Thursday, December 27, 2018

Things Have Changed

Today's my day off and I have nothing to do other than browsing my Instagram and Facebook feed. For some reasons, nostalgia hit me hard. So, I browsed my personal blog entries dated more nine to ten years ago. I was still in my 2nd or 3rd year in uni. During those days, I had a LOT of time to blog at least three times a day, despite my busy academic schedule. I mean, where did I harness enough energy to blog at least two to three times a day? On top of that, most entries are more than 600 words. Wow, I had so many things to share back then, whether my mundane life at the uni or my thoughts about the random stuff I see and read on the internet. Blogging that time was totally different what it is today. It used to be an avenue for people to express their thoughts regardless of the outcome. It is a safe haven for people to rant and share some things that they love or hate. I won't deny that blogging helped me in some ways - like a punching bag to people battling anger management. I used not to talk to most people, except for my closest friends and family. Blogging is my way to express my thoughts. I'm the type of person who can't stand a day or two to share what's on my mind. I need to let it out.

If only I have the chance to revisit my 18 or 19-year-old self, I would tell him to continue writing and don't let indolence rule over you. Never stop writing. Although I didn't really stop, I just had several months of hiatus in this blog. I rarely update it. But I always make a promise to update this site more often. I can't just abandon this site for good. This is my first online home, and I will always seek solace in it. 

2019 is just around the corner. Yey!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

But why?

I don't get it. I don't really get it why some people exert so much effort just to bring a person down? I mean, why would they even bother to do it? It's a waste of time, frankly speaking. I know I should be able to handle this petty thing called hatred because I'm already mature enough to just ignore this, yet I can't help but think and sulk about it. It's kinda sad. Sad because I never had the chance to talk to those people whom I thought were nice, mature, and professional. I didn't do anything wrong to them, yet they try to bring me down by humiliating me online. I didn't deserve it. But what did I do?  I swallowed my pride and admit something that I didn't even do it. I know I'm an idiot, but if I did the right thing, they'd feed on my pride and even use it against me. So, yeah. I had no choice but choose the lesser evil. Everyone's a work in progress, and we all commit mistakes at some points of our lives. I know myself - my strengths and weaknesses. If ever I did something wrong, I would wholeheartedly accept it, and apologize to the affected party. I don't know. Oh well, these people are already on my block list. I wish them all the best in life, and let karma do her job. As the saying goes: Nasa akin ang huling halakhak.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018


What I love about my job is that I don't bring my work at home. Basically, when my shift's done, I'm officially out from the responsibilities, and I am free to do whatever I can.

Last night, I watched the 7th episode of Westworld. As always, it left me dumbfounded. I planned to just wait for its season finale and just binge-watch the entire thing in one sitting, but I can't. I just can't wait. It makes me more intrigued. I can no longer wait for the 8th episode next week. There were so many fucked-up things revealed during the last episode, but I kinda expected it. Still, it was delivered well by the actors, so kudos to HBO for producing an amazing show like Westworld.

Speaking of TV shows, I also binged-watch Evil Genius last week. I got really curious about it, and since it was only four episodes, I finished the entire season in just one night. Again, I have a knack for docu-crime shows. Evil Genius is disturbing yet a good show. If you love watching Making a Murderer or The Keepers, Evil Genius will defo leave you at the edge of the seats. I guess I need to watch more shows under this genre. Haha!

For some reasons, I rewatched the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. In my honest opinion, that is still the best Eurovision Song Contest ever, and I guess it will take a long time overtake that standard. Sweden really knows how to host a party, and I defo loved the overall production. I originally planned to watch the opening ceremony because it was lit AF but I ended up watching the whole show (actually, I only watched some of my favorite performances like Australia, Russia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Croatia, Belgium, and Bulgaria. During the final part of the show, I was STILL hoping the results will change, and that Australia would win the show, followed by Russia. Ugh, I really hate the fact that Ukraine won the said competition, but guess what? UKRAINE SUCKS as a host country. The ESC 2017 was by far the worst I've seen. It lacked everything - production, stage presence, and creativity. The 2017 edition was dragging as fuck. Ugh. Okay, moving on. By the way, I watched the opening ceremony of the 2013 edition (Sweden was the host country) and it was also good. 2014's opening ceremony was surprisingly good, too! I bet Austria was put under pressure to host a great Eurovision Song Contest. It didn't disappoint, and I love the theme that year.

Okay, so uhm, I was checking roundtrip fares for Toronto for April 2019, and fuck that shit, fare's quite expensive. PAL's at $1,630 roundtrip, EVA Air costs at least a thousand grand, and Cathay is more than a thousand grand. I guess I have to limit my trips next year to only two next year since I'm also planning to fly to New York late next year, prolly autumn and visit my friends there. Whatever happens, I'll still fly. Speaking of flying, I got my Japan visa last week, and they granted me a five-year multiple entry visa! HURRAY! That means I have more chances of getting a multiple-entry visa from United States, Canada, and Schengen! HAHAHA! I am now closer to achieving my travel goals! I am so excited.

I can't wait to travel again! Will be traveling to the Kansai Prefecture in Japan for my birthday, Bali for the third time this October, and Melbourne for the second time a week after! That's it for now. Can't believe that we're now halfway with 2018! Time really flies when you're having fun!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Fleeting Memory

The gloomy afternoon slowly slipped away as we patiently waited for the elusive spring sunset of Taipei. As the city lights started to flicker, the last rays of sun pierced through the clouds, casting a dramatic glow from behind. All of these moments were just transient. After the clash of hues, darkness soon prevailed.

In life, nothing will last forever. Except for the feelings we spread and the love we give. Embrace what you have and do not take it for granted.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Vivo partners with Lloyd Cadena, other content creators in Manila for largest creator event

Young fans on May 11, 2018 flocked to the World Trade Center as early as 10 a.m. to catch their favorite creators hours ahead of a creator event held in Manila.

To entertain the crowd with their own brand of humor, young global smartphone brand Vivo tapped online video creators Rozel Basilio, Luigi Pacheco, Jomie Hospital, Arah Virtucio, and Lloyd Cadena during the pre-main show.

Kallang Airport, Singapore

Singapore's Changi International Airport is one of the best airports in the world and is capable to handle 70 million passengers annually. It is projected to surpass its 100-million passenger mark in the next three years. The success of Singapore's aviation industry is contributed by many factors. Just like any other stories, it has its fair share of humble beginnings.

 As we strolled around Kallang, we came across a decrepit art-deco building along Nicoll Highway. The heavily fenced complex used to be Singapore's airport and served the country from the 1930s to 1950s before it was transferred to Seletar Airbase. Today, Kallang Airport sits eerily silent on the middle of Singapore's bustling district. So much of what we do in the past is ephemeral and quickly forgotten.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

All Aboard, Eurovision 2018

Aside from mother's day, mom's birthday, and the mid-year bonus, one of the things that I look forward to every May is the Eurovision Song Contest. I know, I know. I'm Filo, but that doesn't stop me from cheering my favorite countries.

I started watching Eurovision back in 2012. I'll never forget Loreen's Euphoria. Eurovision 2016 was probably the most shocking and controversial year. It was this year when the contest introduced the participation of the audience to vote their favorites through an online app, or through text messaging services. I really thought Dami Im (Australia) would be Oz's first win ever since its first participation in the song contest a year prior. Due to the new voting system, Ukraine stole Australia's limelight, what could've been their first win in Eurovision history. Shit. 

Fast forward this year (because I fuckin' hate last year's competition), Eurovision 2018 is quite different this year. There are more ballad entries than EDM and punk rock. It was a great balance, and this year's competition is way better than last year.

Here are my top five favorites:

1) Sweden (Dance You Off - Benjamin Ingrosso) - Easy favorite. The Swedes always know how to play this game. It's an easy top 5 finish.

2) Germany (You Let Me Walk Alone - Michael Schulte) - A heartwarming song. Honestly, I got teary-eyed the first time I heard this song on YouTube.

3) Norway (That's How You Write A Song - Alexander Rybak) - Rybak is no stranger to Eurovision Song Contest. In 2009, he won the contest. The song's catchy, and to add flair to Rybak's performance, he plays his violin while dancing his heart out. Will Norway win this year's ESC? Most probably.

4) Israel (Toy - Netta) - Israel finally redeemed itself. Their song entry last year was a pure shame.

and the last but defo not the least,

5) Australia (We Got Love - Jessica Mauboy) - This song was composed by DND (the same duo who brought Dami Im's Sound of Silence and Isaiah's Don't Come Easy in ESC) and Jessica herself. Aussies know how to build the hype. When I was in Sydney last March, We Got Love got featured in almost every Australian news channels and radio stations. I got a severe LSS, but I can't complain. The song is actually great! Honestly, I got really nervous while watching her live performance a while ago. Her voice was shaky for the first half of the song, (she was prolly nervous, or overexcited, or both), but she got a good grip on her performance right after. Despite some flat notes, she's still an outstanding performer. She knows how to bring the entire arena closer to her. It's an easy top 10 finish for Australia this year. It may not be as strong as Dami Im's Sound of Silence, but I'm still satisfied with their entry. But who knows? It's also a crowd favorite.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vivo to bring the house down this March with newest flagship

Top global phone manufacturer Vivo is set to send the mobile phone industry in frenzy with the release of yet another stunner in their smartphone series. Set to be unveiled March, Vivo’s latest offering promises consumers bigger and better offerings in their mobile phone experience.

Following the success of the V7 plus and the V7 release, word is out that consumers can expect that the new offering will retain all of the V7 phones’ impressive, thumbprint features albeit enhanced and updated with specs that are centered on delivering flawless selfie shots made even by state-of-the-art artificial intelligence beautifying tools. Because it is still dedicated in delivering perfect photos, it should also be expected that the camera will rock a souped up HDR mode.

Moreover, a buzz on this newest Vivo flagship includes a bigger display complemented by a full HD resolution. As the V7’s successor, the Game Mode feature is expected to still be onboard in the list of specifications along with the futuristic Face ID and fingerprint unlock component.

The mobile phone industry awaits with bated breath as Vivo’s freshest charmer is out on the market. Although the specs are merely founded on speculations, one thing that is certain is Vivo will never disappoint.

About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook (, Instagram (, and Twitter ( accounts.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Instant Staycation

Almost a week after my Singapore and Kuala Lumpur adventure, I flew again to Manila for my two-week staycation este training. I went home a week after for a short weekend. Anyway, I'll be back to work tomorrow for 24 hours (huhu) but hey, the silver lining is I get extra moolah for my travels. Speaking of traveling, I'll be flying again in two and a half weeks to Sydney and Melbourne and I AM SO FUCKING EXCITED RIGHT NOW. Can't wait to be back in my favorite country.

But for now, I shall finish reading my pending book list.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Debt Bed

I tried the Grab premium service of Singapore just for the heck of it. So, they gave me a Toyota Vellfire. Everything's automated, and it also has a sunroof. The driver was quite talkative, and it came to a point that we were talking about the Singaporean way of life. The convo went something like this:

Driver: So this car costs SGD 260k lah.

Me: Wow, that's like 10 million pesos! I can already buy a 2 bedroom condominium in that amount.

Driver: Oh, really? The average price of the condo here in Singapore is SGD 2.5 million!

Me: (gikapoy na ko mag compute kay for sure daghan zeroes involved). Whoa! But I think the payment scheme here is easier. You'll pay your condo for a hundred years. Even if you're dead, you still have to pay before you go to heaven. Death by debt!

Driver: HAHAHAHA you're crazy!

Me: I know, right?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Just a quick update

Okay, so I'm currently in the lounge, waiting for my flight to Manila. Here's what happened: My flight was originally scheduled to depart from Davao at 5.30 PM. Upon checking in, the flight was overbooked due to equipment change. The ground staff was looking for volunteers to give up their seats in exchange for a free round-trip ticket to any domestic destinations (except Busuanga, Caticlan, and Basco). To cut the long story short, I got transferred to the 11.10 PM flight to Manila, but I got what I want. LOL! This is my third time to experience this. Ang swerte ko naman!

Anyway, I am flying to Kuala Lumpur via Singapore Changi tomorrow afternoon. I am so thrilled since it is going to be my first time flying with Singapore Airlines. I have heard a lot of good reviews about that airline, so yeah. Can't wait to vlog my very first airline review. Hahaha, yep I'm doing an airline review on my vlog since I am a frequent traveler.

Monday, January 29, 2018

RF20 and some other things

Roger Federer won. And it's his 20th major win during the recently concluded Australian Open 2018 held in Melbourne, Australia. While it was already a no-brainer he'd win, his opponent was rather a tough one. Cilic Marin from Croatia beat world's number 1, Rafael Nadal during the quarterfinals. I was rooting for Rafa because hello, he's a lefty like me plus he's from España, one of the countries that I've been dying to visit. But no, Nadal is only good on the clay surface. He was struggling during the 4th set. Fuck, he can't even run! Okay, here's what you might not know: I am a lowkey tennis fan. I've started playing tennis on Nintendo when I was young, so I am very much familiar with its rules, scoring, and all. During the college, I played Virtua Tennis on PSP, and I would always choose either Nadal or Federer. Going back to #AusOpen2018, it was a great finish for Federer. Cilic was a tough opponent. I was also rooting for Hyeon Chung. He's the first Asian to ever reach the semi-finals on the Australian Open. Too bad, he retired early during his match with Federer. If I were there watching the game live, I'd be totally disappointed, but hey, that's how the game goes.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mount Mayon Eruption and its Effects to PH Aviation

Right: Photo by Ezra Acayan

Mount Mayon, one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines had some series of eruption for the past two weeks. PHILVOCS issued an alert level 3 warning to the province of Albay. Forced evac was implemented by the local government to those who are living within the permanent danger zone areas of the volcano.

Two nights ago, it spewed ash, blanketing neighboring towns of the province. It doesn't just put the livelihood of its people in danger, but also to aircraft flying along the airways near the volcano.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Happy 1 Year of Vlogging!

Exactly a year ago, I went to South Korea and filmed my first ever vlog. Vlogging wasn't really my cup of tea because (i) it's a tedious task to edit videos; and (ii) I am really uncomfortable filming myself. Weeks before this trip, a lot of people (mostly from #DBSTheBest) convinced me to film a vlog during this trip. It was fun and awkward doing it, but I thought I need to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. After releasing this video online, I received positive remarks, some of them asking to create more videos like this one. It defo means a lot to me.

 I know I am still far behind to some leading travel YouTubers out there (see also: Sam Kolder, Erwan Heussaff, Ollie Ritchie, Benn Tkalcevic, and etc), but I'm trying to master this craft. It's hard, yes, but once you publish your final output, everything's worth it.

Vlogging is now part of my creative outlet aside from music and writing. This year, I promise to shoot more videos on my travels. I want everyone to show how beautiful the world is, at least in my own little way.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A New Healthy Options is Here!

Good news for health and fitness enthusiasts! Healthy Options has relaunched their new and bigger store at SM City Davao last January 17, 2018.

Healthy Options is not just your ordinary store. It offers all-natural products for everyone's health and wellness. These products are cruelty-free, fair trade, green, sustainability sourced, and most of all, organic. Today, organic food, skin, and hair products are now more accessible to Davaoeños. There's no need to order online or abroad. Being healthy has never been this easy!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

“Heroes on Wheels” program

This program aims to strengthen the support networks of local communities by providing much-needed proper outdoor and transport equipment to reach inaccessible areas.  Heroes on Wheels started by providing bikes to the Doctors to the Barrios to make them more mobile in their mission to reach far-flung areas which have limited access to medical facilities.  It has done the same with the medical practitioners who aided victims of Yolanda typhoon.  Heroes on Wheels has been a continuous act of alleviating the lives of our modern-day heroes so that they can touch more lives.

This year, in partnership with Firefly Brigade, R.O.X. and Fox, CORE brought Heroes on wheels to Davao.  Ten (10) brand new bicycles, complete with bike gears, such as Fox helmets and gloves were donated to Cycle for Life and Tuburan Institute. 

This was held last January 11, 2018, at R.O.X. Abreeza. 

Earlier in September of 2017, R.O.X. and Fox likewise donated bike gears to Cycle for Life to support their mission to gear up those unprotected bikers who need it most. 

For donations, you may contact Ms. Monica Ayala of Cycle for Life 09224833948. Used helmets, gloves, reflectors, blinkers and the like are all welcome.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

It's been a year...

As I was browsing my 'On This Day' on Facebook, I came across with this photo:

It's been a year since my last official shift at Tacloban Tower/Approach Control. I had so many fond memories of this facility: first time to be independent, first time to be away from home, first legit typhoon experience, first time to handle emergency situation, first time to see an aircraft swerve from the runway upon airborne (scary shit, I know), and first time to handle a Papal flight (a once-in-a-lifetime event). This facility will always have a special place in my heart. I am definitely missing the stunning sunrises and sunsets of this airport, it's something that we rarely have in Davao due to the surrounding terrain.

Here's what I've written in my Facebook post a year ago:

Today's shift (5am-1pm) was a mundane one - no special flights, no missed approaches, and no flight cancellations. Everything was handled in a routine manner. However, today marks my last shift here in Tacloban Tower/Approach Control. So many things have happened for the past three years (well, almost). I have learned how to be independent, gained new friends in the city, and finally mastered the Waray language (my maternal grandmother's language). To my colleagues, thank you for making this facility my home away from home. Y'all are cool and amazing to work with. I am truly blessed. Damo na salamat ha inyo tanan! Mapuli na ak buwas ha amon pero bangin mabisita lang ak dida if mayda na time. 
No goodbyes, just a resonating hello from Durianburg.
Time really flies so fast.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Back to Work

After the holiday bonanza, everything's now back to normal. There's traffic to endure again every Fridays and Mondays. Air traffic in Davao's increasing. I'm halfway through with my Approach Control rating. I am looking forward to this year's travel and adventures. Take note that I have already booked three trips for this year alone, and I'm planning to add another one by mid-November. Thinking of going somewhere really far and cold. I think I am ready to face snow again. HAHA! Who knows? God willing, I'll be going there no matter what.

So far, I've been productive on my day-offs. There has been a lot of upcoming projects and tasks in both online and in my blogging community, and I am not complaining. Not at all. It keeps me busy, and it sustains my creative mojo. But, whenever it rains the whole day, I just stay at home and watch my favorite TV shows while sipping a hot choco.

Anyway, back to work tomorrow. Working two shifts, and hopefully no delays or any special operations.

PS: I promise to update this personal blog more often. 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

New Year, Same Shit

How's it going? I know this is kinda late but, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! 2017 was really special to me since I got transferred here Davao for good (I hope). Life got easier for everyone. When it comes to the travel scene, I have leveled up to a higher pedestal by going to far-flung places. See also: Sydney, Australia. I never thought I'd survive the 8-hr flight.

This 2018, I am planning to visit farther than Oz. It's still a secret coz I might get jinxed by it HAHA.

Anyway, Y'all have a prosperous year ahead.