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Thirty Four Café + Carriages Band

Broken coffee shop wifi is such a heart-breaker. As I sit here in a small corner, I see faces of people in different nationalities and hear offbeat conversations in contrasting languages. Nine months of living in a different country and I still get amazed when I meet different people from different places and cultures.

One time during my weekend trip to somewhere in the middle of Ireland, I met a French couple who traveled all of Europe and some other parts in the world. They’re in there 50’s and I was bewildered by the stories they shared and the idea that they don’t see travel as a luxury. They travel because they crave adventures and they wanted to see more of the world – no matter what age. In every conversation we had, I became more and more thirsty to navigate and see more of what’s out there.

And whenever that curiosity sparks within me, I always think about how immensely wonderful it would be to share them here and inspire young people like me to explore – not limiting to travel but also to seek real connections with real people.

 

With that said, I owe you an apology for my inconsistency. My failure to update often and lack of focus haunt me every time. Lately I’ve been figuring out how to solve this. Keeping a lifestyle blog while relying solely on film for my photos is truthfully not ideal. It involves a lot of money and energy which I couldn’t promise to provide with my minimum-wage income as a teenager in a city with a ridiculously expensive cost of living. And it’s going to be especially hard for me now as I save enough money to rent my own apartment before the end of this year.

But this blog is a part of who I am and although I admit of being inconsistent and lazy, for the most part, I still couldn’t let go…  especially when I think of those people who this blog inspires. I still couldn’t promise that I’ll be able to post regularly, but I’ll try my best to keep up. So please bear with me as I hold off film photography for now and try to make the best out of an iphone (and hopefully save up for a good hand-me-down digital.) P.S. Film is still not dead.

Meanwhile, feast your eyes with some of these not-so-new film photos I took in the last few months of  the Dublin city streets and a coffee shop in Portobello, Thirty Four. 

 

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Dublin street art

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0044--40500011   0046--40500013              To these two gentlemen: You’re amazing. I owe you a lot.

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The following photos you’ll see won’t be in a very good quality because I didn’t set my camera properly so they were underexposed. When I collected them from the camera shop, they were really bad but I tried my best to fix them.

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Thirty Four café is situated at 34 Lennox Street in Portobello area. It’s a bit hidden in a quiet neighborhood but it was definitely worth my time. I love how they celebrate the importance of music and coffee = Two essential things in my life. I discovered this place while I was googling for “free events in Dublin”. The night before the event, I listened to the band, Carriages,  which would be playing and I honest-to-goodness adore their music. I was excited to hear them play live the next day and it was even an intimate kind of gig since the area was small and the people were obviously art and music lovers.

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0052--40500019   The mood and the weather were perfect. The room was packed after a short while and everyone was having a good time drinking coffee and listening as the Carriages play some of their best songs. 

 

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Overall, I had a wonderful afternoon at Thirty Four and after the event, I stayed a bit more to finish my coffee and read Kinfolk – which, by the way is one of the best lifestyle magazines here on earth. Makes me really think things through and wonder what would it be like if I start living a minimalist lifestyle as a young creative.

Any thoughts about it?

Much love and gratitude to y’all,

1a

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Alice
    May 1, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Hello, Camille. It’s your Aunt Alice. How r u? Well written my dear that it gets me interested to read your blog. Blog is that what you call it? You are really very good and we are really very proud of you especially your dad boasting that you have his brain. That’s why he posted it on my facebook to have it read, and it’s worthwhile. Keep it up and CHEERS!!! Love u xxxoooxxx…

    • Reply
      Camille
      May 5, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Tita Alice! Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked reading my blog. Love u too ♥

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    Alexandro
    June 14, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Such a fan of your wonderful works. You really inspire me to be better in life not just having fun & drinking & getting wasted with friends. Theyre so much things life can offer to us yet im here worrying about my future. You really seem calm and just enjoying life to the fullest. All I want in life is to enjoy with my love ones, friends & family. Everyday I look at life like a battle field. Everyone are competing against each other whether who is better than who. I just want to feel free from my anxiety & insecurities. And I dont know where to start. Well Im not really this deep type of person. I rarely talk about this with my friends. After reading some of your blogs I have to say Im very moved and touched. Im a man and I know this sounds gay but

    Hopefully I’ll bumped into you accidently and just talk about life.

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      Camille
      June 15, 2016 at 2:19 am

      You know, it really may seem like I’m a calm person and just enjoying life to the fullest.. but that’s because that’s what I do as a creative- I curate things to become beautiful through photos and words. But it’s not that I’m fake or something. I’m upfront to my friends, family, and even social media about my struggles and insecurities about life. Nobody’s life is as good as it looks online. My life is a mess too and I deal with anxiety all the time. It doesn’t go away but I learned how to live with it and not let it get to me as much as possible. I really do hope we bump into each other one day and talk. In the meantime, what I really want to say to you is to please stop waiting. Stop waiting for your life to become perfect or even almost perfect for you to live. You know, I once read this quote and it never left my mind, “If you’re alive this morning you have what it takes to be creative.” and I don’t mean just the art/design/photography whatsoever. Be creative in your own way. See challenges as opportunities to grow as a person. Build a home within your bones. I know this sounds like you’re in English poetry class.

      If you’re reading this, you obviously got to wake up today and most likely you have a roof over your head, some good breakfast and a wifi connection.. so start with being grateful with what you have and where you are now. That’s how you should see life every day. 🙂

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        Alexandro
        June 15, 2016 at 5:01 pm

        Nawh I appreciate your advice I’ll keep that in mind. Its easier said than done. I just dont know anymore. Well Im not complaining its just that its so hard to be happy. Theres always bad things happen and you have to start over again and solve everything. I really do admire you, youre not one of those girls who goes out every weekend gets drunk and socially active.You see life in different ways. Youre unique in your own way. And I’m grateful Ive met you well not personally but still.

        And yes I’ll do that I’ll stop waiting
        Btaw Im Filipino. Is there anyway I could reach up to you privately, maybe a whatsap? If only youd feel comfortable

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          Camille
          June 16, 2016 at 1:10 am

          Definitely easier said than done. But there’s a difference between deciding and doing. 😉 Awww thank you. But I don’t think I’m any better than “those girls”. Maybe it’s their way of showing their excitement or how they express themselves when they’re sad. It’s also kind of creative you know. Haha

          Woooow, never saw that coming. And i’m sure you speak bisaya too. Haha. Yes, but maybe pinging me on email would be better if you have something to talk to me about life – alauracamille@gmail.com. I’m happy to help in any way. 🙂

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    finja
    October 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Can I just say that I love your blog? I really do, the landing page is great, the images particularly! Follow you on Bloglovin now. 🙂 All power to ya & cheers from London. The world needs more blogger!! :):)

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      Camille
      October 30, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      That’s so sweet of you, thank you! 🙂

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