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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30 April 2015

CCTV Footage Shows Moment When Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Shook Kathmandu in Nepal

Image captured from video posted by Setopati Online on YouTube.

A video has emerged on YouTube showing CCTV footage of a Kathmandu thoroughfare just as the killer magnitude 7.8 hit the Nepali capital city. The death toll from the quake that struck the Himalayan nation on 25 April 2015 has risen to 5489 people as of the writing of this article.

29 April 2015

So Why Did Curiosity Kill the Cat?

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Back in the early nineties, one of my former players was asking me far too many questions about something that I cannot even recall now. What I do recall was that I was tired from playing and was quickly running out of patience answering the incessant stream of questions.

20 April 2015

Why Young Batangueños Need not Use the ‘Ba’ in place of the ‘Ga’

There is, in the circle that I personally move around in, a noticeably increasing number of young people who substitute the participle ‘ba’ preferred by northern Tagalog-speaking provinces in lieu of the ‘ga’ traditionally associated with eastern Batangas and neighbouring communities.

17 April 2015

Remembering the Batangas Blades of the Metropolitan Basketball Association

An MBA game at the SENTRUM. Photo from the DLSL Archives.

In 1998, a new professional basketball league opened shop in a way that interested me more than anything that the PBA does and ever will. The league was called the Metropolitan Basketball League (MBA) and its member franchises were community-based similar to America’s National Basketball Association (NBA).

15 April 2015

What’s at Stake for the Philippine Azkals in WC Qualifying

Logos from Wikipedia.

I was both excited and annoyed as the Asian Football Confederation qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia went along the other day in Malaysia. For starters, it was a travesty that 2014 Suzuki Cup runners-up Malaysia were in Pot 5 among the lowest ranked teams in the draw.

13 April 2015

When DLSL was known as “La Salle ng Lipa”

De La Salle Lipa used to be known as La Salle ng Lipa in the seventies.

Yes it was, although what I do not know is if the name was in any way official. The school had been officially registered at the Department of Education in 1963 as La Salle High School after an entire school year of operations as the High School Boys' Department of the Our Lady of the Rosary Academy.

10 April 2015

Losing the Skill of Penmanship

The Guno-Rivera punch made learning Penmanship easy back in the day.

I was just trying to write a few notes on a piece of paper with a ball-point pen and I suddenly realised that penmanship is a skill that I am on the verge of losing. That is, if I have not already done so!

05 April 2015

Visions: A Photo-Blog Featuring Works of Fed Osabel IV

AFTER WORK.  Doha, Qatar.

Former DLSL and San Beda College varsity football player Federico Osabel IV has recently taken up photography and graciously agreed to have a selection of his photographs featured on Life So Mundane. Fed or “Choco” as he is known among his circle of friends, is currently working as Quality Control Welding Inspector in Doha, Qatar.

He obtained his first DSLR as recently as May 2014; but seemed to have found a second calling and has studied photography intently on his own. A well-travelled overseas worker, Choco has also had postings in Jeddah, KSA; Sabah, Malaysia; and Algeria.

Majority of this collection are photographs taken in Qatar, his current country of work.