Street but Sweet


Saturday, March 11, 2006

Shoots galore

Was only at the office the whole day once this entire week. In fact, I've barely been at the office for two weeks now. Had to work on the Shopping section for the May issue, and it required a whole bunch of oculars, a lot of coordination, and quite a bit of stress.

Was with Issa and Miguel for four days out of five, and I actually had fun. These are two of the people I'm most comfortable working with. On Monday, we went to Pasong Tamo to shoot the garden center along da riles (squeezing in a visit to Amici di Don Bosco--see, this store called Scandinavia Trend at the LRI building on N. Garcia, and Concha Cruz in BF Las Pinas. Tuesday, we made our rounds at the commercial centers--True Value in Shangri-La (where the hat pic was taken, which Miguel named "tisha and issa goofing off"), Ace in Megamall, Market! Market!, and Tiendesitas. Wednesday we went to Katipunan and Manila Seedling, not too exciting since I'm not that much of a gardening fan, although I did have a nice little flush by the end of the day. Haha.

Thursday was my rest day, if you could call it that. Spent the whole day in front of the computer, trying to make sense of around 20 pages of notes. Ended up with about 2,000 words (sans intro, conclusion, and the stuff from the shoot to be held the day after. If only I had worked this hard during my David days, those philo papers would've been a breeze). Who knew I could say so much about gardening? Spent a couple of hours trying to trim it down by a few hundred words, which is not an easy thing to do.

Today, we went to Silang and met Tita Ming Ramos at Ming's Garden (more in my other blog). She talked about plants and about badminton (something that you would notice that she's passionate about). We also talked about the tsismis that she was running for mayor in those parts, and when asked why she wouldn't, she replied that her husband said, "Matanda ka na." Also, mayors are normally approached by townsfolk, asking for money and all, and to this she says, "My husband is jobless!" Such a charming thing to say about the former president of the Philippines.

It's the end of the day (or the beginning of another), and here I am, still at work! Luckily though, we seem to be ending early tonight. On turnover nights, my average time-out time is about 3am. So this is mighty early. Hopefully we'll have enough material early next week to make the second turnover just as pleasant.


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