Flowers and Thorns - My January Art Collection

1/25/2016 Japhet 0 Comments

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Ever since I quit my job, I promised to make art or at least finish doing something I like every month for 2016. At first I was very hesitant, for I know a lot of people will raise eyebrows over my works, but the hell I should care right? I started with taking portrait photos of my friends and then decided to map out images of Bougainvillea I got from Singapore. 

I named this collection Flower and Thorns. Suit yourself from identifying which is which. Enjoy! 

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection

Flowers and Thorns a Juanhapito art collection


I'd like to thank the following people for making this collection possible:

Abrylle Maribao
Grinadel Custodio
Mklaud Te
Vhanny Arambulo
Clarence Arambulo
Nuz Romero
Jarix Cainag
Julie Cainag
Zyron Soriano
Airvin Ignacio

You may also see the collections at www.juanhapito.tumblr.com

I would also love to collaborate with interested people on my next collection for the month of February. My concept is about love overdose. For more information you can send me an email through contact@japhetonthego.com or PM me through my facebook fan page.

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Horoscope in the year of kakemehan

1/18/2016 Japhet 0 Comments

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While strolling aroung Bugis to find something new and interesting about Singapore, I noticed this flock of people looking at some kind of billboard. I expect it to be something like a promotion from a nearby mall, you know some sort of marketing thingy. As curious as I am, I took a peek and discovered that what stood there is a giant wall of horoscope prediction for 2016.

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I got interested with how people are really drawn into this. From what I know, horoscope readings are guides that were gathered from celestial maps. Yep, from the stars and everything lies beyond there. Whatever iz there!

Horoscope in the year of kakemehan


Since I was born in the year of the horse, I tried to read out what's written for me. I guess I'm not lucky for this year.

Horoscope in the year of kakemehan


Suddenly it hits me bad - knowing that I'll never get any fortune if my birthday is not an auspicious date for this year made me feel miserable. I just quit my job to have that mid life venture and this made me feel weak. I thought about it for one night, parang tanga diba? I was thinking whether I should believe in it or not especially nowadays that the world is full of kakemehan - mga ka-echosang strategy para bumili ka ng mga anti malas at kung ano-ano pa. I tried not to believe but it really bothered me, not until something happened.

Horoscope in the year of kakemehan

I almost got lost somewhere because I neglected to recognize the map that is posted all over the train station. If mom did not stop me from insisting to ride the certain train, we'll never get to our destination successfully.

Like the horoscope, it's a guide; it does not mean it is our future. Whether we believe it or not, it's there, but it will never determine what we're going to be. If it is to be, it is always up to us. We are the one who determines who we are in this time of kakemehan.

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Didn't post the whole prediction for everyone. Don't want to make that impression. Come on!

Also, do check out my Vlog about my Singapore experience below:

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THE HUNT FOR JOLLIBEE IN SINGAPORE

1/17/2016 Japhet 0 Comments

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One thing that completes every Filipinos when they're outside of the country is seeing Jollibee...or is it just me? Hahaha! Being out of the Philippines for more than a month I craved for mouth watering Filipino foods. Wala kasi masyadong ingredients sa Malaysia na sasakto sa timplang Pinoy. Hence, when I discovered that Singapore has Jollibee and it's one of our “to go to” destinations for the weekend, I made sure to catch that red orange big butt bubuyog. 

And we did. After staying for almost 3 hours inside Changi airport to wait for a friend who will guide us through SG, we started our hunt for Jollibee. 

Check out this video of my Singapore Experience:


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From Airport we took a monorail going to their MRT station. Singapore is interconnected with trains which are their main mode of transportation. Our friend told us that the cars in SG are very expensive and complicated to maintain to encourage people to take trains. Walang biro, their railway system is a galaxy far better than ours in the PH. Kung sa atin ang train dumarating every 10-15 mins tapos di ka pa makakasakay, here in SG every 5 mins maluwang pa. They even have installed monitors to inform you how long you need to wait for the next train. Panis! For none airconditioned stations, they have installed huge fans enough to provide nice air and ventilation for everyone! Waaaaahhh! 

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Since we transferred train platforms to reach Orchard, I can't help but notice how Singaporeans strictly follow signs. They know where exactly to stand to get into the train properly or even give way to hasty people on escalators. They co-exist with the signage’s making everything organized.

THE HUNT FOR JOLLIBEE IN SINGAPORE

THE HUNT FOR JOLLIBEE IN SINGAPORE

THE HUNT FOR JOLLIBEE IN SINGAPORE


When we reached Orchard, I suddenly felt something very odd. I felt like I'm in the Philippines. Sabi ko nga kay mama, it's like I'm in Glorietta. As we walk closer to Lucky Plaza mall I noticed a lot of remittance shops and most people who flocked there are speaking tagalog. When we get inside the mall wala na, nasa Pilipinas na talaga ko, except from the fact that prices are in SGD. 

THE HUNT FOR JOLLIBEE IN SINGAPORE

THE HUNT FOR JOLLIBEE IN SINGAPORE

THE HUNT FOR JOLLIBEE IN SINGAPORE

THE HUNT FOR JOLLIBEE IN SINGAPORE


Lucky Plaza in Orchard is like a little Philippines of SG. Everything Filipino is there. From stores, salons, to Food! Yes indeed! Food! Jollibee is located at top most level of Lucky Plaza. They said its jam packed every weekend kasi it’s most Pinoy's day off. And it's true. Sobrang haba ng pila but it's worth the wait. 


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THE HUNT FOR JOLLIBEE IN SINGAPORE


The price is still in SGD (of course!) and oh the Spaghetti taste different, but it's still Filipino. According to a friend, Jollibee will soon have a branch in Changi Airport. Yey!!!

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Changi Airport, changed the way I see airports

1/17/2016 Japhet 0 Comments



When talking about hospitality, we Filipinos can be a sure contender. We know what good vs bad customer service is because it’s part of our way of living. So if there’s something I can’t deny on this post, it’s the fact the Changi Airport beats us for being the best in that field. They deserved all the praises. What should I expect anyway? Our Government system is not yet ready to handle their people who have world class skills. Still just like our Miss Universe, we're still confidently beautiful with a heart. You know I need bring this up right? LOL! 

Changi Airport, changed the way I see airports

Going back to the main topic, Changi airport for me is so far the most beautiful airport I have seen. In 3 words I can describe it as organized, efficient and friendly.

Changi Airport, changed the way I see airports


Simple treats like candies are everywhere making you feel very welcome upon arrival.

Changi Airport, changed the way I see airports

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Plants are all over the airport, and you know I’m bias when it comes to plants being held everywhere. I’m madly in love with the idea. I love how they incorporate wood with metal. It's my kind of design.


The kinetic rain is magical! Adding up a relaxing music on the background, it's a sure delight for all ages.

 It's like an airtel (airport hotel). You can sleep anywhere. There are some designated seats surrounded by plants with nice view where you can stretch out while waiting for your boarding time.

Changi Airport, changed the way I see airports

Changi Airport, changed the way I see airports


 Smoker? Errr... Even though I condemn you, you have a spot for Changi airport's heart. They have designated a specific room for smokers so you can share smoke and win a friend.

Changi Airport, changed the way I see airports


Abundant charging hub, comfy waiting areas, hospitable and non racists staff, good smelling comfort rooms, strong wifi connection, what else can I ask for? Changi airport is everything you're looking for your kind of airport. Haha! It sure deserves that number 1 spot for best airport in the world.

You have my heart Changi Airport, I feel like I enjoyed you more than Singapore. LOL!

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Changi Airport, changed the way I see airports


There are lots of freebies inside the airport, from free Internet, movies, to massage. You just need to ask for directions. Also, sorry I was not able to take as much as photos as possible because I was overwhelmed enjoying the perks.

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It's expensive to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)

1/12/2016 Japhet 0 Comments

It's expensive to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)

Checking out price tags and converting it to Philippine currency, who among you does this before you purchase something in a foreign land?


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According to a friend working overseas "kapag convert ka ng convert, hindi ka mabubuhay dito sa Singapore. You need to purchase your needs in order to live a good life. Ano pa at nagtrabaho ka sa ibang bansa para alagaan ang pamilya kung ang sarili mo hindi maalagaan." I suddenly remember the rule in first aid; you cannot save others if you can't save yourself.


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When you choose to work in a country that can give you good fortune, you also have to expect expensive demands - high cost of living. You need to live at the moment and adjust, making you a participant of that country's economic up’s and down.


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In order to live and earn the right fortune when working outside of your country, you need to be wise with your decisions.


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Do not be an impulsive buyer. Buy what you need – those that are efficient for your daily activities. If you are staying in a country that do not offer tingi-tingi products like what we have in the Philippines then make sure that what you are buying can last to your designated period of time.

Consider healthy options. You can regrow your own food from the cut outs of your previous dish. I found this very interesting photo on facebook (originally from http://jerryjamesstone.com/) that I keep on my phone for reference. This will surely be a huge cut to your daily budget.



Cook your own meal. It’s cheap and it’s an opportunity for you to nurture and expand your taste buds. It’s also a good practice of your and every Filipino’s innate skills in cooking yummy meals. Diba?


It's expensive to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)

Open an account and save! Effin Save! I know it’s hard, but setting aside needs and wants is a must in order to save money. Consider simplicity and efficiency in every purchase. Ano bang magiging value ng binili mo to improve your living?

Be happy! Make sure you enjoy what you are doing. Stress and depression will only cause too much spending on unnecessary relievers.

It's expensive to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)

Lastly, let your relatives know how hard it is to live outside of your own country. Do what my sister did, invite them to come over your place and let them spend their own money for all their needs. Hahaha! Kidding aside, it is important that your family knows what you are going through. I understand your dilemma; just like saving, it’s hard because of this certain mentality “Japan-japan sagot sa kahirapan”. They think you being there will make the whole family rich, but that is only a possibility and not everything is instant! In order to avoid dramas at kung ano-ano pa sa pamilya, set your long term goals with them. Make them understand that in order to achieve these goals, their participation is a must. Tigilan na rin kamo yung pakikinig sa sinasabi ng 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Family. Focus sa goals!

Working abroad may mean a lot to every Filipinos who wants a detour to absolute financial gain. But we must consider the odds – the reality that there’s no express ride to your destination if you are not willing to pay for it. Being an OFW is expensive, pero kaya mo yan. Magaling tayong mga pinoy diyan.

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The more I immerse myself to different cultures and people, the more I realize how to value life - that you should live it in balance and with a well state of mind. I want to meditate!  

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A vagina looking cave full of what?!

1/11/2016 Japhet 0 Comments

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There's so much to remember about Krabi, Thailand, but this to me is the most unforgettable. 

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It seems to be a simple cave shaped like a woman's genitalia, but something lies here that everyone will find interesting. 

Set on the edge of Railay beach in Krabi Thailand, is a cave named Phranang or princess who according to the legends died a virgin inside the cave after surviving a shipwrecked incident. Some other stories on the internet says that Phranang is a wife of a local fisherman waiting for his return. It is also believed that Phranang spirit still lingers in the entire island after it has been associated in a dusit thani hotel construction accident. 

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People from the island mostly fishermen are said to give offerings to ensure safe journey. Common offerings are in the form of flowers, food, incense, and one object that we may find kinky but a sacred symbol - a lingam which is carved from wood. 

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A vagina looking cave full of wood carve penises! Yes! Not dildo's, but obviously wooden penises. 

Lingam is a symbol of the Hindu God Shiva. It is commonly associated with fertility and over time the Lingams in Phranang cave take the form of wood penis. 

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If you want to visit the Phranang cave and other spots in Krabi, you may booked anytime the 7 Islands tour package that Mariam Travel and Tours offer. They have great guides that are very entertaining. However, I noticed that what lacks this tour company are first-aiders ready to assist in case of emergency. An accident happened during their fire dance presentation and no one responded quickly and properly aside from my mom. 

You may check this video of our Krabi Experience:


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Posted by Japhet On The Go on Monday, 11 January 2016



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Scooby doo is a mess -_-

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