SELFIE Here, SELFIE There, SELFIE Everywhere

The world is a place where humans and everything around live and interact freely. It's a huge expanse of varied cultures and races. People are more susceptible to change that will greatly improve the quality of life.

Now, Earth is considered to be not only a planet for shelter but a global village where mankind enjoys the comforts and luxuries of living.

As technology flourishes, everything seems to be achievable and possible. Information, experiences and new discoveries are within reach faster then ever. Geographical distance is no longer a hindrance to know people from around the world.

Communications become easier and more convenient. Through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the world is now an open book that anybody can see and read in just a few clicks away.

So, what's the "in" thing today? I mean there's a word circulating practically in every corner of the planet. Celebrities do it. Politicians do it as well and even the most powerful and influential personalities like US President Barack Obama and His Highness Pope Francis enjoy it.

Do the "selfie" shot!

SELFIE means a photo taken by oneself using a hand-held digital camera, webcam or smartphone.

It levels up to a group selfie where the photo taker is part of the portrait.

Most people are overwhelmingly delighted to create and share their selfie photographs in various social networking sites. Some of which are dubbed to be most tweeted and shared like that of Ms Ellen DeGeneres' epic Oscars Twitter Selfie. It's being retweeted 3.4M times and favorited 2M times and counting. The popularity of selfie in the online world goes viral that even dogs do it. LOL!!!

Mosquito - the Deadliest Animal in the World

Photo not mine

Causing more than 2 million deaths every year, the deadliest animal in the world is mosquito.

This little irritating flying creature is a nuisance that bites. It carries harmful and even fatal illnesses and considered to be public enemy number one in the fight against global infectious disease. According to National Geographic:

“Mosquitoes use exhaled carbon dioxide, body odors and temperature, and movement to home in on their victims. Only female mosquitoes have the mouth parts necessary for sucking blood. When biting with their proboscis, they stab two tubes into the skin: one to inject an enzyme that inhibits blood clotting; the other to suck blood into their bodies. They use the blood not for their own nourishment but as a source of protein for their eggs. For food, both males and females eat nectar and other plant sugars.
They transmit disease in a variety of ways. In the case of malaria, parasites attach themselves to the gut of a female mosquito and enter a host as she feeds. In other cases, such as yellow fever and dengue, a virus enters the mosquito as it feeds on an infected human and is transmitted via the mosquito’s saliva to a subsequent victim."

Image Editing by Clairetography

There are practically million ways to enhance or edit a photograph. Modern technology offers a variety of applications in which it can be possible. Image editing can be used to manipulate or modify certain image such as correcting imperfections, re-sizing or cropping, adjusting color or any purpose for that matter. But there are applications available that can create a simple photo into a work of art.

I've posted a number of blog entries about my talented niece, Claire Dave. She can be a promising photographer. Just look at how she perfectly captured amazing jump shots here. She's fond of editing pictures of herself and created these makeovers.

Adobe Photoshop is complex and requires training to master the program but there are easier to use tools like what Claire Dave is using to create these edits:

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Lizette's Pre Debut Pictorial

The weather was perfect! We reached La Mesa Ecopark at around 10 in the morning of October 5, 2013. It's our first time to explore such ecological nature reserve located at East Fairview, Quezon City, Philippines. 

Lizette wore three outfits for the photo shoot: 

  • First Outfit - Black and Teal Blue Square Printed Crop Top and Black Skater Skirt
  • Second Outfit -  Lime Green Spaghetti Strap Flounced Crop Top with Sleeveless Denim Bolero Jacket and Neon Pink High-Waisted, Ripped, Buttoned Shorts
  • Third Outfit - UCLA Blue Tee with John Lennon's Face on graphics and Acid Wash Denim Shorts

Thanks for the superb services of Kimpee Catinoy, hair and make-up stylist and Sir Archie, the photographer from Treasured Memories for bringing out the best of Lizette's appeal and charm. Their expertise complimented her total look.

Be delighted to see the outcome of this pictorial.

Lizette's Pre Debut Pictorial - pic1
Lizette, the debutante

What Other Hearts May Say

As humans who are rational in nature, we have the ability to comprehend and understand the definition of LOVE. We cannot describe it in only one word because of its complexity but we can express it in countless ways.

Our mind can control our emotions but our heart may say otherwise.

Can you find your heart here?

GRATEFUL heart may say...

"My life has never been this amazing since you came into my world. You've accepted me for what I am and love me for who I am. Despite the past, you're here to stay."

GENEROUS heart may say:

"I love you more than myself. If you're happy with someone else, I'm willing to give up the fight and if ever you failed to seek the love I gave you... never think twice, I'm always waiting for your return."

Exchange Gifts on Christmas Parties

The spirit of Christmas is everywhere... at the malls, in the supermarkets, parks, on the streets and practically in every home. We feel an overflowing joy even through the simplest way of celebrating this special and highly anticipated time of the year.

Corporate offices, either private or government always hold parties before Christmas break. This is the perfect time for top management and employees to bond. It allows colleagues to get to know each other better. It is the best way to reward deserving staffs for a job well done and boost their morale or sense of belonging in the company..

Schools have this tradition as well. Faculty members usually prepare program to be participated by selected students. Every section holds Christmas party in respective classrooms.

What's so very special and exciting about Christmas parties is the exchanging of gifts... termed as Kris Kringle or most popularly known as Monito/Monita.

It's always been our clan's tradition to have a reunion every Christmas Day and one of the occasion's highlights is gift-giving. Every family will be called to distribute their wrapped presents or sealed ampao red envelopes. We also have games and presentations hosted by the member assigned for the year. Exchange gifts will never be out of the program of course.

Mye Domain - Exchange Gifts on Christmas Parties- my cousin Ochie and me
My cousin Ochie and me