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The Shutterbug
04 November 2009 @ 06:13 pm
Hello, LJ friends! I decided to make myself "present" after a long time because I felt that this was something worth blogging about.

About a month ago, after Ondoy hit us, I designed a slogan which I shared on Facebook and on my other blogs. Friends and family members seemed to like it and asked if I would consider making it into a shirt. Shortly after that, a T-shirt design company, The Inksquad, invited me to submit my design.

Since then, I asked interested friends and family to vote for the design if they really wanted it printed on a shirt since The Inksquad operates on a design democracy basis; the more votes a design has, the more chances it has of being made into a shirt.

Anyway, to cut the long story short, voting ended last weekend and, voila! Thanks to people's support, the design generated waaaaaay more than the number of votes needed. Thank you to everyone who voted for it!

Now T-shirt production begins. If you're interested to order, check out the link here: CLICK!

The Inksquad has tied up with WE International Philippines Relief Operations so that a portion of my shirt's sales will go to the flood victims. Right now, the shirts will be priced at P490 so that P250 goes to WE Phils. Since The Inksquad accepts orders on an online basis, it might be tedious for you to order it individually. So if you want to order, just comment here (they'll be screened) with your sizes, how many pieces, and your contact information and I'll do the ordering for you.

Thanks for taking the time to read this update! God bless!
Current Mood: productiveproductive
The Shutterbug
03 June 2009 @ 03:34 pm

After 5 and a half years of LiveJournal existence, I think I'll be taking a break from blogging here for a while. I don't know if times have changed or I have, but my blogging style no longer calls for paragraphs upon paragraphs of coherence. I've opted to go for something much simpler and something more visual.

But this doesn't mean that I'll be completely MIA from LiveJournalLandia. Count on me to check on your updates and comment regularly. Besides, I can't afford to shut down this, what with 5 and a half years' worth of memories.

In the meantime, visit me!


Be seeing you all! Much love.
Current Mood: coldcold
The Shutterbug
27 May 2009 @ 08:01 am

Apparently, shoe sales are the fad in Jakarta.

Yesterday morning, my art director partner and I (I being the writer) went to the mall nearest our hotel. It didn’t look like there was anything worth buying until we came across this sports shop.

The signs read “50% off on the 2nd pair of shoes that you buy!”

So we went in. The Chuck Taylor originals, to begin with, were already cheap compared to Manila prices. I got a pair of black leather velcro sneaks for my youngest bro, CJ (because he never shops for himself). That pair cost me about PhP 1,300 when in Manila, shoes like those would at least be 2K.

Then I saw a nice pair of white ones with gray accents, which I never/rarely see in Manila. I love Chucks because they’re just so easy to pair outfits with, but I don’t like extreme designs or colors. So I got these white babies — for a grand total of PhP 600!

I got two pairs of shoes for one pair of Manila-priced Chuck Taylors!

Later in the afternoon, the production people I’ve been working with told me that the sales in Jakarta are always like that. If the promo isn’t a Buy 1, Take 1 thing, you’ll definitely get 50% off on the next item you buy.

Speaking of shoes, we’re stopping over in Singapore later en route to the Philippines. I hope that there’s enough time to go to the city and check out Charles & Keith because it’s a lot cheaper there, I hear.

Current Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
The Shutterbug
26 May 2009 @ 09:30 am
So far, here are my thoughts on the city of Jakarta:

1) It is very much like Manila. The roads are the same, the design of the buildings are the same (except for some that have touches of Muslim embellishments), and some subdivisions look eerily too familiar.
2) Some places resemble particular spots in Metro Manila. I've passed by a road that looked like I was in España, heading towards UST. Another part of town looked like Nueve de Febrero in Mandaluyong.
3) The people here look exactly like Filipinos. Okay, not all, but 99.9%. My first day here, I had to bite my tongue before speaking to the locals in Tagalog.
4) With the exception of the Muslims, people here dress like Filipinos. Even when I was working on my production, I marveled at how the crew looked like how our prod staff back home did -- from the loose black shirts to the cargo/camouflage shorts, to the Crocs (with socks!) and belt bags.
5) From what I've seen, there are more high-rise buildings in Manila (i.e. Makati, The Fort, Ortigas and Eastwood) as compared to here. Then again, I haven't really seen the business district so the statement preceding this may not be accurate. The malls here are also more of "wide" (a la Mall of Asia, but smaller) as opposed to tall (i.e. Hong Kong's Langham Place mall).

Work here's been crazy, but interesting. Finally, though, I get a free day today to go around and do some shopping, I hope.

I'm supposed to fly back home on Thursday yet, but my ticket got rebooked to tomorrow so it's my last day here.

I also hope to eat some bonafide Nasi Goreng before I leave.

Time to have breakfast first. Bye for now!
Current Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
The Shutterbug
22 May 2009 @ 09:44 pm
While fixing my camera stuff for a trip this weekend, I came across a Nikon lens hood (HB-35). I don't know the diameter though; it just says HB-35.

I have noooooooooo idea why I have it, but in the event that a Nikon shutterfriend might have given it to me for safekeeping during one of the photo shoots we might have been on, well, it's here. Haha!

So yes, if ever any of you has been missing this particular lens hood, just let me know so I can give it back. I'll be out of the country for most of this week for work though, but I can return it to you as soon as I get home.

Cheerio! Happy weekend, all!

P.S. Updates from Jakarta, my destination, when I can. Yay to exploring a new city/country!

Current Mood: tiredtired
The Shutterbug
17 May 2009 @ 03:16 pm

Yesterday was just supposed to be a regular day. I had no plans for the evening since I already had dinner out the night before and met up with another good friend for lunch and dessert yesterday. I was considering sneaking in Star Trek or Angels & Demons to wrap up the night, if I felt like it.

Then my sister called me up out of the blue at about 4pm.

“Do you want tickets to the David [joint concert of Archuleta and Cook] concert?!”

“Huh? Why? Who has?”

“My friend has 2 VIP tickets. Just P2K!” The original price was over P3K.

Without a moment’s hesitation, I said, “Yes!”

I called up my best friend and concert sidekick, Mitch, and an hour later, we were off to join 40,000 people in welcoming David Archuleta and David Cook.

Surprises and impromptu gimmicks are the best. Especially when they involve two artists you followed for most of last year as American Idol progressed and as their respective careers took off post-Idol.

Experiencing the concert itself is another story altogether -- one that entails another post, most probably.

Thank You, Lord, for this unexpected blessing!
Current Mood: happyhappy
The Shutterbug
14 May 2009 @ 01:28 pm
Spoiler!Collapse )

I hope that the finale will be just as suspenseful as it was last year when we were all at the edge of our seats, waiting to find out which of the two Davids would bring home the prize.
Current Mood: goodgood
The Shutterbug
06 May 2009 @ 07:47 am
Because I can't remember the last time I wrote a decent blog entry here.

First things first.

I'm back from a much-needed break over the weekend. By break, I mean sun, sand and sea, and it helped that I was with some of my best girls and the boys.

Now, I'm four shades darker and redder, peeling like anything, but happy as a sand crab.

I think I want to reward myself with small "vacations" every so often.

Although, I must admit, coming home to my MacBook after this trip was pretty sweet.


On a totally unrelated note, I can't believe that this season's American Idol is coming to a close in a matter of weeks.

I also can't believe that this is my first time to mention the show in a blog entry this year.

It's not that I haven't been interested/been following the show. I have been and so far, my predictions have pretty much turned out right.

I guess I'm just not as excited about this season as I was last year. Come on; we're talking about David Cook here.

Needless to say, I can't say I'm surprised when it comes to who've made it to this year's Final Four.

Picture nicked from Google Images. I just blurred the other contestants.

In the beginning, I thought that the season would end with Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert (or "Glambert", as some would have it) battling it out in the finale. But as the weeks progressed, I started to notice Allison Iraheta's maturity and insane talent and gravitated towards her.

Now, we have Danny, Adam, Allison and Kris left in the competition. Danny the balladeer whose emotional connection to his songs makes you want to cry. Adam who gives his own spin to the songs he chooses and renders jaw dropping solid performances week after week. Allison who just turned 17 and can sing a million octaves and belt like she's been performing her whole life. Then there's Kris, the heartthrob, the contemporary one whose vocals are simply soothing.

Who do you think will battle it out in the finale?

Yesterday was abuzz with the brouhaha related to the Philippine Customs wanting to impose a tariff on books imported to this country or even a total ban on importing books altogether.

I'll understand if they impose a 1% tax on these books. Call it "for the country's benefit", call it corrupt, call it the way you see it.

But to ban foreign books from entering this country? Are they nuts?

According to various websites, imported books haven't entered this country in the last 2 months. The likes of Fully Booked haven't been selling new titles, in fact.

If this -- madness -- continues to persist, I will go nuts myself.

I sincerely hope that they rethink their plans when it comes to this. Sure, this country may be in debt and imposing a tariff on imported goods may be a way to raise funds. Whatever.

But the bigger story here could be illiteracy, which would inevitably lead to unemployment.

Way to continue the cycle of poverty, really!


And because it's been a way for me to stalk celebrities and find out how people in general are doing on a minutely (as opposed to "daily") basis, I'm on Twitter as well now.

It's pretty addicting, I must say. On my list are Hugh Jackman, Matthew Perry, Ellen de Generes, Ryan Seacrest, Jason Mraz and John Mayer. I know where Hugh Jackman is at this moment, or what Ryan Seacrest thinks about the Idols' performances after their dry runs.

This makes me feel 5% cooler!

Haven't bothered adding the likes of Jessica Simpson (assuming she's even on Twitter), though. That would just nullify my 5% increase on the coolness scale.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
The Shutterbug
03 May 2009 @ 07:47 pm

I just got home from a fab beach vacation with friends and what awaited me is my new MacBook.

This photo is my way of saying hello with it.

Also, I am as red as a lobster. I love being sunburned.

Life is good. Thank You, Lord.

More updates to follow -- when I get over my excitement over this new toy.
Current Mood: chipperchipper to the nth power!
The Shutterbug
22 April 2009 @ 03:26 pm
Okay, I decided this was worth mentioning.Collapse )

It is reveling in others' happiness, soaking it up, and letting it creep into every crevice of your being.

One of my best friends just got engaged and after hearing about her whirlwind proposal (thank you, Yahoo! Messenger) in Stanley Park, Vancouver, I couldn't help but be filled with an overwhelming sense of joy -- one that not even time zone differences nor distance could stifle.

Maybe my one-time stint as a wedding planner last August was a preview for this next big undertaking. I seriously can't wait!

I feel something short of motherly pride and something even more indescribable. I am just thrilled beyond words!
Current Mood: bouncybouncy