Life Lately / 7

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I’m doing another quick, little update for when I want to go back to this moment in the future. I’m hoping that by then, I’ll still feel excited going through the ups and  a lot of downs of my life lately. I know I did a Life Lately entry just a little over a week ago, but I’ve been keeping myself really busy and been doing a lot of catching up on the things that I’ve neglected doing the past months.

So my father is really eager and determined to enroll me in these short photography courses at this really good institute somewhere in Makati. The only problem is, he might have forgotten one little thing, I’m applying for a new job and it’s too early to tell if I would even have time for a 3-day short course, you know, in case I make it, which I should!

He’s also been saving these online tutorials for me and wants me to familiarize myself with his new camera. Apparently, digital cameras are so much complicated than my analog cameras. Who would’ve thought that fully manual, decades-old vintage cameras would be way easier to use in this complicated age of technology? I mean, I understood the fundamentals of photography just fine using my manual cameras, but why can’t I apply all that when using a digital camera? I know, I’m too biased.

Anyway, there’s still so much to like about these well-made, high-tech cameras though (I’m speaking like I’m from the 70’s haha), like the fact that they’re smaller, especially the mirrorless cameras and lighter, thus easier to carry around. My father’s camera has this option to easily transfer photos to other gadgets through wifi. I’m also loving using the manual mode since I get to tweak the settings myself and see the changes in exposure, real time! That I won’t ever get to see in my film SLR. It’s a pretty good camera. A few days of using it made me even want to buy one myself. Plus, it helps in being able to post photos immediately! I missed not having to wait for my photos to be developed before I could write a new entry! LOL!

Phew that was a mouthful!

So early this morning, when I went out to get some mint leaves for my water, I saw all these pretty, water droplets on the leaves of the plants. I’ve been reading about plants lately, mostly on the most ideal time to water them. I learned that apparently, these water droplets can actually harm plants, but only when they haven’t evaporated by noon/hottest time of the day. So that’s why it isn’t recommended to get the leaves wet, unless you do it very early in the morning or late in the afternoon, which gives these time to evaporate in cool air. It is therefore advised to water just the soil especially when the it feels lighter than usual, which means that it’s really dry.

Okay, there’s a lot of side stories on this post! This would definitely take a while! 😛

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Seeing the water droplets made me decide to bring out my father’s camera and shoot, especially since it’s also my favorite time of the day to take photos!

I originally wanted to just get some mint leaves, so I did that and took photos of them too.

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When my parents bought these herbs, they were told that some of those they got were Mint and the other similar-looking ones were Citronella.

That was about 3 weeks ago. This morning, when I was looking at the plants closely, I noticed that these two herbs look awfully the same, except that the other type had pointy leaves that were hairy. Yikes!

So, I had to google what Citronella really looked like and I was beating myself up for not doing it sooner because apparently, citronella looks like grass, because it is GRASS! Wow.

Anyway, I had to check and see what herbs we have growing in our planter boxes. For all I know, we could be keeping carnivorous plants in there or I could be waking up one day to mutated plants that are shooting tennis-ball sized peas, or not. Good news is, I found out that these herbs below with round leaves are Peppermints and those on the photo above are actually Catnips/ Catmint plants!

Catnips are named as such because cats love them! Do the research.

Both Peppermint and Catnip leaves come from the family of mints, thus smell minty and both can be used for indigestion and stomach cramps, but I had to use peppermint for my lemon and mint water just to be safe. Plus, I don’t think I want hairy leaves in my water, not now, not anytime soon.

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We also have Basil plants which look so much better than the Thai Basil plants we got before, but both smell like Basil so who’s complaining?

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I’m still not sure what these flowers are. I couldn’t see anything similar on google, but they look so beautiful and I always stop by to admire them. Plus, ang sipag nila mamulaklak! You can even see new flower buds on this photo!

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After I got my mint leaves, I did my early workout, focusing on my butt, legs and arms (thanks to the daily workout app). Also didn’t forget to stretch and do my favorite dance cardios prior. Loving Club Fitz’ Uptown Funk and Marshall Fitness’ I’m a Slave 4 U!

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There’s my lemon and mint water! 🙂

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Just had my family’s leftover Pad Thai from last night which was soooo good. What’s bad is that my legs, butt and arms are feeling sore as I’m typing this, but it feels good to know that the exercises are really working! Going up and down the stairs feels especially harder and I’m expecting it to be much worse tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to that!

**all photos were taken using Canon a6000.

** listening to:

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The Sunday Currently, Volume 9

R E A D I N G
some articles on my pending list for today:

W R I T I N G

I will be writing back to my penpal today and I also have been writing and using my water brush a lot. I swear, I can live on water brush alone! JK Lord, but I am so in love with it! It’s very handy and very easy to use minus all the mess!

***photo above was written using the infamous brush 😛

L I S T E N I N G
to Can’t Help Falling in Love by Tyler Joseph… Listening to this version made me feel like I’m at the beach, Hawaii, specifically, probably because of his voice or his ukulele or maybe because of Lilo and Stitch 😛

and to

Featherstone by The Paper Kites 🙂 (very lovely song) and Sounds like Hallelujah by The Head and the Heart

and to the whole Hopelessly Devoted playlist on 8tracks! 🙂 as usual!

T H I N K I N G
of a lot of things that has been bothering me lately and why I have become the person I am today.

S M E L L I N G
nothing.

W I S H I N G
I could be a better person and that I could be someone I’d really love to be, someday. – does that make sense?

Also wishing I could make things right, at the right time.

H O P I N G
Alcatel would release the phone we’d love to buy soon!

W E A R I N G
this shiny, silky purple shorts and animal print tank top because it’s so hot today even if it looks like it’s going to rain.

L O V I N G
my water brush (of course), our duyan that Papa and I finally had the chance to fix and put up in the verandah and my Zinnia that has finally bloomed!!!

W A N T I N G
a tablet, a new phone and something else! 😛 and a printer with a scanner!

N E E D I N G
hmmmm peace of mind, I guess? and more time for God and for working out!

F E E L I N G
happy and grateful despite being depressed most days! 😛

C L I C K I N G
lots of emails and newsletters! I’ve got a whole lot of catching up to do!

The Sunday Currently, Volume 6

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R E A D I N G
Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus which I just bought earlier for a very cheap price (because unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as successful as The Nanny Diaries, also written by both authors) and Abbey Sy’s The ABCs of Hand Lettering.

W R I T I N G
Practicing calligraphy and hand lettering 🙂

L I S T E N I N G
to the soundtrack of my life over and over and over again (my sister loved the whole playlist too!) featuring Young Rising Sons, Vinyl Pinups, Halsey, Capital Cities, CHVRCHES, Royal Teeth, Bleachers, Misterwives and of course, Taylor Swift 🙂

This girl, Lila Chalsey is a musical soulmate! 🙂 Good job!

T H I N K I N G
of Friday 🙂

S M E L L I N G
white musk, which used to be my favorite scent in the world 🙂

W I S H I N G
I could start investing money the right way!

H O P I N G
that my credit card application gets approved. If it doesn’t then it’s fine too. It means I don’t need it anyway. 😛

W E A R I N G
tank top I wore to Church today and my favorite pair of striped shorts with brown lace trimmings 🙂

L O V I N G
my new nude lipstick the rest of my drugstore haul, the playlist I mentioned above and a few more songs by Bea Miller, Crystal Fighters, Grouplove and Britney Spears (first to third albums).

I remember back in the day, MTV had this show called “Becoming“, which I absolutely loved, where they pick fans to recreate their idols’ music videos, complete with hair, makeup and outfits, choreography and of course, the sets! Being a Britney fan, I especially loved how they were able to reproduce her music videos. I remember how I used to watch it all the time and how I would love to recreate her “(You Drive Me) Crazy” music video and how I really loved to learn the choreography in that video!

I also love Britney’s body then! Just watch her free concert in Hawaii and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

W A N T I N G
more days like today, gloomy, cold and rainy 🙂 and to go back to working out to achieve the Britney body I was talking about earlier!

N E E D I N G
time off from work!!!!! and more of Britney Spears’s first album!! I was listening to her good old songs yesterday 🙂

F E E L I N G
good in this bed weather 🙂

C L I C K I N G
on bloglovin and HONY 🙂

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1 down, 11 more to go

January is almost up and now, we’re transitioning over to the love month! Did I get that right?! Time indeed does fly so fast these days, we can barely feel it pass by.

So about a month ago, I promised myself to finish or at least start the challenges I’ve gotten myself into. So how did it go, you may ask? Well, let’s just say that I’ve been pretty successful with the money challenge, however, I gave up on the AB challenge on the first day and just about to go back to squatting after stopping on the 4th day (105 squats/day) **take note, I’ve miscalculated the number of squats or increments/day so that makes me an advance squatter right? That didn’t sound right, but you get what I mean.

The AB challenge, I underestimated, so I can forgive myself for failing that. The squat challenge, however, I really need to finish since I kind of gotten the hang of it or it’s gotten pretty much bearable after a few days of getting my body used to it. So, give me another month or so to complete it.

A few more things I have been obsessing on over the past month:

  • making my own planner – failing to win the last Daykeeper 2015 giveaway made me just want to make my own, after all, I’m a DIY queen, or princess or jester! Whatever!
    • Therefore, I’ve decided to buy my very own scanner/photocopier/printer in one to help materialize this vision (the film scanner would just have to wait)
    • Subscribed to youtube DIY wizards on how to bind books!
    • I’ve been studying InDesign as well!- since a few hours ago
    • might be buying liquid gold and metal stamps just for the cover – not that I’m copying the whole concept of Daykeeper
  • Buying my own Film Scanner – at first, I was just obsessing over the cheaper CD-R-KING stand alone scanner, but I convinced myself to invest on a more reliable one (i’ll probably get the cheaper Epson V600 first)
  • Iphone 6 Plus – This one, I should be able to get only when I become a regular employee (obsession rating 11/10)
  • this playlist – been playing this for weeks since I discovered it. This is my kind of playlist, songs I’d love to listen to forever and to think I’ve never heard of most of the songs in my life.
  • Slip on Sneakers!!!!! – bought a pair of black ones and although it’s not my size, I love wearing it! (my mother hates them though!) I’ve been scouting online for a pair with snakeskin or gray or leopard prints on them! You can wear them with anything – pants, formal wear, skirts, dresses and even shorts!

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