Posting this a bit late again. I’ve been trying to savor the last few days of my summer break, so I’ve been avoiding anything that requires me to think (or move … or get out of bed …). But it’s back to the grind for me tomorrow, so I should probably get this done before all the craziness starts.
Started the month off by going on a summer outing with my officemates. We went to Canyon Cove beach resort in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Presenting the Physics faculty XD
Posted this for Throwback Thursday. This was taken during Moy’s birthday party 5 (or was it 4) years ago. Aprille, Brinks and I took forever to get ready and ended up being 2 hours late for her party. Oops…
On May 3 our family headed off to Los Angeles to visit our relatives there. This is a shot of us at the airport lounge in NAIA. We didn’t have breakfast so we pigged out on the free snacks there.
We had a 3-hour stop over at Taiwan, where we were reunited with Hello Kitty
Ezra and I had fun playing around with the funny mirrors at the Hello Kitty terminal
On our first day in LA, Kurt took us to see Iron Man 3. (I actually saw it with Ckloy the week before this, but I had no problem seeing it again.)
I was still pretty jetlagged and only got 3 hours of sleep on our first night there. Woke up with horrendous bags under my eyes. Thank goodness for huge shades
On our 2nd day there, we asked Kurt to take us to Little Tokyo for some mochi ice cream.
We also dropped by Walmart and Walgreens. I’m trying to cut back on buying cosmetics, but most of these were on sale so I couldn’t resist
Kurt took us to visit his school (California State University Northridge) where we had fun feeding squirrels, ducks, and turtles.
After feeding the animals, we went to Westfield mall to feed ourselves. Itadakimasu!
Yes, you read the title correctly. I was in a commercial! But before you run to the TV to look for me, I’ll stop you right now and tell you to head on over to YouTube instead, because that’s where the commercial was posted XD It was for an anime convention which took place in Washington last March.
As you probably already know, Kurt is a film student in CSUN, and he’s always loved making videos. Every year, Sakura Con holds a commercial contest for their event on YouTube. And for the past 2 years, Kurt has won first place. Usually, he shoots the commercial by himself (or with his dad’s help), but since this was his third time entering, he wanted to make it special. So during his visit to the Philippines last January, he enlisted the help of some of his friends for this project. The final cast and crew included Kurt, Ezra, Bianca, Cyrus, Jan-Jan, Don and me. We shot near Kurt’s grandma’s house so his family stopped by occasionally to check up on us and see if we needed anything too.
We spent an entire Sunday shooting the commercial. I never realized how much time and effort it takes to film a 30-second commercial (we had to shoot the video and sound parts separately). But thinking back, I realize that this might be because we took a lot of breaks (since it rained a couple of times that day). And because almost everyone was friends with one another, the atmosphere was very relaxed compared to the mad rush that probably takes place behind the scenes of other shoots. I had a lot of fun during filming and I even learned a lot.
Enough of my ramblings, here’s the final product. And for those who are curious – yes, Kurt did win the contest for the third time with this entry (congratulations Kurt!). We’re so proud of him (and ourselves too I guess, nyahaha XD)
Here are some pictures we took the day we filmed:
We started our day early because we had to pick up Kurt’s friends who would be joining us on the shoot
The location we shot in was a private resort in Asiaville:
Kurt shot Don’s part first so the girls and I had time to get ready
Ezra styled my hair for me that day
Don in his costume. It was SCORCHING HOT that day, and his costume didn’t even allow him to sit down. But he was trooper and never complained.
Day 2 of our Coron trip from last December (read about Day 1 HERE).
Originally we reserved this day for exploring Malcapuya Island, but there was a storm that day so our tour guide showed up at our hotel early that morning informing us that it wasn’t safe to go on a boat. It was a little weird because the sun was out and the weather looked really good from our hotel, but apparently it’s a different story out on the open sea. She told us that another tour group went out to Malcapuya Island the day before and they’ve been stuck there since then because the boatmen didn’t want to risk getting swallowed up by the storm. Instead of letting our day become a total waste, we decided to just relax that morning and go on a city tour later that afternoon.
The day before, my mom spotted this quaint little restaurant with mermaid statues near our hotel, so we figured we’d walk there to grab some lunch. That way we can do a little exploring on our own before our tour that afternoon.
The restaurant was a short walk from our hotel. It was called La Sirenetta
Lovely dock leading to the restaurant. (You can sort of see the gray clouds out at sea here)
Here are the mermaid statues that my mom saw
We were really hungry at the time so we grabbed a table immediately and asked for a menu. But upon closer inspection, we noticed that most of the things they served would take a long time to cook (pizza, pasta, etc) and we weren’t really up to waiting, so we decided to look for a different place to eat, where we could get our food quickly. We remembered that we passed by this little hut that looked like a small carinderia on our way to La Sirenetta, so we figured we’d check it out. This was when things got a little funny.
Once we got to the “carinderia“, we noticed that the place was empty, but there was a table prepared for 7 people. They also didn’t have any food set out like in a regular carinderia/turo-turo, so we figured that this must be a place that took orders instead. A young lady came out and asked what we were looking for, so we asked for a menu. She told us that they didn’t have menus, but they do take requests. We thought that was a little strange. My dad joked that he wanted lechon, but obviously they didn’t have that. While we were thinking of what to eat, another lady came out and told us to have a seat while they prepare our food, and she pointed us to the table that was already set. We thought this was even stranger because the table was obviously reserved for someone and we haven’t even ordered anything so what were they going to prepare? As soon as we sat down she started bringing out plates of food, all cooked and ready to eat. We tried to explain that we didn’t order anything and that they were making a mistake and giving us someone else’s food. The lady, obviously as confused as we were, went to the back to call the owner. When they came back out, the first thing the owner said was “Oh, ayan na pala si Sir!”, referring to my uncle. It turned out that my uncle went on his own little adventure early that morning and checked out all the places there were to eat near our hotel. This was one of the places he stopped at and he had a conversation with the owner. He told her he was on a family vacation with 6 other people and that we were probably going to look for a place to eat lunch later that day. He asked her about the foods they served and she informed them of their specialties. Before he left he said “okay”, which he took to mean as “okay, thanks for the info”. But the owner understood it as a confirmation that she should cook all the foods she mentioned. (Her Tagalog wasn’t that great, which explains the misunderstanding). So as soon as he left, she ordered her staff to go to the market and buy the ingredients needed for all the things my uncle “ordered”, and she had them prepare it at once!
Later we found out that they weren’t even an actual restaurant. They were a cafeteria meant to prepare food for the guests in the guesthouse next door. Which explains why they didn’t have menus! It was a good thing we were starving and decided to skip out on La Sirenetta, otherwise all the delicious food they had prepared for us would have gone to waste! (It makes me wonder if this was the only restaurant that prepared food for us that day. My uncle told us he stopped and inquired at a number of places – I sure hope the other people he talked to spoke better Tagalog and understood that he wasn’t making a reservation or placing an order.)
The whole time we were there, we kept glancing at the door to see if another group of 7 would appear and accuse of us stealing their table (and their food) but no one showed up. So I guess the food really was for us.
After lunch we headed back to our hotel to rest for a bit before Michelle picked us up for our city tour. She came around 2pm. Our first stop was Lualhati Park, which was just a 2 minute walk from our hotel
(Told you the weather was nice from what we could see)
Street kids who were more than happy to pose for photos
Afterwards, Michelle took us to see some of the landmarks around Coron
Like this RBOUR CENTR sign. (Some of the letters were missing XD)
Michelle told us that Coron translates to “clay pot” in English. Supposedly the place looks like a huge clay pot from above, which was where the name came from.
Again, this trip took place in December, so they had a giant Christmas tree made of abaniko fans (at least I think that’s what it was …)
For our first day in Coron, we hired a guide to take us around the different islands there. Our guide, Michelle, picked us up from our hotel at around 8:30 that morning and lead us to the market place where her boat was waiting for us.
Walking to the market place, which was very close to our hotel. (It was cold inside the hotel so my camera fogged up when we stepped outside)
Here’s a clearer shot that my dad took with his camera
On our way to the boat we spotted a cute puppy and stopped to play with the little fella for a while
Cute little baby
After returning the little darling to his owner, we made our way over to our boat
Got our life jackets on! All set for a day of fun and adventure
Quick selca of Ez and me before leaving the dock
Yes yes, it’s already June. But you should be used to my late posts by now.
(I already blogged about how our family spent last Christmas Eve. This entry will be about how we spent Christmas day.)
Last December, our family booked a 2-day tour around Coron. We arranged to have them on the 26th and the 27th, which meant that we had to leave LB on the 25th. We originally planned on leaving on the 26th so we wouldn’t have to spend Christmas day at the airport, but we discovered that we would be able to save P5000 per person if we book our flights a day ahead. There were 7 of us, this was a pretty considerable amount. My dad was against the idea at first and argued that Christmas is a time for family. My mom pointed out that we would still be with family anyway and that it would just be a waste of money to postpone our trip, so he agreed in the end.
All set to go to Coron!
We expected the airport to be empty since we thought that most people would want to spend Christmas day at home - we couldn’t have been more wrong!
We got to the airport early and had a few hours to kill before our flight so we decided to grab some food first, since some of us weren’t able to have a proper breakfast. (I ate breakfast before leaving the house but I found Shakeys at the airport and ended up buying a whole box of mojos anyway. Yummm~).
As usual, I took vain shots of myself to pass the time
Posting this a bit late again. May has been crazy so far, so I haven’t really had much time to blog. But it’s the good kind of crazy, so I’m not complaining
Anyway, here’s my Instagram compilation for April
Started the month off by having lunch with my officemates at Bene Dalcielo. I love their lengua
Since it’s summer, Camille, Tring and I have a little more free time to hang out than usual. They usually visit me at the office and we would grab merienda somewhere. This was taken the evening Camille craved Moonleaf. (According to Tring, that was her first Moonleaf experience XD)
About a week earlier, Camille convinced me to install GoSMS on my phone. I loved it so much that I ended up downloading GOLauncher as well. Supah kawaii~
Another random afternoon with Camille and Tring. I call us the “Agronomy Girls” because our dads used to work together at the Agronomy department in UPLB. That’s actually how Camille and I became friends – our dads used to take us with them to the office and we would play together while they worked. Tring’s a couple of years younger than us so I didn’t really get to know her until much later.
It was Aprille’s birthday on the 8th, so the girls and I got together for dinner on the 6th for an early celebration
Happy birthday to one of the sweetest friends a girl can have! Mwaaaaah!
I attended Ian’s and Fjorda’s wedding last April 7, along with my colleagues. The wedding had a garden theme and the guests were provided these adorable hats to wear at the event.
More picts from the wedding. Congrats Ian and Fjorda!
The 9th was a holiday so Ezra and I went to SM Calamba to relax and escape the heat.
This will be my last Multiply post since the site is now truly gone. (It’s still there, but it’s not meant to be used as a personal site anymore.) I was planning on doing another one after this, but I wasn’t able to copy my old blog posts before they shut my page down, so I guess this is it. The only reason I’m able to post this is because I started writing this entry months ago, it’s just been sitting in my drafts folder.
Title: Have a Break …
Date: Aug 4, ’08 9:18 AM
Have a KitKat
Especially if they come in a variety of flavors ^____^
Ezra gave these to me this morning. They were actually given to her by Kurt. He bought them for her in Japan, and she gave me some (Actually, he only bought the strawberry and watermelon flavored ones. The regular chocolate KitKat were from Robinsons XD)
My sister has been extra generous lately. I guess its one of the advantages of having Kurt around. She’s always happy, and is much nicer to everyone (even to Ckloy XD). Aside from these KitKats that she gave me this morning, she also gave me a piece yesterday. But it was more of a bribe so that I’d let her play with my PSP. I didn’t really mind, she managed to level up some of my FF8 characters and even got the needed items to complete Selphie’s and Quistis’s final weapons XD.
Before yesterday, I haven’t had a KitKat in so long. I used to eat them a lot in highschool. I was particularly fond of the orange flavored ones. Its sad that I don’t see them being sold here in the Philippines anymore. I used to buy them from a small shop near our school.
chocolates for breakfast anyone? ^___^
Date: Aug 10, ’08 11:12 PM
I just wanted to share my “kupos” with you guys.
There has been a lot of confusion as to what a “kupo” is. Kupo (AKA Brinks) already posted an explanation on her blog, so I won’t be doing that here. I’ll just give you a link to the Final Fantasy Wiki for their explanation : CLICK HERE :D
Yes, “Kupo” came from the Final Fantasy series, but Brinks and I have another meaning for the word. When we say “Kupo”, it means we’re talking about each other. It has become our pet names for one another. We’ve been friends since our 4th year of highschool and we discovered that we had a lot of similar interest, video games being one of them. (Although I think I forced her to play FF8 … I can’t remember …. she ended up liking it, so no harm done naman diba Kup?)
We started calling each other “Kupo” after FF9. We thought the moogles were adorable. And the way they ended each sentence with “Kupo” was just priceless … so we adapted it for ourselves.
Anyway, for her birthday this year, I decided to give her a moogle plushie. I ordered two so that we can have one each. So here’s Kupo and me with our kupo plushies ^_____^
Title: Raffy saves the day again! (My afternoon scare)
Date: Aug 22, ’08 9:27 PM
My dear cousin has once again come to my rescue.
Last time it was when I foolishly loaded the wrong version of FF8 Disc 2 into my PSP. (Read about it here if you missed that episode XD). This time, he bravely kept me sane after an unfortunate event happened to me this afternoon. An event that gamers everywhere would fear … an event called: memory card crash (play scary background music: *dun dun dun*)
Yes, it happened *sob* I have no idea how or what I did to deserve this. One minute I was enjoying the fact that I made it to Disc 4. Then I paused the game, surfed the net a bit, and when I came back … nada! This was all that was left of me 4gb memory card:
Four lousy files! FOUR! And I have no idea what they are! (Well, except for that ICON0 thing … that was obviously my menu icon for FF8)
Posting this a bit late because the semester is ending and I’ve been busy checking exams and lab reports. I really shouldn’t let it pile up like this, but I can’t help myself T__T
My parents went to Thailand for a business trip and they brought us back some of our favorite Thai desserts : chendol and red ruby (AKA chewy chestnuts and green uod XD)
I’m so proud my mom. She won the Outstanding Teacher Award for the Social Sciences category this year! They had the awarding ceremony last March 6 where they gave her this awesome Oblation trophy.
Ezra and I took turns posing with Mama’s trophy. Maybe one day we’ll win one for ourselves *crosses fingers*
I’ve been obsessed with this game for weeks now. I play it all the time! I even got some of my officemates hooked on it XD I strongly encourage you to download it if you can and give it a try (Unfortunately it’s not available for Android users yet, but hopefully they’ll fix that soon.)
I convinced Ezra to download it for her iPad too XD
It’s almost summer so I should probably get this entry up. It’s been sitting in my drafts for over a month now.
Since we visited my aunts in California last year for Christmas, this year it was their turn to come to us. Just like in 2010, my mom organized a lunch party at our place and invited our relatives from both sides of the family.
Incomplete group shot before we ate (some people arrived later in the afternoon)
Lots of Filipino food and Mernel’s cake since my aunts missed it a lot
Once everyone was stuffed and satisfied, we broke off into our little groups. The adults sat around and talked about adult stuff while we kids did what we do best : play video games!!! (I love how I’m turning 28 this year and I’m still considered a kid in these gatherings XD)
The first thing we did was update Viel’s Mii since it no longer looks like him. Ezra made it for him about 3 years ago, back when he still had his buzz cut, but his hair’s so much longer now.
(Deus pointed out that Viel’s Mii looks like Sheldon from TBBT, lol. I agree!)
Cousins waiting to play games
We played some Wii Sports Resort games for a while until the boys decided they’ve had enough and we switched to our usual Guitar Hero/Rock Band/Band Hero. Ezra and I bought a whole bunch of these games last Christmas and we’ve been dying to get our cousins over to play them with us.
I love how Lance plays the guitar on his lap like a keyboard, lol. The sign of a true PC gamer XD
Hello dear readers! (I’m trying to be optimistic by pretending that there are people out there who read my blog …) It’s the start of a new month! So you know what that means – INSTAGRAM PHOTO DUMP!
Spent the first day of February collating test papers for Physics 3′s first laboratory exam
Ckloy and I had our 86th monthsary this month (I had to use a calculator to figure that out since I lost count years ago). We couldn’t see each other on the actual day because he had other things to do, but we did go out the day after that. We had lunch at T.O.S.H. and watched Hansel and Gretel : Witch Hunters.
Random vain shot of myself. My skin started breaking out really badly this month. I think it was because of this face mask I tried. Or maybe it’s the new Human Nature shampoo I bought. I stopped using them both and my skin has been doing a lot better. Still, looking in the mirror has been kind of painful, so I like to make myself feel better by pretending I have clear skin using Photowonder’s ”better skin” and “anti acne” functions. I love this app.
Physics 3 students taking their first laboratory exam
Ever since I graduated and stopped going to UPD, my Lenovo netbook has been hibernating in my desk drawer. I took it out again a few months ago and found that the touchpad had stopped working, which was weird because I’m sure that it was working fine when I put it in storage. I didn’t really mind since I prefer using an external mouse anyway, but this month the keyboard decided to stop working as well! Sure, I can always use an external keyboard, but having to always carry one around kind of defeats the purpose of having a netbook. I reformatted it to see if that would help but the keyboard and touchpad were still unresponsive. Eventually I took it to a computer shop and they told me it would cost me at least 2500php to get the keyboard replaced! I wasn’t really willing to shell out that much for something I hardly use these days so I told them I would think about it first. I told Sir Nel about it when I got back to the office and he agreed to open it up to see what was wrong. Turns out the connections were just loose and dirty and he managed to get my keyboard working again within minutes, free of charge. Weeeee~ Thanks Sir!
I’m teaching Aphy 104 this semester, which is a bit of a challenge since it’s my first time handling the course. In fact, the last time I had anything to do with the subject was when I was the one taking it way back in 2005! But it was one of my favorite subjects in college and I’m actually enjoying reading about logic gates and Boolean algebra again. We’re doing VHDL now and I’ve been practicing since my programming skills have gotten a little rusty over the years. What you see up there is a picture of a waveform simulation of a 4-bit serial in – parallel out shift register.
Kung Hei Fat Choi! Chinese New Year celebration with the family
My Valentine’s Day greeting for my Instagram friends
Ckloy and I couldn’t see each other till the weekend so as usual I had Valentines Day dinner at home with the family. Pizza, mozzarella sticks, spaghetti and ice cream cake. Yummmm~
Honeydew Yakult BonAppetea and red velvet cupcakes from Ezra. I don’t normally drink tea or coffee or anything with caffeine (since I get hyperacidity when I do) so my body isn’t used to it. I drank this tea in the afternoon and it kept me up ALL NIGHT! I managed to fall asleep at around 3am and had to wake up 2 hours later for my 7am class. I expected to turn into a zombie by noon but surprisingly I still had enough energy to get me through the day. Whoa~
I just spent a wonderful weekend with my girls and it made me realize that I haven’t gotten around to posting the pictures we took during our Christmas party last December, oops.
We decided to hold our Christmas dinner this year in LB to avoid traffic. We made the mistake of going to Alabang once for our Christmas dinner and we spent 2 hours stuck in traffic. We were starving by the time we got to ATC! (To give you an idea of how hungry we were, this is what Moy said while we were trapped in the sea of vehicles - ”Shet! Gusto ko na kumain ng papel!!!“) The sad thing was that when we got to ATC, the lines at the restaurants were soo~ long that we had to wait a while before we managed to get a table and order some food. Anyway, to avoid the crowd this year, we decided to just have a quiet dinner at Arla’s.
Moy picked up me at around 8:30 and we arrived at Arla’s to find Aprille already there with Jay. She had our gifts ready and waiting for us at our table:
Brinks and Vesma were still on their way but we decided to order ahead since it was already around 9pm and we were famished. In fact, Aprille had already gotten started on her carbonara by the time Moy and I arrived.
I ordered some kind of fruity shake to go along with my meal. It was okay, but what I really liked was this straw. I’ve seen bendy straws before of course, but nothing like this one.
Vesma and Brinks arrived shortly after this. Naturally, they were starving so they ordered some food as soon as they sat down.
Mommy Vesma was about to collapse from hunger but she still managed to smile for a photo
I caught Brinks mid-chew, lol XD
After wolfing down our meals, we exchanged presents. I got the girls some eye masks with these cute cartoon eyes on them:
I tried to choose a mask to suit their personalities. Brinks is a crybaby (peace Kup! XD), Aps is bubbly and Moy’s injured and annoyed (lol, not really – it’s just that she’s the most athletic out of all of us, and I’ve seen her more than once with some kind of sports injury). Vesma’s not really a cry baby or injured but she loves pink (and purple) as much as I do so I gave her the one with pink hair.
I suggested that she get the Canon 600d because I know how much she loves self-shots and the flip out LCD will be useful for that
First INSTABITS entry for the year I can’t believe that we’re already a month into 2013. Where did the days go??
My first Instagram post for the year was this photo our family took on New Year’s Eve. If you follow my blog then you’ve probably seen this because I included it in my December 2012 Instabits entry.
Kurt dropped by for a visit earlier this month. He gave Ezra this HUGE Christmas stocking full of candies as pasalubong. I’ve been sneaking into her room and stealing handfuls at a time. One of my favorites was this little snowman lolly. Just look how adorable it is. And it tastes like peaches too~
Once all the snowman candy was gone, I moved on to these Santa lollies. Just as adorable, and they also tastes like peaches
Random shot of Ezra and me while waiting for our lunch at Bubble Tea. We went with Kurt to Megamall when he met up with a few of his friends there. We didn’t really know any of them so we decided to go off on our own for lunch.
Here’s what we ordered Ezra had the hamburger curry and taro milk shake while I ordered some sushi and peach yogurt drink. Yummmm~
As usual, I ordered a bunch of stuff off of eBay again, this car kit being one of them. It arrived at our house earlier this month. The instructions it came with gave me a headache! But it’s pretty simple to use – just pop it in your car’s cassette player and hook it up to your mp3 player. I tested it out and it works perfectly. Definitely worth much more than the P80 I paid for it, lol.
Recently our family has been enjoying having dinner at 88 Resort and Spa We love their bulgogi and kimchi stew.
Random outfit. I love polka dots
Last year our family celebrated the holidays in California with my aunts, so this year it was their turn to come to us. They arrived around mid-December, but we didn’t see each other until the 23rd because of their busy schedules. To give them a proper Filipino welcome, we took them out for lunch at Isdaan for a fun boodle-fight experience
For those who aren’t familiar with the term, here’s what Urban Dictionary has to say about it:
Boodle fight is a military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the “eating combat”. With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position
It didn’t turn out to be as agressive as the definition suggested, but it was definitely a fun way to dine with friends and family. (I wouldn’t suggest doing it with people you barely know though, since it might lead to a few awkward situations…)
Anyway, here are some pictures we took that day:
With some statues while waiting to be seated. What are those things anyway? Mermaids? Naga?
The huge gorilla/ape thing
Ckloy arrived from Manila to join us for lunch
Happy girlfriend <3
Quick group shots with the food and table setup before we attacked:
My Hello Kitty glasses makes an appearance again
I’m not a huge fan of Hello Kitty but you have to admit that a cat wearing a little bow is adorable.
This is one of my favorite shirts. Can you believe I got it for just a little over $3? One of my favorite pastimes when I lived in Katipunan was going thrifting (AKA “ukay shopping“). About two years ago I mentioned that I found this little ukay place near my apartment. I used to stop by there every few weeks to see what’s new. I found some great bargains there over the year that I stayed in Katipunan, this shirt being one of them.
Some people are turned off at the though of wearing clothes that other people might have worn before, but I really don’t mind. As long as they look nice and you wash them properly then I don’t have a problem with it. Besides, some of the stuff I see in ukay shops are in better condition than the clothes I have in my closet. I’ve even found a few with tags still attached. Sure, I do come across some really hideous pieces when I shop at these places (some are stained so badly I can’t imagine anyone buying them), but that’s what makes it more fun for me. I love the feeling of finding a dress or an outfit I really love amidst all those clothes. I feel like a pirate searching for some hidden treasure
(Quote in the title is by Lee Mildon)
Mega pa-cute outtake:
(I can’t believe it’s already February! And here I am still writing about Christmas trees…)
One thing that many UPLB students look forward to during the holidays is the Christmas decorations they put up around campus. We have them every year, but it seems to me like they just keep getting better. I’m not sure if I just have a terrible memory but I don’t remember UPLB campus looking this festive back when I was a student. I’m pretty sure we had a Christmas tree and a belen back then, but over the years we’ve acquired some flying reindeer, Santa and his house, a couple of Nutcrackers and this light sculpture/Christmas tree-like thing in front of the Humanities building. Ezra and I dropped by the campus one afternoon last December to take some pictures with the Christmas tree.
I think I only have about 2 more of these entries left. Three at most. I’m down to the last 2 pages in my old Multiply blog.
Title: My Canon Rebel
Date : May 5, ’08 7:22 AM
Meet my new baby: my Canon Digital Rebel XTi ^_____^
I haven’t given him/her a name (or a gender) yet. I like calling him/her my Canon Rebel because it sounds cool XD I think in Asia this is equivalent to the Canon EOS 400D.
Anyway I was in Fry’s the other day (the largest electronics shop I’ve been to) and was deciding whether I should get a laptop (the pink Vaio), a new digicam (pink of course) or an SLR camera (my dream for so long). Then I figured I don’t really need a new laptop since the one I use is just a bit over 2 years old. It may have some problems, but I was still fine with it. So it was down to the two cameras ….
After more thinking I decided on a digicam since it was much more affordable. I know that my Casio Exilim isn’t even a year old yet, but I hate how it fails in low light conditions. So I thought of getting either the pink Canon or the pink Sony Cybershot with smile shutter which was on sale for $200.
But then my mom comes up to me and tells me that if I have the money, I should just buy the SLR. She knew I’ve wanted one since forever and that was my chance to buy it. It turned out to be a good decision because they happened to have a sale on SLR cameras that day … a sale which would end the next day! So I seized the opportunity and bought my new baby. (I couldn’t afford the Canon 40D … plus I don’t think I’m ready for that yet XD)
I’m still a beginner, and know very little about photography. It was lucky that we met up with my cousin and her husband, who just happened to be a professional photographer, the next day. So I got a free lesson from him ^_____^ We’re going to see each other again next Friday in Vegas, so hopefully I’ll be able to pick up a few more tips from him.
So far I love everything about my Canon Rebel. I feel like I definitely got my money’s worth And I realized that it is slightly smaller in size compared to most SLR cameras, which is perfect for my tiny hands.
Baks! Photoshoot tayo! Mwahahahaha~
(Photo above was taken by my Casio Exilim … which explains the slight blurring XD)
Present notes: I never did give my camera a name, I just called him “Rebel” I’m so glad my mom convinced me to get the DSLR.
Title : I made the right choice ^____^
Date : May 10, ’08 1:23 PM
Another techie baby?
In my previous blog entry I talked about how I emptied my savings to buy the Canon Digital Rebel XTi. I mentioned that I had a choice between the SLR, a digicam and a laptop. I eliminated the laptop first since I was happy with my Wanya at home. I chose the SLR over the digicam since I had my Casio. I was happy with my decision, so you can’t imagine how much my happiness was magnified when my dad announced that he would get me the pink Sony Vaio as an early birthday and xmas present! ^______^
I was really shocked when he offered. I didn’t even have to ask for it. He asked me if I was going to buy a laptop here in the states since it’s much cheaper compared to the Philippines. I told him that I already spent more than I can afford and that I was okay with my current laptop. Then while Ezra, Kurt and I were at Universal Studios, he went out and bought me my new baby! I guess he saw how much I loved it at the store.
There’s a scary story behind this laptop …
Like I said, while Ezra, Kurt and I enjoyed ourselves at Universal Studios, my parents and Tita Melda went to Fry’s Electronics to buy my laptop. After they bought it, they decided they want tilapia for lunch, so they stopped by the Filipino store nearby. They parked right in front of the entrance, so they decided it was safe to leave the laptop in the trunk. They were in the shop for about 15 minutes, and my dad stayed by the entrance most of the time to watch over the car. So imagine the shock they received when they got back to the car and discovered the window smashed to bits!!
Of course their first instinct was “OMG! Check the trunk!” (Well … I guess it was different from Tita Melda since it was her car. I suppose her first reaction was “MY CAR!!!”) It turned out that the laptop was still safe in the trunk … for some reason, all the thief stole were Tita Melda’s prescription glasses … I mean its not like he/she’s going to use it.
And the weird thing was, that same day, Ezra, Kurt and I met up with Kurt’s dad at City Walk (which was just outside Universal Studios). He treated us to dinner and told us how someone smashed his car window to try and steal his iPod a few days ago! Luckily (or was it unluckily?) it was only his iPod casing that was in the car, so the thief didn’t really get anything… But still! Imagine the trauma of having your car window broken just because of something as small as an iPod!
It’s a bit late, but HAPPY 2013 everyone! I meant to do this earlier but I’ve been trying to savor the last few days of my vacation. Classes resume in two days so I figured I should finish this now or risk not doing it at all.
I mentioned in my 2011 recap that that was one of my most challenging and difficult years, so I’m happy to report that 2012 was the exact opposite. The past year has been wonderful to me! Everything I’ve worked for and all the challenges I faced in 2011 were worth it because they all helped make 2012 amazing.
Anyway, here are some of the moments that made 2012 so memorable for me:
- Welcomed 2012 with our relatives in California
- Went tubing at Big Bear Snow Play
- Started Skype-ing daily with Ckloy
- Celebrated Chinese New Year with my family
- Cut my hair because it was so damaged
- Attended the “Hopes in the Sky” flying lanterns event for Typhoon Sendong victims
- Attended the February Fair with Ezra and my mom
- Agreed to let Ezra cut my bangs. (There’s actually a more meaningful reason behind this besides vanity, but I’m not quite ready to share it with the rest of the world just yet …)
- Baked Valentine cookies with Ezra for the first time
- Found an owl in our backyard
- Attended Kat’s thesis proposal defense in UPD
- Submitted my final thesis manuscript to UPD! :D
- Ckloy gave me my iPod touch (which I love so much)
- Attended Ezra’s thesis defense
- Learned how to download ebooks on my iPod and started loving reading again
- Watched The Hunger Games with Ckloy
- Ezra passed her compre exam
- Parents bought me my early graduation present : my Samsung Galaxy SII
- Amie and I graduated from UP Diliman with our MS degrees in Material Science and Engineering!!!! Weeeee~
- Ezra graduated from UPLB with her MS degree in Education Management
- My obsession with Vampire Academy (and Richelle Mead) began
- Ezra and I had lots of graduation events like getting our grad picts taken and having our graduation party
- Bonding time with Deus and Raffy as we watched the Marvel movies together in anticipation of the Avengers movie
- Went biking around UPLB with Deus and Raffy
- Celebrated Aprille’s birthday at LBDH
- Re-applied for a teaching job at the university
Last October, Amie, Kat and I were invited to attend the 1st M.O.V.E. Symposium: Materials Development Towards Innovative and Emerging Applications. The three of us took the bus to go to Batac where we would be meeting up with the other participants. We left Cubao around 10:30pm and arrived at MMSU around 8am the following day. As soon as we arrived, Sir Chelo took us (along with the other participants) to have breakfast at the hostel before going on a quick tour of his laboratory.
This was where I did my clay beneficiation for my thesis way back in January 2011.
Kat and Essa (Sir Chelo’s research assistant)
Grubby girls from LB. We didn’t have time to shower, change or even brush our teeth when we arrived, eew~
Inside Sir Chelo’s laboratory
After the tour, we attended the launching of the Center of Innovative Materials for Emerging Applications
Dr. Pascua giving the opening remarks
After the program we had about an hour of free time, so we took that chance to go to our room at the guest house and freshen up. We showered, brushed our teeth and changed our clothes before going back to the hostel for lunch.
Messy room because we were in a rush
Our itinerary for the afternoon was a short tour of Ilocos since Sir Chelo had invited a few Japanese professors for the symposium and he wanted to show them around. We were given about 30 minutes to get ready after lunch, but since Amie, Kat and I were all set, we decided to just stay at the hostel and wait for the other participants there. To pass the time, I did Kat’s nails for her.
Ta-dah! We have matching nails now
First stop of our tour was the Paoay church, the oldest church in Ilocos:
Amie and I have actually seen the church before (Sir Chelo showed us some famous landmarks in Ilocos when we visited back in 2011 with Beulah), but it was Kat’s first time here
After this we went to see the Paoay sand dunes:
Part two of our Tagaytay weekend getaway last October. (You can read about part one HERE.)
On our second day in Tagaytay, this was what we we woke up to:
FOG! Lots and lots of fog! It rained early that morning and this was the result.
We planned on grabbing breakfast around 8:30 and going sight seeing afterwards, but we had to push our plans back by about an hour because of the fog. It started clearing up around 9:30 am so we were able to make our way over to the hotel’s restaurant to grab some breakfast.
We had eggs, waffles, sausages, soup, etc. Yummy breakfast food perfect for a rainy/cold day.
My mom though this large pine cone at the restaurant was cute
By the time we were done eating, the fog had cleared up so we walked around the compound a bit before heading back up to our rooms to get ready for sightseeing:
Our plans that day included eating lunch at Josephine’s, dropping by Picnic Grove, and visiting the Lady of Manaoag at Tierra de Maria. Before doing all that, we dropped by the Christmas Village inside the resort compound first.
It was only October but they had a lot of cute decorations up already
Last INSTABITS post for 2012 There was a lot of fun things to do this month so this entry’s a bit longer than usual.
Started the month off by going to SM Calamba with Ezra. We met Ckloy there to watch part 2 of the Breaking Dawn movie. Ezra treated us because it was our anniversary the next day.
Ckloy and I spent our 7th anniversary attending the 3rd session of FPPF”s Advanced Photography workshop. We had a field trip that day because our topic was Travel Photography Happy 7 years baby~ I love you!
It’s become tradition that we start decorating our house for Christmas on December 1. We were a bit late this year because we had to get a bunch of our Christmas lights fixed.
But the wait was worth it. I especially love our house this time of the year
Since I’m part of the Socials Committee (and I’m a “new” faculty member – again, sorta …) I was asked to take part in this year’s Faculty Follies. The last time I joined was back in 2006, when I first started teaching at the Physics Division. Back then I was the only Physics representative so I felt a bit lonely during the practices we had, but this time I had Kat, Hahriz and April with me so I had a lot of fun. (Amie was supposed to be part of the group too, but she injured her foot and had to drop out T__T) Here’s a group shot of team IMSP/UPRHS during our dress rehearsal.
More pictures taken during dress rehearsal
Physics people playing around with the giant iPad/iPhone props during practice. We didn’t win, but I had a lot of fun. (The champions were actually the College of Economics and Management, so congratulations to my mom and her group ^__^)
Random shirt I bought at Festival Mall. It has eyelashes
For my mom’s birthday this year, our family booked one weekend at the Crosswinds Resort in Tagaytay. My mom found the place online and she decided she wanted to celebrate her birthday there. We left our house around noon because check in time was at 2pm.
The entrance to the resort
Pine trees! I felt like I was in Baguio
Check out those cottages. Aren’t they so adorably quaint?
It was super windy that day
We stopped by the lobby first to check in before exploring the place
My parents making the arrangements
The lobby had a large mirror on one of the walls
My parents booked a one bedroom suite on the 5th floor. Their plan was to just get two extra beds for Ezra and me. They had the hotel staff set them up in the living room.
Here are some pictures of the room:
I was organizing my files yesterday when I found these photos. I realized I never blogged about my first Etude House bubble hair dye experience. These were taken sometime around the end of June. The last time I dyed my hair before this was around late January or early February, so my roots were pretty horrendous:
(Pardon the dent in my hair – I had it up in a ponytail before I dyed it)
The hair dye I used:
The kit contained a pump with some sort of liquid inside (I think it was the developer, but I could be wrong), a sachet with the color, gloves, a plastic cape and the conditioner.
It also came with instructions, but it was in Korean so it didn’t help me much:
First things first : put the cape and gloves on to avoid staining yourself
Don’t I look dashing?
Then empty the sachet with the color into the bottle with the developer(?):
Super late post from last August. Something exciting that happened that month was Alex’s and Kuya Darwin’s wedding. The whole Physics Division was invited. Kat and I agreed to go together so I stopped by their house on my way to the church.
She was still getting dressed when I got there so I waited for her in the car. To pass the time, I did what I do best : take pictures of myself XD
O hai there~
I know some people think it’s improper to wear white to someone else’s wedding, but that was the color theme the couple chose
(There’s loads more where this came from, but I’ll just leave you guys with these three for now)
Some pictures taken at the church:
Sir Romar, Joybel and Kat
The soon to be newly-weds : Jik and Hahriz
More Physics people
I don’t really have much to wish for this Christmas since I pretty much bought all the things I want this year. (Ah, the joys of being employed again ) But here’s my short list for Santa:
1. External Flash
This was number one on my Christmas wish list this year. I say “was” because my parents took care of this for me last month. This was actually supposed to be my gift to myself, but since they couldn’t figure out what to get me for Christmas, they told me that they would just pay for it. I bought it at Photoline in SM Calamba and my dad transferred the money to my account the next day XD
My flash goes through batteries so fast! Those things aren’t cheap (at least the good quality ones) so I’m hoping this will help me save some money.
3. Argan Oil
Argan oil is a plant-based oil made from argan kernels in Morocco. It has a variety of uses, but I’m most interested in the cosmetic applications (no surprise there). Argan oil is supposed to work wonders on your hair. I’ve been having problems with my hair ever since I last had it rebonded about 2 years ago. It’s a lot better now, but I still need all the help I can get.