Week 5/52 : A love worth fighting for

This was taken during Kurt and Ezra’s wedding last week. The line I used for my title is in reference to Kurt’s speech when he described the love he shared with my sister. I thought it was beautiful and I pray that someday I’ll have someone I’m willing to fight for as well ❤

I know I fell behind on this project, but that’s because my sister came home last February 1 for her wedding. We haven’t seen each other in over a year so I wanted to spend all my free time with her, not in front of my laptop editing pictures. But I do have a few lined up that we took during the cruise we went on while she was here. Hopefully I’ll be able to have those up later this week. I’ll probably share a couple of photos from the wedding once Kurt posts them on his FB as well.

Thanks Dustin for taking this photo!

Vlog : Birthday weekend with the girls

This is a video I made from when the girls and I checked in at the Crimson Hotel in Alabang for Camille’s and my birthdays. Our birthdays are only two weeks apart so we figured it would be nice to meet halfway and celebrate them together. We mainly just hung out at the hotel, played board games and updated each other on our daily lives. We also went for a quick dip in the hotel’s pool the following day.

Warning : lots of craziness happiness in this video. I promise we weren’t drunk :p

Las Vegas 2015

Last July (ahem … 2015 – this entry is over a year late) we went to Vegas for a family reunion. Some of our relatives from New York/New Jersey were in the area for vacation and they organized a party for everyone to get together. I haven’t seen some of my relatives from that side in over 20 years so this was a great opportunity to reconnect with everyone – and meet new additions to the family 😀

Ate Zsa Zsa ordered this giant cookie for the party:

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Obligatory group photo. Kurt, Ezra and I arrived late. My parents went to Vegas the day before to help set up but since Kurt had to work we left LA on the day of the party. Due to traffic we arrived pretty late.

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There were lots of Filipino food of course

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We made it 😀

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The cousins 🙂

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The whole gang

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The next day, Kurt and Ezra left early because Kurt had work the next day. I stayed behind so I could spend more time with the family. Also, Ate Zsa Zsa got us tickets for Cirque du Soleil that night and I really wanted to see it.

We stayed at the Monte Carlo and decided to walk to our family lunch at Todai in Planet Hollywood the following day.

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We got lost and turned around several times but we eventually made it

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Laiya 2016 with Baks

Last June the girls and I had our annual beach outing. I’ve posted some of the photos we took on Instagram and as part of my 52-week project, but here are the rest. (For some reason I always forget to post our barkada photos on my blog. I just realized that I never posted the pictures from our Zambales trip last year, but at least I was able to post our vlog – which you can watch HERE.)

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Only three of us were available that day since Camille had a family event to attend. It was my first time driving to Laiya so I was pretty nervous/excited.

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We stopped by McDonalds for some breakfast along the way

Naturally we ended up at Virgin Beach Resort again. To be fair, we did try to look at other resorts in the area, but they were all too crowded and we just want a quiet day at the beach with no one to bother us.

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Since there were only three of us we decided to get a day bed

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Some beach essentials which I ended up using as props in my self portraits that day

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This was my Week 21/52 this year.

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Week 29/52 : Live to express, not to impress

It’s my birthday today! I had a photoshoot with Dustin and Jason the other day to celebrate. We wanted balloons to make it more festive, but we weren’t able to buy them beforehand. Thank goodness for stock images and Photoshop 🙂

I don’t really have any deep words to share on my birthday. I suppose the best thing to say would just be “thank you”. Thank you for all the blessings this past year, thank you for the good people around me, thank you for new friends, thank you for new experiences, thank you for new destinations and thank you for all the things that made me smile and laugh this year.

Thanks Jason for this photo!

Balloon stock : http://eveblackwoodstock.deviantart.com/art/balloons-PNG-2-476240383

Week 16/52 : Do something today that your future self will thank you for

Would you believe I was wearing zero makeup in the original shot, but thanks to the power of Photoshop, I still managed to end up looking somewhat presentable. Hooray for digital makeup! My eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation and lipstick were all added during post processing. A lot of people consider editing photos a chore, but it’s actually something I enjoy a lot. In fact, oftentimes I have to remind myself not to go overboard. They have been times where I enjoyed editing so much that I managed to Photoshop my face to the point that it doesn’t even look like me anymore (eek).

I couldn’t think of a title for this image, so I resorted to Googling random quotes. This one stuck with me because it suits my current situation perfectly. I’m on the verge of making some big changes in my life, and it’s scares me. I’m still at that point where I can easily back out and remain where I am, but that’s exactly what I want to avoid. I have always been scared of change and the unfamiliar, but it’s time I stop hiding and explore what life has to offer. Of course, the first step is always the hardest, so I’ve been praying everyday for the strength to push through and follow my dreams.

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