Kids Photo Shoot


Green is her favorite color.  That’s the reason why I am using green fonts for this post.

In a few days, our younger daughter is turning 4.  I’ve been asking around OC Mom groups about finding a good photographer who can do a mini-session with my daughter so that I can have a photo memory of her turning 4 years old. Money is an important consideration so after contemplating on it, I realized that I was the one who took all the pictures of my eldest daughter years ago, so why not grab my cameras, bring some toys, extra cute clothes and put them in my mommy bag and start heading for the nearest park.

We spent almost 2 hours playing, running, talking, and laughing and I ended up taking 60+ shots of her and I will be keeping around 15 compositions that truly captured great memories of her.

Next plan… another photo shoot – this time with her big sister. 

kids photo shoot



Blogging with my iPhone, wow to technology and to my gadgets that make life easier. But life to me is not only about new things because treasure-keeping (a.k.a. “clutter collection) is my kind of thing.

Nostalgic photos of my childhood is what I love to tinker with when I am not busy.

But wait, this post is not about my old pictures… It’s about my new old toy gifted to me by my one and only big brother on his birthday. Yes!!! You read that right, on his birthday, I got this gift from him. Am I lucky or what?!

With my new toy (Japan’s NIKOMAT FTn 1965-1975) I am too excited to capture special memories and new photos of people, places, interesting things, and food – more to share here for everybody to enjoy.

So… Watch out! Do not forget, I am an amateur photographer, but I love what I do.


Daddy’s Filipino Pork and Chicken Adobo

Daddy Jun's Special Adobo
Daddy Jun’s Special Adobo

When I miss my Dad, I always think of Adobo.  Pork and Chicken Adobo is a classic Filipino hearty meal served with steaming white rice and some fresh ripe mangoes on the side.  My Dad used to make the BEST Adobo and he cooks it with precision and love.  He even cooks adobo using other ingredients like squid, local vegetable greens, pork hocks and more.

I like to make adobo because it stores well in the fridge.  Since it is cooked with a good quality vinegar, it lasts longer in the fridge than other meat recipes.

I remember when I was little and we had a school field trip for Girl Scouts, my Dad would cook adobo so I can pack it for our lunch. We did not have insulated lunch bags before 🙂  and keeping my rice and adobo in a Tupperware lunchbox was enough to keep my lunch fresh and ready for eating.

There are many recipes online on how to make this.  My recipe was handed down to me by my Dad so to me, it is a very special recipe dear to my heart and unfortunately, I am not willing to share 😛

I may not be the best Adobo cook but still, each time I follow the step-by-step instructions my Dad taught me, it reminds me of the good happy days as I watch him do his tricks in our small kitchen.

I know maybe you’re thinking, then why am a blogging about Adobo??? Because I want to share my photos 🙂

Okay, here’s a link I found on how to cook Adobo.

I miss you Daddy! This is for you!

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Today my sister left Irvine to go back and be with her family in Manila. This picture was taken by me during our short trip to Palm Springs. I wanted to show a special shot of the wilderness and I think this one did the job. I like it that she was looking around enjoying the serene beauty of nature that day. As my sister says, “this is God showing me the beauty of His creations.”



My husband and I were very fortunate to see the island again.  It’s been almost 11 years ago since we’ve been there.  It changed a lot in terms of infrastructure but the people, the spirit of traditional Filipino tropical island hospitality and simplicity and the beauty and wonder of the island still remains.

Bok and I waited for sunset on our second night on the island. We watched the sail boats pass by the horizon as the sun mirrors across the ocean.  At that same moment, I felt happy.  Happy to see that I am with the same person whom I saw this same sunset years ago.

How time flies.  I am happy I have captured this backdrop of Boracay and with Bok as my main subject, it made this my favorite shot during our vacation back home.

Is blogging for me too?

Finally, a blog site where I  can hopefully religiously share my posts about me and my world.  It took months for me to decide where to finally create an account and I have chosen wordpress in the end.  Why?  I don’t know, maybe because of the color scheme and the simplicity of the themes I see online.

I’m really excited about this!  I actually don’t know where to start but I guess by writing this, I have already started my first post.

There’s a lot going on in my mind.  I want to say this, I want to say that, do I have to mention this, should I mention that! Ha ha!  Let me pause for a few moments…. To my reader/s (or just myself if I will be the only one reading this), thank you for spending time to visit my blog site.

Mostly, I will be talking about my passion on cooking and amateur photography.  I am excited to upload my photos not to show off but to see it organized online and ready for sharing firstly to my family and friends, then to the world.

Well, let’s start this!

lavender in my garden

patio lavender
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I can’t believe I am doing this! Again, finally…. I am learning to do this. I wanted to do this since way back in 2007 but I never started it. I attempted several times but each one did not succeed. I hope this time, my photos will be seen by people and I wish that these beginner shots will be appreciated.

Photo was taken using my Nikon camera purchased last December for my family’s trip to Manila, Philippines and Hong Kong. I acquired a new 35mm fixed lens this month and I tested my shots on this beautiful lavender plant gifted to me by Bok. This flower is sitting right on our patio on a window planter facing northwest.