A Happy New Y2013 Indeed

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A Happy New Y2013 Indeed

This was our first time to celebrate the New Year as husband and wife. We celebrated the New Year in my parents-in-law’s house together with my sister-in-law and her husband. We had a happy celebration.

To reserve our energy when celebrating the New Year, we planned to have all the food cooked outside and cook a little only. Seafood was the major course with a couple of other dishes such as pork, but not chicken. Not chicken, since there was a saying that chicken may bring a “One Kahig, Isang Tuka” luck to the family. All the seafood dishes were cooked from Dampa (in Paranaque), the chosen dishes were crabs in oyster sauce, shrimps in garlic sauce, kamaron (breaded shirmp) and calamares (breaded squid).

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The dessert was a pan of leche flan, oozing with caramel on top.

The dishes were all placed in a chafing dish, and were warmed by a burner using fuel jelly. The smell of the seafood aroma made our stomachs crumble, but we saved our appetites after hearing mass.

We were early at church and have occupied one pew. It was my first time to hear mass in my husband’s village, they have a very nice church. They say that first timers can make three wishes. I only made one wish, hope it will come true šŸ™‚

After hearing mass, we look forward to our New Year dishes, but before we change to comfortable clothes, we opted to have our Christmas/New Year pictures taken first.

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My husband was then excited for fireworks. He suddenly changed to comfortable clothing and made his way to the pile of firecrackers. We started with the “kwitis” and Roman Candle. I was actually scared coming near firecrackers, but thought that taking firecracker photos will be a challenge.

Of course before lighting up firecrackers, my husband was geared up for safety. As TV advertisements would say “Safety First”!

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The “kwitis” were lined up to an old corrugated sheet pointing upwards. I had fun catching the firecracker trail when it soars high up to the sky.

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Excited for the boom boom boom!

Excited for the boom boom boom!

It was only 15 minutes to January 1, 2013, and we were all anticipating the colorful fireworks in the sky. Our cameras are ready and set to for our creative fireworks shot.

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5, the lens is in circles during the exposure

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5, the lens is in circles during the exposure

When our firecrackers were already consumed, we went inside the house to review our shots. However, our creativity mode is still active and we want to make more creative shots. My husband, together with my sister-in-law and his husband played with the camera.

Using Plumplum's musical wand; Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Using Plumplum’s musical wand; Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 20 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 20 seconds

We lastly tried to write names, using long exposure and we were successful on this. The camera settings of the pictures below is ISO 100 at an exposure of 20 seconds.

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We were proud with the result of our creative shots that we weren’t able to keep track of time. We slept at about 4am in the morning. Though we’re still in the mood to post our shots in facebook, our eyes are already droopy. Its time to take a rest.

Welcome Y2013, we are excited with the things that are in store for us!

… I hope that the wish that I made in my first church visit will come true šŸ™‚

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