First Condo Home

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Shortly after our civil wedding in 2013, Jet and I moved into our first rental condo in the Philippines. It was very small, only 24.21 sqm really, just a bit bigger than our bedroom in Jet’s property in Taytay. Yes, it was so small but it was also the first time we lived together and we experienced a lot of firsts, especially for me–someone who never experienced living in a dorm in college. And it was our own space and we loved the privacy. We lived in a one-bedroom unit in SMDC Light Residences, the SM property in front of the […]

#MakeAColorfulImpression Photo Shoot

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Sometime in 2015, before I left for Malaysia and before my good friend Ada finalized her plans to move to Istanbul, my family and I had a photoshoot for the #HSGrafikPrint book, Make A Colorful Impression. The approved concept was pretty simple: black and white photos over watercolor backgrounds. Initially, we wanted to stage a colored powder photoshoot like this one: Credit: Dutch Foto But it would be hard to find a studio that would allow us to do something like this. And if ever we do find one, the production and cleanup would be very messy and, not to […]

How We Prepared For #Homer@60 Birthday Party

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On September 17, 2016, we staged what’s perhaps the biggest celebration for our family, my Dad’s 60th birthday party at Industriya Restaurant in Marikina City. Most, if not all, of our party celebrations are big–at least in terms of guest headcount (and at least for us). We always exceed the personal limit of 150 headcount, bordering on 200 pax. Even my own church wedding in 2014 didn’t go over 150 pax because we’ve decided to keep it small and intimate. But when I say #HomerAt60 is one of the biggest, I’m also talking about the concept, detail, and execution. We […]

Writing Longhand vs. Writing Online

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  There is this constant battle between writing longhand and writing online.  At one point, writing longhand seems very romantic.  I used to write in my journal for hours and hours on end.  I didn’t bother with grammar because, for one, I was still in college that time and wasn’t really into editing.  When you write longhand, it’s harder to correct yourself because there’s no “backspace” button.  You end up crossing out words and lines.  But honestly, handwritten journals have a certain and distinct charm that is just so hard to pass up.  And these days, my God, there are […]


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“I will carry myself in such a way that when people are sitting, I would be standing; and when they are standing, I will stand out; and when they stand out, I will be outstanding; and when they are outstanding, I will be their standard.”