Monthly Archives: September 2011

Made in China

God created the world, and the rest were Made in China.
– Anonymous

China is very well-known for manufacturing most of the fake goods that we know today. We see fake gadgets, toys and clothing.

Yes, if China invented gunpowder, paper, first banknotes, tea, and all that crap, it is really a “fact” that “the rest were made in China.” Ironically, they’re the ones who currently imitate, not invent. Their East Asian neighbors (Japan and South Korea, that is) are actually defeating them.

Whenever everyone sees “Made in China,” what comes out from mind is “fake,” “counterfeit,” or worse, “knock-off.”

Fake things are everywhere, not even the USA can avoid such thing. In San Francisco, there are a lot of fake stuff you could find there (sorry if I don’t have a picture that would serve as proof), even in Singapore, that is. The worst part– most of these fake stuffs can always be found in flea markets. In the Philippines, flea markets are almost everywhere. Most genuine stuff are in Manila proper itself. In Cebu and Davao, that’s what I really don’t know about, but most genuine stuff can only be found in these developed areas.

How to identify if a mall’s a flea market…

…to be posted soon. 🙂

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC


Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC

Specifications:

Filter size: 62mm
Mount: Canon
Inside the package: Lens itself, the front and rear cap, lens hood
Special feature: Metal mount

Most third-party lenses that we know today have high-standard quality which is at-par with the marque lenses. Just take it for instance, this long-zoom lens. This gets the job well done… well, not only because of its 11x optical zoom, but also because its 200mm telephoto end could capture subjects that are far enough from the photographer.

Due to the lack of Optical Stabilizer feature, this is only good for daylight. You really need a fast shutter speed just to achieve sharp, vivid and vibrant shots, otherwise the unwanted blur will appear.

But it actually does the job well. In terms of focal length, its zoom ring shows all the focal lengths that you’d like to use. Unlike other lenses, it features a 50mm focal length option where you can use it for portraiture.

Compared to its OS-capable counterparts, it is in an affordable (but quite expensive) price of Php 21,190.40 (including 12% VAT). If you wish to have the OS version, you might as well spend Php 27,932.80 or the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, at Php 36,120.00 (with the VAT, still). For those who are in a budget, this lens (regardless of OS absence) is a good performer.

Sample Photos:

Shizen Utsukushi
Sweeping the Air

Edited Photos:

Emergence
Secret Resort

When does the bad become good?

My majors professor asked, “Whom would you choose, a leader who is a gambler, smoker and a playboy OR someone who is loyal to one partner, non-smoker and vegetarian?

In reality, the way you apply your own philosophies to yourself reflects on how you would implement them, if ever you become a leader.

Yes, it happens in real life. The smoker, gambler and playboy happens to be a good guy while the non-smoking vegetarian who is a loyalist to his partner happens to be the bad guy. Respectively, they are Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler.

In the modern times, this type of phenomenon repeated, well, as for me.

Compare and Contrast

The smoker, peer-oriented one happens to be the good one, despite the fact that she is taken for granted while the other one seems conservative but is less approachable than the other one.

It’s good that you know that the category, “Bad Guys Make Good Music” is there to see hoe delinquents make better craft than those who are the good guys. In the classroom, the scariest professor seems to teach a lot of things in life, while the lenient one seems hard to please.

Here’s the thing. People who come from countries that are once members of the Axis powers happens to be friendlier and more family-oriented, as compared to the Allied powers.

Do you think that being one-sided and parallel-minded is the final way of judging things? It is of course, based on your perception, but mind you, they might prove you incorrect.

Immature Society

If others think that single mothers have an attitude problem, or someone who is multiracial doesn’t belong to the society, think again. Maybe you might notice that most of us think that English-speaking people as intelligent or define democracy as the “place for political dynasties.”

English as the language of the “learned”

If you are willing to learn new languages, let us first take importance of our own language and our own dialects. Remember the limits of language and translation. Also, language is culture. The Filipino language is a neuter one, while English and most European languages are gender-specific. The English language may be an international language and the lingua franca of the world, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the language of the learned. To be honest, English is the language of the elite. As for other countries however, it is a tool of communication but it is never a sign of intelligence.

To tell you the sad truth, it seems that these half-Filipinos who look more Filipino are better English-speaking people as compared to half-Filipinos who look more Western. It’s similar to the fact that Visayans are better English-speaking people compared to non-Visayans, or maybe the whole Philippine society can speak better as compared to those countries whose primary language is English.

One of my professor told us that we learn English is because we send OFWs abroad. Well, not only because of OFWs, but it’s because of the Americans who think superior about themselves. Well, if the Americans didn’t seize the real ownership care of the Filipino people, we would’ve been more competitive.

Yes, those half-Filipinos I’ve mentioned the Western-looking (or let’s say foreign-looking) ones wanted to be Filipino, but the others, remain loyal to being foreign.

Political Dynasties as the Solution to our Problems

Okay, so we’re talking about the Arroyo clan, the Aquino clan, Mitra clan, Salonga clan, etc. Hmm… these political dynasties are really the only choice of the people, if ever I would evaluate how the people judge candidates. To be honest, political dynasties that have the standards of a true leader (be it benevolent or a la Marcos) are a rarity, like for instance, GMA.

I would say that political dynasties are overrated. Well… not really so, but most of them are just taking the family tradition for granted. Maybe it’s because the people only a few politicians who do not belong to dynasties, or maybe these clans are exposed to the media, in a more frequent manner.

Why? Is the Duterte clan a political dynasty? Well, not as popular as the rest of whom we know, but their example is really one-of-a-kind wherein they would take the job seriously. I think if they enter the real world of politics, I think they would have done a good job, compared to those who are the most overrated.

The next election, please make sure that they’re minimized in your ballot, alright? There are many of these serious politicians who love their country despite its problems. I think these people deserve the job of a politician, because I believe that the true politician is a genuine patriot without any records of fanaticism towards his love for country.

If you’d like to understand more of political candidates… CLICK HERE and reflect.

Hard to please? I don’t think it’s best to describe you as…

If you think that a singer has ONE TONE of music, that’s a sign of identity.
If you think a person is TRYING WAY TOO HARD to imitate some singing sensation, what he/she does is talent.
If you think that person looks ridiculously unattractive, he/she is more attractive than those whom you “idolize.”

I would really laugh if…

You think that Sarah Geronimo has no fashion sense (aka baduy) and tries too hard to imitate the way a singer sings.
You think that Yeng Constantino is ugly.
You think that Aegis sounds boring.

Compare and Contrast

Sarah Geronimo has talent! Real talent, that is. You won’t truly appreciate Charice if you don’t listen to Sarah Geronimo’s songs.
Yeng Constantino is cute, lovable and adorable. If you think that the Kate Hudson before her second pregnancy is really cute and attractive, and way much more than Yeng, fuck it’s really ridiculous. I personally don’t find small eyes and flat nose fit for a Caucasian woman, really.
Aegis has only one tone of music but they still manage to have originality. Barbie Almalbis sounds really cool. Hale is way better than Cueshe, to be honest.

I really do not look at the quality of music nor the face value. I look at the attitude and the message of the song. I can actually relate to roxyisferox’s sentiments. If you think that Pop Girls and XLR8 are “baduy,” well as for her, she thinks that these P-Pop bands have the raw voice to sing. Yes, that’s right. She looks at the quality of tone.

I’d really laugh if you think that Rihanna’s songs are better than Miley’s, because to be honest with you, Miley’s songs have a lot of messages and lessons, unlike Rihanna’s, nor Taylor Momsen’s. Yes, if you compare between pop/rock songs and songs with messages, that’s right. I’d choose the latter.

If you think that “street music” sounds so “baduy” and annoying, well it has more message than you think. Quit idolizing those people who sing without meaning at all! If you listen to songs that come from the words of a self-confessed drug addict, you’ll really feel how he/she felt the hardships. Such example like Amy Winehouse, she really lived her music. Her songs like “Rehab” is like listening to Taylor Swift’s country songs, which actually caught the hearts of the young generation. Both Winehouse and Swift lived their songs. Miley’s songs have messages, Beyonce makes you feel more confident… Lady GaGa’s weirdness will make you more open-minded. Oh, by the way Lindsay Lohan has also lived her music as well… which is at-par with Amy Winehouse’s.

Comedic Serenaders…

To those who know Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Chris Tucker… you might as well be a true fan of comedy. Yes, that’s right. Most of their comic actions are from their way of joking. Eddie Murphy’s creativity earned him a good name. His films such as Norbit, The Nutty Professor series and Coming to America were the most prolific. He’s really a genius when it comes to productive and creative comedy, same with Ben Stiller… but in Stiller’s case, he’s more of the family-friendly type. He’s also kid-friendly, he’s like your typical family-oriented dude who just wanted to make everyone happy. Lastly, Chris Tucker, the guy from Rush Hour series, deserves a real, authentic break for being the comic behind Rush Hour. Yes, Chris Tucker’s the tall, dark and handsome comedian whom you wanna marry. It’s all thanks to this guy that I could not get sick of tired watching the whole Rush Hour series.

Those people who also deserve credit is Mike Myers (he’s also a good one, but his voice as Shrek might have earned him much better fame) or Jack Black (he’s also good, but he would’ve pulled it off when he’s a voice actor). Other actors who have done a great job are Jackie Chan and Robert Downey, Jr., who are comic actors who do serious films as well. That’s what I call, versatility. A good comedian should also do serious things is because… it’s a form of talent.

These are the only comedians I could think of… but wait! There’s Whoopi Goldberg. The Sister Act series star is not only an actress and a comedian, but her political activities also make her deserve a one-of-a-kind credit. Same with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s not only a good comedienne but also a caring, loving and considerate person.

Most of the people I’ve mentioned here in the Comic thingy… are good actors.

People who love comedy should also appreciate Rowan Atkinson… never mind the Mr. Bean thingy.

The British comedian did his best shot in Johnny English. He proved that he can speak properly despite being Mr. Bean himself. Rowan Atkinson may look funny, but in Johnny English he tries so hard to look serious… and act serious. I think he deserves a good reward for being err… a comic.

Quality over Popularity

Yes. I do look at quality.

If you think that good-looking people are extremely talented, intelligent… well you rarely find that. It’s a rarity. If you think that all pop songs are cool, I think you’re wrong. Only a selected few would qualify. Most of these good songs comes from African-American artists who experienced real-life hardships. These people usually have more talent than those who are the elite. They earn their own money by their hardwork, their efforts… but most of them do not have effort at all just to sing or be a comedian. Expect that most comedy films starring most African-Americans are the funniest… and will make your stomach ache, literally.

It’s the other way around

If you think that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a good actor… he’s for comedy than action.

Yes, he’s really for action-comedy movies such as Kindergarten Cop, etc. is because of his funny accent. I love it when he makes people laugh although he’s serious. I hope he’s gonna make a German-language film… soon.

This has part two, so yeah. 🙂

Canon IXUS 105


Also known as: Canon PowerShot SD1300 (Nordamerika)/IXY 200F (Japan)

12.1 Megapixel CCD
2.7″ LCD monitor
4x optical zoom (28-112mm eq. focal length)
5.6x crop factor
Supports SD/SDHC/SDXC and MMC cards

This light-weight, compact and user-friendly hottie doesn’t fail to please your eyes. With an image quality which is almost the same as a typical DSLR, there is no distinction between its image quality and the quality of the 550D if ever it is used in ordinary events.

I used to create such nonsense reviews about my digital cameras, but that doesn’t stop me from reviewing such gadgets. I believe that reviewing them and posting them in a blog would help people decide whether to buy this product or not.

Here are sample photos from the IXUS 105:

Click on the picture to see full-size.

You may think its quality is at-par with the DSLR, but the thing is, there’s no bokeh. It is more convenient to have the IXUS 105 if you wish your photos to be bokeh-free.

Honestly, reading the manual is optional since the buttons are there to guide you.

AA Klenk: The Story Behind the Sweet Face

Do you see a person or a horse? (Source: roxyisferox)

Cristine Reyes: The Sweeter Side of @PilyangSweet
The truth about Cristine Reyes and everything blah blah blah yakityyakyakyak

Being morally conservative, I always find feisty people (whose aim is to be a warfreak) problematic in terms of social interaction. This is really an obvious case in Cristine Reyes, as what I call her AA Klenk.

So, let’s take a closer look at the two contradicting sides… of roxyisferox and Aaron Lozada…

Aaron Lozada says,

Often misconstrued to be arrogant, Cristine, on the contrary, is actually sweet and charming. Her feistiness is but a mere reflection of her sultriness. Deep inside, she remains to be a sweet little girl who wishes nothing but good for others.

I would say that her feistiness always gets out of place. Like for instance, she’s like getting mad because of a guy and shit, but to be honest with you guys, she does that to chase a guy, she makes excuses… and the last line here… is actually fake. She’s really pretentious and always acts demure at times if in fact… she’s a slut.

YES, I agree with roxyisferox…

Being childish is not an excuse to be rude (intentionally or not) to your seniors…especially ranting towards a celebrity almost the same age as yours, but made a profound accomplishment way better than you.

Well, yes. I strongly agree with this. At 18 years old, I still don’t feel that I’m 18. People would always call me a giant fifth-grader because I look so young but I have a body of a college student. Well, if you want to say the opposite, well… it’s all up to you.

Yes, I may have childish times, but in nature, the hard heart in me becomes soft once I started to feel that I’m wrong. But sometimes, when people think they’re right (but truth is that they’re wrong), I would backbite them. BACKBITE, that is.

So, this was my fearless forecast:

But of course, because she has a new upcoming film, I think it’s time to move on. GAH. Why do people choose her to star again? Alam ko na! It’s probably because they want her to star as someone else… rather than her usual roles.

The most annoying part when she makes issues– she does it just to earn more fame… invalid fame, that is. AKA, infamy.

Most people like her because she is “frank and feisty.” Alright. To be honest, of all those feisty people (e.g. Katrina Halili, Marian Rivera, Alessandra de Rossi, Rosanna Roces, etc.) why her? Why not someone who is feisty because of defending what is right? Sorry if I sound biased, but I just realized that she’s not worth to be admired. Do you think she’s “frank”? NOT in my standards. If she’s really frank, why would she ever be arrogant to proclaim that she “is not the jealous type” and “is not used to be naked,” huh?

Her bitchiness is confirmed on Twitter… well, about the “boob” thingy, who wouldn’t be mistaken that she also loves to be harassed in most of her TV series. FUCK that, who wants to follow that example, right?

She also had a lot of scandals, really. She’s really the denial queen. Like, what? She didn’t have a relationship with Rayver Cruz? Weh… istoryahe.

There are a LOT of people whose feistiness are worth a like/reblog. For instance, Katrina Halili was a feisty person. She isn’t pretentious and shows how bitchy she is; no demure effects, that is. Paris Hilton also– she is really a bitch, and shows it. But these two I’ve mentioned have a really good side which is sincere. They both start to learn from their mistakes, unlike AA, despite the Ondoy, still doesn’t learn her lesson. Both Katrina and Paris do learn something from their mistakes and move on. That’s the only thing that AA should start developing.

Katrina learns from her scandal (aka mistake). Paris doesn’t care at all. Annabelle Rama takes pride in her naked photos (her younger years, that is). But AA? That’s what we don’t know about.

AA Klenk– she’s one of the people who had many plastic surgeries. Maybe it’s because she’s a celebrity sibling, so that means she gains a lot of access to many opportunities, that is.

Maybe most of you would not like her new movie after the Twitter scandal thingy. Well… to those who are her loyal haters, some are starting to love her, others still have the strong sense of loyal hate towards her. But let’s not use the word, hate. It’s too strong. Well… unless if you really have the preference to use it, so yeah.

To those who are fans of Sarah Geronimo, they have moved on from the incident, I guess. Kudos to all of you, because it is always the fire extinguisher that defeats that flames.

YES, I still blog this despite the fact that she’s got a new movie is because… I want everyone to be feisty in the right place. Just so you know.

Guten Tag.

Finally, good thing that’s over.
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