Category Archives: Straight from the heart

Voltaire version 2


This is Voltaire ver. 2. He’ll be turning one month old tomorrow and he just lives next door. I would visit him and his mommy dog Carla whenever I find time because it’s always heartwarming holding a puppy. I just hope he lives for years like his half-brother Douglas, my dog, who is among the first batch of Carla’s offsprings. Voltaire ver. 2 is the fifth batch. He’s only one, though. Unico hijo. The second, third, and fourth batch didn’t get to live beyond one month. Either they got sick, they’re too many to be taken care of (my neighbor’s an informal settler), or ate something they’re not supposed to eat. I still miss Voltaire, my dog Douglas’ brother, who my neighbor gave away early this year. I heard he passed away already after eating something. I don’t know, my gut tells me that is not the real reason knowing that my neighbor likes to tell white lies, something that I do not understand about her. My neighbor took her almost a month to think of a name. I suggested “Bernard” because the puppy looks like St. Bernard. That’s when she said, “Voltaire na lang. Bubuhayin ko na lang ito. Isa lang naman sya.”  I got excited hearing that.

I’m still missing Voltaire. For no two dogs are alike. Just like humans. But life has to go on despite the sadness. And oh, here’s the closeup shot of Voltaire ver. 2!





“The trick to being truly creative, I’ve maintained, is to be completely unselfconscious. To resist the urge to self-censor. To not-give-a-shit what anybody thinks. That’s why children are so good at it. And why people with Volkwagens, and mortgages, Personal Equity Plans and matching Lois Vutton luggage are not.”

~A quote from Linds Redding’s blog. Linds Redding was a New-Zealand-based art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi and Saatchi who died last month at 52.


When feeling down, read this

“As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You’ll have your heart broken and you’ll break others’ hearts. You’ll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you’ll cry because time is flying by. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you’ve never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. you just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone’s hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts. Don’t be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.”

– Author Unknown

Building… For whom?

Sabi nila, mabuti pa daw noong panahon ng rehimeng Marcos, maraming naitayong buildings at tulay para sa mga tao. Halimbawa na lang yung San Juanico Bridge na tinaguriang the longest bridge in the Philippines that connects Samar and Leyte.  Ayon sa IBON Foundation, oo nga’t may naitayong mga tulay kagaya ng San Juanico Bridge pero kung titingnan ito, wala itong naitulong na pag-unlad sa mga nakatira dito. Mahirap na probinsya pa ring maituturing ang Samar at Leyte. So sino ang nakinabang? Yung mga big companies na nag-construct ng mga naturang buildings at bridges. Ang taxpayers’ money at yung inutang na pera ay napunta lamang sa bulsa ng mga makapangyarihang businessman. “At kung umutang ka and it didn’t produce income to pay back debt, dyan nagkakaroon ng debt problem,” sabi ni IBON executive director Sonny Africa.

Umattend ako ng 2017 Midyear Birdtalk (Economic and Political Briefing) ng IBON Foundation last July 19 which was held at the UP College of Law and this graph showing the value of infrastructure projects versus the poverty incidence is the thing that bothered me the most.  Kung saan pinakamababa ang poverty incidence, which is the NCR, doon maraming infrastructure projects na ginagawa. Kung saan may pinakamataas ang poverty incidence, which is ARMM, doon halos walang proyekto of infrastructure na ipinapasok ang gobyerno through the years, under different administrations.

For Pres. Duterte

Midnight Dream

Did it ever occur to you when the world seems to be against you, when you encounter misfortune after misfortune and it all happened in just one day? But then the next day, because you did not let the humiliation or degradation affect you so much and regard the new day as a new beginning, the world became so beautiful again with a sweet surprise: friends left something for you in the fridge, a chocolate-flavored cake called Midnight Dream from Caramia/Amici. I’ve tasted this a lot of times before but because of an experience, it tasted differently now. The most delicious of all cakes. Try this, too.

Best Ad

Made me laugh when I first saw this from a billboard years ago. Years later, this still amuses me.

Goya Dark Almonds

I was falling in line to the cashier.  It was just a short line but I quickly got bored. And then I saw this among those displayed before the Cashier counter: GOYA DARK ALMONDS. I’ve always been a patronizer of well-known imported brands like Reese’s, Hershey’s, Snickers, M&Ms, etc. For local, I like the Chocolate Mallows, Hiro from Comfoods. But Goya? Just a brand that I’d usually ignore.

But not at that particular moment. When I grabbed a pack, opened it, then tasted what’s inside while waiting for my turn to the cashier, my perspective changed. RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT. I’m now a believer of Goya Dark Almonds. 🙂

Francis Brew Reyes

Posting this here to remember my second virtual encounter with Francis Brew Reyes of The Dawn, who had a show in late 1990s called In The Raw in UNTV which I loved to watch. Francis promoted raw talents in the show and his commentaries made the featured band of the night interesting. 😀 Francis Reyes is not just a musician, he was also a DJ and a host worth listening to.

Wow, good thing to know that Francis Reyes writes articles online for Billboard. My unforgettable moment with him was only virtual, through Multiply (Multiply’s dead though). I commented on his post and he commented also on my post. That’s it. To me that was already unforgettable. He’s not just a good musician (and a good backup vocalist), I’m a fan of his blogs (when he used to have blogs). Here, Francis Brew Reyes writes about Robert Javier of The Youth.

The Youth’s Robert Javier talks about the band’s longevity and his work with #EatBulaga read on

Backstage in Broadway Centrum, stagehands and technicians are scurrying about. It is 11am, an hour before the day’s episode of the noontime TV…
Francis Brew Reyes Awww, thank you!!!
Jezzamine Andaquig
Jezzamine Andaquig Haha! Nagulat ako. You’re welcome, sir Francis! Still remember that word of advice you gave ancient’s ago to the contestants of the search for the new vocalist of Rivermaya (where Jason Fernandez was discovered). You said: “Don’t let praises and criticisms get into your head. Just let it slide.” I always keep that in mind when I’m feeling down or high.
Jezzamine Andaquig