X-MEN Apocalypse Premiere Showing

I have read the message the next day at the office since getting a signal from the networks at home is as unfortunate as my romantic career. A longtime friend sent a rather beckoning question: would you want to watch the premiere showing of XMEN APOCALYPSE? to which I gave a resounding reply: OF COURSE YES!

The lobby was filled with moviegoers and mall personnel when we(my best friend) got there. We were immediately greeted by a familiar face who led us to the buffet table all at once, to which I have no regret up to this writing. After indulging ourselves to meat buns, dumplings, dimsum and cucumber juice, we were asked to get in the cinema as the movie was about to start but not without being handed over a pack of popcorn and a can of soda. Weeeeeee! Only the strongest will survive!

The movie starts where the last installment left-off at the end credits, where you see En Sabah Nur is surrounded by lotsa people and pyramids being paraded to the insides of the largest structure wearing the traditional garbs and masks of Egyptian mythology. If you were a fan of the X-Men series from way back its comic book days, you would understand the opening scene that ensues at the beginning where the the “old” horsemen of the apocalypse tries to save him from being decimated under the enormous pyramid while in a state of transference.

Fast forward to the 80’s – Mystique gets to find Night Crawler and Angel in a caged fight in Germany while in the desert…Professor X tries to find Moira with the help of the newly improved Cerebro and then reveals that he has a thing for her, then Apocalypse gets resurrected and finds his Horsemen – Storm, Angel, Psylocke…Magneto saves a co-worker but instead got arrested and his whole family killed by the policemen, Apocalypse appears as Erik was about to murder his co-workers and gets him to be part of the horsemen after showing him the extent of his powers!

Enough of the spoilers, but you will see why Professor X lost all his hair…Weapon X made an appearance…The Phoenix came out…and the next Mutant Villain to appear on the next installment?

It’s Mr. Sinister! LOL

Thank you Ayala Malls Legazpi Cinema for letting us watch the premiere and to Yrvs and the rest of the staff. Bicolano Blogger Republic was present sans Mavic and Goldie…but Karen and Jenny were there with tag-alongs!

X-Men Apocalypse Rocks!



Exhibition: Learning By Doing!

3D Exhibit

Gone are the days where the only ones who appreciate your projects were your Mom, Class Adviser and Classmates in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Level Classes. That all of what you slaved for during the term were only judged by one sole evaluating body – your TEACHER who fervently puts your rating on a piece of thick board of papyrus which they determines your performance in school more than anything else and will let people judge you for the rest of your miserable life.

Architecture has many branches that make it possible for someone who finishes the grueling 5 years to work in several fields which sways you not far from the profession – and yes, experience is a better ticket than just passing the board exam in the Philippines. Why?you get to explore the different sides of what life has to offer other than burying your face on the drawing table and/or PC monitor and just doing technical drawings for a stingy client who wants you to just give your designs and hardwork for free with the discounted price they wanna pay you! I have not been able to take the Licensure Exam for the fact that I had to look for work right after graduation because my father left the mortal world just right after I got into my college freshman year. I have taken every possible job there was to support the family wherein the teachings of my course were very useful and even getting into actual jobs which require those skills even without the license. That’s Why!

Then came the time that I felt that there was an inadequacy of instructors who actually had industry experience who teach certain Major Subjects in college. The lack thereof tends to bend some realities which they only get from the books they have read and not the actual “rat race” kind of training which some few individuals have came to conquer and survive. “Learning By Doing!” had always been a motto which I religiously follow and have met a few adverse oppositions by students and school administrators alike.

Fast-forward to the present, still bent on the motto I follow, I have come up with several public exhibitions by my students which came as controversial and questionable to the institutions whom I chose to work with. And the above image shows you one of the latest outputs of students I handle – THE 3D EXHIBIT, a visual representation of what they have learned in engineering drawing for the past semester. This time, their drawings come to life!

You Won’t Learn If You Don’t Do It!


Pa-Sine?Pa-Sit In! – Adapted Short Films In Local Dialects and other Artsy Stuff


I always wanted to become a Film Maker ever since I was a kid growing up with “The Electric Company”, “Sesame Street”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, “Rocky”, “Star Wars”,  and all the TV Programs and Movies abundant during that era. During playtime, I would do monologues portraying scenes from “Super Friends”. “Star Trek”, or “Mighthor”; even doing impressions of characters from these shows which I guess helped in mastering the art of speaking in English until now. Further down the lane, I was supposed to take up Fine Arts in U.P. Major in Film in college, but ended up being an Architecture graduate from Bicol University since we moved here from Manila after I finished elementary schooling due to some family matters. Even in school, I pursued my love for the arts by joining acting clubs, directing school productions, even winning some competitions in the process. That’s how I love the Visual Arts!

Ever Since I swayed from traveling the Philippines with jobs from Advertising, Radio and TV Networks, the work experience made me want to share that knowledge to the new generation because I know for a fact that those in the academe lacked the industry knowledge. I tried to introduce my own way of teaching to these greenhorns and have been met with violent reactions and harsh protests. People have always been afraid to try anything new and feared the unknown, I just kept on going.

Onwards to the now! I have yet to conquer another institution and introduce my own brand of education – LEARNING BY DOING!

As part of their Finals requirement for their subject in MULTIMEDIA, I have asked these IT students to remake existing short films found on the web and re-shoot, re-edit and reproduce i on their own but with one twist – all dialogues will be in RINCONADA with English subtitles. Hence, “PaSine?PaSitIn!” was born which was coined from a famous Rinconada saying, “Pasini, Pasiton…Pakurukupsit, Paturuturayus!” It has a tentative Screening date on the 4th of March at the College of Eng’g AVR of CSPC Nabua and some plans to show it other venues for public consumption and maybe released as instructional materials for other schools and/or institutions to be used as reference. Big things always come from small ideas, and I Always think BIG!

Walk, Shoot, Eat…Repeat!

WEEKEND PHOTOWALKS2 The birth of #LPKR or Lakaw-Pitik-Kaon-Repeat was accidental when the confirmation for The 5th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk came in late and I thought that we never got the cut. The idea for the event actually came into mind when I was searching for a new area to dig my photo bug teeth into…to distinguish it from other subjects that most snap shooters frolic into like portraiture, landscape, and or self-portraits. I wanted to do street photography in a different setting; some place where it’s spontaneous and unpredictable…somewhere that’s full of surprising events happening at a flick of a finger. The premise is to go around the marketplace, survey the immediate area, walk then shoot and when you find something that’s nice to eat or feel nibbling on, pay for it, eat and repeat it over again, We have been going around and have shot at four towns during their Market Days – Guinobatan, Tiwi, Bacacay and Sto. Domingo which mostly fell on a Sunday. Some places have their “Palengke Days” on a weekday, hence I might squeeze in these munisipyos during the summertime and hopefully be done before June of this year. #LPKR is a free event wherein camarederie, foodtrip and travel is yours to partake into. It’s an event where Club Hijab Albayano Photography Inc. get to hobnob with other photo enthusiasts without the usual hassle of technical issues and what-nots involved in photography. If you love travel, love taking photos even if its not a DSLR and don’t mind the smell of shrimp paste, dried fish, muddy areas and throngs of people where you brush elbows, tummies even sweaty shirts. If you are not at all picky about the places we go to, then you are free to join us on the next Market Walk at your local town and find an unexpected treasure or trinket or delicacy to satisfy your cravings.

Authentic Pad Thai, Japchae, Spring Rolls, Thai Milk Tea & Many More : DateInDaet2014 Food Series


I immediately fell in love with this place the moment I stepped in!

After the Bagasbas Beach Surfing Demo sponsored by Bigg’s Diner, we had to rush downtown to partake in the light food fare offered by this healthy cuisine shop – Kundalini, which as described by the owner is Sanskrit for spiritual energy that can be awakened to purify the system, thus resulting in the food she offers in her store – HEALTHY FOOD!DSC_4526

She offers Grilled sandwiches which have delicious fillings that gives you that home-made feel which goes great with their smoothies or fruit shakes in season. And for a quaint hole in wall shop, they do offer plenty of choices to choose from. And Look at their Prices – definitely a run for your hard-earned money!


Speaking of which, they offer a variety of asian dishes that are very tasty and (again) healthy..like the Pad Thai and Japchae with the Home-Made Chili Sauce plus The Vietnamese Spring Rolls with their own recipe Thick Peanut Sauce!


This is one of my favorite drinks at the store, their own version of Milk Teas, this is the Thai Tea and this comes Highly- Recommended next to the Jasmine Ice-Cold Green Tea!DSC_4521

The kind and cheerful staff of Kundalini


Their Famous Pad Thai(Own Recipe)


Kundalini Japchae


Kundalini Vietnamese Spring Rolls made fresh daily, the reason why it gives you a refreshing fill each time you try it – good enough for Lunch!


Kundalini Staff preparing their famous Super Fiber Smoothie, and a Tall Glass will get you around for almost the whole day! And all these were formulated originally for just home use, for her husband who had to lose weight without the aid of pharmaceutical aid. I would definitely and strongly recommend this store to you if you happen to be in the area of Camarines Norte.

The catch is, all are unbelievably priced low to let people from all walks of life partake in a healthy lifestyle as offered by Kundalini. As I am writing this entry, my cravings have been activated and I hafta go travel from Albay to Daet to satisfy my pangs!LOL

More on my escapades in Daet on my next entry, in the meantime, try not to drool over the photos of one of fave eating places in the Philippines. Hahahaha!

#dateindaet2014 #choosephilippines #daetonthedot #wowdaet #solesearchingsoul #itsmorefuninthephilippines #dot

Daet’s World-Famous Pili Roll & Pineapple Pie: DateinDaet 2014 Series 2

Our trip to Camarines Norte – DateinDate 2014 last summer was truly awesome, everything was squeezed into three days of fun & adventure and lotsa Food! One of our stops was the food processing plant run by the LGU, and we were fortunate enough to witness how the famous “Pili Roll” was done.



The one in charge of the Processing Center explaining how the scrumptious pastry is done.



The invited bloggers from Bicol and Manila flock over to the pastry table to get a good shot of the procedure as it is being demonstrated by the resource persons of the Daet Food Processing Center.


After spreading the sweet Pili filling onto the chiffon cake, it is then rolled and wrapped in plastic and is now ready to be delivered to the outlets. After the demo, all of us were ushered into the kitchen to witness yet another presentation using  Daet’s famous tasty product – The Pineapple!


As how it was explained, the ingredients used here are also grown by the processing center along with subsidized farmers around the province. The fresh pineapples are made into jam and that’s what is put on those wee pie crusts with Pili Nut Toppings which is a great combination-Sweet and Crunchy!

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I also tried their Pineapple Juice made from the “Formosa” Variety or “Butterball” because of its diminutive size is considered as the sweetest pineapple or as Mayor Tito Sarion would brand it as the “Queen Pineapple of the Philippines”, is really sweet as a juice drink – the reason why i was able to down 2 tetra packs.LOL

More to come as I have been idle for a while…more of #dateindaet2014 escapades in the next entry!

#solesearchingsoul #wowdaet #choosephilippines #its morefuninthephilippines #karenwongblog #daetonthego #camnortenews

It's An Exhibit for the Graphically-Inclined...

It had been a long wait for me to finally have my first ever solo exhibition of works…some commissioned jobs I did were shown in expos, conventions in a national level..I even had an exhibit at the MOA Convention Center as part of an International Convention years back…I have been joining group exhibits since 2010…My photography had been published in both newspapers, tabloids and magazines both locally & internationally…I have conducted workshops and have been invited on speaking engagements all around the Philippines…I have an ongoing workshop series who’s primary aim is to spread the Love for Photography for 5 years now and still going…

My show is called “Dose Na Grafika”(Twelve Graphic Works) because its a cross between photography and painting…it’s digital art on canvas! A blend of the Old & The New…two kinds of media made into one.

DOSE NA GRAFIKA(TWELVE GRAPHIC WORKS) will run from May 12-31, 2014 at the Albay Capitol Atrium Art Gallery, Albay Capitol Bldg., Old Albay Dist., Legazpi City. Exhibit Opens on May 12, 2014 with Cocktails at 6pm.

I would like to thank Apo Gonzales and the whole ABEX Group for believing me and giving me the opportunity to showcase my work. To friends who helped unconditionally, Doc Molly Del Rosario, Arch. Gerard Caceres and Family, Atty. Yami Balayo and a sleu of others who are always there to support me. To Kreate Digital Photo, thanks for co-sponsoring the canvas printing of my works…and to Yami Furniture, for the frames of the canvases. Without you guys, this wouldn’t have been possible!

As my curator tells me, this is the first time that this kind of exhibit is gonna happen in Bicol or probably the whole Philippines…for me, I just want you to see what I do whether am the first or not.

This is an exhibit for the Graphically-Inclined!