Friday, November 5, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I'll be covering a traditional Mangyan wedding this weekend. The wedding is not til Saturday but I've decided to go down from Baguio earlier to have time for visiting family and friends.
In the first photo is John Zachary, my one month old nephew. Next is one year old Dylan Ashton, my godson. In the last photo is Carmela Isabel, my three year old niece. I'm thankful for the rare chances I get to spend with them. Little kids never fail to show me life is simple and colorful. To be happy, all you need is a song, a dance or a gummy bear. :)
p.s. Here's a link to my new site by JI Creatives: In the Mood for Light
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
(An amateur's take on why photography is an art)
I was invited to speak on digital photography as part of a former room mate's report on contemporary art. I was in panic mode for a couple of days as 1) I do not have extensive knowledge and experience yet to be a good resource speaker. 2) I have developed stage fright over the years so I tend to have panic attacks before, during and after speaking which is really bad.
Anyway, I prepared this to "save me" when I am no longer making sense during the talk.hehe.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Goodness, it's Sunday again! The week surely knows how to fly.
I got up at 4am, incredibly without difficulty compared to working days when I really need to wake up that early. Ha! Maybe I should try thinking it's always a weekend.:)
Planned to post another sunrise image but ended up with this one instead. :)
I was walking along the market area on my way to the La Trinidad jeepney terminal when I heard shouts of glee. As I turned, I saw two kids were jumping excitedly as a man (most likely their father) was re-arranging the sacks in his cart. Then, I saw the kids boarding the cart, laughing their hearts out. They'll be getting a joy ride today! Yay!
Happy Sunday ! :)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
The quote may not be the perfect fit for the photo but it's something I stumbled upon which made me smile because it's true for me. I often complain first before counting my blessings. This should serve as a reminder to reverse my practice and start being more thankful to daily gifts from this universe.
Friday, September 10, 2010
It is a non-working holiday for most (except for the ones in call centers like me...oh, not self pitying here at all, wah!).
Anyway, I didn't catch the ceremony where the Islam faithful were gathered in prayer at the Melvin Jones Grandstand. What I witnessed instead was festive Burnham Park.
The usually empty bikers' lane was filled with kids and adults alike. The picnic grounds were graced by lovely and colorful Abayahs.
*Happy Eid ul-Fitr! :)
**This wasn't the shot I was aiming for but the heat a while ago was quite unbearable for me.hehe, excuses. Also, I couldn't decide yet whether to post the colored one for a more celebratory mood. I'm such a big monochrome fan though that my judgement is impaired.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Managed to get up by 4am despite the cold.
It was still dark when I went out but there were already several people in the street.
Two people mistook me for a Korean again. It's always funny every time especially when they try talking to me in English and start offering me cheap hotels to stay at.hehe.
I walked until Burnham Park which was just about a kilometer from my boarding house. I met several joggers who were having coffee at the Park. I met Lolo Joe who even bought me a cup.haha. I love Sunday people. Most are refreshed and energized from the Saturday off and there are a lot of people smiling just because. :)
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Also, I met Manong Erme by chance. It was a nice coincidence since I was also planning to stop by his spot at Malcolm Square to give him a copy of his photo. Here's a big smile from him today.
Lastly, I'd like you to meet another lovely street vendor, Inol.
Monday, August 30, 2010
and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
- Georgia O'Keeffe
I have no idea what this flower is called so apologies for the uncreative title.hehe. This is an effort outside my comfort zone. A reminder to self to take the time to schedule self-assignments apart from my street and portraiture attempts.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Had a very busy day. Quite eventful and happy too.
The City Government held a photo walk/contest this morning as part of Baguio's 101 years' celebration. It was raining during the first hour much like Scott Kelby's last month, only lighter. I didn't know the sun would show up in the next hour so I started to shoot despite the weather.
Shown in this photo is a newspaper vendor who instantly posed when he saw me walking with a camera. I am not usually into posed photos but I particularly like this and his easy smile.
p.s. "Pogi" is a Filipino word/expression for handsome. When I asked him his name, he just grinningly told me it was "Pogi."
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I just noticed him today while waiting for someone. From afar, he seems to be writing in a notebook but when you come nearer, you could see how he carves each letter in the wooden stamp he is creating.
Here's a closer shot of him smiling.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
The three ladies here are namely Helen, Farreda and Herminia. Helen sells cabbages and onions. Farreda owns a cellphone accessories stall. Herminia sells avocados outside a famous fast food chain. Aling Helen says she reads the paper to pass the time waiting for buyers. Aling Farreda, who apparently has high blood, prefers laughter as a therapy. Meanwhile, Aling Herminia, is quite funny. She waved me off several times but then after I showed her one of her photos, she kept reminding me to give her a copy. :)
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I originally planned to wake up at 3am and leave the house by 5 to try to catch the sunrise. However, staying in bed longer just feels so good on a Sunday.:)
I was able to get out by 6am, the sun already high and shining. Thus, I decided to work on my Street Project. I was lucky this lady was very friendly and didn't really mind her photo being taken. :)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I've been out of sorts these past few days. It must be the weather...sigh. Anyway, I went on Project:Cheer Up today. Hair cut. Razon's Halo-halo (a famous Filipino ice treat). Photo walk.
Saw this rainbow just when I was about to go home. Haven't seen one in ages so I was delighted. The thing is, I was not satisfied with my perspective. From where I was standing, the rainbow was obscured by several tree branches, rooftops and wires. So, I tried walking around to look for the best angle but after a few minutes, the rain poured. Oh well. This is a good chance for me to practice being happy with what I have. :)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Not your ordinary Sunday
I feel happier with you than with anybody else
-from "Table for Two" by Rivermaya
I had coffee at VOCAS, Artist Cafe, one of the many havens for artists and enthusiasts alike in Baguio City. Aside from having a lot of nature-inspired installations, they also have occasional poetry-readings and literary performances.
I was meaning to finish an essay but then again there were a lot of interesting stuff to photograph there that I couldn't help being happily distracted. :)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
This morning, my cab waiting time stretched than the usual. Since it was already past 5am, I brought out my camera to try shooting a few "dawn scenes." The promise of a lovely sunrise had me linger a little longer and almost forget the time. As I was about ready to "let go" of the beautiful sky scene, I noticed the red orange hues of the sun starting to peek. I couldn't resist trying to capture it. :)
p.s. I reached our office on time. Thank heavens!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
I have recently gone back to an old habit: book hoarding. I should never be left alone in a bookstore or let to linger at book sales. Someone should definitely put blinders on me the next time else I’ll never save enough to buy camera gear or enough to fulfill my travel dreams. Haist. :)
Anyway, I noticed most of my purchases lately have images of women on the cover and have stories generally revolving on quarter-life issues and the process of “becoming”. Now, I’m wondering if I’m super lost in the daily grind that I keep on looking for answers and affirmations from the characters in these books…hmm, I hope not.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
*Just trying to blog again since I have more free time now. :)