Ohio State Marching Band’s Tribute to Michael Jackson

Simply amazing!  My favorite part was the moonwalk at 4:40 of the video.


7.2 Earthquake in the Philippines

Last Tuesday, October 15, 2013, a 7.2 earthquake rocked the Visayas region of the Philippines.  The main areas hit by the quake are Cebu and Bohol.

A friend of mine recently posted a blog about what she felt about this tragedy especially since she just came from Bohol for a vacation.

I can relate with her because of this video.

This video shows the Basilica Del Sto. Nino and the partial collapse of its belfry.  Earlier this year I went to Cebu and was lucky enough to see this church and its interiors.  It’s right beside the Magellan’s Cross which I posted here in my site a couple of month’s ago.

It’s sad to see these old churches and historical sites collapse or get damaged but in all honesty there is very little that humans can do.  I read somewhere that a 7.2 earthquake is roughly equivalent to 32 Hiroshima bombs.  What are the chances of an old building like this have against that immense power?  If mother nature wants to claim back what is hers she can.

I just hope that one day the people of Cebu and the other affected areas can stand up again like what Filipinos normally do.  We always get up no matter how big the challenge is.  Also, I hope that they can rebuild or fix the damaged parts of the historic sites – yes it will no longer be authentic but at least it will be available for other generations to see and experience.

Plagiarism in Photography

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading some news about photos or articles related to photography being plagiarised.  It’s quite sad that people are running out of ideas and even sadder that it’s in the world of photography where ideas can be readily re-imagined or interpreted differently.

There are two cases I’ll be highlighting – Jasmine Star and Mark Solis.

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Breaking the Plateau

It makes me smile to know that I’ve finally broken through the weight loss plateau I’ve experienced a few months ago.  I have broken down the invisible wall!

I am again starting to lose weight although now I have toned down my exercises and focused on doing stuff in the kitchen.  I don’t know if that change affected the plateau I was experiencing.

The reason why I toned down exercising is because I’ve been experiencing migraines lately probably due to my poor sleeping habits.  I personally want to remedy that before I go back to exercising.

My body is looking for the sweat though and I can feel that I’m not at my optimum level.  So exercise should still be the key ingredient and I’ll go back to that.

iOS 7 Issue with iPhone 4s? – Phone Shuts Off Even with 10% Battery Remaining

It’s been almost a month now since I migrated to iOS 7.  So far the experience has been ok for me.  I haven’t encountered those horror stories related to iMessage and the other bugs that were documented by various websites and news organizations.

I did try that bug with the Passcode screen which allows anyone to bypass the security and it does happen.

I didn’t have that issue with the motion sickness as well but that is not entirely iOS 7’s fault.  It’s more of each individual person’s composition – if you get dizzy easily or not.

Anyway, I haven’t updated my iOS 7 to the latest version as of the writing of this post.  I’m a bit hesitant to do so right now because I am in a time of my life right now when I need my phone to be behaving properly.  Like I said so far my experience has been ok so far so I’ll keep things the same for a while.

On that note there is one major experience which is not ok.  It’s somewhat related to the battery drain issue raised by a lot of people.  Battery drain in iOS and iPhone’s is nothing new.  It’s always been there since day 1.  What do you expect?  With more features you’ll need more power, right?

The issue I encountered is that when my iPhone 4S reaches 10% of battery remaining my phone would suddenly turn off.  That behavior only occurred to me during iOS 6 days when I’ve totally zeroed out my battery.

In iOS 7, even if I still had 10% remaining it just shuts off and when you try to turn it back on it won’t.  It will show an icon that tells you that you need to plug in.  It will only come back to life once you start charging your phone.

I don’t know if this is a bug or if my battery is just no longer performing at optimum levels.  I hope it’s a bug of course because I don’t want to upgrade to iPhone 5S as of now. 🙂