Sunday, November 29, 2020

BOOKS FOR SALE - For the Kids/Young Adults & Mystery & Action Readers

 Bored at home due to the quarantine? Why not read a book? We are selling our kids books read by my Geof and Julia and novels read by Apple and me. Send a message via messenger at if interested.

For Grade School Readers



For Grade School Readers - SOLD!

For Young Girls - SOLD!

For Young Girls - SOLD!


For Boys Young Adults

For Young Adults



Adventure for Young Boys

Romance/Love Stories

Saturday, November 21, 2020

My T-SHIRT Memories - Part 10 (Kids Moments)

 Part 10 of My T-SHIRT Memories is related to my two beautiful kids - my son, Jan Geoffrey or Geof and my pretty daughter, Julia Corazon. There are many moments with the kids that you can read in this blog.

Ateneo Flying High 150. This shirt is a souvenir during the 150 years of Ateneo de Manila. It was kite flying day for the grade school students. Geof made his own kite and learned to fly a kite at the ADMU grounds. I remember my first experience of flying a kite when I was also in grade school at Don Bosco Academy, Pampanga. I was a boarder at the house of my Nacpil cousins at Bacolor, Pampanga. There was kite flying and I flew a kite. There was even a kite fighting where you try to destroy a kite on air. I remember my kite has the caption "USA." I enjoyed the experience that's why I encouraged Geof to join the kite flying at Ateneo. We did more kite flying at UP campus later. There was a Father and Son Camping when Geof was on Grade 4 in 2010. The lesson in this bonding between dads and sons is "ENJOY ONE'S COMPANY EVERYDAY."

My Little Girl Rocks.  This shirt has a pair, "My Daddy Rocks." The event was a Father and Daughter Day at Miriam College. No mommies were invited. There was a performance by the kids in honor of their dads and an exchange of letters expressing each others feelings and dreams. A very touching and memorable event. My little girl, "Juwa"now a very pretty lady really rocks!

Inside Japan's Bullet Train

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

My T-SHIRT Memories - Part 9 (Travels - First Visits)

Local and foreign travels bring back memories of people, places and events. My T-Shirt Memories - Part 9 features my first trips travel memories.

Cebu Island. My first trip to Cebu took place after  I returned from Japan in 1994. My first trip to Cebu was via Super Ferry with Renan Tanhueco and his student when we conducted a  survey of the possible site for an undergraduate research on flooding. The site was where the Ayala Mall now stands. There were no large malls like SM and Ayala then. Traffic was not a problem unlike today. Cebu was then using an Australian system of traffic light control system called SCATS. "The Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System, abbreviated SCATS, is an intelligent transportation system that manages the dynamic (on-line, real-time) timing of signal phases at traffic signals, meaning that it tries to find the best phasing (i.e. cycle times, phase splits and offsets) for a traffic situation (for individual intersections as well as for the whole networK" - Wikipedia. With the tremendous traffic brought about by uncontrolled development, SCATS is not anymore applicable. Now vehicles move very SLOW or at STOP mode.
My Cebu Island Shirt (1994)

 My next visits to Cebu are more related to conducting CPD lectures on Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics at the University of San Carlos (USC), Talamban Campus. Our contact person then was MSCE DLSU alumnus and USC Faculty, Nestor Sy. There more visits to Cebu related to conferences hosted by ASEP and PICE including the Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering in 2016. The Cebu shirt may have been bought during my USC visits, early 2000.

Bencab (Baguio City)

Baguio City. Baguio City is the place to be when you want to cool down from the hot weather in Metro Manila. In 2016-2017, DLSU conducted an off-site MSCE program at St. Louis University. The graduate students are faculty members from schools located in Baguio City, Tarlac, Pangasinan and I travel from Manila to Baguio City via Joy Bus every two weeks to conduct a lecture. In one trip, my cousins Ate Dina and Liza Maglalang (It was her first time to go to Baguio City) joined me and during my free time, I joined them in  going around Baguio City.-  food tripping and site-seeing - including the visit at BenCab Museum. My family had earlier trips to Baguio City in 2009 and you can read our Baguio City adventures here.

Boracay Life Guard
Boracay. You're beach outing will not be complete if you have not yet visited the white sands of Boracay. I remember my first trip to Boracay was an invitation by Dr. Judy Sese (DPWH Directore and DLSU Part-Time Faculty) in the late 1990's. Joining me in the trip were Joseph Manalo and his family and Alexis Fillone. Dr. Sese invited us first to her place at Kalibo, Aklan before we proceeded to Boracay. Boracay then was still clean and pristine, there were no big resort hotels then unlike today where restaurants and hotels occupy the front space of the white sand beach. We stayed in a small cottage near the sea shore. 

My second trip to Boracay was with Apple, Bong, Aimee and our wedding ninong Ver Conanan. I am still single then and just getting to know Apple who was the Director od DLSU COSCA then. This was 1998. If I remember correctly, we stayed in a Bahay Kubo style cottage named Fiesta Cottages (This is now transformed to concrete hotels). The next trip to Boracay was with my family - we were only three then - Apple, Geoffrey and I. 

My last visit of Boracay was in 2018, when I joined ASEP as a lecturer in the CPD Seminar/Workshop on the NSCP2015 Updates. Boracay today is crowded with many tourists - more foreign visitors now including the Chinese tourists. It is now difficult to book a room/cottage near the coast unless you want to pay for the expensive resort hotels. Our hotel is about 10 minutes away to the beach. Bohol is a better alternative to Boracay now.  There are a lot of Boracay shirts but very flashy and this I found this "Life Guard" shirt different and reated to our seminar on promoting safe design of structures to protect lives. ASEP members are Life Guards!

Floating Market - Thailand

Thailand. Next to Japan, my favorite country to visit is Thailand. My first trip to Bangkok, was with Alexis Fillone when presented a paper in a Conference at the Asian Institute of Technology. I can still remember we had a dinner with Filipino AIT Alumni and Fidel Ramos was the guest. He was not anymore the PH president then (It was Pres. Erap already).  The floating market shirt is my Thai shirt but I have never visited the floating market site yet. Our favorite places to visit are the shoppind areas at MBK and Chatuchak. I had several trips to Bangkok - usually attending conferences and seminars. 


Korea. My first trip at Seoul, Korea took place when I presented a paper on "Parametric Studies on Size Effect on Shear Strength of RC Beams without Stirrups using Neural Networks”  at the International Conference on Advances in Structural Engineering & Mechanics (ASEM’04), Sept. 2-4, Seoul, Korea. During that time I just visited small shopping areas where I bough this shirt which is now on its retirement stage :-). 

Had another visit to Seoul during the 18th Congress of IABSE Korea  last September 19-21, 2012 at the Sheraton, Walker Hill, Seoul, Korea where we had a poster presentation on “Deriving Optimum Mix Designs For High Strength Concrete Using Genetic Algorithms” co-authored with Alden Paul Balili and former students Iris Malabatuan, Bertrand Teodosio and Analyn Yee Concepcion. I was able to visit a museum and the Namsan Seoul Tower.I am not a K-Drama viewer then. Now I wish I can go to Korea again and visit the sites featured in the K-Drama like Itaewon, Jeju Island and more.

Auckland, NZ

New Zealand.  My first visit to Auckland, New Zealand coincided with  the 9th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering  (PCEE) on April 14-16, 2011 when I presented a paper on “AIJ-Level 1 Seismic Screening of Some RC Buildings Damaged by the 1990 Luzon Earthquake”  held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. My trip was funded by CHED. It was an opportunity to visit my sister, Ate Rose & Robb and my brother, Kuya Jun and his family, Jean and Fidez. I remember visits with my siblings in parks and Auckland Tower. It was also my opportunity to meet by high school classmate Edwin Lagman who gave me this shirt when NZ won the championship in Rugby 2011. Edwin toured me and also Jun Ignacio who was with another group from UP & PHIVOLCS. Edwin even hosted a dinner for us. Edwin Lagman passed away and I will never forget his happy face during my visit. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

My T-SHIRT Memories - Part 8 (Social Messages)

Part 8 of My T-Shirt Memories is about designs with social messages. Whenever we join rallies like the anti-pork, no to EJKs and political rallies, either we wear a symbolic shirt or we buy the shirts at the site. 

Popular Bookstore at T-Morato St., QC sells Filipiniana books and interesting progressive items including shirts. I bought these two shirts - Einstein and Popular Bookstore shirts.

Einstein Quote. The message, "The world is a dangerous place because of those who look on and do nothing" is very timely specially in the present times. There are many social and political issues that plague our society now - disasters, climate change, fascist regimes, fake news, continuous and uncontrolled corruption and more - and we as responsible citizens must contribute directly or indirectly in eradiciting these problems. Speaking up against poor governance, corrupt officials and inept leaders is one way of contributing to the betterment of societ.

Einstein Shirt

Popular Quotes. This Popular Bookstore shirt promotes quotes about books and reading from brilliant thinkers. Among the quotes in this shirt are:
  • There is no friend as loyal as a book - Hemingway
  • A word after a word after a word is power - Atwood
  • You don;t have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get people to stop reading them.- Bradbury
Popular Quotes

Hindi ako pasisindak.  I can not remember now what rally I joined when I bought this shirt. I think it may be related to anti-EJKs and tokhang wherein people are intimidated by fear from law enforcers and sometimes hoodlums. 
Hindi ako Pasisindak

Don't be like them. This shirt, I found interesting and bought it just before joining a rally. I think the rally is against the bandwagon brought about by fake news and propaganda. Many people including some friends and relatives sometimes are swayed to believe government or politicians' propaganda that they forget their values. The shirt is actually general but I found the message very appropriate. Indeed, "Don't be like them" if the majority's choice is against your principles and values! 

Don't be like them.

1MSSH. This shirt is a souvenir of my engagement in 2010 with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk (UNISDR) now UNDRR when I and a team of DLSU faculty members did a project in designing the concept for promoting the One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Campaign c/o Jerrr Velasquez who was UNISDR director then. Renan, Bong and one DLSU Computer Science Programmer plus a student artist designed the contents for the website of the campaign. Guidance notes on advocacy, school and hospital preparedness and disaster risk were developed by the team. The campaign basically promotes awareness in schools and hospitals since students and hospital patients are the most vulnerable during a disaster. 


Interested with the other My T-Shirt Memories? Read My T-Shirt Messages - Part 3 - 7 at