Month: March 2012

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 there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’ Most travelers hurry too much…the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly — but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling…you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you’ll be there.” ~ Lawrence Durrell, Spirit Of Place: Letters And Essays On Travel Lake Rosario is situated halfway up in the Mount Apo Protected Area Park, at a higher elevation blessed with cool climate …

I Want My MTV

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 reposts. 🙂 He sang a song for me tonight (and the million viewers who was once again stunned at The Voice that came from nowhere).  And I melted again. They gave him a standing ovation.

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 to be together.  How fun. Langkawi is a hidden gem in Malaysia that has 99 mystical islands clumped together.  It’s a UNESCO Heritage Site.  Will post more about the place soon. By the way, Sony has its separate building.

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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 – or a meaningful day.” ~ Dalai Lama Spending five straight days in the quaint town of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur was a wonderful discovery, back in 2008.  The first time I went there was in 2003 when I marveled at how white their beach was and how blue the coastal waters were.  But the best discovery was the sunrise. 

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, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.”  ~ Erich Fromm Chasing sunrises are like chasing dreams.  You have to persevere in order to catch them.  So I wake up at 4am hoping today is the best capture of golden colors and hues imaginable.  I have captured many sunrises in all forms, and each one was different from the last. I never say, “this was the same as last time” but instead focus on how I can tackle it from a different angle.  How I can make it distinct from all the sunrise photos we view on the web daily. Most times, my best sunrise shot is my latest.  But in order to achieve the capture you want, you have to persist and perfect it.  It’s all in the mindset. It starts with a dream that comes …

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 passing time to the best possible use. ~ Earl Nightingale Captured in 2006, in my journey to Iloilo (with famous photographers Rhonson Ng, Manny and Boboy Librodo) More images in my gallery of Unseen Iloilo

Nurturing childhood

“Children the world over have a right to a childhood filled with beauty, joy, adventure, and companionship. They will grow toward ecological literacy if the soil they are nurtured in is rich with experience, love, and good examples.” ~ Alan Dyer, “A Sense of Adventure” Captured in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato one early morning in 2007 with a Canon 350D, my very first dslr camera

20 Sure Signs you might be a WordPress Junkie

Originally posted on Running Naked With Scissors:
Blogging is fun no doubt about it.  And WordPress makes it more fun with all the cool stuff that you can do with your blog.  The possibilities are endless. You can write about whatever you want, be as open or anonymous as you want, change your name, make yourself a super hero, chat with people from countries whose name you can;t pronounce, make friends with amazing people whom you probably never would even have bumped into in a crowded anywhere….endless… If you get excited when you see this…. There’s no such thing as too much fun…or shouldn’t;t  be anyways.  Except at the State Fair…cotton candy, elephant ears, funnel cakes and tilt-a-whirl can sometimes really be too much fun…but I digress. As with every part of your life, fun or not, balance is the key and letting one area take over too much of your life could be a problem.  WordPress is no different.  No really.  It isn’t. We all have periods where we are glued to our blogs and that’s…

Live curious

“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” ~ John Muir The quote “Live curious” is one of National Geographic’s catchy slogans and shirt designs. This particular image was shot with an Olympus micro 4/3 camera, my toy lens and its unique features. Read more about my magic lens here.

It used to be the New Philippines

Trivia:  It used to be called the New Philippines. Named by CEDAM International as “One of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World”, this country lies 1000km (600 miles) east of  the Philippines (my country),  about 800 miles (1,280 km) southwest of Guam  and 2000 miles (3200 km) south of Tokyo.  It is the westernmost cluster of the six major island groups that make up the Caroline Islands lying at the end of Micronesia in the Philippine Sea.  It has more than 200 islands, of which only eight are inhabited. In history, this area has once been christened Nuevas Filipinas or New Philippines (1700-1800), as part of the Spanish East Indies territories governed from Manila.  It was also named  Los Palaos, Pelew Islands, Caroline Islands —traditionally for locals, it is Belau. In my visit to this breathtaking island nation in 2006, I got to pose with two beautiful kids aged 9… at these sizes. Can you guess what country this is?  🙂 My trip to this small republic in the Pacific and more images