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a creative exercise

The Optimist Creed

- words to live by this coming year:

"To be strong so that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny state of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think of only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own. 

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and to give every living creature I meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong fro fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. “

(Photo taken at one of my favorite places- the Loyola House of studies.  I spent many afternoons here in prayer and deep reflection. It is very humbling to find myself visiting this place after more than 3 years)

On Hope

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"The road that is built on hope is more pleasant to the traveller than the road build on despair even though they both lead to the same destination." -Marion Zimmer Bradley

(Photo taken at Singapore facing their central business district)

Welcoming the new year

Promise me you will always remember 

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that you’re braver than you believe;

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stronger than you seem;

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smarter than you think.

Cheers to the coming new year. I cannot wait to experience you. 

(Photos were taken at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.)

eight days a week

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They say that sleep is overrated. 

Other World

One always has to know when a stage has come to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through- Paolo Coelho

These photos were taken at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. I snapped these structures that are called super trees (yes, they are called like that and it sounds geeky) that house different varieties of bromeliads. I really love how the place is lit up at night because it kind of have a futuristic feel to it that reminds me of arcologies in SIM CITY 2000. If you have time, do check it out especially if you love plants :) 

sunsets are as beautiful as sunrises

sunsets are as beautiful as sunrises

David versus Goliath 

David versus Goliath 

Look up and kiss the sky

Look up and kiss the sky

Magellan’s Cross- It is said that enclosed in this wooden cross was the original cross that Magellan brought when he arrived in the Philippines in 1521. 

Magellan’s Cross- It is said that enclosed in this wooden cross was the original cross that Magellan brought when he arrived in the Philippines in 1521. 

Gotiaco Building, very beautiful. In the future, this building will become the Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum.
Gotiaco Building is located at M.C. Briones Street, Cebu City. You will hardly miss it when you are off to visit Magellan’s Cross :)

Gotiaco Building, very beautiful. In the future, this building will become the Sugbu Chinese Heritage Museum.

Gotiaco Building is located at M.C. Briones Street, Cebu City. You will hardly miss it when you are off to visit Magellan’s Cross :)

Wherever I may be, I get the same cup of coffee that I want.

Wherever I may be, I get the same cup of coffee that I want.

Hong King Kong Jungle

A couple of weeks back, I visited Hong Kong for work to attend a digital and social media conference. It was an interesting trip since instead of staying in the usual shopping areas like Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui, I lived in the busy district of Hong Kong Central. Being the adventurous boy that I am, I took some time to explore and snapped some pictures while going to and fro the different meetings I had there.

Hong Kong Central lies in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district. It is a place for grown-up people in their grown-up clothes for their grown-up jobs.  Everyone seems to be very busy in this area and I find myself a little bit out-of-place and out-of-sync with the crowd around me.

One thing I adore about Hong Kong in general is the immense clutter of its signages and billboards. I think almost every block in this place is filled with lighted signs like the one above. To me, the general clutter is beautiful but very inefficient and inconvenient for people who are trying to look for a particular place. It’s impossible to see beyond the signs in front! Whoever’s making these signs must be making a lot of money, its just everywhere!

This is the Bank of China Tower. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in the Hong Kong cityscape. This was designed by I.M. Pei, one of my favorite architects who also happend to be responsible for the infamous glass pyramid found at the Lourve. Can you see the similarity? :)

This is the view outside of my hotel. I think this is Des. Voeux Road where buses and Trams pass by. I like trams because they exude an old world charm. Besides, don’t you find cool to have something like that around Manila? How I wish they’d restore our old own tram system here in the Philippines. My grandmother used to tell me how Manila used to have a tram system but it was destroyed during World War II. :( If you want one, I think there is still one at Corregidor

People seem to like the color red in this part of town. :)

Like most former British Colonies, Hong Kong vehicles are right-hand drive. Also, the city has a robust and complex transportation system that includes wide highways, flyovers, underpasses, tunnels, and interchanges.

 

The MTR Central Station.

Even the train handles in Honk Kong are red. 

Pedestrians in Hong Kong.

Posting has been quite inconsistent the past few days because my schedule doesn’t give me much time to sit down and blog. Hopefully, I can share more pictures in the coming weeks of my other travels :) Until next time.

█████████ (RA 10175)

With the passing of RA No. 10175 here in the ███████████, It’s not that fun in the  ███████████ anymore :(

Please let me express myself with a few paragraphs below:

Now, although the intention of the law and some of its points (like provisions against Child Pornography and Cybersex) are good; I think our government should take time to review provisions that cover Internet Libel and its monitoring, as it may limit or curtail our freedom of expression, communication, and privacy. 

Moreover, people should take time to read and understand this new law before irresponsibly posting, sharing, or retweeting certain “provisions” or misinterpretations that adds to the confusion and misinformation about the law.

Now I know that this post is out of character for my blog but I am really against certain points included in RA 10175. As citizens/netizens we should really take time to go through it so that we can properly express ourselves in the right medium using an informed conscience. lol.

And Finally, I urge you to go through it straight from the source. Read through RA No. 10175 HERE.


The Two of Us

Whenever I think of you 
I feel closest to eternity,
I exist and you exist
That’s all that matters,
My life and your life
Merge and melt into one
Return to where they began,
All our differences disappear, 
For us everything is perfectly defined,
There’s no battle of the sexes,
There’s faith and devotion, passion and freedom,
All the facets of human beings in union,
I have faith in the way we live 
As readily as I have faith in nature
So I can look down on the ‘world’
And triumph over all its stupidities
We have risen far above it all,
I feel my pain as your pain,
My pleasure as your pleasure,
I trust you as much as I trust myself,
I see my own growth in your growth,
However fast I travel, I will never leave you behind, 
I am filled with energy
And you are glowing with youth,
You are a burning flame,
You make me feel younger
And you can always surprise me,
You are a solid rock of reality,
Your kisses moisten me,
Your embraces nourish me,
Your cool limbs
Your curvaceous body
Your glowing skin
The power of life coursing through you
This is all I need for an idyllic life, 
You trust me,
You live in me
And this makes you who you are,
We cherish life,
We’re always restless 
Pushing onwards as far as we can go 
Growing
Spreading
Deepening - 
Such radiance, such happiness


This photo was taken at Midōsuji Sculpture Street, Osaka, Japan. The Sculpture was made by Kōtarō Takamura (March 13, 1883 – April 2, 1956). It is called みちのく or Michinoku. In English it means “The Deep North,” alluding to the place where the artist lived in seclusion for seven years after the death of his wife and the bombing of his studio during the war.

Michinoku was donated by Sanwa Bank, Ltd. (now Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.)  as part of Osaka’s efforts to promote culture in the city. This is one of 29 other sculptures installed by the government through the generosity of big Japanese firms along Midosuji Avenue.

There is another identical statue by Takamura called “The Maiden Statue” and is found at the shores of Lake Towada in Aomori City, Hirosaki.  These twin sculptures depict mirror images of Takamura’s wife touching each other’s palms. He often sculpted her image out of his great love and grief after her passing.

At the same time, the poem above was written by Kōtarō Takamura as part of his collection of poems dedicated to his wife Chieko Naganuma whom he loved so much.

Finally, I this poem is dedicated to you.

love like a sunset x anawangin.

(These are pictures of the beautiful Anawangin Island at Zambales, Philippines. I visited the place just before a photograph of this hidden gem was published in the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. My camera was just a couple of weeks old then. I came here with a few friends who were as eager  as I was to go on an adventure for a couple of days. After visiting this beauty, I cannot help but want to go back here one day to find peace and quiet under the shade of pine trees with the wind from the sea brushing on my face)