How would you feel seeing your baby photos on Youtube? That is what I thought of while I was uploading a collage of Arziolo’s photo on Youtube. I hope that this baby would be glad in case he sees this when he grows up or he can always just press “report” and relay his reason for flagging this video.
Arziolo is Nengkoy’s great-grandson by the way… These photos are too cute not to share for everybody’s viewing pleasure!
No thanks to social media, we Facebook users are bombarded with photos of our friends’ recent vacation. Gone are the days when we have to go to a friend’s house before we would be able to sit through his most recent vacation because we would be shown stacks and stacks of photo albums. But nowadays, we can never totally escape from our friends’ vacations.
According to a researcher on human-computer interaction issues, posting photos of oneself on vacation is like “impression management”. These people tend to paint an impression of themselves to get the positive reaction they want. These are the people with narcissistic motivation who tends to provoke envy but in fact and in my personal assessment could actually be very annoying especially when photos posted has gone too excessive. It can already be considered a bunch of uninteresting excesses of the cyber world.
Well, the person the researcher on human-computer interaction issues is talking about is so me. That is so me and I freaking don’t care! Hahaha! Yes I am narcissistic but let me just modify the issue on provoking envy. I post my photos on the net particularly my blog not because I wish people to envy me. I post them to chronicle the treasures I had amassed. It is because I consider my travels and vacations as my treasure.
I actually don’t care if people hate my photos or do not care at all about what I post. My photos chronicling my travels may not have some positive cosmological effect in the universe, but these are my treasures that can never be spent away or stolen from me.
And to further prove this adverse and unflattering trait, in this blog post are a bunch of photos of me and with some New York-based friends, whom I consider as another form of treasure. These “treasures” were taken by my friend Jo Dela Rosa (who surprisingly possesses some excellent photo skills) at Gantry Plaza State Park at Long Island City during my recent NY vacation.
I guess a first time tourist in Los Angeles would only consider his visit complete if he has the most sought-after photo of the world famous Hollywood Sign as his background. When in L.A., I believe there is no more desired photo than that!
I and my super friends stayed in Los Angeles for more than a week. We actually stayed in an apartment along Bronson Avenue (booked via AirBnB) in which there is a good sight of the Sign. Every day when we would get out of the apartment to proceed to our agreed sightseeing expedition, super friend Denton, our appointed driver (because he’s the only one who got the license among us), would point out especially to me – being the L.A. first timer – that the Sign is incredibly visible. He always suggests that I might as well take the opportunity to take the coveted photo while it’s near and massive.
His loving wife Karen however raised that a good site where I can be taken of a good souvenir photo with the Sign as my background would be at the Griffith Observatory located atop a mountain. She expressed that it’s known to be one of the best sites for the-Sign-photo-opp and that we would have one afternoon to do the Griffith Observatory.
The day we decided to go to the Griffith Observatory was also our “cultural day”, the day of our visit to the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty was actually quite a far ride from our place of stay and touring even a portion of the vast museum campus took us some time. That is why when we were driving up the mountain leading to the Griffith Observatory the sun is already starting to bid goodbye for the day.
What is so wicked that day is that there were a lot of (most probably) tourists driving up to the Griffith Observatory. That is when we realized that I might not be able to get my photo taken with the Sign because it’s super traffic and it’s starting to get dark. What added to the devious circumstance is that security officers on the road are diverting motorists so as not to enter and proceed to the parkland of the observatory since parking slots atop are already full. That was the time Denton without delay told us that we might as well alight the car and should rather walk up fast the road going to the observatory so that I can be taken with the photo while the sun is still up.
Though it was rather cold, that was the moment that I, Karen and Joesel rushed ourselves up on our feet to the Observatory. Going up the road felt like we were in a race chasing for an available beaming sunlight on top of Mount Hollywood.
When we reached the courtyard of the Griffith Observatory, pumped up and still trying to catch our breath Karen instantly determined the spot where I could be taken a photo. I immediately handed Joesel my phone-camera and flashed my natural sweet smile. With instantaneous focusing, Joesel straightaway clicked on the phone-camera. Here is what I got…
The following morning, my super friends along with me walking on the street after some hearty breakfast metamorphosed into some fairy god and goddesses. They simply granted my wish or the wish of any other first-time L.A. tourist. Noticing a clearer view of the Sign as seen from afar, they stopped. They told me that I might as well be taken a photo with the Hollywood sign as my background right at that very moment. Here is what I got…
Last Saturday, I and Karen (one of my best friends and remarkable travel buddy) went on a special journey. It is an unusual adventure compared to the more than 123 kilometers of travel we usually do. We decided to go and donate to The Love Yourself Project which aims to provide free counseling and education to the people affected by HIV/AIDS in the country. No we did not do any counseling but joined and donated in their worthy Charity Photo Shoot.
Upon arrival in the venue, we registered our name, profession and respective e-mail addresses on their log sheet then gave our humble cash donation (which is more than 123 pesos). The receptionist handed me my complimentary shirt and a slip of paper indicating that I am donor number 123. They then led us to the next room where we change our top to the one that they gave and were subjected to grooming service prior to the photo shoot.
During the fun posing and light flashing, the assigned photographer after taking few shots told me to keep a serious face, but being a normally cheery person that I am, it took me some time to form a serious facial guise. I took a deep breath and counted “1-2-3” before showing off an unsmiling expression on my face. I particularly dig the “picture taking” moment. I felt like a rock star! How I wish the sweet-tempered photographer took 123 shots.
Ayaw ko ma-1-2-3!(A Pinoy expression meaning, “I don’t wanna be duped!”), so while waiting for the beauty expert to finish Karen’s hair and make-up prior to her turn for the photo shoot, I graciously asked one of the volunteers if their company is already registered under the Securities & Exchange Commission. And indeed they were which signifies that their advocacy is actually legit.
Our participation for The Love Yourself Project – Charity Photo Shoot went well. It took us less than 123 minutes to finish what we have to do so as to help in our own little way. The donation we gave may not be enough to rally round all the people suffering from HIV/AIDS. But if it can be of assistance to at least 1 or 2 or 3 people, we would surely be glad to be of help. And besides, we loved the shirt, fancied the grooming service and of course enjoyed the photo shoot!