When I grow old, I want to be a photographer.

Wait.  How old is old?  Because now I am a year more than half a decade.  If that makes me old, I have to go pack my things and start to be a photographer, a craft that I have always wanted to polish.  Only that I can’t do that at the moment.  I have a day job that requires eight hours to complete.  Ask me if I am happy with it.  I am not but I can’t quit.  There’s always that need or want decision-making in life, more like a do or die thing.

Long before I get old, I was already fascinated with captured faces, actions, expressions, emotions, colors, shapes, etc. in any form on a photo paper.  It’s funny because we cannot even afford a camera.  That again is another story.  A lot of stories to tell, actually.  So, before this becomes a very long and boring post to read,  I stop here and share some photographs I snatched from the willing victims.  I am not sure if I have the qualifications for this craft but then again requirements are always limiting for me.  I just shoot in vain attempt to document moments and to preserve pictures to keep people alive (at least on paper).  Apart from being fascinated with nature and places, I also love to capture photos of people.

Here are the unedited photos:

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These children are so full of youth and life.  They’re a respite from a disappointing day.

The photos below end my daily attempt in photography. 😀

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They were once tiny and cute.

About two or three cats that we had in our house looked like these when they were still tiny and cute. The first one was Dagul, the second Baldo, and the third and the youngest is Kuting. The first two were already dead. They were housecats, not of a particular breed. I remember that Dagul was an alpha male, and Baldo a handsome cat with soft features that you will mistake him for a feline.  Kuting looks like a stray cat now and does not want to stay at home.  He only goes home when he’s hungry.

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52 Week Photography Challenge #3: Red

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Red is one of those colors traditionally associated with the celebration of Christmas.  I am just a recent convert.  I am not a fan before because red for me is so loud and daring.  One day, I tried on a red shirt and it looked good on me.  It gave that happy aura and it made me think it can camouflage my inner weaknesses and gloomy feelings, on days I do not feel happy at all. Continue reading “52 Week Photography Challenge #3: Red”

Photohunt: Focus/Technical

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Daughter Kay showing her masterpieces - educational cards you see at bookstores.
Daughter Kay showing her masterpieces – educational cards you see at bookstores.

You can see how these pretty little visitors were focused on what Kay was telling them.  Of course, these little ones have no idea about the technical stuff of doing these pieces of art works.

Here is another pic.

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Today there will surely be a lot of FOCUS pictures here.

52Photos Project – Where I Would Take You

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People jogging at UP Oval
People jogging at UP Oval

(You will discover many beautiful destinations here.)

If given the chance, I would take you to the UP Oval where we could jog or brisk walk. I would like you to try the yummy taho.

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What is taho, you will ask?

From Wikipedia:

Taho (Tagalog: [t??ho?]) (Chinese: ??; Pe?h-?e-j?: t?u-hue) is a Philippine snack food made of fresh soft/silken tofu, arnibal (sweetener and flavoring), and sago pearl (similar to tapioca pearls).[2] This staple comfort food is a signature sweet and taho peddlers can be found all over the country. The Indonesian and Malaysian equivalent of this snack is tauhue.

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52Photos Project #16: Dessert

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Cinnamon rolls.  Perfect with coffee. Coffee without sugar preferably.  Perfect after each sumptuous dinner.  Dinner that is not that heavy leaving a space in your tummy for desserts like these.

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The Gallery is open.  Visit what the others have here.

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Photohunt: Musical

In 2010, we went to a ballroom party and witnessed a lot of musical dance performances but what caught our attention is the performance of a not so young but no so old woman and her dance instructor.  I could not remember the beat, if it was tango or cha-cha, but it was a very mesmerizing performance that caught everybody’s attention.  I learned later that the woman is a champion in many ballroom dance competitions.

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photohunt-labelShe looked so elegant and truly graceful.  She must be very strong and healthy to perform so fluid with the music.

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52Photos Project #13: Celebration

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There is so much to celebrate about life. In our family, the natal day is always celebrated, simply or extravagantly, depending on varied situations.

One of the most celebrated is hubby’s birthday. Having many friends, appreciated by many, or loved or cherished by a lot of people, his birthdays do not pass without the celebration.

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Papsie in 2011

The photo above shows Papsie with his birthday cake made by daughter Kay. It was a novelty for him and his friends seeing a cake with a candle that looks like a firework.

Papsie celebrating his birthday this year at Viking's
Papsie celebrating his birthday this year at Viking’s

What is a birthday without the delicious food, cakes and sweets, and ice cream?

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More celebrations HERE.

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Photohunt: Stir

This is a favorite Filipino dish known as Nilagang Bulalo or Beef Marrow Stew.  It causes a stir in the palate and among friends and family while savoring its wonderful taste. It is one of the delicious dishes that many love, and has a few versions of it in some parts of the country.

If you are interested to try it, you can find the recipe here.

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Photohunts: Fave and Shadows

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One of our favorite restaurants is Banapple. It is not only the big servings but the tasty food, cakes and beverages. The place is actually a cafe restaurant but they also serve food for lunch and dinner. The restaurant’s layout gives you that comfortable feeling. Their service crews are very courteous, too.

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Last Saturday night, we had our dinner at Banapple along Katipunan Avenue. The super Caesar salad is a must-try.

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52Photos Project #3: Light and Dark

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These photos were taken on November, 2008 when the family visited the graves of the departed ones.  Every year,  in the Philippines, November 1 is declared as a special non-working holiday in observance of  All Saints’ Day followed by the observance of All Souls’ Day on November 2.

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“Maybe that’s what the night is for, just so’s we can know the difference when the light comes again.”
? Howard Bahr, The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War
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“A misstep many make: they mistake darkness for meaning. They think light is easy. They think light will find a way through the crack in the door by itself. But it doesn’t – you have to open the door & let it in.”
? Melanie Gideon
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“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
? Ursula K. Le Guin
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“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.”
? Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
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“Fear can only grow in darkness. Once you face fear with light, you win.”
? Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

 

 

 

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Oh, photos!

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Some old photos were found. Amazing to see how we look like about fifteen years ago.  I could have shown you now but the scanner is in daughter’s room. Maybe some other day.

We have lots of these photos from film strips or negative films.  I could definitely use a scanner software for them to capture the images and save and group them in batches.   These images could be sorted, too, with this software.

Back to the old photos, Papsie’s belly was so good looking before.  😀 I still had a cute little face before.  Cute, being small, no double chin.  Kay was skinny as ever and I discovered that Daryl was not fat when he was four!

Though the old photos were not as clear, and with a lot of dark surroundings because the camera was instamatic, it was truly fun to look at. They brought a lot of memories.  And that is why I love to take pictures.

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