Quick update

I ama gravely sorry about the recent bugging down of this site my loyal one-two-maybe-three readers 🙁 Lately I’ve been experiencing problems with my host (huhu) and I’m delayed on a lot of posts. Haha, I like listening to myself when I say that I have a plan (lightbulb!) because it just sounds so nice.

So while it’s bugged down, (no worries though, I found out that the bug seems to be on the admin side and not on the reader’s. So yay you can read my other posts then) I’m catching up on my favorite Youtubers!! And Troye’s (HAHA first name basis) music video for Happy Little Pill is now out!

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I’m back!

El Nido, baby!

So I’m back from El Nido! And apparently, my website is also back from vacation, too aka obscurity after days of technical glitch 🙁

I spent a short vacation in paradise and just got the chance to check back here to see if y’all are doing good. It was a good and well-needed break from work — after 7 months of not taking a leave and just working hard… I guess I deserve that break even if I really had a lot of misadventures along the way.

For one, I broke Jyler the iPhone AND Chace, my camera. I put them in a waterproof bag only to know that the sea water has seeped in and cursed my babies into eternal sleep (Maleficent, whyyyyyyy).

And that’s just the tip of the tropical iceberg because a lot has happened in my five-day vacay and I can’t wait to tell (and not show because I barely have pictures to show) you all about it.

One thing I can’t leave out though is that even if it’s raining, the place is incredibly dreamy! I couldn’t even sulk that I don’t have anything to document it with because I’m busy being stunned day in and day out of the beauty it holds.

I guess it just means I have to be back soon.

Check back with ya in the next days!

P.S. Something to look forward after this experience is a new segment. Stay tuned!
P.S.S Thanks to my friend, Bea for helping me fix the website problem. Feels good to be back up!

Weekend Diary: Veg, BSO, and Reads

20140707-205054-75054936.jpgI like chill weekends when no one is rushed and you can just take a walk… and the weather, good; meeting up a friend; having coffee; and driving around town.

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20140707-205057-75057352.jpgThe perfect trifecta of my breakfast is coffee, orange juice, and… no not veggies, but — CHEESE! BLEU CHEESE! SACREBLEUUU!

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20140707-205058-75058159.jpgEver since I joined the vegetarian program in the office, I now find ways to eat (and enjoy!) more veggies and incorporate it to my diet. It goes like this – since most of the time I eat in the office, I eat more vegetables… but I didn’t give up meat — like WHY WOULD I OKAY

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20140707-205100-75060570.jpgI convinced Ella to go to the Travel Expo. The mission: find the cheapest flight to the northest of all the north islands in the Philippines.

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20140707-205226-75146036.jpgSay hi to Ms. Val who found me a week worth of vacation!!! ON MY BIRTHDAY! It’s still next year, but what the hell. I am excited!

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20140707-205232-75152067.jpgWalking around town and running errands made me deserve a good glass of iced Sagadan coffee at Cool Beans in Maginhawa. Check out their traditionally weaved table runner!

20140707-205230-75150985.jpgAnd a piping hot bowl of shoyu ramen from Shinjuku at Little Tokyo after watching Eiga Sai. A day of watching Japanese films only made me wanna shove my face to this bowl

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And yes, because I’m mature like dut.

All photos taken using iPhone 5

 

Weekend Diary: Adobo Cup, #boomPH, Panty Monsters

Jeez, backlogs backlogs backlogs!!! But I love that there are a lot of things happening to my weekends. This is a couple of weekends ago —

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IMG_4924The vacant parking spots at Circuit makes the city looks like under a zombie attack. That or I was a sleepless zombie walking the streets of Manila

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IMG_4926Gatorade Chelsea FC at Circuit Makati

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Social Media Day #boomPH

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IMG_4940Volunteering over at the Muni booth!

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IMG_4943Lovely to see our beloved sponsor here!

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Panty Monsters at Today x Future

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I am a slave to the weekend.

All photos taken using iPhone 5

Stories of what have I

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Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 10.02.34 PMFrom Rina Nakano‘s Oscillate

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Marlboro-Country-BatanesFrom The Poor Traveler‘s Marlboro Country: Racuh a Payaman, Batanes

They say a picture says a thousand words; and some even has stories to tell. But not all pictures do, and not all stories are worth the time. I’m drawn into these stories; of love – to another man, to places, to material things, to emotions, to experiences; of lessons from misadventures; of fun and sadness; may be sober or choleric or even a forming array of varying energies; may it be up and down the emotional rolling hills or a consistently climactic climb. Stories interest me a lot because I love learning from other people’s experiences and I feel like I can, one day, tell my own inspiring stories of what have I.

I’ve been musing on different blogs and I find myself amused of their stories – written or photographed. Reading these blogs challenges me to a better storyteller, and encourages me to take on my own adventures and journeys. I’m sharing them to you and I hope they inspire you as they had me.

Weekend Warfare: A Photo Diary

Last weekend, Ame, Marco, and I decided to head to the beach. I was just out from work that morning and we were all craving for a roadtrip.

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We got lost a couple of times. We were looking for Burot beach in Calatagan, Batangas. Waze can’t seem to help us so we followed whatever sign we saw and ended up in Cape Santiago. Behind the greenery is a kick ass lighthouse but we didn’t visit anymore.

The unpaved road to Cape Santiago looks like a set in Maleficent – I can imagine Jolie poking out of somewhere, smirking and casting a spell.

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We then succumbed to the fact that we don’t wanna go home til we taste the sea. So we asked around and actually arrived there. When we reached Burot, it was getting dark. We decided to make a bonfire. It was kind of a first time for me. Burned my fingers a few times.

Marco with a case of pyromania lol

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Anyway, everybody, this is my good friend Ame and she’s an awesome photographer —

Pardon the selfie face.

Ame’s vantage:

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I need another weekend.

Blog feels

I remembered when I first ventured out of Multiply and found a new space in the web five years ago. I can also remember that I was searching for something easy on the eyes and noob-friendly. WordPress seemed so clean and streamlined and I had no qualms with anything. I’m difficult to please then, I swear. But I was really satisfied with my little space in the internet.

Blogging was a new thing here in the Philippines then, or more appropriately – just gaining traction. I had no idea what to post or blab about, all I know is that I just needed an outlet – for minor, major life things, and sometimes what I am obsessed about. Because of my blog, I met a lot of people – friends and foes alike. Blogging suddenly became something I breathe as time came by. It became my personal AND public space where I express my thoughts and people read and sometimes comment. I learned a lot as well, as reading other blogs is something worthwhile to do when you know where to find the good ones. It was a community in this interesting space called the internet.

One of the entities I want to thank is WordPress! No bull, really. I couldn’t find any other platform that I’d possibly be qualm-free. I believe that WordPress is the best out there. And when I heard from our folks at Globe that the WordPress father is here, I hated that I work the night shift and couldn’t come (huhuhu.) Oh but they sent this picture of Matt Mullenweg and who ever knew he’s kinda hot?

Matt Mullenweg visits PH

Seriously though! I would’ve loved to meet Matt and have a chat. I’d like to ask him how does he feel that he was able to build a community of netizens globally – isn’t that quite a feat? Not only that he helped build a community – he launched many careers as some of us (ehem) here have their career entirely grounded online. It was such a bummer I couldn’t come and say hi.

I hope I see you somewhere else, Mr. Mullenweg!

Read more about Matt’s visit here in Manila after the jump.

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What’s going on and distracted thoughts, basically

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It’s been a while since I posted something personal here. I guess I am all so caught up catching up with real life that sometimes I forget to update. However, whenever I post here, I feel excited too, because I have a lot of stories to share (not necessarily would matter to you though.) So that’s one thing too — so much to tell, so distracted to start with, so little time. And speaking of time, I’m still adjusting to my new sched (follow me on Twitter, to tired to talk about this haha aka lame trick to have you follow me on Twitter.) Most of the time I’m cramming in sleep and always half-afraid I won’t wake up on time. One day, I’ll be able to adjust (I hope.) And my fascination with parenthetical phrases is back.

(I saw this from some of the blogs I follow and have some time in my hands, so I gave it a try.)

What I’m writing: And when I say I’m distracted, it means I’ve been watching, reading, listening, working on a lot of things. One of the things eating up my time is making my itineraries for my upcoming trips. I don’t want to share it for now, but I will, though, soon. Basically, I’m just getting OC’d by everything — from budget to the stuff I need (ehem, want) to bring to the accommodations and to the exact time I want to be in where. It’s eating me up, and next time I know it’s time to sleep or go to work. I just hope all my obsession in reading up on all these places results to a good trip or even an enthusiasm to keep up with my blog, hehe. (Relentless plug though: go read my Cambodia series.)

(Also brb’d too many times because I’m keeping up with exchanging tabs and work and tweets and oh who’s that boy over Tumblr, gah. Distracted.)

What I’m drinking (right now): A large cup of Iced Americano from Seattle’s Best and a cup of Coke Zero. Yeah, caffeine.

What I’m watching:


As if I am not distracted enough, I am now in the mission to backtrack the X-men legacy through past media aka film, comic books, and wikia (because internet is awesome) because Days of Future Past had delineated and distorted every bit of what I know of the X-men timeline. I am not particularly the comic book geek but I have loved X-men since Jubilee was the gayest mutant and every bit of gayness in my body longed to be Storm in the animation series circa 90’s. Also, Wolverine’s butt (bless you Huge Jackman), Fassbender and his excellent delivery of Magneto, McAvoy as a disheveled hipster Charles X. Xavier, AND WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT Evan Peters is the best actor to portray Quicksilver — with his excellent, excellent psychoweirdo style of acting (Hello, American Horror Story Season 4) Told ya, I am one distracted overly gay person. And I want to buy that omnibus.

What I’m reading:

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I’m about to finish Haruki Murakami’s Dance Dance Dance after my bout with distraction to finish reading a novel. Again, I’m sorely distracted. I usually stop reading Murakami novels in the middle then binge on it after I recover from a whirlwind of emotions. Murakami never fails to put me in an emotional centrifuge spinning intermittently between fast and faster. With Dance, Dance, Dance; I stopped after the nameless narrator (most of his narrators are nameless idky) met Sheep Man because I can’t wrap my head fully on how he played with parallel universes and how there is a clairvoyant and everything is connected and IamtalkinglikeSheepManalready. (That’s my best shot at not spoiling anyone who would want to read it.) Then I decided to binge on it again, and I think I need another break before I start on another Murakami binge. I know my reading pattern is unconventional but it’s how I cope with my distracted self.

What I’m eating: Now? None. Because it’s no-cal Saturdays. No, don’t listen to me. Go eat! I’m not healthy. Kthanksbye.

What I’m thinking:


New York, now and then will always pique my interest. Be it the 50’s Beatniks or the 80’s gay revolution, idc it’s New York. I had an epiphany last night while I was working and reading this New York Times article and realized that New York, no matter how dark, decadent, and degenerated (to some, not to me) it is, has so much story to tell. Every nook and cranny of Gotham has some odd legend or generation and oddly enough as well I love hearing their stories. One of these stories is The Normal Heart, Ryan Murphy’s much-awaited telling of the gay revolution in New York right after the spike of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Aside from being a valuable addition to my ever-growing HIV/AIDS media collection, it is also an interesting tale of people who lived beautifully amidst a tumultuous decade. Read the New York Times article above before watching and be drawn to stories of people who fought the fight – and how they fought and how they are fighting until now.

(By now, I have acknowledged that this might have thrown you in a whirlwind of thoughts about me. I can also feel you say I’m weird.)

Basically, what I wanna say:

I don’t quite know how to end this post. I just want to document what’s going on with me and to touch base with you. Also, to share what I’ve been binging on, and eventually realize that I am so distracted and I’m blathering most of the time. (Why, Jonver. Y.)

kthanksbaiiiiiiii~

P.S. I’m thinking of a way to concretize my thoughts more because I just can’t go on distracted all my life. Halp! (Especially with my parenthetical tendencies.)

Poverty Practice

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Actually I found that I can!

Just this past week, I was running on just a little below 50 pesos a day (excluding the free meals from office, and miscellaneous expenses at home.) This is the first time that I’ve gone that low in everyday expenses. Basically because I live fairly near to my office, and that meals are free why I survived. But imagine all those people who have kids and have no job — how do they live in such a low budget? It’s inhumane.

It is inhumane to ponder about it, but it is happening. I like this awareness campaign and it made me realize how blessed I am — having a job that does not only pays the rent, and heck, free meals to boot!

How about you? Can you live below the poverty line for a week?

P.S. I am really pondering on making this a month-long challenge. 

Piggy

While everyone’s busy with vagina Valentine’s day, I’m busy looping this video. It’s so cute!!!!!!!

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