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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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July 30, 2013

negros oriental | sibulan: lake kabalin-an preview


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I recently went around some of the towns in Negros Oriental including Dumaguete, Bais, Manjuyod, Sibulan, and Valencia.

One of the interesting places I’ve seen is Lake Kabalin-an in Sibulan, enroute to the Twin Lakes. It’s difficult to miss since its right beside the registration kiosk before you can head up to Lake Balinsasayao. What makes it more difficult to miss is the presence of these large trees right in the middle of the small lake.

Most would probably take a couple of shots of these trees and then move on to the “main” attraction. But there is something about the place, eerie and serene, that made me stay there for more than an hour. Compared to my 15 minutes in Lake Balinsasayao, that’s a long time.

It was overcast when I went there, with a light shower every now and then. The only folks there with me were some locals fishing for tilapia. Everything was very still; even the fisher folks are transfixed, intently awaiting a bite. I could even take considerably long exposure shots and not see that much blur!

Every now and then the eerie silence would be broken with some celebratory shout, someone caught something! “Eeeey! Uyyyyy! “ . Some chatter and mumbles follow, and croaks and some quacking sound (I swear) were thrown in for good measure. Someone, in a slurred speech, would complain about not getting any bite. I later found out the reason for those unintelligible mumbles: several emptied plastic container of tuba (coconut wine). If I did not have an upset stomach that day I would not mind spending a few more hours there to enjoy the silence and the tuba.

More of this beautiful place soon. For more photos and updates, like Lantaw in Facebook
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