If you were to ask me what it’s like to write for a living, I would tell you that it doesn’t feel like work at all. It’s not just because I really enjoy being a writer; it’s because there’s usually little to no physicality involved. If I’m not attending events and conducting interviews, I’m basically in front of the computer writing, thinking, and reading.
On rare occasions, however, I do find myself doing a bit of heavy lifting. In fact, just yesterday, some members of the FN team and I were at The Peninsula Manila to shoot a series of photographs for another FN Challenge (stay tuned for that one). Unlike our first challenge, however, this required me to get physical. Leg lifts, push-ups, and crunches—you get the picture!
On board to help me with the workout is the hotel’s fitness center manager, Anthony Francis Salvador, who showed laudable patience in teaching this sedentary creature the right way to exercise.
Want to get an inside look at our shoot? Scroll through the gallery!
(All photos by Mike Dee)
2012 was a great year for me. I was able to travel locally and internationally, shoot for magazines, and get a new camera to boot. But while I had an awesome 2012, I'm planning to make 2013 a little bit better.
This year, it’s time for me to ditch bad habits. I also want to fully develop my skills as a photographer. In relation, I intend to accomplish a project that I've been working on since last year. So far, progress has been made, but I still have a long way to go. Check out my list of resolutions for 2013.
(All photos by Mike Dee)
2012 had me in a style rut. Those 366 days flew by with me pretty much wearing combinations of my staple dresses, cardigans, sweaters, and skirts. Dressing up was anything but thrilling or new—either I layered a cardigan over a dress, or I paired a cozy sweater with a skater skirt. On my feet? Flats, naturally. For someone who says she lives and breathes fashion, 2012 was, let's face it, a bit of a dud.
Which is why I'm very determined to shake things up in 2013. While I don't see myself making any drastic changes (no Miley Cyrus-like haircuts or wardrobe choices of Nicki Minaj proportions, thanks), I am looking forward to making small choices that could spell the difference between predictable and exciting. Lest you think my 2013 resolutions are 180-degree overhauls, they're definitely not. Instead, they're baby steps toward a better dressed me. Here's hoping I accomplish all of them!
2012 was quite a busy year. I was able to go to Europe, start a new and exciting job, and meet a lot of wonderful people. Before the end of the year, I was even able to sneak in one last trip abroad, and, get this, conquer my not-so-little fear of scary rides by riding a roller coaster (albeit one without loops). This year, I want to top those feats, and make 2013 my best year yet.
For starters, I need to prioritize some of last year’s unrealized goals. I also need to take a good look at some of my old but destructive habits and make a sincere effort to change them. So far, I think I’ve been able to make progress, but unless I put my resolutions in writing, I’ll never move all the way forward. So, to fully commit to my 2013 New Year’s resolutions, I present to you this list: