Pretty Places in Quebec

By the time I post this I’d already be in New York City. This blog sums up the beautiful places and sights D and I have seen in Quebec City during our weekend visit. I tried to give the places justice with my phone camera, but they are much more pretty in person. Glad we went there this month of September when it’s transitioning from summer to fall. How I’d love to see it more in the fall when the maple leaves are amber and red, making the place look more romantic and surreal.

Check out my previous blogs about the fairytale-like hotel, the Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac; the tranquil and historical Plains of Abraham; the colorful flower-lined Jeanne-d’Arc Garden; and the old town feels at Quartier de Petit Champlain.

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Gare du Palais

Gare du Palais

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Views from the Side

Thanks, once again Cee, for this week’s awesome black and white photo challenge: views from the side. Here are my entries:

This is my sister birdwatching at Wilson’s Prom, Victoria.

Birdwatching

Here’s my good boy Rex taking in the warm waters at Tali, Batangas:

Rex and Tali Beach

And here’s an eerie photo of the old Diplomat Hotel after dusk.

Old Diplomat Hotel

Cheers to the weekend!

A Photo A Week Challenge: Cityscape / Townscape

Heidelberg

I like nancy merrill photography‘s photo challenge this week because I get to browse through my archives of quaint places in Germany that D and I went to. I’m always drawn to the charm of towns – the townsquare, market place, bakeries and cafes. I’d imagine myself being in a fairy tale whenever I walk through these lovely places.

The first photo below was taken from Wurzburg, Germany. D and I went here a few years ago during Oktorberfest and we had quite a lovely weekend.

Drinks

This one’s from Koln.

Koln

And this one was taken at Heidelberg’s Old Town, my most favorite place in Germany.

Heidelberg

Comfortable and Cozy

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Here’s my take on Traveling At Wit’s End’s Weekly Photo Challenge on Comfortable and Cozy:

Lulu, the sweet, rescued cat, finally warming up to me. Here she is, comfortably seated on my work stuff and couldn’t be bothered to move.

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Lulu watching me intently

Nothing beats waking up to the smell of a freshly brewed coffee. 305a6044-58c2-41ff-a277-e3af329cd8c9

Siesta under the sun on the beach of Bantayan, Cebu.

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View from the hammock, Bantayan, Cebu

Not mine (how I wish) – but this bed looks comfortable indeed.

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Model bedroom at the Gold Coast

A Photo A Week Challenge: Vanishing Point

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When I first started drawing one of the lessons my art teacher taught me was drawing from vanishing points to create dimensions. Ever since, I’ve come to have a deeper appreciation on vanishing points and look for them when taking in a view of a landscape.

I’m glad I this week’s challenge by nancy merrill photography lets me share these photos showing vanishing points. Hope you like them!

Boardwalk

This is the boardwalk on Freedom Island where I usually volunteer for coastal cleanups.

Dirtroad

The photo above shows the dirtroad to Nacpan beach in El Nido, Palawan.

Sand

And this one’s from my latest trip to California when I went with my mom, aunt and uncle to Malibu. I’ve been humming to Miley Cyrus’ Malibu all throughout that daytour!

 

Same World, Different Perspective

Clouds

This is my interpretation of Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge on Unusual Pespective.

Clouds

Taken on a cool January afternoon.

Canon

This one’s taken along the walls of Intramuros in Manila City.

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And of course, any chance I get to post the world from my little Pedro’s perspective. His dad took this while they were hanging out at the yard one Saturday night. I would like to believe he was waiting for me.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Pathways

I just discovered Something To Ponder About‘s page and was immediately thrilled with this Friday’s challenge on the theme of Pathways.

I love looking back at these photos. I can still vividly remember how they were, in real life, a feast to the senses, to my mind and to my heart. If I were to have a holiday right this instant and I am asked to choose where I would go to, I’d say anywhere where there’s a nature trail. When I’m stuck in the city traffic, or walking among crowds of city folk during rush hours on weekdays, I’d imagine I’m walking along these paths and zone out from my busy and noisy surroundings.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs

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I had fun digging through archives for this Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. Here are my Pairs:

kissing statue

First and foremost, the iconic Kissing Statue while I was enjoying the sunset view in San Diego.

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Popsicles that me and my sister tried out at Beerenberg Farm in South Australia.

And these two feet that bring me wherever, whenever. For this photo, my feet took me around Montreal, Quebec.

Thanks for checking these out!

A Photo A Week Challenge: On the Horizon

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  • “Beyond the horizon, in the springtime or fall, love waits forever for one and for all” – Bob Dylan

Here are my entries for Nancy Merrill Photography‘s challenge theme for this week – On the Horizon.

The first one was taken during my trip to Wilson’s Prom in Victoria, Australia, with my sister and brother-in-law.

trail

The second photo was taken when D and I were en route to Baguio. We stopped along the North expressway for a view of Mt Arayat early morning.

Mt Arayat

And lastly, this one’s my second project during my oil pastel beginner’s art class.

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Thanks for checking these out!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Candid Shots

I was thrilled to dig into my photo archives when I saw this week’s Cee’s Photography challenge. I just browsed through photos of different trips to Japan, my favorite holiday destination.

To start off, it’s no other than D being pleasantly overwhelmed by the lights and things to see in Dotonbori, Osaka. This was taken during our first ever trip to Japan way back 2010.

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D lost in awe at Dotonbori, Osaka

 

This one’s taken at Nara. I love this shot capturing a man appreciating and taking a photo of the flowers of spring.

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A Man appreciating the flowers of spring

And lastly, this is was taken by D in Tokyo, when he was waiting for me at our meeting place.

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Taken by D while waiting for me, Tokyo, Japan

 

Hay Stacks

Hay stacks

I haven’t seen these in a long time!Hay stacks

When I saw them again en route to Sagada and back, I am reminded of how I used to wonder about them when I was a child: what were they for? Are they the same stuff used to build the house of straw of one little piggy (in the story Three Little Pigs)?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Field

A Photo a Week Challenge: Reflection

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I’m a day late in responding to nancy merrill photography’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Reflection. I know the theme had already changed for this week (I will respond to that too – they photo challenges are quite fun). But I just couldn’t let the theme on Reflection pass! I realized as I was digging through old photographs that I did have some photos for this theme. So here they are…

My take on Reflection: I love the dramatic effect of reflections on water.

These are are photos taken from travels D and I made from over the last decade. They were all taken by D as he has the eye for good shots.

The first one is a photo of Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. It is also called Rokuon-ji, and is one of Kyoto’s most iconic sights. When we got here, there were throngs of people getting off tourist buses. We intentionally rented a B&B close by in the hopes that we could get there early before the tourists do – we were wrong. Good thing is that the lines of tourists move quickly. The sun was not yet fully shining at the time, but nevertheless it was a sight to behold. 

This next photo shows the reflection of the pyramid at Louvre, Paris. It was just after sunset and at the time, we were using our digicam. It took a lot of shots to get this one.

And lastly, a photo of the reflection of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I’ve always wanted to go back to Siem Reap because there were too many temples I have yet to see. At the time we went there, we were only able to see the bigger, more popular ones. I saw tourists riding bicycles as their modes of transportation to temples and I would really love to do that someday. I also like Siem Reap’s simplicity, and the friendliness of its people. 

Seeing Kyoto, Paris and Siem Reap were a dream come true. We were just simply in awe by the culture, architecture, and landmarks of these cities.