I will return to blogging

After a long hiatus, I almost wanted to quit blogging.

This is because, to be honest, I was surrounded by pure bad vibes. I think, I should go back to blogging and never turn back.

This time, Highlights of 2016 will have a new format. It won’t be posted in Youtube, however. It will be posted at the default Molybdenum Studios Facebook page–first.

There are new things I would like to share.

Stay tuned!

— MSP Founder and CEO

The 37th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) at SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia

So far, this is my second visit to the MIBF (second day and second time… my first time was last year hehehehehe).

DAY ONE

On the fist day, I saw this–Raissa Robles’s book, “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again.”

My take: Wow. The Philippines plunged into foregin debt is because Marcos didn’t pay the debts on time–not because they STOLE money from the Filipino people.

…so if you are anti-Marcos, then this is a good read for you.

Finally got the best-selling book, “Why Nations Fail.” I recommend you this book (initial comments).

Art haul from National Bookstore booth. (:

DAY TWO

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? (:

Best Christmas gift for the photographer.


Go here if you have money to burn

Don’t go if you’re broke. Get good reads.

Mongolia: The most overlooked, “exotified” nation of East Asia


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INTRODUCTION

When you actually hear the term “East Asia,” usually people will only talk about China, Japan, and Korea. Oh, wait. There’s also this country that is really big—way bigger than Japan and Korea in terms of landmass. Yes, that is where the so-called “Yellow race” originate—and that is where the term “Mongoloid” comes from—the country of Genghis Khan: MONGOLIA.

Unlike Chinese, Japanese, and Korean races where you could distinguish which is which and who is who, in Mongolia, you could only distinguish one according to their size. THAT’S RIGHT. Mongolians are the stoutest East Asians you’ll ever meet—unlike their other, more well-known East Asian counterparts (who happen to be slim and slender people).

Mongolia is the only East Asian country that does not use its indigenous alphabet (the traditional Mongolian script). Instead, they use the Cyrillic script like most countries in Central Asia and Northeastern Europe.

It is called “Outer Mongolia,” since there’s Inner Mongolia, which is under the Chinese regime.

Mongolia is really exotic—in terms of geography. What makes it so unique from the rest of East Asia?

1.) It’s an elevated, landlocked country in the middle of Northern China and Southern Russia. Elevated? No kidding! In fact, its capital Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world due to three factors: Landlocked, elevated, and yes, the cold and notorious harsh Siberian winter (well, you could experience the harsh chills even in Seoul, South Korea due to its mountainous nature).

2.) It is the least vegan-friendly country in East Asia — Think about its cuisine. Yes, they eat all sorts of meat, even horse meat. Also, their national drink is airag—or fermented mare’s milk (yes, a female horse’s milk!). Reason: Most of its land is barren—not conducive for vegetation.

3.) Its culture is more technically conservative—compared to Japan or even the Koreas — Many Mongolians still love living inside the ger (yurt is the international term—more like a cylinder + cone-shaped tent with good insulation), even when living in UB (what they call their capital city). In fact, nomadic ways of life is still observed—esp. in the outskirts of the city.

4.) It’s capital city Ulaanbaatar/Ulan Bator (UB) used to be a nomadic city!

5.) There are Mongols (Mongolians who basically dwell outside Outer and Inner Mongolia) who live in Russia—there’s Buryatia, home of the Buryat Mongols (Siberia), and there’s this so-called “Asia in Europe,” which is Kalmykia—known for being the Buddhist capital of Europe. Kalmykia is called “Asia in Europe” is because, the people who live there are not Slavs or Turkic people, but Mongols.

6.) It is the only country that has revived Daylight Savings Time (DST) — Since 2015! The government said that it’ll be beneficial to the Mongolian economy.

7.) Mongolian looks are so far the most facially-diverse—as compared to China, Japan, and Korea, where most of their people are indentifiable and distinguishable. You could really tell who is Chinese, Japanese, or Korean—but Mongolian? Well, admit it or not, you’ll only know if the person’s a Mongolian based on their size.

8.) Mongolia started to transition to the modern world—VERY LATE. In fact, the first university in Mongolia was established in the 1940s. Pretty strange, huh?

9.) Aside from South Korea and Hong Kong, Mongolians could visit Russia without a visa.

10.) It is the only country in East Asia that does not use its native alphabet. Mongolia has adopted Cyrillic since the 1940s. It’s only Inner Mongolia in the People’s Republic of China that still uses the traditional Mongolian script—technically speaking, the traditional Mongolian script was only used for religious purposes in monasteries, and education in Mongolia before the 1940s were only accessed by a privileged few.

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FACTS about MONGOLIA

Endonym/Official Name: Mongol Uls
Capital: Ulaanbaatar (alternatively Ulan Bator, and its often called by locals as UB)
Demonym: Mongolian, Mongol
Religion: Buddhism (predominant)
Currency: Mongolian Tugrik/Togrog (MNT/₮)
AC Outlet: Type-C (Europlug/Schuko)
TV system: SECAM
Language: Mongolian (Note: They use the Cyrillic alphabet)
Traffic Handedness: Right-hand traffic (though there are right-hand drive vehicles in Mongolia)
Timezone: GMT +8.00 (UB); GMT +7.00 (Westernmost Mongolia, esp. Khovd)
Abbreviations: MGL, .mn
Daylight Savings Time (DST): Yes
Biometric Passport: No

Type of government: Parliamentary
Dual citizenship: Not allowed
Divorce Law: Yes

[Note: If ever there are disputes in this blog post, kindly correct me for this matter! Bayarlalaa!]

Apple, Inc.’s Prestige Status is Phased Out

I am now starting to boycott Apple products due to its poor battery performance.

WTF!? My mid-2010 MBP and my two phones before, the iPhone 4S and 5 didn’t have battery drain issues at all. WTF has happened to Apple!?

Thank goodness I might switch to a more powerful Windows laptop. I still don’t have enough funds to obtain one, yet I would rather use a Windows laptop instead if ever I will edit photos and send it through E-Mail.

Some pointers: I think Apple started to deteriorate after being dragged into hot issues such as its lawsuits against Korean electronics giant firm Samsung and Philippine mobile phone firm myPhone.

What has happened to premium brands with prestigious reputations!?

Sony and Apple are no longer prestigious (as compared to mid 2000s), though the former has always been a leading brand for innovation in Japan–and the rest of the world.

What are now the most prestigious brands in the world?

Cameras and imaging – Fujifilm, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Sony
Laptops – Lenovo, HP, Asus, MSI
Mobile phones – Asus, LG, Samsung, HTC

I could no longer see the prestige of Apple anymore. Speaking of Apple, I am quite disgruntled towards battery issues, esp. that MBP mid-2012 has horrible battery issues as opposed to the mid-2010 MBP, which has a consistent 3-hour battery life. The mid-2012 MBP drains faster from a decent 6 hours towards the agitating 2-3 hours.

And speaking of iPhones, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 drains slower than the iPhone 6 Plus. WTF is this hulabaloo!? I don’t see anymore the prestige of owning an iPhone, or a/n MBP. I might switch to Samsung or Sony Xperia in the near future–prolly an M4 or the higher-end Z collection.

Owning an Apple product before was actually a privilege, but right now it’s a liability. I view Android phones as user-friendlier ever since I used a Samsung Galaxy Grand. I’m also thinkingnof getting a Galaxy Note Pro if I don’t feel like bringing my laptop to work, or a netbook.

And speaking of Apple products, I still have nothing against them; the issue here is the rightful Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who should take the place of the late Steve Jobs. Sad to say, the wrong person was chosen.

BongBong Marcos VP Bid @ Puerto Real

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I am not ashamed to show to the world that I’m proud to be part of history.

This is how ROCKSTAR Ka BongBong is. Fondly called as BBM in social media, he is the only hope for the Philippines as vice president. The Philippines needs a leader like him.

People, I am not ashamed of showing my admiration towards the Marcos political family. I believe that political dynasties should be regulated, NOT eradicated.

Before, I was against the concept of political dynasties in the Philippines. However, as time passed by, there are only a few ones who are good in governing the country. We only fail to be part of “that” community is because of that old-school tradition that we should be safe at all times, and our parents value our security and safety more than our freedom to take risks and discover the road less travelled.

Indeed, if you live in Metro Manila.

We need to be part of the solution. We should not let ourselves be affected by the elitists who impose our social norms. We, the common good should challenge the status quo. Now, that’s REAL change.

I believe in BBM’s platform. We simply need to be part of that community, a community that will build a better Philippines.

…and YES to federalism.

Outdoors: Sunlight is King (Behind-the-Scenes)

Here’s the behind-the-scenes video of “Outdoors: Sunlight is King.” Hope you enjoy! LOL

The photos will be out soon. I am procrastinating right now. #fuck

Controversial and Sensitive Topic: Leaving the House for Good

Imagine still living under the roof with your parents. It means, you’re still living under their rules. Now here’s the question: What if you’re really sick and tired of living in a life wherein they will still decide for you, if you only ask for their initial guidance and advice?

People make stupid decisions. That’s life. After all, people learn from their stupidity. Being locked in the house means that they don’t trust you at all.

I think being an overprotective parent is simply a sign of insecurity. While I have made stupid decisions in the past, I made sure that things will never go wrong. Seriously, those who DO NOT understand my situation (yet have the nerve to be self-righteous) should better shut the fuck up and leave me be.

I don’t have any grudges against them. And no, I am not going to be rebellious. I just want to take things step-by-step.

#RealTalk: If they really love me, then they should stop being egocentric. Dati pa ‘yan, they would impose to me things I do not like. Tapos they only let me go later on… (haha, the power of being pasaway!).

I don’t want to live under their rules anymore. I know they’re busy, but can’t they just respect my decisions instead of insisting on theirs? If they still care about their ego than me, then I’d rather leave the house for good, or leave the Philippines for good and instead, look for a job in Japan (of course, if I pass JLPT–but first, I have to enrol in NCF once more).

I could simply live on my own, eh. If I could find a job, then I’ll do it. Kahit rejected pa ako, I will look for another one. To be honest, I’d rather leave the house and ask a friend about looking for a job related to my interests.

Another #RealTalk: I don’t want to be in a corporate/office job setting.

That’s the problem with Asian parents, esp. in the Philippines (paraphrasing queenroxilla). As much as I love my parents, I can’t help but to tell them that I should prove to them that I could be on my own. Remember, I’m a loner, and I did pay the tuition fee and dealt with a lot of irate desk consultants myself. But did I ever complain? No.

Even though the bosses and/or desk consultants are irate and/or snobbish, I would still deal with them without complaining, for as long as I finish my transaction. Period. I don’t care if some office people will not like me, because I don’t think about that. Basta ang mahalaga, mababait ang mga bossing ko.

Another reason why I want to leave the house for good is because I don’t want to deal with self-important people who simply think about themselves over others’ priorities. Look what happened to me–castigated for being late. Yes, my fault to be honest, but that’s because I was fucking trapped with a self-important person who imposes something I am not really interested at the first place.

Speaking of which, I shall leave the house for good. No more parents who will speak against my life decisions. No more fucking rules that will limit me to get out and explore the outside world. And lastly, I’m my own boss. Nothing more, nothing less. No more exposure towards the elitist world.

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Outdoors: Sunlight is King

As promised, this is the behind-the-scenes video I made… even though it does not look like a BTS video.

At last, Annie Lyn Rivas and Julian Sean in just one picture. I’ll post some BTS photos next time. (:

Originally, it should be Annie x Julian, but because it is a GROUP work, it should be something else. Pardon me if the title itself is really misleading. If you want a pure BTS video, just let me know.