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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Transform yourself with Schick

It would be fabulous to be a superhero for a day. How much more fun it would be to be the Man of Steel for a week? If I had the powers of the MAN OF STEEL for one week, I would use it in a tight schedule like this and do the following:

Monday – I’ll use my X-Ray Vision to scan the planet of all nuclear missiles and weapons of mass destruction and throw it to deep space. I’ll also help nations to end civil wars and create peace treaties between these rival countries.

Tuesday – I’ll use my Cool Breathe to restore the ice on both Antarctica and the Arctic Region to its status 100 years ago to reverse the effect of Global Warming. I’ll also create a new island in the Pacific where I could collect the world’s endangered species and secure a future for these animals.

Wednesday – I’ll use my strength to create new rivers that will irrigate the world’s driest places and countries so that people could plant crops and be self-sufficient when it comes to food. I will also plant trees to the worlds heavily destroyed forests.

Thursday – I’ll collect the entire garbage of the world and bury it deep into the Earth’s inner core so that it will return to its basic form – magma. I will clean the world’s landfills.

Friday – I will transport men to Mars and build a facility there so that our brightest scientist will learn how to adapt to a new planet. I’ll probably bring the Bottled City of Kandor to Mars and restore it to its former glory.

Saturday – I will scan the planet for hidden deposits of oil so that nations would not rely much on the Middle East for its supply of the Black Gold. I would also search for possible Geothermal Sites and places where Wind Power is a big potential. I’ll also scan the planet for other mineral deposits to help developing countries with their economy.

Sunday – I will take a rest from saving the world and would have a fan’s day. I’ll sign autographs, pose with fans and the kids, held press conference, and remind the citizens of the world what a true heroism is – saving the planet.

Since the new Superman movie is upon us, I would like to invite you all to join Schick’s Superman promo contest. Simply follow this link and let Schick. Free Your Skin.


Per DTI-NCR Permit No.1843 Series of 2013.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Attend Level Up Live 2013 on July 6, 2013

The biggest gaming event in the country, Level Up Live 2013, will be held on July 6, 2013 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

LU Live 2013 logo

Level Up Live 2013 is the annual gathering of players from Ragnarok Online, Grand Chase, Eligium, Cabal and other games hosted by Level Up Games (LUG). This event is usually set on the last quarter of the year but since LUG merged with e-Games (who host games like Ran Online), it followed the usual date of Domination.

Instead of the usual 2-day event, LUG changed it again to a single day event. They already made decision last 2011 and it was not worth it. I don’t understand why they would jam-packed all the events in a single day. I really feel that it’s not enough.

Anyway, my guild mates from Ragnarok Online (New Loki server) will be there. Are you going to this amazing event?

LU Live 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Street Photography Near Napindan Bridge

I met a fellow photographer yesterday. His name is Gilbert and he masters street photography. He's also from Nagpayong, Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City -- just walking distance from our house. We're both Canon EOS 1100D users and both have G-Shock watch.


The Napindan Bridge is between Taguig City and Pasig City, along C-6 Road.

Gilbert is 6 years my senior, a graphic artist with past experience in animation (Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon) and comics (Funny Comics). He's married with two kids and also do part-time job as wedding photographer. He's also a contributor to newspapers as a photo-journalist.

We had a photowalk yesterday at the Napindan Bridge (C-6) and we took pictures of the numerous kids who are flying kites there. I also took pictures of the Napindan Bridge for our monthly (themed) contest at the photography club. Although the weather is gloomy yesterday, we still manage to come up with decent pictures. I was surprised to know that Gilbert is quite known among the local since, according to him, he's been taking pictures of the place (and people) for almost 3 years now.

Street photography and photo-journalism are branches of photography which I intend to master soon. It involves interaction with the subjects (people) and I'm not the best person when it comes to interacting with people. I also don't have a zoom lens which will be very effective in street photography. Gilbert also doesn't have a zoom lens. In fact, we're both using our kit lens but I was amazed at how he managed to take amazing street photography pictures with the same model of camera that I'm using. He's indeed talented.

I can tell that Gilbert is a great street photographer and I'm looking forward for more photowalks with him. After all, Nagpayong, Pasig City is a great place for street photography. There is so much drama here at Nagpayong, Pasig City. We just need to capture these dramas by means of our lenses.


Gilbert is a great street photographer from Nagpayong, Pasig City. Check out his Facebook page for his works.


The kite flyers.




A great kite design. Kids, don’t smoke okay? Just fly this huge cigarette.


An LGBT-inspired kite.


Kids staring at their kites.


I find this kid photogenic.


Hopefully these guys will be able to see their pictures on this website.


Wonderful sunset with the Bonifacio Global City in the background.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My 2nd Time at Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort

Last May 12, 2013 was my second time at Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort (part of the greater Hacienda Escudero Estate). The first one was during the Canon PhotoMarathon 2012 Luzon Leg. This 2nd trip to Villa Escudero is very different than the first one in the sense that I was able to see more facilities of Hacienda Escudero. I was with my photography friends this year compared to last year where I went there solo.


The rear view of the Villa Escudero Chapel that I missed to see last year.

The means of travel also changed. Last year, I commute via bus and this year, I was in a car. The travel time is faster and less of a hassle. The first thing that I notice this year was the chapel where the mass was held.

I thought I travelled all the corners of Villa Escudero last year but I was surprised that there is a chapel. I doubt that this chapel was built within 1 year. So I probably missed it because there are a lot of houses before you reach the chapel. I probably thought that I was entering a residential area that is why I wasn't able to see the chapel last year.

Also, the Dining Hall besides the river is already completed. It was still on its construction phase last year during the Canon PhotoMarathon 2012 and it's nice to see that it's finished. It huge and gives a magnificent view of the river. There was also a fluvial parade that happened and this is something that I never saw last year as well.

Last May 12, 2013, Hacienda Escudero celebrated the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus. This event happened 40 days after his Resurrection but is usually happens on the following Sunday. Initially, when I saw the rear side of the chapel, there was a bas relief celebrating the Assumption of Mary (to heaven). I thought that it was the feast that Hacienda Escudero is celebrating. I only found out that it was actually the Ascension of Jesus that is being celebrated when the image of The Risen Christ was carried from the chapel to the Fluvial Float.

After the mass at the chapel (where everyone wears Filipiñana), there was the fluvial parade that I mentioned and a short program at the Grand Pavilion (where the Canon PhotoMarathon 2012's program was also held). The guest of honor was no other than Dulce! Her performance of her hit songs awed us, the audience. She is a regular guest to this yearly event at Hacienda Escudero and she's a personal favorite of Mang Ado (the owner of Villa Escudero).

The lunch and meryenda that followed were very delicious. In fact, I had a second serving of Pansit Sotanghon, Murkon, Potato Salad, among others. There was also unlimited Sorbetes (Ice Cream) for everyone and Ginataang Bilo-Bilo. The Escudero family was very generous to their guests and the staff as well since they also had their own salu-salo later in the afternoon at Ka Ado's residence.

Last year, during the Canon PhotoMarathon 2012, we were not granted access to have a tour of Ka Ado's residence -- at least the garden outside of their ancestral home. I'm very delighted that they opened the gates of their residence to the guests and staff. There was a Japanese garden as well besides the house and an elegant restaurant as well.

It rained in the afternoon and we were unable to take more pictures of the vicinity of Hacienda Escudero but it was a very memorable experience. We thank the staff and the Escudero Family for inviting us to their wonderful celebration of the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus. I'll definitely be coming back next year!


The Villa Escudero Chapel that I failed to notice during last year’s Canon PhotoMarathon 2012.


This Pavilion was under construction last year during the Canon PhotoMarathon 2012.


Ka Ado, the owner of Villa Escudero, is the one sitting with a cane.


This is the house of Ka Ado. It wasn’t open to the public during the Canon PhotoMarathon 2012. I’m very thankful that I was able to take a closer look at his ancestral house.


The iconic Pink Bahay na Bato

The Delicious Yummy Eats 2013 Event (Part 2 of 2)

The Foods

Frederick R. Barnard coined the phrase “a picture paints a thousand words”. Without further ado, I present to you some of the foods at this delicious event.

I would like to thank Nuffnang Philippines and Yummy Magazine for inviting me to the delicious Yummy Eats 2013 event held yesterday at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City.


From Chef Tatung


From Carinas Sun Bathed Tomatoes.


From Chez Karine Bakery 


From Kristina’s Inutak Premium.


From Dairymoor Coffee and More


From Sweet Ideas.


From Delimondo


From Paper Chic Studio


From Hunts


From McCormick 


Some of the leading names in cooking and dining tableware  -- Visions, CorningWare and Corelle.


Drinking straws from the Paper Chic Studio.


From Gooey Brownie Butter


From Viveca’s


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