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Matterhorn in my Mind

 

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I fell in love with you just at first sight! Amazing how one could be so enthralled with your grandeur to muster courage and get closer to you. It was getting late yet Jaq, Imee and I were unmoved…we kept moving up, past meadows with bits of unmelted snow from the snowfall the day before, herd of sheep, more meadows and empty old wooden cabins up in the mountains.

We made it here– serene, the air cool and fresh and the VIEW, ahh, how awesome is that! The setting sun behind us casts that golden yellow color on to Matterhorn!

We made our descent back to Casa Vanessa, hesitantly though, before the sun fully set. Was it worth the climb? Definitely!

(post-processing assistance, credit to my husband Frayne Buhong)

 

 

 

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HOME — where the water flows freely and the birds sing heavenly, where the soul rests in tranquility and the heart beats soundly, where the air smells fresh and the wind blows coldly, where the sun plays hide & seek and the moon rises calmly, where the clouds embrace the mountains high, the rain splits splats and the rainbow display is sometimes more than just one at a time. (Ba-ag, Tam-an, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines)

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.

 

Colosseum of Ancient Rome

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Behind the walls of this amphitheater once stood the strongest and mightiest in ancient Rome, deafening cries of spectators echo through as gladiators and wild animals battle it out under the heat of the sun. 

Once Upon A Time In Rome

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Getting here was a dream come true, experiencing it was life enriching!

Tug at My Heartstring

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When the energy of the day finally dies down and silence takes on the center stage, I look back on the day that was and I think of home. In this fast paced world that I am currently living in, life is slipping too fast that I couldn’t even grasp perfectly one thing, another pops in. The clock seems to be ticking faster than it should and before I know it, I’ve got to change my calendar. And I think of home.

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 

My 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge

Yesterday I successfully completed my 7-Day Nature-themed Photo Challenge on Facebook. It was, in a way, challenging, having to dig into your stock of photos as soon as you reach home from work and scamper to post it before the clock strikes 12 midnight. It was also fun especially when you find an image you have long forgotten having taken and actually be proud of it, more so when you need not have to do much post-processing.

As only a couple of you are my friends on Facebook, I would like to share these photographs to the rest of you with hopes that these would bring a smile to your face and joy in your heart. Comments are most welcome, too.

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Day 1: Chasing the Sunset on My Birthday! — Sir Baniyas Island, Abu Dhabi

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Day 2: Matterhorn dubbed as “toblerone mountain” on a sunny day after the snowfall. – Zermatt, Switzerland

 

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Day 3: “Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.”– Bernard Meltzer  – Zermatt, Switzerland

 

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Day 4: My version of the Aurora Borealis! Soon, God-willing, I will get to see the real one! – Poblacion, Hungduan, Ifugao

 

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Day 5: One day I got bored (ang tambay na-bore?), went for photowalk by the terraces and got this. Productive Boredom huh! Nabongyawan Rice Terraces – Poblacion, Hungduan, Ifugao

 

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Day 6: The rainbow before the heavy downpour. – Laodicea, Denizli

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Day 7: Boble Mid Bannawor! My solo trek of the Viewpoint-Bocos Trail.- Banaue, Ifugao

 

Spring in the Emirates

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The temperature is rising, the flowers bloom…ahh, spring is here…am starting to miss the cool breeze, oh winter days are coming to an end and soon it will be summer…sigh…but to have this view, even just for a moment, while the red light is on, I’m loving Spring in the Emirates!

 

Chasing Sunset in Firenze!

It was our last evening in Florence hence we must find a way to find a 'perfect' spot to watch the sun go down. Being the sunset-sunrise fan that I am, my travel would not be complete without a snapshot of either so we must, we must! We got off the tour bus which took us wine tasting in Chianti in Central Tuscany and walked our way to the riverside. After minutes of going through the narrow streets and alleyways of Firenze, we finally found Arno river. Wiki says, Arno is the most important river in Central Italy next to the Tiber River in Rome. There was still enough time to spare before sunset so we stopped by a gelato house for yet another Italian gelato treat. Half an hour later, voila, the sun set beautifully before our eyes in the romantic City of Florence!

It was our last evening in Florence, hence we must find a way to find a ‘perfect’ spot to watch the sun go down. Being the sunset-sunrise fan that I am, my travel would not be complete without a snapshot of either so we must, we must! We got off the tour bus which took us wine tasting in Chianti in Central Tuscany and walked our way to the riverside. After minutes of walking, passing through the narrow streets and alleyways of Firenze, we finally found Arno River. Wiki says, Arno is the most important river in Central Italy next to the Tiber River in Rome. There was still enough time to spare before sunset so we stopped by a gelato house for yet another Italian gelato treat. Half an hour later, voila, the sun was setting beautifully before our eyes in the romantic City of Florence! #happychild