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. 















Now that I think about it. They're not very different. I guess I still lacked the vision to come up with anything more arresting.

But this is one of the joys of photography. It's opens new avenues for creativity, and there's always room for growth. I still have to explore this craft a lot. Honestly, I want to do more landscape photography, but the gears for that are just too expensive and requires a lot of traveling -- so I guess that will be my dream hobby for now.

So I guess I'm jumping into the I-want-to-travel-the-world-someday bandwagon.

Speaking of, I know glam photography is pretty much the most mainstream type of photography these days and is generally frowned upon. I don't really care. I'm not really trying to stand out or be unique or revolutionary, or prove myself to anybody anyway. I'm just trying to have fun with a hobby that I genuinely enjoy doing. While I definitely want to grow and be more creative, and do more than take portrait shots, at least I already got my foot into the door.

Plus I think this kind of photography makes a lot of people happy too. People in general appreciates a nice photo of them. So it's win-win. 



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.

Packaging
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.

Monday, January 13, 2014

December Laag: Lake Agco, Mt. Apo Natural Park

On our way to Davao last Christmas, we decided to take a detour so we can quickly visit Lake Agco, which is located at Kidapawan.

I can't really give a lot of details on how to get there as we were mostly relying on GPS and asking questions. But you can check out these blogs for more details: pinoyadventurista, nanardxz, and lonelytravelogue

But don't leave just yet! I have pretty pictures to show.


Once we parked our car, we only had to trek our way through this path to get to the lake. As you can tell, the forest is lush and green. It was sunny in Kidapawan when we stopped for lunch there but here, it's cool and the air is fresh.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Tumblr Throwback

I'm so guilty. Once again, I neglected this blog. I haven't even at least visited it since end of November. When December came, there had been more people in the house than usual and family activities required my full attention. Ironically, I've been quite active in tumblr, just because it requires less effort to update my blog there. A lot of time I just post pictures, and most of the effort goes into capturing those pictures and post-processing them. 

Honestly, I don't know how to go back to blogging here. I completely lost interest in beauty blogging especially when I noticed I've been spending less ever since I stopped. Sadly, it must be just another phase that I've outgrown and I actually felt relieved when wasn't doing it that much anymore. That is probably why I felt more comfortable in tumblr lately. I can blog about everything, anything.

Just like other things that became a hype in my life, this one is not leaving me completely so if you still continue to read this blog, there will be a beauty post or two every now and then. But for now, I will be posting some of my favorites from my tumblog

Kids

These are my cousin's kids. They can't get any cuter than that.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Beach

Hey guys,

Yesterday we went to the beach. My family used to do this a lot even if there's no occasion. I guess we're just fortunate to have wonderful white-sand beaches an hour's drive away from where we live.

So I took a bunch of pictures yesterday and it was frustrating that I can't capture in picture the beauty of the sparkly waters. So I thought, ok, why not make a .gif file? I haven't done it before so I didn't think it will work. 
I took a bunch of photo sets but I like this one in particular. 
I was lucky enough that a boat passed by and I didn't even noticed it was there until I checked the photos.

There's probably an easier way to do it but for this image, I mounted my camera on a tripod and set my camera in full manual mode. I took 24 photos and compiled them in photoshop. 

Camera settings: f/3.5 ; 1/4000 sec ; ISO-100

 And without further ado, here it is: 
    


So, do you like it?

Fine, it's not that spectacular as some pictures you see online but you gotta admit, it makes you miss summer. ^_^

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Uncommon Kitty

I'm in a stage right now where I have a list of things that I want to buy inside my head. I don't necessarily look for them, but if I see them I instantly get them if I'm capable. It may be counter-intuitive, but it actually helps me budget and keeps me from hoarding. If I see something at the mall that I'm tempted to buy, if it's not on my list, it makes it easier to resist.

Some of the things that are on my list are:
Red Keds (Taylor Swift for Keds )
Sweater with a huge kitty at the front
The perfect basic grey shirt

Now you guys know how much I love cats. 
So I was happy when I got this metal case from UncommonGoods as I've always wanted one and I don't see this kind of accessory around. 

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