Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Swimming with the Whale Sharks of Oslob, Cebu

Whale-watching in Oslob has created plenty buzz lately and now it's in everybody's bucket list, especially because when you're in Oslob, you're sure to see one. Swimming with the butanding (whale shark) was definitely quite an experience for me. There's something extremely magnificent about these giants. With their size, they could easily be the king of the ocean. But up close, they're so gentle and almost vulnerable.

Truth be told though, I had second thoughts about writing this post. I'm really still on the fence here. The more I read about the butanding, the more convinced I am that these gentle giants should be left alone. On the other hand, their presence at Oslob definitely placed the little town's name on the map, boosted the tourism, and helped people have jobs. 

The whale sharks only appear early mornings. A little before noon, they transfer to another feeding ground.

boats ready to take tourists to see the butandings

The government did impose strict rules during whale-watching and everyone undergoes an orientation before seeing the butandings.

We were specifically told not go near the whale sharks, and wearing sunblock is not allowed as it is toxic for them.

Despite all these, I still think the precautions are not enough. There's still too much tourists and there's very little control.

So we had plenty of pictures of us having fun. Now it just feels like shameless fun. So I am not posting those pictures.

Instead, let me show your the magnificent whale sharks that we came to see.

see? we're this close
whale shark feeding

Even if you're not supposed to go near them and touch them, they sometimes swim towards you so you really have no choice.

Honestly, this is one of those trips that I know I'm never going to do again. To each his own though.

Thanks for reading my blog!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Funshoot: Old School

While in the middle of composing my previous post, I also unearthed this photo set somewhere from the recesses of my hard drive. This session was supposed to be 60s inspired. Of course, by now, I'm pretty sure I failed in the styling as well as hair and make-up. Well, especially the hair. I am just no good in hair styling.

On the other hand, I'm more than happy I was able to explore this aspect of photography. Usually, my black and white photos are shot in color like the rest and are then later desaturated during post-processing. This time, I decided to shoot the whole set in black and white. 

There's actually a difference when you're shooting in full color and in black and white. Shooting in black and white allows you to be more aware of the composition and shadows because sometimes colors can be distracting.

So enough talk for me already. I hope you enjoy this set.

Models: Siblings Jeliza and Jevan
Wardrobe: models and me
Photo, MUA: me  
Assistant: my sister Prescilla
Location: Amandari Cove, General Santos City

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Betty Draper-Inpired Rosegal Wishlist

 I've been watching a lot of Mad Men lately. I'm still at Season 3, but I'm definitely drawn to the 60s vibe already. They say this is the show that helped the 60s fashion make a come back.

I cannot verify this information of course but every time Betty Draper is on screen, I can definitely see what they mean. She may be a cold, stoic women, but her style is definitely not flat.

Unfortunately, I live in a small city, and I don't have access to all the nice vintage dresses made these days. So what better place to look than online? There are plenty of online boutiques, and one such particular boutique that specifically carries vintage fashion is Rosegal.com

"RoseGal was started by a group of friends who all share a deep and abiding passion for stunning clothing and fashion. As a leading global online shopping destination, they provide a wide range of high quality clothing styles at factory direct prices along with a dedicated professional service to customers all over the world." 

So now I bring to you my Betty Draper Inspired Wishlist.

1) Floral print was extremely popular during the 60s. In the show, B is seen wearing floral dresses whether in formal parties, or a nice summer picnic with her family.

Friday, August 08, 2014

iWhile Purifying Essence Product Review

It feels like forever since I blogged about a product that I really really like. 
I mentioned a few months back that I received this package from iWhite Korea. There were plenty of good stuff in that box, but the one that I was most excited about was the Purifying Essence.

iWhile Purifying Essence

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Travel Log: Kawasan Falls, Cebu

As I am writing this, the sky is so gloomy outside, it looks like it just watched a really sad soap opera. I'm pretty sure it's going to rain this afternoon too.

There's just nothing that makes me miss summer more than a cold weather and heavy rain. And I think I had the longest ever string of get-aways for this year's summer. One of the firsts was during March, when my sister and I decided to explore parts of Cebu that we haven't explored yet. It was actually a three-day trip. Our first day was spent within the city and I may, or may not blog about as it's all city-ish stuff. The second day was a visit to Cebu's most popular falls, Kawasan Falls at Barangay Matutinao, Badian.

At this point, I should probably go on with the how-to-get-here details and lay down the facts. I will. In a moment. Gotta show you pictures first, boring stuff later.

Kawasan falls is comprised of three falls. Before reaching the first one, we had to take a 15-20 minute hike. This I don't mind as we had to follow this river here. The river itself is a beautiful sight already.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Funshoot: Punky Fei

I can't believe how late this post is. These shots were taken only a few minutes after this set

One of the main purposes of this shoot is to illustrate how much make-up and post-processing can change the mood of  photographs. Not that its a big secret or anything, but I think it's a nice piece to have in this blog.

So for reference, in case you don't feel like clicking the link above, here's how the previous set looked like:

all light and happy

Then after a make-over, a change of clothes and camera settings, here's the dark chic set. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Quick Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Adore

I'm probably the last person in the blogosphere to make a review for this product because I have a feeling Revlon is going to phase this out soon. 

And how do I know that?

Because Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is currently on 50% off sale until the 30th of June.

And that's also why I got this one just recently even if I already crossed it out of my to-buy list 2 years ago.

After all, I do need a nice daytime red lipstick and a new lip balm. 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Adore

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beyond Enchanted

I don't mean to bash or anything. But I think the Enchanted River is the most overrated and over-hyped summer destination this year. And the crowd really kills part of the whole enchanted-ness thing. I do understand why people can't help but flock to the place though. It's quite photogenic and social media did its magic.

I did the hyping thing last year too, wrote all about it in this post. And hurrah, not, we went back again this summer...but even the hinatuan crabs that I love so much were in short supply.  

But like I said, I'm not here to bash. Because actually there's a little bit of something more beyond the enchanted river that is actually worth checking out.

About the time I took this photo, there's a already a huge number of people along the shores of the famous river, yet you can hardly see anyone on this path... It's like the sad road that's less traveled by. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Begin Again with iWhite Korea

I am shamelessly borrowing a phrase from one of Taylor Swift's song again the same way I am shamelessly writing this post without offering an explanation about my months of hiatus.

What can I say. C'est la vie.

So this package came a few days ago and I was so so excited what it was as I haven't been receiving any packages lately.

Turns out, it was sent by iWhite Korea!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Revlon Photoready in Natural Beige Review

Finally, a product that was able to inspire me to make a review again. That hiatus got me all rusty. 

So what's so special about Revlon Photoready in Natural Beige?

I'll cut to the chase and go straight to what I absolutely loved about it: 
it's the perfect match to my present complexion!

Like I can pile this on my face without having to cover my neck and it wouldn't look like I'm wearing a mask.

And that is surprising as this foundation only has 8 shades.

There's a catch though. I'm kinda tanned now. I've been to the beach one time too many last December.

That said, there are still other things that I've come to love about this foundation. 

Here are a few.

Revlon Photoready in Natural Beige comes in a sturdy pump container. It's large enough so I won't easily lose it. It's small enough to fit in my bag in case I want to carry it around. The pump dispenses the product well. One pump is enough to cover my whole face. The cap isn't loose. But it's plastic so it might break if I keep on dropping it.
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