Hi! I joined the BigBlogX 2014. Please, please, please vote for me here. Click on vote for me and then enter your email address. They will send an email with a confirmation link for your vote to be counted.

You can read all about The Big Blog Exchange here and here.:)


I’ve always wanted to be an ant if I’m given a chance to be anything for a day. They’re small. They have real families. They work in communities. They even have a caste system. Very complex life for very tiny creatures. 

Will McAvoy, if you watch The Newsroom you’d know him, is on this “mission to civilize” other people — at least on the show. I am, on the other hand, on the mission to understand. I guess we are all on that mission. I want to understand how others live their lives, how they feel, how they react. I want to understand what life is for them. I don’t know, may be in some ways those understandings will give me an idea how to live my own life. Or it can also be that I’m just one curious cat.

That’s what The Big Blog Exchange is all about. I realized when I read my previous post that I didn’t really get to introduce what it is I am asking you to vote for. I just assumed everyone is familiar with it. What is the purpose of it? Why do I need to win? Why should I win? 

The Big Blog Exchange is run by Hostelling International. Their project is to have 16 passionate bloggers swap blogs and countries for 10 days.

I really can’t think of anything that sets me apart from all the hopeful bloggers who joined the contest as well. We all want to travel. We all want to have — and share — that experience of a lifetime. I cannot say I want this badly more than them. We all want this badly. Idk. I guess you guys can be the judge of that? 

I am still asking for your support. You can use all your active email address to vote for me. May be you can also ask your siblings and other family members. Hahaha! Nah, I was just kidding. But if you want to and they’re willing, I would very muh appreciate it. Hihi! :3

Click ‘vote for me’ here. Enter your email address and they will send a confirmation email for your vote.:) Very simple. Thank you so much for all the people who’ve already voted for me.

P.S. First photo was taken by my lover. 

Canon AE-1P // Ilford XP2 Super 400 // PaRodinal

July 26, 2014 at 08:02pm


This is a very loooooooooooooooooooong shot. I don’t know how I can emphasize it more than spelling it with (x) numbers of o’s. I don’t know where I got the courage to join. I don’t even have followers to vote for me. I’m not even sure if there are people who visit this blog, people beside the other five I get to interact with. I hate dealing with rejection cause Idk I’m weak and sensitive? 

And there goes the what-if-I-win delusion? I probably won’t be granted any VISA — I’m a nursing graduate, that’s why. Too many uncertainties and doubts. Good thing though, I don’t like getting beaten down by… well, myself. I don’t like regretting — especially what ifs. Yes, this is me everyday, constantly arguing with myself. Haha! 

So yes, I did it. I participated! May be you’ll find it in your heart to send a tiny girl like me to another country. May be not? Alright, I just want to sound cool like I don’t need your votes, but I do. I do need them all! So please, please, please vote for me? Click the image above, or the button before my posts, then hit vote for me. Very very simple. :)

Here’s my motivation. It might compel you into voting for me. Hahaha!

"We are meant to fully participate in life on Earth and that we are meant to share our creativity as much as we can." This line from an article about Druidism really catches my attention. I am at the point of my life where I want to experience what it means to actually live so I can have my own definition of what life is really all about. I want to not only take a bite of the whole world, but devour it as much as I can - while I still can. I am deeply fascinated with the beauty and diversity of life and culture, with the hopes of one day, I’d get to understand everything about it. It would be an honor to be touched by other peoples lives and be immersed into their being. To share it through my lens and rolls of films would be the greatest contribution of my existence.


P.S. Thank you lover for making my very cute blog header. It was inspired by one of the WC Google banners. And for this promotional image of some sort. I love you! <3

July 25, 2014 at 08:10pm


Nikk and I were so eager to finish the first roll loaded on our Kiev 60; I couldn’t shut up about it (see previous posts). So even though we know for a fact that we’ll get underexposed, blurry shots if we went out for a short photowalk that night, we just couldn’t care less. Haha!

Antipolo Cathedral in monochrome at night. First shot on top was taken by me, the rest was taken by Nikk — cause he was hogging the camera. Sharing this camera will be hard. Haha! 

Kiev 60 // Neopan Acros 100 // Kodak D-76

July 23, 2014 at 08:02pm


Sharing with you shots from our very first roll from our Kiev 60. My first time developing a 120mm film as well. Quite surprisingly, I find it easier to load a 120mm to a reel compared to a 135mm. Sadly, almost all of the shots were underexposed. This is why I am not really much of a fan of ISO 100 films. Luckily, I got a still shot of Deyniel. The universe knows how hard it is to take a picture of him. He’s our Shih Tzu, by the way. My parents made the spelling of his name as it is because they don’t want people mispronouncing the Daniel as Dan-yel. I just shook my head in disbelief when they told me that. ‘rents.

P.S. Second photo was taken by the lover.

P.S. #2 Never squeegeeing my films ever again. Those marks are from the squeegee. :(

Kiev 60 // Neopan Acros 100 // Kodak D-76

July 22, 2014 at 08:30pm


Is it weird to start a weekly blog series in the middle of the year? No? Yey! This is my first ever take on making one; probably one of the greatest challenges I have bestowed upon myself. Consistency is where I always greatly fail at so good luck, Aia! 

This series was inspired by two of my favorite film photography bloggers, Katie on her Weekend List and April on her Life After Film. If you’re following both of them, you’ll see that this series will just be a rip off of theirs. Hahaha! 

Lately, I’ve been gaining followers more than I’ve ever had in my entire blogging life — which is more than a decade. Frankly, I’d rather gain friends than followers. I realized that what I’ve been posting is nothing but what I do/I can do and not so much of who I am. Probably the reason why sometimes I feel this space is so empty. To be honest, I’ve never been this personally detached to my blog; I’ve had countless and this is the only one I try not to get too personal with. I don’t know why. 

So here’s my attempt in showing more of me in the hopes of making more friends and being consistent on some thing in complete randomness every Sunday. 

Random things that changed my life tremendously in the past 6 mos:

  • Had a petIt’s actually my mom’s dog. He’s a shih tzu. Dad bought it for her on her birthday last March. He’s been the main source of joy in the family ever since. 
  • BikeI bought myself a mountain bike for my 24th birthday last April. If you have a Strava account (which is the best app for cycling and running btw) let’s follow each other and keep track of our improvements.
  • Processing filmsLearned to develop my own B&W films last May. Cut the cost of a very expensive hobby that is film photography. 
  • Kiev 60It hadn’t changed anything that much yet except making a huge hole in my wallet. Hahaha! Kidding aside, I’d like to believe it soon will. Nikk and I will not forgive ourselves if we use a medium format for mundane works. 
  • DrivingI am currently in the process of learning how to drive. Dad finally gave me permission to bring the car for my personal use. I am very eager to learn already. This will bring me to places I can take great photographs at (I hope). 

What changed your life lately? 

July 20, 2014 at 10:28pm

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