The Sunrise Series

I love taking photos of sunrise. I love looking at the sky as it changes colors. I have yet to see a more beautiful thing in my life. To me, sunrise is the most beautiful thing.

I took these photos yesterday and I wanted to share it to the world. I hope you enjoy it.

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I don't know these people but I was too lazy to leave the tent so I took this photo instead.

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I may not know them but I would like to thank them for adding beauty to this photo.

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This is my favorite. I have never seen the sky in this color before.

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All photos were taken using Samsung S5 at Tingco Beach, Alcoy, Cebu. No edits were made and no filters added.

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*I apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors. Proofreading via mobile is a challenge for me.*

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Oddly Satisfying

Cheers to Sunday!

Cheers to Sunday!

I was plannng to post this early in the morning. WordPress refused to cooperate. A good thing too! I wouldn’t have been able to do anything of it did.

This day has been satisfying. I woke up early and watched a movie, ate breakfast and gulped a whole pitcher of iced tea. Then, I downloaded two movies, watched one and proceeded to clean up the whole bedroom.

I am a very lazy person and when it comes to cleaning my bedroom, it takes a threat to get me started. So me just going ahead and cleaning up without being threatened is a miracle in itself. I havebeen plotting the whole thig for days, looking for the best strategy to make the place look like a woman lives there. Well, I cleaned it up and I think that is good enough. I almost broke my back rearranging everything and was thinking of just going to sleep but the fact that I already turned the place upside down forced me to finish what i started. I ended up cleaning the bathroom and washing sone shirs too!

Today was a tiring day but very satisfying. I didn’t realize my bedroom has sooo much space and sooo much garbage. so cheers to that!

I hope you had an enjoying weekend. Happy sunday everyone!

Where My Heart Is

I’m not a city girl and will probably never be one. This is something I have always known. The city and I coexist to benefit each other but ours is a relationship that will never get past the friendzone. Just friends with benefits, so they say.

My heart belongs to the mountain. It belongs to every slope, rock and hill that I must overcome to get to the top.
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I am not a mountaineer though I wish I have the stamina and strength to be one. I grew up with asthma and so my physical activities has always been limited. The mountain represents a lot of things for me. It stands for the many things I wish I could do; run marathons, climb the highest mountains, etc. It represents the challenge that I must face in my life.

The trek is always difficult but I like pushing myself. The long hours under the sun and the pain in my legs are worth it once I get to the end of the trek.
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When you get to the top and you look back to the trail behind you, you feel a sudden rush. All the difficult trails and the pain of climbing up and down the slopes disappear when you get there. The sense of accomplishment is something that no amount of money could buy. The feeling that you accomplished something by force of will, it is empowering.

I am cursed to live in a city and slave behind a computer. When I look out the window every day I see the mountains beckoning to me, calling me to explore. Every day the mountain calls for me and everyday I pretend not to hear its call. But some days, some days I just can’t ignore it and this happens…

Osmena Peak

Osmena Peak

Cebu, some days i love you.

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Cebu’s skyline is best viewed from Tops.

I still haven’t decided if I love this place or not. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. I have praised it and cursed it with equal passion especially since the start of summer. On normal days, when I could allow myself to look beyond the traffic and feel beyond the sweltering heat of the summer sun, I do find myself loving this place.

On days when I am exploring its hidden-and not so hidden- wonders, I can feel myself getting attached to the place. This is a city so rich in history, natural beauty and opportunities. It is a metropolitan city with a lot of possibilities and less traffic congestions. Life here is less stressful.

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(p.s… I have changed my blog name. For no reason. Really. Sometimes I’m just fickleminded.)

Note: sorry about the pic. I am having problems uploading photos. I keep getting an http error and i don’t know what to do. I shared the photo via google plus. The photo is mine though, taken from tops skyline 051814.

Two Worlds

Sometime in early March I visited Dumaguete city and strolled along the famous Rizal Boulevard. I only had my new camera for over a week then and I was itching to practice using it.

As usual, the cool breeze of the boulevard soothed my stressed mind. I swear i can stay there forever, just sitting there and watching the world pass by. I kept walking, thinking of all the memories I have of this place when I heard laughter, so sweet it could only come from a child. I looked up and I saw this little girl with her dog.They were playing by the shore, oblivious of the rising temperature and the blaring horns coming from pedicabs passing by the highway just a few meters from the shore. I sat there by the boulevard, captivated by their happiness, debating with myself if I should take a photo and intrude in their moment or just sit there and marvel at the beauty of chilhood innocence.

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She probably sensed me watching because she turned to me and smiled. I smiled back and asked if i can take a photo of her. She smiled and nodded. I took the shot, thanked her and walked back to my seat thinking of my childhood and how carefree and happy it was back then.

Fast forward to a few more weeks and I found myself in back in Bohol. I’ve been here early 2012 and did not really had a good experience so I was a bit surprised that I agreed to go back. Anyway, we went through the usual tourist stuffs and came lunch time we went to Loboc river for the famous Loboc river cruise.

This one is different from my previous trip to Bohol. For one, we did not go to the floating restaurants by the church, I don’t know the name of the place really, instead we went to the one by the bridge and took the Pawikan floating resto buffet. I know I’m not describing it well here but I don’t know the name of the place so there. For me this proved to be something of an eye-opener.

We went to this place where there is a group of Ati performers. For those who doesn’t know, Ati is a group of indigenous people in the Philippines commonly found in Panay islands. Anyway, we went there and I was surprised because we did not see this the last time.

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This kid, along with several others, sit there–i don’t know how long– and wait for tourists, pose for pictures with them, all the while holding whatever animal they happen to be holding at that time.

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You can have unlimited pictures with them, just be kind enough to tip. Yes, that white box on the left is a tip box and I still have mixed feelings about all these.

First, I am glad to have a glimpse of this culture. We don’t have a lot of exposure to this even though we live in the same country. However, I don’t know how to feel about these kids. I hope they did this willingly. I hate to think that they are missing the chance to create their happy childhood memories so silly tourists can create theirs. Me included.

Looking back, I can’t help but compare the girl from the boulevard and her easy laughs and sweet smiles ad these children who doesn’t look like they are enjoying themselves.

Two different worlds. Two different memories.

My kind of Life

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There is beauty that can be found in the simplest of things. You just have to know where to look.

*photo taken @Panglao, Bohol 05/25/14 via Canon 1100D*

P.S i haven’t been able to post for a very long time. My laptop is broken and i had no way to transfer my photos. Thank God for Toshiba FlashAir wireless SD card that came free with my new camera I can update this blog more frequently now.

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I’m thinking of incorporating a travel blog into this. I can’t update my blogger blog and wordpress is more android friendly. I’ll probably just mix it all here: Travel and photography, in my heart they are one and the same.

More photos to come!