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House DL15 - Modern Three Story Residential Building

Project: House DL15 Year: 2015 Floor Area: 440 m ² Lot Area: 363 m ² A modern three-story house in Cebu City draws inspiration from Modern Scandinavian and Bauhaus designs. The house's layout was designed to maximize the steep downhill slope while minimizing excavation to the existing terrain.  The house has an open floor plan layout that connects the living, dining, and kitchen area into one open space. Upon entering the foyer, a double-height ceiling in the living room is the first thing you see. Large sliding windows and doors engulf the interior with natural light. The sliding doors in the dining area and kitchen connect the interior to the terrace, increasing the ground floor's usable floor area. All the bedrooms are on the second floor, and each bedroom has its bathroom. The lower ground floor has a large lanai with a dining and living area. The ground floor covers the lanai, which provides a spacious outdoor space protected from the heat and weather. The lanai is open on

World's Strangest Monuments

Charge your camera batteries before visiting these monuments: You might need photographic evidence to prove that they’re not just a figment of your jet-lagged mind. Saint Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse Prague What It Commemorates: Saint Wenceslas, Bohemia’s patron saint. What Makes It Strange: For almost 100 years—even during the dark days of Communist rule—the grand sculpture of Saint Wenceslas in Prague’s Wenceslas Square has been a source of national pride. But today, even the revered saint isn’t spared from the Czechs’ irreverent senses of humor. Sculptor David Cerny’s parody of the St. Wenceslas statue, hanging in the Lucerna Palace mere yards from the original, is of Wenceslas mounted atop the belly of a dead horse that’s been strung upside down. Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Tsonjin Boldog, Mongolia What It Commemorates: The infamous founder of the Mongolian Empire, known locally as Chinggis Khaan. What Makes It Strange: The 131-foot-tall, 250-ton stainless steel statue,

Photographs of Carcar

I went on a photowalk with Zenia and Laurie to the south of Cebu last Sunday. This was the first time I had the chance to use the new things I bought on Ebay. I was so excited that I forgot to adjust my camera settings. I set the camera with the wrong shutter speed. This mistake ended up blurring most of my shots. I was had to use manual focus in this photowalk since I was using a legacy lens in my camera. I will have to charge those blurred photos to experience. Here are some of the photos I took. 

Exploring Black & White Photography

It's been a long time since I posted anything to this blog. A lot of things have happened in the last few months that I haven't had time to post anything on my blog. I 'm back now, and I've been busy with my hobby. I attended a photo tour of the province last week. I've had the opportunity to practice street photography. When I was shooting the images, I had a lot of good ideas, but I wasn't able to catch anything on my camera. I'm just going to have to charge that to experience.

Interior CCBA09 - Penthouse Interior Project

A few months ago, we were hired to design the interior of a penthouse. The first problem we had was that the penthouse was initially started by a different contractor. Even though it was minimal, we were constrained by the initial layout of the interior.   Our first approach to the design solution was to find a way to tailor our design to the existing layout. We also wanted to achieve a design that would stand out from the rest of the building. The penthouse was to be used for private or special activities.

Reviving My Love for Photography

Lately, I have been trying to revive my interest in photography. I used to love photography back in high school, my dad taught me how to use his old film SLR cam back then. I used to take a lot of pictures of different subjects. When my dad bought his first digital camera, I also stopped my hobby of taking pictures with the SLR camera. My fascination with photography stopped since film photography was expensive back then. It was the SLR camera that made me love photography back then. There's just a lot of difference between the point and the shoot and the SLR. Apart from the difference in the results, there is a different feeling in the handling of an SLR camera When  Zenia  bought her Holga camera she asked me to go with her on a photo excursion with our office mate. While we toured around the rural areas I watched my office mates taking shots with their DSLRs. They took photos of different subjects and scenery with their DSLR. I, on the other hand, took some pictures with my

Switching to Free Programs

Lately a lot of offices here in the Philippines have switched to open source programs to save on the cost of buying original programs. I did my research on some alternative open source software to their commercial counter part and found out that there are a lot of pretty good and efficient open source counterparts. Here are some of the list of programs that I am currently using and their commercial counter parts. Open Source: Blender Commercial Counterpart: 3D Max Open Source: DoubleCad Commercial Counterpart: Autocad Open Source: Gimpshop , Gimp Commercial Counterpart: Adobe Photoshop Open Source: Open Office Commercial Counterpart: Microsoft Office Open Source: Gantt Project , Open Project Commercial Counterpart: MS Project Open Source: Google Sketchup Commercial Counterpart: 3D Max There are a lot more open source programs available and I'm still trying out some of them. I'll post some updates after I finish testing them. Check: www.osalt.com for mo

Greatest Music Artists of the 20th Century

My interest in art has exposed me in a lot of different forms of art. As a young boy I went to school were art and music was part of our curriculum. This was a big influence in my passion for art and music.  I was fond of sketching and painting. Music on the other hand wasn't my strong point. I had a hard time learning how to play the violin. Even though I loved listen ing to music, I did not have any talent to play any instrument. I didn't have the patience to learn how to play an instrument.  As I became older my interest in music also grew. My choices of music became diverse. I never concentrated on a pa rticular genre. I learned to appreciate music and not limit myself with one genre.  Lately I began to appreciate more som e music which had stand the test of time. The artists who made these songs were tr uly exceptional in the art of music. These are the artist who for lasted several generations.  Here is my list of the 10 Greatest Music Artist w hich has influe nced the

Google Sketchup Tutorials

 A couple of years ago, my office mate introduced me to a 3D software developed by Google. I was surprised by its versatility but was dismayed about the fact it didn't support some lighting plugins back then.  I practiced on some of the online tutorials back then. I found the program to be very user friendly. It only takes a couple of days for someone who has no background in 3d modeling to learn this program. I never realized the true potential of the program until I saw most of my former classmates using the program in their renderings.  Lately, I started using Sketchup again. Its been a while since I last used the program. I needed to practice it again. I'm relearning the things I've learned back then and discovered some new things along the way. If you are interested in learning 3D modeling but don't have the patience to go to school. I suggest you learn this program through online tutorials. It's easy to use and a great tool to help you with your designs. Here

Four Unique Cave Houses

In the past prehistoric man used caves as shelter. They were dependent on these natural shelters before they knew how to build their own shelter. Nowadays we no longer live in caves, we build cozy houses with all the basic amenities needed to make life better. It is surprising to know that even in this day and age there are still those who choose to live in a cave. Unlike the prehistoric cave used by our ancestors, these cave houses have all the amenities of any modern home.   Utah Cave House Missouri Cave House. To know more about the Missouri Cave house visit their website at  http://www.caveland.us/ Cuevas del Pino estate by UMMO Estudio  Cave House loess plateau cave house Designed By Chinese Architects Hypersity

Foodscape - Miniature Landscape Photography made Edible Materials

I've been working on sample renderings on landscape designs for the past few weeks. Our marketing at LazyAnimation asked me to make sample renderings. He told me that he had potential clients that are interested in landscape renderings. The clients wanted to see if we were capable of creating landscape renderings.  I began looking for some reference pictures of some gardens and landscapes on the net. I didn't have any idea what type of landscape I would model so I made some random searches on landscaping. I saw a lot of beautiful Japanese gardens which I tried to imitate.  My next sample rendering assignment was for a park. I searched for some aerial photos of parks on google and found pictures of a surreal landscape. I opened the link and found a couple of interesting landscape pictures. When I enlarged the pictures I was surprised to find out that the photos were made of food. The trees photo that looked like a thick forest of stout trees were actually made of broccoli. Thes

Inspiration for Designers Block

It's been a while since I posted it to this blog. I've been busy with a few things recently, and I've just come back from a long Christmas holiday. Since I got back from my holiday, I was faced with a lot of deadlines in the workplace. I had to work twice as hard to meet the deadlines in the office. What worried me most was the deadline for one of our residential projects. We only had a week left, and my brother and I still haven't had a design proposal. I've had a hard time coming up with a design. No matter how hard I try I can't come up with a concept. So I searched the net for inspiration. I found a website with a lot of incredible designs that started to work again. This was one of the best websites to feature many good architectural designs. They feature a lot of architects and designers who showcase their designs. Trendir is the magazine's website and brand. It has many useful sources for trends in architecture. What I really liked about their sit