Forbidden City or the Palace Museum is located at the center of Beijing City, close to Tiananmen Square.
As the full moon finds its place in the darkest skies, love will uplift despair.” – Angie Weiland- Crosby
I seek the light in every dark situation, and wait for better things to come.
– Jojie Alcantara, on life and photography
On an assignment for a photo shoot for another coffee table book and went back home happy after so much vitamin sea and grounding with Mother Nature.
Captured sunrise in my childhood playground and cousins’ Whitesand Beach in Manay, Davao Oriental.
Boracay sunset taken just before the pandemic, December 2019
I’ve found that there is always some beauty left—in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.
Sunrise self portrait with timer (Bango Beach, Caraga, Davao Oriental)
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love. It will not lead you astray.” ~Rumi
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
Forever that excited girl who acts like a kid when skies transform into pretty colors and that golden ball dips and winks in the horizon. I forget everything else. 📷 My pic taken by Chef Ann Austria [ Sunset, Boracay 12.13.2019 ]
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~Prof. Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Not everyone was privileged to see another sunrise like you did, so before you start complaining; remember that the breath of life, is not for sale.
“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.” Vincent Van Gogh This is my childhood beach, back in our ancestral home where we live so close to the sea, we smell of salt and ocean all day long.. © Jojie Alcantara Ferrando Whitesand Beach, San Ignacio Manay, Davao Oriental In photo swimming : Kuya Meric Yumang * * * *
This Centennial Dao Tree in Brgy. Magdug, Governor Generoso of Davao Oriental stands over 260 feet tall with massive branches — quite an imposing 300-year old character by the highway.
“Rest but never quit. Even the sun has a sinking spell each evening. But it always rises the next morning. At sunrise, every soul is born again.”–Muhammad Ali
Farmers in a sugar cane field in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental © Jojie Alcantara
On July 7, 2007, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and an even more famous tourist destination than when it was first shown in the movie Indiana Jones. Dating back to the first century AD, its design achievement reflects the advance civilization of the Nabataeans who perfectly carved their city in the rock mountains. The Treasury (Al Khazna) is the first stunning structure upon entering Petra. This masterpiece stands 150 feet tall and 100 feet wide. Petra is famously referred to as a “rose-red” city, but its reddish hue comes in the late afternoon. In midday, the monuments appear pinkish or yellowish depending on sunlight. ©Jojie Alcantara 2017
Sunrise and angel wings
Halong City in Quang Ninh Province of Vietnam is a quiet but blossoming town right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay. Quite laid back from other touristy cities, the roads are wide and without traffic (maybe peak season is different). Apart from popular Ha Long Bay cruises, it also offers beach activities, nature treks, local food and night markets. Divided into two main areas: there is Hon Gai on the other side of the bridge where local life, culture and food can be experienced. These are Vietnamese girls in traditional dress called “ao dai”, in a backdrop of Ha Long Bay. Bai Chay is the central tourist area on the other side where Ha Long Bay is filled with luxury cruises or traditional junk boat tours. Other options are: an artificial beach, restaurants, cafes and varying structures from high end resorts to boutique hotels lined along the bay. © Jojie Alcantara This January, Vietnam was the host country of the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2019. Held in Ha Long, …
I actually felt like I dropped into a rabbit hole and emerged in Wonderland, where everything around me was huge and I have shrunk into an immaterial being.