When I am traveling, I love to take photos of things that has my interest, most of them are more into natural landscape and scenery. Taking photos of people is not really my thing, but if taking shots of natural expression of human who are totally different from person standing still and smiling in front of camera, sometimes it is interesting to me if I took a shot similar to a stolen one where the people or person is unaware that he is being photographed, that’s where the real human expression or emotion shows. When I had a chance to watch some part of local dance of Chamorro, I took my chance to get some shots and below were the result of it. I was reminded of Hawaiian dance and not sure if the similarity are because these islands are all located in the Pacific having common a geographic location? These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
During the Wednesday Night Market at Chamorro Village in Hagåtña, I logically based my reasoning to queue in the longest line just to order my dinner because of curiosity and to have fun as well. People in the line were somewhat has the same reason as mine. I ordered the one they offer for Fiesta (means full pack) Plate and chose the following with BBQ Pork, BBQ, Chicken, Beef BBQ Sausage with 2 Sides (I selected Chicken Kelaguen and Corn) and 2 Scoop of Red Rice for $10. A gluttony indeed !!! These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
In The Middle Of Somewhere (Post#10) : Chamorro Village
During my second visit in Hagåtña, the Capital City of Guam, the main place that I had been most of the time was at Chamorro Village because it is famous for its Wednesday Night Market. And I was curious how famous the village is. And before it’s totally dark, the village comes to life. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
Here is one of the name of the place which is Guam that I added in my photo collection. The island of Guam is an US territory located in the Pacific part of Oceania continent in Micronesia. The photo includes “Hafa Adai” pronounced as “half a day” which means “Hello” in Chamorro, the local language of Guam. The photo is part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
Discovery (Post#25) : Mabini Historical Marker at Asan Beach Park
In one of the tours I had in Guam, I had a chance to see a marker of a familiar hero back home – Apolinario Mabini. I felt proud when I saw such marker. At least in a small island like Guam, one of patriotic men in my country is recognized in that part of the world. He is one of my country’s extraordinary hero as he lost his both legs because of polio disease, it wasn’t hindered him to give his love and service to the country and he often called as “The Sublime Paralytic”. Aside from that I myself more recognized him as the “Brains of the Revolution” as he became adviser when forming revolutionary government of my country. Mabini was captured by American colonial authorities during Philippine-American war and exiled to Guam. The marker which is Asan Point is where Mabini lived in Guam. These photos are part of Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
The beginning of my adventure travel in one of the US Territory was not far from my country in the Pacific and named as Guam. This part of the world has commonality in my country Philippines because of its geographic location and history. These photos are part of my Guam Adventure Photo Collection April 2017.
At camping area in the nearby village Yulara not far from Uluru / Ayers Rock where we chose to sleep for the first night of our camping tour, we helped our tour guide in dinner preparation. To be honest, I was not really good in kitchen and food stuff but still I tried my best to be useful, like helping the group in washing the dishes. After dinner, our tour guide announced that our wake-up call was 6am the next morning.
I washed-up myself before I get in the swag. When I was inside the swag, I got a chance to enjoy the sky at night and tried to listen to my surroundings. While I was in that moment, I was also checking my other group mates and found some were snoozing, some still talking and some were just quiet like me.
Overnight in an open space and sleeping in swag was one of the first unique experience I had in the Outback. Yes, as mountaineers, I usually sleep in sleeping bag inside the tent but it was first in swag which quite different. Swag is like a self contain sleeping bag, I never felt cold over night which was really surprising but good as well. Before I totally passed out for day, I was with a thought of happiness and satisfaction with my first day with Uluru / Ayers Rock specifically the base walk experience. That night, I felt excited again and I was looking forward for the next adventure.
Second day at the outback, I woke-up early in the morning. I organised my swag, I tried to roll it to be like it was before I used it, but it’s kind of difficult to roll, so I just fixed it as much I can. I joined my group in preparing our breakfast. Since I had shower the night before, I was ready for the day’s event. It was still dark when we left the camping area, I felt like it was still early in the morning. As we were catching the sunrise we drove back again to Lasseter Highway from Yulara and visited a lookout area called Kata Tjuta Viewing Area (or Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing). We waited a little, in few minutes we witnessed the sunrise while watching Kata Tjuta from a far. While observing The Olgas , from a distance at our right side while facing The Olgas, Uluru / Ayers Rock was also visible, the sun was actually behind it. It was a spectacular moment for me. We watched how great sceneries that Kata Tjuta shows because it is a rock dome ranges, it was called t that moment with the sun rising, I felt really alive, I felt really good. It was a moment that I was content and loved my life. It was one of the effect of the Outback to me. Sometimes I can’t explain why, because to other people maybe it’s just a places of rocks with probably no meaning to them, but for me it was a world of amazing things and serenity.
— Uluru / Ayers Rock at dawn and early in the morning from Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing Area
— Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) from Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing Area
— On our way to Kata Tjuta
After, the sunrise, we went back to the bus and we drove towards The Olgas. We returned to Lassetter Highway and I knew that time, that the second day was the day to get up close and personal with Kata Tjuta. We arrived at the parking area where the “Valley of the Winds” trekking trail starts.
— Up close and personal with Kata Tjuta / The Olgas
— The trekking trail
— The first glimpse of Valley of the Winds from Karu Lookout
We jumped-off the bus and started our walk towards the base of The Olgas. At firs,t I thought that The Olgas are small hills until we were really close to it and realized how huge the rock formations and was like Uluru / Ayers Rock. Kata Tjuta is a unique kind of natural rock formation. I was reckoning, in such desert plain like Red Centre, that there such kind of rock formations like Uluru / Ayers Rock and The Olgas existed. I was amazed how these were created and become what they are today. If we are living in a magical world like from a fantasy story, we can think of that someone may put Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the middle of desert plain and the most surprising, they are located in the almost center of Australia. I was still contemplating how these kind of rock formations evolved in the middle of the desert until I thought that it was some amazing geological miracle. The first part of the trail was Karu Lookout where we first witness the “Valley of the Winds”.
— The trekking trail
— The Olgas
— Featuring the highest dome called Mount Olga
— Water Stream
We followed the trail inside The Olgas. I enjoyed the trek around the area. We passed a small water streams that looks like a natural canal or a petite river. Trekking in a natural environment such as The Olgas are one of the activities that I really enjoyed. Then, along the trail we saw the water falls which seems the source of the water stream that we just passed by. The same trail where the water fall is, we have to combine walking and hiking in an inclined part of one of the huge rock formation and there’s nothing to hold on. Honestly, that kind of trail made me felt really unsure to myself. I tried my best and we successfully passed the part of the trail until we reach the top area where the water falls came from.
— Trekking Trail
— Getting inside The Olgas
— The poop (captured this photo while our tour guide is telling something about the poop)
— The water falls we passed by along the trail
— The top most area where the water falls came from
— Trekking trail
— Between The Olgas
We arrived at the top most area that we can reach in the trail and walk towards Karingana Lookout. There, I saw the “Valley of the Winds” again. At Karingana Lookout, “Valley of the Winds” was an amazing and a picturesque view. At the time of trekking, I was quite tired after taking steps upward to the area, though tired a bit, I felt it was worth to climb. At the lookout, I realized how lucky I was to witness such sceneries and such views that cannot be appreciated down below.
— Trail to Karingana Lookout for “Valley of the Winds” view
— Between The Olgas
— Valley of the Winds at Karingana Lookout
— Couple of shots on the way back to the parking area.
— Kata Tjuta / The Olgas
After spending sometime and after enjoying photo snapshots at Karingana lookout for the “Valley of the Winds”, we started to go back. We used the same trail going up to descend The Olgas. We passed the same water falls and slippery trail. After returning to the parking area, I thought that the adventure in The Olgas was finished until we drove back to Lasseter Highway and stopped at The Olgas Viewing Area.
Before we completely ended our adventure that day, after finishing Kata Tjuta trek, we returned to Uluru Sunset Viewing area because our tour guide considered that we experienced rain during the first camping day tour, it was good to go back for such wonderful day. And we spent few minutes to take photos and snapshots until we leave the premise.
— Kata Tjuta
— Uluru / Ayers Rock (during our second day)
— Mount Conner
On our way to Kings Creek station, which was the designated place for our upgraded accommodation arrangement. Upgraded because from swag, we were about to sleep in Tent with two beds, which means one thing, a more comfortable bed are waiting for our group. Passing Lasseter Highway, we stopped at Mount Conner lookout area, where we saw how magnificent Mount Conner. I was amazed because the rock formation that Mount Conner has which stands around the area of Red Centre is another piece of huge rock formation in the middle of the desert and its distinguished shape still notable compared to Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
— Our Tour Guide
— Lasseter Highway
After enjoying Mount Conner from a distance, we crossed Lasseter Highway to enjoy the nearby desert with perfect sand dunes, we walked around the area and played the sands, we saw the lake as well and discovered a unique species in the outback desert called Ngiyari or Thorny Devil.
— Desert sand dunes
— Ngiyari (Thorny Devil)
The rest of the afternoon spent in the road while we were on our way to Kings Creek station for our third and last day adventure in Kings Canyon. It was another worth experience I had in the outback of Australia. And though I was quite sad that the adventure will be over soon, I was still excited for the next adventure.
Moments with people I had been with my travel which captured by camera were considered the luckiest moment to remember. I may not know them personally but having a chance to be with them even in just few days made the tour or trip even better. The camping tour I joined in Red Centre was one of the great experienced I had in Australia. And the moment we finished the adventure made me somehow sad because I was going to missed the experienced and the people who had been part of it for a while. The snapshot above captured last April 2013 after we reached the top of Kings Canyon Rim Walk.
Enriching Viewpoint (Post#3) : Replica of The Royal Throne of Perak
“This Royal Throne has been used during the installation of His Royal Highness Sultan Iskandar Shah (the 30th Sultan of Perak) in 1918. Since then it was used during the installation of His Royal Highness Sultan Abdul Aziz Al-Mustasim Billah Shah in 1938, His Royal Highness Sultan Yussuff Izzudin Shah in 1948 and his Royal Highness Sultan Idris Iskandar Al-Mutawakkil Allalahi Shah II in 1963 in Iskandariah Palace, Kuala Kangsar, Perak.” – excerpt found near the Royal Throne of Perak.
As per history, Sultan of Perak is one of the oldest hereditary seats among the Malaysian states. The Sultanate is a combination of dynasty and the land supervised by Sultan (person) which came from Arabic word which has a lot of meanings and one of them were “authority”, “strength” or “power”. Sultanate of Perak was established by one of the two princes left by the Sultan of Malacca which fell to Portugal in 1511 named Sultan Mahmud Syah I. The first Sultan of Perak and the one who establish the Sultanate was Muzaffar Syah while the other prince named Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah II whom established the Sultanate of Johor. After learning the information, I was fascinated because there a little bit clarity why Malaysia has Johor states though I haven’t been to Perak states during my travel adventure in Malaysia last December 2012 to January 2013. Snapshot captured while strolling around in Muzium Negara (The National Museum) located in the city.
Precious Moment In The Mountain (Post#22) : Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga)
Kata Tjuta is a group of large dome rock formations which located near In Uluru and Alice Springs. It was mentioned that there are 36 domes. This site like Ayers Rock is a sacred to Aboriginal people in Australia. The photo above is one of the valley in between dome rock formation we saw after we did a short trek on one of top area inside Kata Tjuta. As per Wikipedia, Mount Olga is the highest point and name came from Queen Olga of Wurttemberg (grand-daughter of Russia, wife of King Charles I). Photo above captured last March 2013.
Natural Wonders (Post#2) : Kings Canyon – Lost City
Outback experience was one of the unforgettable experiences that I had while in Australia, because while lost in the desert, it’s totally new world out there to discover and learned something. The photo above is the one they used to call “Lost City” within Kings Canyon (Northern Territory). This canyon is still part of Wattarka National Park in Red Centre area of Australia. Photo snapshot last April 2013 after climbing the canyon and the view was really wonderful.
In The Middle Of Somewhere (Post#2) : Canberra Parliament House – Senate Chamber
During my Day Tour in Canberra, I got chance to enter the building which is the centre of political power in Australia and I am referring to new and current Parliament House in Canberra. The photo above is one part of the building and called as Senate Chamber. While inside, I never imagined that one day I will have a chance to see what’s inside the building because I usually saw this one through news broadcasted in Australia. Photo captured last June 2013 which was part of my Canberra Adventure collection.
When I arrived in Australia, one of the place that I dreamed to see was Uluru or Ayers Rock. For me, it represent Australia’s Outback. One of the amazingly great to know that Uluru is in the middle of the continent country in southern hemisphere which they commonly calling as Red Center. Ayers Rock is treated as sacred place of aboriginal people (first people live in Australia) and it was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo captured during Outback Adventure held last March 2013.
Panoramic View (Post#17) : Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga)
Kata Tjuta was one of the main itinerary we had while touring Red Centre. We actually experience trekking this rocky mountain and discovered magnificent domed rock formation at the center of Australia. Like Ayers Rock, this is also considered a significant place for the Aboriginal people (Indigenous people live in Australia). Photo captured last March 2013.
One of the mountains that I discovered from a distance in Red Centre at Northern Territory Australia is Mount Conner. When I saw this mountain I can’t believe that there such a mountain where the top is almost perfectly flat when looking from a far. For us in Philippines such hill or mountain are categorized as “Talampas” which means an elevated area with flat top or in English it is a Plateau or Mesa (Table Mountain). “Mesa” word is actually means “Table” for us. Photo captured during my Outback Adventure last March 2013.
Canberra like Brisbane is one of the city that I used to hear that it’s a boring city. When I heard that comment, most likely I am curious why people used to say that. As I knew that Canberra is the city where the central government of Australia is located and chosen to resolve the rivalry of Sydney and Melbourne for being capital city. I went there for a day tour and traveled around 3 hours or more from Sydney I never expected that I will find a city in far flat area. As I saw the metropolis city from a distance I still felt amaze that you will find a community out of nowhere. Photo captured last June 2013. In the photo, three significant structures are visible all in the middle: Parliament House (top most building with green roof), Old Parliament House (white building) and Australian War Memorial (with dome roof at the bottom).
Name Of The Place (Post#14): National Museum of Australia
One part of the itinerary that we had during Canberra Day Tour was National Museum of Australia where most of the history of continent country down under are being showcase. My gateway to this tour was through Sydney airport as the flight to Sydney from Melbourne was comparably cheaper than flying to Canberra. Since there was available Canberra Day Tour, I chose this option than other. Photo captured last June 2013.
Alice Springs is located at Red Centre in Northern Territory. Red Centre is the first on my must see list in Australia as for me it represents one of the place for “Outback Adventure” which I haven’t experience before. I flew to the Town of Alice Springs as my gateway to see Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon which are all located in Red Centre. Photo captured during my camping tour last April 2013.
Chromatic Outlook (Post#6): Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial is Australia’s national memorial to remember its military forces and other supporting forces who died for its country. I had a chance to visit this place last June 2013 when I visited Canberra which is the Australian Capital City (called as Australian Capital Territory).
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