Graceful wings in an amber morning sky

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Having been shot using a 135mm telephoto lens at maximum zoom setting, these two photos are quite grainy. It didn’t help that I didn’t have my tripod with me so the “shake” of my hands added to the fussiness of the image.

2-IMG_2991But my camera managed to capture the beautifully hued morning sky in the coastal town of San Juan, Batangas. What an awesome explosion of orange, red and purple! God is indeed the Greatest Artist and nature is His canvas.

Do you remember 35mm Slide Photography?

I UNEARTHED these 35mm slides from my boxes of junks at home. I never really realized how many of these I accumulated and I am now amazed that I have lots of them – maybe a couple of hundreds.

I no longer have a 35mm projector so I had to squint through each slide against the light bulb on the ceiling. I was pleased to see that almost all of them are still in very good condition.

I remember that I experimented with 35mm film when I acquired my very first SLR camera – a Canon EOS100 SLR – during my “tour of duty” in Bangkok as an Analyst-Programmer of IBM. 35mms are also known as “positives” as opposed to the “negatives” from the regular films.

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An unplanned dinner date at Yashinoya

20121213-225642.jpgTRUE it was unplanned. But that does not mean I – we – did not enjoy it, my ex-girlfriend and I.

20121213-225704.jpgIn fact we may have enjoyed it a little bit too much. We over ate. As usual. Forget about my diet.

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Christmas is in the… skyscrapers

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THIS IS not a particularly good photo if I must say so. However, considering that I took it with just my iPhone camera through my car’s windshield while driving on top of the Buendia flyover… I’d say it is not half as bad after all.

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Youth, the hope of the future

 

This photo of a young mangrove tree was taken in Balaisdaan in San Juan, Batangas.

Several of these mangrove “seedlings” are being grown here for replanting in the swampy coastal communities in San Juan and neighboring towns in Batangas.

This and similar initiatives in many other coastal places in the country  will hopefully reclaim the thousands of hectares of mangrove forests that have already been lost nationwide due to man’s habitation if coastal areas.

Mangrove forests are a natural habitat for several endangered marine animals. They are also a rich source of food for other animals endemic in coastal areas as well as a source for food and wood for people in these areas.

A white-washed anniversary get-away

IT IS also known as Marinduque’s Elephant Island. Bellarocca is an island resort characterized by white-painted buildings and villas that has the look (and supposedly feel) of the famous Greek island of Santorini.

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My family went to Santorini, I mean Bellarocca, to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in December 2011 (almost exactly a year ago). It is an idyllic, picture-perfect place for a family vacation. It is the perfect place if your idea for a vacation is to lie down lazily under the sun or dip the whole day in the pool or in the sea while sipping margarita. Read more

Graceful wings in an amber morning sky

Having been shot using a 135mm telephoto lens at maximum zoom setting, these two photos are quite grainy. It didn’t help that I didn’t have my tripod with me so the “shake” of my hands added to the fussiness of the image.

But my camera managed to capture the beautifully hued morning sky in the coastal town of San Juan, Batangas. What an awesome explosion of orange, red and purple. God is indeed the Greatest Artist and nature is His canvas.

Camera: Canon EOS 550D

Revisiting PAHIYAS

I WAS married for just about half a year when I went to see my very first PAHIYAS Festival in Lucban, Quezon in May 2001 with my former girlfriend and now permanent ex-girlfriend, Marie. So I guess you can say that PAHIYAS was a big part of our HONEYMOON.

As you can see from our photos, the PAHIYAS seems an ideal event for honeymooners to go and see. At least it seemed that way to us some 11 years ago. :) Read more

A view from the pot

Pot Pool

Look what’s cooking?! Make that “Look who’s cooking?” or, to be more grammatically correct about it, “Look who is getting cooked?”

This is actually a very late post. Almost a year old now. I created it on first week of December last year, right after our family vacation in Pagudpud. Apparently I forgot to publish it and it was in my draft folder for the past 11 months. Silly me. Read more