Sunday, January 30, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - 013011

My take on this week's prompts:


01 - Texture

Yesterday, mom hired someone to trim our Macopa (Malay Apple / Tersana Rose Apple) tree because termites have infested the ground and mom feared the termites might make its way to our house because of the branches. While cleaning up, the texture of the bark caught my interest, so I took a shot.

We didn't let the man cut off the tree entirely as this tree has been part of our lives since we moved here (dad planted a seed back in 1985); we just asked him to take out the branches that would touch the roof of our house.


02 - Fog

This was something from the archive because we hardly get any fog from where we live. I took this picture during my Tagaytay travel April of last year. Before going home, my friend and I went to the People's Park in the Sky, and it was really difficult to take pictures because it was so foggy (Tagaytay is one of the coolest places in the country). When I took this picture, we were actually about to exit the park, and spotting a jeepney from afar, I aimed the camera to take this shot.


03 - Button

A button in the back pocket of one of my jeans.


04 - Beverage

Mountain Dew is the only fizzy drink we have here, so I just used it to make this shot.


05 - Seventies

When we were kids, we used to have this gigantic stereo system that plays vinyl records. Since we were so poor that we couldn't afford television back then, our way of entertainment was through that stereo. I basically grew up listening to 50s-70s music, thanks the extensive vinyl collection my dad had. The stereo was no longer existing (we disposed it in the early 90s), but we still kept the vinyl records. One of the records I treasure is this one - the Elvis Presley Love Songs, because I am a fan of his.

All these pictures were taken today using my Canon Powershot SX130is camera, except for the "fog" picture, which I took 14 April 2010 using my friend's Canon EOS 450D camera. If you want to see different takes to the prompt, please click the badge above.

*** Jenn ***

Saturday, January 29, 2011


photo hunt

The University of Santo Tomas, founded in 1611 is the oldest university in Asia. Up to this date, the university is still standing tall, and is now celebrating their quadricentennial anniversary. My father got his degree in BS Commerce major in Marketing in this university, and although I didn't study college in this university, I am happy to have this wee bit of a connection to the university. The first and the only time I set foot inside the university grounds was in 2009, but I am planning of going there again as I wasn't able to take that much pictures last time.

Happy 400th birthday, UST!

*** Jenn ***

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

So Carefree

365 Strangers - 04/365

Another picture taken from my 365 Strangers Project.

I was (again) walking to the market, when I saw these kids from afar. It was very rare for me to see kids like this - since the advent of computer games, I've been seeing less and less kids playing outside. I only had my cell phone with me, so I just took a quick shot and continued walking.

I know the image quality wasn't good... the original picture was quite small, and since the kids were far, cropping the picture to this size lost much of the quality. Still, I decided to share this picture because of what it represent - the joys of being a child.

*** Jenn ***

B - Bulog Isand / Beach

Of all my travels in 2009, the Coron, Palawan trip has got to be the most memorable and the best I had. It was really great to be with people sharing the same interests - people whom you can really relate to.

Anyway, late afternoon of day 2 until lunch time of day 3, we stayed in Bulog Island, possibly one of the best islands in Coron. Us sleeping by the beach shore (the island had two huts), then waking up to see a brand new day was really something that will always be in my heart. In a world of chaos, there is truly paradise.


We stayed in the main Bulog Island, but there was this small island nearby, they call Bulog Dos (dos is Spanish for "two"). Morning of day 3, some friends rode the kayak to get there, but the water wasn't too deep (shoulder deep), so some of us were able to cross the water on foot.

We hoped to stay there as much as we could, but we were so behind our schedule (so many places to see, so little time), so by lunch time we left. Up until now, we still have talks about going back there, enjoy nature and be away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Someday, I know we will go back.

*** Jenn ***

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Spring Rolls Undressed

Hinubarang Turon na Mangga at Buko

This dessert is called "Hinubarang Turon na Mangga at Buko," literally meaning "Undressed Mango and Coconut Spring Rolls," more of a deconstructed dessert spring rolls dish. This dish was one of those part of the Culinary Festival held in SM Iloilo last November. K and I were quite at the right place at the right time, making me able to take pictures of the foods.

This picture is SOOC... I didn't bother changing any of its setting, as I already liked how they plated the dish. I just hope the dish was as delicious as it looked like, sadly it was just for display. :( If you want to see more pictures from the event, please click HERE.

*** Jenn ***

Chapel's Bell

Chapel's Bell

It was daddy's birth anniversary, and the family wanted to eat out for lunch. Mom went to the chapel, so we (my siblings and I) decided to meet her at the chapel before we go to the mall. We didn't want to interrupt the service, so we were just outside, and the big leafless tree caught my attention. I rarely go out the house without a camera in my bag, so I started taking pictures.

Our neighborhood is just small, so the bell is smal as well. It may be small, but we certainly can hear it even if our house is three blocks away. :)

*** Jenn ***

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Monday (Shoes)

My share for today is late; it was this afternoon that I got to read about the prompt, and I hoped to use a fresh picture, so I took this just a few moments before day turned into night.

Clogs Key Ring

Clearly, these aren't human shoes, but they're still shoes. I got this key ring from a fellow Filipino photo blogger who is already based in the Netherlands; one time in 2008, she organized a get together, and she gave us one key ring each.

When I realized that yellow tulips (my most favorite flower) were abundant in the Netherlands, I have always dreamed of seeing tulip farms, and my fascination with the whole thing led me to dreaming of owning and wearing the wooden Dutch clogs - in yellow. I think it's the coolest traditional footwear ever.

Anyway, these won't fit my size 9 feet and these aren't yellow... but these are real wooden Dutch clogs, so I treasure this gift dearly.

*** Jenn ***