The baptism

‘I’ notes:

                       I was finally baptized.

I believe that in every skill that we want to acquire we have to know first the basics.

Computer operations, calculations, driving and of course photography, we all need to be familiar with the simple how-to before we call ourselves real pros.

That’s why after I bought my DSLR, I enrolled in Basic Photography class to know more about the craft and get familiar with all the necessary things about Photography and the camera itself. We used manual camera and the old-school film and process our own pictures using all those chemicals and tools in developing. It was really fun. I enjoyed it a lot.

Now that I am baptized already, I am sure that I will be a big shot in the future. God knows.

Here are some of the pictures I took after I got excited using my first-ever film. And yes, my first try failed but I’m still up for the challenge. I’ll post some of my first successful shots in the future. God speed!

1stfilm-Manual Photography

My first film and negative

1stfilm- Manual Photography

My Emo film l Subject: Inanimate objects

1stfilm- Manual Photography

I tried really hard, but i think failure made me aim for a perfect shot! 🙂


Surprise! Surprise!

“I” notes:

I’ve been around for a long time, and life still has a whole lot of surprises for me.

I started working a couple of weeks ago. I should say I’m still working things out. I’m still adjusting my time and a bunch of things.

There are things that I can’t do anymore, (maybe in time when I finally get used to the routine) just like blogging. But I’m trying to squeeze it in to my time so that I can, at least see my site stats and reply to those who will drop their comments.

Though I’ve been out for a while, surprising reward still came to brighten up my day and to give me the right push to manage my time more (properly).

After days of not being present in the blogosphere, I found out my first ever blog nomination- the versatile blog award.


I would like to thank J.E. Lattimer for the nomination and for giving me the push to do blogging more often. Thank you so much for the kind gesture!

By the way this is the link going to his amazing blog <>.


Seven things about myself:

Journalism student

I can’t avoid sweets

I’m into photography now!

I’m a SEO specialist

A cup of coffee makes my day

I doodle a lot when I’m in class

I hate rainy season

Here’s my set of nominees (though I had a hard time choosing who to nominate):


It’s your turn here are the rules:

Display the award logo on your post

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog

Share 7 things about yourself

Pass the award to 15 nominees

Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated


Thanks a lot! Keep on blogging guys!

A confession of a jeepney driver

The demand for basic necessity continue to climb up the ladder as IBON foundation revealed that the daily cost of living in Metro Manila has risen to P637.24 as of January, a nine percent increase from the same period last year.

UP Ikot drivers are among those who are experiencing this uphill climb when it comes to their daily needs. It shows that their usual P300- P500 earnings a day is insufficient with the daily needs of their family.

Ikot Jeep-UP Diliman

Ernesto S. Chaneco, 56, an Ikot driver, has been driving in UP Diliman for more than 40 years now. He started driving when he was 15 years old.

“At first, I did car washing with my uncle when I was still a young boy. He taught me how to drive and eventually, he gave me a chance to drive a jeepney, up until now I’m still doing the job,” Mang Ernesto said in Filipino.

Mang Ernesto start plying his route at 5 a.m. and return to the garage at 9 p.m. –a total of 14 hours of work on the road. Another driver will drive his jeepney, working the same number of hours the next day.

In Metro Manila, ‘rilyebo’ system is usually practiced. At least two or three drivers regularly share a livelihood out of one jeepney.

Cross the path and you will get there

“It’s hard when you have your operator, you will give almost everything that you earn to them at the end of the day. As of now my boundary is P900, I usually take home P400 out of my whole day driving. I personally can’t do anything about that, that’s how it is,” Mang Ernesto lamented.

When he was asked about the maintenance of the jeep, he mentioned that he usually shoulder small items needed to be replaced like rubbers and fluids but when it comes to bigger problems the operator are the one who shoulders it.

–But his perception of life was all positive hopes compared to some, who continue to whine without doing anything to have a productive life.–

According to UP Driver’s Association, as of now there are about 50-60 drivers who primarily taking the route of UP Ikot. These 50-60 drivers compete with few numbers of students who wanted to ride a jeep on their way to another building.

“Sometimes I feel embarrass when no one wants to ride a jeep. Most of the students now prefer to walk or use their bikes in going to another side of UP, unlike before, students patronage riding a jeep,” He said.

Having four children is a tough challenge to Mang Ernesto. He admitted that during his first years of driving, they usually fall short when it comes to their daily budget but as much as possible, they try to make use of the money he earned as an Ikot driver to have a filling meal everyday and for his children to go school.

Since driving in UP cannot fully support Mang Ernesto and his family’s needs, a vulcanizing shop that he raised six years ago helps him with the rest of his responsibilities.

The never-ending drive continues

“I established a vulcanizing shop in Cabanatuan, it helps me a lot financially. I was able to send my children to school and i’m happy to tell that three of my kids are now working after they graduated. I am quite fulfilled because I was able to do it with the help of my job,” said Mang Ernesto.

Mang Ernesto is one of those who continue to struggle on one of the oldest problem of this country—poverty. But his perception of life was all positive hopes compared to some, who continue to whine without doing anything to have a productive life. He continues to be persistent and do his best to have a better life as an Ikot driver.

“Maybe at my age now, I will not look for another job, I will stay as an Ikot driver as long as my body permits me anyway I have my kids now to support me”, he ended.



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