Take flight and heal yourself

“Pain is a pesky part of being human, I’ve learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is… Continue reading

Bee-you-tiful

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa Try to do small things for others without waiting for big rewards.  It works… Continue reading

Lasting memory

“Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away. Most of this “something” cannot be seen or heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted. It’s what we… Continue reading

We are the change that we seek

 “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we… Continue reading

Sunrise in Angkor

“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays… Continue reading

Aloneness

“We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with Him — not with our… Continue reading

Achieving serenity

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity,… Continue reading

River of life

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

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

  • THE SCENE STEALER.

    '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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    Drunken Seafood -- squid, tuna, shrimp, malasugue, shells in white sauce & white wine. Holiday special by Park Inn by Radisson Hotel @parkinndavao Cupcakes and photo bombers. Christmas Gathering at Park Inn by Radisson Davao. Photo by besfy @ianraygarcia. @kennethkingong @jibe_our_vibe @wreckitwack @parkinndavao @fashiononymous Sweet desserts at Park Inn by Radisson Davao @parkinndavao Me and my photobombing buddies but it's Xmas and I love them anyway. Christmas  Gathering at Park Inn by Radisson Davao. Photo by besfy @ianraygarcia. @kennethkingong @jibe_our_vibe @wreckitwack @parkinndavao @fashiononymous Taiping, said to be the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia, is blessed with Taiping Lake Gardens, the oldest public botanical gardens built on top of an abandoned tin mine in 1880. Giant, century-old rain trees (“angsana”) thrive on fertile soils lining the manmade lake; branches are home to cute Dusky Leaf monkeys. The stunning garden is a sprawling 64 hectares of ten scenic lakes and ponds, lotus pool, charming bridges, jogging tracks, kids' playground, camp sites and wildlife night safari, all surrounded by tropical plants, trees, birds, flora and fauna. Hotels are scattered around the dreamy landscape and I stayed in Flemington Hotel. Make your life spectacular. Laugh. Cry. Learn. Love. Live.