Morning Routine

These days, I spend the first two hours of each morning at the garden. My mom once told me that everything looks so serene at 5:00 in the morning and after finally having the strength to wake up that early, I had to agree.

Our garden is usually a blend of colors but at 5:00 in the morning, everything looks like it’s desaturated and under a blue filter with an opacity of approximately 25%. It’s not the depressing kind of blue. Rather, it’s the kind of blue that makes you want to sit back and enjoy your cup of hot tea and patiently wait for the sun to show up.

I recently took on the responsibility of looking after my mom’s Echeveria collection and I’ve been trying to apply the things I learned from various articles online. I wasn’t born with a green thumb, but taking on this project is such a huge responsibility so I try to lessen the casualties as much as possible. I make it a point to water them once a week, give them enough sun, and make sure they are healthy. The Echeverias are looking fine, so far. As a matter of fact, I noticed some mini Echeverias this morning:

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Pups also started to appear in some of our cacti. It takes so much time and effort to nurture these plants that’s why my mom and I were thrilled when we saw the teeny tiny versions of our cacti and succulents.

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Yellow Mandala | Canon 550D
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Grafted Gymnocalycium mihanovichii | Canon 550D

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I usually spend the whole two hours at what I call the “propagation station” and monitor the progress of the herb cuttings and some of the succulents. Majority of the first batch of herb cuttings I planted during my grandfather’s birthday died so I tried use a different technique in propagating the second batch of cuttings.

It’s a nice break from all the articles I’ve been writing and crafts I’ve been doing. I have to admit though, there are days when I feel extra impatient. I understand that it takes some time for the plants to grow, but sometimes I can’t help but feel like it’s taking forever to see any progress. There are days, however, when I’m rewarded with blooms from our plants. I must say, seeing their beauty makes the whole waiting period worth it.

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The last picture is actually a Spearmint. I removed the flowers after taking the picture because according to some articles, the leaves begin to taste bitter once the flowers appear.

 

It’ll take a few more weeks for the pups and herb cuttings to grow into healthier and well, much older versions of themselves. Until then, we’ll have to continue our morning routine and take good care of every single one of these plants.

How about you? What’s your morning routine?

5 PM

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5 PM | IMAC

“It’s five in the afternoon

Your eyes are the size of the moon

You could ‘coz you can so you do

We’re feeling so good

Just the way that we do

When it’s five in the afternoon”

–Panic at the Disco

(Disclaimer: I know the lyrics says “nine in the afternoon”)

That song’s been playing in my head since five in the afternoon, ergo the title for this post. I’m not sure if this counts as a Project 366 photo but I’m uploading it anyway because well, at the end of the day it’s still a picture that I captured… today. Can you believe it’s already this dark at 5 PM?

I’m still juggling an awfully long list of things to do (and things not to do). I’m slowly easing back into the groove of things, which is great.

How’s your week so far?

 

Monday Moth

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Monday moth | Canon 100D

Since I saw this moth on a Monday morning, I’ll be calling it “Monday Moth”. I was on my way back to my workstation after taking more pictures for Eco Choices when I noticed that Marley was staring at something on the gate. That’s when I saw Monday Moth.

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Marley and Monday Moth | Canon 100D

At first I thought Marley was trying to ignore me because I insisted on giving him a bath this morning. I found it funny that he was sitting beside the moth and looking at it, as if trying to figure out if it’s something he can eat.

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Chillin’ on a Monday | Canon 100D

You probably think it’s weird that I’m writing about a moth and I don’t blame you. When I started with Project 366, I thought it was going to be easy, but I guess I underestimated the project. The tricky thing with  Project 366 is that at some point, you run out of things to shoot. I know it’s supposed to challenge your photography skills and creativity but sometimes you just feel like you’re shooting the same subjects, and then you decide to just  give up and do it next year, and then Monday Moth appears. Ding! Lightbulb!

Well, here’s to the remaining four days of the week! Cheers!

The Sunday Currently | 05

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“I’m glad to see that you’re finally creating plans for yourself”, he said. I have to agree, it’s been a while since I wrote down tasks and future plans on my mini calendar. I guess that’s what happens when you’re with someone who inspires you. Ack, cheesy but yeah… it’s been a while since I wrote cheesy blog entries too.

Reading

Articles and emails.

Writing
The Sunday Currently vol. 5 + plans :3

Listening
To the rhythm of the falling rain.

Thinking
Possibilities.

Smelling
That rich fragrant smell of shampoo.

Wishing
My back would stop hurting.

Hoping
For more steady rain in the days to come.

Wearing
A floral top and my favorite shorts.

Loving
The weather.

Wanting
A cup of warm green tea.

Needing
An extra pair of hands. Or a button that will automatically delete all of the negatrons in my Facebook feed.

Feeling
Inspired ❤

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Eco Choices: Product Shoot

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Two hands, countless crafts, endless possibilities. | Canon 1000D

I spent the entire morning crouching over our wooden table to take pictures of Eco Choices‘ water hyacinth crafts. While it’s always difficult to wake up early on a weekend, I had to fight the temptation to go back to bed because during the Visual Merchandising Workshop, Mr. Rey Soliven mentioned that the best time to do a product shoot is between 9:00 – 11:00 in the morning via natural light. I found a wooden table by the window and after preparing everything, I started to shoot.

I had to measure every single product, after placing it carefully on the table. I wanted to photos to be bright, sharp, and clean not because they will be used for our website, but because the products are equivalent to sleepless nights, expensive workshop fees, revised design concepts, body pains, and hours that I will never get back. I only noticed that I’ve been working for hours when my back started to hurt. I looked at the products and I couldn’t believe I made those. Two hands. Countless water hyacinth crafts.

I’m not writing this so I can brag about what I can do. I’m writing this because I want to give you a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes. There are stories behind each output, and the effort put into each and every single one of them is exceptional. It’s not secret that the products are not perfect and that’s okay because at the end of the day, it’s their imperfections that make them beautiful.

 

 

The Devil is in the Details

 

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Rise and Fall | Olympus C-5060

I was closing the gate yesterday when I noticed that the flowers in our garden were in full bloom. Just imagine, in a sea of green, there were spots of yellow, purple, lavender, pink, and red in different shapes and sizes. I grabbed my Olympus C-5060 and started taking pictures of the flowers. Determined to highlight the details of each flower, I decided to use my camera’s macro feature.

Here’s the thing: it’s been seven years since I last used that camera so it took a couple of epic fail photos before I managed to capture the photo above. The bud is smaller than my fingernail and I’m just happy that the details are visible.

I guess I also wanted to zero in on seeing beauty in adversity, rising after each fall, bouncing back, or simply… paying attention to the tiny details that we often neglect. The downside of social media is that it’s so quick to react and bash people since we’re given that venue to do so.

I believe it’s still important to take things with a grain of salt, pause, and research before channeling our inner keyboard warrior and saying things that will be screen capped at some point in the future.

No really, I just wanted to take pictures of the flowers.

The Sunday Currently | 04

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“We found a parking lot bench that fit us perfectly” | Canon 550D

It’s a pretty steady Sunday in my part of the world. I’m currently…

Reading
Archives. I’ve been trying to organize files from my laptop and external drives.

Writing
The Sunday Currently vol. 4

Listening
Banana Sundae (we have no cable!)

Thinking
Work-life balance

Smelling
Olay.

Wishing
People would stop being so greedy.

Hoping
For more positive juju.

Wearing
Forty Freakin’ Two shirt and my fave shorts.

Loving
Where I am right now. It’s not perfect, there are problems but I’d rather see these problems as training grounds to prepare me for what’s to come.

Wanting
Moist chocolate cake. Oh yes.

Needing
More hours in a day, or a clone.

Feeling
Despite all adversities, my heart is still happy. ❤

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The Sunday Currently | 03

 

 

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Thumper | Canon 550D

Working on the backlogs. Hopefully I become more consistent with my blog entries this time. Fingers crossed!

 

CURRENTLY 

Reading
UAAP articles. UP won!

Writing
The Sunday Currently vol. 3

Listening
UAAP livestream. Ateneo vs. DLSU.

Thinking
A lot of things, actually. Topmost is me hoping that DLSU will win.

Smelling
I just finished errands so frankly, I kinda stink. Eep. -_-

Wishing
World peace. SERIOUSLY. Social media is supposed to connect people but the reality is, it’s doing the exact opposite.

Hoping
More love, less hate.

Wearing
Rexona singlet.

Loving
Chill Sunday afternoons, and the smell of plants after you water them. It reminds you that there’s more to life than computer screens, hashtags, and Facebook posts.

Wanting
Ice cream.

Needing
More positive juju.

Feeling
Giddy. Happy. ❤

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Linen Petals

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Linen Petals | ASUS Zenfone

One of my high school classmates got married over the weekend. She looked so beautiful in her wedding dress, the setup was lovely, and I didn’t bring my SLR. Trying not to kick myself for leaving it home, I decided to take pictures using my ASUS Zenfone. From the set, I like this one the most. It’s just white linen draping from the ceiling but the folds made it look like flower petals. I was quite fascinated so I took a picture of it and when I was done, it was time for us to have our photo taken with the newlyweds.