Indoor-Outdoor Mirror Image: Philippine Travel Stories

The Universe loves balance. There’s a yin to the yang, and the Force has its dark side. As to the VisitPinas-tagged Instagram photos, we’ve noticed that a number of outdoor photos have a mirror, or similar, image snapped indoor. We might not be able to explain it sufficiently in words, but we hope it becomes clearer as we feature these photos.

Before we proceed, we’ve said that we enjoy browsing through the VisitPinas-tagged photos. It’s a fun game of puzzle. Many times, a new tagged photo puts sense in the previously tagged photos, even those spanning months and years back. In other words, when we’re tagged, it might take us months before it all makes sense.

It’s like one giant puzzle game, like the biggest puzzle in the world, claims the Puzzle Mansion Museum in Tagaytay City, photo courtesy of Carlo MC (check his Instagram account, @carlomcfoto, for more photos).

The Tunnel

We’ve seen a number of tunnels that pierces through hills and mountains. This tunnel, found in Intramuros (Manila), is a little different, photo courtesy of Kaye (check her Instagram account, @kayespi, for more photos).

It’s indoor equivalent would look something like this one, at the wine place (we don’t know if an establishment that displays and serves wine is called a wine cellar or something else), La Vie Parisienne (The Parisian Life) in Cebu City, photo courtesy of Sam Lague (check her Instagram account, @doktoralakwatsera_, for more photos).

We don’t really know much about wines. We love wines, though (or any alcohol for that matter). We also don’t know if there’s a particular reason why this wine cellar is designed in this manner. The only reason we can think of is to create a kind of bomb shelter for wines. Who knows if there will be an air raid like in World War II. Better make sure our wine supply is amply protected, right?

Oh, by the way, just to be clear, the mirror image is the tunnel, not the pose. But we can always add your photo should you find an outdoor tunnel and strike a similar pose. That would be lovely.

Framed Boat Solo

There’s a lot of boat photos. We have an article (20 Favorite Boat Shots: Philippine Travel Stories) full of boat photos, including this photo by Z (check his Instagram account, @cytampoya, for more photos) in Coron, Palawan.

This one reminds us of this photo at the Venice Grand Canal Mall in McKinley Hills (Taguig City), photo courtesy of Jeremy Alonzo (check his Instagram account, @engrblaze_, for more photos)

Walk the Plank

“Enjoy the little things,” says Leo Lucero (check his Instagram account, @weekendwarrior05, for more photos), here at the plank-covered wharf of Lakawon Island, Cadiz, Negros Occidental.

It’s a wonderful sight. The tiramisu-like background is composed of the blue sea at the bottom, white beach on the next rung, then the green foliage, then the white clouds on a blue sunset. Stunning, right? We can feel the warmth of summer simply by looking at it.

Shift your focus to the middle of the photo and you’ll find someone squatting in the center of a narrow walkway. Hold on to that visual focus.

Now, look at this photo at Rosewell Hotel in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, courtesy of YouBryden (check his Instagram account,, for more photos).

We actually thought it’s the same person, squatting in the center of a narrow walkway.

Artworks and Traveling

Go to the northern mountains of the Philippines, near Baguio CIty, and you’ll find the BenCab Museum. Here’s Juan Saludes (check his Instagram account,, for more photos) with one of the artworks on display.

Juan says: “We must carefully cultivate the voice that speaks to us because an internal voice is the ultimate narrator of our charming and delightful personal story or the documentarian of our tragic and disgraceful plotlines. Stories that we tell ourselves become our functional reality, which format structures the concourse of the nested emotional control panel that guides and girds us through the din of the present.”

Step outside art galleries and museums, and you’ll still encounter artworks in the most unlikely places. Go to the far end of the northern Philippines, in breathtaking Batanes, and you’ll find both grand views of nature and wonderful tile work, as we see in this photo by Maj Flores (check her Instagram account, @majflores, for more photos).

Incidentally, Maj arranges tours in Batanes. She says, “sharing with you my solo travel story about Batanes exploring the Island of Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat with itinerary and expenses. Link in the bio.”

We are going to update this post, so tag us with your photos.

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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