Journal: Chasing

Hello and I want to start by saying here I go again with my late nights rambling and to be honest I don’t know why I am doing this however I just really want to do it. I also don’t know what’s the main topic or what I am going to talk about. I just know that this is my only outlet and I feel relieved if I got to share this here. This blog is supposed to be a photo blog however the last few posts are about how I feel and maybe my current mental state. I named this blog as chasing. if you ask me what it is. I don’t know too. I am still chasing it and to  tell you the truth, I don’t know what I am chasing. The only thing I know and I am certain of is I want it to stop and I just want to live a normal life away from my brutal mind. I just want to end thinking that there is something out there for me and I am really tired of having self expectations. I really can’t control it. I think I am design to worry all the time and I think this is going to be the death of me. I have read countless books about anxiety,  experience different religions and join prayer meetings, bible studies and even tried reading Chinese zodiac but its still there. I still worry. There are times that I will forget it and then when I am alone again, it comes back like a boomerang. I just wish it will go away.  I pray it will fade away. I feel like it is really difficult to be happy. I know a lot of you will say that Happiness is a choice, but How will you choose it, on what instance in your life would you choose to be happy rather than just live in the moment and feel it. Am I making sense here?

oh well I don’t know too……

I just wish that it will go away soon…..

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How I edit my Instagram Photos

I have been using Instagram for the longest time, and I think I am included in the first few people who are called “early adopters” of the App. Before it was used mainly for capturing everyday photos and just a sort of visual diary of people and then fast forward to 2018, The app had grown into a massive photo sharing with over 200 Million users. The app now evolve to a whole new level and it made people addicted to this photo sharing app. A lot of people made lots money just by sharing photos of their travels, their lifestyle and of course their face and It made social media a niche in our everyday lives.

A lot of people from all over the world including myself have taken advantage of Instagram to showcase what they love to do. As for me I love taking photos and I love sharing all my adventures from lifestyle to all my travels and curate my photos in such a way that it pleasing to people who will view it.

So for this blog, I want to share on how I edit my Photos, and I hope that I will be able to extend the little help on those people who wants to start curating their Instagram photos for whatever personal reasons they have. I will also share some of my favorite editing apps so you have an idea on what to download before starting your Instagram curation.

So lets start…

This is VSCO app, My absolute favorite editing app, This is available on IOS and Android smartphones. There are tons of Presets that you can choose from and everything is absolutely beautiful. Sometimes I am overwhelmed on what particular preset I am going to use because there are so many beautiful presets.

These are some of my favorite presets.

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When you launched the app, this is how it looks like. You will have the Studio, where in you will see your imported photos. When you tap on the Studio you will have the option to filter photos to your liking.

Choose the photo you want to edit by tapping the image twice.

Then It will launch the image in full photo image, in this screenshot you will also see the geotag and date. Now you can start editing by tapping  the “tuner icon” on the low left part of the app. and you will see below the presets and a preview on how they will look like.

Select the presets you like by tapping the images, its up to you but make sure that you stick to the preset whenever you are editing so that your Instagram feed will have uniformity

After that, What I do is to adjust the exposure to make it more lively, this is very tricky because this is dependent on what mood you want to show in your Instagram feed. As for me I want my feed to be bright subtle and simple edit. It really goes down to what you prefer.

I will adjust the contrast of the photo too, Contrast is the luminosity of the image. It makes the image pop or de-pop (if there is a word)

and then if there is a need straighten  the image you can do so.

I also adjust the Skew of the Image.

I also use sharpen very often, as I want my image to really look appealing.

Again, this type of editing is subjective, it really depends on  your preference, I want subtle colors so I adjusted the Saturation of the colors.

I also Adjusted the Temperature in order for me to achieve the mood that I was looking for.

Then Voila, The Finish product.

This is the side by side comparison of the edit.

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And then if you want to save your edits for the next photo you can do it here, by tapping on Recipes, what it do is save the edits you made on the present photo and then when you need to edit you other photos you just need to click the recipes you made. It will save you time and your photos will have consistency.

And then after that I saved on my VSCO Album so I will know how It will look like on the feed and then transport it to Instagram by tapping the share icon.

These are some of  my favorite editing apps that you can draw inspiration from. Have fun editing and comment below on your how you did with your editing, show it to me send me your instagram handles.

Thank you for reading my very first blog tutorials. more to come I hope. If you have any suggestions to make this an awesome read for you guys comment down below.

Journal: Living Expectations, Risks and Quitting

I was in Highschool back then and it’s almost the end of our senior year. It’s the time of the year again the board is up and your name is plastered all over chalkboard saying “Most likely to succeed in Life”. Your name beaming with pride and you have this machismo all over you that transcends “oh yeah that’s my name right over there”. It is like you won something, you beat your other classmates and you are very confident that you are going to make something of yourself when you are old. Everything is perfect back then and I carry that until I entered college, I really want to make something of myself and I want to prove to the people that I can do it and I will be successful. I study hard and really work hard too, but as you know when you are in that age, you really can’t help but be trapped in the “peer pressure” game. I did a little bit of fun when I was in college, I tried different stuff that teenager tried during my days (but not the dangerous one). It was really an awesome experience. I was derailed a bit and not so focus anymore. I am not the achiever and I really don’t excel in class anymore. I am just right there, In the middle, in the safe place, some may call it mediocre, I don’t know. Don’t get me wrong I still have that hunger to be somebody, I still have the urge to earn a living, enter in a nice company and have a house by the time I turned older. I am in this bubble that everything would be fine as long as I work hard and graduate. I didn’t know what my purpose is or what I am passionate about. I just have a goal to be successful. What I think about Success before is synonymous to having your own house in the suburb, driving a nice car, building a business or VP in a nice company. I didn’t know that there is much to it. Don’t get me wrong, what I mentioned is a great goals and it is something that you should be proud of, because you work for it. Good for you.

As I graduate college and entered in the real world, I was in for a big surprise, It was tough. Adult world doesn’t play nice and certainly not fair. I was just jolted out of my comfort zone and into the world of conniving bitches, unfair bosses, due dates, love life woes, house payment, frenemies, the list goes on and on. I am shocked that I was able to survived all of these things. I am somehow proud of myself. I am still here. I am still fighting for my lost cause. I still want to be somebody. The big difference now is that I know my life passion, I know what to do with my life and I know where exactly I want to be. My last job is really a perfect job, It’s a very lucrative job and I was earning a really decent amount of money and of course a lifelong career. I have my colleagues turned really good friends so I don’t have a problem with that. A lot of people asked me why did you quit? do you have a fallback? did you think it through?. A lot of questions that I really didn’t know the answer. I myself is confused on what I want back then. I am only certain that I want to leave and never looked back. It was really a hard decisions because it doesn’t just involved me. I have debts to pay, I have responsibilities to my family and it will not stop just because I quit. It was the hardest decision and the same time the most liberating.

Fast forward to today, I am still chasing my lifelong dream, I am still praying for it. I am still working hard and I am not stopping until I reached it. I know my purpose now and I know my passion in life. It took me so many years just to understand it and just to figure it out. It’s really a trial and error for me. It’s a learning experience. I have done stupid things in my life and I regret it before but now I know I experienced those life’s booboo’s to prepare me and to learned some thing from it. I am now thankful that I was able to be in that situation to form my character. I have read a book about crossroads and I want to share it to you. “I’d rather flirt with failure, than never dance with my joy”. I am a pisces so when I read this I cried. I cried buckets. It is in that moment that I knew the answer to my question, It is in that moment that I realised that I need to do something and so I am here writing this at 11:15pm in a foreign land with cold flat white and a little bit teary eyed.

I am no life coach, I am just a guy who experienced a lot of things in life and I want to share it to all of you. I really don’t know who reads my stuff on the internet but I think it is my duty to share it because I want people to know that It’s okay to fail, We have our own seasons and if you just wait patiently and work hard for it. I guarantee you success. Don’t be boxed by the type of Success. It varies depending on people, you don’t have to follow the mentality of material achievements. I truly believe that if you are genuinely happy and you feel that your are doing what you love to do then thats it. That’s your calling.

I am still praying and hoping that someday I have the same optimism as the kid that read his name on the chalkboard. I am still that kid.

“The moment that you feel you can leave that place, LEAVE, Because every moment you stay longer than you have to. You will be extraordinarily ordinary” – John Hopkins University President

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Mackario

Journal: Plan

I just want to be alone for a moment.
I want to be in line with my emotions.
I want to say to myself it’s okay.
It’s okay be scared.
It’s okay that you don’t have a plan.
It’s okay if you fail.


I’d like to associate myself with the people who plans everything and I am also one of the people who gets easily irritated when a perfectly laid out plan gets awry. I am sensitive like that and I will not apologised for it.

Decisions are always hard when it involves you and it involves your life. People are designed to stay where its comfortable and warm. We considered change as a negative by default. We don’t look at the future benefits of the change or we are just simply jaded.

A big sigh. What is it with people and comfort zone?
Why is it so hard to let go of something that will give comfort versus to the ones that will make you happy. When you logically think about it you will always choose happiness. Why is it so hard to choose then?

I myself have the same question……

Journal: The Season of Separate Ways

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Ghost month is all to blame……

It is so scary to hear the news that a lot of couples I know are breaking up and some of them are close to me.

This is the reason why I decided to shed some light on this topic because I feel that some people are so easy to let go of the relationship that they build for years. I really understand how it is, maybe the spark dies and couple gets too much comfortable. Doing extra special things becomes an ancient deed. It becomes Prosaic. Boring. Monotonous cycle. It doesn’t have to be like that or maybe I am just hopeless romantic that all I can see is sunshine and rainbows. Maybe I am too positive?? I don’t know.

I am not an expert in relationship nor I have too many relationship under my belt, but one thing I do know is how to love unconditionally. We all have experienced “agape” towards our family and our special ones. It is something so sacred and special. When you own something that important the tendency is you will take care of it with all your heart and all your might. No amount of hardship will make you falter, and with all of that in mind, why are there a lot of failed relationships? Why people enter a relationship that they know that it wont work. Is it a trial and error?

Humans are deeply curious, it’s innate to our genetic. It is a mystery. New things make us excited. It gives as a sense of deep pleasure. So it’s easy to say that if someone else gives you special attention, made you feel extra special that you haven’t felt for a long time, our proclivity is to go in that direction and look for it and that is the problem with us. We are so high that we already forgot the one person you once swore was the most important in your life. The one person you felt unconditional love. The person who loved you at your worst, who stuck with you through all the hardships, who knows you better than yourself and prioritises you than anyone.

It is so simple to let go. It is so so simple to restart but always remember why you love her/him in the first place.

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Mackario

Travel: Chiang Mai, Thailand 2016

Welcome to the country side where its quaint and far from the bustling city of Bangkok. The city is in the north side of Thailand. It is mountainous in geography and refer as the creative capital of country. There’s more to Thailand’s second city than its glittering golden temples. A burgeoning population of digital nomads is transforming the place into a hipster heaven.

If you are looking for a place where in your creative juices would flow like the Chao Phraya River, This is the place. You will find some cheap rentals and instagrammable places easily.

This is Ang Kaew Reservoir at Chiang Mai University.

FOOD. This is the main reason why I visited Thailand. Thai Food is known in the world to be one of the best and delicious culinary cuisine.

Don’t miss the Night Bazaar Market in the Old City Wall.The Night Bazaar is approximately 1km long on Thanon Chang Khlan (large roads in Thailand are named Thanon, and smaller side streets are named Soi) (so Thanon Chang Khlan translates to Chang Khlan Road(http://www.visitchiangmai.com.au/night_bazaar.html)

So prepare your bargaining skills because you will need it.

The main temples and markets all lie within the old city walls, This an area of one square mile. You’ll probably want to sleep outside of it, though – its streets are multitude with tuk-tuks, backpackers on motorbikes and cheap massage joints. Chiang Mai, once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lanna, runs on tuk-tuks and you can get almost anywhere in the back of one

The view from sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, This Chiang Mai’s main temple, is the city’s most popular panorama. You have to climb 309 stairs up the Naga Serpent Staircase to see it. This is quite an experience. Make your way past orange-draped monks, golden spires and shrines to the far side of the wat for a view over Chiang Mai and the lush mountains beyond. You can either take a taxi, tuktuk or motorcycle.

The Long Neck Village is one memory that is etched in my mind forever, I have dreamt of seeing them in person since the first time I saw them on National Geographic Channel and I really can’t believe it that I was able to see, interact and even hug them. It was truly a magical experience.

I also went on a Elephant Safari which is really cool, one of the highlights of my trip. It was so fun watching them. I highly suggest to see it and experience feeding them. One thing though, they are animals and they get tired too, so please do not ride on them, the staff will let you experience it but just say no. The least thing the we can do to help is to feed and play with them.

Nimmanhaemin Road (8), This epicentre of hipster Chiang Mai, Locals call in “Nimman” It’s a kilometre-long road where in you can witness some of the best tasting coffee in South East Asia where espresso-fuelled digital nomads have made their home.

Here are some of my favorite coffee shops.

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BulBul Cafe,

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Graph Cafe

Over-all I really enjoyed my stay in Chiang Mai. Thank you to my friend Bank for touring me around the city and for letting me stay in your house. I really appreciate the kind gesture. He is really talented too, you can visit his Blog and Instagram. Follow him.

If you want packages tour, you may visit the old city wall where in you can see heaps of travel tours that will suit to your liking. One reminder though is be ready to bargain as the prices varies. I hope you enjoy this photo tour of the city and will help you decide to visit Chiang Mai.

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All Photos© – Mackario