Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Manila Music Festival, May 1, 2012


 Manila Music Festival: May 1, 2012

If you happen to have heard and have been dying to go to  music festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Splendour in the Grass and Optimus Alive! but definitely short on the dead presidents on paper side (yes I am talking about Money) dry your tears, Volume Unit Entertainment (VUE) is giving us our well deserved first ever music festival we can call our own - the Manila Music Festival.

Happening this coming May 1, 2012, here are the headliners of the festival which will surely delight the goers.


Main Stage:

International Acts:
Shinichi Osawa (Mondo Grosso, Japan), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest, NYC) and The “Amen Ra of the Universal Hip Hop Culture” himself, Afrika Bambaataa (Zulu Nation, NYC)

Local Acts:
Razorback, Kjwan, Wilabaliw, SinoSiKat, Lady U and June Marieezy

Redbull Stage:

Noodles, Katsunami, Angelo Mendez, Skratchmark, Liquid A, Kishore, Kristian Hernandez and DJ Complex

The festival will take place at the Alphaland Bay City at Aseana Avenue, Parañaque. 

Specific Details:

Date: May 1, 2012
Venue: Alphaland Bay City, Aseana Avenue, Parañaque.
Tickets: Php 1,500 available at http://www.ticketworld.com.ph and Php 2,000 available at the event gate

Bundle ticket promos available until April 25, 2012 at http://www.ManilaMusicFestival.com

Gates Open at 1pm. Please do keep in mind that the event is 18 years and older to ensure safety of the goers.

For more information visit:
Twitter: @ManilaMusicFest https://twitter.com/ManilaMusicFest



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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Days Like This" - Kim Taylor




Hey guys, this is just a random post. Not much "blah blah" on this don't worry (I know my posts tend to be lengthy. I will try to simmer it down I promise).

This happened to just play randomly on my ipod this afternoon. Had it for a while. Such a beautiful song. Perfect infinite moment. Just nostalgically beautiful.

Such a beautiful song to keep to myself. Enjoy!



Days Like This Lyrics
Days like this.
You look up at the sky above you.
Days like this.
Yeah, You think about the ones that love you.

And all I wanna do is live my life honestly.
I just wanna wake up and see your face next to me.
Every regret I have will go set free.
It will be good for me.

Days like this.
Yeah you think about the ones that went before you.
Days like this.
Have you ever seen the sky such a clear blue.

And all I wanna do is live my life honestly.
I just wanna wake up and see your face next to me.
Every regret I have will go set free.
It will be good for me.
It will be good for me.

And All I wanna do is live my life honestly.
I just wanna wake up and see your face next to me.
Every regret I have will go set free.
It will be good for me.
It will be good for.

Days like this.
That you think about the ones that love you.
Days like this.
Have you ever seen the sky such a clear blue     
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Monday, April 16, 2012

That Bittersweet Achievement: Graduation

Music: Sucre

not my photo: credit to owner.

This coming April 22, 2012 my name would be listed as one of the graduates of Masters of Industrial Relations (Major in Human Resources Management) from University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations. For almost four years (from 2007 second semester – November to 2010 second semester). I have sat in number of classes for 3 long hours each. Armed with only my pen and notebook and what I know from actual experience in the industry, guided by courses I took back in my undergrad and some articles assigned to us by our grad school professors – I survived.

Not without hardships mind you. You see I have decided to take classes back in 2007 because I felt like I have no direction in life at all. It seemed that my undergraduate degree was not enough to get me where I hoped to be, that the degree I have would only get me two steps forward. I wanted more but I was afraid of what that more would be. I chose between Organizational Psychology from a different school to Industrial Relations in UP SOLAIR. I took the entrance exam for the latter as I was urged to be a “through and through maroon blooded individual”. I prepared my documents, called my professors back in my undergraduate to give me a recommendation (yes I chose the professor who gave me one of my highest remarks so that it wouldn’t be that hard for her to recommend me haha) and she did. I remember the day I took that entrance exam. I was shittin’ myself in my math part. Haha. I never thought there was a need for the math part in that exam as we were to take mostly about national and industrial matters of human development. I cursed as much as I could and tapped my pen as fast as I could. The other person sitting beside me was looking at me angrily (he turned out to be one of my buddies in school from then and now is working with me here in the office).

I braced myself for the disappointment of not passing the exam and getting in after all it is still the University of the Philippines. A month later I saw my examinee number on the website stating that I got in the program. Two years after graduating from my undergraduate, there I was again, eagerly getting back to school which was ironic because back when I was in my senior year, I couldn’t wait to graduate and stay away from theories and term papers. Balancing school and work was a bit challenging, there would be Saturdays that I just wanted to sleep the whole day. There would be days that I couldn’t put my finger on my readings. There would be classes that I would just want to ditch because I was too sleepy to wake up at 5am to get ready for my 9am class. There would be papers that I would write just in the nick of time because I got lazy or I just got a tad bit busy. There would be professors that I had to argue with because our opinions wouldnt just meet the middle. Classmates that I disagree with or agree with. Presentations that we had to make for the articles that we read. Articles, book chapters, researches, and all of the things that we needed to read and recite about, they were all there.

After all the classes that I had to complete so I could get all the units I needed to earn my graduate degree, I studied for my comprehensive exam. January 2011 was a bit challenging for me. There were so many demands at work during that period and I needed to study the whole 3 years of my graduate school life again for the 8 hour exam for two days. To cut the story short, I passed my first day exam and failed my second day exam. I accepted it wholeheartedly because I knew from the second I forwarded my second part exam, I missed something. There was no room for blaming, for regret, for excuses just acceptance. After all it was I and I alone who had caused that failure. I always keep this in mind: I wouldn’t know the true meaning of success unless I know the true meaning of failure. Failing is an integral part of life; it is how you rise from it that defines you.

Seven months later, I had to retake the second part of my comprehensive exam. Again with so much work to be done, I couldn’t juggle studying and working anymore. I had to take a leave from work for one day and focus on studying for the next day’s exam. I have already scanned through my reviewers for the past weeks. I just needed the un-interrupted review day for everything. After one month, I saw my examinee number with a “high pass” rating on it. this was such a relief for me because it was my redeeming moment. You see, most of the people I know from school did not expect me to fail back in January. They already had assumed in their minds that I would be passing the exam back then with flying colors, I wanted to tell them that expectations lead to terrible disappointments, hahaha. That result erased all my worries away and that I am to graduate in April 2012.

Now that I have finally cleared everything in school, got my clearance from UP. Paid all the fees I have to settle for graduation and settled everything. Inching away from the actual graduation date, it is a bittersweet moment. With all the challenges to get to this with all the fun with all the hesitations with all the craziness, I am to graduate this coming April 22, 2012 – sweetest part of it. Bitter part is that, I will not be marching that day and receiving my diploma in front of the school because I have to be somewhere (which I will write about after). Nonetheless, it is still such a fulfillment. I don’t want to carry my own self in the pedestal, but this time I will. I can say I am proud that I survived it. I made mistakes but I learned from them.

If you guys are ever hesitating on getting into a graduate program just because you think it is hard, don’t. Yes it is hard, yes it takes some time away from your precious families and friends but at the end of it all – it is worth it. It is all worth it. The feeling of fulfillment is one of the best gifts you could ever give yourself. 




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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Go Back to Basics: Photography 101 by Sir Nicolay


Music: Gotye (Shuffled Albums)

I started taking interest in Photography just roughly about 5 to 6 years ago. I needed something to do with my seemingly free time back then and since I already loved looking at great pictures (landscape and concert/event pictures), might as well try to take them myself. So I saved up for what was a good camera for a beginner (and what my savings could go for – thanks Mom for throwing half of the camera’s price in too haha).

I toyed with the camera at first and read a bunch of basic photography articles online. Tried most of the suggestions, made use of the manual settings, understood a thing or two about the camera, framing, lighting, angles and whatnot. After sometime, with a lot of things going on, I made that colossal mistake of putting my DSLR on automatic mode. Yes I call it colossal because if I am to use a DSLR for automatic mode, I should have just gotten a point and shoot and got away from it.

You see kids, having a DSLR does not make you a good photographer; good, even great pictures do not just come from great cameras. No matter how expensive your camera maybe, if you do not know its settings, its mode and if you do not exhaust all that your expensive DSLR can offer, you would not get that perfect picture you always aim for (with end quality in mind). You always have to have the basics.

For me photography is like learning how to write. If you do not know the letters, you will not be able to write. So learning the basics and strengthening the foundation in Photography is as important as learning your ABC’s. Yes, you maybe more creative or artistic than me but without your must needed basics, pictures would not go that far.

A few months back, I decided to try to get into a community of bloggers and I got in When In Manila (read through http://www.wheninmanila.com). I posted two articles already in there check out:



But the events that usually get my attention needs a good writer-photographer and that is always a set back for me. I know I can take okay pictures but I know it is not that great in terms of promotional articles. So when an opportunity to take photography classes was opened up for us, I grabbed it right away.

Last March 18, 2012 – I got in my first ever Photography class by no other than Sir Nicolay. Going back to my colossal mistake, automatic mode on DSLR – yikes. It took me years to finally get into a class. Yes I made a lot of excuses, that classes are expensive, that I can learn what these teachers could teach me online, that I do not have time for it, that I am okay enough as a photographer and the list could go on and on. But his classes are just the opposite of those excuses.

1.  That the classes offered are NOT expensive: If you can drink a cup of Starbucks coffee (whatever variation) for 5 days straight or eat out with Php 200 pesos per meal of whatever costly thing you do on daily basis, you can get into his basic photography class with change. Its only for Php 850.00 per class.

2.  That I can learn a lot of things in class than just reading articles: Sir Nicolay’s approach is very much a yes or no kind of teaching. You are thought of what you ought to know, things are explained properly, and there are no other classy ways in teaching. You ask, he answers spot on. There are no confusing matters in his class. His classes are very much hands on. it is always a small class so that he could give enough time to everyone when teaching.

3.  That I can always make time for the classes: if you can sit on your couch for 4 hours watching your precious TV Series, you can have time taking his classes. I promise it is very informative and interactive.

All my excuses just got flushed in the drain when I took Sir Nicolay’s photography class that day and it is all worth it.

So put your hesitations aside, take a leap. Stop saying that “I will do that someday”. Just go do it. Take Sir Nicolay’s class if you are photography enthusiast. Throw your excuses away and take a class. You will learn a lot and you will never try to put that AUTOMATIC MODE ever again. (or maybe on some occasions). Do not put your precious DSLR actuations to waste on automatic mode. You didn’t pay for those.

If you want to know more about Sir Nicolay’s photography classes check him out here:


The basics:
Price: Php 850.00 per class 

Classes offered:

1.   BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
 (3 hours and 30 min. in U.P. Diliman)
* Required Materials: Any Digital Camera, Notebook, Writing Materials

* Keynote on Nature of Photography
* Qualities of Good Photographs
* Getting to Know Your Camera
* Basic Photography Techniques and Tips
* Hands-on Training

2.    PORTRAITS 101 (PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHY)
(3 hours in UP Diliman)
*Required Materials: Any Digital Camera, Notebook, Writing Materials
* Requirements: Attended the Basic Digital Photography Class
or if you already have more than 6 Months of Photography Experience elsewhere
* Descriptions and Types of Portraits
* Ideal Camera Settings
* How to Work with Models
* Hands-on Training and Critiquing

3.   STILL LIFE & LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
(3 hours in UP Diliman)
* Required Materials: Any Digital Camera, Notebook, Writing Materials
* Requirements: Attended the Basic Digital Photography Class
or if you already have more than 6 Months of Photography Experience elsewhere
* Descriptions of Still Life Photography and Landscape Photography
* Ideal Camera Settings
* Hands-on Training and Critiquing

4.   ADVANCED EDITING: RAW & HDR
(3 hours in UP Diliman)
*Required Materials: any DSLR Camera, Laptop
*Requirements: Attended the Basic Digital Photography, Natural Editing Class
or if you already have more than 6 Months of Photography Experience elsewhere
* Hands-on Shooting in RAW mode: Manual Bracketing
* Descriptions of Raw and HDR Imaging
* Hands-on Training: HDR, Pseudo-HDR, and Exposure Blending

5.   BLACK AND WHITE
(3 hours in UP Diliman)
*Required Materials: any DSLR Camera, Laptop
*Requirements: Attended the Basic Digital Photography, Natural Editing Class
or if you already have more than 6 Months of Photography Experience elsewhere
* Principles of Black and White Photography
* Hands-on Shooting in RAW mode
* Hands-on Training: Post-processing of Black and White Photos
* Critiquing of Photos

6.   OUTDOOR / STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
(3 hours in UP Diliman)
* Required Materials: Any Digital Camera, Notebook, Writing Materials
* Requirements: Attended the Basic Digital Photography Class
or if you already have more than 6 Months of Photography Experience elsewhere
*Nature Photography: Animals, Plants, Beaches, Mountains Photography
* City/Street Photography: Architecture Interior/Exterior Structures, Street Life, City Events, Parades, Fireworks, etc.
* Hands-on Training and Critiquing


Sir Nicolay is one of the best teachers one could ask for. I can attest to that. I tend to ask a lot of questions on things (trust me my grad school professors would confirm) and would say how I view things (mostly if I disagree or explanation got a little confusing). But when you take his class, everything is taught well and clear. All you have to do is have an open mind about it. So take the classes, you know you want to.



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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Basic Photography by Sir Nicolay

I have a very long overdue article that I need to write about this one.... I will definitely get a move on this week for this. I promise.

If you are a photography enthusiast, you will definitely not think twice about this class, or the classes that he offers after I write my experience. I promise you. haha. 

So just hang tight and I will make sure to keep my end of the bargain.

=)





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