Grids in Las Casas Filipinas

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Grid.”

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines prides itself in its showcase of “Filipino talent, ingenuity and craftsmanship”. And
I was blown away by how beautiful this place is, and how the owner is able to preserve the past.

My family and I went to this place as part of our 3-day trip around Luzon, which I will write about in the succeeding blog posts. For this week’s photography inspiration, I have chosen this picture of the  Balanga Church replica in the Las Casas property.20150824_172959

Stay tuned for my posts about our travel adventure!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

For this week’s photo challenge, I chose to write about the Philippine Independence Day Parade in NYC this June 2nd.

“It’s more fun in the Philippines”, so our official Tourism slogan says.

It’s amazing to see the large number of Filipinos who congregated in the Madison Square Park to celebrate this special day.

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody – no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.

~ Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You

Blyde River Canyon in South Africa

I am a firm believer in the old adage, “There’s a reason for everything.”

I started this blog almost five months ago because I felt I needed to divert my energies away from my job search from time to time. You see, there was this emptiness growing inside of me back then. I questioned my capabilities to the point that I even doubted my future. What have I been doing with my life? For chrissakes, I was already 23 but it felt as if I was fresh from college, with no relevant work experience to back up my achievements. It was a dark and lonely road, but now I completely understand why I had to take that road. Whenever I blog and scan the pictures I take from all my travels, I feel a certain kind of peace and awe and happiness – that I have the potential to be who I want to be, to accomplish what I set my mind to.

Right now, I feel so happy and blessed. Thank You.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

Aww. They’re one of the things I miss in Manila. I miss giving these puppies a bath and drying them until they’re all fluffy again. Most of all, I miss playing and running with them! 🙂 I’m really happy to see them again whenever I go on Skype with my family. Seeing them bark, albeit happily, and having that faint recognition of my voice? PRICELESS.

Aren’t they the cutest? 🙂 Now, time to watch the Presidential Debate on TV!

Giant Pinwheels

Just a 2-3 hour drive up from Vigan City in Ilocos Sur (click here to view my previous post about this UNESCO Heritage Site) sits the quiet little town of Bangui in Ilocos Norte.

Facing the South China Sea (or “West Philippine Sea”) is the Bangui Wind Farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. The first of its kind in the Philippines, this wind farm consists of 20 wind turbines which line up along a nine-kilometer stretch off Bangui Bay. An average of 20 typhoons (or tropical cyclones) enter the country in a given year – just imagine the potential to create more sources of clean energy!

My family and I arrived at the wind farm just a little before dusk. We missed the sunset; the tide was high and the clouds were heavy and dark, almost as if rain’s about to fall. So after taking in the beauty before our eyes, we headed to a beach resort in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, where we spent the night.

The beach resort provided a great vantage point for these towering beauties! I’ll put off the details of my day at this beautiful beach for another blog post so I’ll just tell you more about the time when we stopped by to see the windmills on our way back to Manila.Got a little lost for a while.

Then we’ve reached it finally!

We knew then that our luck has turned around – the sea looked really calm and postcard-pretty.

Do you want to know how it feels like to stand next to one of these wind turbines? It felt awesome, because I knew that these generate clean energy that supplies a chunk of the electricity needs of the province. But how exactly? On the other hand, I felt a little nervous. It might sound funny, but I had this image of being blown away into the sea tattooed on my mind (I don’t know how to swim).

Here are some more photos:

The wind farm is located in a little fishing community and the only establishments around were these little huts wherein souvenirs were being sold.

We just can’t leave without buying our own souvenirs.

My mom bought two large souvenirs and four small ones. I guess in her mind she wanted those to represent our family. (A little FYI: it’s customary to hang a rosary on the rearview mirror in the PI.)

Good bye, giant pinwheels! You are well worth the ride from Manila!

It’s more fun in the Philippines

It's more fun in the Philippines

One fine day at Panglao, Bohol. Really beautiful.

But then again, it’s one thing to tell about it and another thing to see it for yourself. If you haven’t already, why don’t you go spend a holiday in one of Philippines’ finest beaches?

Here are more photos: