Monday, May 28, 2007

Week That Was

Mohamad Ritman Bin Ahmad - Nur Khatija Binti Abdullah Nuptials
(Malaysia)

Snapshots in...

Fort San Pedro, Cebu City




Magellan's Cross & Basilica Minore del Santo NiƱo



Taoist Temple, Beverly Hills, Cebu City




Uncle Nilo's Residence, Cordova




Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Philippine Election 2007


The most credible (though not really peaceful) election ever, in my opinion.

Some noon-time snapshots I took:




Let's pray that this will be the last national election that employs manual counting of votes in our history.
Go, Philippines, go, go, go!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Congratulations, Gay & Man!!!

My sister's wedding took place last May 11-12, 2007 in Sibu, Malaysia. She has converted to Islam and was 'christened' from Catherine Suello to Nur Khadijah Binti Abdullah. Due to circumstances, Fudge and I were not able to witness this momentous event (but my mom & brother did).

Congratulations to both of you, Gay & Man (Ritman)!!! We hope to see soon!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Exhaustedleg Mountain

Mountain View Nature's Park (MVNP)
Sitio Garaje, Brgy. Busay, Cebu City (Tel 032-419-2300)

Fudge and I spent the other weekend at MVNP. Though we only stayed there for 1 night, the hiking & stair climbing were enough to put our (non-athletic) leg muscles to its limit.

From our little private cottage to 'The Cross', the number of stair steps is about 370. We only took that route 1 time and used the uphill road thrice instead (afternoon, evening, & early morning). The view at the top is simply exhilarating! But if you plan go to the top during the evening, do yourself a favor and wear a jacket to avoid the cold winds.

As the park is littered with benches, swings & cottages at all areas, bringing of snacks (and face towel!) is highly recommended. It goes well with the city viewing & nature trekking.

By the way, the benches & cottages are filled with lovers/couples during the evenings. Park entrance is only P50 and it's open for 24 hours. If you and your lover forgot to bring some outdoor gear/tents and don't want to risk indecent exposure charges, you may avail of the many private cottages dotting the park. Cost ranges from P500 to P1,500.

Here are some snapshots:

Private cottages (minimal daily rate) & field phone

Some of the many resting areas of MVNP

We could spend hours just rocking this chair and watch the grand city view

One of the many conference buildings-cum-videoke halls in the park

Two of the 3 hanging bridges

View at the top:


The place is great and we're definitely coming back there someday. Two things we wish that could improve though: 1) During late evenings, the singing in the videoke halls could really reverberate in the mountains and disturb the sleeping guests in the private cottages. 2) The canteen serves a 'wide' range of snacks and 'narrow' meal offerings.

If you plan to visit Cebu, you should include MVNP in your must-visit list. If you don't have much time, then have a quick visit in the evenings. Don't forget your beer, you won't regret it.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Rim Lighting

Finally, I have now the impossible-to-find (in Cebu, anyway) Nikon SC-28 TTL Flash Cord.

I quickly assembled a rough setup for rim lighting (one of the many possibilities with off-camera flash photography): A 3' x 3' illustration board (black side is facing the camera) was center-clipped to a large 4' x 4' translucent plastic (that came with the uncut illustration board). The plastic serves as a diffuser. The flash was then put behind the plastic/illustration board with a distance of about 2'.

Subjects were positioned about 1' from the illustration board and here are some sample shots:

SB-400 attached to D40 by SC-28 flash cord:

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