52Photos Project #4: On the Line

52 Photos Project

Intramuros:  a blind man asking for alms
Intramuros: a blind man asking for alms
Intramuros:  another blind playing music for alms
Intramuros: another blind playing music for alms

The photos above are two of those I was able to salvage when Multiply changed its concept from being a social network to a marketing venue. They were taken at Intramuros in 2009.

My heart goes to these two blind men who earn by asking alms for their living.  They are always at risk in doing their business in that area of Intramuros.

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Photohunt: Humble

This is a very late post for last Saturday’s Photohunt and the theme is HUMBLE. I do not have lots of photos for the theme but I remember these  particular photos taken by my daughter along Pasig river in one of their activities in college.

These made me very sad initially but humbled me at the same time. We are not rich and we also belong to the populace that demands better government services but we are more than blessed to live in a decent house with our own comfort/bath room, bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, and a wash area.

Today, there is a march (MIllion March) at Luneta park as protest to the PDAF/pork barrel. The intention was to lobby the abolition of the pork barrel where recent scandal of politicians’ involvement in the squandering of the said fund was what triggered it. The basic services for the people that live in these shanties are robbed from them by these greedy and self-serving politicians. I hope that something good will come out of this march.

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Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

English: Neuman U89i – large diaphragm condens...
English: Neuman U89i – large diaphragm condenser microphone with 5 switchable patterns Français : Microphone à condensateur Neuman U89i (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One can get Mojave Audio Microphones at musician’s friend and be amazed  . These small diaphragm condenser microphones can go with applications such as acoustic instruments, drums, guitar amplifiers, piano, percussion, etc. So, if you want a big but nice-sounding effect for your microphones, this brand that you can find at musician’s friend is recommended because they are designed by expert designers, carefully tested and evaluated and packaged in protective case.

These microphones though are for professional musicians, or those who use the device for their profession, or for those who have enough to spend for expensive devices.

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52Photos Project #3: Light and Dark

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These photos were taken on November, 2008 when the family visited the graves of the departed ones.  Every year,  in the Philippines, November 1 is declared as a special non-working holiday in observance of  All Saints’ Day followed by the observance of All Souls’ Day on November 2.

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“Maybe that’s what the night is for, just so’s we can know the difference when the light comes again.”
? Howard Bahr, The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War
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“A misstep many make: they mistake darkness for meaning. They think light is easy. They think light will find a way through the crack in the door by itself. But it doesn’t – you have to open the door & let it in.”
? Melanie Gideon
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“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
? Ursula K. Le Guin
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“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.”
? Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
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“Fear can only grow in darkness. Once you face fear with light, you win.”
? Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free




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Complicated Love – Story #3

I give this story a title: Marriage Expiry.

Marriage Day
Marriage Day (Photo credit: Fikra)

A middle aged guy who is married contemplates on the possibility that legislators or lawmakers will think of passing a bill on setting an expiry for marriage bonds.  Say, for example, before marriage a couple could, by virtue of a law, decide on how long their marriage will be set, and in a contract the number of years will be specified.  In addition, if a couple will decide on an agreement that they are going to be married for five (5) years only and could decide to enter into another contract of another set of years for the extension, the law would be very much favorable for a lot of men and women.

My thoughts:

It would seem that this is such a good idea. It would sound favorable to anybody considering that the contract is renewable if a couple remains in love and compatible until the expiry.  For me, though, this would be a gateway for men and women to commit adultery easier because they can decide to part ways after the marriage expiry anyway. Also, it could be a dangerous arrangement because it would shift the focus on the expiry rather than on the strengthening of the marriage vows.

On the other hand, this would be beneficial for the battered wives, or husbands.  They will not be subjected to prolonged suffering while undergoing the very tedious process of annulment or divorce that require years and years of waiting.

As much as this pose as an option or a choice, I fear for the waning virtues on marriage and its sanctity that could be the result of such a law.

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52Photos Project #2 : Unusual and Uncommon

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When we visited Manila Ocean Park in 2009, there were lots of discoveries that were unusual and uncommon for us to see. I heard that the place had improved a lot since then. We are going to visit again, I hope (*crossing fingers*). Unfortunately, I was not able to jot down the names of some of the creatures and plants I saw.  The first two pics are still unknown to me.

This is a water creature that looks like a worm to me but it's a kind of fish.
This is a water creature that looks like a worm to me but it’s a kind of fish.
This is an ornamental plant I first saw at Manila Ocean Park.  I saw it at Fernwood, too, and at Secret Garden.
This is an ornamental plant I first saw at Manila Ocean Park. I saw it at Fernwood, too, and at Secret Garden.
First time to see a seahorse up close and personal... :D
First time to see a seahorse up close and personal… 😀
... and a stingray, too!
… and a stingray, too!
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Complicated Love – Story #2

Gay Couple with child
Gay Couple with child (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is another post for this series:

Recently talks about same-sex relationship, same-sex marriage, or LGBT relationship surfaced when a television drama was aired – My Husband’s Lover.  As expected, the ‘what-ifs’ also emerged prompting anyone to share their opinions.  As expected, too, the holier than thou creatures recited again that these people should refrain from doing such sinful relationships or affair because they are so immoral.  Personally, I could not condemn nor praise these people.   I could only try to understand as there has to be reasons why there are inclinations or tendencies. I am very opposed though to their marriage as religion would not allow such, or teachings in churches or religious groups do not include same-sex marriages.

My story today is about a woman who met a man one day.  They eventually became friends but the man later on expressed his interest and love to the said woman.  The situation is not as easy because the man is currently in a relationship which, according to him, is a rocky one.  The woman is confused because she is starting to feel something towards the man as they are getting closer each day and had been getting to know more about each other on a regular basis.

One day, as the man was telling stories about his life, he mentioned that he had an affair with another man that ended after a short while.  The woman was shocked hearing this story and asked him how he was able to shift from ‘liking men’ to ‘liking women’.  The man readily said that he discovered that he is for women not men.  The woman got more confused and is anxious about her decision to pursue a relationship with the man.

Do you think it is right for the woman to forget about getting into a relationship with this man?

My Thoughts:

Every woman differs on the way they love.  Some women will ignore and not give importance to her lover’s past.  If the woman is confused, however, she has to consider how she feels about her lover’s atypical past, considering also his present rocky relationship with a woman, not that I am saying it is the man’s fault because he had been in a relationship with another man.  Even without this piece of information, the woman has to ‘investigate’ more why this man seems to be having difficulty staying in relationships, and what his true preferences are.

There is still time to back out and consider meeting other men because the woman’s relationship with the said man has not gone deep yet.  In addition, if there are doubts why pursue?


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Photohunt: ? Guess ?

Can you guess who this is?

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That is my son Daryl. Yes.  That was one of the recent pics of him.  He got so conscious of his almost obese state that he decided to focus on getting in shape.

Guess how long it took him to have his 31 in waist from 38 in?

If you guess one year, you are very right. 🙂

Push Ableton

Ableton Operator
Ableton Operator (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Musicians will love push ableton at musicians friend. This controller could give any musician free hand on the fundamental elements of music, or a hands-on to melody and harmony, beats, sound and structure.  It has the buttons play, step sequence and navigate that can be explored to experience notes and chords, and to personalize the sounds that one chooses to play or tweak.


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Complicated Love: Story #1

English: So called Husband and Wife trees at L...
English: So called Husband and Wife trees at Lynncraigs Farm, Dalry, North Ayrshire, Scotland. Tree species – Blackthorn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, love is a complicated matter at times, most of the times for some.   I am now sharing stories of complicated love situations (sources are varied :D). It starts today.

I believe there isn’t a perfect relationship but that there is always a dysfunction somewhere combined with it.  This is why complications happen at times where each of us reacts differently.

Here now is story #1:

Husband and wife lived with each other peacefully for years.   It seemed that everything is fine where husband worked and went straight home everyday to wife and kids.  Wife was a certified housewife that takes care of the three (3) kids and their needs, the house chores, and the husband’s needs.  She felt content and happy.  Who would not be when husband is a good provider and not living a life of vice?

One day, a knock was heard at the door.  When wife opened the door, a younger woman carrying a two-year-old child greeted her undecidedly with a gloomy smile.  Wife was told that the younger woman was seeing her husband for more than three years already and that the little child was his.  Husband does not know of the younger woman’s decision of seeing the wife.  Allegedly the husband was not visiting them anymore and had been remiss in his support for the child.

How would you react to this surprise?

My thoughts:

It would be hypocrisy not to feel anger towards the young woman who had suddenly decided to appear and tell me these hurtful things.  I might probably be sarcastic while investigating.  Am I to be blamed?  But because she was not alone in this as she had purportedly claimed, I will wait for the husband until he comes home.  His reaction will be almost enough to tell the real story once he saw our uninvited guest.

After confirming if it truly was his child, and that he had an affair with the woman, I would probably not talk of patching up things between me and him.  It will all be over but I will make sure that he shall support me and my children.  It would not be easy, I know.  I could probably burst into tears and will probably feel very devastated, weak, and confused, but I will make sure to gather the strength to compose myself.

What are your thoughts about this?  What would you do if something similar happens to you?

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Amplifiers for Sale

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English: A picture, taken by me in November 2006, of three power amplifiers, two Crest and one QSC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My first experience with amplifiers was when I was in early high school, in celebration of a particular event, and they were not like this star blues star amplifier for sale. They were despicably broken-sounding, probably because the electronic device is in itself broken, or old, or low-priced acquired from bargain.

That sorry incident did not change impression of amplifiers until later when I got older, I discovered that these electronic devices are truly helpful in increasing the signal to cover a wider range of audiences.  I learned later that there are power and top of the line amplifiers available, too.

Discoveries are always interesting, and one’s age is not hindrance to learn new things and more.

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