Last year of my travel in the island where my family roots begun, I had a quick visit and a bit of walk in Tabunan Beach at Banton Island in Romblon province. Above photo is just one of my collection during my walking tour along the beach. The beach is located at the western side of the Island in Yabawon where my uncle Napo lives. Photo captured last March 2015.
Juncture With Folk(s) (Post#3) : At Silanguin Beach
Summer Season is the period that most of Filipinos got a chance to go to beaches and because my country home is an archipelago and surrounded by body of water, there are lots of beaches available in the country that we can adore and enjoy. Last March this year (2016), I got a chance to join the mountaineering group that I was affiliated with and this year’s summer season I was able to be with them after such a long time. It’s been 6 summer seasons that I never joined them because I was out of the country and for other scheduling conflict reasons. I was glad that this year I was able to go with them once again.
Discovery (Post#4): Snow Shoe (From Royal Alberta Museum)
As I am looking for photo to post that belongs to my project – photo themes, while reading again my old post for the month of February which entitled Royal Alberta Museum – Edmonton (Part 8) I saw again the snapshot that I captured inside the museum. When I saw the old version of snow shoe I was amazed how people really creative and intelligent just to address what it needs to survive. This image was shot last June 2008 and this is part of my Edmonton photo collection.
Snapshot above was captured last June 2008, when I got a chance to visit Whistler in British Columbia. The Blackcomb Mountain is a ski resort mountain beside Whistler Mountain. This is one of the best places that I ever been because this mountain, on its peak, gave me a chance to see the alpine mountains that surrounds Whistler. I felt I was in heaven when I reach the summit of this mountain through gondola.
Colors (Post #3) – Tent City Area – Ciudad de Victoria
When my family decided to celebrate the New Year’s Eve at Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue Bulacan where the biggest dome-arena in the world is located which is Philippine Arena, at the time of celebration there were Tent City area that surrounds the place. The photo above was just one of them. This photo captured last December 30, 2014.
Pandin Lake is one of the Twin Lake (other lake is Yambo Lake) that can be found in San Pablo City in Laguna province in my country Philippines. This lake is also included in what currently they call Seven Lakes of Laguna (or Seven Lakes of San Pablo). The said lake is one of the volcanic crater wherein according to Wikipedia that it means circular depression in the ground caused by volcanic activity. It is typically a basin, circular in form within which occurs a vent (or vents) from which magma erupts as gases, lava, and ejecta.
This photo is part of my photo collection of Lakes in Laguna and which captured last Sept 2011 during the unplanned trip with few of my fellow mountaineering group.
Chromatic Outlook (Post#24) : Mortar M120 (USA) At Relics Point
Mortar M120 is one of the World War II archived weapon that can be found displayed in Relics Point inside Philippine Military Academy. As mentioned in the excerpt in the photo, the weapon was used against the invading Japanese imperial army. Photo captured during the trip in Baguio City last May 2010.
Mount Banahaw is currently in restoration period since 2004 that’s why it is prohibited for any climbing related activities though there are still few breaks it. When I saw it while at the summit of Mount Banahaw it become notable for me, I fell in love with it further every time I pass Maharlika Highway (Pan-Philippine Highway) and when I visited my home in Visayas through Lucena Port in Quezon province, I witnessed how it was majestic from a far. Photo captured last March 2015.
When my mountaineering group held a school outreach for the students in Sitio San Pedro Elementary School in San Jose Tarlac last July 2012, one of our side trip adventure was to climb Mount Tangisan. And from the summit of the mountain another noticeable mountain can be seen from afar and it was none other than Mount Arayat. This is the first mountain that people see while traveling along North Luzon Expressway coming from Metro Manila.
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Precious Moment In The Mountain (Post#23) : Athabasca Glacier
As I live in tropical country, snowy mountains and glaciers are rare places to me. When I visited Canada, I had an opportunity to see glacier. And the most memorable experience I had was when I was able to walk at the top of one of the most famous glacier in Columbia Icefields part of rocky mountains in Canada which is Athabasca Glacier. And another notable thing I will never forget was the experience of numbing of my hand after I tried to create snow ball and very thankful I brought gloves. Photo captured last May 2008.
Reflections, Inspirations and Perceptions (Post#1) : Cemetery of Negativism in Focus
One of the photos on this had been published under the category of photo theme “Something To Look At” post which can be found here. This time, I will further elaborate the details of the cemetery based on my thoughts opinion and my understanding. Maybe the idea is not the whole worlds truth but it’s my truth.
It is interesting that someone had thought about creating a cemetery of negativism. Even though the idea was came from American soldier (Commander Major John Hightower), his thoughts through humour are still something to ponder. When I saw the name of the cemetery, at first I was curious and then I walked further if I can see more. Then I found different tablet inscriptions and to my surprise there are more ideas engraved in the tablet.
Here are the following inscribe thoughts about negativity.
1. BOSS WONT LETTUCE
A GREAT IDEA – 22 MAY 1907
HILTED 1 SEPT. 1909
This kind of thought usually happens when we tried to put our selves in our boss shoes based on his/her character that we thought we know. This also occurred when we knew that there are confidence issues in the (our) idea or in the (our) capacity to accomplish things.
DOANNA SET A PRECEDENT
HIS PASSING WAS THAT OF A PRECEDENT
I really like this idea. Because most us of are afraid of failures, we are looking of something as basis through example, model, rules or standards that we can use so we are not solely to blame in the future. A very nice tactic to use to justify ourselves when we compromise.
3. KANTDU NUTHIN WRIGHT
BORN DEC 5, 1905 DIED JUNE 14, 1903
This is also a confidence and trust issues. Thoughts like this only hold on to proven success. Failures are thought only as wrong things where in fact it has positive effect based on the way we perceived things. It’s not only victory or triumph teach us something even failure as well.
4. IMN ONLY CHILE
BORN 27 MARCH 1908
DIED BEFORE HIS BROTHER
This one is used for a reasoning of doing inferior things. When we had done it, we are trying to escape to be accountable on something that is not right. Or we are trying to deny the responsibility being assigned to us even we haven’t started yet to prove what we can.
5. JUST KANT SHAKIT
BORN 5 OCT 1919
DIED OF PASSIVITY 20 MAY 1913
This is the kind of thought when we started doing something and we can’t finish it because of so many reason, whether we don’t like what we’re doing or can’t finish it on time. It also symbolises the level of our hope of achieving things.
6. EYE FORE GOT
BORN HUMBLY DIED SOMETIME
A very senseless justification for not able to do things irregardless of reasons. We are aware of our jobs and responsibilities and the thought above is weightless of making out of it.
7. A TRUELY MISERABLEDAY
BORN IN GLOOM
LIVED WITHOUT BLOOM
BURIED IN THIS TOMB
Never thought about good things. The whole mind clouded of bad things and never realised there’s always of a window for second chance. It’s similar to loosing hope perception.
8. WHY DIDENT I?
LIVED WONDERING WHY
DIED FOR NO REASON
This thought is something of not taking chances because of some reasons. And this usually happens when the opportunity has been lost. Well take the chance again when it comes, if it will come again, right? You know for yourself the probability of chances that it will come.
9. KNOT A TEEMPLAER
BORN A STAR
LIVED A METEOR
DIED IN FLAMES
This thought is looking too much on perfection and having inferiority complex leads to this. But to be honest, perfection always starts from simple one, perfection always requires time and devotion so do no used it as escape goat for not doing great things.
10. WONT B. USED
STARTED: 10 DECEMBER 1906
ABANDONED: 14 DECEMBER 1906
Predicting or analysing too much of things that will happen in the future is really an activity that used so much energy. Future is beyond our control but we can affect whats in front of us right now.
11. ITZ NOT POSSIBLE
CONCEIVED 11 NOV, 1905
STILL NOT BORN
Most of the inventions that people made in our time had struggle of impossibility but looking around in our world, we are living in modern time because a lot of the inventors breakaway that thought. Without trying we will not achieve anything and for me, there is no harm of trying unless we are really lazy to do it.
12. KNOW DAM WAY
CONCEIVED NEW YEARS EVE
Thinking about disappointing when it comes to result, we can only guess what can happen in the outcome of the thing we do, we may influence the result but we cannot tell what is going to happen.
13. UHAFTO OR ELSE
BORN OF INTIMIDATION
LIVED IN RESENTMENT
DIED WITHOUT FAME
Doing things because we have no choice or because we are forced to is one way of implying that there is no really choice which is wrong. In everything there is always a choice. Reasoning something like that is one way of showing we are afraid of something. This happens to everyone I am not excluding myself.
14. LETZ STUDY IT
NEVER REACHED MATURITY
Not knowing of things is not really enough point of argument to not doing things. Sometimes discovery happens from accident. Making reasons of not know is not justified. Being resourceful is better.
15. WILL NOT LAST
BORN 3 JUNE 1906
This is the same of not having trust or confidence on someone or something. Having faith on something is really propounding but faith alone is not enough, something must be done and not just waiting.
16. BLAME ME WILL YA
ADOPTED 4 JULY 1911
RETURNED 5 JULY 1911
The thought above is usually used to end discussion or argument and sometimes the start of fight or understanding. Taking responsibility like this way is not really enough, it has to be clear how to make things right.
THE LOST CEMETERY
The wisdom of negativity and whom it came from.
All the photos above are part of Camp John Hay collection during the visit in Baguio City in the province of Benguet Philippines last May 2010.
Sunset sceneries are common subject for photographers as it depicts different colours of the sky and it is the time of the day it influence photographers to be inspired to take shots of unique sky views. Most of the thinkers, philosophers, ideologist, artist and even common people used sunset scenery to think about life and the world around us. Sunset usually used as symbols of life of humanity which can refer to successes, accomplishments, achievements and even legacy of people, it also used to represent ages, time or end of someone or something. In other perspective, it means peace. Whatever sunset means to us whether its good or bad, we know that after dusk, the dawn will follow which symbolizes a new start.
What I liked about these photos are the boats passing under the sun and the red-orange colour of the sky. Looking at the photos, I feel the tranquility of the place and calmness of the moment. Photo is part of collections from summer outing in Canyon Cove at Nasugbu Batangas last March 2011.
“The large, white rock figures prominently in narratives of the local Coast Salish peoples. One legend holds that the white rock marks the landing spot of a stone that was hurled across the Strait of Georgia by a young chief. It was said that he and his bride would move from Vancouver Island to wherever the rock landed to make a home together. It was their descendants who became the Semiahmoo First Nation. (‘Semiahmoo’ is the Coast Salish word for ‘half-moon’,describing the shape of the bay.)”
When I got a chance to visit White Rock in British Columbia, my curiosity actually interested why the place called “White Rock”. And then my ex-colleague at work based in Burnaby mentioned that there was existing physical white rock along the seashore. And after he mentioned that information, I requested him if we can go there to see it for real. And the photo above was the “White Rock” we saw at Semiahmoo Bay with the Pier at the background of it. The snapshot was captured last June 2008 which part of my British Columbia adventure photo collection.
Jack’s Ridge is located at Shrine Hill in Matina, Davao City. The place was the last stand of Japanese in Davao during their invasion time in Philippines. American soldier successfully won over Japanese and retreat on this place after they lost the fight. I like the area because there are lots of restaurants around it and the place is great for Davao Gulf lookout view. Photo captured last March 2009.
During summer of 2009 (March 2009), the mountaineering group where I belong used to schedule summer adventure every year and that year was quite a lot. One of the itinerary we had that time was Capones Island where historical lighthouse built. It was historical because it is one of the oldest light station exist in my country. It was first lit last August 1, 1890. The light station still active until today and its lenses has been replaced, but the sad things about it is its surrounding area was left ruined and as far as I know it still the same as of this writing. We took a boat to reach Capones Island to visit this historical site from Anawangin in San Antonio Zambales.
The photo above is previously a hot spring pool that people used before but because of endangered species of Banff Spring Snail, it has been preserved since then for the benefit to preserve the said species. Banff Spring Snail is only to be found here in Cave and Basin National Park Historical Site located in town of Banff in Alberta Province of Canada. This national park is one of the great place to discover whether you are in Banff or just around the corner of Canadian Rocky Mountains. Photo captured last May 2008.
Enriching Viewpoint (Post#2) : Camp John Hay – Historical Figures Totem Pole
The Totem Pole consist of historical figures which has influence or roles for Philippines and US military relations which happened during the first half of 20th Century. We found this totem just beside the Bell House which was a historical site within Camp John Hay in Baguio City. Photo snapshots last May 2010.
From the excerpts beside the totem the following information are found regarding the faces in the totem from top to bottom:
1. Admiral George Dewey whom led Battle of Manila Bay
2. General Emilio Aguinaldo was the first President of Republic of the Philippines
3. President William Howard Taft whom the first governor-general of the Philippines and later the Secretary of War who took great interest in the development of Baguio City and Camp John Hay
4. Secretary John Hay was Secretary of State when the Philippines became of colony of the United States. He died as the construction of the camp named in his honour went into full gear.
5. William Cameron Forbes was a governor-general of the Philippines who is credited with the development of Baguio City
6. President Theodore Roosevelt signed the order that designed 535 acres as the military reservation that became Camp John Hay.
7. Major General Franklin Bell was commander of the Philippine department and designer of Italian Garden as well as Bell House and Amphitheater.
8. Lt Col Lyman W. Kennon oversaw the completion of the road that facilitated the construction and development of Baguio City and Camp John Hay which just so happens to be named Kennon Road.
9. Mayor James Halsema was the last American mayor of Baguio City.
10. General Douglas MacAuthur was the famous liberator of the Philippines during WWII.
Structure (Post#2) : British Columbia (BC) Legislature Building
BC Legislature Building is one of the significant structure that are noticeable within Victoria in Vancouver Island. This is the building where Members of Legislative Assembly to create, review and debate whether they pass or reject the law. From the shore, this building seems like a castle because of the architecture structure design that it has that is truly admiring to whoever got a chance to see this building. I never got a chance to enter this building as I only spent one day in Victoria during my 5 days visit in British Columbia province in Canada last June 2008.
When I visited Eden Nature Park in Toril Davao City last March 2009, while walking around in a nature park, I saw this message which at first I did not care what it says until something buried in my memory which is the word ‘worth’ and numbers which I thought like an amount of money. With that in mind, I approach the message board and look at it in detail. As I read it, I felt surprise and stunned because I never realised the actual worth of a tree in terms of money. Yes, I knew a tree is important in terms of ecological balance and it’s other significant uses, but to understand or measure it by amount of money, I never really thought about it. For me the message is really a profounding wisdom.
When we traveled to Coron, one of the first place we visited as part of our 3 days and 2 nights trip to Coron was to take a bath in Maqunit Hotspring. I will not forget this place because it was the hot spring wherein my underwater camera started to malfunction simply because we use it in the hot spring (well we forgot that it was sensitive in temperature, we thought it will survive in the condition of that hot spring). We had great time relaxing our selves after our flight from Manila to Busuanga. The moment captured last August 2013.