weekly photo challenge: sea

With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.– Sylvia Earle

sea anemones

tagged I: ice, ice and lots of ice

Keeping up with the story/photo challenges, here’s my entry to Frizz’s Tagged I: ICE.

As i’ve mentioned in my About page, hubby works as a senior marine officer in one of the biggest shipping companies whose office is based in Norway. Since his job takes him to almost all parts of the globe, i urged him to make photo taking as a hobby. During their voyage to China, the ship’s deck is literally frozen and covered with ice. Sharing with you these photos.

ice1

ice formation

ice2

ice formation

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ice formation

Finally, here’s my entry to 7th RPC Photo Competition. I’ve chosen this photo because it has the complete elements of water (the sea, the ice, and the clouds) which is the theme of the photo competition. If you like the photo which i titled THE SHIP IS FROZEN, hope you’ll CLICK HERE to LIKE/VOTE. Lots of thanks!

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THE SHIP IS FROZEN

Photo credits: all photos of the vessel taken by hubby at sea enroute to Dagang China. Photo edits by yours truly.

For more story/photo entries tagged I, visit Frizz’s blog.

a word a week photo challenge: islands

Photo of these two islands were taken during during our island hopping in Boracay. I am not really sure about the names of these islands. Correct me if i’m wrong, but i’ve read somewhere that they are called the Big and the Small Laurel Islands which are great sites for diving.

islands

Share your photos of Islands and visit Sue’s Blog to know more about the photo challenge.

travel theme: animals

World Animal Day is celebrated each year every October 4th. It was first organized in Florence Italy by ecologists and the date was chosen because it is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi the patron saint of all animals. However, these days it is celebrated by all animal lovers around the world regardless of background, nationality and beliefs.

This week’s travel theme by Ailsa of wheresmybackpack is Animals, in honor of World Animal Day. Animals are amazing creatures that live and co-exist among humans, as such they truly deserve to be given this much honor and respect.

Here’s my contribution for this week’s travel theme.

sealion

sealion

sealion

the sealion posing for the camera

Photos taken by hubby during one of his travels.

My favorite quote about animals:

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. 
Mahatma Gandhi

sunday post: favorite spot

My favorite spot is… the white sand beach of Boracay.

boracay

boracay

boracay

boracay

boracay

My first trip to Boracay was during the 80’s. Having worked in an airline company, we’ve known about the island from the more adventurous friends of the mountaineering club. Boracay was virginal, exotic and serene. During that time, the only accommodation in the island were a few bahay-kubo or the nipa huts. Our bed is made of bamboo but we had clean and crispy bedsheets. There is no electricity as such only generators run the water pumps so we had enough supply of water especially in the bathroom. The sand is much more pristine that it glows and it is quite difficult to stare at it with naked eyes.

As the sun sets in, the caretaker will round all the huts and giving each one kerosene lamps for the night. We only hear the waves as we sleep. We buy our food which are freshly catched fishes from the local fishermen. The caretaker were gracious enough to cook the food for us for a small fee. There are no roads, instead only trails and pathways. We managed to take a hike in the island from end to end with just the locals as our guides. They are very hospitable and friendly. There are no jeepneys, no tricycles and no cars. Visitors in the island were mostly Europeans and at that time, we were the only Filipinos. Our playmates are the children of the locals as we frolic in the beach.

Fast forward… today, Boracay is crowded with tourists. There is a mall, ATM machines, electricity, hotels, resorts, roads, cars, jeepneys, tricycles, and internet cafe shops.

I am lucky enough to have experienced the beauty and serenity of Boracay when it was still an unknown island.