Posts Tagged ‘black’

Follow your Star

It’s almost Christmas. As we journey through this season of giving, I give you this friendly reminder; follow your star but be mindful of where it ends. All of us has a unique star to follow but it all points to the same destination. Also, just like the three kings, we must remember that we never travel alone. We have our friends and family to ride beside us through the scorching desert and the cold winter nights that we may come across. And of course, we have the star to guide us and lead us to the right direction. But after all the ups and downs of this journey, remember that the star leads us to the reason we celebrate Christmas. No matter what path we take, or how we get there, it ends in the same place. So enjoy this joyous season but remember why we celebrate. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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Sing and Dance

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Joy Nacario’s Debut.

It was a JOYful night. Definitely a night to remember.

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Autumn in Winnipeg

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Change is a measure of time and in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is is change.
– Edwin Way Teale

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“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.”

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Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.  ~Samuel Butler

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Village East Adventure (Exhausted, but Worth It)

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April 18, 2009 — I was still in the Philippines for my vacation and after weeks of countless things to do to make up for my seven year absence from my hometown,   I had nothing to do. I have other things planned but not until the next few days or so. And there I was, struck by complete boredom. After a day of photo walk through Angono, visiting my old house, my cousin’s old house and other important Angono landmarks, I decided that the next morning, now that the spirit of nostalgia is alive in me, I will climb up the infamous Village East and take some SUNRISE photos.

Why infamous you might ask? Back when I was younger, me, my family, my cousins and their family would climb up this mountain, if we have time, for an early morning exercise during the weekends. We would wake up at around 4:30 am to get ready then off we go. It was such a great experience growing up. After you persevere and fight through the pain of climbing this very steep mountain, at the end of your journey, you are welcomed by the warm smile of the morning sun and the gentle breeze of the wind.

April 19, 2009, 4:30 am– And so, bravely I did the same. I asked my aunt to please wake me up to climb up Village East. This time, I will climbVillageEastSunrise01-2 only with my camera by my side, one small bottle of water and an extra shirt. No family member with me; my cousin Roi and Bryan wanted to come along but it was too early for them and I believe they have work that day. Also, I insisted on going by myself. This was something I had to do because of two things: first, at that time, I felt that I was gaining so much weight because of eating too much and splurging on food I haven’t had for seven years. Second, I wanted to practice photography and it would be really nice to do some sunrise photos, something I haven’t done before because I hate to wake up early.

And so my journey began. As the cock crowed, I walked as fast as I could. Before, we used to stop at the halfway point of the climb, but that day, I climbed on. I wanted to catch the sunrise. While walking, I was thinking about where the sun would be and how I would compose my images. It was such a mistake that I only took one small bottle of water. Three quarters of the way there, I almost finished the bottle.

VillageEastSunrise04And so I reached the top. It was a gratifying feeling to be able to accomplish something you set out to do. While I was looking at the sun, a group of teenagers came up to where I was. They also took the same journey as I did. Woke up early, admired the majesty of the morning sun, and was just enjoying the company of each other. They did not know who I was but they were generous enough to ask me to join them to share the little food they brought along the way. They said “kuya kain tayo”.  They didn’t care if I was a good person or not, they just wanted to share what they had. This made me feel even more joyful and grateful to share that moment with those kindhearted teens. My adventure was really worth it!!! Well, I  hope you enjoy this little adventure story of mine. I was exhausted but very happy at the same time. Below are some of the photos I’ve taken. Please enjoy.

Jollibee Angono, Rizal Branch

Jolibee Angono Rizal BranchDate and Time: April 22. 2009 12:12 pm

Location: Unishoppe 2, Angono, Rizal Philippines

Puto Bumbong

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A purple-colored Filipino dessert made of sweet rice cooked in hollow bamboo tubes that are placed on a special steamer-cooker

Puto” means glutenous rice and bumbong means “bamboo cannon.”

Date and Time: April 9, 2009 8:50am

Location: Davao City, Philippines

People’s Park

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Old PTA grounds, which used to host athletic meets and sports events in the city, has just been turned into a People’s Park, where one can find a collection of tropical rainforest trees or enjoy a fantasy-themed park with the children, free of charge.

The 71-million peso development of the PTA Park, which started in July 2006, is one of the flagship projects of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. “The park will become a landmark of Davao city in the future,” said Engr. Elisa Madrazo, head of the Park’s project management office.

Date and Time: April 8, 2009 7:47pm

Location: People’s Park, Davao City, Philippines