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Mali, the Saddest Elephant Dies after Decades of Solitary Confinement

By on December 5, 2023

The only elephant in the Phils and one of my favorite photographic subjects has passed away. Mali, aged 43- 49 sometimes referred to as Vishwa Ma’ali, a popular attraction at the Manila Zoo passed away November 28, 2023, at 3:45 PM at the Manila Zoo. She was the first captive elephant in the Philippines to have lived in solitary confinement for more than 40 years. Mali, a Sri Lankan elephant was given to the Manila City Government in 1981 but later became a zoo attraction, you can only imagine how difficult life would be inside the cage in solitary confinement. I was sorry to hear of her loss.

 I was one of the activists who advocated for her release so that she may go to safety living a free life. My dream for Mali is to have a free life connecting with other elephants. It was really a lonely existence living inside the cage, the elephant sanctuary ought to have been the ideal place for her to call her home. My hopes have been shattered that she’ s no longer with us now, she’s gone…

Mali and I had a particular bond and I frequently visited her at the Manila Zoo. She was also one of my favorite photography subjects and featured on my blogs a couple of times. I remember from my previous blog post featuring Mali, I took a picture of her against the setting sun. It was a dramatic photograph of an elephant with a sunset backdrop, it was a relatively rare shot.

I went to look over our old images and tears rolled down my cheeks. I lost a dear friend who always gave me her beautiul glance. My dearest Mali, thank you for the lovely photographs. I will always remember you. My final farewell, and may you rest in peace…

Note: Now that the elephant cage is empty and prepared to host the next generation, what about housing humans there? Simply choose the appropriate person to experience what Mali has gone through in captivity.

My apologies! I’m only exercising my right to free speech in the Philippines, which is a democratic country.

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Small Dog Halloween Costume Ideas

By on November 10, 2023

Like the vast majority of pet owners, I like to dress up my four-year-old Coton de tulear, whom I call Frosty. I always have a number of outfits on hand, one for every occasion, and I’m currently trying on rehearsal outfits in order to determine which one he likes most in terms of comfort. The best part about dressing my fur baby is that it makes it super easy for me to dress him up because he already exhibits naturally friendly behavior and will approach me quickly when he is disturbed. I’m here to showcase the benefit of having an outfit rehearsal prior to the event. You can simply reject and select the best option for him.

Others say that dressing up dogs is a form of animal cruelty but we now live in a modern world where people treat animals like their own children. As long as you know your limitations when dressing your pet, they should not be too tight that they restrict movements. Online shopping becomes challenging at times. While I prefer that Frosty wear light clothing on our daily walks in the park but when we visit a pet-friendly mall, I usually dress him in a little bit more clothing to keep him warm.

I’d like to share a couple photos of my furry pet dressed up for Halloween. It appears that I’m more excited than him since I’m a fur parent. Some dogs enjoy wearing costumes, while others do not. Based on his appearance in these photos, you’ll know, or you can tell, which one is comfortable based purely on what he looks like in the picture. So, let’s get started!

Vampire Costume is a dramatic black cape with a red lining. Frosty also looks like a great magician.

 Frosty with a rabbit headband, it seems like she’s going for a winter walk but it looks quite lovely.

 Frosty wearing a baseball hat with an ear holes sunscreen.

This is an Anime dog costume, a cosplay spotlight.

Dinosaur outfit for Frosty. This type of outfit is a major no-no for Frosty, he will get heatstroke in this kind of outfit.

In this outfit, my dog ​​looks like a dwarf. Turning a cute dog into a dwarf is not okay! Lol!

Pretty lovely with his orange cone and headband.

Frosty appears more relaxed in this headband without the body wrap.

The orange cone shape is just as pretty cool.

Frosty with an antlers skull cap.

So, what are your thoughts on dressing up pets? What are your opinions on pets wearing costumes? Dressing up your fur baby expresses affection and a pleasurable experience comes along adoring your baby in clothing is a joyful and affectionate gesture. I won’t stop here, more to come next time.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Goodnight Fellas

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Qingjing Farm-Green Green Grassland

By on December 13, 2021

There is a common saying that goes something like this: “It looks like Switzerland; it is the green land pasture to bond with flocks of sheep; and your reward?” Personal interaction, including bonding with and feeding the gentle animals.

A tourist attraction in Taiwan, the ‘’Green, Green Grassland’’ in Qingjing farm or Cingjing farm is a hill ranch in the midst of lovely grassy hills where livestock can graze. Its elevation above sea level is 1,750 meters. The temperature swings between day and night are quite dramatic.

Green, Green Grassland in Qingjing farm or Cingjing farm

Green, Green Grassland in Qingjing farm

Postcard perfect scene

Aside from the picturesque scene of the pastureland, surprisingly full of life to see the spectacular beauty of the mountains and hills abounds here.

Gentle Corner

Human-Animal Bond

Sheep are one of the earliest domesticated animals and are still popular today. When I tried to touch them and they didn’t push me away, I knew I had earned their trust and could relax.

Green, Green Grassland in Qingjing farm

Feeding the sheep with the feed provided by the park.

Outer part, sheep hair is a crimped wool and coarse but to my surprised, the wooly undercoat was soft and fluffy, much less than I thought.

It is well worth the effort to make the trip to Taiwan’s Green Green Grassland; I had my very first opportunity to interact with docile animals there, and it was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was a vivacious relationship between us, so I don’t feel self-conscious moving around and touching them.

The sheep ranch, Qingjing farm, or Cingjing farm is an absolute must for any visitor to Taiwan, whether they choose to drive or hike there. The following are included in the price of a ticket to enter the green, green grassland: Grassy meadows, a park, and a pastoral region all make up the greenery that is Guanshan.

Qingjing farm Green green grassland

Address: Renhe Road, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Details for Site Guests

Please refrain from smoking

There is to be no overnightingProhibited foodsNo animals allowed.

Be quiet around animals.

Never combine sheep and horses for a ride

Feed the animals with park supplies.

No airplanes

No drones are allowed, period.

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Sunbird/Hummingbird in the Philippines

By on October 23, 2021

The stay at home orders due to pandemic gave me the opportunity to reconnect with nature and wildlife. I began seeing species of birds that I’ve never seen before. This month, I began to notice the presence of hummingbirds around, with rain on and off, sometimes, showers are much more scattered, I was surprised to see them eating blossoms and performed the backward upside down position and hovered overhead.

Just like other pollinators which is fairly the same way as the bees and butterflies,

Hummingbirds enjoy nectar for the same reasons. The abundance of birds and other pollinators in our backyard is a source of great joy for me.

Little hummingbirds are really adorable! Hummingbirds are unique among birds in that they are able to both fly forward and backward.

When circumstances calls for photography, I’d hate to waste the chance to obtain some decent images with a relatively unposed subject. It takes a lot of patience to wait for the ideal moment and prefocus my camera on the branch where the hummingbird is likely to land, but by watching the birds I am able to easily have a good notion of where to stand and when to wait for the birds to move position in order to get a more natural appearance.

Hummingbirds are notoriously challenging to photograph due to their quick flight and small stature. Whenever I move, this bird takes off off the branch and flies a few feet away, but it always comes back after I calm down. I think the bird realized I was just attempting to shoot it and relaxed a bit.

The birds can always count on these blooms to provide for them. I really really wish these hummingbirds would return so I could take more stunning photographs of them.

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RAVE Pasig Rainforest Park

By on September 8, 2021

Keeping me active is a great approach to relieve my pandemic tension because there is never a dull moment. For the sake of nostalgia, I was looking through some old pictures stored in a folder on my computer’s desktop. Because of its unique attractions and the fact that it is only a 20-minute drive from my house, my first visit to Rainforest Adventure Park and my return there a year later remain as my most valuable experience to this day.

For me, the best way to ensure that the wonderful times of yesteryear will be around for future generations to enjoy is to keep fantasies of bygone eras alive. There’s a backstory behind this photo, just like there’s a reason why I’m taking it today. So, shall we?

This is just some old photos I wanted to post before the epidemic hit.(Every image was captured in January of 2018) This amusement park has limited hours. Covid-19 pandemic made big changes and far from over plz. I am not here to suggest that you go to this amusement park. In the meantime, you should remain at home.

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 two hours I spent at RAVE, I was able to explore many of the exhibits and take photos in my favorite areas, including the Butterfly house and the Flower fields. The memories of my special connection with the zoo animals just won’t fade. This 4.8-hectare park packs in a lot of activities and attractions in a short amount of time, but if you want to see everything, you’ll need more than an hour.

Reanimating a prehistoric animal. The walkways are decorated with life-size statues of dinosaurs, giving the impression that you have stepped into a prehistoric country straight out of Jurassic Park. The dinosaur replicas are available for photo ops at your leisure.

Rainforest Adventure Park Attractions

Early March is when most tourists flock to Rainforest Park for the best boating, wildlife viewing, and flower viewing. All of the must-see attractions in the rainforest are in close proximity to one another; it’s a one-stop shop for a nice day in nature. RAVE is for you if you appreciate nature in all its forms, including flora, fauna, and aquatic organisms.

Boating Lagoon

Paddle boats on a man-made lagoon. A paddle boat is a self-propelled boat that can cover significant distances. The 20-minute paddle excursion was fun for my sister and me and a great opportunity to get some exercise.

Butterfly House

I’ve spent more time at this location than I like to admit getting up up and personal with the butterflies so I can photograph them. This stunning habitat had a garden full with different kinds of butterflies.

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

The giant sunflowers are the garden’s backbone and the major attraction, yet they are just one of the many wonderful things to see in Rainforest Garden. The Flower Fields landscape style incorporates a wide range of flowering plants, including popular perennials and annuals, into a cohesive whole.

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.


The Bird Sanctuary, also known as bird flight cages, is a refuge for migratory and threatened bird species. A little stop to take pictures of the birds is an essential part of my day. There are several stunning birds in the area.

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 need to be in a hurry; there are benches spread out conveniently all around to let you take a load off and relax in the shade. In the end, you’ll have seen and done everything there is to see and do at Rainforest.

Locating the RAVE Pasig Rainforest Adventure Park: the Essential Information.

Three hours later, the sun is nearly at its zenith. After a fun and exhausting day, my sister and I headed home about noon.

Needing more? The highlights of Rainforest Park cannot be covered in a single post. When I return, I really hope the weather is nice…

Thank you for reading my blog!

Goodnight Everyone!

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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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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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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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