Back to Ballpen. Listen to Your Guts Not Opinions

I started drawing using a ballpen/ballpoint. Stepping in High School someone made a negative comment of using ballpoint for drawing. This affected me for years that serious art should be drawn by pencils, charcoal, oil, watercolor, pastel and others. But not ballpen.

Then I came upon professional artist using ballpen for their art. Realistic portraits and landscape. Suddenly I found myself going back to my roots and making effort to perfect my ballpen skill because I have a lot of catching up. You can see my early sketches in this blog I used pencils and it shows my struggle with pencils. I have to excel on pencil to make it because I love to draw details.

I hope I get it right this time using the pen I love since childhood.



My Lonely Fight on Climate Change


Backyard Garden in a vacant lot.

Gardening, waste segregation, planting veggies and trees and unplugging home appliances. Back in the day, I was frustrated planting anything. Have a hard time convincing my housemates to save electricity by unplugging home apps because I tested it “alone” reading the electric meter with home apps plugged but unpowered and saw the meter run. Overtime this is wasted power and adds to the bill.


Harvesting Garden Crops

Fast forward. Got married and have my own bill to worries. Luck find me a wife that share the same fashion for planting with food source in mind. On houseware, we only bought what was needed making our home spacious. And yes, we unplugged unused apps keeping electric consumption low. Once we have an electric bill for only Php 16x.xx (or US $3).

Global Warming/GW, was studied in the late 1970s and I was educated by a school mag about it and thought what I could do to help. Since then it was lonely fight. Devastating tornadoes in the Philippines are very very rare, now appearing here because of cutting trees.

Millennials call GW today as Climate Change and are not doing anything to change it. The way things work today is by “virtually” doing it like changing profile pics and joining fun runs. Taking selfies on nature sights and leaving trash behind.


Front Garden on vacant lot with wife and son

Change is doing by yourself not forwarding recycled quotes. The future look dim. Until then, I hope my plants and trees are still around.


“Atis” or Sugar Apple.