Archive for December, 2004

Links for 2004-12

South Asia Tsunami Aid links. / news Roland Piquepaille. For whom Slashdot shills. / net troll Santa Claus at Nicea, 4th Century AD. Old Nick gets points from me for slapping that heretic Arius in the face. Ha. (via / faith history Survival Guide to a Pinoy Christmas. From Click Mo Mukha Mo. / […]


I’m on Verde Island for four days of scuba diving. See you in 2005!

Tsunami Coverage

International cable news here in Manila is pretty much 24/7 Tsunami News, though I see that one of my primary DC news haunts, NBC4, at the time of this writing, ranks one of the world’s deadliest natural catastrophes ever recorded as less important than flu shots and a church fire. What have you noticed about […]

Turo Mo, Tusok Ko

“You point, I skewer.” Fishball vendor in Virra Mall. Photo taken with a Canon Powershot A400.

MT 3.14

I’ve installed MT 3.14 to address the potential issue of comment spam and server load. It’s never been a problem for me, most likely thanks to MTCloseComments, which expires comment posting to keep the spammers — as well as Kaanibs and Rubenians — out of my archives. I hope other MT users on this shared […]

Post-Christmas Tsunamis

Tsunami spawned by a huge earthquake in Sumatra have battered coastlines in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and India. Thousands dead. I’m looking at pictures on CNN from Phuket in Thailand, and it’s a mess. We went on a diving/sailing trip to Phuket in 1997, and it’s a popular tourist destination for Americans and Europeans, especially around […]

And The Word Was God

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines […]


Tiangge means “bazaar,” in this case a tight gridwork of crowded stalls peddling discounted clothes, jewelry, accessories, electronics, and handicrafts in the hallways, plazas, parking lots, and other empty spaces between the various sections of Greenhills Shopping Center. Today being the practical tail end of the Christmas rush, the tiangge was a veritable crush of […]

Virra Mall: The Last Days

The two “home” malls of my childhood were Virra Mall and Shoppesville at Greenhills Shopping Center, a short walk from my house, where I would go for school supplies, video arcade games, computer repairs, art classes, Taekwondo lessons, cheap clothes, haircuts, Chinese noodles, 10 and 20-sided dice for AD&D and Robotech, and of course, “discount” […]

Paalam Kay FPJ

FPJ laid to rest. Just some screenshots of the TV while we watched the burial of Fernando Poe Jr.