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2012 in Retrospect

this time, no fancy banners shall accompany this flashback entry. 2012 has been really cruel to me (well especially the first half). i started the year wrong, i started it with a notion that i can be happy with an emotion that wasn’t in place (yeah cupid, this shits on you!), i also met the year with a very long fight between people i really care about – and in the end, ended up taking one side when i attempted to stay in the middle the entire time. and ALL of this issues happened in the first couple of months! sad, i know.

but slowly, things were picking up, and i was starting to see something i couldn’t see before, – hope! my birth month always brings me happiness, and that was when i found spyder (or when spyder found me). i started working, taking my mind of things that shouldn’t even be consuming my time in the first place.

First event with Spyder Phils with new office friends!

Spyder not only gave me work, it gave me new friends, new insights, and a brand new outlook towards myself.  It also got me biking, and running, and aiming to be better physically. the opportunity was probably what i needed at that time.

aside from work, this year, despite its flaws, dramas, and trials proved to be worth it because of friends that i met, and those that are constantly there when pickles manifest. i hate dealing with things alone, and true friends always are there whenever you need them. it makes going through all those shit easier because of those clowns i usually call on when i am down, and for that i am truly grateful!

a lot of lesson were learned during the last year, a lot of adventures happened (some of them will be put into writing soon. i promise!), a lot of love was shared (mostly friendship), and a lot of experiences that i can never un-experience (whether i like it or not). all in all, it was a rough year for me, but several people made it easier to traverse the everyday. i feel 2013 is a good year, and i plan to keep it that way! here’s to a great 2013!!

YEAR HIGHLIGHTS! :

with Rona and Abby, two of my most loved!

Cycling with office mates!

Team London 2015 plus the binder! haha

i was bald, and i played a gay headmaster in a play called “AVSVME : A Very Snape Valentines Musical Extravaganza”

Went to galera for the First time with my Bestest Girl Friend 🙂 Love you forever frond!

became a dad for a day! and a volunteer at the same time!

Helios will always be part of my life!

my 2012 may have been a disaster, but in the end, events like these made it worthwhile!

The Adventure continues! hello 2013!

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Chapter XI : I Surfed, and bid a “See you Again” to Baler (Day Two)

Sept. 30,2012 – Following the events that happened the day before this ( photo shoot, me missing the sun, and a hellova fun with my friends), i find myself waking up early because today was the actual start of our vacation. our top most agenda was to learn how to ride the waves and discover how awesome it is to do so. after prepping for the surfing activity before us, our party of 5 (since je and daisy stayed at a hotel near sabang beach) proceeded to our ever favorite “Rolling Store” for breakfast.

Rolling store is a collection of two-three different karinderyas in one area with affordable yet super yummy food selection. (this has been our source of meals when we were at Baler).

This is me, being cranky and waiting for food to be served.

Right after Breakfast, we proceeded to go to Sabang Beach to plan our surfing activities. we decided to walk to sabang beach from rolling store. Baler is a very quiet and peaceful place, it really is an awesome place to escape the everyday hassle and chaos of manila.

after about 10 mins of walking, we finally reached “Mahdox Surf School” along sabang beach.

Mahdox Surf School

For a moment there, i hesitated in trying surfing out. i was wearing my contacts and have this feeling that i might lose them when the waves eat me. but since, my friends were so insistent, (contact lens or blind) i then pushed through with it!

Sabang Beach filled with Surfers and Surfer-wanna be people (like us!)

Wearing my DLSU shirt since i haz no rash guard

Prior to many wipe outs and achieved long rides 🙂

Oh, and did i mention that my Surf Instructor’s name was Bin Laden? talk about learning how to ride the waves with a man named after a terrorist! but Bin Laden was really cool, and patient, and very encouraging! after a series of wipeouts, and not being able to stand on the board, we finally discovered the method on how to stand on the board without wobbling or losing balance! and because of that, i opted to extend my surfing lesson for another hour. (BTW, in mahdox, you’ll have to pay 350/hour with board and instructor).

Aris, Errol (Aris’ instructor), Bin Laden (My Instructor), Me

Sooo. no utmost form, but fun nonetheless!

Long ride with Aris Suarez

After oh so many attempts, me and my Friend Aris got the technique (although we still fall at times)

So Yeah, Wipeout!

So after our two hours of Surfing, i was determined to perfect this super fun activity the next time i set foot in baler. oh yeah, and i lost my Right Contact Lens, so yeah, i was half blind for the rest of the day. but heck, it was all worth it – as this is something i can never do in manila. with every ounce of excitement within, i vowed to come back soon!

This probably ends the Adventure in Baler, as our last hours in Baler was spent in last minute photo shoots, souvenir, pasalubong hunts and inuman with the group.

The Over-all experience is something irreplaceable and unforgettable. i had fun, and learned a lot about my companions. this is something i would want to repeat with them (although a few, i could do without! haha).

SEE you again Baler!

— Behind Thick Framed Notes:
1. Some photos taken from Aris Suarez’s phone, and some were taken by Aris Trinidad using my camera. so thanks guys!
2. click Mahdox’s Surf School to see their page , do check them out! and add them as a friend! cause they really are friendly!

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Chapter VI : Citizen’s Pub – I Partied with the Sun People!

REDUX – To Bring BACK, To Restore.

Last year, i managed to join this guild of photographers, videographers and other art enthusiasts called Helios Project International. it was one of the most stable group that i have been part of for the longest time, and a group showing much promise in terms of future plans and goals. this was the case until we hit a rather unexpected roadblock, hindering the growth and putting everything everyone has worked for to a halt.

Two Months ago, me and other members of the Helios Admin Council decided to “do a phoenix” and have a of rebirth of sorts to this dying group (honestly, there was inactivity for a series of months, and it was rather frustrating.) The Helios Project (now without the International) is here to set roots once again and claim its place as one of the active and top photo guilds in the country (haha).

Last August 18, the group celebrated the actual 4th Anniversary (we called it Helios Project : 4th Anniversary Redux). last year we celebrated the 4th Year (when in fact, it was supposed to be just the 3rd year for us). but past is past, and we have moved on from this incident. the High Council also decided to open the event to the public, inviting non-Helios members and other photo guilds to the party. with this move, we declared that helios will not isolate itself from others, and will not create any more rifts to create gaps between other groups (our “Collective” Passion will live on!).

The Helios Project + Young Photographers of the Phils (YoPho)

Admin Jaypee (stripes), Bill (Grey), Admin Francis (thumbs up), Jarryd “Panda” Ching (pout)

The venue chosen for this anniversary was this awesome pub called Citizen’s Pub, located in Citigolf – Ortigas. we pretty much occupied half of their roof deck, partying the night away without any program, dramas and other gimmicks. just one night of pure conversations, mingling and togetherness!

Helios Group Hug

Bill with Admins Francis and Mina

Niqui and Admin/Founder Aia

Need we provide other reasons for you to join?

The Helios Project grows larger by the day, new members are pouring in, and many activities and events are being laid out. suffice to say, this group is here to stay! watch out for more Helios related posts soon!

Occupying Half of the Roof Deck (Thanks again, Citizens Pub for accommodating us

 THE PASSION WILL “DEFINITELY” LIVE ON!

— behind Thick Framed notes:

1. All photos grabbed from Donna Kiritharan

2. How to Join Helios
– Visit Facebook Page
– Accomplish Registration Form (click see more in the info section of the page – look for join us!)
– Wait for Admin Confirmation
– Follow Helios’ Twitter Acct : @heliosINT

3. Follow Citizen’s Pub on twitter @CitizenPubMNL

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Chapter V : Reawakening and the Surge of the Spyder

After a significant amount of down time, i have decided to continue my self proclaimed quest. i have said farewell to my usual companions and would start to fulfill my adventure on my own (maybe this could lead to me meeting more adventurers and possible companions in the future).  this adventurer has awakened from the slumber and is determined to finish the quest!

A request for Adventure was found on one of the boards in the web. an establishment called Spyder set out a call to adventurers for a one day skirmish in the river city of Marikina. This group wants several adventurers to try their new gears and see how they fare in action. but would also want to instill a different philosophy and mantra on how adventurers go about their daily lives (a fit and healthy lifestyle, if you will!)

Team Spyder Surge

The call to adventure was heeded by several experienced and neophyte adventurers. the goal was to go around the city of marikina in bikes, clad in spyder outfits and gear. the kit given by the company consists of a chest piece (Cycling Jersey), a visor (performance eyewear), and a helmet.

The adventure started at dawn of the 4th of august. spyder was there early, and adventurers were slowly assembling in front of the Marikina Bikeways office in marikina. Marikina is known to be the first (and only – for now) city that has bike lanes all throughout their road system. Marikina has been advocating a strong cycling community to minimize traffic congestion and pollution. Spyder also teamed-up with the Firefly Brigade in support of their advocacy of a healthier environment brought about by cycling.

The Event is dubbed “Spyder Surge: Answering the Call to Adventure”. it is a series of mini events hosted by Spyder Philippines to have individuals/bloggers/enthusiasts test their products and gears, and be part of an active lifestyle community. Spyder’s VP for marketing said that surges will feature different sports from time to time, and they plan to conduct it monthly or once every two months.  and that they plan to keep each event small so that they could promote the interaction between participants and hosts.

Awesome In-Action shot by Nikk Victoriano

Group shot at SM Marikina

each adventurer was outfitted with an eyewear , a cycling jersey, and a helmet. the goal of the event was to show how resilient, durable and stylish Spyder products are, but also trying to change mindsets from being couch potatoes to becoming health and exercise junkies. everyone was looking sharp, and we were having a lot of heads turning as the entire spyder surge team passed by.  the cycling went on for an hour and a half before we reached this awesome lunch stop.

Pan De-Amerikana has a very hogwartsy feel (kara santos and i agree on this!). there were giant chess pieces, vines hanging from the ceiling and furniture made of old wood (exudes the nature feel, and has a very earthy tone!). brunch was served (food was excellent!) and mingling occurred (one of spyder’s primary goal), several photo opportunities were also done.

Pan De Amerikana – Marikina Exterior

Great Hall look and feel!

Team Spyder Surge I : Cycling

Aris Suarez – Karyl Moral – Francis – Riel Pinones

Team PTB Bagets

after the lunch, the team went for another 10 min bike ride to where we started. there we bade each other goodbye, exchanged contact infos and had that notion of adventuring together sometime.

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Spyder provided the following:

with Kara Santos, and Karyl Moral (wearing my mercury helmet)

Cycling Helmet – the Helmet that i used the is called the Spyder Mercury (a helmet created for the road). it was very light, and had well placed vents to allow the passage of the wind as you speed along the pavement. due to the excessive vents, there are no wind resistance. making it possible to speed up with ease.

Spyder Sequel and Cycling Jersey

Performance Eyewear –  the Eyewear that i got from Spyder is called the Sequel. it is a performance type of eyewear primarily developed for cyclists and runners. my sequel came with another set of lens that can be changed to fit the nature of the activity. the lenses are also polarized. the frame is made of lightweight plastic flexible material, not being an added “pagod” factor during activities.

Dry-Fit Cycling Jersey –  The Jersey that i got was extremely eye catching. it has three rear pockets (which i found out to be extremely useful – i tried putting my ipad there, and it fit! giving me many ideas on its other usage!).  the ride was extremely comfortable because wind was passing through this jersey as well. ill try to use this for jogging and running soon!

at the end of the ride – i learned many things. 1. how fun activities like these can change one’s mindset towards the active living/ 2. how it is always fun to do tiring activities with friends, and view it as a bonding activity / 3. i am now in love with cycling.

Thank you Spyder Philippines!

Follow their Social Media Accounts here:
Spyder Philippines Facebook
Team Spyder Twitter

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Photos grabbed from Spyder Philippines and Nikk Victoriano

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Chapter II : Fresh from the Kitchen – Manang’s Chicken

I never heard of Manangs Chicken until a friend at my photography group, Helios Project International, mentioned it on our community page. Although it is really near my workplace, i never ventured to it alone. Until one day, Len David, a friend and fellow blogger, asked me to visit Manangs’ Chicken to try it out. right there and then, we agreed to have lunch there and experience the now talked about establishment.

Photo was taken during my fourth visit, with Helios Project

The first impression that i had of Manang’s Chicken Ortigas was the very modern and hip look and feel of the place. the colors are very friendly to the eyes, and the smell of the place was not a turn off. 80% of the places that i have dined at ortigas center always left a vile smell in my attire, making it really embarrassing to face the boss after lunch.

Before entering Manangs Chicken at Ortigas Center

The menu focused more on their chicken selection, a one piece chicken with rice and a two piece chicken with rice. Other meal options includes but not limited to are the Chicken Wings, Liempo, Fried Pancit , Spaghetti and Burgers.

Two Leg Piece Chicken – Extra Spicy Sauce , no drinks – 136 pesos

After selecting my Chicken meal, i was first asked for the part that i want – combine any leg, thigh or breast for the two piece chicken meal. I was then asked to choose the sauce for it (Original, Mild Spicy and Extra Spicy). After paying, Len and I looked for a place to sit in while waiting for our order. I thought that it would take a significant amount of time before our chickens actually find our table, but NO!, and to both our surprise, Len’s Chicken (since she ordered first) arrive just as we arrived at our table. it took less than 5 minutes to get our order! perfect for us corporate employees as our lunch is sometimes limited.

the Chicken looks ABSOLUTELY GREAT! the aroma that emanated from the stro container has already captivated my heart, and the first bite was actually HEAVEN! (the smell and the first bite are two very important factors for me to consider food as splendid!). the only downside with the meal is that it came in a styro container and not a plate, and at that time was accompanied with a plastic spoon and fork.

Two piece chicken meal with regular iced tea – 154 pesos

the newly added coleslaw at 30 pesos

MANANGS CHICKEN lives up to the reviews and the buzz that has been created. in my opinion, this could actually overthrow some well established chicken joints like Bonchon and all those Chicken wing shops that has been sprouting here and there like wild mushrooms! I have been to manangs 4 times just this month alone (and its only the 12th of october), and i have to say that it keeps getting better and better everytime! as the saying goes, Love is sweeter the second time around! what more on the third or fourth try?

me and len, waiting for my order to arrive

Thank you Manangs Chicken. see you tomorrow! right Len?

— Behind Thick Framed Notes

1. All Photos courtesy of Bobbit Lim
2. Visit or Contact Manangs at:
Manangs Chicken
AIC Gold Tower, Garnet Road, Ortigas Center
584-8848

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