Had the most amazing time at MAKA Fest last week! It has been a while since I last used my camera and I've always been wanting to test its capacity and learn how to use it to its full potential. I’m slowly learning how to function in manual, but my biggest issue is still shooting moving people in low light. I got to test it out and tweaked the settings around to see which works best for the light available during the show and I think the pictures turned out okay and better than the ones i have taken before. Although, I still have a lot to learn, I hope you guys enjoy the set! Big thanks to the whole MAKA + Bad Decisions crew!

If there's one thing about me that stays constant, it'll be my love for thriller + horror films. For most people these kinds of movies bring fear, but for me, it's an addiction. Nothing like a tasty mixture of suspense and danger to get my blood pumping and heart racing. I have watched my fair share of films that would scare if not scar you for life. If you are one of the few, who enjoys shivers down the spine, here's a treat for you. Since it's Friday the 13th and Halloween is slowly creeping in, I think now is the perfect time to start a series sharing films that gave me so much life and terror at the same time. The first five I've listed below are some of my favorites. So, if you have nothing to do after work and just want to snuggle up in your pj's, pick your poison and enjoy! 

#1 - It Follows (2014)
No movie scarred me as much as this film. It left me traumatized for months and until now, I can't even get myself to watch it again. That's how good this movie is. It's about a teenage girl, after her first seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this terror, she and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors, that seem to be only a few steps behind. The stress and paranoia this flick will give you will last for quite a while.

#2 - Dead Awake (2016)
Sleep paralysis is a real life phenomenon happening all over the world. I have friends who shared their experiences with sleep paralysis and this movie mirrors the same reality they have struggled with every night. The story follows a young woman who must save her friends and herself from an ancient evil who stalks its victims through the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. I don't advise people with actual sleep paralysis to watch this film because it may trigger an episode.

#3 - Krampus (2015)
I watched this film with Rjay a few years back. We were expecting a comedy horror vibe out of it but to our surprise, it was the total opposite. It was twisted, dark and there was nothing funny about it. The story revolved around a family and their young boy who turned his back on Christmas. With his lack of festive spirit, he accidentally summoned the yin to Santa's yang, the son of Hel in Norse Mythology, Krampus, forcing his family to fight if they hope to survive the wrath of the demon. The story may sound a bit childish but the film gave life to the Germanic folklore that originated way back 1600s. 

#4 - 1408 (2007)
For a movie that was produced back 2007, 1408 is one horror flick you shouldn't underestimate. John Cusack played the role of a skeptical writer debunking the supernatural. While writing his latest book, he spends a night in a supposedly possessed room in New York. He had doubts that the room wasn't really possessed and that the hotel was just using it for promotion but later in the night, he finds that if you checked in to room 1408, you might never leave the room alive. This adaptation of  Stephen King's 1999 short story might be the best one yet. If you don't mind getting lost in a psychological roller-coaster, this film will take you in one.

#5 - Another Me (2013)
Last but definitely not the least is a Spanish-Brit thriller about a teenager who is stalked by a mysterious doppelganger who has her eyes set on taking over her life. It's not the greatest movie in the world but it's far from the worst and it's not the dull, lame movie others would let you think. I found it to be an above average flick with a surprise ending. I haven't watched Game Of Thrones yet but if you're familiar with Sophie Turner, she did a pretty good job playing the lead role in this film. Give this flick a shot, it might surprise you.

I finally found time to organize my hard drive over the past week. I was sorting through folders filled with unwanted documents, unnecessary downloads and stumbled upon a folder filled with photographs I never thought I would see again. After hours of browsing through each and every single photo, I emerged from almost a trance-like state from having been swept back into the past I thought I have lost. These photos drew me back into the depths of my memory, leaving me with a feeling of nostalgia and a bit of, longing. Lucky for us, we don't have to rely solely on our memories to tell our story. That's the thing about photographs they capture some of our most treasured moments, altering life and holding it still. It's true what they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Taken at the right time, one photograph can tell an entire story. Photographs are moments frozen in time that help us remember the details of the past – details our memory, on its own, can't fully preserve. They are visual representations of moments that can help build onto memories, transforming our trip down memory lane into a fuller, more accurate experience. I'm glad that I got to declutter or I wouldn't chance upon all these memories hidden within the corners of my hard drive. I was just planning on organizing them, but I got so fixated with the photos, that I chose a couple, edited them then decided to kill two birds and have them saved here, just in case I lose the copies I have recovered. Here's a peek of some photographs I took back when I was still living in Europe - during the summer of 2013.