Super Typhoon approaches the Philippines: The biggest swell of the season.

    Christmas came a bit early for surfers on the northern island of Luzon, part of the 7,107 island archipelago known as the Philippines.

    As I walked past my neighborhood Starbucks,  I noticed a headline which read: "Powerful typhoon nears."  Such a bold statement isn't news for surfers who have been tracking this storm all week, but headlining news for citizens of the North who aren't acutely on top of the prevailing weather pattern.

    The headline began to read: 

    "A powerful typhoon that could intensify into the highest hurricane category is barreling toward the Philippines, international storm trackers reported yesterday."

    As we brace for the storm, let's hope we are more prepared and have learned our lesson from Typhoon Ondoy (Hurricane Ketsana, Sept 2009).  Lowlanders head for the hills, citizens of the north brace for the rainfall,  but surfers grab your guns. Expert watermen only need apply.

    The tools of the trade:

    Follow this blog as I track the islands' best surfers 
    and chase this storm of mythical proportions

Mabuhay Electric Bicycle -An Eco friendly approach to commuting: Electric Bicycle

    I am presently in Southeast Asia working for Lonely Planet. I have sampled the various ways to commute, either Bus, Train or Jeepney but when rush hour hits,  it takes several hours to go only a few kilometers.  I believe I have found the perfect "traffic buster."

    There is typically a strong bicycle population in places like Vietnam and China.  It's better for the environment,  and a daily dose of cycling affords you the minimum 30 minutes of aerobic exercise that everyone should be doing. However here in the Philippines, biking isn't the norm.  With the arrival of the E-Bike, I feel that is all about to change.

    Whether it be biking within your subdivision, popping over to the bakery for some hot "pan de sal" or simply running a quick errand,  nothing is more fun than riding an e-bike.  You'll feel better in knowing that you wont be adding any further to the Carbon footprint that is negatively affecting our green Earth.

    I was inspired by Russ Roca, over at his personal website, wherein he travels and shoots via 2 wheels.  It inspired me to do the same albeit more challenging here in the dodgy streets of Manila.

    I recently purchased a "Slim First" electric bike from Mabuhay Electric Bicycle  Makati, Philippines.   I will detail here in this blog some of my experiences while commuting and working here in Asia. Follow along to see my adventures on 2 wheels...

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The Bitter with the Sweet -Mac Book Pro woes...

    Earlier today, I was in the office working on product shots for the Volcom 2010 Line of clothing.

    I wanted to burn the stock images for our Graphic designer and like before,  I noticed the Superdrive was experiencing a bit of a "hiccup".  Recently,  I have been getting failed burns and erratic reading of burned media.  Original media, like a DVD or music CD, would play fine.  It just seems that "burned" data,  depending on the quality of the media, or what equipment performed the burn (PC or Mac) yielded inconsistent performance from the drive.

    I had this ominous feeling that my Mac Book Pro was about to experience impending doom.

    Wanting to see if other media worked, I sampled a music CD and it worked fine. However,  when I attempted to play a DVD movie (a skate flick by Cliche)  the DVD failed to play and the superdrive only spun and attempted to eject after a few minutes.

    As it turns out the DVD may have been too thick,  and it was trapped in a looping attempt to read and eject.  The computer essentially was rendered useless.

    I rushed over to the only nearby Apple source and inquired at the iStudio store in High Street, Fort Bonifacio.

    Their onsite repair technician "Gian" was able to diagnose, dismantle, and repair my failing superdrive in a little under 10 minutes.  He completed the task all while talking on the phone, handling customers as they approached the service counter, and already assisting another customer with OS issues.

    He proved to be truly a master at Multi-tasking.

    For the Low cost of repair (believe me when I say it was "dirt" cheap),  the personal service, and the quality of the store; I highly recommend iStudio for all your Apple needs.

    For more info visit: iStudio at Fort Bonifacio's High Street

    As this life would often prove,  there must always be bitter with the sweet.  The speedy rescue of my beloved mac book pro could easily be classified as the "sweet",  but the bitter was not the malfunction.

    Still on a "high" from the pain-free repair, I wanted to indulge on the magnificence of what can only be a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed. Thankfully,  there is one located across the way from the iStudio store.

    I walked in, asked for 2 off the fryer and was assured they were the freshest in the house.  The donuts turned up flat, hard and clearly not the freshest in the house.  That my friends is the "Bitter" that came with the "Sweet."

    All images shot with the Pentax DA 35mm f2.8 macro limited

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