Temporary

Temporary setbacks are overshadowed by persistence. – Quentin L. Cook I could feel the excited energy hovering on the JCPI (Job Centered Polythicnic Institute, Inc) compound as soon as I entered its main gate last Wednesday, November 8… and it was not even 9 o’clock in the morning yet. IDP Trainee Janimah Marangit approached and…

Bakwit skills training in pickling

We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome. -Isabel Allende

Pre-Spanish Coffin burials of Butuan

Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title. ~From Scooby-Doo There is nothing spooky about the display at Balangay Shrine  Musuem in Butuan, Philippines. Skulls and ancient relics on display do spark historical interest to visitors like me. I could hear my colleagues saying, “Is this for real?…

Photography 101: Weekend Four – Get out and Explore

I had so much fun with this course despite my hectic schedule. The lessons on perspective, the rule of thirds, light, etc. help to improve my snapshots. Here’s the gallery of my favorite photos this November: The Water element intrigues me. In tandem with our current weather (it’s been raining since morning this Saturday), I…

Photography 101: Triumph

I planned to take my son JJ for a late afternoon walk on Roxas Street. My nephew Kenji dropped by and he suggested that we go to the Friday “tabu-an” near the seawall. I rarely went there; just twice a year.  (The tabu-an is the Cebuano term for a makeshift market place where farmers and…

Photography 101: Double

These dirty twins are ready for their bath; Whopper (male) and Tootsie (female) are Shih Tzu puppies. This photo is edited with PicMonkey. This is the original photo

Photography 101: Glass

I placed a red-colored decorative glass against a white fabric background. I used natural light, camera flash, and a flashlight in this experiment. Here are the outcome:

Photography 101: Treasure

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones   Vanilla Bean is my first child. She inspires me to create beautiful dog accessories. Also, she is the reason I’m interested in photography and blogging. camera: Kodak M531 F-stop f/3.1 Exposure time: 1/30 sec. ISO speed: ISO-110…

Photography 101: Architecture

I’m not happy with the outcome of my snapshots in architecture so I take a walk to the park to photograph another building — Tubod Parish Church. This is a Catholic church located at the heart of the town. I sat on the park’s sidewalk across the street and took this photo at 7:37 this…

Photography 101: Mystery

Orchids represent mystery.  Botanists say that this species have a highly evolved anatomy that makes their appearance so attractive to man, birds and insects. The creatures who are delighted to be around Orchids become willing slaves who do their bidding for the survival of their species. How can these enigmatic plants look so delicate yet…

Photography 101: Warmth

Plants need sun-exposure to grow healthy.  The tallest trees in the park often get the best sun exposure.  The ‘Andreacola’ type of Anthurium thrives best in morning sunlight. Too much sun-exposure will burn their leaves.