Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) *

Friday, November 27, 2015

Sooo.. something shiny arrived at my doorstep a few days ago. It's the new Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE500KL), sent to me as a gift, courtesy of ASUS Philippines and Di9it. (Yes, they actually sent me a phone. I don't know if this is normal for most ~established bloggers~ but it took me about half a day to recover from the shock.. and then the rest of the day I spent learning how the f to use an Android phone.)

I got a bit too excited and told friends I'd be reviewing it, only to realize that I am in no way a tech blogger.. Nor am I techie, for that matter. I only use my phone for three things: messaging, games, and taking photos. So how do I even begin to judge if it's a good phone or not? It's pretty, it's shiny, it's gold. Those 3 things were enough to make me like it.. so shallow. The only drawbacks, for me, were that 1) it's an Android phone (I've been using iPhones since 2013, so I've gotten way too used to iOS devices) and 2) it's HUGE. I took a photo of it side by side by my current phone (iPhone 5), and you can clearly see the difference in size. It's hard to hold with just one hand and I can barely fit it in any of my pockets. The good thing about the size though, is that it's better for reading stuff like blog posts and manga scans. It's also much better for games since you have a bigger screen. That is, except for LoveLive! SIF -- I can't reach the circles with my thumbs in time wtf. (o´罒`o)

Right now I'm road-testing the camera, and will continue do so for around a week or two. I've been liking it so far, but if it's photo quality we're talking about, I'm still very biased towards the iPhone. But what I'm really impressed with, is the Beautification function! It works SO well that I didn't have to install the BeautyPlus app anymore haha ( 〃´艸`〃) I'll post the photos once I get a good number of them. Soon!

* Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own.

4x4 // Instagram favorites #6

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

@marco149 // marco149.com - A recent favorite, I discovered Marco's work through Yagi Arisa's Instagram. I saw her photography work for Little Sunny Bite and I liked it a lot. Marco's dreamy style was right up my alley, so I followed her Instagram right away.

@mielllsucre - I was hesitant to add this person to the list, to be honest. I meant for this post to feature only photographers, and I wasn't sure if she was actually a photographer or just a person who takes photos (there is a difference!), but I really like her photos! The only info she has on her Instagram is that her name is Marilyn/まりりん, and that she likes cute things. I think she used to take photos for Grimoire's Hitomi's Styling section, before Hitomi started doing photography as well. I tried looking around for her portfolio but I couldn't find anything. All I found that her name sometimes pops up on sites like DROPTOKYO and Grimoire. So strange and mysterious.

@ice_lace // shinhyerim.com - Shin Hyerim is the first Korean photographer I found on IG. I found out about her when I stumbled upon her photography account, where she posts her actual work. I chose to share her personal one, because I like seeing how other photographers see ordinary day-to-day things. For example, I learned that aside from photography, she enjoys hanging out at cafes, and that she does shoe design on the side. She seems to be friends with Lee SungKyung as well; I love it when she posts photos of her on her photography account.

@ninagawamika // ninamika.com - Last but not least, one of my all-time favorite photographers, Ninagawa Mika ♥ NinaMika is well-known in Japan for her signature style of photography-- vivid and richly colorful --and I love that it's reflected even in her day-to-day photos.

That's it for this month's installment of 4x4! Took me a while, I know! To be honest I had a hard time choosing photographers to feature, since I only follow less than 10 on Instagram. The reason why I follow so few photographers is because I don't really like following accounts that only post official work. (I do follow a couple of photographers like that, but only because I can't find their work anywhere else.) Don't get me wrong-- I think using Instagram as a platform for showing your work is a great idea. I just prefer seeing photos that show bits and pieces of the photographers' daily lives. And I think being relatable is important, because that makes people understand you a bit more. Like for me, I like that I get to see what kind of environment these people live in, what they do for fun, where they get their inspiration, stuff like that.

For next month's 4x4, I'll feature some of my favorite LARME girls! I know a lot of people are interested in LARME-kei and girly style these days, so I'll try and choose 4 of my favorite LARME girls next. It'll be a bit hard because I'm following about 10 of them, haha! By the way, I recently revamped my old Tumblr. I turned my black and white Tumblr (I got tired of it.. sorry. I know some of you liked that blog) into an inspiration dump. It's mostly pink and girly things now, but I'll try to share more diverse things. (The key word being try.) And I still have my J-fashion Tumblr. I changed the name, but it's still the same one. Feel free to follow whichever fits your fancy, heh. Happy Wednesday! ♥