Project: GPOY


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I have a lot of varying interests over the years and I am overtly fond of starting things that I am almost always unable to see through the end. I could be convincing myself to run and sweat buckets one day, the next one I could be psyching myself to learn another language, then the week after I’d be obsessing on where to probably get a cheap-ass cello so I can finally learn to play the damn thing, a month after I could be poring over three-inch-thick books after stopping halfway through a Shel Silverstein work just because, and who knows in maybe a year, I could be trying to prove I can cook something that is not sinigang, nilagang baka, or fried egg.

Anyway, bottom line — I want to do a lot of things and my interest on each of those things shifts as quickly as a chameleon threatened with imminent death. 

Thankfully, though, there are six of those things that have at least stuck with me all through the past I dunno how many years.


This was supposed to be my entry for the “FSP: You” project, wherein you’re supposed to stay in your own home or space or whatever and create a narrative from there. I basically had a whole month to do this and that was more than enough time to churn out at least something, right? But since I barely stayed home the whole of November, well, let’s just say I wasn’t able to do it in time.

(Imma just chalk this up as one of those shoganai things, which apparently I have a rather long list of. Can’t be helped, man, it is what it is, I am what I am, that list could sink to the bottom of the ocean for all I care.)


Japan Train (Station) Shots

I left Japan almost a year and a half ago and of course I miss a couple of things here and there — Hakata Ippudo ramen, snowboarding, Amazon, Rakuten, sakura during spring, ginkgo trees in autumn, Shinjuku, Showa Kinen Park, Nagayama, kafunsho (NOT) — okay, maybe not just a couple of things.

But for street photography, there’s really just something about the trains and train stations there that make me want to come back again.

As I recall, that's the very last time we saw each other.
Taken in 2011 while I was on my way to Showa Kinen for some sort of flower festival, this was the photo that convinced me to take an interest in Street Photography.

I did come back, for my second business trip to the freezing prefecture of Nagano, and although I wasn’t able to really take advantage of the opportunity to shoot — I blame the never-ending workday and allergies BTW — I managed to churn out a few.

Shinjuku South Gate
But first, a little selfie wouldn’t hurt, would it? Here’s me taking a shot outside Shinjuku’s South Gate, while taking a breath and congratulating myself for finding a locker huge enough to stuff my luggage in. Yay.

Anyway, without further ado …

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The Streets of Macau


Fueled by intense boredom of the daily grind and free hotel accommodation, we packed our bags for a weekend in casino-littered Macau. A city that boasts a fusion of cultures (the most obvious ones being Chinese and Portuguese) and a sense of opulence and magnificence and blinkity-blinkity-blinky lights and what-have-yous, it sure makes for some very interesting street shots.


WHITE LADY. One of my favorite shots taken in this trip, this features a platinum blonde lady all in — yes, you guessed it right– ALL IN WHITE. I mean, who on earth would want to wear white while traveling anyway?! Apparently this lady, tsk. But good for me because she served as a great centerpiece to the hustle and bustle of Sunday-afternoon markets heading towards the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Doesn’t hurt that I was able to make her appear all blown-out and contrasty to everyone else.

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This was taken way back in December 2011, just weeks before I was about to leave Japan so I was cramming in whatever shots I could get from the ever-interesting human landscape there. Good thing that parking myself in the middle of this Christmas-themed light setup somewhere near Tokyo Dome yielded some passable shots. One of them is this one while another’s posted here somewhere.

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In All Degrees


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I'd fly above the trees over the seas in all degrees - Lenny Kravitz

I’d fly above the trees over the seas in all degrees – Lenny Kravitz

(This shot is one of those happy accident things; I forgot to turn off the HDR setting in my iPhone so there are two shots to this scene – the first one with the bird still at rest and then this.)

Australia. September 2012.

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Eyes Wide Open

A little juxtaposition between the totally awesome mannequins and the cat’s eyes above their heads.

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