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From the Roof

 

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I sat on the roof of the house with my Niko in hand as the sun starts to set, painting the horizon with shades of orange, red, yellow and gray. Back in the days, whenever my parents bring my siblings and I to Baguio City (Philippines) for our summer vacation, even up until I was in university, we get to enjoy the sunset here just from the garden.  Not only is the sunset amazing each time, we enjoyed looking at the river below (which until now I am unsure which river that is) glistening with the fading rays of the setting sun and the glow of fishermen’s torches as they prepare to sail out to the South China Sea. With neighbors now aplenty, so are the number of structures around us. We then have to climb up the roof for that perfect view, unfortunately, no more fishermen’s torches in view.

 

Experiencing the Milky Way Back Home

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One evening whilst home getting ready for the Big Day, my fiancé (now my hubby) insisted we go out and take photos of the milky way. It was cold, nearly midnight and almost everybody went to bed. Insistent as always because it’s photography, I agreed.  So outside my parents house by the road side we each positioned our cameras. It was pitch-dark and indeed the Milky Way was magnificent.  About 5 cars passed us by (including a police patrol) and whoever were onboard might be scratching their heads when they saw us. What should have been an agreed  few minutes outside ended up almost an hour. How could we not, err, I not, I mean, stay long when after my first shot I couldn’t get enough of it. It was favorable to him. Teehee! #HappytobeHome #HappyChild #theSweetLife 

Early Morning Beauty!

I woke up to one February morning with a nagging feeling to pick up my Niko and head out for an early walk. A stirring feeling, not even the chilly temperature, could hamper me from jumping off bed.

A muffled yellow-orange hue painted the horizon with scattered gray clouds hanging by greeted me as I stepped out of the house.  The place was nice and quiet, except for the sound of chirping birds, crowing roosters, a barking dog, flowing water on the side of the house and a passing public bus.

Few meters walk from my parents house is this awe-inspiring scenery.  I remember getting down here before when I was a kid to watch my parents help during harvest time while nibbling on young rice grains, locally called (k)utim or (k)ut-timan.  Even I was surprised why I have not visited this place for ages.

Just when I thought I was early to catch the sunrise, the dew-wet mud dike showed dog’s footprints! Oh well, it was nice to have shared the beauty before me…and I would like to share it with you too!

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PAYO. The pride of the Ifugao forebears, carved from the slopes of the mountains 2,000 years ago using rough tools, for food. Photo taken from Ba-ag, Tam-an, Banaue, Ifugao.