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I Am a Metal Dog

That's what my Chinese Horoscope says. It also says that the Year of the Water Dragon may not be all well for my fellow Dogs. But what they hey. We'll still do out best. :-)

Happy Chinese New Year!

I got my sample copy of "Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalahang Maynila" Part One last Thursday and, overall, I'm very happy with it. Super publisher Visprint will be releasing the book this Wednesday, initially in Metro Manila bookstores. Bookstores outside the region will follow.

For the curious, bibliophile blogger Charles Tan was able to get an advanced copy and generously gave a review. He says, "Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila is a complex beast and might well be one of the most important comic releases for the year. Carlo Vergara is attempting to outdo himself and so far, he's on the right track." The review is mostly spoiler-free, so you might want to check it out. Thanks, Charles!

If you decide to get a copy of the book, thank you. But it would also …

It's More Fun in the Philippines: My contribution

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Many have been doing their share interpreting the new tourism campaign. Here's my share. :-)
(image from Erika Jumps)
(image from The Food Pirate and Ovah Coffee)
(image from the National Statistical Coordination Board)

Playing with the Department of Tourism's 'banig'

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I happen to like the new tourism campaign message "It's More Fun in The Philippines." It's versatile, modern, and affecting if used well. I'm loving it.

I initially had reservations about the word "more," because it courts comparison, and it's a promise that becomes challenging to fulfill because you have to be "better" than someone else. Another nit is the length of the slogan, but the official website effectively shows how the slogan is used.

The graphic on the right needs work, in my opinion. The woven mat motif is nice, but it's too small, and it's meaning is obscure. As a symbol, it has to carry some of the qualities of the communications message. If the message is "more fun," the symbol should give at least the slightest impression of that.

Which is why I tried to make something of the woven mat motif and tie it to the message. I took it as a creative exercise. If the key word is "fun," can we have fun wi…

Book Trailer: Zaturnnah sa Maynila (Part One)

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If there ever was a "Zaturnnah sa Maynila" book trailer, it would look a bit like this...

Printable Resolution Tracker: Stick To Your Resolutions

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Happy New Year! I've been hit-and-miss with my New Year's Resolutions so I decided to make this. I'll see if it works for me. You're invited to download and print this and see if it works for you.

For each sheet you print out, you basically write down a resolution--for instance, eat one cup of rice per day--and commit to that resolution for one month only. For each day of success, you mark a box. Your target for the month is ten boxes, but better to go for more.

After one month, evaluate your experience and your results, then see if you want to give it another go for the next month.

It's not schedule-based, but frequency based, which should make it easier. What's important is that it gets done, whatever time of the day, whatever day.

What do you think?

Click on the image to enlarge, then right-click to save. Enjoy! :-)