Monthly Archives: September 2010

Photography 101 with Jeff Chua

Who is Jeff Chua, you ask? I haven’t got an iota of an idea. But what I do know is that he’s set to hold free basic photography lessons this weekend afternoon at Powerbooks Greenbelt, Makati–my most favorite place in that mall!

Many thanks to my good friend, Luis Sendon for informing me about this event! Click on the photo for more details.

Naturally, I Googled about this Jeff Chua person. Apparently, “he successfully led hundreds of students to love and pursue photography as a hobby and even as a profession with his ‘creative photography seminars’. Currently, he is the resident photography teacher of Informatics and has dedicated his time designing programs to suit the needs of different photographers.

Under him are several awards such as San Miguel 2005 Photo Contest and awards from Camera Club of the Philippines. His works have been featured in magazines and exhibited in different galleries in Manila, including the Ayala museum.”

Hmm. Quite impressive credentials, eh?

Unless something really, really important comes up that day, there’s no reason why I should miss this event. I’ll be tagging my father along, too since he’s also into photography.

And did I mention registration is free? Plus, participants will get a 10% discount voucher valid for a month on all Powerbooks branches. Su-weet!

The best things in life are indeed free, people. Let us do this!

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Chloe says hi!

Chloe and I are happy to be together. Can you see our smiles?

She was born three days before my birthday. I am incredibly happy. I cannot explain how ecstatic I am when I first saw her. I literally felt joyful tears welling up! She’s the newest member of the family. Tonight, she’s sleeping beside me. Again. Tee-hee.

Thank you, Lord!

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Day 10 – Songs I listen to when you I'm happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad etc.

It’s my birthday week, you guys! If you have been paying attention to this extremely silly blog of mine, I have been incredibly late in posting my entries. It’s a good thing I don’t have an editor as strict as Miranda Priestly; No one to rush me to meet deadlines! Ah, the joys of keeping a personal blog.

Anyway, on to the challenge! My little third generation iPod Nano (Remind me to name her. Yes, it’s a girl.) accompanies me wherever I go. In fact, it has become part of me, I feel naked when I forget my iPod at home.

Because I am moody as the Philippine  weather, I always put my iPod on shuffle. I play songs whichever fit my liking at that moment. But it’s usually:

Eraserheads, Paramore, Slipknot, Parokya ni Edgar etc. when I feel rocking my brains out.

Timbaland, T-Pain, Flo-rida, Justin Timberlake, and the like when I need some perking up in the morning and sleepy afternoons.

Usher, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and such when I just want to chill out.

How ’bout you? What songs do you listen to? Maybe we have something in common.

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Day 7 – A picture of someone that has the biggest impact on me

This one’s easy; If there is one person who helped me improve tremendously as a person, it’s the person you see below.

Photography is one of her many strong points

Other college professors teach because it’s “their job” to do so. The heart and passion isn’t there. Some wouldn’t even give a rat’s piss if their students learn or not. I even had this Chemistry professor who sold polvoron to us students in exchange of a ten-point additional to our final grade. Pathetic.

But this particular professor you see above surpasses the standards of teaching. I’m not saying she is the best-est of the best-est but you get my point. She has this teaching style that makes you sit up and listen not because you’re scared of her, but because she has something interesting and significant to say.

To her, grades are mere numbers that do not define a student’s intellect and potential. What’s important is that her students actually learn, understand, and remember the lessons even after the semester ends.

She is gentle, comical, and animated in and out of the classroom yet manages to draw a fine line when needed. Her humility regarding her brilliance is overwhelming. No other professor I know has that kind of power and influence on students.

I’m not saying this person dramatically changed my life. I did what a rational person would do to make things right about my life. I had choice, like everybody else, to listen and adapt her teachings. I chose to be a better Christian. I chose to be encouraged by her to think, question, and ponder the things that are happening around me. I chose to be inspired by her to be a better individual.

To me, she is more than a former college professor who taught the required subjects I had to complete. This is life we are talking about.  It’s been two years since I graduated from college but she’s still–and will always remain–my life mentor.

And that, my dear readers, is the kind of impact I desperately wish students would have with their teachers before they graduate.

Thank you, Ma’m Jen for the help. Maraming, maraming salamat po.

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