My Matchbox…


Why does the brain perceives a subject as miniature if the background was blurred in a certain fashion like this one?

The truck is actually real, folks… It is not a matchbox.

This is odd…

There’s definitely something odd and weird about this vehicle! Have you also noticed it?

Aha! It has no plate number…! That’s why it’s odd and weird!


The Corporate R2D2…

Do you know what R2D2 is doing if he is not in a movie shoot?

Of course, he has a day job. He is the Corporate Head of a group in charge of sanitation in a muti-national coffee franchise. You may not recognize him because he is in a corporate suit all in black minus his helmet. Did you expect him in casual attire like what he is wearing in his movie shoots? As a movie star, he wants to be incognito when in his day job… You’ve probably knew that. One good way to avoid those pesky paparazzis!

Did you know that R2D2 is a die-hard environmentalist like Wall-E who hates all the garbages we are throwing everywhere?


What does UV stand for?

I guess some of you may be wondering what UV means in “UV Express Service”. Here’s the deal, the ” UV Express Service ” is one of the passenger services in Manila carrying you straight from one point to another point with no stops. It can usually carry around 15 to 18 passengers all crammed inside like a can of sardines in a van having a capacity of 12 passengers only… Speaking of extreme overloading worthy to be recorded in the  Guinness Book of World Records!

Looking at what’s inside this van, now I know why it’s called “UV Express Service”. Passengers are extremely bombarded with a massive dose of “ultra-violet” rays to get a sun-tan in a jiffy. Express tanning service while on commute, I suppose. I guess the local vampires we have bleeding the life out of the Filipinos by taxing them to death will have to fly as a bat rather than burn themselves riding one of these UV Express Service. Do you know where Van Helsing is so we can hire him to rid our country of these vampires?

But wait, there’s more… UV could also mean “ultra-violation” as UV Express services are known for their traffic violation stunts in Manila with some of their drivers working as police or army personnel as their “day job” while moonlighting as UV Express drivers at the same time. Talking about multi-tasking… ‘Nuff said!


The Mountain with the Burning Bushes!

Why do brains sometimes interpret a symbol differently from its original meaning? Believe it or not, what I see is a mountain with a burning bush on both sides of its slopes.

Was it the way the symbol was drawn or the way I just focused on the symbol disregarding the other cues around it making it “ambiguous” subject to my brain’s own interpretation of what the symbol is? Try to cover everything and let the symbol stand by itself, what do you see?



The She-Tree!

Along the sidewalk of the Mandarin Hotel facing Paseo De Roxas in Makati’s financial district, a tree has caught my eye. Depending from which angle you are looking at the tree, it will appear that this tree is mimicking a woman with one of her arms stretched towards the sky.

Did this tree peeked inside one of the rooms of the hotel where a woman was staying and it copied what it saw? Or was it just a random growth of the tree’s branches making it look like a woman with an outstretched arms?

Another shocking theory is that this tree was a woman before and an ancient god of the indigenous Filipinos called “Bathala” turned her into a tree while she was stretching out her hands in a solemn prayer to a foreign god who was preached by an invading nation… This one’s on me as I cannot think of anything why this tree looked like what it is!