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my backyard became my set
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playing with shadow and light
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“just pose or whatever!”

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my cousin, my model

So my cousin decided to visit me one time, and for some reason I decided to move my lazy-ass and take photos to feel a tad bit more productive in my very unproductive summer.

It was all spontaneous with me grabbing my Nikon DSLR and telling her to come down to the kitchen where the lighting is surprisingly good. My backyard also has a lot of plants and greenery because of my mom’s love for them and because I am quite drawn to the color green with its many hues and shades and how organic it is.

I am in no way a pro photographer; I don’t even know if I should call myself a photographer as it is simply a hobby and something I dabble with occasionally (if I decide to not be lazy). Perhaps a photo hobbyist?

The photos turned out to be pretty good with a little help of editing. By the way, I don’t really have an aesthetic here. I just did everything creatively and went with my instinct and feel. My awesome cousin, who I often turn into a guinea pig, happily went along with my direction and willingly posed for the camera. Thank you, my dear!

Anyway, I hope you liked the photos. I am not that confident with my skills and am still learning photography lingo and manipulating my camera.

Thank you if you’ve read this far. ♥

Update: Blog Repackaging

Hello again after months, everyone! I have an announcement to make.

As you can notice I have changed the theme colors of my blog. I have opted for a lighter and more minimalist feel to my blog. Aside from that I have decided to tweak my blog’s content. I want my blog to be even more relatable and helpful to my readers. I can’t really place a label on the content I am going to give but here are what you can expect:

  • I will still be posting my poetry and my written works here
  • I will be posting lifestyle type of content (essentials, hacks, etc)
  • I will be posting reviews, inspirations, and rants
  • I will be posting my travels and adventures
  • I will be posting my photography attempts

I hope that I can really keep my promise and post regularly. With this blog repackaging, I hope I can gain more traffic and good reviews.

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No to mediocrity!

Photo saved from Google a really long time ago.

Thanks! xx

 

 

 

On the Wings of Love

On the Wings of Love

if you follow me on Instagram, I have promised to post my review and insights of On the Wings of Love, which has just ended yesterday! I will be writing this post mainly for my fellow Otwolistas and Jadines. Yes, I am fan of the tandem of James Reid and Nadine but I promise to not be biased. Enjoy!

I deeply love the story of On the Wings of Love and really followed it throughout the time it was aired. Of course even if I was a fan of Jadine, I was a bit skeptical of On the Wings of Love or OTWOL. The fear of the show becoming another overly cliche story was hard to suppress, as well as the skepticism of whether James and Nadine would still be as mesmerizing on the TV screen as they were on the movie screens. Yes, I am a fan of theirs but my criticism of shows and their stories still rise over my being of a fan. But after seeing the trailer of the show, my skepticism disappeared especially after learning Ms. Antoinette Jadaone would be directing the show, as I admired her work very much. The story of OTWOL made me very excited; Leah, a hopeful, bubbly girl from the Philippines goes to San Francisco to join a chorale contest and stays longer to be able to earn money for her family back home but her Visa is expiring soon and so she marries Clark, who is a green-card holder to have her own green-card and after earning it she’ll file a divorce. But as the old quote says, “Love moves in mysterious ways.” The two soon fall in love and face challenges every young couple must face, if I do say so myself.

I love the storytelling of the show. The actors have created characters that have come to life and have become so real. The script is superb, with its content and the message it send out. Most of all, it has taken Filipino teleseryes to a whole new level. To be honest, I have slowly lost hope in teleseryes. The plots have become repetitive, with a poor but kind protagonist and an evil and scheming antagonist, blah blah blah. But OTWOL has brought my love for teleseryes back to life. Instead of a human antagonist, the antagonist in Clark and Leah’s story is LIFE itself. And this has been what I’ve been waiting for. #satisfied
The show is also very relatable. As the two main characters learn new things, I found myself learning as well. I have earned many insights because of the show.

5 Insights From On the Wings of Love:
1. Sometimes YOU need to happen first for an US to materialize. Growth is important before getting into a relationship. You need to be mature and truly ready.
2. If it’s meant to be, everything’ll work out. True, nothing beats destiny. Clark and Leah’s happy ending proves that if you’re each others destiny, it’ll happen even after a couple of bumps and storms.
3. Chase your dreams. Never ever forget your dreams. They’ll take you pretty far.
4. Priorities make a hell of a difference. Priorities keep you on track. Yes sometimes you’ll have to compromise and hurt others but having priorities get you one step closer to reaching your dreams.
5. Happiness is really a choice. Your happiness is yours and should never depend on a person. It’ll make you bitter and sad and miss out in life.


I give the cast and crew of On the Wings of Love a humongous round of applause. Thank you for a great show; the great acting and storytelling. I truly believe this show can never be remade. It has created its own legacy and will forever be a part of the history of Philippine primetime television. It has given me as a viewer, so much satisfaction, lessons, and insights.
The show has ended and I will no longer have something to stay up late for and get the feels from. Nonetheless, nothing can ever replace OTWOL’s place in my heart and memories. And the show has made me have an inkling of hope in forever.

Cheers!

 

Wanderlust

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Blue against blue

Greece

 Greece has been on my travel bucket list after watching movies like Mamma Mia! and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It’s crystal clear waters and the beauty of its architecture makes it too hard to resist! The cute little houses and of course Greek food adds to the beauty of the place. I’ve also always been interested in Greek mythology and to visit its birthplace would be a dream come true! Here are 5 of the destinations I’d like to visit when I get to Greece!

Photo of a Holy Trinity Monastery
Holy Trinity Monastery, built on top of the cliff in Meteora near Kalabaka, Trikala, Greece
zagori
Zagori is found in Northwestern Greeceand boasts its beautiful yet striking geology and 2 national parks.
delphi
Delphi is the second-most popular archaeological site in Greece. Other structures found at Delphi include the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, & the theater and hippodrome that once hosted the Pythian games.
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Athens has been inhabited for more than 30,000 years and is famous for the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora and the Theatre of Dionysus to name a few.
peloponnese
Peloponnese is shaped like a large leaf and features classic Greek temples, Venetian fortresses, and Olympia where the first Olympic games were held in honor of Zeus.

Sources: touropia.com (Photos of places to visit & information)
images.google.com (first photo and featured image)

SPACES

Trying out a pop of color on my blog! How does it look?

Spaces- One Direction

Who’s gonna be the first one to start the fight?
Who’s gonna be the first one to fall asleep at night?
Who’s gonna be the last one to drive away?
Who’s gonna be the last one to forget this place?

We keep taking turns
Will we ever learn?

Ooh spaces between us keep getting deeper
It’s harder to reach ya even though I try
Spaces between us hold all our secrets
Leaving us speechless and I don’t know why

Who’s gonna be the first to say goodbye

Who’s gonna be the first one to compromise?
Who’s gonna be the first one to set it all on fire?
Who’s gonna be the last one to drive away?
Forgetting every single promise we ever made?

Ooh spaces between us keep getting deeper
It’s harder to reach ya even though I try
Spaces between us hold all our secrets
Leaving us speechless and I don’t know why

Who’s gonna be the first to say goodbye?

We keep taking turns
Will we ever learn?
When will we learn

Ooh spaces between us keep getting deeper
It’s harder to reach ya even though I try
Spaces between us hold all our secrets
Leaving us speechless and I don’t know why
Who’s gonna be the first to say goodbye?
Who’s gonna be the first to say goodbye?

(The spaces between us
The spaces between us
The spaces between us
The spaces between us)

 

 

Who’s gonna be the first to say goodbye?

ZAYN first said goodbye!
My favorite line from One Direction’s song Spaces from their album “FOUR.” And yes, Zayn was still officially a member of the band. Ouch.

But really, in life there is always someone or even something that says goodbye. We can’t avoid that, it’s a fact of life. We just gotta learn to accept it and roll with it because for everyone that says goodbye, there is a purpose and someone comes along to say hello.

 

 

Vlogging Attempt

All right, I’ll admit it: I do not have the best editing skills. I definitely need more improvement in that area. It’s something that I wish I were better at. And truth be told, this might be the last time I’ll try out vlogging and editing it.

I’ve made the decision to stick with blogging, not because I think I’m better at it but because I am much more comfortable with working on it. Plus, I am enjoying blogging much more than vlogging.

To set the record straight as well, this is a school project. ANOTHER school-related post. Seriously, I should stop soon. This blog is not for my school, it’s my creative outlet! If I didn’t care for my grades, I wouldn’t even be attempting making a vlog.

Anyway, enjoy my ratchet vlogging skills.