With thousands of islands comprising the Philippine archipelago, travelers won’t run out of islands to hop around. This is the reason why we don’t really have to ask where these islands are, like in this photo by Nikki Marie Marquez (check her Instragram acount, @nikkimariehere, for more photos), because we can safely assume that the level of fun would still be the same. Here’s what you do: get a boat or banca, stuff it with your friends and family, and go see some islands — white sand, black sand, orange sand, you name it. It’s a great weekend fun adventure that will provide you with happy memories to last the entire week, or month, or the whole year. That’s only one of the reasons why, ladies and gentlemen, it’s more fun in the Philippines. But first, head on over to the Philippines. If you’re lucky, you’d catch the Miss Universe beauties visiting one of the islands. Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge.
Should you decide to see the Philippines in a slower pace and ride a ship, there’s a high probability that you’ll encounter a group of kids swimming beside the boat, as the ship is about to dock. Anyone not familiar with this sight will think that the kids are putting their lives at risk by swimming too close to the ship. Why are they doing it? Well, to find out, try throwing a coin towards their direction. Nope, they won’t catch it above water. They’ll let it hit the water and catch the coin as it gracefully falls towards the bottom of the sea. These children are descendants of the best natural freedivers there is. They are most uncomfortable living on land. A few of these sea gypsies, badjaos, were spotted in the Batangas port by cherrdon, a nature lover and a volunteer, an off-the-beaten path traveller. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies
Life is awesome, said the lovely fanne22, who snapped this beautiful photo while at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao, Bohol. For the most part, however, we easily forget how awesome life is, getting too caught up in our daily grind. We cease to appreciate the little pleasures, like the view of the gentle sea. As we navigate life’s endless ocean, we prefer to stay tied to the shore, preferring the safety of dry land as compared to the adventure — and risk — brought by exploring the vast sea. As beautifully phrased in the poem/prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake: “Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore…” Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Beach, Boat, Sea and the Panglao Sky
Our choice of photos cannot be based solely on what’s visually pleasing or appealing. Sometimes we have to step off the beaten track and check something a little different. It’s not our little discussion with Berna Daos (berna.bear, who shot the photo) whether this boat ride is in Alaminos or in Bolinao, considering that the accompanying photos point to the Hundred Islands found in Alaminos, Pangasinan. The photo (click to enlarge) is different because, while not visually arresting at first glance, it has a melancholic feel to it, slowly getting into you, making you pause and think. It’s like an itch that you just have to scratch — what on earth (or sea) is that person thinking about? A person in deep thought in deep sea. It’s like a photographic equivalent of Rodin’s “The Thinker” (or, uhm, closer to home, Anthony Castelo’s “Malayo ang Tingin”). Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Deep Thought