FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

... In the know, the sign tarpaulin is in Cebuano dialect, which is the native tongue of Davao, meaning …. Children and Adult, Do Not Come Near Here.


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THE ROYAL MANDAYA HOTEL

Afar is The Royal Mandaya Hotel, one of the premier hotels here in the city. Happy Monday Everyone.




ANG LAWIN

Red-backed Sea-eagle (Brahminy Kite) We call this in the Phils. LAWIN, is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers. They are primarily found in the Indian subcontinent, Australia and the Philippines. This photo was taken at Malagos Garden Resort Aviary.



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SKYWATCH DAVAO

I scale the stairs of this building everyday, no lift, but I think it was more of an advantage for me, burning some calories threading up.




THE OTHER SIDE OF MARCO POLO

An afternoon shot of Marco Polo Davao Hotel from People's Park.



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IF ONLY ...

... These trees can talk the human talk, I’m sure it would be very disheartened by the manners this talking species has done to this helpless yet very helpful nature whose pretty shape was spoiled by these hanging eye-sores.

This blog does not endorse any politician, just letting you see how these soon-to-be leaders of this country show what they got in terms of environmental concerns.



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THE STRAY CLOUD

This part of the country is still hoping for the legion of this cloud to appear, clinging on to this single hope of rain to come. Happy Sunday everyone.


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FLYING THE ENSIGN

This is an afternoon scene from the grounds of my workplace.

To my foreign friends who are not familiar with this flying color, you are seeing the symbol of my beloved country – the Philippines. Happy Friday everyone.



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THE SAFEST WHEEL

Indeed, our culture is permeated with a lot of symbols and we attach meanings to it. I don’t think this symbol needs more elaboration, the way I put meaning to it …. If it’s His will then this might be the safest wheel in town.


JOY AMID HOPE

This part of the country is experiencing this so-called El Nino phenomenon, it’s been like a month already that we have been hoping rain will come, but despite this ordeal, these children find pleasure amid our hope for rain showers to come.

I envy these children playing mindlessly to relieve the day’s blazing sun in this human-made fountain at People’s Park here in the city. It made me wonder why adults can’t do this anymore in front of many people. I want to play around too! LOL!





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STRIDING THE SIDE ROADS

I took this month a go on way my home. I was struggling to take a front shot, but it’s so difficult to steer and to focus and before I knew it, the green light has signaled me to move. I wish future cities will engineer the roads with provisions that will cater the needs of the differently-abled, especially the older ones like this man. Sigh!


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OH! TO BE ONE WITH NATURE!

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. – Anne Frank


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THE SKY DRAMA

I'm sharing these 5-day series shot of the sky drama from my workplace window.

Davao City sky on March 7, 2010, 5:30 PM.

Davao City sky on March 8, same time.

Davao City sky on March 9, same time.


Davao City sky on March 10, same time.


Davao City sky on March 11, same time.



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THE BRIDGE LESS TRAVELLED

I took this photo at Eden Nature Park and I'm posting it with this poem.


The Road Less Traveled
by Kit McCallum 

How often we must bear the challenges of life;
The endless roller coaster between happiness and sorrow;
The constant ups and downs of daily strife.
And always the question remains .... why?

Life is not an easy road for most;
It twists and turns with many forks in the road,
Although always, and inevitably, we are given a choice ...

Do we turn to the right ... or the left?
Do we take the high road ... or the low road?
Do we take the easy path ... or the difficult one?

Decisions are not easy for those struggling for direction ...
And sometimes the many choices and signs become overwhelming.

While standing at a crossroads in life,
The urge is to take the most comfortable path;
The road with least resistance ...
The shortest or most traveled route.

And yet, if we've been down that comfortable road before;
Have gleaned its lessons in life, and learned from our experiences;

Do we yet again follow the known?
Or does our destiny lie in another direction?

The fear of the road less traveled is tangible and all too real;
It manifests itself in many ways,
And tends to cloud the issues that might otherwise be clear.

It is in these times of confusion,
That we must seek peace and solitude;

Time to contemplate on our life,
Our experiences and our choices past;
Time to look back, and reflect on what we have learned
Without fear or confusion.

For only each of us knows our own personal thoughts;
Our unique past and personal history;
The experiences that brought us to the crossroads we now face.

We can always learn a small degree from others experiences,
And yet ... no one person can walk in our shoes,
Others know not, the trials and tribulations faced in private ...

For each is individual ... unique ... and personal.

And that is why ... while standing at a crossroads,
Only "we" can formulate the decision for ourselves;
The true direction that lies within;
The choices we must deliberate on with clarity and wisdom.

For it is only through personal reflection,
That we can now choose our destiny;
... Our next adventure;
... And the future we will embrace.


THE RAINDROPS

Authorities here in the city has been dropping tons of salt in the clouds lately to come up with these drops as we are experiencing El Nino, not only many parts of Mindanao but also the drought-stricken areas in Luzon. It drizzled last night but it did not pour out the way we thought it would.




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UNDER THE TROPICAL SUN

I went to see a friend in this upland restaurant here in the city, it was steaming hot, glad there are trees that filters the sun ... but nothing escapes my camera...


FLOWER WALL

This is a perimeter fence of Sta. Ana Elementary School along Oyanguren St.; the administrators have this mural instead of ‘post no bill’ signs as unscrupulous individuals normally vandalized this wall with not so good words that are not appropriate for elementary kids. And it turned out to be very attractive.


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NATURE, CULTURE

A classic interplay of nature and culture ... thanks for dropping by everyone. Happy Sunday!


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FLOWERING SNAKE PLANT

According to the old tales if a snake plant (Sanseveria, there are actually many varieties of this) blooms it will give good luck to the gardener. Well then, I must be lucky after so many years of having this in our sideyard this is the first time this plant has flowered and I waited till all of the buds bloom to take a shot.


PEOPLE IN THE PARK

... some relaxing place to have an afternoon chat with friends ... Photo taken at Magsaysay Park.


THE FACE BEHIND ...

the past two pictures I posted .... this is Leandro, he's a grade four pupil of Ateneo de Davao University. Those pictures were taken during their Photographers Club trip at Malagos Garden Resort. This photo was during one of our out-of-city trips ... his zipline adventure.


BOTTOMS UP!

Another shot by Leandro, (that's my sons name, he's just 10) He is very thankful to everyone that appreciated his Monarch shot and was grinning ear to ear reading all your compliments, and this is another shot from his trip.


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THE MONARCH

Another Mellow Yellow Monday!

This photo was taken by my son when they had a field trip in Malagos Garden Resort here in the City. It’s a white monarch butterfly in a yellow ficus leaf.


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