My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Travel and Adventure

Manila Bay After the Clean-up Drive

By on April 17, 2019

Residents and visitors benefit from an enlightened policy of operation, after the long month clean-up drive giving Manila bay a new look, it draws large crowd, many people wants to get a glimpse of its natural beauty and curiosity drives me here, the bay has been restored to its former glory. One of the nicest features to enjoy here is the serene view of the bay. It is also a favorite gathering place for sunset viewers, bird watchers and definitely, it’s a jogger’s paradise.

I was here the same spot a year earlier, it’s my favorite photography spot to capture the beautiful sunset however, photo result shows sunset beauty this summer is beyond compare, we will come to that later.

Although, the clean-up and restoration wasn’t fully completed yet as it takes 7 more years to finish according to a source. I don’t know why it takes more than 10 years to start the clean-up, it is supposed to be done 10 years ago anyway,  you can see the big improvement now, Manila bay has a wide sidewalk, less traffic and because it’s clean, more to enjoy the intimate freshness of the atmosphere and around, the impressive high rise buildings accent Roxas Boulevard too.

From these 2 photos is a full comparison to see the difference between the Old Manila Bay and the New Manila Bay after the clean-up drive.


After the Clean-up Drive – The New Manila Bay 2019

The Magnificent sunset over Manila Bay, the vibrant glow and striking views of colors from the water is simply breathtaking.

Before the Clean-up Drive – The Manila Bay 2017

This sunset photo is my worst photography nightmare! I took it summer of 2017 and out of 30 photos, I deleted 29 shots leaving only one, this is the only photo left. You can just imagine the Magnificent Sunset over Manila Bay full of litters, with heaps of trash debris in great abundance. I’m pointing it out of arrow to emphasize it clearly.

You can compare both 2 pictures to see the big difference. Last February, I was very sad, I have missed to capture the fireworks show when the International Pyromusical Competition was moved to a new venue from SM Mall of Asia to SM City Clark Pampanga to give way to the undergoing rehabilitation as a part of clean-up campaign. The massive clean-up began last January and tons of garbage was removed from Manila Bay. It’s worth the effort, the new Manila Bay is a beauty to behold once again.

The New Manila Bay in Broad Daylight

Manila Bay East Sector

There’ s a proper waste segregation and disposal .

Although it’s clean and safe, Manila Bay is declared as a ”NO SWIMMING ZONE”

Thanks to the clean-up drive, I’m free to resume my sunset shooting once again. My special thanks to all organizers of Manila Bay Clean-up Drive, (MMDA) Metro Manila Development Authority in partnership with volunteer organizations and Manila Bay Inter-Agency Task Force (MBIATF) Thank you so much for working tirelessly to collect tons of trash and for helping City Bay Clean-up!

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Stunning Sunset Photos with Animal Elements

By on April 13, 2019

On a hunt for a breathtaking photo spot in the hopes of finding a dramatic landscape, a lucky change brought my way outdoors. The perfect location is now a pristine place, the new Manila Bay along the historic Roxas Boulevard where the environment is clean compared to what it was beforehand. After the clean-up drive, the new look is just as beautiful and many people wants to get a glimpse of its natural beauty to behold once again. I was here the same spot years earlier but this time would be a good line of photography experience, it gave me the initial idea to consider the presence of animals along with the sunset background to achieve a more dramatic scene.

This is a summer make-over given the chance to deal with obedience trials of animals, I was excited and curious to get my furry friends involved but I don’t really know how to keep them still in the course of each shot. The sweet thing, they were all behaved and a good follower. Most of those who have taken their pets around Manila bay are welcome to join photo-shoots, it just happens the presence of animals being in the right place when I was there. Among my excitement when pet owners were able to join an hour shoot for their own pets. Aside from horses, there were birds, dogs, cats and an elephant is another location done the same day.

Pet owners has done a good job for allowing me to have a quick snapshot with their pets and I was even welcomed to cuddle and huddle their pets. This kind of activity soothes and relaxes both of us while developing close bond together even for just 15 minutes, excitement comes keeping a list of every shots.

I cannot predict a beautiful sunset, it depends upon the weather and level of clouds. So far, the air is clean, calm and the cloud is high, I’ll take more advantage that when it’s summer, it’s a wonderful sunset time. Here are my stunning sunset photos. Let’s get started.

Animal Photos with Sunset Background

The smallest creature comes first so the birds will take the lead followed by the cat, dog, horse and lastly, the elephant. This would be an unforgettable once in a lifetime photography experience, not a safari thing but the presence of more animals during sundown is a great thing. Let me show you first how sunset looks like beforehand, without the animals.

Magnificent Sunset Over Manila Bay

Birds in Flight at Sunset Background

Marveled by the beautiful colors of the sky, it’s evident and dramatic. The hue scattering colors or orange-red, yellow- blue, purple and red makes a magnificent picture.

My excitement to see the migratory bird, the Great White Egret is a long distance migrant. ( 2nd photo ) you can see complete details of birds displaying aerial acrobatics wading, gliding and diving just in front of the sunset.

Great White Egret flying through the skies of Bayview, this bird has mastered the power of flight, it has a powerful wingbeat with long legs trail behind the body in flight.

A bird is an appealing subject in front of the sunset, it adds beauty to form a perfect sunset landscape. This is what I’m dreaming about… to aim for imaginative images and finally got it.

This serves to be my postcard shot. To create a postcard scene is a time waiting, I hate people in the foreground.

This is a graceful shot with the bird graceful glide and diving up into the clouds down to the water and even crosses the beautiful sunset. Definitely, it adds life and beauty.

Cat on Sunset Background

Sometimes…unexpected surprises came when least expected. Something out of the ordinary and less likely to be seen here. The sightings of a cat during sundown is rare considering the busy location perhaps, this is one way of enjoying animal freedom and must include his presence.

More stolen moments… taken at considerable distance during sunset time.

Perhaps this is a peaceful moment for the cat.

Solitary scene, I can even feel the peacefulness of the surroundings. Cat can be noticed as a loner, you really can’t hide it even in pictures…

Dog on Sunset Background

A dog is totally different from a cat, you can see that this dog is happy smiling and I’m more inspired to take the next step.

My newfound friend is a friendly one, got 2 dogs (Labrador breed) to include in here, the other dog is the featured one.

Beautiful Dog Portrait at Sunset.

You can just imagine the incredible bond between the dog and the photographer.

This is how to prepare dog for the shoot, exceptionally smart and affectionate, a well-behaved and sociable dog is excellent.

Horse on Sunset Background

A gorgeous working horse

Elephant on Sunset Background

As my finishing moment.. a different photography location just nearby Roxas Boulevard.

Mali, the captured elephant.

To capture an elephant on sunset is rare, a hard to get considering Philippines is a tropical country. It’s a lucky shot!

Got 2 more weeks for my photo shoots around the city area and out of the city this coming holy week. I’m in a hurry to finish before the rain comes, rainy season shooting is a tricky one, just as have to know my limits beforehand. Rainy season is a full indoor photography time therefore would be focusing more on other categories like foods, science and technology and restaurant reviews soon.

One thing I have learned from this activity, photographing animals is a pleasurable interaction, communicating at every interaction, it was a busy but a very fulfilling day for me. I have to make photo-shoots short but enjoyable. I had quality time interacting with them and that makes it hard for me to end photo session. I will surely miss my furry friends.

To all pet lovers, I’m sure you’ll love this! Thank you all readers for reading my blog.

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Cat Climbing Down a Tree

By on April 8, 2019

Can’t figure out why our family cat Uniqlo loves to climb this type of tree, I’m just wondering why our cat climb trees in the first place. Just a few ideas from my personal friends: firstly, they climb up for safety, that’s one I’ve been thinking about. Secondly, it’s just a fun thing to test their skills and thirdly, it’s a good spot to watch for a good prey. Great answers from you guys, Thank you!

I’m already used to it, I think, it’s just a normal behavior for Uniqlo unlike other cats that they climb everything in their path and once they are up, they can’t come down, it’s hard for them to maneuver downward. One good thing, it’s easier for Uniqlo to come down because it’s a good climbing route, it’s just a med-sized sugar-apple tree or sweetsop, a widely grown native tree and we call it ‘’atis’’ in the Philippines.  

Ascending and descending climbing from start to finish. Here are some photos of Uniqlo climbing a Sugar-Apple or Sweetsop tree upward and going downward.

Up there, it looks like it’s a place for relaxing. Just like humans, Uniqlo wants to connect and interact with nature…..

Thank you for reading my blog, just a simple note down there makes me happy. See you next posts!

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Railway Tracks Along the Cliff

By on April 3, 2019

A series of tall mountain chains covered with dense forest and below is a passageway railway track that runs straight through a tunnel inside the mountain. One of the most extraordinary railways track I’ve ever seen. According to an early account, the North Link Railway in Taiwan is one of the world’s most spectacular railroad and pleasingly agree with it as rail route through high steep mountain terrain.

The North Link Railway, one of the major construction projects that began in December of 1973 and the complete line was opened February of 1980, that was 7 years after. 20 workers lost their lives in the course of construction.The railway line connects link between Yilan and Hualien and directly to Taidong, it passes through winding roads and high steep terrain by means of a number of tunnels. Out of 15 tunnels, one tunnel takes 12 minutes for the train to pass through the longest tunnel. The railway will take you to your destination by train cutting travel time. From Suao to Hualien is just two hours compared to four hours before the construction. For the tourists, you’ll enjoy riding between tunnels to tunnels.

The scenery around folds dip into all directions backed by high steep cliffs.

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Cat and Dog Lavish Hugs and kisses

By on April 2, 2019

I’m enjoying to see the wonderful moments of our family pets. A dog and cat unique closeness and strong bond is a rare chance you don’t see often. Dogs are prone to chase cats and cats are prone to run all the time. Definitely, Frosty is not a cat chaser.

Frosty and Uniqlo, both male pets in union together. By nature, cats don’t always show affection with each other but contrary to popular belief, these photos will surprise you and will change your perception about the way you think about cats and dogs.

Desirable Traits

Frosty and Unoqlo hugging and kissing each other, their unique closeness is stronger than what can be in pictures and fully hoping the bond will last beyond lifetimes.

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Golden Waterfall

By on March 29, 2019

For long years I had wanted to see this Golden Waterfall personally, one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Taipei, Taiwan. Luck came finally, I got lucky and my long wish has been granted. It was a windy winter month of December and temperature drops 10°C cold throughout Ruifang District. On a half day free we managed to hit Ruifang attractions, we headed to this place. The ”Golden waterfall” it is one of the suggested ideal itineraries not to be missed, we arrived at viewpoint overlooking the beautiful waterfalls and I was refreshed by the blast of natural beauty, it was gold in color and water looks crystal clean but not knowing what I’d find.

The honest truth, I later discovered the natural beauty I’m referring to is a toxic waterfall, it contain a high level of toxicity due to toxic wastes and chemicals from factories potentially harmful contaminants. It is beautiful gold in color as the result of frequent rainfall near mining sites and the heavy metal elements deposited near riverbanks.

The grand overview of the entire waterfall, it is located in Ruifang District, New Taipei, Taiwan. We’ve been to Taiwan a couple of times but this is the first time to see these group of waterfalls. It never fails to take my breath away but it is unsafe to touch. How harmful it may be but it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Special attractions near the Golden waterfall

Views from this road are absolutely gorgeous!

Excellent views of the surroundings and wild greenery.

Visit Taiwan at its most glorious from waterfalls, cherry blossoms, beautiful temples, famous Sun Moon lake down to the mountain cliffs…

Golden Waterfall >Ruifang District, New Taipei, Taiwan

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Save Water, Save Life

By on March 26, 2019

Get ready for a hot and dry summer, How to beat the summer heat?

Cat’s  and dog’s water bowl must be filled with fresh water every day, Clean water means good health.

Very thirsty! Spade (our family cat) is drinking a lot of water.  Cats love cool water. Essential for life as we know it, the worth of water… source of life. No water, No Life

Save Water

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The Majestic Wuling Mountain

By on March 22, 2019

Hehuan Wuling is also called ‘’Joy Mountain’’ with 3,416 metres above sea level in Central Taiwan. The peak lies on the borders of Nantou and Hualien. Strategically located within Taroko National Park, this prime winter attraction seems to be accustomed by tourists all over, it offers exceptional views, the unique natural spectacle is extremely impressive.Taiwan, one of the leading tourism destination, it has secured its attractions to fall in love with.

Rounded all the special attractions, of all 25 tourist spots we’ve visited, the snow mountain is my top picks for the best mountain scenery and my personal favorite photo location. The scenic postcard scenery,has inspired many writers and it’s a  photographer’s paradise. As an adventurous traveler, Taiwan makes it one of my favorite places to visit around the world.

Getting through month of December, it was freezing winter when we visited this place, the journey up took over 2 hours drive following the highest pass with narrow and winding routes. It was raining and temperature drops 3°C, the upslope fog and ice crystals falling from above resulting in poor visibility. Winter in the mountains is a better chance to see white snows but it was extremely cold. My 4 layering outfit wasn’t enough to brave the cold.

I’m enjoying the scenery of the highest mountain in Taiwan. Hiking up and down was truly exhausting, my fitness level is good but my strength is nowhere near the strength that i had back in my heyday. Now, I can firmly understand why mountains are calling and I must go and I can feel the urge to come back again soon.

Sneaking trough the mountains, it’s a drive without stopping. Finally, about to reach the highest point of Taiwan, our driver and tourist guide warned us to watch our step as it was slippery ahead hiking trails. We could only spend an hour but before the due time given, we left as early as expected.

Four-color mountains; white, blue, green and yellow.

POSTCARD BEAUTY OF WULING

You can see here all the living proof of Wuling or Joy Mountain. Wuling mountain, one of the famous and well-known highest point in Taiwanese Highway.

Fast moving white puffy clouds commonly seen in the winter.

For those in search of mountain peak spectacle, the landscape beauty is here to inspire you.

This is how the earth was made, it’s beautiful!

Overlooking the enchanting stretch , it’s photography time for the girls…


Hillary on the go, Feeling cold more than the others..

Our Christmas wishes to go to a place where snow falls, it’s on the wish list of many too. White Christmas was granted! A week vacation in Taiwan was a unique experience for the entire family. A family get-together, enjoying together and that keeps me going.

Snow mountain beauty

Distant mountain looks green and yellow.

All popular tourist attractions will certainly grow. Future looks brighter for Taiwan. For those in search of spectacular view of the mountain ranges that offers breathtaking views. Wuling mountain is the place to head for, it’s worth a visit.

Wuling

546, Taiwan, Nantou County, Ren’ai Township

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Sun Moon Lake Ropeway

By on March 18, 2019

The relaxing cable car ride that offers immeasurable charm of the whole Sun Moon Lake and the surroundings of Buji mountain forest. This is the most delightful way to enjoy the scenery of the famous lake. Sun Moon Lake Ropeway is a gondola lift that connects between two stations, the slow journey stretches towards southern part of Sun Moon Lake and ascends from Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village and continues up high above to the highest peak of Buji mountain forest that connects to the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway station.

All you have to do is to sit, relax and shoot while viewing the surroundings. This is not my first time to ride a cable car but the multitude sights all in one is a fascinating experience to share back home. The only problem here is the winter season haziness, the fog and mist definitely, it will challenge my photography skills.

If the Sun Moon Lake scenery is beautiful down there, the aerial view is more spectacular that gives you a different perspective on how the world looks like from above.

We are five inside the Crystal Clear Cabin, the trill to see the view through the bottom. If you are scared of height, don’t get the Crystal clear, take the regular one. ( Check details below about ticketing)

The cable car ride is really a spectacular mountain climber.

The glass bottom gondola offers the bird’s eye views of the entire Sun Moon Lake surroundings.

Isn’t it relaxing? Graham enjoying incredible views down there… Sun Moon Lake visible in the distance.

Enjoying the ride while making a spectacular daytime viewing.

You can clearly see here how it runs.

Our journey to the highest point above ground.

Aerial view of Sun Moon Lake taken from cable car

Sun Moon Lake visible from the right.

Complete Aerial Scenery of Sun Moon Lake

The serene winter colors of Sun Moon Lake, the gentle haziness of winter has transformed Sun Moon Lake into an impressive scene of reality that reaches perfection.

How to get there?

Sun Moon Lake Ropeway

A starting point from the Shuishe pier Sun Moon Lake, When we were there, we took a boat ride at Shuishe Pier, there’s a regular service boat ( yacht) to visit places which run throughout the day at regular intervals.With passengers of different nationalities, the yacht is big enough to accommodate us. That time, almost all passengers were  Chinese Hongkong and Singaporeans, we made our first landing stop at Wen Wu temple for an hour and back to the boat and we proceed to Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village.

Landmark sign along the way.

We passed by here, still 500 m walk to reach Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station

This is my ticket, Adult for NT$300 round trip pass from Sun Moon Lake to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. 

Shueishe Pier Sun Moon Lake Tour Map. You need to pay special attention to this process 

Shueishe Pier, the man with blue polo is our tour guide and driver named Achie. Thank you so much Achie!

View from the yacht.

Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station

Ticket Booth

You can choose between 2 classes; the regular cabin or the crystal glass cabin which is more expensive than the other.


Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Individual Ticketing. Buy tickets directly at the ticket Booth.

I know for sure, up there will reveal the beauty of the entire surroundings. I was so excited to ride, thinking to get such a good result of my aerial snapshots with the hope not to disappoint myself with the results.

No matter what, visiting Taiwan is never fun without going to this place. I’m having the advantage of enjoying the high altitude location. Traveling to me, means enjoying what it takes to experience….

Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Car Park

Seeking a scenic ride with incredible views? Try

Sun Moon Lake Ropeway is a gondola lift in Yuchi Township, Nantou County,Taiwan

Taiwan’s most visited tourist attraction, the Sun Moon Lake
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Winter Sunset of Alishan

By on March 13, 2019

Mesmerizing Winter Sunset of Alishan

We had been told by our Chinese friends prior to us going to Alishan that we must visit Ali Mountain to see the sunrise and the winter sunset late afternoon. The moment I heard it, I was excited as it sounded so appealing to me. I couldn’t wait to see it.

We’re halfway there, the long 4.5 hour road journey going to Alishan, we passed by dangerous cliff-side pathway. When I opened the van window, cold winds blowing through and I’m scared of heights down there. It looks like we’re passing through the edge of the cliff but what amazed me, radiance of bright yellow-orange light reflections brightens the surrounding area. I never expect to see the radiance of light along the way, the length of time traveling, I realized it was already sunset time. I have missed to check detailed information about sunset time of my location but the sky looks favorable. I asked the driver to slow down as it is impossible to stop, we’re passing through dangerous spot but still I managed to capture few photos while inside the van. Of course, not all photos turn out to be this good, these are just a few of the selected ones.

Capturing the Colors of Twilight

It is extremely a rewarding activity to capture the colors of twilight from dusk till dawn. These two great subjects of photography are my timely favorites.

Photography Location: Alishan Chiayi County, Taiwan

Great experience to watch the winter sunset as it descend below the western horizon at the end of the day.

Late afternoon glow.

Sunset with the background of red maple trees.

Alishan’s visit was a lasting experience, I was bit lucky to capture the glorious sunrise and the beautiful sunset.

Sun Moon Lake Ropeway next post…

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