(EZRA) 45/52 : Behind every girl’s favorite song, is an untold story

I was too lazy to take Ezra’s portrait this week so I set up my camera on a tripod, put it on self timer, handed her the remote, and told her to have fun.

It’s the first time that I asked her to take her own photo and she enjoyed it. Although it took her a while to come up with something she liked because she’s not used to not having someone directing her. She normally enjoys posing for the camera when someone’s taking her photo, but she had a hard time taking her own picture. I always thought that she was as vain as I was, but I guess I was wrong XD

I have this silly idea that girls have this natural ability when it comes to  taking their own pictures since my friends do it all the time using their phones, but I guess Ezra’s different. If you check her phone, you won’t find a single vain picture of her there. In fact, someone would probably mistake it for my phone because I use it all the time to camwhore since the camera on my phone stopped working months ago.

Week 46/52 : One true lover with a thousand kisses

I really like how this turned out.   It’s a simple portrait but I’ve been trying to catch up on my 52-weeks so I’ve been doing a lot of beauty shots lately.

I got the title from the lyrics of the song “Three Wishes” by The Pierces. I haven’t been able to get that song out of my head since the other day. It’s so haunting, I love it 🙂

I showed this to my mom and she said it looks familiar. Maybe it’s because its very similar to this self portrait from 2009. (It’s also the same photo I’m using for my buddy icon XD)


Kuala Lumpur Adventure

Last batch of our Singapore-Malaysia vacation photos.  About time too, it’s been 4 months since our trip!  But at least I finished blogging about it before the year ended XD

On our 2nd day in Malaysia, we decided to hire a guide to  take us around Kuala Lumpur.   We made arrangements to meet at our hotel lobby at 9am, but he arrived an hour late.  (Obviously this didn’t sit too well with us, but our guide was really apologetic so we forgave him.)  Our first stop was Batu Caves, which is actually outside KL, but not by far. It’s a famous limestone hill with several small caves inside. Some of the caves house a few Hindu shrines so it’s also a place of worship for some people.

The first thing you see upon reaching the place is this HUGE statue of Murugan, a Hindu god. According to Wikipedia, the statue is 140ft, making it the tallest statue of Murugan in the world.

The second thing you will notice is the number of pigeons that surround the place:

They’re used to people so you can sit down next to them and take pictures. You can even buy bird seed from some vendors and feed them.

Ckloy kept chasing them around, trying to take close up shots but it was hard because there were a few kids there who kept running around trying to make fly away.

He did get this though:

To reach the caves, you have to climb up 272 steps (that’s right, *two hundred and seventy two*) so make sure you eat a hearty breakfast to help you get you through it.  Also, it’s a good idea to wear shoes with plenty of traction because the steps are really small and some are a bit slippery.  I have itty bitty feet and even I had trouble climbing them. Some people had to walk sideways so they wouldn’t fall.

At the foot of the stairs you’ll see more Hindu statues:

Up we go:

The climb up was tiring but amusing because there were several monkeys running around begging for food.

Once again, Ckloy was mesmerized by the animals. He really should consider a career as a wildlife photographer, lol.

He took these pictures:

Don’t let those innocent eyes fool you, they can be extremely aggresive when they want to be. If they catch you with food, they’ll run up to you and grab it out of your hands (or pockets), so be careful. While we were climbing up we heard this loud shriek coming from below us. For a while we thought that someone had fallen off the steps but it turned out that a monkey had just grabbed some food from a tourist.

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Review : Tony Moly Baby Doll Pot Concealer

I’ve been using this concealer for about two months now and I really like it so I figured I should make a short review on it.  Before this I used Cover Girl’s Trublend Concealer, which I also liked, but when I ran out earlier this year I decided I wanted to try something new.

My parents bought this for me when they went to Korea a few months ago because this concealer is always out of stock whenever I check out the Tony Moly branch in Megamall.  (I don’t know if it’s because it’s that popular or I just have terrible timing.) I’m not sure how much it was in Korea, but I think it costs about P250 here in the Philippines.

This is the first pot concealer I’ve tried so I won’t be able to compare it to other brands, but I can tell you that I’m pretty happy with it.  It has great coverage and it’s very creamy.  I normally use a concealer brush to apply it, but fingers work fine too.  It’s quite thick so you only need a little bit to cover up dark circles and acne scars.  Just make sure to set it with powder afterwards to avoid fading throughout the day.

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Week 45/52 : Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today

(Quote by James Dean)

Quick shot taken the other day.  I was playing around with this new lipstick that my aunt gave me and I decided to take a few pictures to see if it was a good shade for me. Since I’m a bit behind on my 52-week project, I figured I might as well edit one of them for my self portrait this week. I chose this one because I like that my hair looks healthy in this photo. (It’s really very damaged IRL T__T)

I didn’t have time to take a proper self portrait last week because I spent most of it travelling back and forth to Manila:

  • Monday – Went to the mall with Ezra and Raffy while waiting for our parents to finish their meeting.
  • Tuesday – Dropped my parents off at the airport then went to UPD to pay my tuition fee. The line was 3 floors long when I got there and it took me 3 hours to pay my tuition of P40.  Argh!  (I know that I could have just come back another day, but I was already there and I didn’t think it would take that long.  Tch~)
  • Wednesday – Got to rest at home
  • Thursday – Went to UPD with Amie to give my reader and examiners a copy of my thesis manuscript. I also filed some of the required paperwork for my thesis defense next month.  It was a really stressful day for Amie and me so afterwards we went to SM North to relax with Ate Love.
  •  Friday – I planned on staying home but I woke up to a text from May telling me that there were still some paperwork that needed to be done for my defense, so I rushed to UPD to handle them.
I’m still pretty stressed out but I feel a bit better knowing that there’s a pretty good chance that I’ll be able to defend my thesis next month.  I’ll be so happy once this is all over.

(EZRA) 43/52 : Tell me your deepest darkest secret

We’re two weeks behind on our 52-week projects AGAIN. This was supposed to be her Halloween SP.  We actually shot it before Halloween but I didn’t have time to edit it until last week, and she didn’t send me her title until today.

She wanted to be a bloody ghost for Halloween, but we didn’t have time to plan a shoot so she just ended up grabbing a random scarf and being a gypsy/fortune teller.

I didn’t really do much to this photo except make it darker and less saturated.  I also made her pupils (irises – what do you call the black part anyway?) a bit larger to make them look more haunting, and I used some glowing abstract brushes (which I got from HERE) on the “crystal ball” she’s holding.