Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hello 2013


2013 is gonna be a year for all of us.

The year 2012 has been filled with chaos, surprises, insecurities-countries fighting for a mere island's ownership, a silent-type geek firing bullets in school-achievements, and others. But we're still reading each other's blogs, Facebook or Twitter posts: in the end, good heed occur among us wishing everyone well.

I took a break from the corporate world in April. A decision I made that surely made me looked like a loser in the eyes of judgmental people. Let me emphasize I have become conceited: I pity them for seeing things like how the crowd deal things based on the reality of others.

Quitting is not losing. We need to breathe.

Some of us have been obsessed with money. Literally seeing life as working to have a paycheck landing into your palms in paydays.

We die without notice.

Do you wanna die with a fat bank account from working (and floating) at work?

Do you wanna die being stubborn and lazy, sometimes, enjoying the aimless driving of motorbike in the countryside, smoking and sipping coffee the whole while listening to Jack Johnson or the chirping of the birds?

It is a choice my dear.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gumamela + RawTherapee


I saw this gumamela flower in my mother's garden. Tried post-processing the photos with RawTherapee. It is an amazing, open-source software. It's easy to use and gives good results.




Monday, October 22, 2012

Moist cupcakes



These cupcakes were amazing-and moist. Last month, I made more than 80 cupcakes for the children party my sister used to do every 2 years.

Credits:

Moist Vanilla Cupcakes    -    Tasty Kitchen
Moist Chocolate Cupcakes  -   The Farm Chicks

But I'm mostly disobedient to published recipes. I always read the reviews especially the suggestion of those who've done a particular dish. Sometimes, I reject all their ideas and make my own mixing formula. Instead of a cup of coffee,  I like making a cup of brewed coffee out of 4 tablespoons ground dark coffee. Surprises are fun.

Kids need fairy cupcakes though. They tend to eat the frosting alone with a small bite of the cupcake. 
Red velvet cupcakes; notice the liner, that what happens to cheap ones.


My sister

Owl

Morning sun
You're never fun
I always run
Don't shine.

Oh night
Keeps me alive
Dark clouds
Let me drive.

I need you
Or you
Let me take you
Before the night takes its due.

~ Patzs


Some Devil by Dave Matthews




 One last kiss one only
Then I'll let you go
Hard for you I've fallen
But you can't break my fall
I'm broken don't break me
When I hit the ground

Some devil some angel
Has got me to the bones
You said always and forever
Now I believe you baby
You said always and forever
Is such a long and lonely time

Too drunk and still drinking
It's just the way I feel
It's alright
Is what you told me
Cause what we had was so beautiful
Feel heavy like floating
At the bottom of the sea

You said always and forever
Now I believe you baby
You said always and forever
Is such a long and lonely time

Some devil is stuck inside of me
I cannot set it free
I wish, I wish I was dead and you were grieving
Just so that you could know
Some angel is stuck inside of me
But I cannot set you free

You said always and forever
Now I believe you baby
You said always and forever
Such a long and lonely time

Stuck inside of me

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls
Tinuy-an Falls





Enchanted River
Located in Talisay, Hinatuan



Britania Islets









Amazingly, this is not a tourist destination. It's located just beside the road. 

I'd like to thank Ariel Lalisan for the ideas in getting to Surigao del Sur in 2 days.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

End Come Too Soon



All the 'must haves' and 'have beens'
Drag my feet to the ground
Chronically blocking them
Force is too strong to stop.

Yearning to live simply
It's OK and I seem to like it
But people's obsession with money
Drags a part of me.

Fucking money
Fucking immigration
Fucking overseas job
Fucking visa.

I see people with blank stares
Ignoring the ground below them
Wasting time
Waiting for the money
They think they'd get one day.

The pristine beaches
the flowers
the trees
the wind...
Ignored.
They've been lookin' at them with blank stares.

Let's swim
Make baskets,
Weave rattans
Make dress
Bake cupcakes
Life is NOW. Here.

Not in the other side of the world. Not later.
Not where you'd ass be like where they have their asses now.

~ Patzs

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Update plugins via Mozilla Firefox

This is not an ad. I just want to share the latest update in Mozilla Firefox. Mozilla Thunderbird has been updated and it is so cool.

We can check your plugins and stuff

Friday, August 10, 2012

2 Hours Crazy Birthday Cake


I have been looking for perfect cupcake recipe: soft and moist. After a few tries, this recipe from Glorious Treats seems to be almost perfect. Don't mind the half cup of vegetable oil in the list, it is necessary. Trust me. Delicious frosting from Tasty Kitchen by MissyDew is another perfect frosting. Be surprised you'd find flour among the lists: it's the secret. Prepare yourself in whisking with strength just like the photo below as flour stiffened the ingredients.


I call the cake crazy from its undeniably unpleasant presentation. The little bad boy in the house scoop up soil in the garden using my measuring spoons and cups. We've been hiding most of the baking supplies in all corners so my little munchkin use the toys instead.

Baked the dough in a loaf pan. Couldn't find the sets of square pan.

The good thing with this (cup)cake recipe is that it remained moist and soft after days of being stored in the fridge. And the frosting's heaven.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Good vibes with creative people


Dinner with my creative and optimistic friends at Cafe Laguna, located in Abreeza, Davao City.
The sinigang na baboy was amazing.

Spending time with creative and optimistic people is like a feel-good drug.
Laughter's real. Makes you feel young again.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Food color and water



Materials: food color, water, wine glass, cheap Sony digicam
All photos tortured in Photoshop CS5







Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Brandon Boyd

Spilling Spinning by Brandon Boyd; photo via Subvert Magazine
Check out his books here.
I'm crossing my fingers. Hope I can find his books in National Bookstore.

Since I have not gained weight after consistent consumption of 2 cups of rice daily, I want his lean body.


Deciding after crossing the bridge


Many dreams have been forgotten due to worries or lack of support from pursuing them. Some plans go to waste after being weakened from the thought of efforts or money needed in doing so.

From afar, these mountains look high and exhausting to be explored. For years, there was always an urge to explore every time I see those dark green long ranges. Assuming they must be filled with trees, uninhabited, and extremely cold.

Same with wishes or dreams. Assumptions normally preoccupy the mind. Impossibilities are dictated by fears and worries- being surrounded with idiots or non supportive people may also be a contributing factor.


The bumpy road with huge rocks trying to flip down the jeep added excitement; it made me conclude that the top of the mountain is a hell of a virgin forest.

Surprisingly, the place is an agricultural area. Literally and figuratively. Income-generating trees covered most of the areas: bananas, mangoes, rubber trees and coconuts.

Awesome, I felt relieved. I did cross the bridge.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nicanor

I was supposed to write about my recent trip but 'Nicanor' disturbed me. I don't know any 'Nicanor' yet it hummed in the back of my mind, like a 'last song syndrome'.

It's rhythmic.

It's: Nicanor, Nicanor, Nicanor, Nor, Nor.

I searched 'Nicanor' in Wikipedia and found one interesting Nicanor.

Nicanor Stigmatias of early 2nd century, grammarian, in the Roman Empire Hadrian.

Apparently, he got the nickname 'stigmatias' due to his focus in the field of punctuation. It's weird since I was looking at my previous posts and saw lots of incorrect grammar usage. I grew tired of studying my writing and decided to leave the posts as they are.

But then the Nicanor tune drilled my ears.

Nicanor
Nicanor
Nicanor
Nor
Nor