Lomokino/ Lomography X-pro 100
Music: Nervous Dream- To the Beautiful You OST
Lomokino/ Lomography X-pro 100
Music: Nervous Dream- To the Beautiful You OST
As you might have noticed, it has been months ago since I post regularly (exclude One Step Closer to A Dream post). I love looking at blogs, I also love telling stories, but I am have never been so into writing. I am not that good. To add, I am also very lazy. These are some of the reasons why I couldn’t update much.
But actually the main reason is because I have been contemplating about whether I should make this blog my personal blog, and then create another for my photos and arts (I am not that good). Or just continue and just post whatever I want to post in this blog. I sort of feel like Blogger is more friendly when it comes to following other people’s blog. I can even follow feeds from WordPress blogs whereas here, I cannot follow Blogger. Most of my favorite blogs are on Blogger and if only I have seen those blogs earlier, I would have opened one not a WordPress. On other other hand, I love how simple yet beautiful, WordPress layouts are. The platform is the same but gives a different feel depending on the layout. Blogger dashboards are easier to use too. Actually I opened one already, but I haven’t really put anything on it. I merely use it to follow new posts from my favorite blogs. I actually like my site name there than this one.
Getting confused is making me lazier to continue posting. Should I just continue with WordPress or open a Blogger. Is there anyway, I can follow non-Wordpress blogs on this blog or not? Should I change my url or proceed with what I have. Ugh! I have never been someone who is good with making decisions. I am fickle minded, and tractable. How about you pray for my mind’s enlightenment?
As a kid, one of my favourite hobbies is daydreaming. My mom calls it katamaran and pagiging batugan, but for me, day dreaming was an escape from my dull and ordinary lifestyle. One of the things that I often think about was learning foreign languages. Since it was a made up story in my mind, I always dream about speaking more than 15 languages (Hah!)- English, Japanese, Thai, German, French, Italian, Spanish… in my alternate world, I can even speak Sanskrit and Latin!
Day dreaming is easy, but making that dream a reality is a different story. As a Filipino, I am obliged to study English ever since I was in grade school. Even that and years of getting exposed to English movies and TV programs, did little enough to make me so fluent in speaking the language. That is why, I never really thought about making multilingual me a reality.
Little did I know, I will eventually start making that dream come true. And little did I know that my passion for Korean movies and culture would ignite my interest in studying Korean language.
It started a year ago, around September. My friend, Sarah, invited me to study basic Korean in Korean Culture Center, during Saturdays. It was hard for me because I am not used to having lesser time, watching movies at home. Saturday is the perfect day for doing this because Sunday would be my chores day (hindi ako ganon katamad), and I have work on weekdays. The language was very difficult but in the end, I graduated. I promised not to continue because it was making my life complicated (yes, a day without a Korean drama, makes my life complicated).
But I was enticed by my friends to take Elementary Korean 1 with them. I was indeed enticed…. I registered with them but when were about to enrol, two of them backed out! Honestly I felt like not doing it anymore because I only did it because thinking about studying together with them was fun. Then again, I do want to try it so I went to the first day of class with my friend Karen… and then the next month… and then the last week, until I finally graduated. Making me happier is that, I graduated first in my class!
I remembered when I was taking Basic Korean with Sarah. We were teasing each other about being first in the class. It was just a joke of course, because we were not that good during then. But at the start of my second take in studying the language, I really dreamt about coming up the stage and getting a Korean dictionary. The power of the mind is probably true. If you keep on thinking about something, it will happen. I am very happy that despite being hesitant at first, I took a chance and sacrificed few hours of my Tuesdays and Thursdays for three months, to be able to learn more about the culture that I started to like.
Getting that top award or not, I am still very happy that I learned a lot from that three months. Although, my future venture on studying the language is still unclear for me, I am happy to realize that the things I day dream about when I was a kid, is starting to happen. I am far from becoming, the multilingual me in my alternate world; I am even far from communicating effectively in Korean. But one thing is clear to me. Day dreaming is not enough, making effort to make that dream a reality is what’s more important.
Since, typing Hangul in my laptop is so difficult, I rather post this thank you message I posted in my FB status:
반 친구들과 강 선생님이 아주 감사합니다. 너 때문에, 이한국어 수업이 재미있었습니다. 제 친구들, 특히 가렌 씨,감사합니다.그리고 한국문화원도 고맙습니다. 공부이 어렵지만 제가 많이 배웠습니다. 다음 번에 우리가 만납시다! 행운을 빕니다! 안녕….
While the other half of the world is busy preparing for their trip the beach or to their vacation, we here have already experienced the warmth of the sun and are now preparing for the coming rainy season. Days of traffic, getting stranded, crossing through floods and feeling the chilly wind are yet to come. But before that comes, let me look back at the summer days that passed.
My summer is much memorable this time than last year. Thanks to new places that I visited and first time experiences that I never thought I’d be doing. Here are the things I did this summer, ranked from least to most memorable experiences.
Laiya, Batangas Trip. It was only half a day visit to the nearest and most accessible beach from the metro. After experiencing few issues about our incoming company summer outing, we thought of visiting the place for an ocular. Nothing much happened in the place but it was memorable because we were only four. It was the first time that I enjoyed the company of only four people by spending hours of sleeping in the bus, ranting about things, long walk on the beach and of course swimming.
Tagaytay Trip/ Taal Hike. Believe it or not I haven’t been to Tagaytay until the moment my office mates and I went there last March. It was an overnight trip. The night was spent eating at Rotonda, where a lot of nice restaurants line up. Tagaytay was really cold especially that night because we ate on the roof with plants and dim lights to make for a cozy ambiance. The next morning, some of the group went to Tagaytay. Again, this was my first time going there and it is a lot more fun to be able to climb the famous volcano along with my friends. It was a dusty trip up, not to mention smelly because of the horse dung lying around the path. We climbed crater for only 30-40 minutes. It was the hot weather that made the trip difficult so if ever you want to visit the place, go there early too avoid the harsh heat of the sun. The crater was deep green, much like the pictures I’ve seen in the postcards. But seeing Taal volcano personally is an experience to remember. Of course we won’t let the opportunity to take some crazy shots pass by.
Camp-tipolo Team Building. After a few issues on our departmental summer outing we end up taking a team building venue in Antipolo. Camptipolo is like an adventure camp that caters companies and groups that would like to establish camaraderie and cooperation while having some friendly competition with each other. After dividing the group to two, we eventually compete at obstacles like Tarzan jump, tight rope and balancing log. The first activity did not show mercy on my competitive inner spirit. I fail to cross the water and feel on my back. I was eager not to dive into the water again that is why I did my best in the next few activities and successfully walk through the tight rope and balancing log. In the end, our team did not win, but I took the male MVP awards which was shocking. It was a tiring day but it was a memory filled with laughter, trash talking and joy- definitely a memory to remember.
Peace Mural Painting. I love art but never did I try applying my interest in doing public arts. That is why joining the Peace Mural Painting by IVolunteer is an experience to remember. Actually, my friend and I did not paint that much wall, but I was satisfied with what we did. If only it did not rain, I might have stayed there until late afternoon. It is really nice using your creativity to help in the beautification of Manila, and of course being part of the creation of the longest mural painting. Hope I can get back there next time.
Pandin Lake. It was Jane’s birthday and she invited us to visit Pandin Lake in Laguna. FYI San Pablo Laguna, holds seven lakes around the municipality and Pandin is one of them. It was a difficult way up before reaching the lake. The foods we are carrying, our bags and the pouring rain made it more difficult. We took a raft going to the far end of the lake, while moving the raft, we were already eating and it was raining so hard. It was actually nice that it rained because the lake gives a nice ambiance when it is raining. The raft is covered with plastic on the roof so were were pretty much dry while eating the delicious food prepared by Jane’s parents. The lake is more that 180 feet so even though you are a good swimmer, they require you too wear a life vest before jumping in to the water. The rain did made this swimming experience very nice. It gives a nostalgic feel back when I was a kid, playing and taking a bath on the rain. This time I have a deep pool of water instead of puddle of water on the street. Jane is truly a good host, we also went to their house last December and we had fun too.
Panagbenga Festival. This opened my summer 2013. Happening every February of the year, Panagbenga Festival is visited by thousands of people to celebrate the annual flower festival. I admit I am not a fan of long travels. I get bored easily because I do not sleep so it was really hard for me to stay up for 5-6 hours, while other passengers are all sleeping. It was my first time there and I had the chance to be with my friends and my sister. My ever responsible buddies made a good itinerary so we never missed visiting good places around Baguio City. It is filled with visits in good restaurants and the food there was so good, we cannot resist eating full meals on every restaurant that we visited. The travel home, where our bus broke, almost ruined my memory of this vacation. But still the experience is so fun no to be on this list.
Magalawa Outing. Probably the highlight of my summer vacation, a trip to Magalawa Island has been on my list of places-I-want-to-visit since two years ago. And it never disappointed me. Probably thanks to the company of my 17 officemates. The island was situated in the northern tip of Zambales. Yes, it was a long ride but visiting the place is good motivation. We spend our two days there by swimming, chatting, eating, laughing, drinking and during the dull midday, we sleep. We stayed on tents, and bath the rudimentary way- using poso. In conclusion, it was a fun and relaxing vacation and I will truly miss the sea, the sand, the mangroves and the abundant number of starfish.
It was truly a jam packed summer. It is not surprising why my mom is saying how gala I am. And that I should not complain that I have no money anymore because it is my fault for going somewhere almost every week. Yes, I am broke. Traveling is very expensive but it is so much fun too especially when you are with your friends.
Summer has ended… now let me prepare my boots, my jacket and my umbrella. Rainy season is coming.
It is officially Film Photography day! Well, at least on this part of the world. This day (April 12, 2013) is inducted by Lomography as the day of the year to celebrate the unplugging of digital things and gadgets in our lives. It is a day to switch back to the wonders of the analogue life. Lomography is encouraging lomographers around the world, to create parties, events, lomo-walks to celebrate this day. But since I am a LONE lomographer and it is a shame to party alone (if that is even possible).
I’d like create a list that I have to do this Film Photography day, ala challenge, starting with not using anything digital. But I am an employee and part of my job is to work in front of the computer 8 hours a day so that is not possible. So might as well scrap that plan. That leaves me to simply doing a lomowalk with my newest camera- Horizon Perfekt.
Yay! I now own this 120 degree panoramic camera that I listed as part of My Christmas 2012 Wish List. The camera is indeed pricey and it even broke my “kurot principle” (just something I do not manage my finances) when it comes to money. But compare to its original price, I guess the it is already a good deal. It is second hand but the user seldom use it and it even has the original box and manuals so it looks like I bought it brand new.
I am still unfamiliar with it because it is fully manual, compared to my LC-A+, which has automatic meter. That is why it is a good thing to try this camera this Film Photography Day. As rule 8 and 9 of the golden rules of lomography say: “You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film”, “Afterwards either.”
It is a custom for society to say greetings when it is someone’s birthday. The sincerest greeting makes someone thankful and anyone will be happy if someone greeted them on their birthday. It makes you feel important to the person because they remembered your birthday.
Despite the nice feeling, I prefer people not to greet me on my birthday. You see, I am very bad with numbers
that is why I hate Math, and I always fail History exams involving years. Because of this, I cannot memorize the birthday of my friends. What I do is just greet them when someone greeted them. Because of this, I feel awkward and guilty when someone greets me on my birthday, and I cannot remember theirs. It is like gift giving during Christmas. Even though you do not plan on giving anything to someone, but since he gave you something, you feel required to give back. You then follow up your gift the next year after the holidays. That is what I feel when someone greeted me on my birthday.
For me, saying “happy birthday” is like saying “thank you for being part of my life” or “you are an important friend”. That is why I am thankful to my friends who greeted me on my birthday especially to Marco, who always publicize my birth date. The first time was when she clarified my birth date on my Facebook account because I deliberately changed it to February. This year, she blurted out my birth date in front of my officemates on a meeting. I almost escaped January without anyone in the office greeting me.
To all my friends who gave me gifts, hindi na sana kayo nag-abala, but I am happy for the things you gave me (see drawings above). I want to say a special thank you to Anna, Marj and Geraldine. Thank you for the effort of giving me a greeting card/ book. It made me happy and nostalgic. To everyone, thank you for greeting me and making me feel more required to remember your birthdays.
On my birthday, a colleague texted me: “alam kong ayaw mong binabati ka tuwing birthday mo. Pasensya ka, maraming nagmamahal sayo”. I feel so blessed! Thank you!
They started in 2006 but I only met them in 2009. Back then 2NE1, a now popular Korean girl group, just released their first music video, which was Lollipop. Sandara Park, who was an actress in the Philippines, was part of that group and she was the reason I got interested in watching the MV. Part of the MV was another Korean group comprised of 5 guys, who looked very fashionable and fun with their colorful get-up and stunning voice. They call themselves Big Bang.
Although I was in to Korean Wave then, I was never an avid supporter of Korean Pop music because I was more into dramas and movies. However Big Bang attracted me with their catchy songs, dynamic musical style, over-the-top fashion and energetic live performance. I started listening to their songs and even TRIED to memorize them that it became the only music that I play on my mp3 player.
Although a fan, I consider myself a newbie because I am not active in learning more about the group. Honestly I used to think that Daesung was Seungri and Seungri was Deasung. I also do not know Tabbi, Panda, and even their real names (just learned them early this year). Compared to other fans, I never memorized their songs, but only hummed on the catchy parts. But still I listen to them every time.
They are the only musicians that I follow so I was very happy when I found out that Philippines was part of their 1st World Tour. So in October 24, my dream of meeting them in person finally came true when I finally secured a ticket to watch the concert with my sister.
Of course the fun of becoming a fan is not complete without stalking your favourite boy band and bias. That is why I (together with my friends) went to the airport to give them a warm Filipino welcome. Too bad they never received it because their stay at the airport was so quick compared to the hours we waited for them.
Second opportunity to see them up close was the hotel where they were supposed to be staying. Rumors circulated that the group will stay at Midas. So we went there and waited… for hours… until it was already dark… until my parents were already calling me to go home. The second try was another failure because they actually stayed in Shangrila Edsa.
Never underestimate a fan because a fan never stops trying until he gets what he wants. In my case, I still went to Shangri-la the next day to meet the boys. However they opt to go to Tagaytay with Sandara Park (who came for a vacation), and missed my love call to wait for me. I still waited for them to come back… but they were still very elusive that I skipped dinner and went home at 1:00 am the next day.
To prove you how bored I was waiting, here are some photos I took in Shangri-la hotel:
I never once saw them up close. Hearing all the stories of my fellow VIP’s, who saw them, made me feel regretful of the opportunities that I missed. At least I had the tickets to watch their concert.
The concert was 8 pm but I was there 10 am to get the official merchandise specifically the crown stick. I had to buy 5 crown sticks because my sister, her friends and my friends asked me to buy it for them. After that I fell in line with my friend and waited. It was actually fun being with fellow VIP’s because they were all spazzing over pictures, standees and posters of their biases. So what more when actual music videos were played right? They were all screaming and singing along. It was like a concert without Big Bang in the flesh. It was nice actually because it builds anticipation- and I also get to practice the fan chant.
Waiting for almost 10 hours was fine with me until the line actually started moving. But earlier, I went out of the line because as per the security of MOA arena, those that have guaranteed seats do not have to fall in line any more. But when we tried to enter the Arena, we were asked to fall in line again, right when there were already so many people ahead of us. To think that I was there 10 hours earlier! THE CROWD CONTROL IN MOA ARENA WAS REALLY POOR. They could not handle the huge numbers of VIP’s who came earlier than 8 pm so it took long before we came out of the line, only to find out that another line is waiting for us. And only to be disappointed to know that we do not really have to fall in line! Some people were just coming in without enduring the heat and noise in the sea (line) of mad people where we just came. The concert was 10 minutes gone when we were ushered on our seats. We were right on time but I felt bad for other VIP’s who missed two to three songs because of the lousy crowd management.
Setting bad memory aside, I was really happy seeing my favorite Korean boy band dancing and singing in front of me. I forgot all the wasted time and effort that I did stalking them because this show was like the highlight of my life. I get to see them live; saying lez go, wazzup, yow, salamat and mahal ko kayo towards the Filipino crowd. I was actually surprised that the stage was very close to where I was and I felt close to them like the concert was made personal for me to feel their appreciation for my support.
Summarizing the events in the concert neither mentioning its best parts is very hard because the whole concert was very memorable for me. But kudos to my fellow Big Bang fans for making the concert livelier because of their chants, screams, and energy made the whole concert experience more enjoyable.
Honestly I got teary eyed watching Big Bang giving all their energy and talent to entertain us. It made me realize that my three years of following their success as the essence of fashion and music in Korea and around the world was worth it. Maybe I am still newbie for not following them since 2007 but 5 years, 10 years from now, I know that I will still be a VIP and forever will be.
The play started but I do not want to let the opportunity to take some photos of the theatre before the shows starts. I know taking photos are not allowed but this is for documentation purposes only (hehehe).
The play was nothing compared to what I have seen before. All I watched before we local plays and I never thought that what Phantom of the Opera production can actually be done on stage. They transformed the stage in to the Paris Grand Opera House and send viewers right into the location of the play.
Even at the beginning when they moved the chandelier up the CCP main theatre is already stunning. I was lost with words and just looked at the piece. It even gave out some sparks to create an effect of lighting up an old chandelier.
Another thing that struck me is how they did the scene where the Phantom brought Christine Daae deep down the cellar. They were moving down, zigzagging from the top of the stage. I thought at first that they made some ladder or something but on the second thought maybe it is some lifted platform. Whatever it is, it amazed me. The boat scene was also magical to watch. The light illuminating the foggy stage was a scene I never seen before. And how they could move the boat was very intriguing for me.
The cast was all natural and despite having some problem in hearing the lines (because they speak so fast and the audio was so low), I can still feel their emotions. I also like how they add humor during the performance and even made a joke using Boracay as a hiding place for the managers after the Phantom started terrorizing the Opera House.
I expected a great performance from all the cast and crew of the play but I was still stunned on how professional, creative and engaging the play was. The moment the casts took the final bow, I cannot help but stand and clap nonstop. Even when I went out and met my friend (who sat far from my seat), I was still relieving the moments.
After the play, the fan boying continues as my friend hasn’t got the autograph from Anthony Downing who played the brave Raul.
We hastily went towards the artist entrance and there were already loads of people waiting for them. We saw the Claire and other casts. As if they were still not tired, they still accommodated every fan who wants to take a picture with them. Anthony came but he was in a rush so he told us that he will come back later. It was already late and we do not want to wait; and so we followed him. We lost track but after a minute or two, his bright red shirt signalled us that he was at Army Navy, getting some food for sure.
Since we know they were eating, we were hesitating to go inside or not. After 30 minutes of contemplating, we went to them and asked for a picture. Anthony was not as accommodating as the other leads we met but he still spared us a second to take a picture and sign an autograph.
My friend and I part ways and while on the jeepney, I cannot help myself but smile when I think of how fun stalking famous actors and watching a huge stage production such as Phantom of the Opera.
It is rare for famous Broadway musical to perform here in the Philippines but it is rarer for me to have enough money to buy tickets for these shows (kasi wala akong pera). So after hearing that a Tony Award winning musical will perform in the country, I promised that I have to watch this show. This started my unforgettable Phantom of The Opera experience.
Although I have seen the movie adaptation featuring Gerard Butler, the story is not actually very familiar to me. Actually I always thought the movie was the original story. I did not know that it all started from a serialisation written by Gaston Leroux on 1909- 1920 of the same title which was later adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1986. Due to its success, the movie is now considered as the longest running musical show in Broadway.
My friends and I waited for this show upon hearing it somewhere, a year before the scheduled performance date. But during the ticket sale, we were informed of how expensive the tickets are. We were hesitating already even though we really want to get one. Thankfully, a promo opened so we immediately grabbed the offer.
Sunday October 14, 3:00 PM- my friend took this schedule to see Claire Lyon’s last performance, as Christine Daae, in the Philippines. My friends and I are supposed to meet at 11 in the morning to meet with the cast upon their arrival. Principal casts, Claire Lyon and Jonathan and Roxmouth (as Phantom) already arrived and the fans are already taking a picture with them. My friend was very late and I do not have a digital camera not a pen (for signing) with me. She was the one who is ecstatic to meet the actors not me but because of the situation, I cramming to find something that the actors can sign and of course a pen to use. I end up letting them sign on the back of my ticket. I later realized that the ticket will be torn upon entering the theatre. I also cram to load the film in my Lomo LC+A to take photos of them. It was really troublesome. Not to self: never use an analog camera for fanboying/girling purposes.
I managed to take a picture with the casts and they were really accommodating. They were really interacting with the fans too like asking them questions and taking time to pose for a picture. I know that they had to rehearse but they still stayed for the fans. Claire was even holding her bag and a cup of coffee when they fans mobbed he for a picture but I never saw her got mad. Either she is really a good actress of she is just happy to see her fans, and I think it is the latter.
Anthony already left and Claire was about to go inside the artist entrance when my friend came. She followed her inside the entrance and surprisingly she was not blocked by the guards so she got her signature. It is funny because she was calling her Christine (her character’s name) instead of her real name that is why she took a while before she made her stop.
My friend’s fan girl instinct told her that Anthony is going to get a coffee in Starbucks so we ran towards the store. And there he was with his blue shirt and casual get up, waiting for his coffee. I instantly pushed my friend towards Jonathan because she suddenly felt intimidated. This caught Jonathan’s attention so my friend has no choice but to talk with him. She also asked for his sign. And around the store people and the baristas were staring at us confused on how the guy we were talking to was. Of course, another photo opportunity, this time with a digital camera.
Really, the casts that we met were the most patient, accommodating and friendly stars that I encountered. Claire and Anthony were really happy every time fans gave them something. They were also all smiles, when asked for a picture. Even though surrounded by a lot of people, they displayed composure and professionalism and accommodated all of them.
This moment made me an instant fan not only because of their superb performance but also because of their real characteristics.
My First Lomokino Movie using Fuji Superia 400. Music, Sumasarap and Gising, by True Faith. I shot this long time ago but I was having some difficulty to in scanning the film. The size of the frames were not equally cut but I sort of managed to create a decent movie. Thanks to to my friend Sarah for letting me borrow her Lomokino. Sorry if I kind of damaged its leather cover.