Aiko Fukawa x Aleyn Comprendio


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A little collaboration with Japanese illustrator Aiko Fukawa. I love how cute the illustrations are!
You can see more of Aiko's  lovely work on her Website and Tumblr.
Thank you Aiko!

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Maldives


Digital pictures from my short trip to Maldives 5 days ago. Some were taken by me some were by Alvin Paver for Mayad Studios
This is my first time to post digital pictures here on my blog after 2 years! Im a bit saddened but all is well :) *burst into tears*  Lucy, my Pentax k1000 died on me upon arrival on the hotel/island we were booked in. Despite the mishap, I and my colleagues are ever so grateful and lucky to have been booked in W Maldives! Kyle and Regina are one of the awesome-est couples weve had. I cannot even begin to write how immensely blessed we are to have witnessed and documented their beautiful intimate wedding of 30 guests. 

The food in W were just too good, I felt like crying the moment I woke up this morning in my bed in Manila. One of the best parts of staying there are the Ice cream and drink stations that are free 24/7 :)

This is my last trip for the year and probably the last out-of-the-country, work-related trip from here on out. I wonder what's in-store for me in 2013. 

Always hoping,
A.

Prologue ii


Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
August 2012 

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Im off to this little island nation in the Indian ocean called The Maldives in 4 days. 
Be back soon.

xx
Praying for x-ray free pictures.

Endless


My two little pieces in the recently concluded Bloom Arts Festival at Cubao X, Manila. These are two separately framed 5x7" 1 of 1 print, printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag and are still on display (and FOR SALE) alongside beautiful works from illustrators Valerie Chua, Tokwa Penaflorida, Soleil Ignacio among others at Heima, Cubao. Please visit if you have the time :)

Echoes





A series of photographs inspired by the lovely music of France-based band, Fragments side project of Sylvain Texier of The Last Morning SoundtrackEchoes is available to download for free on Bandcamp

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Every day

       

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Every day by David Levithan is so sweet, so heartbreakingly beautiful and just so, so perfect. A's words pierced me like a sharp dagger cutting through my skin. The pain (the bittersweet feeling) lingered far longer than I expected.  It's just like The Fault in Our Stars all over again. 

I want to write a decent review but I fear my words will not good enough to do this book justice so I'll just leave you two of my photographs to make up for the unuttered words/emotions this book gave me.

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Việt Nam


I think may have grown a huge liking for Hà Nội and it's neighboring provinces even though I've only been there for hardly a week.  The Vietnamese countryside was undoubtedly one of my favorites as somehow, it gave me that impression that I am nowhere near stereotype Southeast Asia. 


While on a bus back from a canoe ride after our whole day trip in Chùa Hương, I was struggling to fight my sleepiness, when I saw this scene outside my window: a couple of school girls with their satchels tightly fixed on their skinny backs, race with their vintage bikes. Their hair flying onto different directions and the light seeping from the trees hit on it every chance it gets. It was very picturesque as the backdrop for this setting were the mountain ranges of the neighboring mountains in Chùa Hương lining up alternately. The farthest ones seem to only be like faded traces of irregularly shaped triangles drenched in the afternoon sunlight. The view was lulling me to sleep but I tried to brush the idea of slumbering given this moment may be gone in a heartbeat. I may have to pass up on other views but certainly not this one. 
My friend uttered "this feels like a dream" from the seat beside me.  I had been staring through my window for a time and words were failing me so I just simply nodded in reply.  It didnt take long before I doze off. 



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1st picture: Trees on the roadside on our way to Vịnh Hạ Long
2: Street in Hà Nội where there is a long strip of wall with all sorts of art painted on concrete walls. And that bridge is insanely cool.
3. Locals on a canoe passing by us.
4. Bridge with a tall tower that reminded me of Japan for some reason
5. Cemetery on the countryside
6. While on a cable car, I saw a house built on the side of the mountain.
7. View of Vịnh Hạ Long aboard our cruise that used to be a chinese junk ship
8. View of Vịnh Hạ Long on top of a mountain that we had to painfully climb. Extremely steep way up that got my feet eternally shaking after I reached the top. Our newfound friend from Germany asked if we are smokers because we somehow seem like one while climbing-- panting and catching for breath on every step.
9. Jewish friend we made (im bad at remembering names). She and her boyfriend were backpacking through Indochina. A lot of the people we were with on the ship were backpackers and we were the only ones who happen to stay in Vietnam for such a short time.
10. At the Oyster farm. One place we stopped for a visit while we were on a cruise.
11. Another view of Vịnh Hạ Long
12. Pretty girl I spotted coming down the junk boat and our tour guide behind her
13. Locals' houses. According to our tour guide, there were only about 1,000+ inhabitants there. Lovely.

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These pictures were all taken while we were in transit either on a bus, on a taxi ,on a canoe,on a cable car, or aboard a junk ship. What I recorded in pictures were probably only about 50% of the beautiful sights we witnessed. I, for one were too caught up-- too stunned often-- to click the shutter. I just committed the rest to memory.

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