Saturday, April 03, 2021

Construction of my treehouse in 2004

My treehouse in a barrio in Bugallon, Pangasinan was constructed in 2004. I have an architect who help design it and trained the local carpenters how to execute things -- my friend and former Narra dormmate in UP Diliman, Clifford Espinosa. 

Since the house is perched on a big and live mahogany tree, construction started from the top, the trusses of the roof of the second floor. Then the 2nd floor was built, then the 1st floor. Bottom right photo is Clifford with another friend from UP, Calmar Palma. Another friend from UP who came that day was Ding Aguila, not in the photo.

Clifford in another photo bottom left, support carpenter Charlie Espinosa looking up. Bottom right, that's me trying the manual driller.

Roof is cogon, well arranged. Danny Paragas and his father Nong Endring Paragas looking.

Near-finished house, after about 3 months.

This is the original treehouse in that tree, a small hut. It was dismantled so that the bigger, 2-storey treehouse could replace it.

Inside the treehouse, this photo taken about 2 years ago.

Thanks Clifford, thanks carpenters and others who helped.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Remembering Fermin Taruc

Ten years ago today, Feb. 26, 2011, my undergrad organization, UP Economics Towards Consciousness (UP ETC), had a sudden, instant reunion among some alumni who were invited by SMS just hours before the gathering. Our friend from NYC, Esther Habana, was in town and has a one on one with another friend, Fermin "Tarcs" Taruc, a Manila-based tech businessman. Later they decided to invite others, me included. Below from left: Gladys, Esther, Jojo, and Tarcs.

Three of us followed later. Below from left: Jojo, Roland, Esther, Tarcs, Gladys, Roger, me.

It was another fun-filled evening with fellow ETCers. Many others were invited but they could not come due to short notice, just few hours. 

That was a Thursday night. Days later, Monday morning, we just learned that Tarcs died. He had a heart attack Sunday night and since he was living alone in his condo, no one brought him to the hospital. His officemates who wondered why he was not responding by email or by phone call, went to his condo. The guards assisted them to come in, they found Tarcs unconscious inside. They brought him to the hospital, it was late.

Thanks for the friendship, Tarcs. You are a good and friendly man. 

Since then, I attended all reunions with friends from college. I have many organizations and groups of friends from UP, including former dormmates (I stayed in Molave, Yakal, Narra dorms).  

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Math with the witch, wand and broom

I got this from a friend, Noel Nieva. Really funny and a bit mind- or eyes-twisting, so you should zoom into each item. I posted it in my fb wall with this Spoiler -- that I will delete the correct answer and will pm guys who answered correctly.

If you have not encountered this before or know the answer before, go!


3 Clues:
Equation 1: the witch is holding 2 things,
Equation 3: there are actually 4 brooms.
Equation 4: there are actually 2 wands :-)

Most of my friends answered 32, wrong. 

Ok, here's the answer: 

Witch with wand and broom = 15
Witch without wand and broom = 15-7-3 = 5
Wand = 21/3 = 7
Broom = 12/4 = 3
Eqn 4: broom + witch w/o W&B x (2 wands), notice the double/shadow.
= 3 + 5 x (7x2) = 3 + (5 x 14)
= 3 + 70 = 73.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Elle and Bien, pics 2018

Some old photos of the two girls here two years ago.

April 2018.

October 2018.

May 2018, Ben Pearlman's Christening.

June 2018.

December 2018. Bien at GVS Makati with her Grade 3 classmates then. Beside her is among her favorite classmates, Tiana Malabanan.

Elle delivering her own short story before her classmates, GVS Pasig.

Rice University, Houston 2017

These are from the camera of my friends Glo and Ronald Villanueva when they hosted me in their house in Houston, November 2017.

First we went to the various hospitals, medical universities, research centers in Houston, it was impressive. Then they brought me to Rice University, a famous academe in Texas. My friend and batchmate in UPSE 1984, Dr. Butch Arroyo, took his PhD Economics there.

With James, the couple's second child.

While we were walking, we met two beautiful ladies, they are vloggers. The lady on the left is Filipina-American, originally from Pampanga and grew up in the US. Sorry I don't remember their names anymore.

After the tour, lunch at a famous steakhouse in the city. With Ronald and James.

With Glo and James.

Sooooper thanks again Ronald, Glo, for my grand time in your place.

Friday, April 03, 2020

Other parts of Houston, 2017

My Filipino friends, couple Ronald and Glo Villanueva, hosted me in their house after my conference in November 2017 at JW Marriott Houston. They also toured me to some interesting places there. I visited them also in 2010 in their old house in Houston, after my conference in Chicago. Here, some 2017 pics.

A wood building, first time I saw it. I read before of non-steel buildings, here's one example. The wood are properly treated to be fire-resistant. Cool.

Could be Houston's tallest building, I think this is JP Morgan Chase Tower.

A skyscraper for cars, I was amazed to see this tall carpark.

At the old building, Chase Tower. Photo from Ronald.

Shell headquarters. Nice steel-glass buildings.

Houston, around JW Marriott, 2017

Some old photos here that I'm cleaning from my laptop. These were taken in November 2017 when I stayed at JW Marriott Houston, Texas, when I attended the Heartland Institute's "America First Energy Conference" (AFEC) 2017. My cell phone then was an old model with not so clear camera.


See also: JW Marriott Houston, November 2017, March 23, 2018

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Jack Teotico's Route 66

Last Thursday, former UP School of Economics Alumni Association (UPSEAA) President Jack Teotico celebrated his 66th birthday.

An evening of great celebration of life, friendship and music, with lots of food and drinks, with live band playing rock and roll songs of The Rolling Stones, Chicago, etc. Also some slow songs of the 70s. Jack invited his friends from elementary and high school, university (that's us, fellow UPSE alumni), business associates, etc.

I knew that it would be a slam-dunkin evening but I didn't know "how rock" it would be.

After the first song by Jack's wife and her friends (or sisters?), Jack's band came. Their first number answered my curiousity -- they played The Stones' "Jumpin Jack Flash", awwww! It would be a great night of rock n roll!

Their second song was also from the Stones, "I can't get no satisfaction." Jack in the middle holding an electric guitar.

Friends and fellow UPSE alumni, including DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez (2nd from left).

Dr. Raul Fabella on the left. With my undergrad batchmates Leo Riingen and Popo Suanes (seated left), fellow alumni but younger batch Bobby Estebanlar. Popo was the first Summa cum laude graduate of UPSE, cool and intelligent man.

UP Men's basketball team Coach, Bo Perasol, the tall guy in the middle, was also invited by Jack.

Lots of dancing on the dance floor too. Jack's band packed up around 11pm, a second band of millenials but playing 80s and 90s songs came up.

What a night. Thanks again Jack. You really know how to perk up people and bring out the smiles and joy from everyone. You're the man.

See also:

Galerie Joaquin and the UPSEAA, September 29, 2012

UPSE Alumni Fellowship, Bond for Gold, July 01, 2014