Old Habit & Singapore (Part I)

GOOD OLD HABITS never die.

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I’ve been telling myself now that I’ve started to mind my blog site again. So, thank you L Element Bar & Seafood Restaurant and Pho 88 for kicking out the blogger in me that had slowed down and hibernated for a period of time.

I’ve long ago considered that blogging is a freedom channel for me to be opinionated once in a while. There are a lot of things happening in my environment, lots of places I’ve visited, and it’s a struggle to keep quiet and not write about how I experienced them.

ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE. Sharing an old photo of myself taken in Cambodia. I posted this because it’s one of the few, where I’m carrying my old reliable camera on my neck.

Keeping quiet is not something my profession would welcome, anyway. No, I’m not blogging about politics. Too many bloggers already doing that, I’m not about to join the bandwagon.

There is a need to be careful because, who would want another libel case in court that would take years to resolve? I’ve had two in the past, and it took around 10 years for them to be sorted out.

That’s another story.

What I want to do, really, is to share photos from my recent Singapore trip. My return there is something I will never forget since I was able to win back my love and passion (two words) for photography. Yes, even my photography had to take a back seat for a while; had to occupy an inferior position in my priorities because more pressing life matters took control.

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The MARINA BAY SANDS 5 star luxury resort hotel, “the world’s most expensive stand alone casino property” in Singapore.

The following photos you’ll see are called long-exposure (LE) shots. Long-exposure photography is a genre that I find very interesting as it always has the potential to produce amazing luminescent results if one knows how to shoot right.

If you want to hit the mark when you’re firing a gun, you should know what you’re doing so you won’t miss it. It’s the same fundamental truth in LE.

I don’t have the LE mastery yet. But I will get there eventually. And soon. Please.

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Singapore’s CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT at night with the imposing lotus-shaped ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM on the left side from where I was standing across. The museum is located in the integrated resort of Marina Bay Sands in the Downtown Core.

In the Lion City, when photographers want to take long-exposure shots of the Marina Bay Sands (and the other futuristic building structures there), their best opportunity can start happening the moment the blue hour (La hora azul) sets in around 7 a.m. or 7 p.m.

Time zones are bizarre old things, aren’t they? In the Philippines, we sometimes see the sunset early. In other places, like Singapore, they see it late.

Same time zone with the Philippines; different sunset time.

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THE SHOPPES MARINA BAY SANDS’s reflection on the pond water after long exposure shot.

TO BE CONTINUED. I’ve got to go for now. More photos to share later 🙂

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Honda Bay Islands Sunset…

Here are five photos collected from that day I staked out Honda Bay so I can take a picture of the Chinese fishing vessel intercepted within the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal in the contested West Philippines Sea and its cargo of over 500 poached endangered Green Sea and Hawksbill turles from another side of Palawan.

The Sino captain and his 10 other crewmen were intercepted May 6, but the fishing vessel was only successfully tugged to Honda Bay by the PNP Maritime SBU on the morning of May 10. That’s like almost 5 days of waiting and waiting…

The only consolation was capturing the sun as it sets on the horizon.

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Southern Palawan Road Trip

I am so busy, I forgot that there was a road trip I did with some friends last July; out of that, I have wonderful photos I only got to see last night.

These photos were taken from Bataraza, a mining town in Palawan. I thought there’s nothing I’d be able to document that would turn out beautiful because of the character of the place as a mining town. But I was wrong. The place has its own beauty.

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The bridge helps transport ores to barges.

Bataraza Reflection

Beautiful reflection

Philippine Navy Boat

A Philippine Navy boat off the shores of Bataraza. This keeps the border secured between the Philippines and Malaysia against illegal activities, such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, smuggling and illegal logging.

Bataraza Sunset

The sun sets beautifully over the mine tailing pond of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation. The tailing pond is where the mining company’s left over materials flow after the process of separating valuable fractions from uneconomic fractions of ore.

Enchanting El Nido

Palawan is beautiful.

With a sinuous coastline that stretches almost 2,000 kilometers, and embraced by an expanse of water that is with a conundrum of islets and islands (many of them still untamed), and comely white sand beaches and coves, it is the province to beat when it comes to lovely natural attractions.

Picture-perfect Big Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.

Out of 23 municipalities, the remaining two I have not visited are the island towns of Magsaysay and Agutaya. I don’t know why, but I hope I’d get to them eventually.

The towns I frequent are Narra, Brooke’s Point, Quezon and Bataraza in the south, and in the north, Taytay and El Nido, because of my work as a journalist. My favorite town however, is EL NIDO.

Located approximately 238 kilometers north of the provincial capital Puerto Princesa City, the place used to be called “Bacuit” until it changed its name to “El Nido” after the edible nests of the swiftlets (Collocalia fuciphago) that are harvested from hollows and cavities on limestone cliffs.

What’s enchanting about El Nido are the limestone cliffs that give the whole town a different character compared to the other places in Palawan. They’re majestically towering and they look like Damocles’ sword pointed to the sky.

 

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Sunset Interlude

Sunset Interlude

Exposure 1/60 sec at F14 // Focal Length 135mm // ISO 100 // Did not fire flash // Handheld // Canon EOS 7D

Every time I see sunset, what Mahatma Gandhi said would always come to mind: “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator.”

It’s truly how I feel — my chest expands in worship of God, who made the beauty of the sunset possible. I always receive that feeling of uplifting renewal; that feeling of being refreshed after getting stuck in life routines that are difficult to deal with.

Sunset at Roxas Boulevard has always been different from anywhere else, and I don’t know why is that.