Week 5/52 : Your focus determines your reality

This week’s portrait was once taken by Jason. We had an impromptu photowalk/shoot the other night around campus. Perfect timing since I didn’t have a self portrait for this week yet. He took lots of great photos of me which made it hard for me to choose one. I narrowed it down to two and asked a few friends which one they liked better, and this was the clear winner.

(Quote in the title was by Qui-Gon Jinn from Star Wars)

Week 4/52 : Mimosa

This week’s portrait was taken by my friend and colleague, Jason. He loves photography even more than I do, which is how I ended up with this awesome shot. We spent the weekend at the Mimosa Golf and Country Club in Clark (hence the title of this photo), along with about 250 other colleagues for a conference on academic leadership. There were plenty of scenic places in the resort and I wish we had more time to take photos but our weekend was packed with lectures and workshops.

Week 3/52 : Snip!

After growing my hair for several years I decided it was time for me to go short again. I’ve been considering cutting my hair since last November, but I’ve been too scared. Finally I decided to just go ahead and have it chopped off. I love how it looks and how light it feels :D

The last time my hair short was back in 2012 (which, coincidentally, was also my 3rd self portrait for that year). I had to cut it even shorter than this because of chemical damage from coloring and straightening. I loved my short hair at first but after a few months I started to regret cutting it and wished for my long hair back. I really hope that doesn’t happen this time.

Of course I took loads of photos with my new hair:

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Japan Day 7 : Stopover at Busan, Korea

I’m well aware that Busan is not part of Japan, but our 9-day Japanese cruise included a one-day stop in Korea so I’m including this entry in my Japan blog series. I was hoping we could visit Seoul but of course we could only dock at port cities. Still, I was pretty excited because I’ve heard many good things about Busan.


It was nice and sunny that day, which was a pleasant change. It rained during all our previous tours so we were happy to see the sun again.


Ezra and I had a hard time with this shot because the heads were placed extremely high up. I guess we’re much shorter than the average Korean. (Hmm … I suppose we’re much shorter than the average Filipino as well…)


We decided to not sign up for a group tour because we wanted time to explore by ourselves. The information counter gave us this map so we wouldn’t get lost.

To get to the city you had to take a free shuttle from the pier:

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When we got to the parking lot the previous bus had just filled up so we had to grab the next one. We had to wait for other passengers to arrive before leaving but at least we got front row seats.

As soon as we reached the city, Ezra found her Korean hubby:

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Lee Jong Suk <3


My mom really wanted to see Jagalchi Market so we went there first.  We saw lots of interesting things being sold:


We weren’t sure what this was but we guessed that it was a sea squirt (we were right).


We saw lots of shellfish


And a few octopus

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Of course my mom took lots of pictures

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Week 2/52 : A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle

I shot this for the group 52 Weeks of 2016. This week’s theme was “Ghetto Lighting”, which basically meant we had to use some sort of artificial light in our photo (strobes were not allowed). I immediately knew that I wanted to use candles in my shot so I gathered a few and went to work. My parents are away this week so I decided to set up in their room instead of mine since it’s more spacious. It’s a good thing our neighbors can’t see into my parents room otherwise they would have probably come to the conclusion that I was doing some sort of satanic ritual.

I’m really happy with how this image turned out, especially since this is one of those rare shots where I did minimal editing. I mostly adjusted the tones, darkened some areas and duplicated some candles (I only had about 8 available). I know that it’s only the second week of 2016 but I think it’s safe to say that this will probably be one of my favorite shots this year :)

(Quote in the title is by James Keller)

Week 1/52 : A little step may be the beginning of a great journey

Round 8!

I’m back for another go. The 52-week project has been part of my life for so long now that I don’t even remember how it feels like to not be doing it. Even though I barely finished my project last year and I have a feeling I’m going to be extremely busy this year I really want to continue with my weekly self portraits. I think eventually there will come a time when I won’t be able to do them anymore, so I should try to do as many as I can while I still have the time.

This year I joined the group 52 Weeks of 2016 on Flickr. Hopefully it will encourage me to submit photos on time, and having weekly themes will help me come up with ideas for my shots. The first theme of the year is “Every journey starts with a…..” and this is what I came up with. It’s a little cliche, but still very true. It’s time for me to truly step out of my comfort zone and live life to the fullest.

INSTABITS : December 2015

Warning : Photo heavy post ahead

As usual, I was pretty active on Instagram (and Facebook) over the holidays, which meant that I spammed my friends with photos. You have been warned. Here’s my last photo-dump for 2015 :D

My first post for the month was this photo of Dustin, Sir Marvs, Sir Taps and me at the UPLB Christmas tree during the last day of classes. Thanks to my super sipag SA, Jeri, for the photo :D

We also took photos by the Christmas houses nearby

Dustin and I had lunch at Seoul Kitchen and I decided to order something else other than my regular cheese rappoki. I tried their donkas and Dustin ordered the bulsilog

Dustin bought a new camera last month and we went out a couple of times after work to play around with it. We invited Jeri along so she could take photos of us. This was taken the same afternoon as my week 43 portrait for 2015

Photo taken by Dustin. Texting at the office XD

Peeked into Sir Taps’s cubicle and caught him in rage mode. Poor Paul :( Just kidding! Sir Taps likes to ham it up for the camera.

I ordered this carrot toy for Mochi on eBay but she doesn’t pay attention to it. She still prefers to chew on things she’s not supposed to – like my shoes, shelves, slippers, books, bags and electrical cords.

Look what she did to my laptop cord :( I try to keep all the wires in my room hidden or elevated so she wouldn’t reach them, but I keep forgetting that she can jump over obstacles and stand on her hind legs to reach high places.

She knows she can get away with it because she’s too adorable for me to stay mad at her. Look at her sleeping, lol.  Sometimes I wake her up just to make sure she’s not dead

Chops visited LB one afternoon and we ended up having an impromptu Photoshop and Lightroom tutorial

Last month our office held a Physics workshop for PSHS teachers and I helped out during one of the sessions

Caution: Physicists crossing. I love this photo. Credits to Jason for the shot :D

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