Oct 11, 2017

Quick Escape in Balamban

This past Saturday, I went to Balamban Cebu with my college friends to have a quick escape from the bustling city of Cebu that I see everyday. The commute was quite easy; you just ride one of those V-hires bound for Balamban in Ayala Center Cebu terminal. The fare is a bit costly (P120 for an hour ride) but I understood why since the zigzag road to the town is not easy to drive. We planned to visit four spots in the area which are a walk away from each other; Florentino's Little Tagaytay of Cebu, Island in the Sky, Adventure Café, and Buwakan ni Alejandra.

We first dropped by Florentino's. The views here are definitely breathtaking. You can see the beautiful green mountains and afar is the blue sparkling sea. Here are some photos in Florentino's:




Next stop was Island in the Sky where we walked by a hanging bridge and rode the best cable car ever. 😂

Here are some photos:



Then we had our lunch in Adventure Café. Some of my friends did the zipline here. I didn't do the zipline since I've done it here years ago.


Last stop was Buwakan ni Alejandra (translates as Flower Garden of Alejandra) where I had fun taking photos of different flowers and made me forgot to take videos urgh.

Anyway, here are some of my photos in the flower garden:



Testing my bokeh skills with my DSLR <3

This was such a great day. The weather was perfect, no rain and not too hot. I recommend visiting Balamban as an alternative of escaping from city life even for just the day. Until my next random adventure! :)

Sep 26, 2017

Last Song

Recently, I did some catching up with ryo (supercell) -sama's songs. I just randomly decided to watch Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime last week and I did hear that EGOIST was doing the opening song however I never attempted to listen to the full song last year. It was while watching the anime I realized the song was awesome. Why didn't I check this sooner? Gosh, I was too late to buy the first press limited edition of the single. Luckily, there are some limited editions left in Amazon Japan although I won't be able to have the complete limited set. I also tracked back on the other supercell/EGOIST/Tia singles that I missed for the past three years and one song really caught my attention. The title was "Last Song". It is an additional song for the single "Great Distance" with vocals by Chelly. When I heard the first line of the song, "I remember you", I immediately checked on the lyrics and found out it was sort of a sad song. The lyrics somehow convey part of my feelings from the past. Why do you do this to me ryo-sama?? ðŸ˜­

Anyway, I'd like to share to you the emotional song. I created a lyric video with Japanese/Romaji lyrics with English translations. Note that my lyric video is blocked in countries Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, United States due to copyright claims. Teehee 🙊


Indeed, I am reminded of the bittersweet feelings of the past and somehow I am also reminded of how much of a fan I am of ryo-sama's compositions. So I guess I'm back on my hobby of collecting ryo-sama's singles. Thank you ryo-sama for the wonderful songs you always make. :)

Sep 4, 2017

Taiwan Travel Video

I have finally created my own Taiwan travel video! It took me a while to find the song I was going to use the reason I was late with my travel video. One day, the image of F4, one of the biggest Taiwanese boybands ever, came to my mind and realized they have a couple of upbeat songs I can use for my Taiwan travel video. Then I decided to use F4's Mandarin version of Can't Help Falling in Love which was an OST for Lilo and Stitch movie as it was the most fitting. As soon as I found a copy of the song, I finished the travel video for less than two days!

So here's my travel video featuring Taiwan. Excuse my face and my editing skills. 😅


Aug 22, 2017

Japan Travel 2016 Video

Today, I am sharing a travel video with clips taken during my short vacation in Japan last year. I was actually done with my travel video months ago but I wanted to publish it on my sister's birthday because well, she was with me the entire trip and she can be seen like 90% of the video. 😃

I chose Owl City's Tokyo song featuring Sekai no Owari for obvious reasons lol. Anyway here it is:

Aug 5, 2017

Chester

It's been two weeks since Linkin Park's lead vocals, Chester Bennington, died of suicide. I just want to share what I posted the day I heard the news.

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I am not okay today. I just want to share some thoughts. I've been a Linkin Park fan since Hybrid Theory. I bought all their studio CD albums. I was looking for stores to buy their latest one. I cannot count how many times I have listened to their songs on my playlist. I even went all the way to Manila last 2013 and bought the most expensive ticket to see them. Their changes in music writing have been received negatively by others but I didn't care. I was still a fan. I embraced and appreciated the changes. I'd say Linkin Park is my only beloved rock band and I hold them dear in my heart since high school. I want people around me to understand how heartbreaking the news is to me. The thought of never hearing new songs from them and not being able to see a concert of them scares me.
RIP Chester. I hope the rest of the band members, their families and friends, and the fans (including me) will stay strong.

One final note: If you feel someone is suicidal, no matter how subtle the signs are, never ignore and seek help.

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Photo taken by me during Living Things World Tour in Manila last August 13, 2013.
I am heartbroken. Thank you Chester for sharing your talent to the world. You will be missed.

Jul 8, 2017

Sweet Lolita In Wonderland Photoshoot

My photographer friend Wena invited me to do a photoshoot again. I realized it's been a while since I had a photoshoot with her and that I had this hobby of modelling for her. We came up with an Alice in Wonderland-inspired concept with me wearing one my sweet lolita costumes. The venue was a subdivision where my other close friend Daisy lives. Daisy was more than generous enough to help set up the props and accommodate us during the day.

With all our sweat and efforts, these awesome photos were taken:

Props and Location by Daisy
Photos by Wena
HMU and Costume by me









This was such a fun day. The weather was kind of weird that day (raining a little and too humid) but we made it through the photoshoot session. Thanks to my ever talented and supportive college friends, Wena and Daisy for this another opportunity to model for them and for the enjoyable day.

Jun 11, 2017

Sumilon Island Escapade

As a traveler, I never get tired of visiting beaches. June is supposedly the start of rainy season in the Philippines but apparently, summer is almost endless when you live in a tropical country. I got invited by my coworkers to visit one of Cebu's famous island destination, Sumilon island, located in the municipality of Oslob.

There are several activities you can do in the island. I did trekking, swimming in the infinity pool, and kayaking. You can also do snorkeling but I passed on it because it was too hot and the waves were really strong.

Here are some photos I took during the trip:

Photo with the gang before the boat ride to the island.

Trekking!

A watch tower in the island.

Enjoying one of the small pools.

In the infinity pool.

Kayaking


I enjoyed this short weekend trip with coworkers. I wished we stayed for one night. Well, maybe next time. Until my next island/beach trip! ;)