Category Archives: Philippines

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“An optimist is a person who sees only the lights in the picture, whereas a pessimist sees only the shadows. An idealist, however, is one who sees the light and the shadows, but in addition sees something else: the possibility of changing the picture, of making the lights prevail over the shadows.” -Felix Adler

Location: Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle House, Edsa Shangri-La (January 18, 2009)

Camera: Motorola Rokr E8

Food:  No noodles. Just mango juice.

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Talk to the Hand

“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.” – Buddha

This buddharupa is so huge that I could’ve reached the core of the earth if it sneezed down on me. Really. It can even slap me to death (think mosquito). Anywho, I just found out that buddha statues/buddharupas have different hand gestures or “mudras” and the buddharupa’s hand gesture above is called “Abhaya” which is a gesture of reassurance, blessing and protection.

Interesting fact: The “rock on” sign that you do every time you’re watching a concert or if you think you’re cool and wanna look like it but really you’re not, is similar to the Buddha hand gesture called “Karana Mudra” which is a gesture to expel demons. Now you know what to do once you see your ______ ! Select the best answer: a) boss  b) ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend  c) in-laws d) president e) all of the above

Location: Isdaan The Halfway to the North Resto-Park, Gerona, Tarlac, Philippines (August 2009)

Camera: Canon Powershot

Food: Halo-Halo :@)

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“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.” -Joseph Addison

“The Oblation“or “Oble” is an iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines, sculptured by Filipino artist Guillermo E. Tolentino. I have seen several photos of the Oblation but I decided to shoot through this angle because I was carrying my backpack on my right shoulder and my left hand was holding a plateful of Papu’s Siomai (the best siomai in dimsumland!) so right hand took charge and fired away.

And you thought I was about to share some serious photo skills.

Not gonna happen.

Because I don’t have any.

Location: University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines (September 2010)

Camera: Good ol’ Canon Ixus 😉

Food: Papu’s Siomai

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“I cry very easily. It can be a movie, a phone conversation, a sunset – tears are words waiting to be written.” -Paulo Coelho

Used a Canon Powershot digital camera to shoot this beautiful sunset way back in September 2008. I trekked my way up to the People’s Park in the Sky (Tagaytay City, Philippines) to get a better aerial view of the entire city. Interesting fact – according to Wikipedia:  “Former First Lady Imelda Marcos brought a major change to the landscape of the city. Mount Sungay was leveled to about half of its former prominence to accommodate the Palace in the Sky, a mansion originally intended as a guesthouse for former California Gov. Ronald Reagan – who never arrived. The half-finished Palace in the Sky became the People’s Park in the Sky after the People Power Revolution, which toppled the government of President Ferdinand Marcos”. Isn’t it ironic?