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Seeing through the Plastic Lens

i am not refering to my plastic spectacles, which i have been wearing ever since.

last January 30, 2008, i have acquired, through a friend, a Holga 120 CFN starter kit.

for those not in the know, a Holga is part of the Lomography tradition which is now so in vouge in the Philippines.

i did not delve into the world of Lomo just to join the bandwagon. i did it to satisfy and cultivate my creativity which has been, since i have started working, discarded and set aside.

i did some photography, for a time, back in my photojournalism days in the university. i used a Nikon SLR then. i borrowed it from a friend. i had fun with that camera, even though i only used Colpan 35mms. haha.

now, i’m using an analog camera loaded with a 120mm roll of film. going old school.

now, for a renaissance of self-indulgence. here are some samples.

terminal window
taken last February 23, 2008 at Victory Liner Terminal in Sampaloc, Manila. image captured with my Holga, using Fuji Superia 100. photo blurred using bulb exposure.

multiple exposures
taken shortly after the Holga’s purchase. image used a Fuji Superia 100 with multiple exposures and multi-colored filters.

building in ortigas
taken in Ortigas last February 22, 2008. image used a Fuji Superia.

bus wheel
taken last February 23, 2008 at Victory Liner Terminal in Sampaloc, Manila. image captured with my Holga, using Fuji Superia 100.


Bucket List

I haven’t seen Bucket List, that inspiring dramedy starring heavyweights Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, but I’m planning to see it one of these days.

I was inspired with what my friend Cai posted a few days back. She also told me to do my own Bucket List. So i guess, this is my “to-do-list-before-I-die.”

1.) Have surgery.

Aside from the usual and mandated surgery for all Catholic-born males, I have not experienced any major penetrative surgical procedure. If I do, I hope it would be corrective (Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis or LASIK) or even cosmetic (ay, jusko! ano kaya?).

2.) Finish a kick-ass graphic novel and have it published. Ito pangarap.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yun nga lang, it’s still in the works.

3.) Rehabilitate my hybrid mountain bike. And ride it again along the dikes toward Mt. Pinatubo.

4.) Travel

For now, kahit saan. Pero I want to go to a place where there is snow. Ganun lang ako ka-cheap. And exotic animals. Yung polar bear. O kaya llama. Ganun.

5.) Savor a Bird’s Nest Soup.

Idol ko talaga si Washington Sycip. Ito ang kanyang daily breakfast.

6.) Learn the art of sewing.

My paternal grandfather was a good tailor. Until his eyes failed him. I still use hand-me-down dress pants that he made. For the office.

7.) Better myself in carpentry.

I pride myself for being a do-it-all handyman. Gusto kong magkaroon ng shop with all those marvelous carpentry tools and stuff.

8.) Drive a Subaru.

An Impreza WRX, to be exact.

9.) See the stars upclose, again. Hindi artista.

The first time I did was in UP, in 1996. With a gigantic telescope. I wish I could peek through the lens and reach the heavens again.

10.) Learn to surf or skimboard.

Shet, taga-Zambales ako at wala akong board. Pathetic.

11.) Overcome my acrophobia and do something “high-flying.” Yung talagang lumilipad.

12.) Have and own 1,000 books. Or even more. I’m already at around 300+.

13.) Complete all of John Irving’s and Frederick Forsyth’s novels. Addict.

14.) Have a dip in all of the world’s major oceans. So far, South China Sea pa lang ako. Hindi siya ocean.

15.) Smoke high-grade weed. Gago rin, ano?

16.) Watch films. Ito ay isang on going project.

17.) Finish a Shakespearean play. Pucha. Ang hirap.

18.) Run a serious marathon.

19.) Complete my SD Gundam collection. Kahit hindi na Musha models.

20.) Till the land. All over again. Parang magandang magtanim ng mais.

21.) Learn the Rumba. Tangina. Sa totoo lang, I like ballroom. Shet na lang sa hirap ang Rumba.

22.) Better my cooking.

23.) Score a homerun. 🙂 Baseball homerun, ah. Baseball.

24.) Learn the Cat’s Cradle. Yung parang sa ending credits ng Maskman.

25.) Master the Rubik’s Cube.

26.) Fly a kite. Promise, hindi ko pa nagawa ito.

27.) Give a great kisser.

Yung solid na sapak sa mukha. Be it a straight or a whalloping hook. Yung, makaka-knockout. And be given one in return.

28.) Build my own house. Yung ako talaga maghahalo ng semento. Tapos gagawa ako ng library at Audio-Video room. Hay…

29.) Go snorkelling.

30.) Maupo sa ilalim ng isang waterfall. Yung parang ginagawa ni Alexis aka Shaider para magmeditate. Hahaha.

Dito na lang muna. There’s still more to come.

rekindled stupidity

despite the uproar and clamor along Ayala Avenue this last Friday, i just sat and tried to rekindle my old devotion to this fucking blog.

it has already been a few months since i last dropped by and posted. and my last post was nothing but a desperate attempt to write of my nonchalance and everyday morbidness.


but now, i’m back.

i blame this rekindled interest on my fucking bronchitis and on this bitterness that stemmed from the inability to go to this year’s UP Fair. again, because of the my glorious hacking and coughing.

i also attribute this reunion to my defection from a online community that i used to dearly love.

the forum, which is dedicated to one of the country’s most promising artists, used to be so vibrant and interesting. poster/members were friendly and perceptive. but now, it’s overrun by kids. hay. nakaka-frustrate.

until then. sana nga masundan pa ito.