The Gaeity of A Woman

>> 31 December 2008

After a semester of paper works, lectures and executive meetings she still has the time to unwind with friends. We call her Nanay the word 'mother' in Filipino. I took this shot at The Site's Café Macumba in Rosario Arcade. Despite the bland-tasting chocolate muffins we ate, we had a great time listening to live music. =P

Me: Nay nag-usap na kayo?
Nanay: With whom..?
Me: Hmm. Her? (Napa-ngiti ako at napatingin sa kabilang café)
Nanay: Yeah Okey. Hindi.
Me: Bakit?
Nanay: We have nothing to talk about na.
Me: Ah okey. Uhmm. Kailan ulit ang regular classes?

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Our Christmas Cake

Jam, my cousin, baked this. We call it The Nightmare Before Christmas Cake. LOL. Chocolate chip brownies with chocolate wafer sticks and marsh mallows. The kids loved it. Unfortunately, she doesn't accept any orders. I enjoyed eating it anyway and it tastes good. =P


I'm Going to The Laundromat

>> 29 December 2008

We got a pile of laundry for today so I'm headed to the nearest laundromat which is 2 km away from home. It reminded me of the song that I used to play back in college freshman year. This has nothing to do with anything personal anyway. Swear I didn't dance while doing the laundry. LOL. We also performed this song together with former officemates back in call center days. Miss the jamming really hope we can have the time guys! 'Soap, powder, bleach, towels, fabric softener... & let's not forget the food stains, dirt spots... '=P


Ready To Break A Leg

>> 24 December 2008

Donna, All set for the party. Taken at the University call center office along with her personal beauty assistant and her critic, the ever posh office mate Francine (featured last December 18). Francine gave way for her to shine in the event. Now, Francine is conceptualizing what to wear for next year's and said, Balenciaga it is. =P


Rikoy Poy

>> 23 December 2008

My second attempt in taking portraits. Rikoy Poy. Taken while riding the motorela of Cagayan de Oro. Since the motorela slants upward I took advantage of this angle. See my reflection? =P


All I Want For Christmas...

>> 22 December 2008

  1. Passing my upcoming exam
  2. Spending Christmas with my boo (Awayon man ang mga gamay na bb =P)
  3. A job in one of the prestigious hospitals in the city
  4. A Nikon D60 Kit (Cath, Bono's gonna have a new friend hehehe dah murag tigoman pa wishful thinking lang LOL) =P


Cookie Sang Soo

>> 21 December 2008

This is my attempt in taking portraits. Meet Cookie Sang a.k.a Sayuri. =P


Infinito Singers Sings Ikaw Lamang

>> 20 December 2008

As I was browsing around YouTube I found this and left me teary-eyed. I love the dynamics. Beautifully performed. The Infinito Singers is an Indonesian-based chorale group in Jakarta, Indonesia if I'm not mistaken. This is indeed a musical Sunday. =P


Capitol University Glee Club: A Moment Like This

This is one of their line up in Busan International Chorale Competition last November of this year. I love their very own version of Kelly Clarkson's A Moment Like This. I would like to apologize for not providing you guys the best sound since I'm using an ordinary mp4 camera but I think this will do. Hope you enjoy the music! I wish this talented group the best more competition to join and awards to bag not only for the university and Cagayan de Oro but for the Philippines as well.=P


Francine Exclusive 3

>> 18 December 2008

Francine waiting for the caviar to be serve. Expecting a YSL fur coat from the green wrap. =P


Turquoise: Halal is Healthy

>> 16 December 2008

Halal indeed is healthy. Urfa Kebap. Beef with herbs and pita garnished with lettuce, sliced tomatoes & fresh cucumber. Fries & rice add up the fullness. I reckoned we should have dine during Eid al-Adha (Feast of The Sacrifice) for it is a Muslim tradition to serve Halal food to everyone for free. LOL. =P


Turquoise: A Taste of Turkish

Another splendid dinning experience! Like you always do, me & Rey had a hard time deciding where to have dinner until we came across Turquoise, a Turkish restaurant in SM City Cagayan de Oro. The food? It's ambrosial!


Francine Exclusive 2

Candid moments ni Ach. Francine strapping the (her) new Manolo Blahnik heels. =P


Francine Exclusive 1

>> 15 December 2008

Meet the beautiful and sophisticated Francine. Clad with Christmas colors and a classy bag, Francine attracts attention among the others in their costumes. Taken last Sunday during Capitol University Call Center's Christmas Party themed All Things Christmas at Grand City Hotel. She's a woman now. Pay some respect! =P


The Patient

>> 14 December 2008

The patient's watcher has gone mental. LOL. Love you Ai. Miss you a lot. This shot was taken at Polymedic General Hospital room 403. =P


Are You Engaged?

>> 13 December 2008

My girl friend Aileen on her sister's hospital bed. I thought she's engage at 22. Too young for that. The patient is sitting on a rickety bench. LOL. Te Jo get well soon I know how it feels having that exhausting attack. =P


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: It's Time to Go Now

Mom & Grandma. She's trying to tell my mom to stop cam whoring. LOL. They're both excited to go home and share their wonderful experience in Edmonton, Canada. Actually, there are more to share but this is my blog not hers. I hope someday I can have the chance to travel & take photos of each exciting adventure. I still want to travel around Southeast Asia really. =P


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: Walk on Water

This is breath-taking. I wonder how it looks in spring or summer. They're standing on the lake. =P


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: Hobbits!

>> 12 December 2008

Grandma, Mom & some of her siblings. They're 10 in the family actually. I'm not sure if this thing works but see the wheels? That will break you into pieces.=P


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: Berries?

>> 11 December 2008

I wonder what they taste like. LOL. Don't ask me I don't even know what they are really. I've seen this painted on Chinese/Japanese porcelain. =P


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: A Perfect Tree

A perfect tree for a perfect Christmas. No need of Christmas balls. This tree won't last a day in the tropics. I know it's the perfect tree for the living room. But let's stop dreaming. =P


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: At The Flower Shop

>> 10 December 2008

Mom loves flowers. She's totally aware she can't plant Lilies & Tulips in the Philippines so a snapshot will preserve them. :P


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: Strolling Nearby

Walking around the neighbor seems fun. You get to see a lot of new things. Ma, I'm even fascinated with this clean, grafitti-free bricked wall. That's the shop where my Uncle's wife works. If I get a chance of visiting should I qualify to work as a waiter in Starbucks? :P


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: Basking Under the Winter Sun

Mom: There you are. We've been looking for you.
Grandma: Na-miss ko ang init ng araw...
Mom: Oo nga ano. Na-miss ko si Darius. Well uuwi naman tayo on the 8th.
Grandma: Sino kaya nagpakain kay Bingo (Grandma's dog)?

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Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: Foot Prints in The Snow?

>> 09 December 2008

Mom: Sis, saan si mader (mother)?
Sis: Baka nasa kitchen lang..
Mom: Wala eh. I can't even find her sweater.
Sis: Ling baka lumabas check mo sa backyard.

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Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: Winter

Snow is everywhere. Everything is clad in white. No trace of the morning sun. Winter.


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue: Welcome to Edmonton

Mom and Grandma. Behind them is Edmonton's cornerstone. They missed the centennial celebration! Yes. It's winter I thought they're gonna be bored but as a matter of fact they didn't. :P


Mom & Grandma's Travelogue

>> 08 December 2008

This week I'm gonna post pictures of my Mom's and Grandma's trip to Canada (I hate you Ma! Grr). Since I've been deprived of my camera last week and haven't taken any shots lately, this will serve as a treat. :D I'm surprised that Mom can actually take good pictures. I was even worried she might forget how to use her cam. Older adults are too challenged to use new technology of any kind. LOL. This is Asia's oldest running airline, Philippine Airlines bound to Vancouver, Canada. :P I hope PAL will make more improvements in their services since she is the country's flag carrier. :D


Manny Pacquiao Wins Again

>> 07 December 2008

This is the perfect birthday gift. :P thanks Manny! Hehehe. Damn you smashed chico bonito Oscar's face. Naku! Naubos mo lahat ng Mexicano Manny!

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My Heartfelt Gratitude to All Who Remembered...

I was a bit busy last week with my intensive review for my upcoming exam and my brother borrowed my camera so that explains the dull facade of this demented blog. I miss snapping pictures non-stop. Well I hope I can catch up for this week. Anyway, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the people who remembered my natal day! First of all, I would like to thank the Lord for His saving grace, and for blessing me this year which includes passing 2 important exams in my profession (Jeremiah 29.11 I believe the promise). Of course, Mom & Dad, Dan & Darius.

Thank You so much...
  • Rey
  • Dov (Asa na si Bituin? LOL)
  • Jay²- My mentor
  • Nanay
  • Joan
  • Sam
  • Iris
  • Mark Allen
  • Mark Alain
  • Kling²
  • Cai²
  • Marie
  • George
  • Daniel
  • Aileen (the Cheshire Cat LOL)
  • Daryl (Ms. Bella Aldama LOL)
Friendster Friends (Some of them I don't know)
  • Ms. Fascinating
  • Dzh^n
  • さーAーA
  • รขgรตร vลขghด
The rest of my family
  • Aunt Joy (Thanks for the bucks hehehe)
  • Aunt Louella
  • Carlo
  • Kate

My friends around Malaysia. Terima Kasih. Saya ingin belajar bertutur Bahasa Melayu. :P
  • Aisyah (Get over your Ex-Bf LOL... kidding)
  • El (I wanna borrow Rio and Abang for the week hahaha)

Thanks to Manny Pacquiao! Winning the Dream Match is the perfect gift I ever had in 23 years. LOL.


He Knows My Name (I Have A Maker)

>> 02 December 2008

I loooooove this song so so much! Thanks for the rendition Jeremy! :D You can find his videos in YouTube anyway. I've been looking for his remake of SWV's 'Weak' but unfortunately I didn't find the video. I am supposed to post this on a Sunday but I can't help it really. This song is originally sang by Tommy Walker. I hope you're blessed listening to the lyrics. :)


Sweepin' Through The City: Bigby's Café & Restaurant Rosario Arcade

>> 30 November 2008

I had a great dinning experience at Bigby's Café & Restaurant last Saturday hmm of course with a special someone. Unfortunately, I haven't brought my camera. Bigby's is an original Kagay-anon (Cagayan de Oro) restaurant that started 10 years ago. Bigby's will branch out to Manila at SM Mega Mall (Don't ask me I am not familiar with Manila really) and will be open on the 20th of December 2008. :P


'More of Camiguin Island' by Iris

>> 29 November 2008

More of Camiguin Island.. I'm not sure where she took this shot. Taken last summer. :p


'White Island' By Iris

>> 28 November 2008

This photo was taken by my high school classmate last summer 2008 at White Island, Camiguin. I haven't been there. Thanks for sharing Ai. Hmmm. About the island trip? I'm still having second thoughts. Yeah. Review classes. :(


Where Have You Been?

>> 27 November 2008

Where have you been? Hmm. I can see your chinky eyes young man.


A Simple Celebration

Wala lang. We had ice cream last night for a simple celebration. Yes. Cookies N' Cream. After 1 year and 6 months of construction and 2 months of finishing touches of my parents' 2-door pad, finally, door 1 is occupied by a family of 5. Now we got enough income to pay the increasing bills. LOL. That's quite a relief on my part I don't have to take part in giving a percent of my paycheck when I get a job! Weee. Kidding.


Ma Not Again...

>> 25 November 2008

Taken last November 12, the day before Mom left for Edmonton via Vancouver. Her first trip outside the country was last year in Seattle and now, she's in Edmonton for the next two weeks together with my grandma. She's lucky. They're lucky. She only paid the domestic terminal fees! I hate you Ma for this. If we get our chance of traveling it's your turn to stay at home. Swear! :-p

Twing²: Mie sama ako???
Ma: Paano kita maisama eh wala kang visa...
Twing²: Mie bigyan mo ako ng visa? Sige na...

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Darius' New Found Friend: Chico Davaueño

I woke up from a sudden bang on my door early this morning. I know it's Twing², my youngest brother. Thank God it's 9.30 AM this little guy won't get something bad for waking me up. I went out and I saw my 4 year old cam on his hand. I know he was trying to show me something and said...

Twing²: Kuya kuya ito nga pala ang bestfriend ko sa Davao.
Kuya: Bestfriend? Bakit naging bespren mo s'ya? Hehehe.
Twing²: Kasi paborito din n'ya si Zaido Red (Ui Kapuso...)
Kuya: Talaga? Hehehe. Hindi mo nga nakuha ang pangalan n'ya bespren na kaagad. Beh akin na 'yan.

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Darius' Davao Getaway

>> 23 November 2008

This was taken in Davao City, southern part of Mindanao. Twing² (Darius) missed McDonald's so much so Mom and Dad gave him the chance to dine and play around with kids 4 feet and below. He asked 3 happy meals for himself and me and my middle brother but actually it's all his' anyway. LOL

Twing²: Kuya may bago akong friend sa McDonald's! (Naka-ngiti)
Me: Talaga?!!! Hehehe. Ano'ng pangalan n'ya?
Twing²: (Naka-ngiti pa rin) Nakalimotan kong mag tanong eh...

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Capitol University Glee Club Wins in Busan, South Korea

>> 19 November 2008

Gosh this is so blog-worth! Let me breathe for awhile. I present to you the Busan International Chorale Competition champion on the pop category, the Capitol University Glee Club of Cagayan de Oro! It's not only that but they also bagged the Best Conductor Award, Sir Ritchie Asibal, the first Filipino to win such award in the history of that competition. Unfortunately, they only got a single video posted in YouTube. I hope they will add more videos from that contest. (Tachypneic) Keep it up guys! Next step Grand Prix!

Capitol University Glee Club or CU glee club, in my opinion is the best choral group in Northern Mindanao. I am an avid fan of their music and singing styles. Their choir master Ritchie Asibal has been professionally trained by the best musical instructors in the country, and the group members themselves have been trained and attended chorale workshops by the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers. -FairyPrincess


My Heartfelt Congratulations...

>> 18 November 2008

I would like to extend my heart-felt congratulations to my review friends for passing the notoriously head-splitting NCLEX-RN C.A.T. (Computer Adaptive Test Meow) of the State of New Mexico taken last Thursday, 13th of November. They are Lovely, Bracy, Kristine, Ebony (a.k.a. Diana Zubiri with that sexy back) & Fritz. This is your moment guys I am so proud of you! Next step... US Visa Screen! God bless sa lahat ng endeavors n'yo. Kita kits! Taken at San Agustin Cathedral of Cagayan de Oro City right after our IELTS exam last August 24.

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Sergio Mendes' Timeless

>> 13 November 2008

You can also check out Mendes' latest album Encanto.


At The Money Changer

>> 10 November 2008

33.8 degrees Celsius. That's the reading I got from the thermometer on the fridge. It's hot. Mama, Me and Darius went to the bank for Mama's trip on Thursday with grandma. She'll be gone for 3 weeks and will be in a much colder region with a temperature 3 to 4 times lower than Cagayan de Oro, 3 to 4 times lower than the latest reading I got yesterday. We went from bank to bank to check the FOREX. Darius was having fun with the other toddlers in the bank running around, hopping on the cushions and playing hide-and-seek. The deal we got from the banks wasn't good so we went to Divisoria to check on the money changer. Out of Darius' exhaustion he sat and...

Mama: Kuya, where is your brother?
Me: Ewan , basta nandito lang 'yan.
Mama: Hanapin mo ang kapatid mo he might be under the shelves naglalaro with the other kids.
Me: Ma! Hehehe. May ipapakita ako sa'yo (click) :P

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Testing ISO 400

This is my attempt of taking in application of Darren Rowse's digital photography lessons. Cam was set on ISO 400 unfortunately I'm using the inappropriate equipment. :P I guess Darren's right, a tripod is essential for this type of subject and I can see the drawbacks of higher ISOs notice the noise? The specks? This shot was taken at Capitol University showcasing the newly erected academic building of the College of Computer Studies and Graduate School.


Sweepin' Through The City: Jeep

>> 09 November 2008

It must be the petrol rollbacks that made Cagayan de Oro's passenger utility jeep upgraded with the innovations of technology. Although it's the cheapest way to commute from home to the city proper, the commuting experience is electrifying! Yes. The unit I rode earlier has a 2nd generation Ipod Classic Video with a dock connected to a Pioneer full blast sound system that synchronizes with your heartbeat and the churnings of the normal bowel sound. I'm surprised! It played Hed Kandi and Dj Benny Benassi Hits! What's next laser beam lights eh? It seems that operators have their target on party goers. Not to mention you get to ride with people from different walks of life. People who bring crates of vegetables and fish. People with naughty children. People leaning to their seatmates, unaware of the purpose of the conventional back rest. People with different scents from different perfume brands and that includes the very strong glandular acidic ones. Revolting isn't it? Ironically, I didn't see the jeep's exterior. I hope it was the new curvy unit and not the tetanus-packed 19-forgotten model. Mayor send in the bullet trains please (Ambisyoso). :P


Fixing Darius' Hair-do

>> 06 November 2008

I woke up from a side-splitting laughter from the other side of my room near the low fence where mom or our exceedingly naive housemaid chit chats with my aunt. I took a peep. That was not my youngest brother's funny giggle but it was my aunt's and my mom's. I wonder what made them rub elbows after that little misunderstanding at my grandparents' diamond anniversary. Well, older adults got their own ways of patching things up that younger adults find it too complex to understand. Anyway, I went out and washed my face to reduce its puffiness from waking up 30 minutes earlier than my standard waking time. For those of you who did not know, I usually wake up at 9 AM. That's standard. I should stick to that before I get a job and wake up as early as 6 AM for the 7 AM morning shift nurse. The laughter ended just before I finished taking a bath. As I went out my room, I saw dad, mom and Darius dressed up for the city. And I almost forgot, I fasted for 12 hours for a complete blood chemistry which is due by 10.30 AM.

Me: 'Twing! Sama ka sa ospital magpapa inject si Kuya!?'
Darius: ' Sasamahan ka namin baka matumba ka tulad ni Koko (Our middle brother)'
Me: 'Teka muna... Hahahaha. Ano ang nangyari sa hair mo? (Nagtawanan si mama at papa, naka smile lang siya sa ginawa niyang bagong hairstyle)'
Auntie Bebe: 'Ginupit niya kasi gusto raw niyang maging isang barber. Hehehe. (Ikaw ba si Twing2?)'
Me: 'Ipapaayos natin iyan sa totoong barber. Hehehe. Bakit kasi naka lagay sa office table ang gunting dapat nasa itaas iyan ng ref?'
Papa: 'Buti na lang hindi natusok ang mata. Naku huwag mo nang gawin iyan at baka ma tulad ka ni Kerka (Aso ng kapitbahay).'

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Bully the Bollywood

>> 05 November 2008

I'm pretty sure that creature is not a kid. Anyway, enjoy the robotic moves. :P


Todos Los Santos

>> 01 November 2008

Taken at Greenhills Memorial Park, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City. The first image from above is my great grandmother's and grandfather's tombstone. May they rest in peace...


Sweepin' Through The City: Walking alone at Limketkai

>> 31 October 2008

Taken at the underpass in Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro. "Don't go to the light!" hehe.


A Glorious Performance (Satu Persembahan Kegemilangan)

>> 30 October 2008

I'm a fan of Jaclyn Victor. The video above was taken from the first Ikon ASEAN Awards. Anyway, Gemilang means 'glorious' in Malay. It's Jac's trademark song from winning the first Malaysian Idol in 2004. I tried to decipher the exact meaning of it through a free translation site but it gave me a vague meaning of the beautiful song. I asked some help from a Malay friend but he ended up laughing at me coz it's an old song and it talks about nothing but Jac's winning experience of the contest. No one sings crazy like Jaclyn Victor I haven't heard someone from Asia who sings like her. I hope she sings more English songs for the international market I bet she'll make a shot.

Vina Morales bagged the first solo Ikon ASEAN last year along with the Filipino band Kwjan for the Group Ikon ASEAN category. A clean sweep to other contenders around SEA. I'm a bit skeptical why she won the contest but anyway lets thank her for the honor she brought to the Philippines. To give credit to the first Ikon ASEAN winner, below is a video of Vina's winning performance along with stunts and exhibitions. LOL. Mahirap gawin iyan singing while dancing. Sinong hindi mananalo sa ginawa niyang tossing? Hehehe. Mas malaki pa ang braso niya kaysa sa akin. LOL
Let's unite ASEAN!

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Coffee & Co.

>> 29 October 2008

My first visit at Coffee & Co. Capitol University Medical City (CUMC), the first coffee shop in a hospital in Cagayan de Oro. I was with my Bonggi-bonggi for a check up. While waiting for the doctor we had kiwi delight and fruit pie. Hmm. I should have brought the lappie to try their wi-fi connection. That's literally information technology in health care. :P


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