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i am giriish

painter, writer,
designer, martial artist,

and these are my jottings...

Staying Serene at Club Serena

I just did a shoot at my friends resort, Club Serena in Moalboal and rejuvenated was I. although I was also working, Dexter Alazas, the stylist did his job quite well, thus, I didn’t have to lift a finger. I’ve worked with some stylists before but admittedly, in Cebu, Dexter’s level of professionalism is matchless thus far.

The items had been picked more than a week before the shoot and pulled out from the stores. An hour before the shoot, they were already steamed and laid out with the accessories, and the vignettes too had been sorted out.

Mind you, I’ve been to shoots where I had to iron the clothes myself because the stylist didn’t take care of that. Some clothes had not even been taken out of their plastic packaging.

Makeup artist, Romero Vergara, was also in top form although days before the shoot, he was at the emergency room of a hospital in Singapore recovering from an asthma attack with a nebulizer. “Too much partying, we had three bottles of Moet Chandon the night before and then a barbecue party. My lungs conked out,” he said.

Seven layouts for eight pages, all done in a day; there really is nothing like working with industry professionals. Day after the shoot, I had time to laze at oxygenated pool and even go scuba diving just before we headed back for Cebu. I didn’t realize how the deepest blue triggered primal fear in my spine until I saw the colorful, seabed of corals drop into an abyss. Then again, that’s another story.