Monthly Archives: May 2013

Day 29 | the one where i say "holy canon camera!"

©KatShotsPhotography, 2008

Flashback: 2008

Thornhill, ON. April, 2008 :: in between the hundred and one chores and just trying to make life work, i still try my best to squeeze in the grab-camera-and-snap-away-at-the-kids routine. it’s a strong pull.  stronger than the pull to the laundry room.  i follow it because it makes me happy.  
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Day 28 | That Everyday Magic, A Guest Post

©KatShots Photography
“what should have been chocolate brownies”

This is the full, unabridged version of the article.  Thanks, Jie, for sharing it with me! – CP

That Everyday Magic
(Note: this is going to be on a more personal level since the subject happens to be this writer’s classmate since Kindergarten)
 
KatShots Photography is a product of Chiqui Pineda. Familiar name, you say. This person was born in Davao City, made her way to Manila as a college student and became a professional singer, joined a noontime TV show, launched the immortal song “How Did You Know?” still being sung in videoke bars, and performed brilliantly in the lauded musical Rama at Sita.  It is the same person who chose to slip away from the limelight to settle quietly in Toronto, Canada with her family. Being the artist that she is, she opted to explore another passion close to the heart.

Day 27 | Tickled Picture-Perfectly Pink!

It’s a very exciting day at KatShots Photography today…and I have a feeling for the rest of the month!

All because of this feature in the Manila Bulletin’s Picture Perfect for today, May 28, 2013.  An excerpt ~

When Chiqui Pineda, the voice behind the famous song “How Did You Know,” decided to slip away from the limelight to settle quietly in Toronto, Canada, she opted to explore another passion close to her heart – photography. 
In the same way she tackled her singing career and as a theater performer (Rama at Sita), photography for this native of Davao City was self-taught as she was the family’s official photographer at a young age during special occasions. Chiqui has attended various workshops in Toronto and back in Manila, shadowed and observed photographer friends in action, read tons of materials, and browsed through websites.  Eventually she put up KatShots Photography based in Canada.  

For the rest of the article, please click HERE. 
Ms. Jojie Alcantara, an excellent artist*, freelance writer and award-winning  photographer for almost all the major publications in the Philippines and around the globe and most importantly, my classmate since Kindergarten gave me a most delicious compliment and mega-validation as a photographer!  She asked to feature me as Photographer of the Week for her column!  My YES couldn’t have been more resounding.  Echo jud siya hangtod Davao City…abot saTagum pa!  😀

Thank you kayo, dai!  Like I said, it’s a birthday-mother’s day-christmas all rolled into one kind of day!!!
Grateful and ticked perfectly pink.
Picture-picture,
Chiqui*Kat
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Day 26 | Taking a breather

The 100im.perfect.songs project is on Song #30 today.

Look at that!

When I started this little project in my corner of the world and literally, in one corner of the house (because this room is actually located in the front south-west corner) I had no idea where it would go.  Nor how often.

Now it’s on its 30th and building momentum daily.

I’m going to take a breath with you and share this ~

Fell in love with Sia along the way!

“Breathe Me” is a 2004 single by Australian singer Sia Furler featured on the album Colour the Small One.
CREDITS
Original Singer/Songwriter: Sia Furler
Piano Instrumental : Jamie Cleaton
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXjhY5xLhnc ]

Inspiration: Runt + Sia Furler

Ready…Sing! ^_^
Help, I have done it again
I have been here many times before
Hurt myself again today
And, the worst part is there’s no-one else to blame
Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am small and needy
Warm me up
And breathe me
Ouch I have lost myself again
Lost myself and I am nowhere to be found,
Yeah I think that I might break
I’ve lost myself again and I feel unsafe
Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am small and needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

Day 25 | for the queens in my life

©KatShots | Queens Park: Blur | iPhoneography
I’ve got nothing for you today.  
Nothing note-worthy.
There’s just too many moving parts.  
Too tired.  
Too much.
To do.
 
I’ve got nothing for you today.  I think.
 
But Elizabeth Gilbert of the Eat.Pray.Love fame and the Ideas At The (Sydney Opera) House) does:  
“Women are very hard on themselves and I feel my message is to constantly remind them to relax that grip a bit.” 
©KatShots | Queens Park: Clear | iPhoneography

Courage in creativity (and relaxing the grip),



Day 24 | And here’s another one* for "Throwback Thursday" and a throwback song, too!

Ang big hair!  Ack!!!  😀 | 1992
I was not more than 23 here but, man, the stylist made me look older than my mom!  Hahahahahahaha!!!

The above photo was my very first ‘glamour shot’ for a newspaper article they were going to write about me.  It was a feature on the San Miguel Beer Ad’s Centennial Jingle – 100 Years of San Mig – which featured the late great Fernando Poe Jr. as the hero on a horse.  I got to sing the jingle.  I don’t have a recording of it.  Sayang.
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