200th Post And Counting….

I took me some 3 years and 6 months to get to my 200th post and that certainly doesn’t qualify me as a prolific blogger. I kind lost count of things until I saw my blog stats a week ago and I was 2 to go for the 200 mark and I told myself – oops, that’s one topic I could blog about πŸ™‚

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Hmmm, 1 post a week on average doesn’t sound impressive. As I said many times before, the reason why I decided to have a blog was because I was fed up with bloggers asking me – by the way, do you have a blog? – when I commented on their posts. I decided to start one blog and thankfully only one, else I wouldn’t have been able to avert its slide into mediocrity and eventual extinction. As one blogger friend aptly referred to blogging becoming a chore or an obligation – I agree. Strangely, we don’t get paid to blog ( at least I don’t) but the pressure to come up with a post every so often nags us like a kid wanting to buy candy. The reason for that I thought is quite simple, as the quote says ” the blog is in many ways a continuing conversation”.Β 

As far as interactions with readers on my posts I had quite a few but my memorable one was with an occassional reader who I exchanged a few emails with after reading my post Passion for Independence- Observations from a Different Culture.Β  It turned out that she sacrificed her dreams for the sake of her younger siblings. She had a tough time “weaning them through independence “, even the married ones so she could “slowly win back herself”.Β  I have an opinion blog and what I post is purely from a personal prespective and is no way God-breathed or divinely inspired πŸ™‚ but I did appreciate the positive outcome of our brief discussion.

I would have liked to post more photos in my blog but the reality is, I can only shoot pictures when I go on vacation and short trips. I also feel I am lacking in understanding and skills of the fundamentals of photography so before I embark on trading my gear for a kilo heavy DSLR, I will have to go through a couple of courses from a professional training centre. I waste too many shots. The great news is the courses are pretty cheap and they could trainΒ people with camera specific sessions. It’s a plan. I know, I know. Dang, just do it πŸ™‚

200 posts and still counting…Β and the conversation will go onΒ for a long time πŸ™‚

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SARAH PALIN

I don’t know about you folks but I thought John MacCain had chosen one heck of a running mate in the person of Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, moose hunter, ex-beauty queen who can give actress Julia Roberts a runΒ for her money.Β  Since BarackΒ ObamaΒ  bypassed Hilary Clinton and chose virtually no-name candidate in the person of Joe Biden, McCain wisely capitalized on the opportunity to select a woman for his running mate.Β  Sarah Palin is hot. She’s good to look at as governor, even better looking as VP.Β  She can’t be president alright but if Dan Quayle became VP, sure as hell Palin could.Β  Will she make a difference in the election? Good question. Methinks she will. By how much? Will it be substantial? I don’t know. She definitely made the race more interesting. Reportedly Barack is jealous because Sarah stole the spotlight from him πŸ™‚

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THE VENETIAN

The Venetian casino in Vegas is rather unqiue. It features a shopping canal, reminiscent of the canals of Venice, with shops and restaurants along the waterway. It is truly a captive environment, where the sun never sets and the clouds that move to give it a bit of that virtual reality tasteΒ never leave. It’s a place I love to take photos because it does give you that studio type background. I’ve wasted a lot of “experiment shots” at the Venetian but I enjoyed it a lot. Here’s a few of the shots I took.

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45 Responses

  1. yes, i also realize that blogging is like you have an e-family that you need to check them for updates, of what’s happening with them, know their opinions about things and you, sharing your thoughts, emotions and pictures! ehehe πŸ™‚

    kaya lang yun nga, so many things to blog so little time..

    anyway, galing galing nung mga pictures ha.. hindi ka pa professional ng lagay na yan?!

    congrats on your 200th post!

  2. Hahaha.. funny pic of Obama. Now wants to win the popularity contest πŸ™‚

    I like the looks of Venetian. very sophisticated. Oh and congrats on your 200th post. I’d like to revive my blog too.

  3. You bet – Sarah Palin is fly. she’s a babe man.

    Nice pics. looks a bit like Venice.

  4. you might be posting just once a week but looking at the content of each post, it’s really worth reading. congratulations for reaching your 200th posts.

  5. happy 200th post!

    i like palin. her feisty, kick-ass personality won the hearts of many. and true enough, stole the limelight from obama.

  6. Congratulations bro for this important milestone and since we have almost started together in blogging, this had made me also looked or checked out my stats and I am bout the same as yours.

    I never thought 4 years could be as swift as that and truly establishes the fact that ‘time flies when one is having fun’ and bogging is such great fun for all of us.
    πŸ™‚

  7. Lei – thanks. You’re right in that blogging gives us a sort of a cyber-family that keeps us engaged and amused πŸ™‚

    As for the pics, you have no idea how many shots I’ve wasted with my experimentations hehe πŸ™‚

  8. Irrealis – true, I guess people have an overdose of Barack. It’s high time to have a real babe replace him in the spotlight πŸ™‚

    Thanks.. Hey, by all means, ressurrect your blog πŸ™‚

  9. Natez1 – she’s definitely fly and she’s got great legs too πŸ™‚

    Not quite Venice but definitely a nice place to chill and shoot photos πŸ™‚

  10. Dong – thanks bro . My stats says 1.17 posts per week hehe.. so maybe I can say every 5 days? hehe πŸ™‚

  11. Mari – definitely. I think many women are inspired by her and will vote for her now that Hilary isn’t running πŸ™‚

  12. Major Tom – thanks bro and for some bit of trivia, you commented on my 2nd post! It’s amazing that we’ve been blog friends and having fun at that for that long πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the company and I hope I can meet up with you when I take my vacation in Pinas in the near future hehe πŸ™‚

  13. First of all, congrats on your 200th, bro. I can’t believe we’ve been reading and commenting on each others blogs (continuously pa ha?) for three years now. Man, we really gotta have that round of beer soon!

    Second, why worry about wasting shots when we don’t use negatives on our digicams anymore? Thanks to technology, learning photography has not only become easier for dummies like me, but cheaper as well. Time was when you have to buy rolls upon rolls of film and spend a fortune just to develop a picture. Ngayon pc at software lang pwede ka nang maging expert, hehe. So go and buy that DSLR now!! πŸ˜€

  14. Sngl – thanks. Yeah man. It’s been quite a few years of uninterrupted conversations πŸ™‚ Aside from you and Major Tom I can also include Bingskee, Jayred and Abaniko and I hope I didn’t miss a name πŸ™‚

    I have a digital camera, not film and what I meant was I waste a lot of shots due to poor exposure mainly because of varying light conditions, esp at night. I like to shoot in manual mode and not always in automatic mode. Sometimes I am forced to take a backup automatic mode shot as insurance. I definitely need more education before I trade in my gear for a more expensive DSLR.

  15. I like the photographs! Was the camera handheld?

    Congratulations for the 200 smart blog entries πŸ™‚

    I just don’t know about Sarah Palin. She doesn’t seem to want being interviewed; strange for a politician on a campaign trail, no?

  16. The cartoon is LOL funny! Hahahaha!

    Congratulations on your 200th post, BW! That’s prolific enough for me. πŸ™‚

    I agree that Sarah Palin is really pretty (I told my husband when I saw her on CNN: McCain chose a beautiful running mate, huh); I didn’t know she was a beauty queen.

    The Venetian Casino in Vegas looks like the one in Macau (same designer). I thought you used my photos. πŸ™‚

    Keep on blogging.

  17. Eric – thanks.. yes, the camera was handheld and because of it, I wasted a lot of shots πŸ™‚

    Palin finally got interviewed by Charlie Gibson of ABC and here’s the transcript :

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=5782924&page=1

  18. Jayred – I know a blogger who chronicled her entire pregnancy until delivery. That was one heck of a 9 month run ! Now that’s some tip for you hahaha πŸ™‚

    Thanks… and you’ve been a blogger friend for sometime now πŸ™‚

    Palin is a beauty queen. She still looks queen-ish in her forties. Old man John seems to know how to play his cards πŸ™‚

    Looks like I may have stolen some of your Macau Venetian pics LOL πŸ™‚ I actually shot pics of a couple who got married on the gondola, with a minister doing the rites – quite interesting.

  19. Incidentally, I like your slide show feature. Will see if compatible with Blogger.

    Thanks for the Palin interview URL!

    Enjoy the weekend, man πŸ™‚

  20. Eric – thanks… Yep, you can check if Blogger is compatible. Slide is a real space saver coz it plays your slideshows from Flickr or Photobucket!

    Your other option is to migrate to WordPress hehehe πŸ˜‰ And it’s quite easy with the import feature.

    Nothing against Blogger but I was photo blogging, I would definitely prefer WordPress coz it’s more open and flexible πŸ™‚

    Have a nice weekend too..

  21. Congrats on 200 posts. I’ve just checked mine and I have 162 posts after 2 1/2 years. It’s hard to believe we’ve actually posted so many things on our respective blogs. hehe.

    I don’t have a DLSR but I post photos anyway, even if they’re poor quality. hehe. A picture is worth a thousand words, even the poor quality ones…. usually. πŸ˜€

  22. Wil – thanks man. Hey, you’re a more prolific blogger than me !

    Sometimes picture taking becomes a hobby and people can become serious with it. Agree, anyone can post a pic and as they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…… not the photographer πŸ™‚

  23. wow 200. i think no matter how long the time, that is an accomplishment, whereas i myself have managed a little over 50 in the span of five months, i think. i’m not a good blogger too. plus major burnt out. but the good news is i am able to blog hop today. and yours is first stop. =)

  24. For non-americans, Joe Biden is unknown but he’s been a senator for over three decades who chaired the Foreign relations and Judiciary committee at some points in his career. Palin is virtually a no name and just became popular recently for being McCains running mate. She won’t make a difference in this election. She is now flip-flopping on many issues. The majority of whites in the battleground states will have a say at the end. Most of them cannot accept the notion of a black person ruling over them, it’s just the honest fact. They can’t even accept he is half negro and half white, he’s always referred to as always “Black”. And that’s how racist the United States is, just my take.

    Not sure if you are aware the Venetian’s canal is not on ground level but on the second floor. It was heavily guarded after 9/11 since Sheldon Adelson is Jewish, and the richest in LV and also owns Venetian Macau.

    200 posts? That’s a lot! Wonder how many comments I’ve made at this point, hehe….
    Congrats man and Cheers to you!

  25. Prinsesa – well, you’re quite a prolific blogger with 50 posts in a span of 5 months !

    As long as you are having fun – that’s the most important. Hope you had a good rest πŸ™‚

  26. TruBlue – fyi I work for an American company so politics and the US economy very much affect my life πŸ™‚

    Compared to Hilary Clinton and NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg who were prospective candidates for Obama’s running mate, Joe Bidden’s name is not as well known.

    McCain knows how to play his cards coz Bidden didn’t uplift Obama but Palin did uplift McCain πŸ™‚ I agree with you that the US may not be ready for a non-white president. It’s a battle between the big urban centers and the small town USA who are for the most part conservative.

    Nope, I didn’t realize the canals were on the 2nd floor. The damn place was huge !

  27. Congratulations on your 200th post. Although I’m relatively new here compared to Snglguy, Abaniko, and a few others, I just want you to know that I enjoy reading your posts. I enjoy your insights and witty lines. πŸ™‚

    Picking Sarah Palin was a brilliant move on McCain’s part. The announcement immediately wiped Obama’s convention speech and any ratings bounce he would have gotten from it off the front pages within 12 hours after it took place. Sarah Palin has made a tremendous difference for her nomination has energized the Republican base, has boosted McCain’s ratings among white women, and has changed the game for McCain now leads in several nationwide polls.

  28. Just as a followup comment. I like Barack Obama. I think he’s an intelligent guy but I think that he picked a bad time to run for President. He didn’t give himself a chance to develop a more robust resume that would have made people a lot more confident in his capabilities. Right now, a thin resume is making his battle an uphill one. Should he end up losing this election, he has no one else to blame but himself. Americans were willing to listen to his ideas but a good portion of the populace are concerned about the “blank spaces” on his resume. Just my two cents.

  29. Panaderos – thanks bro πŸ™‚

    Methinks an Obama-Clinton ticket will have better chances but again, Obama has his own issues with Hilary.

    The big issue I think is – would Americans trust Obama’s resume? As you said, it is thin. With McCain, if he’s an ahole like his predecessor, at best they know he won’t give America away to anyone.

  30. blogging can become a chore – I agree.

    especially when you’re at the lowest point of your life and you don’t want the world to know, and you have this nagging guilt to blog about something and you don’t know what to blog about. no matter how hard you try to blog about other things, in the end, you always blog about yourself and that sucks. =(

  31. you’ll take photography lessons? ikaw na din? lahat na lang ata ng tao ha πŸ™‚

  32. Think both you and Panaderos are missing something in the area of a thin “resume”.
    Again, if you follow american politics, it’s not that easy to get your party’s nomination. Obama bested SIX more qualified candidates including Hilary during the recent primaries, in layman’s term – Obama Kicked Ass. The Delegates and SuperDelegates who consists of party leaders at all levels including Governors and Senators, overwhelmingly chose Obama as the most qualified to run for president. That alone is monumental given the fact, yes, he is african-american or minority.

    During the republican primaries, this is what McCain said of Governor Romney and ex-mayor Guilliani in one of their debates; governors and mayors are inexperienced or have no knowldge about National Security Issues. Hmmmm, I think Romney and Guilliani are seasoned politicians. Imagine for a moment IF Palin was in the mix running for President. McCain would have ridiculed her and say something like – whoa! you should go back to Alaska and get some more experience. BUT NOW, McCain said PALIN can easily handle these issues, having been commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard. That’s just one of the strings of lies in his many closets considering he has seven houses.

    Joe Biden, btw, is also racist. I think Obama chose him after reports of Edwards’ womanizing surfaced. To me, it was John Edwards for VP all along and Hilary was never considered.

    Having said all that, the race to 270 electoral votes really matters most and it’s those swing states to determine who becomes president. Boundaries will be broken either way; first woman to become VP or first black man to rule over the majority. I encourage everyone to watch the upcoming vice presidential debates and let’s see what Palin is made of, with so many negative issues hanging over her head during her term as Mayor and 19 months as Governor coming out in all media outlets. I’m a swing voter so knows, I might list to the right, hehe….if she is believable.

    Cheers to both of you and goodhealth.

  33. Hey BW, congrats! In spite of the more than 3 years of your blogging, you never succumbed to mediocrity. Your topics are always fresh and insightful. I’m impressed at the consistentency of your quality posts. I don’t want to sound patronizing but you’re one of the best bloggers I like to read. Keep churning out those engaging posts….

  34. congratulations, bw! 200th and counting.. it’s not the count actually but the content. you graced the blog world with your intelligent thoughts. you are one of a kind with your style. i must admit i get bored easily with long bars of text but with your posts, i get hooked. interesting line of thoughts indeed..

    i admire Palin’s beauty and appeal. but i like Obama than McCain.

  35. Jeff – some people like to blog more when they’re down, others pause and like to be left alone.Blogging can be therapeutic. For someone like me it is a way to have fun and relax. For others, it is simply the act of spilling their thoughts and not needing to be responded to !

  36. Tin- I’m kinda stubborn person coz I hate to take lessions unless I am forced to πŸ™‚
    I had never taken lessons in fishing nor tennis and with golf, just an hour with of fundamentals which is not enough. I took hunting and gun safety lessons because it is required by law. Like to join me in my photography lessons? πŸ˜†

  37. TrueBlue – when we say thin, we mean experience. What sets Obama from the rest? His race of course. And is he the smartest black person in America? Bidden had been around since the 70’s and if resumes are to be looked at, this guy should be president not Obama. The fact is not many people know him because he quietly does his business without much funfare. Palin is also symbolic of Obama. She represents a sector of society that people want to see in office. Politics is funny. Parties try to field anyone who they think can sensitize people into electing so they can attain majority and power.

    Was Reagan really that smart? The guy had a BA degree from an obscure community college but what made him great – his impeccable communication skills that was able to tear down the iron curtain.

    It is a real toss up. You can play the credential rule or speculate on the person’s character much like what Minnesota did when they put wrestler Jesse Ventura in office. Never underestimate governors. Reagan, Carter , Clinton and George W were governors who became president !

  38. Abaniko – thanks bro πŸ™‚ I appreciate your conversing with me for the last 3 years. You’re in my list to meet a future EB meeting in Manila with blog friends πŸ™‚

  39. Bingskee – thanks πŸ™‚ You’ve also been kind to keep me company for all those years. I hate long posts and avoid them as much as I can or prehaps break them up but have been unable to do so hehe πŸ™‚

    Palin is definitely beauty and brains eh? And to think that she bore children while in political office was something. She didn’t let career overwhelm her family life which speaks of character.

  40. BW, hey I look forward to seeing the man behind those intelligent posts. πŸ™‚

  41. Abaniko – and you will be shocked ! just kidding… hehe πŸ™‚

  42. >>Never underestimate Governors>>. That’s exactly my point. Please elaborate then why McCain looked down at these seasoned Governor (Romney) and ex-mayor Guilliani, that they don’t have all the experience to become president. BUT, he thinks Palin has ALL the experience to lead. So what gives? Palin was handpicked and seriously doubt she would have gotten any votes from the Delegates of the Republican Convention.
    And McCain being McCain, the ever high octane mouth he is, HE too would have said something negative about Palin, IF she was in the mix. He is worse than GWB, and my wish is for him to win, only for the american people to sse it for themselves how he manages them.

    Ventura was well-qualified, after all he was a Navy Seal retired. But politics wasn’t for him, so after one term, he’s out in the sunshine drinking tequila somewhere.

    Cheers!

  43. Hey, congrats on your 200th post. That’s quite an accomplishment di ba?

    What makes one a prolific blogger anyway? With the way you draw readers and comments on your blog, I think you can consider yourself one. You always come up with smart topics kasi. Yeah, I’m a member of your fan club too. πŸ™‚

  44. TrueBlue – many times it had been said that governors are mini-presidents because they are exposed to the judicial, legislative and executive branches of the state which is in effect a smaller version of the country. Therefore governors are deemed to have more experience in running a government as opposed to congressmen who only manage their political riding.

    Women see themselves in Sarah Palin – a working woman who went through pregnancies while in her high office, a fiesty politician who had survived a largely male dominated political scene and someone who sticks to her values albeit conservative. She’s not a high profile lawyer like Hilary who was once a upon a time the boss of Bill Clinton. She may not have the political savvy of Hilary but she’s someone women identify with much like the under-educated Pinoys identified themselves with Erap. McCain was smart in his choice because in the Face the Nation program today, a Republican woman-congressman said that women voters outnumber men. But then it is fool hardy to expect all women to vote for Palin. They have their own individual issues and will select the party that meets their expectations. McCain is clearly capitalizing on Palin’s charisma and appeal with women and methinks he’ll got a lot of support from them. Whether or not it will translate in a win is a big question.

    I appreciate your comments bro πŸ™‚

  45. Niceheart – thanks πŸ™‚ I also appreciate your company. We’ve been conversing for a few years too !

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