Raise Your Glass … Of Coffee!

I hated coffee when I was younger. Every time I drank coffee, an unbearable headache kicked in. It was only when I stopped drinking it that the headache disappeared. That was sophomore in high school. A decade later, I set foot on the challenging corporate world where I got to work as an assistant to a…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure!

In my almost five years of wandering, I learned that travel is always an adventure. I have encountered countless adventures that made me shout for joy (“The Playground of Demigods and Nephilims“), gape at the visceral blow of a revelation (“The Doors and Mud-Built Houses of Ushaiger Heritage Village“), cry in silence from disappointment (“A Series of Unfortunate…

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

If there’s one field that I find quite challenging in the science of creating images, it would be aerial photography. This is something I get to do—only—whenever I go on vacation to my homeland (Philippines). This is when I can snap overhead shots of a place on sight through the airplane’s window. The picture, which covers an…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

“A threshold is a point of entering; that point just before a new beginning—that split-second moment in time, full of anticipation…” (Krista Stevens). One of my most memorable–life enriching at that–travel experiences is visiting the historical village of Ushaiger in the far country side of Riyadh City (“The Doors and Mud-Built Houses of Ushaiger Heritage Village“). Passing…

I Got Shot But I Am Alive!

One of the things in my bucket list is to try paintball because I was really inspired by a good friend’s, Paul Basco, interest in said sport. It is something that I didn’t really plan to do anytime soon though. Last January 16, I and an equally good friend, Jake, received an invite from Ameen, a Saudi…

The Camel Corral In The Desert

The Hiker’s Maxim: “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time (J.K.).” Revisiting a place is a not so welcomed idea when you desperately want to amass travel blog posts. However, going back to Callao Cave in Cagayan to rediscover its charm (“Revisiting the Most Famous Cave in Cagayan Valley On A…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

Nothing symbolizes the word “beginning” better than a sunrise. This nature feat reminds me of this quote from Bernard Williams: “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” A quote that always awakens that sense of optimism in me in times of despair.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

When it comes to bakeries in Riyadh, there is only one that comes to mind. That is, the Wooden Bakery on Kurais Road in Salah Al Deen Street. This bakery has four specialties: Arabic and European breads, French pastries, Arabic sweets, and, of course, the excellent coffee. But did you know that there is an interesting scuttlebutt…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

This photo was snapped through the car’s window a week ago whitherward at the Cobra Amusement Park. This intersection along Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Road marks the entrance to an exclusive subdivision–forming a community that obviously belongs to the higher echelon of society. I am giving you a glimpse of I and my friends’ weekend…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

There are dark shadows on the earth but its lights are stronger in the contrast (Charles Dickens). I took this shot last 23 January 2011 when I climbed the mystical mountain of Arayat in Pampanga. I was savoring my “take 5” under a dying tree at one point of the descent when the dead twigs…