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!

The beauty of Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon has always been in my bucket list. So when the opportunity to go to Las Vegas came up, I just had to put Grand Canyon in our itinerary.

We took a bus tour from Las Vegas (the bus picked us up from the Stratosphere Hotel) which took us to Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. For $80 each, it surely was a bargain! So here’s one of the best pictures I’ve taken using my camera, and definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen so far.

Paragliding in Pattaya

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Pattaya, Thailand in December 2013

This week’s photo challenge is “Afloat”, and what better photo to post than this picture that my dad took during our brief vacation in Thailand & Cambodia back in December 2013. I think it costs around $10 per person, which isn’t bad (my brother and I thought that it could be one of those once-in-a-lifetime things, so why not do it while we’re there). My dad, of course, stayed behind as we went flying around.

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I remember waking up early to ride a boat close to the beach to do paragliding. Here’s a photo of me and my brother as we await our turn 🙂

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Everlasting.

Everlasting.

Chris and I saw this lovely couple when we went to the Roosevelt Memorial in DC to go see the cherry blossoms which lined up the Tidal Basin before we headed back to NYC.

Someday, perhaps, Chris and I would be the ones sitting in this very park bench – we’d be old and crazy, sitting quietly with occasional jokes here and there (we’d be people watching, after all), with the blossoms falling away with every breeze that comes.

That clock in Grand Central

That clock in Grand Central

How many times have I seen this clock? Whenever I pass by Grand Central and see this clock, I always think to myself, “Live from New York – it’s Saturday Night Live!” See what watching SNL marathons has done to me.

Date check: it’s the 29th of October. It’s been ages since I last visited or posted something on this blog. So why post now? Maybe because I was otherwise inspired. Or maybe because I just wanted to delete pictures from my phone and save the best ones by uploading them on wordpress.

Time, for me, is one of life’s most precious gifts. However, it’s also one of those that I take for granted. It pains me that I seem to not make use of my time wisely and efficiently – that if only I could go back to college, for instance, I would’ve studied harder (or partied harder). While days might go by in a blur these days, it surprises me how much I’ve grown throughout the years. I guess that’s what being far away from home does to you – it forces you to grow up.

The next time I see this clock, I know I’ll be reminded not just of what once has been, but also of what I could become.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

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This post is for Bea – I know you’ll do great things in Kenya. We’ll always have NYC and how we biked from Central Park to Hudson River Park (uptown to downtown, ehem) one nice & sunny Fall afternoon.

Photo taken at the Hudson River Park. Yes, that’s New Jersey in its full glory.

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Perfect date – literally and figuratively.

Photo taken from the Riverside Park fronting Hudson River.

photo (8)How could something so simple be so beautiful? Sunsets are one of God’s greatest gifts.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

photo (4)Hope.

Hope has always been my companion.

It’s funny how life sometimes throws you in situations that leave you no choice but to grow. You will reach new inflection points that cause you to question your previously-held beliefs. You will, as I’ve mentioned to my office mate, “be so frustrated that all you can do is to smile, think happy thoughts, and do better than your best”.

Note that while others would view this as a sign of resignation and weakness, keep faith that this is a source of strength.

Quite the contrary, you may say. But in that moment of resignation, immerse yourself fully and observe how every bone, how every muscle in your body reacts to the situation. Then take a deep breath – you know in yourself that in that moment, there is really nothing you can do. Acceptance is the first step of growing up. Wallow in your sadness and bitter tears – but keep it short.

Then take action. Find comfort in the thought that the best is yet to come, that this is yet another challenge that you should overcome.

I sincerely believe that in the future, as I look back at this particular inflection point, I’d smile and be thankful that I’ve been through it.

Come on Life, bring it on.

 

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.