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Monday, June 20, 2016

Finally Back in Pasacao

I was back in Pasacao, Camarines Sur on June 12 for a 3 day, 2 Night vacation. After all I've never been in this place for more than 2 years and the last time I was here during summer where  I spent more than 3 weeks.

I stayed at the VCS Beach Resort located in Caranan and the resort has tree houses, cottages and an air-condition room with a bathroom inside. It's nice and well maintained by the caretakers named Malen and Giga.

Sunset has always been a favorite spot when in Pasacao but unfortunately the sun did not go down to the horizon, but the gradients can only be seen which the sun creates colors in the sky.

During my 3 days in the Bicol region, it won't be complete without going to Naga City which is only 30 minute ride via van.

And finally Starbucks in Naga was my favorite spot to hang out.  The good thing about Starbucks in Naga, you can use the internet for free.

I plan to go back again within this year and see the possibilities of anything that I can do in the Bicol regaion.

beautiful clouds on the sunset shore

me, self portrait putting the camera at the bow of the boat

VCS Beach Resort one of the cottages with aircon and bathroom

Me, sitting while watching the roaring see and sunset
Robledo Coliseum in Naga City

Friday, March 18, 2016

Wedding at Talim Island in Binangonan

I had the opportunity to visit Talim Island in Binangonan, Rizal.  The last time I went to this island was in 2013.  Just recently I had a chance to go back there since I was invited to take photos on the wedding.  That was February 27, 2016.  I covered a simple wedding there with some of my colleagues from Informatics.

I left as early as 4 a.m. to catch up for a boat ride and the first boat in the morning leaves at 6:30 a.m. via Baranggay Janosa. You can see the church in this baranggay once the boat dock at a small port.  Then a 10 minute ride to the bride and groom's house.

I covered the photo shoot for the whole event which lasted at 5 pm in the afternoon.

Here's one of the photo shoot that I did for the bride:

It is a simple wedding yet so unique and what I like about this photo shoot is because it was done on a remote island that people seldom go.  This is one of the place that mountain climbers usually hike and see both sunrise and sunset which you can see the Laguna de Bay and the high rise buildings of Ortigas Center.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Road Trip: The House of Jose Rizal in Calamba

This is my first entry for 2016. I never had so much entry last year as I slowed down a bit when it comes to traveling. I hope I could do more travels for this year, not just an out of town trip but as well as outside the country.

I did the Calayan trip last year and that was the farthest so far. Hopefully I want to do Visayas and Mindanao this year, well it depends on the budget haha..

A friend of mine Jake invited me to go to Calamba, Laguna since he haven't been there at the house of our national hero, Jose Rizal.  So I acted as his tourist guide since because I was familiar with this place, the fact that I used to go to Calamba for quite a few times.

We met at Mcdonald's in Edsa Crossing in the morning as the bus going to Calamba would be passing along Edsa.  We walked from Crossing until we have reached the stop area of the provincial bus near the Ortigas Station of MRT.

Since there was no traffic and it happened to be Sunday, the trip was short and it took us approximately an hour to reach Calamba.  We got off the bus in one of the malls where jeepneys pass by but before going to Jose Rizal's house we had lunch in Mcdonald's Calamba.

Few minutes later we took the jeepney and asked the driver to bring us to Jose Rizal.  It is along Mercado St.

The house of Jose Rizal was well maintained I think it was newly painted although I am not sure when was the last painting they have done on the external of the house.

Jose Rizal's house was actually big, the land area itself is wide and is surrounded by the steel fence.  It could be imagine that when you are there, seems like you had a time travel in the past.

This is the main entrance of the museum leading to the main stair of the house.  It's just a small entrance and once you have entered the door is where you can find the sign up book and you can drop your donation in the box.

This is the ground floor leading to the main stair of the house.

This could be the study room of Jose Rizal as where his mother told him the story about the Munting Gamo-gamo.
On the second floor where the main stair is located at.

The Dining Room

This could be the bedroom of Jose Rizal

The Kitchen

The well

sitting outside where the main entrance of the whole lot was located

I had a great time visiting the house of Jose Rizal and after the Calamba trip we decided to go to Los Banos to see the University of the Philippines

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Lizard Experience

This week experience was quite mystical. It’s not new to me to have this experience happened for some occasions. About this week, the lizard fell on my head three times while I was lying in my bed on 3 different ocassions. And then one day, the lizard came to my shoulder while I was sleeping. Just last night I put my Samsung mobile phone just beside my bed when I was about to sleep. And then I heard a noise. a sound of a keypad when you are typing. On the screen of the mobile phone was several applications including the calculator. When I heard the noise, it was a lizard tapping the screen of my cell phone. I found out that the lizard touched the calculator and to surprise it was tapped to a calculator with the number 2s for 17 times. That means the calculator showed like this: 22222222222222222. It happened around 12:50 a.m. After 30 minutes I heard another sound and saw the lizard tapping the screen of my mobile phone and touched the calculator once again. Still the number 2 was tapped 9 times showing like this: 222222222. It’s being take note that the screen of my cell phones have a lot of application and to my surprise it seemed that the calculator was the favorite apps that the lizard tapped with the number 2 touched several times. This was my lizard experience. Lizard is said to have a power to regenerate, clairvoyance, instinct, etc.
I would consider this experience has a kind of mysticism, and lizard has its own symbol.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's All About Love

Yes, it's all about love, regardless of who the person is. It's all about love even his belief is different from others. It's all about love even when a person criticize you because you have a different belief and go against the winds.  After all, it's not about what or who you are, and at the end of the day, love conquers everything.  If a person criticizes you something, it doesn't mean you will love this person. Is love suppose to be unconditional and not selective.  How do you raise someone's energy? By loving him/her regardless of what he/she believes in.  Love is about harmony aside from being unconditional.  Try to accept it if he is playing a different tune.

It's all about love, and you should not be blinded because of indulging yourself to something.  Just accept things as it is then love becomes unconditional..it's all about love which breaks the barrier of the wall between different world.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Buy Pinoy Exhibit in Glorietta

Probably this may be my last entry for this month because I don't have much activity to deal with. Although I am not busy, I can't write anything in my blog as if my mind could not find anything to write.  

Last Sunday I was invited to go to Glorietta Mall in Ayala, Makati for the Buy Pinoy Exporters' Fair slated from August 17 to 23.  A friend who is one of the exhibitors took me there and supposedly it was scheduled earlier from the date that I went.

She took me there late in the afternoon and we egress at 8:30 p.m. the time when the mall usually starts to close.  I have witnessed how the booths were set up by the exhibitors and the experience how it feels like it is being there as an exhibitor.  This fair is all about the Filipino products like decors, food and beverages, furniture and furnishing, garments and accessories, housewares, organic products, health and wellness, etc.  As long as it is a Filipino products, you can participate in the event through the organizers.

I was invited by my friend to participate in the next exhibit but I think of a unique product that I am going to sell should I participate next time.

Exhibitors in their booth where some people look for the products
tasting what Cordillera Coffee can offer to their customers
The seller shows Arabica coffee and Kape Musang
The top view where you can see some exhibits in the mall
Some paintings being sold at the exhibit
Food exhibits are my favorite spot..lol
Some local wines

Friday, August 28, 2015

Life Is A Mirror

Life Is A Mirror
         One day, a Genie appeared to a woman and said, "This is your lucky day!  I will give you 3 wishes.”
         "Yeheey!” the woman squealed.
         "But on one condition,” said the Genie, "Whatever you ask for, your husband will receive 3 times more.”
         The woman frowned, "What?  But I hate my husband!  He's a despicable man!”
         The Genie shook his head.  "I'm sorry.  I'm the Love Genie.  I repeat: What you ask for, your husband will receive 3 times more.”
         The woman said, "Oh, okay.  My first wish: Make me very rich.  I want $1 Million.”
         The Genie asked, "Are you sure?  Your husband will have $3 Million.”
         She says, "Oh, never mind.  What is his is mine and what is mine is his.”
         "Very well then!” the Genie said, and with a wave of his hand, "Poof!” and the woman had $1 Million—and her husband had $3 Million.
         "My second request is that I want to be very beautiful.”
         The Genie asked, "Are you sure?  Your husband will look like Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd and Daniel Padilla put together.  This is very dangerous.  The girls will flock to him.”
         The woman said, "Just as long as I'll be beautiful.”
         And with the wave of his hand, "Poof!” and she became utterly beautiful and the husband three times more handsome.
         The woman then said, "For the third wish, I would like to have a very mild heart attack…”
         Here's the lesson: Whatever you give to yourself, you give to others more.
         If you like yourself, you'll like others too.
         If you dislike yourself, you'll dislike others too.
         Because life is a mirror.  What you see in others is a reflection of what you see in yourself.
         I've met very critical people.  Sometimes, I think they feel that they were born to criticize others.  It's their life mission.  All they do is size up everyone they meet and point out their mistakes.  Where does this critical spirit come from?  In their heart of hearts, I believe they don't like themselves.  And they project this self-criticalness on others. 
         This "disliking ourselves” is more widespread than we think…
It's An Epidemic
         At their inner core, people don't feel good about themselves.  Like background music playing 24 hours a day, people inflict upon themselves self-rejection, self-doubt, self-contempt.
         It's an epidemic in the world today, and it's robbing people of much happiness.
         Where does this sickness of self-hatred come from?
         Self-hatred comes from fear.  After all, hate is fear.  We hate what we fear.
         Specifically, we fear we're not enough.  Bottom line, we fear we're unloved.
         And when we don't like ourselves, we try to solve it by many common false solutions.  For lack of space, let me give you two here.  One is having Status Symbols.  The other is Religious Performance.
Collecting Status Symbols
         I know a lot of people who clutch, grab, and collect Status Symbols.
         I remember the story of the guy with a BMW.  After parking, as he opened the door, another car crashed it and ripped out his door—together with his entire arm.
         When the police came, they saw the guy looking at his mashed up BMW and crying, "My car!  My car!  It's gone…”
         The police said, "Excuse me sir, but don't you realize that your arm is gone?”
         The man looked at where his arm was supposed to be, and when he saw nothing, began to cry, "Oh my gosh!  Where's my Rolex?”
         Some are so attached with their Status Symbols.
         You see these people walking in malls.  Shirt by Lacoste.  Shoes by Bally.  Watch by Rolex.  Waistline by Lechon Kawali. 
         I was talking to a friend who wore a Rolex watch.  I asked him, "I'm curious.  Why are you wearing a P300,000 watch on wrist?”
         His answer made me very sad.  He said, "Honestly?  To make me feel like somebody.  To make me feel good about myself.”
         Wow.  If I want to feel good, I breathe.  I smile.  I pray.  I love.
         Let me give you another false solution to not liking ourselves…
We Make God In Our Image
         The other false solution is Religious Performance.
         When we don't like ourselves, some get into religious practices to appease a God that they believe also doesn't like them.  Why?
         Because life is a mirror. 
         Because we make God in our image and likeness. 
         Because we project our self-hatred on God.
         For years, I used to be like this.  I prayed, read the Bible, and did my religious work because I wanted the approval of an angry God.
         No more.
         I do all these because He loved me first.  (1 John 4:19)
         So how do you start liking yourself a lot?
         May your dreams come true,
         Bo Sanchez

Friday, July 31, 2015

Characteristic of a Psychopath

I've searched "psychopath in the internet and here's an interesting topic about psychopath.  Maybe you don't know that you are already a victim of psychopath. But just be aware.

Hare psychopathy checklist

Robert Hare, in his book 'Without Conscience', lists the characteristics of a psychopath that he uses as part of his checklist. This Hare psychopathy checklist is a complex clinical tool used in the clinical evaluation to determine if someone is a psychopath or not. Just because somebody has some of these traits does not make them a psychopath!
Psychopathy is best thought of as a syndrome, a cluster of characteristics.
Hare divides the characteristics into two groups. Firstly are the personal and emotional characteristics of a psychopath, and secondly are the features of the antisocial lifestyle.
Let's have a look at the first group.

Glib and superficial

Psychopaths tend to talk a lot. They know how to read people and can be funny and entertaining and they are often boasting, telling stories about how good they are. The stories may be unconvincing but they somehow manage to present themselves as likeable and charming. For some people, however, the psychopath is too smooth, or is simply playing a role.
The psychopath can often talk about any subject as if he were an expert, often even using the jargon. Some of them do it so well, and with such confidence, that they can even fool psychologists, experts in this field, who know they're talking to a psychopath!
And at the same time, some of the serial killers talk about their crimes in gory detail with almost no emotion. People who experience this find it very unnerving.

It's all about Me

Psychopaths tend to have enormous egos, an incredible sense of entitlement and an overinflated sense of their own self-worth and importance. They are arrogant and cocky, they have an opinion on everything and they are always right. They have incredible confidence but often without the competence. They typically have lots of grandiose plans for the future. "I want the world to be the way I want it to be" said one psychopath.
In their role as guru or maestro, they often claim to have magic powers, or to be able to do things that other people cannot. This enhances their prestige among their followers. And if anyone questions them about why they're not using their gift right now, they always have a good story to excuse themselves.

Absence of guilt and remorse

One of the most stunning characteristics of a psychopath is the total lack of guilt or remorse that they experience, regardless of the effect of their actions on others. From serial killers to cult leaders to corporate psychopaths to the child psychopath, they all typically have a justification for the decisions they have made and for what they have done.
Interviews with psychopaths reveal that for them, people are simply objects, things to be used. Even family members have the same value as other things they own, such as a mobile phone or a coat.
And use people they do. They will take their money, their possessions, their time, their expertise, their efforts, their bodies, and their souls. (People who have been duped by psychopaths for religious reasons have said that it's like being raped spiritually.) And all this without the slightest care in the world for the victims.
The absence of remorse is evidenced by the fact that many psychopaths, even after being caught and punished for some crime, continue to do the same thing.
When caught out, psychopaths will often deny or minimize the effect of their actions on others. In fact, they typically make out that they are the victim! And they can play the victim role very well. For them it's simply another one of the masks that they present to the world.

Lack of empathy

Another one of the important characteristics of a psychopath is the inability to understand what other people are feeling or experiencing. They don't know what it's like to be in somebody else's shoes.
What they do is to learn about emotions. They learn from other people what emotions feel like, what they experience, and what is expected in certain situations. Therefore they can appear to be very caring and loving. But it's all a charade, a show, playacting, in order to manipulate the emotions of others.
Being incapable of empathy means they are incapable of love. The emotional world of a psychopath is indeed shallow and dark. This can be difficult to understand when dealing with a sociopath.

Deceit and manipulation

"I lie like I breathe, one as much as the other" explained one psychopath. But even when they are caught out in a lie, they simply carry on. Remember, no guilt or remorse! They simply change the story to try and fit in with the lie.
Sometimes they lie so much that it's difficult to know if they know themselves that they're lying. The answer is usually yes, and typically they are proud of the fact that they are good liars. That big ego again! And it is one of the extraordinary characteristics of a psychopath that they aretotally unfazed by being cut out in a lie.
Why do they lie? To manipulate and control others. They are all the time trying to dominate and control. They believe that the world is full of predators and prey. And they are definitely predators. Other people are weak, stupid and deserve to be taken advantage of. In fact, the psychopath is doing them a favor, teaching them lessons.
When you consider the characteristics of a psychopath we've looked at so far, it's no wonder that they swindle, cheat, con and defraud others. They play by different rules than normal people, rules that normal people are totally unaware of.
Normally people do not consider that others willfully do evil and harm because they have no conscience. They are simply unaware of how psychopaths work. This puts them at a tremendous disadvantage when in arelationship with a sociopath.

Shallow emotions

Psychopaths are unable to describe the intricacies of different emotions because they don't experience them. They may mistake sexual arousal for love, or anger for irritability.
One thing that is common is that many of them say they can make themselves angry. They say they can turn it on and off. But they don't know how fear feels. They can certainly notice the signs of fear in other people but they are unable to describe any bodily sensations.
For many people fear is a motivator in that they may do things or not do things because of fear of the consequences. Not so in psychopaths, because they don't experience the unpleasant sensations of fear. This obviously has far reaching effects on the decisions they make. They do, however, know how to manipulate others through fear.

Photo Shoot in My Room Studio

It's the last day of the month of July and tomorrow is August, the last month before the "ber" month comes. It indicates that we are fast approaching Christmas time.  Time's so fast indeed that sometimes you can't notice that time is really moving fast.

I just had some photo sessions where I set up my own room studio in our house.  I have noticed I haven't seen any studio in Rizal province where models can have some photo sessions with some of the finest photographers in Rizal.  I'm not really sure if this is the first time to have a creative studio in Rizal Province.  My main objective is to let some models and photographers enjoy photo sessions within the Rizal province in the creative studio.  At a fraction of cost this allows them to use the lights that I have and the room which they are convenient to shoot with some of the models.

This week has been very busy so one of the photographers had a session here in my room studio.  He did great with the photographs of the models.

I did some shoots too as to sneak on the sessions with the models.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Burnham Park in Baguio

I had a short stint in Baguio just a few days ago where I stayed for 2 nights and 3 days. It was raining most of the time and that did not kill my chance to visit Burnham Park that each time I go to Baguio, I never missed to visit this famous park. Probably considered as the landmark of the Summer Capital of the Philippines.  You get a cold place where pines are the most popular trees of Baguio.  The last time I visited this province was in 2011.  Oh boy time's so fast and that was 4 years ago already.

Although the weather condition was not so good, I hanged out a little bit in the park spending time to take pictures.  The famous boat-ride is what makes the park memorable which the spot is famous of.  I had the urged to walk around just to realize how life is beautiful seeing the park is just a wonderful experience.

Visiting the park though it was raining let the time stop for a moment and it lets me also reminisce when I was still in good position but I guess I let God control of my situation no matter what happened to me in my recent past.
hanging out in Starbucks SM

I no longer want dramas. But I hope the next time I visit Baguio was to be in a better position again.  I won't say what it is, but I guess things like this that I have experienced I would consider as God's blessing.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Toxic Behaviors You Should Never Tolerate

Here are 8 toxic behaviors you should never tolerate.
1. Excessive Negativity
When you are working on creating a better life, the first thing to make an impact is a change in our thoughts. Moving from negative thought patterns to thoughts that serve us is difficult enough without being surrounded by excessive negativity.
It isn’t perfect positive thought you are after with your friends, but more the ability for your friends to recognize and move through negative thought. Being surrounded by someone who constantly 
expresses negative thought is disruptive to your personal growth.
2. Gossip
Gossip weakens relationships. Gossip is a conversation about other people and is usually malicious in intent. Gossip happens when your relationship isn’t strong or based on meaningful connection.
Make your relationships about you and the other person and avoid bringing other people into it. Pay attention to how your conversations make you feel. Chances are if you are gossiping, you won’t like the feeling.
3. Selfish Behaviors
If you start to examine your most successful and least successful relationships, chances are a common theme found in your least successful ones would be selfishness. Strong relationships are ones that serve both parties and do not focus on one person over the other.
It can be difficult to realize selfish behavior exists, especially when you feel like your partner is in crisis or needs your help. Both people in the relationship should be able to express their needs. You should never tolerate a relationship with someone that makes you feel bad for making your needs known.
4. Lack of Compassion
Life is hard – very, very hard. There is no need to make it harder by surrounding yourself with people who are not kind. And it is more than just being kind to you, it’s being kind to everyone.
Compassion is about general kindness and concern for all people, the people that matter to us and those we don’t even know. Ask yourself this, “Do you really want to surround yourself with people who have no concern for the suffering of others?”
5. Stubbornness
There is a little streak of stubbornness in all of us. And a little of it is a good thing, it can help us persevere and drive us to complete goals.
It is the refusal to compromise, see another point of view and the unwillingness to change; that is detrimental to a relationship. It’s important to recognize that the relationship isn’t serving you if you are doing all the compromising.
6. Superficial Judgements
It is one thing to look at a situation and process things based on what is happening. Then taking those perceptions and trying to make sense of them. It is a whole different thing to process what is happening based on how we think they should be.
When other people try to define actions and experiences based on their hopes for what they want, they are judging in a way that is unhealthy to us, to them and those around us.
What’s more, superficial judgments can often lead to gossip, which we already know is a behavior that doesn’t serve a relationship.
7. Manipulative Actions
It is the natural tendency to want to think the best of people, but it is important to be aware that there are people that will do anything to get what they want. It never feels good to be manipulated, and you might not even be aware that it is happening.
If someone is using guilt, selective memories, excessive compliments or even bullying tactics to get something they want, chances are they are trying to manipulate you. Stay true to what you know is right and don’t let someone else’s manipulative tactics influence you.
8. Playing the Victim
When someone plays the role of victim, it is because they do not want to take responsibility for their actions. Accepting that life is less than perfect and accepting our role in the decisions we make is an important part of being happy.
Once a victim, always a victim and when we surround ourselves with victims chances are we will become one too. It’s natural to want to explain away a failed attempt at something, and it is up to us to hold the people around us, and ourselves, accountable and challenge victim thoughts.
We make the choice, whether consciously or unconsciously, to gossip, play the victim or judge others. We also make the choice to stay in relationships only with people that exhibit the right kind of behaviors. If you are paying attention to how your relationships make you feel, more than likely you will be able to determine if the relationship is serving you.