Photography: Trying on VSCO Photo Filter ‘recipe’

Hey guys, forget me yet? Ahah. I know it’s been a (long) while. and you probably have guessed that I am busy being a mom. At the same time today (not planning this at all), it’s mother’s day.

I won’t post quotes about motherhood or any dedicated post about mom and my mother. I am appreciating mother role more than ever. I just think that everyday could be a mother’s day and you should appreciate mothers single everyday. 

My son is now 19 months and quite active. He’s starting to do one-word communicating which is great. He loves his ball and kicking them. He is also the object of my photos on Instagram.

I’ve been quite fond of trying VSCO photo filter application on my phone and trying their ‘recipes’. They are quite addictive to make!

source: Pinterest

It made me want to take pictures more. I am quite preoccupied with my daily activity as a mom and wife, so this kind of take me back to my ‘root’ that loves photography. I also used my old unpublished pictures and considering trying them on the published ones. 

This isn’t the first time I saw the VSCO ‘recipes’ but I figured it’s not for me. But having them actually makes things better. I always love digital coloring and sometimes want my pictures to look in a certain color or atmosphere but fail to execute them. Now all I have to do is find the recipe on Pinterest and look for the atmoshere I want. Of course you must realize your own photo composition and lighting, because the result can be different.

But not all recipes are available on the original VSCO that you can download for free. Some is charged. I always pick the free ones and they aren’t bad 🙂 

Look up my instagram feed if you want to see more of my pictures.

Anyway, how was your day? And have you tried VSCO before?

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what have I been watching

whazzuuup.. surprise, surprise, the busy mom has a little time to write. After the drama rollercoaster I have today, best to focus on things I am excited about.  Didn’t feel like doing anything but I decided to talk about some shows and movie I have watched.

What have I been watching lately…or have finished?

  • The Office (whole season). The series has its ups and downs but I loved it anyway. Too bad Steve Carell appeard weak and too little on the finale episode. 
  • Younger (still on season 3). Caught it on iflix and hooked. But I found out late that I watched the season 2 first so that’s a bit weird.
  • Madame Bovary. Didn’t plan to watch it until one bored hour I saw Mia Wasikowska in the opening. Enjoyed the performances, especially Mia and Ezra Miller. Good for Wasikowska finally taking adult roles, not as a teen anymore. But a bit disappointed with the plain ending. As a wife, I can get that waiting for husband all day (especially on old times and small towns) can be very dreading. Back then divorce probably not an option and perhaps a couple of best friends can help the misery away. I personally still think Wasikowska felt still a bit too ‘green’ as a bored wife, but can’t get any other actress in mind who can play Emma Bovary (except young Kirsten Dunst or Amy Adams).
  • Take a little peek of Riviera starring Julia Stiles, looks good and intense but since I can’t watch with the baby around (too vulgar) Haven’t finished the first episode. Stiles was awesome.

    Anyhow, that’s all for now. Baby still asleep. Have a great week!

    Updates, updates

    Hey guys, it’s been soooo long.. going to make it a bit short and effective. Last time I wrote long, something’s in the way and I left it on the drafts section too long. I’ve been missing blogging. 

    • My kid is now 9 months and ever since he started to eat solids, my time can get more crowded. But love his growth and progress
    • Since I did not want to bother you about babies and all (or did you?), I have other blog about my motherhood and my baby, sunglowmama.wordpress.com with Indonesian language. Be sure to check it out! 
    • It’s the first time I did not care too much for the Oscars, as before I tend to religiously watch the nominees. Not that I completely not curious, I’d love to watch La La Land. But I noticed that after the whole Jada Pinkett Smith protest, is that this year it’s a bit more diverse with the movies and actors.
    • I noticed that my post ’30 Day Writing Challenge’ got many attention, especially since someone pinned the challenge on Pinterest. Got to straight this thing, I just want to say I don’t create the challenge but rather follow it from another blogger. Thanks and I am happy people loved it! 
    • Baby now loves to stand with holding anything, I think he is going to stand and walk a bit soon (yay! And watch out for things…uh). 
    • My Youtube history now is baby contrast animations, mainly to train his eyes and also to calm him down. The little man can be quite clingy, especially with his teeth growing. 
    • I’ve been watching Episodes from first episode, but realized that the fifth season will be out just this year and it will be the last. 
    • Also been watching Big Bang Theory from the start.
    • Ummm, what else? Just more baby stuffs to do.

    That’s all for now! What’s up with you?

    Do Nothing

    Sometimes all you have to do…is nothing.

    With now the baby nearly 8 months and can’t wait to explore the world now he can almost stand alone, you just can’t sit and relax. Do not talk to me about errands. The house probably reached clean state for only several seconds. But tried my best not to get it dirty.

    Exhausted, drained, body aches for moving around with the baby and not with the baby (always something to do), you forget that just doing nothing is actually okay.

    For you perfectionists..or women, it is hard to do nothing while there are errands to do. But sometimes it is necessary to leave it alone…for the sake of your mind. No, so what if you should clean now when the baby is asleep? You should be with your own mind for a little bit. 

    Yes sometimes we can ourselves underrated our own needs. And just shut your ears when people talk. When people understand, they understand. 

    Tomorrow, surely is another day. 

    So how’s your day?

    What I’ve Been Watching Lately: Hindsight, Spy, Me Before You & HIMYM

    Since my life is all about my baby now, and not that I don’t love the little man, but I could use a little ‘walk’ to another field. Yes, I’d like to talk about what I have been watching lately.

    My blog film has been inactive for 6 months perhaps, just after I gave birth but I have been thinking to end it for some time. I must say sometimes I miss ‘judging’ film or TV series. Since I am busy taking care the baby I don’t know when I can watch a movie, but I can have little time to watch TV series.

    Here’s the new ones I’ve watched:

    Hindsight – TV Series



    Becca suddenly travel back in time to the moment she’s about to marry her first husband, Sean. She knows the marriage would fall apart in the future so she ran away the day she should get married. She also quit her job and start a new one. The guy she ended up with still a bit vague. We also know that in the future she will break her friendship with her BFF, Lolly.

    This is my new fave TV show, since it goes back to the decade I grew up with, the 90s. I love the cast, the accuracy of 90s feel and Becca’s chemistry with Lolly, and her cute brother. But after a couple of episode, I got annoyed with Becca’s unstable decisions. She’s adorable, but clueless.

    Now that I’ve watched the whole first season, I must say this series is still my favorite. It doesn’t need to be over the top like Empire but still got me hooked.

    Me Before You (2016) – Movie

    Not that I have seen Emilia Clarke before but from Games of Thrones images (haven’t seen the show). Have heard that the movie is good.

    The story reminded me of Dying Young and Intouchables. I loved Clarke’s performance and the leading actor who have been in many romantic movies before (forgot his name and too lazy to google). Being bitter and angry surprisingly fits him. Too bad with the ending, it is a bit wrong for me (can’t explain more unless you want spoiler).

    Spy (2015)


    Have been wanting to see this. It was hilarious and not at all bad with the action scenes. I love that Jason Statham is a clumsy agent in here. Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law surprisingly have a good chemistry. Overall, very entertaining (or I have not been watching good comedy for a while).

    How I Met Your Mother – Reruns 

    I usually watched Friends reruns at Warner channel, but the new TV cable package we signed doesn’t have it so I watched HIMYM reruns at Star World. 

    Here’s the summon: I still love the 1st-6th season, but the rest is a mess. I feel like the writers must be bored or pressurized writing the episodes. Worse, I feel that the they also never been married or planning a wedding before. I apologized for sounding like a douche but they do. 

    There’s too many details to point on, but looking at Marshall and Lily’s life after having a kid looks too good to be true (even when they already add their tiredness and bit changes, but it was only on the surface). 

    Robin and Barney’s behaviour before the wedding also looked unrealistic. They shouldn’t have time to joke and hanging around with their friends, they should be busy with the day. 

    I still haven’t finish watching the reruns but I’m pretty sure I would want to write my own ending.

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    What about you? What did you watched lately?