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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ganito Sila sa Makati...Ganito Rin Ata sa Buong Pilipinas

After last years bad experience in the hands of paranoid Filipinos, here comes another not so bad experience.
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This happened this afternoon at Makati Park and Gardens were we were approached by a security guard telling us that we are not allowed to take photographs without securing permit. I wanted to understand their ridiculous policy (I wonder if it is really their policy of not allowing individual who use D-SLR in taking photographs) but I don't understand why.
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As far as I know Makati Park and Gardens is a public place, if it's not, I would certainly ask permission first even if I will only use a point and shoot camera.
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I had this experience with a security guard in a famous mall. I was taking a few shots of a cloud formation. The guard said: Sir, bawal po mag picture (Sir, it is not allowed here to take photo).
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I said: Bakit!, sa inyo ba yung ulap? (Why!, do you own the clouds?). Even a friend had experience it at baywalk when she was shooting sunset's photo, sigh!?
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I was apprehended (though I understand them that it's for security reason) when I was shooting junk tanks in a military camp.
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I wonder...what's wrong with D-SLR camera?. Please join and sign the petition found here.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Our Valentine's Day Celebration @ Sun Cruises


My wife and I spent our Valentine's Day at Sun Cruises in Manila Bay. We were supposed to be at the boarding area before boarding time (at 7:30 pm) so we left Marikina City at around 6:00 pm, taking MRT and LRT before we rode on a taxi going to CCP Complex. The traffic condition was worst than expected. In a normal day it should only take as about 10 minutes from LRT Vito Cruz Station but on that day it took us more than 30 minutes, almost missing the boat (there were several couple who did not arrived on time: goodbye P1500).

I was expecting a one couple-one table ratio, I (maybe many of us) was disappointed (see photo why). Anyway, the food did not pass my expectation (I thought the food would taste better if I was the one who cook it, ha ha ha). The night wouldn't be special at all if we haven't witnessed/watched the Pyro-musical in MOA (SM Mall of Asia), aside from a little surprise I prepared for my wife. I ordered a bouquet of flower from the organizer and gave it to her. I requested our theme song to be played, luckily the guitarist played it while I was giving the bouquet.

The night was maybe a disappointment to some (how can you tell cheesy line with your date if other couples could hear you-LOL). We joined our friends and talk about anything and we laughed (while many were bored) all night.

The organizer redeemed themselves by giving out some raffle prizes, including an overnight stay for two at Corregidor Island.
We both enjoyed our date, even if our expectations was not met.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fashion Shoot


A friend invited me to join them in shooting some of their new sets of apparels for their business. Check out their multiply sites at http://youniquelyyou.multiply.com/ . Above photo were also uploaded in my new photography website @ http://www.rickypascual.com.
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Dress By: Youniquely You
Model: Hannah "Ces"' Tan

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

15th Philippine Hot Air Balloon

This was my first Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. I was planning for 3 straight year to attend the event but it was only this year that I was able to really have time to witnessed it. Equipped will my Canon 400D Kit, with some guts on traveling alone and a little information on where to ride a bus, Luckily, my travel was smooth without any delay.
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It might be a little bit too expensive (P1000) to bought a VIP pass and come near the Hot Air Balloon and took as many photos as I can (or until my memory card is full). I thought we can stay on a designated area to shoot but after the hot air balloon leave our sight it was also time for us to leave the area and come back in the afternoon for the night glow activity.
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I hope that next year there would be no more gas card as part of the package so that the price would be lowered or maybe add some more freebies aside from the T-shirt (they should come up with a better design and prints next year).
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Generally, I did enjoy the event and I will definitely attend next year and shoot better photos (and hope to win too).
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See you next year at the 16th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (some time in February).
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How to Get There:

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Public Transport: Take any bus going to Dagupan and go down at Dau Bus Terminal, (you wont missed it because it is a common bus terminal) I prefer Five Star Bus because they have a 24 hour schedule going there. From Dau, look for jeepneys or tricycle going to Clark Gate. Take another jeepney (C-Point) that will bring you to the Clark Airfield.

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By Car: Take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit to Dau, Mabalacat. Turn left to Angeles City after the exit. Make a right turn to the Clark Freeport Zone. Proceed along Manuel Roxas Highway and turn right. Travel time rage from one and a half hour to two hours.
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© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Unauthorized use, edit, copy, reproduction, publication, duplication, download and distribution of any image may result in severe legal and criminal penalties under the law. The above photos were taken by Ricky Pascual and remain the properties of the photographer. Please do not use elsewhere without the owner’s permission.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Finding My One True Love - My Wife's Account

I wonder if many of you already heard my wife's version of our love story. As far as I know, many of you heard my version of our story (I might be too biased if you will not read her side of the story). Now that our story is included in Bro. Bo Sanchez' new book "40 Stories of Finding Your one True Love" and since it's Valentine's Day (we are allowed to say or tell cheesy story), may I share with you my wife's account. It will add more spices to our love story.
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Read on and may this story bless all single people out there, Happy Valentine's Day to all.

I met Ricky in 1995 when our respective choir merged. Though I saw him back in our high school days at San Pedro Apostol Chapel during Sunday Masses. I barely know him and I am not even interested to know his name. The only thing I can remember is he is the very thin white man. Our Choir had regular practices aside from our regular Sunday Mass services and Prayer meetings, but there's no opportunity for us to know each other better. I'm already comfortable with the other guy members of their group and eventually became my friends but not to him. He's so quiet and I thought we did not have any common interest, so why bother? Huh? I just saw him as a weird holy man who always carries a notebook and a Bible every prayer meetings.

Until our choir retreat last May 1996, during the ministry time, we were asked to give a lighted candles to anyone among the group and say something, may it be an apology or honoring. I chose Ricky and took the chance to befriend him. While I passed the candle to him, I said “Sana maging close tayo...tahimik mo kasi” (I hope we could be good friends. You’re too quiet). He just nodded... I think that's a good start.

After the retreat he started talking, marunong pala s'yang magsalita, ha ha ha (He knows how to speak afterall), telling stories and tried to throw scripted jokes...just like text messages. I remember, the first time that we really got the chance to have a longer conversation was when we went to Marikina City Jail for an outreach program. We talked inside a tricycle with another sister while the others are inside the hall listening to the talk. I learned that he is so talented. He started showing off by singing his compositions. He knows how to play the guitar, of course I praise his talent as a sign of encouragement of a sister to a brother (Before I heard the talk of Bro. Bo about flirt-some, I think I know how to flirt-some, LOL) then we became friends.
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I received a letter from Ricky dated July 16, 1996 asking me if he could pick me up from school. I got a little excited and thought it was cool, but to my dismay. Ricky was so quiet the whole time that we were together, I was even turned-off when we ride on a jeep instead of FX. Napanis pa laway ko (He did not even talked to me) the entire trip from P.U.P Sta. Mesa to Marikina, all he could say was "Mama, bayad" (Driver, my fare) and "Para, ho" (Stop here). After that I dreaded the thought of him fetching me from school. I don't know how to handle that awkward situation and thought to myself, “how could I live with this kind of person...soooo boring".

But In fairness with him, during the time we were together on every practices and services, I know for sure that he is a good man. He is quiet but deep, boring but descent. He lacks humor but everybody loves him, especially by our elders and parents of our choirmates. My respect for him is there but I just think we were not compatible.

While I was “slightly” considering Ricky… trying to convince myself that he is a BF material, I saw my long distance BF again. It is when I went to Palawan with my classmates last August 1996. I was head over heals to my ex-BF, tall, basketball player, hunk (at least to me), a total opposite of Ricky. We reunited and when I returned to Manila, I was a different person.

I started avoiding Ricky. His corny jokes pissed me off. When he finally said “I love you”, I almost shouted and pushed him out of our gate (ricky's note: this is the first of seven attempts). I treated him like a man with leprosy (I was just exaggerating). One instance I remembered, It was Christmas Eve, Ricky went to our house together with one of the brother. I stayed on my room upstairs and didn't eat Noche Buena with my family because of Ricky. To me he is an uninvited guest. I was actually waiting for my BF then who eventually didn't showed up.

Another “pagmamaldita” (peevishness) that I’ve done to Ricky happened in Batangas. Our choir went there for a vacation. Ricky serenaded me together with our very supportive friends. But instead of appreciating the gesture, I yelled at them, “Hoy! Magpatulog kayo!” (Hey!, allow us to sleep). To me it was only a joke, but I saw in his eyes how I’ve hurt him. Every time that he give me a letter, he always says that he already asked the Lord for me. That even irritated me so much. To me, it means that if I didn't love him back, I'll be stubborn to God. (because I know He favors Ricky than me) Knowing this, I countered pray with God. “Lord... kung talagang sya, e 'di sige.... Pero Lord, wag ha?” (Lord if he is the one for me, so be it... but please don't, Lord) Crazy me... There are times I won’t attend a gathering if I know that he was also coming. I didn't want him around not because I hate him, but maybe I can't stand seeing him being silent again...miserable because of me. I didn't treat him the way he deserved, but still he continue loving me silently. He didn't say it but I see it in his actions.

It was 1997, another retreat came. It was very timely because I'm so down that time. During the ministry time, as a ministry head, Ricky had to wash our feet. Then it was my turn, he washed and kissed my feet very passionately as if he was kissing me on the cheek. I held my tears from falling. How come this man is so intent and sincere, so down to earth despite all the hardship and heartache I cast on him. I felt the Lord kissing my feet and forgiving all my sins. Instantly, I know for sure that God is already showing His “gift” to me. A gift that I repeatedly ignored and refused.

From then, I finally decided to really treat Ricky well.

Realization came March of 1998. During the youth camp in Antipolo, I noticed that he is not with our group often. Instead, he was always with the other group and surrounded by sisters from the other parish. He is so popular and even voted as “Mr. Youth Camp” of that event. That time I hated him from being snob but deep inside I was just jealous. That made me really think.

Fast forward....May 1998.

One night inside our room, my sister and me are preparing our things for the next day's retreat, when I notice a rolled paper beside her make-up kit. Curious as I was, I grabbed it and asked what was it. When I was about to open it, my sister immediately snatched it from me and we almost wrestled. I thought it was a letter for her from an admirer that why shes so protective. She said it was Ricky’s letter to me. I asked why not give it to me then. She told me that Ricky instructed her to give me the letter right after the retreat. She then kept it inside her cabinet.

After the retreat, again I remember the curiosity I had in that unique letter. I’m so eager to see what is written there and can’t wait until tomorrow, I can’t wait for my sister to give it to me. So while my sister was already fast asleep, since I know where the letter is, I took the letter and read it alone. But I immediately returned it from where I took it so that my sister won’t notice. Ha ha ha!, Ricky took all his courage to wrote down again his feelings. He poured out all his emotions, things that he can’t say personally. The next morning, I pretended that I haven't read the letter yet and asked my sister for the letter. She told me that during the retreat, Ricky told her not to give me the letter anymore. I was kind of confused and sad because of that. Does Ricky finally giving up or he just realized that I'm not worthy of his love?

Time passed, me & Ricky became good friends. We started exchanging friendly letters. Sometimes, he and some choir mates would visit me in our house. I didn't noticed that I really started liking him, feeling that I hide even to my bestfriend. That made me think of our current situation, we are now friends. I know he still loves me but he never brought up the issue again. Now I’m beginning to love him but he never asked. Now I missed his attention but never admitted it even to myself. Gosh.. I’m in trouble...how...think! think!.

One time, I saw a poem from my officemate's journal. The last part is like this, “I don't want you to be my friend anymore, because I've learned to love you . . . my friend”. I copied it, I thought it was the best way to tell Ricky that I'm finally accepting his love.

[The] night of July 15 1998, I saw him in front of my friend's house, I just came from work. He walked me home. He was about to leave when we reached our gate, I invited him in. I said to myself “this is the right time”. The poem was already type written a month ago and I was just waiting for the right time. Inside, to keep him from going home, I showed him some pictures which I know he already saw. I offered him a cup of coffee though I know he is not a coffee drinker, I was too nervous. Finally, it was really time for him to leave because it was almost midnight, I handed him the poem. I told him to read it when he reached home but he was so eager to read it in front of me. We were both speechless.

After we announced our relationship to the group, everybody was very happy and in festive mood. One of the elder even held a simple celebration for us.

I just learned about his deal with the Lord a month after. He told me that I was just 5 minutes early from the deadline. A 5 minutes delayed would mean loosing my happiness. Happiness and contentment that I am experiencing right now.

In my life, I had fair share of regrets. Most of them are cause of bad decisions and wrong judgments. But deciding to choose Ricky as my husband is one decision I would never regret.
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Choosing Ricky means being obedient to God and being open to His will. He is truly a Gods gift, my one true love.
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I read her story over and over again and I can't help but smile (sigh!?!) as if I only read this story for the first time. I love telling our story again and again and I won't get tired of doing it for the rest of my life. It's been 14 years since I courted her and the feeling is the same. In fact it's getting stronger everyday. Ah!, I never imagined my world without my wife in my life, It feels so empty.
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Okay, so much for the cheesy part. I hope you all enjoy your day with your love one on this occasion. If you haven't got a copy of the book "40 Stories of Finding Your One True Love", please buy it for only P249. You can buy it at Shepherd's Voice Publication in Chicago, Cubao or Go to Valle Verde Feast near ULTRA (I haven't seen it yet at National Book Store Branches)and at all National Bookstore Branches Nationwide..
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Happy Heart's Day to all.

Friday, February 5, 2010

40 Stories Of Finding Your One True Love

This post is written at the back of the book's cover.
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These 40 Love Stories Will Make You Fall in Love Again:
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In the incredible bestselling book, "How To Find Your One True Love", Bo Sanchez wrote only one love story: his love story with his wife Marowe. Through the years, that book has rocked he world of thousand of singles all over the planet. It has saved many singles of marrying the wrong person. It has inspired many to choose the right partners. And from the many emails Bo received, the book has caused many great marriages.
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So imagine how this book you are holding will inspire you more.
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Because instead of one love story, you'll read 40 love stories.
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True stories. Beautiful stories. Inspiring stories.
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Warning:Through this 40 stories, your faith will be deepened. Your hope will be strengthened. And even i you've already found your one true love, you'll all in love all over again.
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Open this book now and bless your life in the powerful way.
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ricky's note: The moment I got the copy of this book (40 Stories of Finding You One True Love) in my hand, I started reading it and after 2 hours I finished reading the book. All stories are very inspiring, sometimes I laugh and sometimes I cried specially when I read the story on page 9: Find out why.
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Grab a copy of this wonderful book and I'm sure it will inspire you, specially the single men and women out there. Available in National Bookstore and in all leading bookstores nationwide.)
 

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