Friday, September 27, 2013

My Band Flub

Today, I wanna share with you one of the bands that I currently play in. The name of the band is Flub. I started this band with my good friend, Noel (who is also my bandmate in my other previous bands).

The idea came about back in 2011 when Noel and I got really frustrated because we didn't have a band at that time and we really wanted to play some fast, punk rock music. After a few lunch meetings during office breaks, Flub was born!

The current Flub line-up:
Ace Ablay - Bass
Tobs Tobio - Drums
Noel San Felipe - Vocals, Guitars
Paulo Rodriguez - Guitars

We have recently finished recording our first EP entitled "Urban Fairytales and Folklore". It contains 3 original tracks. The first song "Super Cheezy Mega Love Story" is now available for free at our Facebook bandpage Please feel free to download and share it to your friends. We would be releasing a song from the EP every month so watch out for it.

It's really funny 'coz we were initially planning to write/play some hard, fast rock songs but ended up sounding so alternative rock. Whatever. As long as we like it and we're having fun then I guess we don't care, hehehe!

We have played several gigs around the metro already and we plan to play some more though we would like to focus more on writing, recording and releasing original music. We target to start recording again by November 2013. In the meantime, please do check out our songs and I hope to see you in one of our gigs soon!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Getting an NBI Clearance the Fast and Easy Way

Need an NBI clearance? If you live in Manila Philippines, you are in luck! I have a great tip for you. Read on my friend.

Most of us know that to get an NBI clearance, you have to go very early to an NBI satellite office and fall in line there until you get your clearance. This is fine...if you're willing to spend at least half of your day there. I went there today at 10AM and, believe me, the number I got was already #203. Not cool.

There is a better way. And I will share it with you today. Are you ready? Here we go!

Rather than going directly to an NBI Satellite office, I would suggest that you rather go to the "We Lead Companies" office at the 21st floor of Galleria Corporate Center (which is right beside Robinsons Galleria) and have it processed there.

What you need:
1. A working email address that you could access there.
2. Cash to pay for the service.
3. Valid IDs.

That's it.

What happens is that, they encode all your info there and accept your payment as well. I paid for Php200 only all in all(Php115 NBI clearance + Online Fee Php25 + Service fee Php60). After which they would give you a printed sheet of paper with a QR code. You will now have to go to the NBI satellite office at the basement of Robinson's Galleria and proceed to the line for "Step 3" so they could take your picture and get your fingerprints. Just make sure you go to correct line so you don't waste time. After this, go to "Step 4" which is the releasing step and then you're done!

It took me around an hour to finish everything as there was a short line on "Step 4". But an hour is nothing when processing these kinds of documents. Do note that if your name gets a "Hit", you will have to come back to the NBI Satellite office on the date that they would provide you to get your NBI clearance.

Easy isn't it? Let me know if you have questions :)

We Lead Companies
Corporate Headquarters
2102 Galleria Corporate Center
EDSA cor Ortigas Avenue
Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone Number: (+632) 395-5092

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The World Balance Easy Soft shoes - Nice Rainy day shoes for only Php299!

A few weekends back, I invited my wife to go out so we could buy a new pair of rubber shoes for her since her old ones are already worn out. So off we went to Robinson's Forum Pioneer (since it's near our place) and visited the shoe store, Olympic Outlet, located at the 2nd floor of the mall. In front of the store, I was just mindlessly going through the different shoes on display, not really planning to buy anything, however, I was surprised to find this:

*photo by my wife Kim

World Balance Easy Soft shoes

It looks like a pair of leather shoes but it is actually make of rubber! Here are my initial observations:
  • the shoes actually look good
  • it is lightweight
  • the rubber material used could easily be mistaken as leather which means I could use it in the office
  • they're sold for only Php299! (oh yes, I am stingy hehe!)
So when my wife was able to find a pair of rubber shoes for herself, I told her I want one of those World Balance Easy Soft shoes outside.

After using the shoes in the past few weeks, here are what I observed:
  • they are very comfortable to use
  • they are water-proof. It was raining hard yesterday when I went out of the office for dinner, and my feet was protected from the rain.
  • nobody in the office noticed that it wasn't actually made of leather.

One downside, though, is that your feet could somehow get sweaty inside since the shoe is really air tight. A good pair of black cotton socks could easily solve this.

The World Balance Easy Soft shoes come in different designs and colors: white, black and brown.

I highly recommend these shoes to people who want a comfortable yet affordable pair of shoes. These shoes are perfect for the rainy days! Also, I think it would be very easy to wash them since they're made of rubber and the in-sole is removable. I plan to use this as an alternate to my usual daily leather shoes.

Great job to World Balance for coming up with good products at low prices!

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Wow, I can't believe that it has been more than a year since my last post. A lot of things took my time in the past months and my music blog just had to take a backseat for awhile. But now that I have more free time, there's just no more reason for me not to bring this blog back to life!

*My favorite Pearl Jam logo: Alive

Today, I wanna tell you about a new band that I'm listening to. The band is called "The Winery Dogs" and is composed of three very accomplished musicians:

Richie Kotzen - guitar, vocals (former guitarist of Poison, Mr. Big)
Billy Sheehan - bass (bassist of Mr. Big)
Mike Portnoy - drums (ex-drummer of Dream Theater)

The songs in their self titled album are really rocking! I could also hear some blues music influences on some songs. I'm really glad these guys got together in this age of pop, pop, and more pop, rock music could use some push. The guitar sounds on this album are superb! Billy and Mike are incredible musicians but it's Richie Kotzen who really shines on this record. His singing voice and guitar lines are just amazing. I'm a big fan and if you're a serious guitar player like me, this record will definitely make you want to practice more.

Standout tracks for me are: "I'm no angel" and "You saved me". The album is available on Amazon or on iTunes. I really hope these guys do come over to play in the Philippines someday.

For more info on the band checkout their website at

Keep rocking!

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