my various life bugs

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Nikon D5100 with Nikkor 18-200 VR at 90mm, manual focus, handheld.

Where:

Beside my dresser cum work station at home is a window facing east.  Just outside is an old aratilles tree.

Why:

I start my mornings at 5:00 am sitting and contemplating the days worth of work noting down thoughts on my small notebook and beside this window. I take a quick bath and by the time I’m doing the usual ladies prepping,  the sky is lighted this way.  The mood is ripe for philosophical thoughts.

How:

Opened the screen cover of the window, brought out my cam and hanged it precariously out.  To get this shot, I needed to use the flippy screen, the top most feature of the D5100 I adore.  Although my heart pined for a D7000,  the flip screen of the D5100 was the practical choice for the way I do my shots which are mostly handheld.  Plus 1 point for the  D5100 here!

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Nikon D5100 with Nikkor 55-200 VR 175mm.

Where:

Just in front of my office beside my window is a bougainvillea given by my mother.

Why:

The blooms of this bougainvillea is my focal point during eye rests after staring for a long time at the computer. It has provided me shade during summer months and showers the office fascade with pale fuschia confetti of blooms after being shaken by slight afternoon winds. I noticed that wind picks up strength starting at 2:00 in the afternoon giving us a carpet of blooms by 5:00 pm.

How:

I positioned myself beneath the bougainvillea. I was playing with my apertures and manual focus.

B is for Boracay

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White Beach, Boracay Island. Canon G11, handheld.

Where:

Boracay island equals sand and beach and playtime. Taken in front of our hotel La Carmela de Boracay, I was comfortably seated under the hotel’s canvas canopy on an early Saturday morning making sure my boys are above water.

Why:

Being a doting mom and soaking up the view of Boracay beach with a compact digicam always on the ready. The water was not as blue but I like how the low tide showed much of the sand as it gradually got lost in a creamy mixture of beach and sea and on towards the horizon accentuated with a lone sailboat coaxing the early morning crowd for a water adventure.

How:

The sun was indecisive that morning, somewhat shy and doing peek-a-boos from behind thick clouds. Handheld my camera. Good thing my G11 has good image stabilization or else I’ll have crappy blurry photos all the time. I think Canon made it for moms.

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The Crimson Hotel, Alabang Muntinlupa. Canon Powershot G11, A mode. Where: On my way to fetch my son at Alabang, I exit the South Toll booth of the South Luzon Expressway and followed the road turning left.  This road brings me towards a building filling up the front of my windshield everyday with its linear […]

I do!  Here’s what happens when a girl gets Down and Dirty with a bit of Dash…

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I meant a mud run you ding-a-ling. I just came back from a 3 kilometer mud run with obstacles.  And when I say mud, its the slimy, slick, gooey, sticky icky kind. The one where it swallows your whole leg, clings to your shoes, just plain dirty and uber fun.

It all happened today, the 1st of December 2012 at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna. It’s the Triple D: Down and Dirty Dash with Project Pink Cancer Support Group as the main beneficiary.  Its an all girl 3k fun run through a mud obstacle course.  I joined the 3rd wave of participants named Wave Fighters and kicked off at 6:30am.

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Looks like I was too fast for the camera, eh. See the fuschia pink shirt and the streak of fuschia on the hair?  That’s how cool our group was.  Too bad I don’t have personal photos of us sticking our feet knee deep in mud, going all fours inside a barrel half-filled with water, wading chest deep in murky water with hidden muck on the bottom and slip sliding a 15 feet high mound.  All of these done with style by my group…

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Meet my new buddies:

Barbara (leftmost)- the bubbly, funny, energetic femme who tried dunking one of the male marshals at the mud pit

Ela (to my left)- our very own dirty doctor who held my hand so tight I never slipped the whole race and was the brainchild of the combo outfit of fuschia top, black bottoms, black wristband and the fuschia hair streak. We were hot pink and lovin’ it.

Karen (leftmost) – my cousin once removed and our ultimate secret weapon to win this race. An avid runner who does triathlon and 21k runs with awards here and abroad but never got this dirty in any run until today.  Now she can include dirty running in her sports portfolio.

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Finishing is cool when you get finisher shirts like this and get to shower with girlfriends in the open.

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We missed 2 mates who can’t make it and our common friend Fritzie who invited me to this fun run. We missed you Fritz!  And oh here are my 2 photographers who came for the free ice cream.  Thanks boys for the snapshots. Oh and did I say Ernie my hubby was my driver, water boy, personal marshal, alarm clock, checklist ticker, prep assistant and more? Thanks partner!

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Wait for this event again next year. It will redefine your concept of exercise.

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Looks like I need new shoes.  Hear that my darling husband?!

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I jumped off the bandwagon and leaped into an unknown for me last October 6. I’m talking about how I eventually plunged into buying the very new Samsung Galaxy Note II after convincing myself that it will make my life lighter.

I have been carrying bricks in my bag for a year and it has to stop. Just by sheer collective weight of all gadgets inside my bag can send any hapless soul to dreamland when whacked with it. What’s inside my bag you ask? Well, I have my Blackberry 9360 for all those business calls, my Iphone 4 as my personal phone, the badly needed Ipad 2 for those long typing spells outside the office, my personalized LV small agenda as my daily diary, and the usual beautification knick knacks of a damsel. And not to forget the Jabra bluetooth, and the MIPOW Power Tube in case I need extra juice to power all my istuff. Oh woe is me! Such a burden to be a modern woman these days.

Well, not anymore. I promised to go lighter once for all for my shoulder’s sake, my bag’s sake and my sanity. I have to edit these 4 major gadgets I lug around all day. The Blackberry 9360 I think I should keep because I make a ton of calls and texts with it. I love the feel of the QWERTY keyboard and the fast response. The other features, I really don’t care because I have my iphone 4 to cover the other apps, camera and video and MMS messaging. I tote the Ipad with me as everything is too teeny-weeny on the iphone for browsing, emailing and documents. Then as a business person its imperative that I have a notebook/diary to jot down concerns for the day, make simple estimates and I always have a pad of Post-its for those note emergencies. Yes, I’m a closet OC!

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What gadget should I remove and still make life workable? I think I need a small tablet where I can have a functional stylus for it to be a notebook, it has a big enough screen to serve my browsing and documents editing. And of course it has to have phone and data functions. This is where I eventually decided on a Samsung Galaxy Note II. It will hopefully replace 3 items – the Iphone, the Ipad and my beloved LV agenda. I got one 20 days ago and so far I am slowly migrating all my data. I planned to make a review after about 2 days of use, but I enjoyed it so much It became 20 days after.

So how is the Note II? Well from a consumer point of view, I can describe it according to my needs:

The looks
The size is similar to a small notebook just like the one I have (15 x 8 cm.). Very sleek and slim, not too heavy just a substantial heft for its size. I can get a case for it to look and feel like a diary. I need it to feel like a diary as I’m a tactile person and a pen person.

Its all about the Screen
Beautiful screen! Images are so brilliant. It’s like having a high-definition palm-sized TV. I can see the textures and shadows of depths I didn’t notice before. The screen is very responsive although too smooth for my preference. I realized it’s quite difficult to write on a slippery screen so I thought a screen protector would help. I got the matte one which made writing so much better but the images has this haze which robs the brilliancy and definition. I replaced it with a super clear screen protector and its perfect.

I love the 5.5 inches screen size. Its just the right size for a tablet to be small enough that it doesn’t lose its tablet functions. And still the safe size to become a phone. I tried doing phone functions on the first generation Samsung Tab and that was ridiculous! Embarassing and impossible, gosh I don’t even want to remember that episode.

Speed
The fastest gadget I had. The quadcore processor feels like its the Energizer Bunny on Red Bull. Everything is just speedier. Even with multiple programs open, I never felt a lag.

Camera and Video
It has an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera which I cant complain about yet. I am yet to explore this feature. I took the first photo with it so be my guest.

I need a Pen!
I love touchscreens but writing is never proper using your index finger. It just feels weird. I need a pen in my life and stylus for the iphone and ipad just doesn’t feel right. I need a stylus that feels like the ones from Palm or O2 era. The S-pen is just what I need. It has so many features you need to read other reviews to learn about it. What I can say is it feels like a proper pen although I find it too lightweight. It has this button thats supposed to give it more functions but it just gets in the way sometimes. But I’m not complaining. Its this S-Pen that made me shift to Samsung in the first place. They made it even hard to misplace it as the Note 2 reminds you if you left the room without the stylus with you. Cool eh!

Over-all
So for now the ipad, iphone and agenda all came together to become this singular gadget for me which is the Samsung Galaxy Note II. I feel lighter discovering the Note 2 and highly recommend it for those who need the ultimate smartphone. Its for the techie person who needs to be connected all the time with multiple requirements in life be it Office documents, the staple emails, a Notepad, the music and video player or other fantastical needs of a modern human. Its the Jack of all Trades for the on-the-go me. Now, I’m on the hunt for its perfect case. Good luck to me!

(I initially posted this at the Purse Forum and reposting it here)

I remember discovering Balenciaga last 2007 when a friend bought a Tomato City with very gorgeous leather and I was so jelly. There was no Balenciaga store yet in my country that time and I am not very confident buying from international stores and try shipping.  So I just visit the Purse Forum to have my Balenciaga fix.

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My first Balenciaga was a 2004 Grey City in raised silver hardware.  I remember the leather was a bit thick but still slouchy.  I will try to find photos of it in my archives.  Pardon me as I started this thread using my ipad which doesn’t contain all my past photos.  It wasn’t a very gorgeous color, antiquey looking meaning old and I don’t get the vibe.  This bag has long been sold.

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Second was a 2007 Steel Part time in GGH.  It was so crackly, uber distressed, has feet but was a heavyweight!  It gave me strap marks on my shoulder as I tend to fill it with all my daily loot owing to its larger size.  This bag was also sold with half regret.  Half because although I love the leather but wasn’t a fan of the gold giant hardware and its added weight to the bag.

 

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Third was a 2003 Mastic First in pewter hardware.  It was a cutie patootie and can only hold cute basic stuff.  Can’t carry my daily load so it has to go.

Here she is…

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Fourth hit the sweet spot. My friend sold me her 2007 Tomato City in regular hardware.  This pretty thing was with me the longest.  I adore the leather, the scrunge, the smell, the vibe, but the color was not my perfect red.  It was a bit red orangey that was too eye popping and I was not as playful with color at that time.  I kind of regret the sale when I think of it now.

 

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Fifth was a 2010 Anthracite City in silver giant hardware.  This has more of green undertones and I have tons of photos of it.  I let it go as it was too green and not the Anthracite-grey I was looking for.  Also, although it was in a City style, the giant hardwares lent extra weight to my already heavy daily load.  Here are my own photos…


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Sixth was a 2011 Grenadine City in RGGH.  Oh the pinkness of this color is just the right shade.  Not too bright , not too light, not too pop!  Love the rose gold hardware but when I went home and hubby saw it, he went ballistic.  But alas, it can’t be kept with reasons I am not at liberty saying in this blog.  Too many ears out there.   Here are my photos of her pink highness.

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Seventh is a 2003 Blue Jean City in pewter hardware.  I never thought I can wear a light blue but I think I rock this just fine.  This pretty gal is currently with me and I did some DIY restoration on her.  Her color has lightened 1-2 shades through use but her leather is still clean and intact.  I love the smooshy leather and the old grunge look.

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Eighth is a 2006 Cognac Hook GM.  Leather is thin, crinkly, flops splat when empty and color is a beauty.  But hardwares are too jingly and adds weight.  I’m keeping it as a go to big bag when I need more stuff to stuff.  Also adds variety to the usual motorcycle style although I’m missing the smiley face in front and the zippered pocket to hold my phones.

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Ninth is a 2008 White Floral City in silver giant hardware. It was a surprise to me when I picked her up and carried her. I like that she’s a limited edition and as one tPFer commented that it can be an everyday bag if you live in the tropics which I am.   She was sent to LMB (Loving My Bags) for restoration of handles.  Photos here are her before shots.


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Tenth is the berry on my Balenciaga love affair.  This 2009 Poupre Twiggy in regular hardware was an impulse buy but worth every peso.  It’s my first venture on the Twiggy and I love the shape.  It can hold my dailies and even my ipad which is an essential for me.  More to come, I’m sure.

I love the mysterious red color.  It’s like red but not quite.  Has purplish undertones and the best smelling leather.  Hmmm, I bury my face in it every now and then.  Of course, when nobody’s looking.

 

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