Saturday, November 25, 2017

Hired

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.

way

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

/totomai

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tokyo

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.

tokyo

Friday, September 29, 2017

Boracay

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.

chase
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 

/totomai

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bantayan

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. 

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

/totomai 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Macaque

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.

pensive

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mud

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.

mudpackers

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lakawon

My first post since returning back to the Philippines. For the past two weeks, I busied myself eating my favorite food, visiting the gym every morning, and waiting for the results of my job applications. Current temperature in our province, Negros Occidental, ranges from 32 - 36 deg C, and coming from a comparably colder weather, I needed some splash to refresh. Luckily for me, the gym I worked-out at schedules a summer get-away at Lakawon Island Resorts and Spa.

lakawon

crystal blue waters
did it come down from the sky?
a wishing starfish

/totomai

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mata

The time has finally come to leave Japan. I always thought that I will stay here forever but sometimes fate pulls some unexpected tricks along the way. I will be flying back to the Philippines carrying the memories of Japan, a place where I worked and lived for ten years.

spring
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