Saturday, January 27, 2018


I really wanted to see the sand dunes up close, so I booked a Desert Safari tour in Abu Dhabi. This is also an exciting way to celebrate my birthday. The tour includes sand bashing, camel riding, sunset watching, belly dancing viewing, and BBQ dinner. The first activity, and my favorite, was the sand bashing. Inside of the 4x4, we braced ourselves for an adventure. I was seated at the front seat, so I can clearly see the slopes, and feel the turns. It felt like I am in a rollercoaster ride.


etched by the car tires
winds tamper the evidence
golden sands of time


Saturday, December 23, 2017


Time zooms. Few months ago, I worry a lot being of jobless for almost a year. Soon, I will be two month old in two weeks time in my new company. So far it’s been great. I think I have adjusted well, the relatively cooler temperature helped a lot. Summer will be coming in a few months though and could very well test me and my allergies. I heard the temperature shoots up to 52 deg C and humidity reaches 100%.


the man-made rainbow
vanishes just like my dreams 
with or without rain 


Saturday, November 25, 2017


I went to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2015 for a 2-day business meeting. During my spare time, I was able to explore some of its gems such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. I thought then that I should come back for a visit as the country has lots to offer. Little did I know that I will be starting a new life here two years later. Yes, I was recently hired by an engineering company in Abu Dhabi after being jobless for 10 months. I have been here for only two weeks but so far so good.


warm dunes welcome me
a lost soul in a parched earth
an ice-cold soda


Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Funny thing is — I worked in Tokyo for 10 years but I have never blogged about it. Well, I made a few Tokyo-related posts such as the Asakusa Samba Festival, Odaiba, and the Lolitas.


Friday, September 29, 2017


When a friend asked me if I wanted to go to Boracay Island again, I immediately said yes. It’s been a decade since I first visited the island. The weather wasn’t perfect during our visit, it rained a lot and flooded streets welcomed us. But it did not spoil our quick escapade. Or there were no other options but to enjoy our stay.

photo by Julie
hums of splashing waves 
drown the sounds of the city 
temporary bliss

the waves of summer
crash and brush off a kingdom 
golden sandcastles 


Saturday, August 26, 2017


While waiting for the results of my job applications, I and a friend decided to explore Bantayan Island in Cebu to relax, and of course, to shoot. From my hometown, I had to travel by plane for 45 mins, by car (from the Mactan airport to Hagnaya port) for 3 hrs, and by ferry to the island for an hour. 

photo by Russel
lost in a blue world 
the waves of summer found me
a pearl for mother   


Tuesday, July 25, 2017


It is rainy season right now in the Philippines but it still feels like summer. I kind of miss the Japan weather and made me remember one of the the last trips I had - a date with the Japanese macaque or popularly known as snow monkeys.


Saturday, June 24, 2017


The Mudpack Festival in Negros Island Region is not as popular as the MassKara Festival but it has its own following. Now on its 21st year, locals and visitors still flock to Mambukal Resort every 3rd week of June for a 3-day celebration.


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