First Anniversary of Working with Wattpad

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Today marks my first anniversary of working with Wattpad.

A year had passed, but I could confidently say that my current workplace had given me so much room to learn. Never had I been jam-packed with meetings but would still get thrilled thinking about the possibility of having more, probably because these were people who had the same struggles I had before (and is still having) as a creator. Aside from this, I was taught methods of gathering and organizing data, and I would always be amazed how my colleagues could present tons of information in a visual that was readily understood.

As a freelancer and a project-based worker, I would rarely get attach to the work I do. All that mattered to me was to give a hundred percent to every little detail I would make. But with my current work, I would often forget that it was temporary. Now the phrase “make the most out of it” had become equally depressing and gratifying—depressing because I know this has an end and gratifying because, so far, I know I am in my happiest state and I am beyond thankful for the opportunity and experience.

Testing My Camera Lens + Yago’s Birthday

Bought this a month ago, and pinag-ipunan ko ‘to for a year. Sabay ko inipon ang pagtapos ng dream decor ko for my room and this lens, but this one took a while. I’m happy with my purchase kasi I am able to take pictures with bokeh effortlessly. Gusto ko rin magkaroon ng sariling branding ng filter (like a peach filter, low contrast with pastel vibes) pero it varies talaga per picture kasi iba-iba ang pasok ng ilaw.

Anyway, siyempre ang unang subject ay ako hehe. This was taken last August at McKinley Hill. Balak ko pa nga sanang mag-hire ng models pero grabe, ang mahal pala? Gusto ko pa naman ‘yung gagawan ko pa ng artistic kemeloo, like ako gagawa ng mismong set. Pero nang nalaman kong ang mahal (the place and the model itself), sabi ko next time na lang hoho. May dream kasi akong set. May bagong pag-iipunan, at least. I don’t settle with mediocre chz, pero I mean, if I will hire a model, I will make sure that the model will have a good time din. Malay natin, puwede ko rin maging raket in the future ang photography.

So ngayon, test-test na lang muna.

I love the bokeh effect. Mas madali. Nakakaadik mag-upgrade ng camera gear, pero ang mahal kasi. ‘Yung first Pentax camera ko, two years ko inipon because I was starting to work pa lang that time. I had to sell it so and then added more money to buy Fujifilm XT-100. And since I bought a lens already, ‘yung same na lang ang puwede kong bilhin. I am aiming for XT-30, pero baka in the next three years ko pa kaya.

Ang problema lang with this lens, need ng distance. I was trying to do a photoshoot inside my room pero imposible haha. Itong shots ng bb ko kinuha ko sa kuwarto ko, and see how near his face is.

But I guess okay lang sa kanya because he’s cute AF. E, mustahin n’yo naman kapag ako? Baka may makapasok sa pores ko kapag nangyari hahaha.

So I guess hindi ko ito puwede dalhin sa mga cafes kapag nagpi-picture ako mag-isa. Basic lang ang dadalhin ko pa rin.

Hay. Tinitingnan ko pa lang pictures ng aso ko napapa-uwu na ako. Also, sharing lang na pinakain ko si Yago ng spam noong birthday niya. Shuta, ang mahal na pala ng spam ngayon what the fuck? Like namamahalan na ako dati, mas mahal pa ngayon.

Looking forward to more memories with this lens.

June Pasyal with Friends since Elementary School

I know it’s already October, but there were just so many things to prioritize that I almost forgot I had a blog—or basically a platform where I keep my pictures.

Anyway, I’ve been friends with Nini and Mic since 2005. We were classmates when we were Grade 5, and although I transferred to a science high school, our friendship stayed intact. Now years after, one of us is going (it’s went now, actually) abroad, hoping to leave this country permanently. I am happy for her, especially with the state of this country. But before she left us, we had planned our Manila getaway.

Our first destination was Manila Ocean Park. I’m not sure if there were new attractions, but it looked the same the last time I went.

Then we proceeded to Sofitel Manila to check in and rest for a while before jumping to our next adventure—The Dessert Museum. I had been to this museum a lot of times, but I suggested this because I knew my granddaughter would enjoy the experience.

The next day, we went to Dreamplay. I was awed with the aesthetics of the place. Since I only had a sighting ticket, I couldn’t play and go inside some rooms, which was fine since most of the activities were for kids. I definitely want to go back here for more pictures hehe.

We didn’t do much during our last day. We just enjoyed the last few hours swimming in the hotel’s pool, watched a movie and ate at Ichiba in Newport Mall, and strolled around BGC.

Here is my vlog on Youtube, which is basically just a collage of video clips I took. (Now I’m hungry because I saw our food pics at Ichiban. Huhu.)