Thursday, November 12, 2015


Our city, Bacolod City, is known as the City of Smiles. But behind these smiles are a couple of tragedies. To hide the pain brought by the tragic events, the city decided to change the dark atmosphere into a cheerful one, thus the birth of MassKara Festival. 
The festival first began in 1980 during a period of crisis. The province relied on sugar cane as its primary agricultural crop, and the price of sugar was at an all-time low due to the introduction of sugar substitutes like high fructose corn syrup in the United States . It was also a time of tragedy; on April 22 of that year, the inter-island vessel Don Juan carrying many Negrenses, including those belonging to prominent families in Bacolod City , collided with the tanker Tacloban City and sank. An estimated 700 lives were lost in the tragedy. more here

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


After a year, I and my friends went back to Kinchakuda to see the spider lilies in bloom. The park is not that far from Tokyo and is very accessible so going there is never a problem. Last year though, the lilies were about wilt during the time of our visit and this time around we saw to it that they are in full bloom, almost.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Hitachi Seaside Park is one of my favorite parks in Japan. Mainly because of its surreal landscapes all year-long. And as a photo enthusiast, I could not ask for more to see reality and fantasy merge before my eyes and my camera. The park is quite popular during spring and autumn, but not in summer. Maybe because it’s too green?


Wednesday, September 9, 2015


How about a dance celebration to end the summer? Japan, especially in Tokyo, do that annually. Every last Saturday of August, people gather at Asakusa to be a part of the yearly Samba Festival. The past years, everyone handled the 33 deg C temperature but for this year, an uninvited guest arrived – the rain.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I have a confession to make. I saw the film version years ahead before reading the book. Though I remember liking the film, I knew I had to read the book because I thought I have missed some of the important details.


Sunday, August 9, 2015


An art exhibit is currently being held in Tokyo until September 12, 2015. It is one of a kind since it mainly features aquariums coupled with lights, producing a spectacular visual treat. Of course, an aquarium would not make any sense without the kingyo or goldfishes. The exhibition have a solid following since its conceptualization in 2011. I only heard about it this year though. How I wish my brother was here as he loves fishes more than I do.


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