Shrine Hills, Jack’s Ridge and Rizal Park (photowalk)

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Davao City Hall at San Pedro Street

Just recently, I bought myself a Christmas gift – a Canon EOS100D camera. Another one off of my wish list for this year, and prolly the last one. I can still remember, way back in 2010, when I would ask my sister’s close friend if I could borrow her DSLR. You know the feeling of being passionate about something but you don’t have the tools or the means to pursue it? haha Well, it was like that for me. It has always been like that for me.

When I was little, whenever I would ask my parents to buy me something or take me somewhere, basically, anything that involves money, they would always tell me “Wala tay kwarta gang.”. So, as I grew, I slowly accepted the fact that we didn’t have enough to finance me and my siblings’ wants, thus, stopped asking. However, I promised myself, that by the time I’m able to, I will fulfill my heart’s desire – I will travel, and I will pursue my passion. I know this will not earn me any money at all, but earning isn’t the same as living.

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Yesterday, my bf and I, wanted to take a photo of a sunset. We thought we’d be able to catch one at Shrine Hills, Matina, but dang, it was cloudy -_- Epic fail!

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The cloudy skies didn’t stop us from enjoying our date tho. I’ve been trying to learn the basics of using DSLR, and tried to apply it. I was amazed at how ISO, aperture and shutter speed affect the shots so much.

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failed sparkler photo op

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I fell in love with the manual mode LOL I realized that I have only been clicking randomly before, and I thought when someone says “manual”, it only meant the focus of the lens. Didn’t know there was so much more to it. Yepp, rookie. Definitely a rookie haha

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Across Shrine Hills was Jack’s Ridge – where you can dine with a view + with live acoustic band too (they play songs per table). Or, you can just sit at their benches and just enjoy the view.

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After staying for a few minutes, I got really hungry *pats tummy*. I’m not really a huge fan of the food there; too pricey and the taste was just uhmm.. like your regular food. So, we decided to go to Matina Town Square and eat at Jickong’s. MTS is where people usually go out and drink at the south. They have live band, bars, steakhouses, food places, etc.

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This was the band last night, and they played old songs. Reminds me of the late 90s when my dad would bring out the microphone and sing karaoke.

We had dinner at Jickong’s. Ordered Sinuglaw and Sisig with Egg. It has been a long time since I drank beer, and having Sinuglaw and Sisig plus the live band, made me want to order one haha Nope April, not tonight.

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Ofcourse, since we were already at MTS, which by the way is pretty far from my place, we didn’t forget to stop and have Aling Foping’s famous Halo-Halo and Mais Con Yelo. Not entirely sure, but I think they already have a branch at SM Lanang (?)

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All photos here are taken from my canon camera, except for the wide-angled groufie. Was it okay for a rookie like me? Can you give me any tips, advises and suggestions to apply for my next photo walk ? πŸ˜‰

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clock tower at San Pedro Street

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6 comments

  1. Hi April! I defintely enjoyed this post! Congratulations on your new baby! It’s worth the wait and patience. I am proud to see people who are achieving their wishlist specially sa mga gadgets without depending or asking money sa mga parents. I see that your parents raises you well enough to understand na hindi lahat ng bagay agad nakukuha, πŸ™‚ I give due credits to your family with this post. Btw, I wrote the same sentiments with using my camera, further I don not have any technicalities na alam. You can read it here :

    https://luckilylenny.com/2016/10/12/thoughts-on-photos/

    lovelots, lenny ❀
    https://luckilylenny.com/

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    1. Hiii ! ~ thank you po. I used to think that my parents were just too hard on me despite the fact that i was an almost “bunso” (14yrs gap right there haha) and sulked lol i later realized that it actually did something good for me, and i would want to raise my kids the same way too ❀

      di talaga lahat ng bagay nakukuha agad — so true . And iba lang talaga yung feeling na dahil sa pagsisikap ko, nakuha mo yung gusto mo, not because of mom or dad, but because of our own hard work.

      Will check the post ✨ thanks for sharing ! Hehe

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      1. I am glad we learn and somehow may naipaalala satin ang mga blogposts ntn! Hehe

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  2. ate pril… HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!! πŸ™‚ karon pa ko ka-visit baik sa imong blog, and ehem ehem! CONGRATS ATE APRIL!! wowww!! may own domain ka naaa.. sa imo jud ko magpa-help ate pril ah kung how and how and how.. hehehe πŸ™‚

    same experience here back when i was a kid too ate pril.. and i am happy for you! πŸ™‚ ako pud puhon puhon (in Papa God’s perfect time) hihi.. kailangan pa lang sa nako ipon ipon pa more.. hehehe.. ate pril, i-try napud during day time.. excited ko sa mga photos nimo kung sa day time napud imong pag-explore! hehehe will wait for that ate pril πŸ™‚

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    1. Merry Christmas ug Happy New Year Jazz! πŸŽ‰ Haha oh dba very late πŸ˜‚ thank youuu ~ swito2 ra baya ko pero push haha kinsa pmay magtinabangay ❀

      Puhon ! Excited napud ko na makapalit npud ka ug imo ❀ mag abang jud ko. Haha

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  3. ate pril… HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!! πŸ™‚ karon pa ko ka-visit baik sa imong blog, and ehem ehem! CONGRATS ATE APRIL!! wowww!! may own domain ka naaa.. sa imo jud ko magpa-help ate pril ah kung how and how and how.. hehehe πŸ™‚

    same experience here back when i was a kid too ate pril.. and i am happy for you! πŸ™‚ ako pud puhon puhon (in Papa God’s perfect time) hihi.. kailangan pa lang sa nako ipon ipon pa more.. hehehe.. ate pril, i-try napud during day time.. excited ko sa mga photos nimo kung sa day time napud imong pag-explore! hehehe will wait for that ate pril πŸ™‚

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