Sunday, September 30, 2012

Heels and Pumps

Ah, women's shoes...a subject matter that I have given up trying to understand.  That, and women's fashion in general.

Ladies, you may think you look sexy, but to me, you're just funny.

Story Sketch: The Blind and the Cripple

Another sketch for a Dagmay story, this time a retelling of a Manobo story entitled "The Blind and the Cripple."

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Story Sketch: Notes from Paquibato

Sketch for a story in Dagmay about a missionary nun, Sr. Milan, and her horse Tor. Done in Paper by 53, with some cleanup in Photo fx Ultra.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Reception Spread

A shot I took of a very elegant wedding reception spread.

Since my wife works in the cake business, I end up driving to a lot of wedding receptions.  That's my weekend preoccupation now: cake delivery van driver.  Not that I mind, the change of pace from the weekday academic pursuits is actually most welcome -- I have time to think and reflect.

And yeah, I'm becoming quite the expert on weddings, too.  I know what looks nice, what doesn't, and what's...you know...just tacky.  (What we have above is one of the better ones I've seen.)

Ah, married life.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Backyard Burgers

Burger joints are springing up all over Davao, and not just those selling the cheap extender-filled variety from mobile trailers.  I'm talking burgers approaching gourmet quality.  A few on my list: Hollywood Burgers, Army Navy, Gino's, and Harley's.

This Sunday, Emily and I finally got to try Backyard Burgers.  Backyard is near SM City Davao, but a little harder to get to because, well, it's only outlet really is along the backyard of a subdivision.  In the past, we'd pass by the place, but never really could manage to park the car and grab a bite.

Not so this time.  We were in no particular hurry, and the place wasn't packed like usual.  Parking was no problem, either.

Backyard's appeal is that you can customize the burger to your liking.  So you choose how well or rare the patty is done, and you select the ingredients to place in.  Cooking takes a while, but that's because it's done the old-fashioned way on a charcoal grill.

Verdict: I'd say it's right about there with Hollywood.  The patties are generous, and the wife and I still managed to get our fill from the single burger that we split between the two if us.  Our only gripe is the place: it could be much cooler and more comfortable.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dark Elf Cosplayer

My only decent shot from the technology expo at Abreeza last month.  I brought my DSLR along with the intention of taking pictures of the cosplayers but when push came to shove, I just didn't have the zest.

Cosplayers have become more elaborate in recent years.  They have special contacts to get that feral look, their armor is now made of molded rubber, and the girls are even more daring in what they bare.

The appeal is largely lost on me now, however.  Instead of awe at the creativity, all I'm seeing are...noisy kids in costumes.  Cosplay tells me how silly the cartoons would really be in real life.

And yeah: "Get off my lawn."

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Look what's trending on Twitter today

On this the day we celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary's birthday, young Filipinos pour out their heartfelt greetings on Twitter.

Makes you think that, yeah, we're all right as a people.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Spinning Spider

Illustration for a set of poems which will appear in Dagmay two Sundays from now.  This is actually a manipulation of a spider photo I took a long time ago.

Story Sketch

My illustration for Aimee Virador's story, "Purple Box". The story will appear in this weekend's Dagmay.
Initial sketch done in Bamboo, with finishing in Sketchbook Pro. All on a 1st gen iPad.