september photo challenge: final week

hello friends! october is here!! so happy! that means orange leaves, cinnamon scents, my mother’s birthday, halloween, and windy days to come! well, in our town it is still pretty hot. like, if-you’re-outside-you-sweat hot. (I cannot wait for 70º weather to come!) but still, I am happy it is october and that my favorite season is here :)

this is my last photo challenge. I hope you enjoyed them because I did enjoy making them. I might even try it some other month. here is the last week of september in pictures. enjoy!

DAY 26 – SOMETHING NEW
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I met a chinchilla named Mango!
DAY 27 – SOMETHING OLD
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..and very alive: rock and roll.
DAY 28 – BREAKFAST
whataburger
whataburger.
DAY 29 – BLACK & WHITE
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pictures mom sends me while I’m in school missing Max.
DAY 30 – SELF PORTRAIT
ok, so I forgot to take a selfie for this day, but here is the most recent one I had. David and I on 6th Street, Austin, Texas :)
ok, so I forgot to take a selfie for this day, but here is the most recent one I had. David and I on 6th Street, Austin, Texas a day before his gig :)

if you liked this post you can see my complete september photo challenge here :)

happy sunday!!

diana

silly photos of a human and a hedgehog

     

I am running late for class (and having a pug, a chihuahua, and a guinea pig next to me doesn’t help to get out of bed), but I wanted to share these pictures of last night with alexander the hedgehog, after david, his brother, and I went to watch The Martian! And yes, you should go watch it!

today I have a long day ahead of me –including dissecting a cat for my anatomy class– but I’ll be ok :) what are your plans this weekend?

have a happy friday!

diana

an afternoon with alexander, angelica, david, & my pentax

almost a month ago I received on the mail a pentax film camera from the 70s that david got for me.  it is so so pretty. the moment I pulled it out the box I fell in love with it. i couldn’t stop thanking david enough.

here are some photos I took with it that I wanted to share with you guys:)

aren’t my models the best? I love it when I capture pictures of David laughing.

I still need to play with my camera a little bit more, and maybe even try a different photo lab, but overall I was happy with the results. bothering grumpy alexander and telling him not to eat my shoe is always fun.

happy wednesday!

diana

photos taken in our univesity, david’s house, and my front yard with a Pentax MX using Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 35mm film.

september photo challenge: week five

I can’t believe we’re already gonna go into october! like what, halloween already?! :O (I’m kind of excited for that holiday, to be honest!) but still, woah.. anyway, this is week five of my photo challenge :) hope you like it!

DAY 21 – FACELESS SELF PORTRAIT
almost faceless, with david’s face on my lens
DAY 22 – SOMETHING GREEN
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delicious-looking green apples
DAY 23 – PATTERNS
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trip to the comic book store with the boyfriend and his brother
DAY 24 – PET
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one of my pets, max the pug, sleeping in my bed.
DAY 25 – TECHNOLOGY
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..it impresses me so much.

the challenge I got the idea from here. previous photo challenges for this month here.

I hope you have good day :)

diana

september photo challenge: week four

DAY 16 – A GOOD HABIT
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altruism.
DAY 17 – A LUXURY
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owning a car.
DAY 18 – SHOES
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my dirty, in-need-of-a-wash, but super comfortable white converse
DAY 19 – WANT
my red hair and my cartilage piecing back so bad
my red hair and my cartilage piecing back so bad!
DAY 20 – IN MY BAG
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i may never forget this, but I do forget my keys and my phone charger. oops.

if each of my weeks had a theme, I would say this one was possessions. it might be a little vain, but it was fun to take pictures and it made me even more grateful for the stuff I’ve received.

you should try a photo challenge. it’s fun! / the one I’m sort of following here / photos taken with my phone and camera.

happy wednesday!

diana

september photo challenge: week three

DAY 11 – CELEBRATION
boyfriend's 22nd
he turned twenty-two <3
DAY 12 – AN ADVENTURE
photo from almost a year ago when we went to the rooftop of a building and enjoyed the view even if it was cold
photo I found from almost a year ago when we went to the rooftop of a building downtown after our first visit to the farmer’s market. I love it.
DAY 13 – CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT
a camera.
..a camera.
DAY 14 – EYES
one makeupless eye
one tired eye.
DAY 15 – CHANGES TO COME
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I don’t know but I have a good feeling for next year when I turn 22.. I hope good things come.

photo challenge I’m (sort of) following here.

photos from my phone and david’s phone. (except the last one. owner’s link on picture.)

happy friday friends! :) – diana

september photo challenge: week two

i told myself i was gonna post these photos every five days to have enough for the whole 30 days in september. but i’ve been bad about it :( school has been getting tougher and tougher. this week, for example, i have tests and reports almost daily. it’s horrible, but i’m surviving! i miss writing for my little blog though. so today i took a little time to bring you something i was supposed to post saturday. (oops). not that i am forced or anything, but i love doing so, and writing this + reading your blog posts makes me happy and gives a break from writing reports and memorizing things i’ll probably forget next week, sadly. so, without further ado, the second week of my september photo challenge! :)


DAY 6 – AFTER DARK
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picture my boyfriend took of the moon with a $5 telescope we found in goodwill.
DAY 7 – SOMEONE THAT INSPIRES YOU
grandpa. forever.
grandpa. forever.
DAY 8 – ROUTINE
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my uni’s library, where I spend more of my day
DAY 9 – SOMEONE YOU LOVE
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two someones I love: napo and david
DAY 10 – CHILDHOOD MEMORY
grandparent’s house

photo challenge i’m following here (although i changed most of it to make it my own). pictures from my boyfriend’s iphone and my white diana mini.

have a nice week. diana :)

my first photo challenge

Years ago, I saw people started to do these monthly photo challenges in Instagram.  I was interested but never actually did one. The other day in Pinterest I saw one again and I liked it, so I decided to do it for this September.

Instead of posting a photo everyday I’m going to share seven pictures in a post every week. That way it’s not overwhelming to my blog, and I could share what I saw that week comfortably and look forward to the day I write and share them with you :)

Here’s the challenge I’ll be following:

If you want to join me, go right ahead! :D And let me know so I can check out your pictures! If you wanna change a day up a bit, go for it, so will I, most likely :) Just have fun with it!

Happy Tuesday!

– diana

I love the university I said I was never going to attend

but I am so glad I did.

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I just finished my first week as a senior in college.

I feel really good about this semester. I’m already really busy and I love it!

I am taking tough but informative classes; I am a volunteer; I have a job; I’m teaching myself how to take analog pictures; and I have an organized planner. I think I’m doing well.. :)

how was your week? and if you’re in school, how’s it going? :)!

the first night after my first play

I just discovered these pictures in my google drive.

(He shared them with me.)

It was after the opening night of the first play I’ve ever been on.

He went both days to support me.

I really, really, really do like this guy.

And I think he likes me.

(Even with all of my makeup, haha)

I have the best boyfriend.

Pictures date March 28, 2015.

I like this summer. I like him. And I like our little yellow camera.

I sometimes feel I’m not doing much with my summer. Or, since it’s almost over, that I didn’t do much with it. I see some friends abroad helping others; I see people exploring the U.S. by car; I see some classmates taking many summer classes to graduate earlier; I see others reading book after book after book while I’m stuck in the same one. And, well, as for me I am just here at home most of the time.

But today it made me reconsider.

Even though I feel did not do as much as others this summer, I had fun. And if I think about it I did do several things. I worked as a research assistant in my university, I traveled with my family, I helped my mom and my aunt start their local business, I’m about to finish that one book I’ve been wanting to read, and I spent the beginning of summer with my grandfather, among other things.

One thing that my boyfriend and I finally got to doing, that I love we took advantage of this summer, was swimming in his pool many times. We bought an underwater camera a few days ago and we went crazy with it (cuz it was just so cool to throw a gadget in the water and it be ok – a strange feeling and a little scary too!). Being there with him, swimming, playing, capturing underwater shots, made me think about how much I really liked this summer. (And how much I love spending time with him.) So those “negative” thoughts just went away. (Thank you, David.) I did the things I had the chance to, and even if I could’ve done more, I am happy with the stuff I did.

some pictures from our camera:

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I still need to learn how to swim.. maybe next summer! :D

p.s: boyfriend has the coolest star wars comics swim trunks

polaroids from mexico

ok, they’re not really polaroids polaroids but I don’t know how else to call them other than “instax mini” or “instant pictures” which I kind of don’t like :( Polaroids sound cuter! :)

Here are some, pretty random ones, my sister took with her camera. First four are in Mexico City and the next six are in Puebla, where one night we just took pictures of each other and went out for smoothies and coffee with our parents.

I love my family. They’re weird and cool and like eating tacos.

more pictures of our cool trip to mexico city here, and pictures of puebla here.

Puebla, Puebla

After spending a few days in Mexico City, we got a bus and came to Puebla. The outsides, I must admit, weren’t as pretty as downtown, where we stayed. Because of time we were only there for about two days. I was a little sad because we didn’t go to a volcano(!!) that was in a town near. I’ve always wanted to see one, and to be so close, aghh :( Next time.. Either way I enjoyed our time there. Walking the streets, going to mercaditos, taking polaroid with my sisters, getting drawn by an amazing artist (post coming on that!), etc..

This is what we saw in Puebla:

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The thing I just loved about downtown were all the old buildings. The details and everything..

Africam Safari

This was a safari a little bit outside of the city. In it you could either ride your car or ride a tour bus along with others. We went in a bus. I loved that the animals were roaming free and it appeared like they a lot of space. There are elephants, hippos, tigers, lions (so freaken majestic!), alligators, gorillas, you name it! We don’t usually go to zoos when traveling, but we heard really good things about this one so we went. We didn’t regret it one bit. Oh and just in case, yes, it was called “Africam.”

 

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This one was a man-operated gates to prevent tigers, lions, and bears from escaping their habitat and going into other animal’s. We went through several.
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This guy! He was so posing for the camera. I took some selfies and it’s like he knew. So smart!
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We went to see the lions and I caught a peek from the side of their “cage.” Only God knows how they haven’t escaped.. They were on top of a Jeep, resting. On the other side was the rest of the Jeep and glass so you can easily see them.

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Mexico is just so colorful. I love it.

As always, thanks for stopping by! You can check out more places we’ve traveled to here.

Have a very nice day :)

Mexico City – I love you!

Your buildings, your weather, your people, your food, and your museums! But not the traffic..

My family and I went about two weekends ago just to explore museums. We had been almost two years before and we had fallen in love with the city. There are so many things to do that we just needed to go back. It’s so beautiful and historical (it’s no wonder UNESCO even declared it such!) and its weather is just so perfect. Everyday it was at 70s and at night 60s and rainy. Nothing compared to this Texas heat in the 100s.. One night it was even around 50º! That’s like our winter here!! :( How I miss it.. It was the perfect vacation for us. Did I mention we even saw the Addams Family musical? :D

A few pictures from our days together + pictures from the past time we went:

Snapchat--1855224807473265756 Our airplane had this really cool feature where the front of the airplane had a camera so we could see what was happening on the little screens in front of us. Seeing the landing was awesome.

View from our hotel window
View from our hotel window

Zocalo's Cathedral

Behind those arches were Diego Rivera's paintings.
Behind those arches were Diego Rivera’s paintings on the walls.

Our hotel was that one on the corner.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Chapultepec castle

Yes, Mexico City has a castle in it, and it is amazing. It also has a forest where there many museums including this one. You take a little train and it takes you up this hill to the castle. I really, really suggest you visit it. It was my favorite museum.

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In the forest there were two other museums; the museum of anthropology (MNA) and the museum of modern art (MAM). My family and I went to MNA for an afternoon. Dad took me to the MAM to see a photography exhibition by Gisèle Freund. There were five expositions but we only got to see three because of time. Believe me, I would’ve spent all day there but I felt bad for dragging my dad around. He enjoyed it very much but I could tell he was hungry and a little tired. He kept insisting that I keep exploring the museum, but no, I felt bad.

^ This exhibition was by Lorena Wolffer. There were various artifacts with numbers on them. You would be given a binder and in there were stories matching the artifact. Those stories were of abused women. Abused by their husbands, coworkers, daughters, boyfriends, you name it. It was very powerful.

Teotihuacan PYRAMIDS

These are a little outside Mexico City. You can climb them, some not all the way. I climbed one of them but I almost had vertigo up there! It was so bad. My sister and dad made it up top. I just went halfway and sat down. But what a view!

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Frida kahlo’s house

In this house Frida Kahlo was born, raised, and died. It was changed a little since that time, but you still get the feel of it. The walls are covered by her paintings. You can take pictures but you have to pay.

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We’ll definitely visit you again, Mexico City.

If you’ve ever wanted to, GO! You won’t regret it :)

You can check out more places we’ve traveled to here. Thanks for stopping by!

Max’s first time in a pool

Oh, how I really wish these would have come out perfect. Not blurry like they are, cuz this was a really fun day. Getting together with old friends, eating wings, watching a horror movie, swimming in a really hot day with a pug by your side… I mean, really, is there anything better in the summer? I think not.

(some photos by me, some photos by my beautiful friend, doris.)

ps: I don’t think Max liked the pool, but it did help him cool off on this very sunny day.

excitement!

I just developed a bunch of film  (7 rolls to be exact) dating back to May. I want to share some of my favorite pictures with you because, I don’t know, I really like them and this is my little corner of the world and having pictures makes me happy. and i hope it makes you happy as well :)

oh! also, we went on vacation and I have a few pictures to share from our trip there, too :)

life lately: april

I always loved the way pictures taken by an old camera would turn out. so i thought, why not!, and got myself a little toy one for my birthday. its name: diana mini. just perfect!

it uses film, and after getting my pictures developed, i wanted to share some with you because i was so excited! nothing like that waiting period to see how your pictures turned out.

so, here are some pictures taken by the diana mini and by two disposable cameras :)

you can click any image to enlarge.

sorry not sorry for the pet overload! I just can’t help it.. :)

have a happy sunday! :D

a week in yucatan – part II

Hi, click here for part 1! This might be a lengthy post, but it will be worth it! Enjoy!! :)

los tres cenotes, cuzama

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this was amazing little hidden gem in mexico. pictures i would see online don’t do it justice. here are some my family and i took on our trip to yucatan this spring break (I know, i’m uploading this really late, oops) –

cenotes are sinkholes – holes in the ground with water in them, basically. and one can swim in them. there are many, many of these in yucatan. my dad, per recommendation of a friend, took us to some in a town called Cuzama. they were three cenotes, and to get to them you had to pay and you would be taken on both a motorcycle with seats and then on a sort of train powered by a horse (pictures below of both), and with that comes a guide and he has life vests/jackets you can rent. ours was really helpful. his name was martin martinez (how could one forget that name!). the three have different depths. we only went to two – the second and the last one – because our guide said the first one was harder to get into and deeper.

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our favorite one of the three!
entrance to the cenote
entrance to the cenote

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the third cenote; second one we saw:

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watch your step! there’s a sinkhole under you..
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see?
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this was the entrance to the third cenote

my dad and my sister were the only brave ones of the family to go in. i chicken’d out just seeing those stairs on the ground. i regret a little not going in.

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sorry about the pictures looking a little blurry or grainy. they were taken with my dad’s cellphone. but you get the idea! :)

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paseo Montejo, Mérida

paseo montejo is a classic street in merida. it is full of big homes and mansions. a lot of them house events or are museums and businesses.

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the museum of anthropology

this was art from inside the museum, arte de barro. you can click any image to enlarge :)

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valladolid

this used to be a place we loved to visit in yucatan. it was small peaceful, colorful town with very little cars and tourists. we went this year and it looks like other people discovered our favorite place. it is still nice to visit, but we were disappointed to find more movement than in past years.

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anytime we got the chance we would buy an esquite or an elote. corn in a cob in other words.

like i said, there are many cenotes in yucatan. couple of them are near valladolid, this one is called Zaci. you could swim in it, even dive. there’s a lifeguard there too.

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thanks for stopping by!

Did you like this post? We’ve traveled to different parts of Mexico. Let me know if you would like me to share our past adventures. It would be a pleasure :)

farmer’s market: valentine’s day

david and i aren’t the kind of people to celebrate valentine’s day. just not our thing. however, when we found out the farmer’s market was going to be that saturday, we decided to go out:) (also he had a gig that night – went well btw! people had a good time!).

our farmer’s market is not that big, but we like it. it is held downtown in a little historical plaza once a month. the people are nice and there is always a lot of delicious mexican food.

we got there early so there weren’t many people; thus we got to comfortably enjoy every booth. this time we also invited grandma and my sis to join us. they really liked it! especially my grandma, who went crazy buying flowers and herbs and veggies– the main reason why i took her.

here are some pictures from that day!

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we also went last november. here are some pics i never got a chance to share:

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that’s a tortilla made with nopales. might be green but it was good

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i love our downtown. i’m glad it’s being appreciated more and more once again.