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.

Wanderlust: Visiting Paradise – Coron, Palawan

20 Nov

As always, another adventure beckons, so here I am unloading pictures from my phone in hopes of capturing the beautiful moments of my last trip far longer than this phone can ever fathom. I do so because I know there will be days when I’ll be stuck in 14-hour sleepless work days and I’ll need a reminder of what I’m doing all this for.

And this reminder, Coron, will be one of the most beautiful reminders I can ever have.

Somewhere out there is a paradise waiting to be visited. Less than an hour away from Manila with limitless beautiful spots to devour.

I went for a quick weekend, but even that was enough to induce the energy and excitement I have been yearning for for a while now.

Although this wasn’t my first time to see Coron’s beauty, I still was pretty much in awe during the whole time I was there.

Why? Well, let’s start with the string of pictures below and maybe you won’t need my words to explain. Although you know I still will. Here it goes:

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The view on the hike up to go see Kayangan Lake

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Special thanks to Darss for taking most of these amazing pictures, by the way.

So there you go. Do you get what I mean when I say that there’s no need to say anything about these beautiful spots? In every corner, every boat ride, every Island stop… I was in complete awe of the world’s beauty.

I purposely did not mention the specific places as going Island/Lake hopping is quite easy. All you need to do is go for any package and the friendly and helpful guides will take you around paradise after paradise. Yes, to your heart’s content. It would normally just cost 650 for one tour.

Aside from the beauty around, the beauty under the sea waiting for you to unravel is indescribable.

I’m not an avid fan of diving but I have to say I enjoyed snorkeling.

Take a look at these:

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Photo credit: Darss ;)

For those who are wondering about what they should do there, below are spots I believe you should not miss out on:

1. Kayangan Lake

This is simply my favorite spot in Coron! Serene, relaxing, and beautiiiiful!! I stayed on a wooden plank relaxing sans any toxic thoughts and it was simply amazing!

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2. Go island hopping!!

Beautiful, almost-secluded, beaches. Lakes. Clear water. Beautiful creatures under the sea. The first string of pictures shows the sights I saw while Island hopping. We started the tour at about 9 am and ended at about 4 pm. All this for only P650.

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3. Visit Maquinit Hot Springs

I have not gone for this during my first two Coron trips, but a lot of my friends say it’s worth it. Even if you get to Coron in the afternoon, you’ll still be able to manage in the evening. It worth a visit, I hear. I’ll definitely go during my 3rd trip.

4. Climb Mt. Payas

I didn’t get to do this; obviously because I only had practically half a day.

Here are pictures taken by Darss though:

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5. Meet people! Go out there, join big traveling groups. That’s the best part about traveling anyway.

Our island hopping tour was composed of six individuals. Individuals I would otherwise never have met had I not gone for this adventure. I was lucky, my trip was made even more memorable thanks to them.

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Oh and where did I stay? During my first trip two years ago, I stayed in Coron Gateway Hotel. They had exceptional service. They upgraded our room to the best suite they had which was awesome! Spacious and fairly new when we stayed there.

For this trip, we stayed in Sea Dive Restaurant which was just as nice. My favorite part about that place is the view from the restaurant. So beautiful.

Below are some pictures:

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How much was the damage? And this, I always include so everyone can see that it is pretty much manageable! Coron isn’t as expensive as most people think.

Below is the breakdown:
* P4,900 for my plane ticket from PAL (which I bought on the Wednesday before my trip that Saturday)
* P1,300 per night from Sea Dive Resort
* Food per meal is about P100-P300
* Island hopping per day is about P650. You can also rent a boat for about P2000
* P150 for the van to and from the airport

As I traveled through Coron for the second time, what made it a lil more special this time around was having my Travel Finds Jcaf Art bag with me. I had a little bit of my art world with me while exploring which was amazing.

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Oh beautiful Coron, this blog will never ever be enough to let everyone know how beautiful you are…

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For those reading this, if you have not
gone there… It’s high time you book a flight and head out there. Trust me! ;)

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All she wanted,
was to find a place to stretch her bones
A place to lengthen her smiles
and spread her hair
A place where her legs could walk
without cutting and bruising
A place unchained
She was born out of ocean breath.
I reminded her:
‘Stop pouring so much of yourself
into hearts that have no room for themselves
Do not thin yourself
Be vast
You do not bring the ocean to a river.

- Tapiwa Mugabe

To All The Girls Who Thought of Giving up on Real And Beautiful Love

17 Nov

To all the girls who thought of giving up on REAL & beautiful love,

I’ve been there. I thought that the vision I had of love that was magical, beautiful, and unconditional was but a product of all the fairy-tales we have been made to watch as little dainty girls.

At 30, a lil more grown-up, I have seen love through different stages. Falling in love. Loving. Staying in love. Fighting to keep it. Struggling. And failing, yes failing. After the last relationship I had, I seriously told myself that maybe love is but a decision. I tried to convince myself that that feeling that I was waiting for, the “you just know” feeling was just another myth…an illusion, a far-fetched idea.

I pretty much almost successfully convinced myself to believe in that absurd idea. I reached a point where I altered my standards and my expectations here and there to be able to find love and keep love.

But the grown-up me was wrong and the little girl version of me was right all along.

There will be a love so strong that will be able to make you forget about all the things that made you believe in its non-existence. A love so undeniable, it just takes over and you’re just sure it’s where you need to be at that very moment.

There is a guy who will look you in the eye when you share your innermost thoughts. Someone who will listen to the bad, alongside the good, parts of your story and will still find you beautiful. There is a guy who will pay attention to what makes your heart skip a beat as if it were his own heart he’s keeping an eye on. There is a guy out there who takes note of the scars and wounds this life has left on you, and carefully kisses them in hopes of making them slowly fade away, or at least to lessen the pain they have left on your soul. There is a guy out there who knows what your heart says, even if you’re too afraid to admit it. A guy who’s patient enough to wait for you to open up again as he knows what your fear is made of and he’s certain of what his love is capable of. There is a guy who will be able to sprinkle a bit of magic to every simple thing you do in life. Watching a movie becomes a hundred times more touching. Cuddling at night suddenly gives you the peace you’ve run after in thousands of places and in numerous ways. Talking becomes as entertaining as having 10 or more people around even if it’s just really you and him across each other. There is a guy out there who will make you feel like you never have to question whether he wants you or not…the way he seeks time with you, the way he treats you…Well, it will just make your heart swell with love and certainty. There is a guy out there who will hug you so tight that every little crack, every little broken piece, will seem a little a new again… And one day you’ll wake up to see that what you thought was unfixable, actually is.

To those who think this doesn’t exist, you need to know it does. As the famous quote says “We accept the love we think we deserve.” And if we should ever succumb to thinking we deserve less than what is actually out there for us, than what is actually waiting for us to discover, then it will definitely be such a tragedy.

Love is supposed to be beautiful. It is supposed to be magical. And you should never ever forget that. Somewhere out there and somewhere in time, you will find a love so true, a love so beautiful, that will make you understand why you had to wait…and why you had to keep the faith.

I’m so glad I fought back and kept my heart intact and hope full.

“Someday your prince will come,” as fairy-tales always say and you should never ever believe otherwise.

You, my dear girl, deserve the fairy-tale of your life.

We all do.

Year 30, Day 1

29 Oct

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Four more hours to go before I bid my 29th year goodbye. Here I am again writing my annual blog-slash-informal-summary of what the year has been like as I always do. This year is a bit more special as I am kissing such an essential decade of my life farewell. It is true, what they say, your 20s will truly make you understand who you are and what you want in life, if you use your years well.

The last few hours of my 29th self are invaded by nostalgic and happy thoughts of where I was 10 years ago, and all that has happened in between then and now. Being the only girl of six children and to add to that, being raised by my grandparents, I have always been the girl with the curfew, the girl who was NOT allowed to hang out with boys, the girl who was not allowed to go out of the house, the girl whose granddad (bless him) would wait for me to get home at 6 pm even when I already was in college.

I could have chosen to be that girl forever, but I didn’t. I gave my family an ultimatum. Okay, I’ll stay in my hometown for college but I must, and I mean MUST, leave for work the minute I graduate. And that is what I exactly did. Was I scared? Hell yes! Scared to walk alone, scared to commute, scared of almost everything. But not for too long.

More than two jobs and a sum of 10 years after, here I am, doing what I always thought I should be doing… living far away from home, sans curfews, sans protective brothers hovering around (well occasionally they’re around which I love lol), but mostly sans the fear instilled in me since I was young.

I was once told I should pursue a certain profession to live a happy life. I knew what my heart wanted and I never forgot the passions I have always vividly understood since I could remember thinking for myself. And that is precisely why this year, my 29th year, proved to be such an important phase of my life. It is truly this year that I have fallen madly and COMPLETELY in love with my passions in life and that I am slowly but surely pursuing what I think I was meant to do in this universe.

I, The little girl who once painted on her bedroom door (against her grandmother’s wishes), finally got to join an exhibit! I would never have known that this would be possible as I have never pursued it in the last 9 years. But I believe if something is meant for you, it will find its way knocking on your door if you keep your love for it alive. Aside from that, I am doing a job I love, hosting. Talking to people, performing, and it keeps my heart alive and full.

I think what I am most grateful for this year is how my life took an unexpected turn which forced me to reorganize my priorities and plans in life, for the better. Looking back and remembering how that particular experience affected me at first, I know it had to happen. It gave me a new perspective of the next steps I should focus on.

With all that has happened, I only have one piece of advice to give those living their splendid 20s, remember to love yourself first. KNOW yourself. Pursue your dreams. Make mistakes. And don’t be in a hurry to give your life to someone, unless you have given YOURSELF your best shot.

I am close to that, close to saying wow, I made it happen. And I can’t help but be joyful for having faith in my dreams and in what I could do with them.

Yes, I am turning 30 soon, and I am welcoming this whole new adventure with arms wide open.

I’m Jamie…I’m 30 years old and happy. :)

Memories for keeps, highlights of year 29.

*New sunsets, new places, new friends, priceless. Bali, Siem Reap, Bangkok.

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*Love revisited. Friends’ special moments. Brothers. CDO. Camiguin. Family.

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*Unforgettable Events…I’m one lucky host! ;)

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*Travel Finds Jcaf Art Bags and Throw Pillows – 2nd Collection. My babies. My heart skips a beat every time I see a random person using the bag/pillow or when I see posts online. Indescribable!

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*My artspired year!<3 I go through days when I can’t stop thinking about an idea and I feel like I just have pick my paint brushes up and paint away. That’s bliss for me… This year I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in an exhibit called Babae to remember a great Philippine artist Petrona Nakpil and showcasing female artists.

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Thank you year 29… You have been the most interesting year of my life. Year 30, I’m ready for you!:)

My Art: Gretta

29 Aug

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Gretta, 8/23/14
Watercolor

My Art – Jcaf Art Bag: Sian

21 Aug

Sian
8/21/2014
Hand-painted, textile and acrylic paint

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Jcaf Art Bag OOTD: Chino in Sweden

20 Aug

Chino and his La Dame Rouge Jcaf Art bag off to a museum in #Sweden.

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My Artwork – Jcaf Art Bag: Sarah

20 Aug

Sarah
8/20/2014
Hand-painted, Acrylic and Textile Paint

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