Excited for a blessed 2011!!!

Before you move into next year,
stop and look in the rearview mirror of the year gone by,

and joyfully realize that God meant it
when He said, “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’

So we may boldly say:
‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear(Heb. 13:5-6).

via Our Daily Bread - Rearview Mirror Reflections

Life Is Like Riding A Bicycle


Excited what’s in store for you in year 2011?
Were there any great painful and difficult circumstances
that you had this 2010?

Our God is a God of second chances.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 God makes everything beautiful in its time

All I Want for 2011 are...

10 random favorites and stuffs for my wish list!



#1: Fuji Instax Mini 7S Pink   #2: AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D
#3: Diana F+ with flash    #4: Diana Mini En Rose with flash
#5: Nikon SB600 Flash   #6: Nikon SB900 Flash  #7: CanoScan 4400F
#8: Nikon Genuine ML-L3   #9: Genius EasyPen i405
#10: Camera Tripod (sturdy enough to hold my D90)



I discovered that Photography is for me when I worked with my first DSLR which was a fully-manual Minolta XG-1 during the summer of 2005, my ite (elder sister) bought it for me. I had to own one for our Photography class in UST.


Though when I was little, I used to get our flat camera and took some shots. Then when I was in grade 4, my aunt gave me a toy cam and I enjoyed taking photos of my friends but it got broken after few months and so I stopped shooting. Until I had my second camera in high school, year 2001 if I am not mistaken, but I do not remember who gave it to me and where it is now, sorry, but glad that I had time to take photos of my friends during our field trip and keep some copies!


Viking (taken by me with Minolta XG-1)



Then at college my Minolta XG-1 got broken too before the semester ended because of abuse... The shutter gave up on me when I used the Autowinder G a lot. I also had my own external flash but I never had a chance to use it plus it got damaged when typhoon Ondoy soaked it too last 2009. And since I do not have a camera for our class, my mother bought another DSLR which is Canon EOS-66. Thus, taking photos became easier for me since it has automatic settings and loading of film is effortless! Unlike with Minolta XG-1 where you should be too careful or else you would be wasting all your time shooting until later you would know that the film tab was not properly placed into the spool. Fail! I believe my classmates and I did not learn enough from our Photography teacher, our double semesters were just wasted away. I searched for learning through photography books I borrowed from the library and asking some professors and friends. Good thing, my parents provided me enough money to have my photos developed anytime I needed for our plates or just trial purposes.




And when I got a job as a Visual Merchandising Specialist/Graphic Designer in 2007, my primary tasks were to take photos of our merchandise for our ads and some shots of our store display. I used our department’s digital camera and sometimes I borrowed the halogen lamp from our Admin. Then I enjoyed playing with the camera and I spent my 13th month in 2008 to buy a Nikon S210 digicam. I tried shooting at different angles, camera modes and settings. In fairness, I am proud to say that I took beautiful photos with it.


no grudges after sunset (taken by me with Nikon S210)


And in May 2010, I got my Nikon D90, my very first DSLR. I also joined MDPC, Marikina Digital Photographers Club, where I am still learning of how to maximize the usage of my camera. Sadly, my Nikon S210 got smashed when I accidentally made it fly and crash into the floor at our office few months ago.




On the other hand, working with D90 is fun for me though it’s heavy like Minolta XG-1. My neck, arms and hands get easily tired of handling it. But I love the high-resolution images and videos! But I am having a hard time shooting when there is a smaller amount of available light that is why I want to have an external flash.


the best of both worlds (photo c/o my sister, edited by me)
But I also crave to going back to film that’s why from time to time, I use my Canon EOS-66 but I want to own a lomography camera! A Diana or Polaroid-like Fuji Instax Mini 7S! I adore the nostalgic upshot. But of course, anytime I alter a plain snapshot to lomography-ish with Photoshop though it’s different of coming up with “happy accidents” of lomography technique. Then instead of having the film developed to photography hub, a film scanner could be a smart partner. Next, a pen tablet that could make editing or post processing the photos quick.

Christmas Blessings to you!


Stand Still, Double Pretty

My first time to shoot somebody with studio lights c/o MDPC (Marikina Digital Photographers Club) during our Christmas Party last December 11, 2010.

I really like the model's face especially her eyes, it's expressive, they sparked, I think.

Camera Model:NIKON D90  /  Shutter Speed:10/500 second  /
Aperture:F/5.6 /  Focal Length:105 mm /  ISO Speed:640
Model: NIKON D90  /  Shutter Speed:10/500 second  /
Aperture:F/5.6  /  Focal Length:105 mm  /  ISO Speed:640

12 month deviantART premium membership!

i just checked my deviantART account and recent artworks of watched friends last night until I noticed my own page that


MOONBEAM13 gave me a 12 month premium membership! waaa I am really thankful and blessed! I am wishing for a premium membership for myself this year, at least for 3 months so I am really thrilled now and happy!!!


This is something that makes my Christmas and this year better curly!


BETTER FINDS: Cat vs Dog

Featuring... the game-faced pets!


Trill and her cool kid mean face. [via townabovewater.blogspot]
Hama the Shiba [via hei-astrid.blogspot]




and of course, my ever adorable dog... Tofi!



Self-portrait with deviantART muro

deviantART muro is the newest application for deviants where you can doodle/sketch all you want! Maximize your techniques with the help of Photoshop-like tools; brushes and layers!
And of course, there are many deviants using this now and they create great artworks, see http://news.deviantart.com/article/125426/



so here's my first attempt of creating a self-portrait using Muro and a mouse, surely I could not write well, I am sorry =P but at least, I'm still legally curly here!


NEW Philippine Peso Bills

[Article via axbuss.net]


The newly written Philippine peso bills have been launched. The new bank notes took 3 years to pattern as well as conceptualize. Some of the changes in the latest Philippine peso bills embody Cory Aquino fasten Ninoy in the P500 note. According to BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., the inclusion upon Cory was conceptualized right after her genocide in 2009 from colon cancer. Cory Aquino’s design is right away distinguished upon the P500 than Ninoy’s. This is since Cory was a former president.


President Benigno S. Aquino III receives from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor and Monetary Board Chairman Amando Tetangco, Jr., the new design of different denominations during the launching of the new generation of Philippine banknotes at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañan Palace, Wednesday, December 16, 2010. [via President Noy's Facebook account]

Also enclosed in the changes have been the inclusion of the little of the Philippine’s landmarks as well as younger cinema of the heroes as well as domestic figures. The latest confidence facilities of the bank records embody embossed prints, sequence numbers, confidence fibers, watermarks, confidence thread, optically non-static device, optically non-static ink, as well as the see-through mark. The facilities enlarge as the worth of the note goes higher.

Here’s the summation of the facilities of the new Philippine peso bills: (via GMA TV news)

P20 bill
Obverse: Manuel L. Quezon
Reverse: Banaue Rice Terraces as well as the palm civet from the Cordilleras, that have been important for producing the coffee alamid

P50 bill
Obverse: Sergio Osmeña
Reverse: Taal Lake as well as the Giant Trevally (locally well known as Maliputo), the tasty chalky fish that thrives usually in the waters of the lake


the Voyage of the Dawn Treader


Yey! I’d finally seen the 3rd Chronicle of Narnia movie which is the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Once again, I am so in love with King Caspian and so with Aslan hahaha. The production is getting way better and better than of the previous movies. There’s no moment when I could get my eyes off the big screen. Lucy is definitely getting prettier too and I kept recalling how young she was 5-6 years ago in the first movie because of the crew’s little girl who also joined on their journey on saving the sacrificed slaves. Of course, the story never failed to move me and refresh my point of view. I remembered my faith and my oaths to my ever loyal Lord.


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"Oh, Aslan," said Lucy. "Will you tell us how to get into your country from our world?"
"I shall be telling you all the time," said Aslan. "But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder..."



"Please, Aslan," said Lucy. "Before we go, will you tell us when we can come back to Narnia again? Please. And oh, do, do, do make it soon."
"Dearest," said Aslan very gently, "you and your brother will never come back to Narnia."
"Oh, Aslan!!" said Edmund and Lucy both together in despairing voices.
"You are too old, children," said Aslan, "and you must begin to come close to your own world now."
"It isn't Narnia, you know," sobbed Lucy. "It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?"
"But you shall meet me, dear one," said Aslan.
"Are are you there too, Sir?" said Edmund.
"I am," said Aslan. "But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there."


~Chapter 16


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I am not perfect. I commit sins and still He forgives me. I failed Him many times but He would still give me chance. I always call His name in times of trouble and I sometimes forget to thank Him for giving me all the things I am having. He is love. He is good and faithful. I thank the Creator for giving inspirations to complete stories to movies like the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. As humans, our abilities are limited but our resources are profuse. He did and keeps doing majestic things to our world. Jesus, I love you. Thank you for saving me and letting me to know Your name and call upon You. Teach me to number my days and rely on you for the rest of my life. More than five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes… Help me to become like You.

POEMATIC: 12.09.10 Untitled

My hands are a colorful canvas
With pictures of big and small
Things move animatedly on top of my rough open palms
Though I see a lot of wounds still they won’t hurt
Then I close my fists, jump high and low


I know how to dream; I am blessed with visions
I stand in faith, I walk in control
Also on my way, I hear giving of words
I grasp some liquid promises until they flow to the seas
Evaporate and bring rain again and again


My objective is not to be subjective
I hate to sin in anger as I appraise
For millions of thought bubbling in and out
I speak in wisdom and you cannot defeat
Because I have the Almighty to guide me day and night
He hates the wicked and foolish bits


[words by Madz Madaje]

Let's face the GIANTS!

PRAY and SUPPORT our FREE FILM SHOWING of FACING THE GIANTS movie on December 19!




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Click here for movie details.


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Some quotable quotes:


"You can't judge your father by his actions and yourself by your intentions.
It just doesn't work that way."

"With God, nothing is impossible."


(both by Grant Taylor played Alex Kendrick)




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HOW TO GET THERE...
NEAREST landmark to GOD IS SOVEREIGN CHURCH: Ciudad Christia (formerly 9 Waves), Mercury Drugstore, Tropical Hut Hamburger

I am not satisfied...

HILLSONG - Believe




I say on Sunday how much I want revival
But then on Monday, I can't even find my Bible
Where's the power
The power of the cross in my life

I'm sick of playing the game of religion
I'm tired of losing my reason for living
Where's the power
The power of the cross in my life

I'm not content just to walk through my life, giving in
To the lies, Walking in compromises now
We cry out as a generation that was lost
But now is found in the power of the cross

Chorus:
We believe in You
We believe in the power of Your Word that is true
We believe in You
So we lay down our cause
That our cross might be found in You

I'm not satisfied doing it my own way
I'm not satisfied to do church and walk away
I'm not satisfied there's no love in my life but You
I'm not satisfied living in yesterday's hour
I'm not satisfied to have the form but not the power
I'm not satisfied, Lord I am crucified in You
(Chorus)

So we lay down our cause
That our cross might be found in You

My Prayer in the Desert

This is my prayer in the desert
And all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is a God who provides

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And he who was seated on the throne said,
"Behold, I am making all things new."
(Revelation 21:5)
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For the Christian, DEATH means

        
Heaven,
        
      Happiness,
                        and Him.

via Our Daily Bread - Ernie’s Farewell

Yes, Despicable Me

This week has been so hard for me. I could not manage my anger well and I actually enjoyed blurting out cruel words. I broke down in moments when my emotion and thoughts overwhelmed me. I was very upset and still am but I hope next few days will be better. I pray that I could at least pause before letting my rage gets me into bigger problems and trash someone’s self-worth.

Help me, dear God, this is despicable me.

I ask for Your wisdom and compassion to follow ABCs of Anger Management firmly. Thank You, Amen.


Questioning the Quality of Work



It’s not really the hours,

but the quality of the work
that needs to be done.



Jane Ammeson, in NWA World Traveler magazine, quoted violinist Midori as saying: I have to practice for my job and I practice every day... It’s not really the hours, but the quality of the work that needs to be done. I see with students, that they play and they call it practice, but they are not listening and not watching. If you have your textbook open, it doesn’t mean that you are studying.”

That same principle applies to our walk of faith. Paul wrote to Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). Diligence implies constant, earnest effort, and is the opposite of a careless, inattentive approach. It embraces every aspect of our relationship with God.

God speaks to those who take time to listen,
and He listens to those who take time to pray.


via Our Daily Bread - Daily Diligence

Freehand fail!!!

I am tired... I’ve been working for long hours until my Freehand file got corrupted. I was just saving my files again and again. I do not understand and I do not want to. My brain is so drained. I could not retrieve the file. Worst is all my design spec sheets are under one file. This never happened to me after so many times I’ve been using Freehand. I hate Freehand!!!

I feel depressed. I used this weekend to work at home but Freehand failed me. And tomorrow, I will face the same workloads I left last Friday.

Argh... This is no laughing matter especially when someone questions how you work and your efficiency. Though I am sure that I did my best to be able to complete all tasks but my ability and time are limited, and so is your human brain.

I know I am getting angry again and so I pray, “Lord, I am asking for more courage and comfort”. I am going to sleep now, my head is aching too.

back and forth

Well, it's easy not to care,
when apathy poisons the air
Well, on the surface it seems calm
But underneath war rages on and on and on



If I could, than I would run across the sea
So you'd speak to me



Back and forth, the waves keep crashing


Hold on, my head, I keep on sinking

I need Your hand to steady me



to bring your peace to this storm
'cause back and forth


Back And Forth by Lanae' Hale