A funny thing happened while diving in Secret Bay

In my 3 years of SCUBA, this was definitely the most fascinating (and morbidly awkward-funny) thing I’ve seen for marine behavior.

While diving Secret Bay I noticed a tiny ball that was bobbing furiously up and down from the sand. Its shape was too perfect a sphere to be a piece of coral so I swam nearer. Upon closer inspection, I discovered it to be an inflated puffer fish that was half buried in the sand. This behavior definitely isn’t normal for puffer fish as they only inflate and swim away when they’re threatened. Frankly it looked like it was taking a crap!

I then noticed it trying to push itself out of the substrate, with extreme difficulty! Something was holding it down. Then it dawned on me: it was fighting for its life! Something was dragging it down into the sand for dinner!

Can you guess what we did?

Mostly Everything

Dear Internet: The Atty. Topacio Meme

So a number of people were rather “disturbed” by the screen grab of Atty. Topacio’s interview. The portait sitting above him was one of Adolf Hitler. Does having a portrait of someone nailed to the wall behind you really mean that much?


Dear Internet, presenting the Topacio Meme:

And the winner of our Sassa Giveaway is ….

Congratulations to Didi Tiu for winning the most off raffle I’ve ever done in my life! 🙂 I’ll email you the details so you can claim the prize from Rosie. Yay! Congratulations. What a perfect gift for the newlywed! 🙂

The video was made using Screenflow for Mac 🙂

The Non Sequitur Sassa Bikini Giveaway

About a year and a half ago I did a PR shoot for Sassa / Barbizon for the broadsheets. It was at this time I became infatuated with huge lenses, and borrowed Markku’s f/2.8 70-200 wonderment (oops that sounded wrong!) to shoot the girls. It was there I met Rosie Unson who did their brand marketing. Here’s a jump shot attempt:


So we’d kept in touch and since I haven’t indulged in a contest for so long, and out of lack for other ideas, I gave her a ring and the conversation evolved into the crazy thought to give out something I’d consider to be so non sequitur: lady swimwear. CRAZY!

OK kids! I’m giving away two things: a really nice rash guard for surfers and a two piece bikini assembled in the traditional elegant fashion of Barbizon. The gallery up there shows how they look. Click on the individual images to see the high resolution version.

Contest Mechanics:

  1. This contest will run until noon of September 11 2009 GMT +800. Obviously it is only open to my female readers from Manila, Philippines.
  2. I’m going to be doing the raffle via comments. I’m aware though that some of you may want the rash guard while others may want the bikini. Others still may want both. So I’ve decided to make this a winner takes all contest.
  3. To enter the contest all you need to do is leave a comment with your name and valid email in the contacts field. Here’s the fun part: you can post as many comments as you want.
  4. As with all my contests, I’ll be using a randomizer application to pick the winner 🙂
  5. I’ll announce the contest winners after September 11, probably over the weekend so you can go claim your prizes from Barbizon.

This is me venting as a frustrated fashion blogger. Go, leave those comments now!!

Gabe Mercado’s ‘Bagong Gising’ Video Blog

Caught up with Gabe Mercado during the Apple Snow Leopard launch. Over lunch, we discussed his latest masterpiece, “Bagong Gising” ( a daily 2 minute videocast with only one premise:

Posting a video is the first thing I do every morning. Walang hilamos. Walang ligo. Walang sipilyo.

Also, Walang wiwi. This is perhaps the least pretentious podcast on the face of the modern Filipino Internet.