Sunday, January 19, 2014

Clean your cameras, people.

Some of you might have known that I've been taking pictures since 6th or 7th grade.
I might have explained that on some blog post on LJ or something.

Last Saturday, I was with Carlos checking out the church where his 
sister is about to get married in, and he was talking about this new lens he got
and how magically wonderfully clean it was. It pretty much dawned on me that in
all the years I have ever had camera/s, I have not once tried to clean any of them, 
save for some t-shirt on lens action (which I know is a disgrace, I'm sorry!)

He laughed at me and reminded me that he gave me a cleaning kit 
along with a tiny flash diffuser he got me a while back. I started freaking out 
and asked him how to use whatever was in the kit he gave me so that I could
begin my new camera-cleaning life once I got home.

 Aaaand here is what you'll need:


1. Cleaning fluid - This is for cleaning all kinds of optical glass surfaces (aka your lens, duh)
2. Lens cleaning tissue - If you are like me and you enjoy being obsessive when putting a screen protector on your phone or your tablet or what have you, you would know that DUST IS EVIL. Dust causes those annoying bubbles under the screen protectors (and also ruins your camera's photos if you don't get to take them out!) Hemingway, that is why these lint-free cleaning tissues exist
3. Cleaning cloth - I like this thing because I get to use it when I'm sick of seeing my own fingerprints on my camera. My fingerprints will reappear though, I know. But that just means I get to wipe them off again!
4. Blower brush - There are very sensitive parts inside a camera that cannot make contact with any other thing, so this blower will make all that annoying dust go fly in some other direction (Yay! I hate you, dust!)
5. Cotton tips - For those very hard to reach nooks and crannies, and to clean your ears.

Ayon, that's pretty much it.

When I got home that day, I set up a table and a lamp in my room ready
to clean everything, but then when I turned on the light, I could suddenly see all the 
annoying dust floating around and  I got scared to open my camera. :-(

I hate dust! It causes asthma, it causes things to be grey if not wiped off on a daily basis,
it causes permanent bubbles on screen protectors, and hangs out in your camera and puts weird
dots on your photos!!! (But I love those dust bunnies in Hayao Miyazaki movies.)

The end

New Year 2014


We made sure to wear polka dots again

Bad Miko! No shoes on the bed!!!

Daffy and Tess are nice for joining

Miko does not care

Korra was cute as usual


Malas. I did not win any bingo games again this year

Look at how distracted we all are in this photo

Ate Diday won one game and danced

Dear Kuya Leo (c/o Tess),
Could I have a copy of the family photos we took? 
I only have these ones:

Here's the photo I took of you! Let us trade hehehe

Thank you in advance, 


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Zamora Reunion 2013

Last December, I was part of my very first family reunion - but this wasn't your
normal kind of just-have-lunch-together-then-go-home kind of thing - this reunion
took a looooong time to plan. We had a bunch of family dinners and meetings and
more meetings and more meetings until I just stopped going because I had too much work, haha.

The day finally came. We had to be there at 9am in our Zamora family shirts
(Omg yes we had color-coordinated shirts for each branch of the Zamora family ok)

Mom and I both wore sneakers

Was happy to get there and see so much lechon!

Lol, let me introduce Bebas Neue, my favorite go-to font for absolutely anything,
especially when I need a nice font for a project. It's clean and pretty and not the annoying kind of bold.

This is where the reunion happened (I am from Slytherin)

Sitting with my cousin Ysabel before everything started

Pammy's not looking lol.
Kamusta naman ang Zamora emblem on a shirt, 'yo.

Ate's cute fan

There was a part in the mass when we had to raise our thumbs to praise god or love or something.
AHAHAHAHA look at Miko's face AHAHA omg Ate was laughing a lot when she took this

Another funny part: They were flashing the lyrics of Little Drummer Boy...

Playing with my table napkin at mass

Kuya Leo asking for a photo with Tess

Lucky kids who were allowed to eat Mcdo at the reunion

On the way to the car because we got bored.
Exit reunion, enter Tisha's house.

Flabebe (Oh you know, just the Pokemon who caused a whole war)

Charmander my love

Tisha's ghetto nails

Was time to go back to the family because lunch was over and the program was about to start.
Exit Tisha's house, enter Megatent again!

Found my long lost far away cousin Jana (It was more of she found me, but anyway)
who I haven't seen in such a long time. We both went to
St. Paul, Pasig for school and were classmates in the 4th grade! :-)

Behind the stage area at the tent, there were exhibits of each branch (I am from the Tomas branch)
and when I looked to check for my name, I WAS NOT THERE. HOW DARE THEY
Hehe lol joke lang am not enggry

Kuya Dennis sang "I Will Be Here."
He said, "This song is dedicated to my beautiful mother."
Insert 3-second pause. "Si dad na rin nga."

When Kuya was singing, Mom got up from her seat and went to Dad, then sat on his lap!!!
(I obviously have a photo of this event, but as usual, I have been forbidden to show it)

It was so shocking that everyone started taking my parents' photo instead of my brother's,
who was still singing on stage at the time. :-)) (Sino kaya yang nandun sa likod?)

Left the tent again, but only to hang out in the car and get some aircon.

Video game break

We really do weird things when we're bored

This girl just got so bored she actually fell asleep

Went back inside the tent for the raffle, where Markus won a yoga lesson, then it was time to go!
(Omg ang dami guys)



(And yes that was what I wore to my party)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Christmas 2013


Last Christmas, (I gave you my heart) ops super baduy joke sorry.
Last Christmas, we mostly celebrated in our room
(Which is why most of the photos were taken in there)

Following two photos were taken and directed by Ate:

1. "Ana, you lie down on the bed. Mickey, move next to Tracy. Okay, now smile."

2. "Now laugh with your heads back!"

For some reason gift-opening came waaaay before midnight.
Ate got me strawberry shorts and a lot more cute things,
and Kuya Manolo got me a lamp I could draw on!!!

Miko taught Christian how to do a flip (with the help of his shoulder)

You can never separate these two.

So I just make buntot all the time

How the room looked after the opening of gifts

Merry Christmas to my favorite yaya!!!

"Grabe ang ganda talaga ng homicidal dog na yan."
- Dad on Simba

Hanging out with Jesus and Christian
(Happy Birthday, man!!!)

Christian in his kung fu attire (aka ribbon on his forehead) telling me to help him get up

Christian crying to Ate after one of the kids stole his kung fu attire

Mickey being a serious Indian.
Don't the shadows on his face look like Indian facepaint?

I ran out of space on the bed.

Christian after getting over his missing kung fu attire.
Christian deciding that he would be part of our army instead.
Christian ordering us to get up and start a war with the other kids.