Looks can be deceiving – even in basketball

I first saw him last week. Like me, he went to the basketball court alone. He was a good shooter as he hardly missed a shot. He had the moves. And if you wanna talk about form, he could give Dirk Nowitzki a run for his money.

Like me, he played alone. I thought he would be a good opponent in basketball, but he looked like he was full of himself, just like many of the other guys I’ve met in so many basketball courts. So I didn’t invite him to play.

Today, I saw him again. This time around, I did ask him to play. I thought, well, I’m not gonna lose anything anyway if he snobs me.

But he agreed. Right away.

He was indeed a good opponent in basketball. I got lucky though, he missed many shots while I, miraculously, made many of mine. I won, 10-9.

“Nice game,” he told me. I thought so too. I had fun.

So he was no airhead, no snob, no a-hole. Looks can really be deceiving.

Taxes: one of the two inevitable things

It’s been said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Oh it’s so true.

I’m not on the verge of death (as of press time), but I’ve just paid community tax.

I actually almost postponed paying that particular tax because of this rather longish line:

Sucks to be them

Sucks to be them

I thought it was the line for the payment of community tax. Fortunately, for me at least, it wasn’t. If I’m not mistaken it’s the line for getting a certain kind of clearance from the authorities.

MRT3 at 5:12 a.m.

I thought that it would be spacious because it was quite early, and that fewer passengers would be there because of the recent fare increase.

I suppose that when it comes to public transport in Metro Manila, I should I always expect the worst.

Picture taken between Santolan and Ortigas stations (going to Ayala):

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Seoul by night

I’m interested in photography and I think one challenging aspect of it is taking good pictures at night.

I took the following pictures during my Seoul trip using my Canon EOS 1000D camera:

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Namdaemun Gate. Yep, I wanted to have that effect.

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View of Seoul from Namsan Park, where Seoul Tower is located. I sucked at this one as it’s underexposed.

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Myeong-dong shopping district. It was quite easy to take pictures here because of the lights.

2 new certificates from Coursera

I received two new certificates from Coursera while I was in Seoul, South Korea.

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Parting is such sweet Seoulow

Today, January 9, 2015, is the last day of our Seoul trip that began on December 30, 2014.

I kinda feel sad that I’m gonna go back to reality, which for me means jampacked trains, criminality and inefficient government services, among other things.

I’m gonna miss these:

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

My little corner of the world in Seoul

My little corner of the world in Seoul

Breakfast at the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel


Namdaemun Gate

Namdaemun Gate


Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market


Namdaemun Gate and Namdaemun Market are the landmarks closest to our hotel.

Seoul’s Yeouido District has it all

Are you interested in sports, or work, or entertainment/news, or leisure, or politics, or a combination of some or all of those? Then Seoul’s Yeouido District is for you.

I’ve already featured Koreans’ love for basketball, but this district, the Yeouido Park in particular, has shown me that they just don’t love the sport. They breathe it.

Skyscrapers in the area:

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I’ve learned so many things about Korea through its entertainment and news programs. I think TV station KBS is a purveyor of Korean culture.

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The area also has Paris-style sidewalk cafes. I drank Mint Chocolate Hollyccino to keep me warm. No, to make me warm again.

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I also passed by the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. I asked for permission from the police officers guarding the entrance before taking pictures. They said it was okay.

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I’ve been to several places in Seoul and I can say that Yeouido is my favorite one in the city.