So, this is me.
I think this was taken during my first birthday.

I’m lucky to have had so many pictures (even videos) taken as a child because my father was a professional photographer and videographer prior to the ubiquity of digital photography. Plus, I’m the eldest child… so my father may have been carried away with aiming the lenses and clicking the shutter. (Some of my old photos are like mug shots. They’re taken in the same location at different angles. I’m like: “Pa, come on!”)

Seeing this picture (my mom scanned a lot of our baby pics… And yes, posted them on facebook. Ugh.), made me think. Maybe the reason why I dislike having my picture taken now as an adult, is because I have had my fair share of smiling for the camera.

Another way of looking at it, though, is that I should have been so used to getting my picture taken that I should have now grown to be a selfie addict… which I’m not.

Hmm. Weird.

Aaaaaanyway… Just a random thought.


Finally, I’m Home!

My new bookshelf finally arrived!
And I just finished unpacking and arranging all my books, DVDs, VCDs and other collections and what-nots.

Believe it or not, I have no more boxes or bags left to unpack.
Moving-in is officially done.
Sure, there are still some things we need to buy (like stove table, energy-saving lightbulbs, new trash cans, etc. — oh, and grocery! We need food.)… but no more unpacking left.


I cannot wait to add more books in this shelf!
Oh yes. I’m finally home. 🙂

Side Note: Excuse the mess in the lower left corner. 😛

Into the Heights: First Morning

Finally moved in to my new home.

Still have a few things to take care of (waiting for my new bookshelf, fixing the mini “office”, etc) but the first night was super okay… Apart from my tired body and pesky colds, I slept well.

The first morning was divine…
Woke up with a what feels like a thousand birds chirping instead of the LRT train in the background.


I love how my room catches the morning sun from both corners.


I know, I still have to get curtains for these windows. That’s already on my list. As for now, I’m still enjoying the light, view and fresh morning breeze this cool home has to offer.



I can see a lot of potential from you, Boni Heights.
And to myself, “Welcome Home!”.

**Photos taken using iPad mini.

What? No Wi-fi?!


But there was wi-fi!
Facebook may be banned in Vietnam but there sure is wi-fi almost everywhere.

Taken by Tatia last February 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Techie Kids

Taken using Blackberry 9300.

Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas

I got inspired to share these photos while browsing for a photo to submit for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details.

My entry for the weekly photo challenge was of the roof details of the Buddha Tooth and Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore. (See post here.)


Behind me is the Buddhist Temple from the outside

In the rooftop of the same temple is a usual Orchid Garden with a pagoda in the middle.
This pagoda houses the large Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel in the middle and 10,000 small Buddha statues in all its four walls. Both prayer wheel and Buddha statues take room from what seems like floor to the ceiling.


The last two photos below were taken by Jenna, my travel buddy during this trip.
One picture shows a wall of tiny Buddhas, and the other is a zoomed in version.
The details of all these are amazing.




White Water Rafting in Davao

For some weird reason, I miss this.
It is weird because I was scared sh*t when I did this.
But I’m glad I did do it.

It’s a one of a kind experience.
Three hours under the sun battling the rapids!
Amazing view.
Good friends.
Awesome adventure.




These photos were taken in Davao City, Philippines. September 2010.