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Connected


A quote by Emilio Estevez. It simply states that we are all connected in this life.
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Easter


The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.

But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.

Photo taken from Dominican Hill's Diplomat Hotel in Baguio.
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Kid in Cambodia


Ta Prohm is where most of the scenes from the movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, was shot. And like in most major temples, Cambodian children would often hang around to sell souvenirs to tourists.

A boy reading in one corner, who seemed to be minding his own business, caught my interest. I approached him and asked, "What you reading?"

"Temple book of my brother," he replied.

"For school?"

"No, for tourists. I want to be tour guide – big money. Souvenirs, small money only," he answered.

"Brother a tour guide?" I asked.

"Yes, tour guide, big money."

At that point, I decided to leave him with his reading, but not without giving him first a reassuring nod and a smile of admiration at his focus and dedication to learn.

Adapted from Conversations From Cambodia
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Rainbow in CDO


Rain was pouring while we were on our way to Baagas Beach in Cagayan de Oro last year. We didn't really mind the bad weather because were not going there to swim, but to attend a birthday celebration.

After I was done eating, I saw that the skies have cleared outside and so I decided to walk along the beach to appreciate the calmness of the sea. That's when a rainbow appeared.

Let this photo remind us that amidst life's trials, there is always hope for the human spirit's triumph in the end.

Help and support the victims of Typhoon Sendong.

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Corner Photography


I heard from a friend that there's an emerging trend of photography on using corners as a subject. That was the inspiration for this photo which I took outside Suntec City Mall in Singapore.

However, after searching the internet for other samples of "corner photography", I discovered it's quite difficult to find one because of the generic nature of the terms.

Life is sometimes like that. We encounter things which we thought was simple and easy, only to find out that there's more effort needed to do it than we expected.

And the only way to go is to trust in ourselves and believe that somehow, we'll be able to find our way out of that corner and be able to discover the rest of the room.

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Lacson Mansion


This is the Lacson Mansion, the ancestral home of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, which is more popularly known as The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

A visit to Bacolod is certainly not complete without taking a trip to this place.

A serene and charming destination amidst acres of farmland, it is a gem that easily takes your breath away.
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Strawberry Shake


It's been almost a year since I visited Baguio. Last time I was there was post-Christmas 2010 and it looks like I'm coming back this month. So there's another chance for me to visit Zola.
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Icus The Cat


It was New Year when we found "Icus The Cat" crying alone on the street as a newborn kitten. We took him in and has stayed in our home ever since.

I was never a cat person, until he became our pet. Now, I think cats are awesome.
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Chandelier


This is a chandelier inside the grand ballroom of the Santo NiƱo Shrine and Heritage Museum in Tacloban City, Leyte. The place really looks unassuming from the outside, but inside you'll surely feel like you've stepped inside another planet, or at least traveled back in time.

The place has so many stories, and Warays who have been inside during the Marcos years all say that what I see now is but a small fraction of its original grandeur. Imagine that.
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Ostrich


The photo was taken at the Malagos Garden Resort in Davao. The quote, a lesson from the National Geographic.
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Surf Lesson


Whenever I feel that my life is stuck on reverse, it always makes me want to go out to the beach and have some quiet time watching the sea.

A mindful introspection that reminds me that the only way to solve some problems in life is to simply go through it.

Photo shot in La Union and quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
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Pub Street


This is Pub Street in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Night life here is vibrant yet relaxing, with numerous places to eat, drink, shop, dance or just hangout and talk with friends.

Second to the temples, this place is a must see for anyone visiting the Siem Reap.
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