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Happy 150th, Gat Jose Rizal!

How did you love us?
Let me count the ways.

You have taught us to channel the strength
of our youth to stand and make a difference.

You have freed our minds,
with your pen as your weapon.

  You have inspired us with your life and your works;
your nationalism and your passion for this country.

May your legacy live forever,
Dr. Jose Protacio Mercado Rizal y Alonzo Realonda.

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Visit the My Rizal 150 website and take part in the month-long celebration of the 150th birthday of our national hero.

Araw ng Kalayaan

It’s Independence Day, Pinoys, here and around the world!

Independence day may mean a lot of things. It may be what the heroes did for us. That they died for our independence. It may be the liberty from slavery. All these, but the rest relies on us, on those who lived after.

Freedom depends on whose vantage it is looked upon. I’ll ask you. Is this freedom? Or maybe drowning in freedom? What and where is freedom? Does this look like freedom? Or is freedom abused? Look at this. Do you like what you see?

There is more to the Philippines that meets the eye. We have great culture. We have abundant resources. Yet, we bask in poverty. People lack discipline. Government lack concern. Is this what freedom did to us?

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These are some of the photos I took for an upcoming project for my high school alma mater. On the eve of Independence Day, my best friend Rafael, and I found ourselves in the midst of Fort Santiago, amazed at the stories that the wounded walls has to tell. And we looked outside, it’s another story.

Happy Independence Day, my dear Filipinos. Let us put our freedom to good use.  I dream to live to see the real freedom in the Philippines – freedom from poverty, corruption, and apathy.

Tara, sulong tayo,
J

SG at Night

This is one of the highlights of my short stay in Singapore. I haven’t really tried low-light photography that much, so I am pretty much experimenting on these. I walked from Nanson Road – Liang Court – Singapore River Cruise – Clarke Quay – City Hall – Raffles – Orchard – 60’s Old Street – Gallery Hotel.

Bridge near The Gallery.

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Singapore River.

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Riverside point.

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Clarke Quay.

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Bokeh exercise!

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This kid is my seatmate and is so kulit! When I point my camera to her, she just smiles then hides her face. Cute kid!

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Bungee jump at Clarke Quay.

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The city and the lights —

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Asian Civilisations Museum.

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The Fullerton Hotel.

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The Esplanade from afar.

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Marina Bay Sands.

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Merlion statue.

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This building with a UFO-like structure at the top is their Supreme Court. Cool, eh?

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Say hi to Mr. Tan, our tour guide during the River Cruise.

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He even took my picture! He’s so nice.

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BK Whopper Bar at Clarke Quay.

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FINE City. Witty LOL!

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This made me really laugh – WARNING !! ON THE NEXT FRAME YOU’LL SEE A MAN WITH A HUGE COCK. LOLWHUT?!

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I don’t think I’d have the guts to try this one – Bungee Jump at Clarke Quay.

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Fort Canning Park.

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Funan Digital Mall .

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I saw this on Orchard Road and I don’t know what to call it… If you do, please comment below.

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60’s Old Street – where you can find authentic Hainanese Chicken and other Singaporean cuisine items at midnight.

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Hainanese Chicken. Since I only have this at Toast Box in Manila, I think it’s difference is that it has more sesame oil than it does here. Nonetheless, it tastes so fresh.

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Dumpling Soup. Filled with vegetables, dried fish and a generous number of dumplings in fish broth.

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Nanyang Milk Tea. Condensed Milk + Teh + Ice. Simplest milk tea I had, but I think it’s my favorite. I had two servings during that night, and another before boarding. I love milk tea!

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I got lost, my feet ached, got very tired and hungry but it’s definitely worth it! I❤SG!

Tune in for more…

Getting around Singapore

I have a secret love for street signage.

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I love cabs in Singapore. 1.) They know their way around, 2.) they have GPS, so there is no way you’re gonna get lost, and 3.) They have spare change, and each cent matters. Beat that, PH!

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Reminds me of Serendra.

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Orchard Road, where you can buy almost everything.

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Tune in for more…

SG Teaser

Been back from SG since Sunday night and I’m kinda organizing my thoughts (and photos) for now. Singapore in less than 24 hours has been fun, but it is still a lil’ bit exhausting. But even so, I really enjoyed in the City of the Lion, and I am very grateful to have been given the chance to go there (for free!)

The Esplanade at Marina Bay, Singapore

The view of the Esplanade (Theatres on the Bay) from the river cruise is such a relaxing vantage, don’t you think? Trivia: This building is patterned after a durian fruit! I am really in awe at the sight of this building and actually proud as it is patterned after a fruit only found in the Philippines! ERRATUM: Abundant in the Philippines, but can be found elsewhere in the world. Thanks to Pate Salonga for correcting me :)

This is just one of the many amazing structures I’ve taken photos of. I’m so excited to share it with you! Thanks to MTV Asia for sponsoring this trip!

Tune in for more…

State of the Nation’s Airport
The Gallery
Getting around Singapore
SG at Night
MTV Asia hosts bloggers for MTV Movie Awards 2011

Nuffnang PH x Hapee x X-Men First Class

Ever since I’ve seen the new X-Men trailer some two months ago, I said to myself that I’d watch it in the big screen (nah, I don’t like 3D, makes me dizzy) because I’ve been an X-Men (myself? LOL if you know what I mean :P) fan since forever! Nuffnang held an online contest, making us to blog something about Nuffnang and event partner Hapee toothpaste. I am HAPEE that I won two tickets to this. Watched it with Ame and I am very thankful for the free movie. Movie ain’t cheap nowadays, so yes, however shallow this may sound, I enjoy free movies. I’d join any contest for free movies!

Free Ice Cream courtesy of Hershey’s.

Lotsa HAPEEness!

Ms. Trixie Esguerra, Blogger Relations Person from Nuffnang Philippines. Very chic and fab!

Mini photowalk of Greenbelt.

Dropped by McDonald’s Ayala Ave. for a quick bite.

Shake Shake Fries!

Following photos by Ame Calix. Such a genius! She likes focusing on details.

Selecta stamp!

Future Collaboration!

Thank you Nuffnang and Hapee!

Marikina Photowalk

Itinerary:
9:00 am – meet up in Santolan Station (LRT Line 2 – the purple line)
9:30 am – Landscape photography. Walk to IVC front Marikina, where the nice infrastructure is located.
10:30 am – Explore the Marikina River Park.
11: 00 am – Walk again to ride a jeepney going to lunch at Pan De Amerikana, Marikina.
11:40 am – Food and restaurant photography at Pan De Amerikana.
1:00 pm – Urban photography. Clock Tower of Marikina.
1:30 to 3:00 pm – Photowalk, street, and panoramic photography on the way to famous landmark of Marikina: Freedom Park, Teatro Marikina, Our Lady of Abandoned Church, Kapitan Moy, Shoe Museum.
3:30 pm – Food and restaurant photography. Café Lidia.
4:30 pm – Group hug. Group photo. Pack up. End of the day.

Started out at LRT Santolan. Rain, mud, and my white shorts are not very compatible. But what the hell. Tuloy lang!

Ada

This, I was told, was a project of the former mayor to house the local squatters. Very thoughtful and creative, now that’s what I call public service.

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When we started getting hungry, we headed to Pan de Amerikana. Gawd, I swear I love that place! (The food in a separate post, teehee!)

The life-size chess set is very amusing. FIIIIIIGHT!

Ambience was perfect, it was full of history (featured MANY times, try googling it!), and most of all it was a fun place. Next. Anton was already making jokes already that it isn’t a Photowalk but PUROWALK. LOL! It was when the rain stopped. Good thing! I wouldn’t want to miss the city!

My favorite shot of the day. Marikina Clock Tower.

Teatro Marikina.

Our Lady of the Abandoned Church.

Kapitan Moy.

I couldn’t get a good frame, so I used the plants, LOL!

WITTY! Shoe-colate Cafe.

Inasalan nearby. Parikit Inasal.

What is a tiring walk without my favorite bottled drink (aside from vodka, haha) COKE ZERO for the boy at risk for DM!

It wasn’t the best day to do the photowalk, ’cause it rained again! We headed to our last destination — Cafe Lidia (teaser for the next post — FOOD!)

It was a fun photowalk with Ada, Anton, and Marky. It rained though. I feared we would retreat anytime but adventure is waiting for us in Marikina. I finally got to see people behind the Photoblogger Philippines group. They’re very funny, and humble not to mention their very popular blogs. I got the chance of shooting with them and also learning some tips.

Some plans for trips out of the country are currently cooking up within the group. I’m so excited!

Looking forward for more,
J

The Food.