January 24, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3: A light-hearted Movie Infused with All the Feels

One thing about films, any films, is that they can be plagued by this uncanny phenomenon where subsequent sequels can and will pale in comparison to the original movie - sometimes miserably. But there are rare cases where some really great ones will dodge this formidable "curse" and come out victorious! Kung Fu Panda 3 managed to snag a spot in the ranks of the unbeatable list. And one, well-deserved.

January 22, 2016

Much Ado about the Moon: Photographic Journal of the Multi-Faceted Moon

Before we delve into my photographic fascination of the moon let me first regale you with the astounding, sometimes dumbfounding example of the Moon's "Lunar Lunacy Effect" that though not scientifically true, it about holds truer than true for me today.

Like an unexplained horror mystery, I was at countless times were either cut-off for no good reason, or I've witnessed erratic, shake-my-head, recklessly-stupid-kind-of-actions, from uncomfortably, a few many drivers on the road today. Where one almost resulted to a catastrophic accident involving a school bus and two cars. So many close calls that makes you question why there are so many lunatic douchebags-es who clearly have no business being out, are out there today - all at the same time! Then en route to home this afternoon, I happened to glance at the blue -  calm before the storm - sky,  and there, up on the horizon, the almost full moon was glaring at me like it was saying. "Yep. I'm the reason for all these lunatics on the road!" 

Strange but true. Here's that culprit today. It was the Day moon!

The Day Moon on Waxing Gibbous three days before total Full Moon on Sunday, January 24, 2016. 

January 19, 2016

Hello Moon, Goodnight Moon: How to Photograph the Moon

We got home relatively late Sunday night but what a sweet treat to see the clear, dark sky filled with stars which were glittering like diamonds! The North sky is so clear that you can make out several visible constellations! I never thought of the moon which was nowhere in sight and quickly dismissed the possibility of seeing it. Then I walked into my home office and this bright glow out through my window caught my eyes...

It was the moon! Half of the moon anyway. Just when I thought it was not visible that night.  It was peeking through the dark sky like it was Adele telling me, "Hello, it's me!" . Yes, I went there. It can't be helped. It was a lovely sight!  According to Moon Giant, the moon is on its first quarter phase. And due to the angle and rotation of the earth, the moon looked like it is upside down. However, it looks the opposite during the day when the moon, also called "Day moon" is visible during the day time - a scientific phenomenon that comes about due to the moon's Lunar cycle.

December 30, 2015

New Year in the Philippines: More Than A Celebration

Philippine Flag on New Year's day / Photo: Manila Bulletin

And just like that, Christmas is done and over with. If I were in the Philippines right now, I probably would be beyond giddy like a little girl who can't wait for New Year to get here - soon and quick! If you were from the Philippines, guaranteed, you would be too! Well, it's no secret that New Year in the Philippines is like the equivalent of July 4th in the intensity of fireworks and over the top celebrations. It surpasses every major holiday celebrated in the country. New Year is the biggest bang bar none. It is afterall, the "last" hurrah for the current year and the first for the incoming year!

However, it's not just all about the fireworks that makes New Year in the Philippines the most anticipated party of the year. There's more to it than meets the eye...

December 25, 2015

Christmas in the Philippines: The Things I Miss

Traditional Filipino Parol with lights / Photo source: AMS Daily

Christmas is about done in the Philippines as I write this. For us, it's today. During this time, I time travel - back into those days when I was young, in the country where I was born and raised, enjoying the days and nights with my brothers and sisters and friends leading to Christmas day.

December 19, 2015

5 Very Last-Minute Gift Ideas That Works When You're Out of Time and Ideas

According to consumer analysts, extreme last-minute shoppers will wait until the very last-minute to shop for gifts this year. Meaning, there will be a lot of rushing and insane mad dash to the mall all the way to December 24th. Not an ideal scenario. But if you're one of the extreme procrastinator, no worries, we've got you covered. I hope.

December 18, 2015

Why I Love the Christmas Season And It's not About the Gifts

Or that my birthday is three days before Christmas. Actually, it leaves much to be desired if you were born in this most-celebrated season. December birthday celebrant will agree that your birthday gets overshadowed by Christmas itself. Truth. So, yes, not that too. But don't get me wrong. I don't hate my birthday either. But now, on to why I love the season. Want to take a shot at guessing?

Answer? This.

November 11, 2015

Getting Crafty with HP's New Sticky-Backed Photo Paper At My #StickaPic Party

This past Saturday, we were able to unleash the endless possibilities of HP's new sticky-backed photo paper and had tons of fun creating, DIY-ing and photo stickin'! Check out the two projects we created and be inspired. They are both timely for the upcoming holidays.

Done watching? Scroll down to see the rest of our party fun.

October 31, 2015

The Colorful Road to the Mountain Top

12 Years. That's how long it took for me to finally experience, witness, admire and [forever] capture the beauty of Fall up in the mountains. A wait worth the wait. In one full day, nature revealed its grandeur and amazing wonders all but unexpectedly - yet wholeheartedly accepted. It made me walk in the clouds, yes, walk in the clouds and marveled on its panoramic views around me and below me.  

October 29, 2015

A Walk In The Clouds: Grandfather Mountain - Amazing Photos

Just when we thought our visit to Grandfather Mountain was a bust because of the weather, it instead gave us the experience of a lifetime!