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:

The Sunday Currently, Volume 5

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R E A D I N G
stuff on my WordPress feed like this blackhole water silde in Germany, this really simple realization about life and some on Cosmo site like this NURSE list.

W R I T I N G
lotsa stuff today like a short comment on my reblogged entry on our UP Samaskom Experience on our couple blog, Day 6 of the Writing Challenge and this!

L I S T E N I N G
to this:

listened

T H I N K I N G
About Monday, my brother coming home on Friday and whether I’ll still wait for B to wake up! LOL!

S M E L L I N G
Soap on my skin! Love the fresh and squeaky clean smell of an Ivory soap!

W I S H I N G
I could join TypeLabMNL’s 2 day lettering, calligraphy etc workshop! All of these amazing speakers I want to meet would all be there!!!

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H O P I N G
to have more worry-free and happy days. I need those!

W E A R I N G
my SPREAD the LOVE shirt and comfy silk shorts to sleep 🙂

L O V I N G
Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande’s cover of Don’t Dream It’s Over!

and yeah, this video of this little kid too, she made me smile and laugh a bit! I loved her “girl puhleaaaaase” attitude!

W A N T I N G
I want a new phone and a tablet too! *droooools*

N E E D I N G
EXERCISE and less of my sedentary lifestyle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

F E E L I N G
not so sleepy at 1:27am!!!

C L I C K I N G
on Photoscape and editing a photo for this entry 😉

The Sunday Currently, Volume 4

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R E A D I N G
The Street Portrait Manual by Eric Kim and I promise to finish it by today!

W R I T I N G
Another entry on the blog I share with B.

L I S T E N I N G
nothing for the first time! I woke up at 4:30am and couldn’t get myself to go back to sleep because I’ve been thinking of something really funny. Then, at 5, I decided to go through my emails and write! I didn’t play anything yet and realized, it’s so good to be able to hear birds chirping, planes flying above us (we hear this all the time) and the peaceful and dreamlike state of a Sunday morning in the city. I love this!

T H I N K I N G
Now on to what I was thinking about at 4:30 in the morning. Well, I was thinking of what I’ll do when I win the jackpot prize in the lottery. I was thinking of what to do with ₱52M specifically (not sure why). I was thinking of how I’ll divide it among the whole extended family and which organizations and Churches I’ll be sharing some portions of it to.

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Still nothing. LOL.

W I S H I N G
to win the lottery!! hahaha!

H O P I N G
to enjoy the day tomorrow! We won’t be working since it’s the annual peer review day!

W E A R I N G
Comfiest shirt and pair of shorts (not saying that they’re the prettiest to look at as well).

L O V I N G
The beautiful calm Sunday morning that it is. It’s not yet too hot, not too sunny outside as well (I’m guessing it will be raining today again). This is my kind of day. Please rain today!

I also love these Youtube videos on cooking minus all the talking! They make it a lot easier to watch! Subscribed to 3 channels already!

W A N T I N G
to develop tons of films and to buy more fresh films soon!

N E E D I N G
I need to get back to working out. I’m following this extremely motivational blog since forever and I’m glad I read her advice section last night, where I discovered more workout gurus!

F E E L I N G
I feel like I had a really good, long, rejuvenating sleep last night!

C L I C K I N G
on a few emails and film photographers’ blogs.

Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye!

As much as I want to post a depressing rant about my life right now and cry to let it out once and for all, I just couldn’t, for both! I couldn’t write something negative (although, I know it is therapeutic for me and I just love backreading my own blog and reliving moments) for now. As for the crying, I think, for some reason, my lacrimal glands have gone short on salt water just when I needed it most.

Good thing is, I discovered another photographer and mind you, I have dozens of other photographers, film photography enthusiasts even that I’ve been wanting to blog about for months now, but there’s something about this one’s photos that struck me BIG TIME——her Scotland trip!

I’ve listed about 4 or 5 places that I’ve wanted to visit 1st for the longest time and it never ever occurred to me to go see Scotland too! Now, thanks to Nancy, I’m putting Scotland on my first-places-to-visit list too! You could just scroll through her blog and feel how exactly the weather was there when she took those photos. That’s how good her photos are! They’re so amazing, I couldn’t help but go through her whole bunch of Scottish sceneries and mind blowing landscapes! But I could only imagine how much more beautiful it is when you’re actually there! Plus, she didn’t even hold back on a few historical stories that made the place even more magical than it already is, visual wise!

Oh Scotland! I never thought I’d be in love with you like this! Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye, which is Scottish for, whatever’s meant to happen will happen! (dorky me even looked for a Scottish saying to use as my title!). I’m officially obsessed! While I was there, I also learned that Is the cat deid? (which I swear I heard bloody Gerard Butler used once in a movie) and the good old Speak o’ the Devil! were both originally Scottish sayings! Although after further research I found out that the latter originated in England, but who cares? I’m sticking to my current obsession! hahaha

Wow! Didn’t even think I could laugh again, at least not for a couple of hours, let alone type it this post. I woke up feeling like I could drown myself in a bucket of boiling water and then suddenly poof! All my sadness disappeared all thanks to this photoblogger and her perfect portrayal of Scotland!

Anyway, I’ve seen movies like “P.S. I Love You” and “Leap Year” parts of both shot in Ireland, which incredibly looks a lot like Scotland with all the never-ending lavender fields, gorgeous mountains and jaw-dropping cliffs and stone houses. They really are twins of places if you ask me, but what do I know? I’ve only seen them online or in movies! Despite these, I don’t think I fell in love with Ireland as much as I did with Scotland. There’s so much story in Scotland which I’ve got to hear for myself when I go there someday! Maybe it’s that scary/sad feeling that I felt when I was reading Nancy’s entries about the Old Man of Hoy and Rackwick. There wouldn’t happen to be an abandoned village in Ireland too, would there? Because that’s what’s more interesting about Scotland that I want to go see for myself.

P.S. As I was describing Scotland according to the photos taken by this photographer (whose blog link I posted above), I realized that it sounds a lot like BATANES  (which comes 4th on that list I was talking about by the way!) minus of course, the lavender fields, but still. DROOOOOL MUCH!?!? Please bring me there already! I’m claiming this no matter how broke and depressed I am right now! Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye right?! After all, this was supposed to be a sad entry, but it turned the other way around. I simply just can’t seem to be the overly dramatic type, can I?

Again, it is amazing how that one moment I was feeling so down, I could shut everyone out, could suddenly change into a moment of me feeling hopeful again. In line with this, I’d like to end this post with a quote (which suddenly just popped out of the blue):

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves” 

James Matthew Barrie – yes he created Peter Pan and yes, he is Scottish!

I know a lot could relate to this and I know right, God works in mysterious ways! 🙂