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.

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On The Off Chance / Zombie Apocalypse

My body is feeling sore fighting off zombies…….in my dream. It all felt real to me though, manning a machine gun with both hands, fingers pressed hard on both triggers, heart rate surpassing the normal 100bpm, screaming like a girl, but trying so hard to take the pitch a few notches down to give off a bad-ass vibe, arduously taking aim at the flesh-eating undead, specifically for their heads….Oooops! That wasn’t a dream, was it? We really did fight off zombies in 3D, Joey and I, but it wasn’t why my body hurts so bad.

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looks like Joey’s having so much fun here!

I’m feeling all sore from all those FITNESS MARSHALL dance workouts I’ve been currently hooked to. I’ve been a big fan of these easily-choreographed exercises since I discovered Lauren Fitz of CLUB FITzso working out wasn’t as hard as I used to think it was, with all the fun, contemporary music they incorporated these exercises into. The end product isn’t as exciting…yet, but I’ll get by knowing my body benefits little by little, and soon all the pain won’t matter when I get the toned body I’m aiming for.

I’ve been working out from time to time to shake off all the junk I can never rid myself of. Another thing I cannot brush off is the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. (See what I did there and how it all comes together now? :P) – please don’t judge me yet!

Yesterday, I went out with my friend Joey and we saw the second installment in the Maze Runner Saga, The Scorch Trials. I might spoil this a bit but you should’ve known that by know, hence the title. Anyway I did see about 80% of the Maze Runner while waiting for my turn at the doctor’s office, so I did have my own thoughts of what the “flare” might be (I had no idea what the movie was about before watching it), so I had an inkling that it must be a zombie apocalypse of some sort.

That inkling was justified by the first scene on the 2nd movie, where you can see the kids being rescued from a bunch of shadowy figures running with that characteristic, awkward posture often associated with the undead.

Anyhow, it did turn out to be another zombie movie, which made it a hell lot of fun (for me, it was more exciting than the first movie was). I often caught myself sinking slowly into my seat and blurting out cuss words, like I always do in such situations. I also enjoyed all the action sequences because I always liked imagining myself a part of these fictitious, gut-wrenching, apocalyptic films.

I remember I had a chance to try how to shoot a gun (well a gun with pea-sized bullets) in a slightly challenging shooting range and I’m proud to say I managed to shoot everything effortlessly, missing only one or two targets during the whole game. The manager did let me go on to the “next level” since I did have a few more bullets left in my gun. So yes, I do enjoy shooting games a lot (as much as I love racing games) and it wouldn’t hurt to know how to load, aim, shoot and fire just in case a “virus” does breaks out.

Before I go off topic again, I came up with this “On the Off Chance” series (which btw is one of my goals for #blogging201) accidentally because I just couldn’t get my mind off the thought that there might a possibility of a real zombie apocalypse (because who really knows what might happen in the future, except for God, right?), so what better way to prepare for this than working out, maybe learning a thing or two on how to shoot and getting a few tips from these “grotesque” (yes Joey, if you’re reading this, I borrowed it from the zombie 3D game yesterday) and gory movies.

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photo links back to the source

Apart from working out and doing a lot of cardio exercises (as mentioned in the Zombieland Rules), here are a few more things I realized I really need to invest on, on the off chance that a “flare” does erupt in the future:

  1. Really good and tough pair of shoes. I’m thinking, army boots of some sort or that ever reliable pair of Dr. Martens or any of their rivals in the market. You have to assume that you’ll be walking, running, jumping and climbing through all sorts of building debris, holes and walls and there might be few instances that you may need to kick some of these monsters in the head so better invest on something really good!
  2. Less bold and colorful clothing. I rarely really see apocalypse survivors clad in Katy Perry-ish or Miley Cyrus-y clothing so I better get rid of half of my closet and invest more on clothes with earthy colors. This should really be helpful when you’re on the run and you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself. So yes, being low-profile is a key to survival!
  3. Guns, crossbow, baseball bats, pans, knives, preferably those that are handy and won’t let you fall behind your pack.
  4. I’ll probably still bring a camera or two. Perhaps my toy cameras would really come in handy as I won’t really have time to do all the manual focusing as I do with my other cameras.
  5. Water jug. Duh?

Yay! I finally did it (Goal #2 for Blogging201)!! I came up with a new blog series and it’s something that just popped up accidentally. Plus, I don’t think someone else has thought of doing a similar blog series (or so I think) so yay!

So just a little more introduction about the new blog series, I often have thoughts (I’m not sure if that’s normal though) on what might be the case for me if ever I do get caught in a situation that may only arise through the creative minds of film and literary geniuses. I have so much interest in movies revolving around natural calamities and zombie apocalypse (if you haven’t figured it out yet), so I almost always think of what I’m going to do, should I be put in a position where I have to run away from tornadoes, tsunamis or zombies when I watch these movies. So, I’m thinking, why not put that into writing? That’s it!