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Samboan: Waking Up to the Sunrise of the South + a Teaser Photo of Dao Falls

We had a long weekend last week so my friend and I decided to go falls-hopping in Samboan, a fifth class municipality about 150 kilometers south of Cebu City.

We arrived at the South Bus terminal at around 1 AM for our 2 AM Ceres bus, but to our dismay, the bus did not arrive until 3:30 AM.  By then, another bus company, Sunrays, had arrived.  Despite Sunray’s non-aircon bus, we opted to take it since it was a direct trip to Samboan (Ceres was via Barili).

Because we were exhausted from work and all the waiting, we slept the whole duration of our trip.  I only woke up when I felt the first rays of sunshine on my face.

Here’s my first view of that day’s sunrise.

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As the bus cruised along the highway, I relished the feel of the summer breeze on my face.  This is actually why I prefer to ride non-air-con buses during trips to provinces – it’s nice to inhale air that is devoid of pollution and smog.

Another reason why I prefer taking non-air-con buses on provincial trips is that on them, I can snap photos anytime.  (Most air-conditioned buses have immovable windows that prevent me from taking really good shots of the scenery before me.)

Too bad I couldn’t will the bus to stop anytime to take photos, so some of my shots were either blurry or skewed.  Good thing it’s now easy to straighten photos.

Here’s a photo that I had to crop because there was a signage by the breakwater that ruined my composition.

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Here’s another one.

I love how the clouds looked fluffy.  Too bad I had to again crop this since the signage is right underneath the sun.

If I’m not mistaken, we were in Boljoon when I chanced on the above.

From Boljoon to Oslob, I kept on snapping photos in between snacking on the sandwiches I brought with me.

Here’s  one of my better photos from this set.


I love how the coconuts and trees framed the sunrise on the above photo.

On this photo, the fluffy clouds again made an appearance.
This is another photo of the same scenery, but this time, I zoomed in for a closer shot.

Morning had broken, and everything looked so serene.

Here’s another favorite because the plants again nicely framed the sunrise and clouds.

Up next is my blog about Dao Falls, the tallest waterfall in Samboan with a 90-foot vertical drop of water.

Here’s a teaser photo.

Dao Falls
Till next!

Today’s Sunrise, April 13, 2015

I usually report for work at 8 AM, but today, I decided to come in at 7 AM since I have to work on a report that was due before 12NN.

On my way to the office, I was sidetracked by this view.

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I watched in amazement as the sun peeked among the clouds to shine its light.  Even more amazing was the formation of the clouds around it and over the resort’s saltwater lagoon that everything looked perfectly framed.

I watched as the sky changed from yellow to white and the sky gradually turned blue.

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I love the clouds, especially when they are cottony white and contrast nicely with the sky.  I can spend the whole day watching them scurry by, or take various shapes.

I don’t have all day to appreciate this though, since I knew it would be another manic Monday for me so I took this last shot before finally going to my office.

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Photos taken using an iPhone 6.

Photo+Text: Easter 2015

I’ve always associated Easter with hope thus this quote.

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Remember the movie The Passion of the Christ? I cried buckets when I watched it. At some points, I couldn’t even focus on what’s onscreen because I felt Jesus was suffering too much – He who is the sinless one bore our sins so that we may be saved.

Thankfully, Jesus’ story didn’t end on the cross. On the third day, God raised Him from the dead. It was the greatest of surprises, one which is a glimpse of what awaits those who follow Jesus.

Hope lives and its because Jesus trusted God the Father.

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Happy Easter, everyone!

Now for the credits.  The first photo was taken at Isla Naburot in Guimaras, which I will blog about soon. Filter is Pixlr-o-matic’s Carl filter. Text added via Phonto.

The second photo was salvaged from my old Sony Ericsson phone’s memory card.  I remember taking this as I was doing my morning rounds at Plantation Bay.  Since it was a little skewed, I used Snapseed to straighten it then added Pixlr-o-matic’s Ingrid filter and Clean border. Text courtesy of Phonto.

Today’s Sunrise, April 04, 2015

It’s the Easter holiday in the Philippines right now so these past days, I was just holed up in my room catching up on some reading and crafts.  Today though, I had no choice but to get up early since I promised K yesterday that we will have breakfast at 6 AM.

When I stepped out of my room, my attention was drawn to the very dramatic skyline so I headed to the lagoon to check the view and was greeted with this dramatic sunrise.

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So beautiful, especially with how everything was reflected on the lagoon.  And the blue, white, yellow, and green colors complemented each other so well.

Thankfully, K was late so I had time to take more photos.

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The above was taken at the resort’s fishing pond.  Just look at that skyline and again, the tree reflecting beautifully on the water.

Right beside the fishing pond is Xanadu Lodge, which afforded me this view.  And because the coconut tree was so tall, I had to do a panoramic shot to fully capture it.

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All photos taken using an iPhone 6 and edited using Snapseed’s HDR mode.