Monday, November 30, 2009

Everyday is Halloween

This is a late Halloween tribute to the genius that is Tim Burton, who is currently holding an exhibit at one of the most awesome museums in the world, the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The following photos were borrowed from The Museum of Modern Art, displaying the exhibit installations as they were being put up. The exhibit will run from November 22, 2009 to April 26, 2010, in case any of you decide to drop by.

Speaking of Halloween, last October, I have had the chance to join the ranks of the meanest ghouls, bandits, matronas and Jennifer (of Jennifer's Body) in a Halloween/Pre-Birthday party hosted by none other than the most awesome graphics designer the Philippines has ever known.

Photos have been cropped to conceal identities--we are privy to the secrets of Web overexposure and the dark side of search engine optimization and photo manipulation. If only you knew what we could do to your identity, IF we wanted to.. Hahahahahaha! (rolling thunder)

Trick or treat?

photos taken by nebuer

In our crazy, creative and literary world, where imagination transcends reality, everyday is Halloween day!

"This is Halloween, this is Halloween,
Tender lumpings everywhere,

Life's no fun without a good scare."

-The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I heart long weekends

Reminder for the day

“Realize that this very body, with its aches and it pleasures… is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.” ~Pema Chodron

Have a mindful weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A tribute to awesomeness

Because awesomeness is a gift, not an acquired trait..

Thursday, August 6, 2009


photograph by -mondi- bz

As the streets are swept clean of all traces of yesterday's events, as the countless yellow flowers offered as a last goodbye turn to dry, as we return to our everyday routines... Do we look back at August 5, 2009 and simply say, "there was a president who was so loved by her people", or "that was the day that she once again united the entire nation"...

photograph by brand_D

Or do we eternally commemorate the cause and sacrifice that this one person stood and fought for and really think, "this legacy that she has left us, as a people, what can we do to further it for the common good? What can we sincerely do to help in our own little ways? What can we do right now?"

photograph by fly888

Thank you and goodbye, Mrs. Cory Aquino.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Go Green Advertising

In this ad-congested society,  check out how marketing can take the green route and successfully get their message across. CURB is the first natural media company  that offers media solutions that use natural based products. On their website they posted this question- "Why can't a great media solution be sustainable, natural and highly effective?" 

The good thing is they found an answer to that. Check out how they do it here.  It would be awesome if  more environmental groups can apply these marketing techniques to help strengthen what they stand for. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Take a look at Yawners Corner

At yawner's corner, everybody yawns to say hello. 

Danish photographer Peter Funch,  stakes New York City street corners out for two weeks at a time, taking pictures of passersby from the very same spot. He then uses Photoshop to composite the results into single images. (via BoingBoing)

Funch's work reminds me of the "Where's Waldo?" books, I used to enjoy reading when I was younger. 

Enjoy taking a closer look. :)


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fly to Mars for only $99

Expedia now offers its customers flights to Mars for only $99 .

You might want to start saving up, so that you can fly out just in time for when the world ends.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Power to the Peeps!

There's no better PMS food in the world than Marshmallow Peeps, 2 boxes (!!!) of which I had to pick up at the cargo place, sent to me by my dear mother.

Army of Peeps: "We stick to the lining of your stomach forever!" (just kidding)

Reliving my childhood years as a sugar junkie, I found myself shoveling one peep after another into my mouth.

Yellow Peep: "Eat me!"

"Yeah, PMS sucks. It's a good thing you have Peeps to stuff in your mouth to keep you from saying mean things to people!" - Sheila

Happy birthday, Sheila!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

To Jill

by Jill Roy

To you I am a shadow who reflects nothing,
So you change me
To you I am a speechless voice,
So you do not hear anything other than self

To you I am the second chance to fix the errors of life
So you do not hear my cries of pain
To you I am the servant that will not ask for pay,
So you ignore me

And I know that you do not see it
But I will not tell you because...
To you I am the light of the morning sun
So you sit and watch

To you I am the scream of direction
So you listen

To you I am the one who makes the difference
So you adore it

To you I am the jewel of the crown
So you care for me

But I do not want to be to you
For to me is what I praise

For to me I am the individual in the crowd
Though no one sees me

For to me I am the sound of help
When no one is brave enough to ask

For to me I am the last hope
When the battle is yet to begin

For to me I am the employer
Though the reward is far greater than the deed

And though it may seem to you now,
That you are to me nothing

You are to me more
To you is strong, to me is better

To me you are the monster
So I dare not try anything

To me you are the dictator
So I rebel

To me you are the guidance
So I will not question you

To me you are freshness in the air
So I gaze at you

And now to they...

To they is the terrors of life

To they is the walls we hide behind

To they is the secret we wish never to meet

To they is nothing

To they is the cause of all wrong

To they is why we hide

To they is the evil

For to they has become great
Though it should not be

For those who listen to they
Are the losers of life

The losers who hide behind walls
Walls that crumble and destroy you

Jill is a 12 year old who visits my office everyday (I work in a school), speaks perfect English, with great diction and perfect manners. Compared to her mental maturity, mine is at a tender age of ten. Anyway, she ended up writing about 5 poems one night because she did not have any homework. This is just one of them. I started crying when I read her poems for the simple reason that it feels like we've been searching for the same thing from this world- our identity. It made me envious that she had a gift- the gift of courage. The courage to face uncertainty, to question what it means to become who we truly and to see the world as it is. Oh, and more importantly, to write and share about it. She's amazing.

I want to be 12 again- minus the curfew.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Hurry up and learn to have some patience, will you!

Patience is The Foundation for a Better Life's theme for the month.

Which is quite appropriate, especially for brooding monsters who like to PMS (yes, I just used PMS as a verb).

I signed up for FBL's daily quote newsletter months ago, hoping to get my daily dose of inspiration and pass it on to others who might be interested as well. Here are some that they've sent me the past week:

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight... When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. ” (Helen Keller)

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” (Harriet Tubman)

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.” (Saint Francis de Sales)

Now isn't that reassuring? Go ahead and pass on some values.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Going Ballooney

My theme this month seems to be all about flight.

The 14th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, better known as "the weekend of everything that flies", wowed the audience as hot air balloons of various colors, shapes and designs lifted into the air and floated off to wherever (nobody knows?).

How many people does it take to inflate a balloon? a panoramic shot

The flag jump headed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Stacked skydivers as they descend from an altitude of 5,000 feet. My aunt, who is also a skydiver herself, headed the skydiving committee. Upon touching down on the ground, each skydiver would give out a Skydi-bear (little stuffed bear in diving gear) to some random person in the crowd.

Look, it's a piece of ham! It's a marshmallow! It's a can of soda! It's..... ???

Night glow

These beautiful photographs were taken by none other than my Uncle, who just loves his Nikon D80!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

When literal becomes hyper-literal

In search for a perfect table? Found one at

Click to know more about this awesomeness!

Monday, February 9, 2009

On Stillness

Can you be still, without thinking?

above: Siddartha Gautama Buddha, one of my great grandfather's many amulets

"Here is your safety. This is going to be your special place. When you feel confused or when someone is trying to make you what you are not, come back to this Bodhi tree. Sit and close your eyes. Wait for silence. Do nothing to make it come to you. It will come of its own accord."
- Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment, by Deepak Chopra

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Back to Film

We lucky stumbled upon Rico's old film SLR which is a Pentax P30T Film SLR. When we used to have photography classes in school, digital cameras weren't as popular as how it is right now. (almost every single person owns a digital camera, and families invest in a digital SLR)

I remember how I loved and hated the class. Loved it because, well for the simple reason that it's photography. Hated it because it was just freaking expensive to buy film and have it developed every week (with a student's allowance). So the bottom line is; I never really got into it and I slightly regretted it.

But now that the opportunity has presented itself again I can't help but not succumb to an old flame. It feels like an indulgent hobby, but the thrill of the chase makes it all worth it.

I'm loving the fact that I'm never quite sure how the picture is going to turn out. This process has taught me to rekindle the flame of joyful abandonment...

the one that kinda reminds you that the on-going wow is happening right now.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Mommy, I want!

Introducing the Lego Death Star Playset (from the Star Wars collection)! It comes with Lego Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Senator Palpatine, C-3PO, R2-D2... and many more!

There's different compartments like the trash compactor, Leia's detention cell, conference chambers, hangar bay, the emperor's throne room. Isn't that awesome! It's 16 inches tall.

Despite having forgotten many things about my childhood, I know for certain that it consisted watching the Star Wars trilogy in Betamax every weekend and playing with my Legos, scattering them all over the floor and building different odd structures each time!

It's a geekazoid's dream come true.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Animals Gone Wild

Kamasutra for Dummies
(Wild Edition)

By the way, no animals were harmed or damaged in any way.
They were all fully aware that this was "just" a one-night thing.

Duck-flavored Coffee

I was feeling quite snoozy one humid afternoon and was about to doze off when my finger puppet duck (who was, before his attempted suicide, resting on the tip of a pencil eraser) took a dive into my coffee.

I randomly picked up this pack of animal finger puppets (a set of 10, for all of a normal person's fingers!) on a shopping spree at Ikea one summer.

They have proven to be quite effective in entertaining me during my more solitary moments (like racking my brain over something to write, the grand mental circuses in my head, cookie-cutter moments in my job hunting phases).

Yes, we communicate telepathically.

I only have four left now, since I have given them away one by one to my friends (and baby cousins) who still appreciate the beauty and comforts of being childlike from time to time despite the demands of acting like an adult and taking life more seriously in this so-called real world.

Do you still remember what it's like to be a kid?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Odd invitation

Spent a Sunday at La Mesa Ecopark and found some old- school graffiti.

I wonder what the "Butete" gangsters do on a Friday night or if they have a secret handshake?

Hello change, it's nice to meet you.

Here's to being part of the of the generation that can cause a memorable change reaction.

Inaugural words of Pres. Obama (lifted from the NY Times multimedia section)

As we continue to hope while crossing our fingers, may we constantly remember that it takes small but consistent steps for us to change the world. It boils down to being aware of how we can actively participate in the chaotic yet moving world of humanity.

You don't have to be part of an institution to become a change-maker or to wax intellectually about sustainability or social activism. All of a sudden everyone has become aware that we are all capable to become free-agents for change. Because at the end of the day (not to sound preachy), it simply boils down to kindness. It's the random but constant act of kindness towards humanity that initiates long-lasting progress. Slowly, but surely.

We can start with this. :)

There are some great tips and "activities" that you can do to make a significant difference in school or your own communities. Just a simple reminder, have fun being kind.

Pass it on.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Dose of Introspection

Introspection always does a great deal of good, for the entire universe is a manifestation of your mind.

...And because there is nothing more calming and reassuring in this world of chaos and suffering than Eastern Philosophy.