Pub Life

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on July 31, 2010

People start drinking very early here in London. It’s not unusual to find a crowd slowly gathering in a pub when 4 PM strikes. Any culture which accepts that is aces in my book!

People usually spill out on the streets and “smirting” commences. It means “smoking” while “flirting”.

Crowded much, eh?

Rick choosing tunes from a working jukebox.

All these photos make me want to drink a pint of Guinness now. Dammit.


It’s almost over

Posted in Central St. Martins, London by Kaity Chua on July 29, 2010

Tomorrow is officially the last day of my first photography short course in Central St. Martins. I can’t believe two weeks have passed by so quickly. It’s not even completely over yet but I’m sure going to miss a lot of things about it such as:

1) Chris, my professor, discussing and critiquing everyone’s photos in class in a very enlightening manner.

2) Looking at photos of great photographers and knowing the story behind each of them.

3) Processing and developing my own film rolls in the dark room! (Now I know what I want this Christmas.)

4) Actually touching, using, and making this sexy beast do whatever I pleased.

5) After class hours spent in some random pub just chugging down pints of beer and talking about absolutely everything!

6) Last but not the least are the people who I’ve gotten to know in such a short period of time. It’s such a pleasant surprise to come from different backgrounds but yet, have so much in common. Hopefully, we shall see each other again in March!


Posted in London by Kaity Chua on July 27, 2010

Back in Manila, the lights have dimmed on all-day music festivals with several stages featuring dozens of bands. They just don’t seem to exist anymore, which is just sad, sad, sad.

Because I love music, I have always yearned for the day when I’d find myself in the middle of a field, bopping my head in unison with the crowd as the bands play on and on. Last Saturday, it finally happened. I had the privilege of attending a music festival in Shoreditch called “The 1-2-3-4”.

I went with some really awesome people I’ve met in class. I guess you can call them kindred souls.

Dani and Rick

Out the of the festival line-up of maybe 50 bands, I only knew five but that didn’t take out the thrill of the whole experience.

British hipsters, reprazent!

Getting her groove on at The Dance Arena

Look du jour: Grassy Ass

And true enough I had one of the grandest times of my life.

Veronica Falls

Without a doubt, the highlight of the day was seeing Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order fame perform songs from “Unknown Pleasures”.

Peter Hook performing. I hate being short.

I’m sure you’ve heard of out-of-body experiences. Well, I had one when he and the band played “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. As you’ll see in the video below, I wasn’t the only one whose soul abandoned its corporeal existence.

First festival down, second one coming up this weekend. I love this town.

The London chronicling begins

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on July 25, 2010

A mishmash of things that have caught my eye. Soon, the stories will begin.

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