2013 where did it go

my 365 project has failed again.. I only reached 66 pics compared to 90+ pics in 2011..

It was still an eventful year full of fun and adventure.. And I made a few videos throughout the year

The USC night league 2013 was held at Emperador Stadium this year and was very exciting.

My Ultimate team went to Binondo for a fun food trip

I must have eaten more than 5 kilos worth of food..

A short easy climb after a few months of  taking a climbing hiatus

Exploring beautiful Bali


2013 Day 66

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2013 Day 66, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

Going to the island for a weekend full of Sun Surf and Sand..

Boracay Open 2013 is Presented by 2XU, HUMAN PERFORMANCE MULTIPLIED.

"Hey Sexy Lady"

March 7: Registration 8pm; Captains meeting 9pm at Paradise Garden Hotel

March 8: Party @ Area 51, 9pm

March 9: Costume party at Club Summer Place. Theme: bachelorette party

March 10: Beach party after the games at Casa Pilar


2013 Day 64

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Ride Life, Ride Giant..
I just have to continue training.. it's going to be all worth it come 226..

2013 Day 63

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Been swimming everyday the past 4 days.. I need to work on my form and speed

2013 Day 61

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Subic Weekend!
Went early and biked from Harbor Point south to Zoobic Safari, then north up to Subic Town. just a nice 66km ride..
Spent the rest of the day hanging out watching Beach Ultimate


February 2013

How time flies.

It's been 60 days  (today is March 1)
Looking back I would like to say it's been a good year so far.

  • K3 played well in the New Year's League (4th place in pool A)
  • I've been biking more and in the past week started to swim again.
  • Timex 226 is still in December but I need to start training now.
Looking forward to more trips out of town, getting closer to my in-laws-to-be and being more proactive at work (they've asked me to join a few committees)

So much to do, so much I want to do.. I just have to remember to focus and enjoy.

My Friend: Gretchen

I did a portrait shoot of my friend Gretchen
She's my Ultimate (Frisbee) teammate in K3.
When she told us she was publishing a chapbook, I got curious about this shy little girl


Where are you from? What do you do? What do you have going on in life?

I’m from Quezon City, and I just graduated last October 2012 from Ateneo with a degree in Creative Writing. (Although I’m still waiting to march on March 2013.) I started working as a copywriter and marketing assistant at Crazy Monkeys Design Studio, and I also write freelance for and Glamourbox. When did you start writing? Who do you write for? (Who's your audience) Writing was always something I loved to do, even as a little girl. So as early as kindergarten, I’d be writing silly poems about nature, my favorite toys, the people I loved—anything under the sun really. And I’d give these poems to my mom, dad, Lola, Lolo, Titos and Titas. I think it was in the 7th grade when I was so obsessed about WWE and was starting to get crazy about Harry Potter that I began writing my own fanfiction on the wrestlers/characters I loved to ship—which eventually led to writing original work. I don’t really write for a particular audience. I write because I want to. Because I can create my own world. Because I can take people, events and moments—and manipulate them in such a way that appeals to me. It’s a bit escapist, but I love the feeling of holding my pen and draft notebook, or sitting in front of my laptop, and knowing I can do anything or be anything.

Describe your writing process: What do you do when you have a writer's block?

I love writing at night or in the wee hours of the morning. There’s just something about the mood and the silence that gets the creative juices flowing. I also always bring a pen and my little draft notebook with me. So anywhere I go, when an idea sparks or I think of something as simple as a one-liner I can use for a character, I can jot it down.

I think the best way to avoid writer’s block is to live, and I mean to really live. Heighten your senses. Feel things completely. Step outside your comfort zone. With me, I grew up in a very sheltered environment—my parents were (are still) overprotective, I studied in an all-girl private school, and even in college I was quite spoon-fed. It’s only now that I’m really getting to experience life outside the box—because of people in ultimate and climbing. I also think that reading, and reading a lot, is a good way to evade getting stuck in a rut.

What made you publish this chapbook? Do your friends and family look at you differently now that they've read? 

It’s always been one of my dreams to publish a novel. So when my block mates were thinking about publishing a series of chapbooks to give us more exposure and allow a wider range of readers, I was definitely in on the idea. It probably sounds contradicting, but I’m a little shy to let people read my work. There are only a select few that I actually show my work to (aside from professors and workshop classes).

Publishing the chapbook helped me get rid of that wariness. I’m actually not sure if my family and friends look at me differently now. Maybe! Haha. Especially those who didn’t think I was capable of such twisted plots.


Describe your book in three words.

Dark, Lonely, yet Funny.

Now describe it in one.


I hear you're a Potterhead. Do you despise Twihards? 

No, not really. I’ve never read the books though—just watched all the movies. My cousin, who hates reading, actually read the series. So I don’t see the point of despising something that encourages more people to read.

What else do you enjoy reading? 

I’m a huge, huge fan of Megan McCafferty’s the Sloppy Firsts series. That’s actually where I got the quote, “My thoughts create my world.” Right now, I’m reading The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. I’ve got about twelve more books in my reading list, including The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.


Lightning round: 

Tumblr address: 
Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Fave Harry Potter character: Draco Malfoy
Potter character you dislike: Ginny Weasley
Book reread the most times: The Little Prince
Fave tv show? Modern Family and Suits
Fave ice cream flavor? Cookie Dough from Sebastian’s
Who is your movie crush? Can’t decide between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy
3 things you take with you before you leave the house: Cellphone, wallet, draft notebook


2013 Day 57

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2013 Day 57, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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lighting tests with issa my sister
thanks issa for putting up with the flashes even though it gives you a headache


2013 Day 54

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Brought my parents to the airport. Hope you guys have a wonderful time at Bacolod

It's all cake and sweets there so Dad, think before you eat!
A minute on the lips a life time on the hips ..


2013 Day 53

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Super rainy day today.. I thank God that I'm warm and have food here at home, but I can't help but think of those who are homeless and have a difficult time as soon as it starts to rain..


2013 Day 48

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2013 Day 48, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

My dear mother!
I love you but you're crazy...


2013 Day 44

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2013 Day 44, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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Ash Wednesday, it's the start of Lent. So what are you giving up for 40 days?


2013 Day 41

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2013 Day 41, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

It's Chinese new year.
I heard mass with my parents in the morning while my siblings Ira and Issa went to spend some family time with their fiances who happen to be Chinese.

It's the year of the water Snake..
I don't read much into the texts but supposedly it's going to be a good year.

In any case, I feel really good and it's my plan to make it a good year. I hope you guys have a good year as well


2013 Day 38

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2013 Day 38, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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Long day at work and late night at frisbee practice.. by the time I got home, I only had 20 minutes til midnight and i hadn't shot anything for the day..
I was thinking should i dress up first since i was still my my smelly ultimate get up, or shoould I start looking for a shot.. It was extra dusty in Corinthians tonight and decided to take a quick shower, so when I was stripping down, I noticed the empty hamper, and I knew I got my shot..

this is my empty hamper using my Sigma 10-20, and I just popped a flash into it


2013 Day 35

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we got giant peppers and tomatoes.. hmmm the possibilities...

what should i make?


2013 Day 33

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2013 Day 33, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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Biked to alabang today.. it's 32 km and there's soooo much to take pictures of.. i need to go around more..


January 2013

So it's been a month and I would like to share some thoughts on my progress of the 365

I've had 2 of my photos on the Explore page of Flickr.
It's a very special honor since they pick the most interesting images of the day from the 10s of thousands of pics they post everyday from all around the world

The first one was my breakfast picture:

2013 Day 2
It's got around 800 views and a lot of likes..
I was trying to take a top down view but all my test shots were horrible. My egg torta was bit overcooked and it didn't photograph well. This was a last minute angle change before I moved on and took shots of the bookshelf. Those didn't come out well also and I finally chose this out of dozen of bad shots that day. Lucky shot? maybe..

The next photo which got featured in Explore was Day 8
2013 Day 8

The family (actually just Issa) was taking down the Christmas decorations and I had to take a shot with the lil Santas before they put them away.
Just like my shot from 2 years ago
Day 2

I had a bottle of Katipunan Craft's Christmas blend and I got this in 5 minutes

Part of this 365 project is cross-posting to my Instagram

I have a number of followers here different from the ones that see my work in Flickr.
Mostly friends and acquaintances, I see how the likes on Flickr and Instagram differ and how their tastes are different from each other

The most liked picture in my Instagram is the one of the Katipunan skyline
2013 Day 15
and since it's square on IG and I added a filter, it looks a bit different

Things I've learned:

1. If you put #hashtags, there are people around the world that search for those tags and will like your photo

2. I should bring my camera with me all the time. I do have my cellphone, but my current phone has a SUCKY camera and I'm unhappy with all the ones I took with my phone

3. Biking around is not only for exercise, but is a good way for me to look a nice shot

2013 Day 31

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2013 Day 31, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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It's been one month.. I can't believe how time flies..


2013 Day 22

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Late night at the office.. I had my coffee fix while my officemates had their yosi break..

I had my usual..
10 points if you understand the markings on my cup


2013 Day 21

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Long day at work.. but went for a ride when i got home.. I need to get a trainer and start training.. I just cruise when i bike around Katipunan..


2013 Day 20

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K3 boys doing their thing!

In a human centipede, would you rather be in front? in the middle or behind?


2013 Day 19

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2013 Day 19, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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worked til past midnight, so just enjoyed this lazy saturday.. went biking in the afternoon, and happened upon the ateneo kite flying day


2013 Day 17

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2013 Day 17, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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on top Gene's condo along EDSA corner pasig river.. took a few night shots on Elle's samsung... loong day at work ended with Banchetto!


2013 Day 16

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2013 Day 16, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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Ride around ADMU.. it's wednesday so all the clubs and orgs are busy .. Tried shooting some of them, but the light was not flattering


2013 Day 15

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2013 Day 15, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

Sun setting at Katipunan is such a beautiful sight


2013 Day 14

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2013 Day 14, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

loooooong day at work..

got this shot in late at night


2013 Day 13

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2013 Day 13, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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SBR anniv ride in the morning then went to Greenfields for the start of NYL2013.. K3 baby!


2013 Day 12

2013 Day 12 by ssshortzzz
2013 Day 12, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

woke up early to go to the gym..
also made greek salad for lunch..
Let's go healthy living!


2013 Day 11

2013 Day 11 by ssshortzzz
2013 Day 11, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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Rainy day at home..

Aside from doing some late night work calls, was able to watch Seven Psychopaths and Django Unchained.. blooood!!!

Also found this on the net:

all the billboard #1s from 1993 to 2011.. its like a time machine


2013 Day 9

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2013 Day 9, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

Riding at night is the best

2013 Day 8

2013 Day 8 by ssshortzzz
2013 Day 8, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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One of my resolutions this year is to stop drinking beer. I will however make exceptions for some certain foreign beers that I've never tasted and the home brews like that of Katipunan Craft.
I actually helped out in making this certain brew, "Christmas in our Malts" which has the taste of chestnuts
Otherwise.. it's a permanent goodbye to San Miguel Beer


2013 Day 7

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2013 Day 7, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

Took a pic at Cantina.. so many memories here... you will be missed


2013 Day 3

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2013 Day 3, a photo by ssshortzzz on Flickr.

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Biking around Katipunan, I passed by my friend Miah at his tattoo shop Sin City.
Totoy was working on this giant Indian guy. The guy seems that he could take the pain, but he excused himself, went out of the shop and belted out in pain.


2013 Day 2

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I will try to start the year right.

One thing I can do is to eat right.
Diets can easily be wrecked just like this 365 project. To do this right though, I must be prepared.

I will need to plan my meals way in advanced. I'll start researching and start making meal plans for the week, every weekend.


2013 Day 1

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2012 was a great year, but I feel 2013 will be even greater!

I was setting up the shot on the street in front of the house. On this shot, a car passed by so i scrambled to move the bike out of the way.. in the process, i captured the streaking.


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