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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.




Photos in My Recent Blog Posts

MONTEMARIA Statue

Bonsai Trees

Hamburger



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

Lomi

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.


Start your blogs with simple photos. Along the way you'll learn new shots, new tricks and advance photo editing techniques. Know your subjects but it can always be diverse. Blogging needs photos to attract readers. Good luck to your blogging career! If you want to learn more about blogging, explore this site more.

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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…

The Crisis We Need to Face as One Filipinos

The price of rice, vegetables, meat, poultry, and fish, among other Filipinos daily basic needs, keeps on rising. What is going on in the Philippines today?


I think that same question is your question too.

During my elementary days, I used to sing a song about rice and a part of the song goes like this...

Bawat butil ng bigas na mailigpit... Ligaya rin natin kapag nagigigpit... Kumain ka ng husto at magtipid...
(Every grain of rice that is consumed... Our happiness when we are on crisis... Eat well and be thrifty...)
I can feel it and I am not numb to not see how the Filipinos are perishing to this crisis of the time. Rice, which our very own country produced, is so expensive that the lower class Filipino citizens can no longer afford to buy them. But if one cannot understand how rising global oil prices affects the inflation rate in the country, then to the simplest way, this blog will attempt to explain why importation of NFA rice is not enough to feed our hungry stomach, comfort our achi…

That “Smaller But Stronger Bonsai” Within Us

The average Filipino height, of ages 18 and above, for male is 5 feet 4 inches while for female it is 5 feet flat.

One weekend, I happened to be in this exhibit of bonsai trees in the nearby shopping mall in my place. The event was titled “The Living Art of Bonsai”. The art of bonsai making is truly marvelous. Seeing these alive small trees is an amazing wonder, and so I can’t keep myself but take photos of them in every angle possible. From these experience is where I’ve seen a strong resemblance of a bonsai tree’s life to the life of the common Filipinos, hence this post.

First, have a look on some of the wonderful photos of bonsai I captured.






Filipinos Features that Matters
This blog is about the story of the Filipino people, about us being smaller in terms of height and size compared to our neighboring countries and the rest of the world, and our resilience to adversities despite of that. If you’re not a Filipino, you may have a friend, colleague or neighbor who’s a Filipino and it co…

"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…

How Filipinos are Loosing their True Identity

What happens to the Filipinos foods?

Haven’t you noticed, foreign foods are invading the Philippines by storm? International restaurants serving foreign cuisines are everywhere. Culinary arts, the way Filipinos look at it, is just becoming a trendy topic. Chefs, food blogger, culinary experts, food architect - goodness, are they soon to replace the simple “kusinero” and “kusinera” words that best describes our real identity as Filipinos in terms of cooking?




Globalization shapes the future of the country, particularly the food landscape. There is nothing wrong with innovation. I’d been a waiter for quite some time in a popular catering business and if its about food preparation, I’m really impressed with the way our cooks and kitchen staffs do it. Those garnishing, decorative artwork, and plating styles, they really add beauty to the foods we serve. Even an authentic Filipino food, they make a twist making it lovely and attractive to the hungry eyes.

Those terms like “buffet”, “a la ca…

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 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…

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…

What We Filipinos Believe In

Weeks before I arrive on writing this post, I came across this person popularly known as “The Son of Hamas”. Hamas is an Islamist Group in the Middle East. Many regards them as terrorists but on their own rights and beliefs, they exists to liberate Palestine, including modern-day Israel, from Israeli occupation. Before he’s a leader of Hamas. He quitted and now he’s into writing and public speaking taking his personal stand against the extremism done by his former organization Hamas and his campaign for better peace in the region in light of political correctness. You can search about him online - Mosab Hassan Yousef. Hamas’ beliefs, in Mosab’s point of view, is wrong.
The connection I want to imply in this piece of writing is this:

A belief, once it has been engraved in the people’s mind, is difficult to change, that it sometimes takes force (and time) for someone in authority to change it.



In the Filipino people’s mind, for example, that belief that Catholicism is the religion that wou…

“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…