Monday, August 4, 2014

Self Portrait

Got really fascinated by the design of my recently bought origami paper. I got it from a kind Japanese woman at Legazpi Market last week. 

I'd like to think the design is a funky kind of floral. It's not too sweet and not too edgy, just the right kind of swedgy. (see what I did there?) 

Kind reminded me of well, me. So I decided to do a (sort of) self-portrait. :D  
It made a good cover for my notebook.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Singapore Sling (A fling with SG's colorful store fronts)

I've only been to Singapore once. That was back in 2010 and it was for a class field trip in college. It was fun because I was with my friends and 90% of the time we were just shopping. I never thought I would want to go back, since I felt like that was all there is to it.

 Being a small country, having this mindset is inevitable. You can go on a drive and already see the entire city. And since I've always been the type to trek through unknown streets, eat weird street food and explore messy night markets, Singapore fell flat on my "adventure" meter.

 Fast forward. 4 years later. Singapore trip. For free. Awesome Tour Guide. Film Camera. So that happened. Our awesome group and I were brought to streets I've never seen before (or knew existed) and for a while there, I felt like I was in SG grounds for the first time.

 Here are a few surprises I enjoyed in my 4-day adventure or shall I say, re-adventure in Singapore captured in film.

Ann Siang Hill's charming bar fronts and back alleys. Usually visited during night for drinks and casual partying, the hill is also worth a beautiful day time walk. 

Haji Lane's colorful store fronts and funky boutiques.

Of course, there's China Town.

Tiong Bahru. This neighborhood is somewhere I would want to live. It's small and it tries a little less to be hip. It naturally showcases some of the best bakeshops in the country. (the photos aren't film but from my iPhone)

Bras Basah Complex, Bain Street. Popular among the art students, this center is filled with services like film processing and book binding. They also have specialized book and arts and crafts stores and is home to the famous Basheer books. I stumbled upon a cute little shop called Cat Socrates. (Photos taken with an iPhone as well)
So basically, this trip was an unexpected rainbow. Singapore proved to be a bright side after all.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Half Vigan

I say half because that's what my camera managed to expose - only half of a photo. I guess that's the tricky part about film, you're never sure what you're going to get. But what I did get, I loved. So posted here are some of the photos taken during the trip that still managed to make sense despite the blackened corner.

To begin, Vigan was mostly warm and brown.

The famous Calle Crisologo was lined with vintage finds and Filipino weaved products.

Kalesas lined the streets and they smelled like horse poop and wood combined. Weird but slightly charming. (Hey I'm being honest here.)

I always find it cool how some places have a distinct color palette to it. Vigan is brown, (red), blue and yellow. Just like this photo.

And of course, what would a Vigan trip be without riding a Kalesa with your awesome family. (cue charming horse poop smell)

All photos taken with a Ricoh Film Camera.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Adventures in Film: Pentax MV-1

It was probably the impulsive part of me that went to Quiapo that day and definitely the reckless spender Kaye that hoarded a bunch of film and a new camera (not two weeks after I bought my first)

But like any hobbyist would do, I defended my purchases in my head like a courtroom case and pleaded not guilty.

 I do not regret the things I bought mainly because they're cheap and useful. Elvin told me his college friends would buy cameras at Hidalgo (a street in Quiapo) for their film classes back in the day. This was a foreign concept to me, given we never had a photography class in school. So I set the date and told him to reserve Sunday for a little Manila adventure.

The day came and we headed to Hidalgo for a sweaty scavenger hunt. All the cameras are housed in a street called Hidalgo. It was in one of the smaller stalls that Elvin had his magical moment with a fully manual Fujica. Despite the unknown brand he took a liking to it because of it's color and the comfort he felt when he held it in his hands to shoot. I guess when you're looking for a vintage camera it isn't so much about the specs but more about how it feels for you. Boy, the shop owner told us that most vintage cameras were built to last and it felt that way.

 Now it was time to search for mine. Across Boy's shop we saw another one just like his. The banner said "DAD'S CAMERAS" and the owner introduced himself as Dado. He showed me a Pentax MV-1. He explained what aperture priority meant and how it isn't as manual as Elvin's but it was a good camera to start with. We bought both for 2,500. They threw in a strap and a full cleaning.

Afterwards we went to a few other shops to buy film. Most were expired, which was perfect! I even got to find a few boxes of Agfa 100. Expired colored films go for about 50 pesos while B&W go for about 200+. We drove to The Collective to do some test shots.

Here are some of my favorites:

All of these are taken with a Pentax MV-1 and Fuji Superia X-TRA ISO 400 film :)

On the bright side, the shots turned out well. But somehow, from shot 26 to 36 all shots were overlapped on two frames. WEIRD. I'll be heading back to Quiapo to have it fixed.

Monday, December 9, 2013

A taste of Greece

If people were to ask me where I went this weekend, I would say Greece. But then that would be a lie, so I guess I'll just say I went to paradise.

It's a long drive from Manila. Roughly about 5-8 hours depending on the traffic. But the new TPLEX highway eased the car fever with it's beautiful view.

We arrived at sunset and stayed at a villa facing the ocean. 
The architecture was Greek inspired like all of the other houses in the resort. 
The lobby was a sun kissed Greek paradise. 

To make most of the sunset, I went out and shot flowers. 

The beach wasn't much but it was enough to make the kids smile. 
Thunderbird Resort, Poro Point La Union. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Coffee Shop Rape @ Subspace Ortigas

While most people are busy partying at the shores of Boracay, E and I decided to spend our city holiday slumming it in a nearby coffee shop. 

The result - a photo raping session using nothing but an HTC camera.

We also devoured their Dark Chocolate Mint drink.  (it's a must-try)

"I'm always pretty happy when I'm kicking back with you."

True story. 

Space Coffee House
Unit 103, G/F Emerald Tower, F Ortigas Jr Rd
Pasig City

Fly to the Bright Side

In Tolkien's words, not all those who wander are lost.