Monthly Archives: March 2010

(EZRA) 12/52: Mechanical Lullaby

Ack!  Another one I forgot to post back in 2010!  It’s now 2013~  Thank goodness I can edit the dates of my posts here on WordPress~

Her description:

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The thing I’m playing with is called a “Newton’s Cradle.” I got it for Christmas and it’s pretty amusing. When I’m bored I just play with it and watch it swing around (which is strangely relaxing).

The title is from a song in “Coraline.”

I’m wearing a wig in this photo because I was too lazy to fix my hair.

Thanks to my sister for taking my picture and editing it!
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It was a bit hard to get the timing of the cradle right for this shot. Ezra had to set the balls in motion and pose quickly while looking relaxed and amused at the same time XD

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Week 12/52: Golden hugs, sushine kisses

Ckloy gave me a new umbrella, weeeee~  We met up at Megamall two Saturdays ago, after my MSE 225 exam.  We were supposed to have lunch together with Amie, Kat and Ate Love because it was Amie’s birthday, but he couldn’t make it on time.

Any guesses where it’s from?

Here’s a quick hint:

Before anybody says anything about my Etude House obsession, I want to say that I didn’t spend a single cent in that shop that day~  (Yay me!)  The only reason I was there was because Kat and Ate Love were in a makeup-shopping mood, and I suggested they check the place out.  When Ckloy arrived, we were in the middle of trying out mascaras, so that’s where he found us.

He asked me to help him pick out presents for his parents’ wedding anniversary. He told me I could pick out anything I wanted in the store in return.  I suggested he get the bottle of the Creamy Peach Chou Body Lotion for his mom, and picked out this umbrella for myself.  I was thinking of getting the eyeshadow stick they had there, but I figured I needed the umbrella more than I need makeup, since I broke my old umbrella earlier that day.

I’ve actually been eyeing this umbrella for a while now, but I was too cheap to buy it for myself.  I normally just find umbrellas at home and claim them for myself (we get a lot of free umbrellas from banks and insurance companies for some reason, so I’ve never felt the need to buy one).

I’ve been walking around campus a lot lately and the sun hasn’t been kind on my skin.  I normally don’t mind a bit of sun, but the heat’s been terrible here lately, so I’ve started carrying an umbrella around to give me some extra shade when I walk.  I’ve also started using a lotion with SPF! (I know, they say you’re never supposed to go out without sun protection, but I hate the sticky feeling I get when I put sunblock on, so I don’t use it unless I really need to.)

A not so happy version:


Thanks Ckloy!  Mwah mwah~

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A VERY LATE “New” Year’s entry

Yes, I know, it’s already the end of March, but I’ve been too lazy to sort holiday photos until now.  I’ve only just finished posting our family’s Christmas photos on FB and Multiply.  I decided to get started on the ones we took on New Year’s eve also.  I figured I might as well make a quick entry about it too, since I failed to do that when 2010 started XD

December 31, 2009 was a double celebration for our family since it was also Bam’s 26th (27th?) birthday.  He took us all to Zen Buffet where we stuffed ourselves with yummy Chinese and Japanese food.

My plate (first round).  Those cheese wantons were yummy!!

Group photo

Thanks Bam! *mwah mwah*

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Three down, two to go!

I’ve completed all my requirements for three of my subjects this semester.  I’m praying that the effort I put in for these subjects (however little) will be enough to secure a passing grade for all of them. I hope that everything turns out alright and I won’t have to repeat them.

I thought I’d share some pictures and memories I have from these classes, to give me a feeling of closure.

MSE 225: X-Ray Crystallography and Spectrography

My earliest subject to finish this semester.  We had our final exam just last week.

Our class met every Saturday this semester (except for those days when our professor was too busy to hold classes, or fell asleep in his office).  We tackled one chapter of the book each week, and a problem set was assigned at the end of each class.  This meant that for almost every Friday this semester, my classmates and I stayed up all night answering problems dealing with x-rays, crystal lattices and their symmetries.

Amie and I stayed up on Fridays together at my apartment to solve the problems for class. Towards the middle of the semester, the Calamba sisters (Kat and Ate Love) started joining us, which made things a whole lot easier since there were more of us.  Although there were some days when we only managed to submit two problems each because we stayed up chatting all night instead of answering the problem set XD

This was taken right after Ate Love’s birthday.  We had a pizza for dinner that night, her treat.  Thanks Ate Love!

(Ate Love and I are actually the same age, she’s just a few months older than I am.  I just got used to calling her “Ate” because of Kat, hehehe)

Sometimes Ezra would come and stay with me at my apartment (when she didn’t have to work) so I’d have some company.  On Friday nights she’s in charge of making sure we all don’t fall asleep while studying.  (She spends the entire Friday morning asleep while I’m in class, so she’s all energized in the evening.)

Ezra acting as a stylist while Kat solves the more difficult Math problems for us.

Ezra put Miaka-style buns on me

Looking so happy.  She enjoys watching us suffer XD

Sometimes Hahriz would also spend Friday night with us.  She usually does this when she has an early Saturday exam.

With Hahriz

(Yes, my place is always a mess when Friday night comes around.  Luckily no one really cares as long as we can find a place to study.  We clean up on Saturday mornings after our class, before heading back to LB.)

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Hell Week!

Just a quick update.  I’ve been extremely busy these days.  The semester is coming to an end, so I’m trying to complete all my requirements before their deadlines.  I’ve still got three papers to submit and two exams to study for.  Students normally call this period their “hell week“, although my “hell” actually lasts for more than a week.   This is what my planner looks like for now:

At least I’ve already completed all my requirements for one subject, MSE225.  We had our final exam last Saturday.  The exam had 6 questions and lasted for 4 hours.  We all had migraines by the time the proctor collected our papers.  But at least that’s over.  I can only hope I did alright in that subject.  Passing grade is 50%, but MS students need a score of at least 80%.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to score that high T__T

To help us prepare for the test, Amie, Kat and I headed over to the library to study last Friday.   When the library closed at 5pm, so we moved our study session over to my apartment, where Ate Love joined us as soon as she was done with work.  By that time, our minds were already saturated, so we mainly goofed  around while trying to answer some of the problems in the book (which, luckily, were some of the problems that showed up in the exam).

Quick photo of our study session.  Review materials and netbooks everywhere!  Kat’s already asleep while Amie flat irons her hair.  Ate Love is still busy solving problems in the book.

Right now I’m busy studying for my Geol297 (Clay Mineralogy) exam tomorrow.  Currently reading/scanning these two books:

Exam’s going to be “open-everything” which includes our laptops (and therefore the web).  I have no idea what sort of questions to expect.  Open book exams scare me   O__o

Wish me luck!

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(EZRA) 11/52 : Every Girl is a Princess

Something simple again.  Still have loads of work to do T___T

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I saw my sister’s old mini crown (she wore it to her senior prom) and it inspired me to do a princess shoot.

These past few weeks my SP always showed the sky so this week I wanted an SP that focuses on the ground.

I did my best to look sweet even though the grass that I was sitting on had ants. In the end my sister said I looked like a conniving princess in my picture, hehe.

I got the title from a line in Shokojo Seira (the Japanese version of “A Little Princess.”)

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Week 11/52: Pure snow, pure heart

Something simple, no time for photomanipulations this week T__T  Finals will be in about 2 weeks so I’ve got tons of deadlines to meet and exams to study for.

Belated Happy White Day!! (shot this last Sunday XD)

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From Wikipedia:
White Day was first celebrated in 1978 in Japan. It was started by the National Confectionery Industry Association as an “answer day” to Valentine’s Day on the grounds that men should pay back the women who gave them chocolate and other gifts on Valentine’s Day.

Soon thereafter, confectionery companies began marketing white chocolate. Now, men give both white and dark chocolate, as well as other edible and non-edible gifts, such as jewelry or objects of sentimental value, or white clothing like lingerie, to women from whom they received chocolate on Valentine’s Day one month earlier. If the chocolate given to him was giri-choco, the man, likewise, may not be expressing actual romantic interest, but rather a social obligation.

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Ezra asked me why I love posting pictures of myself with my head cropped off.  I told her I normally do this on days I’m feeling stressed or “unpretty”.

Title from the song “Pure Snow” sung by Yuko Sasaki for the anime Himiko Den.

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Polka Dots and Flowers : Nail Art!

Finally found time yesterday to play with all the nail stuff I bought at Etude House earlier this week.

Weeeee~  Ain’t it purty?

I love how this looks, and it was extremely easy to do.

First, I applied my new dark purple nail polish.  This took a while because Ezra kept insisting that she put the nail polish on me, and kept painting my entire finger instead of my nails.  In the end I did it myself and just let her watch.

It’s not perfect, but it’ll do.  I always have trouble applying nail polish because I have extremely shaky hands.

Then I took my nail stickers and just put a flower on each nail.

Ta-dah~

Ezra tried to redeem herself by volunteering to peel the stickers off the card for me.  She ended up ripping the first flower in half T__T  She decided to just watch me peel the stickers myself after that.

I felt like something was still missing, so I decided to add white dots on the tips of my nails:

Looks better, don’t cha think?

My dots still aren’t as round as I want them to be, but they’re fine if you don’t look too closely.

My last nail art lasted about two days before the first sticker started to peel off.  This was probably because I only used a thin coat of the clear polish on top of it.  A couple more peeled off as the days passed, but most of the stickers survived the week, so I’m satisfied.

This time I decided to put two layers of the clear nail polish on top.  I hope it’ll last longer this way.  It’s been two days and one petal has already peeled off and some of the nail polish on my right hand is starting to chip off, but I fixed it so it wouldn’t be too obvious.  My left hand seems to be holding out pretty well though ^___^

EDIT: This lasted me for two weeks!!  I couldn’t believe it.  Of course there were some chipping on some nails, but I fixed them easily by reapplying nail polish on those areas.  I also added another coat of clear polish on top of my nails after a week, which could be the reason they lasted for so long.

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OUCH!

I had my underarms waxed for the first time today.  I’ve always wanted to try it, but I’m terrified of pain.  Besides, having my hair brutally ripped out from their follicles doesn’t sound like a lot of fun.  Shaving sounds a whole lot safer, and more pain-free.  This afternoon, however, Brinks somehow managed to convince me that it’ll be okay, and it won’t hurt as much as I expect it to.

We went to V-lounge to get it done.  It was Brinks’ 2nd time so she was a lot more relaxed than I was.  I was embarrassed at first, my underarms are not really something I go around showing people and yet there I was, voluntarily exposing it to some stranger who would examine it closely.  It was also awkward (yet  slightly comforting) knowing that Brinks was in the same room, going through the same painful procedure I was.

The waxer (is that what you call them?) did my left side first.  I expected extreme pain, but it was actually pretty tolerable.  It stung a bit after a while, but not as bad as I expected.  I actually enjoyed it a little, it was somewhat relaxing.  When she moved on to my right side, however, it was a completely different experience.  It was like I was put through some mild form of torture (okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but it really did hurt!)  I felt like my skin was being ripped off, instead of my hair T__T  I didn’t want the waxer to think that I was a wuss (though I did warn her that it was my first time), so I tried to resist screaming out in pain and settled for making little “ow” noises instead.

Anyway, I’m proud to say I survived.  My underarms still feel a bit raw right now, but I’m told it’ll be better by tomorrow.  I’m quite pleased with the results too.  I can’t remember the last time my underarms were this smooth.  Brinks tells me that this will last for a few weeks, and that when I get it waxed again it wouldn’t be as painful since the hair should grow back thinner.  Hopefully she’s right.

Thanks kup!

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(EZRA) 10/52: We’ll Always Be Friends Forever Won’t We?

Photomanipulation again :)  Ezra wanted a swing SP too.

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I got this giant teddy bear from my boyfriend a couple of years ago before he went back to America. I named it Mr. Bear (how original, hehe).

It was pretty hard to position Mr. Bear so I had to hold him in place.  My sister just edited me out using Photoshop.

I got the title from a line in the Disney movie “The Fox and the Hound,” it’s a really sad movie. Thanks to my sister for taking my picture and editing it!
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Since I was using my 50mm lens, it was quite hard to get both Mr. Bear and Ezra in the frame.  So I decided to shoot  them separately.  Ezra had the hold Mr. Bear up to make him look in the same direction she was looking:

You can see our little bahay kubo in the background, hehe.

To create the dreamy sky effect, I simply took a picture of a cloudy sky I have in my laptop (I have a lot of them,  I like taking random pictures that could be useful stock images in the future).  For this particular photo, the sky photo was taken around early January, while we were at the Rose Bowl Parade in California. (I got bored taking pictures of the floats.)

I placed the picture of the sky in a separate layer, over the layer with Mr. Bear.  I used a layer mask so that the I can select which parts the picture with Mr. Bear appears.

This part took a lot of time.  Thank goodness I use a tablet to edit my pictures, my hands would probably die if I attempted to do this with a mouse.

I did the same thing for the picture with my sister, which I placed next to Mr. Bear’s photo.

This is what it looked like after I was done with all the masking.

After this, just add some hue/saturation layers, adjust the curves, use a soft brush at low opacity to fix the lighting, add some more clouds if you want, and voila~  You get the first image shown in this post.

This entry was obviously not meant to be a tutorial.  I just wanted to give you guys a  quick peek on how I do many of my photomanipulations, since some people have been asking.  Obviously, the steps are quite simple, they just take a bit of time and a lot of trial and error.

If you don’t have a tablet, you can always use your mouse to do the masking.  It’s a big pain in the ass, but it’ll get the job done.  (Back when I didn’t have my tablet, I did all my manips using a mouse and the pen tool.  But I stuck with simple manipulations then.)

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