I began 2013 with plenty of hope and optimism. Admittedly, I still tend to tread lightly, and am fearful that little things will set things off on the wrong path again. I still hold a little grudge, but I am trying my best to let it go. No sense in wishing for good things when there is something that’s holding it back.
I’ve been living in the province for nearly two months now, with a trip or two to Manila for a few days to see my friends. It’s somewhat more cost effective this way, and I don’t feel quite like a burden. I’ve been able to work a little better, but I’m hoping for some improvement. Who knows? Maybe before I hit my next birthday I’ll be back in Manila again.
One of the things I do when I’m here is go around and take photos. Most of the things I photograph are plants, a few insects that don’t make me go screaming, and my toys. I’ve still got a long way to go when it comes to improving my skills, but I’ve taken a lot of pictures of fascinating things… even if they’re not so very well composed or taken. Hey, I’m not saying I’m a photographer. I’m just a girl with a camera who has plenty of room for improvement. 🙂
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Maybe I should start taking photos with themes. Hmm.
My grandfather had a box of old photos in his cabinet, which we unearthed when we were painting his room. It was a mix of his family’s photos, my grandmother’s family’s photos, my dad’s childhood and high school photos. I even saw my godfathers’ graduation photos. Hilarious, but also very sentimental.
There was an album among the photos, just a small one that held a few photos inside. Opening it, my mom said it was my Lola’s older sister, Lola Aurora. She was rather young, and was wearing black. As we went through it, Mama said it was most likely ceremonies for Lola Aurora’s husband, Lolo Condring. He was Captain Condrado Yap, who fought in the Korean War and was killed in action during the Battle of the Yultong Bridge. Continue reading →
Summer was still in full swing when Ryan broached the idea of having a picnic-slash-toy shoot at UP Diliman. Unfortunately, our schedules were full that it wasn’t until last Sunday were we able to finally get together. It had rained the days before so we were worried that it might rain on that weekend. Thankfully, the sun was bright and shining, so our picnic plans pushed through.
Joiz, Ryan, Drew and I agreed to meet around 11:30 at Quezon Hall, Oblation. Unfortunately, we all had a mishap or two so we all met up around 1 PM. Joiz brought sandwiches, Ryan had brownies, I got Ilocos Empanada and Drew took care of the drinks. We made our way from Quezon Hall up to the Sunken Garden. Despite the shade of the trees, it was still warm. Later, I learned that June 4 was recorded to be the second hottest day in Manila this 2011. No wonder we were sweating.
So the afternoon was spent eating, drinking (softdrinks and water lang hehe), talking and taking pictures of our toys. Yes, that was a must. We watched a friendly soccer game between folks of two different nationalities, and pretty much just lazed the day away. When the day was ending, we went back to Quezon Hall to take pictures of Oblation, then headed to SM North to cool off.
Last hurrah before the rainy season hits, and how wonderfully timed it was.
You’ve heard stories of how people randomly find something someone lost, and how this becomes the start of adventures and all sorts of events that can be life-changing. Or not.
Todd Bieber (hopefully no relation to Justin) had one such adventure. During the blizzard last December, he took his skies to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. There, he found a roll of film.
He developed it, and decided to search for the owner of the film. He posted the pictures online and hoped that someone can tell him who they were. More than 800 messages poured in, but he finally found the one who owned it.
Here is Todd’s story.
His adventure was wonderful. His trek across Europe is enviable and admirable. Goes to show that there are still plenty of good people in this world, and it is possible to connect with them all.