My beloved rat Gypsy died last week, and my mom lost no time in planning a trip to Avilon Zoo to get new rats--"apat na kaya," she suggested, "para masaya sila." Gypsy started showing signs of being sick after her companion Dublin passed away last July. [Gypsy also had a mammary cyst common to half of the female rat population.] The night before she died, she just lay in my arms sniffling, hardly moving at all. It was difficult to say goodbye, so I just said goodnight to her before I went to sleep. When I woke up she was gone.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
i spent it sleeping, watching 'the killers' on dvd and the news on tv, having my hair treated (the yearly make-it-straight thing), cuddling austin, checking my tumblr, and scanning old photos then uploading them to tumblr.
then uploading them here:
then uploading them here:
first, i would like to say hi.
my aunt's first communion. she's the one with the downcast eyes and twisted braids.
my great-grandfather. my grandmother writes at the back of this photo: "Pa seems to be lonely not knowing yet the death of Uncle."
a funeral scene postcard.
“This was taken near the big rock in front of the house.”
my dad (in the foreground, inside the inner tube) and his siblings & cousins April 1968. this is also where i “learned” to swim by accidentally being swept away by waves.
inscription on the back reads: "Good Friday in the fishpond."
This was in Santiago Cove in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, where my maternal grandmother’s family comes from. Date on photo: 1968.
my aunt and my dad.
L-R: My grandfather, my grandmother, three aunts, and my dad.
Inscription on the back of the photo (most probably written by my grandmother to her sister in the States):
"Aug. 12, 1970. This was taken at the U.P. campus. Anabel & Benjo are very much taller than me. I guess that when you will visit us Cecile will also be taller than you."
“The kids had your lot with mark X as their background. This is with concrete roads and gutters as you could see.”
March 1971. That’s my dad at the right.
my aunt and my dad (seated) with their dolls: a bonnie lassie for her, an indian chief for him.
"Pa is giving instructions to the men catching fish."
there's a lot more old photographs stored in our living room cabinet, and when i have another lazy, stay-at-home time, i would definitely scan and upload them too.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I've always wanted to have a rangefinder. I learned how to use an SLR with my Lolo's Canon FTQL; I felt learning how to use an RF would round me up pretty nicely as a film photography enthusiast. I did a lot of research about the different kinds of rangefinders, the photos taken with them, and whether they'll only run on phased-out batteries or if they could be used on full manual mode. I was glad to see for sale what I think the best RF was for me: the Canonet QL 17 GIII. I met up with Candace, from whom I also purchased my Snap Sights underwater camera, and gladly bought the RF. She also gave me five rolls of film, which was really sweet. :) I couldn't wait to test the camera--Candace wasn't able to test it herself since buying it--to see if I need to have it CLA'd (cleaned, lubricated, adjusted) at Hidalgo.
The first thing I did was to take out the deteriorating black foam by the back cover--they'll surely let in light leaks, which I don't want to have with this particular camera. I asked ige for some black Blu-Tack to use as sealant. I then did a bit of lens cleaning just to be sure. Finally I loaded it up with the Fuji 160 NPS film Candace gave. I hoped I still knew how to tweak manual exposure settings, because I was going sans metering.
After finishing the roll I went to Photoline at SM San Lazaro to have the roll processed and printed because I really, really wanted to see my shots right away. I did contemplate on having the negatives scanned to CD, but I didn't want to shell out cash (imagine that!) on something uncertain. [I did the same with my Olympus Pen EE. When I saw the shots I decided to just let it retire.]
Enough blah, so how did I do? See here! :) [The texture on the photos is from the photo paper.]
Miel taking a bath
Bianca & Katya
the morning papers
Miel & dada
I think the camera and I did pretty well! Here's a long, beautiful friendship! :)