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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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May 19, 2014

dasol | pangasinan: i finally found my way back to tambobong


Early Morning in Tambobong

One of the places that got me to shoot and blog about Philippines' hidden gems. For years I have been going back there to enjoy its beauty and its people's hospitality. Then I stopped. Four (4) years of no Dasol. Work and some lame excuses got in the way. I vowed to be back, and so I did. This time I got the whole family in tow (all the way from South Cotabato in Mindanao), and several of my good friends (we were 14 in our group!). It a great weekend of sun, sea, sand, and warm hospitality. No fancy accommodations, no beach parties - just the way we like it.
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May 12, 2014

pangasinan: salt making in dasol


Into the Salt field

Where else to best see how salt is made than in a province whose name literally means "place of salt-making".

For two straight mornings I made the pre-dawn trip, together with some of my friends, to a salt field in Dasol, a small town in western Pangasinan - the province best known for its salt. We were staying in Tambobong, a remote fishing village, and had to take a 45-minute bangka ride, tracing the shore, to the mouth of Dasol river where the most of the salt fields are. We almost did not make it on the first day as our boatman was hesitant to leave early. There was no moon and it was pitch black and we risk the danger of running into the numerous fish traps, especially at the mouth of the river.

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May 7, 2014

south cotabato: must-see, must-do, must-meet


Passing through

Been asked this a number of times already: "What's there to see or do?". I usually get this question every time I invite friends to come over and visit my home province. I have to admit I balked a couple of times in giving out something like a "top ten must-see or must-do" in South Cotabato. Do I know my province well enough? Its often the case that we are strangers in our own home towns or provinces. So consider this as my best effort in promoting my province :).
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