Posts Tagged USA

Unpacking Denver with Nigel Barker

When I was just a teen living in Manila, my brother and I loved watching the show America’s Next Top Model.  It was a big hit in the Philippines at the time, which was surprising considering how far it was from the US.  We would catch it on TV every Friday afternoon, and my brother and I would cheer for our own favorite contestants. It was from that show that I first heard about Nigel Barker, one of the permanent judges on the show alongside Jay Alexander and Tyra Banks.

Fast forward 10 or more years later, my husband tells me one evening that there’s an auction through Marriott Hotel’s reward programs, for a chance to get a private tour led by Nigel Barker himself. Before I could even decide if I wanted to go to Denver, my husband starts bidding on the auction, and two days later we found out we were the winners.

Unfortunately, my hubby couldn’t make it.  But luckily one of my friends was down to join me for the trip.  I had a great time “unpacking” Denver, plus the chance to meet and learn a few things from Nigel Barker was priceless. 

About a Boy

It’s been a long time since I’ve pursued photographing people as a creative experiment, and I realized I’ve missed doing it. Recently I had the chance to work with a couple of people, one of whom is Allen, a young man whom I’ve had the great pleasure of photographing. What I found fascinating was for a young man of 24, he liked artists like Marina Abramovic and followed beatnik style.  And the best part is that we both liked theater, even though he’s very athletic, he doesn’t believe in being stereotyped and was open to performing on stage for theater too.

Check out some of the photos we had taken:
Portrait Profile of a young man Young American Man Dreamy portrait Man lying in grass Shadow portrait Portrait Photography in Shadow Symmetry portrait

Driving through Napa and Sonoma

We’re not really big wine drinkers, or any kind of alcohol for that matter, but if you’re visiting San Francisco for a couple of days and you have enough time to go to Napa and/or Sonoma, you should definitely go.  Not only will you learn interesting information about different types of wine and how they’re made (plus taste all of them if you wish), but you’ll get to see the beautiful landscape too.

Believe it or not, the distance between Napa and Sonoma is just about 13 miles, 22 minutes away by driving, and yet the short distance creates a subtle difference in climate and soil – which in turn creates a huge difference in the taste the grapes produce for the wine.  We’re talking about 10-20 degrees fahrenheit difference between one place to another, on any given day.

Check out some of the pictures from our trip to the wine region…
Napa Valley Wine region Travel Wine Region Sonoma Wine Valley Wine Valley Rosé all day Stacked wine barrels

New York Weekend

Two weekends back, my love took me to the Big City to celebrate my turning a year older.  The first time we had gone it was still cold, somewhere during springtime.  But this time we came during the hottest time of the year, and we still enjoyed it.  We skipped doing all the touristy stuff that we had done before, like going to Times Square and queueing for more than an hour to see the view from the Empire State Building.  This time we were lucky to catch up with our friends, whom we didn’t get to see the first time around.

I’m a very simple girl I must say.  I don’t fancy getting gifts that I think would be last year’s toys in a few weeks time.  My idea of having a good weekend is just enjoying good food and company, and maybe seeing or experiencing a few interesting things along the way.

Scroll down below if you want to see some of the stuff we saw, did, or eat during our weekend in the city.

Met Cloisters Met Museum NY Downtown NY Pastel Hues NY travel photos Travel Photographer Le Coucou NY Le Coucou Brooklyn coffee shop NY Rooftop Party Rooftop Bar NY Travel Photography Reynards Brooklyn Soho Brooklyn eats Rooftop Party New York

On the Road: East / West, USA

Just sharing a short video I made from countless clips taken while we were on the road traveling along the West and East coast, plus Hawaii.  From Cali to New York, back to Cali then to Hawaii, then back to Cali. Clips may not have been placed in the best order, but enjoy!  We certainly enjoyed the new experiences we encountered along the way, from skydiving to visiting the top of the Empire State building, to trying poke for the first time.  Click below to watch the video.