Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

To Love

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
—Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), author, educator, clergyman

Congratulations, Paola and John!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Walking around, I saw...

Photographs of NYC during its last days of summer. 

I had no idea! But then again, nowadays you can fry almost anything, including your brain. Click here for recipe.

Yummy yummy treats for my tummy! I had chocolate covered strawberries, though. But these look delicious as well, wouldn't you agree?

Arc of balloons on every block. Reminded me of a DNA double helix.

"We have not inherited the world from our forefathers -- we have borrowed it from our children." - Kashmiri proverb

Badger, badger, badger, badger, badger... Mushroom, mushroom! (please click this link, I beg of you. It's insane)

"We have staff to answer the phones, 877-234-6545, and immediately offer you the help that you require to meet your portable sanitation needs." - A Royal Flush, Inc.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Post Boracay syndrome

All I can think of right now is drinking red wine from the bottle while waiting for the sun to set. I wish I can get paid to do that. I can be a sun set connoisseur! It's amazing how you see that lot can change in thirty minutes. It's true what they say, "We don't spend enough time looking up."

Sizzle, sizzle, I hope it never fizzles! 'fo shizzle, thank god it didn't drizzle. Just sit down and let it sizzle!

Fall and Rain

Summer is finally making its transition into fall. Walking around the city, my attention was called by the drama of it: brown leaves on the ground, the cool breeze, grey skies and scattered rainfall. 

A pile of brown leaves gather at a small gate near the United Nations General Assembly Building.

I saw a bunch of these spraypainted on the street and wondered whether they were meant to serve as location markings of some sort, or marked randomly (meaning, whichever curb the artist happened to be sitting on at that moment, taking a break from life). Doodling away. Spraypaint as a medium, asphalt as a canvas. 

One would never conceive that bunnies were as special as deer so as to be watched out for while driving. Until the unraveling of this road sign. Hail to egalitarianism

For additional information, kindly refer to the  House Rabbit Society and  Deer Crossing Signs and Technologies websites.

I was watching the downpour from a local coffee shop, musing over the usual questions.

It's boot season, everyone! Don't forget to carry around an umbrella at all times.

"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees." - David Letterman

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Look to the sun

Local skim boarders strutting their stuff on the shores of Boracay.

It's five-o-clock! Another day of work done for most of them.

A life lived is a form of art in itself...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Smashing Pumpkins: A rediscovery

Sheila and I were talking just last night about the music we used to listen to as teenagers. 

Apart from the teen angst phases, Fiona Apple and Stone Temple Pilots, another thing we had in common was The Smashing Pumpkins

How we loved The Smashing Pumpkins. 

"Of all the major alternative rock bands of the early '90s, the Smashing Pumpkins were the group least influenced by traditional underground rock. Lead guitarist/songwriter Billy Corgan fashioned an amalgam of progressive rock, heavy metal, goth rock, psychedelia, and dream pop, creating a layered, powerful sound driven by swirling, distorted guitars.

..Unlike many of their contemporaries, the Pumpkins were able to withstand many internal problems and keep selling records, emerging as the longest-lasting and most successful alternative band of the early '90s."

Listen here, I took time to compile some of their greatest hits and our personal favorites. 

Also, track #13, a beautiful remake of "The End is the Beginning is the End"  was used in the trailer for the much-awaited movie The Watchmen, coming to theatres March 6 2009.

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Track list:
1. Tonight, Tonight     
2. Stand Inside Your Love     
3. Today     
4. Ava Adore     
5. 1979     
6. Bullet With Butterfly Wings     
7. Eye     
8. Perfect     
9. Disarm     
10. To Sheila     
11. Rhinoceros     
12. Cherub Rock     
13. The End is the Beginning is the End
14. Landslide

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fortunes for the Kooky

Fortune (noun) 
according to the Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, it is:

"1. The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident; luck; hap; also, the personified or deified power regarded as determining human success, apportioning happiness and unhappiness, and distributing arbitrarily or fortuitously the lots of life."

The following fortune cookie "fortunes" have been gathered from my last two months of binge-eating on General Tso's Chicken in various Chinese restaurants:

I find it a bit odd that the "fortunes" aren't exactly fortunes, according to Mr. Webster's standards. 

But hmm.. Perhaps they're called fortune cookies because it does seem quite fortuitous how the little wisdom strips seem to relate exactly to the things that I am going through at certain points in my life. Bravo!

They're almost the same as the wise maxims written all over my Doodle Notebook (quotes from various individuals, blurted out during heady/reflective/avid conversations or in the midst of almost-stagnant cigarette smoke and AZ-ness at the back of BPI Main).

What a pleasant surprise it is, each time I get to crack a cookie open!

"C is for cookie, that's good enough for me! Oh cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C." - Cookie Monster (please click the link, it's just the greatest thing ever)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Shine, Google, shine!

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Presenting the Beta version of Google Chrome -- "a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier."

My curiosity, along with a friend's comments on its sleekness, pushed me to download the application to see for myself.

Apparently, Google Chrome aims to address "the bottleneck that chokes the speed and abilities of today's Web-based applications. (click to read article)"

Quite true. This was a relief to me, since I'm quite heavy when it comes to web applications, streaming audio and video usage. I've always felt frustrated at how Firefox tends to send my CPU crawling once I load sites in five different tabs, not to mention the long wait that I have to put up with to access other applications running in the background. Looking at the memory usage of Chrome, however, I'm quite glad to see that its much lower than when I'm on Firefox, even when I'm streaming videos from Youtube.

Listed below are the perks that I discovered in using Chrome:
  • It is quite sleek. It's clean, it's intuitive, the better user experience is definitely a big plus.
  • Everytime you open a new tab, you get a thumbnail preview of your most visited sites.
  • Unlike Firefox or Internet Explorer, every tab in Google Chrome runs independently. This basically means that if an application in one tab crashes, the whole browser (or the rest of the tabs) will continue to run.
  • You can also choose to view sites incognito so that it does not show up in your history file (sneaky!)
  • Safety: Chrome will notify you if you are about to access an unsafe site.
  • Don't like tabs? Drag a tab out to create a new window. Also, you can drag tabs from one window to another to group them.

Sigh. I've always loved tabs.

In short, Google Chrome's great and I'm loving it so far!
Download it here.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Walk-in Musuem

"Cubao X refers to the group of artists running their own shops inside the historic Marikina Shoe Expo at the Araneta Center, but it has since come to mean the epitome of creativity and cooperativism."- www. pinoycentric.com

In a thrift shop called Heritage in Cubao Shoe Expo, I saw these wonderful pieces for sale... with a whole lot more art work lying around. Some date from the 40's (or even earlier!) and god knows what else can be found there. I felt like I was in an unfinished and abandoned museum. It was one of the best Sundays I've ever had.

The more I come across random paintings or artwork created by Filipinos, the more I fall in love with our culture. And it has always been a nice feeling... to wander around aimlessly and find myself falling in love with my own heritage.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

B for Burn-out

I hate the reality that comes with the term Burn out.
Though, I came across an interesting read in ODE , hope it helps anyone who's been feeling all sparked up...

Burn bright, don't burn out

Four ways to recharge your energy while you're changing the world.

When you think of someone standing up to battle the status quo, you probably envision a lonely individual facing insurmountable odds. After all, in films like Norma Rae, Erin Brockovich and To Kill a Mockingbird, the passionate change-maker is usually teetering on the edge of burnout.

Read more

P.S: Ode is one of my favorite on-line magazines. I absolutely love it!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Peace List

As a follow up to my last entry on my not-so-Zen visit to the Mahayana Buddhist Temple, this post is inspired by and dedicated to the concept of inner peace.

Sheila, who used to teach the most adorable preschoolers on earth, shared with us The Peace Book, which made us extremely happy and relieved that the possibility of achieving peace is not as complicated as one (an adult in this day and age?) might think. The Peace Book summarizes/illustrates a child's simple, honest and sincere definitions of peace such as "giving a friend a hug", "listening to all sorts of music", "being free"...

Because of this, I took to making my own Peace List as well (taken from an entry in my Doodle Notebook three months ago):

Peace is having a nice, long talk over ice-cold beer.

Peace is listening to the sound of the ocean.

Peace is writing to your heart's content.

Peace is taking photographs of beautiful Philippine sunsets.

Peace is backpacking with your best friend.

Kudos to Todd Parr for sharing with the world books that are "cheerful, kind-hearted, refreshing and reassuring"!

More to come.

You can make your own Peace List as well! What are the simple things in your life that make you feel peace in your heart?