Happy birthday, bike!

Exactly a year ago, I went inside a japan second-hand shop to buy a camera, and walked out with a bike.

Red folding bike at Loyola Memorial Park. Kodak Portra 160, Canon FTb

The store didn’t carry the camera anymore. Dejectedly, I looked around the shop for other cameras, but something else caught my eye: a red folding bike at the corner. I’ve always wanted a bike, so why not then and there, at that instant? So I inspected it, test-rode it, and purchased it. At last, a bike!!! I can be pretty impulsive.

The shop was in Makati and I live in Marikina. I didn’t want to take a taxi as it’s expensive, so I rode it all the way home instead. Here’s the trip home by the numbers:

No. of times a person said ingat (careful!): 5+
No. of female bikers: 0
No. of kids mocking me: 1
No. of kilometers: 20
No. of semplangs (falls): 0.5 (I call this a semi-plang)
No. of times lost: 1

I was elated when I got home alive. Took me more than two hours for the ride-I plopped on the bed right after. I went to sleep exhausted but proud.

Red folding bike at Loyola Memorial Park. Kodak Portra 160, Canon FTb

So cheers to myself for a year of biking! Happy (secondhand) birthday, my lovely red bike!

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Friends on film: coffee and our beloved uni (part 2)

Photos from the Rolleiflex! This is my first roll of medium format Fuji Pro 400h, so I was quite excited. It’s a couple of months expired, but no worries, the films were bought at www.theonlinewarehouse.biz which refrigerates them. Pictures were taken at Cool Beans Maginhawa.

My astro buddy at Cool Beans Maginhawa. Rolleiflex with Fuji Pro 400 My astro buddy at Cool Beans Maginhawa. Candid pose! Rolleiflex with Fuji Pro 400

On to the university part:

Friends at Quezon Hall Steps. Fuji Pro 400h rolleiflex

It’s fun to have friends who willingly model for you.

Eva on Quezon Hall steps. Fuji Pro 400h rolleiflex

My astro buddy near Oble, Fuji Pro 400h rolleiflex Little Film Blog Fuji Pro 400h rolleiflex (7 of 6)

Our darling Oble, aka oblation statue, which symbolizes service to the country. It is quite possibly the most photographed butt in the Philippines!

Fuji Pro 400h impressions: Most of the colors here were adjusted in Lightroom. The colors straight out of the scan frustrate me (oh how I long to have my own Fuji SP3000 scanner so I can control the scanning variable!), but they’re not as frustrating as digital hahaha. I do love the 400 asa of the film. It’s so versatile—the university shots were taken after sundown, so the 400 asa gives me two stops more to work with, compared to favorite 100 asa film, Kodak Ektar. I should really write my settings next time but when shooting, I can’t be bothered (too lazy lah!) and I always regret it afterwards (WHY DIDN’T I WRITE THE SETTINGS DOWN??!). Or I should have an actual test roll but I’m too trigger happy and end up using the roll for shoots. I know test rolls would be beneficial for the long-term but multiple pictures of the same thing makes me go naah, I’ll shoot this and just overexpose. But by how much??? Having a test roll would enable me to get a more accurate expectation to the scans I get, if I stick with the same lab. For this, I also need a dedicated light meter; right now I’m just using my Canon s95 (a point and shoot camera with manual capabilities) to meter exposure. There’s a lot of things I have to save up for, so go me! Why must my hobbies be so expensive T_T On a brighter note, I just bought 2 rolls again of this film and as long as my Rollei’s not empty, I’m happy. đŸ™‚

Friends on film: coffee and our beloved uni (part 1)!

Whoa, I haven’t posted in so long, and now I’m trying to compensate by doing a megapost!

Early this month, I met up with dear friends at Cool Beans Cafe in Maginhawa, a cozy coffee place with the added benefit of a library. Yep, you can take out the books from the shelf and read them for your own pleasure while sipping your coffee. Or, you can just sit on the comfy couches to catch up with your friends! Headed to UP Diliman after for some nostalgia.

DNP centuria 400 Coolbeans Maginhawa bookshelf

DNP centuria 400 at Cool Beans MaginhawaThe Rolleiflex at Cool Beans Cafe Maginhawa

DNP centuria 400 at UP Diliman, Quezon Hall
DNP centuria 400 at UP Diliman

Chummy picture DNP centuria 400 at UP Diliman

Oblation Statue at UP Diliman - DNP centuria 400

Not in picture: dinner at Area 2, on the carinderia at the end of the street, which serves bulalo. Spent less than 300 pesos I think for us four, and all of us ended up with a full stomach. Sobrang sulit. 10/10 will go again!

Food on film: pastries!

After nearly a year of shooting film, I discovered that I have quite a collection of pastry shots. Not as much as I would have liked, though. One can never get enough pastries!

food in film - kodak ektar 100
Kodak Ektar 100. “Warm apple tart with brandy sauce”, according to the label. Taken during my niece’s baptism at Shangri-la.

Food in film - kodak ektar 100
Kodak Ektar 100. Still at my niece’s baptism.

food in film - Kodak pro image 100
Kodak Pro Image 100. This is blurred but I love the memory this evokes. Given by my French friend, Noemie, who was an intern for my father’s organization. She set up a mini gathering and served croissants and nutella, among others. Yum!

Food in film - Kodak Ektar 100
Kodak Ektar 100. I forgot what this is called. Haha. Taken in Boracay. Forgot the restaurant name as well :))

Food in film - Fuji Pro 400h
Fuji Pro 400h. My mother’s birthday cake!

Food in film - Kodak Ultramax 400
Kodak Ultramax 400. Taken at Coolbeans Maginhawa, Quezon City.

food in film - Superia Xtra 400
Superia Xtra 400. J.Co donuts!

All photos taken with my trusty Canon FTb 35mm SLR camera.