Wow! It’s been a very busy month that I wasn’t able to blog for weeks! My apologies, as I took more responsibilities at work…
Anyhoo, I’m starting my 2017 in WordPress with a sunrise post.
Isn’t it lovely? I took the above at the Monument Valley, and it’s become my favorite because the colors remind me of a lot of things.
Indigo reminds me of introspection and meditation. I’m an introvert, and I always require an alone time to ponder on things or recharge.
The hues of red caution me to keep my temper in check. It speaks to me too of passion and love.
Black reminds me of what’s uncertain in everyday life. Of my pride and faults and weaknesses.
My hopes and optimism are best conveyed by the color yellow. It speaks to me of joy.
And of course, the rising sun reminds me to always be grateful for each day that grants me the chance to live, learn, laugh, and love.
Maya is my friend’s Australian shepherd. It wasn’t really love at first sight between us as typical of shepherd dogs, she was very protective of her humans and did not immediately warm up to me, a stranger. She was barking rather madly (the kind that’s sure to scare anyone) when she met me, but I’m such a dog person I just stared her down till she quieted and let me pet her.
Eventually, I became her constant playmate the whole week that I was in Manila. Each morning before and after breakfast, we’d play games in the garden. She’s such a sweet giant of a dog.
And oh, so active. There’s no rest where she’s concerned. She would go to my room with her toy and insist that we play. Sometimes, she’d chase me around the house too.
Maya’s also very intelligent and stubborn. She loves disobeying her humans, and it’s funny how she has this look whenever she doesn’t feel like following someone’s instructions.
And yep, she loves displacing me and hogging the bed to herself.
Despite her stubbornness, Maya’s really sweet (especially when she wants food, te he) and can easily charm someone’s socks off.
Isn’t she adorable?
Oh, Maya, I so miss you and can’t wait to see you again next year!
I usually do my morning walk at 5:30 AM, but today, I decided to head out early as I was afraid it would rain that I’d miss my daily exercise. Tropical Depression Marce, after all, was due to make its landfall in the province this morning.
It was drizzling when I went out. I expected cloudy skies, but I didn’t expect streaks of light among the clouds hovering over Plantation Bay’s saltwater lagoons.
Pardon the photo quality as it was still dark, and my smartphone isn’t really good at taking pictures in low light. I was too lazy too to come back to my room to get my camera or GoPro. Te he.
When I reached the resort’s Galapagos Beach, I was sidetracked by this view.
So pretty. And the sound of the crashing waves was therapeutic to hear.
I took this photo on my second lap. The weather was kind of crazy. It was drizzling, and the wind was strong, but the sun was emerging too.
On my fourth lap, I noticed that the sky was looking all golden, so I headed to Xanadu Lodge as it’s one of the best spots for sunrise-watching in Plantation Bay.
I loved how the clouds looked wispy and golden and almost moving. The views were so lovely that I stayed for almost fifteen minutes, just when the color of the clouds changed to lighter shades of yellow.
Isn’t it pretty?
All photos were taken using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
As mentioned in this post, these lovely trees were what attracted me to Cascades Gardens.
Rosy Trumpet Tree is also called Tabebuia rosea or pink poui. I already wrote about a different genus of Tabebuia here, though I only realized this when I saw the flowers up close. Our Tabebuia here in the Philippines isn’t as tall, though.
A trivia: This is a national tree of El Salvador.
The tree in all its glory. I loved how balanced its branches looked.
An ant’s view of the tree’s branches and flowers.
Here are zoomed-in shots of its flowers. Too bad the tree was too tall so I couldn’t take a macro shot of the flower itself.
As usual, I’ll end this post with my favorite shot from this set.
Photos were taken at Cascades Gardens in Gold Coast, Australia.
I was supposed to go biking today, but I got sidetracked by this stunning skyline.
I watched, mesmerized by the colors, pointedly ignoring my phone’s notifications as I sat on the lagoon’s edge and dangled my feet on the waters. Beep beep, Viber notified. Another new message from a Facebook page I manage also popped up. I ignored them and just kept staring at the unfolding sunrise. So beautiful.
I normally spend my waking hours checking my emails and messages, so it was nice to spend this dawn just enjoying the sights.
I wasn’t satisfied with just watching, so I went for a swim. I then took this photo.
Just look at the defined lines caused by the ripples that formed when I waded into the waters.
This was my parting shot as I then left my phone on the lounger while I enjoyed a 20-minute morning early morning swim.
All photos were taken at Plantation Bay using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.