River of life

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.”  ― Emma Smith About these ads

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Teach the hard lessons

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure… Continue reading

River People

The great river-courses which have shaped the lives of men have hardly changed; and those other streams, the life-currents that ebb and flow in human hearts, pulsate to the same great needs, the… Continue reading

Lake of the Pregnant Maiden (Tasik Dayang Bunting)

“At the center of every fairy tale lay a truth that gave the story its power.” ~ Susan Wiggs, The You I Never Knew One of Langkawi’s many legend-filled attractions is Pulau Dayang… Continue reading

The Dreamweaver

In this weaving house built for them, the gentle and colorful T’boli (ti bo lee) women weave the most sought after beautiful t’nalak (woven abaca fibers in radiant colors). The cloth, culled from… Continue reading

Sunset at Tanjung Rhu

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” ~ C. JoyBell C. The 5-star Tanjung Rhu Resort, located at the… Continue reading

Transient

*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.

A dip into the blue abyss

This photo, since it was published many years ago, has been the most viewed and commented upon in my Pbase photo gallery, my most popular site which garners more than a thousand views… Continue reading

Do not judge characters

“I’m not crying out for help, but I am sharing my experience in the hopes that readers will get something out of it. I’m not the one who gets to decide what that… Continue reading

Rush Hour

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it… Continue reading

Soaring over Langkawi

“One of those flash epiphanies of travel, the realization that worlds you’d love vibrantly exist outside your ignorance of them. The vitality of many lives you know nothing about. The breeze lifting a… Continue reading

San Victor Island

San Victor Island is a 3-hectare hidden gem of Barangay San Victor with powdery white sand beaches, rich in marine’s life and coconut grove, located in Baganga, Davao Oriental.  It is run by… Continue reading

You were not born to fail

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter.… Continue reading

Lake Rosario panorama

Best viewed in large image here “It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is… Continue reading

Reload 015: Heejun Han – A Song for You (and a standing ovation)

  RELOAD,  REFRESH, RESTART  015 –  It’s what we do in our computers.  So with life, we take a break.  If all else fails, reformat. Sit back, relax and enjoy my favorite video… Continue reading

Together in harmony

Signs in a store in Langkawi, Malaysia. Here’s another interesting bit I found on the net: Canon + Nikon: The Camera / Lens that Reveals a Japanese Family Secret In short, they used… Continue reading

Make a meaningful day

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend –… Continue reading

Lake Sebu fish cages

The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple. ~ Doris Janzen Longacre Fish cages in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, captured in 2007 This… Continue reading

Let your mind start a journey

“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes,… Continue reading

Passing through

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that… Continue reading

Colors of life

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.  A happiness weapon.  A beauty bomb.  And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one.  It would explode high in… Continue reading

  • THE SCENE STEALER.

    'Kodaker' was our funny old slang for a photographer back when it was the popular brand. I actually do workshops for Canon. : )

    A proud Filipina from Davao City (Dabawenya) I write a column for two newspapers. I shoot and write for travel magazines, 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 memorabilia (MJ is my pop idol). 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.

    All photos are mine unless otherwise stated. I only wish for respect, permission and courtesy in photo credits. Thank you.

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    Heart shaped-lake over Davao Region

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    Tinuyan Falls in Bislig

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    James the magician/entertainer hosted our event with Maggi. We go a long way back as members of a prestigious ballet/punk jazz group in Ateneo college campus. And yes, he was carrying a snake. Barangay event over. Back to reality. I was asked if I like to bring my giant likeness back home. Sureness! Looks great in the garage. Fish eye on me and Erin. #rottie #mustlovedogs Dish is it! Tilawi ang kalami sa magic law-uy! Me and my Maggi Magic Sarap. Waiting for my turn to host the Maggi Magic Sarap barangay event.