FOLLOW-ME-TO-PHOTOSHOOTS (HERITAGE HOUSES IN SILAY CITY)

Instagram-famous Russian photographer Murad Osmann has inspired couples from around the world including me his unique Follow Me To project, featuring stunning hands-holding photos in front of famous sites around the globe.

Here is my version of Follow-Me-To-Silay Heritages Houses:

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The HOFILENA ANCESTRAL HOUSE residence of the late Manuel Severino Hofilena and his family located in Cinco de Noviembre Street, Silay City, in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. The home was built by Hofilena for his wife Gilda Ledesma Hojilla, a former Miss Silay, and their nine children. At present, Ramon Hofilena, on of the children and heirs, resides in this ancestral house and personally tours guests who visit his abode.
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The HOFILENA ANCESTRAL HOUSE is now considered as one of Silay’s public museums. This house became a heritage house in pursuant to the Board Resolution no. 3 dated April 6, 1993 of the National Historical Institute of the Philippines.
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The BALAY NEGRENSE is a museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental in the Philippines, showcasing the lifestyle of a late 19th-century Negrense sugar baron. It is notable for being the first museum to be established in the province of Negros Occidental.
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The BALAY NEGRENSE was originally the ancestral house of Victor F. Gaston, a son of Yves Leopold Germain Gaston and Prudencia Fernandez. The elder Gaston credited as one of the pioneers of sugarcane cultivation in this part of the Philippine archipelago. A native of Normandy in France, he married a Filipina from Batangas where he initially began experimenting with sugar production before relocating to Negros.  Built in 1897, the house was constructed when Victor Gaston’s wife died during the time when he was residing in his father’s hacienda. Hacienda Buen Retiro. The structure house Victor Gaston and his twelve children from 1901 until his death in 1927. Left unused by the family, the structure  abandoned in the mid-1970s and fell into despair until one of the heirs, Msgr. Guillermo Ma. Gaston, together with a group of concerned Negrenses formed what would later become Negros Cultural Foundation. In 1992,  Msgr. Guillermo Ma. Gaston donated the Victor Gaston house to the Philippine Tourism Authority ( now known as the Tourism infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority). With donations from prominent individuals and a PHP5,000,000.00 assistance from the Philippine Tourism Authority, the structure  repaired and furnished with period furniture and fixtures. The museum was officially inaugurated on October 6, 1990. Pursuant to Board Resolution No. 1 dated March 8, 1994 of the National Historical Institute of the Philippines ( National Historical Commission of the Philippines), it  listed as a heritage house.
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TEODORO MORADA ANCESTRAL HOUSE is a two storey heritage house owned by the family of Teodoro Morada in Silay City in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. Because of its cultural, and/or historical significance, it is one of the recognized and declared heritage houses of the Philippines by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NCHP).
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TEODORO MORADA HERITAGE HOUSE
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Abandoned ancestral house in Silay located along Cinco de Noviembre or also known as the BOAT HOUSE.
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SEN. JOSE C. LOCSIN ANCESTRAL HOUSE. This heritage house is in the neo-Spanish Mission style popular during the American Period. American concrete  used as the preferred material, with a Mirador or watchtower in the near.
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COLORS OF AUTUMN

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

Autumn is a favorite time of the year to capture the beauty of nature.  Various shades of  orange, pink, magenta, blue, gold, yellow, red, purple a colorful scenes that beg to be photographed.  A beautiful day to walk  in the park seeing  leaves that have changed colors.

I was so excited with my very  first Autumn experience in Australia lasting from March to May across most of the country.  Magnificent hues of gold, burnt orange and firey red make it one of the most magical times of the year. A perfect time for taking beautiful pictures and spending time outdoors. Nothing more relaxing than enjoying nature and the colorful scenery.

I love Autumn. What about you?

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BLACK & WHITE – LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP

“TO THE WORLD YOU MAY BE ONE PERSON; BUT TO ONE PERSON YOU MAY BE THE WORLD.” – BRANDI SNYDER

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” The Dance of Friendship”. Sometimes, being with your best friend, is all the therapy you need.

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” You Will Never Walk Alone”. Sometimes we need someone to simply be there. Not to fix anything, or to do anything in particular, but just to let us feel that we cared for and supported.

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“Friends I’ve Met Along the Road “. Sometimes we meet strangers and became friends. We feel comfortable with them, like we’ve known them our whole life and you don’t have to pretend to be somebody else. They embrace your flaws and accept you for who you are. Strangers can become best friends just as easy as best friends can become strangers.

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” I Love You”.  When I say I love you more, I don’t mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us, I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us, I love you more than any obstacle that could try to come between us. I love you the most.

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“My Bestfriend”. A true friend leaves a paw prints on your heart.

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“Priceless”. Years from now, I hope we are still in each others lives.

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” The Shadow of Love”. No amount of words could ever describe the love I have for you. I love you more than words can say.

img_0726That’s What Friends Are For”.  Rain or shine… We will always be here. Promise.

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“Best friends”. Best Friends? nah sisters.

 

THE BLUE CITY OF CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO

Chefchaouen is a small town tucked in the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco. The quaint town covered with white washed homes with distinctive powder-blue accents. The town painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930’s as a reminder of the God’s power above. Even as the Jewish population faded in the area and gave way to a stronger Muslim presence, tradition of blue buildings continued. Residents of Chefchaouen still regularly paint their houses, keeping the blue city fresh and the lost tradition alive.

Today, Chefchaouen is one of the major tourists destination and attraction in Morocco. The Berbers hand-woven earth-tone blankets, rugs, bags, lamp shades and other Moroccan decor seen displayed at the small shops within the city’s medina wall.

Maze of narrow cobbled lanes, beautiful artsy blue medina against the mountainous backdrop is simple incredible photogenic and very calm soothing environment.

SINGAPORE – THE LION CITY OF ASIA

I have been to Singapore many times and I fell in love with the country and I will tell you why later. Singapore is very modern, clean and organised. It is one of the cleanest in the world; you can be fined or arrested for spitting, littering or selling chewing gum. Chewing gum is not forbidden in Singapore but bringing gum into the country in large amounts is illegal.

Singapore has one of the strongest economies in Asia. It is the world’s busiest port, it is the third-largest oil refiner and a major financial and high-tech hub. I was totally smitten by its natural landscapes, modern buildings, systematic transportation, luxurious shopping centers  and its diversity in culture with its blend of Asia and European.

Here are the reasons why you would fall in love with Singapore:

WANDER IN THE BOTANIC GARDEN. Wander through the swaths of virgin rainforest with many-colored collection of 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. It has  an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Stroll around the gardens and enjoy the wonderful sights, sounds and wonders the luscious greenery offers. There are various areas in the park: tropical garden (rain forest), lakes, herb gardens and the orchid gardens.

Opening Hours: 5am – 12 midnight daily

Admission Fee: Free

RIDE IN THE 165 METER-HIGH SINGAPORE FLYER. Singapore’s answer to the London Eye. The world’s largest giant observation wheel which allow you to view not only the Singapore skyline, but reaches to the Spice Islands of Indonesia and Malaysia’ Straits of Johor. You can have a bird’s-eye view of the entire island in half an hour ride. Quite expensive but worth it.

Flight Schedule:

  • Daily flights : 8:30am – 10:pm
  • Ticketing counter Operating Hours: 8:30am-10:00pm ( Ticket counter  on the entrance of 1st floor).

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STROLL ALONG MARINA BAY SANDS and takes time to admire Singapore’s iconic landmark Marina Bay Sands. An overlay modern art and architecture site to visit when in Singapore with dining restaurants, coffee shops, shopping malls and entertainment awaits visitors to enjoy and relax while taking pictures along the way for breathtaking views.

GET LOST IN GARDENS BY THE BAY. A nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, next to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The main attractions in the Gardens by the Bay are the towering SuperTrees, eleven of which have environmentally sustainable features and some of which use photovoltaic cells that capture solar energy that’s used to light them up.

Outdoor Gardens Opening Hours : 5am – 2am / Free Admission

Outdoor Gardens consist of:

  • Bay East Garden
  • SuperTree Grove
  • Sun Pavillion
  • Heritage Gardens
  • World of Plants
  • Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes

Inside the Gardens By The Bay are two Conservatories: The Flower Dome and The Cloud Forest. We went into the Cloud Forest – The Cool-Moist Conservatory that showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level. It features a 35-metre-tall mountain covered in lush vegetation, shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. There is lift  to the top of the mountaintop of cloud forest and there you can take a stroll along a walkway in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below.

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9:00am – 9:00pm

SHOP ON ORCHARD ROAD. A must place to visit while in Singapore. A shopping paradise, from cheap outlets to high-end designer and jewelry shops with many things to see, so modern, crowded but worth a visit especially at night because it looks spectacular  with all the lights.

Singapore is known for its cleanliness and place a lot of importance on disciplined, and corporal punishment is widely accepted. While in Singapore make sure that  you follow certain guidelines and adhere to their strict standards of proper behaviour.

  • Chewing gum  banned in Singapore so better leave it at home.
  • Don’t throw litter on the street.  Put all waste in the litter bins provided in public spaces.
  • Don’t smoke in public. The police enforce this law strictly and hand out immediate fines to people found smoking or dropping a cigarette in a public place.
  • Don’t get involved in any drugs. Singapore carries a mandatory death penalty for drug-trafficking and harsh penalties for possession and use within the country.
  • Don’t touch somebody on the head as it is considered a sacred part of the body in Singapore.
  • Don’t  discuss religion or politics. Do not make joke either.
  • Don’t show the bottoms of your feet or use feet to point.  Feet  considered dirty.
  • Don’t bring in food into MRT ( Mass Rapid Transport).
  • Don’t point at someone with your index finger, which is considered very rude.
  • Don’t tip. Tipping is not customary in Singapore.
  • Don’t, for a Chinese descent, give clocks, handkerchiefs or flowers to as they  associated with death and funerals.
  • Don’t eat or offer anything (including a handshake) to a person of Indian or Malay descent with your left hand as they will most likely be Muslim and this is forbidden by their hygienically jurisprudence.

Have you ever been to Singapore, What do you think of  it?

Black & White STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.” Andri Cauldwell

 

I like Black and White because the subject speaks for themselves. It’s raw, honest, dramatic, simple yet has a timeless look.

Here are some of my black and white photos :

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What about you? What do you prefer Black and White or Color? Hope to hear from you.  Your thoughts are highly appreciated .