Weekly Photo Challenge : Juxtaposition




Photos were taken from my brief working stint from a university in Tainan, Taiwan. I chanced upon this beautiful temple. Amidst the historic atmosphere, my attention was diverted to the sudden arrival of Harley Davidson motors. It’s quite unusual to see a sudden fusion of history and the modern times.

Life Lately…

Papers of dearest college kiddies – Oh Dear God, I’m drowning with papers to read, review and edit.

Tagged by the Big Boss – I was tagged by the Big Boss to attend a major management meeting at the workplace. It didn’t help that ….. never mind, I’m not allowed to speak anyway. I just hope that my documentation project will finally be accomplished.

Meanwhile, the forever Windows user in me is beginning to appreciate the power of Mac.

Loving the rare cold weather – I’m fat but I’m never healthy. I’m always the first person to catch weather related viruses. Despite my weak immune system, I’m loving the rare 16 degrees celsius in Manila.

The everyday view at the workplace – It’s refreshing to see elements of nature at the workplace. Unfortunately, the trees badly need a trim. Otherwise, my entire window would be covered by leaves and branches. I once joked that maybe I’m a princess that needs to be hidden and protected from all the negative beings. Heeehee Hence, I shouldn’t worry about the trees.

Maybe another mean girl

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In fairness to her…. she didn’t exactly point out Filipinos. Otherwise, I would have written an equivalent hate and mean post.

My first trip abroad was intended for my brief assignment turned milestone in Taiwan. Since my trip was funded by my employer (I was more than thankful) I have to settle with what the limited budget can offer. This includes taking an economy and cramped Cebu Pacific plane. I didn’t really mind because Taiwan is just hours away from Manila.

Going back home, I was booked on the same economy airline. It was December and I took a local economy airline. No wonder, 80% of my fellow passengers are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Everyone is alive and noisy despite the 1am flight. In the check in counter, everyone is declaring luggage more than enough for one person. Without asking, I knew that they make the classic Pinoy pasalubong for the family, extended families, friends to the entire barangay.

When the plane finally landed, everyone went clapping. The sleepy morning was converted to a festive atmosphere. I knew the real reason. Their hearts are overflowing with excitement to see their families and happiness because they will be reunited this Christmas.

Yes they don’t travel that often. If given the choice, they don’t even like to travel. Most Filipinos probably travel because of their dream of providing decent lives for their family.  The next time you encounter passengers clapping their hands as the plane lands, think of them as one of the Filipinos who are thankful for the simple reason that they are finally home.

Oh wait, this reminds me.. since you often encounter passengers who are clapping when the plane lands.. you probably don’t take business class on your trips 😉 I thought… never mind #justSaying

Goodbye Customized Blog Theme

This blog has earned me a significant amount of money last year. I used to receive sponsored posts from this website. I was tasked to publish a post that relates my personal experience to a particular product brand. Sounds easy but the opposite happens in reality. One reason is the kind of products I have to write. I have to relate fire trucks, tile cement, shaver brush, plumber services, and bankruptcy lawyers to my personal life?!? How about that? My efforts and forced creativity paid off because for the first time, I was able to prove that online earnings are true. Unfortunately, my happiness abruptly ended. Before the year ended, my blog was removed from the website’s pool of writers. I suspect that the low page ranking and readership accounted for my exclusion.

I wanted to reward this blog for all the earnings it gave me. The first reward I gave was the domain name. It was successful except for the additional fee that surprised me. Aside from buying the domain name, I discovered the additional expenditure for the mapping fee. Nevertheless, I paid and still enjoying the dot com of my blog.

After the domain name, I wanted a makeover for my blog. While WordPress.com offers premium themes, I find it too expensive for a minimum of $ 30. I searched other sites that offer personalized wordpress themes for less. It was then when I was led to Esty, the wonderful world of everything handmade. I found a nice pre-made design template specific for wordpress. I purchased the theme and waited for the seller’s feedback.

Days after, the Etsy seller finally responded and worked on my newly purchased theme. I was later surprised with an information I carelessly overlooked. Turns out, I CAN’T CUSTOMIZE THE THEME FOR A WORDPRESS.COM ACCOUNT. I have to shift to WORDPRESS.ORG to install a customized theme. I was willing to shift except for the fact that wordpress.org demands an annual fee of $18. What da?!

So there, I have to forget my dream of installing a customized theme for this blog. Lesson learned, dream did not come true.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Window


I captured this photo two summers ago. This was taken from a quaint restaurant and bakery in my hometown. Situated in a highly residential place, people used to believe that this establishment will soon cease operations. Of all places, why will you construct a restaurant in a place where people are most likely to spend time in the comforts of their own home? People have been proven wrong because this place has been thriving for almost a decade. The bestseller is the bakery that produces the classic and homegrown bread among Filipinos, pandesal.  Aside from this picture perfect brick and rustic structure, the smell of the fresh baked pandesal is so tempting and inviting as soon as you step near this window.