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Hobbes Turns 4!


In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter this year, we threw Hobbes a Harry Potter-themed birthday party last week.

This was actually a belated celebration since his birthday – okay, gotcha day – was on the 18th, and on that day, we were on a week-long vacation to celebrate his actual gotcha day.

This was his 4th birthday invitation sans the venue and my contact number.

My friends are all used to Hobbes’s smiling face, so they again complimented him for his poses when they saw the invitation.

On the day of our lunch celebration, I had the cake delivered an hour early, so we had time to do our shoot. Here are my favorite cake photos of Hobbes.

The cake was from Chedz, one of Cebu’s most popular cake stores, and I got the inspiration for his cake from Pinterest.

In the past years, I used to order a specialty dog cake from Bubbabakes, but I noticed that Hobbes only took a bite that I ended up throwing the cake, so this time, I ordered a cake for his hooman invitees.  We loved the cake as it was not too sweet, though it stained our teeth and lips because of its color.

The décor was simple and consisted merely of gifts and balloons as I didn’t have enough time to do the preparations.

Here’s Hobbes surveying the venue while patiently waiting for his guests. 

And here’s a close-up shot of Hobbes against some of the gifts.

In case anyone is wondering, I chose the design for his bandana online and had it made by Life is Pawsome Shop.

As for the food, I also ordered everything online.  We had Crispy Pata, Sisig, Lumpiang Shanghai, Buttered Shrimps, Flavored Chicken Wings, Mango Float, and Mini Cupcakes. 

Except for the cupcakes that came with the cake, everything was from Cha’Tasty Kitchen.  Our guests loved all the dishes, especially the Sisig, Buffalo Chicken Wings, and Mango Float.  I really recommend this catering company as they are very accommodating.  The food selection was varied, and the dishes were reasonably-priced and tasted good.  To order, visit their official Facebook page.

When most guests had left by 5 PM, we opened Hobbes’s gifts, which consisted mostly of treats and pet essentials. (A friend was hesitant to open the gifts as she felt they were wrapped too nicely. Ha ha!)

Here’s Hobbes looking all tired that he chose to chill under the table. 

 Still looking swell despite your weariness, Hobbes!

This luncheon was actually the finale of Hobbes’s birthday celebration because, as mentioned, we were on vacation the week before.

Our first stop was to Oslob’s Down South 118 Beach Resort. 

We were here 2 nights mostly to just chill and dine and watch sunrises and sunsets. 

Next, we visited Paraiso Tropicale – Beach Cabin, still in Oslob; this was my favorite destination during this trip.  Here, we had the whole beach and cabin to ourselves for 2 nights and 3 days. 

Paraiso Tropicale is not just a beach as before reaching the main cabin, one had to navigate through about 80 wooden stairs. Here’s another photo of Hobbes in one of the stair’s landing areas.

Our last stop was to Alcoy, specifically to Mangrove Eco Resort and Restaurant.

We had another 2-night stay here; this served the best food among the 3 restaurants.

I’ll just write about each of these resorts in detail in my upcoming posts.

To end this blog, I’ll share snapshots from our Harry Potter-themed photo shoot prior to our week-long trip.

Most of his props, like the scarf, Hogwarts robe, and hat, were bought online, but the broom and wand were handmade. For the broom, I used a big stick and twigs, while the wand was an old chopstick that I traced with a glue gun and colored using a marking pen and glittered Modge Podge.

This is my favorite photo from our shoot.

Isn’t Hobbes the cutest?

Happiest 4th birthday, Hobbsie Doodles!

Nightography Using a Samsung S22 Ultra

I have long wanted to upgrade my phones since I broke my Huawei P30 Pro last year and my Samsung S10+’s screen started being less responsive. And while the iPhone 13 did appeal to me, I patiently waited for the Samsung S22 when rumors started of this line having an S Pen.

Last February 09, Samsung’s unveiled its S22 lineup and true enough, the Ultra did have an S Pen. Moreover, its night shots are so impressive that they even have a dedicated video on Nightography in their YouTube channel.

I finally got my hands on my new phone last night, but since I arrived home late, I tested its camera only this morning.

The above was taken at around 5:30 AM when the skyline was still dark. I was immediately impressed by how noise-free my shot was.

Here’s another photo taken at around the same time and at the same spot.

And these night shots were taken just earlier. It was a very cloudy day today, so nighttime arrived earlier than usual. It’s darker, too.

Again, I was impressed at how well this phone takes good photos during low light, though I find the lighting too warm.

The above coconut-dotted beach was my favorite from this set because of the purple-hued skyline and the clear details of the coconut’s fringes.

All photos taken in Plantation Bay using a Samsung S22 Ultra.

Today’s Sunset, March 01, 2022

Summer’s here, and the predominantly orange-red skyline today heralded the hot and humid days that lie ahead.

Here’s a closer and non-wide shot of the same scenery.

All these were taken in Plantation Bay, specifically by the wooden bridge leading to Kilimanjaro Kafé, the resort’s main restaurant.

It would have been nice to take a dip because the water looked so calm and inviting, but I was already hungry, so I snapped this final shot of the darkening sky before having dinner.

All photos taken with a Samsung S10+.

Dusk

One of my favorite time of the day is dusk.  I love watching that moment when Day and Night meet and the departing sun seems to celebrate their union by painting the sky in hues of pink.  Alas, the time comes for Day to depart, and the Night mourns their loss by blanketing the night sky in grey and black.
 
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Photo taken at Les Maisons D’Itac using a Huawei P30 Pro.

Sunsets at Les Maisons D’Itac

Sunsets at Les Maisons D’Itac are best viewed from the beachfront or the pool. 

These were taken on our first day in the resort. 

The cottage was at the border of Les Maisons and Villa Presito, its neighboring property that’s also managed by the management of Les Maisons.  As it was occupied during my stay, I did not go to the cottage itself since it’s considered owned by Villa Presito.  I thus just contented myself with taking photos of the setting sun from Les Maisons’ beachfront.

I watched as the clouds turned to shades of yellow and orange before fading into shades of grey, then black. 

It was cloudy the following day, so the sky was mostly plain. 

Because the weather was perfect for swimming, I also spent most of the afternoon splashing around in the pool.

And on my way back to our cottage, chanced on this view.

Aren’t sunsets amazing?