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A Day at Central St. Martins

Posted in Central St. Martins by Kaity Chua on August 31, 2010

Let me take you on a tour of these hallowed grounds called Central St. Martins.

At the Charing Cross Building, I had to pass this alleyway to get to the Photography units. Tremendously charming, isn’t it?

A sign to guide lost students through the confusing maze of corridors, doorways, and dead-ends.

For one of my classes, models were invited to pose for us. Would you believe that this girl is only 15 years old?!

A Russian samurai on the loose.

The Pentax 645. *droool*


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Manila, mahal kita

Posted in Uncategorized by Kaity Chua on August 24, 2010

I feel incredibly sad about what just happened in Manila. The damage has been done and the repercussions are piling up but I refuse to let these bring the pride I have for my country down.

In these trying times,  the first instinct is to hide in a dark corner and throw harsh remarks about the country, the mess it’s in, the whole terrifying spectacle. But that’s what cowards do. We only live once and it would be a shame if we never bothered to try becoming and being heroes.

The Rizal Monument (Manila, Philippines)

Feeling Blue

Posted in Central St. Martins, London by Kaity Chua on August 22, 2010

Studio Photography has always been one of my worst fears in the world. I always, ALWAYS feel so small and insecure when stuck in a room filled with softboxes, blondes and red heads, umbrellas, monoblocks, and I-don’t-know whats. It’s a classic case of man vs. machine where man becomes a bumbling idiot in the face of sophisticated machinery. Well, this (wo)man at least. I don’t exactly mingle in the same circles as Gadget Gracie or Techie Tina. But last week, I felt I was privy to the Divine Secrets of the Electronics Sisterhood (Ugh. Weak. But I just had to).

It’s really amazing what a few lights, a white background, and some gels can do.

Due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to shoot my original concept for a double-page fashion spread but the end product turned out quite nice, me thinks. It may not suit everyone’s taste, but I like it!

Uh oh. Now I want my own studio so I can conquer this machine.

Birthday Bubbles

Posted in London by Kaity Chua on August 18, 2010

Last week, I had the pleasure of going to my friend, Anne’s niece’s 4th birthday party. Oh what I would give to be young, carefree, and release squeals of excitement at the sight of bubbles.

But what am I saying? I already do squeal in excitement at the sight of bubbles! The bubbles of the golden sort that’s chilled and served in a long-stemmed flute. *SQUEAL*

Mica, the birthday girl!


Randomania II

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on August 16, 2010

Back home, lugging around Nico the Nikon used to be such a heavy burden to me. But here, I can’t leave home without her! She’s become my sidekick, the Cheech to my Chong, the Bonnie to my Clyde, the fish to my chips.

Now our countless adventures together in this big city bring you Randomania Part Two!

Ms. DJ Samson attempting to seduce you with her beautiful eyes. Is it working? No? Thought so.

It’s Andrea Gonzalez! AC Gals unite in London!

Ann and a very “friendly” guy.

A surreal/scary experience of being alone on the tube.

Every Thursday to Sunday, disciples of all things fresh and delicious take a journey to London’s food mecca, Borough Market.

Seezzling hawt raclette. Omnomnomnom!


Nothing like a good nightcap to end the day. Goodnight, folks!

This Mess I’m In

Posted in London by Kaity Chua on August 12, 2010

Back home in Manila, my sister and I shared a room for 24 years. My end of the room eternally looked like a pigsty while hers remained immaculate and brand spanking new.

Now that I live alone in London, my whole family and I thought that the so-called “organized chaos” or “method to the madness” way of living would cease to exist. Ever heard of the saying, “a tiger never changes its stripes”? Well, I am living proof that that saying is 100% fact.

Then again, I don’t really mind. After all, I am crazy for stripes!

A hurricane invaded my room. No. of casualties: 12

Now isn’t this a great inspiration for Study Room Decorating? Martha Stewart would’ve been proud!

Aw, poor chair. Its space is being invaded.

As you can see, a lot of living goes on in the Living Room.

Yes, that is a nail cutter on the living room table. I give you one guess as to where I do my “grooming”.

The Study Room on one of its better days.

The Balcony. I used to clean that table everyday but it just kept getting rained on! One day, my arms had to put up the white flag. They really couldn’t help it!

Not connected to the theme but meet one of my favorite photographers, Sally Mann and a kick ass publication, Tank Magazine.

Now I don’t wanna leave you with an image of how slobby I am in your head. I do have a sense of organization in me! This is perhaps, the most systematized area of my apartment aka The Gold Mine. If a burglar came in here, I hope to God he never discovers this treasure trove.

A wild night

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on August 10, 2010

So this night taught me the truthfulness of that age old axiom, “never talk to strangers”. I love gay men. So if a gay man approaches me, all walls collapse and I turn into a wild flower. But some straight men have gotten privy to this level of comfort women instantly get with men who have crossed the feminine side. Now, I’m pretty sure you can figure out what happened to me in the arms of a supposedly gay man! Ah well, chalk it up to experience I say!

Sunday’s best

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on August 9, 2010

On Sundays, everything closes at 6 pm but not in the Spitalfields/Shoreditch/Hoxton areas of East London. Filled with curious characters, colorful markets, quirky knick-knacks, hole-in-the-wall art galleries, pubs, restaurants, and streets wrapped in graffiti art, it’s no wonder why this place has quickly burrowed a nice and comfortable spot in my heart. It has easily become my most favorite part of the city.

Outside the weekly Sunday Up Market

Can you do a head count?

Organic Cherry Beer. By far the yummiest beer that has ever existed on Earth.

Cherry Tee

It isn’t obvious in this photo but you are looking at a London red bus that’s been converted into a restaurant.  On the first floor is the kitchen. The second floor houses the dining area. We would’ve stayed there but it was a hot day.

Outside Vibe Bar. I blame the good vibrations for the blurriness of this photo.

Not a shortage of the good vibes inside Vibe Bar.

And with a hug and kiss, I bid you goodnight.

Just because I miss it.

Posted in Central St. Martins, London by Kaity Chua on August 7, 2010

This was taken during the final day of my first St. Martins class when everyone was discussing and critiquing the B/W photographs we shot, processed, and printed ourselves. Oh memories and nostalgia, why must you always sneak in at the most ungodly of hours?

Randomania

Posted in Exploration, London by Kaity Chua on August 3, 2010

Sometimes, it’s the most random things that catch our eye and are ingrained in our memory forever.

Here’s a mixed bag of those bits-and-pieces caught with Nico, my trusty Nikon film camera.

The view outside my flat.

All around the city are Japanese restaurants, which sell individually wrapped sushi! Crazy!

Isabelle

This city has gone to the birds.

How about we revisit our childhood?

That thing they’re rolling? It’s not what you think it is.

Caught this band at Cocoma. Don’t remember their name but they were pretty good.

You can’t see it here but British girls go wild as soon they’re unleashed in the moshpit.

At Karla’s charming flat.

Behind-the-scenes of an impromptu photo shoot.

The long ride home.