Looking up and inward

mnl-color-3mnl-color-2mnl-color-1Manila looks a whole lot different when you look up (and invest a few dollars in an analog emulation app’s premium version). VSCO has always been my go-to, and I’ve bought so many film packs already before they introduced the X membership (but I think $20 / year might be too much?). Then there’s also Afterlight, VHS Cam, Snapseed, SKWRT — and now Kuji, the Huji for Android, which is honestly not bad. Mildly obsessed with it, and I’ve infected Ranie as well… follow our fan account? Haha.

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I can’t sleep yet, on account of bad food decisions and maybe too much time today. This isn’t going to be very clear. Forgive me, future self.

Like the rest of the world, we finished off Stranger Things 2 last week, but I haven’t properly processed post-mortem perspectives about it until right now, on account of last Monday being a Monday: it came with that sort of numbing adrenaline rush you dive into headfirst, much like the cold shower you jump into just to get it over with – you’re not happy about it, but it’s happening anyway. Also, I had to finish the Beyond aftershow special as well, made all the more charming by Jim Rash – Netflix knows us so well, doesn’t it? And how well it is shaping us too – more on that later. I feel like I have much more to write about the peripherals of the entire experience – binge-watching culture, the context of adults finding escapism with a set of well-cast, perfectly-mannered talented white kids – than the actual content of the show itself. Continue reading “Ships”


The in-betweens. Baguio, September 7-8.

Looking back on Ghost Month


I have no public entries for August because there were no travels, no big weekends, no photogenic events. But there were a lot of early mornings, spent attacking blank unlined pages with a 0.3 black pen, writing over and over and over and over: “Stop being negative. Don’t be sad. Look on the bright side. Just grit your teeth and do it.” So I went ahead and did all that.

Continue reading “Looking back on Ghost Month”


Next Level Godzilla shirt, SM leather shorts, Kara Zapatos flats, Forever21 tan leather bag
The Godzilla shirt was a cool hand-me-down from an editor… decided to pair it with some weekend-appropriate details in matching hues. Worn for a “miracle” afternoon of coffee and shopping which happened even though we were on our last $$$… and we didn’t even spend a single centavo. More on that next time.
Still not quite back to my usual color after our beach weekend in Calaguas. This didn’t feel quite at home at my WordPress and Tumblr so I’m giving this old, self-serving blog a little dusting-off!

Reboot | Faux 2x Exposures

Random snaps of recent walks that really have no meaning. So some composition that makes even less of that.
In any case, I have to seriously get over myself and my dilemmas. And start thinking clearly and facing the morning and being more ADULT and what have you. Yup. Cause it’s clearly affecting everything. Need a new disposition.

Summer Auras

0503. Even with that unbuttoned-ness it was still too much too warm.

In Less Words

It’s been a can-barely-think blur since February started and I just got my 10 hours yesterday (of sleep). So, here are some whatsups. 🙂 The gist is I’m old and I do boring stuff related to work and being a freelancer but I’d give up sleep to be in the company of people I love (and for the work I love).
Also: I need to pay more attention to my body’s clock. Being moody gets in the way of too many things. Calm now but at 25 I need I think to learn how to rein it in better huh.
Up next: travel again in March. (Or what I go broke for). After that I seriously need to save up for those new things I need for my work!


Debate Society homecoming last weekend. Here’s what a 10-year old DebSoc looks like now!


Another Saturday spent for another wedding in Batangas. This is the same as the one in the previous post (congratulations lovebirds Ran and Ice) but this black dress was my travel outfit because lace and I can never have a long term relationship (ex. upon 5 minutes of changing in the church restroom, I conveniently leaned into some branch and light snarky decor. Thankfully my boyfriend’s extricating skills prevented any damage that my sister might notice). Love and the New Year, such a perfect note-setter. The weather was so wonderfully nippy too.