Travel Theme: Bridges

What better way to get back to blogging after two months of hiatus than to showcase the bridges that I’ve seen and crossed.  Thanks to one of my favorite blog sites, Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack? for a wonderful theme that enticed me to go back to my usual blogging self.

I have always been fascinated with bridges.  I remember back as a kid, I made bridges out of my father’s cassette tapes and let my toy cars pass thru them. He would get mad at me when he hears I drop or crash any of those precious tapes.  Oh, what great memories!

Now, I pass through bridges regardless whether they are narrow or wide, long or short, old or new.  But just like when I was a kid, I am still fascinated.

I have a dozen photos of various bridges but these were the only ones I get to upload.  My humble sharing in this week’s travel theme.

Sydney Australia's Darling Harbor
Sydney Australia’s Darling Harbor
At the canals of Amsterdam
At the canals of Amsterdam
Mandaue City Cebu in the Philippines
Mandaue City Cebu in the Philippines
Harbor Bridge Australia
Harbor Bridge Australia
Alexander Bridge in Paris
Alexander Bridge in Paris

Oh what a great feeling to be able to blog again ! Until next time.


Travel Theme: Liquid

This week’s travel theme is relevant, refreshing and wet. It makes me want to wash my dirty car, take a bath, have a drink or probably sip a hot soup as it is quite cold tonight.

The liquid, which is one of the three states of matter is also one of the most important elements on earth that we tend to take for granted.  Water, which is the most common form of liquid covers much of the world’s surface but there would not be enough for human consumption unless we conserve it.

Coming from a country surrounded with water and from a city ranked as one of the wettest inhabited places on earth, we experience the magical phenomenon a liquid can only do so well year round.  We are more than grateful.

This theme will not only remind us of a travel where we captured a photo about liquid but also tell us that water should be conserved and cherished. Its significance in our lives encompasses our existence.

I salute Where’s my backpack? for the initiative to use it as this week’s travel theme.  So, here’s my contribution to this week’s amazing theme: liquid.

Soft waves in the golden sand beach of Pagudpud, north of the Philippines.
The Ditumabo Waterfalls in Aurora, west of Luzon in the Philippines.  The falls is a source of geothermal energy for the province.
Rain showers during my recent visit to the island of Boracay.
Freezing water in one of the natural pools made of stalagmites inside the deep caves of Sumaguing in Sagada in the Cordillera Mountains.  The cave supports the livelihood of the local community through tourism.
The releasing of water in Ambuklao Dam.  The dam is one of the sources of our drinking water.
This is a stream in the tranquil town of Baler in Aurora Province where the people leisurely hang out. The fresh water that cascades from the Sierra Madre mountains irrigate the farms.
The small falls in Sagada, Mountain Province
Water as a decorative centerpiece in one of the hotels in Baguio City.
A waterfall in the Bicol Region, south-west of the Philippines
A shellfish soup in Zamboanga Peninsula, the Philippines’ southern tip.

Travel Theme: Soft (2) Animals

What could be softer than the naturally feathered or furred animals.  So for this week’s travel theme, I created a separate entry to feature just a few of my favorite animals that I really find not just cuddly and cute, but ‘soft’ as well.

My first meet with a Koala on a recent trip to Sydney’s Featherdale Zoo. Up close and personal, this Koala was not shy at all.
This one is a bit shy quite grumpy too.
This tropical penguins are just so cute. They walk funny.
Lovebirds showing off their affection to one another. These are just two of the many African and Eye ring lovebirds in our collection.
These are the tiny finches.
This dog has been the friendliest stranger dog I’ve ever met. He was so friendly he just walked with us during our trip in the island of Batanes. He loves cuddling and enjoys being tickled. If only I could have brought him home.

Travel Theme: Soft

For this week’s travel theme, I chose to feature  these photos that I took while the sun is setting over the paradise island of Boracay in the Philippines.

The moment that I learned about this week’s travel theme I was into it that I really wanted to portray the sun setting.  I wanted to capture that soft hues of yellow and orange, Oh such amazing colors I can’t even describe. While we all know that the sun being the center of the solar system represents power, strength and energy; I wanted to look at it directly behind the lens and get a glimpse of the softer side of the sun.  It just took my breath away.

The ‘softer’ side of the sun.

Travel Theme: Bright

A lighthouse is a structure designed to radiate light from lamps to help maritime navigators at sea or on waterways. They warn navigators of dangerous coastlines, shoals and reefs and at the same time assisting them in approaching or entering harbors.

In line with this week’s travel theme, I thought of a lighthouse like this one from the island of Basco in Batanes.

Batanes is the smallest and the northernmost province of the Philippines.  It is right in the middle where the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. The islands of Batanes are also located along the path of typhoons that visit the far east which fits the tagline ‘lands of howling winds‘ for Batanes. The islanders are known for their honesty. The 360 degree vista of the surrounding waters and rolling hills are breath-taking.

The photo below is the lamp inside the lighthouse.

Literally, this is BRIGHT !