Monday, March 29, 2010


*To paraphrase an alternative TGIF status message: Salamat Hesus At Birthday Ulit!

another year into my late twenties!

(panic exclamation point panic!)

there's so much i can say...

but won't.

one thing i know is true:

i'm thankful, so thankful

Holy Week break starts now. Be good, keep safe and take care.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

You know it's your birth month when...

The president of your alma mater sends you a love letter. Bless you, Fr. Ben. And thanks for the Sesquicentennial stamps. I'm keeping them for my collection.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


Earth hour tonight, friends. Let's remember that the earth is two-thirds water. Turn off the tap. Take shorter showers. Enter the world of Waterlife. [via Adverblog]

Friday, March 26, 2010

Home game

There's a new sport my parents are playing around the house. It's called Fly, Fly Away. More accurately, Zap the Mosquito. You use what looks like a small plastic rechargeable tennis racquet with a flower design to electrocute the flying creatures. Mama plays it in the garden; papa wants to practice his backhand with it. The racquet sparks when it comes into contact with something in the air. Most times, I think it's just lint in the air.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Because you like to look 2

Marcel Wanders has a wonderful website you should wander around. Basta. [via Fubiz]

Ptarmak is a design studio with great big stuff. [via The Best Part]

Shorpy Historic Photo Archives takes you back to the 1850s to the glorious HD! [ia American Mensa's Top 50]

More more more from designworklife and

And last but not the least, Hugh Jackman dancing for Lipton Ice Tea.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Room in progress

The house has changed quite a bit since December, when the two-man crew began repairs. Tiles in the kitchen and bathroom have been replaced; the whole ground floor has been repainted. The room that took the most damage during Typhoon Ondoy was our office/study.


This was taken last week, when the door had not been varnished yet and the paint stripping not yet complete. The flooring was re-tiled with vinyl that looks like carpet. The warped plywood wall is now made of marine plywood. There's something beautiful about the unfinished state. The echoes inside an empty room makes me imagine it as a shell of a hollow soul.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Chocolate Saturday

I'm not sure if this had something to do with my deadline, but I had a sweet craving last Saturday. My mid-morning drink of choice: Starbucks Hot Chocolate straight from the one-kilo tin that's been sitting in the kitchen for a while now. I made two cups, both of which I drank because my brother didn't want one. I ordered Hot Chocolate at Starbucks a few days prior, so I know they taste exactly the same.

After dinner, I opened the gold foil pack of French Truffles that has been in the fridge for at least two months now. I was afraid the contents would be spoiled, so I tasted one cautiously. It was so good that I had to have another one. And another. And another.

The truffles don't look tasty. The website joy of baking explains why:
This mixture is really a Ganache that is rolled into mis-shaped rounds to look like the real truffle fungus that grows around the roots of trees in France and Italy. Once the truffles are formed they are then rolled in cocoa powder to simulate the 'dirt' that the real truffles grow in.
Still, they're fantastic melt-in-your-mouth desserts. I'm not even the type who eats plenty of chocolate, (just a square or two at a time), but I'm afraid I'll finish the whole pack by myself (there are about 60 pieces).

Monday, March 22, 2010

Because you like to look

Anton Diaz says blog readers are 80% visual. I think you'll agree. No images on this post, but plenty elsewhere. Here is 10step.SG's 50 Most Creative Anti-Smoking Ads, and's High Speed Photography and Architecture Photography. So much to look at.

If that visual overload makes you want to see words instead, try Paddy Johnson's Bad Times for Good Art over at The L Magazine. So much truth there.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fakes, thieves, handlers and an anime about them all

You must have heard of the two BenCab works "lost" in transit by now. Last Wednesday, CANVAS linked to this somewhat related piece by Ulrich Boser on art theft, Art Fag City interviewed the founder of the Art Handling Olympics, a former workmate said that she once reproduced 10 works by the Impressionists for a house in Forbes, and I was in a shoot where I found out that my photographer, makeup artist and art director all used to paint.

The day before that, my brother recommended the anime series Gallery Fake, based on a Japanese manga. This is not what you expect your art education to come from, but it's an entertaining source nonetheless. Watch it here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

IAmPinoy + Madame

Call us an unlikely bunch of patriotic citizens, but my friends and I love the Philippines and want to do help build the nation in our own small way. Good news: is now in beta. At the moment, we are still focused on the elections, which is only a few days away. But this is not about flag-waving and hand-over-heart gestures. Our long-term goal is more organizational. Are you part of an NGO? We'd like to know what you do.

There's a lot of work to be done, but we'll take it one step at a time. We're all volunteers. Here's a bit more about us. Stay tuned for updates.


The irony will not be lost on you.

I have mixed feelings about David Byrne's Here Lies Love. You can't figure out whether to be proud or ashamed. The title song is my LSS for the week, thanks to Sara Meier and Vicky Herrera of U92's The Dollhouse. They played it when they had a special guest: Imelda Marcos herself. It's a moment that makes you want to cut yourself up into two, and you don't know whether to be happy or sad when you do. Here is that track.

Stereogum posted this video of "Please Don't". Interesting archive of footage from that era.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Where we are + DA:O-A

Click on the map image to view

A tiny initiative of mine, an attempt at fostering a sense of community among Pinoy Erasmus Mundus students and alumni. I'm asking them to pin their location on Umapper so we can find out where we are. So far only 20+ out of all the 130-something have marked their locations, and some are semi-successful attempts without names and courses. Many of the earlier batches probably don't know that we have a yahoo group and blog, so I hope they find out about all these. May kilala ka bang EM? Spread the word.

My status message: half Morrigan, half Wynne. I miss my mages. The expansion pack Dragon Age: Origins - Awakenings comes out today. Celebrate with The Guild!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Podcast picks 4

Time to update podcasts. Two of my latest picks come from familiar networks. Modern Manners Guy comes from the Quick and Dirty Tips network. (That sounds ironic, no?) You'll hear Grammar Girl's voice in the outro. It's strangely comforting. Stuff Mom Never Told You from the How Stuff Works network has two girls instead of two guys (as in Stuff You Should Know). Reluctant feminists unite! Then update your psychology knowledge with the latest studies from Scientific American's 60-Second Psych.

And then there are the independent podcasters. Bill Wilson's Wine For Newbies is very informative, even if you don't consider yourself a wine drinker. It will be useful when you give out bottles as presents at Christmastime. Charles Hodgson's Podictionary is for word nerds who dream of becoming etymology semi-experts. His voice sounds cutest (in a grandfatherly way) when reading ads.

Yaps, will you ever get the podcast up and running?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Decide to be happy

If you like design, Italian studio Happycentro will give you reasons to smile. [via The Best Part]

For everyone else, instead of FML, choose MLIA. Life is short. Let's be happy. [via Hogi]

A blast from the not-so-distant past:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Duet with a stranger, for real

Boys and girls, be careful what you post and link to. You might just get a special request you can't refuse. My post yesterday about my karaoke habit has led me to this. Tada! An mp3 of an actual duet with a stranger. This is me singing A Whole New World with phildec78 who sounds like Brad Kane. So here's my best Lea Salonga impression for Rico, who has given me the much undeserved title of Online Karaoke Queen (naks!). Download if you dare.

Knowing that whatever you upload always comes back to haunt you, I am not posting a video. But the file will be available for a week and if you feel like sharing to make fun of me, keri lang.

And Ian, before you feel ashamed for me, there are 21 fandubs with phildec78's version alone and some of them are pretty good. I'm not in such bad company. Subukan mo. :)

We are all students

house mates and schoolmates

students and teachers

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Duets with strangers

I have a confession to make. I sing with strangers. Go ahead, laugh. I don't mean I walk into videoke bars and take the mic. (The gay host will think I'm not singing because I cannot be heard. My voice is so small that everything I sing sounds Disney-fied even when it's Celine Dion--when I have the courage to attempt her songs.) Instead I look for singing partners on Youtube like mrbroadwaydork, SungHero and mss12000. I go mainly for showtunes backing tracks, but the occasional pop song slips through. But no, I'm not uploading the resulting recordings. I was about to put a 93-second clip of five spliced soundtrack themes, but I stopped myself before I could embarrass myself that much. It's enough that you know these things. :)

Rico of has an interesting suggestion. Pwede, pwede.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Evolving narratives

Storytellers will find intriguing. If that's not enough for you, Swarm Entertainment's other projects, Rekill and Nawlz, are great eye-openers to the possibilities way beyond your bedtime read-along.

[via Submarine Channel]

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Viral men

A few days old, but these are all for the boys.

Hawkpanther is pretty believable. But it's selling something else. It won't take long to figure out what it is.

OK Go. Them again, this time trashing a makeshift science museum.

As an alternative to the studio, "live action" Bruce Gorillaz.

I won't link to the Weird Al Yankovic bubble wrap video because, as one commenter put it, "I wish I could un-see that."

If you can type, you can make a movie, says xtranormal. With robot voices, if I may add.

A funny geek's theory of the universe: Moleeds.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Breakup songs

And my brother left the house all of a sudden to play human pillowcase to his friend who just broke up with someone. I don't know what the signs are up to, but judging from Facebook, quite a number of people were left cold after Valentine's. If you're one of those people (TMI: ditto), I have just the thing. NPR's All Songs Considered podcast had an episode of breakup songs last month, with everything from the truly painful to the truly awful, plus engaging commentary. It's brilliant. You can still save your own playlist of rub-it-in-will-ya crying songs (I'm know keeping mine, possibly forever), but the NPR hosts will make you feel that you are not alone, at least not for 1 hour, 11 minutes, 11 seconds. Check it out here. Your heart will thank you. You might even consider leaving a donation on the box on your way out. Now excuse while I go back to my karaoke...

Thursday, March 4, 2010


the missing piece


ma-kolesterol pero masustansya

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The big weekend

yes, the header is for real

Chinese New Year/ Valentine's Day weekend was steady. Two consecutive days of Manila Philharmonic Orchestra. Eating out with family and friends.

"That's what it's all about, isn't it? That's what it's really about, isn't it?....Company!"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Oh Vincent! part 2

Me: "If you turn gay at 40, I would not be surprised"
Him: "Sorry, I like girls. (breaks into song) I am not...the boy next door" (parodying Hugh Hackman's gay character in The Boy from Oz)

"I met a pretty girl last night. She has an older sister I'll meet her next next week. Two for the price of one!" Uhh, price?

On giving flowers on V-Day: "Bakit ako magbibigay? Kailangan sila [ang magbigay].

On why a school trip to Macau and Hong Kong is needed: "Importante ang Disneyland at casino sa kanilang education."

"My life does not revolve around me... The world revolves around me!"

On why the dragon dance is long: "This is a mall. Maraming evil spirits."

Monday, March 1, 2010


After the craziness of February, it wouldn't make a difference if I start my birth month off on uneven footing. I am doing what I can to get back into the groove of blogging and studio work, and things are slowly shaping up. Let's reverse feng shui March with links that will make you react in an interesting way. Let's go.

Weaponizing Mozart: How Britain in using classical music as a form of social control

Victoria Court Director's Cut Challenge

How to enjoy the Presidential Debates

For the LOLZ: Gibo and Manny

And to celebrate the end of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver...

So tell me, who among these have the best pants: the Czechs, the Azerbaijanis or the Norwegian curling team?