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VLOG : Boracay fun with the family

Here’s another video I made of our trip to Boracay.  Unlike the previous two videos I posted, this one consists of footage of us actually playing around and having fun at the beach.  We swam, went snorkeling and rented a paddleboard. We were extremely sunburned by the end of our trip, but it was all worth it :)

This is my first time making this kind of video. I’m not sure what to call it, it’s sort a music video type of vlog. Normally I take the footage we took, place a music background and add subtitles to our conversation.  I thought this kind of video would be harder to make, but it’s actually much simpler because you don’t have to adjust the audio levels as much. (And adding subtitles can be a pain sometimes.)  For this video the hardest part was filtering out the footage to get the more “artistic” and dynamic ones, but after that it’s all really simple.  (Unless I do it the way Kurt does, where he actually chooses each individual clip to match certain parts of the song – that would make it so much more complicated.)

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VLOGS : Off to Boracay!

I’ve been slacking off on blogging again lately.  There have been too many things on my mind this past month.  But now that I’m starting to adjust to the changes that have been made, I figured it was time to revive this blog (and my 52-week project).

To kick things off, here are two videos I made of our trip to Boracay last summer.  It’s almost been a year since then but I wanted to get all our US2014 blog entries out of the way first, which is why it took so long.  The videos below mostly show vlog footage of us heading to Boracay from Manila.  It doesn’t really contain that many beach activities yet – I decided to compile those into a separate video.

This first one is the shorter version, which mostly shows the highlights of our day:

And this second one is basically the same thing except it’s much longer because I didn’t cut the footage as much.  I actually made this for family viewing, but decided to share it here on my blog as well:

It’s a little hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since this trip because it still seems so fresh in my mind.  But at the same time, so many things have happened since then.  I’m glad that Ezra and I have decided to start vlogging our trips now. This way we’ll always be able to look back on them in the future and remember all the happy times :)

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Burning sand and freezing water! (Zuma and Playa Del Rey beach)

This entry’s almost a year late, but I suppose it’s alright since I’ve been seeing loads of pictures of my friends at the beach lately.  Our summer break doesn’t start until June, and by then the rainy season will be here.  I’m hoping that my friends and I will be able to schedule a trip to beach before that happens, but if that doesn’t push through then at least I have these photos from last year XD

Kurt took us to two different beaches during our California trip last summer.  Our first one was Zuma Beach in Malibu.

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 We spent the night at W Hotel in Hollywood because Kurt won a free night stay there from his company’s Christmas party

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 Such a “California” photo – convertibles and selfies

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On the way to the beach we saw lots of houses up on the mountains

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I joked that these were all Tony Stark’s houses (because it looks a lot like the area where he lives  in the movies).  Kurt pointed out that he lives in Malibu so it’s not such a crazy thought

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We expected it to be warm at the beach, but it was actually quite cold.  Ezra didn’t want to take off her jacket and sarong.

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Kurt wanted some “idol DVD” footage, unfortunately he was stuck with us as models, so it didn’t have quite the same feel XD

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Still, he had a lot of fun shooting Ezra running around the beach

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I was excited to go swimming and get some underwater footage with the GoPro, but the water was too cold.  I tried going in up to where the water reached my knees but I lost circulation in my toes.  (It’s the same feeling I get in my hands when I hold a piece of ice for too long.)  There was no way we were going to be able to swim at that temperature so we ended up just playing on the shore.

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We took turns burying each other in the sand

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Week 15/52 : Bon anniversaire!

Ezra celebrated her 27th birthday last Saturday. We didn’t have a party or a fancy dinner because all she wanted was to spend her birthday at Festival Mall with the family. Her only other request was that we get her the Strawberry Inspiration cake from Tous Les Jours (just like last year).

The cake’s really cute (and extremely yummy), unfortunately this photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s supposed to look like a giant apple. Nevertheless, we had fun taking pictures of it before Ezra made her birthday wish. My parents even joined us for a few shots:

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I love this photo :)

Happy birthday Ezra!

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Space stuff, viruses and vibrations at the California Science Center

On our last weekend in California we were trying to come up with something to do, so we browsed Yelp for suggestions.  The California Science Center popped up as one of the most recommended places to visit in LA.  I love science museums so I was thrilled that Kurt and Ezra were on board with the idea.  Geek mode ON!

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Before we even made it inside the building we spotted this huge torque exhibit:

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A 3014kg pick-up truck was attached to one end of a lever, and you have to try to lift it at 3 different positions.  It’s quite obvious that the further you are from the fulcrum, the easier it is to lift the truck. IMG_3889

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We spent quite a bit of time playing around here before making our way to the building. When we reached the entrance, we expected to have to buy tickets to get inside, but we were surprised to find that entrance is actually free! (Something we probably should have known if we did our research properly XD)

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The first thing we saw when we made it inside was the Air and Space exhibit, where they had sophisticated telescopes and space capsules on display

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This is a 1/5th scale display of the Hubble Space Telescope

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And this is the original Gemini 11 Space Capsule.  Supposedly 2 astronauts lived inside this tiny little thing for three days!  I probably would have died of a panic attack if you made me stay in there for longer than 5 minutes. IMG_3941

Another space capsule from Project Apollo

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Closer look at the door

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Kurt took loads of footage of Ezra as usual

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There were other interesting setups around the area, such as this optics display

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The California Science Center houses the Endeavour Space Shuttle.  You probably saw pictures of it online last year as it was flown around on top of a plane:

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Unfortunately we didn’t get to see it because you had to make a reservation, which we failed to do.  But there were plenty of other things to see in the museum, so we weren’t too broken up about it.

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There were also stations set up where employees gave demos to illustrate interesting concepts.  I think this was the demo for pressure.

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This spiral thing is an exhibit for how sound travels.  Two people stand at opposite ends of the pipe and can have a clear conversation with each other

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And this one shows how air makes different sound pitches based on the length of a glass tube

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We had fun playing around the earthquake exhibit, where we were asked to build a house that can withstand tremors.  We failed miserably.

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Los Angeles Zoo

Ezra and Kurt thought it would be fun to go to the zoo, so we planned a trip during one of our weekends in California last May.  I think the last time I went to an actual zoo was back in the 6th grade so I was pretty excited.

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Took several candid couple shots. It’s my role as the best third wheel in the world.

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 We’re here!

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 Tickets were $18

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 This was where the gift shops were. We had fun playing around with the toys here

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 The zoo had a few animal encounter stations where guests can touch the animals and learn more about them

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One of my favorite areas was Muriel’s Ranch.  It seems to be popular with the kids too because you get to play with the animals here

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Ezra’s a huge Cuticle Detective Inaba fan so she gets excited when she sees goats

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

During our trip to California last year, Kurt took Ezra and me to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  We were pretty excited because we’ve seen this place appear on different TV shows and YouTube videos, so it was a treat to be able to visit it ourselves.

(Just a little note, despite posting lots of photos on my Flickr and doing the 52-week project, I don’t really have that much experience with art. I enjoy good art like a regular person and I respond positively to visually appealing things but I don’t have that much knowledge on the subject. That being said, don’t expect a commentary on the different pieces we saw this day, because then all you’ll be getting are different variations of “it’s nice” or “I didn’t like it”.)

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The Urban Light exhibit outside the museum. Perhaps one of the most Instagrammed places in LA.  I first saw it in Ryan Higa’s Bromance music video and I thought it was amazing. I was thrilled to see it for myself.IMG_3320 (2)

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Of course Kurt shot lots of footage of us there

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And I took lots of pictures

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