Saturday, March 31, 2018

Q1 of 2018

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First saturday of January was spent at USJ-R (University of San Jose-Recoletos) to impart knowledge about my work. I and a friend gave an overview of Purchasing in EPC setting to Engineering graduating students. It was a first for me and I had a great time.

First book of the year was 'Origin' by Dan Brown. It took me less than a month to read considering I get the chance to read only at weekends due to work. As always, the protagonist is Robert Langdon solving cases conflicting science and religion. In my opinion, it ranks next to 'Angels and Demons' in terms of great plot and setting. Aside from religion, there's a lot of things to learn in that book in terms of Art and History.

Ashley came to Cebu for a short vacation. It was probably the longest I have spent time with siblings since Amber's birth.

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A book involving Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander became my second book of the year. Actually, as of this writing, I am still halfway to its last page.

Bacolod. The first family trip of the year.

Back with colour-pencil drawing. It was supposed to be a sketch of Scarlett Johansson but knowing my tendency to deviate, that became the outcome. I love the details but the way I cut it into a bust was a little off. I could have just faded the colors or made a vignette around the neck area.

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Robert Downey Jr. version 2.0. Finally, a sketch that looks a little like him. My first work of him as subject was not good.

Amber's Kinder 2 graduation ceremony. They were required to wear clothes in relation to their career of choice. Amber wanted to be an Engineer, just like his dad. It was not a surprise that she was the only girl Engineer in her batch.

Her official Graduation photo. She is looking prettier and getting smarter every day.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


This happened last month but I just had to put it up (and made extra effort for photo grid) for posterity. 

It was unexpected that our trip had to be on the same week for the Bacolodiat celebration (Chinese New Year). Timing was good and our accommodation via Airbnb proved to be a good choice as it was located nearby the thoroughfare. 

We were there for 3 days which we judged as sufficient.  Our itinerary included museums, The Ruins, and malls. Grab cars proved to be useful (Uber was not available yet), and Tagalog seemed to be our standard dialect while there. 

It was random, a good respite from work. I look forward to outside Cebu trips in the future. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Amber is moving up from K2.

How time flies! Amber will soon enter grade school.

By chance, I was able to take a photo of her extremely happy at the sight of sand and sea. This was taken right after her baccalaureate mass at Birhen sa Regla Parish. It was a Wednesday and I have  taken a day leave from work.
I have told T about wanting to celebrate this milestone in Amber's young life somewhere. Supposedly it was a dinner at a restaurant located on a rooftop but due to the usual immovable traffic in the city on weekdays, he drove farther Mactan. To be exact, he took us to Suba Basbas which he told me as the place of birth of his grandfather.

Well, we couldn't be more pleased that the resort (Pacific Cebu Resort) was almost void of people that it looked like we had the beach to ourselves. Amber was jumping and happy all over the place which I let her be.

Her graduation will be held on the 24th March 2018.

To Amber: May you continue to amaze me with your being. Love you always.