• Fashion,  Personal

    Golden Hour

    Many photographers and cinematographers swear by the “golden hour”. A short period after sunrise and a little bit before sunset are some of the best times to capture moments. This is what we call the golden hour, when the sun shines the perfect amount of light and gives a golden cast to the components of your frame. Surely, visual artists don’t shoot only at this time of day. They shoot under a cloudy sky, on a rainy day, and even indoors with little to no natural light. They see potential in every moment, no matter how ordinary it may seem. There is no wrong or right place; there is only the thought of creating…

  • Fashion,  Travel

    Siquijor: Charisma Beach Resort

    It’s summer all year long in the Philippines! Took my chances and went on a 3-day trip to Siquijor during rainy season. Lo and behold, the sun was shining so bright during our stay. The highlight of this trip was definitely the beach-front hostel we booked – Charisma Beach Resort. Not bad for 450 pesos a night. When we arrived, the first thing I did (even before checking in) was take photos of the area. I loved how everything was so Instagram worthy. I was trying out my new ultra wide angle lens, so that didn’t help tone down my excitement either (not sorry!). They also had some nice hammocks by…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Mt. Naupa: A Night in the Mountains

    It was raining that afternoon. I never understood why people trek for hours on end just to reach the summit. Is it just to escape the mundane everyday routine, away from all the noise of responsibilities and work? Maybe I’m right, or maybe there’s something more to it. This hour long hike to Mount Naupa confirmed something I already knew – how physically unfit I was. Despite being aware of this fact, I went on anyway. Maybe this had something to do with my New Year’s Resolution of saying “yes” more often. But for the most part, I did it for the stunning sunset views, Milky Way and sunrise. I got…

  • Personal

    How I Got My Home-Based Part-Time Job

    Generally, in the Philippines, when you want to “live life to the fullest” without burning out your savings, you have to be willing to work extra hard and find multiple streams of income. For others, it could be a small business, passive income or investments. In my case, it’s freelancing. What I like about it is if you have a computer, internet connection and the right amount of determination, you’re good to go. The toughest job to get is the first job, when you have no experience that potential clients can judge you on. So I’m gonna show you how I got mine. It was a very simple job that practically…

  • Personal,  Travel

    How Travel Changed My Life

    I grew up in a small town in Zamboanga del Norte called Polanco, where the streets are empty as early as 7 in the evening and everyone knows everyone. I couldn’t wait to get out. As a kid, my classmates traveled to different places during the summer, visiting aunties and uncles, lolos and lolas. Meanwhile, my brother and I would be at home. Papa, being the overprotective father he is, did not allow us to visit our grandparents in Cebu because he was afraid for our safety on the ferry. Then came college. I enrolled in a university in Cebu, and he had no choice but to let me on that boat. Little did I…

  • Fashion,  Photography

    Faux Fall: Outfit Under 600 Pesos

    I love bargains. I’m talking about airline seat sales, used gadgets for half the price, free shipping, online store vouchers, thrift shopping, and one of my most favorite – Forever21’s double markdown sales. If you don’t know what a double markdown sale is, it’s when items are already on sale, and you get an additional discount on top of the sale price. Let’s say it’s initially 70% off, you can get another 50% off that sale price tag. I stay up to date by following their social media accounts! I can’t remember the original price of this dress I’m wearing, but it cost me less than 300 pesos. I scored…