Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Valley of Amazement


 From the author of the "Joy luck club" comes another tale of an everlasting bond between a parent and a child. Violet Minturn is a chinese-american searching for her true identity when a political crisis had her separated with her mother. The story then unfolds to a half century search between two continents and three generations as mysteries unfold and secrets are unveiled in the name of unconditional love.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Geek's Guide to Dating

Geek Dating

There comes a time where geeks grow out from their larvae of pop culture, action figures, video games and comic books to a different reality that includes a world totally foreign to them, the world of dating. Enter Eric Smith's entertaining 208 page guide as he shows the geeks how to gain more confidence and be more comfortable with the opposite gender.

The book is filled with a ton of pop culture references to better "adapt" through certain situations how tough or akward it may be. Definitely a fun read whether you're single, in a relationship or married. Because there is always a geek in all of us!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Travel: Osaka


Don Quixote Dontonbori


Osaka Castle



Shigeki no Kyojin

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Milo Marathon


The Milo Marathon was one of the races I initially tried to avoid in my early running years due to the strict cutoff times/ time limit, participant volume (starting line queue counting against the time limit) and road closures (traffic going to venue). But those are just manifestations on how prestigious the event really is. Everyone is out to prove his or herself to the point that they are risking their lives (hence medical certificates / clearances are now a requirement for registration). But then again it is every filipino runner's dream to go and participate in this event. I went to the 10k category where there is a friendlier cutoff time. But the tension was still there as participants are lobbying for nearer starting positions and cramping at the starting area (the collected body heat makes you dehydrated even from the start). The thought of cutoff gives additional anxiety and pressure to push further even though you already know that you were on pace to make it. A lot of runners are serious and not taking selfies on the road. In the end I made it through the cutoff with a lot of time to spare and was so happy to finally join the most prestigious running event in the country. It was a 10k run that felt like a 21k run and I treated it as such (preparation, pacing and even soreness wise).

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Diorama: Berk

This is Berk 
Some people want their Funkos to stay in the box, others want it placed on risers or shelves, how about in a diorama?

The diorama was made with wooden sticks, plaster of paris and some wooden platform stands. The water area is made up of dried glue.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Diorama: Star Wars Meisho Movie Realization: The prodigal son returns

You may (or probably haven't) seen this diorama in the recently concluded Toycon 2016. A Star Wars diorama based on its Meisho movie realization line which pays homage to the old Japanese films the saga was based upon.

Star Wars Diorama

After 9 long years, I was finally able to get my third Diorama first place award from the said event  thanks to this diorama and the words of encouragement of some friends.


The diorama depicts young Luke Skywalker confronting his father Darth Vader on their own turf. Pretty much what happened at Return of the Jedi but I gave Luke his iconic tatoine color scheme to fit more with the diorama and prevent color clashing. More pics after the jump.