2010 in review

25 03 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 108 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 369 posts. There were 223 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 369mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 16th with 377 views. The most popular post that day was Percy Jackson & The Olympians.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were image-swirl.googlelabs.com, search.aol.com, facebook.com, ph.yfittopostblog.com, and images.google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for percy jackson, diary of a wimpy kid, percy jackson and the olympians, starry night van gogh, and starry night.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Percy Jackson & The Olympians December 2009
2 comments

2

100 Things January 2009
14 comments

3

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid January 2009
1 comment

4

WALL-E August 2008
4 comments

5

The Magician April 2009
3 comments





EOS 7D Review

26 07 2010

I am not going to doom myself by pretending I can review my new toy. So instead, I took an easier route and had someone, with a greater depth of reviewing chutzpah, do it for me.

Talk about killer accessory, huh? Other girls go for fancy handbags – I go for magnesium alloy. LOL.

It’ll definitely be difficult for me to drag myself to other things (like: eating, sleeping, reading) given that my attention will be taken endlessly by my new EOS. However, I have a sturdy plan of rationing my very little time so I can spread myself to my responsibilities without any of it recognizing I have a favorite. I will still have Sunday’s to myself though, so I can slowdown for a breather as I prepare myself for another whirlwind of a week.

I’ve scheduled places in the city and nearby provinces that I’d like to visit every weekend for practice  – which means I’m going to need one mighty sunscreen lotion, too. Perhaps after a month,  I may  also attend a sports game and finally put me and the camera on a suitable acid test.

I’ve been meaning to go back and this time, I have no reason not to try to be better.

Wish me luck.





A New Need

23 06 2010

Upon learning I’ve been reading heavy fiction one after another, I immediately headed to the bookstore to look for something a little lighter. Something that does not include the following:

Genocide
Incest
Violent/ Graphic Death
Child Trafficking
Mental Illness
Failure of Government

I was lucky enough to find that on that same day is The Necromancer’s debut. So I grabbed one and headed home to start reading. However, en route home I realized that I was still in the middle of another book so the new one had to wait.

I’ll keep you posted, once it gets around.

Oh, before I forget, I’m sure some of you have noticed my new Widget. I’ll be posting on that corner the book I’m currently tackling and its status (like, Currently Reading and Just Finished). If it’s on “just finished”, I’ll have it stay for the remainder of the month, which will serve as my virtual marker that I read at least one book a month. Mind that the status may not be real time, given I have a habit of putting novels on back to back. I’ll just let it sit on my page a little longer for promotion.

I’m no Oprah but I encourage everyone to read. Seriously.





1 01 2010





Getting Lost

20 06 2009

She woke up late and found a note in her bed stand. Home alone on a weekend. Perfect.

Barefoot and wearing a three size too large t-shirt, she ambled in the kitchen. Her plate for breakfast, prepared early, so that meant her bacons was not crisp anymore. Good thing she doesn’t eat bacon.

She nuked her eggs and toast. Ate. Took a shower and wore her comfortable shoes. In the garage are two vehicles. A ’93 Durango and a mountain bike. She took the mountain bike and went to see more of the neighbourhood.

For a breif moment she pedalled without direction, just looking, just smelling. It was her innate nature to seek and explore, her wide-eyed personality amidst the silence of her lips, speak volumes of her desires. And the brief moment paced silently; without tracking time, she continued to pedal.

By noon, she was lost and can not be bothered.





Tracks

19 06 2009

The little peace she has invited while on vacation is seeping in fast. She feels happy and content. It seems that life is on the right side up.

She asked to be left in the park. Her cousin will pick her up after his shift in the clinic … that should be before dusk. In her ears is her old headset from her old portable CD player. This was the same old player she used when she was here the last time. She is forming a habit.

The Soundtrack Of Her Life (from her mixed CD) played the entire day.

  1. Free To Decide by The Cranberries
  2. Champagne Supernova by Oasis
  3. A Long December by the Counting Crows
  4. Diggin On You by TLC
  5. Only Wanna Be With You by Hootie and the Blowfish
  6. Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel
  7. As I Lay Me Down By Sophie B Hawkins
  8. Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen
  9. You Were Meant For Me by Jewel
  10.  Everyday Is A Winding Road by Sheryl Crow
  11. Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something
  12. Wonder by Natalie Merchant
  13. Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin
  14. All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow
  15. Jealousy by Natalie Merchant
  16. I Will Remember You by Sarah Mclachlan
  17. Lady Picture Show by Stone Temple Pilots
  18. Selling The Drama by Live
  19. Until I Hear It From You by Gin Blossoms

Hours ticked and she took very many pictures. She said hi to strangers and they smiled back to her. She had a proper veggie hotdog,  fresh lemonade and fed her leftovers to the swans in the pond. Hah! Very Americana, if she should say so. She also watched young boys practice skateboard stunts, they didn’t mind. Sitting on the benches, she looked far –  wishing things, praying, reviewing her life and missing people she lost in her journey. Soon time was no more. Her cousin was honking his horns like mad. She needed to come back home.

It was just about time, she was already hugging herself because of the rising chill. There were no more people in the park but her. Walking the short distance, she looked back in the pond and the bench. The sky was now purplish pink… the sight’s heavenly. She took a good look around. Breathed. Closed her eyes. In the bench she scratched her name and the words was here ’09.

HONK!

The drive home meant closed eyes by the passenger seat. She was saving the day in her mind, trying to lock it in her memories. She wishes to remember this day forever. Peace don’t come by that often.





The Drive

18 06 2009

Road trip from the suburb to the city will take hours. Her cousin was to drop her off to see it and he was nice enough to mark her map with the right places and the diners to visit. She will do this alone. She brought with her her mixed CD and portable CD player and plunked it on the dashboard for the drive. He looked at her like she’s lost her mind.

I have satellite radio and an ipod, why do you need to bring that  junk with you? 

She smiled her response, stuck her tongue out and continued to connect the gadget and placed her mixed CD in. When the trees started to line on both sides of the road, she drew her window down and played the track from where she left off.

Track 15: Jealousy by Natalie Merchant

She has an impeccable taste for music; at least that’s what she was told. She sticks a little of her elbow out the truck and allowed her hair to play with the wind. Summer is delicious and like the pages of her favorite book, it was crisp and ready to be discovered.

Track 16: I Will Remember You by Sarah Mclachlan

You’re awfully silent.

I’m just letting the moment sink in.

What?

I’m letting the…

I heard you, I meant …

This is me taking a break. Cut me some slack, will ya?

You’re weirding me out. You’re not dying are you?

She laughed a laugh she haven’t laughed in a long time. Her cousin Mark, knew her to be the rowdy young girl from back in the days and the lady sitting in the car with him is not the same girl she used to know.

Track 17: Lady Picture Show by Stone Temple Pilot

Summer is so beautiful. Isn’t it?

Tell me, why didn’t you talk to him?

We are not talking about that.

We so are … and why not? You use to tell me everything.

Things change.

I haven’t.

I did.

Not fair.

Tell me about it.

He started to feel sorry for her, she sees it in his eyes. She kept her mouth shut but kept a smile at the corner of her lips for the rest of the trip. It doesn’t matter anymore, this is her story. If life has passed her by she understood it. No use kicking and screaming, it would only make her tired. Whatever fragment of issues she has had need not come back nor visited. It will only be true if she insists to refuse her compromise.

Track 18: Selling The Drama by Live