Slow Sunday drive down south today with my dad’s side of the family. Throughout this day, there has been an unrelenting barrage of when am I going to have a girlfriend as if having one is some kind of unwritten rule about male validity.
But anyway that’s no longer significant. The point is I had a great time catching up with my cousins while being bored out of my wits walking and trying to find succulents for table decor but to no avail. Next time maybe.
So far, Saturday
Was lucky enough to see Bombay Bicycle Club and Disclosure live this week. Honestly Disclosure’s DJ set was underwhelming and they didn’t sing/perform most of their songs fully. I found out from a friend that it’s cheaper to have a DJ set instead of an original like that of Pitchfork’s music fest and please, 90% of the people just attended for Latch. BBC on the other hand actually charmed me. Didn’t know Jack Steadman, with that bluesy demeanor, can actually pull off a set capable of making us dance and shattering our fragile constitution at the same time - probably the highest point of this week. My favorites include their sexy take on Home By Now, Overdone, the eternal How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep, Lights Out Words Gone (of course it’s my sad anthem), Feel wherein we danced in the most Bollywood way possible and Carry Me. (photo 1-3)
Random street finds from last week (4-5)
In less important news concerning me, I deactivated my Facebook account, ate a box of donuts and slept all day.
Nightscape Vol. 1
A series of unassuming beauty of the night as captured through my phone’s tiny lens over time.
This week in photos
It has been a tough crazy week because of the typhoon which claimed our powersource and my internet for days but I’m glad it didn’t last that long. I found myself waking up really early to take a stroll around the streets of Valero and Salcedo in Makati to shoot and see if I can find nodes of interest. Well compared to the relatively small and walkable scale of Legazpi, the backstreets of Valero has its own gritty street cred filled with fenced parking spaces dwarfed by adjacent buildings. Disregard the guards if ever they caught you taking pictures, they have no sense of public realm.
Also, finally tried Local Edition in Perea Street. Their flat white was good but they don’t have magazines. It’s really nostalgic to walk around Legazpi especially around Rada where my mom used to work. I remember how much of a walkable environment the place was and it still is. I’m just happy how the place turned out as independent businesses keep the place more alive and interesting. (You go, team third wave?)
Someone decided to be mature and updated his portfolio today. If you’re interested you can check out my Behance gallery, I’ve added an architectural photography section for posterity and proper documentation.
I feel so terrible lately. I’ve become so lazy, complacent and lacked much needed foresight on most things that I often push myself to the edge just to meet my deadlines and responsibilities. I think I need to be more of an adult now that certain situations I’m in lately calls for it. Also, I need to be more disciplined by trying to finish what I started like completing a simple train of thought, probably. So yeah I think I’ll start with this blog, I’ll try my best to write every once in a while (I kind of have this idea on which direction I should take my blog content-wise) or update my visual. Maybe this will make things less shitier?
This week in photos
1. LKG Tower
2. The Travertine-clad 60’s modernist wonder Ramon Magsaysay Center along Roxas Boulevard.
3. The big comeback of Luneta Hotel in Kalaw, Manila. Built in 1919 and designed by Salvador Farre, this newly renovated structure is one of the few remaining French Renaissance and beaux arts-infused architecture in the Philippines.
This week in photos
Went to Saturday Market in Escolta to see what kind of pre-loved bargain I can score and strolled around to snap photos of the glorious El Hogar Filipino building (middle photo). This Beaux-arts-styled piece of architecture is an iconic structure you can hardly miss. I had to edit out the cables out of the picture to give it the justice it deserves. I’m really hoping they would eventually apply adaptive reuse to save it over rumors of demolition.
Also happy to see Natividad and the Regina Building finally get an overhaul with a Family Mart soon opening - a good sign. I kind of found an advocacy in Escolta and its unmistakable charm. If you want to push for this same crusade, check this out: https://www.facebook.com/EscoltaOfficial
This week in photos.
1. Inside the Atrium Building beside Zuellig. An almost defunct structure with an unobtrusive exterior but has an unexplained charm from the inside.
2. Corner of Raffles, Makati
3-4. Buildings along Ayala Avenue/Ruffino
Inside Wilkinson Eyre’s Cloud Forest.
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