Abby Uy… A Budding Street Photographer!

There’s a new girl in town… and oh boy! Her photographs really caught my eye.  I have featured one of her photographs which shows a dramatic image which made use of colors amid a dark, woody foreground. The image above is an artsy photograph of a concert with the band members placed inside a bokeh “peep hole” of leaves. Genius, isn’t it?! And I like it a lot!

Believe it or not… she’s a newbie in photography and is really a fast learner. Imagine what else she can do with her camera after a year!

Introducing, Abby Uy and her blog site Abby – Street Photography! Please do pay a visit at her blog site and share your photo experiences with her.  She’ll very much appreciate it!

Clark Museum… Visiting the Past and World War 2!

During our 25th wedding anniversary last month, my kids treated us for a visual and cultural experience. Yap, you heard it right… all expenses paid by my kids. And my daughter even volunteered to be our driver from Manila to Clark and vice versa which has a distance of about 160 kilometers in total. My wife and I are both “sitting pretty” at the back of the vehicle enjoying the trip!

The Clark Museum, located in Clark Freeport Zone, Mabalacat, Pampanga, features an expanded collection of artifacts, true-to-life replicas, scenic dioramas, old photographs, murals and interactive displays among others significant to the history of Clark, Pampanga and surrounding areas, generally called Metro Clark. The Clark Freeport Zone, used to be called Clark Airfield, was a stronghold of the combined Filipino and American forces during the end of World War II and a backbone of logistical support during the Vietnam War until 1975. Following the departure of American forces in 1991, the base eventually became the site of Clark International Airport, the Clark Freeport Zone and the Air Force City of the Philippine Air Force. (Wikipedia)

The Museum tells of the Filipino spirit of bravery, industry and ingenuity of a nation’s sovereign will running through a narrative across 4 galleries. It briefly tells a story, a bigger world from which Clark grew and speaks of social and economic advances, and continuing progress.

The Museum offers four (4) galleries: Gallery 1-Between Arayat and Pinatubo A Geo Hub for the Filipino Spirit; Gallery 2 People’s Industry and Ingenuity, Filipino Spirit in Craft and Ritual; Gallery 3 Interregnum: Clark Air Field, The Filipino Spirit rechanneled; and Gallery 4 Clark Freeport: Celebrating,The Filipino Spirit Renewed and Rising.

After visiting the four galleries, we were ushered in to a 4D theatre highlighting Pampanga’s history going past forward to the present. The 4D theater offers a one-of-a-kind experience which would allow visitors to view the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 with spectacular in-theater effects including wind, bubbles and mist to add a breathtaking fourth dimension.

If you ever will have a chance to visit our country, the Clark Museum is one of the place I will surely recommend. The following photos are some of the images I took inside the Museum.  But this photo set is just the tip of the iceberg, there are many more displays and interactions which will leave you in awe. 🙂

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Text Source: Visit Clark

Aeta… the first Philippine settlers!

The statue depicts an ancient Aeta, believed to be the first settlers in the Philippines. Their descendants still roam the region of Zambales and some migrated to the other parts of the country. Most of them, kicked out of their land like the Indians of North America, are now begging for food and financial assistance to live.

Isn’t it a pity that the ancient settlers are those normally put at the bottom of a country’s social caste system and the foreign invaders lord over them as if the invaders were those who settled in the country first before them?

OriginalPeople.Org: The Aeta (pronounced as “eye-ta,”), Agta or Ayta are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon, Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to very dark brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly to kinky afro-like textured hair with a higher frequency of naturally lighter hair color (blondism) relative to the general population, small nose, and dark brown eyes. They are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations.

The Aeta were included in the group of people termed “Negrito” duringSpanish colonial rule as Negritos. Various Aeta groups in northern Luzon are known as “Pugut” or “Pugot,” a name designated by their Ilocano-speaking neighbors, and which is the colloquial term for those with darker complexions. In Ilocano, the word also means “goblin” or “forest spirit.”

The Game of Chess…!

Many countries claim to have invented the chess game in some incipient form. The most commonly held belief is that chess originated in India, where it was called Chaturanga, which appears to have been invented in the 6th century AD. Although this is commonly believed, it is thought that Persians created a more modern version of the game after the Indians. In fact, the oldest known chess pieces have been found in excavations of ancient Persian territories.

* Checkmate: This is the English rendition of shah mat, which is Persian for “the king is finished”.

* Rook: From the Persian rukh, which means “chariot”, but also means “cheek” (part of the face). The piece resembles a siege tower. It is also believed that it was named after the mythical Persian bird of great power called the roc. In India, the piece is more popularly called haathi, which means “elephant”.

* Bishop. From the Persian pil means “the elephant”, but in Europe and the western part of the Islamic world people knew little or nothing about elephants, and the name of the chessman entered Western Europe as Latin alfinus and similar, a word with no other meaning (in Spanish, for example, it evolved to the name “alfil”). This word “alfil” is actually the Arabic for “elephant” hence the Spanish word would most certainly have been taken from the Islamic provinces of Spain. The English name “bishop” is a rename inspired by the conventional shape of the piece. In Russia, the piece is, however, known as “elephant”. In the Indian lingo however, the piece is more popularly known as oont = “camel”.

* Queen. Persian farzin = “vizier” became Arabic firzan, which entered western European languages as forms such as alfferza, fers, etc but was later replaced by “queen”. Incidentally, the Indian equivalent of “queen”, rani is used for the piece by Indians.

Source: (http://www.chesshere.com/resources/chess_history.php)

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My Matchbox…

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Why does the brain perceives a subject as miniature if the background was blurred in a certain fashion like this one?

The truck is actually real, folks… It is not a matchbox.

The Ghost Who Walks…!

Nope, it’s not the Phantom of the Opera, it was the Phantom of the “Teenage Rebels”…!

When I was in college, I had a band, together with my brother, where I was playing the drums. It was called “Teenage Rebels” (of course, I was a teenager then!). And like the 80’s bands back then, we were like Billy Idol wearing Gothic accessories playing the music composed by Led Zep, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, Eric Clapton, Flock of Seagulls, and Stray Cats to name a few.

One of the goth item I wore during those days which I found kept for decades is my “Skull Ring”. Believe it or not, my favorite comic strip hero found on newspapers was “The Phantom”… And my Skull Ring brought a placebo-like effect turning me into the Phantom of the band playing the drums as a member of the Teenage Rebels! Yap, those were the days when being a rebel is synonymous to a high level of testosterone waiting to be unleashed!

I’m the ghost who walks…!

(The Phantom art courtesy of pop-cultured.net)

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Two of my most favorite dessert…!

Based on my latest count, there are a thousand culinary sweet assortments that are called “desserts”… Though I don’t know why the desserts are called “desserts” and why they should be sweet and why they should be usually eaten after a meal. Well, I don’t care about these eating etiquettes, I eat my “dessert” anytime I want to eat it.

Nobody can stop me from eating it before a meal…! Nobody can stop me from eating it way past bed time…! And definitely, nobody can stop me from eating it if my sweet tooth is craving for it. By the way, where the hell is our “sweet tooth”? All of my teeth don’t have any taste at all, unless if there’s a decaying meat lodged in there for a week without toothbrushing or flossing! Is one of your tooth sweeter from the rest of your teeth?

Anyway, I just want you to crave and drop your jaw with envy knowing that I am now eating two of my favorite dessert… the Ferrero dark chocolate and “Sansrival“!

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The Kiddie Horse…

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Do you still remember the last time you rode a kiddie horse like this one? Do you miss doing it? Do you want to do it again?

Don’t ask me… I tried riding it but the crew told me that I’m too old and too heavy to be on a kiddie horse like this one! Bo-huhuhu!