Tracy is a twenty-something lady from the Philippines who lives for photography, and takes photos for a living.

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My friends and I took advantage of the holiday today, and took an out of town cultural trip! It hit quite a number of birds with one stone (sorry, birds)—we finally got to do another fun trip together while Kiks was in town, Kiks got to do a tiny bit of research for his thesis idea, and I suppose this counts as our weekly get together. We normally just go out for dinner and maybe a movie, but we had to have at least one trip like this while Kiks was home from San Francisco. Yay!
This is just a preview, however, as I’m cramming a whole bunch of other work things at the moment. Kiks and I are off for another mini-adventure together on Thursday, which will also add to my travel posts, hurrah!
FYI, the we went to Taal Heritage Town today! The photo of myself has “creepy” written all over it, what with the images included with me in the mirror, the smudges on the mirror’s surface, and the overall dark old Filipino mansion feel. But I promise that it’s beautiful more than it is creepy-looking! More on this trip soon!

My friends and I took advantage of the holiday today, and took an out of town cultural trip! It hit quite a number of birds with one stone (sorry, birds)—we finally got to do another fun trip together while Kiks was in town, Kiks got to do a tiny bit of research for his thesis idea, and I suppose this counts as our weekly get together. We normally just go out for dinner and maybe a movie, but we had to have at least one trip like this while Kiks was home from San Francisco. Yay!

This is just a preview, however, as I’m cramming a whole bunch of other work things at the moment. Kiks and I are off for another mini-adventure together on Thursday, which will also add to my travel posts, hurrah!

FYI, the we went to Taal Heritage Town today! The photo of myself has “creepy” written all over it, what with the images included with me in the mirror, the smudges on the mirror’s surface, and the overall dark old Filipino mansion feel. But I promise that it’s beautiful more than it is creepy-looking! More on this trip soon!

The typhoons have started coming here in Manila, and it’s forcing most of us to retreat into our homes. We can’t really complain—it’s called bed weather for a reason.

It’s a hell of an inconvenience, though, when the storms have awful side effects like super strong winds (so many uprooted trees!) and blackouts for days.

The day typhoon Glenda (Rammasun to the rest of the world) hit Manila, I had woken up later than I normally did on Wednesdays since classes were suspended. It was still calm outside, but I recalled waking up in the middle of the night to strong winds, so I concluded that around 8 AM, the eye of the storm was now over us.

The blackout lasted all throughout the day, so I had to find some way to entertain myself without using up my phone’s battery. I rediscovered good ol’ solitaire, and while Glenda has long gone (and Henry on his way out of Manila as well), I’ve managed to pick up my childhood habit of playing the game despite electricity coming back.

Part of the reason why I love playing is because I love shuffling cards, TBH.

My 6-month-old schnauzer is a huge stress reliever a lot of the time because of how funny he is. I never imagined just how much cuter he could be with his “cone of shame”! (He has one for medical reasons.) I don’t know if I should feel sorry for him and remove his cone, or if I should continue to watch him be all cute and funny with it on. He’s learned to go up the stairs with his cone, and it’s a hilarious sight every time!

Hey, folks! I’m really excited to announce that Kiks will have an exhibit on August 9! That’s a Saturday, so there’s no excuse not to come. :) We’d super love it if you could drop by, say hello, and enjoy the art!
It will be held at the future site of Terrace 45 (an upcoming restaurant being put up by our awesome friend Karl!) at 45 Dr. Lazcano cor. Sct. Santiago, Quezon City. The street is perpendicular to Tomas Morato, so it should be easy enough to locate!
Please, do come! :)

Hey, folks! I’m really excited to announce that Kiks will have an exhibit on August 9! That’s a Saturday, so there’s no excuse not to come. :) We’d super love it if you could drop by, say hello, and enjoy the art!

It will be held at the future site of Terrace 45 (an upcoming restaurant being put up by our awesome friend Karl!) at 45 Dr. Lazcano cor. Sct. Santiago, Quezon City. The street is perpendicular to Tomas Morato, so it should be easy enough to locate!

Please, do come! :)

San Francisco Strangers

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A few more B&W’s from San Francisco, because I miss that place like crazy. I don’t think I’d ever tire of people watching there, whether in coffee shops, while on the bus, or while walking out on the street.

The weather these days is so gloomy (there’s a storm a-brewin’!) that I just want to stay in my pajamas and curl up with a book and some tea. But being the oddball I am, some iced tea in a mason jar felt right rather than a hot cup. This stuff smelled so good when I was steeping the bag in hot water! It’s maple tea, YES.
Stay warm and safe, Manila! I hear this storm is going to be pretty big.

The weather these days is so gloomy (there’s a storm a-brewin’!) that I just want to stay in my pajamas and curl up with a book and some tea. But being the oddball I am, some iced tea in a mason jar felt right rather than a hot cup. This stuff smelled so good when I was steeping the bag in hot water! It’s maple tea, YES.

Stay warm and safe, Manila! I hear this storm is going to be pretty big.

I haven’t forgotten about my random people photography blog They Never Knew. I just don’t want to upload all my photos in one go, because that would make it go stale much quicker.
Anyway, I do miss doing this. People watching, I mean. Ever since I’ve come back to Manila all those months ago, I’ve been much too busy to just sit down and do stuff like this. Hopefully I’ll be able to do more of that with Kiks around. Or when I finally come up with a better system with how I work.

I haven’t forgotten about my random people photography blog They Never Knew. I just don’t want to upload all my photos in one go, because that would make it go stale much quicker.

Anyway, I do miss doing this. People watching, I mean. Ever since I’ve come back to Manila all those months ago, I’ve been much too busy to just sit down and do stuff like this. Hopefully I’ll be able to do more of that with Kiks around. Or when I finally come up with a better system with how I work.

I know for a fact that I used to write much better back when I was in high school, and perhaps up until early college. This was largely due to the following facts:
I had a LiveJournal account that I would constantly update, no matter how useless the content
I actually wrote, like with a pen on paper, slews of whatever would pop into my head—poems, stories, day-to-day accounts
I kept actual journals apart from my digital ones, which I would take with me as I sat in the bathroom because it was cooler and had nice lighting
I wrote letters that I would pass to my friends in the halls during recess and lunch
The Harry Potter books were in the process of being written, so I had at least one new book to read every year
I was still in school
I rummaged through the hidden mess in my room and found my old college plates with reaction papers and rationales taped on the back, and I found the way I wrote very amusing. The same goes for my old journal entries dating back all the way to probably 2002.
I’m rather disappointed that I don’t practice using words as much anymore. My writing has been limited to business emails and documents. I suppose this is why I keep pushing with this pathetic excuse of a blog, to get myself back into shape with my words.
So maybe you might see me trying to blog a little more often. I need to balance out all these pictures with some words.
As much as I am included in the horde of creative people who flock to coffee shops to get client work done, I would very much like to sit and write as often as I design and edit photographs.
Give me something to write about?

I know for a fact that I used to write much better back when I was in high school, and perhaps up until early college. This was largely due to the following facts:

  1. I had a LiveJournal account that I would constantly update, no matter how useless the content
  2. I actually wrote, like with a pen on paper, slews of whatever would pop into my head—poems, stories, day-to-day accounts
  3. I kept actual journals apart from my digital ones, which I would take with me as I sat in the bathroom because it was cooler and had nice lighting
  4. I wrote letters that I would pass to my friends in the halls during recess and lunch
  5. The Harry Potter books were in the process of being written, so I had at least one new book to read every year
  6. I was still in school

I rummaged through the hidden mess in my room and found my old college plates with reaction papers and rationales taped on the back, and I found the way I wrote very amusing. The same goes for my old journal entries dating back all the way to probably 2002.

I’m rather disappointed that I don’t practice using words as much anymore. My writing has been limited to business emails and documents. I suppose this is why I keep pushing with this pathetic excuse of a blog, to get myself back into shape with my words.

So maybe you might see me trying to blog a little more often. I need to balance out all these pictures with some words.

As much as I am included in the horde of creative people who flock to coffee shops to get client work done, I would very much like to sit and write as often as I design and edit photographs.

Give me something to write about?