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What Reminds Me of Nature and Why I Photograph Them - My Collection of Amazing Photos of Nature in the Philippines and Abroad

Do you love being with nature? What places have you been into where natural wonders capture your imagination?

Carabaos on the River

I think many of us like to link our photography passion with nature. Philippine nature is absolutely beautiful. It’s a comfort zone. In this blog, I would like to share some photos of the places where I’ve been into in the past years, here in the Philippines and abroad, where nature is truly an amazing view.

I grew up in a town where people dependency on nature can be seen everyday. My parents were from a family of farmers and since I was four years old, I’m already seeing them working hard in the fields, nearby forests and rivers. To see the mountain views while taking your lunch under a tree in the middle of the field is worth remembering. It’s amazing to see nature being all natural.

When I started blogging in 2011, I always blend my writing with photos of nature. A picture paints a thousand words. Not all words that can be painted positively, but in a picture of nature, most people will likely paint tender words. In this blog about nature, I would paint my descriptions of them. They are nature’s wonder and I photograph them because they paint who am I as person.

When I traveled to Baguio City, Philippines with my wife last summer, flowers, pines trees and mountain views truly captured my imagination.

Lovely Flowers of Baguio

Trees in the Mountains

Lively Blossoms

Misty Mountain Ranges

Green City Park

Rocky River

Harvest Season

Last 2014, we met our friends in Laguna, Philippines and what welcomed us were lovely plants and breathtaking wonders.

Clean Park

Here’s what reminds me more of being with nature.

My grandfather taught me many things about farming. I learned from him the basic tips on planting corns, palay, root crops, ornamental plants and vegetables. I can still remember this time in the past when I am seeing him far away in the field under the heat of the sun tilling the soil with a pickaxe. It was his daily routine to start working in the field early in the morning and goes back home at mid-noon to take his lunch. When I was a teenager, I was with my grandfather several times planting palay in a few hectares of muddy fields with the help of our carabaos. Working in the farm, with nature, is all about hardwork. Those days remind me that nature is here to give us food if we will only work hard for it.

I and my wife visited our friends in Penang, Malaysia and we were captivated with the beauty of nature surrounding this place.

Seashore Views

Popular Petronas Tower and Surrounding Nature

As an OFW in Singapore, I spent much of my free time roving around the nature parks in this modern city.

Singapore City Parks

I believe that in nature is where we will get to experience something that will lift our mind and spirit in facing our present and future life endeavors. I always want to see nature. It is great to close your eyes, feel the wind, and utter a prayer of thanks to the Creator while you are with nature.

I have several blog posts showing my big appreciation of nature. If you have the appreciation of nature too, you may read them as well. Here are the links.

Traveling to Hawaii – Exploring the Truth behind the Tourism Industry

Summer in the Philippines: Famous Beaches, Different Types of People and Spending for Fun

Run-for-a-Cause: Does it Really Care About the Philippine’s Environment?

There Exists the Hundred Islands and They’re Beautiful

The Story of Puerto Princesa Underground River

I photograph nature not just because I want them to be a part of my blogs, but because I want readers to understand why caring for nature is important. I write about nature not just because a part of my life was spent together with nature, but because I want people to be closer with nature too.

About this Blog
Thank you for reading my blog. This blog, which I started in 2011, is about my vision to change everything bad that is happening in the Philippines into good. As a blogger, the only thing that I can contribute today for this vision of change to become possible is to write and share to the Filipinos and people around the world the truth about what's going on. At the end of my blogs, most of them, are suggestions, recommendations and conclusions of what actions can be possibly done in order to make the right changes to happen.

I have more plans, big plans about changing everything - one of them is my vision to help Filipinos in doing honest and smart business. Join me on this campaign on bringing positive changes to the beautiful country of the Filipinos - the Philippines.

Most-Read Posts of the Month

“I Love Baguio City” - My Travel Story in the Summer Capital of the Philippines

The Strawberry Farm, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, the Mansion, Wright Park, Lourdes Grotto, and Session Road; these are among of the popular landmarks in the more commonly known “Summer Capital of the Philippines” – Baguio City. Why so? Well, the temperature here seldom exceeds 26 degree centigrade. During the cold season of December to February, the temperature falls down to even below 10 degree centigrade. The record low temperature was 6.3 degree and that was on January 18, 1961.

How to Travel to Baguio City?
Going to this cold city in the mountainous province of Benguet, Philippines is a six to seven hours travel by passenger utility bus from Manila. Starting from EDSA, traversing the NLEX, entering SCTEX, exiting the province of Tarlac and going through the neighbouring provinces of Pangasinan and La Union, and then exploring the zigzag road of either the Marcos Highway, the Kennon Road or the Naguilian Road, the coldest place in the Philippines will be reached. Baguio is about 2…

Who are These OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and Why are They the Modern Heroes of the Philippines

After the turn of the millennium, the Philippine government launches this campaign program calling the overseas Filipino workers or OFWs as “Mga Bagong Bayani ng Bayan” (Modern Heroes of the Nation). From then onwards, different organizations established programs giving awards and recognitions to selected OFWs who did a remarkable contribution or action to their family, friends, work or in general, to the country.

Q1: OFW ka ba? Q2: Bakit? A1: Eh kasi dating mo pa lang, mayaman ka na. Boom!
(Q1: Are you an OFW? Q2: Why? A1: Because with just the way look, it seems that you’re rich. Boom!)

At present, OFWs around the world are estimated to be around 12 – 14 million. This is approximately 10 – 12 percent of the Philippines total population. These OFWs are distributed to many countries all over the globe majority of whom are in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Italy. Immigrant workers in the United States, Australia and Europe are als…

Summer in the Philippines: Famous Beaches, Different Types of People and Spending for Fun

It’s summer months once again in the Philippines. Did you know that Philippines have thousands of beach resorts where you can spend your vacation for a while? With around 7,107 islands, no wonder why this country is very famous to the world when it comes to leisure and fun in the sea. This blog is about the real summer heat going on in the Philippines during the months of March, April and May. Be amazed. Get curious. Get to know it. It’s all about the beach life in the land of the Filipinos!

On the Photos: First Glimpse of a Laiya Beach Resort

Google it or Bing it: famous beaches in Philippines. You’ll probably don’t think twice on packing up your luggage and fly to the country of white sands, hospitable people, low-cost commodities, colourful boats, deep blue sea, green mountain ranges, and beautiful weather. Who would not know about this number one tourist spot in the country today, Boracay? This perfect summer destination is well-known to the whole world and it is definitely attracti…

The Divisoria Malls - Defining Shopping in the Philippines

They call it the 168 Mall. It is one of the busiest places in the Philippines during shopping days like Christmas season when longing for enjoyment and relaxation is on the air once again. From Cavite, my home place, going to Divisoria, it will take you about an hour travel under normal traffic flow.

What is in this place? Well, Divisoria is the Bargain Shopping Capital of the Philippines. This is where wholesale and retail prices make shoppers say “WOW!” on delight. Visiting this place will definitely give you a realization about shopping on a different dimension. Find out why on the next paragraphs.

On the Photo: The Popular 168 Mall in Divisoria, Manila, Philippines

Divisoria is located in Binondo, Manila. It is accessible via Quiapo(where the famous Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church is) thru Recto Avenue and via Lawton near Manila City Hall. Divisoria has been there since the early 90’s. As it is near the North Harbour, Manila’s main seaport, the freshest and cheapest products usuall…

"Business as Usual" as the Filipinos Define It (Vulcanizing Shop, Sari-Sari Store, Bakery) – Part 1

I asked the shop owner about these old unused tires on what are they doing with it. The Vulcanizing shop owners says, “Oh, someone will pick up those tires and pay us 5 or 10 pesos each. Sometimes they just take it for free”.

Vulcanizing Shop - A Classic Example of Filipino Business
You’ve most probably seen and been into a local, typical vulcanizing shop like this one in the photo. The business concept is very simple. Here’s a customer with his flat or deflated tire and the vulcanizing boy will repair it using a rubber compound patch, a heating tool, and an air pump. If it’s a regular car or van tire, repairing one may only take 10 minutes the cost of which is around 30 to 60 pesos. If it’s a tire from a truck or bus, it could be around 30 minutes and the repair would cost the vehicle owner around 100 to 150 pesos.

Here’s the thing. A shop like this one could potentially earn a revenue of 1000 up to 2000 per day just by repairing a flat tire. Why? Well, with thousands of vehicles like j…

My Red Owner-Type Jeep Driving Adventures in Cavite, Philippines

About a year ago, I was really fortunate for having this second-hand owner-type jeep. Since then, I was given the chance to drive on nearby places here in Cavite I always wish I had been into before. I am also happy to say that my low-cost camera now has a good companion in blogging, a low-cost red jeep. I could say that telling good stories is now a bit better for I can capture the right views at the right angle, at the right point (not when I used to commute and take photos from the passenger’s window, just like when I travel to Baguio City years back). Now, I can pull over and take the best shots I can, though not at all times.

My Red Owner-Type Jeep 
And so I have this great experiences in exploring the inner side (places not often talked about) of the province of Cavite where I had been living for almost a decade. Places like Pala-Pala, Trece Martires, Aguinaldo Shrine, Indang and Tagaytay are now within reach, of course with some money for the gasoline and eating. The previous blo…

Four Great Qualities of the Filipinos and the Realities Behind - A Wake Up Call

In this post, I will bravely share my opinion on the real state of our nation. I will also offer recommendations on how we can make the most of it – in terms of our present good economic standing. If you please be open-minded in understanding the true meaning of this post.

Did you know that Philippines is the 34 largest economy (out of about 190 countries) in the world today?

Let these facts and figures explain everything.Over 10 million Filipinos are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with a total remittance of around $2.56 billion (or approximately Php 128 billion) in 2016. Roughly, that is about Php 13,000 remittance each OFW per year. Source:· Over 100 million Filipinos are living in the Philippines today, a significant number in terms of workforce who can build a nation. Over 40 million Filipinos are in the labor force in 2016. Put in another way, 4 of 10 Filipinos are working. Source:…

“Fixer” in Philippine Government Agencies Like the Social Security System (SSS) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) – What We Filipinos Can Do About it?

Maybe in this post, I can clearly explain how “fixing” works in many government offices in the country. The idea is first, to warn you that such illegal fixing happens, and second, to give you tips on how you should avoid them. Plain and simple, we will not in anyway damage or speak against anyone or any particular office of the government in this post. It just happened that this is about my experience with LTO and SSS Tagaytay. I want to emphasize that still many government employees in the Philippines are doing their jobs right - including those who are working in the said branches.
If you have experienced transacting with any government offices here in the Philippines, whether you're a Filipino or not, you should already be familiar with these signages.

Here’s a bit of knowledge for you to digest first.
What is “fixing” or who is a “fixer” by the way?
In the Philippines, these good words happened to have a negative connotation over the past decades. Good words? Yes, indeed. When …

“Pasalubong” – What Makes this Filipino Word Very Special?

Probably next to the beauty of a tourism spot, if it’s about the real reasons for traveling there, is our search for the best “pasalubong”. It’s the tagalog word for “gift” or “souvenir” and it can be anything from foods, toys, clothes, handicraft, furniture, soaps, wearables, or household items. It’s practically anything, big or small, cheap or expensive, edible or not. And for as long as that special item was bought somewhere else and then given to someone as an act of love and kindness – the true purpose has been served.

A simple gesture of “Salamat po” (Thank you) for sharing that pasalubong is enough to make you feel the love and kindness back. There is the best pasalubong for kids, for grandmas and grandpas, for a favorite grandson, for a close neighbor or friend, for the workmates, for the boss, for a former enemy, for a religious brother, and even for a complete stranger. Yes, indeed!

Well, “pasalubong” is actually different from a gift for birthday, wedding, or special gatherin…

Junk Collectors

Several months ago, when I was about to enter the public market near my place, I saw this old woman more or less in her early 60’s checking something on the garbage cans. That was really my first impression. I tried to observe what she’s doing for a few seconds more and I then realized she was after these empty and used plastic bottles. At first, I thought she was just looking for something she might have lost or maybe she’s looking for scrapped foods. But she’s not. The old lady looks clean and not like a scavenger. She’s just a typical person we’re seeing around. After a few moments, I approached the lady and told her,

“Nay, heto po ang konti (pera), pandagdag sa kita ninyo”.
(Auntie, here’s something (small amount), you can add to your income.)

And the old lady replied with a smile,

“Naku, salamat anak.”
(Oh, thank you son.)
Then, I proceeded with my market activity that day. From that time on, whenever I go to the market, I always hope that I will still see her, and give her a small am…