Thursday, March 24, 2011

Conversation with a Spammer

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It's suprising the gall of spammers these days. They try to start conversations and give you virus infecting websites. When a friend sent me a YM, I immediately detected it was a spammer. That is what they do now, they hack into people's Yahoo accounts and give their friends spam websites.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Black Ghost Knife Fish Behaving Oddly

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Does anyone know why my Black Ghost is behaving like this? It's going around and around on broad daylight. Normally it stays hidden in the plants or under some rock and only comes out when it's dark. But now, it's going around in circles.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Johnny Rockets - Tomas Morato, Quezon City

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I'm not really a burger connoisseur. I would categorize myself more of a burger enthusiast than an expert. Every so often, I would try out new burger joints with my wife just to satisfy my cravings for burgers along with my mission to find the best burger in Metro Manila. This time around, we visited Johnny Rockets in Tomas Morato Ave.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Enchanted Kingdom - EKstreme Tower Ride

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We were recently invited to a birthday party in Enchanted Kingdom and was able to test out one of the new rides there.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year Celebration Video

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I made a short video from the video clips I shot of our New Year celebration in Manila. I did this just for fun, and for our relatives to see how much fun we have on welcoming the new year!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Buco Ad Pitch

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I was recently invited by Fresh Fruits Inc., a Philippine coconut ingredients producer, to produce an ad pitch for their new product 'Buco', a line of coconut food additives. The client found out that I was a photographer and just gave me a set of their products for me to photograph and use on the poster and website design. This is an advantage for me since I can just provide the whole package, including design and photography. They wouldn't have to talk to anyone else. I just hope I make a good impression on my design.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bubble Tea - Tomas Morato

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After having our second child, dates with my wife have become few and far between. Every chance we get to go out by ourselves is always a welcome respite even if it's a strenuous activity like grocery shopping. So after my friend's Friday night small birthday celebration, we stopped over Bubble Tea just to linger on.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Saturday Lunch at Conti's

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We were invited by my wife's uncle last Saturday to see Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader at Trinoma. And I would be a fool to pass up that opportunity. The movie started at 11am and it ran for about an hour and a half. The movie was great, the cgi effects are believable but it's really not my type of movie. Narnia is geared toward kids and I prefer the Lord of the Rings. Nevertheless, it's still worth watching it.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Timog and Tomas Morato in the Morning

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Here is a look around Timog Ave. and T. Morato Ave. My wife and I took a stroll Friday morning so we can shoot photos of the streets and upload it to Google Earth and Wikimapia.� From our house, we headed down towards Timog Ave. Timog Ave. is a commercial area located in Quezon City. You will find lots of restaurants and clubs lined up in this street. There's also a couple of� autoshops, and exotic car dealers where you can find Porsches, Lambhorginis, and the likes. What I like about Timog is the trees on the sidewalk form a canopy over the road. However, the sidewalk could need some cleaning up. All the way down to the Rotunda, litters of every kind are everywhere. The city government should make an effort to install trash receptacles at every corner of the street so people won't resort to becoming litter bugs.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Filipino-Chinese Wedding

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Last Sunday, Nov. 28, I attended the wedding of my good friend and 'thesis-mate', Allan Tan. The wedding ceremony was held at the Shrine of Jesus, The Way, The Truth, and The Life, a catholic church beside SM Mall of Asia. SM Mall of Asia is the biggest mall in the Philippines. Third in the world according to Forbes.com.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Summit Ridge, Tagaytay Weekend

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Last November 5, we took a very short sabbatical and went to Tagaytay for an overnight stay. It was our first out-of-town trip with just the four of us: me, my wife, and our two kids. The travel went smoothly and we didn't encounter heavy traffic at all. We did not go through Skyway either.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Infrared Photography - Channel Swap

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Following up on my recent entry about Infrared Photography, I tested another way of post-processing infrared photos. This time, I swapped the red and blue channels. The main idea is to swap the channels, using channel mixer, set the red channel to 0% red and 100% blue, and the blue channel to 100% red and 0% blue. Although, what I did is made some slight adjustments and did not stick to 0%'s and 100%'s. It is best to test this to suit the taste. Here are the results of the post-processing.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Infrared Photography

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I recently purchased a 720nm IR Filter from Ebay for only $21. It has been a long time since I've been wanting to try IR Photography, but since the prices of IR Filters were high (normally $80 to $160 here in the Philippines) and it wasn't really a priority, so I just let it off until I found this on Ebay, from a chinese seller, that offers free shipping to my place. Anyways, our friends invited us for a dip on their pool one afternoon so I just went ahead and brought my gear. And this is the results.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Punta de Uian

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We heard about Punta de Uian from a relative who really enjoyed their stay in this place. And researching on the internet, we learned that this place is popular with tv shows and celebrities so we had to visit it ourselves and make my own blog.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lens Acquisition List (in order of viability/priority)

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1. Canon 50/1.4 @ 16K or Sigma 30/1.4 @ 20K - get rid of old Canon D30 and 50/1.8 for 12K, 4K na lang! 2. Tamron 18-250mm (No IS) @ 17.5K or Sigma 18-250 @ 24K or Tamron 18-270 @ 27K - get rid of old Canon D30, 18-50, 70-300 for 16K, 1.5K na lang! 3. Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 @ 20K or Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 @ 20.5K or Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26K - get rid of Old Canon D30, 18-50 and 18-55 @ 14K, 6K na lang 4. Canon 17-40L @ 32K - get rid of Old Canon D30, 18-50 and 18-55 @ 14K 5. Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4 @ 5K? Not sure about quality

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year's Day (Video)

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We spent our New Year's Eve at the parent's house with the cousins. This year, there were less fireworks than ever before. The fireworks started maybe 11:30 and finished a few minutes past 12. Previously, it would take at least an hour to finish all the fireworks. But it is still as fun!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Family Reunion (Video)

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We recently had a family reunion for the Lainez's in Balayan, Batangas. A lot of people weren't able to make it but it was still as fun! Very nice to see the whole clan again. This is the video I made of the event, just for fun.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Our Christmas Video

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Celebrating Christmas with the WHOLE family.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mindanao Ave. Quirino Highway Traffic

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Today was the worst traffic in the history of Novaliches! A construction has been on-going in the intersection of Mindanao and Quirino Highway for quite some time now. The purpose of this construction is to build an underpass to ease the traffic in this high volume intersection. But before we could get there, the authorities decided to give us HELL first. Maybe they're thinking, light in the end of the tunnel perhaps?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bagyong Ondoy (Typhoon Ketsana)

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I was supposed to go to Cardinal Santos Hospital in Greenhills for a magazine shoot. Brought the whole family with me to take them to my parents house. We left the house at 10 am, the rain was just starting to pour. We got to Mindanao Ave., and seeing the traffic turned right to SM North Shopping Mall. When we entered SM, the flood water started to rise. We decided to park but the floodwater was blocking the parking entrance. So we drove around looking for a way out but we were trapped. We just stopped the car on a road with no flood and just left it there. This is what happened next:

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