Weekly Photo Challenge: Color (Colors of Southeast Asia)

**This post is in response to: WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: COLOR.

Al Amanecer

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Quote source: Sunrise from In the Heights
Photo taken using iPad mini and filtered using Snapseed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

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Just bought and assembled this 3D puzzle of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. It has LED lights at the base, which makes it so cool.

Anyway, when I saw this I thought to myself: I just had to have this!
Aside from the fact that I love puzzles, I also love that it’s reminiscent of one of my dream travel destinations — New York City.

I want to visit the city that never sleeps because of three major things:
1. Broadway Musicals – I want to see at least one (but if possible, ALL) theater show in Broadway.
2. Gray’s Papaya hotdogs – after seeing the movie, Fools Rush In, where Matthew Perry’s character constantly crave for this hotdog, I can’t help but connect this food to the city. I just got to try one!
3. Times Square – seeing this busy intersection on tv and in pictures really gives me the chills every time. I love the lights, the busyness, and the diverse people. So I plan to take lots and lots of pictures of this one day.

This may be a dream for now but I know one day I will get to see you, New York. Stay as awesome as you are… and wait for me. To the future and New York!

This post is in response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense.

Zoom In for Abstract

They say that “a picture paints a thousand words”. And it’s true.
It is amazing how may theories and conclusions one can come up with just by looking at a picture.

But what if that picture is zoomed in or cropped so that the entire picture is not shown?
Like the photo below, for example.

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Can you guess what it is?
Can you still “paint a thousand words”?
Well, maybe one can still come up with theories… but never a conclusion.

This goes the same with life.

Ever heard of the saying “easier said than done”?
Imagine you’re an event of your life as a big picture. And us living it is like a cropped or zoomed version of the big picture. Unlike ourselves, people not directly involved with that event of our lives can see the big picture. Maybe not with the correct conclusions and theories… but they can see it. So advice, opinions and recommendations from these people are easily formulated and given.

But for us not being able to see what they can may have a hard time believing them. For all we see is just the abstraction brought about by the incomplete and pixelized version our limited view has been given.

So, take a step back.
Try to see what others can see — the big picture.
And maybe our abstract life will be a little clearer.

This post is in response to Weekly Writing Challenge: Abstraction.

Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

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This is the street where I grew up in. My childhood home in Zamboanga City, Philippines.

This post is in response to Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood .

The Bianca Smile: Deconstructed

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“The Bianca Smile”
— is the trademark smile of our friend, Bianca.
This came to be when we noticed that in all pictures, she has the same smile every time. Though maintaining her pretty countenance, her smile seems to be with rehearsed tension because of the disparity between her eyes and smile. No “sm-eye-zing”, as Tyra Banks would call it.

So I am very happy to be able to capture this rare moment of her not doing the “Bianca Smile.”

Candid. Real. Happy.

Side Note: My friends hate it when I take candid photos of them, which is most of the time. So, Bianca, apologies for this in advance. You’re always pretty. No worries. 🙂
** This is in response to Weekly Writing Challenge: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction.

Mini Garden

The secret mini garden at our home in Zamboanga City.
**Taken using Blackberry 9300.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

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A buddhist temple in Chinatown, Singapore.
Taken last May 2010.

This is in response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details.

Faith

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Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Taken last February 2012.

Moving Lights

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Taken at Orchard Road, Singapore last March 2011.

**This is a late response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Up!

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Parasailing in Boracay Island, Philippines
February 2010

Boracay Sunset

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Photo taken in Boracay Island, Philippines.
February 2012.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

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A newly wed’s first kiss!
I took this photo during my old college room mate’s wedding last October 2010.

This is in response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss.

Grand Palace – Bangkok, Thailand

Here are more photos of the Grand Palace during my trip to Bangkok.
The pictures don’t do justice the beauty and majesty of it all.
You’ve got to see it for yourself. As for now, enjoy the pictures! 🙂

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