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I’m On BluPrint

Posted by BCS on October 6, 2009

About three months ago, Ms. Carren Jao left a comment on my About page asking permission to use one of the photos in my Sto. Domingo Church post for a small section on BluPrint magazine. She informed me that although she was unsure if my photo will indeed be used, it was scheduled to come out in the October 2009 issue of the magazine.

She would confirm to me two months later that it’s a go.

And, sure enough… here it is. 😀

Front cover of BluPrint magazine (Volume 7 - 2009)

Front cover of BluPrint magazine (Volume 7 - 2009)

My tiny spot on page 38 of BluPrint magazine (Volume 7 - 2009)

My tiny spot on page 38 of BluPrint magazine (Volume 7 - 2009)

It’s just a tiny spot but I can’t smile any wider because I’m afraid the upper two-thirds of my head might fall off if I do. 😛

Thanks Carren. 🙂

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A Day To Remember

Posted by BCS on September 27, 2009

I opened my eyes to a dim puplish blue sky. I looked at the digital clock on the wall above the window beside me… 5:26.

I sat up and saw the horizon glowing a pale blue and pink light. Cirrus clouds dotted an otherwise clear and pale blue background.

I put on my shoes and readied myself to head for home.

There were three of us there last night, stuck inside the office with nowhere to go. However, I was the only one who never left.

My wife told me at around 5:30 in the afternoon yesterday to just stay at the office. She told me there was no way I can possibly get home even if I could manage to get near to our place. At street level, our place was flooded chest-deep!

I was left there, alone with a couple of security personnel. Everyone wanted to go home and everyone did. I wanted so much to go home myself… but I’d be crazy to even attempt to. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) had already been closed at the time due to flooding.

6:30 pm. I was just sitting there at the parking area at the ground floor, thinking of how and where I’m going to get something to eat, when I saw a lone figure walk through our office building’s gate.

It was our plumber, Edwin, who had left earlier at around 2:30 pm with our manager to go home to Pampanga. “Traffic wasn’t moving, and I heard that it’d probably take us ’til tomorrow to get there” he said, “so I decided to come back.”

And so, I asked him to buy a can of sardines and, when he came back, we had our dinner at the top floor of our office building.

As we were finishing up, I saw a figure appear from the staircase. To my surprise, it was our Manager, John, who had also left earlier (with Edwin) to go home to Pampanga. “The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) had been closed to traffic…” he said “the news said flood waters in Valenzuela are mid-bus deep!”

431 millimeters of rain fell, that’s almost a whole month’s worth of rainfall, and it all came down in just 6 hours.

I wrote a draft for this entry yesterday while waiting and earnestly hoping for the rain to stop, hoping to post it as soon as I get home. But it didn’t happen.

“Tropical Storm Ondoy (International Code Name Ketsana)

It kept raining last night up to the early hours of this morning, but there wasn’t anything about it that could have warned us of what was to come today.

Heavy rain started to fall at around 9:30 am or so (I was already at the office at the time) and I thought it would last for only a brief moment as rain as hard as that usually does. But I was wrong… very wrong. It lasted for more than six hours non-stop.

It was my first time to see rain falling as hard as that last that long.

I have been told that there’s a section in Araneta Avenue where all the cars left on the street were submerged and that only their roofs were showing!

Sadly, our house was not spared. It’s currently flooded inside to almost knee deep.

Here are a few photos my officemate took on his way to the office.”

EDSA, near the Quezon Avenue MRT station (Photo taken by Joy Cuales)

EDSA, near the Quezon Avenue MRT station (Photo taken by Joy Cuales)


EDSA near Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Joy Cuales)

EDSA near Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Joy Cuales)


Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)


EDSA corner Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

EDSA corner Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)


EDSA, looking towards West from atop the Quezon Aenue MRT station. (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

EDSA, looking towards West from atop the Quezon Aenue MRT station. (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)


EDSA, looking west from the Quzon Avenue MRT station (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

EDSA, looking west from the Quzon Avenue MRT station (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

The aftermath? Well, some streets are still flooded, a huge section of asphalt has been peeled off the road near the intersection of West and Quezon Avenues, debris are almost everywhere, and our home is in shambles (water eventually rose to nearly a meter deep inside our house after I wrote that).

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July 22, 2009 Solar Eclipse

Posted by BCS on July 22, 2009

It was a busy morning for me.

My wife had to leave the house very early for a job interview and requested for me to wait for my son to be picked up by the school service before I leave. Because of that, I was only able to leave the house at around 8:33am.

Thinking that I was already late for work anyway, I decided to drop by the bank (which was along my way to the office) to settle some matters. I got to the bank at around 9:10am and finished my business there 15 minutes later, after which I hurried off to the office.

I had been hoping, since when I first heard about it a couple of weeks ago, that I would be able to take a snapshot or two of the solar eclipse that was going to occur today. And, knowing that the greatest eclipse (GE) was going to occur around 9:44am, I felt a bit frustrated since I was left with less than 20 minutes to get to the office, pull my camera out, and take the pictures.

In addition to that, even if I do make it on time, I doubted that I will be able to take a good picture of the eclipse. I took some test shots of the sun while I was still at home and, even with my camera’s aperture set to the smallest and the shutter speed set to the highest possible settings, I was only able to get a washed-out image of the great ball of fire. The light intensity was just too great.

Trial shot I took at home

Trial shot I took at home

Frustrated as I was, I kept on taking swift peeks at the sun (ignoring the dangers of doing so) hoping to get a glimpse of the eclipse even for just a split second.

And I did, a couple of times, when thin clouds covered the sun just enough to make it not painful to look at.

Solar eclipses are considered in many cultures as a bad thing, associating it with bad luck, chaos, and terrible events. But in my case, as it turned out, it was ALL GOOD.

I got to the office at around 9:38am, just a little over 10 minutes after I left the bank. Wonderful!

But my greatest luck would come in the form of my good friend (and officemate) Arnel, who’s also brought his camera with him and, with that, his INFRARED FILTER!

And for that, I was able to take a couple of pictures of the eclipse.

The solar eclipse (taken some time between 9:40am to 9:50am), Quezon City, Philippines

The solar eclipse (taken some time between 9:40am to 9:50am), Quezon City, Philippines

It may not be the “GE” point/event (said to be around 49.5 percent where I’m at), but I can’t be any happier.

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