be a lot of foodgasm and food orgy! continue reading »

Unseat your solitude

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Three empty chairs in what looks like a deserted area of the La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon City. Depending on who’s looking, one would either think this scene screams of loneliness multiplied three times or a place where there can be an opportune moment for three or more people to start and engage in a conversation. I’d like to believe there’s a chance to get to talk to a total stranger or two so I sat myself quiet but flashing a smile here and there hoping I’d exude that friendly vibe.

It was a Saturday and at the entrance there were a lot of excursionists and busy families mostly carrying plastic bags and containers of food probably for their picnic. Kids excitedly and noisily scurrying and jumping at the sight of a nearby pool, not minding the long walk, hoping to ride a bike or try out the zip line scaling a short but scary stretch of the park. continue reading »


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“When fate is left to the miraculous hands of the heavens, you question nothing but your faith.” This is what I captioned the above Instagram post for @iam_mortaleza’s #ISOlatedThoughts, as this week’s #9pmhabit we’ll be featuring this year’s Instagram’ers who joined our collaborators group from our @IGersManila community. It’s a thought I didn’t want to entertain, that is, leaving your mortality tested in the belief that you’ll most likely be saved, but only if you put your trust in it. continue reading »

VSCO playing catch up with Instagram

Update: The #NewVSCO is now available, get it for Android and iOS for iPhone.

Ask anyone who’s been Instagram’ing for the past 5 years what his/her favorite photo editing app is and you’ll most likely get the same response – VSCO or VSCOcam. While Instagram popularized the use of photo filters, it’s VSCO that must have perfected the all-in app most photography professionals and enthusiasts are looking for – an app that not only lets you apply filters, but offers a collection of customization tools for more creative possibilities. continue reading »

Hurray for ToyCon 2016 + Pop Life FanXperience powered by Smart

Instagram’ers who collect toys and are into toy photography will be heading to the SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex for the biggest toy convention and pop culture event in the country this June 10 to 12 – the much anticipated ToyCon 2016 + Pop Life FanXperience powered by the unrivaled mobile services provider Smart Communications – and if you’re a Smart subscriber you’re in for a treat as exciting perks and prizes await you.

ToyCon 2016 brings together in one roof an awesome collection of toys, games, movies, cosplay, anime, and collectibles, with special segments featuring celebrities, comic artists and creative directors from iconic TV show and films. continue reading »