• Singapore Flyer

    written by eazy360 on 2009-04-19 #places
    Singapore Flyer

    The view is just amazing 165 meters above the ground!

  • Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal

    written by eazy360 on 2009-03-10 #places
    Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal

    Religious revelry and local fanfare characterize most festivals in the Philippine islands. One such festive celebration occurs a stone's throw away from Metro Manila. Every November 23, the lakeside town of Angono in Rizal province wakes up to a big and bright celebration in honor of the town's patron, St. Clement.

  • Bahay Nakpil-Bautista & The Boix House: Colonial Homes of Bautista Street

    written by eazy360 on 2009-02-13 #places
    Bahay Nakpil-Bautista & The Boix House: Colonial Homes of Bautista Street

    On the tamer side of Quezon Boulevard, the echoes of colonial domesticity and fortune still linger within the old homes of Quiapo. While many have suffered the slow death of neglect and the doom of uncaring government-sanctioned demolitions, some domiciles prove to be heritage conservation successes amidst the raucous of jeepneys, fruit vendors, political rhetoric and hawkers of bootlegged videos that clog the narrow streets that were once the most beautiful in all of Manila.

  • Manila Chinatown: The World's Oldest

    written by eazy360 on 2009-02-10 #places
    Manila Chinatown: The World's Oldest

    It's Chinese New Year. Ongpin Street the main thoroughfare of Manila Chinatown is a traffic jam of shoppers weighed downed by their bags of tikoy (rice cake), ube hopia (taro pastry), and ma chang (meat-filled sticky rice). Despite their heavy load, they continue to jostle, crane their necks and chirpily browse the sidewalks of trinket hawkers bargaining jade amulets, bracelets, and good luck charms in Fukien-accented Tagalog. Goldsmiths, vegetable vendors and traditional medicine sellers soon chime in.

  • Cebu Provincial Capitol

    written by eazy360 on 2009-02-08 #places
    Cebu Provincial Capitol

    Having passed by this government building growing up, I have often overlooked the beauty of its dignified dome, Ionic columns and golden statues of draped figures that encompass one of the best preserved colonial buildings in the country from the American occupation.

  • Mount Pinatubo Adventure Trek

    written by eazy360 on 2009-01-29 #places
    Mount Pinatubo Adventure Trek

    As we worked our way through the ashen gullies of Mount Pinatubo's shoulder, I admired the signs of rebirth underway: the steady stream of water that skipped over horsetails, tadpoles and pumice stones painted with sulfur and iron; the moss, thickets and tree ferns carpeting the ravines beneath distant avian cawing; and Aeta children keenly observing our ascent into the gaping cerulean mouth of Apo Namallari-- the almighty god of this sacred mountain, whose pyroclastic power the world witnessed during the eruption of June 1991, the largest in living memory.

  • Sky Experience Adventure at Crown Regency Hotel

    written by eazy360 on 2009-01-09 #places
    Sky Experience Adventure at Crown Regency Hotel

    What I love about Cebu is that every time I come home, the place has always something new to offer: a new mall, new restaurant, new hangout, new beach hideaway, and new friends. No wonder travelers simply can't get enough of the Queen City of the South, making Cebu the most visited city in the country.

  • Taste the Highlife at Sirocco!

    written by eazy360 on 2008-12-18 #places
    Taste the Highlife at Sirocco!

    Hailed "the best rooftop bar in the world", Sirocco at The Dome sits 64 floors above State Tower, the second tallest building in Bangkok, Thailand. Since opening in 2003, this popular hangout for "hi-so" (high society) folk and expats takes the highlife to a whole new level. At the dining area, guests can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine as the city's best jazz bands serenade the city-lit night air.

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport

    written by eazy360 on 2008-12-15 #places
    Suvarnabhumi Airport

    Gazing out my window as the plane rounded the tarmac, the first thing that caught my eye at this modern airport were the interlace of steel that roofed the terminals. Upon entering, the extensive, bright and airy interior embraces everyone with distinct local hospitality: "Welcome to Thailand!"

  • Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

    written by eazy360 on 2008-12-12 #places
    Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

    A visit to the 'City of Angels' is incomplete without beholding the divine awesomeness of Phra Buddhasaiyas, the huge Reclining Buddha at one of Bangkok's oldest and largest temple complex: Wat Pho (also officially called Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn--whew, that's a mouthful!).

  • Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise

    written by eazy360 on 2008-12-11 #places
    Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise

    One of the best ways to enjoy a romantic night at the 'City of Smiles' is to enjoy a sumptuous Thai dinner aboard a ferry that cruises up and down the Chao Phraya River, offering amazing views of brightly-lit establishments and landmarks. Called the "River of Kings", Bangkok's major river gracefully snakes through this vibrant capital, and at night, becomes a shimmering jewel, reflecting the thousands of city lights that burn along its banks.

  • Good Night, Bangkok

    written by eazy360 on 2008-12-11 #places
    Good Night, Bangkok

    At the height of Bangkok's anti-government protests that shut down the airports late November, I was given no choice but to spend the remainder of my second visit to this vibrant city gleefully basking in its wonderful fluorescent glow. Very eager to test the slow shutter speeds of my Horizon Perfekt (newly acquired by hard-earned piggy points), I wandered the 'City of Angels' camera-armed to discover a glimmering labyrinth as amazing at night as it is under the midday sun.

  • A Roaring Good Time at Zoobic Safari!

    written by eazy360 on 2008-12-04 #places
    A Roaring Good Time at Zoobic Safari!

    Perhaps the closest you can get to a tiger in the Philippines is at the Zoobic Safari--the one and only tiger safari in the country. It is located at Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales province, a former US naval base. When the Americans left in 1993, the Philippine Government converted the area into a Freeport Zone that has now become an industrial estate with an international airport, shopping malls, hotels, techno parks, recreational facilities and several eco-tourism attractions.

  • Tree Top Adventure (Subic, Zambales)

    written by eazy360 on 2008-11-27 #places
    Tree Top Adventure (Subic, Zambales)

    Here ye, all tree-huggers! The most exciting way to explore a tropical rainforest in the Philippines is to zip line through one. Tree Top Adventure in Subic, Zambales offers the world's first motorized canopy tour with jungle trails comprised of platforms attached high up on tree trunks using an environment-friendly tree clamping mechanism that doesn't harm the trees.

  • Lucky Super 200 (35mm, 200 iso) user-review

    written by eazy360 on 2008-11-26 #gear
    Lucky Super 200 (35mm, 200 iso) user-review

    Go negative, think positive. This humble roll of color print film may be easy on your pockets (just a dollar a roll), but it can certainly pack a punch.

  • Escolta Museum at Calvo Building

    written by eazy360 on 2008-11-19 #places
    Escolta Museum at Calvo Building

    Walking down turn-of-the-century Escolta was like a stroll though today's happening Bonifacio High Street or Eastwood City, where commerce and culture thrived as Manila embraced, willingly or otherwise, the 20th century. Elegantly dressed residents regularly visited this street to visit the numerous boutiques, shops and department stores that sold the latest clothes, cigars, jewelries and other fineries. Automobiles, horse-drawn carriages and Meralco tranvias (tramcars) shuttled them through this beautiful street. Indeed, it was "the" place to be seen.

  • LC-A: Refurbishing the Light

    written by eazy360 on 2008-11-19 #gear
    LC-A: Refurbishing the Light

    Henry Miller once said, "One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things." I muse at what wonders Mr. Miller could have made with a refurbished LC-A, the lightweight yet sturdy, functionally versatile yet magically spontaneous little black Russian that continues to inspire a global community of analog souls.

  • Manila Metropolitan Theater: Lonesome "Grand Dame"

    written by eazy360 on 2008-11-05 #places
    Manila Metropolitan Theater: Lonesome "Grand Dame"

    Aboard the LRT before the train crosses the Pasig River, you won't miss it: a lonesome structure with curious detailing on the busy intersection of Padre Burgos Street and Quezon Boulevard, once the "Grand Dame" of theater during the heydays of Manila before the Second World War. Meet the "Met", the Manila Metropolitan Theater.

  • Arroceros Forest Park: Oasis of Old Manila

    written by eazy360 on 2008-11-05 #places
    Arroceros Forest Park: Oasis of Old Manila

    Beneath the soothing shade of century-old rubber trees, you can feel the damp air rise from the tree-stump fungi and rich humus where black ants, millipedes and snails went about their business on their own pace. Sparrows and bulbuls flitter past pink frangipani and bright palm fronds. For a few seconds you felt far away from the city, until you hear LRT cars rumble overhead and see tugboats shuttle through the river, transporting you back to where you actually are: the epicenter of chaotic Manila.

  • Carcar: Heritage City of Cebu

    written by eazy360 on 2008-10-28 #places
    Carcar: Heritage City of Cebu

    A drive down the southeastern coast of Cebu offers relaxing views of mangrove beaches, arching roadside acacias and, most remarkably, beautiful colonial architecture...

  • Fuente Osmeña

    written by eazy360 on 2008-10-24 #places
    Fuente Osmeña

    Built in honor of Cebu's "Grand Old Man", Sergio Osmeña - the fourth president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines - and to commemorate the city's first waterworks system, Fuente Osmeña is a fountain rotunda where Cebu's major thoroughfares converge: Gen. Maxilom Avenue (aka Mango Avenue), Osmeña Boulevard (aka Jones Avenue, towards downtown) and B. Rodriguez Street. The oval was built in 1912.

  • Fuji Sensia (35mm, 100 iso) user-review

    written by eazy360 on 2008-10-01 #gear
    Fuji Sensia (35mm, 100 iso) user-review

    sensual-sensia: An LC-A, a Colorsplash Flash and a roll of Fuji Sensia make a wild party threesome.

  • BTS Skytrain (Bangkok)

    written by eazy360 on 2008-09-28 #places
    BTS Skytrain (Bangkok)

    Not all too trustful of the tuk-tuks? In Thailand's congested capital, the efficient transport backbone is the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Skytrain, which was opened to the public in 1999 and currently undergoing expansion. Modeled after Vancouver's, this elevated rail system runs through 23 stations along two lines- Silom and Sukhumvit-that tangentially interchange at Siam Station.

  • Khao San Road, Bangkok

    written by eazy360 on 2008-09-07 #places
    Khao San Road, Bangkok

    At the busy neighborhood of Banglamphu north of the Grand Palace lies the famous backpacker's Mecca: Khao San Road. Chaos is constant in Khao San, a pulsating plethora of multicultural, gastronomical and commercial life... true to the images swirling in my head as I read Alex Garland's cult-classic-turned-blockbuster about a secret paradise with a dark side, called "The Beach" :

  • Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

    written by eazy360 on 2008-09-05 #places
    Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

    Upon entering the most sacred temple in Thailand, you will be overwhelmed by its ornate grandiosity and magnificent religious art, leaving you gawking at the entire orchestration in a state of pseudo-nirvana: "Wat a sight!"

  • Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)

    written by eazy360 on 2008-09-04 #places
    Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)

    Named after the morning glow that bounces off its mosaic Khmer-style towers called prangs, the Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn sits by the Chao Phraya River that meanders down through the bewildering urban sprawl of Greater Bangkok.

  • La Mesa Ecopark (Quezon City)

    written by eazy360 on 2008-07-28 #places
    La Mesa Ecopark (Quezon City)

    If the grassy lawns of Luneta or Paco fall short, urbanize tree huggers can scoot to the northern borders of La Mesa Ecopark for the much-needed therapy of nature-bonding. An excellent place for family picnics and school field trips, this resuscitated parkland delivered by from the destruction of rampant illegal logging and poaching in East Fairview, Quezon City welcomes flocks of city folk seeking respite and leisure in Manila's last standing forest, especially during long weekends and holidays.

  • Pasig River Ferry

    written by eazy360 on 2008-07-28 #places
    Pasig River Ferry

    One of the most wonderful additions to the megacity that is Manila is the revival of the Pasig River Ferry which, since its inauguration in February 2007, leisurely takes passengers to and from the heart of Old Manila... through the Makati Central Business District... up to the outskirts of Pasig City, and eventually northwards to the shoe capital, Marikina City.

  • Konica Monochrome VX (35mm, 400 iso)

    written by eazy360 on 2008-07-27 #gear
    Konica Monochrome VX (35mm, 400 iso)

    This monochrome film from Konica made me fall in love with black and white photography...

  • Fuji Neopan (35mm, 400 iso) user-review

    written by eazy360 on 2008-07-24 #gear
    Fuji Neopan (35mm, 400 iso) user-review

    Now and then, I find it vital to get back to basics with monochromatic excursions...

  • Philippine National Railways (Metro Manila Line)

    written by eazy360 on 2008-07-14 #places
    Philippine National Railways (Metro Manila Line)

    In greater Manila, the Light Railway Transits may be the preference of most commuters nowadays, but we mustn't take for granted the granddaddy that started it all.

  • Caza Vizantina

    written by eazy360 on 2008-07-14 #places
    Caza Vizantina

    Much of the pomp and grandeur that was the Pearl of the Orient was carpet-bombed to bloody rubble during the Second World War. But whatever pitiful remains escaped the terror of Manila's dark chapter suffers a sadder fate: the slow death of indifference and neglect. Such is the case of a magnificent house in San Nicolas.....

  • Tam-awan Village (Baguio City)

    written by eazy360 on 2008-07-14 #places
    Tam-awan Village (Baguio City)

    At the northwest portion of Baguio City, one can enjoy a sneak peek of ethnic Cordilleran life amidst the lush greenery of Barangay Tam-awan, where on a clear day one can see the South China Sea in the distance, giving the place its name which literally means "vantage point."

  • Burnham Park

    written by eazy360 on 2008-07-11 #places
    Burnham Park

    Laid-back Baguio locals may wax nostalgic about their home city's cooler temperatures and easy traffic along Session Road back in the 1980s and decades before, but Burnham Park -the heart of how I remember this century-old mountain city located 250 kilometers north of Manila - still retains much of its rusticity and charisma.