Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Little Way to Go

So today's my birthday.

I've been ranting on MELT for the past 2/3 days about what'll happen today aside from, you know, it being one of those special days for me. (Head over there to hear some of my voice blogs!) I can't say I'm sad or anything 'cause I'm not, but I can't say I'm excessively happy either. In all honesty, I wanted to celebrate my day differently, surrounded with immediate family and friends. That happened, and then some. *Sigh. 

You see, today was also the scheduled Sunday service-slash-charity event at my parents' hometown, San Jose, Camarines Sur. (I have no idea why they couldn't schedule it the week after, but it's over now so I can't keep fussing.) After a quick Sunday service, we handed out groceries to the least fortunate and gave toys to the kids who attended the event (which was a LOT more than the adults), all after they'd been given lunch.

That event alone demanded 2 days of stress and a night of only around 5 hours of sleep. Four of us led the worship (singing) portion and dad delivered the sermon afterwards. Yet after all this, I'm still thinking about the same thing: why couldn't they schedule it after one week? 

I now feel like nothing happened on my "special" day. All I did was eat special food and surfed the net a few times during the day. Seriously, if my parents decide to read my blog (rarely, but in unpredictable times), they might scold me for being selfish and talking behind their back. :/ Then again, everything's done. No use complaining.

Since I have no "celebration" photos to post for you tonight, I'll grab some photos from our first days here (around March 27/28) of my late grandma's garden. I have yet to determine if "post-birthday photos" will exist for this year.

I only found out about how dangerous being around one of these was after I took the photo at very close range. I forgot what it's called, but according to my mom, the little hairs on this little thing could cause a major itch/rash/skin problem. You don't even have to touch it to get affected. If the weather was windy and the hair found its way to your skin, you're going to get itchy. Just thinking about it makes me itchy.

The first time I passed by this (tree?), I didn't see the lemons growing on them. When I went back from the other end of the garden, it was then that I noticed how cute these were. They're normally called kalamnsi in Tagalog, and I don't know how they're called in Bicol.

This was a great find. It was the second thing I saw while walking through the garden (the first being a dragonfly resting on a tree branch). I figured it was lost (maybe, a little like me?), being miles away from the nearest beach. It was at this moment that I wished I had a super macro lens to get every detail of the shell. Good things take time though, so I'm {trying} to patiently wait.

Perhaps the only reason I took a photo of this lonesome-looking leaf was the fact that it went well with the background. Nothing really special here - no back story or anything. Care to come up with one? :)

I don't know what this is called either (can I get any more elementary?), but I got a little carried away with testing the limits of my standard lens in macro mode, and this was the result.

I saw one of my favorite color palettes in these leaves. The lime green and this shade of brown go so well together, I must say. Very nature-ish. Very natural.

Finally, a sight that never disappears every time I go to my late grandpa's house - a swarm of ants on the front gate. 

I guess that'll be all for now, folks. If you have the time (and want to hear more from me), go to my SOUNDCLOUD page (by clicking through). I've been crazy uploading short/complete covers since the start of April, so if you do have the time, please check it out and leave a like, comment, or share them to your friends. I'm amazed that people even download a few of them for offline listening. :) Feels good.

Thanks for the time and I hope you have a great, great week ahead!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Over it!

I created her about 6 days ago after our finals were passed and the summer holidays started. I was feeling so high then - only a little less now. I'd been aiming for a stylized sort of anime sketch for a while, but the output always leans toward Disney princess-ish and cartoon styles. It might become a thing once I realize I can't do a typical anime drawing. Bummer.

A few minutes from now, the whole family will be going to San Jose for a week. I have to tell you though - I've never dreaded my birthday ever, until now. :( I feel sick to the stomach just thinking about what's going to happen. Sorry, parents. If you read this in the future, know that I didn't think I'd be celebrating my birthday out of my comfort zone. Double bummer.

I can't do it! I'm not prepared for this! I can't even speak Bikol! To think that there's something big planned for April 6 and knowing I play a role in it that I'm not prepared for gives my stomach butterflies! NO! This is sooo hard for me, but I can't say no. I'd risk the mood of the whole vacation. :(

Anyway, I have to go now. I'll update when I can - mom's calling me to do something for her.

Bye. :(

Sunday, March 30, 2014

GIFs Galore

Here I am again. Have you ever had that one day where you wake up, eat breakfast, go out, have lunch, go back home and then sit in front of the computer just to look at (and download) random funny (and/or cute) GIFs all day long? For me, today was that day (and it's not even done yet).

Two of my "go-to" sites for Graphic Interchange Formats or GIFs are Deviantart and Tumblr. The former site holds a lot of cute, adorable GIFs ranging from flash files to pixel art and animated icons while Tumblr has more of the funny GIF "experience" and videos showing funny people doing funny things.

Given that, what do you think this post'll be about? Well, um, GIFs?

I don't often do this, but with an impending hiatus on the way, it'll have to do (ugh, I lead such a boring life right now).

Sooo... let's play a little game! I'll post some GIFs and relate an emotion or an experience I react to in the same way. :) Typical Tumblr post, but let's carry that over here on Blogger today.

1. When I really, really want something and I say practically anything to get it. 
Yeah, this happens more times than it should. Especially when it's about 
buying a book or getting a new gadget. :/ Yeah...

2. When I'm in a group and then someone makes a joke that people seem to
find funny and I don't. This rarely happens with my close friends,
but when I'm at a large party... ugh. Just stop this already. I don't really give
anything about what you just said. Maybe I shouldn't be here...?

3. How my life feels like during summer break. Heck, this even applies for
school days. It's like time goes by too fast that I don't realize what's
happening anymore. I don't like it.

4. How I feel when school is over for the week/the semester. Hooray! I've literally
ran the same way down the halls at school, and it feels super awesome. 
I smell freedom. I smell days of doing nothing. Hahaha.

5. I sleep like this after submitting an incredibly heavy project for school. 
Especially if it's from a major subject and requires animated
perfection. Hooray, Anna! :)

6. My typing when someone chats me up on Facebook and asks
 the same question 10000000 times. Seriously?! How annoying can you get? 
Do you want me to lend you a freaking dictionary? I'll even gift-wrap it for you.

7. When an opportunity comes along and I have no choice but to let it slip.
Ugh. This almost always happens, and the primary reason for it is lack of finances and availability.
School gets in the way (?!) and I can't push for my parents to let me go. They've given me
so much already - won't burden them further.

8. My "I-told-you-so" face. Nothing feels better than saying something that turns out
to be true. Yeah, I can tell the future. Suck it. XD Kidding.

9. My reaction to my haters. 
My haters include people who push my to be someone I'm not, people who repeatedly
 tell me to go on a diet yet never believe I can actually do it, and the people who think 
I'll never get ahead in life. Here's what I'll tell you: your life SUCKS. You're too busy 
targeting other people you don't realize how negative in life you are now. So just keep 
hitting me with what you have. I'll be the cat blocking your way to the other end of the tunnel.

10. Society, government, world - listen to what I have to say. There's too many things
to talk about when it comes to societal flaws and government holes. So here's my feels.
It's listed. Ahahaha. Serious. Meh.

So... there. My GIF folder is still rich with other reactions I have for other things, but I'll have to save that for later. Maybe tomorrow. Or maybe on Tuesday. Too many feels. 

Ciao! ;)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When You Look At Me

Something tells me that
the stars are really just your
eyes, staring, boring into
my soul. The very core of my
being. It shakes the depths of
my unknown, raw emotions - 
filling me with ecstatic love
for you.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It is DONE.

Yessss! SOMG! School is FINALLY over!
(Well, after I pass our last final project tomorrow. ;) But it's the same thing, since I'm already done with it.)

I don't know how I even made it through (thank you Lord!) the previous week! It felt like death was slowly jumping at me from all sides! All our major subjects had final projects, and the pressure was over the TOP. Like, whew! How did I even...?


A lot of things have happened over the period I haven't posted, and since almost all of them are school related, I have to think things through before posting them (maybe clips would be okay though). Gah.

I feel so RELIEVED! It's the same feeling you get when you take a dump after a week-long break from dealing with the toilet seat. (Ummm. Yeah, not the best image.)

Though my hands are dead tired, I slipped in an incredibly no-thought-included digital portrait.

You can, like, see where the brush strokes meet and end! I didn't even bother cleaning it up. :/ Haha. I feel insanely happy about it though. Hooray for being messy!

See you when I do! Have a great week ahead!
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