SABATICAL

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gonna take a break this week on posting. Didn't really record nor take any pictures this time around. Been doing lots of adjusting and I can't really keep posting shitty stuff. I really need to control the quality of the stuff that I post. It's getting ridiculous.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST #15 - LAUREN ENGEL

Friday, November 16, 2018



This was a fun interview to do. Lauren is pretty ambitious and very young to be doing multiple things like this. It's pretty awesome and I have to give her props on that.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #84 - NOT MUCH TO DO HONESTLY

Monday, November 12, 2018



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LEFT IN THE DARK #46 - NEVER DONE



My roommates haven't been able to clean up as of late. The late shifts they've been doing has prevented them to clean as much. I try to clean up a bit because I want to help them come home to a nice clean place. I think anyone deserves a nice clean place

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BUENO POWER VLOG #83 SMALL NEW YORK EATS

Monday, November 5, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #45 - IN THE STREETS



I got a couple of snaps in this weekend and it was sort of refreshing just shooting out around people. It's pretty fun and I miss it a bunch. Hopefully I get to do more of these later.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST EPISODE #14 - LET’S TALK #2

Friday, November 2, 2018

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QUIET DREAMS - OCTOBER

Dear October,

It gets harder and harder to take pictures. Nothing seems as interesting as I would like it to be. I’m just so burnt out on everything. Maybe I’m over it. Maybe I just need some


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BUENO POWER VLOG #82 - EMIO ARCADE STICK MOD

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #44 - NIGHT DRIVES

Monday, October 29, 2018



To tell you the truth I couldn't drive at night with my old truck. So many things wrong with it that prevented me to drive at night. The tires in the front were balding, the front light at the right was out as well as the back light, the brakes were already worn down and starting the truck sounded like it had asthma. It was a mess and I was deeply saddened about this experience, but it's something that I had to deal with for months.

With this new car I'm able to go anywhere worry free. Doesn't mean I'm going to drive like an asshat, but it does mean the freedom to drive anywhere without any police noticing me. Sometimes you have to have a new car. It's just the way it is.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #81 - LST LVS DEMO LISTENING PARTY

Monday, October 22, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #43 - SHOES



Looking back at some old work again and figuring out different crops on images. This is a typical one with photographing these shoes, but these are a pair of shoes I bought with money I actually had. It's one of my first purchases in new footwear. Strange what happens in a year.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST #13 - THEO SLAVIN

Friday, October 19, 2018

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BUENO POWER VLOG #80 - LASAGNA FOREVER

Monday, October 15, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #42 - CUPS



Being honest about this, but I've definitely been drifting away from digital again. Something about it just doesn't suit me as a photographer well even though most of my education was built from it. I find it strange that the pictures I produce in camera and in post doesn't reflect the way I see things. This turns to shitty pictures with no thoughts (or at least no effort). Don't get me wrong. Purchasing the x100t was definitely a big thing for me and I realize that I haven't used it to its full potential. There are plenty of things I could use it for, but just don't seem to feel like it's going anywhere.

So yes, I haven't been photographing with this camera as much as I should, but the reasons really are that I'm just not motivated to shoot with it. I'm definitely glad that I have this camera than a big ass DSLR that I'll probably only use once or twice. It just doesn't seem to go well with what I do as a photographer.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #79 - NINE YEARS OF BUENO

Monday, October 8, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #41 - GETTING COLDER



The weather changes are starting to come in (if they haven't already). I've seen some reports of snow in other areas of the East Coast. Not looking good, but the fact that I now have a new car is something that I've happy about. Given the situation of these times I've realized how dumb I was for staying married to a truck that was going to end up dying anyway. Alas, I feel better than I'm not going to have trouble for a long time. Just as long as I keep my car and myself healthy that is.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST #12 - SEAN LEARY

Friday, October 5, 2018

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QUIET DREAMS - SEPTEMBER

Dear September,

I'm thankful you came around and calmed me a bit. Its still strange to say I'm 33 knowing I haven't the slightest idea of how I'm going to survive when I turn 40. But I have to be patient and persistent. Sometimes you gave me sunburn and sometimes you gave me wet feet. Humid mornings when I couldn't decide on hot or cold coffee and chilly afternoons when I regretted not bringing a sweater. I've been quiet lately. Not just because I'm calm more these days, but because these memories have begun to roll in my mind. I'm feeling that my past is starting to disappear and these present and future happenings are becoming a thing I think about daily. Of course being able to reflect as a reminder of being humble has not dissolved, but it certainly isn't going to cripple what I'm trying to achieve. Maybe I'm afraid to let these memories go.

But I thank you for being here for me. You're not the type I look forward to seeing to be honest, but you were here and you were welcoming.





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BUENO POWER VLOG #78 - BIRTHDAY

Tuesday, October 2, 2018



Finally.. I got this uploaded lol. I'm so dumb for not getting it done.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #40 - GETTING OLDER

Monday, October 1, 2018



Just a few days ago I turned 33. It's weird to think that in all these years I'm still alive today. I've made some bad choices and made some good ones. It lead me to be here and it lead me to understand how critical choices are to your health. My life is definitely different amongst many of the people that surround me and the many that used to know me. Being in a new relationship that stems a more realistic approach in life really gave me the understanding of how much I've missed over the years. I may be late to many parties, but I think now I've just begun living life in the way I should.

I'm doing okay these days. Sometimes I get overly depressed and sometimes I think things are just getting worse. And you know what? I might be right on the "worse" part, but it doesn't stop me from being able to live life as best as I can. I just hope things are gonna be okay from here on out.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #77 - FINDING THINGS TO DO

Monday, September 24, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #39 - LATE NIGHT TEA



Again, looking at the archives I've been finding photographs that I have overlooked. It's been nice seeing work that I haven't seen in a minute, but it's also dumb the fact that I haven't even done much photographing with my digi for a bit. I've kinda lost some inspiration. Though I'm trying to figure out what to photograph these days. It's been awkward to tell you the truth.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST EPISODE #11 - NICA AQUINO

Friday, September 21, 2018



This was a fun interview to do. I hope that you enjoy this episode because the things that Nica talk about really hit close to home. I love it man. It was freakin' awesome.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #76 - THE HEAT STILL HERE THOUGH

Monday, September 17, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #38 - NIGHT RIDES



Awhile back me and Jen were at Cape Cod hangin' out and I forgot I took this picture while on the bus. This little camera can do wonders if you let it for sure.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #75 - ...AND THAT'S WHEN SUMMER ENDED

Monday, September 10, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #37 - DINNER FEELS



I've had this image floating in my computer for a bit and didn't really think to much of it until I had edited it. I love simple compositions in pictures and when they're edited properly they deem to interesting results. I hope to get more of these images in the future.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST EPISODE #10 - JACK SHIRLEY

Friday, September 7, 2018



I was honored the opportunity to interview Jack Shirley and let me say... I was kinda starstruck lol. However, we tap on a couple of things such as his upbringing as a musician, Comadre, Atomic Garden Studios relocation and more. Hope you guys like this interview. I sure as hell did.

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QUIET DREAMS - AUGUST

Dear August,

I wanted to say thank you for making me realize that I'm living my best life. Sure, I'm not all together financially and don't have a place of my own, but in these times I realize that good things come with time and when you're vulnerable. I'm not sure if I deserve any of this, but I do know that I will make the best of it and show my appreciation the best I can. It felt like Summer for once. It felt like I was not alone. It felt like I'm living my life again. I can't thank you enough.




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BUENO POWER VLOG #74 - DOING MORE MODS

Wednesday, September 5, 2018



Posting this late, but it's here. Man.. I've been busy this summer jesus

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LEFT IN THE DARK #36 - GIRLFRIEND NOTICE

Tuesday, September 4, 2018



I'm sure that if you a post a picture like this you're gonna get some weirdos around. However, these days having some substance in a relationship is hard enough. Sorry my dude. Hope you find what you're looking for.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #73 - CONGRATS GUYS!! NOW LET'S EAT!!

Monday, August 27, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #35 - NOT ALLOWED

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ALREADY MAKING PLANS

Friday, August 24, 2018

Concept art has appealed to me ever since I set foot in art school. Being taught the idea of concept and knowing how it can affect the work itself was a definite game changer on how I saw my own work. Some concepts immediately go to the trash, some can start and finish, and some can stay alive for years. I'm one of those people that starts a concept and finishes it so that new ones can be worked on. I can't help, but be jealous to those people who can create a concept and do additional twists to it for years and years. I think that's how I feel about Nahre.

So far I've been casually watching her videos being amazed on how well she brings music, graphic illustration, motion sequence and concept all in one. She's pretty prolific on how she composes pieces and how she composes video. This is a big advantage for her and her concept as an artist. No one is doing something like this right now I really down for it.




This brings me to the idea of what I want to do for next year.


Next year I'm thinking of doing a 365 project again. This time posting up one picture a day. This may come in as black and white, color or both. I'm also playing the idea of posting all these images on Instagram and this blog. I feel like that's the way to go about this whole thing. Editing the pictures may be done using my phone. I think that it's a good challenge to try and make edits using your phone since it's the one thing I have in my possession and that can be used as an editor. Vlogging will also be adjusted. I might do a monthly Vlog and make longer, more constructive videos. Like, have a monthly concept on what I've experienced. I may even do music for the video if I can get them done in time.

Everything is starting to make sense again and I'm starting to understand how much creativity I still have. I think that being excited in art is something that people need to have in order to keep doing what they're doing. It's hard for people to last this long in art, but I guess the reason why I'm still doing it is the fact that I don't know anything else. Many people won't understand it, but I sure as hell don't care.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #72 - DINNER AT MY PLACE

Monday, August 20, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #34 - A PORTRAIT OF ME


photo by Jennifer Hoang

I give credit where credit is due. The fact that Jen had taken this pic of me in this moment I couldn't help, but post. I can definitely see how much I've aged and how much my face has changed. I've been through a lot in my life and I hope to use those experiences to help others when they're feeling down. Thank you girlfriend for taking this picture of me.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST EPISODE #9 - LET'S TALK #1

Friday, August 17, 2018

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BUENO POWER VLOG #71 - WE HITTIN' VEGAS MY DUDES

Monday, August 13, 2018



Enjoy this long video folks!. Vegas was definitely fun and I want to roll back there again soon!

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LEFT IN THE DARK #33 - A NIGHT OUT IN A PLACE THAT DOESN'T SLEEP



It's been awhile seeing Oliver. What better way to see this dude than to be in Vegas on vacation. We looked snazzy most nights and we did it so well guys. I loved it and miss it already.

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QUIET DREAMS - JULY

Friday, August 10, 2018

Dear July,

You're usually hotter this time of year, but you've been easy on me. Some mornings are wet. Other days dry. But you've been okay to me. You've been okay because you made it okay. My skin still peels from this humidity and this scalp still itchy. I'm beginning to think my skin condition is getting worse and it worries me each day. I'm neurotic about what I eat, but some days I give in to things that make me sick. Still, you've been okay and I've been okay and everything has been okay and I still haven't found a job back home and I haven't found time to clean my room and haven't found time to be with you. I'm sorry, but you've been good to me. I'll see you next year.



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BUENO POWER VLOG #70 - PROGRESS REPORT #9

Monday, August 6, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #32 - NICE WALKS



I take lots of pictures of trees. It's one of those things I'm attracted to especially when they're taken on black and white. I always feel comfortable being around such areas. It gives me some time to breathe and think about things I've been working on.

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BUENO POWER HOUR EPISODE #8 - IN THE SCENE #2 | BRIDGEWORK DEVICE

Friday, August 3, 2018

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BUENO POWER VLOG #69 - ...REAL QUICK

Monday, July 30, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #31 - SUMMER BLOOMS



It's nice to know that this summer has been nothing, but busy. I finally realized how much I missed it. Even though I work an 8 hour job I still find myself living a good summer hanging out with my girlfriend and being around friends. These are times I never want to forget. It's definitely the best one I've had so far.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #68 - CAPE COD HANGS

Monday, July 23, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #30 - LATE NIGHT DISCOS



It's been awhile since I've stayed up to dance and hang. Cape Cod really has some nice places to hang out and drink (even though I don't drink). I hope to come back to the Cape to do more hangs and stuff.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST EPISODE #7 - LOCAL SCENE INFLUENCES #1 | PEEL APPARITION

Friday, July 20, 2018



This was pretty fun to talk about. I'll be doing more of these in the coming weeks if I don't get more people to interview. It's been rough finding some lately actually, but that's what happens when people are busy. Oh well. Imma do my best, but this was definitely fun to do.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #65 - I ACTUALLY SLEPT A LOT THIS TIME

Monday, July 16, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #29 - SUMMER RAINS



I never understood the summer rain until I moved to Connecticut. It's pretty fascinating, but also disgusting just for the fact that after the showers you may deal with more muggy heat. We were returning from Jen's alma mater when the rain started to hit and the slight shadow the rain casted on my leg was kinda interesting to me. It was fun to experience it and I hope that I see more rain actually lol.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #66 - THE WEEK OF THE FOURTH

Monday, July 9, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #28 - MORNING COLD SHOTS



We were at our favorite spot in NY called Ruby's Cafe and had some breakfast and coffee there. There's something about these moments that I find intimate and am very much aware of that I happen to photograph most of the time. I love it and I love drinking coffee. Hope to come back here soon.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST EPISODE #6 - ARTHUR ROBINSON

Friday, July 6, 2018



I think I'll be doing a podcast every two weeks. It fits my schedule better than doing it weekly. It also gives me time to sort of gather more potential subjects for it. Give this one a listen guys. I'll keep you posted on the next one.

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QUIET DREAMS - JUNE

Dear June,

I'm fortunate enough to spend time with you. Your scorching heat rays embeds my skin along with your warm rains cleaning my thoughts. It was the best time and first time I've enjoyed being with you. Even when I had my depressive breakdowns you reminded me how vulnerable I am and that it's good to feel that way. From the years I've seen you spend time with others I made it a point that this year you were all mine. I will never forget you. I hope you'll never forget me too. I already miss you.




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BUENO POWER VLOG #65 - PROGRESS REPORT #8

Monday, July 2, 2018



Just a video of my progress so far and what I've been feeling as of late. This summer is fucking awesome so far and I hope to have more of these in the near future.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #27 - TIGERS JAW



This was the first time I got to see Tigers Jaw play. I was so amazed at how on point they were at this show. The melodies, the signals, the transitions, gosh you name it. Everything was so clean. And I was glad that I got to see them play at such an intimate place. I hope to see them again soon.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #64 - HAPPIEST OF BDAYS

Monday, June 25, 2018



Fun times all the time. I can't wait for more. This summer is off to a good start

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LEFT IN THE DARK #26 - SUMMERS HERE WITH NEW CLOUDS TO STARE



The summer has been so good so far and I'm so happy that I'm with the people that I'm with and I'm so happy that I'm not extremely depressed and I'm so happy that I don't need to feel sorry for myself for things I shouldn't feel sorry for.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #63 - PUTTING CORN IN THE HOLE

Monday, June 18, 2018

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LEFT IN THE DARK #25 - ANOTHER PORTRAIT OF JEN



It's been interesting taking pictures of her more often than I have in the past. There are so many reasons why I'm so attracted by this person. Knowing that I'm in equal level with somebody is refreshing and I can't even begin to feel like we are definitely in this together rather than being alone most of the time.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #62 - ALWAYS AWAKE NEVER SLEEP

Monday, June 11, 2018



I think this summer is gonna be my best. It seems like my spirit has been lifting up lately and I feel like there's so much I'm going to be doing. It's what I've been waiting for as previous years I was stuck at a house with this sense of loneliness. I can't wait to be with my girl and my friends again.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #24 - WHEN IT WAS COLD



I'm reminded by these three as they have helped me through my tough times. Thank you guys for your support. My life is better because of you three.

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MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT

Friday, June 8, 2018

Mental health is probably one of the most critical things a person needs to maintain. From someone who still continues to struggle with depression these reports hits close to home. Friends and family have taken their own lives because of this. Medicine and counseling is out there, but we (even myself) don't take the time to evaluate that. Life is too busy to be sad and sadness is a weakness. We must flex our muscles to hide what we fight inside.




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With Kate Spade and Anthony Bordain committing suicide this week it's obvious that people who have the luxury to get help and live the best lives can still succumb to their demons. It's shocking that these two are the ones who decided to give up. Suicide is real and mental illness is real and everything about this needs more attention. But who am I kidding? Why would you want to take care of your mental health?

Rest in Peace Kate and Anthony. I hope this wakes people up.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #61 - A SMALL REVIEW OF MURA MAKE

Monday, June 4, 2018



This was fun to do and I hope that I get to more of these things in the near future. Enjoy the vid!

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LEFT IN THE DARK #23 - COLD COFFEE AND AWAKE



We could have many drinks together and I'd be fine with that. It's been great being around you and I hope I can be around you for a long time.

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QUIET DREAMS - MAY

Friday, June 1, 2018

Dear May,

Uninspired and so tired and feeling frustrated and being broke and not getting what I need and realizing that things will get tougher and just feeling straight up shitty is not how I wanted to start and finish with you. C'mon... throw me a fucking bone. Now I'm struggling and can't get my head straight. Thanks you fucking asshole.



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BUENO POWER VLOG #60 - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Monday, May 28, 2018



The whole weekend was certainly a blast. I think that having Ting around really makes things better and just the fact that we go to small adventures almost every weekend is pretty awesome. Though that my mind was somewhat reflective on nostalgia (losing my father) I can't help, but think about all the other things that happened that made me the way I am today because of him. Dad.. wherever you are I hope you are doing okay. I miss you a lot.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #22 - A CONVERSATION WITH KIDS



I sometimes envy the young ones who have time talking about nothing to their friends. It was something I definitely enjoyed doing when I was around their age. Phone conversations, drinkin' soda and just doing nothing all day was sometimes the best. But even till this day I try my best to do that with my friends who are far away from me.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST EPISODE #4 - MICHAEL BEHLEN

Friday, May 25, 2018



Excited to be talking with Mike on this podcast. The relationship I have with him is so unique. I'm proud to be in his life. Keep killin' it dude.

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BUENO POWER VLOG #59 - FULL OF FOOD. NO REGRETS.



Dude I don't know why I did not post this, but whatever. Enjoy the vid. I need to get my shit together.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #21 - SELF PORTRAIT

Monday, May 21, 2018



During my excursion with Jen I had done a small self portrait on my GoPro camera. It's not the best camera in the world, but it was enough to capture this moment.

I've been uninspired lately. I'm trying to channel different things that would hopefully get me back in the loop of being creative again. I'm just surprised that I've kept at it this long. I've also been pretty tired. The weather has been bipolar and I haven't been able to prep myself for the days. What can I do though? It is what it is. And I'm sure that my depression has been the contributor to that. The rut sucks, but maybe it's something that I need right now. I kinda miss a lot of things. I'm not sure how I can express that.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST EPISODE #3 - TREVOR WILLIAM CHURCH

Friday, May 18, 2018



Check out this episode of the BPHP. It was so much fun talking with Trevor on this one. We really get back into old time on this.

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THE BUENO POWER VLOG #58 - GRADS AND MOMS

Monday, May 14, 2018



Another small Vlog. Hanging out with friends and family. We doin' the chill this time around and maybe even for awhile.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #20 - IT SAYS ALOT OF TOGETHERNESS



Don't mind the generic picture, but for just one second please hear me out on this. Sometimes things are better when the ones you love are together. I've done a lot of lonely excursions in my life, but it feels good being around people that cherish you and your existence. When I saw this I found myself feeling nostalgic. I found myself realizing I have it good in this world. Mother's day passed yesterday and I was able to Facetime my mother, tell her I love you and wish her Happy Mother's Day. Not many people could do that. I have to recognize this.

Keep the ones you love. Because the ones you love are the ones who will understand you the best.

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BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST / EPISODE #2 - DANIEL DOMINGUEZ

Sunday, May 13, 2018



I decided to just keep all my podcasts on YouTube as it's the platform I'm most present in at the moment. I'm still adjusting to the podcast world, but I'll figure everything out eventually.

Anyway, on this episode I speak with Daniel Dominguez. He's the frontman of the band FAROOQ who I've seen grow for many years. They've recently signed to a label and currently recording a new record. We get into straight edge, early hardcore, influences, and our love for Hanford, Ca band Peel Apparition. Check it out!!

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BUENO POWER VLOG #57 - PROGRESS REPORT #7

Monday, May 7, 2018



So this is just a small bit of what's been going on with me over the last few weeks. I might be doing another small vid next week so stay tuned.

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LEFT IN THE DARK #19 - THE MORNING FEELS



I'm not sure what's ahead, but I'm sure that if you're here with me everything will be a - o - k. I love our mornings together. I never want it to stop.

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THE BUENO POWER HOUR PODCAST / EPISODE #1 - INTRO

Friday, May 4, 2018



Guys.... I FUCKING MADE A PODCAST!!!! YAAAAAYYYYYYY

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QUIET DREAMS - APRIL

Dear April,

You started warming up to me and allowed me to have a private conversation with you on why you were so down and out for the past few months. I kind of understand and am with you in all of the shift of moods you were going through. Not to say I agreed to them whatsoever, but I want to recommend you seeing a therapist next time. You'll probably not listen to my recommendation because you are stubborn in ways. For now I'll take in whatever you got. Just be still for awhile and let me get to know you.





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