Tuesday, December 20, 2011

sp2 christmas dinner at gaddis in peninsula hotel, hong kong

the occasion: 2011 office christmas dinner of sp2

the place: gaddis at the peninsula hotel, hong kong

in attendance: mr. joseph fung and his guests: francis au, douglas young, benjamin lau, nicholas wong, and sk kan; me of course, and the rest of the people who work at sp2: carl, john, david, karen, raymond, wing, danielle, ligaya, eric (with wife sally), and lorenzo.






















all photos © Joselito Briones



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Monday, December 19, 2011

photoshoot: rowing with jorma, daniel, eduard, and ulrich


i finally finished processing all the photos from this shoot (after more than 2 years). I guess that still isn't so bad, considering i've got even older photos that i have yet to process


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

mae and carol's gramma in msn.com's splash page

screen shot of msn.com's splash page 16 December 2011


jane, who helped me do this photo shoot of mae and mrs. castillo (we always refer to her as carol's granny), told me about this find on today's splash page of msn.com.  the article is about projected new jobs for 2012


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p.s.
oooooops! carol is so gonna kill me. haha! she practically put the shoot together - sowwy carol, and thanks again :)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

rooftop christmas party


pics from the christmas party at the rooftop of my apartment.





left to right: mikee, d.a., ogie, benjie, rene, chris, josen, jan, jomel


filipino food catered by rommel (center)




all photos © Joselito Briones


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Friday, December 09, 2011

champagne dom pérignon, vintage 2000


ha! i'll finally get to pop this baby.

am having friends over for dinner sunday night and we'll get to enjoy this. was also thinking of making mulled wine but maybe i's a bit to much. we'll see.  i just thought maybe it's a good idea because it's supposed to be a pre-christmas meet-up and it's gotten sorta cold and all and it's gonna be outdoor (rooftop of my apartment).  anyway, someone's taking care of food, so i don't have to worry about that.  i announced in the invite that the dom pérignon champagne will be served at exactly 7pm to entice everyone to come on time :)


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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011

rowing team photo series


i've had this series of rowing photos in my hard drive for a while and has already amassed tons of dust that i've decided i should put them all out before the year ends. unfortunately all the indoor shots, including the one above, can't be used as royalty-free because i wasn't able to obtain a property release for the boathouse.


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Thursday, December 01, 2011

weta cave




 

these are photos are from the weta cave, from when i visited wellington.  just posting now because they're doing a new movie, "The Hobbit"weta is the production company co-founded by Peter Jackson, famous for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "King Kong", "District 9",  and weta cave is a mini-museum at the corner of the workshop.  it's actually quite small, a sort of mom-and-pop gallery/store with a video room.  it would've been much more fun to see their actual production room and meet the people who do the awesome visual effects and characters. photo above is of the life-size model of gollum, from "lord of the rings", displayed in the mini-museum.  don't know which character or from which movie is the one below, but he sure is scary.



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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

congee

Photo:  Joselito Briones

this is the congee place on the street where i live - always useful on those days when i just want something quick, hot, and filling.  everything they sell here is basically starch - from the congee (rice porridge), fried noodles (chow mien), rice rolls, deep-fried bread sticks, and deep-fried bread sticks wrapped in rice rolls. so basically if you wanna catch up on carbs (after all the time that you've been on a carb-free diet), you can have the bredsticks wrapped in rice rolls, dip it in congee, and have fried noodles on the side. must-try.




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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

skull biker and his harley


no idea what this was all about, just saw it while doing a walkabout sunday night in central.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

peel bar, hong kong


this was a few weeks ago, i meant to show it to you but i got too busy i forgot. pictured are benj, ogie, and rene. we went to maxim palace dim sum place in city hall, and afterwards we went to this bar, peel at the corner of peel and elgin streets in soho. jomel joined us for dim sum but left early because he was dj'ing in this same bar later that night. anyway, it was still early and there was nobody else there, but mikee, the guy in charge of the place was so much fun.


this is what it looks like inside. we were told this is gonna close early next year and move to a different location.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

floating village, siem reap, cambodia


still in cambodia, this is a series of photos i took of the floating village in siem reap. you can either scroll down to see the rest of the photos, or click on the first photo to launch a slide viewer.









i spotted a striped snake in the water, and one of the houses shown above keeps several alligators, and as you can see from one of the photos, they use the same water to bathe.  i had a coffee in the community shop, by the time it occured to me that they might have gotten the water from the same source, it was already too late to cancel it, i didn't want to embarass the shop owner.  anyway, it was safe, they must've used bottled water.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

me in angkor wat

photo: charles george

charles took this photo in angkor wat, cambodia. (he did the post-processing too)


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

sunrise in angkor wat, cambodia


woke up extra early for this and it was truly beautiful, unfortunately there were scaffoldings (photoshopped out of this photo) so i didn't bother to do proper photos of it.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

this is charles doing his best robert mitchum impression


he also did an impression of smoking marlene dietrich and bette davis, but let's stick to this one.

we spent the whole day walking about so we decided to do an evening dip in the pool.  prince d'angkor hotel in siem reap, cambodia.  the staff are sooooo nice (well, the cambodians in general) and helpful.


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