Stef+Naomi Photography: Sunbeams and You

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Flowers in her hair,
Eyes closed.
Endless dreams,
Mind wandering.
Alive,
And truthful…

She dreams.

-Jcaf
(Moi ;) )

Photography by Stef + Naomi Photography
Hair and Make up by Alain Adeva

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Shoot: The Light

13 Jan

Live in rooms full of light.

~Cornelius CelsusImage ImageImage

“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968

Shoot: The Sky

30 Dec

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The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.

- Frederic Lawrence Knowles

Shoot: The I Love You Store

26 Jul

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My Artwork: 7/19

19 Jul

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I couldn’t stop myself from picking up my charcoal pencils and drawing the night away.

This is what I ended up with.

My Art: Vanessa

24 Jul

My Art: Vanessa
Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper
7/24/2014

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My Art: The Beginning

21 Jul

My Art: The Beginning
Watercolor and Acrylic on Watercolor paper
7/22/2014

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My Art: A Different Story

21 Jul

My #Art: A Different Story
7/21/2014
Watercolor on Paper

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Random Pop-up: Art Lessons

20 Jul

I unexpectedly became an art teacher this afternoon.

I love sharing my love for this passion of mine. It was a treat to encourage Alexandra to nourish this interest of hers.

She asked me to draw Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon and I asked her to paint it herself.;)

PS Then she asked for three more drawings. :p

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Wanderlust: Bali, Indonesia

11 Jul

It’s been a week since my trip to Bali and I am finally forcing myself to write about it as I have another trip planned out in the next few days and I’m going to have to give way for more pictures for the upcoming getaway.

It probably took me a while to write about it because something unpleasant happened during the trip, losing my wallet specifically, which is why it isn’t exactly my favorite place in the world. To be fair, I won’t generalize, but I would say I will not be going back to Kuta any time soon.

I will say, though, that there are lots to see in Indonesia. The only problem is everything is far apart and renting a car is a must. There’s nothing wrong with that, but a big part of my Asian escapades is the fun commute. And yes, I am a big fan of tuk-tuks and having everything accessible, especially when I’m traveling alone.

That isn’t what Bali is like. Bali has a lot to offer but you have to have ample time to go around and explore its beauty.

I didn’t have that, unfortunately. I had a weekend to see what I could see.

So here are the activities I truly enjoyed doing during my quick trip:

1. Straight from the airport, I went to Elephant Safari Park. I went for the package that had the elephant ride, rafting, and lunch/dinner.

This camp is right beside Ayung River which is close to Ubud, Bali.

What I loved about this was the rafting. Firstly, I’m from CDO so I’m a sucker for rafting. And this, I have to say was extremely fun! Okay, I was tired from my four hour trip straight from my shift, but as soon I had my Bintang and we were going through the rapids, I had forgotten all my worries! It was definitely worth it!

If I ever go back for another adventure, I’d probably skip the elephant ride and just go rafting. To be honest, I’ve always wondered about how these elephants are treated. I was assured of their good condition and training tactics when I got there though. The tour guide with us even said he loved Cyndy, his elephant, more than his wife. “She (Cyndy) love me and not ask for my money!” I don’t know how to feel about that but it appeased my mind to know he loves her and he treats her well. I will never be one to condone harmfully keeping animals.

Here are some pictures from the elephant ride:

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The second part of this adventure: Rafting!

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One of my favorite parts of my rafting trip was passing by the stone carvings on the stone walls. According to our guide, the story is their version of Romeo and Juliet.

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Our fun guide!

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2. On the way back from the Elephant park, we stopped by the Monkey Forest Sanctuary where I was raped by the monkeys (lol). This kind of adventure is a bit tricky. According to the tour guides, we need to stay stiff when the monkeys go near you, or worse if they jump on your head or sit on your lap, as they can become really violent. This explains what I look like in the pictures below. I have to say, though, it was worth stopping by for.

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Oh and the view on the way back to Kuta was A-mazing!

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3. The next day was a less busy day for me but I loved it the most! Why? I went surfing and I loved surfing in Kuta! I’m by no means a pro. In fact, this was only my third time. The first of which was in Tofino, Canada which was a disaster. When I tried it out in Baler, I realized I’m meant to surf in tropical islands sans the heavy suit to wear when surfing in cold waters! Surfing in Kuta was exhilarating! My coach had one goal and that was to make me surf on my own! And I must say, I would think I was a tad bit better compared to my last surfing trip which was early this year or late last year (I forget). I didn’t get to take pics of course (disadvantages of traveling alone or not having a girl best friend around who is just as in love with taking pictures as you) but below are pictures of the beach.

Yes, by the way, not as good as our beaches in the Philippines, but for me it was good enough to help me relax post surfing.:)

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Oh and the food I had the day was the best during my stay, by the way! I have to try to remember the name of the place and I’ll update this post asap (I know I’m terrible!).;)

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4. One of the best spots I went to and would recommend to anyone is Tanah Lot Temple. Just standing by watching the waves and the temples made me feel so at peace. Serene, beautiful, and calm. I’ll let the pictures show you what I mean.

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And like the first day, the road trip back home had generous sights for us to see. This time I enjoyed the beautiful rice fields!

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Oh and I almost forgot to mention this, but try the fried ice cream they sell out there. You see how they make it and what I loved most was the fact that I could choose the fruits to include!

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5. My friends wanted to drop by the zoo in Ubud. For those who know me well, they’d know this isn’t how I like to enjoy traveling. I opted out of the whole safari thing and went to see Ketut instead since I was already in Ubud anyway. I loved seeing so many galleries by the road in Ubud! I wish I had the time to drop by and see more art pieces. Oh well next time!

Below are pics of the zoo and my Ketut visit (there is a separate post for that by the way).

Let’s start off with the zoo:

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Now time for my Ketut pictures! Without this visit, my trip would not have been complete. I’m a big fan of Eat, Pray, Love so I just had to go see him. As mentioned above, I have a separate post for this but I’m posting photos here as well.

Ketut is a beautiful soul and it was nice to see and meet him.

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6. The night life in Kuta. I must say I have a love and hate relationship with this part of my trip. The best part about traveling is meeting wonderful souls in the process, people who are in love finding magical moments just like me. With that said, I loved that my spontaneous semi-trip to Bali gave way to me meeting up with Sarah, a girl I met in Cambodia months ago. We started off at one of the bars then headed off to Sky Garden. It would have been a lovely fun night, except my wallet was stolen. Days after I found out that Sarah’s purse was also stolen. Another friend of mine was mugged on his way home. I hate to be negative, but I just have to share my experience. While I was filing a report at Club Sky Garden, another tourist was filing one for her lost phone. All the same night, yes.

The lesson here? Have fun, but be very careful! Don’t bring your wallet, just enough money. And hold on to your phones. Be aware of everyone around you.

Anyway, no regrets (Yes I’m still trying to convince myself of that!)… I had fun anyway! Below are pics of the night life in Kuta and my pics with Sarah.:)

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That pretty much sums up my Bali trip. It was quick weekend getaway… As always, I always love seeing new places so I’m going to have to shun away the negative experiences I had while I was there.

Below are a few tips for those who are traveling to Bali:
1. Tanah Lot, my friends. You cannot miss it!

2. Surf in Bali! I guarantee it will make your trip even more fun! Of course this if you’re into that.

3. Be careful, always be aware of your valuables (and based on my experience, especially when you’re in Kuta).

4. If you’re a girl and traveling alone, be careful when walking around Kuta especially at night. Drugs are being sold in every corner (and yes literally speaking, EVERY corner). To add to that, even guys are mugged there so just be careful.

5. To get around Bali, you can rent a motorbike or hire a driver.

Putu, our driver, was the nicest guy I met there. If you’re going, you can hire him for the whole day and he will be able to take you everywhere! Below are his details:

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6. Visit Ketut and the lovely art galleries in Ubud.

7. Go rafting! I had so much fun raftin while drinking my Bintang! I seriously forgot the rest of the world while I was doing so!

8.Try to research and figure out the top ten spots you want to see. I normally travel without plans but I realized that to maximize a Bali trip, you have to know what you want to see and where you want to go as everything is far apart.

Places I would have gone to, if I had the time:

1. The Rock Bar
2. Gili Islands
3. The Volcano Trek at Mt. Batur
4. Seminyak

But hey, maybe next time. One thing is for sure, I am not staying in Kuta if I ever go back.

Anyway when I travel, I always want o be inspired-slash-artspired, and Bali did keep me happily artspired.

Below is a painting I made on my plane ride back to Manila:

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The Queen
Charcoal and Pastel on Paper

Also, if you noticed, I never travel without my Jcaf Art bags. It just reminds me of who I am while I’m out there getting lost.

Below are some of my Jcaf Art bag OOTDs/pics:

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I just like infusing a bit of the arts into my traveling attires so I always have them with me everywhere! If you want your very own Jcaf Art Bag, please visit: http://www.travelfindsshop.com/store.

So there you have it, I finally have my blog about Bali after one whole week! Here’s Ketut and I inviting to see the beautiful tourist spots there!

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Ketut: “I three times happy to see you!”

Oh yes Ketut, I three times happy to see you and Bali!;)

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My Art: Martine

9 Jul

There are days when I can’t get painting/drawing/sketching out of my head. I have been feeling more “artspired” the past few days.

Here is tonight’s painting.
My #Art: Martine
Watercolor on paper
7/10/2014

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My Art: Cara

9 Jul

Today’s #artwork: Cara
7/9/2014
Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper

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“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.” – PaoloCoelho

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