Fake Confidence: Nobody would know what’s up

I woke up to three text messages from a friend at work. I had the Kim Possible beep as my text tone so imagine how I felt waking up. I thought there was some kind of emergency or something.

Anyway, he was asking if I wanted to take this photography job our boss was offering. It was for his son’s birthday party in the afternoon. Turns out that the person he first hired won’t be able to make it. My friend left all his gear at home too that’s why he was asking me.

I had to think about it for a good 30mins. I had this debate in my head weather I should do it or not. The first question that popped into my mind was “Can I do it?”. I was telling myself that my friend won’t ask me to do it if he thinks that I can’t handle it. I was supposed to reply with “do you think I can do it?” but I didn’t. I’m glad I didn’t.

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Dashadowlost: Cabongaoan Beach, Burgos, Pangasinan

So last year, my sister and I made a quick trip to Burgos, Pangasinan to cap off 2016. It was supposed to be a getaway with my 2 sibs and our 5 dogs but ate decided to stay behind since there would be no one left to guard the house. Elijah and I still pushed through with the trip. We were supposed to leave for Burgos at 3 in the morning to catch the sunrise BUUUUUTTTT we both overslept so we left at around 6 o’clock in the morning.

It was a 4 hour drive (since we left late, and there were also a lot of tourists heading towards Alaminos, and Bolinao (other beaches on the same area). Not many people know about Cabongaoan beach since it is not yet that publicized and also it takes 45mins or so to reach the beach from the town proper. The road isn’t well paved but the government is already starting to cement it.

We reached Cabongaoan beach at around 10:30AM (we made a quick stop at the local grocery store to purchase goods). We came with our two dogs, Magneto, and Shibo. My sister and I decided to stay overnight at the beach at Allen’s. We rented a kubo for Php 1000, overnight. For me medj sulit na din siya. They were very accommodating that they even included us in preparing their meal (of course we paid extra!) They also have rooms good for 2, and 4 people. If you’re feeling sosyal, the rooms can be rented with the air condition (at a higher cost) or you may opt to use the fan. I recommend the Kubo for the ultimate beach feels!

It’s good to stay at Allen’s since they also allowed us to keep our dogs!!! It’s a dog friendly community! So YES! 5-stars (charrrr).

Anyway, here are some photos of the view. I wasn’t able to take much photos. Sorry.





I think they both enjoyed running around the beach, and digging sand.

Beautiful rock formations could be found at the right far end of the beach.






From Manila

It would take approx. 6 hours to travel from Manila to Cabongaoan beach. You may opt to take TPLEx and Exit at Urdaneta. From Urdaneta go to Dagupan then Lingayen then take the road heading to Alaminos (Hundred Islands). From Alaminos, there’s a by-pass heading to Burgos beach (also heading to Zambales). When you reach the town proper of Burgos, just as any local around. From the town proper, it would take you another 45mins – 1hr to get to the beach but I promise you, it’s worth it!

The sunset wasn’t that good at the time because it was a bit too cloudy. Hopefully I could enjoy it more when I get back. If you’re planing on going here, you could travel here in a day but if you’re coming from Manila, I advise you stay over night so you could relax, and enjoy, the peaceful, and beautiful shore.



Worldwide Instameet 12: Manila Leg

Worldwide Instameet is an instagram meet where people from all-over the world gather to meet other people who share the same passion as they do, as I do… that is, INSTAGRAM. Believe me when I tell you that I take my instagram seriously. Well, not really that serious since my feed still sucks. Consistency, HELLO?

Anw, I was able to be part of the Manila leg of WWI12 which happened last Sunday, the 4th of October 2015 in BGC. It was such an awesome experience. I had so much fun meeting people who were up for anything, just to get a good shot. We were advised to be dressed in black tops for this event.

“Dressed in black from head to toe..” (almost)

Anyway, it was an event which lasted for a whole day. Although, it rained, people were still able to make the most out of the wet streets. It was awesome, it was fun, people were still game to do anything for the love of instagram.

I am no good at taking pictures as compared to the other people who joined the instameet, and *ugh!* I so love their feed!!! VERY CONSISTENT. 😦 I wish I had a feed as good as theirs. Anw, here are my not-so-noob-not-so-pro photos

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Here are the other photos I took using my phone which are already uploaded in my instagram account

It's raining and we don't look happy but we are! #TodayIMet

A photo posted by Dasha Mones (@erikadasha) on Oct 3, 2015 at 10:43pm PDT

Photo Walk

A photo posted by Dasha Mones (@erikadasha) on Oct 4, 2015 at 1:04am PDT

The Black and White Photo Challenge

Last month, I was nominated by a friend to do the black and white photo challenge. I have already seen some people do it and didn’t expect that I would actually be nominated. I am not a pro at photography, I’m just a “pho” not a protographer. (HAHAHAHA. Didn’t get the joke? OKAY!)

Joke 1

joke 2


So you have to upload black and white photos for five days (one photo per day) and you have to tag five different people each day. No skipping of days!!! But well as for me, being a sucker at uploading photos and even at updating my blog, I was able to skip at least 2 days for my third and fifth photo. Nye nye.

Anyway, here are my photos:

1. Mademoiselle.
This photo was taken in 2012 when we went to an educational field trip in Bulacan at Biak-na-bato.


2. Minesweeper
Okay the title is a little bit corny. Fine, CORNY! This photo was taken in Baguio City last 2013 at Mines View Park, hence the name Mine+Sweeper.

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3. Upside Down
This is my friend doing a hand stand at a wooden platform in Pampanga last 2012 during our field trip in our Philippine History Class.

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4. Barasoain Church
This is also in Bulacan taken at the same day of the first photo. Barasoain Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. This place served as temporary residence of the first Philippine president, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. It also held three important events in Philippine history: the convening of the First Philippine Congress, the drafting of the Malolos Constitution, and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic. (source: http://www.barasoainchurch.org/ -read more)

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5. Pyromusical
I was really thankful for the opportunity of being invited by a protographer (omg! I’m using it again) during this lovely event. We weren’t really at MOA to experience the event but we were right across the venue so we can still hear the sound. It was really hard to take a decent photo since I had no external shutter that time and the tripod I was using broke. (Talk about kamalasan!!!)

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Well here it is! If you want to do it but no one is nominating you, go do it yourself and just say that I nominated you (((: