Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background


” So often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces.” 

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And the phrases above were similar to the one in my mind when I took this picture. My cousin and aunt wanted a shot with beautiful beach as the background. I decided to tweak my camera settings so it will be the water and the sun that will be highlighted. So here’s the end product… a silhouette of my relatives with the stunning Caramoan water as the limelight. 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in Details


This week’s challenge is a bit technical. It challenges us to go out of our comfort zone of taking landscape shots and go into detail. The pictures below  were taken even before the challenge was posted but since they fit the week’s theme, I am sharing them. The first picture is a landscape/panoramic shot of the beach of Matukad Isaland in Caramoan, Caramines Sur:

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There were  lot if interesting things on the shore but the one captured my interest the most and made me capture it in more detail is the sea weeds:

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Hope I did justice to this week’s theme. Happy Monday everyone! For more entries for this challenge, check out Daily Post.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward


Huwaw! It’s been almost two weeks since I last posted and I feel so bad for missing last week’s photo challenge. >_< February is madness! I’ve traveled to Caramoan Islands last week, succumbed into office chaos brought by the ISO external surveillance, and finally, I went back forth from Paranaque to UP Diliman to  work out the requirements for my graduate school application. But all is well now! I’m super done. Earlier, I submitted my application and now I just have to wait for the results. In a few days, I will also be posting my Caramoan travel diary series. Now, there’s nothing left to do but more forward! Hurray!

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Check out the other posts for this week’s challenge at Daily Post.

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures


For this year’s last photo challenge, we are asked to choose pictures that best represent our year. One picture for every month is not enough for me. There are simply too many great things that happened to me this year so I decided to choose two pictures per months. Without further ado, here’s my 2012 in pictures:

I can say I’ve been really blessed this year. I’ve been everywhere from north to south of the country and there’s hardly any dull month. I didn’t encounter any major problems in both my personal and working life. But above all the places I’ve been to and happenings that I attended, I must say that it’s the people I’ve been with that made this year very memorable. I am very lucky to be blessed with a supportive family, stellar friends and great workmates. I can almost say, I couldn’t ask for more. That’s how great this year has been for me! So cheers to a great 2012 and to a hope that 2013 will be as stellar if not more stellar!

(Credits to Thomas Soler, Zen Ramos, Thea Cortes, and Astor Rejuso for some of the pictures.)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons


There is no such thing as  literal “Changing Seasons” in the Philippines. You either get a sunny day or a rainy day. Nowadays with the climate change, one can’t even predict whether summer is going to be in April or in December, or if typhoons will come in June or November.

Likewise, we don’t have defined seasons that is associated with holidays except maybe for one… Christmas. As the country known to have the longest Christmas celebration, my thinking about a year sometimes boils down to this: it’s not yet Christmas or it’s Christmas already.

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I’m one of those who’s always giddy when Christmas is coming up. Despite all the chaos during this time of the year, there’s something about the season that makes me feel fluffy, carefree and happy. So, Christmas, to me is one the most awaited change of season. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection


I’m kinda bummed out that I don’t have new pictures and there’s hardly anything inspiring in my immediate environment. So, for this week’s challenge, I’m pulling a pic from my stable…another of my oh so many sun pictures. Hope you like it!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful


A very difficult theme this week. It’s hard to portray it visually. Not that it’s hard to capture  but because there’s a lot of possible subjects. There’s simply too much to be thankful for in our everyday life– that fact we live, we breathe, we see, we hear, we feel, etc. There’s simply too many.

When I look back to the happenings in my life for the past 10 months, I can  say I have reached places farther than I imagined–literally and figuratively. That, I think, is more than enough reason for me to be thankful. However, the event that had the most impact this year is this…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette


Late post again this week. I Just came back from an short trip so I am still recovering from all the whirlwind I’ve done the past three days. Anyway, this week’s theme ‘silhouette’ requires more technicalities than usual.  Here’s my share. This was taken in Bolinao, Pangasinan. Enjoy!

People and silhouettes.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy


I am happy when I eat spaghetti because it’s a reminder that I can always be a kid a heart.

I am happy when I see an old couple strolling in a park because it’s a proof to me that love can transcend time.

I am happy when I see a grass growing in the middle of nowhere because it tells me how life is a mystery.

I am happy when I go to new places because it reminds me how blessed I am to be able to go to different places.

I am happy when I meet new people because it gives me another chance to appreciate humanity.

I am happy when I am with my friends because they remind me I am not so alone.

I am happy when I board a bus because it means I’m going to see my family the following day.

I am happy when I take photographs because it is the only way I can freeze a moment and time.

There are many reasons why we should be happy.

It could be because of small things. It could be because of big things.

It doesn’t matter.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary


I just came from a short trip so I am posting late again this week. Anyway, for the theme of SOLITARY, I am sharing two shots of my friends. I am not sure if they noticed  I took candid shots of them. I like these shots because the atmosphere of the pictures is so pensive.

Special shoutout to the birthday girl.

 

View from a car? A train? You guess.

 

Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban


The posh Ayala, Makati in a not-so-busy afternoon.

The instructions for this week’s theme says, “photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are”. Sadly, I don’t live in the place where I grew up and there’s hardly anything hardcore urban about Iriga City. There have been improvements in the city proper but as whole, I think the city has retained its laid back lifestyle.  So instead of sharing a pic of the street where I grew up in, I took a picture of a place I often go to while living in Manila–Ayala.

Ayala is one of the the better urbanized places in Manila. It’s teeming with shops, fine dining places and relaxation spots. However, the reality about the urban Manila is much much crueler  outside the boundaries of this area. It’s noisier, more disorganized and dirtier. Ayala, in fact, is a slap of reality. But here I am frequenting the area when in fact I feel suffocated every time I would walk in its streets. Oh what an irony.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge


And no. I didn’t make these beautiful babies. I just took pictures of them at the Sofitel Lounge while waiting for our office car on an awesome night last week. It was the Philippine National Health Research System Week celebration. After a whole day of listening to presentations of would-be and already great scientists, I had the chance to witness the performance of the country’s national dance group, Bayanihan. I must say… it was nothing but astounding. I was so overwhelmed by what I saw  which led me to post this Einstein quote in my FB account: “The arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.”

I concluded the post with this remark, “I agree. I was able to prove this again today. Thank you Lord for reminding me why science is my first love and why every form of art is beautiful. =)”

So where does this picture come in? Culinary, I believe, is a product of science and art. Behind the beauty and form of this masterpiece was the careful and calculated moves of an expert hand. We will never have this art without the science behind it. Likewise, what’s the point of the all the science behind if the end product is not a work of art?

This, my friends, is what i call a MERGE. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong


At first look, nothing seems to be wrong with this picture but if you look closely there are a lot of problems. This is the perfect example of a panoramic shot gone wrong. Mismatched shoreline. Multiplying people. There were only seven of us in this trip and I was the one who took this so how come there’s eight people in the picture? Haha! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple


The towering tree trying to reach out to the purplish sky. Taken on a random afternoon in Ayala Gardens, Makati, Philippines.

Oh what a rainy Sunday morning! Have a great week ahead everyone!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside


A view of the sea from the inside of a cave.  Another water shot for this week’s challenge. Can’t help it. I have tons of pictures of the sea. =)

Happy Monday everyone!