Week 15/52 : As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters

I’ve fallen behind on this project again, as well as on blogging. April is almost over and I haven’t gotten around to editing my March Instabits entry yet. Things have just been crazy these past two months. I had two uncles die, one month apart. My Tito Rey lost his battle with cancer last March 6, and my Ninong Rey (yes, they had the same name) died on April 17 due to a massive heart attack. These past two months have made me realize how short life really is, and how we should treasure every single moment. Of course we’re all very sad to have lost two great men in our lives, but we are comforted by the thought that their sufferings are over.

It’s pretty common tradition for family members to release white balloons during a loved one’s funeral, as a symbol of letting go. I suppose the balloons represent the deceased’s soul rising up to heaven, which was the inspiration behind this image. This may not be my best photomanipulation, and it looks very similar to some previous manips I’ve done in the past, but I would still like to dedicate it to my two uncles who are now watching over us. Goodbye Tito Rey and Ninong Rey. We miss you, but we will see each other again.

White balloon stock : http://freaky-stock.deviantart.com/art/Transparent-PNG-balloon-98480117

Quote in the title is by Seneca

Week 14/52 : Who were you before people started telling you who you should be?

This is one of four wigs I ordered from eBay a couple of months ago. Back then I was undecided on whether I should cut my hair so I ordered some short wigs online to help me visualize possible hair styles. However, shipping took so long that I ended up cutting my hair anyway before the wigs arrived. (Not this short though, the last time I had hair this short was back in college more than a decade ago XD)

I wasn’t planning on shooting this day but I realized that I was falling behind on my 52-week project, so I threw together an outfit, put a wig on (I haven’t brushed my hair since morning) and found a spot with good lighting. I used my 50mm lens for this shot, which I have a love-hate relationship with. I love the bokeh it gives but it’s such a pain to get the focus right, especially when taking self portraits. Half of the shots I took this day were unusable because they were focused on the wall or the chair behind me. But I do love the final result, so I suppose it was worth it.

Quote in the title is by Belle Aurora from her book Raw.

Week 13/52 : The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep.

I’ve started to fall a bit behind on my 52-week project. It’s still pretty early in the year for me to start slacking off so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up soon.

I shot and edited this last week, but as usual I forgot to post it. I bought the blank white mask last December with the intent of using it for a self portrait, but I never got the chance to do anything with it until now. I like the haunting effect it has so you’ll probably be seeing it pop up again in future self portraits.

Background stock : http://malleni-stock.deviantart.com/art/Fog-Stock-24-583529842

Quote in the title is from Robert Frost’s poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Hong Kong 2016

As I mentioned in my Hong Kong Disneyland blog entry, some colleagues and I went to Hong Kong a few weeks ago to attend a conference on Key Engineering Materials. The last time I was in Hong Kong was back in 1994, so I was pretty excited.


The conference was organized by the International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT) and was held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Wan Chai



Here’s a group photo of the participants that my dad took. He dropped by the conference to pay for the tour just as we were setting up for group photos, so he grabbed the chance to take a shot.  (The conference fee included a one-day tour. Family members of participants may join but they have to pay 50USD per person.)

We didn’t really take that many photos during the conference (I didn’t bring my DSLR, just my Vixia), but here are a couple which are mostly from my phone (and a few from Dustin’s camera)


Morning break tea/coffee with Dustin and Marco


I thought their mugs/glasses were pretty interesting


I wasn’t able to take a decent shot of my lunch but here’s what I had for dessert. I forgot what the jelly thing is called, but the other one is obviously a blueberry cheesecake. It was *so* good. It was really cold when they served it so I felt like I was eating ice cream.

That afternoon we had parallel sessions. Here are some shots I took of Amie, Dustin and Marco during their talks (they were in different sessions).




I love how Marco promoted the Philippines at the end of his presentation (under Sir Marvs’s orders of course)


Marco won an award for one of the best papers in the conference yay!😀

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Week 12/52 : Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life

Raffy took this shot of me during our trip to Hong Kong two weeks ago. We joined a tour which took us to the Kwun Yam Shrine in Repulse Bay. The bridge behind me is the Longevity Bridge, which you’re meant to cross for long life.

I’ll be posting a vlog and a blog entry about our Hong Kong trip soon, so watch out for that:)

Update : Here’s the link to the blog entry – Hong Kong 2016

Quote in the title is by Robin S. Sharma.

Week 11/52 : Easter bunny

I was trying to come up with ideas for an Easter-related SP when I realized that I have my very own Easter bunny running around my room. I haven’t done a miniature photomanip in a while, so I decided to have a little fun this week. Mochi had a lot of fun too, it’s been a while since I let him run around the garden.

I didn’t realize how much Mochi has grown until I tried putting him in his harness yesterday. The last time he wore it was around Christmas and it fit him just fine, but I could barely close it yesterday! He’s gotten so fat that I had a hard time wrapping it around his body, lol. (You can’t see his harness in the photo because I edited it out.)

Not my best Photoshop work, but I rushed to finish everything today to make it in time for Easter:)

INSTABITS : February 2016

March is almost over and I realized I haven’t finished editing this entry. Whoops. It’s been a busy month.

First post for February was this picture of Amie and me posing with some flowers that Ma’am Rose got for her NASC3 class.

Friday selfie:)

Some officemates and I went to Sampaloc Lake one afternoon to go bike riding. We did this back in January too, but since we arrived late back then, we only had a few minutes to ride before the sun set. This time we went much earlier.

Dustin took this shot of me while we were enjoying the view of the lake

Of course we took lots of pictures around the lake:)

Enjoying the cool breeze

I asked Jason to help me out with my 52-week project last month and he ended up taking my 5th self portrait for this year. This was another shot he took that night.

I grabbed this from Dustin’s IG. This was taken on the first day of the February Fair, which was also Sir Marvs’s birthday

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