Note: This is the first—and maybe the only time—I’m going to post something that’s not related to photography.
If you’ve never experienced multiple heartbreaks…
If you’ve never had it tough…
If you’ve never rooted for the underdog…
If you’ve never been passionate about something…
If you’ve never lived in a nation that has been plagued by oppression and corruption, both from the outside and from its own citizenry…
If you’ve never went through adversity, you will never ever understand what this means to us.
One of the European commentators for the international coverage of the FIBA-Asia seminal match couldn’t have said it any better.
"This is what this country needed. This is what this tournament needed."
Last night, the Philippines finally won an elimination game over Korea, their tormentors for close to three decades now, to book a Finals seat against juggernaut Iran and ultimately a slot in the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Spain.
Against all odds. Despite their star naturalized center going out with an injury. Despite being severely undersized. Despite Korean Mingoo Kim shooting the lights out (27 points on 60% shooting including 5/11 from deep) and threatening to stick another dagger of a loss to the hearts of all Filipino hopefuls.
The Philippines, a third-world country lacking in height but not in will, is incomprehensively passionate about basketball. And by the love of the sport and in front of every teary-eyed Filipino all over, we’re back in the world stage.
I am Rem and I bleed
Here’s how a film photography junkie packs for a mere 2-day stay at Baguio City (well, at least, this is how I do it).
Everything’s nicely cramped into a Domke F-1X shoulder bag with a black National Geographic pad for the shoulder strap. This will also serve as my carry-around bag.
Domke logo on each of the side pocket flaps.
Underwear (yes, underwear!) inside the left side pocket.
Film in the right side pocket.
A medium sized umbrella in the back pocket. It’s going to be raining hard over the weekend.
Handheld light meter, extra battery and lens brush all go into the left front pocket.
More film inside the right front pocket. You can never have enough, can you?
Essentials for personal hygiene snuck away inside the zipper compartment of the bag’s main cover flap.
The main cover flap has netted pockets where the lens blower and my Samsung tablet’s charger fit snuggly.
Shirts and handkerchiefs are placed in the leftmost section of the main compartment.
Hidden along the clothes compartment wall is the Samsung tablet.
Next to the clothes section is a padded insert which houses an Olympus XA4…
…and a Yashica Electro 35 CCN.
Next to the padded insert is a section that contains the Contax IIa with a Voigtlander SC-Skopar 25mm 1:4.0 lens and a 25mm Voigtlander viewfinder.
The Contax IIa sits on top of the Yashica T2.
Another padded insert completes the 4-section set-up of the bag’s main compartment. Inside it is a Yashica Mat-124 which my girlfriend will be using.
My cheapo cellhone, wallet and keys will all go into the pockets of my jeans.
It’ll be at least a 6-hour trip and I’ll be leaving in a couple of hours. @Kaththecrapout and @MarianoJuancho have already arrived there and they’ve told me that the place is freezing. A hoodie jacket and a cap are must-bring items then.
Here’s to having a great film photography weekend!