Photo Challenge: Zigzag

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The Kennon Road below that leads all the way up to Baguio City, Philippines, is also known as the “Zigzag Road” due to its long winding turns. Traversing this road can really make you feel nauseous especially if you’re not used to travelling on long hours.

The zigzag road heading to Baguio can really make you feel nauseous if you're not used to traveling on long hours.

 

But if Baguio City has its zigzag road, the province of Quezon has one too. This is Eme Road which is traditionally known as “bitukang manok” (chicken’s intestine). The name aptly described this long and winding road that leads across the mountains of Quezon and gives a panoramic view of both green mountains and the deep blue sea beyond.

If Baguio City has its swirling zigzag road, Quezon province has its own version of Kennon road called Eme road or traditionally known as bitukang manok.

 

(photo courtesy of visitpinas.com)

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Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Nothing could be a better sight than the tulips, daisies and the daffodils at their best in summer. To me, summer lovin’ is flower lovin’. Yipeey!
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3. English Daisies

 

6. Daffodils

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

“Boxes, tanks, wrappers: for this week’s Photo Challenge, show us something that contains something else.”

Here is container to me:

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The flower. Yes. It is the most beautiful container to me.

What could be inside this very beautiful container? We see the petals outside. Inside, we see the pistil and stamen. The stamen contains the anther and filament. Inside the pistil we find the stigma, style, ovary and ovule.

The stamen is the male part of the plant which produces the pollen. The pistil is the female part of the plant which produces fruit once pollination has taken place in the ovary.

Oh container! You challenged me to the point of googling up for my elementary science on flower.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Relic = artifact, remnant, historical object or what you might just consider vestige or remnant of the past. Historical object is it. Nothing could be a more prominent relic of the past than an imposing structure that endured the savage and ravage of war.

Here is one of my favorite relics located just at the back of the town hall in my hometown.

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This is the Spanish Fort built in the mid-1800s. This fortress was used by the Spanish conquistadores as a forward launching pad to intensify their campaign to subdue and subjugate the native moros (my forefathers included). But the Moros of Mindanao who have mastered the art of hit and run warfare were never conquered by the Spaniards. Today, the structure stands as a constant reminder of Spain’s colonial expansionism, subjugation and enslavement of the native inhabitants.

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This is the entry to a tunnel that connects the fortress to the Rio Grande de Mindanao. The tunnel serves as both bomb shelter and escape route for the Spanish conquistadores.

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Today, only the walls of the fort had remained intact. The watch towers, cannon shelters and garrison buildings were either destroyed during the war or looted.

The municipal government of Pikit, with the support of the provincial government of North Cotabato, has been trying to preserve this important historical relic so that one day it may become a popular tourist attraction. The strategy, though, is not renovation, rebuilding or improvement. A study has been underway to make sure that the original materials used are the ones that are to be restored. So, it is restoration, per se.

I can’t wait to see it finished.

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Photo Challenge: Contrasts

“Light and dark, tall and short, happy and sad, etc.” Anything opposite each other could be a contrast.

In this photo I took from Plantation Bay Resort in Cebu City, Philippines, please help me identify some “contrasts” because there are more than one of them here.

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Here are some contrasts I see in this photo:

1. light and shadow;

2. dark green and light green;

3. splash and serenity: the splashing water on the right and the serene calm hut on the left;

4. black and white: the roof of another hut on the top left; and

5. dream and reality: every one of us dreams for a quiet, serene and tranquil place like this until one day we just found this reality somewhere. Please stop thinking that this dream could only be fulfilled in a foreign land. You will be surprised to see your dream and passion for a place like this is not too far away from where you stay.

Enjoy these contrasts.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

What an exciting theme to express in photo.

“Capture the moments between the moments. The breaths. The sighs. The stolen glances. Show us anything that means between to you.”

Here is my take of “between”.

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One of the big events in sports is the Wimbledon Open Tennis Tournament which starts this Monday, June 23, 2014. I really love this game and though I am not so proficient at it, it serves the purpose for which I indulge in it- EXERCISE.

As much as possible I don’t wanna miss the matches in this grand slam tournament. I will certainly keep an eye on especially with my favorite tennis stars- the big names in today’s tennis, such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stanislas Wawrinka, and Roger Federer. And from the women’s department, they are: Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na, Eugenie Bouchard, and Simona Halep. Of course, there are a lot more good men and women players and they are too many to mention all of them.

But what’s in between? The net that separates the players and the spectators; the net at the center of the court that stands in between the two opposing players. The net. It is the most prominent and imposing authority that dictates how low and how high a player should make the ball fly through to the other side of the court to make a perfect shot.

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PHOTO CHALLENGE Extra, Extra

This week’s challenge says “share a photo that has a little something extra: an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of color. A lone carrot in a sea of peas. Draw us in with a humorous detail, or find a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture.”

Here, I share “a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you (me) could capture”.

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We spent the whole day today in one of my favorite mountain resorts about 20 minutes away.

After playing lawn tennis with my son-in-law (of course, I won the game) I rested for a few minutes to allow the sweat to dry up. I thought the next best thing to do is to plunge into the pool to complete the body cleansing process and feel refreshed a little more. A few more minutes of diving and swimming into the pool I don’t understand if I was completely relaxed or exhausted. What I knew was I was not feeling tired but weak. Oh, I got it. I was hungry and in no time at all I got into my sumptuous lunch leaving nothing on the plate.

This time was perfect for a short nap. And what could be the perfect place to do that than in the hammock hanging under a roofed hut a few meters away. Then again, I thought that before sleep overtakes me I should have a ‘selfie’ or two. I set my Galaxy S4 to the ‘selfie’ mode without really being aware of what I had tapped on the touchscreen until this photo came out. OMG, could there be a ghost which hurriedly took to my side to catch up in time for this ‘selfie’ shoot? Haha.. huhu.. I don’t know if I have to laugh at this or cry in fear.

Oh, this extra, extra thing. Why did you do this to me?

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