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Today’s Sunrise, October 09, 2016

I was supposed to go biking today, but I got sidetracked by this stunning skyline.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All photos were taken at Plantation Bay using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Cottony Clouds over my Paradisaical Workplace

While out on my morning walk/jog, I chanced on this view and couldn’t help but marvel at the cloud-filled sky.

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Usually, our skies are just shades of blue with a scattering of cottony clouds here and there.

Here’s a zoomed-in shot.

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I actually had to wade into the waters to take the above, but I had no regrets.  The scenery looked so pretty!  I even stopped my morning routine and just lounged around while enjoying the serene views.

This one’s taken on the roadway fronting Galapagos Beach.  The clouds here weren’t so defined, but I loved how the palm trees reflected on the still lagoon waters.

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On my way back to my room, my view of a cloud-filled sky was just as pronounced from the back lobby.

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Photos taken at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which by the way is now my favorite mobile camera because it takes photos in wider angles than my iPhone 6.

Today’s Sunset, May 05, 2016

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“When your world moves too fast
and you lose yourself in the chaos,
introduce yourself
to each color of the sunset.
Re-acquaint yourself with the earth
beneath your feet.
Thank the air that surrounds you
with every breath you take.
Find yourself in the appreciation of life.”
– Christy Ann Martine

An apt quote for the busy bee in me.

My apologies for abandoning this blog for months.  I have been too busy and to be honest, I wasn’t inspired to write.

Today, as I chanced on this really beautiful sunset, I was reminded of how nice it is to document even the simplest moments in our lives as watching the sun end its day with a bang, and to not just document them, but to also share them with the world.

The world is beautiful.  So is life.  And thank heavens for such simple but true reminders of this beauty as the perennially stunning sunset.

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Photos taken using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Cebu: Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, but they don’t align in a perfectly straight line, so the Moon only partially covers the Sun’s disc.

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We experienced this phenomenon today and I was awestruck at how the sun looked like a crescent moon.

We were in Boljoon when I took the above photo at around 9 AM.  I took it with our van’s tinted windows as my photo filter.  Our driver noticed my struggles in framing my shots, so he pulled over so I could take more photos.  Yey!

Here’s my favorite shot from today.

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Photos taken using a Sony RX 100 II.

Sunset this Leap Year, February 29, 2016

I was sidetracked from logging out from work today when I saw just how dramatic the skyline looked…

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Ever the sunrise and sunset-chaser, I always take the time to catch the sun rising or setting in my corner of the world, and I’ve seen Cebu sunsets in various shades of yellow and gold and orange and red, and even in hues of purple and pink, but never in such shades of fiery reds.

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Looking at it now, I remember some lines from Passenger’s “Setting Suns.”

I felt like I was dreaming,
I’d never seen the sky so red
Gave me the strangest feeling
And a voice inside me said,

All my life I’ve been chasing setting suns
See me running up the hill when the evening comes
They get further away the faster I run
I’m getting old and tired of chasing setting suns.

Let me say though, that while I feel I’m getting old (and I like to think in a positive way, te he), I know I will never get tired of chasing setting suns (or rising ones).

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