I don't know much but these I know. I am not perfect and I learn something new everyday. Even if I do learn something everyday, I may not even follow it until after many days or weeks or after a failure or heartbreak. Sometimes that's the only way you can learn. I've realized many things in life.This past week alone was full of surprises. I've met so many people that made a big impact in my life or how I see life. God has a way of showing me things that should matter or things that I should give attention to or ponder on. Maybe I am meant to share them to my readers too. We can all learn together, do little changes together. Why not? Change is a good thing as long as it doesn't harm anyone.
Here are things I've learned regarding different aspects of life. I apologize for all the grammatical errors you may come across while reading this. I am no writer but I just felt the urge to share these things with you. So please ignore the errors and focus on the message.
-Families should stick together, no matter the adversity or trials. Walking out the door should never be an option. Once you remove that option in your system, your body gains power and energy to fight what is being thrown at you. It's like riding a roller coaster, you jump in and no matter how you scream, it will not stop for you and yet you gain enough courage to withstand the ride and eventually enjoy it and get through it alive. Getting off the ride, you come down with a new sense of pride, knowing you did it. Giving up should never be an option. You fight until you have air in your lungs. You fight and protect your family, that's why it's called 'pride'. Be a lion. Stand your ground and fulfill that responsibility that is given to you. Having a family is a privilege. Not everyone can have a family. It is a great blessing. There is nothing better than knowing that you belong somewhere. No matter how the world gets crazy, knowing you have something to come home to at the end of the day is a great thing. Protect it with all your might, love with all your heart and never count or record all the wrongs and the good things you give to your family. What you give to them should feel like you're doing it for yourself. You are all one. That is what a family is. One unit.This world has somehow forgotten that. It had become a me, myself and I world. Giving had become tiring. Sharing and loving had become a chore. More and more
spouses are looking for some sort of validation from somewhere else, from someone else, from passions, hobbies or infidelities. More and more things are keeping them away from their families.
This world had become "love yourself first, before others" instead of the other way around. The term yolo (you only live once)had become so powerful that instead of it making us see what and who should matter most or where our time should go, it had become a selfish remark. It had become all about oneself and not others. It became about acquiring more, getting ahead, it became about excess, lust and other selfish acts because they say you only live once, do everything you want, good or bad because you only have one shot at this, life is short yada yada yada. I do not agree but sometimes I am guilty of thinking the same thing. We all are at one point or another. Sometimes it's easier to do things our own way than do things the right way. I believe that true courage is having self control and not being a free spirit able to do things as you wish. Not because you can, you must. We all can do whatever we want but to control ourselves and choose to do what's right instead of what is easier or more enjoyable is what's admirable. It is what life is about.
-Being in love and loving are two different things but neither is bad. Some people say that when you stop being in love with your spouse, then it's time to pack your things and go. And then when you do, you begin looking for that natural high that you once felt with your spouse, somewhere out there, with someone else and if and when you do, you realize that you've made the right decision for leaving the one you were with and then that love spell wears off again and then it becomes a never-ending cycle of chasing that high, jumping to one relationship after the other. This may not apply to everyone but it does to some. Loving is a good thing, being loyal is a good thing but not being in love does not mean you have to end things. Not being in love does not mean the absence of love. You may not feel that natural high of being in love with butterflies in your tummy and flushed cheeks all throughout your years but knowing that someone is next to you at night and waking up to someone in the morning and being able to hold someone's hand whenever you want is enough and is worth it. Value it. Embrace it. It is a blessing.
Sometimes people look for real life fairytales. Specially now in the world of social media where every romantic gesture is being documented, proposals are getting fancier and more elaborate than ever and you are a mere viewer or reader and then you begin feeling bad about what you don't have or what you do have. Be grateful, no matter what. Love what you have, who you have. Treasure them. Treasure her. Treasure him. Love the way you want to be loved and yet love without any expectations. You will feel happier or should I say you will be the happiest you'll ever be.
As if I wasn't already busy enough, I've volunteered to plan and decorate a vintage style circus party. Sometimes, I enjoy making things so much it's hard to say no to fun projects like this. I did not anticipate though that it involved rigorous planning, making and running around the city looking for the right supplies plus chores, pending photo post processing and life.
When I began this project above, I thought it was simple and quick enough to make. It's been 3 weeks and I'm not done with it yet. I didn't know how difficult (and expensive) these plastic animals were! I mean who would have thought that they would cost so much? 12 pieces in Michael's cost around $9.99 and above. And I needed more than a 100. Thanks to ebay and craigslist, I am now stuck with more than 300 animals. tiny, medium and large. Their prices were still ridiculous but much better than getting them from the store. These animals are vintage and I think they are more beautiful than the brand new ones. Don't you think?
As much as I enjoy doing this, I can't wait for it to be over,begin the holiday festivities, enjoy a much deserved break and spend time with my family.
I have this dream. This dream of taking haunting photographs that look like scenes from movies. I'm too scared to take the leap but there's a voice inside me that won't stop bugging me. When I saw this boy today, that dream became louder than ever. I had to take this shot, just for now, I thought. Just for now, maybe I can shy away from what I've always done and just be brave. I knew just by looking through my camera today and this image was on the other side of the lens that this type of shots is what makes my heart skip a beat. I know one day, I will take the leap and just let my creativity take over me without inhibition, without thinking too much and just let the real me shine through. I wonder where it will take me. My mind is bursting with ideas , sometimes I cannot contain myself but for now, they will just have to wait. Just a little bit more. I know one morning, I will wake up, drop everything I've worked for and just begin again. After all, every step isn't wasted, it's all part of the journey.
-Breakfast and coffee (double shot espresso with creme brulee flavored creamer is my fave) seems tastier when it's cold and rainy, don't you think?
-Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I can't wait to have Mom's turkey. My mom makes the best dishes. My friends are coming over to spend the day with us, can't wait to just relax, eat and of course, say thanks. Even though, things aren't perfect, there are always many things to be grateful for.
-November and December are my busiest months. Everyone wants photographs for the Holidays. Last year, I wasn't really able to enjoy Christmas. It seemed like a blur. It went by so fast and I was in front of the computer editing day and night. This year, I am marking Dec. 15 as my last day of work. Absolutely no work related anything after that day. I want to enjoy my kids, the holiday season, every second of it.
-This Christmas, I also want to skip gift wrapping presents. Unwrapping presents, as enjoyable as it is, I cringe over the thought that all that will end up in the trash. So I'm thinking just using boxes and ribbons. We have to be good to our planet somehow right? Though it's sooo tempting to get those polkadots and striped wrappers I see everywhere!
I will also try my best to give handmade and homemade presents. I think it's better to give things like that rather than getting whatever thoughtless item from the store that they probably won't even like.-Don Jon.
I watched this movie, at least half of it, didn't finish it and now I'm wondering how it ended. There is something about Joseph Gordon Levitt! I cannot quite explain. Do you agree?
Happy Friday! Be good to yourself and be good to people around you :)
Here are some photographs I've taken that I am listing on my shop to help out the victims of the Haiyan typhoon.
To purchase an 8x10 set of the whole series (5 prints in all) for $50, please buy it here
All proceeds go to Philippine Red Cross.
I was born and raised in the Philippines. I remember we used to battle storm after storm while growing up. It was our way of life. Kids in the street even swam in flood waters as if they were in a five star hotel pool. People would wave and smile at news cameras during a live coverage. We were so used to it and because of such adversities, both natural and man-made, we became very resilient people. This recent super typhoon Haiyan (or local name Yolanda) however was a different story. It was nothing like any typhoon we have endured. It was nothing that the world has seen before and how can a small, humble country that is already poverty stricken overcome such a natural disaster that no one can wrap their mind around? It's strength was something that is difficult to put into words. It was like a hydrogen bomb that wiped out many towns, separated families forever. As I write this now, people there are still battling hunger, fear, grief and physical pain and it's only the beginning. Yes, there is a long journey ahead. It is scary but I want to remain hopeful. Hope is a powerful thing.
The world has united to help out and isn't it nice to see the world unite and work on a common goal? For that, I say thank you in behalf of every Filipino. As I watch the news, I can no longer sit, cry and do nothing. I made this poster today hoping that it encourages people I know and people I do not know personally to help our country at this great time of need. All proceeds will go to Red Cross Philippines.
If you do not want this poster and just want to donate, please do so here
But if you want to buy this poster and help at the same time, purchase here.
This is one of my favorite shoots ever. The beautiful lady you see here is my favorite make up artist,
wait, I only have one, I guess that's how much I love her and her work. I love working with fellow artists/creative people. Makes me feel great that they choose to work with me.
This is her beautiful family. We did this shoot back in the Summer.
They're gorgeous, right?
My favorite place to get props is my son's toy walk-in closet and book shelves.
We found this feather at the park before setting up. it was perfect for the shoot.
More shoots coming soon.
I've been following this blog
for more than a year now and I feel that I've been a part of their journey somehow. A and Peggy, the couple behind SIX PEGS recently opened their own cafe called The Tiramisu Hero and their cafe is by far the cutest I've ever seen. Oh, how we need places like this here in the U.S., don't you think? In Asia, you would find the most creative cafes and restaurants. I cannot wait to explore! If you are an avid cafe enthusiast ( is there such a thing? I think so, I know I am!) then cafes (and restaurants) in S. Korea, Philippines, Japan, Singapore and other Asian Countries will blow your mind away!
Hop on Six Pegs
for more photos to drool over :)All images from SIX PEGS and TIRAMISU HERO
With daughter #2
We love Anthropologie. I will never get tired taking photos there. ..
or touching things and trying on things...
Sometimes I almost believe, I live there.
This girl was my date.
Sweater: Cotton On
I hope you never get tired of my Anthropologie posts :)
I rarely go to the mall but when I do, I just window shop. Everything I see there seems too mainstream to me. Nothing really wows me but during Halloween season, things at the mall get pretty exciting. The other day, at the H&M kid's section, I saw these gold wings with glittery shoe laces! I couldn't resist! I meant to buy this for my 6 year old son, River but when I got home, I realized all his shoes were slip ons! Errr, sooo I ended up using it. I don't care if it looks too weird or too childish. I love it! It makes me happy when I look at my shoes and it makes people smile too when I walk by.
For $4.95 how could I say no?
Shoes from Nine West (6+ years old) shoe wings H&M