Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rangoon revisited

Select photos of my recent Rangoon visit. This is the time to visit the former Rangoon capital with the iconic buildings still standing. There are a lot of land development happening and many are afraid that the city will lost its grandeur to high rise buildings.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Select photos of my #Mandalay visit

If there is one place to visit if you have the time and money, it should be Mandalay which I visit recently and was blown away by century-old temples and palaces. Posted here are some of the photos I took during the three-day visit.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Land confiscation protest in #Yangon

In my recent visit to Yangon, the former Burma capital, I came across a group of farmers protesting government's confiscation of their ancestral land. I was surprised that people can now hold protest rallies in Yangon but I was not surprise that Burmese government is denying the farmers their right to till the land their forefathers tilled before them. Land confiscation is a big issue now in Burma. 

Upon seeing the protesters, Bob Marley's song "Get Up, Stand Up" immediately came to my mind. "Get up, stand up: Stand up for your rights!"

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Yangon special coffee and bread

I love drinking coffee black and partner it with some sweet pastry. I did that once in when I visited Yangon and it was a great experience. The good thing about drinking coffee in Yangon or in Thailand is store owners always give you a cup of tea to wash that bitter after taste.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

More #Shwedagon Pagoda photos

I used the popular Hugin Panorama Creator in creating the photo above. It was the first time I used the software to create a photograph. Below are more Shwedagon Pagoda photos.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Selected #Shwedagon Pagoda photos

Here are some of my photos I took when I visited the historic Shwedagon Pagoda in #Burma last June of this year. Enjoy. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

#Sule Pagoda, #Rangoon, #Burma

Here is another set of photos of Sule Pagoda. This time the three photos are in Black and White.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

#Sule Pagoda, #Yangon, #Myanmar

I took these photos last month when I visited #Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the former capital of Burma (now known as Myanmar). At the center of this city is the centuries-old Sule Pagoda.

It was a great experience except that the administration of the pagoda charges US$3 for every non-Burmese visitor. It's absurd paying for your entrance to a religious edifice. It's like being charged when entering a church. Well...

Enjoy and please share if you like them.

Monday, July 7, 2014

St. Mary's Cathedral, #Yangon, #Myanmar

These are the bell towers of the St. Mary's Cathedral in Yangon, Burma. The biggest Catholic cathedral  in the country now known as Myanmar.

These are some of the photos I took while I visited the place recently. Enjoy.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sri Kali Temple in #Rangoon, #Burma

I recently visited #Rangoon, the former capital of #Burma. I was surprised how diverse the faith is in this city now known as #Yangon in the country now also known as #Myanmar. 

But the Hindu heritage of this country is very well entrenched as seen through the way those living in the city and countryside feed the pigeons every morning. You will be surprised how beautiful this city is. I was amazed.

Here is a set of photos I took inside and outside of the the Shri Kali Temple. Enjoy.


Monday, June 23, 2014

#Sunrise in Mae Sot

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Iconic #Buddha's head inside a tree in #Ayutthaya

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Another #sunset in #MaeSot

Here is another set of the Sun setting in the mountains of Thailand. I took these photos while hiking in Mae Sot.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

#fullmoon in #MaeSot

Mae Sot's sunset are spectacular but the full moon are likewise breathtaking.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Selected #MaeSot photos

How would you like to have two giants guarding you? This temple in Mae Sot
is being guarded by two grim and determine looking giants.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Only God can make a #tree...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April's #FullMoon

This is a late post. I took the photos while brisk-walking in the parking lot of a popular grocery in Quezon City. I always love to watch the full moon. The reason could be that I was a fox in a prior life or in a another dimension.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Summer of Fall?

Summer in the Philippines is not only the time for flowers but the time for some of the trees to shed their leaves. It is a time of renewal. A time to spring back to a new life.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bonifacio Global City after dark

Fort Bonifacio (also known as Bonifacio Global City or The Fort) is a highly urbanized district in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is located 11 kilometers south-east of the center of Manila in an area disputed between the cities of Makati and Taguig[3][4] as well as the municipality of Pateros. In recent years, the district has experienced robust commercial growth through the sale of military land by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). The entire district used to be the part of the main Philippine Army camp. (Wikipedia)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mae Sot photo walk 3

Here is another set of photos from the Mae Sot photo walk.

The photos are over exposed but I think they came out nicely. I was actually experimenting what  my Pentax camera can do.

Please share if you like the photos.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Mae Sot photo walk 2

This post is the second installment of my Mae Sot photo walk. I am sharing some photos which I edited into black and white.

I think some of the photos look better in B&W. So here the photos and I hope you enjoy this post and share with your friends.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Mae Sot photo walk

Before leaving Mae Sot last month, I and two Germans went on a photo walk in the border town and visited several pagodas and the Burmese market located at the city center.

We had an incredible time during the photo walk and even discussed our experiences with the Burmese and Thai communities in the city which hosts thousands of Burmese, who fled their country because of the ruthless manner the military junta governed Myanmar.

Here are some of the selected photos from the photo walk. I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ayutthaya photo walk 2

While visiting Ayutthaya, Thailand early this month on my way to Bangkok, I accidentally came across a small market right next to a Buddhist temple. 

Stalls full of colorful noodles, toys, bags, shoes, dried and fried fishes abound in the market. But what caught my attention was the colors. Even the amulets are colorful. 

Below are the other photos which I took using my Pentax camera, which I was trying to learn how to use when I visited the historic city.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ayutthaya photo walk

One of the photos I took while going around the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya or Thailand's old kingdom. The ruins are magnificent but it reminds the Thais of how the Burmans destroyed the former kingdom.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Veranda Pixels

These are the photos I took from the veranda of the room where I lived during a seven-month sojourn in Mae Sot, Tak, Thailand where I got involved in a Burmese migrant school.