Northern Philippines • The Power of Goodbye

“What did you learn?” is a phrase I used to get asked constantly when I came back from my travels. “What did you see?”, “What did you find?”

This story has no photos or videos, partly because I didn’t take any at the time (Stef couldn’t find any either) and partly because, well, I was too busy learning perhaps the most valuable thing someone ever taught me in my travels. Continue reading Northern Philippines • The Power of Goodbye

Northern Philippines • Life and Death in Batad

I woke up extremely early that morning and took my laptop to work in the balcony of the restaurant, overlooking the breathtaking view of the valley below. Pauline later joined me and asked a bit about what I do and how I started traveling.

Pauline was just merrily backpacking around the world and it seemed that, just like me, she was looking for something. Sadly, we didn’t have time to ponder on what that something was, since we had to get ready for the trip.  Continue reading Northern Philippines • Life and Death in Batad

Master Stars Piece Lupin & Jigen

This weekend I was bombarded by an unhealthy dose of Lupin III as news broke out last week that the gentleman thief would be getting married in the first episode of his new TV series. With the announcement came these Master Stars Piece series of collectibles by Banpresto. Continue reading Master Stars Piece Lupin & Jigen

Bring Your AAA Mecha Game to Regular Human Basketball

Bring Your AAAAA-Game to Regular Human Basketball

Imagine this scenario: you’ve been working full time for a year on this new game that people are anticipating. It looks great, you’re feeling good, people are digging it. It’s awesome, but you’re so tired you gotta take a break from it. So you do that. You take a 2 week break and then come back with Regular Human Basketball.

The crowd goes wild.  Continue reading Bring Your AAA Mecha Game to Regular Human Basketball

Studio Gojira Shirt Was My Lost Birthday Gift

Studio Gojira Shirt Was My Lost Gift

Who doesn’t like a nice ironic shirt? I don’t know the answer to that, but I’ll tell you right now I do and I cried a little on the inside when I found out this Ript Apparel design was on sale during my birthday and I didn’t take advantage of the sale.

Even though pigboom, the Philippine designer who made it, has his own online store I’m pretty sure this Studio Gojira design won’t cost $10 if and when he puts it on sale. Darny darn.

Update: Yup, his design is up on his official Red Bubble page for $30. A bit pricey (and yes, before you go there I know you can get it for $20 in other places), but it’s worth it if you got the cash and can help support the artist directly.

Northern Philippines • Igorot: The People of the Mountains

The Banaue Community Hall is a large room on the third floor of a big building right in front of the town’s tuk-tuk terminal. They have a set of chairs lined up at the back of the room and the place is near empty as we walk in. The girls sit in the front row and I sit between them in the row behind.

Quick to make good on my newfound resolution to blog about my trip, my camera is right on my lap. Continue reading Northern Philippines • Igorot: The People of the Mountains