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My Friend And Our Binondo Tour Date

by - Sunday, February 11, 2018

There is no greater love than the love between friends, especially the love between best friends. Your best friend is one of the few people in the world who lets you be yourself and accepts you for it, making it one of the rarest loves of all. I've yet to find a man who accepts me the same way any of my closest friends do, which is kind of sad considering even the weirdest parts of me are pretty damn awesome.

Because of this love, it's not something that should be ignored on Valentine's Day, but instead celebrated. As per Clarissa Silva, Behavioral Scientist and Relationship Coach:

 "Love is not just an emotion, it’s an ability"

"Valentine’s Day is approaching and this holiday is designed to remind us about love... Celebrate you and that you have the ability to love."

In celebrating that ability, one of the first things that comes to mind, even when I have been in relationships during Valentine's Day, is the love I have for my friends. Sure, we can celebrate Galentine's Day, but why can't we celebrate our love for our friends on Valentine's Day, too? We can and we should.

As Virginia Woolf so eloquently put it, "Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends." I'm the same. So since I find myself in a relationship that's a non-relationship, it's with my friends that I'll be celebrating Valentine's Day this year (If time permits).

So far, the most memorable experience I had with a loved one was getting lost in Binondo with my super friend Axel (@youraverageguyaxel).

We've known each other for more than 2 years now and I can say that he's one of my "closest" friend that I will always date whenever I feel the need to go outside the real world. He's spontaneous, enthusiastic, and giddy. We have these common interests which we laughingly debate at sometimes for I often make things complicated and he, on the other hand - will make it simple. He's  my shock absorber. He knows everything about me. My darkest secrets. My non-sense dramas. He supports me with my "blogging career". He nags at me whenever I need to realize something ASAP. He's a good friend overall. (That's so sweet of me 😋)

Anyway, the memorable experience that I was telling you about happened in Binondo and Quiapo. We went to Quiapo first, took street photos and he bought "something" just around the corner. So, yeah. We pretty much got ourselves tired. 😊

After a few moments of walking, we then decided to feed our appetites with authentic Chinese food. So, we took a jeepney going to Binondo but the driver dropped us at the Lucky Chinatown Mall, by accident. We just continued to take photos there and had some refreshments. 

We went to Binondo to have our dinner since we heard a lot of good reviews about the restaurants there. Specifically Wai Ying and Dong Bei. However, since it was our FIRST TIME in Binondo, we got lost. Like, SUPER LOST we even reached the end of Ongpin street. Thought we would be able to see our peg restaurants along the way, but, we were wrong. Luckily, we both have good internet connection. We then used GPS  just to locate them. First, the Dong Bei restaurant. And whilst following the GPS, my phone actually crashed and that brought us into PANIC MODE. While restarting the phone, I asked Axel to use his but again, s#!t happens and his phone's battery was already low. He was like "Pang-picture nalang toh mamaya". So, yeah. He pretty much saved it for photos, not to save our lives. Imagine us conquering the jungle without nothing to use to defend ourselves from the wild 😌

After a gazillion years, we were able to find Dong Bei. We had the Kuchay dumplings to go and decided to munch it at the Wai Ying restaurant. Whew, we were both famished AF. 

This time my phone worked pretty well and we were able to find Wai Ying in just a minute. Gladly they serve good-tasting food. Meaning, after all the shenanigans of getting lost amidst the place we-have-no-idea-how-to-get-home-after, it was worth it. 👍

Here are some of our photos together:

Moments are fleeting, time passes quickly before your eyes and landscapes are constantly changing. I think that what makes a photograph successful is subjective, but for me, the most important element is that it makes you feel something. What is it about a moment that moves you enough to capture it? A wave will never crash against the shore in the same way, my kids will only have one birthday celebration a year, and the light might never touch a person’s face like that again, and the camera is there to document and preserve that moment so that it can live and move you forever. Beauty and art are everywhere.

There are days you wish you could hold on to and with your camera, you can. I’m as interested in capturing our mundane routines as I am in capturing holidays and special events. Since I had my kids I feel acutely aware of how quickly time goes and in our increasingly busy lives it’s difficult to always be in the moment. Taking pictures helps you to hang on to those memories a little longer. Hardly anyone (except me, it seems) makes photo albums anymore but remember how you felt and how your smile spread across your face when you would hold those prints in your hand? We’re looking at pictures on our screens more than ever but the feeling of wanting to hold on to memories is still the same.

There are images that can transport you to a different time and place. I love being able to express myself through my camera and use it as an extension of myself to tell stories that people want to hear and that I want to remember. Take your camera (or phone) and take photos of everything from your lunch to the changing leaves of the season to your vacation to your family and friends. These are the images that tell your story.

To be able to tell more stories, to be able to look back, and to be able to #CaptureTheRealYou this Valentine's Day, grab your phone or camera and capture those memorable experience with them.

Speaking of Valentine's Day, did you know that OPPO F5 comes in RED also? 

The F5 6GB makes a stunning entrance in a fashionably vibrant red, with a higher 64GB ROM configuration for a smoother switching, gaming, storage and all-round operating experience.

The color RED is associated with warm, love, sophistication, and passion. Symbolically, red can be linked to life, as well as to bonds of romantic and familiar love. It’s often used in romantic presents, like Valentine’s Day, and to express love, for example, by giving red roses. Isn't it wonderful to give someone you love this Valentine's Day a red phone? So timely and relevant.

And there you have it! Hope you enjoyed reading my most memorable experience with my super friend in Binondo. It was crazy, I know. But it was full of fun and memories.

How about you? What was your most memorable experience with a loved one? Were you able to take photos as well? Was it as crazy as mine? I hope it's crazier. 😋

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