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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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June 23, 2014

carles | islas de gigantes: travel guide to higantes islands



Islas de Gigantes in Carles in the province Iloilo has recently been getting more attention as photos of its beautiful islands flood the web. It's still a relatively off-the-beaten path destination and largely unexploited by mainstream tourism. This guide aims to provide the necessary information you need to plan a trip to the islands.
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June 20, 2014

carles | islas de gigantes: antonia beach at gigantes sur




What the Islands of Giants lack in terms of giants, it more than made up with its beautiful beaches and towering rock formations :). One such beauty in Gigantes Islands is Antonia Beach.

While being promoted as "Antonia Island Resort", its not technically an island. The beach is found on the southern tip of Gigantes Sur's eastern side.

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June 19, 2014

carles | islas de gigantes: postcard perfect cabugao gamay island




Cabugao Gamay ["smaller Cabugao", and "Cabugao" is the Hiligaynon word for "pomelo"] is simply the most photographed island in the Gigantes group of islands. Its small sandbar connecting two islets is now becoming to be the poster photo and unofficial face of Gigantes.

Its not surprising, the island is really beautiful. Cliche? Oh yes definitely! But I don't mind beautiful clichés.


Cabugao Gamay Viewpoint

Typhoon Yolanda washed away or eroded most of its fine white sands [photo above: the sand used to be up to the light green area even at high tide] and stripped its coconut trees of leaves, but the island is bouncing back.

Cabugao Gamay

Cabugao Gamay Climbers

There is a small hill on the northern end and this is where most of the photos of the island were taken from. A guide rope was laid to help the climbers. The area at the top is not very wide and could easily get crowded, but offers the best view. Its worth the climb on a sweltering day.

Cabugao Gamay: Watcher

The swimming area is perfect after you have worked out a sweat climbing the hill. But our guide advised us to use snorkel/goggles to make sure we don't bump into jellies.  Care must be taken as well for the shore slopes from waist deep to "help I can't swim" deep in just a few meters.

Cabugao Gamay: Clear Water

Cabugao Gamay is one of the stops in the island hopping package offered by resorts in Gigantes Norte. If its not a package tour, you'll have to pay Php 50.00 as "entrance fee". See this map for island's location.

Cabugao Gamay: Picnic Area

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June 18, 2014

carles | islas de gigantes: among the giants in the island of giants



Strong, sturdy, unwavering, and resolute, they stand firmly along the shore of Asluman in Gigantes Norte. I did not find any "real giants" in Islas de Gigantes, but these beautiful mangroves could very well be the giants. For two beautiful mornings I stood among these giants and enjoyed the dawn.
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June 11, 2014

sabah | malaysia : attractions you should not miss in kundasang and ranau


Kundasang

If you find yourself in Kota Kinabalu needing a break from the islands and beaches, Kundasang in Ranau district is the perfect destination. In fact, you can just skip the islands and head straight here if you fancy cooler climes and mountain vista.
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June 6, 2014

aurora | dingalan : rugged and rough - the way we like it


Moody Pacific Sunrise

There was barely a slit in the eastern sky that the sun can peek through as dark rain clouds paraded that morning. I was hoping the rain gods would get their business over with quickly and relinquish the sky , but no, they had too much fun taunting us, occasionally sending a brief shower to get you guessing whether to pack your gear or stick it out.
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June 5, 2014

singapore | nightscape: clarke quay at night


Clarke Quay Colored Umbrella

If there is another spot in Singapore that looks spectacular at night, aside from the Marina Bay area, that would probably be Clarke Quay. Situated upstream along the Singapore River, this historical quay puts on her best night lights as the sun goes down.

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June 3, 2014

singapore | nightscape: marina bay sands and supertree grove


Marina Bay Sands

With only a few hours to spare before my flight back to the islands, I headed to one of the most iconic locations in Singapore: Marina Bay.  You can literally spend the whole evening going around and not run out of eye-candies to shoot. But with my limited time and such a huge area, I went straight to Marina Bay Sands and the nearby Supertree grove.
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