LAPC #164 – Looking Up and Down

When do you find yourself looking up or down and be amazed? #LAPC #naturephotography

I love cable cars!
I love watching the skies, too!
When the plane is landing, I love looking down at the ocean…
and see the clouds merge with mountains and seas.

Isn’t the wonder of the creation of the Lord, just amazing?

I love this theme!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Looking Up/Down


Do you notice those snatches of divine messages? #life #guidance #MidliferDiary

Divine messages come to me all the time.

They come through dreams, through snatches of songs, through things that you read which resonate with you, through synchronistic conversations, and most of all, in the quiet recesses of your heart.

You may not have encounters with burning bushes, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t talking to you!

LAPC #145 ~ Getting to know you

Travel is the best teacher, don’t you think?

In this edition of Lens-Artist Photo Challenge, Priscilla, the host, puts up the theme Getting To Know You — “as that theme might pertain to your relationship with a subject you’ve photographed. It could be a Person, a Place, a Culture, an Object…”

I choose few photos of my trip in Japan. I have always been amazed by Japanese culture. So, I really cherished the time I was in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. The place is so tranquil, and I love peaceful, zen places!

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Inari is the protector god of rice, agriculture and industry, and is usually represented in the shape of a fox. The vermilion gates and the enchanted fox (komagitsune) are the specific features of Inari shrines.

Temizuya at the entrance of the shrine

The temizuya is an interesting feature of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Before entering a shrine it is customary to perform a misogi, a purification process, where you cleanse your spirit first before entering the gates. Do not mistake it for a drinking fountain.

Here are the steps: (1) Approach the temizuya and remove one ladle (2) Scoop a little bit of water out and pour it into one hand, and repeat the process pouring it into the other hand (3) Scoop up some water a third time, cup your hand, pour some water into it, sip the water in your hand and then spit it out (do not swallow it – this is not a drinking fountain!). Source

Travel is really the best teacher.

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #145

Lens-Artists Challenge #133 – My Photography Attempts

Fully Booked, High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines

This is my favorite bookstore, and when I saw this wall, I thought it was a photograph. It turns out, those are books piled on top each other and formed as such. So, I had to take a photo.

UpLift, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

For the uninitiated, the University of the Philippines is a premier university here in the Philippines, and the university has a statue that serves as its iconic symbol called The Oblation. The oblation was a work of art by Guillermo Tolentino, a Filipino sculptor. Then several years later, Ferdinand Cacnio, a visual artist graduate from the university, created a so-called female Oblation with the hashtag #UPLift.

Iloilo River, Iloilo City, Philippines

I took this shot while I was on top of the city hall. The river is so clean and I just to take a shot.

The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Manila, Philippines

Isn’t this church a beauty? It is popularly called Manila Cathedral. It was established by the secular priest Juan de Vivero in 1571.

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: My Photography Journey

LAPC: Communication

UP Diliman | June 24, 2017

The Carillon Tower

It is the first in the country (Philippines). Built in the campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, the Carillon is a 130-foot structure that originally housed 46 bronze bells cast by Van Bergen Bell, Chimes and Carillon Foundry of Holland.

Architect Juan Felipe de Jesus Nakpil, the first National Artist for Architecture, designed and supervised its construction.

Today, the Carillon bells peal the time of day every hour and plays well-known Filipino and UP songs at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

The carillon will communicate to the whole the campus that work can start and end for the day.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Communication