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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 24, 2010

bulubadiangan island: sunbirds, bantam chickens, blue skies, and puffy white clouds

Bolobadiangan Sun Bird (Tamsi)
Bulubadiangan tamsi

I missed the sunrise that morning, something that rarely happens when I'm on a trip. Blame it on the cool breeze that passes through my open cottage and the lull of the gentle waves, with the light rain around midnight sealing the deal.

I was woken up by the high pitched chirps of sunbirds zipping to and fro between trees that line up the shore. As a kid I find these tamsi (as they are known locally) uhm annoying. We have a lot of them in my hometown but I have not heard or seen one for decades as our place became "progressive". That morning I welcomed their song.

Bantam Chicken
bantam chicken

I stepped out of my cottage, felt the warm sand, and head straight to the water for a morning dip. I watched from a distance how the island is a-buzz with activity: sunbirds darting from one tree to another for their breakfast (nectar and insects), the island's resident bantam chickens roaming around, and just off the island fishermen were hauling the nets they cast a few hours ago. Everything seems to be in silent harmony.

Bolobadiangan Noon 2
lazy morning

After breakfast I went straight to the hammock, flipped lazily through the pages of an inflight magazine, and soon was back in dreamland. I woke up with the sun on my face. The sky was deep blue with puffy white clouds. It was a perfect day.

Bolobadiangan Shore
blue skies and puffy white clouds

How I wished that time would stop, but all things perfect come to an end. With a heavy heart I started packing my stuff, time to get back to Iloilo City in a few hours.

Sand bar bangka
sandbar bangka

My time there was short but sweet, and I try to dwell more on the sweet part. I'll be back to the sandbar for sure.
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Unknown said...

oh, what a perfect vacation spot! rustic heaven! your tamsi shot is gorgeous!

bertN said...

That's a piece of heaven on earth.

escape said...

hanggang dito na lang muna ako sa mga posts mo bai. muntik na ako bumili ng ticket papunta diyan. magandang preview to.

m a c c e n t e n o said...

ganda nung shot ng tamsi! ito yung madalas na nadidinig ko sa umaga kapag pumupunta ako sa probinsya.. :)

Mark said...

I love sunbirds. Each year they visit a nest the have built under the carport . They are actually quite at ease with humans , as long as those humans don't try to hurt them or damage their nests and there are plenty of flowers around . The local ones seem to love the hibiscus flowers . lol .

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