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

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 2015ūüėÄ


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 photoūüėÄ

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 officeūüėĄ


Peeked into Sir Taps’s cubicle and caught him in rage mode. Poor Paulūüė¶ 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 cordūüė¶ 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 shotūüėÄ

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Camille and JR’s wedding

On¬†December 14, 2015 one of my dearest friends got married. Congratulations Camille! I’m so happy that you¬†and JR found each other (with a little help from Aprille of course).¬†Here are some pictures I took on their special¬†day:

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Aside from being their matchmaker, Aprille was also their wedding florist. These are the beautiful bouquets she prepared for the entourage

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I love the pop of colors

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Mirror selfie while waiting for Brinks to finish her makeup (we were bridesmaids that day)

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The beautiful bride

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Her team of photographers/videographers

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The bride sewing her mini-veil before the wedding

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Such an elegant updo

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The beautiful mother of the bride

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INSTABITS : September 2015

October is here, which means it’s time for my monthly Instagram dump. This is my first Instabits entry after Instagram started allowing non-square photos to be uploaded. I was wondering how they would show up here on my blog. I thought they would just keep the original dimensions¬†but it turned out all Instagram¬†did was add a white border around it to make it square. I suppose it saves me the extra step of having to do it myself in Photogrid, though I usually prefer black borders instead of white. It’s a good thing I use a white background on my blog now, so you can’t really tell, except it looks like there’s a lot of unnecessary¬†spaces between some of the photos.


First post of the month was a selfie I took after I had my hair trimmed. The last time I got a haircut was July last year, which was a long time ago.


For my birthday, Dustin gave me a carnation and Sir Marvs gave me these “homemade” cookies. He said he stayed up all night baking them for me, lol.


For my birthday lunch, Amie, Dustin, Ma’am Chrys and I went to Dalcielo where I ate way too much. I could barely move by the time we were done


I passed by the Physika tambayan on my way back to the office and saw that they made this sweet greeting for me. Thanks brods and sisses!


For my birthday dinner, my family and I ate with some friends at 88 Resort.


The manager is a friend of ours and she gave me this huge complimentary halo halo for dessert.


To wrap up my birthday celebration, Brinks, Camille and I had a quick shoot around campus that weekend.(You can read more about my birthday thoughts and celebration HERE)

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Week 28/52 : Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely

I’m still 9 weeks behind on this project, gah! I have about 5 picture lined up for posting (I’ve even finished editing them), but I still keep forgetting to upload them. In fact, this photo was taken on the same day as my 27th self portrait, which was almost a month ago, and yet I only remembered to post it today.

Again this was shot using my 50mm lens. It’s been so long since I last played around with it that I forgot how much I loved bokeh. I’m definitely going to have to start using it again in the future.

The quote I chose is by Auguste Rodin. I know that everyone has experiences in their lives that they would rather forget – I do too. But I believe that every experience comes with a lesson or a nugget of wisdom, and those are the things we should remember. We shouldn’t dwell on negative experiences, but we should hold on to the things that we learned. The same goes for the people that come and go into our lives. I believe that people enter our lives for a specific purpose. Sometimes when they leave us we complain that we should never have wasted our time on them, but I believe that the reason they left is because they have fulfilled their role in our lives. I recently had to say goodbye to someone who was a very big part of my life, and although it makes me sad, I appreciate all the lessons this person taught me. I know that I would be a very different person now if I hadn’t met them, and because of that I’m thankful that I got to know them.

THIRTY!

It’s finally here – the big 3-0! I can now proudly say that I made it out of my 20’s alive (well … mostly). Turning 30 is considered to be this huge milestone in everyone’s lives, and I can sort of understand why. I suppose this is the age where a lot of us start to seriously evaluate our lives and we begin to list¬†down our past accomplishments. Either we smile and think “I’m proud of myself” or we ask ourselves “what have I¬†been doing these past three decades?”. I¬†feel like I belong to the latter group, but there are also several¬†aspects of my life where I am proud of myself for what I have done and what I have accomplished.¬†I may not be as successful and as far along in life as some of my friends (thank you Facebook for the constant reminder), but I can honestly say that I’m happy with where I am, and that’s good enough for me.

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(Amie trying to do “3” and “0”)

I always imagined myself celebrating my 30th birthday in a fancy way – with a huge party, surrounded by lots of¬†people (just like when I turned 18). But I think growing up made me realize that it’s not about the amount of people in your life, it’s about the quality and the connections. I think most adults would¬†rather celebrate life¬†events surrounded by¬†a handful of special people than a room full of acquaintances.

I was a little bummed when I woke up on my birthday because I had a 7am class, and I hate having to wake up early.¬†Fortunately, my class went smoothly so I had a stress-free morning. I also had a 3pm lecture that afternoon, but Dustin volunteered to cover that¬†for me so I could just relax the rest of the day. Thanks Dustin! Hooray for¬†wonderful friends!ūüėÄ And speaking of friends, I had a¬†nice¬†birthday lunch at Dalcielo with Amie, Dustin and Ma’am Chrys.

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 We had a delicious meal. I ate so much that I could barely move by the time we were finished.

When we returned to the office after lunch, I found a pleasant surprise for me at the Physika tambayan:

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Aww thanks brods and sisses.

That evening, I had a nice Korean dinner at the 88 Resort and Spa with my parents and some friends. I’ve been celebrating my birthday here for three years now, lol.

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