Day 2 of My Portrait Challenge

I am posting portraits for 7 days. This is for Day 2.

This set came from one of our activities of in our company photography club  to practice portraits with ringlight.

SET 1
Title: Fab and Fun
Model: Jieanne Teodoro
Camera:Fuji-XA3  with Kitlens 16-55mm
Edit: Lightroom 

Lighting Director and Co-photog: G2photography Photobooth, Photoman and Photo Coverage

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Set 2

Title: Pink and Green Splash
Model: Jieanne Teodoro
Camera:Fuji-XA3 * Kitlens 16-55mm
Edit: No edit (SOOC)
Location: Office

Lighting Director and Co-photog: G2photography Photobooth, Photoman and Photo Coverage

 

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Sharing one Behind the Scene photo…

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By the way I’m thinking of Cafe’ portrait series. (A portrait photoshoot inside a cute cafe’)

Do you want to be a model of your favorite cafe in a minimum price (Lol. Maybe just treat me in that cafe’)? Just comment or contact me in my social media!

 

My First Ever Pre-Nup Photoshoot

Last Thursday, March 14, 2018, our photography club finally pushed through with our biggest practice shoot yet. This is the first time we will be shooting  a couple who’s going to marry for reals soon. The location was our office building roofdeck which I already featured in my blog before. Even this is only a practice for our club, I can say that our team is a complete package already. Aside from photographers, we also have videographers who also got drone shots for this shoot.

Without further ado, here are my output.

Camera: Fuji-Xa3

Lens: 35 mm 1.4 Fujinon

Post processing:Lightroom (NoobGFX Creamy Preset Skintone2)

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Actually, my most favorite is this silhouette shot.

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But of course, I also enjoyed taking “behind the scenes” shots too.

Actually we were a little bit disappointed that the staircase area was restricted for this photoshoot. We were able to climb that last time when we had an ocular visit. My mentor and I had a lot of plans for that already. *SIGH” But still we had a great time shooting our couple because they are so cooperative.

When the sun has already set, the view from the roofdeck was shouting for cityscapes shot but honestly we were too exhausted. But somehow, I gathered some energy left inside to me to snap a few. Mostly are blurred because I was really tired.

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UPDATE: Adding the ” Save the Date” video edited by EJ Deliquina. He’s a freelance videographer and video editor. You might want to acquire his services. Just check out his video fortfolio in his Vimeo Channel straightforwardvideo!

And another one! Our photos for this session was converted in to a PHOTOBOOK care of the groom. One of my photos was selected. I’m very happy of course 😉

 

Ending this post with  a picture of me of course. I was not in the mood to have my pictures taken because I looked so haggard already with all the shooting. Good thing the weather has been good. It was not hot or raining. Weather is just in the middle. It was really ideal. Thank God. (Also for cancelling all my meetings that are conflict with our photoshoot schedule. Grabe love na love ako ni God hihi)

How about you? Do you also want to be the next roofdeck models? (Haha!)

photo by: G2Photography (my mentor)

Credits:

Models: Toni Quitiquit and AC Bukalan

A big thanks to TNG Management and Infor Facilities. Thank you also to my co photographers: Sir G2Photography, Meann, Sir Ariel, Sir Jem. Videographers: EJ and Edwin.

Great View, Great Food at Bulalo Fiesta!

Food of the Day: Bulalo of Bulalo Fiesta

Price: P292.00 good for 2-3 persons

Location: Minesview Baguio,City.

 

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After our long trip to Baguio, the first thing we would want of course is to sip a bowl of smokingly hot soup. We don’t have any plans of where to eat so we looked for any restaurant near “Minesview Park”. It was 7am, and most of the restaurants were still closed until we found “Bulalo Fiesta”. “Open 24 hours” it says but honestly, it was still closed when we arrived at the doorstep. The staff were still preparing and cleaning the restaurant. Since we were too tired to search for other restaurant, we became stubborn and told them if it was okay to wait inside while they prepare. They willingly offered us seats so we could rest.

This sight welcomed us as soon as entered the door. Being an absolute spicy food lover,  this literally brightened up my day and energized my tired spirit. I want to take this home.

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This store showcaseds a kind of vinegar called “Sinamak. It is simple a vinegar with several spices soaked into it like chilis, ginger, garlic, peppercorns, shallots, and onions. The longer these spices are drowed in vinegar, the better taste it gets. It’s quite common in Filipino household already but it looks like Bulalo Fiesta took it to other level with the use of Coconut vinegar and other spices we may not know. I really love their vinegar that we bought one bottle to take home.

After few minutes, they let us choose seat while we eat our breakfast. We chose the veranda although the sunshine strikes directly upon us.

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It was annoying but we didn’t mind because of the killer view.

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While waiting for the food is the opportunity of course for photo-ops.

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And finally our food! We ordered tapsilog, beef pares and the superstar “Bulalo”

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They have wide variants of Bulalo with different price ranges. We chose Bulalo w/ Young Sweet Corn which costs P292.00 good for 2-3 persons. The broth was delicious with its tender meat. I also love the freshness and crispiness of the vegetables.

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Other Bulalo Variants: Bulalo w/ Jackfruit and Dried Beans, Bulalo Puchero, Bulalo w/ Talbos Bulaklak ng Sampalok and Super Bulalo Special which is the most expensive for P620.00 good for 4-6 persons.

Overall, everything that we ate in this restaurant were delicious. We were glad that this became our  unlikely welcome to start our day in Baguio.

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FINAL VERDICT: Great View, Great Food! Totally Recommended!

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Bulalo Fiesta is located at Minesview, Baguio City but also have a branch in Quezon City.

Drown in Flowers in Northern Blossom Atok, Benguet

My sister wanted to celebrate her 26th birthday at Baguio. I was not that thrilled because I already toured Baguio years ago. But thanks goodness, while researching something to add in our itinerary, I stumbled in a facebook blog about “Northern Blossom at Atok, Benguet, two hours from Baguio. Finally, it felt like this is the twist I am looking for our Baguio trip. I immediately added this on our second-day itinerary.

*Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:30 am, we went out of our transient home and hailed a taxi going to Dangwa Bus Station. According to the facebook guide, we would ride a bus going to Bontoc or Sagada. We were just in time because the next trip going of the bus was 7:00 am. I told the conductor that our drop-off would be the Municipal Hall of Sayangan Atok, Benguet. The tickets caused P73.00 per person.

* We arrived at around 9:15 am. The municipal looked like this. We entered and asked around how to register as tourist and we were redirected to a tent booth.

*To tell you the truth, there was a slight misunderstanding during the registration. After we signed up in their log-book, we were offered to purchase a day tour that would cost almost P1500.00 for our group. Although the tour is exciting, it would be way beyond our plans and our budget. I made clear that just wanted to visit Northern Blossom and Benguet Kochi Sisterhood Park where there are real Sakura flowers. They said we don’t need a tour if that’s the case. It’s just a walking distance from municipal hall. Someone from the registration guided us on our way.

*Anyway here’s the tour packages they offer. I would love to go back and avail this. When I go to Sagada, I would make this as part of my trip.

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* Finally! We arrived at the Northern Blossom main house. We signed up and pay P200.00 per person. I was asked to choose between Area 1 and Area 2. Area 1 has shorter route but most of the flowers were harvested already because of the recent Panagbenga Festival. Area 2 is untouched but way longer. I chose Area 2 without blinking. Who cares if we get tired?

*I must say the photoshoot started inside the registration house already. The wooden interior made us feel instantly relaxed,

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*And finally, the flowers! The tour guide actually know the name and some trivia about the flowers by heart whenever we ask. But who would remember the information anyway. The important is to ENJOY THE FLOWERS!

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This door is inviting…promising for more breathtaking views!

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Along the way, I met this really cute kid who obviously want his pictures taken.

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This is the cabbage rose. Not a flower but a vegetable. Actually Northern Blossom is not new to me a anymore. Local tv show “Kapuso Mo Jessica Sojo” already featured this garden because of its Cabbage Roses. But it was shown long time ago so it slipped out of my mind. The facebook blog reminded me just in time.

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TWINNING WITH MY SISTER. I purposely bought same style dresses to wear for this trip so we can have our twinning moments in this farm. I am so prepared I am amazed with myself.

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AND MORE PICTURES!!!

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BACK TO THE REGISTRATION HOUSE …

After the trip to flowers, we returned to the relaxing registration house. We were humbled to meet the owner of Northern Blossom. He toured us inside their transient house. (Yes you can sleep inside the Northern Blossom Farm)! And he even offered us soda and Benguet coffee.

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And another bonus! There were two sweet puppies roaming around the house. They are so friendly they lick you when you touch them. I want to bring them home with me. Even when going back to Baguio, I’m still thinking about them. I miss them so much. They are really sweet.

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I FEEL SO ATTACKED!

After this, we ate lunch at the Van station going back to Baguio. It was just a walking distance from Northern Blossom. Just look for Marosan’s Restaurant. The trip going back to Baguio costs P100.00 per person.

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Sadly, we did not push through of going to another flower farm which has authentic Sakura due to our mother and her friend were so exhausted already. It was also really hot that time. If you are going to visit, better to ride a bus at around 4am going here. And besides, the locals said that Sakura are not in full bloom yet. I’ll promise I’ll go back in Atok Benguet. Even our bus ride became so enjoyable because of all the breathtaking views of the mountains and rice terraces. I’ll definitely go back to see what Atok, Benguet has to offer. Hopefully the cherry blossoms are already in full bloom that time.

Ending this blog with my most favorite picture, “the hills are alive with sound of music”. It makes sense since my name is Mary which is also Maria.

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Hope you enjoy my photo overload post. How about you? What beautiful place have you discovered recently?

Summary

Northern Blossom can be a nice side trip when you are in Baguio or you are on your way to Sagada. Entrance Fee is only P200.00.

From Manila: Victory Liner bus-P455.00, Joy Executive Bus P730.00.

  1. Dangwa Station to Sayangan Municipal Hall Bus. P73.00
  2. Tourist Registration at Municipal Hall
  3. Northern Blossom. P200.00 Entrance Fee.
  4. Van going back to Baguio in front of Marosan Restaurant, P100.00 each.

To contact Northern Blossom, here’s the calling card.

OOTD and Why Do We Love High Places?

Except for those who have fear of heights, majority loves high places. We love to climb mountains to reach the summits. We want the view from the rooftop, the high floors of the building and cityscapes. Humans dream to fly lead to invention of airplanes. There’s always an exhilaring feeling of reaching the top. To touch the clouds.

Such thoughts came to me when I went to the roofdeck of our office building last Thursday.We went there with my manager and photography mentor because we were planning to have our IPC (Infor Photography Club) activity here next time. For now, we went there to have an ocular inspection of the place so we can plan our shots ahead of time.

I was mesmerized the moment I stepped in and thought my outfit was perfect for quick “Outfit of the Day shoot”. I was wearing a plaid skirt which I bought from ukay-ukay and cream top which I bought in an instagram kawaii shop ‘x.chloescloset.c’.

I realized I have been reaching summits after summits this month. Three mountains and our building so far. In next few days, I’ll have a trip to the highest point of the Philippines. And i’m so excited for another great view my eyes will be witnessing. And of course with my travel buddy, my cameras.

But going back to the question, I have pondered hard to answer. I think my answer would be, humans just fancies perspectives they don’t usually see. We are land dwellers and the views from the top requires effort and resources. I’m pretty sure if the roofdeck is accessible for anyone in a snap of finger, people wouldn’t be as thrilled. If we have wings, people won’t have dreams of flying. People won’t bother climb a mountain anymore. Seeing things from above won’t feel as magical anymore. We humans actually fancies things we can’t easily get. Things that needs hardwork to achieve in all aspect of life. Summits included.

How about you? What silly questions you have pondered for a while?

Photo credits:

Gerard Dangca using Samsung Galaxy 8

Photos processed in Lightroom with ‘Orange and Teal’ preset.

Why My Lazy Ass Went Mountain Climbing Again (Cayabu + Maynoba Trail)

Who would have thought that a person like me  who doesn’t fancy strenuous activities and too much sun exposure (ayoko umitim!) would go mountain climbing not only once but twice in just one month? I am still in shock myself. To be honest, I still feel that mountain climbing is  a torture.  I thought that since this is my second climb of the month, everything would be easier for me. I was wrong. It feels like I am still a Mountain Climbing virgin. I don’t feel my pacing improved at all. And I still rest for like every 3 minutes. I swear. I feel like a weakling.

But still, the question is why I succumb myself in excruciating pain?  I should have been soundly sleeping on a Friday Night.  So ladies and gents, these are the reasons why I went on.

FIRST REASON: Gusto ko lang mag picture-picture. In Search of Great Moments To Capture with My Camera. Now this might be a superficial reason to you but my strongest driving reason is photography.  I just want to take pictures. And I know, there’s a bountiful of beautiful subjects in mountains. Not only because of nature but the people who ascend with me. I want to capture the hardship, exhaustion the joy of the people around me.  It might be a shallow reason but guess what, it pushed me to my limits and brought me to the top of three mountains this month.

Here are my favorites from my camera so far.

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2ND REASON. I want to have epic pictures of myself creating epic memories. I want to deviate from the usual selfies and ootd’s. I want to have pictures of me doing what I thought is beyond me. Me doing the uncomfortable. Me doing something new. Me meeting new people. Me going to unfamiliar places.

Photos by: JP Duro

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Photo by: Manong Baby

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Photo by: Serniel Barbosa

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SPECIAL THANKS to my co-photographers. Bilang ganti,  may pictures din kayo sa akin.

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At pari rin si tour guide na dinala na gamit ko, naging instant photographer din. Thank you Manong Baby! (Yun talaga name niya haha)

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THIRD REASON: MEET NEW FRIENDS! 

This is a company organized event.  There were 97 participants. Although they are my officemates, I haven’t seen or talked to most of them until this event. Some of them also, I already talked by Skype meetings quite a few times but haven’t know their faces until now too. Ilang beses akong “Ay putek, ikaw pala iyong nakasama kong mag troubleshoot ng blah blah blah hahahaha” . In digital times, even important meetings can be done thru internet. Thanks goodness for this event, we had the chance to actually meet and interact personally. And have fun together.

My Hiking Group: Group Three. May nagpahiram ng gloves, namigay ng pagkain, nagsiwalat ng hugot quotes, at higit sa lahat, naghintay sa kabagalan ko. But they turned that into a joke. When I finally catch up with them, they would say “Ayan na ang Alpha natin”. Sarcasm overload. Tawa ako ng tawa. Thank you guys!

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Photo below: Serniel Barbosa

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After the climb, we finally shared the proceeds of this climb thru an outreach program. We gave school supplies and groceries to the locals living with the mountain. and that would be the FOURTH REASON why I joined this event. And has a big part of why I decided to climb again.

Photo below: JP Duro

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As much as I want to write a full review of my climb, I think this post is long enough already. WordPress is loading so slowly now maybe because of too much photo overload. I think I should save that for another blog post.

And that’s my reasons ladies and gents. How about you? Do you have something you don’t actually like doing but do it anyway? What keeps you going?

 

CREDITS:

SPECIAL THANK TO My Co-Protographers

Serniel Barbosa

JP Duro

Manong Baby

Photos of the Day and Midnight Thoughts

 

(Ordinary Day at my house. Pasok po kayo. Nakakatamad lumabas e. Chill lang ako. Kape-kape)

* I feel bad that I was not able to blog for almost two weeks now. I was working on my write-up about my latest Mountain Climbing escapade but it’s impossible to finish it today. And I don’t know why that I felt like I really need to blog no matter what so here it is. I decided to have a photo of the day and midnight thoughts special in attempt to create spontaneity with this blog and hopefully finish the 30-Day Blog challenge. Which apparently I lost alreasy since I stop. But still, i want to revive a winning streak of another 10 days contious day blog. I hope this time I can make it.

-About the photos of the day, it was one of my cosplay shoots last year fron anime’ Butlers. I honestly don’t know the anime’ . I was there because I just love photoshoots and dressing up. So I’m happy to fill in characters for cosplay group photoshoots. We rented a luxury house somewhere in Alabang for this. If I retrieve the photos, I would love to write a full blog about this. Credits also to Photographer whose name I don’t remember anymore. (EDIT: I just notice the photo has watermark. Photographer’s name is Denise Daryl Florante )

-It’s March already. Imagine?!! Time flies really fast. It felt like it was just yesterday when we celebrated New Year. This really scares me.

How about you? What do you feel about the time passing? Do you feel anxious too like me?

Find Your Happy Tribe

Have you ever felt unliked by someone without reason? Did you ever feel you need to chase for connection? Don’t worry its not about you. It just means that they are not part of your happy tribe. Who’s your Happy Tribe? They are the people whom you can share your craziness and quirks. They support you. Most of all, they don’t make you feel you have to chase for connection. They can be your friends, your family or officemates. Unfortunately, sometimes, its none of the above. But don’t give up. Share to the world who you are so your happy tribe will find you. You are not meant to be alone. And when you find your Happy Tribe, LOVE THEM HARD.

PHOTO:Angeli Santina Soriano

ABOUT THE PICTURE: Yes. That’s me the girl Luffy and I’m with my friends. We did a One Piece Girl Edition cosplay shoot at One Hundred Islands in Pangasinan. This was already years ago. Perhaps 2014. This one of the most memorable travel I ever had. I wish I could do this again. It was really fun.

How about you? Have you found your happy tribe? If not, don’t give up. You can reach out to me and maybe we can be part of each other’s tribe. Who knows?

That’s all for the Day 8 of my 30-Day Blogging Challenge. See you again tomorrow!

Watch my Spoken Word Performance Entitled “Gusto kong Magmahal (I want to Love)” on YouTube

Tomorrow is February already! The Love Month! The Single-Awareness Month! OMG! Even the moon is red tonight.

So to welcome this month, I hereby share my spoken word “Gusto Kong Magmahal (I want to Love)” which I performed last year at DCUP cafe’.From the title itself, it’s about my yearning to love somebody in spite of the pain it would bring. Because who doesn’t want to love? Countless movies, poems, series, novels has been written about it and yet we never get tired of it. I believe that to love is the human’s innate highest goal.

Along with this I am sharing the manuscript of the poem for your reading pleasure. Let me know you thoughts after watching my performance. I hope you enjoy!

That’s it for the Day 4 of my 30-Day Blogging Marathon Challenge. See you tomorrow!

#FOTD: Stoned Baked Rice, Pizza on a Rice

Food of the Day: Stoned-Baked Rice
Restaurant:Gottis,SM Megamall Branch
Cuisine:Italian

Isa ito sa mga kinaadikan ko ngayon. Hindi ko malimutan simula ng matikman ko. Para siyang pizza toppings na nilagay sa ibabaw ng mainit na rice. Resulta? Mainit at malambot na cheese na naghalo sa spices. May limang flavors ang Stone-Baked Rice. Pinakapaborito ko ang Gambino Gamberi.

Quoting directly “succulent shrimps sauteed in garlic, pepperoncino and sweet peppers”. Katulad ng pizza, binubudburan ko rin ito ng Chili Powder. P140-P160 lang presyo ng Stoned-Baked Rice.

Sobrang sulit na sa sarap niyan. At isa pa, hindi mo na kailangang pumila dahil walang masyadong tao sa Gottis. Sa unang tingin, mukha kasing mamahalin ang resto. Nakakarelaks. Subukan niyo na nang mahusgahan niyo rin!

VERDICT: ★★★★♡♡♡♡

Now for the photography part of this blog, my mentor told me that the photos are too warm. Good food photography should expose the true color of the food. For some reason, I love warm colors in all things and I thought that the lighting makes a good impression for the photo. But hey this it is my first time. I will take note of this next time.

#Gottis #FoodOfTheDay #FoTD #StonesBakedRice #Cheese #PizzaOnTheRice