Be a traveler

Given the number of misfortunes I seem to be in constant contact with this year, I’ve long decided to start communing with nature and just pick myself up.  It has been a while since I last did that, so I’m quite scared and excited at the same time.

My first photography class will start on Monday!  Yay!  I signed up for Photoworld Manila’s Basic Photography Classes in AIM Makati.  I’m quite psyched.  I’ve been planning for so long to take these classes.  Now that I am armed with this baby, I don’t see why I should even delay these!


I don’t know why I waited so long to make this purchase when I know for a fact I always have wanted this.

I now regret all the money spent on clothes and shoes that look the same.

What I’m mostly excited about is traveling.  I’ve already made some arrangements — solo and with a group — and I hope by the time I’m about to leave, I’m ready to take blog-worthy photos.

In the meantime, I have Instagram as my creative outlet.  My photoblog is running on empty.  I hope you’ll all be around still when I start snapping away again.

To end this post, I leave you with a takeaway from Laws of A Modern Woman (I like to pretend I abide by them):


Have a great weekend everyone.  Don’t forget to mend your heart.


What I did today

A long time has passed since my last meaningful post in my own space so I figured, it’s about time for me to write again.  And this time, I won’t get bored with myself halfway.  Hahaha.

This week proved to be a horrid week.  Let me count the ways.

  1. My 1TB external hard drive started making clicking noises one afternoon and ultimately stopped functioning, successfully reformatting itself and obliterating 8-9 years of my everything — photos, music, videos, writings on the wall.
  2. Number 1 happened approximately five (5) days after my other external hard drive, this time 500GB, also went kaput.
  3. I was supposed to enroll for grad school this Thursday but everyone decided to book their meetings on that day.  I delayed enrollment since Thursday is just Day 1.  I went to school Friday, Day 2, and all the subjects I am allowed to take are full.  School was supposed to be the highlight of my 2013.
  4. Operations audit started this week and we’ve been in constant contact with Internal Audit for the documentation review.  A lot of our processes are undergoing revision, but because #1 and #2 happened…. yeah, they’ll have to make do with the unrevised versions.
  5. Emotional turmoil.  To say the least.

To sum up, this week was…


But today, I decided to turn it all around.  Today, this is what I did.

  1. Called up a camera shop and reserved a Canon 600D to be picked up tonight
  2. Signed up for evening refresher classes in photography somewhere in Makati
  3. Enrolled in a couple more classes that will start in June and July at Coursera
  4. Set aside a good amount for a July trip to nowhere
  5. Started writing.  Again.

This year has not really been a field of dreams for me, and the fact that I am missing this term… it’s almost a nail to the coffin of a godawful year.  But a good friend — a very very very good friend — has constantly reminded me that everything happens for a reason.

And there will always be a way to turn it all around.

And that’s what I am doing now.

I hope, whoever is reading, you are having a great year.  But just in case you are in the same rut as I am (and I am hoping your rut is not worse than mine), let’s turn it around together then.



REVIEW: Like Crazy (2011)

Do you remember my post a few weeks back when I was still so energized to constantly update as I am now feeling quite disheartened with my lack of specialized writing skills when I posted all about the gory bits?  That came from 2011’s Before Sunrise/Before Sunset film, Like Crazy.

Like Crazy stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as Jacob and Anna, who fell in love in college.  Anna, staying in the US on a student visa, impulsively decided to spend the summer with this hot new passionate exciting love and only went back to the UK for a family event.


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