Long overdue–but I’m posting some photos from our Palawan trip last March. Just wanted to share some shots from the roll.

Quick story: for some reason, my first roll turned out to not have any photos in it– I figured that it might’ve failed to cling to the sprocket properly or something (even though everything was turning well the whole time but whatever). Anyway, so I lost 36 photos BUT OK imma just let that one go (cue tears).

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We stayed at Astoria Palawan, where surprisingly their beach front & shoreline stretched so far, we didn’t really get the chance to swim around (we took photos around tho, obv). To be honest, the whole trip was more of an adventure type of vacation than the swimming type.

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We toured around the city, but photos from there were supposedly all on my 1st roll (which Imma learn to let go but still pains me to this day huhuhu whyyyy ;____;), so it’s gone now. But I saw this SUPER CUTE gypsy themed cafe!!! ;___; Ugh, I wish I still have the photos but it was so perfect, I swear. We also went to Baker’s Hill, where i took a lot of Peacock photos (no, pop culture slang, I mean the actual animal).

UGH ANYWAY no use in crying over spilled milk.

After that, we did a little island hopping around Honda Bay and visited the underground river (WHICH IS CRAZY MAJESTIC. I don’t have photos from the inside of the cave because I don’t want to use flash and I was just really amazed and taking in everything–Nature is amazing yalls.)

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It’s a shame that we didn’t have enough time to tour around Puerto Princesa more– our tour guide told us a lot more interesting spots to visit. I also kinda feel bad that we didn’t get to swim that much (the heat was I N T E N S E, even for a swim!).

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But I’d definitely go back to Palawan; maybe visit El Nido or Coron. One thing’s for sure: I’m double-checking that film loaded on my camera.

I haven’t had the chance to write about this for the past couple of months because finals season, but here is another long-overdue update.

Last April 19 was #aDAA17 (Adobo Design Awards Asia), where the best designers in the region are gathered to compete and be judged by a jury composed of some of the world’s best designers. A.K.A., the competition I wouldn’t even dare myself to join because I am but a humble lil peasant who is not worthy lol. But some of my professors came up to me and asked me if they can enter my brand identity project on behalf of the school. I said yes because I figured “lol as if it can qualify to get in– good luck losers” (just kidding, I luv u Ms. Niña!). So when I heard my work qualified as a FINALIST, I already felt like a winner!

award.jpgOn the awarding ceremony, I was so surprised when they called my name for the Gold award for the Open Category (open for both professionals and students). At that moment, I felt like one of those movie moments where the background sounds slowly muffles down and the camera slowly tilts side to side. I couldn’t believe it (pretty sure I still can’t right now).

Even if I think I may never be able to properly process the whole thing (because it’s Adobo!!! The leading creative publishing company in the Philippines!!!! And the competition was not just for the Philippines, but ASIA ??¿?!!!¿!), this will forever have a huge impact in my life. Because years ago, a couple of bullies told me that an introverted loser like me will never get anything in life. And to think I almost believed them.

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PS. I just want to thank a couple of people— my family and friends, who always believed in me (especially my best friend who never fails to hype me up lol), and Ms. Niña Herman, who has taught me so much!

This was a quick brand and app design project for a design class that my friend Patrice and I teamed up on. We were tasked to create and design an app that works like Tinder for artists.

We came up with Astirisk with the idea of an app that can be a quick swipe-left-swipe-right concept of Tinder, while being a show and tell platform for designers like Dribbble and Bēhance.

Astirisk is a place where designers can connect with fellow artists and even non designers who are looking to collaborate with different artists. Whether you’re an online magazine company looking for a graphic designer, or even a photographer looking for a makeup artist––Astirisk serves as a pool for all kinds of artists looking for a collaboration.

⚠️ (Photos are not mine and were used only for this project in class for visual presentation. I do not claim any rights to the photos in any way. Credits go to their respective owners. Similarly, the app does not exist in any app store. This was only created for a design class.)

Co-created with Patrice Catindig.

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A side note: A friend of mine pointed out a funny coincidence which was that why do I keep working on projects named after punctuation marks (Comma Apparel & Astirisk) hahahaha

Collaborated with Comma Apparel for their summer collection of 100% cotton short sleeved button-downs! I actually own a pair of comma apparel myself and for a person who sweat a lot (why god why), their material is very breathable, even the long sleeves! And that’s saying a lot because aside from the fact that i’m a sweater (whyyyyy), I also live in the Philippines, which in this time of the year is basically an oven.

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I’m so excited to share this here, mainly because these are my first shots using the Pentax! What’s even more exciting was that I got the exposures right! Hahahaha

Naturally, I started with portraits (of my sister and cousin huhu thank you for always being there for my first times—even though I know you’re just after the fact that you get to have a new photo of urselves lols) and of course, plant life and my beloved dog. ❤️

All the plant life  subjects were just captured from our garden, along our street, and by the gate of our village. I guess what I’m trying to say is— let’s all try to stop and smell the roses (in this case, even just weeds/wildflowers! hahaha).

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This one actually took me an entire half a day to research on. It’s so big along our village’s gate, that I thought it’s actually a huge bush or a tree. But they’re not– they’re vines!  Although still considered as weed type of vine, look how pretty it is thooo 😦 I took this photo after a good run…..to McDonalds LOL (I was craving their Hamdesal).

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I personally think Coat Buttons are very underrated. Or maybe it’s my own personal taste–I like tiny wildflowers more than the big cultivated ones. I think wildflowers are like these little surprises by mother nature. They’re small, quiet, and maybe hidden, but in the right places.

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This one is from our garden 🙂 I like it for its sunny disposition, don’t you think so?

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We have this chilli pepper plant in our garden that was planted by a bird. I’m not kidding. Our househelp loves birds and would observe them from time to time when they perch and make a home among the small trees we have in our garden. We all thought she was the one who planted this in our garden because she’s got that green thumb and everything, but turns out a couple of birds dropped seeds here and there along our garden (or so she says!).

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I mean naturally, I’d practice on my portrait photography with this baby, sooo. I used it as well in the same photoshoot sesh I’ve posted previously. Honestly, I’m just surprised I got the exposures correct, as with the plant life photographs. I was not able to use any light meter, so I’m just really glad I got it right the first try! (No wasted films! hahahaha) What I need to practice though is my focusing.

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(pls excuse my arm’s shadow 😓🙄 huhuhuhu)

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See? Like I said, my focus is a little rusty there. I had a tricky time with the viewfinder because it’s a little hazy or something (I got a secondhand camera, btw). I just need to get used to it, if anything.

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These two were my very first shots! A little overexposed and a little underexposed  (and a little out of focus over there) lol, but I’m glad that I still got the shot somehow.

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Lastly, I want to end this post with a picture of my dog ❤️

(I believe I got the light leaks over there from when I unwinded the film wrong for a minute)

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I’ll be posting new stuff on monday! 🙂 Although I really want to make “post more often” be part of my new year’s resolution, I really don’t want another resolution to go down the drain like they always do lol. So I’m just going to TRY MY BEST to do so (although I’m going to admit now that that’s going to be a tough one lol).

I’ll be posting new film photos and more on my first experience with my Pentax. My inner Monica Geller H A T E S to admit anything that she’s done for the first time, only because it makes her feel like a sore loser (wc is partly really true hahaha). But I’m writing about it anyway because contrary to what my pride thinks (lol), first experiences matter and are actually great factors to one’s pursuit of something.

(I wanted to write something about it already here but I think I’ll just save that for the next post! hehehe)