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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

It's Alive

After a long hiatus, I finally came plunging on this keyboard with lots of things running around my mind. Had tons of work the last half of the year, In other words-busy. Hey that's no excuse for a blogger! Yep its not. But truly I was.

The tale starts with me now being the father of an adorable fourteen month old son, and a husband of a very caring wife. Life turns around a 180 degrees when the void in life is filled. You get inspired, assertive, and at times nervous. I'm also struggling to bring back to life the magazine I started, Graphikapinoymag, but it's really a lot of work to handle all alone. Naah, the commitments will always be the same. But I'm still setting my eyes publishing stuff that would benefit even the most common person. I've got a few ideas in the bag. And if any one's interested to do the funding we could sit and talk.

Enough biz talk and let's see what's in stored this 2009 at Hazy Reality.
I'd be discussing personal growth, philosophers, art and design, and probably a few software tutorials. So let's welcome the year of the Ox with open arms and start the year with a positive attitude.

I'd be leaving you with a vid of my son Gabriel riding a mechanical car, or whatever you might want to call it. Me and Claire (my wife) were so proud of him. He was just 10 months old when this was shot.

'Til then and who knows? I might throw in podcasts once in awhile. Ciao.

First Ride - Click here for more amazing videos

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Monday, June 02, 2008


Pecha Kucha Night is coming to Manila! Hosted by Idea!s Creatives, Inc., a social enterprise design team for non-profit organizations. PKN Manila shall showcase different ideas from designers, graphic artists, writers, and other individuals with interesting images to share, in a series of four events this year. (Visit http://www.pecha-kucha.org/manila )

Pecha Kucha, pronounced (peh-chak-cha) and meaning ‘the sound of conversation’ in Japanese, works in a 20x20 format. You take a group of speakers and give each of them 6 minutes and 40 seconds to present their topic in 20 slides – that means 20 seconds to discuss each slide! (Studies have shown that a person’s average attention span is 7 minutes, and the 20x20 format makes sure not only that each presenter is able to say everything they want but also that the audience is able to absorb everything they need.) Topics can be anything from one’s collection of insects and action figures to paintings of your 4-year-old daughter to the blueprint for an underwater structure. Anything from about anyone goes, as long as you present it all in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

The PKN format keeps the audience level up because it avoids the flooding of ideas or the speaker’s monopoly of the microphone, which often results in dry discussions.

Pioneered by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture (KDa) in Tokyo 2003, PKN has become a global phenomenon, reaching over 120 locations, including Berlin, New York, Tel Aviv, and Beijing. And now it is finally here!

The first Pecha Kucha Night in Manila will be held on 13 June, from 8:20 to 11:00 pm, at the Mag:Net Café Fort Bonifacio High Street. Presenters for this night include painter and production designer Leo Abaya, sculptor Leeroy New, graphic design duo Inksurge, graffiti artists from Pilipinas Street Plan, BBDO-GO Head of Art Joni Caparas, filmmaker Raymond Red, commercial and travel photographer Nicky Sering, contemporary dancer Donna Miranda, student and cosplayer Jin Joson, and Cebu-based design team Grafik Salad, among many other interesting speakers. (Visit http://www.pechakuchamanila.com for the complete line-up.)

Tickets for the first event are priced at P150.00 each, with a student discount price of P120.00, inclusive of entrance, one beer, and pika-pika. Limited seats only!

For inquiries and other concerns, send an e-mail to PKNManila@gmail.com, or call (+632)4368864. For matters regarding partnership, call or send an SMS to +639209470868; for presenters, +639178567753.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Graphikapinoymag is now available!

I've recently published Graphikapinoymag. A free downloadable graphic design magazine in support of the Filipino creative. On this first issue, we featured Inksurge, Dan Matutina, and Camille del Rosario. It was a tedious job, but worth the cause. Expect the next issue to be as wicked as the first! Issues are published every second week of the month. So see you there!
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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

1st Annual FindYourArtSchool.com Competition

The 1st Annual FindYourArtSchool.com Young Adult Art Competition is
geared towards helping current and prospective art students gain
market exposure through the competition, as well as rewarding their
outstanding talents with financial support. There is no constraint
regarding topic or media. Artists are given the full stage to show off
their talent and we are anticipating that thousands of visitors will
be coming daily to see their works.
Everyone is welcomed to submit art works, only those age 16-35 are
eligible to win prizes. Even some artists might be outside of the age
range, it still worth the 2 min to submit the artworks since it is an
excellent platform for them to show off their talents! (Watermark the
artwork with contact information could be a good practice, but
absolutely not required.) Artists are welcomed to submit multiple art
works to enhance your chance of wining. They can also invite your
friends to help vote for them. It is not cheating, since everybody
needs the initial push to get the artwork out in front of the
audiences. And in order to win, a piece of art work will need much
more votes than "friends" can offer. It is statically impossible to
"cheat" =D

1st Place $2500, 2nd Place $600, and 3rd place $400.

For more detailed information please refer to the art contest site

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Learning Advanced Adobe Photoshop CS2 Online for FREE

In this advanced class in Adobe Photoshop CS2, you'll learn to create complex images and learn some special techniques in the areas of image creation, editing, selection and correction. You'll also explore layer masks in depth then you'll apply your wide range of skills and knowledge of Photoshop to create composite images ranging from the simple to complex.

Finally a FREE online course for Adobe Photoshop CS2. Offered by HP Learning Center, it's really exciting to learn advanced things from them. Though  CS3 is already available for sometime, it's always great to stumble upon a few tips and tricks from the masters. Instructed by Joanne Watkins, who has more than 15 years of experience as a training specialist and professional graphic designer. She has expertise in the major image editing, illustration, electronic prepress, and web software. Joanne is a training specialist for a major Fortune 500 company, where she develops e-learning courses and teaches classes in computer software and presentation skills. In addition, she is an associate professor in the multimedia department of Richland Community College in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches an online Introduction to Multimedia course. She previously worked for a major software company as a technical support engineer, writer, editor, and web producer. When she's not teaching or designing, Joanne maintains her own website and volunteers in a computer assistance program for senior adults.

Here's what you'd learn:

  • Learn new techniques for image editing
  • Explore color corrections
  • Learn about layer masks
  • Learn to create simple and complex images

Learning is a continous process, and this is something a designer should bear in mind. Kudos to HP Learning Center for coming up with such courses.

What are you waiting for? Enroll now! 


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Friday, January 25, 2008

Future plans

I happen to stumble upon an inspiring speech by John L. Gokongwei, Jr., a Filipino business tycoon, which I would like to share to you guys.

Commencement Address
Ateneo de Manila University
March 27, 2004
John L. Gokongwei, Jr.

I wish I were one of you today, instead of a 77-year-old man, giving
a speech you will probably forget when you wake up from your hangover

You may be surprised I feel this way. Many of you are feeling fearful
and apprehensive about your future.

You are thinking that, perhaps, your Ateneo diploma will not mean a
whole lot in the future in a country with too many problems. And you
are probably right.

You are thinking that our country is slipping, no - sliding. Again,
you may be right.

Twenty years ago, we were at par with countries like Thailand,
Malaysia, and Singapore. Today, we are left way behind.

You know the facts.

Twenty years ago, the per capita income of the Filipino was 1,000 US
dollars. Today, it's 1,100 dollars. That's a growth of only ten
percent in twenty years. Meanwhile, Thailand's per capita income
today is double ours; Malaysia, triple ours; and Singapore, almost
twenty times ours.

With globalization coming, you know it is even more urgent to wake
up. Trade barriers are falling, which means we will have to compete

In the new world, entrepreneurs will be forced to invest their money
where it is most efficient. And that is not necessarily in the
Philippines. Even for Filipino entrepreneurs, that can be the case.

For example, a Filipino brand like Maxx candy can be manufactured in
Bangkok - where labor, taxes, power and financing are cheaper and
more efficient - and then exported to other ASEAN countries.

This will be a common scenario - if things do not change.

Pretty soon, we will become a nation that buys everything and
produces practically nothing. We will be like the prodigal son who
took his father's money and spent it all. The difference is that we
do not have a generous father to run back to.

But despite this, I am still very excited about the future. I will
tell you why later.

You have been taught at the Ateneo to be "a person for others." Of
course, that is noble: To serve your countrymen.

Question is: How?

And my answer is: Be an entrepreneur!

You may think I am just a foolish man talking mundane stuff when the
question before him is almost philosophical. But I am being very
thoughtful here, and if I may presume this about myself, being
patriotic as well.

Entrepreneurship is the answer.

We need young people who will find the idea, grab the opportunity,
take risk, and set aside comfort to set up businesses that will
provide jobs.

But why? What are jobs?

Jobs are what allow people to feel useful and build their self-
esteem. Jobs make people productive members of the community. Jobs
make people feel they are worthy citizens. And jobs make a country
worthy players in the world market.

In that order of things, it is the entrepreneurs who have the power
to harness the creativity and talents of others to achieve a common
good. This should leave the world a better place than it was.

Let me make it clear: Job creation is a priority for any nation to
move forward.

For example, it is the young entrepreneurs of Malaysia, Thailand, and
Singapore who created the dynamic businesses that have propelled
their countries to the top. Young people like yourselves.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, progress is slow. Very little is
new. Hardly anything is fresh. With a few exceptions, the biggest
companies before the war - like PLDT, Ayala, and San Miguel - are
still the biggest companies today.

All right, being from the Ateneo, many of you probably have offers
from these corporations already. You may even have offers from JG

I say: Great! Take these offers, work as hard as you can, learn
everything these companies can teach - and then leave!

If you dream of creating something great, do not let a 9-to-5 job -
even a high-paying one - lull you into a complacent, comfortable
life. Let that high-paying job propel you toward entrepreneurship

When I speak of the hardship ahead, I do not mean to be skeptical but

Even you Ateneans, who are famous for your eloquence, you cannot talk
your way out of this one. There is nothing to do but to deal with it.

I learned this lesson when, as a 13-year-old, I lost my dad.

Before that, I was like many of you: a privileged kid. I went to
Cebu's best school; lived in a big house; and got free entrance to
the Vision, the largest movie house in Cebu, which my father owned.

Then my dad died, and I lost all these. My family had become poor -
poor enough to split my family. My mother and five siblings moved to
China where the cost of living was lower. I was placed under the care
of my Grand Uncle Manuel Gotianuy, who put me through school. But
just two years later, the war broke out, and even my Uncle Manuel
could no longer see me through.

I was out in the streets - literally.

Looking back, this time was one of the best times of my life. We
lost everything, true, but so did everybody! War was the great
equalizer. In that setting, anyone who was willing to size up the
situation, use his wits, and work hard, could make it!

It was every man for himself, and I had to find a way to support
myself and my family. I decided to be a market vendor. Why? Because
it was something that I, a 15-year old boy in short pants, could do.

I started by selling simple products in the palengke half an hour by
bike from the city. I had a bicycle. I would wake up at five in the
morning, load thread, soap and candles into my bike, and rush to the

I would rent a stall for one peso a day, lay out my goods on a table
as big as this podium, and begin selling. I did that the whole day.

I sold about twenty pesos of goods every day. Today, twenty pesos
will only allow you to send twenty text messages to your crush, but
63 years ago, it was enough to support my family. And it left me
enough to plow back into my small, but growing, business.

I was the youngest vendor in the palengke, but that didn't faze me.
In fact, I rather saw it as an opportunity. Remember, that was 63
years and 100 pounds ago, so I could move faster, stay under the sun
more, and keep selling longer than everyone else.

Then, when I had enough money and more confidence, I decided to
travel to Manila from Cebu to sell all kinds of goods like rubber

Instead of my bike, I now traveled on a batel - a boat so small that
on windless days, we would just float there. On bad days, the trip
could take two weeks!

During one trip, our batel sank! We would have all perished in the
sea were it not for my inventory of tires. The viajeros were happy
because my tires saved their lives, and I was happy because the
viajeros, by hanging on to them, saved my tires. On these long and
lonely trips I had to entertain myself with books, like Gone With The

After the war, I had saved up 50,000 pesos. That was when you could
buy a chicken for 20 centavos and a car for 2,000 pesos. I was 19
years old.

Now I had enough money to bring my family home from China. Once they
were all here, they helped me expand our trading business to include
imports. Remember that the war had left the Philippines with very few
goods. So we imported whatever was needed and imported them from
everywhere - including used clothes and textile remnants from the
United States. We were probably the first ukay-ukay dealers here.

Then, when I had gained more experience and built my reputation, I
borrowed money from the bank and got into manufacturing. I saw that
coffee was abundant, and Nescafe of Nestle was too expensive for a
country still rebuilding from the war, so my company created Blend 45.

That was our first branded hit. And from there, we had enough profits
to launch Jack and Jill.

From one market stall, we are now in nine core businesses - including
retail, real estate, publishing, petrochemicals, textiles, banking,
food manufacturing, Cebu Pacific Air and Sun Cellular.

When we had shown success in the smaller businesses, we were able to
raise money in the capital markets-through IPOs and bond offerings --
and then get into more complex, capital- intensive enterprises. We
did it slow, but sure.

Success doesn't happen overnight. It's the small successes achieved
day by day that build a company. So, don't be impatient or focused
on immediate financial rewards. I only started flying business class
when I got too fat to fit in the economy seats.

And I even wore a used overcoat while courting my wife - it came from
my ukay-ukay business. Thank God Elizabeth didn't mind the mothball
smell of my overcoat or maybe she wouldn't have married me.

Save what you earn and plow it back.

And never forget your families! Your parents denied themselves many
things to send you here. They could have traveled around the world a
couple of times with the money they set aside for your education, and
your social life, and your comforts.

Remember them - and thank them.

When you have families of your own, you must be home with them for at
least one meal everyday.

I did that while I was building my company. Now, with all my six
children married, I ask that we spend every Sunday lunch together,
when everything under the sun is discussed.

As it is with business, so it is with family. There are no short cuts
for building either one.

Remember, no short cuts.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, your patron saint, and founder of this 450-
year old organization I admire, described an ideal Jesuit as one
who "lives with one foot raised." I believe that means someone who is
always ready to respond to opportunities.

Saint Ignatius knew that, to build a successful organization, he
needed to recruit and educate men who were not afraid of change but
were in fact excited by it.

In fact, the Jesuits were one of the earliest practitioners of
globalization. As early as the 16th century, upon reaching a foreign
country, they compiled dictionaries in local languages like Tamil and
Vietnamese so that they could spread their message in the local
language. In a few centuries, they have been able to spread their
mission in many countries through education.

The Jesuits have another quote. "Make the whole world your house,"
which means that the ideal Jesuit must be at home everywhere.

By adapting to change, but at the same time staying true to their
beliefs, the Society of Jesus has become the long-lasting and
successful organization it is today and has made the world their

So, let live with one foot raised in facing the next big opportunity:

Globalization can be your greatest enemy. It will be your downfall if
you are too afraid and too weak to fight it out. But it can also be
your biggest ally.

With the Asian Free Trade agreement and tariffs near zero, your
market has grown from 80 million Filipinos to half a billion
Southeast Asians.

Imagine what that means to you as an entrepreneur if you are able to
find a need and fill it. And imagine, too, what that will do for the
economy of our country!

Yes, our government may not be perfect, and our economic environment
not ideal, but true entrepreneurs will find opportunities anywhere.

Look at the young Filipino entrepreneurs who made it. When I say
young - and I'm 77, remember - I am talking about those in their 50s
and below. Tony Tan of Jollibee, Ben Chan of Bench, Rolando Hortaleza
of Splash, and Wilson Lim of Abensons.

They're the guys who weren't content with the 9-to-5 job, who were
willing to delay their gratification and comfort, and who created
something new, something fresh.

Something Filipinos are now very proud of.

They all started small but now sell their hamburgers, T-shirts and
cosmetics in Asia, America, and the Middle East.

In doing so, these young Filipino entrepreneurs created jobs while
doing something they were passionate about.

Globalization is an opportunity of a lifetime - for you. And that is
why I want to be out there with you instead of here behind this
podium - perhaps too old and too slow to seize the opportunities you

Let me leave you with one last thought.

Trade barriers have fallen. The only barriers left are the barriers
you have in your mind.

So, Ateneans, Class of 2004, heed the call of entrepreneurship.

With a little bit of will and a little bit of imagination, you can
turn this crisis into your patriotic moment - and truly become a
person for others.

"Live with one foot raised and make the world your house."

To this great University, my sincerest thanks for this singular honor
conferred on me today.

To the graduates, congratulations and Godspeed.

"Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam".

Thank you.

© 2005 John Gokongwei School of Management

Wow! Isn't that something? :D

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

I just purchased a book entitled Rich Dad, Poor Dad at the turn of the year. A must have book for everyone who wishes to start the year right. The book is more than its worth by giving inspiration and knowledge to its readers. My hats off to Robert T. Kiyosaki, a Japanese-American salesman, for shedding the light and making me excited to get off the rat race. Giving great tips on how to handle your cashflow and managing one's risks. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But, hey, it's worth a try. "Remember the Alamo?"

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Monday, December 03, 2007

President Arroyo holds my work

I've been tasked to do a booklet to be presented to Malacañang a week ago for the National Innovation Summit and was proud that President Gloria Arroyo held my work in front of the press. Though I'm not a big fan of her, it just felt like a sort of achievement that a president holds my work.Kudos! Hahaha.

Here is the actual artwork...

Hmmm...I think the color is too biased in blue. Oh well...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Isn't it great just to relax and forget about everything that bothers you? We need it once in awhile just to keep life's balance. I sketched this hoping to do it one day.


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Friday, September 14, 2007


Whew! It's been a month of hectic personal things to attend to so it's been quite awhile since my last post. I've got three new officemates who are personally great and happy people. The kind that's great to hang out with. Work has been never this exciting since my former colleagues resigned. But I'm starting to adjust to my new officemates. A group of young, jolly and energetic guys who are often optimistic with work. We often have our cigarette break and talk about anything to lighten the mood. I love it! On the other hand, I also miss my former officemates who were there to listen to my heartaches. They will forever stay in my heart my kapatid (sisters/brothers) as I call them. Melancholy serves its sweet turnaround when friends are there to give a hand.


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Thursday, August 16, 2007


On my recent blog regarding the recall of mattel products in the market, Nokia too began to recall dangerous cellphone batteries (BL-5C series) for some of their models. One of the stories is about a housewife charging her new expensive cellphone when it suddenly exploded. Quickly she took pictures and documented what happened then sent it to Nokia.
Overcharging of battery is not new to Nokia products as we consumers know. It may cause short circuit for some phones. When you overcharge a Nokia cellphone and got it damaged along the process, sure as hell your friendly neighborhood store won't replace the product (this is common in the Philippines). My hunch is that, Nokia knew it all along but didn't mind it until a case might be filed to them. Swell! Their sales could surely feed a starving third world and they can't even perform their obligations for their consumers' safety. C'mon guys admit it.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

mattel's kiss of death

Is playing with Elmo from Sesame Street safe?
In my recent blog regarding a Greener Apple, never would have it crossed my mind that even an established and trusted company such as mattel would also be a hazard to our child's health. But in fairness to mattel, they quickly made recalls from some of their hazardous products made by their contractors from China(complete list of recalled products). The toys containing-approved paint pigment with lead has long been banned in the market for a long time and to such surprise went under the eyes of the company. Recalling their products may be a kiss-of-death to mattel, however we should also praise their dedication to their costumers. On the other hand, I still feel that mattel should do more than just recalling their products, better yet replace the ones they sold with a safer product, if your child is still willing to part ways with the original toy. For the full text from mattel click here.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Heads will roll (literally)

After the tedious unsuccessful efforts of the marines in finding kidnapped Italian priest Giancarlo Bossi, the rain began to pour, and so did bullets between the marines and presumably the AbuSayyaf. Read the full story here, msnbc story
14 soldiers were killed amongst them 10 were beheaded. It just breaks my heart realising that people could be so cruel to beheaded another human being. Can't find any reason for any person to stomach and engage to such heinous act. Is it religious?Cultural? Whatever the reasons are, it's definitely a slap on the face not only for the Philippine government but to the whole nation as well. Whoever funds and supports this group should think twice and trace back the roots on what they are fighting for. There's just no excuse in being so barbaric and inhumane.
My condolences to those who lost their loved ones in this incident. Free Fr. Giancarlo Bossi!Now!

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Am I out of my mind?

A few recent blogs I made makes me ask the question " am I out of my mind?" Recent blogs I made were products of me being tired, angry, or in a different frame of mind from what I usually am. I'm not retracting any words from it, more so, it made me learn a few more things about myself. Something I could look back at and claim to learn something from it. With each passing day we sometimes forget to reflect on what lessons we gained in life that could help us be a better person...

Ok enough with the guru crap! See you.
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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Questions as of this moment

I scanned my recent blogs and noticed that I was tired when I made those posts. There's still no difference up to now having this new job. Would money compensate the deterioration of my health? Of my social life? Of my relationship with my family? Little by little it feels like hell just heading to the office. And I know this is one of the few signs that I may need to find a new job. Distressed that even my blogs are getting shorter and shorter.
Give my life back, Corporate pricks!
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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Got my design uploaded at Greenpeace

After partially being successful with the greener mac campaign by Greenpeace, I found my work included as one of the best designs sent on their updated site. Check it out.
In case you've got no idea on what I'm talking about[go>>>>.
Wow, modesty aside, I'm really proud.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Soooo tired

I've spent 12-14 hours of my life this past few weeks at the office due to various events. My mind feels like a boxer beaten up by Mike Tyson at the end of each day. Whew! Occasions such as this frequently happens especially to professions such as mine( I'm a graphic designer BTW). But after seeing everything that I've done and achieved ( my banners are scattered along the business district of the country, and my logo splashed in every collateral imaginable) it's worth it. It makes me more thankful for choosing this profession where I can play and work at the same time. Aside from sex, this is one of those moments where you feel tired but satisfied at the same time. It's life and am thankful for it. So should most of us. But most of all lets not forget our faith that gives us the right direction in every decisions that we make.
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Monday, May 28, 2007

Can't take it much longer

Are you above the law?

On my recent blog about Tony Leviste being imprisoned for killing a long time friend was recently released. Click here to read the full story. He was welcomed with cheers and yellow ribbons tied to the doors of the LPL building where he went after being dischanged. Leviste claimed that politics was behind the murder charged against him. Whatever the case may be, he's free and can return to his usual things in life. Alas! All the money can buy in a third world country such as ours. But it's nothing new to Filipinos. We're so used to it doesn't matter anymore if it's right or wrong. We need to enforce our justice system and be vigilant citizens! I'm posting a shoutout from this blog as a sign of appeal to all to be better citizens of this tormented country.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Aside from adjusting with my new job and the election fever is slowly turning cold, I've got not much to say. However, a lot of things is going through my life personally which I won't write about yet ( I fear I might jinx it), though I assure I'd write about it in a few more months.
I'm sure it's not only me who adjusts, but my colleagues as well. I noticed they perceive me as a serious type of person that doesn't enjoy life. LOL. I don't care. In fact I enjoy it. It's like a mask that gives me a different perception towards myself and others. Maybe they think of me ala-Cho Seung-Hui. LOL. The only bullets that may hit them sometime is probably my sharp words!
Before I park my pen (mouse or whatever,) I'd like to thank you guys for adding me to your links and reading this blog of sorts. Wish more power to, Danielle! Bless us all.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Gotta leave

Sorry for not being able to post the past week. A week ago, I decided to leave my previous employer, and boy, was it so hard parting ways with established friends whom I treated as my second family. I miss those cigarette breaks and slumbering during break time. My friends were always there through thick and thin. And I can't thank them enough, especially my boss and his wife. Thinking of those fond memories and not seeing them anymore felt like I broke up from a relationship. The only thing that makes me happy is I certainly know that I got friends. Money has its own price to pay indeed. Thank you QDP, Apple, Marathon. Good luck to all of us. Adios!

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Countdown to extinction

"One hour from now
Another species of life form
Will disappear off the face of the planet forever
And the rate is accelerating"
This has nothing to do with Dave Mustaine's song. Sorry if the title mislead you in any way. I'd be leaving my job soon and as of this moment am turning over my tasks to my peers. Leaving this job seems harder than I expected. After years in my job, I already established good relationship with my boss, more so, my fellow employees. But I need to move on with my career and grow further on. Writing the resignation letter wasn't half as hard as staring at your friends eyes and thinking if ever you'd see them again. All those questions they ask me blatantly makes my heart heavier and heavier. I could never forget these supportive fellows. All of them would always be a part of my life and have a space in my heart. Good luck to us all!

Steve Jobs finally gave way to our green my apple campaign and directed new policies to adhere to our "requests." This only goes to show that Steve Jobs and the Apple team are truly reading their mail and lending their ears. Cheers to Greenpeace. Cheers to China and India!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Greener Apple

Conceptualized a poster for greenpeace for their greener Apple campaign. A little help matters.
Concept 1:

Concept 2:

Download the zip file here.
For more details click me. :)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Bang bang, Baby!

A tragedy shocked and brought grief to the hearts of the world as Cho Seung-Hui, 23, a South Korean student of Virginia Tech, open fired at the Norris Hall, ending 33 lives including his own. Before the tragedy, few students even joked around that one day this guy may come to school packed with guns and shoot them one after the other. It turned out to be not a laughing matter anymore as the incident occured. Her teacher even stated that Cho Seung-Hui's writings and plays[Richard McBeef, Mr. Brownstone] were violent in nature. If she noticed that, did she in anyway seek guidance for this student? According to those who survived, all they remember was the bursts of fire aimed at them. Upon the magazine emptying, he just reached to his pocket and fired again.

We should condemn such and fight such incidents! The school should be a place of peace and learning. It should be the second home for these kids yearning to learn and achieve a better future thru education. My condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the victims of this sad tragedy.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Seasonal smiles

Philippine FG Mike Arroyo recently underwent a heart surgery and is currently recovering. Dialysis will be performed in the future.
Campaign season really brings out the best and the worst to most of us. PGMA even gave a hearty smile even while his husband was admitted to the hospital to what once was thought as a gastrointestinal problem turned out to be complications of the heart. How could you smile when someone close to your heart is at the ER? What's surprising is that after all the allegations of the oppositionists, they even had the nerve to show up at the hospital. For what? Maybe to strangle the guy while he can't defent himself. Hahaha(just kidding!).

So let's all try to give the best smiles on empty stomachs and thin wallets. Adios!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Children in a bus hostaged

Will idealism kill?

Armando "Jun" Ducat Jr., owner of a day-care center and entrepeneur, hostaged 26 kids and 4 tutors in a bus during a field trip [read the full story]. A magical mystery tour as he packed his UZI, a 45- caliber pistol, and a grenade. What's ironic was that the hostages didn't seem to fear Armando. His neighbors supported his cause and even held a short protest rally. What's the demand?
"Ducat had demanded support for the education of at least 145 school children of the Musmos Daycare and improved housing for them and their families."
A pathetic cause for a hostage undertaking. However, in a third world country such as the Philippines, attaining a "higher education" is a privilege. Some might percieve Armando's actions to be worthy. But come to think of it, most Filipinos, graduates or undergraduates alike, resort working abroad due to low employment options, but that's another story. He requested Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla (in the hero costume in the picture), whom he has close ties with to listen to him and act as the negotiator. Hmmm. Just like a movie.
After 10 hours or drama. It was finally over. Ducat was apprehended and possibly be sentenced for life imprisonment.

Armando's Famous last words:

"...if they were educated they would have discipline and would not become drug addicts.”
“I am appealing to you to give me a chance to speak. You are witnesses to the political dynasties, the rampant stealing in government. Because of this, our dream of progress for the country will not be realized,”
“Aren’t we ashamed of ourselves? We are a country who believes in God and yet we are ungodly in our actions,”
“President Arroyo is fighting corruption, we should unite with her!”

I need not expound on similar things Armando did in the past. What I'd like to point out is this: education is truly a primary problem in this country and let's find better ways to address this issue.

I have an idea! Why not ask Oprah Winfrey for help? She seems to be generous enough to the needy? Why not a public library on a third world country such as ours? Where knowledge would just be a step away? Will this summoning reach her or fall on deaf ears? What do you think?

I sorrow...

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