Last Saturday, May 18, 2013, Manila witnessed its first Wanderland music festival. Filipinos have been begging for a big annual music fest for ages because other Southeast Asian countries have their own; Singapore got St. Jerome’s Laneway and even Indonesia just had its Big Sound Festival. Thanks to Karpos Multimedia, the Philippines has its own Wanderland now.
Special thanks to Zet of Restless Cities for getting me to cover this event. The wonderful article written by Weng accompanied by my photos can be viewed here: http://www.restlesscities.com/2013/05/21/manilas-wanderland-2013-part-one/
But my own post about the festival (and other photos that didn’t make it in RC) can be found under the cut!
1st Show: "Philippines" Shortlisted Student Entries
We want to congratulate all of the photographers who have passed the first step of the competition. We also want to thank everyone who participated and submitted their entries. It was very hard for us to decide due to the amount of talent and great work but these photos really stood out from the rest.
Day 2: March 22, 2013
Florence is one of my favorite cities in the world. Once a bustling merchant city and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance– any artist or lover of art and culture would surely fall in love with this place. I’m fortunate enough to have visited Firenze (Florence) twice, the first time being the summer of 2011. From what I remember, it was vibrant, busy, crowded; simply full of life in every corner. Last March 22, 2013 however, having gone right at the end of winter, Firenze was dark and less crowded but not lacking the charm and spirit that draws anyone, regardless of the season apparently, to the beautiful city.
I must warn you viewers though. This post is photo-heavy and by that I mean eighty photos heavy. If your bandwidth can handle it (and I hope it can), please enjoy this set of photos. If you haven’t seen Firenze during the end of winter– cloudy, deep shadows, more cigarettes lit compared to when it’s summer– then proceed under the cut!
Day 1: March 20-21, 2013
At exactly this time last year I was complaining about not getting to see the world. One year later I found myself in the economy section of a plane bound for Rome– not just for travel but also to present at an international congress! What a blessing!
But before me and a couple of my schoolmates could get to the Italian city to attend the UNIV 2013 Congress, we had to stop over Dubai.
My friends and I tried to look like backpackers sleeping in airports. Guarding my bulky bright orange bag, do I look like one yet? Haha jk!
Because even if I hate how the buildings block the sun, how the smog replaces fresh air, and how life seems to go by at a much quicker rate in this place
somehow, I still find more reasons to fall in love with the city again and again
February 15, 2013
It’s been more than a month since my last post. School has been keeping me busy (what’s new?) that I hardly have time to take a look at what is happening around me. Even stopping just for a moment to see what my mum is up to to seems like too much of a hindrance.
There are many simple things that I wish to do again (if my schedule permits).
January 1, 2013
It’s the first day of the year and as usual people are coming up with their yearly resolutions. I don’t really list down “new year resolutions” because I try to think of the things I should improve on everyday anyway. But just for kicks, I thought of making a travel journal after I saw this traveler’s scratch off map at the mall today (I didn’t buy it though lol). I love traveling. just going out embarking on adventures, and discovering more of the world. I also love documenting these ‘explorations’ of mine through photographs.
But I’ve come to realize that photography isn’t enough to encapsulate all of my experiences while traveling, that’s why I decided to keep a travel journal. It would contain far more details than photos. Photography is a powerful tool to show my travel experiences so obviously I’ll post more photos. But this journal is just for my personal use since I’m such a sentimental person who loves to keep memories in physical form.
So here’s to more travels, photographs and writings this year!
[my notebook by the way was given by the awesome Ms. Vida as a Christmas gift!]
Pathetically drawn typography ) Crooked, awkward, quirky, but still trying to make a statement. So me.
Tried to be creative but failed. Haha excuse the sad attempt )
[the mini rosary was given to me as a gift by a Venezuelan at the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid. I always keep it in my wallet]
December 17, 2012
We need a break. And that’s what the holidays are for!
I’ve been busy non-stop with university stuff for the past month (29 units and extra-curricilars) so I’m really thankful I get the chance to unwind this Christmas break. Mine started last Thursday but I had Merch duties and Christmas parties to attend to haha! I wanted to relax and be alone for a while so I tagged along my sister’s meeting at the Fort.
[Edit: I know there's a typo. I'll edit the image when I have time.]
A couple of years ago the family company started importing some products from Vietnam. So in 2010 my mum took us to one of her business trips to Ho Chi Minh.
I don’t like being technical in my blog but I’d like to apologize in advance for the inconsistency of my photos in this entry. There are around 80-90 photos under the cut and all were shot with a broken 24-70mm Sigma lens so the focusing for some shots are off. Also, these photos were edited at different times so please don’t mind the weird color editing of some of the shots.
Anyway, enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them in the span of my 3-day trip to Ho Chi Minh about 2 years ago.