This is rather getting to be another shitty day. It's almost 7pm and I'm still in the office. I have to do an experiment which requires bringing down the test temperature of a device to 50 degrees centigrade. Yeah, getting into geeky mode for this one. Hope I can get this done before 9pm. I was rarin' to go home earlier to finish the third cow of my latest painting. Guess, she'll have to wait for tomorrow.
I came back from Baguio yesterday. What a roadtrip it was! My first time driving there and going up, I chosed Kennon Road for the initial rites. Most people I talked to before the trip suggested I take that path instead of Marcos Highway and Naguilian Road. It was like using your Who Wants to be a Millionaire "ask-the-audience" lifeline. The histograph showed Kennon taking in the most votes.
The sceneries along the way were very inspiring. Small waterfalls would still drip by the roadside. Lots of green fauna around. What's scary though are those landslide-riddled ridges. Even a small rock could derail and plunge you down the ravines. Then there are those hell-bound drivers who still overtakes everybody at the wrong spots and turns. Those rock and gravel filled trucks from the quarry sites are very dangerous too. They're moving at 5kph uphill and passing ahead of them can be tricky with only the slimmest margin for your car to get by. Geesssh!
Anyways, I got to Baguio safe and that's what mattered. I didn't try to negotiate the bustling city streets though. Just parked the car and enjoyed commuting with some of the Philippines most honest taxi drivers. I still got my 1 Peso change!
I like Baguio. The weather's nice and cool. But one thing that's not cool though --- too many people on the streets!
I'm currently working on another subject I got from my Sagada trip 2 years ago. We were hiking towards the Big Falls and I chanced upon these cows lazily grazing by the roadside. There are still the two more cows to work on... have yet to rub off the gum mask I applied for the grasses... and lastly, detail in the foreground. Hope to finish this watercolor painting before Friday. I'll be off to Baguio for the weekend --- my nephew's birthday.
Anyways, here's a preview of "Four Is A Crowd"...
Here's a detailed shot of the cows... still have to paint the other two...
There was a light drizzle this morning and just as I was about to get into my car, I saw these two cows over a vacant lot near my apartment. Ting!!! And just like in those cartoon shows where they have a light bulb lighting up when an idea suddenly hits them --- I hurriedly went back inside the house and got my digital camera. These cows will star in my next painting! Meet Zoe and Moe...
After staying at work for more than 24 hours straight, I would say martyrdom is waiting for me around the corner. Hah! I was working on a fiber-optic receiver IC and had to debug everything for it to pass calibration. Eventually, I had it passing but product release is more than that - there's data correlation, inventory build and the usual documentation stuff. It was hell!