CHADA GID ANG NEGROS ( NEGROS IS BEAUTIFUL)

Negros is an Island in the Philippines which is the fourth largest in the country with a land area of 5,137.87 sqmi. Negros is one of the many islands that comprise the Visayas, which forms the central division of the nation ( source Wikipedia).

Negros is a beautiful island surrounded by rugged mountains, pristine beaches, beautiful underwater coral gardens that must be added to your bucket list on your next travel. Travelling and exploring the hidden gems of Negros is fun with friendly locals who are very accommodating and extremely welcoming. An added bonus, it is very cheap to travel in Negros, surely you will have a great value for your money ūüôā

I am sharing this travel experience of a friend of mine “Pobreng Lagaan¬†(The Poor Traveller)” around Negros. Check this out!

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Photo by Pobreng Lagaan. PUNCAK TAN-AWAN NEGROS ORIENTAL

This restless soul of mine was delighted after our two days of tremendous quest of some Negros’ hidden gems. Those picturesque scenarios at Puncak Tan-awan, Balinsasayao Twin Lakes, Casaroro Falls and Forest Camp are just too few to showcase the real beauty of Negros Oriental but it already convince myself to say ¬†“Chada¬†gid ang Negros Bai” ( Negros is Beautiful My Friend).

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Photo by Pobreng Lagaan. TWIN LAKE BALINSAYAO SIBULAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL

Getting around Negros was actually one of the most incredible experienced I had so far.  It was Saturday when everyone was already set for our Negros adventure except me.  Having a second thoughts I decided to go after them. It was almost 12:00 noon when I boarded the bus from Tabunoc going to Liloan Port. After four hours of travel with massive commuters from Baruganay to Show and Tabunok to Oslob) finally I arrived at my destination. From the port I bought a ticket and sailed in a fast craft  going to Sibulan. It took me 45 minutes to arrive from Oslob port to Sibulan Port. It was very relaxing to feel the gentle sway of the boat but honestly I was a bit scared. I  was anxious a feeling of fear where an emotion that evolved to keep us safe from danger. Good thing the boat did not sink haha.

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Photo by Pobreng Lagaan. CASARORO FALLS VALENCIA< NEGROS ORIENTAL
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PHOTO BY POBRENG LAGAAN. THE RESORT CAMP, VALENCIA, NEGROS ORIENTAL.

I sighed in relief when finally I arrived at the drop-off point. I flag down a habal-habal ( a motorcycle modified to seat more than two persons. It is in use in provinces in the Philippines where jeepneys and tricycles cannot stand the rough, steep terrain and narrow roads) to bring me to Puncak Tan-awan. You need to register before you can get to the Peak. They offered to drive me going to the peak since it was already late.  It would take me an hour and thirty minutes to reach the top of the peak but I opted to not to. Trekking is a healthy physical exercise that creates a wonderful experience. It provides me an opportunity to slow down and disconnect into the chaotic world. Besides it was fun and I love the stillness and calm of an empty trail. The trek to the peak was easy. It took me an hour to trek the peak but going uphill needed an extra precautions to avoid slipping. 

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When I finally reached the camp where my friends are I was extremely happy. It was a great feeling.

 

 

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VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS

My heart¬†belongs to animals. My mom taught me how to be kind and loving to animals. She is an animal rescuer and I love what she is doing. Now, I am the voice of the voiceless. The love of an animal is pure and true. I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter, the cast off of human society. I saw in their eyes love, hope, fear, dread, sadness and betrayal. I was angry. “GOD” I said, “Why don’t you do something? and God replied” I did. I created you”. Now, I am an active rescuer of homeless and stray animals like my mom. I want to be the voice of the voiceless because animal abuse, cruelty, neglect and abandonment are contrary to my life-long values of love and compassion towards all animal which I learned from my mom. I want to be the voice for the voiceless because not enough is being done to help prevent animal abuses and neglect! I am working on having my voice heard for those who don’t have a voice. Ringo is one of our rescued kittens. My mom found him in Silay Public Plaza, abandoned, hungry, frightened and scared. So thin and hopeless. With so much love, care, family he can call his own and proper nourishment, Ringo is now a healthy, happy, loving kitten. A dog, cat…pets are FOREVER please don’t dump them like garbage…they have feelings too.

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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.

SEPTEMBER 21- WORLD GRATITUDE DAY

Gratitude Day celebrated annually  on the 21st September.  Gratitude Day allows us to celebrate the brand meaning of gratitude in a variety ways.

The origins of World Gratitude Day started in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966 when back in their own countries. Ever since, the number of people celebrating Gratitude Day across the world has grown and grown.

” I wanted to say thanks…and share my gratitude for everything I’ve been blessed with, Family, friends, and continued support from everyone.” – Travis Barker

Here are some of the list I am grateful for:

  • For My Wonderful ¬†Family. ¬†I am thankful for my¬†supportive partner and wonderful¬†children.

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  • For My Fur Babies.¬†I am thankful for the peace and joy they add to my life.

For My Friends. I am thankful for my friends who are always there when I needed them most, who urge and support me.

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For My Blogs. I am able to meet new friends and connecting with open-minded people like you. Who able to share their ideas and gave good advice.

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For The Sunset.  I am thankful for the sunset for reminding me how great our God is, seeing His beautiful creations. After a great day, sunset reminds us that no matter what happens, every day can end  peacefully and beautifully.IMG_0806.JPG

For The Sunrise. I am Thankful for the sunrise for this reminds me of a new beginning.

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Photo not mine taken from Pinterest site.

For The Rain.¬†I am thankful for the rain because the plants are loving it. Rains creates beautiful moments…that fresh-air, after-rain smell, ¬†the relaxing and soothing sounds of the rain.

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For The Life. I am grateful for my wonderful life and becoming more grateful for what I have in my life and give thanks for all that blesses my life.

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Today and everyday I am thankful for  absolutely everything.

What about you. What you are thankful for? There is so much to be thankful for, if we only have eyes to see.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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?

SCOTT KELBY’S WORLDWIDE PHOTOWALK

Every year Scott Kelby organises a worldwide photowalk wherein photographers (professionals, photo-enthusiasts, hobbyist) all over the word gather on the same day to explore, photograph and share photos with one another, make new friends, and be part of the great cause to support The Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage, an organization that feeds, houses, educates and empowers young orphans so that they can grow up not just to survive but succeed. There are awesome prizes for the selected winners and a Flickr group wherein photographers who participated in the photowalk all over the world share the images taken that day.

Last year I participated in Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk powered by Cebu Republic. There is no fee or payment of any sort. All you need is to bring your camera, bottle of water, hat, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes and you set to go. After we met at the Capitol in Cebu, Philippines our team leader gave us an overview about what we should do before we started our walk.

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Cebu City Capitol

I am not a professional photographer and being able to join in such a noble event and shooting in the streets was fun, you’re able to help and at the same time having great time ¬†with ¬†people of same interests as yours, sharing thoughts, meeting new friends and able to build up my confidence in shooting street photography.

Here are some of my photos taken during my photowalk last year:

I am a bit timid in shooting people. I don’t have any idea, since this was my first time. Shooting people in the streets is quite intimidating and one of the biggest challenge for myself. After composing myself I finally I got the guts to approach the guy and ask him if I could take his picture, he smiled at me as a signal of saying yes.

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The Coconut Vendor.  He was talking to his customer while I took this photo.
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A focus on his hand while scraping the coconut meat.
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A coconut vendor breaking open a tender coconut within a matter of minutes.
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Street near Ayala Cebu, Philippines
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Ouch that hurts!
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Construction workers
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No one bothers to read me.
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I will wait you here.
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Out for a ride on a Saturday morning.
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Say Cheese!
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Children selling candles outside the Cebu Cathedral.

 

I was glad that I was able to join this event, It was truly a learning experience for me. This year I would be joining again the Worldwide Photo Walk for A Great Cause!

LIFE OF MIGRANT WORKERS THROUGH MY LENS

Every year hundreds and thousands of Filipinos, Bangladesh, Indians, Malays, Chinese left their homes and families and work in Singapore as constructions workers. domestic helpers, nurses, engineers etc. to make more money.

It was Sunday morning when my partner and I went to Merlion Park to spend some quiet time and to see the iconic Merlion, the half-fish and half lion that symbolises Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ in Old Javanese. It’s head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay. Today you can see this legend at Merlion Park.

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Merlion

During Sunday morning, you can see large number of migrant workers, many of them working as helpers and in the constructions areas spent their time hanging around, laughing, enjoying their one day off. which I was able to capture through my lens, here take a look.

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Through my lens I was able to see the world and document lives, the art of creating a memory.

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 .