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Monday, July 18, 2016

Venturing on Foods and Food Photography

Last Saturday, I was invited to take some photos of foods for Japinoy Restaurant. Basically my first food photography assignment since I first started to work as free-lance photographer since 2012 and most of the shots are those from the events.  Being a professional on this field, we take note of the person's flexibility that is why it is important for aspiring photographers to be jack of all trade - from travel, events, fashion and food. If you love food, just like me I always take some shots through my cell phone or dslr camera.

Then came the right moment when I was offered to do some food photography last Saturday and I was really surprised to see the quality of my shots using the different focus method and the angle where it is to take the best shot of the foods.

The nice thing I have learned in photographing some food commercials was I got to eat them for FREE after the chef served it to the table so I could take some shots for every food it is served, one at a time.

Yes I got some tastes of their specialties which Chef Marlon cooked for ads purpose which according to one of the consultants the shots will be used for fliers and display in the restaurant.

Japinoy serves both Japanese and Filipino foods and that is why the they came up with the idea to name this restaurant as Japinoy.  It is located along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City.

Perhaps I should focus on food photography and I am glad I am starting to venture on this part as I myself love to eat at different restaurants and that is really interesting photographing some foods and at the same time, you eat them for free.

Let's see on my next assignment.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tanay: The Pililla Wind farm

Finally after several plans I got in to this place last Monday,  I was already in Tanay last Sunday unfortunately because of the rain, I had to go back the following day in Tanay to see these beautiful windmills across the scenic mountainous of Pililla.

I've read about some blogs on how to get there and I found out that you don't really have to rent a tricycle and pay 200 pesos one way to be able to go to the windmills and be back on the city proper of Tanay.  All you need is just when you reach the market, you will have to ride a jeepney in the terminal that go to Sinoloan, Laguna. The fare is 35.00 pesos only and you'll get big savings when done alone.

If you are not in a hurry, you can choose this option but you have to wait long before the jeepney run because seats have to be filled up until it is full.  Then ask the driver to drop you off at the windmills. It takes around 15-20 minutes to get there in the wind farm.

Finally the conductor dropped me off to the wind farm and I walk all the way through the hills of scenic spot around 20 minutes.  There are tricycles available and fare is just only 10 pesos.

When I reached the wind farm, you can see the plains of Tanay, Rizal and you get a very good view of Laguna de Bay on the other side.
On the side roads are vendors selling fruits and some souvenir items like shirts and windmill miniatures.  According to one of the vendors I have talked to, the souvenirs come from Ilocos Province.  It is noted that there are windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.

I spent some few hours in the spot and it was around 5:30 p.m. that I left the place.

Now I have visited the wind mills in Pilillia, this is part of my adventure of exploring Rizal Province.

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.