Here is an attempt to correspond:
1. Anonymous: Hi Raine! :) love the photos on your blog! do you always have your camera with you? :)
Hello Anon! I wish I could but I do not and cannot. I tend to bring my household except for my sofa when I go out, so I try to spare myself from the additional weight of my camera whenever I could. The body itself is 860 g, my back would kill me if I lugged it everywhere with me. Thanks for dropping by!
2. fc-d: yo yo remember me I’m from that comm class or something we rode an expensive taxi together, nice photos DIDN’T KNOW YOU DID PHOTOGRAPHY woah
I am sorry if my learned helplessness in commuting has dragged you into my severe dependency with cabs. Five years in the metro has taught me little about trains, jeepneys and buses but much on how to treat cab drivers properly. Anyway, thanks for noticing the photos. Yay.
3. Anonymous: What camera do you use and lens? do you always edit your pictures? (Related: hi, raine! what camera and lens did you use for your up fair photos? they were great!)
I use Canon 5D Mark III with a 50 mm f/ 1.4 lens that almost never leaves it. And yes, I always edit the photos that I upload. Yiii, thank you.
4. Anonymous: Hi ate Raine!! What are the gadgets (phones, cameras, tablets if ever etc.) that you own and / or want to have? Also: Are you in college? What’s your course? :)
Hello dear! Haha, I have a Blackberry phone, Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D5000 cameras, and an iPad. I have been eyeing the SX-70 Polaroid camera for the longest time now but I have far more important things to purchase first so that has to wait a little more. And nope, I graduated from college last April 2013. I am currently a Masters in International Studies student at UPD’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.
5. Anonymous: Hello Raine! Where do you have your hair done?
I only entrust my hair to Ms. Rosalie from Piandré Trinoma now. She does great sorcery, I tell you.
A few weeks back, I gave a talk on “Food and Travel Blogging” for Kaya’s class at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Despite the little experience I have with me, I obliged because the idea of moving at least one person to go out and find the treasures of the world attracted me well.
My presentation that afternoon started with the word “wanderlust,” the incurable desire to travel and rove about the world. I included a brief history of my blogging, a list of things they had to have at hand should they want to pursue such track, and some of my favorite stories in between. In the end, I reminded them to always put their heart into “it.” Whatever “it” means to them. Because that desire will take them to places. Will push them further even when the mind and body are already weary. Will keep them more alive.
Kaya and I graduated at the same university together. She is both a media practitioner and professor now. I wish there were more people like her—still brimming with idealism, hope and passion about where the youth should be leading us.
ETA: Special thanks to Cuties Mots and Jiru for always, always accompanying me to my little ventures and being such great friends forever. :)
First time to attend UP Fair last Thursday and I am possibly not going back again. Ever. Excuse my bluntness, but the level of my social awkwardness increases when exposed to large crowds and blaring music. On top of that, I have been experiencing back pains which make prolonged standing/walking excruciating.
Ergo, I am not fit for concerts in this lifetime.
This makes Haj and I more of a cousin. We would rather stay at home and knit sweaters than watch concerts except that we do not know how to knit. PS Kainis the face of Raymart and Paul here.
There is still fun to it though, just keep the random stories close and your friends closer. AKA, how to make lemonade out of life’s lemons.
Real life couples being cutesy-patootsy.
Pretend couple breaking socially-prescribed roles.
My best friend and I doing what we do best: annoying each other.
One of these kids is: a) not an only child, b) in a relationship and c) denying real life by procrastinating.