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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Friday’s 10 Happy Things, Volume 2

For real? Am I really doing this for real now? Well, I guess, just as long as I still have the time to spare.

Let’s just say that I’m currently bumming around for a week now because I was “indirectly” offered another opportunity by a friend, which I couldn’t let pass. I really think this would work for me because it fits the lifestyle I have long been dreaming of and even though I don’t want to jinx it by being too excited, I have to admit, I really am.

Anyway, as Helga would say, Welcome to Friday’s 10 Happy Things where we list ten things that made us smile this week so that we can start the weekend on an even more positive note!

I’m really happy that I have a Daykeeper where I can literally take note of the things that make me smile every week.

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  1. First thing this week, even though mama is still throwing the silent tantrum (cool, there is actually such a thing!) at me, she made me laugh deep inside with one of her little bloopers. Seemingly, she was pointing out that there’s a huge tarpaulin in Edsa Central, if my memory serves me right. I could sense my father feeling weirded out by the fact that a tarp sparked interest in my mother. It took my him a couple of minutes to realize she was actually repeatedly pertaining to a “trampoline”. I didn’t get it myself at first, but when my father finally blurted it out, I had to control even the slightest jerk of my lip.
  2. Papa wasn’t too upset when he found out that I resigned. Although he didn’t give me “the talk” like he previously did, he’s being supportive again by making an effort to save all the photography tutorials he could find online and letting me watch those. He has been the sweetest seeing my mother is kind of giving me a hard time.
  3. In connection to that, he has been pushing me again to enroll in short photography classes in this institute they go to for seminars on Art and Design.
  4. Our mentor for this digital art class I’m currently enrolled in commented on my work and it wasn’t one of those generic statements someone gives when he/she has nothing to say. I’m glad my work was appreciated, not to mention, made sense at all. All I was primarily aiming for was to get the message through, and I’m glad she said it did!
  5. I bought homemade, fresh lumpia again from this old man who stays in this mini-market near the tricycle terminal. I bought lumpia from him once and same as before, I had a quick chat with him and remembered that he goes to all these different spots just around the neighborhood to sell the vegetable snack his wife makes. What made me smile though was when he greeted me “happy birthday” when I was about to cross the road. Then he quickly uttered “may pansit ka kasi eh”. Little did he know that I planned it all along, to buy the noodles so I can get close to him and buy his lumpia. I admire him along with the other elderlies that continue to work hard despite their age.
  6.  Just found out today that the bluetooth speakers my parents bought us last Christmas has an FM radio function! I was ecstatic!
  7. I still get in touch with my former workmates via viber and yesterday when I was updating them on my new endeavor, the conversation turned pretty crazy again.
  8. My sister being so helpful and generous as always. She lent me money for me to get a new laptop.
  9. Bought a new laptop yesterday with spanking specs, which I’ve never even dreamed of. I just remembered now that prior to buying it, I was praying to God to “take the wheel” and I think that it’s sinking in to me now that this might be why I never got what I planned on getting in the first place. He got me something better!
  10. I woke up today and was walking around the house and thinking, this could work. I am loving the current atmosphere at home, all thanks to my parents, who both have become plant addicts and have filled our garden and the veranda with so many plants and flowers. I was feeling much better than I have been the past weeks. It was this morning when I woke up that I did not feel anxious at all, like everything’s going to be okay. 🙂

 

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