Tag Archives: sky

Photo of the Day: View from Fortune Island (Nasugbu, Batangas)

How life affects us sometimes depends on which side we look at. Take, for instance, the Fortune Island. We already featured this sleepy island off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas, with its architectural stamp that resembles Greece. We can choose to admire the abandoned stone structures or we can talk about why it was abandoned. On the other hand, we can choose to look around and marvel at how nature can be so beautiful. Just like how Neon Ibanez saw it (follow his Instagram acount, @neonbytesxx; a traveler, backpacker, wanderer, explorer). No words needed, really. Just look. And admire how beautiful the Philippines is. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: View from Fortune Island (Nasugbu, Batangas)

Photo of the Day: Surfing Fun

We’ve seen hundreds of great surfing photos. We’ve seen many awesome photos in better known surfing havens like Siargao and Baler. We’d feature those photos, hopefully within the days of summer, but let’s start the ball rolling (or shall we say, waves rolling?) with this one, a quick glimpse of a free-spirited surfing newbie, Pamela Jane Ducusin (@itspamelajane, check her gallery for more awesome photos), showing her stuff at Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte. It’s not really among the usual great shots — veteran surfers getting wiped out by thunderous waves, or cool sun-tanned wahini gracefully guiding the surf board through the angry sea. But there’s something about this photo, this lovely lady, Pamela. There’s that tilted body (probably because of the weight and size of that board) that goes with that bright smile — it’s the satisfied and giddy smile of someone who has gone beyond the white waves and came back in one piece. Oh, well, we can’t possibly fully explain the emotion. Why don’t you guys head out to the Philippines’ surf destinations, experience it first-hand, and then come back to tell us how it feels. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Surfing Fun

Photo of the Day: Endless Sunrise/Sunset

An infinity pool — which is “a swimming or reflecting pool that produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to infinity” — is pretty easy to spot. No two infinity pools are the same, of course, but if we add the gorgeous Philippine sunset or sunrise to the scene, the task of differentiating infinity pools becomes extra difficult. To illustrate, take a look at these two photos. We first encountered the photo snapped by Jaymie del Fonso (jam0i). It’s the infinity pool of Shangri-La Mactan at sunset. It’s a beachside resort, yet it resembles the beautiful view of clouds blanketing the highest peak in Luzon, Mt. Plug. It’s like the sky has descended to allow earthlings a limited moment to enjoy heavenly beauty. Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Endless Sunrise/Sunset

Photo of the Day: Beach, Boat, Sea and the Panglao Sky

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

Photo of the Day: Merging the Butanding Sea and Oslob Sky

The chase for the butanding, whether in the traditional Donsol or in Oslob, has one central character — the butanding or whale shark. Regardless of the camera used, whether underwater or above the water, and no matter what the pose of the traveler, it’s almost always about that spotted gentle giant. It’s rare that we see, while in the process of waiting for the butanding, something else to take center stage — the skyline; a merging of the sky and the sea. “My type of skyline,” said the lovely Myx Ignacio when she posted her awesome photo (click photo to enlarge). We can’t help but agree with her. Look at the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Merging the Butanding Sea and Oslob Sky