Friday, April 11, 2008

Travel Photography: Subic Sweet Water Accomodations

just thought I'd share some photos I took of some of the accommodations available at Subic Sweet Water resort. Mind you, we didn't get to go around all the villas, just the two main buildings of the resort (hitherto fore called building A, which the building where the kitchen is located, and building B, which is newer and bigger - I think - than the previous). And even in those buildings, I just took photos of the living areas on the 2nd floors of both buildings. :) Just to give you an idea, basically, you'd be able to pretty much house at least 12 people in each of these rooms (16 in the bigger space in building B). We wanted to explore some more but the army soldiers occupying the rest of the resort were kinda intimidating.

For the original blog entry about Subic Sweet Water, please click here.

I apologize in advance for the sucky wide-angle shots. :D I'll take better pictures next time. I promise. :D

above the kitchen 0
"Building A"
living area
Living Area, building A (above the kitchen)
You can see from this view that there's a smaller room straight ahead, and a bigger master bedroom to the right. What you don't see is the open ceiling and big ceiling mounted fans that help cool the space.
Wideangle room2
wide angle view of master bedroom (building A)
Wideangle room2
wide angle view of master bedroom 2 (building A)
view from room
View from the room...
above the kitchen
"Building B"
We didn't get to explore the first floor of this building though. :)
big space veranda
veranda, building B
big space living area
living area, building B
Wideangle room big space
wide angle view of 2nd building, bedroom (building B)

For the original blog entry about Subic Sweet Water, please click here.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Monuments: Jose Rizal at Rizal Park

One of my recent entries had to do with setting personal projects as far as photography is concerned. I talked about possibly going around town to take pictures of monuments and iconic places. The other morning I was able to do just that. Here are some photos I took of the Rizal Monument at Rizal park, the surrounding views and statues, as well as the people who frequent / visit the area.

I don't think I've ever actually been to Rizal park. Or at least, I don't ever remember having gone there, even when I was younger. Basically, the trip there was very much like my first time, if it wasn't in fact my first visit ever.

I decided to park in front of the Museo Pambata (if I'm not mistaken). From there, I walked to the masonic clock which is across the road from Jose Rizal himself. My first few photos show the KM 0 marker and the clock itself.

KM 0 Masonic clock

I don't know who decided to make Manila, or this point in Manila the basis for distance to and from almost any location in the Philippines, but the marker says it all I guess. KM 0. The Masonic clock was put there basically because Rizal was a Mason, and because it was the centennial at the time. If you care to read the plaque, here's a magnified version.

Local Transpo / Caritela

Local Transpo2 / Caritela 2

Before crossing the road however, this Caritela driver and his horse spotted me and offered to drive me around. I said no politely as I intended to cross to take photos of the monument, but maybe I ought to reserve that ride for another day.



PedXing3 button

Crossing took me a bit of time because I was patiently waiting for the lights to change. There was, after all, a designated pedestrian crossing crosswalk, sign and stoplight. I stood there for quite a long time, with a couple of other would-be-park visitors. It became evident that the lights wouldn't change even after pressing the goshdarn button, so eventually we all did some Jay-walking.

Rizal Monument0 Rizal Monument1 Rizal Monument2

The above are pictures of the monument itself, as well as the honor guards watching over it.

I took more pictures, several of which merit their own blog entry. Check out yakaposo for my entry on professional roving photography. Others, which I haven't put up in this entry, shall go up soon, in a later entry.