Here are my personal favorite moments of the year that was. Summarizing them all because I’ve been quite busy/lazy to write and update my personal online journal. This is also my way, somehow, to count my blessings for the past year, because in reality we/I tend to be oblivious of the many little things that we/I should be thankful for. So here’s a rundown of the wonderful small things for me to look back to.
January of 2013, I officially became a member of Subic Bay Photography Society. Tee hee! I finally belong to a photography group, with really amazing and talented members.
I learned a biiiig lesson in life I will never forget. That point in life when you almost lost someone in the family whom you have unsettled business with. Here’s when I learned to forgive and God knows how lighter I felt.
We put up a photo booth during my brother’s graduation day. We didn’t really expect it to be an instant boom, but after we set up the photo booth in the corner, the next thing we know was that we were swarmed by parents and students for tickets! It was fun! Tiring but fun.
It was also in this Month that I was able to join Team SBPS for a shooting spree. We shoot non stop at Zoobic Safari. It was summer and it was really hot, but heck, we were having fun interacting with the different fauna kept in the park. We head to Pamulaklakin Village right after for the annual Read to Lead Activity of Team SBPS for the aeta kids. It was heart warming. 🙂
My fourth time to have a photo featured on sir Raffy Paredes’ column, Through the Lens, Clearly on Manila Bulletin. For an amateur, it’s always a thrill for me to see my photographs get published.
Subic Bay at sunset
This was when my summer officially begun. I finally ticked off Anawangin Cove and Capones Island from my bucket list. Anawangin Cove and Capones Island are very picturesque. I am proud to say that these pieces of paradise are from our place – Zambales!
I’ve been shooting landscapes most of the time. Never have I tried action photography until the 2013 Subic Bay International Triathlon. With SBPS colleagues, I shoot as it happens for the first time. Attempts of panning technique were all unsuccessful, but I had a lot of fun chasing triathletes–quite a leap from chasing sunsets. 😉
I have a goal during our trip to Ilocandia, that is to photograph Calle Crisologo at blue hour. I enjoyed our whole journey up north, as we started from Ilocos Norte to Sur. But secretly I was really waiting for my moment alone at Calle Crisologo. I figured I cannot shoot Calle Crisologo at dusk without clutter and numerous tourist roaming here and there, so I got up very early the next day to wait for the early morning blue hour. Not bad. And this was the souvenir that made me the happiest turista going back home. 🙂
My first time to shoot a pre-nuptial also in the month of May. It was actually a workshop organized by SBPS. I am so lucky to be part of this team. We were lent cool lens during this pre-nup shoot workshop and here’s one from that activity. 🙂
Usual everyday grind in June, and I am still too lazy to update my blog for my 3 readers. 😉
I’ve been so enamored by the cute yellow minions from Despicable Me that I started eating happy meal for the entire week, I think? just to collect them all minions in that happy box. Because I got really crazy over them I took a table top shoot of them after I headed to the nearest Imax to watch the movie. You know that feeling of being a real fanatic of a certain movie that you wanted to see it in big screen and in 3D? Yeah, the kid in me. Hahah.
If there is one place I will never get bored with coming back again and again, it’s Baguio. It was a spur of the moment when we decided to go on a weekend trip to Baguio. Straight from the office, we head to the bus terminal going to Baguio. It was one lovely weekend in the city of Pines.
Baguio at dusk
Usual everyday grind. Thankful for the wonders of books and free movies. 😉
The trip I have been waiting for since last year finally came. On a bad weather. The day before the trip, it was raining and flooding in our place, we were already thinking of cancelling the whole trip. But glad that we didn’t! Albeit the bad weather, we pushed through with the much awaited El Nido trip. Sunshine was playing hide and seek with us the entire trip. There were even times during island hopping tours that rain poured really heavy while we were in the middle of the sea. Bummer? Yes. But I don’t regret it. El Nido is amaaaazing, with or without sunshine!
Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan
The Alternative Restaurant
My first time to join the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk with pros and amateurs from different walks of life. it was exciting! And knowing you are doing that thing you like doing with people who share the same passion as you do made the whole experience a lot more exciting.
Aeta kid at Pamulaklakin Forest Trail
It was also in this month that my good old friends were reunited: sir ef is back in town after being in hiatus for a long time; my best girl friends were able to be in one place at a given time once more. Athan, of course, is always on Skype. They are ones of the very few people I consider my soul mates. I am lucky growing up with them. 🙂
photowalk with sir ef and pini
We embarked on a loooong travel to reach San Luis, Aurora where my brother lives. Long and tiring and exhausting, but surprisingly awesome! It is given that Aurora is beautiful, but the most memorable part is the time we spent to bond with my nephews and niece. Adorably smart kids!
my nephew at Caunayan Falls, San Luis, Aurora
The usual everyday grind of November got interrupted by an opportunity for me to teach in my Alma matter. I got two loads of Political Science subjects for my first semester of teaching. I feel like a student more than ever because I have to go over books and notes after books and notes to prepare for every lecture. It’s a bittersweet affair. Hahah.
It’s my favorite month of the year, merely because of Christmas break, hahah. But this holiday season was extra special because my sister (not a biological sister) at heart was home. We grew up together until time came that they have to leave and move to another place. Our yuletide was full of laughter from going around, pictorial, charades, videoke, movie marathon, and food tripping. It’s simply crazy and fun when we’re together!
pillow fight with nicapot