Week 19/52 : “Do not let others create your world for you, for they will always create it too small.”

I’m now 3 weeks behind on my 52-week project. Classes ended last Friday, which means it’s currently finals week (AKA “hell week”). A huge chunk of my time these days is spent checking exams, quizzes and lab reports. I’ve also been gathering a few necessary documents and reading scientific journals in preparation for something I’m working on. But once this week is over I’ll have a bit more free time.

I shot and edited this a few weeks ago, but I never got the chance to upload it. I don’t have that much time to come up with conceptual portraits these days, so I’ve just been taking simple snapshots of myself.

(Quote in the title is by Edwin Louis Cole)

Vlog : Holidays 2015 + Canon Vixia Mini X

I just realized that I never shared this video here on my blog. Probably because things were a little crazy during the holidays. Anyway, these are just random clips I took over the Christmas break using my new Canon Vixia Mini X. I decided I needed a vlogging camera with a screen and better audio, so I asked Ezra and Kurt to buy this for me. Luckily Ninang was scheduled to visit the Philippines so she was able to bring it with her just in time for our family’s Thailand trip.

You’ll also see lots of footage with my bunny, Mochi in this video. I got him around November so he was still pretty new to the family in this video. (And back then we thought he was a girl, so I kept referring to him as “she”.)

Week 18/52 : Keroppi

Confession : I actually took this photo back in February, but I never got to use it in my 52-weeks since I had lots of photos to choose from back then. Now that I’m falling behind, I figured I might as well upload it.

I haven’t had that much time to shoot lately. It’s almost the end of the semester so I’ve been spending most of my time checking and finishing up grades for my classes. I can’t wait for summer break!

INSTABITS : April 2016

Ola! A third of 2016 is already over! We’re now entering May, and it’s a big month for me. May 2015 came with some unexpected life changes, and I can’t believe it’s been a year already. Anyway, April was a pretty eventful month. As I mentioned in my last Instabits entry it was a little rough for our family, having to deal with the loss of a loved one. But thankfully we did have our share of good memories too.

Ninang had to return to California last month so we went to SM Marikina to have lunch with her and Raffy before her flight. We ate at Seafood Island, which is popular for their boodle fights.

After our meal at Seafood Island, we went to Gong Cha to try their famous Milk Wintermelon Tea. The milk tea addict in me is ashamed to admit that I’ve never tried Gong Cha before, despite its popularity. It was pretty good and I’m having a hard time deciding if I like Gong Cha or Dakasi better.

On our way home from Marikina we stopped by SM Calamba. I was tempted to drop by Dakasi and order my usual Okinawa milk tea but I decided to stick with the day’s theme of trying something new so I opted for this Cake Milk Tea from Lemon Baby intsead. The guy at the counter told me it was their best seller. The yellow thing is supposed to be “cake cream” but it tasted suspiciously like butter. I could feel the calories with every sip, eek. The drink was alright, but I think I’m going to be sticking with Dakasi from now on.

I downloaded MSQRD last month and my officemates and I had fun playing around with the filters

One of my favorite past times at the office is spamming Amie’s phone with my selfies, mostly because the iPhone’s camera is 100 times better than my Sony Xperia Z’s. But I recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and it has an AWESOME camera, so I don’t have to keep stealing her phone to appease my vanity.

Sir Marvs, Sir Taps and I decided to try a new Korean restaurant last month. It was fun grilling the meat, but the food was mediocre. If I want good, authentic Korean food I would stick with Kimbap or Seoul Kitchen.

After our Korean bbq, we stopped by Moonleaf for some milk tea. Sir Taps decided to order the exact drink as me and told the girl at the counter that his name was Carmelo.

Ezra sent me this. She’s trying to convince me that my bunny is just a corgi in disguise. I say he’s more of a wolverine (photo proof : HERE).  This picture of Mochi was taken when he was only about a month old, look how small and adorable he is😄

My parents and I watched Les Miserables last month. We were sitting in the theater waiting for the show to start when I turn to see that my mom is checking exams! That’s one dedicated teacher. Who brings exams to the theater???

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Week 17/52 : Soleil

You could probably tell that I’ve been having a lot of fun with wigs lately, since this is my 5th self portrait this year wearing one. I ordered 4 wigs from eBay earlier this year and I’ve been loving them (although I’ve only worn 3 of them in my 52-week project). I ordered another 3 recently and I can’t wait for them to arrive. Most wigs on eBay are around 600-2000 PHP, but I’ve seen them go for as low as 250PHP. I’ve been getting the cheaper wigs so I don’t feel too guilty about buying so many at once. I don’t really need the expensive wigs since I don’t really plan on wearing them out, I mostly just bought them for my self portraits.

I love how the lighting in this photo turned out. To get this shot I found a patch of sunlight near our garden and stood there to have that glowing effect, while I kept my camera in our garage. Again, I had a hard time since I was using my 50mm f/1.8 lens, so more than half of my shots were out of focus, and I was sweating bullets by the time I managed to get a shot I liked. I had huge droplets of sweat running down my back and my legs because I was standing in direct sunlight in the middle of summer, all for the sake of a good photo. But I think it was all worth it, don’t you? The only thing I wish I could change about this photo is my expression – I wish I looked a little happier.

Week 16/52 : Do something today that your future self will thank you for

Would you believe I was wearing zero makeup in the original shot, but thanks to the power of Photoshop, I still managed to end up looking somewhat presentable. Hooray for digital makeup! My eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation and lipstick were all added during post processing. A lot of people consider editing photos a chore, but it’s actually something I enjoy a lot. In fact, oftentimes I have to remind myself not to go overboard. They have been times where I enjoyed editing so much that I managed to Photoshop my face to the point that it doesn’t even look like me anymore (eek).

I couldn’t think of a title for this image, so I resorted to Googling random quotes. This one stuck with me because it suits my current situation perfectly. I’m on the verge of making some big changes in my life, and it’s scares me. I’m still at that point where I can easily back out and remain where I am, but that’s exactly what I want to avoid. I have always been scared of change and the unfamiliar, but it’s time I stop hiding and explore what life has to offer. Of course, the first step is always the hardest, so I’ve been praying everyday for the strength to push through and follow my dreams.

INSTABITS : March 2016

It’s already May, and I should be posting my April Instabits entry, but last month was kind of crazy so I never got around to finishing my March entry. I was late in posting my February entry too because my uncle (on my dad’s side) lost his battle with cancer on March 6. The family was grieving and we were pretty busy so I wasn’t in the mood to blog. I thought I would be able to catch up this month, but another uncle (on my mom’s side this time) died from a cardiac arrest on April 17. Needless to say, the past two months were rough for our family. But we’re fortunate enough to have received plenty of love and support from the people around us, and we’re now doing our best to move forward.

Anyway, here’s my Instagram dump for March.

This was another wig I ordered from eBay back in January. It’s a lot more orange than I expected, but that can easily be changed in Photoshop.

I learned that Sony assigns different controller colors for different players on the PS4. Player 1 is blue, Player 2 gets red, Player 3 gets green and Player 4 gets pink. I wish I had the option to just be pink all the time. How often do you play a game that requires 4 players??

A student gave me this lovely rose for International Women’s Day:) Thanks Gladys!

As mentioned in a few previous blog entries, I went to Hong Kong last month with some colleagues for a conference. Here’s a shot of Amie, Dustin and me on the plane.

I stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and this was the view from my room.

On the way to the airport I realized that I didn’t pack my flat iron (because I used it before leaving and I was letting it cool down on the bed before putting it in my luggage, but due to the rush I forgot about it.) Fortunately I had my curling iron with me. I’ve used my flat iron to curl my hair many times before, but this was the first time I had to straighten my hair using my curling iron. I didn’t think it would work😄

Group photo of the conference participants

UPLB pips during afternoon coffee break at ICKEM:) (More photos from the conference HERE.)

The conference room floor had an interesting pattern so I took a shoefie:)

That evening we walked around the area and ended up at Times Square Hong Kong

To get back to our hotel, Raffy and I had to cross this underground tunnel. Since it was late, there weren’t a lot of people around so we ended up taking some photos for fun.

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