Beginning today – hopefully, on a regular basis from now on – I shall be uploading galleries of photos that I wasn’t able to share before for whatever reason. I’ve realized that I have a lot of backlogs when it comes to sharing photos of events that I took time and effort to cover but I wasn’t able to share to the public. I’m still on extended writer’s block and I’d like to preserve the little writing mood I have for my audit reports, so for this blog I’ll just let the photos do the talking.
Around May or June 2017, I got swayed by a friend to buy something from Amazon.com: a Sony super-zoom point-and-shoot camera that was on sale at the time. It was an impulse buy, but I’m such a sucker for photography gear that’s on sale. Plus, at the time I wasn’t too keen on lugging a heavy DSLR or the mirrorless camera with all those lenses when I cover Alden’s events. I gritted my teeth and bought it.
Said camera, whom I named Ama (because I bought it from Amazon; yes, I give names to my toys), has been my constant companion on gigs and events since then. It has never failed me.
Now, more than ever, I am so glad that I made that impulse buy. This palm-sized toy is a BEAST.
I put up a wishlist for 2019, and it’s been steadily happening, so far.
One part of that list say, ‘more opportunities to take photos’. Late afternoon of January 1, I received a notice saying that me and my friends were given slots at Eat… Bulaga! for Alden’s 27th birthday the following day. Man, that was quick.
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Checking my Facebook Memories feed has become a daily habit for me. Today, January 1, brought back this gem:
I can laugh about it now, but I still clearly recall how floored I was, waking up with a deluge of messages from all channels bearing that same news and ending it with, “oh yeah, Happy New Year!” I remember wishing it was April Fools instead.
My blog regarding that piece of news was even more hilarious. Talk about being delusional and constantly in denial. Seriously, was I that bad? Ew.
(Oh stop, Agent P. Your delulu-ness was the one that brought site traffic on your blog. Be grateful. )
In light of the latest New Year couple being EXO’s Kai and Blackpink’s Jennie, I wish your fanbases are handling it well. Been there, done that. You’ll survive, trust me.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
2018 was a very difficult year for me. It had its share of bright moments, but most of it were low points. I’m still battling my inner demons as I speak. But since we’re ushering in a new year, I will try to be optimistic for once and list down the things that I wish to do or accomplish in 2019.
1. Travel more.
I had the opportunity to rekindle my love for travelling in 2018 with my trip to Fukuoka and Hokkaido in Japan. It ignited that passion that I sort of neglected the past few years because I was busy with something else. In those precious five days in Japan, I felt alive and well again. For 2019, I’m placing at least two overseas trips on my bucket list. Japan is definitely on that list.
But to accomplish that list, I should…
2. Focus on work.
It has now become a policy at work that, unless it’s an emergency, we cannot go outside the country until we finish all the audit reports due in the first semester of the year. In my case, I’m not free to leave until August of this year, at the earliest. Therefore, to accomplish my travel goals, I should finish all 40+++ reports on time. Such task requires immense focus, which I lost a lot in 2018. (In my defense, I had a very difficult first semester in 2018 and family matters got in the way. Not that I’m making excuses…)
3. More opportunities to practice photography.
4. Go back to active blogging.
Taking photos is my only contribution to any fandom I’ve been into, and now my opportunities to practice it are near-extinct. I think my skills are getting rusty, plus more and more talented photographers/photo-hobbyists have taken over the reins.
Proof that I lost my enthusiasm with taking photos: my Christmas bonus is still intact because I’m not keen on checking online stores for a new camera that will most probably just end up taking space on my closet. This is so NOT me.
As for writing, I simply am on an extended writer’s block. One minute I thought it’s back, but once I load my blog editor my mind comes out blank. Considering that I’ll have to renew my domain and webspace this year and I’ll be paying quite a sum for it, I should decide ASAP if I still want to continue blogging.
My heart seems unready to let Agent P’s Headquarters go, though.
I need to bring my mojo back. Maybe travelling will help? Or a change in environment?
One of the things I gained before 2018 ended is that I was able to reconnect with old friends whom I kinda lost track of in the last three years or so. During the most difficult times of my life in 2018, they showed to me that they may not always be visible but they’re just there, waiting for me to reach out. It’s always nice to know that there are people in your life that always trust you and believe in you and will accept you no matter what, without expecting for anything in return.
I think I need to re-connect with me, as well.
I know this blog entry doesn’t sound as optimistic as it normally should, but hey. At least I know what I want, right?
I wish you all well this coming year.