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January-February 2014, Boracay: Diniwid, Nami + Going Home

BoracaySo 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.

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Day in the Farm

DSC_3947One 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! 🙂

DSC_3950DSC_3951DSC_3959DSC_3955DSC_3956For 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:

DSC_3962DSC_3960DSC_3961Anyway, 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!

DSC_3965DSC_3970Another 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. 🙂

DSC_3980DSC_3974DSC_3975This 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. 🙂

DSC_3986DSC_3982DSC_3985When we got to the land workers’ simple little houses, the kids took two of their chickens and pitted them against each other, classic Filipino sabong style. LOL

DSC_3989DSC_3988This 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.

DSC_3992DSC_3990DSC_3995Nearby was a naturally occurring spring. The surprises this place gives!

DSC_3997Aside 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
DSC_4003This little baby was a boy! Shock of my life! 😮

DSC_4007DSC_4009DSC_4010While 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!

DSC_4012We were fortunate to be walking home when God regaled us with another of His many amazing sunsets:

DSC_4017DSC_4014DSC_4015That’s another thing most people take for granted: lovely sunsets. 🙂 Blessed!

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February at Thailand – This and That

A little more of the everyday things, the day before we left…

DSC_2410After 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. 😉

DSC_2340DSC_2339DSC_2352DSC_2420James, the kooky American missionary who keeps comparing his camera’s self-timer to a wolf. Go figure…

DSC_2461DSC_2457Another night at church, where we finally got a picture with the whole G family!

DSC_2382Getting back home, we were witness to a stunning red sunset, complete with an equally fiery sun – one that my camera (or my lack of photography skills overall) couldn’t do justice.

DSC_2463DSC_2464And 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!

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