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.