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One Sunny Day

One sunny day, I decided to take photos of my mom and dad’s bougainvilleas outside our home. Since I don’t want to get roasted under the baking sun, I used the thick foliage of the bougainvilleas to hide from the sun’s rays. It was fun because I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures using my camera phone and here they are. 🙂

Hiding from the sun.

Hiding from the sun.

 

Thick foliage

Thick foliage

 

Pinks and Greens

Pinks and Greens

 

Framed in flowers

Framed in flowers

 

Pinkish delight

Pinkish delight

 

Flowering branch

Flowering branch

 

Space among the flowers

Space among the flowers

 

Closing in

Closing in

 

Reaching out

Reaching out

 

Blinded by the Sun

Blinded by the Sun

 

Flowers in bloom

Flowers in bloom

 

Cascading flowers

Cascading flowers

 

Surrounded by Pink

Surrounded by Pink

 

Delightful Blooms

Delightful Blooms

 

Pink and Blue

Pink and Blue

 

Clouds

Clouds

 

A Hint of Darkness

A Hint of Darkness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling Snowmen

Christmas is just around the corner and here I am playing with my sister’s camera. She has some snowmen in her garden that I played with because I needed some reprieve from my writing. I call this photo shoot “The Traveling Snowmen”. 😀

Mr. Blue

Mr: Blue: What is this place?

Mr. Blue: “What is this place? I don’t remember the North Pole being this leafy.”

 

Tiny the Snowman

Tiny the Snowman: “Mr. Blue? Where are you Mr. Blue?”

Tiny the Snowman lost sight of Mr. Blue. I heard him passing by and caught a snap of him in between leaves.

 

Tiny the Snowman

Tiny the Snowman: “Mr.Blue! Finally, I found you!”

The kiddo seems so happy he finally found the older Mr.Blue.

 

Mr. Blue

Mr.Blue: “Come along, sonny. We have a long way to go.”

Mr. Blue said in a muffled way, “Come along, sonny. We have a long way to go. We can’t stop unless unless you want us to thaw.”

Tiny the Snowman

Tiny the Snowman: “Coming Mr. Blue. Boy, this place sure looks strange. I thought we’d be blanketed in white.”

I hate to tell Tiny the Snowman that here in the tropics there is no snow. At least he won’t melt like what Mr. Blue thinks. 🙂

 

Of Puppies and Photographs

One subject that I like to take pictures of is animals, specifically dogs. Fortunately, I have enough dogs here in my home to take photos of. These are my adorable toy poodle pups who are now about 3 months old. 🙂

 

Sleepy puppy

Yawn!!!

Puppy hiding

Hiding my face.

Snuggle

Snuggle!

Nibbles!

nibble, nibble

fast asleep

Sound asleep

piranha

Li’l piranha

Smug

Smug look

bath time

puppy and towel

happy puppy

happy puppy

sleepy

Sleepy…

brothers

brothers

Curious

Curious kid.

Handsome devil

Handsome devil

Momma and me

Momma and me

The butt shot

butt shot 🙂

Bohol

My first trip outside of Manila, Philippines was in Cebu and Bohol together with my best friends. I think this was in 2005 if I am not mistaken. It was a five day trip where we get to spend 2 days in Cebu and 3 days in Bohol. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough pictures of that trip especially in Cebu because I was still using my dad’s old camera and I was running out of film (yes, film). I’ll try to recall our adventures here so please bear with me. 🙂

Bohol

We disembarked on the Port of Tagbilaran where we hired a van to take us around the beautiful province.

Tagbilaran, Bohol

Touch down!

Our first stop was in Loboc River where we took a ride on a floating restaurant. We enjoyed some beautiful sights while being serenaded by a few local folks and gorging on some delightful local cuisine.

The Barge

Our entertainer for the day 🙂

Barge number 2

Another group of tourists.

 

Loboc River

A view of Loboc River.

 

Trees everywhere!

A green environment.

The river

Loboc River

After our tour ended, our next stop was Bohol’s amazing Chocolate Hills. You have to see these hills regardless of whether you are a tourist or a local. 🙂
Before you can enjoy the view of Chocolate Hills, you must first climb The Stairs. I just call it as such because of the many steps leading to the top. 😀

up and up

This is The Stairs. 🙂

Once you get to the top, you will be treated to a beautiful sight. One that you won’t get tired of looking at. I tried counting the hills but I failed. :))

The First Hill

Chocolate Hills up close 🙂

 

Chocolate hills

A different angle 🙂

The hill

The Hill

 

Chocolate hills

The road down.

After we had our fill of the famous Chocolate Hills, we stopped to see Bohol’s Tarsier. This itty, bitty creature is kinda cute. A word of warning for you guys who are planning on visiting the Tarsier: Please do not take photos with flash. It hurts their eyes, okay? Please heed the warning.

Philippine Tarsier

Hello there little guy 🙂

Afterwards, we stopped by Baclayon Church which is one of the oldest churches in the country. It was already night time when visited this church so we weren’t able to hear mass. Anyway, here’s a photo of the old church. Kind of creepy if you ask me especially at night. 😀

Old church

Spooky!

Like I said before, I was running out of film so this was the only shot I took. I think it served its purpose because I can’t stop thinking about that church after I took this picture. It’s creepy but kind of fascinating.

Finally, we were able to reach Panglao, home of the some of the best resorts in Bohol. I forgot the name of the resort we stayed in but what made the stay memorable is the beach. 🙂 Here are some photos taken by me and best friend Andrea.

Panglao beach

Water and trees 🙂

 

Panglao Beach

A different view.

 

Panglao Beach

Tourists.

 

Starfish

Starfishy 🙂

 

morning

Waiting for the sun.

Cloudy skies

Endless ocean.

 

Sun

yey! Sun!

Friends

Travel buddies. 🙂

Staying for 3 days in Bohol was not enough. Unfortunately, we had to pack our bags and go back to Cebu.

I wasn’t able to get a lot of photos of Cebu but I was fortunate enough to go back a few years later with my family which I will post soon. 🙂 Just to give you a hint of what awaits you when you go to Cebu here is one of its famous landmarks.

Magellan's Cross

Magellan’s Cross Plaque

 

Magellan's Cross

Stunning landmark.

Oh, and don’t forget to drop by Cebu’s market where you can get dried and salted fish. Just remember to change your shirt afterwards because you will smell like dried fish. :))

Dried fish

Dried fish galore!

There is much to see in Cebu and Bohol. Next time, I will bring a good camera for more photos. 🙂

Silhouette

Another shutterbug moment of mine. This was taken at a resort here in the Philippines which was just a few feet away from home. All photos were taken using my camera phone. Darn it. I wish had a better camera but beggars can’t be choosers so there. 🙂 I kinda liked the way how my shots turned out even if I was just using a camera phone.

The Garden Tree

A large tree with benches around it.

This huge tree is decorated with lanterns which when lit up certainly creates a hauntingly eerie atmosphere in the area or it’s just my imagination. 😀

Garden Tree

Tree trunks.

I extended my arms higher just to make it appear that I’m zooming in on the tree’s branches. So far so good.

Garden Tree

Another angle of the tree.

You can see the lanterns I was referring to earlier. The resort owner lights them up late at night.

Garden Tree

Silhouette

sunset

Trying to make the most out of the sunset.

So, the sun is already setting. I figured I could practice on silhouette shots. Let’s see what happened. 🙂

Sunset

Sunset

Leaves

Border

Here I am trying to create another silhouette shot. Not bad for a beginner. 🙂

shadow play

Silhouette shot of the tree.

Silhouette

Light’s fading fast.

Well, that’s it. I kinda liked how things turned out in the end. Now if I have a better camera I might pull off some better shots but still I like what I see. I hope you do too. 🙂

The Great Bulacan Outdoors

I am not a professional photographer but I love the feel of being behind the camera and just taking photos of anything under the sun (literally and figuratively). Just like the pictures found here.

Some sort of cave. Want to investigate?

Everything is green.

Climbing the wall.

The Edge.

My theme for these photos is hiking. My sister and I were just gardening and I saw her wall filled with lichens. These photos were the result of my being a shutterbug that day. 🙂