So on the day before we were to go home, my parents and their friends went off exploring. I begged off from this trip because I knew there would be a lot of walking, and I didn’t feel fit enough to be confident that I can finish the trip without complaining. Good thing my dad brought my camera, though, because he did capture a gem of a place in Boracay, the part definitely less traveled by people – Diniwid Beach.
One fine (scorching hot) Sunday afternoon, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit the private farm of one of our family friends. Though a hot summer afternoon spent in untamed fields doesn’t scream exciting to me, the lure of new photos won in the end. Anyway, I enjoyed the experience more than I thought I would! 🙂
For this trip I brought along the 50-mm lens, which is still challenging me in terms of shooting areas where I would have wanted a wider view. This I have to say: although I don’t get my wide-view shots that often, it’s challenging me to try different angles and framing, which is helping me learn a lot as well! It often makes for beautiful shots that I wouldn’t have thought of, like this:
Anyway, back to the farm. These look like poo, but they’re actually ginger! After that realization, you just take another breath and realize that there’s this faint smell of ginger around the area. O di ba, learned something new!
Another new fact learned: to pick fresh papaya from their trees, you gotta take a hold of it, and twist it until the stem-like thing at the top comes off. We did pick a lot of fresh papaya that day (always the most delicious!), and it thrilled our Chinese teachers to no end. Makes me realize that what us provincial people see as ordinary and normal can be a whole new experience for our city friends. 🙂
This area, being practically isolated save for the few land workers, is perfect for outfit shots, and you know why. You might even want to put in a little whimsy to your shots and blow wild dandelions. 🙂
This man just hacked and hacked into a tree to get bananas for us. Turns out you actually have to hack the tree down. How sad. 😦 Apparently, they grow fast enough so it’s not much of a problem for them.
Aside from outfit shots, this place is perfect for cardio and working out. Just going up and down the rugged areas got us all winded! A good alternative to consider if you’re sick of your usual gym surroundings haha. #firstworldproblems
This little baby was a boy! Shock of my life! 😮
While we were gawking at the ala-Communist guy sitting atop his horse (must feel better galloping through the woods rather than walking through them, eh?), Tinay and her friend had already made their own fencing swords from long twigs and coconut shells. Now why didn’t I think of that? 😀 It was brilliant!
A little more of the everyday things, the day before we left…
After staying in the Pathum Thani neighborhood for a week, we observed that there were specific times where crows would come flying around. One of them, in particularly, had his regular time on top of the tallest tree in our neighbour’s house. This is one of the many times where I go and think: hmmm, a long-distance zoom lens as my next purchase does not sound so bad. 😉
And oh, if you’re at a loss on how to cap off a night in Thailand, the epic way, may I suggest some fresh tom yam (with something sounding like khung). Even if you’re not a fan of spicy, as I am, you’ll love it. 🙂 Can’t have it any better!