Friday, May 31, 2013

Ebook Reading

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I just got my copy of Dan Brown's latest novel Inferno. This time though, its an electronic copy commonly called an eBook. In the past, I've been acquiring "audio books" and listened to them on my iPod or on any mp3 players. This is another format of electronic books that are also gaining popularity. Audio books are more popular with busy people who doesnt have the time and luxury to sit and read an actual book. What's more, it is very portable. You just listen to it just like listening to music from your   portable devices using a headphone. For those people who still are into actual reading, eBooks are for them. You need devices like an eBook reader, or any tablet in the market today. You can still use your computers or laptop but to be more portable, tablets are the devices to use. What's cool with eBooks is that you can highlight any word on the text in order to define it or to find more related information by automatically cross-referencing that word to available information from the internet. You can also adjust the text sizes to suit your reading preferences. Bookmarks is also a cool feature to directly resume your reading where you had left off. By the way, eBooks & audio books are much cheaper to buy as compared to buying the actual hardcopy of the book.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Morning Coffee

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It's a Wednesday, my first day back to work for this week. To start my day I'll be going to the gym but dropped by Starbucks first for my hot soy mocha. Sipping on my coffee outside the coffee shop, I saw this small bush of flowers that I need to take a picture of. Taking it on another perspective, it looked like its a whole wall of these flowers when actually its only a foot high.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Another Day in the Gym

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On Tuesday morning, I went to the gym to attend my Zumba class. Most of the time when I go to the gym, I usually get my favorite power lift smoothie from the Juice Bar. Its a good protein source after an intense workout. It consist of a ripe banana, blueberries, apple juice, protein powder & yogurt. Try it, so easy to do. I did my own power lift at home and it was as good as the one I get from the Juice Bar.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Great Day to Remember

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It's a very gorgeous day today. Woke up early and planned to go to the gym for my Zumba class unfortunately group classes today were cancelled because its Memorial Day. Before I went to the gym, I needed some caffeine fix so I dropped by the Starbucks for a tall hot mocha.

Talking about Memorial Day today, I would like to thank all that have served and those currently serving in the military for putting themselves in harms way just to protect the very freedom that we are enjoying today. We also remember those that have fallen and those that are injured.  You are our true heroes. Thank you for your sacrifices.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


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Had breakfast today after work with a friend. We went to one of our favorites, Panera Bread Café. We had soufflé, panini sandwich and some iced acaì tea. With the hot weather starting, iced beverages is now the fad.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Light Fixture 2

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Eating in a restaurant most recently allowed me to take another picture of a lighting fixture. This time around it has more of a contemporary style rather than eccentric.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kung Fu Panda

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Is he doing an arabesque or a kung fu side kick?
When I was watching a movie over the weekend, I saw this life size prop of Kung Fu Panda set on a corner of the theater lobby. I saw the two movies and love it though. Inwas alone at that time and if only I had somebody with me, I could have gotten a picture of myself and the panda. I guess I was a silent fan.

Bright Morning Sun

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This is just a random picture that I took in our neighborhood one morning on my way to the gym. I used this in my InstaWeather app for that day. What I love about this picture is that I was able to catch the bright sun without overexposing the whole image. I was only using my iPhone camera so it could have been better if I used my DSLR camera. I guess my phone cam did a good job with it.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Emergency Arts

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This is just a random street picture that I took at a portion of the Las Vegas downtown area. The main focus is an old medical center being converted into an Emergency Arts Center. They still retained the hospital motif where the old ward rooms are now housing different art galleries. The lobby on the corner ground floor is now a bar/cafe.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Billy Elliot on Broadway

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I had a night out last night. I purposely took a time off from work to be able to watch the broadway production of Billy Elliot. I have watched the movie long time ago and I want to watch how it would look like on the broadway stage. The show was totally cool and the kid playing Billy was a superb dancer as well as a singer. I can just imagine what will he become when he grows up. I think he was still around 12 years old. I had my best friend with me and before the showwe had a nice Thai dInner. After the show we went to the Freemont area to watch some cool bands doing their gigs. We hit Denny's Restaurant for late nachos snacks before heading home.

The featured photo is the Reynolds Hall where the show was held inside The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Weather App

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Got a new App called Instaweather Pro. You can use weather template over your photo and you can instantly share your weather to your friends via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. The app is actually free but if you upgrade to the pro version there are more templates that  you can use.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

More Light Source

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This featured photo is another light fixture inside a restaurant. I love to play around with the intensity of the light source using some filter apps. Darkening it some more to focus on the light itself.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Car Wash

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I have finished my 3 days off with not much fun fare. I brought my parents to a seafood restaurant for Mother's Day dinner. For the next two days, I've been staying in the house because of the hot weather. We were already hitting triple digits during the tail ends of Spring. Today is my first day to go back to work. I went to the gym and then have my car washed since I no longer see rain to occur much sooner.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Second Lazy Day

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This is my second day of just staying home. I guess I'm not yet ready for the summer heat. I went to the gym this morning but when I got home I simply didn't want to go out because the weather temperature is approaching triple digits again. I initially planned to watch a movie but I guess I was just being overpowered by the laziness in me.
Wow, my life is fast becoming a boring one.

Monday, May 13, 2013


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We are still in the month of May but Las Vegas today is getting hotter, we approached triple digit temperatures already. We hit 102degF today and the forecast for tomorrow is also at 100 level. Today"s hot weather made me lazy. I did went to the gym this morning and then went to have my haircut. Once I got home, I was just lounging around watching tv and eventually took a nap. I didn't realize that I was this tired.

Dinner Date

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It was Mother's Day and also a Sunday. We went to church early in the afternoon and after that we went to have dinner at one of my favorite seafood restaurants. The restaurant's location is on the strip and they have a patio where they can also serve dining overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard. We took the patio since the sun was setting already so it was getting cooler. Dinner was good and was reasonably priced given the fact that the location is on The Strip where there are lots of tourists around.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

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Its Mother's Day tomorrow for Americans and I guess for the rest of the world. My Mexican friend said that their Mother's Day always falls on May 10th but nevertheless we ought to love our mothers everyday so it should not matter when you will celebrate their special day because for me each day in a mother's life should be special. We owe everything to our mothers. The nine months that they carried us on their bellies, and the days, weeks, months and years that they cared for us after our birth. The time that we were conceived in their womb, their lives were totally changed. We became their main priority as our needs always come first at all times. Whatever we become later in our lives, its all because of our mothers.

I would like to take this opportunity to greet all my family and friends who are mothers, would be mothers as well as their own mothers, a very happy Mother's Day.

To my very own mother, Happy Mother's Day Mama Em. I love you so much.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Pressed Art

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This particular framed artwork is found in one of the restrooms in our hospital. I particularly attracted to this piece because I vividly remember that I had a similar art project when I was still in the elementary school. Remember book pressed flowers? You pressed a flower inside the pages of a book. Let it remain in there until it dries up and ready for framing. In this case though, these are dried leaves from different trees, set on a hard cardboard backing and framed.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

San Francisco

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San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I always love the weather in there. When my younger brother came over for a visit last August of 2011, we embarked on a road trip to Northern California to attend the Maasin Fiesta celebrations which was spearheaded by some friends from the Philippines. We allocated about a week to be able to make some side trips to some interesting places along the way. One of our many stops was in San Francisco. Actually we spent two nights in San Francisco that included a whole day of sight seeing around the city. If I were to choose where I would move next if ever I would leave Las Vegas, I would definitely want to live in San Francisco. It would be an interesting place to reside.

The picture above is a fridge magnet depicting the famous cable car that traveses within downtown of San Francisco. This is very popular among the tourists. If ever one gets to visit this beautiful city, taking a ride on a cable car is a must thing to do.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Heart Sculpture

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When I went to Regal Village Square to watch a movie, I noticed that there were several sculpture being installed around the whole area. These art pieces were dedicated to St Jude Children's Hospital.  Each artist have their own interpretation of the human heart. This particular piece is a sculpture of a human heart decorated with a kaleidoscope of colors and images that represent its environment.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Red Rock Casino

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Last night we went to Feast Buffet inside the Red Rock Hotel & Casino for dinner. This is one of our favorite buffet restaurant because it has better choices of food as compared to other buffet restaurants and most importantly my dad have always player's discounts and even rewards points towards free buffet. On our way out, I took this picture of the property's facade with their stylish water fountain on their main entrance.

Monday, May 6, 2013


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I rarely get a chance to take a picture of rising sun. Sunsets are much easier to catch because you just have to wait for the right time and you have the whole day to wait for it while you really have to wake up early in the morning hours to be able to catch a glimpse of the sunrise.

While I was doing my rounds this morning, I happened to pass by a window directly looking towards the sun beginning to rise. I immediate took my iPhone, waited a few more seconds and took a snap. It was a good timing for me since there was a little cloud cover that helped filter the blinding rays.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Framed Art

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This is another framed artwork on the hallways of our hospital particularly on the newly renovated area.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Hospital or Gallery?

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Would it be nice if you happen to be admitted in a hospital that is clean and beautiful? This is not an advertisement for the hospital that I worked with, but recently our hospital had undergone various stages of renovation. The newly renovated area have hallways that can be easily mistaken as a gallery. Framed artworks hang on the walls and I guess this speaks a lot to the kind of culture the company has. I guess all these art pieces may make the whole hospital feel more cozy and homey and patients as well as visitors can feel relaxed when they enter the premises. Every time I do my rounds, I can't help but stare on these art pieces as I pass by. The featured picture for today is just one of these framed artworks that graced the hallways of our hospital.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Hong Kong

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As what I have blogged before about my mom's collection of fridge magnets, I would try to focus on each item and tell the story about what I remembered from that trip.

It was our first overseas trip as a whole family. That was February of 2007. Together with us was my brother's family, too. We embarked on a Hong Kong tour that included a visit to Disneyland and Ocean Park. There were other side trips to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Victoria Harbor, The Peak while on board the Peak Tram and of course the night market. Our Hong Kong tour was in time for the Chinese New Year. We were able to witness the longest, biggest and most spectacular fireworks display that we've ever seen. It was held at the Victoria Harbor. Embarking on a guided tour has its advantages and disadvantages. If you are on a guided tour, you get to see and visit all the most popular tourist destinations and attractions the city has to offer. The disadvantages though is that you cant have your own time. You are always on the run to catch up with time or else you can get separated from the group. It was hard for us to totally absorb the beauty of the place that we visited because because you have the schedule to follow. All you can do is to immediately snap pictures and maybe you can fully appreciate the beauty of the place that you visited by looking at the pictures later. It was totally overwhelming. Overall, it was quite an adventure but the bottom-line though was that the whole family was enjoying each other.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Souvenir Shops

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Whenever you visit a new place specially if its for the first time, you may want to get something from that place that would serve as a reminder of the happy or not-so-happy moments you experienced in that place. Las Vegas, being one of the major tourist destinations in America also boasts with many souvenir shops all scattered throughout the city. This particular souvenir store in the featured photo today is one of the biggest souvenir shop in the city. Its actually a combination of various shops that has their own specialty items to offer to tourists and locals alike. It may be t-shirts, play cards, souvenir mugs and shot glasses, miniature wine bottles and a lot more. This is just a part of the whole business center, it actually occupies a whole block on a street corner.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


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After trying out my new macro lens for my Nikon DSLR camera, I went back to where my thrill of macro photography started. I used again my cute little macro lens attachment for my iPhone. Again what will be the easiest subject that you can find around your house are the flowers. So here again is another macro shot of a flower using my iPhone's lens attachment.

Theater 3

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Gateway to entertainment. Movies used to be one of the cheapest form of entertainment. Nowadays, with advancements in technology on imaging and sound reproduction, cinema theaters are also increasing their ticket costs. If you want to watch a more technologically advanced movie like 3D and IMAX it costs even more. That's why online movies for streaming and downloads are already the norm in watching movies. Even DVD rentals are still in business. Make no mistake, I specifically mentioned DVD and not VHS or even Betamax tapes. These are no longer in circulation. Despite all these affordable alternatives to watch movies, people still patronize movie theaters because these are first run and newly released films. DVD copies are only available about 3 to 6 months after a movie is being shown in theaters.