Monday, August 25, 2014

Go Pro Hero3+ Black Edition - Surf

I had already been contemplating about getting GoPro because it's so friggin small and records videos with astounding quality.

Since we had an extra work holiday this week I went out shopping (with no intention of buying GoPro). I wanted to go out and hit the summer sales.
(I will write some posts next week once I get the photos together)


It comes in a very cool case. (It actually comes with a remote but I was too excited to unbox and have taken it out already before taking these photos.XD

Camera with the remote.

Like I said, I had no intention of buying the GoPro yesterday. But then I passed by this camera store and saw it on the display I went in to take a look. *A* And then I found out about the price reduction and blah blah... The next thing I know my card was being swiped. I was buying it.X3

I care less about the accessories (well, mounts in particular) -- they're all held together with 3M.)

I took some test shots around the house but not anything post-worthy yet.XD So when I manage to go out and capture something nice I will post it.^_^


I found the make and the buttons to be very cheap -- (but the camera itself was not too expensive to start with). The battery is very tiny and seems to last about 2 hours+ I think more (but with WIFI turned on it drains twice as quickly..) Very easy to view, delete, and capture stuff with phone app. What I wish the camera had was a tiny viewfinder at least.XD But the camera wasn't made for this purpose so I guess they just didn't have that in mind. (in 2001 or 2002 I bought a cheap japanese camera called Che-ez... The quality was awful and it worked in the same way as this one (very tiny and light)-- but it had a viewfinder. It was like a toy!)

Look how small!

I love how it's superwide (it does, however, distort people, distort food), the image quality isn't so bad but the video is just outstanding. Does not do very well in low light but it captures what you see with a lot of noise (better noise than blur though). I don't think I will be using the waterproof case (The sound is very bad with the case on). I will see if they have the skeletal case or just the lens cap. I'm afraid I will scratch it very soon because everything's a mess inside my bag.^_^

I'm really enjoying this new toy so much at the moment.X3


The beautiful sunset from my room yesterday..


some photos below taken with the Go Pro. These were taken from inside a moving vehicle. (and some photos show some not very pleasnt parts of this city.)

The infamous Jeepney, that takes you pretty much everywhere.

Arch separating Chinatown from the Sta. Cruz Plaza.

Santa Cruz Church on a sunny day.

Front of a Jeepney and a man pushing a cart selling cold drinks.

Rizal Park (this is the back entrance)

Along the Avenida, a dangerous place for walking in the evening. Decades ago this avenue used to be the go-to, with the best cinamas, theatres, and shops. Now it's full of old buildings, some from the post-Spanish period. Also a lot of abandoned (but is now home to the poor) spaces.

[Not my bext photo of this once bustling avenue. But, I have some waiting to be posted on my photoblog. XD]

So, those are some sample shots during the day and the night. I think it takes pretty decent photos. :3

Sunday, August 24, 2014


So... we have a long weekend coming up (but since I work Saturdays it's only fair...^^,)

This evening I found some dead ants in my room, I am afraid they are dead worker termites. T_T;

It's our weekend home so I only come here once a week, which is Saturday evening-- when I do my cleaning.

It started a couple of months ago. Since the city I live in is very prone to typhoon and strong winds, I thought the dead brown ants I found scattered on the floor were brought in by the wind from the Air-conditioning. Yes, that happens. One time I found plant leaves on the floor. I just cleaned them and forgot about it. A few months later, I found ants on my window sill. There was no trail, just ants coming out from here and there. So I also bleached that part and sprayed some natural spray that ants didn't like. The next week, they were gone. That was about 3 months ago.

Last week, I found dead white ants just in front of my closet. Gross. I checked eveywhere and found nothing. They were all lying there in front. Again, I bleached the area and sprayed. This week I didn't see any traces in front of my closet.

BUT, I found a lot of dead white ants on the wall next to my closet (outside). In the very corner was a large number of dead white ants.
It worries me. I checked the wood but it didn't sound hollow. No holes on the wall or mud thingies. There was some sand in the corner but it seems to have dried up.

I checked photos of termites on the internet. I thought they were swarming at first but I didn't find any wings. The ants I found looked like worker termites.


OMG. Now they will go elsewhere. Next week I might have to turn my room upside down to check for traces of it. The last time we had termite control over was exactly two years ago.It is so much hassle to have them treat the house again.

I think this is the time of the month they are most active. When it rains so bad and shines so bright. The weather here is crazy. It seems I cannot find the answer I'm looking for. If I find dead termites, does it mean they have fled the area or are they still thriving in it?

I have heard about termite problems from other people but didn't know it'd become a problem of my own at one point!


Anyway I will worry about it next week.

Tomorrow I will go shopping and hit the sales. :3

St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub

I previously tried the Apricot Body Scrub from St. Ives but this facial one is a first.

What I love about it is that it smells insanely good!!

But other than that it stays true to its label. You can see the tiny bits of ground seeds and it feels very natural.

I'm using it only once every other day since I'm not sure how my skin will react to it. But after every scrub I feel so refreshed and my skin feels very smooth.

Their body wash (I'm using citrus one and apricot scrub) are very nice and I've been using them for a while now. (well, occasionally I'd use Bioré...because it moisturizes better.XD) So I have high hopes that this works with my skin.:D

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dark Ominous Clouds

Dark Ominous Clouds looming over the city this afternoon.

It rained quite a lot for a couple of hours but it eventually subsided. :3

That amount of clouds... is just crazy! x_X

Hanger from Daiso.

If you've been following my blog, you'd realize I post too many daiso-bought goods. XD

Actually I super love buying from Daiso because the quality is good (most of the time) and it's not too expensive. 100yen on everything! :3 (Well, here it costs more though -- 176 yen to be exact.)

But, anyway. I bought some hangers. :D I was actually looking for wooden hangers but didn't find any so I bought these instead.

I love how the japanese advertise their products efficiently with illustrations.

So easy to understand for people who can't read japanese.

The upper part of the hanger can be twisted so it's quite useful for a room like mine, since the tops of my shelves have a wooden thing -- perfect for hanging things.

As seen in photo above, I can easily hang these onto my shelf without a S-hook. :D

It comes in 10's, compared to the wooden hanger that comes in 4's. It also saves a lot of space in my closet. What I like less about it is that when I hang it inside my closet it twists around a lot so I still prefer the old-school kind for hanging things inside my closet.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nautical Wallet

Catching up on some long overdue posts!!XD


Here's a cute sailor wallet I bought (for my birthday. Haha)

I kid. XD I just happened to see it and thought it was nice.^_^

I like that it has many pockets inside.

And I just can't get enough of the stripes!! *A*

The fabric is really good and strong -- so I think I will be using it for a while! :3

It fits different-sized bills so it's quite perfect for travel too.

Time to move things out of my old wallet! :P

...And my cards.. although I don't use them too often now.

I canceled most of my credit cards because of the hefty annual fees they charge and the pesky people I have to put up with when I call customer service. =_= I think two cards is more than enough. XD The other cards I own are mostly "points" cards and discount cards --- that you can never have too many of! :P

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Blindfold Stamp

Chanced upon this blindfold stamp when I was shopping at Daiso a couple of weeks ago. :3

I'm not sure if I have any use for it but it looks pretty cool and very cheap.

However cheap it was the quality is still very good.

There are rubbers on the four corners so that it doesn't slip off your table.

I use a glass table so it stays in place just fine when not in use. ^_^

Instructions on the back on how to add ink when it runs out.

Unfortunately this was the only design left at the branch I went to. (and no stamps at all in other branches!! T_T) Hope I find some other designs.

...And maybe something in Japanese! :3