Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
For my twenty-third birthday, I wasn't planning anything extravagant. I was feeling under the weather due to my allergies and even wanted to spend the whole day playing the video game Mark gave me as a present. Doing that was enough for me. However, my friends surprised me by visiting hours before my birthday. They gave me four M&Ms, a cake, and an apple-green balloon. They sang me the birthday song at exactly 12:00 a.m. of the twelfth of December. I was really, really happy. I kept smiling, and I thank God for blessing me with such friends. Later that day, I initiated the original plan of spending the whole day playing (I had been looking for this game since forever, and Mark ended my search). I finished Heavy Rain in less than twenty-four hours (a usual bad habit), and Mark scolded me for it. Mom bought me a beautiful fondant cake, and it was so pretty. I didn't expect Mom to even buy me one. That day was stupendous, and I wished it lasted a little longer. Thanks to all who greeted me on my birthday and for making it unforgettable. God bless you all. xoxo
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The past few weeks have been extremely depressing and draining. Mark and I lost someone very, very dear to us. We were there when he was diagnosed with his illness and were there when his illness cut his life short. There were tears shed, and sometimes, I would wish that everything that has happened until now was just a dream—that one day, when I would open my eyes, he'd be there, smiling.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
New job, new glasses, new surroundings, new friends, new experiences, new everything! Whew! Time for a breather! I wasn't expecting them to come all at once! Don't get me wrong, but I'm hyped! I had the first-day work jitters and I wasn't so sure what to do. I was introduced to everyone in a conference room so it was such an impromptu. The typical " Hello everyone. I'm Maureen." made me feel like a little girl on her first day of school. Except in this case, I don't get a "Hi Maureen" in slow motion, but a mature and fast "Welcome" instead.
Monday, September 7, 2015
I love dressing up as much as possible. There is no end to it. Fashion is art. As a kid, my mom raised me as those " comfortable" types. You know, growing up with shirts, shorts, sandals, and so on. Should I be dressed, depends on the occasion. But hey, I definitely am not complaining. I love my style. It's unique and we each have our own.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
There was nothing different on Day 2 except that it was jam-packed with people! It was double the excitement, double the fun! We saw a countless number of familiar faces and the like. It was an event you would never forget. Some women ( Filipinos and Japanese alike) wore yukatas and men would wear hakamas. There were stalls here and there. It took the word "festival" to a whole new fun level.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Initially planned, my friends and I wanted to spend our Friday ( August 7, 2015) lazing off and thinking what to have for dinner in my house. Apparently, due to some unexpected circumstance, we decided to check Bon Odori Day 1 out. Bon Odori, meaning simply " Bon dance" is an event held during Bon Festival, the Japanese Buddhist holiday to honor the departed spirits of one's ancestors. It was held in D' Family Park in Talamban, Cebu and its purpose was to deepen the friendship between Japan and Philippines through cultural exchange. The entrance fee was only PHP10 for the two-day festivities ( August 7 & 8).
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Zeon, my guinea pig, is taking over my Instagram account ( or maybe even worse, he's slowly taking over the world). Yikes! This sinister cavy of mine has planned every move of world abomination ever since. Zeon is a pure Peruvian guinea pig who likes cucumber and chayote. The way he popcorns is beyond adorable. He's like a walking wig or floor mop. My friends, at first, mistook him as a Shih Tzu puppy. There will never come a day that he wouldn't be able to make me smile. The way he chortles and purrs is heaven to my ears. Beyond his big physique lies a big coward. He loves hiding, short naps and munchies. And the way he holds you for comfort and assurance... Oh, don't let me get started on that.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
I honestly didn't know what to give this post as a title. We opt for a geisha-themed shoot but we were short of props and not to mention, no kimono in sight. The shoot was done at my house's living room. I was surprised to see my living room turned into a beautiful studio, well, all thanks to my co-photographer's studio light. It was my first studio/house (watchamacallit) shoot, and well, it had me thinking to have one of my own. Maybe someday.
Friday, July 17, 2015
This is a late post. To be more exact, a month late. I wasn't busy or anything like that but just didn't have the time to edit the photos and blog about it. I don't know why but it must be the heat or the rain or both. Haha. Enough about my senseless reasoning. I had fun taking photos of Aura, a woman who was both physically and emotionally beautiful. She was confident, to say the least and oh-so-adventurous. She can climb mountains fast and cross bamboo bridges without breaking a sweat. Her silly jokes crack you up and the way she handles everything, it's admirable. Although we had been together for like a day and a night, it was enough to know what she's like, towards her family, her friends and her loved ones.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Everything was beautiful. You name it. The sky, the landscape, the air, the people. Everything. At first, I had second thoughts on going. I was dead tired from all the traveling. But a friend managed to convince me and told me this, " You aren't a Cebuano if you haven't visited that place." And that one line just hit me then and there. So I have to woman up for Kawasan Falls.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
A day well spent in the waters, the air, the sand, the people, practically everything you could ever hope for... Man, the whole experience, I can still feel it. The crystal waters, the white sand, the summer sun. The view was breath-taking and even the word beautiful is just an understatement. It was so tranquil and peaceful, that it would be a shame to leave the place. Oh, a day well spent indeed. Even if I come up with a thousand words to describe the place, they wouldn't be enough. You'd be surprised when you hear yourself repeating the word "very" to every adjective you could think of ( believe me, been there). I'll let the pictures do the talking instead and you decide. Can you imagine waking up to this scene? It would be a dream come true. ♥
Monday, May 25, 2015
One of the many perks why I love my hobby is that it is, itself, an adventure! On one summer day, Dane, Camille and I set off to visit an abandoned golf park. When we got there, instead of expansion of greenery, we were welcomed by fields of brown instead. We weren't surprised at the sight of that. It IS summer. Photography has given me so much freedom since I first laid my hands on a DSLR. It keeps my creativity pumping and so so alive.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Now I bet you all have tasted how sweet and heavenly Munchkins are. And I must admit, back when I was still in my second year of college, I didn't know how to make one until Mary taught me how ( now that I was in my 20s and working at that. How embarrassing.) At first, I thought it was some sort of complicated magical thing. I always have wondered what that gooey and tasty filling was and how they managed to place it inside a ball of chocolate. And little did I know, that this bite-size haven can be made as easy as counting 1,2,3.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Have you ever heard of " Banoffee"? Banoffee is "banana" and "tofee" ( made from boiled condensed milk) combined. There are lots of versions of it online that you definitely have to try.Some are pies, cakes, and many more.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Panda cookies and milk anyone? These are fresh from the oven and are ready to be munched by you guys. It's hard to discipline yourself ( say goodbye to your diet illOTL) when Nibbles is just a message away. These cute cookies are up for ordering! They are very tedious to make so my friend, Miles, can only handle 5 orders a week. I repeat, 5 orders a week! So reserve your slot now while you're at it! 100 php for a bag of 5. As you can see from the first photo below, it comes with a cute packaging.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
I haven't seen sisters this close before. I have a brother, so I really don't know how it feels like to have a sister. But I know it's great. Just from seeing these two, it's clear that having a sister rocks. Borrowing makeup? Answered. Clothes? Check. Some personal love advice? Covered. Everything, from here on out, as a female, we all need that kind of sister. Be it blood-related or not, being or having a sister is one of the best occupations in the world.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Every summer. Just every summer. For three consecutive summers, I always end up breathing for my life. I am asthmatic ( which I totally hate) and somehow one of the external factors that would trigger an asthma attack is extreme temperature. Exposure to cold air or hot humid air can lead to an asthma attack. And since it IS summer, I got confined in the hospital. Again! ( For another post regarding my summer and asthma complaints, read here. )
Saturday, March 14, 2015
As you all guys know, cupcakes are the new black. You have probably noticed cupcakeries here and there, and who can blame them? They're living up the name. Cupcakes are the best. Let me take this time to tell my readers how I super duper love cupcakes. Like how I love Kim's sister's cupcakes. But I have to be honest though. I'm quite picky when it comes to pastries. If I find something good, expect me ordering for more.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
It goes beyond how happy I am to have met Mark in my life. He has been with me through ups and downs, and it goes to show that love really is a mysterious feeling. I am not going to get into the details but I just want to thank this man from the bottom of my heart.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
And again, the wonders of this place, La Vie Parisienne, never ceases to amaze me. My first visit to this place was when I had a shoot with one of my friends. That time, it was one bright sunny afternoon so I didn't get to watch the flowers glow because I had some errands to do. I promised to myself that I would live to see the glowing flowers another day. And the double date happened which made me feel like an accomplished little girl spoiled by genie, himself.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
My first shoot ( and cos shoot, ever) of the year! You know how I'm a fan of anime and its vast world, and a few weeks back, I was given the opportunity to shoot one of my favorite badass characters: Mikasa Ackerman from Shingeki No Kyojin.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Well, how time flies, that's for sure. Today's post would be about my 2015 list of things-to-do. I remember the first time I started making wishlists was still way back in 2013. And now I am on my third listing! I feel old now. Two years have passed so quickly. No wonder they'd say " Life is short." That saying is kind of sinking into me now.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Earlier last year, I had made a wishlist for me to do in 2014. So here's what I have done and what I haven't done.
The things that are crossed out - DONE
The things that aren't crossed out - NOT DONE
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Oh how a year flies. I still remember the first of January 2014 like it was just yesterday. The moment I decided to make a wishlist for me to do ( I have to put a rain check on that one, though) has driven me throughout the year with focus and determination. To try out new things, to party it up 'till the break of dawn, to listen to a friend, to cry, anything. It was a year full of adventure and experience, that I have to admit. Meeting new people, travelling to new places, promotion and the like were my highlights this year. The year 2014 has gone so fast and it was great. It was definitely great. I'm sure we are all on the same page, reflecting back on the year and thinking back about the days that were memorable and life-changing. These were all planned by Him. So think of it as a lesson learned or as an opportunity granted, and keep this in mind; good and greater things will come your way this 2015. So from me to all of you, have a Happy Sheepy New Year!