It’s amazing how we encounter something (or someone) on a regular basis, yet only have a superficial idea on what it is, or how beautiful it really is when viewed on a different light. Take the Welcome Rotonda, also known as the Mabuhay Rotonda, in Quezon City. It’s a roundabout at the border of Quezon City and Manila City, found at one one end of Quezon Avenue (Quezon City side) and Espana Avenue (Manila City side). People usually take it for granted, a traffic junction usually choked during peak hours. It’s a marble monument surrounded by four lions, marking the east, west, north and south corners. We didn’t know this interesting piece of information until today. We also didn’t know that the Welcome Rotonda can transform its unremarkable look into something majestic at night — captured with the right camera settings and at the right angles. Photo courtesy of Mark Villeza (check his Instragram acount, @markvilleza, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
Imagine an island, with white-flour sand gleaming under the year-round embrace of the tropical sun, with its crystal clear waters overflowing with happiness enough for all who wish to enjoy paradise. It’s called Boracay. And at night, as darkness sets in, expected to dim the scene and douse the energy of everyone, the beach gently glows in lazy warm-yellow glow emanting from under the coconut trees. The party is just starting. Wish we’re in Boracay right now. Good thing we can see it through the lens of Oliver Gumboc (check his Instagram account, @whereisoyi for other photos). Click the photo to enlarge.
We may make fun of traffic in Metro Manila but it’s one thing that will test your patience to the very edge. However, we’re not talking about normal traffic here. When we say “light traffic,” we mean the graceful flow of vehicle lights captured in beautiful night photography. It’s a skill that can be learned, yes, but it’s naturally a skill that doesn’t come with the mere purchase of the camera (or, in most instagram users, smart phones). We haven’t tried “traffic light” photography yet, so we’ll look at the cool photo by Mark Joseph Lalata (@mark.joseph.lalata; check his ig account for other nice photos). This intersection is near Quiapo Church (home of the Black Nazarene). The road at the bottom leads to Quezon City while the fork to the right goes up the Quezon Bridge, going to the Manila City Hall and the Manila Central Post Office. Click photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Light Traffic
There’s a super moon in August, although we learned about this only after the huge full moon was supposed to dominate the night sky on August 10, 2014. Doesn’t really matter because the moon tonight is still enormous. Big enough to remind us of the favorite childhood games children play whenever the full moon was out. This one is for posterity’s sake (ok, for our generation, too, so we may reminisce and smile). Rule of thumb for a full moon game? It has to accommodate between 10 to 20 kids at any time; a game designed for 2 or 4 people won’t do. Here’s our list of fun full moon games: Continue reading Full Moon Games: Our Top List