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Project: Headshot

Months ago, Chad taught me how to use his film camera. I thought of putting my recent ‘learning’ to good use, so I decided to make this project. I used our Canon AE-1 camera and Solid Gold ISO 200 film in natural light. I don’t have much equipment with me except the camera and tripod. Someday, I’ll have lights and what not, you can bet on that.

Tiana

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Tiana, as you all know, modeled my first ever collection. I really love the contours of her face so I decided to photograph her again. Unfortunately, by the time I finished fixing Tiana up (I did her make-up as well), it began to rain. I got really scared we won’t be able to take single shot, but thank heavens our location had a roof. I’m really happy with how the photos came out.

Zel

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Zel and I knew each other from Meg Magazine Face Search. She’s done a lot of commercials so you’ve probably seen her on TV. It was really hot when we shot these and we were in quite a hurry so I wasn’t able to fix my camera settings (let’s just pretend I know how to set my camera :P). I need to learn how to do that.

So that’s my first legit photography project. More photos to come, I hope. I’m constantly looking for fresh faces for this project, message me if you want to work together! 

Travel Post: Vigan

Two months ago, Chad and I traveled to north of the Philippines to check out Vigan. Chad had been to the place but I haven’t before. I only knew about Vigan in textbooks in school and as my family could not afford to travel anywhere, except my parents’ hometowns which are just an hour away from Naga, I promised myself that I will visit Vigan when I’m capable of traveling.

I have a certain fascination for ancient things, and Vigan suits that interest of mine. Although I was a bit disappointed that only one street, Calle Crisologo, preserved the Spanish colonial houses and architecture, the whole experience was still amazing. I am after all with the love of my life, everywhere with him is paradise. CHOS! [On an unrelated note, I think I should shift to love + personal blogging because I keep talking about my boyfriend. I hope it doesn’t annoy you (heh). I can’t help it, so please bear with me. 😛 ]

After a 9-hour ride to Vigan via Viron Transit, we checked in RF Aniceto Mansion.

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Aside from offering the best accommodation package (1500php per night = breakfast + airconditioned room + private hot/cold bath + cable tv + clean and comfortable room), the place has a gorgeous interior. And if you’re a vintage junkie like me, you’d absolutely love Aniceto.

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 Chad photobombing. He always does that when I take photos. 🙂

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Our room. Nice right?

Aside from checking out Calle Crisologo and the restaurants along it (pictures of which can be found here), we also went to Baluarte, a large park owned by Ilocos Sur’s incumbent governor, Chavit Singson.

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The place has a lot of animals–from donkeys, parrots, deers, to tigers. I don’t really know what to feel when we got there. I don’t like it when animals are used for humans’ amusement. I feel so sorry for the donkey that carried us quite honestly, I kept on talking to the poor thing after he gave us a tour of the field. 🙁

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Had some photos taken with this gorgeous parrot, too. The owners won’t ask for payment but they will certainly ask for a small donation after they’ve let the bird rest on your shoulders.

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Chad decided to climb this big rock while on our way to see the famous pets of the governor.

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I saw about six of these cuties. I kept calling them kitty in this video because they look so cuddly and cute, like domestic cats. They must be extremely bored and sad; these animals should be in the wild with their own kind, not in cages.

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We also went to see Playa de Oro beach, which is only 10 minutes away from the city. Our travels are incomplete without the beach, you see. The place is very underdeveloped, which is good in my opinion. I saw some trash lying around near the shore though. 🙁 And I think promoting it for tourism will only hurt it.

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Tropapips. Little kids watching the waves, taken by Chad

Chad in Playa de Oro beach photo by me

Chad left for the States a couple of days ago. I’m sad to be honest with you, which kind of explains why I’ve not been posting anything for the past weeks. I’ve been with him almost everyday during his 8-month stay in the country, but I guess every good thing has an end. It’s just temporary in our case, though. We’ll see each other in a year or two. We’ve done this long-distance relationship thing before. We survived it, and I see no reason for it not to work this time.

Photos taken by me using a Canon AE-1 film camera and Solid Gold ISO 200

Equinox

No, I don’t play the guitar or any instrument for that matter. Heck, I don’t even know how to use a triangle. But before you bash me for being a pretentious beyotch, let me tell you why I look this way. I warn you though, slight negativity awaits you.

Chad and I usually use our days off to shoot for his portfolio (and  my blog hehe). This week’s theme is music, hence the guitar, headphones, and speakers. My current look (meaning the hair) reminded us so much of 90s grunge, so we decided to use it as inspiration. I won’t tell you why I’m wearing a Union Jack shirt (yes, it’s a shirt) though because that’s errm confidential, at least for now.

However, just like every time we go shooting, it always rains. I don’t normally mind the rain as it sometimes gives a nice touch to photos, but every f****** time? Seriously? It’s gotten to a point where Chad and I would feel so annoyed and depressed because we didn’t get the shots we needed for our ‘project’.

We’ve thought of giving up already.  It’s really disappointing. But we realized, it will be much more disappointing if we will let an opportunity pass just because of some weather and financial constraints. Money can be earned but opportunities can’t. I mean, they are rare and once they’re gone, we can never get them back.

So here’s to hoping next week will be a better day for us.

We shot these with a Canon EOS Rebel G film camera using a Solid Gold ISO 200 color film. Also, this photo reminds me of Skrillex’s Equinox video. IDK. What do you think?

Mowgli

Hi, everyone! Here are the rest of the photos from the ‘Feral Child’ shoot Chad and I did last week. They were taken with a Canon AE-1 film camera using a Solid Gold ISO200 color film.

One of the most popular feral children in literature is Mowgli, a fictional character  in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling is an English writer, mainly recognized for his soldiers’ and children’s stories. We hope you’ll like the photos! 🙂

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Flashbacks

Many people would often tell us pictures are deceiving. Unless they are altered and manipulated, I think they aren’t. In fact, pictures show us reality; they immortalize a fleeting mood and capture minute details we seldom or refuse to notice.

The first two pictures were taken using my Bell & Howell BF35. It’s like a toy film camera and it doesn’t need any batteries. I carried it around  with the intention of taking pictures of the trees and buildings inside the UP Diliman campus.

I’m not sure but I think this is near The Sunken Garden.

This is the view from the College of Arts and Letters Library. Looks very 1920s, yes?

The next photos were taken using a Canon-AE1 film camera with a Solid Gold ISO 200 color film, but we developed the film in B/W chemicals that’s why the photos are in B/W.

The succeeding photos were shot by Chad, except the last one. The rest of the photos can be seen in this post.

After publishing several posts back in 2010 and 2011, I began asking myself what makes me different from the thousands of fashion and non-fashion bloggers in the Philippines. And the only answer I could think of was ‘I don’t know.’ It bothered me so much I stopped posting regularly, and eventually lost the spot I once held. Don’t be silly, I wasn’t part of the elite 10, or 25, or 40. I was content being part of the top 50, but then the crisis happened.

With Chad’s help, I regained interest in blogging, without thinking of that proverbial question. Who cares really? I started blogging because I like sharing my interests and discoveries—why do we always have to compete?

So I guess that’s what sets me apart—I am not interested in competition, endorsements, cliques and what not, at least not anymore. If I get approached or recognized, then thank god someone enjoyed reading my blog. There’s no need to be catty. Blogging is supposed to be, first and foremost, a therapeutic and fun activity. Higher blog ranks and the perks that come along with it are just mere rewards and should not be a cause of conflict.

With all the things I’ve heard and read lately concerning the blogosphere, I realized being a nobody in the industry has its benefits after all. Besides, my life is already a movie, I do not need any more drama.

If only people would practice humility…

and extend love, life will be much happier.

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