Month: November 2015

Natural Charmer

    “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn   More than someone’s beauty, I am more attracted to their attitude and personality. This collaboration with Chinee started with an Instagram post, I just noticed that this cute & charming girl kept liking my posts and from then I got curious and of course, the obvious next step is to stalk her. Apparently, we went to the same college and graduated in the same batch, I’ve had vague memories of her but never really got the chance to be friends with her or say hi when we were in college. After some months of just lurking at her profile and admiring how positive her attitude and vibe is, I approached her and asked if she would be up for a photoshoot and she said ‘yes!’. So, one Saturday afternoon, we met and as soon as I saw her, I was …

& Until the Dreams Come Launch Night

& Until The Dreams Come The show aims to exhibit all watercolor paintings that were inspired by the book & Until The Dreams Come, along with photographs of the details with excerpts from the book illustrating that while you can view any story as a whole, the real story is when you experience it magnified and up close. Danabelle Gutierrez & Until The Dreams Come is a book that whispers and roars. It is on fire and it is drowning. There is no gentle here. It means nothing, until it means something, and suddenly it’s everything. This is a book that has loved and has survived to tell the tale. Kris Kang The watercolour paintings were inspired by the book & Until The Dreams Come. They illustrate the journey of a person in a relationship using the interaction of non-human objects to the human body with its movements and characteristics defining and detailing the emotions depicted in the poems.

I (obviously) Did Not Wake Up Like This

Let’s admit it, behind all those social media perfect photos is a lot of effort. Just this morning, I tried to do a photo shoot for this blog post and it took me 2-3 hours! I had to curl my hair which took me 20-30 minutes, do my make up which is about 45 minutes then set up my camera and lighting for 15 minutes and another 45 minutes to take photos and get the shots that I like. It doesn’t stop there, I also had to import and choose from over a hundred of photos, tweak it a little bit (*only Levels, Curves & Brightness/Contrast are manipulated) on Photoshop and then write this blog. When I say a lot of effort I mean you must have the right tools (camera, lighting, make up, brushes, props), the skills (make up skills should be on point, and you should know how to contort your body to get the perfect angle & at the same time take your photo and you should be able to come up with …

Comfortable In My Own Skin

It’s the first time that I get photographed by someone else apart from my trustee camera, tripod and remote. It was a long process until I finally appeased my self to say this but, I am comfortable in my own skin. I am not a size 0 nor I have a face that could heal cancer or leprosy but guess what…I am happy and what’s more important than that? I         I’m sorry but I am not sorry for this little post about self love and appreciation. 

Beyoncé & Jay-z Under the Sea 25th Birthday Celebration

I just turned 25 last month and what’s a better way to welcome adulthood but to throw a themed party. Well actually, it was my beau and my closest friend here in the land of the sand who organized and made this party come to life. October wasn’t an easy month for me, but with a little help from my friends and support from my beau I got through the month strong and steady. I guess that’s what birthdays are for, to remind you of reasons why you’re still here on earth occupying space and breathing every moment of what life has in store for you.  3 valuable lessons I’ve learned as I turned 25  It doesn’t get easier, you get tougher. Sometimes, you get tough unconsciously but most of the times it is an everyday choice. You have to hold on to the reasons why you are fighting, why you’re still standing. Things could shatter in front of you in a split second, always have a clear picture of your whys, your reasons, your …

Discovering Sri Lanka

If you are working in the UAE, there are inevitable times when you have to exit the country for a a (visa) status change and other complications regarding visa. These are one of the moments when it applies to me and instead of the going to the usual “Exit Countries” for Filipinos, I went on a budget adventure to Sri Lanka for 5 days. If you are a Filipino passport holder you can enter 60+ countries without acquiring a visa beforehand and one of which is Sri Lanka though you have to acquire for an ETA prior to your departure, it costs around $10 and it’s very easy to get one- you just have to go to this website  and fill up all the necessary information and pay through credit or debit card. Apart from visiting Sri Lanka for the first time, it’s also my first time to book a hostel through AirBnb. I booked for a studio apartment for 5 days and it only costs AED 550. My air ticket is about AED800 and I brought …

Getting Familiar with Ireland

  After visiting Prague, we headed to Ireland to visit Aidan’s relatives. The trip is not just about sightseeing and visiting the tourist spots but it is getting to know Aidan’s roots. When we arrived, we headed straight to Swords to have a family dinner with her aunts from his mom’s side. Followed by a day of exploring in Dublin, we went to Trinity College to see The Book of Kells and just freely wandered around the city – ate Fish & Chips and drank Guinness. As the evening approached we made our way to the bus station on the way to Dundalk where his dad grew up and stayed there for the rest of the trip. We visited The Giant’s Lair with the whole family and went for a drive to Carlingford with Adam- one of Aidan’s best mates and now a part of their family since he married Aidan’s cousin, Michelle. We stayed with the couple the whole time we are in Dundalk. It’s just overwhelming and heart warming to see how close …

A Certain Kind of Awkwardness