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I took these photos using my Nokia Lumia 820, CANON A480 and SONY Cyber-shot DSC-W320 during my trips local and abroad. Blogging doesn't require hi-end cameras. It all depends on how you please your readers and viewers with your words that best describes the images. Have a look on some of the memorable photos I have captured.

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Bonsai Trees


Amazing Photos of Natures and Places in the Philippines

This is an afternoon view of Boracay Beach in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. Boracay is so famous that millions of tourist visit the beach paradise to feels its fine white sand and crystal clear waters. In this photo, the sky turns orange while the rocks and trees cast their shadows. What an amazing sight at Boracay Island.

This Burnham Park in Baguio City. The park is well-known to tourists for having its green surrounding, lovely flowers, and of course, cold temperature. Baguio City is also known as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines". Vacationers choose to go here during summer months of March to May.

This is the famous Strawberry Farm in the province of Benguet. In this photo, the strawberries are in the far distance while green and purple lettuce are the closer ones. You can pick here fresh strawberries. Such a good farm to visit.

What a clean beach resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. We rented a boat just to be in this paradise-like beach which is a few minutes away from our cottage. Philippines is home to hundreds of beautiful beaches which are perfect travel destinations during summer days.

This is Taal Lake viewed from Tagaytay City. For decades, Tagaytay has become the alternative relaxation places for people in the nearby towns and cities, especially Manila. In the middle of Taal Lake is where the Taal Volcano is - a natural wonder which is one of its kind. 

At the right side of this photo is the Taal Volcano. It is located in the middle of Taal Lake which is in the province of Batangas. This photo is taken from Tagaytay City which is in the province of Cavite. This breath-taking view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake is something that will really impress you if you've been here.

Apo Reef Natural Park can be found at Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. This photo is courtesy of John Paul and his friends. The group traveled to this world's second largest natural reef in the summer of April 2018.

A morning of view of the rising sun at the back of a construction site in Cavite, Philippines. I took this photo for I was really impressed with how the sun rays strike earthly things during the morning at the east side of my residence.

In April 2015, I've been to Ortigas Center in Pasig City, Metro Manila for a business meeting. Since it was my first time, I find this spot really amazing so I didn't waste time taking a good angle shot. Metro Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and this is where financial districts are located.

Cool Spots at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines - October 2014

These bicycles are for rent in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines. Aiming to become a city park, Nuvali developers provided attractions like this to invite investors and job-seekers alike.

This is another picturesque site in Nuvali. The building is home to BPO companies. 

Wonders at the Back of my House - January 2015 

The Amazing Wonders of Baguio City - April 2014 

This is Baguio Cathedral in Baguio City, the Philippines.

Mines View Park - Baguio City

Strawberries and Flowers at Strawberry Farm, Benguet

Boats at Burnham Park, Baguio City

Great clouds formation viewed from Burnham Park in Baguio City.

The Beautiful Singapore Botanical Gardens - October 2013 
A Showcase of My OFW Years in Singapore. Green trees and plants. Beautiful flowers and birds. Nature's beauty is everywhere in this scenic park in Singapore. What a wonderful place to visit. Relax and enjoy seeing this beauty of nature in photos.

Laiya, San Juan, Batangas - April 2013 Summer Escapade 

Me and my wife at Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

Afternoon View at Boracay, Philippines 

Fernbrook Gardens in Alabang, Manila, Philippines 

Hundred Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines 

Foods and Cuisines


Chinese Noodle Soup

Nilagang Baboy

Manila Bay, Manila, Philippines
Sunset at Manila Bay is believe to be really different. It is so inviting that many local folks said that to witness the sunset at Manila Bay is something that will remind you about your stay in the Philippines.

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Our "Kapitan Eddie Panganiban", 1959 - 2018: Our Good Tatay, Our Masipag na Kapitan

This blog post is in memory of Kapitan Eddie Panganiban who lost his life as a good public servant, a kind father to his barangay, a person who cares for the benefit of everyone.

Who is Kapitan Eddie?
Kapitan Eddie is the chief captain of barangay Panghayaan, Taysan, Batangas in the Philippines. A big part of his life was spent as a public servant, from councilor to chieftain. Earning recognition and applause from people who knows him from the inside and out, our beloved kapitan is known for his kindness and care among his constituents. He is known to help people in need. His significant projects and personal actions in his baranggay are exceptional, always sided for the benefit of the masses. On December 22, 2018, he was brutally killed in his residence. Many expressed their disbelief in the incidence. The life of a good kapitan was just taken that quick.

Allow me to share this short story of how Kapitan Eddie was able to extend his help to my personal life.

When I got diagnosed with a…

“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…

"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…

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

At 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.

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

My Cousin Dado as an OFW in South Korea 

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 on 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 Eu…

The Deeper Meaning Behind Filipinos' Celebration of New Year

Every year all over the world, peoples are welcoming the coming year in different ways and styles. The Filipinos is a part of it.

But think of these for a second.
Foods are flooding every Filipino home’s table, though many still find themselves eating almost none. Fireworks are bursting in different light colors in the air, while still some folks are just under their homes with lit candles or lamps. Gifts, new clothes, huge amount of money and expensive items wow Filipinos in delight though millions of kids and parents receive almost none. Commercials on televisions try to inspire viewers yet many Overseas Filipino Workers are still unable to be convinced that the spirit of celebration is there. Undeniably, many is excited to face the new year but unknown to many of us, inside hospitals, prisons, camps, remote places, war zones and some homes are people crying, mourning or feeling nothing at all about this celebration.

On the Photos: Foods on the table during 2019 New Year's Eve c…

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…

A Walk to Divisoria - Filipinos Love this Place!

“Divisoria” - almost every Filipino knows this word. The millennials even call it “Divi”.

We paid another visit to Divisoria. Same as usual, it is so crowded that more than half of your energy will be spent on bumping people, spinning round and round to find a better direction, and on walking back and forth, up and down. Of course, finding that product and bargaining for its price is where the remaining energy will be spent.

We arrived there at around nine in the morning and streets are still not too busy. But you will notice that shoppers are on their feet rushing towards the popular 168, 999, Tutuban Center, Divisoria Mall and 11/88 shopping malls. (Any idea why the malls' names are numbers? Chinese thing? I’m not sure. That’s a trivia.) You can see the excitement on them. With a few bags, themselves and that money on the pocket, it is like going into a shopping war. Meanwhile, sellers are all set up with their products too. Their energy is always on top, some are shouting while…

“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…

“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 …

Filipinos! Here is My Free Education Advocacy that I Want You to Know

In the Philippines, we often hear this statement from the Filipinos about education:

“Hindi hadlang ang kahirapan para makatapos ng pag-aaral.” Poverty is not a hindrance to finish education.
I completely disagree! Allow me to explain my side.

Millions of Filipinos are unable to step highschool and even college because of the hardships in life we have in our country. Many are poor and therefore cannot afford the cost of education in the Philippines. If paying 5,000 to 20,000 pesos per semester in a Philippine college is already tough, then how about more the daily baon, school projects, transportation allowance, boarding house, and extra expenses?

Wake up! This is the truth. That Filipino statement with all respect, if I were you, forget it. Accept the fact that you cannot just earn your education in the Philippines because you are poor.

This is not an insult to anyone. I am from a poor family but I was able to complete a college degree despite of that. If you really want to find a solution…