Thursday, June 30

Made it B*tches!

Ok, so this is my first post on my LONGGG summer trip

I went to HK for a few days to get some stuff at the Cabrinha HQ
hint: next year's gear are superrrr dank!

I was also waiting for my EU visa to take effect, which is today. so yah i flew in to Athens today.

I cannot stay in Manila any longer, the weather was so bad and everyone in the city is just normally cranky. blame it on the traffic and rising prices.

Today was one of the most hectic days ever, and i mean ever. I was told that there will be a transport rally when i get to Athens and there are no metros/buses/ferries and domestic flights for June 28th and 29th.
Am i so lucky? LOL

So i had to figure a way out of the airport with 50kilos worth of life in my luggage.
The taxi cue was like maybe 300 people or more, and nobody wanted to share a cab with me, thanks to my 150cm boardbag (which is really amazing, dont get me wrong).
So i had to take a car again, which i usally always do. On this trip i said i wouldn't but the instances left me no choice. It was my first time to drive on the left hand side. its so funny but i think i did pretty good.

I thought i was ok but when i got to the Athens it was a mess. there was a massive rally going on and my hostel is just right where it's at.
The roads were closed so i have to park somewhere near and take the subway 2 stops with 1 line change. I thought it would be easy, all the protestors used the subway as a "base". When i got there most of them were in the floor, all exhausted, with paints on their faces and gas masked.
i almost got tear gassed in the station too.
I pretty have a good background on being in the middle of riots really but this one is just heartbreaking.
I've never seen up close people that sad that it almost brought me to tears.
I remember when i was doing one of my community work, i've met people living like rats but they we're smiling.
this one is just different.

I managed to take some clips of the protestors but its not the crazy parts because i kinda panicked. hehe

too many things going on...

After all the tears and hardships this month of june.. made me stronger than ever.

Well, enough of this drama. This post is about me making it safe and sound in Athens. And to tell you, looking beyond the craziness that this beautiful country is going through right now, its still amazing.
Full of history and life.

Hope all goes well for Greece X

PS: never wish anyone ill about taking on changes in their lives. Karma will strike you twice.
PSS: just be glad than be bitter.

making an awesome trip vid edit for Hk and greece.
for now pplease be contented with some fone camera and point and shoot shots.

HongKong video screen shots

Thursday, June 23

What doesn't kill you makes you ?!

Had a really really stressful week.
days aways from my summer trip
and still have so many things to do.
And i also had to see my Manila FRiends
Yesterday i had three mini despidada parties around town starting
at happy hour with Ikee and Dane.

We ended up in David's Salon for my LAST hair treatment in the next 4 months.
uhhh what am i gonna do with my hair now when there is no David Salon to run too.
am kinda depressed about this.

NOTE TO SELF: it's not good to get tipsy and decide on your haircut. really really bad.

i ended up getting a full bang. which is cute but am just not used to it.
Alas, my hair is not "barbie" dollish anymore. Got it darkened, let's see how long this will last until the sea and sun turns it blonde again.

I had fun rediscovering Manila with the closest friends i have here.
Went to have dinner with my High School friends at Good Earth Roast Rockwell, which was one of our favorite hang outs from college.

Went to see the CURV crew at Basilio's
nice to see everyone was there

Last stop was filling station. it's always nice to hang out in this place. i love the ambiance and the 50s diner motif.

My dad passed away :(
love you Papa

Friday, June 17

why do you do what you love to do?

Why do you that thing that you love to do?

an edit that Susan did for me for

check this site up guys!

My dad has always been a believer on doing the thing that you love to do.

remembering the fun times.

I love you Dad. hope you get well soon

PS: my shoulder is getting better. rehab is the way to go.

Tuesday, June 14

artsy fartsy blimey

spring cleaning is always fun
you discover a lot of bullcrap in your pile of stuff

bullcrap stuff from your emotional younger years
entertaining and inspiring at the same time

came across my sketchpad from 2005-2009

discovered a few stuff which i only really shared to close friends and away from the general public until

this should be fun.

an unfinished self portrait i did..2009

self portrait 2005

experimenting with watercolor

some swimwear studies for my swimline Love Coconut, i did a few samples for myself
until my money ran out to buy materials to actually put them on time :)

Saw some designs i did when i "briefly" worked for Tyler - yes that's right, i did! realized it wasn't for me when they gave me the Menswear sec! cuffs, collars and buttons are so hard to deal with.
Plus being stuck in a grey walled office with people walking around greeting you with your name initials. WTF!
Goodmorning, PBR, how are you today?!

i admit, i am one of those people who cannot function properly when all i see is monochromatic walls with slogan frames like "Be Efficient, Be Effective" signs around me, period.

I also found some artwork that friends did for are some of them

from PancitAnton

from Marvin Tojos

ok, who owns this? one of those fun drunk art parties? i really don't remember..

and a new addition:
got my kicks customized by Saxon over a burrito at 4 in the morning last weekend

it's beautiful <3

PS: as much as i hate karaoke
my dad ALWAYS sing this song to me when we go to a karaoke place.
i miss it!

Sunday, June 12

Solar is in!

Went to the Rudy Project/EFX store in Bonifacio High Street couple of days ago
to stash in for shades, watches and of course EFX bands for the coming months.

But there is one particular item that is soooo dank! Super excited to use it.

It's a sling bag with a solar panel that charges almost all your gadgets if not all. how cool is that?!
i've been wanting a portable solar charger since i saw one at the NatGeo store in Singapore 2 years ago.
luckkkky me :)

This bag is so sick! am gonna use this as my new mission pack and camera bag too.

Check what's up with Rudy Project by following their FB page here and website here.

Saturday, June 11

Soup no. 5

On our farewell crew dinner at Cdub
We went to this chinese restaurant and Saxon here got Dylan to order
Soup no. 5

For those who don't know
Soup no. 5 is a filipino soup that contains bull's penis or testes. Known to have aphrodisiac effects on a person. similar to balut.

Me and Susan are headed to Manila to do some errands and am off to my next adventure.

The new Royal Cass bus of RSL is sooo dank i had a really good sleep in the bus.

My knees getting a maintenance check from Sifu Sam.

The one on the left made me scream so much..ouchie!
but it's all worth it :)

am now under medication of some snake venom, charcoal and herbs. X

Thursday, June 9

Am a believer

Am going back in town to seek help from acupuncturist
Sifu Sam who was referred by a good friend who dislocated her hip months ago.
Before having acupuncture she can't even walk without being in pain, as she needed surgery that is not even available in this country and she needed to come home to norway for it.

Well of course she found an alternative.
Am so glad that i met sifu sam who also gave me some really really effective chinese medicine for my knees at it has been fine ever since.

Now i'll see him tomorrow to get my shoulder treated and also like a "maintenance" visit for my knees.

Am so excited but not looking forward to the weird pain that acupuncture gives.
Am a believer in traditional chinese rocks!

Got this new giz a couple of weeks back, i call it the UFO. Mac usb ports are so annoying that you cant really use them altogether but this one has 8 ports connected to my about mutlitasking!

its really good for editing vids and photos so i dont have to put them in my laptop which makes it extremely sloww..

This week is gonna be busy as its gonna be THe Mission of all Mission week

1. Get my Ram upgraded
2. Get my actual passport
3. Go see some old friends
4. Get my hair fixed.
5. Meetings for next kite season
6. Go to the Rudy Project store :)
7. Get my camera from canon - finally!!!
8. Fix all loose ends with work
9. Wash my kite and pack it
10. Pack my stuff.

Susan arrived a couple of days ago and she had some Choklaukaga Sweeet!

so happy she's back :)

take a peak on susan's interesting mind at create & destroy