Father Tropa's Zoo

 Tuesday, December 31, 2013

After a short visit at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at Inalad, Siaton, we visited Father Tropa's Zoo on the way back to Dumaguete from . I was told that the place were far brighter and livelier when he was still alive. Now the place seems to be dead - unfortunately. The animals are pretty ordinary.
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Kids were busy playing with monkeys.
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I asked the boys to pose with the preserved birds - look how grumpy they were! Still scared of animals. 

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The girl cant stand still! She really hates to be photographed! I dont think I have a photo of her with great enthusiasm!

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Kuya EJ is braved enough to be acquainted with the big snake. lols

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Sea View From Bacong Dumaguete

 Monday, December 30, 2013

While the kids were busy playing in the background, I was also busy taking photos of Tree House Beach Resort. Its a low-cost resort but offers a clean and  peaceful place to enjoy the sand and sea.


Century Well Water System in Bacong

 Saturday, December 28, 2013

At Tree House, you will find the first water system of Bacong, Dumaguete. This is already a century old well.


Bright Sunny Day

 Thursday, December 5, 2013

Good morning Sunshine!!


Beautiful Lake Baikal in Russia

I am so fascinated with this lake in Russia - Lake Baikal or in local Russian dialect Ozero Baykal. It is located in the eastern Siberia, Buryatia and Irkutsk province of  Russia.

This is the oldest and depest existing fresh water lake in the world.

It is my ardent dream to visit Russia in this lifetime. We never know, the ball is still rolling! So i guess kept on dreaming?


Pink and Yellow Flower With Love

 Saturday, November 30, 2013

My special treat for my dear readers!  I love flowers!

I got a few of these after taking a photo in a weekend market in Berlin. Lovely right?


Weekend Fresh Flower

 Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fresh flower for you from Germany. I don't know the name of this flower but I took it when I was in Germany.


A Red Rose

 Saturday, November 16, 2013

We all red roses. This is my simple gift for you.


Unique Building Structure in Seoul

 Thursday, November 14, 2013

I took this photo two years ago when I went to Seoul on a business trip to check on products for our business. We needed to check the quality of stickers and at the same time witness the loading of the container. After a hard days work as the loading was in the outskirt of Seoul, we walked around Insadong and found this amazing building. This building has galleries, bookstore and also a nice coffee shop.


Bright and Clear Skies

 Saturday, November 9, 2013

After a traumatic days of typhoon, today Mr. Sun finally came out shining brightly to our everyone. As if saying - amidst life difficulties, there is hope and there is God above all else!

Today, I want to share with you a photo taken while travelling in Germany. Its an old church surrounded by cemetery.


White Fountain

 Sunday, October 27, 2013

This photo was taken in Vivo City, Singapore 2 years ago. It was semestral break for the kids back then and there was a printing and advertising exhibition in Singapore. We took attended the exhibit at the same time enjoy Singapore's finest!


Beautiful Sky

 Friday, October 25, 2013

I took this photo around 3 years ago near Munich, Germany. We attended a printing exhibit in Munich but we stayed near a far from the city proper to enjoy this lovely scenery. My boss went to this place with his grandparents when he was still a boy. So its memorable for him. Good thing he brought me along so I could also enjoy and feel the ambiance. So nice right.  Don't you agree?


Food Photography: Bounty Fresh Top Torikatsu

 Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I recently reviewed Bounty Fresh Top Torikatsu. Here are the photos posted in Pinay Green Mommy:

I must admit, I am quite good with food photography. :) Even if I used the Cherry Mobile phone in these photos, but it came out nice. Tried with DSLR and digital cameras, food photography is one of my addiction. 

Top Torikatsu : Classic Version
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Top Torikatsu : Cheese and Chives variant

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Photography Effects To Practice

 Monday, October 14, 2013

Some have said that the most amazing sights captured only by our eyes and are imprinted only in our minds. Over the years, people have tried to come up with tools and gadgets that will give us a clear representation and a sort of memoire of beautiful sights, events or people that we fortunately witnessed. You may want something that will immortalize the moment and share the wonder you’ve felt so you took out your camera and tried to catch it with your lens.
Some photography enthusiasts study photo enhancement techniques to create even more astonishing effects. While there are lenses and other gadgets that can be used to achieve photography effects, you can also try digital applications of different photography effects. Here are some special effects that you can practice with your camera or through Photoshop. 
Tilt Shift
Tilt shift photography can give you a beautiful miniature effect of scenery from an optical illusion shot. Basically the lenses are set to focus on a specific part of scene and blur its top and bottom or surrounding areas. Hobbyist would love experimenting with tilt shift photography. For amazing tilt shift photo, choose higher vantage point from where you will take the picture to achieve miniature effects effortlessly.
Tilt shift lenses can be a bit expensive, but some digital cameras such as the Canon Ixus models already have that miniature effect setting. You can also try using Photoshop to achieve the same effects.
Star Trails
Start trail photography is another effect that caught the curiosity of many. A specific technique actually records a natural phenomenon of our planet. If you do not know it yet, the Earth moves and spins in its axis while the stars remain stationary. The indirect movement of the stars is recorded when you capture several shots in a 30 second exposure and combine them together digitally. This wonder has fascinated professional photographers to photography enthusiasts.
If you’d like to experiment with star trails, you can have better photos using a multiple 30-second exposure than with only a single exposure at 20 minutes. With the former, digital noise will be lessened and you don’t have to worry about your battery running empty at the last minute of exposure. Longer time exposure also heightens the risk of a ruined shot especially if there are stray headlights beaming into your lenses. 
Lomo photography or lomography as it is known today became popular during the 80’s when the Russian Lomo PLC successfully came out with the LOMO LC-A Camera. Since then, Lomo photograpy became a favorite photography effect by many. This technique has a noticeable vignette, strong contrast and twisted colors.
You can find lomography cameras these days ranging from affordable types to really expensive models, but you can also create beautiful lomography effects on Photoshop and other photo editing applications today.

Another remarkable photography special effect that has taken the interest of many enthusiasts is the high dynamic range or HRD photography. With this effect, you can achieve striking images that are quite colorful. The pictures resemble photos taken with the Fuji Velvia film, but these days, HDR can be played with and experimented digitally on Photoshop and other photo editing applications. 


Prepare your home before leaving for the holidays

 Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Do  you have upcoming travel plans for the holidays? You are for sure excited but you need to make sure to prepare your home as well prior to departure. Criminals are surely excited too as people who plan to travel tend to take for granted their own home.  There is a lower risk of getting caught by the police during this period because a lot of  people are paying more attention to their own travel plans.

Carefully check all the possible entry points like the doors and the windows before you leave for the holidays. These must be securely locked to prevent someone from entering the place undetected. It would be better if you have installed an alarm system. If you do, please put new batteries. Don’t leave extra keys under the mat or other common locations where criminals can easily find them and walk right into your home. 

Be sure to inform your friend or your trusted neighbor to occasionally stop by daily so the criminals will not notice that it is indeed empty.

You will enjoy your holiday more if you are sure that you have somebody attending to your home in your absence.


Choosing the Most Suitable Wedding Photographer

 Friday, August 30, 2013

Weddings are beautiful, memorable and yes, it can be one major stressful event for the bride and groom. All the details are thought about and preparations are started months before the big date. With all these extravagance and beauty of the occasion, it is equally important to find an expert wedding photographer that will immortalize this wonderful occasion in print. Years after you’ve been married, you’d look back on those pictures and smile inwardly at the memory. With vivid pictures to remind you of your big day, you’d truly be thankful to an efficient, skilled and considerate wedding photographer who was with you during that momentous date.

Photo Credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net


New People, New Faces

 Wednesday, August 28, 2013

One of my favorite activity when visiting an exotic destination is to watch the tribe show off their cultural performance through dancing and singing. Through their dance performance, you'll understand their beginnings and history, their people and their culture.  Do you also love to visit and meet new people or you prefer staying in the beach alone or with your someone special? For me, there are times I love to mingle with new people, at times I love to be with my family and close friends.

Sometimes, its also nice to be alone and just explore the place, eat exotic delicacy, watch new faces while taking photographs. Oh yes, photographs!


Camping for Newbies

 Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Camping is a wonderful and thrilling way to experience the wilderness. Though it might not be considered as an activity for the faint hearted, many still want to experience it for once and many too fell in love with camping and being one with nature. Camping and sleeping on a tent can be a bit daunting and confusing for people who are not used to it, but with a bit of practice and with your love for the outdoors, you will soon find yourself heading out like a duck to water. Don’t worry, camping activities are not usually done in isolation, it is best experienced with a group or with some company with whom you can share your load and your skillset. 

PS. Dont forget to bring your camera to document your camping activities. 


Travelling Solo Tips

 Saturday, June 8, 2013

Travelling can be exhausting, exhilarating, intimidating and inspiring at the same time. If you are planning to roam the world alone, you can still enjoy the wonders that the country has to offer. With this, here are some tips to remember in traveling solo.

1.      Do some homework.Before travelling preview a potential location using the internet.
2.      Smart pack.When you travel solo, make it sure that all your essentials are in your carry-on bag such as passport, cash, talcum powder, and the like.
3.      Never display affluence. It is for your own safety and protection. With this, do not dress up like an actual tourist with cameras and jewelry on the body.
4.      Know who to befriend.When travelling solo, it is best to eat at hotel’s bar. Bartenders have the best inside scoop which will give insights.
Without a doubt, traveling alone could be worrisome. However, knowing the things that you should do before you book a flight and arriving in an area is of great help.


Update on Paniman Resort, Puerto Azul

 Wednesday, April 24, 2013

As I mentioned in my previous post about Paniman, here are the photos of the resort I took before our actual Christmas Party/ Outing.

Paniman Resort is inside Puerto Azul. This place is really nice but its not properly maintained. Its a total waste on infrastracture. But the beach is still as nice though.

Anyway, here are the promised photos.

This house used to be the rest house of the owner but you cant rent it out now for Php 5,000 (oh wait, let me check again with my colleague who prepared everything. I will get back again for the rates.


5 Beach Camps Near Metro Manila

Summer evokes a lot of lazy images crystal blue waters and a stretch of white sand under clear azure skies. As people head down to the famed beaches of Boracay, Puerto Gallera and others, smaller groups of wanderers took to the lesser glamorous yet equally beautiful beaches that one can reach via land transport from Metro Manila. Beach camps became the thing when the beauty of Anawangin was first discovered and people came here with their own foods and tents to set up. Soon it teemed of visitors at summer time, but cheer up, there are still plenty of alternative beach camps near Metro Manila for that hot summer weekend getaway!

Puting Buhangin, Pagbilao Quezon

Puting Buhangin may be reached via trekking from Pagbilao or via boat from Padre Burgos. For a weekend, you make this place a part of your beach hopping itinerary with Borawan and Dampalitan. Puting Buhangin boasts of a long stretch of white sand and cool temperate waters and a small cave called Kwebang Lagpas. Campers can now enjoy the use of cottages and the convenience of comfort rooms.

From Manila, head down the south super highway to reach Bondoc Peninsula. Padre Burgos is around 4 to 5 hours ride from Manila. Boats can be arranged at the Aplaya, and be prepared for a short but scenic ride to Puting Buhangin. You can buy foods to cook and refill your water containers in the public market of Padre Burgos for your consumption in the islands.

Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon

Another island with a growing popularity with beach campers is Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon. It has resorts that can accommodate those who want to stay comfortably and camping is still allowed and you can use the resort’s comfort room. The island is well known for its long stretch of white beach that becomes really wide during low tide. You and your family will have a grand time when more white sands, corals, rocks and some sea creatures are exposed during low tide and a fun walk to Bonsai Island.

Public boats run twice in the morning from Mauban to Cagbalete Island. Villa Cleofas also offer their boat rental service for large groups as well as meal arrangement if your group do not wish to cook.

Nagsasa Cove in Zambales
Nagsasa is my preferred choice over Anawangin because it has temperate waters, a gentle and sandy seabed and it has fewer visitors. Nagsasa much like its twin, Anawangin has pine trees lining the beach, picturesque mountain views and deep blue crystal waters. There are now cottages, comfort rooms and sari-sari stores for your convenience.

You can reach Nagsasa Cove via Pundaquit in Zambales, but is about more than one hour more from Anawangin.

Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte

Calaguas is one of the most favorite beach camp destinations these days. It boasts of creamy white, oh-so fine sand and deep Azure waters. There is no potable water source in this island so you have to bring water and everything else. From Manila, you have to travel to Daet for about 6 hours and take a 3 hour boat ride from Vinzons port in Daet. 

Beach camping entails some hazards and inconveniences starting from the trip going there and the camping itself. But to truly enjoy nature and paradise, you should be able to get back to basics! 

Don't forget to bring along your favorite camera to document your beach camping!


Kids Basic Photography Classes

 Saturday, April 6, 2013

Summer can become both fun and educational for many kids. With parent’s involvement in their rearing and developing their kids potential, their talents can practiced even at an early age. This is why my cousin was so excited to enroll her seven year old son on a Kid’s basic photography class for summer. She noticed how good his son’s shots are and how happy he is to take pictures of people and things around him. My cousin is confident that her son will enjoy the class and will listen intently to the instructor because he is willing to learn and widen his knowledge of handling the camera and in taking pictures.


Accommodation Options When Traveling

 Sunday, March 17, 2013

Are you going out-of-town for a business meeting or visit your friends? Then, how many days will you be gone from your home? Is it two or three days?

When traveling for a longer period of time, you should have a predetermined temporary haven. A place that is equipped with a welcoming aura and clean environment. More so, it should be peaceful and budget-friendly.

In roving, you have a number of travel accommodations to choose from. These include:
  •        Hotels
  •       Hostels
  •       Guest houses
  •       Apartment

No matter what your intent for traveling is, it is important for you to have a place to stay for the long and cold night. So make up your choice and enjoy the travel escapade!


Two Printing Expo in Guangzhou

 Thursday, March 14, 2013

As I had mention in my other travel blogs, together with my colleagues, we visited Guangzhou printing exhibits. 

Oopps.. i m late for work now.. have to go.. will update this entry tonight. :)


Trails To Antarctica

 Sunday, January 13, 2013

Its freezing cold in some parts of the world. But in a tropical country like the Philippines, weather could only be sunny or rainy season. This past few days, the Southern parts of the Philippines have been raining that cause floods.

Anyway, we went to this water theme park in Manila Ocean Park during the kids field trip. It was our first time to visit this newest offering. The kids had a blast! This is their second time in a snow park. The first one was in Singapore - Snow World.

We didn't leave the place without our photos.

Happy in the snow!

Look at them! They were so cold already but still lovin' the feeling!