San Nicolas and Santa Teresita: Historic and Folkloric Notes about some of its Barrios

Exploring forgotten stories about the barrios of San Nicolas and Santa Teresita.

Balandis: the Slanted Houses Along a Road in Cuenca/Alitagtag

Exploring this quaint area in Cuenca and Alitagtag where the houses are slanted away from the road.

Mataasnakahoy: Historical and Folkloric Trivia about some of Its Barrios

Revisiting obscure barrio histories of the barrios of the Municipality of Mataasnakahoy.

An Old Tourist Spot in Taal Called the Pansipit Fishery

A throwback to a by-gone era, when tourists around Luzon visited this resort in Taal and Lemery.

The Hitchhiker who Gets on at the Zigzag in Cuenca Batangas Lipa

A tall tale familiar to all who drive through this curving road in Cuenca. Is it really a tall tale, though?

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27 March 2015

Phone Call from a Murdered DLSL Employee?

My bulky old Ericsson phone.  A missed call notification has remained a mystery to this day.

The Coast to Coast program that I listen to in the morning had a guest today who was a psychic researcher; and among the things that she talked about in her interview with the host was communication from the other side. Most of the things she talked about were things that we Filipinos will be open to. Indeed, unlike most western cultures, we will not quickly dismiss phenomena which cannot be explained in a scientific manner.

26 March 2015

CPA Board Topnotcher from Lipa Repeats as Bar Topnotcher

Image credit:  De La Salle Lipa Facebook Page

Reginald Laco, the 2009 Certified Public Accountancy nation-wide second-ranked board topnotcher, added another feather to his cap by placing joint fourth in the recently released bar exam results. Laco, who belonged to the maiden class of De La Salle Lipa's College of Law, had a rating of 84.55%, good for joint fourth with Mark Leo Bejemino of the University of the Philippines and Gil Garcia II of Ateneo de Davao University.

17 March 2015

Bomba: From Volleyball Spike to Soft Core Porn

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Bomb. As a noun, the Advanced English Dictionary defines it as

1. an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions;
2. strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion; or
3. an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual.

14 March 2015

For the Lady Spikers, Losing Can Be a Powerful Tonic

The most merciful thing that could have happened yesterday, or at least to the benefit of those who follow the fortunes of the Lady Spikers of DLSU, was for the evening news to come on and put an end to the coverage of jubilant scenes of Ateneo celebrating their second successive UAAP women’s volleyball title.

13 March 2015

PNP Board of Inquiry, The Mamasapano Report

As a service to the public, specifically citizens interested in the PNP Board of Inquiry's Mamasapano Report of March 2015 but who are unable to access the PNP web site due to the volume of web traffic; and to assist the PNP in its desire to provide the report to the public in the spirit of transparency, Life So Mundane makes a copy of the report available for viewing.

11 March 2015

Pnoy, Mamasapano, Accountability, Deniability

I so do not buy into the notion that President Pnoy ought to be held accountable for the Mamasapano massacre simply on the oft-quoted principles of ‘chain of command’ and ‘command responsibility.’

Whilst technically, Pnoy is indeed the superior of everyone in government, most people in the organisation that is government will neither have direct access to him nor take direct instructions from him as well.

08 March 2015

La Salle Lost the UAAP Final; but Football Was the Winner

The UAAP football finals were played at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on 8 March 2015.

Perhaps, on the balance of play, it can be said that Far Eastern University deserved their 3-2 extra time win over De La Salle University in the final of the UAAP men’s football tournament yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

07 March 2015

Night With Classmates from DLSL High School 1975

Members of DLSL High School 1975 in a farewell party for Fr. Renato Briones.

A former student left a note for me on Facebook saying that she and her classmates recently held a reunion; and that they did because of the digitised yearbooks that I had been posting in this web site. That was nice, I thought. I had no idea that I would myself end up in a reunion last night at a classmate’s place.

01 March 2015

Batelec II Notice of Power Interruption 29 March 2015

Batelec II through its Facebook page has released the following schedules of power interruption for 29 March 2015. Please note that the schedule is being reproduced by Life So Mundane as a service to the public. Future outage schedules will be included in the News section of Life So Mundane.

29 March 2015
Continuation of reconfiguration of line along Ingasco; erection and pole dressing
6:00am to 6:00pm (NGCP)
San Jose, Batangas
Mataas-na-Kahoy, Batangas
Balete, Batangas
Lipa City area:

  • Fernando Air Base
  • San Carlos
  • Tangway
  • Tibig
  • Tambo
  • Sico
  • Banaybanay
  • Bagong Pook
  • Banaybanay Crossing
  • Bulaklakan Way to Mayor Sabili's House

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So You Want to Learn How to Cook? Be Prepared to Google!

I had not gotten around to officially giving my seafood pasta a name.

Last week, I attended a family affair at my brother’s place in Las Piñas. Food was pot luck of sorts. My sister and I bought ingredients at Shop Wise in Alabang; and cooked everything at my brother’s kitchen.

I did my spicy seafood white pasta while my sister did her buttery and garlicky shrimps. My sister-in-law, on the other hand, cooked pork strips in soy sauce, calamondin and cream.