A beautiful discovery

I thought I could fall in love with pristine beaches forever. Now I found myself loving lakes and lagoons instead.

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I knew I still wouldn’t be able to pass an invitation to an exotic beach, as long as it wouldn’t be between a beach and a lagoon or a lake. Yes, you could say that my interest in unspoiled beaches and its appeal to me have altogether declined.

I wouldn’t consider it a sad episode, though, because it was not.

The change in preference had something to do with a beautiful discovery that led me to knowing who I really am.

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photo credit: travel buddies joann, dos, avi, ely and my cousin carol

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The quiet beauty of fall

There is a kind of beauty that is too pronounced, that when you see it you can’t help but take a second look. But there is also a kind of beauty that is unassuming, yet powerful in its simplicity. For me, such is the beauty of fall. It urges you to notice not by its overwhelming beauty, but by its quiet charm.

Happy weekend, everyone!

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photo: from top left to bottom left taken at Bulusan Lake, Sorsogon; bottom right captured at Tiwi, Albay

Happiness is…

My version of the 100 Days of Happiness Challenge. Hope you’ll enjoy the pictures. Happy Sunday, everyone 🙂

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Maquinit Hotspring at Coron, Palawan
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Panglao Beach Bohol
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Mahabang Buhangin Vinzons, Camarines Norte
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Bulusan Lake Donsol, Sorsogon
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Sto. Domingo, Albay
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The Ruins Talisay, Negros Occidental

How about you what kind of happiness does traveling bring you?

photo credit: Travel Buddies

Kayangan Cove

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This picturesque cove has a reputation to uphold – it’s the most photographed view of Coron, a popular tourist destination in Northern Palawan.

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Blame it on the open viewing space that is found just a few minutes hike from Lake Kayangan.

Add to it the accessibility of the viewing space, that even an encounter with slippery rocks along the way is inevitable, its path is way friendlier than other major attractions in the island.

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Framed Moments

We don’t orchestrate moments. We seize them.

And if we couldn’t commit all the details to memory, we captured them in photographs instead.

Thus, the framed moments.

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Whoa! A Carabao (Philippine’s national animal) in an island. Only in Caramoan.
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Wanderers? Yes. Lost? Definitely not. Just sleepy.
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The day’s catch in Lake Danum, Sagada.
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Fuel in a bottle. Trip from Bacolod to Murcia, Negros Occidental.
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A road along sugarcane plantation in Negros Occidental.
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Meet Mamon (Named by my friends after a bread) from Sagada.
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Soaked.
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Out of boredom. Stranded in Calaguas due to typhoon Bebeng.
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Hammock fun.
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Pensive. A stolen shot (of me) while watching sunset in Anawangin, Zambales.
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Smooth, calculated slide. Another magnificent stalagmite formation that would greet spelunkers after this descent is the King’s Curtain.
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Thirsty? Have a drink.
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Afternoon pastime. A candid shot of a surfer in my hometown.
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Weekend recreation with nature.
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Selfie, the boatman’s way.

 

In retrospect: Photos of Bohol Churches before the earthquake

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Someone said it is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.

Does this also ring true in ruining beautiful things, like how those century-old churches in Bohol were reduced to rubble in just a few seconds by a devastating earthquake?

 

This time though sans the astonishing part. Only devastation and heartache.

(Below are photos of heritage churches in Bohol captured a few weeks before the province was struck by the devastating earthquake)

 

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