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This post is for all you UDD fans who just followed me here on Tumblr. =D *waves hi* 

Just like you, I’m a fan too. I first saw them in 2000 somethin… It was probably the first Terno night in Saguijo. I can’t even remember if it was Terno Inferno or Terno Au Go Go… Anyways what happened was, just like you, they blew me away. You guys know what I’m talking about.  

Here are some of my personal favorites from that Turn It Well music video shoot. Since the only way to shoot video is by using continuous lights, I had no hope in bringing out my flashes. I had brought 5 speedlights, and they were all cased up in my Pelican, that was being used as an apple box. With the whole video lighting rig, I found myself settling somewhere between f2 - 2.8 at 90-125th of a second, ISO 1,250. Pretty crappy conditions, if ya ask me. I hated it. The fact that I couldn’t use my gear was torture. It was nice that they made good use of my century stand, and the McNally reflector, but to not be able to use my strobes was paralyzing. 

And then at the very last moment, I had a tiny ass window of opportunity to shoot their portrait. It was in those brief moments of wrapping up the video shoot, tearing down, and right before going home. I had no time to test anything, and I needed a huge light source. I was gona pull out my parabolic umbrella, but I forgot my umbrella bag at home. The biggest source of light I could generate in the fastest amount of time was in the form of a single sb800, shooting through a 2-stop McNally triflip diffuser. It gave that hard-ish light at the distance I had it in, but the spread was enough to cover all four of them and give me some dramatic shadows. The remainder of my time was spent getting the guys to react to me so I could nail that expression. 

It was Armi’s suggestion to not look into the camera. I guess she’s camera shy like that.  Her gazing off on that last frame was just perfect. And then on the other hand, Ean, Carlos and Paul were pros giving looks into the lens. They got the pressure-on-the-brow-action goin on pretty well. =) The four of them were such great subjects. Super easy to work with despite the long hours of shooting the video. Thanks, guys! You’s made it breeze. 

I’m looking forward to Capacities on vinyl. I just placed my order.

Till next time, guys. Cheers!


Hi guys, Bel here. 

I tried my very best to transcribe the lyrics of Up Dharma Down’s new song Thinker. This is not the official thing, but I THINK I got the most part right. :)

As Armi said on her recent DZUP interview, they are gunning to release the new album (Capacities) this NOVEMBER!

I will be attending Terno Inferno tonight at SaGuijo. Anyone here who’s coming?

We have something for you our fantastic Tumblr followers in the coming months so better watch out for that. 

Thanks again for your continuous support.

Spread the Dharma love. 



Thought it out
And I am convinced
There is no difference
In our differences

Don’t care what you want
And I’m unnerved
The care that I need
is what you say you deserved

When I try to say goodbye
You stop me on my feet
It pushed me up to lead the way
And there you go leaving
While I stayed down believing

Free your mind you say
Free your mind you say
Free your mind you say
Does this free your mind

Free your mind you say
Free your mind you say
Free your mind you say
Did I free your mind

The sweetest beginings
Now on the edge of pretensions
Oh I believe you when you say
You’ve got the cleanest intensions

No I’m not looking for love
It’s not like I’m gonna find it
Tremendous steps and it figures
And you expect me to just stay behind it all

There’s a love in your mercy and prayer
It’s all that I need
I’ve given you everything for you to fiddle me dry
No need to try too hard every time I

Free your mind you say
Free your mind you say
Free your mind you say
Just as free, your mind

Free your mind you say
Free your mind you say
Free your mind you say
Are you liberated?

You can do anything you want now
Enjoy yourself, yeah
Enjoy yourself, you’re on your own now
You’re on your own now


*video by Jheysi Chua


Excuse me Lord, I know I ain’t living right.

 no bitch shut the fuck up and sit down.

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