Christmas is truly upon us, can you believe it's only two days left until we celebrate the birth of Jesus again. Christmas is indeed my most favorite time of the year! Just this morning my cousins and I had a little "practice" for our performance tomorrow for our annual Christmas family gathering/noche buena, lola requested it so we had no choice but to do it, it's so much fun though. Currently exporting the video I made that'll also be part of tomorrow's festivity while all I can smell is the red velvet cupcakes that my sister is baking :) Aaaahhh can't write anything 'cause I'm just full of excitement for Christmas !!! Wishing you guys a Merry Christmas! xx
Part two of three of the Hong Kong vlogs! Hope you enjoy :)
Hello! I'm back with a travel post yay! So my christmas break slash term break started like two weeks ago and you guys have no idea how happy I am to have a break from all these school deadlines and stress. My fam and I went on a 3 day Hong Kong trip on the first week of my term break. It was our first time in the country and we're already thinking of ways to go back! Our flight was around 7am so I need to wake up extra early than usual but I don't mind though. Little story time, when we arrived we got kinda lost, after hopping off the MTR, we got confused on which direction to go to reach our hotel. Luckily, my dad saw a Filipino working in Hong Kong so he approached her and she helped us :)
Went to Hong Kong for three days with the fam. This is just part one of three of the Hong Kong vlogs so stay tuned for the next videos! Enjoy :)
I guess I owe you guys an explanation on why I've been MIA on the blog for too long. Those people who say that 3rd year in college would be the hardest are right. I never expected this, I was not ready for this. Flashback to the first day of going back to uni... It was already stressful, given that it's just the first day. A day never pass without me doing any school works. I never get to do other things anymore, the things that I love which are photography and blogging, it's making me sad. I know studies should always be put first and I also know how much important it is to do good in college but you can't take away photography and blogging from me, those are one of the things that make me happy so just imagine how dreadful I feel for not getting to do it anymore.
Taking a break from reviewing for midterms by editing these photos and blogging. Went on a Maginhawa food trip last Wednesday with my friends to shoot a documentary for a certain subject and of course, to take photos for Instagram lol. I'm in the phase again where I'm hating my hair 'cause the hairdresser cut it too short, when will the day come where they could finally understand how I like it. It's raining right now, such a perfect day to chill around the house and watch movies while eating fries but plot twist: I need to review and do school works.
Photo and Illustration by Peggy Chen (All credits given to her)
It’s no doubt that youtubers have been on the rise lately. I’m sure pretty much everyone has watched even a single video of youtubers on their whole internet life I mean you can’t get away from them haha. Seriously, I have never thought that Youtube could be a tool used as a creative outlet for ordinary people. I admire youtubers for dedicating their time making and editing videos, coming up with new ideas every week and having the confidence to speak in front of a camera which could be very awkward and challenging if I may say.
Happy Saturday! so happy because no classes on Monday. long weekend it is! But my professors sure know how to spoil the fun because I'm doing school works even on a weekend. College life ain't easy, my child.
Already missing shooting photos for the blog. College, why take all my time? So… first of all, sorry for the lack of posts but I just can’t find time to shoot photos because there’s so much school works to do, I tell you the first week back in uni felt like it was already finals week and it had me thinking why did I took up this course again? lol. Kidding aside, I really questioned myself WHY? But I guess people are really being tested by the challenges they face and this is one thing I want to succeed at. Wow this is getting (kinda) deep haha.
Another shoot I had with my friend. Look how cute her hat is! :) and that long locks are totally gorg.
I thank the internet gods for inventing group chat. It definitely made our lives so much easier when it comes to talking to a huge group of people, you don't need to message them one by one now. I find this very useful for school because we usually make a group chat for the whole class and it's where we ask questions or talk about anything school related.
Had a fun shoot with one of my good friends, Alds, last Saturday. It's nice to have friends who can work effortlessly in front of the camera because it makes my work so much easier, I don't need to direct them that much. Glad I have friends who support me with my photography and agree to be my models :)
Celebrated mom's birthday last Thursday in Tagaytay, a day filled with so much eating and went to the amusement park after. Speaking of my mom, did you know that I got my top from her closet? Yep shopping in your parents' closet can be a good idea too plus you don't need to spend money (which I like lol). I spilled water all over my shorts before shooting these photos and I'm so glad I was wearing white because it's not that visible haha my legs felt cold though because of the ice. Going back to uni in like 2 weeks which means my chill days are about to end :( Actually, school has already given me so much stress even if it's not starting yet. The enrollment process was hell! I love my university but it's that time of the year where I hate it with a burning passion.
After soooo many years, I finally decided to be serious with my photography. I'm in love with photography, I love taking beautiful photographs since I was little that's why I hate myself for realizing this just recently but it's never too late, right? Specially when it comes to achieving your dreams. I still remember the last words my grandpa said to me before he passed away, "just take as many photos as you want, one day you can sell them". After watching thousands of youtube videos and stalking a number of photographers, I decided to focus on taking photographs of people aka portraits. I don't know if you'll understand but it makes me happy whenever I see beautifully taken photos of people I mean, I just appreciate it so much. I may not be as great as other photographers out there now but I will get there, you know baby steps.
It doesn't show in the photos but I was sooooo excited when I found this place because perfect backdrop! I feel so happy whenever I find new shoot locations. The downside though is that it's located an hour away from where I live but thanks to my dad who never get tired of driving me around and being patient with me.
Alright, first of all no one tagged me 'cause I have no friends (lol kidding) and I know that this tag is originally from Youtube but since I'm not a youtuber, why not just do a blog post. Pretty much the same thing. For those of you who are not familiar with it, TMI stands for Too Much Information where people answer 50 questions or more about themselves but for this post, I only answered 20 'cause you might get bored just reading
These photos were shot last Sunday aka the best day on the month of June so far. Went to this place we used to go to when I was younger and boy, I went crazy with all the food! They only sell those food in that place so I was annoyingly saying to my dad that we should come back again soon. Also, we have this little secret shop where we buy sneakers for like such a lower price than in malls and I scored the all white Adidas superstar, which I was wearing in this outfit. And yes I wore it right after buying, that's how excited I was lol.
This makeup shaming on social media or even out of social media is getting out of hand. If you don't know what makeup shaming is, basically it's people putting other people down, specifically girls for wearing makeup. Honestly, I see nothing wrong with wearing a lot of makeup I mean it's the coolest thing ever. It's art for your face. I really look up to girls who can perfect that winged eyeliner. I've seen numerous men shaming women and how they are automatically seen as fake because they put makeup on.
As much as I'm loving this four month school vacation, I'm starting to miss being busy and actually doing productive things, I miss scribbling on my planner. No kidding. I'm already running out of TV series to binge on too. My day usually starts at 1pm, eat, exercise (If I'm in the mood), watch series/movies, blog, and sleep. My life is becoming a routine already and I hate it. Okay I'll stop complaining now, I know there are people who would kill for these idle days. I'll be drowning in school works again in no time. They say your third year in college will be the hardest and I am yet to figure out if that's true because for me college is difficult regardless of what year you're in.
My Instagram account got hacked recently and it was a nightmare for me. It happened last Sunday when the hacker got hold of my account. I don't know who he/she was nor I know how the hell he/she hacked me. When I was about to check my Instagram on my phone, it was logged out (I never log out my account on the phone so I thought it was just some Instagram glitch happening).
I just had a major embarrassing moment at the church yesterday. I suddenly felt dizzy during the mass so I can't walk or even stand properly. You know the feeling when you feel like the world is spinning like, literally spinning so I had to hold on to my dad for support. We went outside to get some air but I was near to falling down so I just sit on the floor (note that I was wearing a dress) and I can feel that many people were looking.
1. My favorite cartoon character of all time is Spongebob. I don't mind watching every episode over and over again.
2. I was too afraid of swimming before. I remember when I was little, whenever we go to the beach I was scared because my dad would bring me to the deep part. Maybe I just didn't like the idea of being in the water.
Woke up before 3am to get ready for a new adventure. I know it's so early and probably you've been wondering how I managed to do that but when it comes to waking up early to travel, it's really no big deal for me. Went on a 5 hour and a half drive to get to our destination which is Baler, Aurora.
Our annual family beach trip happened in Baler and it was such a looooong drive but I enjoyed it 'cause I'm in love with road trips. You know, I just love being on the road and sightseeing. I will talk and post photos about our trip on my next post so keep your eyes peeled for that. Having a hard time sorting and editing photos though because I have like more than 200 photos haha.
If you read my previous post, you know by now that I'm trying to start a healthy lifestyle so besides from doing my morning jog and exercise, a healthy diet is also important. I make sure to eat my breakfast every morning for a reason I don't need to explain anymore. So I'm sharing you my two favorite breakfast smoothies that you could make too!
Been MIA on the blog for like who knows how long. Let me explain, okay? Had to focus for my finals and needed to take a break and enjoy my first week of summer vacation (by enjoying I mean staying at home, averaging 2 seasons of Awkward per day). Yep, you read it right IT'S OFFICIALLY THE START OF MY SUMMER VACAY!!!
Didn’t get to vlog my 19th birthday so I’m just gonna be sharing my snapchat story instead for those of you who didn’t get to see it. Basically, what happened was: left Manila at 10:30am to travel all the way to Pampanga (I was the one who drove!),
Hey guys! It’s been a hot minute. Blogging from my bed right now, there is nothing more I could ask for. Ya’ll probably packing up for a vacation or ready to go back to your province for holy week then there’s me who is still drowning from school works :( Enjoy your long weekend though! The weather’s been so humid lately, guess summer’s just right around the corner yay!
I know you've been struggling these days. The struggle to wake up for that 7am class, the struggle for juggling your school works, social life, and other activities together is no joke. Nonstop deadlines for quizzes, homework, and exams are part of your everyday life. It's difficult, I know it and I want you to know that you are strong enough for overcoming these things, so strong that you can still manage to go to class even after that sleepless night, so strong to finish that homework on time, so strong to go to school even if you feel like falling apart.
Had my haircut last Tuesday and the hairdresser cut my hair all wrong. You see, it’s so short and it’s not what I was going for. And yes, I’m not getting over about it yet. I guess I need to learn how to rock this haircut and wait until a month ’til it grows to the length I wanted. Also, my family and I celebrated my sister’s birthday this week and there was a lot of eating which I like so much oh, and a lot of walking too which left me exhausted. Been lacking the motivation to study and review for college these past few days, I don’t know maybe I’m just really lazy which is in a bad timing because my departmental exam is coming and just thinking about it is making my brain hurts *cries*.
If you don't know what Instgram is (have you been living under a rock?!), it is basically an app where you take photos and upload it then see how many people like it. I know there are people who really don't care about their feed (and it's totally fine), but for some, it is a way of expressing their creativity and makes an impression to other people. First of all, I'm no expert in taking photos especially, having a well curated Instagram feed but from experience, I guess I can give you some tips and tricks on how to have a better Instagram feed.
Currently feeling so sleepy right now as I am writing this post. You see it’s so hard to think of what to write about when all you have in your mind is to sleep. My morning didn’t start that great, aside from the struggle of leaving my bed, my professor for my first class didn’t show up so that left us with a long 4 hour break with nothing to do so we just killed our time at the library doing whatever on the internet. And something embarrassing yet hilarious thing happened to me. I was watching a video on Facebook, it was seriously so quiet (I’m in the library duh) then suddenly the speakers go up and the video blasted in the library. Okay, believe me it was funnier if you were actually there.
I wore this dress to a short trip in Forever 21 then saw the exact same dress I was wearing but got it from an online shop for a cheaper price nice, right?
Finally got to take a wee bit of rest from school works, been living in the library these past few days to review and do homework. I forgot how to chill anymore lol. And OH MY GOD, why did I forget to tell you this?! I became part of the top ten in our departmental exam in Theories of Personality (if you don't know what it is, it's basically an exam that the whole second year Psychology students take). This just shows how hard work will actually pay off. On that same day when I got the news that I was part of the top ten, I got to meet those beautiful children at the orphanage, had a feeding program and prepared a few games for them. They made me realize to value whatever I have in my life because I admit that sometimes, I forget the word value. Seeing the smile on their faces make me love life again. Also, I was contemplating on getting my own domain but I don't think it'll be worth it yet 'cause my blog don't have that much traffic, I don't know let's just see in the future. Hope you'll enjoy this month's playlist!
Currently in my university library, trying to publish a post on my blog to make my 4 hour break productive. I have been MIA everywhere aka in my social media accounts because
because I was drowned with school works (until now actually). Kind of been a tough week. But I guess I'm doing a great job managing my time. I'm planning on stepping up my blogging game and publish posts at least once or twice a week. I love what I'm doing so there's probably no problem with it. Also, I'm starting a new series and I'm still on episode 3 because I can't find time to watch it boo! I'm excited because Netflix is already available in my country yay I don't live in Narnia after all. The amount of crop tops in my closet is unbelievable I should probably stop purchasing them. Well, I'm off and I will be back sooner than you know it.