POSTCARD #3: Huashin 1914 Creative Park, Taipei 2015

My trip to Taipei last 2015 was two things – amazing and, in some ways, horrifying. I learned a whole lot about myself in this trip, and that I hope the next time some sort of thing happens to me next time, I’m hella prepared. 

You see, when I travel I plan and do everything on my phone. My itinerary, my flight, my budgets, good graciousness my Grindr. I had it all prepared – in classic Jonver fashion – an itinerary in the form of spreadsheet, complete with specific date and time and addresses and directions, was saved on my phone; the boarding passes on the respective airline app; a train app downloaded; budgets on notes; it was like clockwork. What happened next almost made me regret this trip. 

My phone, its screen blood red, died on me. On my first day in Taipei. I know what you might be thinking – it’s just a phone; your trip means so much more than that. Not when your whole life (in the form of plans and details for this particular matter) revolved on the existence and functioning of a phone. Taipei wasn’t known for their good English, but God bless them nice people who tried to help me. And no thank you Apple, for a non-functional international warranty? You apparently need me to go to my telco provider to give me my warranty. 

Needless to say, I gave up on it; also strapped for cash to buy a new phone to keep connected. The next logical thing to do is to grab a paper map in Taipei Main Station to help me get on with my trip, and try hard to see a silver lining. I found a couple of silver linings. 

When I was looking for a cheap phone around Guanghua Digital Plaza, I saw an instant film camera. It felt so familiar and not all at the same time; and instead of leaving what seems a hotpot of electronics in all of Taipei with a phone that could abate my internet withdrawal, I left with an analog camera and a couple expired rolls of film. It’s been a while since I loaded a roll on a camera and it felt so amazing. People stared at me when I snap a photo and they hear the tiny gears that move the film from one frame to another. 

I haven’t uploaded the whole two rolls I had developed. I guess I’m trying to be that nostalgic person who shows albums of old photos in house parties and reunions. 

Aaaaaaand I’m also on my way to Taiwan for a quick weekend jaunt! I hope this time my phone does not quit on me. 

#CutTheCrap: Save the Date… and Earth!

Poster by Rob Cham

In an effort to minimize cigarette butt clutter, Muni PH, with its #CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts Campaign, with collaborations with several artists, aims to educate everyone with the impact of cigarette butts in the environment. I can’t argue that I don’t smoke, because I do, and democracy allows us to burn our lungs to our content. But being a responsible smoker is another thing – especially when our ailing planet needs us to simply throw our cig trash in the bin. And it’s not easy when you’re smoking in a place without a trash bin or an ashtray.

Poster by Manix Abrera

Poster by OJ Desuasido

Poster by JP Cuison

So Muni PH campaigns and proposes to use old film canisters as temporary (and portable!) ashtrays. With this, you can easily avoid throwing cigarette butts anywhere. And it’s sustainable since you don’t need to buy it.

Don’t know where to find film canisters though? Then simply go to the #CutTheCrap gig at Route 196 on June 15 because they will be giving away canisters for free! And get to watch Pedicab, Ciudad, Your Imaginary Friends, Slow Hello, RomCom and No Rome. Yepp, it’s hard not to smoke in a gig, so you’ll be using it as well!

This and more things you can help Muni PH with if you go to their gig! Read more

Heima Design Discussions 4

I’ve always loved Heima! And I’d give up anything I’m doing for the day to be at their Design Discussion! PLUS PLUS PLUS. SUPER PLUS! The line up is so good — there’s design studio Inksurge, Ang Nawawala director Marie Jamora, and sought-after typography and branding artist Isabel Gatuslao among others! (I’d love to pretend that I know the others but I do not — more reasons to come, new discoveries! And I’m commencing stalking. LOLz. No. Please don’t be scared of me.)

At any rate, if you’re interested, or even just curious, in style and design like me, or have been making a living out of it, I highly highly (redundancy in this post has never been redundant) recommend this!

I’ll see you there 🙂



This Saturday (April 20) at Co.Lab Brixton, Marie Jamora will be at the Heima Home & Lifestyle Design Discussions, talking about her inspiration behind the design of Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There).

She will elaborate about the process with her various collaborators for the film — from costumes (with stylist Mara Reyes), to set design (with Production Designer Trinka Lat), to cinematography (with Director of Photography Ming Kai Leung), to posters (with photographers Everywhere We Shoot! and typographer AJ Dimarucot), and album art (with graphic artist Cynthia Bauzon-Arre).

We know that the slots are limited, so in case you cannot make it, please go celebrate Heima’s 4th year anniversary and Heima’s other half, Bong Rojales’ birthday at their BBQ! You can ask Marie your design questions as she is drinking beer.


How to go to Heima Brixton? Here’s a map to help you out! If ever you get lost tweet them @HeimaStore

MTV Movie Awards 2013


Do not misunderstand me, I love the Oscars. I revere the Academy. BUT if it means irreverence, as they want to call themselves, MTV gets the Oscars for giving a version of the Oscars! PLUS they have the most outrageous copy for awards – who awards The Best Ass-shit Performance, huh? Nobody! So that’s why this is in my radar.

And I love MTV. And I miss MTV Singapore.

Find below if you’re favorite movie or movie star gives an ass-shit performance or not! Pardon the uncensored shit. Haha!

Winners of the “2013 MTV Movie Awards” are as follows (*denotes new category):


· “The Avengers” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


· Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)


· Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)


· Rebel Wilson – “Pitch Perfect” (Universal Pictures)


· Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox)


· Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane — “Ted” (Universal Pictures)


· Taylor Lautner — “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” (Summit Entertainment, LLC)


· Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston — “The Avengers” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


· Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)


· Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson – “Candieland Gets Smoked” in “Django Unchained”?(The Weinstein Company)


· Tom Hiddleston – “The Avengers” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


· Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee – “Pitch Perfect” (Universal Pictures)

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Show

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Show

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Red Carpet

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Show

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Audience & Backstage

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Show

MTV Movie Awards 2013 Promo Behind the Scenes

MTV Movie Awards Press Day

Oh how I wish I get invited to this one of these days. *crossing fingers!*

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