Thursday, December 31, 2009


“Sulat”, my photo of Bulan poring over a map of Region II in black and white, was selected as the flickristasindios Photo of the Day for December 30, 2009. jobarracuda (aka Oliver Pensica, Jr.) commented that “the composition, B&W tone, and the story behind [the] image are all great”. Which is probably the reason why it was selected as the POTD.

The inside story? I ran out of images to upload so I decided to shot a complimentary Region II map where my photo of Balete Pass (formerly Dalton Pass) along the Nueva Ecija-Nueva Vizcaya boundary in the Caraballo Mountain range was published. I did several angles one of which is Bulan sitting in our backdoor poring over the map with my retired Olympus Camedia in the foreground. I thought the door was a perfect frame and nicely complimented by a contrast of bright outdoor light and dark indoor shadows. A little tweaking with picnik also helped achieve the desired effect.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


A new girl after every lantern parade.

I don’t know why but that’s the way it was in the 4 years that I attended CLSU’s annual lantern parade. The last one before graduation was particularly memorable and unexpected.

Sixteen years after, the beautiful friendship known as JARMMS came together for a lantern parade. We have grown bigger, particularly Mimi of the letter M1 and Me-ann of the letter M2, and certainly looked our age. All are married except Aiisa of the letter A (and Dapo of the +D who opted to be a single Mom). Too bad Aiisa did not make it and Joan of the letter J had to leave early.

Our College of Education shared with the College of Business Administration and Accountancy the overall championship that night. And we rejoiced, for this triumph of Tarods of the letter R who is now college dean, but more for the friendship which have endured time…

Monday, December 14, 2009


My only regret as our marriage turned 12 is I have grown bigger. And looked older. Other than that, the love and the kids and the pansit are great!