We can help!

Ciao! It’s Chams. ๐Ÿ™‚ For today’s blog post, I just wanted to share with you all something that I learned today (real quick!). I came across a video online, promoting this web search engine called Ecosia.ย 

So basically, Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees using its ad revenue.ย The system is really easy. You just have to search the web using Ecosia, then all of the ad searches will generate income for Ecosia and they will use all the money to plant trees! Amazing, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

They have already planted 17 million trees as of now and they have 7 million active users! You see, even if you’re on the other side of the world, sitting in front of your computer, sipping a cup of coffee while searching for random stuff on the internet, a team of passionate people will plant trees using the ad searches that you generated.


It’s reallyย  easy!ย 

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Step 1:ย ย Go toย Ecosiaย and click “Add to Chrome”.

 

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Step 2:ย After clicking the first button, this will appear. Then click “Add to Chrome” again.

 

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Step 3:ย Congratulations! You did it! Now, click “Continue to Ecosia”.

 

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Step 4:ย Now, you can help plant trees! Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

 


 

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Search as much as you can so you can contribute more. Personally, I think this is a really good movement because you’re literally doing your normal thing but you can help the environment. ๐Ÿ™‚ And, you don’t have to worry about “where did all the finances go?”, because they keep track of their financial reports and receipts. Transparency is first for Ecosia and for that, they earned my trust. I hope you support this one! Please spread the word! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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PS not sponsored, I just love the mission! xx

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Self-care is necessary

Ciao! It’s Chams. ๐Ÿ™‚

I know there are days when you feel exhausted, lonely and sometimes, getting up in the morning is like the hardest thing to do. Don’t worry, you are not alone. I’ve been there too, and though it was not as easy to get away with that phase, I know that you can do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ As for me, I practiced self care to help get myself together and be a brand new person. It was really helpful, because you know, the only person that can take the best care of yourself is YOU!ย So, here are some self-care ideas that you can try!

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it.

 

I hope you try some of these ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll see you soon!

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Gogh-ing where?

Ciao! It’s Chams. Welcome back to my blog!

If you’re an art junkie like me, you probably know Vincent van Gogh. He’s a post-impressionist painter from the late 1800s. His works are far different than the other painters from his era, mainly because of his play with colors and the life behind his creations.ย 

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“The Starry Night” – Van Gogh, 1889 // this is a moving version of The Starry Night, to show the life behind this creation.ย 

Vincent lived an unhappy life. He was broke most of the time, he didn’t have a decent job, he jumped from one city to another, his love life was a mess, he had mental illness, he was treated by his neighbors as a freak, no one was interested in his paintings (during his lifetime), and no one appreciated him as an artist (again, during his lifetime). The only thing that was good about his life, was his relationship with his brother Theo. They were really close, and he got Vincent’s back since day 1.

As much as I wanna talk about his life more, but this will be freakin’ long, so if you wanna know more about Vincent’s clickย HERE.


What brought me here?

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“Irises” – Van Gogh, 1889 // One of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. It’s currently displayed in the J. Paul Getty Museum at Los Angeles, California.

I never knew about Vincent van Gogh, until I watched an episode of Doctor Who, where the Doctor and his companion Amy, went back in time to meet Vincent, with high hopes of re-writing time and prevent Vincent from killing himself. It was a really lovely episode, I shed a good bucket of tears when I watched it. If you wanna watch the tear-jerking moment of Vincent travelling to time where everyone appreciated his work, watch itย HERE.

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“Sunflowers” – Van Gogh, 1887 // The Sunflowers were actually a series of paintings. Vincent made four of them, and as of the moment, they were displayed in Japan, Amsterdam, Philadelphia and the other one is in a private collection.

Since then, I was interested with his life and his works. I watched a few documentaries about him, and read biographies. I didn’t realize that someone whose life was tragic, can be so inspiring. What made me really sad, is the fact that he was underappreciated when he was still alive. His paintings then, were treated as trash. (I really wish I could give Vincent a hug rn)


Painted with Words

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One of my favorite biographies/documentary of Vincent was Painted with Words. It was produced by BBC, and the best bit here is that Benedict Cumberbatch played Vincent. The whole story was based from the exchange of letters of Vincent and Theo.


Loving Vincent

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Loving Vincent was the first ever fully painted animation film and it was about the circumstances of Vincent’s death. Each of the 65,000 frames was painted using oil in canvas by a team of 115 painters. I watched this film at SM North Edsa with my dad and my sister. The ticket was only priced at Php 150 and it was such a good deal! When we went inside the cinema, there were only like 15 people inside! I feel so bad for the others who didn’t get to watch this film, because it was amazing. The animation was incredible and I was in awe with how it was all put together. The story-telling was great as well, it showed a different point of view of Vincent’s passing.

If you still have a chance to watch this film, watch it now or you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.ย 

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I know this post was a bit random, but I just wanna express my love for Vincent van Gogh and tell the world (in case some people don’t know him yet) how awesome he is. If you like Vincent too, give me a virtual high five in the comments box below! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Dream Space

Ciao! It’s Chams. Welcome back to my blog!

Lately, I was a bit busy and wasn’t able to be on track with my blog post schedule, but I’m back since I have plenty of time off from my job (Yes! I have a job again! Yay!). On the side note, I really missed writing here and I wanted to make a bit of a personal blog post too and I thought it was cute to share my dream space. ๐Ÿ™‚

At the moment, I’ve been really into decorating and organizing my room. I usually spend hours and hours of my time watching videos of people having their room tour and looking at Ikea catalogs online so I could get ideas as well. Very occasionally, I get to see (and buy) cheap decors at department stores and try to incorporate them in my room. However, I can’t do much of the designing since I share room with my sister and I have to consider her likes too.

I really want to have my own space, and I really dream of having my own house soon too. I am trying to work on that and I pray for God’s provision too, hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚


Get ideas!

I already have a very concrete imagination of what my dream space would be like. I am going for a minimal, chic and vintage maybe? I don’t know if that will work altogether, but those are the vibes that I want to get when I have my own space.

I use Pinterest to get all the ideas and to make everything concrete. If you have Pinterest, you can check out my boardย here.

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Living Room

 

I would love to go for a minimal look in the living room. A huge window is a must for me, because I love natural lights and it just gives out a really positive energy in the room. I would like to have hardwood floors too. I know it can be really expensive but you know, it’s a “dream” house LOL. L-shaped couches are my favorite too because they’re really cozy! Throw pillows in different sizes, shapes and patterns are also great accent pieces. Art prints and plants will look good too for this vibe, to give out a bit life in the room.


Kitchen

As you can see, I’m still going for a bright, natural light and very clean look in my “kitchen”. This is my favorite part of the house, because this is where all of the magical stuff (I really love to cook and bake) happens. The thing that should be in my kitchen are subway tiles for the backsplash. I love subway tiles so much! They really look clean and sleek. I would also love to have a marble countertop and a bit of a kitchen counter with high stools in front of them.ย  And of course, a kitchen wouldn’t be my kitchen if it didn’t have a coffee bar. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Dining Room

The kind of dining room set-up that I like isn’t the usual dining room that you see around. I love breakfast nooks! It really looks refreshing and unique, and it gives out a very cozy vibe to the room. Breakfast nooks are best if they’re surrounded with a big window. ๐Ÿ™‚

If it doesn’t work out, a Scandinavian look would be really good too! Doily chairs are very popular lately and I think it’s really cute. And a copper accent light fixture looks really cute too!


Bathroom

Moroccan fish scale tiles look so cute in bathrooms! It makes you feel like a mermaid, plus the gold accents looks good too! ๐Ÿ™‚ But, I’m not really sure if it would still look cool after several years though.

Accent wall tiles are very cute too! It really gives out an identity to your space. Check out the cool shower head too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this design will go well if you have a small bathroom. As much as I would love to have subway tiles in my bathroom, I think it would be a bit redundant since I have it already in my kitchen. (guys i’m taking this very seriously hahaha)


Bedroom

Believe it or not, I didn’t really look up for bedroom ideas because I just want it to be very simple. I just want a patterned rug and big windows for the room. Also, enough space to snug all of my books and a cute desk to do my creative stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚


Outdoor Chill Spot

Outdoor chill spots are so cool! I want to have this in my house because I love the cozy feel to it, and my family loves to eat outside (literally outside) and have barbecue etc. We would set up a canopy at our garage and set up a table, a grill and we’ll just have dinner there. It’s really fun. ๐Ÿ™‚


 

And that concludes my dream space tour! I hope you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have a Pinterest board same as this, I would love to see that as well. For now, I’ll pray that I would get to have this dream space, and also I will work hard for it. Anyways, thank you so much for reading this! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Portrait Sessions Vol. II | My sister

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It was a chill afternoon, Ate Tin and I decided to have a little shoot session around our house. This was taken at our garage. I really love our textured walls and how it gives earthy color to the photo.

This is Christine.ย She is my sister.

There is a lot to say about her. But, let me tell you a story aboutย courage and faith, and how these two words best describe her.


Rainbows

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We were aiming for a weird, rather odd photo shoot.

“It’s been over a month since I gave birth last June 13, 2017, 5:43AM via Normal Spontaneous Delivery, my due was June 19, we have been waiting for that day when we’ll be able to meet our little girl. Even if I have been too scared to think about giving birth.

I started to feel mild cramps at 10pm, June 12, I was thinking maybe those are just Braxton Hicks contractions or false labor since I have read all about them but at 1AM the contractions became noticeable and intervals are getting closer. My husband, Gelo gave our OB a heads up and told us to rush to the hospital as soon as I feel that the contractions are getting painful and at close intervals. 3AM, I told Gelo to help me get a warm bath before we head to the hospital which is less than 10 mins away from home. While he was bathing me, I noticed the mucus plug and excitedly told him that I know I am about to give birth that day. When we arrived at the hospital I was rushed at the Operating Room and all I can feel was excitement and anticipation despite the pain. The resident OB checked and told me I was fully dilated. The nurses checked for Prism’s heart tone but they’re having a hard time to locate it.”


“I asked the nurse what’s happening she told me maybe Prism is pushing closer to my pelvic bone that’s why. That time I never felt something was wrong all I can feel was the calmness and I have great faith that my baby is doing fine, I believe God is with us, since we can still feel her moving that night when Gelo was kissing my tummy. My OB arrived, it was an easy delivery, I was pushing with great ease…then the episiotomy, then came baby Prism at 6.6 lbs.”

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“My OB laid her in my tummy for a while then I saw the doctor held her and was giving her a CPR, that moment I know something was wrong…I was murmuring Jesus help us, Mama Mary pray for us… St Gerard Majella pray for us… I was groggy and sleepy but I was fighting it because I wanted to hear my baby cry… Until sleep found me… I never heard my sweet Nayeli Prism’s cry.

I woke up at the recovery room, saw my husband with my OB carrying our little girl, sad look on their faces. I was still sedated and feeling sleepy when they broke the news that she was gone. She already poop inside my tummy and she ingested her meconium which was the cause of her death, I know the doctors tried to save her by putting tubes to suction the meconium.”


Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain

“We lost another child and gained another angel in Heaven. I didn’t received an epidural, all I had was IV Sedation, sored muscles and aching body…I was numb from everything, numb from all the pain…no tears fell from my eyes and sleep found me again…”

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Ate Tin lost her first child, Andrei from a miscarriage last year, August 2016.

“One by one people came in to see me inside the recovery room, my husband Gelo, my Mom, my Dad, my sister Charlene..all with sad eyes, no uttered words, they just held me close because our heart speaks the same sadness and grief instead of the happiness that we’ve been anticipating for the last 9 months. Before the nurses wheeled me to my room I requested if I can see my baby again for the last time, I was able to have a moment with our beautiful little girl, our sleeping baby angel, she who has never had a glimpse of light, my dear Nayeli Prism which means I love you Rainbow. I claimed her to be our rainbow baby after the loss of our first angel, Andrei due to miscarriage on my 3rd month of pregnancy but it seems like our Heavenly Father is in great need of angels and so we wholeheartedly offer them to Him who is Holy and Great and All Knowing. We were glad to have a moment with Prism to held her in my arms as if I am cuddling a sleeping baby, to know her a bit more, I carefully studied her face, her arms, hands and feet. I was looking for birth marks but she has none. I kissed her and breathed her newly shampooed hair. I felt the softness of her skin. She was beautiful, soft, and calm…and maybe she’s meant to be an angel.”


Letting go, and letting God

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“We prayed for her and still praised and thanked the Lord even in the most saddest times, we know that it is His will. Our human minds cannot fathom His Divine wisdom, our plans is different from His plans. One by one we offered her a prayer, my loving husband held me closer as we rocked our baby, feeling every bit of her, preserving that moment in our hearts, and took our first and last picture as a family…Mommy Tin, Daddy Gelo and Baby Prism… until the day when we will finally held her in our arms forever and meet her again in Heaven together with her sibling, Andrei…”


ย I am always proud of my sister. She’s a woman of faith, and hope. Her beauty and grace flows from within and spreads to everyone who knows her.ย 

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The italicized words above came from her facebook post.

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camera used: Canon 1100D, 50mm fย 1.8

 

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Having Kids

“What the heck are you talking about? You’re only 22!”

That’s what I told myself when I wrote the title of this post.


I know, it’s a bit too early to talk about this. But you know, at some point in your life, you will be asked about your plans with regards to having your own family or having kids. It’s not like a bad thing to talk about though, but more like getting yourself prepared of what’s to come.

Mom told me it’s okay to get married at the age of 26. And if I think about it, I’m only 3 years and a few months away from that. Geez. It scares me. A lot. Like, I’m not even financially ready for it. I don’t have a life insurance. I can’t even look after myself. Could I be THAT responsible?

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Months ago, I was with a colleague and we were talking about our future plans. Career. Having your own family. Then kids. I told her I might not want a kid. Of course, she asked why. I told her I am scared.

I am not scared to experience labor pains or the excruciating feeling of giving birth.ย I am not scared of the responsibility, nor the sleepless nights my mom always told me. I am not scared of waking up early to make breakfast for them for the rest of my life.

I am scared of the world. I am scared of what they’re about to experience. The judgmental society, the calamities, the changing environment– you know what I mean. And I don’t want them to live in a world where they have to meet the society’s standards for them to be accepted.

 

I don’t know. I’m not really sure. Am I being selfish? Am I being too paranoid because I don’t want them to experience the same struggles that I’m experiencing? Ugh, I really don’t know.

/ brain dump ends here// k thx bye ///

 

 

I am a vlogger?

Ciao! It’s Chams. Welcome back to my blog!

Two weeks ago, my family and I went to Hong Kong and Macau for a leisure trip. It was our first time to travel abroad as a family and for us, it was a dream come true. My sisters and I always wanted to take our parents for a vacation, and we finally did it! And this time, we went out of the country! It was our treat for our parents and I am forever grateful and blessed with God’s provisions.


So you might be wondering why the heck is my blog title like an annoying clickbait video from YouTube.

During our Hong Kong and Macau trip, I filmed short video clips of the places we’ve been to and some activities we did there. It was kind of fun and tiring, because I used my DSLR to film some of the videos and you guys know how heavy it is to carry around a DSLR. Also, I forgot to bring my kit lens with me so I was stuck with my 50mm prime lens which was not really reliable in doing zoom shots or whatnot.

I also had some trouble with the stabilization of the videos. Most of them were so shakey, it was painful to watch. I know DSLRs have this stabilizer mode, but it didn’t do much of its job. So yeah, I’m kinda saving up for a gimbal/stabilizer, but I know how expensive it can get so I’m not really sure when I can get one. But I might go for the more portable ones so I can bring it along while I’m travelling.

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So yeah, if you want to watch my videos, I’ll link them here. It is actually a three-part vlog; starting from our first day, up to our last full day at Hong Kong. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you like it!

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[ nakakatawa yung mga tinakpan ko na part, lol ]ย 

Links!

Hong Kong Vlog Part 1/3

Macau Vlog Part 2/3

Hong Kong Vlog Part 3/3

Also, I would appreciate it if you like the videos and subscribe to my channel to see more of my content! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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