Five Perks to Wearing a Face Mask

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Wearing a face mask in public has been mandatory in light of the pandemic plaguing the world.

To some, it is seemed as a restraint to freedom. How can one breathe free when there is a piece of cloth plastered to their face, right? Yeah, well that free air might be rather infectious with something that is not freedom.

Anyway, aside from the rather obvious reason that face masks help prevent the infection of the virus, here are five additional reasons why wearing a face mask is not all that bad. Continue reading “Five Perks to Wearing a Face Mask”

Still As Amusing As It Was – Fruits Basket (2019) Episode 1

I don’t usually do episodic anime reactions and reviews – so this will probably be an on and off thing.

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Anyway, I decided to watch the reboot of Fruits Basket today, and episode 1 was as amusing as I remember it. I guess what they say about the reboot and the old anime version being true to the source material up to a certain point must be true. There are some changes that I am expecting – specially how they handled Shigure. However, for now, I still find him as amusing as ever. Continue reading “Still As Amusing As It Was – Fruits Basket (2019) Episode 1”

What Does it Mean to Be a Good Writer? #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

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Have you ever doubted yourself whether you are a good enough writer? Have you ever thought to yourself that your work is bad?

What does it mean to be a good writer anyway?

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Short Story: Pandemic

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I closed my eyes and breathed slower.

I tried my best to relax.

It was a new virus, advertised as nothing more than a simple flu. People died, and it spread, and more people died.. The government flaunted that it had it under control.

Then the unthinkable happened. The dead opened their eyes, and with a blood-curdling roar, stood back up as quick as lightning and began running around, leaving blood, devastation and even more death in their wake.

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Those Boring Days

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Remember when time stood still,
Nothing going on, you feel
That the days brought you no thrill,
All you got is time to kill.

Without a care of the world around you,
Enjoy the warmth of a fresh cup you brew,
Those simple, ordinary days, who knew,
Would change because of a worldwide flu.

An enemy hidden from the naked eye,
One wrong move, all may go awry,
Yet all’s not lost, the end we defy,
Though the solution in short supply.

Heroes rise in time of turmoil,
Sacrifice to win, they toil.
Fallen to this deadly coil,
Rest beneath the cold, hard soil.

All of us must do our part,
Stop the foe with all our heart.
The little things can be a start,
Stay at home, the spread we thwart.

When the rains stopped; the clouds clear.
We’ll look back upon this year,
On times of peace we hold so dear,
Before the world has changed here.

-Jomz Ojeda

When The World Ground to A Halt

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Streets empty,
People so few.
Shops closed early,
All’s quiet, barely.

Stay indoors,
It’s what they say.
Help fight the fight,
In’s the right way.

Supplies are low,
Store shelves empty.
We’re in the shadow
Of something deadly.

Apocalypse,
End of the world?
Nope, just blips,
That man’s been hurled.

We will endure,
We will survive,
You can do it,
Cheer up, and strive.

 

-Jomz OJeda

How Editing Helps to Enhance Photos

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I am usually uncomfortable showing work-in-progress things, but this is essential for my point. Hahaha…

As part of my return to visual media, I have been re-sharpening my photo-editing skills. There are a lot one can learn from the internet now. It also helps when you follow a handful of photographers and film makers on youtube.

In any case, above is a photo of a bunch of benches after a light rain. The top picture is the original, out-of-the-camera image. The bottom is after a bit of editing.

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