left behind

left behind

This is what I’ve been feeling since 2014. It didn’t matter that I held on for so long with pleas, promises and, prayers. They still leave. It didn’t matter that I shed tears for many, many months. I still get left behind.

The last one to leave was my brother — the last one I have.

My world fell quiet. And I felt alone.

off social

I’ve have been slowly getting off social media. I’m not actually deleting my socmed accounts. I’m just not actively posting or visiting most of them anymore. I was thinking it was better for my mental health to lay off it — too much angst, I think. I will likely dip back into it on an as-needed basis which is mostly admin stuff.

a monochrome experiment

I have always liked monochromes black & whites or sepias. On a recent trip to Puerto Galera, Mindoro I took plenty of color photos but I also took a handful of monotones.

I wanted to see how the places I visited would look like in sepia rather than in the traditional colored photographs. I was surprised the photos invoked a feeling that I was back in that period of time in the early 1900s and there wasn’t much people around.


Photo notes:
The photos did not go through any post processing save for the waterfalls which I scaled down to meet the maximum upload size of the blogging software. The images were taken with a Canon EOS 100D in one of the programmable monochrome modes which I set myself. The lens is a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM set

A February Weekend

Mount Banahaw guarding over Sampaloc Lake. After this photo was taken one so very early morning I just had to stop and just take in the quiet and sight for a handful of moments. Not everything needed to be taken a photo of. Some you just leave for your eyes.
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I went to San Pablo one February weekend to get some duties done and to test and get familiar with this lens I got. I am quite used to using a 50mm prime lens and I want to see what photos I can get with a 24 – 35mm wide angle zoom. The image above is one moment I was able to record and more will be posted here in the coming months.

Cloud storage until I croak

I want cloud storage for my photos, my videos, books and documents. Okay, Google offers the 15 gigabytes of storage space free for every gmail account and you get more at an additional per month cost. Dropbox offers an initial 2 gigabytes free space and a few more with referrals. If you want more then you’d have to pay more.

You get the idea — you’d have to pay more if you want more storage space (or more of anything, really). Facts of life. So now, all you’re left to figure out is how much money are you willing to spend for the cloud space you need. And you pay for that monthly — or yearly, it’s your preference.

I’m at that point in life where I’m exhausted of monthly payments. Seriously. If it’s at all possible, I’d prefer to pay everything up front and not worry about it anymore. Maybe it’s impatience or age. I don’t know.

Right about the same time all this exasperation is mucking about I came upon pCloud. It was new to me and it was offering free 10Gig storage on signup and an additional 1Gig if you install it on your smartphone. You’d get more free space with referrals. What caught my attention was their lifetime plan. And, as you guessed it, the initial cash outlay is up there but then I don’t have to worry 12 times a year where I would get the money to pay for it.

I tried out the service for a while and it seemed agreeable to my needs so when funds became available I got a lifetime plan. A 2-terabyte cloud space is mine until I croak by which point I would hardly care what happens to the contents. I can imagine it going up in flames or just disappearing.

If you want to try it click on my referral link and you’ll get something for free.