Arts/ Home Ideas | My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Recipes for busy moms/Fruits/Desserts/Salad/Decorative Ideas

Fruit Photography/Fresh Strawberry Pictures

By on September 22, 2021

Strawberries are at their peak right now and my present photography subject today. These fruits have a lot of vitamins and minerals as well as it’s a good source of fiber too. I want to emphasize a very simple setting to show some of my pictures taken during my ‘’Fruit Photography Hour.

 Indoor shooting is much easier for me because all the things needed is quite beside me, ready to use. I have encountered difficulty to catch the angles just to make fruits looks more natural, appealing and appetizing as possible especially attempting close-ups. Lightning is very important because it will reveal the texture of the fruits My aim is to make strawberries looks fresh even on pictures.

To be a food blogger is combining 3 passions together all at the same time: cooking, writing and photography. I have learned a lot of things doing all these things as well. It’s fun and I’m happy to see all my efforts have paid off.  Let’s look at some photos of strawberries.

Intrinsic beauty of strawberries

My macro shots

The white background makes the image more colorful and attractive however, just like any other fruits captured previously with white background, same method applied here. Sometimes the danger is great because small particles came from fruits is noticeable, this is always my problem using macro.

What I’m pointing here is you don’t need all those bright lights if it will give unwanted shadows, that’s why, I’m controlling the intensity of light. For macro shots, you need close equipment at distance. Macro lenses fitted to the camera, 55 mm, 100 mm to 200 mm is great, shows more good working condition specifically designed to perform at close range.

Strawberries on a white plate

 The perfect white background for strawberries. My mood will rise and seems active, let me tell you how it was done, I used a white cardboard for the frame to reduce the intensity of light. The white background will make these fruits even brighter and sharp because it was done under full sun. If you know how to control the light by covering both sides using white cardboard to shelter from the wind and extra unwanted shadow reducing the intensity of the bright light or reflectors. The white background exposing the natural freshness of the fruit although, it is sharp.

Having a white background will emphasized more on the subject itself.

Strawberry on Green Background

Other fruits goes well with strawberries

Indoor photography is just as fun not to expose myself from the heat of the sun. It seems I’m protecting something, oh well, my skin tone color is already light brown, no need to add more into it. It feels good to see my effort after the hard day’s work. After photographing these fruits, you’ll find them inside my tummy!

well folks, it’s getting late, I need to go…

Take Care and Stay Safe

Thanks for following my blog!

Continue Reading

Arts/ Home Ideas | My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Recipes for busy moms/Fruits/Desserts/Salad/Decorative Ideas | Restaurant Review | Technology/ Learning Tips

Peking Duck Wraps

By on September 17, 2021

Sumptuous dishes traditionally prepared and served in a grand style, the Peking Garden, 4th level Greenbelt 5, Makati City serves the best Peking duck in the city, it was the restaurant’s specialty as the name goes well with it. Tonight, is the birthday dinner celebration of my aunt, fabulous dinner served and the most popular choice. From the 10 courses meal served, the Peking duck and the Winter Melon Soup with assorted seafood was my 2 best favorites although meal’s highlight and star on the table is the savory Peking duck.

Winter Melon Soup with assorted seafood

The best comfort soup and our favorite.

The Peking duck is in good shape, well-cooked and the aroma is awesome. It was very tasty, and the skin is crispy. It is bound to reign on the table.

How to carve a whole Peking duck

The Peking duck was neatly carved into even slices by the server. Started with the breast diagonally towards her holding the wing with the fork and cut through the outer layer of the breast into the joint.

Carving the breast in thin slices parallel with the breastbone and repeating with the other side. It looks like very easy to carve because the knife is sharp, that’s the secret of perfect carving.

The thin flesh was carefully arranged in a circular shape following the edge of the plate on a big white plate with the crispy skin at the center or it work both ways. You can see the difference from the photos up and down. The duck flesh at the center and the crispy skin on the edge of the plate or vice versa.

After the carving and preparation, the Whole plate of Peking duck transferred to our table along with the tortilla, stalks of spring onions and the sweet hoisin sauce.

See how it looks, Attractively beautiful !

How to wrap a Peking Duck Strips

Lay one fine strip of Peking duck flesh on a tortilla wrapper, followed by the stalk of spring onions, add a spoon of sweet Hoisin sauce on top and lay another strip of Peking duck.

This is how it looks before wrapping.

The filling looks like this inside.

Hold one end of tortilla and roll it halfway. Fold both borders and roll it again to enclose properly.

Almost done, I’m leaving one end open to show the filling inside and roll it once again to finish.

One bite, followed by another bite and more pls… I’ve tasted Peking Duck from different restaurants before but these, nothing can equal the flavor, I’ve never tasted like it before. So far, the best among the rest.

Ok guys! you can drop a cute note down there, simple things makes me happy…

Thanks for reading my blog!

Continue Reading

Gardening/Greenery/Garden Insects | My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Travel and Adventure | Wildlife/Animals/Pets

RAVE Pasig Rainforest Park

By on September 8, 2021

There’s no shortage of things to do nowadays, one way to manage my pandemic stress is to keep myself busy. I was checking and digging through some old photos from my folder on my desktop, reminiscing special moments of RAVE memories from past adventures. To date, I can still remember my first visit at Rainforest Adventure Park and revisited a year after, remain as my most precious experience due to notable features and the ease of accessibility, it is within 20-minute drive from home.

Going back in time, traveling backward brings many returns of the day and those good old days still alive is what I always keep to preserve so they can be enjoyed in the future or last in generations to come. A story behind the picture, just like what I’m doing today that today’s moments are tomorrow’s memories to remember. Let’s get started!

Note: Just an old memories to share taken before pandemic.(All photos taken January of 2018) This theme park is relatively closed. I’m not here to encourage you to go out and visit this theme park, Covid-19 pandemic brought significant changes and far from over pls. stay home until it will restart.

Rainforest Adventure Park

It is the first adventure theme park constructed and managed by local govt. unit, it is the project of Mayor Bobby C. Eusebio and Pasic City Council. RAVE is equipped with different outdoor facilities, a leisure ground for the public located in village of Maybunga Pasig. It was opened in 1977 but relaunched as RAVE known as ‘’ Rainforest Adventure Park Experience’’ in 2013 after the completion of additional features such as the Zip line, Boating lagoon and Skatepark. It also features the following: Butterfly house, Boating Lagoon, Rapid rides, Park pavilion, Botanical Garden, Pool area, Aviary, Mammal sanctuary, Kiddy land, Train station, Amphitheatre, Flower fields, Chess pavilion, Reptile house, Mini Zoo, Maze Garden, Tree house as well as picnic and camping ground.

In the 2 hours that I was in RAVE, I had the chance to enjoy the wide variety of attractions rainforest has to offer especially the Butterfly house and the Flower fields, it was my favorite spot for photography. How can I forget my bonding with the zoo animals? In here, you can do a lot in just an hour at this 4.8-hectare park but to complete your viewing, an hour is not enough, it was large-scale theme park.

Bringing dinosaur back to life. Along the way, the pathways adorned with a life-sized statues of dinosaurs, as you walk around, it looks like you are entering a prehistoric land of Jurassic park. You are free to take pictures with the dinosaur models.

Rainforest Adventure Park Attractions

Most people visit Rainforest Park from early March for the best glimpses of blooming flowers, wildlife, and boating. Rainforest essential sights are conveniently close together, almost everything in one place, it’s a good place also to explore nature, to learn and have fun. If you enjoy the flowers, butterflies, animals and water forms, RAVE is for you.

Boating Lagoon

A man-made lagoon with paddle boats. A Paddle boat is a powerful watercraft, paddle it yourself style. Me and my sister enjoyed the 20-minute paddle ride, it’s a good way to burn extra calories.

Butterfly House

Up close and personal to snap the butterflies, I have spent more time here snapping all different varieties of butterflies. Considered as the most beautiful habitat, showcased different species of live butterflies in an enclosed garden.

My favorite spot to capture the most colorful insects. Butterflies are my favorite subject to photograph as well as my favorite agent of pollination. My endless photo shoot shows my great admiration for them. I have captured great photos and of course, I realized the power of pictures, it’s difficult to select which one fits the best.

Amaze Garden

An outdoor garden maze is a puzzle game, the dividers are made of plants formatted into a maze and it’s quite tough and confusing to solve the path route to the end.

Flower Fields

Just one of the many attractive features of Rainforest Garden and the monster sunflowers are the mainstay and point of interest in the garden. Flower Fields landscape design is made up of variety of flowering plants that fits different elements together from flowering plants, popular perennials and annuals.

Wind beneath the eye-catching monster sunflowers are perfectly attractive and sun-kissed pointing skyward. Adventure photography is a must-do here.

Botanical Garden

A lovely walk around worth seeing situated next to the flower fields is the Botanical Garden.

Deep well is an open framework that serves as a garden accent.

Aviary

The Bird Sanctuary or the flight cages for birds provides a safe habitat and home for the endangered species and migratory birds. My day is not complete without a short visit to capture the birds. Around here, you’ll encounter beautiful birds.

Crowd pleasing ducks

Petting Zoo

It is a combination of wild and domesticated animals, you are free to touch but not allowed to feed them. This attraction is a family leisure activity.

There’s no point rushing here, there are nicely-spaced benches around if you want to take advantage of shade, it’s for you to rest and relax. Overall, you’ll experience all what Rainforest theme park has to offer.

What you need to know, RAVE Pasig Rainforest Adventure Park map.

3 hours after, the sun is up and about to reach the highest point. Me and my sister went home around midday very happy but exhausted.

Wanting for more? One post is not enough to reach the highlights of Rainforest park. I just hope the weather will cooperate for my next visit soon…

Thank you for reading my blog!

Goodnight Everyone!

Continue Reading

Events/ Holidays/ Special Occasions | My Indoor and Outdoor Photography

Welcome ”BER” Months!

By on September 1, 2021

It’s the first day of September and the start of what is known as ”BER Months” it marks the beginning of the yuletide season. ”BER” simply means the four months of the year September, October, November and December, Take note > BER at the end of the suffix. The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ”BER” is Christmas. Philippines holds the longest festive season in the world starting from September to December of each year. what is so special about it? It might be your favorite months of the year, it makes us happy and excited to think of the merriment it brings and the start to create Christmas holiday spirit into your home.

”BER Months” under Pandemic

The 2nd year of the pandemic has been very difficult for all of us, we are still experiencing a global battle facing a common enemy and the blues about cold season approaching. While everyone is at risk to be infected by COVID-19, it’s the time to be more alert and cautious, rainfall varies much more and bit colder than usual, it is considered as health threat as the virus deepens.

Living through a global pandemic and preoccupied with guidelines, How does one celebrate Christmas this year amidst pandemic? Stay safely at home, we might as well celebrate Christmas with only family members as Christmas is always in our hearts so, Cheer up! Let us pray together, spread more love and hope. Stay safe and healthy everyone and May God bless us all!

Wishing you all a COVID-FREE Christmas!

Be a HERO for HEALTH, Get Vaccinated!

Continue Reading