Category Archive: Poetry

Lady in the Forest 2

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt About… Continue reading

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Serenity in the garden

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

Be happy today!

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today,… Continue reading

Never stop yourself from living

“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let… Continue reading

Heavenly Lilies

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full… Continue reading

Lotus at sunrise

“Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your… Continue reading

Promise Yourself

Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there… Continue reading


*transient. 1. a: passing especially quickly into and out of existence 2. not lasting, enduring, or permanent; transitory. 3. lasting only a short time; existing briefly; temporary: transient authority.


    'Kodaker' was our funny old slang for a photographer back when it was the popular brand.

    I am a proud Filipina from Davao City (Dabawenya). I write a column for two newspapers, shoot and write for travel magazines, blogs, and other commissioned projects. My crazy adventures turned me into a photographer. I am also a nutcase artist who paints and draws caricatures.

    As a solo traveler, I have strange habits of hoarding funny signs, Asian horror films, weird artifacts and 80s retro memorabilia. This blog is the Scene Stealer, because I quietly capture candid scenes of humanity and surreal visions of nature (living in a magical world despite hard times).

    As a photojournalist, I love aerial, travel and culture in exploring destinations. Now a semi-retired TV host, I endorse products on the side and do charity works. This blog features my artistic journey, with inspirational quotes. My published articles are in another blog.

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    Shrimp Etouffee on Mashed Potatoes at @huckleberry_davao. Food trip and bonding with media buddies and Chris P. Too stuffed to think. =) @saestremera @ianraygarcia @nelsonbagaforo @escapemanila Potato Chip Crushed Chocolate Cake in @huckleberry_davao. Go to Huckleberry Kitchen and Bar,  Oboza house, Rizal Street corner Bangoy Street, Davao City. Here's a hot drink (infused rhum with chili peppers and cacao) to @huckleberry_davao. =) On the road to Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental,  riding a habalhabal (motorcycle) back in 2011. If you want to view my shots before and after Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) please feel free to visit My cover photo in Philippine Airlines' Mabuhay Magazine (May 2011 issue): aerial shot of an active Mt. Mayon in Legazpi, Albay Province from a helicopter. The volcano is known not only for its volatile beauty but also for its near perfect cone. #VisitPhilippines2015 #itsmorefuninthephilippines The stunning cascades of Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel,  Davao Oriental before it was hit by Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) few years back. Today, it has recovered from damages and has restored much of its grandeur. The guy in red is my habalhabal (motorcycle) driver making wee wee. Just like going back to nature. :D