Friday, October 28, 2011

An Evening at Michelangelo's

Pizzeria Michelangelo's is a small outdoor restaurant attached to the upscale Hola EspaƱola in Damosa Gateway. By attached, we mean organizationally -- same owner and waiters -- and physically -- because only a door separates the two establishments. Like Hola, Michelangelo's is also pricey, but only moderately so. They serve only 16" pizzas, no other sizes, and each goes for around P300-P400.

But Michelangelo's has a few things going for it: first, their pizza crust is the thinnest I've tried lately, it's almost like I'm eating soft nachos; second, the ingredients they use are premium, so the price is well worth it; and third, it's a small, quiet, no-frills establishment, just the way I like it. Not someplace I'd go to regularly, but certainly well worth bringing friends and guests to on special nights out.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Damosa Lights

Emily and I had dinner at Pizza Michaelangelo's last Saturday. Damosa had strung out their lanterns, and the gay colors lit up the night. Lucky for me I had the DSLR with us, and I took several shots under different settings to catch the best light.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Watch-your-car boy

Our society has reached a point where poor boys can afford a cellphone, but still have to extort a few bucks for the service of "watching your car."


Taken at Crocodile Park, Davao. More pictures at my Google+ album.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Josie and Aida

Josie Tejada and Aida Rivera Ford, two women writers of Davao City.

Flash Fiction: Ang Boksingero

A horror flashfic I wrote for a contest. Wasn't accepted, unfortunately; but I still had fun developing the concept. Yeah, I'm sourgraping.

Mainit at nakakasilaw ang liwanag ng mga spotlight. Pero ang mga ito'y mala aninipot lamang sa paningin mong nakababad sa pawis. Ang kapaligiran mo'y umuugong sa atungal ng madla na sumisigaw sa iyong pangalan. Pero lahat ng ito ay balewala. Ang mahalaga ay ang kaharap mong sumasayaw, naka-angat ang mga kamaong nakabalot sa dalawang pulang boxing glove. Para kang nakaharap sa salamin: magkasingtangkad, magkasingtigas, magkasinglaman na purong bisig na walang nakahalong taba. Parang mga hayop na naghahanap ng kahinaang maaring mapagsamantalahan.

At iyon na nga! Panandaliang napababa ang kanyang kanang kamay! Sabay pasok mo ng left jab! Dumaplis sa kanyang bisig! Nakapasok! Sapol sa kanyang templo! Para siyang lasing na kumikimbot! Sa bigla at sa sakit ay napababa ang kanyang kaliwa, agad mong sinundan ng right hook: sapol sa kanyang panga!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Davao Writers Workshop 2011

Today was the first day of the Davao Writers Workshop 2011. Things went smoothly--so smoothly, in fact, that there's not much to write about except to say that: first, our special guest Januar Yap from Cebu gave a thought-provoking keynote on "Place", followed by fantastic readings of some of his pieces to illustrate his points; and two, we've assembled a good batch of fellows for this year.

But really, after three years of running workshops and at two workshops a year (one for the Davao Writers Workshop and the other for the Ateneo de Davao Writers Workshop), Jhoanna and I have gotten very good at this. The only real problem is making sure the money arrives on time.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Saturday, October 08, 2011

The Exam

Photos I took of my students taking their final exam in my IT288 Information Security class.

I've resolved to use my Dad's Nikon D60 more and more--no sense leaving it in the cabinet. And I'm also inspired by the direction that my friend Francis Gorrez has taken in photography.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

An Experimental Story in Need of an Ending

My friend Prof. Jhoanna Lynn Cruz has written an experimental story for her research paper and she wants you to choose the ending.

Please read Flash Forward and let her know which ending you prefer.

I've written my own ending, by the way. I wonder what that says about me?