25 June 2012

TRAVEL: It was 2006 when I fell in love...

With Singapore.

Singapore was the destination of my first out-of-the-country trip. I could say, it was love at first land.

I did not do any research prior to my vacation because we stayed with my cousin living in the city. It was more 'go with the flow' type of travel.

They were staying at Bukit Timah, where the highest point of Singapore is located. They were staying at a condominium with a beautiful view.

Bukit Timah intersection.
The roads are very clean! No billboards, no shanties, no garbage. I didn't think that was possible.

Their place had a pool. I always think that houses with pools are very cool and that my future home will have one too.
My first attempt at moving shots. My nephew, Antroyce, playing in the pool.

We went around Singapore's various tourist destinations with my cousin and her family. 
Singapore Zoo with Antroyce.
Spotted some cute babies playing. How adorable is that mohawk?
Anjo on a Ben and Jerry's cow.

"Crouching Dragon, Hidden Armpit"
Can't remember if this was the view from the cable car or the sky ride.
Underwater World Singapore with Anjo.
My travel buddy.

By the Singapore River I sat down and dreamed.

Of course, a trip to Singapore requires a stroll along Orchard Road just to go to the different malls along the stretch. 

Very day-off shot at the Orchard MRT before ION Orchard was built.
The love affair has just started. I told myself then that I'll come back, live and if I get lucky, hopefully I could work here too. It was possible, it was a start.

P.S. The adventure continues...

04 June 2012

An open letter to Mr Neal H. Cruz of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dear Mr. Neal H. Cruz,

While I have great respect for the publication you write for, I can't help but think what the murals along EDSA has done that caught your attention. It must be really daunting, like a nightmare, that it deserved a piece of your mind for you to dedicate an entire column. Not one, but two.

Have we not had enough negativity with what's happening in our Senate? Must you take a stab on people trying to help?

If this is your opinion, I'm happy to share mine. 


(Photo from Google)
To be honest, this is more nightmare-inducing (Photo from Google)


Bogie Cruz' artwork along San Lorenzo
Artwork along Cubao
I am not trained when it comes to art but I do appreciate a good one, especially something well-thought of and given time and effort to make. If this is how you describe ugly, I wonder what isn't for you?

Oh and kind sir, maybe the child was afraid of the dark underpass rather than the artwork. At least, the child will overcome his fears. Just saying.

Please note that the paint used on the murals is in itself an air-cleaning paint. And it is called Boysen KNOxOUT. Allow me to give you a bit of a background noticing that you did not even bother to type and click search. The paint absorbs energy from the light which transforms water vapor into free radicals that break down the air pollutants. You can watch the video here to help you understand better.

Boysen has in fact provided the paints FREE OF CHARGE so MMDA did NOT spend a dime. The artists were also commissioned by Boysen and the artworks were approved by MMDA. All factors were considered and the parties involved all met in the middle.

In defense of the artists, there are a lot of other artworks which people cannot find any comparison in real life. How about abstract art? I personally do not think they cannot not paint nipa huts or farm animals. I bet my bottom dollar that that they most definitely can. Again, beauty is subjective.

You do, however, make a good point on overpass lights. Maybe MMDA or DPWH are waiting for some company that will offer street lamps for free? I mean, if not for the initiative by Boysen, we all would still be cringing at the sight of the old MMDA (art) graffiti. Why don't you call out to those who would like to donate street lights? That might be a better use of space for your column. 

It was a good move for MMDA to replace the vegetable plants with grass. Perhaps, it is to discourage informal settlers to stay in that area. Come to think of it, street islands are not meant to be used as farm land. And if the informal settlers have somewhere safer to stay, then the Philippines wouldn't have spent so much to cover the slums with fences to hide it. 

Slums hidden behind a fence ahead of the Asian Development (Human Rights Watch)

Let us stop with the bashing and negativity. We have had enough from our government. We deal with it everyday. Maybe you can explore some topics you can write about? Here are some suggestions:
  • How to inspire and motivate young people to write without any bias whatsoever
  • Opinion pieces not tainted with disgust (if it's about the government, we'll let it pass)
  • Not bribing kids with ice cream just to make them stop asking questions

And if you really do not like to see the artwork, then try a different route. 

That is all.

P.S. If you need additional reference you can visit the following links:

Let me know if you need more.

Miko / Czarina Cabuyadao

03 June 2012


"You are an amazing person, and I don't know where the feelings that you give me came from. What I do know is that I am completely and utterly into you and I want time to freeze so I can be with you all the time and not have to think of anything else at all. I like literally everything about you, including the way your face shows everything you're thinking and especially the way it looks when we are together and your hair is back and your eyes are closed and your lips are open just a little bit."

- Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin

Everyday the work I do involves complicated words that's why I love to balance my thoughts by reading feel-good books. The book of the moment is Something Borrowed. I watched the movie first before I read the book, much as I am into 'chick lits', I'm also a sucker for 'chick flicks'. And yes, I am enjoying it so far. Surprisingly because I did not quite like the movie.

Shoot me, I'm a girl.