often called “the sexiest man in siargao” because he is, i had the privilege of taking some shots of champion surfer manuel “wilmar” melindo on our last day in the island, june 1, thanks to makeup artist syrel lopez and caster gaddy. here is one of my favorite shots. might post another photo tomorrow. wohoo!

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grooming by syrel lopez, photo by benjamin padero. shot at tuazon, harana resort, siargao, surigao del norte.

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shooting the sexiest man in siargao

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if walls could see, it would have eyes.

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a load of laundry for almost 6 hours? 

loving my new front load automatic washing i got for 50% off when abenson in greenbelt just this december. i no longer have an excuse to an unattended laundry since the machine can do all the way to cupboard dry! if only it could answer my emails, too. 

working out the settings since i dont need that too long a wash cycle for normal laundry and maybe i should cut down the rinse cycle for my linens. the spin cycle is awesome at 1400 rpm. and the tumble dry feature is a real life saver. 

this is me with the washing machine. comic strip from adamandandy.com

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when your pickup point is correct and you even send a text message to give further instructions but your uber driver drives away in front of you and had to call him up and you had to walk in the rain because he’s now several buildings away (because i dont want to wait for him to go round the block coz by then i’d be really really late). hayst.

update. so apparently he just probably feel he’s better than waze. he couldnt distinguish a right turn 500 meters away and a right turn right this very minute. awesome. 

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so i finally got around to mount some of the movie poster postcards i got from the terryho ponozky shop in prague on a big frame. it’s so pretty. i decided to get 1 frame first and see how it looks and i think it looks awesome. will probably get two more frames so i can mount the rest of the postcards and another set of andy warhol male nude sketches on postcards somebody gifted me (except im still trying to remember who gave it, the note it came with got lost through time). so cool.

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postcards on the wall.

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cleaning up 2016

spent my last few days of vacation cleaning my mother’s house. well, our house in the province. threw out so many things that were mindlessly stuffed away when they could have been disposed of in the first place or have been organized properly so one may realize that there’s too much of the same thing salvaged. so i have made myself busy, yes.

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sporting my grandfather’s hipster glasses. he passed away in 1986. may his glasses live on.

threw out empty boxes (gift boxes, appliance boxes saved, old whatever boxes still alive and unrecycled) stashed everywhere and succeeded in taking old books out of the house. i was able to have my termite-infested bedroom closet removed and in the process, organized everything that were stashed in them. it’s tricky to get my mother to let go of old clothing or her plastic containers. small victories though. easily convinced her i throw away expired stuff like medicine and medical supplies, food, and makeup.

my father’s stuff hasnt been properly sorted through since he died 3 years ago. i kinda went over a few things and with his worktable alone ive already stuffed one sack for disposing. his work area would require a lot of time to organize and dispose/donate/whathaveyou. ill do that in june when i get back.

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essentially my childhood in 3+ plastic crates. 

as a packrat, it’s a miracle to have reduced my stuff and keeping just this amount of memorabilia. and it’s awesome to still have the book on airplanes gifted to you at 4 years old or that greeting card your dad sent you from the US during the ’84 olympics. apparently they still give me joy so im keeping them.

my vacation is short-lived and tomorrow i will have to fly back to manila. i hope ill do better cleaning katipunan since im there 90% of the year anyway. looking forward to more cleaning in 2017.

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