Week 39/52 : I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth … then I ask myself the same question

I meant to post this around Halloween, but I decided to post the other portrait of me holding a skull instead because it seemed more fitting.

I think everyone has wished that they could fly at one point in their life. I dream of it everyday, especially now with the worsening traffic situation here in the Philippines.

(Quote in the title is by Harun Yahya)

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INSTABITS : October 2015

Hello hello! It’s time for my October Instagram dump.  It’s a little late, but I’ve been feeling a little down these past few days so I haven’t been in the mood to blog or do pretty much anything. I’m feeling much better now so here goes.

Started the month off by satisfying my week-long craving for pizza at Cocina. Their All Meat pizza is pretty good :D

I’ve been having terrible breakouts lately (I think I’ve grown immune to my old acne medication) so Dustin suggested that I try Flawless’s Anti Acne line. I’ve been using it for about a month now and so far I’ve been pretty happy with the results. I still have a few pimples, but I can definitely see an improvement.

I’m still having a lot of fun with my adult coloring book. I’ve been playing around with different coloring styles and I love the results.

Dustin and Amie came over one evening for some bonding time. We ate pizza and learned a little about the history of UPLB from my parents XD

Posted this for Throwback Thursday. 6 years have passed and we’re still taking pictures at the “pond” in Carabao Park. I love these girls.

Refreshments with Instagrammables at the University Cafe. They love the cucumber lemonade there.

Calligraphy lessons. Sir Taps taught me how to write “friend” in Kanji, yay! He tried to teach me how to write other characters but they were too complicated for me.

My mom celebrated her birthday this month. She’s the ultimate Lee Min Ho fangirl so I posted this on her special day. She loved it.

To celebrate my mom’s birthday, our family booked a villa at Cintai Corito’s Garden in Batangas. The place was Bali-inspired and very beautiful.

We especially loved all the wood carvings and murals around the area. I took a bunch of self portraits for my 52-week project while we were there :D

The colorful walls were so pretty

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Japan Day 4 : Shimizu (tea ceremony and furry dogs)

Our first (and only) tour during our Diamond Princess Cruise last May took place in Shimizu. We didn’t sign up for any of the other tours because we wanted to explore the places ourselves. But we did join a tour in Kobe after we got off the ship because we had some time before our flight back to the Philippines.

Our Shimizu tour started really early that morning. We had a quick breakfast at the Horizon Court before heading off to the Princess Theater to wait for our briefing. We were placed in the Yellow group:


There was a little bit of light rain that day

Our first stop was the Miho Shrine. On the way there we spotted this Kanjani8 ad. Hello Ryo-chan!


At the shrine, our guide taught us the proper steps to pray and make offerings

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One reason why we don’t like joining tours is because we like taking pictures of everything, and there’s usually not enough time to do that when you’re with a group. In fact, since we hung around to take pictures at the temple here, we got left behind. But our guide told us to just follow the boardwalk if we get separated


Ezra hates boardwalks because she fell off of one in Alaska. Not that it was the boardwalk’s fault – she’s just really clumsy.

The path lead us to Miho no Matsubara (Miho Pine Grove)



We saw this huge pine tree while walking



Behind us is the legendary tree where the angel hung her feather robe while she took a bath in the sea


Supposedly this is one of the places in Japan which offers a clear and unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji. Unfortunately it was raining that day so the clouds blocked our view.


Where are you Mt. Fuji? :(

This was our guide’s solution:


Ta-dah! Pretty clever! I have to give her props for being prepared XD

We made the most of the situation. Here’s our obligatory family portrait with “Mt. Fuji”:

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We tried XD

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Week 38/52 : We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones

We visited cemeteries today and I brought back a little souvenir. Just kidding! The skull came from HERE. But we really did visit cemeteries today. I know it’s tradition to go on November 1, but we wanted to avoid the rush so we decided to go today. Tomorrow, instead of sitting around in traffic and battling the crowd, we get to stay home and rest, yay!

Happy Halloween everyone!

(Quote in my title is by Stephen King)

Week 37/52 : Where flowers bloom, so does hope

Another photo taken at Cintai on my mom’s birthday weekend (blog entry to follow). It’s a little grainy because we took this inside the Napas Pavillion where it was dark. It didn’t help that it was raining that day so there wasn’t that much sunlight to go around. But I really like the huge, colorful flower so I tried to salvage the photo as best I could.

Thanks to my dad for helping me with this shot.

(Quote in the title is by Lady Bird Johnson)

Week 36/52 : Old ways won’t open new doors

My parents and I went to Cintai Corito’s Garden last weekend for my mom’s birthday. The place was BEAUTIFUL! It was Bali-inspired and they had a lot of beautiful murals and huge doors with intricate carvings. I grabbed the opportunity to take several self portraits because the place was so picturesque.

This was our first family vacation without my sister, and I felt a little lonely. I missed having someone to escape with and share jokes with. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my parent’s company, but it’s not the same as having my sister there with me. Also, Ezra usually helps me out with my self portaits during family trips and this time I had to rely on my parents. I’m not really creative with my poses and Ezra usually helps me out with that, so that was something I missed a lot during this trip. I felt a little awkward posing in front of other people, even if they were my parents. But I sucked it up and managed to get a couple of shots I liked :)

The door in this photo is HUGE, but I couldn’t fit the whole thing in the frame since I was using my 50mm lens. Here’s one that our guide took of us where you can see how big it is:

The quote I chose for this week’s portrait is a reminder for me to step out of my comfort zone. Like Einstein said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If I want changes in my life, then I’m going to have to start choosing different paths and opening new doors.

Week 35/52 : It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos

This is another photo from my birthday shoot with Camille and Brinks. It’s the last one I’ll be including in this project. I changed my shirt’s color so it wouldn’t be too obvious that it was taken on the same day as the others.

Brinks took this shot. I love the low angle and the grass in the foreground. My hand looks a little awkward but I still think it’s a nice photo so I decided to include it :)

(Quote in the title is by Donna Karan)