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I've done mixtapes because it came to a time that I can't afford buying albums anymore. I will either wait for my song in the radio or ask a friend who has the album of the artist (cassette/CD) to make a copy for me. Watch the video below.

I am forever thankful with the present technology for music but, cassette tapes are sentimental to me. Mom and dad (he works as a sailor) literally used cassette tapes as "voicemail" aside from snail mails, scheduled phone calls and telegrams. I was able to listen with one of it. I heard my four year old self saying hi and goodnight to dad (awwww moment). I remember saving up for Backstreet Boys cassette albums because we don't have a CD player  and CD's are expensive. Aaahhhh those were the days...

How about you? What were your experience with mixtapes or the cassette tape era?

Freebie Reading

I love free magazines and newspaper with good content. 

It's quite ironic actually, because I can read lots of magazines, literary books (or basically anything that interests me) but nursing books are ignored. My husband reprimands me for this! (When he found out I finished the seven books of Harry Potter but I can't finish a few hundred page a driver's manual). I have colleagues or friends who are surprised, that I'm oriented with "stuff" outside the scope of nursing. Well, I don't want to limit my knowledge. I'm cool with anything my brain can absorb. It keeps me sane and level-headed.

Back in the Philippines, we have the Inquirer Libre. Copies are distributed mostly at MRT and LRT stations and are gone in a snap. Most of the time, I just borrow it from classmates who rides the train early in the morning.I was still in college when Philippine Daily Inquirer released the first free tabloid in the country. Aside from the news, I love reading the funny and sometimes-right-on-smack quotes in the horoscope.

Here in San Diego, most of the magazines are available in libraries, museums, hotels, malls, coffee shops and gyms. Most of the magazines are printed with glossy covers. The pages are like the sheets of a newspaper printed with colors for the pictures.

SD Reader and USA Today - My dose of current affairs in San Diego.
Old Town San Diego- Guide around the historic Old Town.
101 Things to do in San Diego - To know more of places to go here in SD.
SD Family magazine- Broadway productions that are in town and kid-friendly hang-outs in the county.

The thing I don't like with the above mentioned is the ad placement. It's basically everywhere! It's more visible than the article itself. I understand the publication survives thru ads (a given fact), so I'm putting into consideration it might be a strategy.

When I was living in Singapore, lots of free magazines are all over the island (malls, boutiques, restaurants, museums, coffee shops etc ).  I can't pick favorites because all of it are great. Each has it's own niche. Photography, content, ad placement, features are managed in a classified and non-messy kind of way. Made me feel I actually bought it. The websites are worth your time to navigate as well.

 Juice - Fashion, music (local and international) and clubbing. 

I-S (Inside Singapore) - Events, Restaurants, Travel, and Shopping
Catalog - I love their front covers! It's very graphic and conceptual that made it look playful and unique. In the website they have this flipbook of current and previous issues. Meaning I could read Catalog even if I'm not in Singapore. Yey!

In-flight magazines publication are getting better the past few years. Maybe because travel industry has changed especially now that many can afford it. The content caters to everyone from tourist destinations, shopping, dining and places to stay. I use it as a good reference on future outings.

Another in flight magazine of note is AirAsia's Travel 3Sixty.

Looking forward to more goods read this 2014!

Catalog - www.catalogmagazine.com
Mabuhay - Facebook page of Mabuhay Magazine.
Smile - Cebu Pacific Smile website
Jetstar Magazine - www.jetstarmag.com/asia

Trick or Treat!

(Late Post)

Trick or Treat are for children, I know! When I was younger, we don't do one back home. I only see it on American movies or TV shows. It looks fun! Too bad , recently na lang nauuso ang pag-costume. Fast forward to today, I'm now based in California. I arrived before the end of summer and totally looking forward to Halloween.


Film Photography Explained

The Analogs
The Analogs by Miss Wander Girl

I lived through the age of film photography. Watching this video from Buzzfeed pretty much sums up my 90's experience of film photos. 

Going through our family photos, one could notice chronological gaps:
  1. There was a time when we can't afford to develop a film because it's expensive. I remember just buying the 12 shot films because it was cheaper than the 24 and 36. It's also cheaper when developed. Those were the times that we need to at least have some "remembrance" of a family moment. 
  2. Our camera (Canon Pixma) has a different kind of battery and it was expensive. And difficult to find.
  3. As for my personal issues, I was fat so my face looks siopao. I have no idea yet of "angles". There came a time that I lost weight and my chin didn't compliment my face (I hate the shitty body image disturbance era in my teenage years!). Most of the time, I refuse for a solo picture. I was too hard on myself back then (sheesh!). If I had known what I know now siguro mas madami akong good memories.
I can't delete, redo nor see the photo after shooting.  Selfies are a big no-no and a total waste of frames. My dream camera back then was a Polaroid.

I learned about re-copying photos by borrowing the films used. It's  a cheap alternative but photos are likely to be darker in shade. It was a complete hassle when others want to borrow the film as well. Patience was not my greatest virtue back then. Sometimes, I just don't bother following up and leave it.

That's why I'm thankful for digital photography (I think relieved is the most appropriate word it). It has its pros and cons. On a personal level , it has stopped the chronological gap of remembering our special moments and memories. 


Project Pie


I was surprised when I found out someone brought Project Pie in Manila. Good job! Way ahead than Singapore, Dubai and Hongkong.

Broadway, Chula Vista Branch
Originally Project Pie started in Las Vegas. They expanded the business to California with a branch in Hillcrest and Chula Vista. 

Interior is minimalist concentrating on neutrals. The place is spacious and clean.
On the left check -out the hanging iPad. You can take pictures and post in their instagram account @projectpiecv
I feel like, the place was designed for social media. The wall paper makes a nice backdrop for selfies and group pictures. Lighting (best at daytime) can give you a nice glow.
Love the hanging light bulbs.

Ate Marilou and I ordered by number. We decided that we want to try everything first before customizing. I find their dough different because of a certain soft crisp with a little bit moist.
Starting Left-Up (clockwise): Prosciutto #7, Nutella & Banana for dessert, Pepperoni #2, Grilled Chicken #6. I like #7 the best. It has this minimal sweet and salty taste that mixed well and is far from the typical tomato pizza sauce. 

Remember to clean as you go...

We are kilig with the cute manager hihihihihi. He gave us a free pizza. (He's the manly dude in black)
Will definitely comeback to try other numbers and experiment with the toppings.

Manila enjoy Project Pie!


Christmas In My New Home


I'm in shock when I found out that Seff doesn't have ANY decors for Christmas! To think that my mother-in-law is staying with him made it more shocking. An I-don't-bother-to-put-up-any-decorations-because-I-will-be-putting-it-down-anyway-after-the-holidays attitude is unacceptable especially now that I'm here.

I may be the "boss" but I don't want to pressure my husband into buying a Christmas Tree. I told him to save his money for next Christmas. I came up with a wreath out of old magazines and flyers from junk mail.

To emulate Christmas spirit from the outside, I decorated the plants with star origami using magazine pages. I got the patterns online. We added  lights to brighten up our place during night time. My nephew Joelo gave some of his fanboy comments and praised my efforts. Too bad I wasn't able to take pictures of it during the night time. Nothing too complicated since I did everything in a rush. All I want is to feel the Christmas spirit in our house.
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It was my first time to celebrate Christmas morning time, not the strike of midnight thing. We have to adjust because Nanay have to sleep early and she's can't keep awake til midnight. Ate Marilou is still recovering from her surgery. Thus the brunch schedule. We kept the celebration simple. 

I cooked turkey spaghetti and prepared the fruit salad con sago. Seff glazed and baked the  ham from Costco. Nanay cooked her steamed fish and vegetables. Jon and Kuya Joel brought some seafood pansit palabok and made-to-order puto.

Aside from the food, we are not to forget the opening of gifts!

To make the day  interesting I came up with a make-shift photo booth!
I used post-its, washi tape and some invisible tape for our backdrop. It's bitin horizontally because not everybody can fit without squeezing in. Good thing we have a big wall good enough for photo taking. It's also strategically adjacent to a window giving a natural light.

The props that we used are those that we already have at home like the Santa Claus hats, flower necklaces, and party hats from the dollar store. I also did some mustache and glass cut-outs I got from the web.







I hope you had a nice Christmas celebration. To tell you frankly, nothing beats Christmas back in the Philippines. But I have to compensate and make it fun on my standards. It's not that bad and it'll be better year after year. I promise...


OAWSP: Chin Up!


I was teased to death by my brother and sisters for my long chin. Tsk...tsk...

On the bright side (medical and aesthetically speaking), I don't need any injection or surgical interventions to elongate my face. Well, I don't need to because I'm not artista or a model. Same thing with my lips! I am forever thankful to Angelina Jolie bringing the sexy back for pouty lips.

It took a lot of self-affirmation to accept what I have and be the best that I am.

Accept yourself. You will realize there's more to life than peer pressure, comparisons and hate.

Good Night!


Animations From Google Plus

I recently checked my personal google plus account to store and delete some pictures. I almost forgot that I left the Auto-Awesome feature on. It did wonders to my photos. I love it!

Auto Awesome photos & movies

Auto Awesome creates fun new versions of your photos and videos. Your photos will be combined into short animations, wide panoramas, or merged into group shots where everyone looks good. You'll know when an Auto Awesome photo or movie has been created by the  icon. ---SOURCE

It can auto enhance, add effects and help you build up a home movie from your photo and video collection. 

Auto awesome is on by default. If you don't want it, just configure it on the settings.