Photography Portfolio

Marj-Stanley Wedding, Dec 2016

This has been a long time coming. Hehehe. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย The photos have been in my storage for quite some time… But – I finally have time to post them today! Yay for me!

The wedding, though a simple affair, was a beautiful one – full of emotion and love and happiness. What’s more – it was the holiday season so the snow and the festive atmosphere helped with the shots I took.

Taken with my ever trusty Nikon D40, using either my 50MM and my 70MM as well as my 35MM for wide angle shots. Settings varied depending on where I was shooting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Minor PP just for color correction and a little glow for that whimsical feel.

Email me at ruth.ilasco@icloud.com or comment below if you have queries or questions!

 

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Thank You :)

It’s such a simple gesture but it puts a huge smile on my face whenever there is someone who would tweet me or message me or even post it anywhere in their social media accounts how they got my book and how much they liked it.

This is one of the many reasons why I continue to write. Because your messages such as these get me inspired. My readers are very important to me. So I am immensely grateful for you all who supported me and got my book and sent me a short note that you did so.

Much love and kisses to all of you!ย ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’›

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Food Photography: Philippines Edition

So this has been a long time coming. I said way back that I was going to post the food photos that I took when we were vacationing in the Philippines during the summer. But then – too many things happened for the past days that this has been put in the back burner for quite some time.ย ๐Ÿ˜…

But anyway – here they are. Better late than never right? All of them are on my Instagram feed, actually. But I’m posting it here in a slideshow for those that haven’t seen them yet.ย ๐Ÿค—

As you well can see from the photos – food in the Philippines is the bomb. But that could be since I grew up with these foods. They’re what you might call – my comfort food given that they remind me of my childhood and how I lived when I was back in the Philippines. Biases aside though – I would really love for you to try Filipino foods. Even the ones that are American or Japanese but made in the Philippines. Most of the Filipino delicacies are really delicious.

And of course – nothing can beat Jollibee for me. Ever.

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Book Review: Vita Et Morte by Ruth Medina – Ilasco

Here’s a book review for my book – Vita Et Morte ๐Ÿ’› to be honest, I was scared out of my wits when she asked me to review my book. ๐Ÿ˜… But I’m glad you liked it, Jen! Thank you for this! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’›

Scattered Wits by JenniAngel

I am quite delighted to present this book review, for the first time ever, I am going to feature a local author, sheโ€™s no longer new to me as I have been a fan of her works at wattpad (Yes, I have that app on my phone!). When she posted about publishing a book, I couldnโ€™t help but to pull a Katniss Everdeen and volunteer to review, to be fair, I havenโ€™t read this one though it has been on my TBR List.

Hereโ€™s the story blurb:ย 

โ€œYou silly, silly girl,โ€ a voice whispered close to my ear. And as I tried to open my eyes to look at my rescuer, I felt a soft kiss on my forehead.

โ€œW-who are y-you?โ€ I stuttered, the cold making me shiver uncontrollably as I slowly succumbed to darkness.

The only thing I would remember before the darkness totally got to meโ€ฆ

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Vita Et Morte: available in the Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‘€ SOON

Hello friends from the Philippines! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

Just wanted to let you all know that I’m currently in talks with a local publisher there for my book to be available within the Philippines. It would be easier for everyone to get my book via this local publisher if you are having a hard time with Amazon ๐Ÿ˜…

It would still have the same price as Amazon, be rest assured. Shipping fees might vary though depending on where you are located in the Philippines.

I will update you all soon! Tell all your family and friends about it too! ๐Ÿ˜

Much love! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

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Vita Et Morte – Finally Published

So… ๐Ÿ‘€ I finally did it ๐Ÿ™ˆ I finally was able to publish one of my short stories/novellas onto Amazon KDP.

I didn’t know I would be able to do this, but I did. And I’m grateful for those who believed that I could. ๐Ÿ˜Œ You know who you all are. ๐Ÿ’›

Please give it a try! Search for “Vita Et Morte” over at Amazon. It’s only $0.99 or free via Kindle Unlimited. ๐Ÿ˜

I would also appreciate it if you would also leave a review over at Amazon. It would help boost my book.

Currently working on getting that paperback for this story done, too! Will update you all once I have it printed and ready for release. Thank you all!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿค—

P.S. if you want to get a free copy in exchange for an honest review that you must post on your blog or socmed accounts, kindly comment below or email me at ruth.ilasco@icloud.com

Poems and Stories

Sleep (A Short Drabble)

This here is just a short drabble that I wrote one night when I couldn’t sleep. This may or may not be inspired by true events. *wink, wink*

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She woke up, feeling a little bit disoriented as she looked around her, quite miffed that she was up when she knew she just went to bed. She then breathed a small sigh of relief when she realized she was in their bedroom. She didnโ€™t remember walking towards their bed but she did remember plopping down on it when she got there. She felt for him beside her, frowning when she felt the cold sheets instead.

Where could he be? She thought.

It was 2:30 in the morning and she was kind of annoyed to be up only after an hour of sleep. It seemed like even sleep was eluding her for the past few weeks.

Couldnโ€™t really complain. What with the new changes and all.

She got up and stretched, her back muscles popping, making her groan in satisfaction.

Oooohhhโ€ฆ That felt good.

She then started to walkโ€ฆ

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Poems and Stories

You, Me And Coffee

Another one of my shorts that I published over at the Sweet Books website. ๐Ÿ™‚

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6:00AM. Monday.

โ€œGood morning! What can I get for you today?โ€ the barista at the usual coffee shop he goes to, asked.

Sheโ€™s new. He sleepily thought as he yawned and scratched his ear, taking note of how lovely her smile was despite the dreary snowy, cold weather outside.

โ€œYouโ€™re new,โ€ he voiced out his thoughts before chuckling embarrassedly. โ€œSorry โ€“ I must not be fully awake yet.โ€

โ€œThatโ€™s all right! Yes, Iโ€™m new โ€“ just started today actually. My name is Mia. What can I get for you today?โ€ she replied, her chipper voice making him slightly smile unawares.

โ€œIโ€™ll have my usual cafe latte please, skimmed milk, less foam. Make it extra hot.โ€

Mia nodded before asking, โ€œWould that be a tall or a venti?โ€

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Poems and Stories

A Subway Short

I’ve been publishing some of my short stories over at sweetbookswg.com. Do check me out over there. I’m part of a group of talented women who writes to empower and entertain. Watch out for our first anthology!

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He was running late, cursing under his breath as he raced towards the stairs going down the train subway. Why today of all days his car decided to die on him, he couldnโ€™t fathom. Today โ€“ when he had that meeting he asked his secretary to schedule in an hour that would bring in millions to his company.

โ€œShit,โ€ he muttered just as he reached the kiosks to buy his train ticket, patting his pockets and realizing his wallet was nowhere to be found on his person. He groaned before closing his eyes and banging his head lightly on the metal ticket dispenser in front of him. โ€œOf all the motherfuckingโ€“โ€

โ€œLooking for this?โ€

He stopped and opened his eyes before quickly turning around. He almost gave himself a whiplash as he looked towards the soft, melodious voice that uttered those words, his gaze narrowing as he finally saw whoโ€ฆ

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