Last year, I visited the Fuji Five Lakes. Between those lakes are villages turning to be tourist attractions as well. One of them is Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海). I haven't heard about it until a friend invited to join the bus tour.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Labels: Fish-eye, Five Lakes, Haiku, Japan, Matsuo Basho, Mt. Fuji, Nikkor 10.5 mm lens, Nikon D7000, Oshino Hakkai, Pond, Robert Aiken, yamanashi, 忍野八海
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Somewhere in Shizuoka Prefecture, there's a not-so-hidden place for some sort of adventure. A three-hour drive from Tokyo will lead you to a turquoise paradise. Or emerald. But perhaps, because of its accessibility, I haven't seen many tourists during our trip to Sumatakyo.
songs of cicadas
outside my window, I dance
chance of summer rain
Labels: 18-300mm lens Nikkor, Dam, Haiku, Japan, Lake, Nikon, Nikon D7000, Shizuoka, Sumatakyo, Suspension Bridge, Tokina, Turquoise, Yume no Tsuri Bashi
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I have blogged about the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and wanted to write the second part of my experiences in the Middle East last year but was not able to do so. Few weeks ago, I received my visa for another possible work assignment in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This would be my second visit, in case. It was Ramadan when I first went to KSA and did not have time to go around the city. My daily routine was hotel to workplace to hotel. During the daily commute, I managed to have few snaps. But liked only one photo (see below).
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
In 2008, I paraglided. Climbed Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji, in 2012. Skydived in 2013. I thought I am done with these crazy adventures, then came the Tokyo Yamathon Urban Challenge. I once applied for Tokyo Marathon but was rejected. This is the closest thing in experiencing long-distance running / walking activity.
Labels: Haiku, Healthy Living, Japan, Marathon, Nike, Run, Sprint, Tokyo, Tokyo Yamathon, Urban Challenge, Walk, Yamathon
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Some thoughts while on the train on my way home.
May 9, 2016. Millions of Filipinos will cast their votes to elect a new set of government officials. This is so far the most intense election I have ever witnessed. Everyone is so passionate and wants his/her voice to be heard for the sake of our country, the Philippines. At some point, I blame the social media for the occassional chaos it brings during the campaign period, but at the same time, this is the easiest medium to defend and sell our chosen candidates.
Labels: Aquino, Binay, Cayetano, Defensor Santiago, Duterte, Election, Escudero, Haiku, Halalan 2016, Honasan, Marcos, OFW, Philippines, Poe, Politics, Robredo, Roxas, Trillanes
Thursday, April 7, 2016
After three years of attempting to capture the cherry blossoms aka sakura at Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan, I finally did it last weekend. My previous experiences had been too early or too late. This year, it was the perfect timing and the elusive bloom missed its chance to escape from my camera.
Labels: Cherry Blossoms, Full Bloom, Haiku, Japan, Mankai, Meguro, Nakameguro, Nikkor lens, Nikon D7000, Photography, Pollen Allergies, River, Sakura, Tamron, Tokyo
Friday, March 18, 2016
Yes, my blog turns nine today. For almost a decade, I have written 335 posts, an average of 3 blogs per month. I always see to it that at least, no matter how busy my schedule is, I have one entry per month. That would mean, I have been continuously blogging without skipping a month! But I guess if not for photography, I would have not been able to maintain this blog.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
What would you do if you have to spend 12 hours at the airport waiting for your next flight? That would be sad, uninteresting and boring. I arrived at Quito from Esmeraldas around 12 noon and my flight to Houston will be at midnight. Thinking that I may never have the chance to visit Ecuador again, I saw to it that I can visit the Equator. So days before my flight, I contacted Happy Gringo for a half-day tour. It was quite pricey but considering that it will be hassle-free and safe, I took the offer.
Labels: Business Trip, Ecuador, Equator, Happy Gringo, History, Intinan Solar Museum, Middle Earth, Mitad del Mundo, Nikon D7000, Photography, Quito, Snapseed, South America, Tamron, Travel