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Weekly Photo Challenge 20

20 – Liquid – Daranak Falls
20 – Liquid – Daranak Falls

I’m not keen on going into bodies of water with the potential of swallowing me alive– translation: I can’t swim. However, this does not stop me from marveling at their beauty. 📷❤️️

This particular body of water is located in Tanay, Rizal, Philippines. 🌞

*Inspired by the prompt Liquid from The Daily Post.

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Weekly Photo Challenge 19


19 – Place in the World – Waiting
19 – Place in the World – Sto. Domingo Church

I’m not a religious person, but the sight of a church has a way of luring me right in and marvel at the beautiful structure inside. I especially like it when it’s completely quiet, and I can be at ease to just tell God everything that’s in my mind (in my prayer voice, of course). 🙏🏻

This photo carries more than just my story, though. I wonder what the pregnant lady in white is thinking about while waiting for her ride. 🤔

*Inspired by the prompt Place in the World from The Daily Post.

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Weekly Photo Challenge 18

18 – Unlikely – J.E.E.P.
18 – Unlikely – J.E.E.P.

This was taken en route to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo in Central Luzon, one of my favorite places ever. ❤️️

To get there, sane people usually take a ride on a 4×4 across a vast stretch of lahar field that does not seem to end. This will cut the trek-time to the crater lake to just a couple of hours.

But we’re only partly sane, so we chose a much cheaper option. 😝
Right there is a jeepney, the most popular transport vehicle here in the Philippines.
Not the most ideal transport to take across lahar fields, of course, but we make do with what we have. 🌄

Besides, we were there for the adventure. And we definitely had that, plus so much more. 😊

*Inspired by the prompt Unlikely from The Daily Post.

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Weekly Photo Challenge 11

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11 – I’d Rather Be… – Explorer

While it might seem like I prefer staying indoors–which I sometimes do–I also dream about going out on a whim and getting lost exploring a totally unfamiliar place.
Maybe someday.

I like to travel.
I just wish it were always free… 😭

*Inspired by the prompt I’d Rather Be… from The Daily Post.

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Weekly Photo Challenge 10


10 – Story – Aliens…?!

There is a story behind this photo, and I swear it’s not about an alien invasion.
This was taken in Nueva Vizcaya in the early hours of the morning.
And those were humans caught in the headlights of a very normal earth vehicle–and who were further caught in the lenses of a very amateur photographer. 😝

They’re preparing to climb Mt. Ugo to share some good stuffs with the lovely kids up there.

These people weren’t there to cause trouble, really.

Or were they…? 😱

*Inspired by the prompt Story from The Daily Post.

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Weekly Photo Challenge 9

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09 – Out of This World – Bird’s Eye View of Taal Volcano

The first time I saw Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the world, was on a postcard.
Then I’ve had occasions of seeing it from afar on elevated ground.

This was the first time I saw it from up in the air–on a plane.
And framed by those clouds, it looks like a peek into an entirely different world.

*Inspired by the prompt Out of This World from The Daily Post.

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Weekly Photo Challenge 8

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08 – A Face in the Crowd – Shadows on a Ship

This photo fits the theme of “anonymity” perfectly: I thought I was taking a picture of my travel companions, but I’m really not so sure anymore… 😝

*Inspired by the prompt A Face in the Crowd from The Daily Post.

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Weekly Photo Challenge 6

06_Tour Guide
06 – Tour Guide – Seashore somewhere in the Philippines

We moved out of the city two years ago, and this challenge made me realize I haven’t really yet gone around to snap photos of the new place–which is really not so new anymore, come to think of it. 😂

This particular piece of paradise on earth is nowhere near our “not-so’new” new home. To be perfectly honest, I can no longer remember where this photo was taken. (Once upon a time, we went exploring the sea as a sidetrip post-climb… and it now feels like a memory I had from another lifetime 😕)

Nonetheless, I chose to post this image for the challenge, because if I were to be a tour guide for a day, I would probably be taking my guest/s to the nearest beach.

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with that. Especially not in a tropical country. 🌞

*Inspired by the prompt Tour Guide from The Daily Post.

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Weekly Photo Challenges 1-5

Although I am already more than a couple of weeks late, I hope to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenges this year. Each week, I will be posting a combination of old and new photos I took throughout the years in response to the upcoming prompts. Here are my responses for weeks 1 to 5. 📷

*Inspired by the prompt Growth from The Daily Post.

01 – Growth – @ Mt. Talamitam in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines

An old photo I took on my second hike up a mountain. I didn’t think I was going to do it again after the first one, but I ended up proving myself wrong. This perfectly represents GROWTH for me in that sense. If I had said no to progress, I would not have been able to capture such a magnificent sight. ♥

*Inspired by the prompt Weathered from The Daily Post.

02 – Weathered – Paoay Church Bell Tower @ Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

This particular part of the church looked and felt haunting to me. And yet, at the same time, I could not help but be mesmerized by it. There’s so much history and mystery written on its walls. Just standing there made me feel awed, humbled, and so underdressed in the presence of majesty.

*Inspired by the prompt Silence from The Daily Post.

03 – Silence – @ Mount. Pinatubo, Central Luzon, Philippines

Our outdoor club had to walk the entire day just to get to this point. We were such cheapskates adventurers that we opted out of the four-wheel ride option. But all hardships paid off when we took the final turn and this was the view that greeted us. This particular angle was taken from an elevated place the morning after. We spent the night, and it was like being in an entirely different world. I wouldn’t mind walking all over again just to get back to this place. ♥

*Inspired by the prompt Variations on a Theme from The Daily Post.

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04 – Variations on a Theme – Hanging Lanterns @ Mount Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan, Philippines

Haunting is all I can remember of this place. But it was also beautiful. This is a historical shrine complex  in the Philippines built in honor of the brave Filipino and American soldiers who fought in World War II. There have also been stories of ghosts roaming this place. Too bad none ever crossed my path while I was there.

*Inspired by the prompt Beloved from The Daily Post.

05 – Beloved – Blaine and Kid ♥

My BELOVED cats. ‘Nuff said. ♥