Friday, September 28, 2007

Side ways

Staring at the photograph of the door, i thought of the events that it witnessed during the centuries of Spanish regime. The banging of the door of the oppressed people seeking sanctuary during the civil war and revolutions, the happy mood during fiesta, the Sunday Mass in Latin, bribery and treachery of the Spaniards and Filipinos alike, the shout of victory...

If only the walls and doors could talk.

Church of San Miguel Arcangel of Argao
Argao, Cebu

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

... and I'm back again

I’m back… again!!!

After a very looong hiatus and with much contemplation, I finally decided to continue my daily photo blog. I’ve so much to share of my wonderful island paradise and I just can’t bear not sharing this with you guys. After much prodding from some of my “Daily Photo” family members and considering the recent “freedom” from my daily “job”, I think its about time to take Cebu photoblogging seriously.

Anyhoo, I will divide my daily blog into 3 sites – the current site is not just about the Cebu City but the whole island of Cebu. So as not to confuse other readers and blurkers, I set up a site for Cebu City, Metro Cebu and Cebu Province.

The current one, Everyday Cebu will be solely for the whole island province and renamed as Cebu Photoblog. Since we regularly travel around the island on weekends, I will update this weekly. However i will retain the original site name

Metro Cebu is my repository of snapshots of in and around Metro Cebu which consists of the following areas: Cebu City, Mandaue City, Mactan Island, Talisay City and other areas around these cities. This site will be updated regularly not daily.

Everyday Cebu City is my daily photo, solely for the city and listed in the Daily Photoblog family. :)

Hope you visit my sites and I can't wait to hear from you again!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The hills are...

... are brown this side of the city. Its the heat - its getting worse every year. The thunderstorm this afternoon was a refreshing change, i guess it cooled everybody's head. Not really a good shot, but the best i could get today.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Rehab in a pair of flip flops

Its 10 am and looking out from the window, the sun is casting its cheerful glow reminding us of gentle summer breeze under the coconut trees, blue water, white sands, yoga, massages, bikini, sun blocks, margaritas and party nights.....

Ahhh! Summer time!

Back to reality and i find myself under the glaring fluorescent light, monitor staring back at me, a cup of java (2nd for the day), endless list of to-dos and appointments, phones ringing and the glass window between me and the summer air. Well, I got to snap out of it and we know well that city pollution ain’t summer breeze.

Toxic as it sound, there are ways to relieve ourselves from daily office bitching and compulsive email checking. A weekend trip to the nearby beach or a whole day session in a spa will do wonders to our tired body and soul. Think of it as rehab in a pair of flip flops.

Now I can’t wait for that Great Summer Getaway!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

March Theme: Men @ work

A young vendor scraping the coconut meat from the shell.

A resort gardener, well... resting.

Every first day of the month is City Daily Photo theme day and the subject chosen for March is "Men at Work". If you want to see other photos from other cities, just click on the links below.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Summer is here!

This morning, the weather bureau announced that summer is officially here.

They don’t need to tell us that – the heat is obvious enough for anybody to announce that SUMMER is here. Oh well, back to casual dress work days. Office fashion will be a cross between resort wear and weekend dress. So that means all my black clothes will be shoved behind the closet at the moment until the rainy days come.

A typical tropical wardrobe cannot be complete without the flip-flops or tongs. You ain’t a girly-girl if you don’t have a collection of flip-flops and sandals that complement your summer wardrobe. Some of the major faves are the imported Havaianas, Crocs and Dupe collections and the local Banana Peel. Gals and guys alike loved the buttery-soft feel and the varied colors and design to choose from.

Time to visit the malls again!

Friday, February 23, 2007

cloud of dreams

When my little girl saw this, I know that she's in heaven. Sugar heaven.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Taoist Temple

Before Ferdinand Magellan first set his foot on the shores of Cebu more than 400 years ago, the Chinese and Arabs were already trading partners of the locals. And the present Cebuanos social and cultural heritage is actually a fusion of Filipino-Chinese-Spanish influences. And Cebu is proud of its Chinese heritage and even considered our small city a huge Chinatown.

Perhaps, one of the most visible and famous Chinese presence is the TAOIST TEMPLE located near our place. I just feel guilty not showing this place in this blog soon enough as its just 3 minutes away from our house. I guess I took this landmark for granted for this is an everyday sighting for me. Oh, well! Crazy me... that’s why I titled my blog Everyday Cebu! Ok enough, I know, I am rambling.

Devotees climb the 99 steps of the temple to light joss sticks and pray for good fortune. But what is breathtaking is the view of Cebu City from here during sunrise and sunsets. It is located at one of the highest elevation of a residential area, Beverly Hills (Yes, we have that here :P).

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Fuenta Osmeña

5pm @ Fuenta Osmeña Park.

Fuente Osmeña is a circular park in the middle of uptown Cebu City. It is a famous landmark where a monument-fountain honoring the late President Sergio Osmeña, Sr. stands in the center of the park.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Bluer than blue

I can’t help but be amazed how blue the sky and ocean here in our little tropical paradise! Oh, the bridge is Marcelo Fernan.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Cebu by day

Here's a view of Metro Cebu by day and at night. Both shots from La Tegola restaurant.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hat Lady

It was only January, the weather should be nippy but the heat was scorching and yet despite that it didn’t take away the spirit of revelry. Some henna tattoo, a whistle and a colorful hat made it more fun and exciting!

Last year, same festival, I took this photo of a man with many hatsand this year, I can't resist but take a photo similar to it.

Sinulog Festival – January 21, 2007.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

almost summer

Summer is not officially here but the humidity reminded us to ready ourselves of hell-hot days ahead. Just when I am starting to enjoy the cold weather at the end of January, I blinked and suddenly found myself looking for vacation packages to Europe just to escape the heat. The cool weather is oh so brief, I didn’t have the time to enjoy it much.

Now, I’m in a panic mood to stock my bathroom drawers with sun blocks of all kinds and SPFs. The stillness of the weather nowadays reminds me of a brewing storm. A very hot tropical storm this coming summer.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Round and round

According to the ancient symbolism, the circle is the universal symbol of unity and perceived as the female power or feminine spirit/force, the Mother Earth.

It also means the cycle of life, thus death and rebirth.

Interesting.... a signal from cosmos must have triggered my inner mind to START this blog again. And my first photo of the year is about circles.

Coincidentally, it’s almost the start Chinese New Year (Feb 18) – the Year of the Pig. According to Feng Shui experts, it’s the year of the WOMAN.

I wonder – this must be a lucky year for me!

I found this piece on my way to the supermarket. It’s a local lifestyle furniture shop – the glass door with a frosted backdrop and from the inside is a curtain of the pearly capiz shells. It's elegant and very well defined Cebu’s fine craftsmanship.