Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bangkok 2015 (part one)

Paulina in our hotel room
Hundreds of accessories lined up for all sorts of occasions. 
6 floors of endless shopping
From knock offs to crochet Pineapple bags and everything else in between.
Floating market vendor

Warm smiled boatmen

The sweetest coconut sugar I've ever tasted
Paulina going through the other souvenirs 

A few weeks ago I visited Bangkok with my friends (Paulina and Larissa) and it was one of the best trips I've ever had. There's something special about experiencing a different country with those closest to you, and I'm glad I was given time off work to do so. Since the three of us attended different universities, I wasn't able to see them for most of my college life. This trip gave us an opportunity to hang out like we used to back in high school.

Most of what we did during the trip was a series of visits to Platinum Fashion Mall, MBK Center (the mall closest to our hotel), Siam Paragon (which had an amazing foodcourt), and Central World.

We would spend afternoons circling Platinum only to stop and drink Chocolate Glaciers or Iced Chocolate frappes from Black Canyon (or as Paulina would say, Black Rock). Shopping together gave us the opportunity to police each other on whether something was trying too hard (ie. too "little house on the prairie", "cult wife", "corporate ghost looking", "baptism dress" - the inside jokes are endless) or genuinely cute. If we would all find something we liked, we would get a huge discount because of the wholesale price policy. After we would arrive back at our hotel room from an afternoon of shopping, we'd empty the multiple plastic bags that we accumulated from our "spoils" and try them on, outwardly plotting which pieces we would buy next. This routine happened 2-3 times.

Before the trip I made a personal policy to not spend over 500 baht or P700 on a single item of clothing. The funny thing is that I found myself buying practically everything at 200 baht or P260, so you can just imagine how many pieces I jammed my bags with for the trip home.

Tita Monica (Paulina's mom) booked a taxi to take all of us to the floating market, the grand palace, Ayutthaya, and the Reclining Buddha (more on that in the next post). Thanks to her, our trip went smoothly. :)

I'll post part two soon so stay tuned!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Easy Going

I know its been a while, but I'm back! A lot has happened since I last posted and I know I say that each time I leave and come back but just to let you in on what has happened in the past few months:
In April I got my first real job as a community manager for an agency, in June I graduated college, and tomorrow I'll be spending a week in Thailand with my two best friends! I also made it a point to travel around the country last summer so I'll probably upload some photos of my trips.

Moving on, would you believe I took these photos 3~5 minutes right before it was about to rain? I love having friends who are up for last minute shoots.

Recently I've noticed that it can get challenging to pick out outfits to model in. There have been countless of times before a shoot where my models hesitates on choosing the right outfit. I've learned that if you're going to take photos of your friends for the first time, you should make it a point to keep the models comfortable no matter what.

One way you can do this is to make sure that they like what they're wearing. I normally ask my friends to wear their favorite outfit and I find that this helps takes the nervousness down quite a bit. If they don't have a favorite outfit you can ask them about what their favorite color is and brainstorm on an ensemble together. For me, a place that has a great range of tops perfect for a photo op would be be blouses from Zalora.

I'll definitely have a Bangkok photo diary up soon, so stay tuned!

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Hi everyone! 

So I've decided to dedicate a considerable amount of my free time to shoot (call it a resolution of sorts). These photos of Lexy were taken last Tuesday at The Collective (more on that soon). I shot her earlier this year on a whim because I love how she's able to carry her hairstyle so well. I met Lexy when I joined GGFM (my school's radio station) and we got along pretty well. The both of us like to fangirl over Japanese films and culture so it was pretty much inevitable.

Anyway! I'm happy to tell you guys that I have a few cool things planned for the next few weeks. I currently have 2 posts queued so make sure to keep checking and I'm working on updating my blog's layout.