Kamameshi House

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I first heard about Kamameshi House from Val a couple of years back. He and his parents used to travel all the way to Manila from Quezon City just to eat there. It’s funny because I have lived in Taft for 6 years and I’ve never eaten there ’til recently. Good thing my trusty sidekick is always ready to try new restaurants even without consulting Google or Looloo for ratings.

It was a lot better than I expected. Since it was situated along Zobel Roxas, I didn’t think much of it except that it had that typical Japanese restaurant look for its exterior. Inside was a whole different story! The place could easily be mistaken for one of those fancy shmancy ones in Little Tokyo and the food was two thumbs up.

Ralf asked me if he could smoke after we ate and since I brought my Zenit (loaded with ISO 400 film!), I decided to take some photos of the place and of him smoking.

000015000013 000016 000017 000018000014So far, I’m really satisfied with my Zenit 122. Even if it feels like a million pounds in my hand bag, it definitely yields amazing results. I know I still have to practice with my night photography but hey, neon lights always makes everything so much more interesting.

StyleBible.ph feature

This is a late post (because I forgot to post it when it first came out) but I was contacted early April for a feature in StyleBible.ph! I was really happy to do this especially since I got featured with my friends Sylvia, Bengt, and Mark. The feature was of Kiana Valenciano wearing selected SoFA graduates’ pieces. They actually switched up my first two looks but it turned out pretty okay. The photographs were done by Koji Arboleda (my dream photographer huhu) so this feature is extra special.

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Kiana from DecadeBros on Vimeo.

You can read the feature here.

LookBook coming soon!

Really excited to share that there will be a Lookbook for my Graduation Collection! 🙂 When Erwin and Julls first approached me to collaborate for a shoot, I immediately said yes! It took a while (around 3 months to be exact haha) before we finally got to shoot but last week, we finally got together (along with the beautiful Sofia and Slo the make up artist) and made it into a reality! The photos are currently going under post-processing c/o Erwin but they’ll be up soon soon soon!

For now, here’s a sneak peek that I posted on my Instagram account:

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I feel so blessed to have been able to work with such creative and talented individuals. It’s exciting to be a part of this growing community of young artists in Manila. Hoping for more opportunities like this in the future.

First Time Baker

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetI genuinely thought that I didn’t have it in me (lol). It’s definitely not the best since it’s my first time but I’m just thankful that they aren’t rock-hard.

On a side note, I noticed that I take a lot of close up photos. I’m trying to break away from this but I haven’t been out shooting for a while so there’s nothing new to post. 😦 I have a ton of rolls that are just waiting to get developed. I hope I get around to it within the week! Fingers crossed.

Manila Bulletin Feature

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Repost from SoFA Design Institute

When Timmy tweeted me a link this afternoon, her message was screaming “!!!!!! You are featured here!!!!!!!!”. Upon opening the link, it was Manila Bulletin’s feature of the Grad Show and The Origin of Love was part of their top picks! I’m ecstatic that someone from the press felt that way about the collection despite the wardrobe malfunction during the Press Show haha. Also, I’m very happy to see that amongst all my designs, they chose to blow up my blue jumpsuit look worn by Martin Tuanquin. Till this day, I thank my lucky stars that Martin came in for the Go See because we posted that we were looking for Androgynous models (we being me).

I’m happy to be ending this day with a happy note. Recto adventure, Cooking, Yoga and this ❤

A Study on Mouths and Noses

Now that I have more free time on my hands, I decided that over the Holy Week that I would paint; a tribute to my late teacher, Romeliz Valenciano. However, when I tried to sketch the facial features of one of my models as a warm up, I discovered that I needed alot more than a warm up.

The following day, I marched down to Fully Booked in Greenbelt 5 and bought myself a nice new black spiral notebook (100 gsm paper <3). Everyday since, I try to do one drawing per day so that I can prepare myself before I move up to doing watercolor again.

First page was dedicated to the features I hate doing: mouths and noses. It’s funny because these are features that really define a face yet I’m so poor at it. But you know what they say, practice makes perfect.

So here’s Page 1 of my new project. I’ll be posting more works soon. 🙂

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