Travel

Baler on a 50mm

I recently bought myself a lens adapter so that I can use my Canon vintage lens on my Fujifilm. I got to test it out when I went to Baler over the weekend, and here are some of the pictures that I took (post processed with VSCO).

 

MUSINGS:

  • 50mm is indeed perfect for portrait shots but while browsing through my pictures, I realized I haven’t taken pictures of the scenery like what I used to. 50mm is difficult to work around with if you are more of a landscape photographer, that I realized.
  • And… as much as I like taking pictures of my friends, I also realized that I should take more street photos to capture the life and culture of the place I’m visiting.
  • On the other hand, I also realized that when I post process, I still go for the ~film effect~. I miss taking pictures with film.

That’s it. I am really swamped with work ever since I moved to a new school, but I’m not really complaining. I will blog about how the past year went with my year-ender post. :)

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Music

Music Mondays: Local Indie Scene

I love music.

I’m the type of person who gets REALLY excited about songs that I really like. I like karaoke (videoke) singing, I sing in the car, I sing in the parking lot. When I’m out with my family, I always call shotgun because I want to be able to control what kind of music gets played in the car stereo. To add, one of my life goals is to be on Singing Bee!

Anyways, the point of this post is not to prove how much I love music but to share local music acts that I’ve recently “discovered” thanks to Vandals on the Walls’ year-end list.

All This Time – Tandems ’91

From an upbeat song, let’s move to a more melancholic one starting with BP Valenzuela’s side-project, half-lit.

Then to follow it up with,

And to end with a “happier” song by Reese Lansangan.

An artist that I love, but is not on the VOTW’s list is, no rome.

https://soundcloud.com/shhsecretsongs/norome

https://soundcloud.com/ylgrome/know-u

Hearing know u, he kinda sounded like The 1975, right? Or is it just me?

That’s it for today’s music post! Happy listening. :)

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Life

Little things

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I may have written in my previous blog post that 2015 was not as good as I hoped it would be but that doesn’t mean that I do not have anything to be thankful for the year that was.

Many of you would agree that one of the keys to a person’s happiness is to be grateful of the blessings he received no matter how little that is.

Evidences of being #blessed

To everyone who contributed to making my 2015 memorable, thank you! It was a rough ride, but having you made it all worthwhile. :)

 

 

 

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Life

Year-ender

this is my nth attempt at writing this.

 

The thing is, I wanted to write something. It has been a year (!) since I have done so. It’s just that, I cannot find the right words to describe exactly how am I feeling right now. Which is… sakto lang.

A few weeks into December I was thinking that 2015 is a bad year. Before the year ended, a lot has happened which left me feeling cheated and disappointed. My self-esteem was at an all-time low, my affective state had hit rock-bottom.

Good thing it was the holidays because I was able to meet-up with my friends during most of its weekends. Yes, it was a form of escapism but in retrospect, it was what I needed.

Because, we may not have control on how a person makes us feel, but we have the choice to surround ourselves with the quality kind of people–those who appreciate our worth as a person.

So, after the musing, was 2015 still a bad year for me? Yes. HAHA. But who are we kidding? We cannot have an awesome year every year, that’s just not the way life works. What’s important is that at the beginning of another 365 days, we get to leave the bad and welcome the good.

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2015! Cheers! xx

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Life

What has kept me/is keeping me busy

I really wanted to write something here in my blog, just to give it a sense of existence. I would not say I was busy because I have a lot of time to bum around the house, especially since vacation has started. I guess, I have outgrown blogging (?). Although, I hope this writer’s block a.k.a. laziness that I’m going through is just a phase.

So, what have I been up to lately? I have been playing the guitar almost quite everyday. Assessing myself, I could say that I have improved my strumming skills because I have moved on past the up-up-down-down-up stage (ha ha ha). Unfortunately, I still can’t play bar chords.

Aside from that, I have been going out a lot lately. This is good for my personality because I just recently discovered that I am of the ESTP type. And let me reiterate that I did not get my personality type from an online quiz. I found out my personality type from a legit personality test. Did you know that I have the same personality type with Taylor Swift? What are the odds!

Anyways, I really wanted to start this project called, Commonplace Book. The internet has been a great avenue of discovering new information but to organize this information to your own liking is a challenge. If you will look at my phone you will see a lot of screenshots of poems, selected texts from articles, quotes, not to mention memes; that I have managed to collect over time. What I want is to store all of these in something tangible, hence a Commonplace Book. I already have a notebook ready (Moleskine, white, softbound, unruled) and a pen (0.3, green ink), what I lack is the motivation to start doing it! I could blame the heat because gawd this heat is unbearable, but mostly, I only have my attention span to blame.

I leave you with this.

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Life, Travel

Quick escape

Last month, me and some friends from college decided to take a quick break from the city life and go to Calaguas. It was my second time there and the place still has that sense of awe and wonder that pictures wouldn’t be able to express enough–you have to visit the place yourself.

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I was just fed up with what  was happening and all I wanted that time was to drop everything and well… escape. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity because it made me forget my problems even if it was just for a while.

What made this trip even more memorable was that I only spent P2,000! A real bang in the buck, should I say.

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