Laguna

It’s become a tradition for me to head over to Los Baños every October for Angela’s birthday. Last year was the first time that my high school friends (minus Louise, Mae Ann and Pauline) reunited for the said trip. We planned months ahead and on Angela’s birthday weekend, piled into Anna’s van and traveled to Laguna.

We only stayed over night but we’re definitely thinking of going back in the future. The farm of Tita Kim was so picturesque, it was hard to put down the Zenit. This photo set doesn’t include alot of events but it captures exactly how the weekend went: a quiet and much needed getaway from busy Manila.

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People watching at NAIA 2

I love people watching. A few years back, I used to do this thing where I make commentary on whatever I see at the airport and make snarky posts about it on Twitter. That was when the system of NAIA was extra shitty (but as if that’s gotten any better today) and there wasn’t much to do except post tweets on my airport adventures.

Lately, I don’t do that anymore because I decided that I should be a respectable adult (lol) that does adult things like read a book or take a nap while waiting for my flight. 2015 was not a travel-themed year and so I only left Manila twice (new world record). The first of the two being when I had to go home for my great grandmother’s 100th birthday celebration (mid-July 2015).

I call this “Adult things to do at NAIA 2”

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4TH OF JULY

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Happy 4th of July!

And since today (or since I’m in Manila, yesterday) calls for a celebration, I felt that it was the right time to post my fireworks photos! Taken with my trusty Zenit 122 of course (FILM FOREVER!).

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And since this was taken using film, I had very low expectations for how this particular roll would come out. I was experimenting with smoke, fireworks and night photography; all of which I was basically a noob in. But lucky for me, it paid to be adventurous. With fireworks, it’s all about timing.
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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.

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Zenit 122 At Home

Taking a break from Grad show preparations (2 weeks left!!) and decided to start this morning easy with a new blog post. Last January, I met up with Laurence of thecdsource and bought their second hand Zenit 122. Because I am sooo smart (sarcasm) I decided to delve in to the wonderful world of Soviet cameras without any prior knowledge (but I did some light research on the topic). There were a few differences from my Canon FTB but it’s still an SLR so it wasn’t too foreign. After much research and two test rolls (this photo set being the second), I learned that the Zenit is a mighty, sturdy camera (I actually dropped it on the sidewalk huhuhu) that takes great macro pictures and is known for it’s fantastic bokeh effect. One of my projects in the future is to shoot a whole roll of macro shots with this baby.

For now please enjoy these photo series of my pets at home 🙂

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