Shoutout to great teachers!

So first of all, I’d like to acknowledge my brother and sister who are both teachers – which in a larger scale, being honored as the National Teachers Month is about to end! (Sorry I am that oblivious haha) I am so proud of these two having finished their teaching degrees and now excelling in their chosen fields. I know that they will be great teachers just because. I believe in them.

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And of course, I’ll be a bit off course here (see what I did there) to greet the best teacher I’ve ever had a happy happy happy birthday — My mom <3

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It goes without saying that teachers play an important role in our society. I have so much appreciation for all the good teachers I’ve ever met – who has ever challenged me to be better in whatever I do, who has ever told me that I can be better if I put my heart and mind to it. And that is inasmuch as I express utter disgust towards people who give teachers a bad name. I’m sorry, I have to put it out there, hahaha!

Anyway, our partner Globe is honoring 21 teachers — by involving students to post selfies with their noble teachers to nominate them! Students just have to use the #GlobeWonderfulTeacher and they can have a chance to win prepaid load for themselves and one of the 21 awards for their teacher! I have a list of teachers now to post with my selfie, but I’m no longer a student now, am I?

Happy Globe Day! #WonderfulStories

Yesterday, we celebrated connections. If you’ve been following me on Twitter (and if you’re not go do it :P) you’d know how much I love Globe. And you’ll also know that I tweeted about this simple yet powerful video of how much connection affects our everyday lives. Go watch it and cry!


Everyone of us has a story to tell. Wonderful stories, indeed.  We all love hearing them, whether they’re inspiring, funny, melancholic, full of lessons, or sometimes a combination of everything. For whatever it’s worth, I’ve told this many times already, I live for the wonderful stories because they make me feel alive. 


So in the spirit of sharing stories, if you’re a college undergraduate or a film student and you have wonderful stories to tell, you can submit your entries from September 17 to October 24, 2014. Fill out an application online or download the form and send it together with your five-minuter video/s. More information on www.globe.com.ph/wonderfilm.

Weekend Live Blog: 8/30 feat. #GlobeSlipstream

UPDATE:

I was already watching the concert when some of my friends who were at the VIP area invited me for some drinks. Autotelic was awesome but this momma can’t say no to cocktails. I’m too weak!

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The night was so lovely and special!

Cheers to Marlon Stockinger and F1! Cheers to a faster Globe Telecom!

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4:35pm

I got to meet Marlon Stockinger a few minutes back and gad I can even smell him – I assure you he didn’t smell of burnt rubber even after racing. He’s so cute, too! And young? I didn’t know he’s just 23! To be young and famous nga naman, I hope he gets in F1 to represent the country.

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Up next: Up Dharma Down will be playing alongside other bands at the Bonifacio High Street Central!

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So I am here at #GlobeSlipstream here at the Bonifacio Global City. Marlon Stockinger just finished running his first exhibition and will be up against his old friends including Mateo Guidicelli for some friendly competition. Meanwhile, I took a break because the heat is getting to me and jeez I’m sweating like a bacon on the skillet (haha see photo below as well)

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But for apropos, race enthusiasts who are here are mostly hot boys and tbqh they’re not helping me cool down.

If yer here at the event, hope I bump into ya! If not, then follow me on Twitter or Instagram as I bring you guys the latest in here.

FYI still no near sighting of Stockinger but I hope to get to that (don’t be lazy self he’s hot)

Ok bye for now!

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Also, thanks Globe for inviting me!

[Midweek Challenge] 90’s Bitches

It’s the midweek and god knows it’s TGIAF: Thank God It’s Almost Friday!

You can’t quite go out drinking/partying/dancing in the moonlight/whatever it is that you do but you’re in need of a good something. So hey, I went to my favorite music streaming service (hey y’all Spotify) and made a midweek playlist! I called it The Bitches just because. These power bitch tunes are my fuel at work when I need to shut everything off and focus. Mama knows she needs to grind and (t)werq ’cause she werqs hard for the money! I mean, I know it supposed to be relaxing and soothing and whatnot but my brain is aching for some 90’s girl power meets millenial bitches that matter.

Plus I need to imbibe that bitchiness because boys come in the weekends. H E L L O O O O O O !

So if some of the office peeps ’round are reading – yeah me gyrating on my desk is real.

And for good measure, let’s throw in Troye Sivan’s TRXYE (oh god my midweek is sounding so trippy good thanks to this bb)

JUST. BECAUSE. OKAY.

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[EVENT + Video of the Day] Digital Lifestyle Expo

I can’t think of one day that I wouldn’t even tinker with my phone. For me, this mobile and digital lifestyle has given me access to information, not to mention a job! This digital revolution has turned everyone into a digital humankind, tinkering with gadgets one callous thumb at a time (now that I’ve thought of it, it sounds scary haha)

The habit is – Twitter, email, Viber, and then check some Yummly for dinner or if I’m tired or I just want to go out — Zomato it is. Of course, Spotify all day and maybe Flipboard for the latest or Pocket for some easy reads. The list doesn’t end there as I have over 50 apps on my phone! You see, it’s like 50% of my life is now app-and-phone-dependent (no kidding).

And it just never ends.

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So if you’re like me who lives the digital life (you know you do), then let’s go to the Digital Lifestyle Expo at the Mega Fashion Hall (omg I live so near!) Lots of emerging technologies – gadgets, apps, and a whole lot more. Find more details after the jump!

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Spotify x Globe

I’ve been crazy gaga over Spotify the last few months! It has kept me company, productive, and most of all up-to-date with my favorite artists and up and coming acts. It has all the playlists I can ever think of — from working, walking, or even lull time music. No wonder, I subscribed to premium — which lets you download music on your Spotify so you can play it offline. That’s just so convenient!

Here’s a sample of what I’m currently loving:

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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?

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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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First few hours in Thailand

Wow! Has it really been just six months since I was on a trip? It feels like forever though. Not that I don’t like my job now (which admittedly was one of the reasons why I went on this trip. When I do most times, I need to clear my head.) Now I just wanna go… especially I get to use my leaves now! *brings out a map, closes eyes, drops a pen* Wanderlust is real, once you pop you just can’t stop!

We arrived in Bangkok via Poipet border before dusk coming from a temple-tramping beer-swiggin’ adventure in Siem Reap. It was a painful six-hour (was it, or eight?) overland trip. While I made it clear to drop us at Silom, where we stayed in Bangkok, the minivan driver decided to drop us at Khao San Road instead. I didn’t know what to do already, and we really didn’t want to take the cab. So with huge backpacks, and tired selves determined to take a shower and stretch our legs and feet, we walked to the Chao Phraya pier and took the Skytrain to the hotel. I know what it feels to be tired, but it’s different when you’re in transit for almost half a day already.

But I was so ready for the night! Even I surprise myself when I’m traveling. All we needed was to freshen up in the hotel, stretch a little, then we were headed out again.

I was so determined to see the Thailand Creative and Design Center, which is just a train ride away. But that’s for another post just because I was so thrilled to see a museum inside a mall. After visiting the museum though, we took a short train ride to Thong Lo to see if we can grab something to eat. By then, I can imagine how famished we were for some Thai food!

It’ll help a lot if you get a reloadable rabbit card for your stay in Bangkok!

Just a few walks away from the station was this strip of street food vendors and some hole-in-the-wall eateries. In the middle of the busy buildings and roaring roads was this street which I forgot where the food was without frills and null of any pretension. I was so thrilled to see it not that crowded too like what we see in travel shows. I guess this is not the main thoroughfare for street food, but idc really. Food was good, and the people were friendly – a couple expats here and there, and locals as well!

We settled in this eatery and ordered phad thai, and spring rolls. Then a couple struts would bring you to a satay stand and just beside it was a drink stand (Thai milk tea for me of course!)

We tried to find Ella’s favorite banana-milo crepe but to no avail. Plus we were full anyway! That mean phad thai can really get you filled to the brim. Wash it with Thai milk tea and it’s the perfect end to a meal. I wish I can find that good of a plate of phad thai here in Manila!

A walk around the Thong Lo neighborhood was a sight in itself, too. It’s not urban escape for nothing. Design is strong in this country, and I hope it continues to grow. I like the minimalist touches, and the subtle merge between traditional and contemporary. It’s weird but I do get giddy when I see design this good. Plus, here in Thong Lo, you can notice that there’s a lot of izakayas, ramen-ya’s, and teppanyaki places, among others serving authentic Japanese fare. It’s because it’s the Little Tokyo around here. (A clue where I’m planning to go next *crosses fingers*)

We did stroll at the mall near our hotel, and found these pretty restaurants

I was tempted to buy one of each at a local specialty bookstore!

It wasn’t a fast nor a slow night. We just wanted to take it easy and stroll around the neighborhood, as the following day we were headed to the Grand Palace to see some temples.

Few more tips when in Bangkok!

  • We were mostly in Sukhumvit and Silom, and that left us no time for Khao San Road — where there is relatively cheap food and booze plus backpackers (ergo, cheap accommodation as well!). I’d love to go back there and have the full Khao San experience!
  • What Sukhumvit and Silom lost in grittiness and temple-tramping, they make up for with museums and cafes around. I love that there’s even a museum inside the mall! It’s a fast-paced neighborhood, but it’s you who really choose the pace anyway.
  • Oh, and malls abound the city center, too! Take the train to Siam station for the more famous malls like Siam Paragon and MBK Center.
  • Speaking of coping, you’d never need to worry about your mobile phone bill with Globe Telecom’s fixed roaming rates on mobile surfing! Enjoy unlimited mobile surfing while in Bangkok for just PhP 599. You don’t even need to register, that easy! Learn more here.
  • There is no direct train to Rattanakosin, where the Grand Palace and other temples are.  So you may need to take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to get there without taking a cab.
  • From Sukhumvit or Silom line, take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin, then find the pier just near the station. Get off at Tha Chang pier for the Grand Palace, at Tha Tien for Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha).
  • Take the ferry shuttle in Tha Tien to take you across the river in Thonburi for Wat Arun.
  • The Wat Arun is majestic at night!
  • Also, take the boat if you want a scenic way to see both sides of the river (Old and New Bangkok). Mingle with locals and expats alike, and get to know their everyday life by way of the river.
  • If I had more time in this place, I’d probably gone to see the local third wave coffee scene. But that’s for another visit, I suppose.

Photos taken using an iPhone 5

#GlobeDigitalNatives

We are living in a digital generation. You and me are digital natives. We breathe digital – everywhere we go.

But as the offline, the online space can be a dangerous place too. How do we keep it safe for them?

Laboracay with Steve Aoki, Cedric Gervais, and Globe Telecom on May 3-4

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