Far-flung Olympic Spectator
Since there are only 11 Filipinos competing in the Olympics and most of them have already been eliminated from their sport, with only Mark Anthony Barriga being our best chance of at least grabbing a bronze medal in boxing. My attentions were left scattered in different sporting events, mainly basketball, swimming, tennis and the much awaited track and field led by Usain Bolt who is trying to...
A random memory occurred to me this afternoon after my player played the song “New Slang” by the Shins. You introduced that song to me. Like with other things, like lomography, Garden State, Rat Catcher and some books I’ve never heard before. We had a short friendship until you went to the States, became a writer in Staten Island, went back home and dying unexpectedly. Anyway,...
Nothing Grand but....
I’ve gone from ‘patingin tingin, walang ibang pera kundi pamasahe’ to traveling to places I long dreamed about. I still can’t afford expensive things, but who wants that?, as long as I could travel on a stringent budget and see more of the world, I’ll call it as living. I wont be singing “nakakainip ang ganitong buhay” anymore.
Everybody Deserves a Merry Christmas
I know its tough for you, with all the tragedy unfurling around, the madness of the aftermath and the mayhem of what ensued in that supposedly quiet midnight. The grief you’re feeling is something I could never comprehend. While my biggest setbacks this year is nothing compared to what that single hour of nature’s wrath has brought upon you, I feel for you and believe me when I say...
A barker egging you to take a bus bound for Batangas Pier when you’re just on your way to take a piss on the nearby electric post, is annoying. Taking a piss anywhere other than the comfort room, is awkward. Its both awkward and annoying things, you don’t wanna have something to do about. And here I am being one. Just because I’m enveloped with feelings I maybe faulting for the...
umbiquotous madness and orgasms alike... (June 12,...
from my old blog: Walking in earnest under neon lights of streets about to be eaten alive by daylight. The last remnants of darkness are creeping away like a stench in a truck filled with trash. The smell of decay, pissed off world and the loitering street bedfellows who turns the whole city as their palace. Sleep here and there, frolick there and here, almost unrecognizable and unnoticed in...
Tumblr is where I'm at when I'm not there.
After more than 350 blog entries on my now dormant “Multiply” page, I’ve gotten tired of writing a personal blog. I’m now more active writing and meshing out personal narratives with my traveling on my travel blog. But since most of what happens in my life still occupies that gray area between my traveling, sadly that area is wider than the highlighted ones. My boring life...
Ben Tumbling back to Tumblr
Ben Tumbling was the nickname of a notorious outlaw whose life of tumbling down the path of lawlessness was made into a movie in the 80’s starring Lito Lapid. Just like the crazy gun fight scenes in that movie and the Jackie Chan-esque moves by Lito Lapid of flying and rolling down in slow motion sequences that is clearly a cinematic enigma by then - years ahead of the John Woo - pegged Hong...
A Domain name for my Travel blog →
New Domain for my Travel Blog
Yey! Finally got my own domain for my travel blog “Nomadic Experiences” . Feel free to check it out by clicking this link
Belle Bumanglag: miss my long hair.. Marky Ramone Go: alala ko kilala mo yung...– facebook photo comments
"Some are dead and some are living"
I remember my late father almost every day, at some random moment the thought of him often crosses my mind, whether I see someone smoking I’d say to myself “smokes hell like my father”. There are instances when I wonder if he is happy with how things turned out in my life. I remember he used to play “palm reader” and would tell me “ah, these two straight lines...
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FB Stat ni Cates
Cates Santos: I envy you.
Marky Ramone Go: I dont envy you unless you bed beautiful women hehe
Cates Santos: mark ano bayang sinabi mo diko magets hehehe!
When I find myself at the mall, the only place I frequent much was the bookstore. I miss going out on a book-hunting trip especially at National Bookstore - Cubao. The 4th floor section where all these pre-owned books were located, usually demands at least hours of my time. I miss doing that. I’ve been so much busy with work lately that only on rare occasions would I find myself...
Smells like Beer
(at the LRT)
Security Guard: Boss naka inom kayo?
Me: Huh, hindi
Security Guard: (smells the jacket I was wearing) bat amoy beer kayo?
Me: (smells my jacket also) Huh, hindi naman, amoy ba?
Security Guard: bawal kasi amoy beer na sumakay sa LRT
Me: galing akong office boss, di ako uminom
Security Guard: ah ganon ba, cge sorry.
(an hour or so earlier, me and some office mates decided to have a few drinks at Ilonggo Grill near our office in Rufino Tower, Ayala) - close call there haha.
Writing - as I see it, has served as a form of therapy to myself second to traveling. Although both do go hand in hand on rare occasion. I travel then afterward I write about it. However, as much as I’d love to do nothing but travel, I need to spend most of my time at work and the in-between. The awaiting for that next journey, the time that I exist making it all possible. This is where...
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” — Jack Kerouac
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Sans any major happening in the next 4 days, It’s safe to say that I’ve seen everything 2009 has to offer. 2009 has evolved into a bittersweet year. It started out for me with sadness and grief brought upon the untimely death of a friend and a colleague (actually the biggest supporter of my writing-grammatical errors and all) , 2009 also carried over the remaining 2 months of 2008 into...
My First Travel Article Published in a Magazine
If you have time to grab a copy of the December - January 2010 Anniversary issue of the “7107 Island Travel Magazine” you’ll read the article I contributed about Capones Island. Haven’t seen the copy myself, just the preview page on the website of the magazine. But I’m happy with the layout of the lighthouse (which was taken from my Holga) and the cross tattoed Lot...
A Draft Note Written 15 minutes before going home...
I know someone who thinks the world conspires around him more often than a dew happens every morning. In fact nothing matters much as what he thinks because I, myself is perturbed by how the world works - of human relationships, of camaraderie, chemistry bullshit and what-nots. My friend often confides that he gets lost among the scepter of the populace always reckoned to show proof of...
My "Booksale" for Typhoon Ondoy victims
Oi oi oi, I decided to sell some of my precious book collection as I was racking my head on how to contribute to the ongoing relief operation for the typhoon Ondoy victims. Since I don’t have much cash, I decided that selling books at a nice price will make a little difference. Oh well, I better stop being sentimental round here. Here’s the list and take it all away. Prices starts...
Malcapuya Island: Coron, Palawan
During our second day of island hopping in Coron, we went to Malcapuya Island about an hour and a half away from the port located near Coron market. We arrived there at about 10:00 AM enough to spend most of the day walking around the island which also has a viewing deck at the almost 50 feet hill wherein you’ll see the surrounding view from the island. read more—>...
I-Hop at Coron, Palawa
We spent 2 days island hopping in Coron, Palawan around the Calamian group of islands, which included a trip to paradise like Kayangan Lake and went snorkeling in coral laden areas like Siete Picados, an area surrounded by 7 small rocky islands and in between are one of the best snorkeling sites in the region where visitors can feed fishes with bread and see them race each other for the plum. The...
Kayangan Lake, which can be found in Coron Island north of Palawan is said to be among the cleanest lake in Asia. Surrounded by rocky mountains covered by green trees and plants it certainly evokes an image of a lagoon one was used to seeing only in postcards and movies. If one is expecting paradise, they can’t be any more head on, as the way towards Kayangan lake itself serves as a prelude of...
Maquinit Hot Springs, Coron, Palawan
Another place one ought to hit while in Coron, Palawan is the Maquinit Hot Springs. Located in the hillside part of Coron, about 25 minutes from the town center, visitors will be awed by a pool filled with salt water coming from the bottom of the nearby mountain, it is said to come from an underground volcano and the water’s temperature ranges from 38-40 degree Celsius. read more: —->...
Coron, Palawan: “Town & Country”
Coron is the center of economic and tourist activity in the area of Busuanga, Palawan. It serves as the sail off place for island hopping throughout the rest of the Calamian group of Islands. The view from nearby Mount Tapyas gives you the over all perspective of the town, one can clearly see the nearby islands, hillside roads, boats and ships on the horizon and the people living their simple life...
Bullets over Busuanga
I actually been wanting for the longest road, to pack my backpack and point my direction towards Palawan. Busuanga, where the Calamian group of islands are located (which includes Coron town) is actually located just within the tip point of Palawan and the nearest part to the mainland of Mindoro. read more here: —->...
Jack the dog turns 1 year old
I got him when he was still 4 months old last December. The first time he got in my room, he hurriedly unloaded a massive poooh, slept on my bed his first night, wouldn’t stop barking for hours - probably missed his siblings and mom. Since then, he was able to adjust to life in our house, he’s gotten to know his chow time schedule by heart, by the time the clock hits 5:00 AM,...
The National Artist debate: fault at both sides
Art is like beauty, they say is in the eyes of the beholder. But when it comes to recognizing rightful artists and the contribution that they made in the cultural enrichment of the Philippines by way of the National Artist Award, a lot of sentiments, emotions and individual concerns raises up. Legitimate artists, especially past honorees, of course would want to safeguard the meaning of the honor...
Noynoy's time to get out of Ninoy and Cory's...
It’s like in the middle of a battle when the smoke billowed up in the sky and on the ground, lays the dead heroes and the only ones left standing are a few survivors destined to follow the path left by those who perished in the battle. Cory’s death, meanwhile is a culmination of a long journey towards the search for a better leader of this country. Sadly Ninoy was never able to play...
R.I.P. Corazon Aquino
I was saddened, really. More sad than any other “celebrity” deaths that occurred this year, for Cory Aquino isn’t the ordinary “celebrity”, she was the mother of a nation at a time when we’re searching for a new leader to take us out of dictatorship, she was the widow of a slain hero who offered his life so we can all wake up from the realms of dictatorship....
Freddie Aguilar was misunderstood...
Sabi ni Freddie Aguilar (non verbatim though) “Kaya tayo na sasabihan na unggoy (dahil unggoy nga naman ay gaya gaya) ay gaya tayo ng gaya sa mga Amerikano” He was just stating a point na bat si APL ng Black Eyed Peas, nakakaya nyang mg release ng tagalog song sa album ng Black Eyed Peas, bat si Manny Pacquiao, pag may laban sha theme song nya papunta ng ring ay kanta nya. These...
Re-arranging my bookshelf
Since it was Sunday today, I decided to arrange my books by authors (paperback) and (hardcover) as wells as graphic novels on one shelf. I’ve been too haggard coming home from work the past months that i’ve rarely find time to read my books (my backlog ones), last week I specifically told myself that i NEED to get back reading. I NEED to set a time for myself and my books, as well as buying...
Batad Rice Terraces of Banaue / Tappia Falls
Me and some friends were supposed to go to Sagada only, but since we took the Auto Bus route from Manila to Banaue one Friday night last month (May) we decided to make the trip more worthwhile by taking a side trip to Batad Rice Terraces and Tappia Falls. Prior to this, I’ve never been to the world famous rice terraces and I was glad that this time, I’d be finally going to do so. After a...
Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC)
As part of our sidetrip to Caramoan last summer, we dropped by Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) to give wakeboarding a try. The place was filled with both experienced and newbie wakeboarders, I put myself in the newbie category as I haven’t experienced wakeboarding before. I was too eager to try it that I ditched listening to the instructions of one of the staff there, I thought by watching...
Tagaytay is about three hours drive from Manila and It’s a favorite place to go unwind to during weekends because of its proximity to Manila and it’s cool climate as it is situated at “many feet” above sea level (bit lower than Baguio) and the highways around Tagaytay offers breathtaking view of nearby Taal Volcano and it’s surrounding lake. I went there two times in the past year, the first...
Around Davao City
Day 4 of our Davao Trip A brief recap: Day 1: Camp Sabros at Digos City (about 50 kilometers from Davao City) Day 2 and 3: Samal Island: ( Chemas by the Sea and Hagimit Falls ) Coming from Samal Island we took a bus (that will be ferried by a barge ) to Davao City. We tried checking in at the Ponce Suites as it was recommended by a friend and popular for its art exhibits displayed all over...
Samal Island: Chemas by The Sea
After an overnight stay at Camp Sabros in Digos City, we proceeded to Samal Island. I’ve taken note of a few beach resorts from the island during our Davao trip preparation, we originally planned to stay at Pearl Farm, but upon calling the resort we found out that the cheapest rooms (4k/night) are already fully booked and the ones remaining are priced at 9k a night. What the, we aint rich...
A "Country" in the Mirror
While some of us choose to worry more about what’s going on in Iran. I’ll tell you something. I’ve an officemate and he’s from China. You know all talk about the Chinese, having an oppressive Government and all. Communist and all. But what does he tell me about what he discovers in the Philippines. Medicines are expensive, he wonders how the poor people can afford it....
Story about a photograph (Caleruega Church)
I took this photograph last November 2008. It’s in Caleruega Church in Batangas near Tagaytay. It reminds me of the scene in the movie “Platoon”, Willem Dafoe’s character raising his hands up, classic scene alright. The church on the background gives an eerie feeling, the black and white effect projects a wartime mood, sort of World War II era, the ruins, of Manila or in...