My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Travel and Adventure

5 Most Beautiful Temples in Thailand

By on January 29, 2020

Making most of our visit to explore the best tourist attractions in Thailand, with so many beautiful and captivating places to visit, you’ll appreciate a variety of culturally rich tourist beauty spots; historical sites, ancient ruins, Chiang Mai blooms, elephant show, best Thai cuisine to mention a few. It’s really hard to adjust adding more and narrowing our itinerary but we can’t afford to miss the sacred places, the spiritual navel of the world with so much history happened here. To see the religious shrine, sanctuary of truth and monument, it gives me a sense of peace, serenity and  enlightenment.

Representing Thailand’s identity, the house of worship dedicated to human faith. From here, we took short, an easy loop hike to visit all 5 famous temples here in Thailand. At first glance while exploring other facets of the temple surprisingly, it’s difficult to imagine how it was built, it offers spiritual and unbelievable statues. There are over 40, ,717 temples in Thailand out of which 33,902 are currently active. The majestic exterior, every part is unique but it’s impossible to explore everything. Many of Thailand’s temples reflect Indian, Chinese, Burmese and Cambodia influence.

I was inspired to see all the temples richly decorated with creative carvings of gold-covered structure and you can see murals often adorns outdoors with giant statues. A temple is is an enclosed area set aside for religious worship, a dwelling for a deity.

Most of the people in Thailand are Buddhist. Temples have been common to most religious people in their own religion, each story has a symbolic representation of different level of Buddhist faith. All temples are tower-like structures built with many stories to share.

Tips and Reminders to all visitors visiting the temple

Temple is a Buddhist religious place and should be respected, all visitors are required to wear appropriate attire but if you are not ready with your proper attire, you are welcome to borrow outer clothing provided by the temple to be returned after using. ( other temples, charges for laundering/washing is 20 Bath per clothing. Buddha images must be treated with respect so treat Buddha images appropriately and not to use Buddha as a form of tattoo art, it means no respect. It is strictly prohibited to step or climb on Buddha statues. Please take note!

Note: ”Wat means ( Thai language) city of temples or place of worship.

5 Most Beautiful Temples in Thailand

Wa Maha That Temple

Wa Maha That Temple is a royal temple that houses the Buddhas relics. It is located in the central part of Ayutthaya. It was built in the early Ayutthaya kingdom early 20th BE, the temple was the object of full attention receiving occasional additions and restorations. It is stated in Ayutthaya’s Royal Chronicle that the construction of Wa Maha That’s main pagoda (Prang) started by King Borromaracha in 1374 and completed During the reign of King Ramesuan. The pagoda collapsed during Songtham’s reign and renovated in 1633 after King Prasat Thong ascended to the throne.

Ayutthaya fall in 1767, the monastery was set on fire during the Burmese attack. The abandoned pagoda fell in decay during the reign of King Rama v1, only the symmetrical base and staircase remains.

Wat Arun

The missile-shaped temple that rises from the western banks of Mae Nam Chao Phraya river is known as ”The Temple of Dawn” named after the Indian God of dawn, Aruna. Wat Arun is the most famous landmark of Bangkok. I’ve never seen anything like this before, the temple was decorated in seashells and porcelein tiles. The God of Dawn pretty huge, sunrise or sundown with so many things up high.

Wat Lokayasutharam

It is an interesting temple and the 4th longest reclining Buddha in an old city of Ayutthaya. The eye catching feature is the relaxed looking Buddha in an open space. I was inspired to be a part of historical temple stories shared by my friend, it is worthwhile to visit all the beautiful temples of Thailand.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

A sacred temple in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) enshrined on Doi Suthep 1000 meters above sea on west side of city Thailand. A naga staircase of 500 steps leads to the temple at the end of long winding road up the mountain

Pattaya Buddha Mountain

It is the biggest carved Buddha image in the world, 109 meters high and 70 meters wide. It was carved on a cliff of Chi Chan mountain in 1996 (using laser beams) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his Majesty’s accession to the throne. His Majesty King Bhumibol named the Buddha image sculpted on the cliff using laser beams as ”Phra Buddha Maja Vajira Uttamophat Satsada” which means ” The Buddha that enlightens and shines with brightness and sublimity” The Buddha image in the sitting form in the style of Pang Man Wichai as Phrawarachabopit.

Pattaya Buddha is a combination of Lanna and Sukhothai arts. Beside the cliff is a beautiful prayer garden, a large garden landscape for the visitors to meditate. The whole area is spacious enough to accommodate maximum number of people visiting the temple mountain.

Note: More stunning images of the 5 temples of Thailand done in single entry post, you can read full details and view the complete picture of Thailand’s temple gallery next post.

Continue Reading

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

Kaibigan Movie Holds Successful Premiere

By on December 6, 2019

Jesse and Christian Perkins also known as the Perkins twins received support from celebrity friends, family and fans at the Red Carpet Premiere of their movie, Kaibigan.  Hosted by by Rico Robles, the Red Carpet Premiere was held at SM Megamall cinema December 3, 2019, Tuesday. Weather may not have been good but despite the bad weather, the Red Carpet Premiere was a huge success.

Some of the cast were on red carpet for the screening and premiere night of the Perkinspiredflix original film. Stephen Andrew Baldwin, an American actor, producer, director, author. He is the father of model Hailey Baldwin, wife of singer Justin Bieber) plays a significant role in this movie, ‘’Kaibigan’’ Jean Garcia cast as the role of Beth Anderson, Mocha Uson as a reporter in this movie, Victor Basa and many more….

Kaibigan is an inspirational movie starring Filipino-American Jesse and Christian Perkins (flaternal twins) were born in the Philippines to an American father Tarny Perkins  from California and a Filipina mother Tess Pazziuagan, is a former flight stewardess from Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Tess is also a former classmate of mine. I’m a big fan of the Perkins Twins, I was amazed to see how their acting talent and nice vocals shines through . I’m excited to see your next movie again. Congratulations Jesse and Christian Perkins and to the proud parents, Tarny and Tess.

Perkins Twins surrounded by fans.

Kaibigan Movie


I recommend that you watch this movie

A must- see movie the “Kaibigan” There are exciting and impressive sequences in  Kaibigan but in the end is the most memorable touching scene, you’ll also find facts that will surprise you, it’s an inspiring movie with meaningful life lessons to learn and to satisfy every film enthusiast.

Tarny Perkins, father of the Perkins twins thanking everyone who watched the film, Kaibigan.

Successful Red Carpet Premiere of the movie, Kaibigan SM Megamall Cinema December 3, 2019 All of us had a great night celebrating together.

Red Carpet Premiere of the movie KAIBIGAN

Successful Red Carpet Premiere of the movie, Kaibigan SM Megamall cinema December 3, 2019

Continue Reading

Gardening/Greenery/Garden Insects | My Indoor and Outdoor Photography

Brilliant Red Dragonfly Pictures

By on November 7, 2019

I’ve photographed my morning visitors, it’s a daily ritual to welcome all winged insects such as honeybees, butterflies and of course, today’s subject is a sleepy one, a brilliant red dragonfly or Red-veined darter Dragonfly landed on a small tree trunk. Using only a single subject and constantly changing position to consider the best creative angle to choose from. Let me show you the result, it’s a fresh shoot taken this morning.

Stunning Pictures of  Red-veined darter Dragonfly

Brilliant red dragonfly or Red-veined darter Dragonfly is not widespread, it is rare here in the Philippines.

You can clearly see the three distinct segments here.

This is the best advantage of macro you can see and discover what is hidden behind.

The center of interest is the visual appeal of the dragonfly.

When photographing dragonflies, it usually requires macro to see tiny details that even the naked eye can’t see.

How I wish to create a clear detailed dragonfly image.

Morning atmosphere is just right this time. Following the basic rules, Macro photography is not always as easy as you think but it is rewarding.

Point of focus to my subject to which I think is suitable for my morning hobby. Just a closer shot from a distance.

Morning light works well this time. I just hope you’ll enjoy viewing my dragonfly images. Thank you for visiting my website.

Continue Reading

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

Double-Boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood

By on November 2, 2019

The Double-boiled Winter Melon Soup with assorted seafood standing on a large holder for support.  The winter melon shell is a very attractive serving bowl for soup although it’s quite heavy and tough but it can hold up to the heat of the soup. Peking Garden, 4th level, Greenbelt 5 Makati City serves the best Double-Boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood. The big size is suitable for 10 to 12 persons, it is a hot clear soup almost boiling when served. The most delicious soup is when you bring up the total hotness on the table, the natural freshness of seafood and vegetable brings up the good flavor.

Peking Garden, 4th level, Greenbelt 5 Makati City

Double-Boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood, the shrimp tails hanging over the edge of the winter melon bowl.

It’s not oily, it is clear and tasty as I’ve mentioned previously, you don’t see any tiny floating particles on top.

Individual serving, Small bowl of Winter Melon Soup.

How it was served? The Double-Boiled Winter Melon Soup brought inside the room by the server.

The winter melon flesh It’s still smoky hot!

 Wheeled by the server using a service cart ( 2 shelf cart with wheels) along with soup bowls and a ladle.

The server carefully ladled in assorted seafood inside the shell and scraped the flesh of winter melon using a long-handed cup-shaped spoon followed by the clear soup to fill each bowl. For our finale, picking a piece of shrimps over the edge of the winter melon bowl.

Continue Reading

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

Best Selection of Fruits for Growing Teens and Kids

By on October 24, 2019

One way to encourage a family member to eat fruits regularly is to buy some and store it in the refrigerator. Once they arrived earlier than expected especially during hot days,they go directly to the refrigerator and see something refreshing that will attract their taste buds, it would be tempting for them to take a bite of fresh cold fruits. Another way to make it easier for them to pick it up, make it readily available and ready to eat.

While it’s simply tempting to young kids and growing teens from buying junk foods, fruits make the best alternative for them, it is a good source of fiber, vitamins and natural compounds that helps the body to fight against diseases. For moms out there, when shopping food or planning family meals, vow to be organized, explain the nutritional value and make buying fruits a weekly habit. Be open to special requests, you ask your kids to make a list of their favorite fruits. It’s good to serve fresh fruits any meal of the day better than turning into unhealthy junks or fast food items.

Sliced fresh fruits with some selection. For the kids, it’s a choice of their favorites. Choices to choose from; kiwi, strawberry, dragon fruit, oranges, apples, grapes, avocados or any fresh fruits with the natural sweetness. 

Shown here, our daily selection of fruits for good health and everyday freshness.There’s no substitute to self-prepared fresh fruits, it requires only 10 to 15 minutes of your time to serve these kind, just a short time preparation without cooking at all. What a  handy effort to rush on. You may also want to add more ripe fruits and additional drops of Pineapple sauce, Yogurt, Ice cream, Cherry syrup and Sweet honey flavor is good too.

Have fun and enjoy eating fruits!

Thank you readers/ viewers for visiting my website! See you next posts!

Continue Reading

Arts/ Home Ideas | Events/ Holidays/ Special Occasions | My Indoor and Outdoor Photography

Grand Opening of Mario de Rivera~Palace of Memory

By on September 20, 2019

Last week, Tuesday Sept.10, 2019- 6 PM Mario de Rivera, a Filipino Asian modern and contemporary painter celebrated the Grand Opening of his One-man show, he picked Art Lounge Manila as the new venue for his solo exhibition to showcase his expertise and art creations. People gathered to see the artistic expression, it offers everyone the richness of visual experience.

Other respected names in the field of arts and close to a hundred friends, art collectors and relatives came to be a part of the event.

The highlight of the exhibition includes; Hand draw cheers of Champagne toast, Mario de Rivera speaks on a range of inspirations, Ballet duet live performance and a projection screen slide show featuring the impressive paintings of his son, Lorenzo. Artistic talent really runs in the family. Perhaps, Lorenzo’s artworks would soon be as popular as his father.

Mario de Rivera is already an established artist. Since then, he has had multiple solo exhibits, he exhibited his works in different galleries and joined group shows here and abroad. His work has been offered at auction multiple times. Year 2003, de Rivera won the Excellence Award at the 2003 Beppu Contemporary Art Exhibit in Japan competing with more than a thousand entries from all over the world and in July 2000 as Manila Finalist of Phillip Morris Award.

Art Lounge Manila Ground Level Podium ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

A catalog richly detailed that shows all exhibition pieces of de Rivera.

This space is dedicated to the range of de Rivera’s paintings revealing the charm of contemporary visual arts in variety of forms.

Nowadays, there has been an increased of public awareness of art through publicity of various exhibitions, news media, social media and blogs, with this kind of awareness will increase the patronage of art lovers and private collectors, this alone helps gave paintings a strong structural quality.

A toast to success! Mario (from the right) with wife Luz, the couple leads the toasting. For the increasing demand, Good luck and my Best Wishes! Cheers!

Mario de Rivera skillful perspective, the bright touches the pure color makes it more interesting especially when transformed into whirling colors, you can see the hidden reality of things side by side.The beauty of the picture does not really depend on one subject matter but on the style and form.

Me with the Filipino Asian modern and contemporary painter Mario de Rivera and Ninica del Rosario (Mario’s cousin).

Taken during the Grand Opening of Mario de Rivera’s Palace of Memory at Art Lounge Manila. (right ) Mario de Rivera, Ninica del Rosario, Me and Edgar Pazziuagan.

Added entertainment that evening, a Ballet duet live performance.

Stunning Paintings of Mario de Rivera

The scope of the whole collection, de Rivera produces the kind of art that suits the purposes of its particular time.

”The Black Dragon River”

”The Dry Season Afternoon”

”Between Sumba and Shanghai”

”Between Diu & Makassar”

”Anapolas Indias”

Atty. Baniqued, (left) Ninica del Rosario, Dr. and Dra Lim also graced the Gala opening of Mario de Rivera Palace of Memory.

Impressive Table Setting full of fantastic party appetizers and tasty finger foods.

Champagne and sparkling wine on the table

Having a solo show of artworks marks the achievement of huge success! The power of art inspired the viewers. I was enjoying the evening with friends around; Ninica (Mario’s cousin) and Edgar P., we all enjoyed the accomplishment of seeing Mario de Rivera’s work on display.

Thank you so much Ninica del Rosario for your kind invitation.

Congratulations to Mario de Rivera on his solo exhibition at Art Lounge Manila!

Art Lounge Manila proudly Presents Mario de Rivera’s Palace of Memory Grand Opening: September 10, 2019/ 6 PM / Exhibit runs until September 24, 2019/ The Podium Ground Level, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

Continue Reading

My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Travel and Adventure

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave Tuao Cagayan

By on August 15, 2019

Entering the town of Tuao, the first thing you’ll notice is this welcome sign at the left side of the road. This entry sign, “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” leaves a beautiful impression of the town as well as describing the positive attitude of the people of Tuao Cagayan. According to social media posts of my cousins, Tuao is where people are proud to live and visitors are always welcome here.

Welcome entry sign of Tuao Cagayan. The Municipality of Tuao, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Cagayan

This beautiful welcome entry sign of Tuao Cagayan says a lot about their town, it  is a catching phrase visual reminder and  it’s a local pride!

Continue Reading

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

Creative Ways to Serve Fresh Strawberries

By on August 2, 2019

Freshly picked strawberries has the best flavor, With the looks itself, it’s not only fresh but perfectly ripe and moist with redness. Frequently, we only think about the sweetness of the fruit, that’s important but many fruits have even more to offer, they may have both the sweetness, scent, nutrition, color and health benefits. Strawberries has it all!

The good variety of strawberries grown in La Trinidad, Benguet, it was all planted in rows and a feet apart with each other. La Trinidad has the good type of soil and a climate which is considerate to these kinds of fruits. Strawberries are people’s favorite, Indeed, my favorite too.

In La Trinidad strawberry farm, you can pick your own strawberries. The owners will guide the strawberry pickers around charging  Five hundred pesos per kilo. It is costly compared the price in the public market of Baguio city. Heavy cropping and picking done in the month of March to April when the fruits are abundant. The good thing about picking on your own, you can feel the excitement and the refreshing fragrance around that makes you more excited. It’s worth it!

Strawberry fields of La Trinidad, Benguet

The strawberry field is a very good example of a clean landscape, you can see here growing in many rows. The white flower appeared here is white in color, that’s the strawberry flower, it will soon turn into a white fruit. Details shown, beside the flower is the fruit which is partly red and white, the other one is still full white. When unripe, the fruit is white in color, however, as the fruit ripens, it gradually turns into color red. You can only pick strawberry when it is fully ripe.

Freshly picked strawberries in a box

Using fresh strawberries, I’ve created different arrangements such as; heart-shaped strawberries on a platter, forming letters using strawberries, circular-shaped arrangement and the standard grouping of strawberries.

Here are some ideas on how to serve it on a platter at the center table. With the guest around, it is also good to serve strawberries in the garden or in the backyard while having barbecue outdoors.

I used these fruits for making fruit salad delights, it looks attractive when mixed with other fresh fruits too. It is also a nutritious snack, a refreshing dessert, good for jams, jellies, ice cream, and shakes.

My Valentine masterpiece

I will show you example on how to please your loved one on Valentine’s day. This is just a simple art using fresh strawberries as the center of attraction on the table. It’s good to serve strawberries on this special day because the red color and heart-shaped not to mention the sweet fragrance represents love, it’s just like serving your love using these fragrant fruits.

Strawberry Valentine

This is a big Valentine party arrangement on the table.

Heart-shaped Strawberries

Lovely Strawberry Hearts 

A heart-shaped arrangement strawberries on a platter.

Modern Ways to Serve Strawberries

Rounded Form or Circular-Shaped Strawberries

To create a circular form, it is best to choose the firm and the ripe ones.

Strawberry Robot

My illustration of a Red Robot using strawberries, this is a big strawberry robot. It’s just a funny arrangement of fruits.

Strawberry Alphabet

I’ve arranged strawberries using the letter M it represents the first letter of my name on a platter, you can create one for you too.

Strawberry Pink Sprinkles

Strawberries in a Cocktail Glass

Unequal-sized strawberries, the big one must always at the center. This kind of arrangement will create specific mood on the table.

The freshness inside, strawberry slices with other fruits.

Strawberry Cocktail Delights

New ways on how to serve strawberries on a platter emphasizing the red color of strawberries, I used a clean white plate.

Serving fresh strawberries on the table without removing the stalk, it serves as a holder as you eat and it would be easier to pick it up, that’s the natural way to hold a piece of strawberry.

Strawberry Fan

Strawberries with other fruits.

The trendy arrangement of strawberries.

This kind of serving will emphasize the freshness of fruits.

One way of introducing strawberries as a pretty snack and dessert on the table.

Individual serving of fresh strawberries

It’s more enjoyable to pick your own strawberries and eat with your hands, you’ll appreciate more the freshness in natural state. To serve it fresh, you don’t need to clean everything, just after washing it, save the stem and calyx to show freshness and to the complete the whole fruit. It’s just a fresh fruit ready to go. All you have to do is to pick,wash and eat.   

Thank you for reading my blog!

Continue Reading

My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Travel and Adventure

Viewing the Sunset Through an Airplane Window

By on July 31, 2019

Whenever I travel, I prefer the window seat because it gives me the best viewing spot, it’s the best corner that offers a variety of views to savor from beautiful landscapes to a field of greenery, towering mountains and cliff, sunrise and sunset scene and other water forms to name a few..

The best seat that I can enjoy is the window seat, this is the best space to enjoy the constant changing views above and if given a chance, aside from others land forms, you’ll get to witness the sunrise or sunset too, this might be the reasons why most passengers would rather sit in the window seat than the aisle. The small space provides a bit of privacy for relaxing and entertaining without even bothering seatmates, it is a better pick especially if your flight is short. My flight time from Taipei to Manila is just 2 hours, my flight departure from Taoyuan International Airport around 5 PM.  With a flight mode adjustment, I was able to take few pictures done with permission , I was only given 3 minutes to shoot the sky clouds above and luckily, the good timing to shoot the beautiful sunset.

The green sky at night. Green flashes, yellow and orange combination lasted only for a second.

Magnificent Sunset from the Plane Window

Viewing the beauty of the world from a higher altitude, it’s my dream to produce beautiful aerial photography shots. This is a hand held photos with some degree of accuracy but to few, it may be very confusing, certain locations causing just as an approximate details like somewhere around.

Fly with me to experience the changing colors of twilight. This is really interesting, you’ll witness here from the start of sunset till darkness, the beauty from beyond twilight hours..

Sunset from an airplane window, taken on my flight journey from Taipei to Manila.

It was already the start of sunset time, I took this shot one hour after departure.

Blanket of clouds getting thicker and bolder . Sunset colors; the light blue-green flashes with yellow and orange lights about to merge together. Colors of the sunset result from a phenomenon called scattering.

The transition of colors is about to form…

Flying above the flat clouds

Reddish-orange color is about to appear. Reddening of the sun at sunset time.

Shifting sunset colors into a new dimension.

Scattering of light blue colors with yellow sun rays.

Taken halfway between Taipei and Manila. Getting dark slowly. This is a very colorful sunset perhaps the long wavelengths of light that provides variety of colors.

Watching and photographing the passing of time, the romantic colors and the soft glowing of lights is an inspiration to connect with nature.

The sun is about sink below the horizon, leaving mostly blue, yellow, red and orange light remaining. The light is still visible for awhile and complete darkness took place after this last picture.Taking a few minutes to appreciate the skyline, it was a peaceful time for me to see how the day ends on board.

This is a rare opportunity to capture the sunset from an airplane window. I was lucky enough given the chance to experience once in a lifetime activity.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Continue Reading