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2014 PHOTO OF THE WEEK #7 – GOTHAM-ESQUE

Aside from Landscape Photography, Night Photography has also become my favorite form of photography. Standing in the dark while waiting for the exposure to finish give me time to see and appreciate my surroundings. It also give me excitement because of the unpredictable result made by experimentation of camera settings.

“Whatever the case, I won’t stop until I have rescued Gotham City.” – Batman

Where and When: Quezon City – February 14, 2014
Camera Used: Panasonic Lumix LX-5

UNANG TAGPO AT PAGSALUDO KAY ARVIN “TADO” JIMENEZ

tadoDahil sa sobrang paborito namin ang Strangebrew, naisip naming kunin bilang emcee / host ng aming wedding reception si Arvin Jimenez or mas kilala bilang si Tado. Nasa relief operation sya ng mga nasalanta ni bagyong Yolanda ng una namin syang nakausap sa cellphone, natawa na lang kami ng sya ay pumayag at sumagot pa ng “Burial din pwede ako”.

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2014 PHOTO OF THE WEEK #6 – SUNSET BY THE RUINS

The photo above is the silhouette of the ruins of Intendencia or Aduana (Customs) Building. The structure was completed in 1829 with a Neoclassical design. This building also served as the Central Bank Building and now being restored to house the National Archives.

“Defaced ruins of architecture and statuary, like the wrinkles of decrepitude of a once beautiful woman, only make one regret that one did not see them when they were enchanting.”  – Horace Walpole

Where and When: Intramuros, Manila – February 9, 2014
Camera Used: Panasonic Lumix LX-5

2014 PHOTO OF THE WEEK #5 – DRAGON IN THE CROWD

The Chinese New Year is also  referred as the Lunar New Year. 2014 is the Year of Wooden Horse.  Wood is related to tree or green. Therefore, 2014 is also called Year of Green Horse.

As expected; there were a lot of people went at oldest Chinatown in the world to celebrate one of the most important Chinese Holidays. I think the crowd was bigger compare to my attendance two years ago. There were also more Lion and Dragon Dance presentation that we constantly chased to watch and shoot.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
―Neil Gaiman

Where and When: Binondo, Manila – January 31, 2014
Camera Used: Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 70-300mm

2014 PHOTO OF THE WEEK #4 – TRAINSPOTTING

I ride the train (LRT Line 2) almost everyday, this is the cheapest and the fastest mode of public transportation going to my work.  My love for LRT Line 2 is opposite to the MRT Line. You can’t convince me to ride that train during rush hour unless it is very important.  I don’t usually get off the station after alighting the train, I stay a little to watch the commuters and trains pass by.

“…what thrills me about trains is not their size or their equipment but the fact that they are moving, that they embody a connection between unseen places.” ― Mariane Wiggins

Where and When: MRT Ayala Station, Makati – January 20, 2014
Camera Used: Samsung Galaxy Note 2

2014 PHOTO OF THE WEEK #3 – BURNING SKY AND SILHOUETTES

One of my favorite spots in our office is the smoking area on 5th floor. I don’t smoke anymore but this place has been my breathing space from my stressful work. I always go up here with a cup of tea or coffee to watch the day ends.

“The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color — oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples…”  – Anna Godbersen

Where and When: Quezon City – January 13, 2014
Camera Used: Panasonic Lumix LX-5

2014 PHOTO OF THE WEEK #2 – GATEBALL

Aside from the antibiotic prescription from yesterday’s check-up, the doctor also advised me to undergo another CBC test to rule out other mosquito related diseases like Chikungunya and Dengue. Just a little background, I decided to take a leave from work last Friday for a medical check-up. I was paranoid that I have Tetanus which I possibly acquired from my almost 2 weeks-old traditional tattoo. I was experiencing on & off fever, body muscles spasms and breathing problem.  Thank God that the diagnosis was only severe inflammation of tonsils.

The CBC result will be released after two hours. I was too lazy to go home, back again at the hospital to get the result and go home again afterwards. While waiting for the result at the hospital, I played games on my mobile phone but got bored so I decided to went out for sight seeing. I came across Plaza Morga, just in front of the hospital. There were group of men playing a game, they have mallets and they’re using it to hit a ball. Out of curiosity, I sat at one of the concrete benches and watched them play, I was clueless on the name of the sport until I read the name of the club in the scoreboard, Morga Gateball Club. Gateball is a mallet sport originated in Japan. I really don’t know the rules but by watching it, they use a mallet to hit the ball making sure it passes through the 3 gates and hit the pole to score.

What makes the sport interesting to me that time? Most of the players were shirtless and barefooted but they were very focused and highly strategic. Talking about passion or fashion? :)

Where and When: Tondo, Manila – January 11, 2014
Camera Used: Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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