My Personal Retreat

I remember my friends urging me to go to the Silent Retreat arranged by the Campus Ministry Office. Whether it be a 3-day, 5-day or even the 8-day retreat, my friends were trying their best to convince me because it would really help me clear my mind. Sad to say, I didn’t go for it…but there are no regrets.

Honestly, there are times when I feel that I feel God more when I least expect Him to be around. Just the other day I went to Starbucks and stayed there for around 5 hours drinking an iced asian dolce latte and I was writing on my journal as well. For some reason, I felt God there. I felt like He was just by my side and he was helping me clear my mind. Perhaps, there would be more drama if I went up a hill or went to a retreat, but my personal everyday retreats help a lot. Sometimes I feel like I have already perfected finding peace amidst all the craziness of the life in the city. I always devote time to pray before I sleep and also when I wake up in the morning. It’s my way of beginning and ending my day thanking God and to just listen to Him and feel Him. This might sound weird for some of my friends who normally see me as someone loud and just crazy. But yes, I cherish my alone moments and the moments when I pray.

When I was in High School I was able to get two books which I use from time to time to help me pray. I received a copy of The Spiritual Exercises from a Student Council Silent Retreat in 2008 and the Wood for the Fire was a book given to me by my former Student Council moderator as a graduation gift. The white parts of the cover of the Spiritual Exercises book is actually now quite yellow. Not really sure how to best maintain it considering it’s just neatly placed along with other books.

DSC_0039 copyDSC_0038 copyTo this day, I really hold dear these two books. I get to pray and I get to do my own “personal retreat”. I honestly and firmly believe that prayer is something that should be done on a regular basis and not just once a week, or if there’s only a special occasion. Always take time to thank Him for all the blessings.

I have also been able to keep track of my life on a daily basis through my journal which I have been faithfully writing on ever since I started. For now, I don’t want to share what I have written but don’t worry, not bad stuff written there; just my raw thoughts.

DSC_0037 copyAs you can see, there are some stuff written on the back of this page. Hopefully none of you will be able to decipher what I have written….hopefully. Haha!

I can say that having a journal I get to write on everyday helps me see what has been happening in my life for the past days. It allows me to be thankful for the blessings I have received and at the same time, it has been helping me analyze where I am at this point in my life and how I want to move towards my dreams and goals. In a way I guess I get to write my own examen and keep track of it.

By the way, I have used my instax already! As some of you might remember, I recently bought a polaroid, you can check the entry here!

The print is small and it’s quite cute! It’s almost the same size as that of a graduation picture!

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I can’t wait to bring Athena on Monday for the ASLA dinner!

My Personal Retreat

Meet Athena

Last week I told my mother my intention of using bit of the money I received from graduation and what I have saved, to buy a camera. At that point I wasn’t sure whether I was to go for a Diana F+ or a FujiFilm Instax Mini 7S because I’ve always wanted to have both (well not necessarily the Instax, but a polaroid). Weighing pros and cons, I decided to go for the Instax (for now). Maintaining a lomo is quite expensive and I can’t just wait for the film to be all used up and all the expenses buying film and getting developed. Quite tedious! It was an epiphany during the Holy Thursday Mass to go for the polaroid.

I went to to purchase one + the film. It was cheaper than buying from Digital Walker in Rockwell. Add to that, the convenience of ordering online and just wait than having to go all the way to Rockwell just to buy (well probably I could’ve met up with friends). MOVING ON. So I placed my order after the Mass and when I checked the status of my order yesterday, it said that it’s already been shipped! Imagine how excited I was! The site says to expect the order within 5 days but it was Holy Week last week and I know that they were to resume all of their services by today. This morning, my mom woke me up early telling me to wait for the arrival of the package. True enough, it arrived around 11AM. I was the happiest guy alive at that time—because by 1PM, there were other happier people who passed the Ateneo Law School exam.

So, I present to you the “unboxing” of my newest friend!

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Inside the big, bulky plastic bag: The instax mini 7s and film! They were placed inside a cute bubble wrap which I will be popping tonight!
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Inside the bigger box! The camera itself, 4 Double A batteries, a strap, and a bunch of manuals and other stuff which I don’t really read. Haha!DSC_0021 copy

Inside the other box and the box itself! Two film cartridges!DSC_0022 copy


And I present to you, my newest friend, Athena!DSC_0023 copy copyWhy Athena? Well first let me explain that I name all of my gadgets and other stuff. Like the name of my laptop is Save The Queen (when in Windows 8 mode it’s Save The King), the name of my dSLR is Aki, the name of the long lens is Godiva, the name of the prime lens is Merlie, the name of my planner now is Le Prince, and the name of my journal is Agatha. I don’t know but I feel like when I name something I own, I am able to claim ownership to it. Or maybe I’m just weird. Haha. Athena because it’s my graduation gift to myself (and yes I owe all of you a graduation blog post which I’ll make tomorrow!). So I graduated from Ateneo and the name is derived from “Atheneum” and that was derived from a Greek temple dedicated to Athena.

And yes, the blue and white colors of the instax was taken into consideration when naming it.

PS. Yes, that’s the shot glass we got from Blue Roast and I placed the graduation medallion there.


Meet Athena

Search for My Next Camera!

This afternoon, I tried looking for the charger of my old trust digital camera a Sony M-2. Despite it is only 5.1 megapixels, it can really take some nice shots too. Although it has grainy and red-eye tendencies. But Those can be resolved by photoshop anyway!

I miss using it because it’s very portable not that my dSLR is not but, Aki is really heavy specially whenever I bring my 55-200mm lens (which I bring just in case I see something fancy and I want to take a picture of it). It can also take pretty decent videos but nothing beats HD video cameras (except for some dSLRs which can take video too. haha!). Sad to say, I wasn’t able to find the charger and I think the charger for its battery is not being sold anymore (need to do field research on this).

Due to my fail search for the charger, I really got into thinking what if I just buy a new camera? I have been eyeing some cameras anyway. Take for example, the Diana F+

got this from the Diana Lomography Microsite

I have been wanting to have one since 2009 and even when I had the money to buy it, I simply didn’t because it’s really expensive, I might accidentally destroy it (since it’s a toy-ish camera) and I don’t think mother will support me because film plus having the film processed will be expensive. So there goes my dreams on having one…until I wake up one day with it. But what are the odds of that, right?

got this from the Blackbird, Fly Camera site
got this from the Lomography website









I also saw this cute toy TLR camera called the “Blackbird” which really reminds me of the Gakkenflex(left). It really attracted me because it looks different from the usual toy cameras it has that vintage-y feel. Three problems though,

first, it’s more expensive than a Diana F+, second, it looks rather bulky and, third, I’m not even sure if it’s being sold here in the Philippines! 😦 When will our country be as awesome as Japan and Hong Kong with their plethora of cute but sometimes useless stuff?


got this from the Polaroid site

Polaroid PoGo Instant digital camera. I don’t mind the expensiveness of it ($200) because unlike the toy cameras, it’s digital AND it can also act as a polaroid. Neat isn’t it? I saw one in Rockwell the other day but we were rushing so I wasn’t able to have a closer look at it but it really looks sleek. I wonder though if the quality of the image would be nice when printed out, and of course even when it’s stored.


Well, to be honest, this is like the 10th time I have considered getting another camera so I don’t need to bring my dSLR even on regular days when I’m not so sure if I’ll even use it. Some weeks from now I bet I wouldn’t even be thinking about it because I’d probably realize that I should rather invest on my dSLR, like get more lenses, my own speedlite and other stuff I need. Ohwell. I guess until I get all the stuff that will make me happy with my dSLR, I shall not think about these other cameras. Haha!

Search for My Next Camera!