Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Still Stargirl: A Look Back at 2013

So, this is it. We're down to the last minutes of 2013.

To be honest, deciding whether or not I should go and write this personal year-end review was a difficult task in itself. At the risk of sounding cliche, enough things had happened this year to make the days mold together and pass by like a blur.

Though unlike 2011 and 2012 that came by in a way that was both breathtaking and exhilarating, 2013 in retrospect for me was a muted and sombre affair. I do not claim the fact that the past year did not have its high points -- on the contrary, this year saw quite a lot of adventures,  including a few excursions to the more quaint locations in the Philippines -- but I do not deny seeing better days either. I'm talking on a more collective level.

But enough of being vague, here are some of the more concrete snippets and vignettes of the past year that I've collected through my social media archives. Think of it as a virtual counterpart of a box full of keepsakes.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Mixtape: When She Grows Up in Beauty

I was already halfway done uploading the tracks on the playlist before I realized just how wistful this mix turned out. I really don't mind; because frankly speaking, I know I can be quite the sentimental and romantic fool.

A mix of fondness, nostalgia, love and longing.

Here, There and Everywhere
Strange & Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell On You)
Dancin' in the Moonlight
Chasing Cars

      The Beatles
      Fleetwood Mac
      Dashboard Confessional
      Snow Patrol

      Tuesday, October 15, 2013

      Thoughts on the Last Hour

      It's eleven in the evening and I'm down to my last hour as a twenty-two year old.

      (Well, if you want to be technical about it, I'm actually down to my last seven hours because I was born at around six in the morning, but that's beside the point.)

      Monday, October 14, 2013

      Monday Mixtape: High Spirits

      There are songs that make you feel good, and there are songs that make you feel good -- I'm talking about the giddy-, bubbly-, grinning-like-an-idiot-type of joy that makes you feel like nothing could ever rain on your parade. This week's mixtape features songs that make me feel just that. Mind you, these are just my current favorites; there's plenty more where that came from.

      A mix of songs that would never fail to make me want to smile and sing and giggle and laugh and move and jump and dance.

      I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
      You Make My Dreams
      Wouldn't It Be Nice
      Young Love (feat. Laura Marling)
      Let's Just Fall in Love Again
      If It's Love
      You and I
      Teenage Dream

          The Proclaimers
          Hall and Oates
          The Beach Boys
          Mystery Jets
          Jason Castro
          Ingrid Michaelson
          Katy Perry

          Monday, October 7, 2013

          Monday Mixtape: Good Morning, Sunshine

          Back when I was still with Lomography, one of the series I kept was Put Your Headphones on Friday -- a weekly series that features a themed-playlist for the community members to enjoy. While it's not exactly film photography-related, the purpose of it was to share great music that would hopefully fuel creativity.

          Admittedly, I'm far from being an audiophile or a music savant, but I really enjoyed doing PYHOF because it helped me discover music (from the classic hits to the latest releases and everything in between) that would otherwise go unnoticed by me.

          Having said that, I realized that I miss the joy of creating playlists and listening to new music (and I have nothing and no one to blame but myself for this) so I've decided to do my own personal weekly thing called Monday Mixtape. Unlike PYHOF though, where I used Grooveshark as a host, my Monday Mixtapes will done through 8tracks, so I can keep in touch with other people and listen to their mixes as well!

          Anyway, that's enough of an introduction, I think. Here's today's mix!

          Best listened to on a warm, inviting morning, with a cup of coffee in hand and with the sunlight streaming and an open window in the room.

          Her Morning Elegance
          Quelqu'un m'a dit
          The Way I Am
          What I Wouldn't Do
          Better Together
          Where Can I Go?
          Fever Dream
          Paint It Golden

              Oren Lavie
              Carla Bruni
              Ingrid Michaelson
              A Fine Frenzy
              Jack Johnson
              Laura Marling
              Iron and Wine
              Jason Reeves and Colbie Caillat