Nine.

Given that a worthwhile collection of Nine Loves would be best populated by people and places, I think I’ll limit myself to those boundaries. Though, referring to people as a group is probably some cheat code for me. 1. Tough teachers?–Of all that I had, it was Ms. E who put up with me; up…

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Ten.

Ten Secrets. We’ll be counting down to one in the next days. I’ll have to talk about 10 secrets and It’s been difficult, haven’t I laid out everything in this blog?–Or I assume too much? Also, I’ll try to relate them to recent events, in the spirit of the previous post. Here it goes: 1. Color –…

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Not this brand of succinct.

Let’s look at a picture, shall we? Not that you have much of a choice. A slice of paradise, right? Having spent about a month in Luzon, this was one of the more beautiful scenery I’d managed to come across. I was there for classes on 3D modelling and in need of certification, you know,…

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Clint Barton: Make use of your waking hours.

Ladies and gentlemen I give you, Hawkeye. There is no glamour or intelligent drabble to accompany this post. I simply couldn’t sleep and thought to draw this character out of my system. Though, I believe one exercise will not be enough. I’ll try to catch up on some sleep. Hence, Clint Barton with the most…

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A fashionable 16th Century warrior-prince from the Visayas.

I’m recalling our lessons back at the academy and remembering how our Professor told us: “Warriors were amongst the elite classes, status came hand-in-hand with corresponding responsibilities.” It’s interesting to note how the times have changed. On Clothing… The bahag or G-string was the most basic of clothes, along with the malong or the tube…

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A smile as wide as Glasgow.

I’m not much of a moviegoer, maybe because I’m better entertained by a book. But, well, every once in a while a film or two catches my fancy. I don’t claim to be a connoisseur, a lot of the movies that I found entertaining did not fall in the same category as, say, Citizen Kane.  The Expendables,…

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The Visayan preoccupation with hair.

Whether male or female, the Filipinos kept their hair long. Cutting one’s hair was a manifestation of deep mourning or punishment. It was only when the Spanish arrived that short hair was encouraged to further ‘tame’ the natives. When a Visayan saw another with short hair, they would commonly exclaim: “Inalotan ka!” To say that…

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Historical accounts of cat-fights.

It doesn’t really show, but I do like fashion accessories–they’re almost as interesting as hand-wraps and mouth guards–and mostly I admire these trinkets for the effort placed into their creation or the sheer novelty of the idea that it sells. While doing some research for Hinilawod comic character costumes, I was quite relieved to find…

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On affinities and the occasional crests…

Photography :  InFoolView   I’ve always had this affinity for words, at times I write more and there will be times when I’ll be drawing more. This year and the one before it has been a whirlwind, to say the least; to say ‘whirlwind’ might even border on the side of understatement. I’ve come near…

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Up and running.

There is a lot to do and I just took a little break. Let me write more later today, when my thoughts have settled.

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Cebu brownie cup…

Given that I’m not the best person to ask about places to have decent meals in Cebu, I’m quite thankful for this link. I can probably point you to the closest coffee shop in our vicinity, wherever we may be in Cebu… but REAL FOOD?–that’s a whole other ball game. I just felt this blog…

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US Military Bases in the Philippines

1. How will this news impact the Filipinos? The Filipino Mindset The Filipino has been taught to entertain, accept and highly appraise foreign imports. This has been well programmed into our consciousness and subconsciousness through our educational system. Our public school system was a ‘gift’ from the Americans; schools from private sectors, more often than…

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No fear. No distractions….

No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.

Chuck Palahniuk’s words through Tyler Durden.

Tim Ferriss advocates the 80/20 rule of productivity, where you focus relentlessly on the 20% of the actions that lead to 80% of the return.

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Remnants of the Majapahit Empire

When the few sages of facebook, twitter, wordpress and (dare I say) tumblr have been exhausted—and it happens more often than not—I find myself digging for gold back in Google Books. There is actually a gold rush back there. If you haven’t found your fortune, then you simply haven’t been looking. My top three sites,…

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Front Leaning Rest.

As I write this, I find myself torn between filling my time with work and, well, creating autoposts for the blog. There are videos to shoot and yet conditions just can’t allow for it. I have to fill my time doing something else? —Or I’m being challenged to choose reflection over rapidity. In this economy,…

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Leonidas as a 50 year old.

Before setting out against the forces of Xerxes, King Leonidas consulted the Oracle at Delphi. He was given the following prophecy: For you, inhabitants of wide-wayed Sparta, Either your great and glorious city must be wasted by Persian men, Or if not that, then the bound of Lacedaemon must mourn a dead king, from Heracles‘…

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Making your own simple soft serve ICE CREAM.

This blog will continue to be a living contradiction of sorts, at one post talking about fitness, at the next indulging in some halo-halo or ice-cream. So I understand that there is a divine reason behind the absence of Mini Stops in Cebu. There exists a cult following for their basic soft serve ice-cream, at…

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Gold in the mouth.

Ancient Visayans had a form of decorative dentistry: filed or stained teeth. Ancient Visayans believed that this practice differentiated them from wild animals, whose teeth were bare and white. Anipay root would be chewed to give them a black color. At times tapul, a tar-based coating, would be applied to the teeth to make them look…

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