Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I want to write some thoughts, although I can only manage to grab a few words and turn them into something sensible or somewhat near. Words are floating in my head but I can't compose them to form what I want to convey. Listening to A Fine Frenzy, I try to write. My mind wandering to be somewhere else, far. Sleepy is my head, drowsy with much needed rest, after a long day at work. I clicked stop to my music player.

This entry ends here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My playlist to lounge around, music for the body and soul

Are you tired after a long day at work or need to drink a bottle or two? Here is a playlist I made to lounge around and I think is perfect to ease one's mind. Not loud at all nor meant to be played loud, and are heavy on symphonies of different instruments. Tracks include songs from the chilling vocals of A Fine Frenzy, to the cold and melancholic tracks of Death Cab for Cutie, to the base laden tracks of Hooverphonic and the garage sound of The Black Keys; as well as songs from other artists with low key sound made to lay down a tired soul and uplift one's mood.

So get comfy and prepare the best pair of headphones or earphones you have, plug it in to your Mac or PC and click play, then close your eyes and set your mind free.

Music Playlist at

Death Cab for Cutie - Grapevine Fires

"Grapevine Fires"

When the wind picked up the fire spread
And the grapevines seemed left for dead.
And the northern sky, like the end of day,
The end of days.

A wake up call to a rented room
Sounded like an alarm of impending doom.
To warn us it's only a matter of time.
Before we all burn

We bought some wine and some papercups
Near your daughter's school when we picked her up
And drove to a cemetery on a hill
On a hill.

And we watched the plumes paint the sky gray
And she laughed and danced through the field of graves
There I knew it would be alright
That everything would be alright,
Would be alright
Would be alright
Would be alright...

And the news reports on the radio
Said it was getting worse
As the ocean air fanned the flame.
But I couldn't think of anywhere I would have rather been
To watch it all burn away.
To burn away.

The firemen worked in double shifts,
With prayers for rain on their lips
And they knew it was only a matter of time.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lazy Monday/Sabit

4:57 AM, Tuesday. Oo na, Tuesday na at February 1 na. Medyo late ko nang naipost itong entry na ito, pero ipopost ko pa rin, kahapon ko pa kasi ito ginawa. Medyo napagod din ako kahapon ng hapon kasi. Ikaw na ang sumabit sa jeep mula sa Fairview pauwi. Galing kasi akong BPI para magbayad ng Citibank, online lang daw ang bayad, mabuti na lang at pwedeng ienroll ang credit card doon sa branch na iyon (Fairview). Naisip ko na pumunta ng katabing Metrobank, closed, yan ang sabi sa pinto, hanggang 3:00 PM lang sila, napaka traditional naman, ilan na lang ba ang bangkong ganung oras nagsasara sa panahon ngayon? Tumawid ako ng Commonwealth "the killer" highway, pwede nang tumawid sa kalye sa gawing Fairview. Pumara ako ng bus, nang malapit na ang bus, nakita ko ang BDO. Sabi ko sa driver, "'wag na po". Nabadtrip yata si manong driver. Pagkatapos ng ilang sandali sa loob ng BDO, nakapagbayad na rin ako ng credit card, buong buo kong binayaran ang bill ko, ayokong magka-fine (medyomabigat ang loob ko nung binayaran ko 'yun). Medyo malapit nang mag alas singko 'nun. Marami nang taong umuuwi, Lunes pa man din. Nakakita ako na papalapit na jeep, "anu ba yan, puno!" sabi ko sa sarili ko. Pinara ko ang jeep at nag senyas na sasabit na lang ako, gawain ko anman sumabit. Apat na kaming nakasabit sa estribo, pang apat ako. Hindi pa nakakalayo ang jeep ang sakit na ng mga kamay at braso ko. Dati na naman akong sumasabit pero sa tagal kong hindi na ito ginagawa, siguro hindi na ako sanay o nanghihina na ako dahil walang ehersisyo o dahil sa bigat at katabaan ko? Anu man ang dahilan, yun an gmga oras na winiwish ko na sana matraffic kami, para makapagpahinga ako. Ilang minuto at kilometro ang lumipas mula Fairview hanggang Jordan Plains. Malapit na ako sa may amin, sabi ko sa sarili... "konti na lang baba ka na". Nang nakababa nga ako, laking saya ko habang nanginginig pa ang mga tuhod, braso, at mga kamay ko. "Shet, kailangan ko nang mag exercise!", ayun.

During my rest days, there are only 4 things that I usually do... I read books, listen to music, watch cable TV(I am not that into local TV shows, not that most are tastelessly done, but only the local news catches my interest most of the time. I don't even watch foreign TV series that much either), blog and bloghop, or sleep.

I don't like going to the malls, The only time I go to malls is when I am going to do grocery shopping or if I am going to buy something specific, like clothes, gadgets, or something I need. If I need to lounge outside my condo, the mall is the last place you'll see me. I usually hangout at less crowded places or where I can watch people and just let time pass by. I don't like going out at all. If ever I have the itch to do a street shoot, I always look for a place where there are less people, and I do it usually on Mondays. I hate crowded places.

I bought a 500GB portable hard drive last Saturday in the Photoworld 2011 expo. The hard drive was originally priced at P3,700, and was on sale for P2,900... What a bargain, right?! So I bought it right away, plus it's a limited edition design; it's not Mac ready 'though, meaning I have to reformat it. When I got home, I quickly plugged it in, reformat it, and transferred all my music files, ebooks, and jpegs to their new home. I was able to free up a lot of space in my Mini's drive, from a mere 1.2 GB free now to 17GB free.

With this new drive of mine I can now shoot in RAW format when I photograph. t is not necessary to shoot RAW all the time, but what I notice is that when I shoot landscapes in jpeg format, the horizon's color transition is not that pretty. For example, a sunset photograph that has several orange hues, from bright orange to rusty orange, the color transition of hues does not blend in nicely. According to the internet, it is because of the compression, so therefore, shooting in RAW format is the solution.

I miss shooting photographs. Inspiration has not visited me for a long time now.