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Friday, December 26, 2014

Test Photos for EPL 5

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August had been a busy month for me. From going to Manila for a week-long training to going back to Negros to celebrate my grandmother's 80th birthday- life had been hectic. I thought I would have more time after that month but then something came up and I needed to prepare for something. For months, I have neglected my blog- though there are posts that are still in my drafts.



Today, as I finally have the time to sleep and relax. I would like to share some practice shots that my cousin and I took in Negros. I have bought a new camera this year after months of thinking over what camera I would buy, I settled for the Olympus EPL 5.


One of the things I really wanted to do back then was to take pictures and write. I even joined our school's newspaper club but at that time cameras were expensive. I didn't have access to cameras so I guess that frustration carried over till today. I have bought 4 cameras since then. Ranging from the simplest point-and-shoot to a more advanced one (samsung ex1) to a micro 4/3s. For months, I've been deciding on the Olympus, Lumix, NEX, NX to a Nikon. Of course, if I had that much money then I would have bought the Nikon d5200 but since, I have limited money-choice was harder.





Two years ago, there was a surge in DSLR popularity. People I know and even friends on Facebook got pictures taken by a DSLR or have pictures holding a DSLR. A bit later, I saw these friends trying to sell their DSLRs at a cheaper price on facebook and most of these are just slightly used. This is one of the reasons why I opted not to buy one since as a newbie- I don't think it would be easier for me to learn what these DSLRs could do-and even appreciate them. Most of these friends who sold their DSLRs are women-it is indeed a burden to carry one around.


Nonetheless, I wanted to get more of what I was willing to pay and went to National Geographic's website. I have been lusting over their photography courses and I found out that they were requiring any DSLR or micro 4/3s-not that I can afford to join their courses but at least it gave me and idea that you can get good quality images out of micro 4/3s.








We went up on top of this hill,on a field a bit pass the cemetery in my mother's hometown Amlan. There, we were able to capture cloud scapes as well as a good view of the sea and the town below.






All pictures are untouched. I haven't had the time to try and experiment with the lastest photoshop version since I'm still running on a Windows Vista. My current laptop of 7 years is still working fine -I didn't see the reason to upgrade until recently.




We were chasing the sunset that day-the "Golden Hour" of  photography. The next day we went to Tanjay and took some pictures there. I made the mistake of using my telephoto lens hence we all appeared fatter than usual but nevertheless, the scenery was relaxing.














So far, I'm liking my Olympus Pen but I'm still struggling with taking night photos. It's so difficult for me to do some night photography as I don't have a better understanding of most technical photography terms. Hopefully, I'd be able to practice more.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Old Manila

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Outside San Agustin Church-Intramuros Manila.


I know it's been a long while since my last entry. I have a lot of drafts actually but eventually got a bit lazy. I'm preparing a long entry that I will be posting soon.  Nevertheless here's a short entry on my one-week stay in Manila. I had so much fun even if most of the time I spent it studying since its actually a trip sponsored by the company I'm working for.  I got to Manila 2 days earlier than the training date so that I can have time to sight-see. 


So happy to be ridin' Cebu Pacific's Airbus 330 again. The flight was smooth until we got to Manila. It was like riding through a washing machine. The clouds were so thick but it wasn't that bumpy compared to some scary flights I've ridden-kudos to the pilots-the landing was very smooth.


The first day, I spent it going round malls in Makati since it was raining all day. The next day, my sister and I went to Manila to hear mass. I took this opportunity to go back to Intramuros. I just love going back to that place as I'm the type of person who loves old buildings and places.





At the front of Manila Cathedral. The heavy rain just stopped and it was windy. I was tucking some strands of hair behind my ear when then shot was taken-it wasn't an intentional pose. LOL. I just loved my flower jacket from Cache Cache though I had to wait for it to go on sale. I also love my Promod shirt. I'm currently in love with most of their shirt-I guess it's one of the reason why I'm broke. The pants I wore are levis demi curve in metallic which I bought online from Amazon.








After hearing mass, my sister and I walked a bit around and decided to go see the museum at Casa de Manila. Cameras are not allowed inside the museum but its worth a visit. The furnishings inside give you a glimpse of how the illustrados  lived their lives.

The patio is really romantic. Sigh! Reminds me the Enrique Iglesias video Nunca Te Olvidare-my favorite.





After that we had lunch at this small cafe inside the compound. We tried out their buffalo-wings which tasted good and also the waiter who attended to us was very helpful and made us feel comfortable. After that we went back to Makati and met with my training-mates.  We decided to go to Greenhills and we took them to Shangrila's Rustans since they asked me where to buy perfumes. Then we went back to Makati and dined at this new mall near Tune Hotel where we were staying.


Dinner at Caliburger- the burger was awesome. We were able to enjoy the Makati  nightscape.
We had our training at Buendia Center-that building at the back of Pacific Star. For the entire week, Makati was gloomy and it often rained. It's a good thing also that the hotel is near our training center that we walk everyday. Years ago when I was still working in Makati, a meal would only cost me about PHP60 but now it costs a minimum of PHP90. My roomate and I would buy this hot cheese pandesal at this Petron convenience store facing Pacific Star for 5 pesos a piece and a cup of noodles from the grocery-our daily breakfast.


By Thursday,we were a bit restless since we just finished a slew of exams. We decided to go out and go karaoke. We went around Jupiter street and boy was the night scene so lively. This place is jampacked. There were a lot of foreigners. This actually the "red light" district of Makati. It was kinda fun people-watching.

We found this karaoke somewhere in Jupiter -Polaris street. It was a bit on the expensive side- PHP600 and hour but
since we needed some stress busting-we made the best out of our one hour trying to belt some
Celine Dion songs.
Did some window shopping at Cinderalla Makati, my training-mates where able to buy a lof of stuff since the store
was on sale-there were a lot of cute dresses. I feel bad for our only lone male training-mate as he had
to endure a lot of girly shopping.
On the last day of training, I took them to Greenbelt where we had some celebrity sightings and shopped for the usual "pasalubong".



Finally, my last day in Manila. Here's how our room looks like.  



                       I had so much fun on this trip. Hope to get back to Manila soon. All pictures
were taken by my Nokia Lumia 920 phone since I did not bring any camera with me. xoxoxo.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bits and Pieces of Summer 2014

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It's been a very long time since my last blog entry. Summer has come and gone but I still have yet to post my summer 2014 entry. Technically, these are pictures taken last month, June-not really counted as summer. Since April, I've been busy with stuff from work and I only had the time to go out and enjoy the sun last June except for the time when I went to my friend's wedding.


Ilihan Beach Resort
Jumpshot- from my research, they say that the olympus epl5 is not really the camera
for movement but I was very surprised when the jumpshots I took came out
nicely and crisp.

I love how secluded Ilihan beach is-we were the only people in there that day
despite the fact that it was a holiday. It is strongly advised to call and
make reservation before going there because the day after, when we dropped by with my family
no one was there. This place is ideal for those with budget.


My sister was home for the long independence day weekend and we decided to go to Secdea. Last time I went there was with my mother so my father and sister haven't been there yet. At first, we dropped by the Marina in Camudmud to enjoy the view. The previous day, we had our belated company summer outing at a nearby beach resort, Ilihan. We were able to get a glimpse of the yachts from the marina but we didn't get to go there. I asked my father if we could drop by and get some pictures.

Ocean View Marina


Then we went to Secdea. A lot of things have changed since the last time we went there. There are more guests and of course the beach is now available.

Secdea Beach Resort


Too bad it was low tide







There are many ways to go to Samal Island. Going to Ilihan, we went a bit further from Sasa Wharf. We stopped by this flyover/walkover and then went inside this small "eskinita"/ alley to boarda passenger pump boat. Since we went back a bit later, we rode the barge back to Davao City whichwill drop you off Sasa Wharf.


xoxo