Caffeine Fix: Davao

Little boy borrowed my camera while we sampled Bluegre’s Durian Coffee. Durian, on its own, is already one thick, creamy confection that catwalks perfection between bitterness and sugary heaven. Given you’ve been dealt premium grade stuff–getting one when it’s barely ripe or simply not the variety for you translates to disaster. Anyway, wasn’t this a post on coffee? Durian…

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Five For Fighting

Five for fighting seemed a clever title earlier when I was thinking of what to call this post. At past midnight, though, trivialities can appear overly clever. Like, for example: Five For Fighting. When I think of a better one, it will change. One afternoon, stuck in a bookshop had me amassing books. Part of my mind…

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Water Bending near Plaza Salcedo

Got to love a mix of the old and new. After you’ve taken a quick stroll around Vigan’s Calle Crisologo, head to the town center. Hard to miss Plaza Salcedo, it’s right in front of St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral. Juan De Salcedo first built St Paul’s in 1574. Earthquakes damaged it back in 1619 and…

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Staccato Travel

2014 ushers in much like the day before or the week before and I’ve come to understand that goals don’t jump in front of you like a surprise. More in tortoise manner, they’re a trifling staccato towards perceived ends. Most times the result morphs with time, not exactly what you’d first imagined but more than…

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Ender’s Game

No. Sorry. No. Not related to the movie at all. And those wishing to read about it may be redirected back to google as I’ve yet to browse the movie’s novel, itself. People say it’s good so… might just give it a moment. Spent most of the day doodling. From technical drawings to the not…

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Prepping 101: Food Source

No, this post doesn’t declare my accrual of a green thumb–at the least, mine is red from nail-biting. Aggregating thoughts swimming about, I’ve decided to create a series on sustainable living. When the nearest Mcdonalds or 7/11 has been toppled by calamities or a horde of zombies (you never know), what’s one way of providing…

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Dapitan: In your spare time, draw fish.

Colours will distract you some days and they’re captivating enough to count as valid nutrition sources. Think photography, for me, has always involved tiptoeing lines between light and shadow; it’s a time-consuming exercise and a healthy distraction that sometimes serves it’s purpose, drawing in cash when necessary. Myriad of hues with it’s hint of comedy,…

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Sustain the habit.

Continually, life blindsides me on an innocent Tuesday while you’re simply flowing with the tides. Salt to the face, ocean breeze, stray jellyfish nipping at your leg. My childhood, continuously tethered to bodies of water; the ocean a metaphor for life. What am I getting at? I’m not so sure yet, I just know that…

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Life in choice photography.

Turns out the blog had been running itself in my absence. Thanks for all the new follows and comments, I will try my best to answer the queries. For those who need their answers ASAP, take note that all this is built on research. A bit of my material is taken from http://books.google.com/, gems you will…

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Patricia Kyle Gillera Mendoza : Portfolio 2013

Thought to update this for those who’ve been asking. Also, yes, it’s my responsibility to keep this portfolio updated after all. The nifty image of me shot by the lovely, Faye Seña of the Boys in Skirts Club. Links, CV and other details are available upon request. Please leave a comment to make a request. Thank you!…

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2012: Death, Earth and Sky

Almost, I hold this theory: jumble sunshine, sky, a string or brass section into any song and it’ll worm it’s way into my heart. End of 2012 and this song comes to mind, maybe because it’s both hopeful and bittersweet. By personal definition, the perfect metaphor for 2012. All those simple thoughts all those peaceful…

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One.

  On a bike, somewhere in Leyte, daddy and me. I have no memory of these times. Deep in my bones I know a fresh breeze will always be welcome on skin, riding bikes is a pleasant distraction, the sight of ocean is irreplaceable and my sense of security is rooted in mountains. I have…

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Two.

One song, I first heard as a high school student: a string of lyrics that caught my ears. I forgot about it, I wasn’t in the habit of googling melodies yet. About four years afterwards, I’d just gotten into my first job and was walking around the mall after a long day. Matt Hales’ lyrics…

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Spring Locks.

Images brushed on mind? Fingers shaking, white and knotted. Latched. She held you so dearly –Because nothing else offered grounding.

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Three.

There’d be basic answers to this question: The Lord of the Rings, Everything is Illuminated, Wall-E, Three Idiots, Pocahontas… I’ll go with my second set of answers though, movies that I can’t really discuss with most friends because these are a bit under the radar. Honestly, only three?–This whole challenge is a mere test of…

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Four.

Four? Only four books?! However will I squeeze a Chuck Palahniuk or Tolkien into this post? They are guilty pleasures. These below are my more sensible reads, essential in shaping a lot of who I am now. 1. Love Poems – Brian Patten / Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk I still managed a Palahniuk in…

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Time.

Her skies have ranged through gold in lavender broken hues As queen moon smiles, cold and distant Silhouetted tresses marching in… an army rising as stars in the horizon Bustling crowds long gone –A hush overcomes, filling each crevice of earth Left in our corners –Washing fingers into the deep, darkening sky A silent plea to Orion on…

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Five.

Known for being picky with food, it’s not the taste that often encourages it. I don’t think my taste buds have that much range… It’s mostly the ingredients I’m keeping a keen eye on. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates Simply put, if a meal leaves me feeling lethargic, careening into…

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Six.

  Six places I’m normally at… 1. Walking Place(s) Normally, this is the area between home and the Eko headquarters, Ayala Center Cebu, mum’s office and various other meeting spots for other projects. If I could have a decent discussion on foot, I’d do it. Walking helps me sort out the days activities and set…

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