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the curio market

Posted in artifacts, interior design, lifestyle, locales with tags , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2008 by mijodo

I am very much into interior design. It is one of my pleasures. And if I need something special for any of the areas that need some refurbishing without necessarily breaking the bank, then the Dapitan Market at Quezon City has to be consulted somehow. There is just a vast array of home decor (and even fashion accessories) – some corny and cheesy, and some pleasantly tasteful – all of which are manufactured by enterprising and creative Filipinos.

One just needs to have a good eye to see all the possibilities of what is inside this market.

honky-tonk avenue

Posted in locales with tags , , , , on July 14, 2008 by mijodo

Banaue Avenue at Quezon City could be the ultimate haven for the car-loving Pinoys. This is where one can get cheaper alternatives such as surplus from Taiwan or China just in case carparts coming from branded car service centers like Toyota or Honda become prohibitive. If one’s car gets a major hit in an acccident, then readily one can get 2nd hand original replacements from this avenue.

Banaue Road is a long strip transversing Quezon Boulevard. Each stall is a treasure trove of automobile parts and thingimajigs. If that old car just needs to be glammed up a bit, then perhaps car repaint, window tints, spoilers or even just new stereo speakers can make the car a little more rideable.

For the true car afficionado, then the grease and the grime just only add up to the thrill of the place.


Posted in locales, nature, people with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2008 by mijodo

They say “butterflies are free.”  I say “butterflies are fleeting.”

As I took pictures of many of these butterflies at the World of Butterflies at Marikina Heights, Marikina City, I thought that I could take photographs of them in flight. Alas, I was not able to. They glided from one leaf to another, and then they fluttered from one plant to another. They maneuvered themselves such that my camera just could not be fast enough to focus. Of course I tried to do multiple consecutive shots, yet I was just not able to predict their flight path. Thus if I was able to take good shots of them staying in one place for more than a second, it could be precious.

Mr. Fabrial Tayag, breeder and guide of the said center, commented that many of the butterflies, after going through the stages of eggs, larva, and pupa, live only for just weeks (as short as two weeks even).  He added that the male adults die upon mating, while the females reach death upon laying eggs. I am not quite sure about the veracity of his claims, but it only shows how these beautiful creatures are truly ephemeral. Butterflies just come and go to make our world a little more colorful, a little more wonderful. The trouble though one has to be fast enough to capture their beauty.