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Photos of My Life
Posted on: 30th of May 2010 | Under: Artsy Fartsy, Life & Love

If you don’t already know, I love photography. I enjoy taking photos, whether they be styled or random shots. My Flickr has over 700 photos of my love affair with cameras and photographs.

Belong to Me

I’d like to try something new this time, and I’ll be needing your help. :)

All I need you guys to do is to ask me to take a photo of any aspect of my life; be it a place or an item or something that symbolizes something to me. Ask me anything you might be curious about (from stuff in my bedroom, my favorite shoes, or other random things), and I’ll post a photo of it.

Don’t be shy, guys! Just ask away. This will definitely be a great way for you all to get to know a little bit more about me and my life. :)


Here are the completed photo requests:

Blog Redesign
Posted on: 4th of February 2010 | Under: Artsy Fartsy

After almost three years, my “Dance Like No One’s Watching” layout has finally retired. Yes I know, it was about time, right?

This new layout is right in tune with the changes that are about to happen in my life.  Like my anticipation for those wonderful changes, I’m just as ecstatic to see this design finally up and running.

All graphics and images used on this layout were designed entirely by me. Most of the images were recycled from my previous moleskine paintings, while the vector images were made using VectorDesigner.

To be honest, I actually finished the main layout design early last year (almost nine months ago, to be exact!). But I only had the time to fix everything up this week. The fiance also helped me code the layout into a working WordPress theme and patiently addressed errors that I kept on making while editing small details. I think it’s about time that I refresh my knowledge on HTML and CSS. It seems that I now know very little about coding. =P

Anyway, please excuse any broken links, if there are any. All the major parts of the blog should be working fine now, but there are still a few areas that I haven’t finished tweaking.

Web Design: Bedazz!
Posted on: 26th of January 2010 | Under: Artsy Fartsy, Geek Talk

It has been over ten years since my first love affair with web design. The first few years of that decade was spent enthusiastically designing different layouts for personal websites and blogs I maintained all over the internet. However, the last half saw very little creative juices output on my my part, not necessarily due to the lack of spark plug juices (although, I did seem to run out of ideas for a while), but more of the fact that I had become more active in my offline life.

I enjoy spending more time in “the real world” but every once in a while, I do miss sitting in front of the monitor wracking my brain for hours until I came up with layouts to suit my liking.

Since my sister was planning to launch a Multiply site for her very own set of makeup brushes, Bedazz, I took the opportunity and volunteered to help her design the whole site from start to finish.

I quickly staged a late-night photo shoot, with my sister as the model. Our very own living room was turned into a makeshift studio, with one of our table lamps used as soft lighting.

My sister posing with one of her brushes.

We then had a quick product shoot the following afternoon in our garage, using the sun’s natural light.

Bedazz Stippling Brush

And with all the graphics and images ready, I spent several hours designing and fiddling with template codes.

The outcome?

A simple Black and White layout with just a few embellishments here and there.

Bedazz Header.

I took more time tweaking with codes than in designing the actual layout. My knowledge and skill in HTML and CSS has decided to fail me. Well I’m not really surprised, considering that it has in fact been years since I last fiddled around with code. =P

Anyway, do check out the multiply site. :)

Bedazz currently has three makeup brushes in its line, with several others in the testing stage. I’m not being biased, but the brushes are really nice! Mix good quality with affordable prices (only Php700 or around USD14 for a full-sized stippling brush!), it sure is a great deal!

HDR: Bintan
Posted on: 11th of November 2009 | Under: Artsy Fartsy, Travel Junkie

The boyfriend and I went on an overnight getaway to Bintan Lagoon Resort in Indonesia before I flew back to Manila.

The resort was beautiful. Every corner was stunningly picturesque. Which is why I literally went shutter happy! :)

It was also the perfect time to try out more HDRs:


The beach had these huge rocks (no asbestos, so no mesothelioma threats) that were just worth taking shots of.



A more detailed blog about our trip soon. :) More HDR shots HERE.