It’s one thing to get used to living by the sea and everything that comes with it, such as constantly seeing boats, watching the sea shift from high tide to low tide and vice versa, feeling the smell of the sea, or even hearing the horn from boats at all times of the day. It’s another to take personal notice of big ships that dock off port for days at a time. Such was the case last month when I first noticed a few large ships docked at sea, very early in the morning. I was on my way to school when I caught sight of these ships, which looked strangely large against a background of sea and sky. Coming back from school, the ships were still there. They were actually docked at sea for about a week (maybe a little more or less), each carrying some surprise array of items in their hold.
The sight was something I hadn’t really seen, or maybe hadn’t simply noticed before. It was an interesting side-project to head on over to the boulevard to take photos of how it all looked like, especially since Rizal Boulevard was practically empty at the time that I went, since it was close to noon and the sun was at its highest and brightest.
As always, Rizal Boulevard is one of my favorite places to take panoramic photos within the city.
I was speaking to a friend earlier, and I don’t know how we got to the topic of blogging, but however way it ended up there, she somehow likened blogging to earning money or at least getting paid to do it. And it struck me that this idea of blogging as a way to earn money wasn’t the fault of ignorance or a lack of understanding, but the result of how media portrays the idea of a blogger.
One of the benefits of living in a small city by the sea, is the proximity to the water. It’s fairly easy to drive to the beach or seaside, such as Dumaguete’s iconic Rizal Boulevard; but also because being in a smaller city unlike busy ports like Manila or Cebu, means that there aren’t as many ships coming in to block these kinds of views.
The city of Dumaguete faces the east, so it’s more of a sunrise place than a sunset one. But even so, it doesn’t diminish this kind of serene view, made even more beautiful by a wonderfully clear sky dotted with the pinkish tinge of the setting sun.
Took this photo on a lazy Sunday afternoon in December 2016.
It’s been a little over 2 months since that fateful day when I got to visit and see for myself, one of the most (if not the most) iconic symbol of Sydney.
We had an early day, with a train ride from our place to Circular Quay. It wasn’t that busy when we got to this area, as most people were probably at work and whatnot. There was some foot traffic outside the train station, with some people walking by quickly, while others were leisurely talking, or enjoying a bit of street entertainment. In fact, there was this one guy who was in quilt and playing the bagpipes!
Thankfully, the weather was agreeable, if not a little cold for people who aren’t used to (or aren’t fond of) temperatures below 20’c, such as myself. The skies were a little cloudy but also sunny at times, it was busy (but not to the point of feeling over-touristy or crowded), and it was simply picture perfect.
The shot above was taken as me and my family were heading back to Circular Quay from our walk around The Rocks, which was around 130-2pm as we were scheduled to take a ferry to Manly Beach.
I’ve become obsessed with panorama shots the last few months. In fact, I’ve been trying to curate my instagram with Panorama shots divided into 3 separate parts. I have no idea if other people use an app for this, but I’ve been doing it manually. Imagine my obsessive-compulsive self uploading and deleting photo after photo, making sure that the photos when uploaded, perfectly fit with their divided selves.
Three. Or four. I’ve uploaded about 3-4 of them now, and majority of the ones I’ve taken are of the sea or the beach. Maybe it has to do with me now living in a seaside city, with close access to the beach. I’m so sure that to get a shot like this, or even a whiff of the sea in Manila, would take me about an hour to 2 hours drive during normal waking hours.
There’s something to be said I guess, about realizing how lucky you are to be able to appreciate certain landscapes or views. Once in a while, taking shots like this, or just basking in this kind of scenery, is a great way to just slow down and taking a breather from all of life’s hustles and bustles.
We recently had some visitors over from China, and I brought them to the Malatapay Market (in Zamboanguita, facing Apo Island) on a Wednesday. Wednesday is the big market day where the place is full of people buying and selling their wares, from livestock, to jewelry, to clothes, to fruits and vegetables.
When I was little, my aunts and uncles would sometimes bring us here to have lunch or to enjoy the view, but it has been over close to two decades since that time. And the market? It has developed so much that making your way through the place can be quite challenging as there are so many people and so many stalls there now.
Still, this view of the seaside, and Apo Island in the distance, is breathtaking. Now that I know where it is, I can hopefully make the time to just drive on over and just enjoy this amazing view.