Category Archives: Snapshots and splendor

It’s black and white


I was selected to do the 5-day black and white (B&W) challenge on Facebook. Simply put, the game forces the nominee to post B&W photos for five (5) consecutive days. For each day, the nominee will then pick someone else to do the same thing. While shooting in color is how most of us in the digital era started and saw images (in print or otherwise), B&W photography is temperamental. Easy on the settings; but difficult on the tone to convey.

Day 1 is portrait photography.

"Audience with a Centenarian"

“Audience with a Centenarian” (Batanes, January 2011)

104 years old at that time, Mang Marcello Hostallero is the oldest resident of Sabtang Island. Here he is whiling the day away, and keeping busy by his lonesome outside his house in Chavayan.

Day 2 is landscape photography.

"A Beautiful Destruction"

“A Beautiful Destruction” (Mt. Pinatubo, March 2012)

Breathtaking and devastating at the same time, Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake is a stark reminder of Mother Nature’s play on turning her powerful fury into a magnificent display of beauty.

Day 3 is nature photography.

"By the Beach"

“By the Beach” (Bali, February 2013)

A banten (traditional Balinese offering) can be seen almost everywhere in the island of the gods. The most unlikely place I have seen one is perched precarioulsy on a cliff face. Its solemn symbolism of worship striking in contrast with the mad beating of the waves below.

continue wandering here…

July pic(k) of the month


PSE at 20 by katie_buenaobra

PSE at 20. Twenty years.

For a little over a quarter of that, I have been with the Exchange. Straight out of university, my world at the Exchange is the only sense of professional work I got accustomed to.

To breaking record highs and exponentially increasing trading activity; to making money work and helping the Philippine economy – cheers until the next 20!

May pic(k) of the month


Dawn, sunrise, daybreak: ah Morning.

Here’s a thought to ponder on:

“Sunrise offered a very beautiful spectacle; the water was quite unruffled, but the motion communicated by the tides was so great that, although there was not a breath of air stirring, the sea heaved slowly with a grand and majestic motion.” – George Grey

March pic(k) of the month


I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known. ~Author Unknown

School may be over, but as they say, graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. Enjoy the summer while you still can, dear Brother. For when the new chapter comes knocking ’round, you’ll take the world into your hands.

February pic(k) of the month


The love month kicked off with what I hold close to my heart: travel!

I bade hello to weekly trips and to the start of the sun-soaked season with bumpy bus rides, dusty roads, and a view of the rolling landscape. And I had more! The striking sun bit my skin, the fine white sandy beaches covered my toes, and the salty air filled my core.

January pic(k) of the month


Because I promise to see more.

Of the outdoors, of blue skies, of lush landscapes, of amazing beaches, of rich cultures and of soaring peaks.

Because there is more to travel that benefits the wandering soul.

Of appreciation, of pleasure, of temporary disconnection, of knowledge, of lifetime memories and of a hole in my pocket.

December pic(k) of the month


On that particular afternoon, leaning back with legs outstretched and head tilted to the sky, the passing of the moment made me recall what Hal Borland once said, “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”

2011 had been a very good year for my wandering feet and mind. Going on and moving ahead, my thoughts shift between looking back and looking forward. To past experiences that became life’s lessons; to future adventures that will become life’s treasures.

Thank you for being with me this year. :)

November pic(k) of the month


“Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!” – Elaine Sherman, Book of Divine Indulgences