Man Of Mars (August 8, 2003 – December 31, 2007)

April 1, 2007

April 2007

Filed under: films,photography,travel — drei @ 1:01 am

Caliraya Lake
Mon, 02 Apr 2007 03:29:00 GMT

frisbee and windsurfing at caliraya lake

frisbee and windsurfing at caliraya lake

I had a quick summer starter with friends Jerry, Abi, Shelwin, and Van, at a surf camp in Caliraya Lake over the weekend.  I was hesitant of joining the gang at first because of many reasons: I failed to pick-up my sleeping bag from Metropole; I just got sick a few days earlier; I have an upcoming Camarines outing for the holy week; etc.  Good thing I still decided to go, and had one of the most exciting and at the same time most relaxing weekends in recent memory.

Most of the time was spent on frisbee, with tips and new techniques from pro-player Jerry, fresh from bagging major awards in the last frisbee tournament in Metro Manila.  Throwing and catching disc could be really addicting, and nothing gave a more outdoor feel than playing in an open field, with kite-surfers and windsurfers in the background.

A small part in the afternoon was spent trying out windsurfing, which was a really difficult activity.  A heavy sail and strong winds would require so much arm power and leg balance, that a few inches worth of water travel would already bring me to loud happy cheering.  With the natural high the wind and the speed were giving, I’m guessing soon, maybe I could pursue this hobby.

Grilling of food was so much easier since helpers and equipment were readily available, and a sari-sari store was nearby in case we’d run out of beer.  Our instant inihaw menu included tilapia, tomatoes, and liempo, which was just perfect for the atmosphere.  And while the metro was suffering the summer heat at night, we were enjoying the cold fresh breeze of the lake, with a bright moon to complement.  By sunrise I forced myself to wake up, hoping to get good pictures, but unfortunately the area was not a good site for both sunrise and sunset.

Only those doing water sports were familiar with the campsite, that’s why the area was never crowded, and meeting everyone in a friendly place with such few people was expected.  The most interesting were Verge, Van’s windsurfing trainer and equipment owner (Van’s windsurfing was the reason why the trip was organized in the first place), and Jay, the kite-surfer who later joined us in frisbee.  Hobbyists in the area were either successful doctors (in their 50’s or 60’s) or businessmen (those who actually own their businesses), which was just a valid observation, since hobbies with real expensive equipment could only be done by filthy rich professionals.  Since I already turned down the UP Intarmed program 9 years ago, that means my only chance of pursuing hobbies like windsurfing would be the latter.  But for now, my new cheap hobby of frisbee is enough.

By Sunday afternoon, Metropole already delivered my sleeping bag, and I was finishing a book, trying to ignore some sunburn pains on my back.

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Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur
Wed, 11 Apr 2007 09:36:00 GMT

boat ride to caramoan, bangkas at caramoan wharf, elevated view of Gota beach facing the Pacific Ocean
waves of Gota beach, Lajos Island, Hunongan Cove
camp out at Gotang malaki, Sabitang Laiya island, boat ride to Tayak Island
rock formations at Tayak Island, the entire Tayak white shores all for ourselves, Matukad Island by sunset
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I spent the long weekend in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, a peninsula rich of clear waters, long stretches of white beaches, and lots of great islands which we explored for three days (4th day was spent in Naga, killing time in their spa and coffee shops).  I would love to write about my great vacation and brag about my dark tan (hahaha!), but there are just too many pictures to upload in my flickr account (including pics from my friends’ cameras), and of course relatively a lot of work to catch up with after the long break, not giving me time to write and organize my thoughts about the trip.

Anyhow, check my flickr site for more pictures in bigger sizes, that is, after I get to upload all of them.  Hehe.  Have a good day everyone!!

Grindhouse – this year’s Kill Bill and Sin City
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 09:34:00 GMT

For 2007, only two movies entered the Top 250 Movies of All Time in IMDB so far.  First is the visual orgasm that was 300, and next is Grindhouse, the new collaboration of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.  Their last joint work was the recreation of Frank Miller’s Sin City, where Tarantino directed only a specific sequence, while Rodriguez directed the rest of the film.  This time, the brilliant duo made a two-in-one thriller, which is also a tribute to the B-movie slasher genre, as can be easily seen in the movie posters.  The two movies have fake trailers in between, just to further recreate the feel of two different movies shown in one cinema (which by the way is still the setup of cinemas in my home city, where the second film is called the “double”).

Planet Terror poster and production photo
TV stars on big screen: Federico of Six Feet Under and Sayid of Lost

Death Proof poster and production photo
Kurt Russell as the crazy driver and serial killer

The first feature is Planet Terror by Robert Rodriguez, an action film about zombies breaking loose in a planet similar to earth, whose cast is led by Rose McGowan.  Planet Terror also stars Bruce Willis, and actors from two popular television series, Freddy Rodriguez of Six Feet Under and Naveen Andrews of Lost.  Quentin Tarantino’s share is Death Proof, which stars Kurt Russell as a stuntman who kills young women on the road.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson and Eli Roth, the director of the famous B-movie series Hostel (produced by Tarantino).  Robert Rodriguez is the only film director with two trilogies in his credentials – Desperado and, er, Spy Kids – while Tarantino is famous for noir cult films, such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and the Season 5 finale episode of CSI, where George Eads was burried alive.

With the creative concept of Grindhouse, the plotlines, the promised gore, and of course the directors, I’ll be the first one lining up when this one starts showing in local cinemas.


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