20 Years of Jagged Little Pill

This album by Alanis Morisette is one of the first CDs that I bought. I remember, I was on a vacation with my Dad in the US when I bought it. I was around 14 years old at the time if I’m not mistaken. It was probably one of the most played CDs at home because we loved listening to Jagged Little Pill. It came to the point that we can no longer play it due to the scratches it has sustained.

A few days ago, a colleague at work was playing Ironic. Of course, I had to remind her that it has already been 20 years since the album was released. I was in 1st year high school then.

Last Saturday afternoon, I find myself singing You Learn randomly. It is this song where Jagged Little Pill, the name of the album, was mentioned.

Who cannot relate to the song You Learn? We all make decisions. Sometimes, it’s a poor one but we all have to learn from it somehow right?

That’s So Random iOS Game Review

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One of That’s So Random start up screens

Since I’ve started playing Words on Tour by Zynga on iOS, I haven’t explored any new games lately. Suddenly, my friend Vanessa introduced me to That’s So Random. The game was developed by UglyBread Games, an indie game development studio based in Toronto, Canada.

Based from the name of the game itself, you play various mini-games at random. These are the types of game that you would usually play when you want to kill time. Here are some of the mini-games I was able to play:

Math problem solving
Card matching
Colour equations
Pattern Matching
Colour Wheel
Shape Counting

Game Play

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Card matching, screenshot from the details page of the app

As soon as I tapped on the icon. It shows a slideshow of different renditions of That’s So Random. I tapped on the start button to proceed with the game.

After pressing submit for each game, it shows a random slideshow of lomo pictures. If you weren’t able to solve any of the puzzles, you only have 3 chances to finish it. You may also opt to skip a mini-game if you want to.

Game Options
You can skip the game and turn off the music and sound effects.

Overall Experience

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Actual Game Screenshot

My first comment is the screen size. I’m currently using an iPhone 6. Although I didn’t have any display bugs encountered during the game, I feel that the space on the screen wasn’t maximized. The Skip and the Options button could have appeared on the area that wasn’t used.

As for the music of the game, this is probably the only game in my phone that I would turn the music on. Music used in the game is by Modulo Geek. Modulo Geek has collaborated with various local artists such as Squid 9, Outerhope, and Itchyworms. Check out the music of Modulo Geek on my Soundcloud playlist.

The photos that were being shown in the game were shot by Louie Nucup.

Download That’s So Random for iOS on the App Store. For those who are using Android, you may download it on the Google Play Store as well.

Urbandub’s Farewell Concert

And so, it happened last May 9. I was actually thinking of joining the Nike Women’s run (happened on the same night). Since it’s their farewell concert, I certainly did not want to miss the opportunity to watch them live.

Check out my recording of their performance of “Soul Searching” (from their album “Influence” that was released in 2003).

Haven’t heard of Urbandub’s music? Listen to their music on Spotify.

Thank you Urbandub

This is not an April Fool’s Joke guys. This news has been confirmed. Yes, Urbandub is saying goodbye after 15 years. They have announced it on their Facebook page.

15 years of Urbandub. We in the band, past and present members, still can’t believe we lasted this long. What started…

Posted by Urbandub on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The first Urbandub gig that I’ve been to. I think it was a Monday evening and the gig was in Alabang (at the now defunct Rock Radio). Sad to say that I do not have any pictures taken on that night.

I’ll just share with you below my favorite photos of Urbandub that I’ve shot 5 years ago.

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At Urbandub’s Online Concert, March 2010

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At Urbandub’s Online Concert, March 2010

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At Urbandub’s Online Concert, March 2010

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At Urbandub’s Online Concert, March 2010

Urbandub will be having their last performance together as Urbandub on May 9, 2015 at Metrotent, Metrowalk, Pasig City. It will be a celebration of Urbandub’s music.

Watching The Eraserheads live in Singapore

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The Eraserheads at the catwalk with the 5th Ehead, Sancho

It was my first time to watch a concert overseas. And it’s not a foreign act. It’s one of my favorite bands in the Philippines, The Eraserheads. You may think that it’s crazy to go to Singapore and watch our fellow countrymen perform even though that we can watch them here. After they disbanded, I saw them reunited in 2008. Then, I was able to get a chance to watch the Eraserheads in 2009. After 2009, I thought that was the last time that I will be able to see them live. Thus, when I heard about the Singapore concert, I got really excited. Continue reading “Watching The Eraserheads live in Singapore”

Testing the Canon Powershot G15 in a concert

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Ebe Dancel

While most of the people around me are using a dSLR, I opted to test the Canon Powershot G15 in a concert organized by RockEd Philippines last November. The Canon PowerShot G15 is way different from its predecessor. It’s widest end (focal length) is at f/1.8 while it’s farthest end is at f/2.8 which is pretty good for taking pictures in low-light.

Here are some of the photos that I took during the concert.

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The picture below shows how near I am to the stage. This camera is good if you’re really close to the stage. Otherwise, it’s better to have a camera with you that has a longer focal length.

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I’m pleased with the performance of this camera. For a big concert like this with a long line-up, the camera survived even if I recorded some videos with it too.

Kalayo at RockEd's Children Rights Concert 2012 - 2

Check out the full set here.

Ely Buendia Live at the Music Museum

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Last night, we were able to watch Ely Buendia’s solo major concert at the Music Museum. What’s special about this concert is that it’s backed up by a 15-piece orchestra!

The show started with “Alapaap” and ended with “Ang Huling El Bimbo”. Ely Buendia’s recent concert has a balanced song selection. Some songs featured are from The Eraserheads, songs from the album “Wanted BedSpacer” (post-Eraserheads era), and his collaboration with the late Francis Magalona.

Aside from the 15-piece orchestra, Ely Buendia was joined on the stage by Mayo Baluyut (bass), Romel “Sancho” Sanchez (guitars), Gox (keyboards), and Wendell Garcia (drums). Nitoy Adriano was the only special guest at the concert last night. He played with them during the song “Ang Huling El Bimbo” (watch the video here by Sharlyne Ang).

One of the songs which I think has one of the best arrangements during last night’s show is “Magasin”. It was awesome! To those who missed the show, watch the video below. :) I will upload more videos soon. :)

Check out some of my selected photos below. :)

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Mayo Baluyut on bass

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Wendell on drums

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Ely showing his guitar tricks

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Nitoy Adriano joins them during the song “Ang Huling El Bimbo”

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Sing it!

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A fan gets to be on the stage with Ely Buendia

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Sancho and Nitoy Adriano

Check out my entire Ely Buendia live at the Music Museum photo set on Flickr!