Sunflowers at UP Diliman

Once a year, the university avenue is lined with these bright yellow good vibe-giving flowers and I love them so much that I always make time to see them. Of course, I drag my friends along as well! All these were taken in 2015; I remember I would go to work early so I can arrive in UP just before the sun sets, giving my subject those beautiful backlight.



Throwback Thursday: Arayat

Starting the love month by posting this picture taken with my dream camera – a Pentax 67! Nat Bucag  was kind enough to let me borrow the cam and lug it around. This is my favorite shot from a roll of Portra 160:

mafi-arayat0025Gaaah I’m in love!!!  My heart skipped a beat when I saw the scan. Here’s to hoping that the universe would conspire and I could get my own Pentax soon!


Yesterday was spent being engulfed by the sea, and I’m still in a bit of a high. Good dive, good food, good company… it’s probably my last dive for this year and I couldn’t have had it better. 🙂

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[Shot taken at Moalboal, Philippines. July 2015]

Throwback Thursday: Birdwatching at LPPCHEA

Around this time of the year last 2013, I joined Haribon Foundation for a birdwalk at the Las Pinas- Paranaque Critical Habitat (LPPCHEA). It has been my long-time dream to explore Metro Manila’s ‘last coastal frontier‘ (see link for awesome video!), and I’m glad it came true: We saw egrets, kingfishers, and Philippine ducks among others. I was excited to share this experience with Haribon and members of a high school student club, which Haribon gave a seminar to about the importance of migratory birds and wetlands.

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See those little white dots in the distance? Egrets! 🙂

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Group photo! When they left, the other Haribon members and staff went deeper into the the woods to catch a glimpse of the elusive Philippine duck.

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We settled by a lake, trusting the bushes to hide our presence.

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Instead, we saw this black-winged stilt:

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Sexylegs upon closer inspection, via a spotting scope:

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We were about to give up when out of nowhere, we heard a ruffle of feathers and a flock of Philippine ducks descended to the lake, so momentarily that as as soon as they touched the calm surface, they flew away again. We were all so stunned I don’t think anyone managed to take a picture.

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No Philippine ducks in the pic, but I swear it happened! :p

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I cannot decide which one I like better: the vibrant hues of Kodak Ektar or the pastelly tones of Fuji Superia 400. It’s like choosing between your children T_T

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Obligatory group picture!

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Haribon Foundation is going to LPPCHEA again on Jan. 10, come join!