Wednesday, April 30, 2008
i was also honored to have an online interview with Sunshine Plata for her brewed coffee paintings and even launched "the bloggurs", which featured the blogs that i visit regularly. first batch includes lagal[og], lost and found thailand, carrot prince and collapsing barrycade posted recently.
a look at Robinsons Manila Midtown and looking back at hiking Gulugod Baboy. a tribute to Chico Mendez and the show that influences me in wildlife conservation, "Born To Be Wild" leading to the tribute earth posts.
shots of the sunset view of Balayan and Manila bay.
but more than these, i value the new friends that i gained in the blogging world.
just click on the photo of barry that will lead you to an online interview at the bloggurs.
bloggurs is a special blog created by donG hO to feature blogs that he regularly visits.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
earvin's blog reminds us of our college days. spending a balance time studying, blogging and meeting people. blogging for him is a stress-reliever. he is a member of KontempoRaryong Gamelan Pilipino or Kontra-Gapi, the resident music and dance ensemble of the University of the Philippines. a future geographer who also likes surfing in Baler, Aurora. photography and anything Japanese is his interest for pastime. his blog is also nominated for the Candy Teen Blog Awards 2008. blog hop now and meet some bloggurs. just click on the photo to further get to know the carrot prince.
bloggurs is a special blog created by donG hO to feature blogs that he regularly visits.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
mystery flying snakes.
and you can read more about it in wikipedia as it has been observed in other countries like China and the United States. check this link flying rod.
more and more television shows support the "save earth" movements but most of which are just special episodes of a regular running shows except for the show "Born To Be Wild". it is a weekly local show hosted by Romi Garduce and Doc Ferds Recio who plays a big role in wildlife preservation and awareness. ever since it started its airing last November 28, 2007, i didn't miss any of its episode.
not one local television show has made me watch all its episodes every 12midnight without conditions. i really make a point that i'm home before the clock strikes at twelve. and yes it is aired this late. did you not notice that there's a lot of really good shows placed on slots that's so late? maybe because these shows are less profitable compared to the teleseryes*.
i really want to take pride in congratulating the production team and the people who came up with this show. the hosts may not be as good as other news correspondents (in terms of reporting) but looking at them enjoying every mission trip and putting stress on saving our nature tells me they are ambassadors of nature in the Philippines.
kudos to "Born To Be Wild" team!
check out last week's episode on protecting mangroves and the mystery flying snakes???
*teleseryes - common television series
in short let's promote and protect Tubbataha.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
today's issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer finally has a news on the rumor of having the shoot for the next Survivor France episode in the islands of Caramoan in Camarines, located south of Luzon, Philippines.
you can read the full article at Inquirer's website.
it's not a surprise that a the production team of Survivor will pick the Philippines for one of its season. the tropical country offers 7,107islands to discover. i was expecting that they'll pick Calaguas island, which is also in Camarines but Caramoan as i heard is as good as Calaguas.
these islands is temporarily closed but will soon be open to public by June this year.
www.inquirer.net has always been a good source for updated news making me check it everyday.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
what really influenced me to support environmental programs is the movie "The Burning Season". i was 14years old then when it was released in 1994. it's a story of the environmental advocate Francisco Alves Mendes Filho or more known as Chico Mendes. he was leading a group of people on stopping the illegal logging happening in Amazon, Brazil. he was assassinated on December 22, 1988.
"At first I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rain forest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity." - Chico Mendes
in the movie, Chico Mendes was portrayed by Raul Julia who is also one of the most admired actors that time. you can read more about Chico on this link from wikipedia.
i will forever remember Chico Mendes and do my part to protect our environment in anyway i can.
today we can see more people fighting for the Philippine's remaining natural wonders and to name some;
Gina Lopez - managing director of Bantay Kalikasan
Jesus P. Francisco - president of Haribon Foundation
Angelique Songco - head of the Tubbataha reef conservation
David Valdes - president of WWF Philippines
and all the other organizations, small groups and individuals who in their own way sets goal to preserve our natural resources.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
greenphils - "earth day respiratory check-ups"
this blog takes volunteerism to action as they offered free respiratory check-ups and consultation to jeepney drivers and transport operations.
lagal[og] - "green day"
oggie's environmental ideas of using reusable, food-safe water containers.
kurokuroatbp - "little things you can do to save the earth"
toe's practical tips to take action by unplugging our appliances to shutdown phantom load (PL).
milou - "we're all in this together"
a nine year old from Buenos Aires who wants to help nature awareness through poetry.
beagle project - "earth day webcastathon"
promotes the earthcast 24hour webcastathon for "the other 71%" theme.
whimsy - "do your part"
she shares her own way of making Earth Day special by showing how a plastic bottle can be recycled. she shows it through actual samples of recycling outcomes (with photos).
scottstem - "do something nice"
someone who believes that as simple as picking small trash can help and it links to a funny and weird video on recycling cans.
silver horse - "a moment for gratitude"
promotes earth day as a moment of gratitude and also links to a site that shows how we can improve our relationship with our planet.
penguin geek - "save a penguin, take the bus"
suggests us to take motorcoaches for traveling to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
rhetoric - "one bottle at a time"
this blog gives us a tip to check for a specific item on Freecycle.org before going shopping.
these blogs promoted awareness and action as a way of saving our planet. these are just the chosen few but we all know that blogging can now make noise and make sense.
who says blogs can't help save our planet?
thank you to all the people who participated in this call to save Earth. to save life.
note: this links leads you directly to the Earth Day related posts of the bloggers featured.
let's take part in our own way the activities and programs that support the conservation of our forests, wildlife and underwater life. these programs doesn't end on this day because as many say, everyday is Earth Day.
this year's theme is "Call for Climate" and for more information visit www.earthday.net
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Ripley’s "Believe it or Not" featured Sunshine Plata’s unique idea of using coffee as a medium for her paintings. It is definitely another breakthrough. Now her paintings are being sold at prices reaching $2,500 and the market is worldwide. Soon it will even be higher.
So for this month’s donG hO’s online interview, let’s discover what's brewing in Sunshine Plata's coffee masterpiece.
the donG: Is there someone else in the family who is into art?
Sunshine: My parents are both into business...I have an uncle and aunt in
the donG: Who are your influences in painting?
Sunshine: I realized that with that style that I have, it’s my mom and my sister Kate who have influenced me. Because I’d see my mom drawing different shapes on scratch papers while talking on the phone and I liked the shapes so much because they create a pattern. Kate was showing me doodles on her school stuff and I found them interesting that it started my 'compulsive doodling" in class!!! (good thing I NEVER got caught!!!) Well, plus my constant drawing practice since i was a kid from browsing into picture books and my discovery of the coffee as medium from going to a Ripley's museum equals a "Sunshine Plata" painting! I like the works of Van Gogh, Munsch, James Jean, Yoshitaka Amano etc. but my works don't really look like their stuff! haha!
the donG: Was there a time when you experienced something like changing your career?
Sunshine: Back then on my 2nd year of BS Psychology I already wanted to shift to fine arts, I took a shifters exam but didn’t pass. I graduated from psychology worked for a tiny bit in a corporate set up then became a preschool teacher for 5 yrs. It’s just last summer when I started painting full time since I cannot take it anymore; I just had to quit my job to give way to my art.
the donG: The Pinoys are very proud of you, how does it feel when your love for painting inspires the whole nation?
Sunshine: With this in mind, I am inspired back. But in line with this, I am challenged to be strong and always get up in the midst of adversities since I know that i should continue to be that tiny spark of hope that the Filipino can do it. Also my desire to share my art to more people becomes a growing mission because NOT ONLY DO I WANT TO ACHIEVE BUT I ALSO WANT (if possible) THE WHOLE NATION TO BE ACHIEVERS LIKE ME! I am so sure that there are a lot more Filipino talents and artists out there who can do a lot better than I did; they just need to be given the opportunity, support and most of all the belief! Having people believing in you creates a whole new universe of possibilities within a person.
the donG: Which of your paintings do you consider the most valuable?
Sunshine: My most valuable painting is DIWATA**...she appeared to me soo vividly in a dream and after that I’ve been painting fairies and winged elvin creatures on my canvass. I find her so originally Pinoy that’s why I called her DIWATA. And for me, she would embody a typical Pinoy fairy that looks beautiful at the same time cool!!! haha!
the donG: I personally like the title of each painting that you've done like the "One Swan", "Henna Banana" and "Rastah Mahn". The rhyming words make your painting more interesting. Who gave you the idea of making it rhyme?
Sunshine: Thank you, I’m glad you like my titles! They just sound nice for me to hear so I adapted those titles, no particular reason why! haha!
the donG: How would your life be if you were no longer allowed to do art?
Sunshine: I’d feel like being dumped in a concentration camp ready for doomsday if I wasn’t allowed anymore to do art. haha! It’s my means of expressing my value and worth as a person and my way of communicating the wonderful visions I see vividly in my head. Because precisely the reason why I enjoyed teaching preschoolers in that five years was because somehow I get to do art in the day to day dealings with children, art is just inevitable there. But I guess if I was placed in that situation id still be finding new art mediums say like insects, dust etc. haha! Or else I’d go ballistic!!! Hey that’s a difficult question!
the donG: How do you spend your free time?
Sunshine: I spend my free time hangin’ out with friends, sight seeing, people watching, watching movies, drawing on my sketchpad, listening to music, eating ICE CREAM, CHOCOLATES, looking through pet shop windows and wishing i had a new pet, mixing nail polish colors and painting my nails, going to book shops and having a hearty laugh while reading some Dr. Seuss books (I love the illustrations by the way) etc.
the donG: How inclined are you with coffee even before you did these paintings?
Sunshine: How inclined? Not soo soo inclined!!! haha! You see, every time I sit down and paint is a new experience for me, there's always something new which I discover like do's and don’ts and new techniques and I take careful note of them so I can assure myself that I know what I’m doing more each day than I knew the day before that.
the donG: What else can we expect in your upcoming paintings? Like, are you planning to make paintings that depict a part of the Philippine history?
Sunshine: You may expect to see new ideas, new visions brewing in my mind, an improvement of myself from my day to day undertakings. more lovely diwatas, and slowly but surely some more works depicting the beauty of the Philippine culture!
the donG: What else do we don't know about Sunshine Plata?
Sunshine: hmmm... that Sunshine Plata's achievement was brought about majorly by the grace of God and by telling Him each day to help me in my artistic endeavors and promising Him that my works will be for His honor and glory... I dreamed to just have a mini solo show, but maybe God wanted it bigger, than everything just came pouring down on me! I’m just awestruck and grateful!
the donG: How would you encourage the Filipinos to achieve in their own field?
Sunshine: There's a book entitled "Dream and your dreams will fall short".... it just says if you include God in your day to day undertakings and do your damn best to glorify Him with your talents, you will reap more surprises than you aspired for. To all my fellow Filipinos out there... "dream and your dreams will fall short". I hope you believe that, it happened to me! Filipinos are known to be pious people and were not born Filipinos for nothing, so go ahead and do it! Remember Bamboo's song Pinoy Ako: "sabi nila may anting anting ako pero di nila alam na diyos ang dahilan ko".
the donG: That’s inspiring! Thank you very much for taking time for this online interview. It is my privilege to have you featured in my blog. We are looking forward to your next exhibit and for more of your coffee art. Check her artworks at her website d1wata.
Sunshine Plata indeed gives us another reason to dream big and to always make God the perfect reason for every achievement. Her love for art influences today’s generation by imparting great achievements through unique ideas.
You can see her coffee paintings and even get in touch with her through her website d1wata. watch out for her next exhibit.
The donG’s online interview is a monthly blog posts that features today’s Filipino achievers.
*lolo – grandfather
**diwata - fairy
Saturday, April 19, 2008
i thought they just only repainted its outer part but when i reached the lobby, there was a big change. the hallways are better and brighter this time. the renovated part of the mall is called "the Midtown".this mall was built built in 1997 along the M. Adriatico street in Ermita, Manila. now Ermita becomes known again as a new haven for shoppers and bar hoppers as more restaurants and bars opened on this part of the mall.when i last visited this mall the Manila Midtown hotel was still there but was already closed for a new building plan. now on that site stands three taller buildings.now it gives us more reason to mall hop in the historical city of Manila and yes more cafe to spend time relaxing and to mingle with your friends.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Laura's blog is like a personal journal describing her new working environment, which is extremely different from where she came from. she takes note of her travel within Thailand and even her sidetrips outside this country. she talks about the Thai culture and her travels and what she finds unusual. this is one of the blogs that i first visited when i first did blog hopping and it remains to be a very interesting blog.
click on the photo to get to know more about Laura and her blog.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
you can easily spot crabs on the walls of the sea barriers of the resort and fishes can be seen from the pathway. clown fish can easily be spotted since corals are in abundance. the picture below shows scuba divers near the surface. Anilao Outrigger has a wide area that's less than 20feet deep, so snorkelers will have a really good time. it also caters to people who loves kayaking, pedal boating and even wind surfing. from the resort, the view is perfect as it overlooks the Balayan bay. so you can sit down on one of its balcony and watch divers plunge and motor boats traveling to the other islands. the food was good and the people inside the resort was limited to its capacity making our stay more private.there's a swimming pool on one side that caters the kids and for scuba diving lessons.
the tip most part of the resort is a big rock that adds view to its wide area and crossing it leads you to an even wider view of the Balayan bay.
the exciting part was actually to look for the cross that was located in the far middle part of the snorkeling site. it was about 15meters deep in that area since it was high tide. we were very lucky to spot one sea turtle near the cross. according to the resort staff, there are turtles living in that area. wow! that's a good sign that the area is indeed a sanctuary for sea creatures. in the afternoon, we did fish feeding to see fishes coming in groups to as close as touching your body. you can see them surrounding you. that's one of the best part in snorkeling. late afternoon, we enjoyed pedal boating and kayaking. i was bringing with me my camera to at least take a shot of the underwater view and a shot of the resort from the snorkeling area. the picture below shows a view of the corals from the pedal boat. Anilao Outrigger Resort offers a really good service because the staff are really friendly. they really took time talking to their customers. islands like Sombrero, Maricaban, and Verde are just minutes away from the resort. these islands are known for its best diving sights of endemic species.
Anilao is a dive sanctuary that tells me how blessed i am to have lived in such a nice tropical country. here's a video from youtube that shows a glimpse of what Anilao can offer.