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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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October 26, 2009

bangui windmills: wind of change on renewable and clean energy


Bangui Windmills
windmills of Bangui Bay

The first time I saw them, I could not help but ask myself if I'm still in the Philippines. The wind farm scenery looked like it was in some distant shores in a foreign country. But no its not. The giant wind turbines, spaced 236 meters apart, are on a 9km strip of deserted beach in Brgy. Baruyen in a sleepy town of Bangui in Ilocos Norte.

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October 20, 2009

maira-ira: the journey north to blue lagoon


North bound

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

It seemed like we were at that moment. No, not good travelers exactly, but travelers not intent on arriving.

My first clue? A 6-hour wait to board the bus. It was a long weekend, and the PARTAS bus station in Cubao was packed with all sorts of travelers heading north, young and old, and surfer dudes in between. We were at the station by 10PM, but was able to board the bus only at 4AM the next day. By the time we were on the bus, I am already awake for 24 hours. Nevertheless I was happy to start the trip.

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October 12, 2009

samal: monfort bat cave


Hanging Out
fruit bats in Monfort Bat Sanctuary

Before I visited the Monfort bat cave (officially known as Monfort Bat Conservation Park) in Samal island, I heard that the place has a large concentration of Geoffroy’s rousette fruit bats (Rousettus amplexicaudatus). "Large" turned out to be a huge understatement: the caves are packed with over a million fruit bats!

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October 5, 2009

maira-ira: blue lagoon's wild beach


Wild Beach
Blue Lagoon's wild beach

The alarm woke me up at 4:30 in the morning. I got up and felt reinvigorated despite the almost 24 hours of being on the road the day before. Sleeping in an open hut, with the sound of the waves lulling you to sleep, has its benefits I suppose. Soon my companions, who included travel bloggers lawstude and dongho, were up and about.

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October 1, 2009

lantaw infocus (sear inflight oct-nov 2009)


Cabacungan InFocus

SEAIR's InFlight Oct-Nov 2009 issue is now out and I am very honored to be featured in the magazine's InFocus section. One of my favorite images of Cabacungan Cove in Tambobong, Dasol (Pangasinan) got selected for the feature (Thanks to Jocas See and Margie Francisco!).

Tambobong is one of my favorite destinations and I never pass up the chance to visit Cabacungan cove whenever I am there. Timing was perfect the last time I paid the cove a visit, it was low tide and the sun's going down. Went against conventional wisdom that afternoon, selected a POV on an seaweed covered ledge that runs east - the opposite of sunset. Now I'm glad I did.

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This image of clouds and the horizon drenched in purple pink light was taken March this year at Cabacungan Cove, Tambobong Beach in Dasol, Pangasinan. Allan Barredo waited patiently forthe sunset to light up the cumulus clouds in the east and was rewarded with this brilliant scene.

Barredo’s love of the outdoors led him to photography and starting a travel blog (http://lantaw.blogspot.com) two years ago. He shoots mostly landscapes and waterscapes. He was a contributor to the local paper Manila Bulletin’s Through a Lens, Clearly and his works had been featured in IMAG Photography magazine and Outdoor Photographer website (www.outdoorphotographer.com).
-- Margie F. Francisco

Grab yourself a copy if you happen to fly SEAIR this October and November. The cover story is about diving in Boracay.
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