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34 posts from January 2007

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January 16, 2007

Flickristas @ The Jewellery (Ika-2 Banat)

Flickristas @ the_jewellery Photo Exhibit
Aidan putting a favorite blue button sticker on Poppa's photo.

I'm a member of Flickr Philippines, otherwise known as Flickristas. The Flickristas Exhibit @ the 2nd Floor Jewellery in Greenhills is still on-going until January 31. If you happen to be shopping in the Greenhills area, don't forget to drop by the Jewellery and check out the photo exhibit.

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January 15, 2007

The Chocolate Lust Happy Valentines Edition!

Chocolust Valentines Edition - 2
Choco Lust Valentines Edition by Ange (P550) -- Limited Edition

From Ally:

"I love this version of braso. I've loved braso since I was a kid and I've tried almost all the versions of braso..ange's is certainly the best!!! Have you tried her choco-lust? It has one layer of flourless chocolate cake, then a layer of chocolate mousse and covered with chocolate ganache. As a chocoholic, I must say that that ange's choco-lust is divine. Ask her about it!"

Ever since, I read this comment from Ally, I can't wait to taste this Choco Lust by Ange (see: Frozen Brazo by Ange). We tasted it today and enjoyed having a slice and then another and another slice. What is it with chocolates that you can't seem to stop eating it even if you feel you are too full to have another bite of that chocolate on your fork?

This heart shape valentines version is innovative and just perfect for the choco-holic lovers. The photo above would have been perfect, if there was an I Love You written on top and it comes with 3 roses from your boyfriend, lover, or even from your husband!

Ange: +63917 8238198

75 Amorsolo Street San Lorenzo Village Makati.

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The Chocolate Sale (Jan. 31-Feb 4)

Some of you have been asking me the next Chocolate Sale and I promised to inform you the moment I get a notice about this sale. So, here it is!

Chocolate Clothing Co's. WAREHOUSE SALE!!!

invites you to its End of Season WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE SALE!

Grab jeans, tops, dresses, tees and more... Enjoy 50% to 70% OFF on all items.

From January 31 to February 4, 2007
at 25 S. Santos St. Sto. Rosario, Buting, Pasig City. See you there!

See attached flyer for details. Bring a copy and get a FREE gift.

Genevieve R. Matabang
25 S. Santos St., Sto.Rosario,
Pateros, Metro Manila 1620
Phone: +632-6436993/94
Fax: +632-6414526

Bing Chua's 4 Hours Massage Therapy

I was not feeling well after the WPO grand finale last Saturday. If you left immediately after the show, you can go home as early as 1am. As for me, we hang around MOA and was able to be home at 3am+ -- and I felt kinda sick after that. I'm tired of all the medicines that I took when I was sick last Christmas season so I called Bing Chua and enjoyed an almost 5 hours massage therapy at home. The therapy is a combination of swedish, shiatsu, accupressure, and reflexology from this Taiwan and Canada trained therapist. If I say it was great, this would be an understatement. It was simply an Awesome Massage!! 4+ hours of home service massage for only P600. I'm glad that he is still in town providing the service.

I featured him way back in October 2005: The Best Therapeutic Massage in Town! P500 ($10) for 4 hours of Reflexology Massage! If you plan to get a 4 hours massage, it is best that you have it at the comforts of your home and just rest. Take the day off!

Bing Chua ( 0916-293.0534. 0919-592.5585)

World Pyro Olympics Finale: China and the Philippines

Phils @ World Pyro Olympics - 5
Helen Sia and friends.

What a grand finale! The China show was colorful and elegant; it is like watching a Fireworks Show directed by Ang Lee. The fireworks keeps on changing colors; it mesmerizes you. It is very graceful... very asian...never boring and each sequence is a thrill to watch. We were situated directly in front of the barge in the special viewing area (P500). I was also with a big group around 25 people all-in-all and it was a mini- Our Awesome Planet EB.

We should be proud of the Philippines and indeed, it was unforgettable. I love our own version of the screeching sperms, slow rocket fireworks, and the finale of hanging lanterns -- I have no doubt that we could win in this contest. It was also a perfect time for fireworks portrait and after 5 days of shooting the World Pyro Olympics, I almost mastered the technique. Thank you also to all the Friends of Our Awesome Planet who joined during the WPO finale!

Phils @ World Pyro Olympics - 4
Lennie and Lito

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January 13, 2007

World Pyro Olympics: Denmark and Canada

World Pyro Olypics Denmark & Canada - 3

The World Pyro Olympics last night was different:

The traffic was easy.
Both fireworks started exactly on time 8pm and 9.30pm respectively.
There were only a few people who watched the show.
Both Denmark and Canada were just standard big fireworks which was disappointing, relatively.
I can't believe that I left my spare battery so I was not able to take decent firework shots.
Our view was fantastic, directly in front of the barge since we are in the special viewing area.

I'm sure today's world pyro will be more exciting because everyone is expecting that China's show will be a prelude to Beijing Olympics Fireworks. Also, we will support our very own as the finale of the entire World Pyro Olympics.

World Pyro Olypics Denmark & Canada - 2

My fearless WPO vote?

People's Choice would be Germany.
The winner will be:
1. USA
2. China
3. United Kingdom

Check out the view from the special viewing area below...

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WPO Fireworks Photography Tips!

World Pyro Olympics!

This is it! Last day of the World Pyro Olympics and I know most of you are coming today on the last day of WPO. You don't have time to experiment on taking firework photos and you got only two chances: One, during the much-awaited China Pyrotechnics show and two, for our very own Philippines Exhibition Show!!

Here are the ultimate tips on Fireworks Photography updated with some of my learnings from the earlier shoots:

1. Bring a tripod. If you are serious in taking clean firework shots, then bring or borrow a tripod. Otherwise, you'll get blurring, bleeding, or shaking shots of the fireworks.

2. Use Bulb, f8 or f16. For SLR cameras, use manual mode, Bulb settings as your shutter speed, and either use f/8 or f/16 as your aperture. Once you use the Bulb setting, you will have the creative freedom to determine when to close the shutter or not. Use f/8 throughout the fireworks show and start using f/16 during the finale.

3. Learn from overexposed fireworks. A good shot of the fireworks is usually clean and colorful. If your photo came out white, it is overexposed and keep a mental note of these mistakes (how long you exposed it, etc.)

4. Frame with a good foreground. Anybody can take a decent and even by-chance shot of the fireworks. What makes a winning fireworks shot is a good framing and a good foreground. A foreground could be silhouettes, lovers watching the show, people taking photographs, etc.

5. Use ISO 100. I've made this mistake a couple times already where I set my ISO to 1600 and all my fireworks shot came as over exposed. Use the less sensitive ISO setting in your camera.

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