Cambodia 2010

Fiery Sunrise

Cambodia was probably one of the best places I’ve traveled to. But I’m not really a chronic traveler — matter of fact I always prefer the inside of my room than the brightness of the outside world — so I’m not sure how believable I can be when I say it was really great . Also, I’m not really sure if it was really that great or maybe I was just too tired of seeing beaches and mountains and your run-of-the-mill Shinto shrines that are all abound in my native Pinas (the beaches and the mountains) and here in Japan (shrines, temples, and other thingamajig). Maybe I just found the whole place interesting during that time. But whatever, what matters is in the end, I enjoyed that trip and was really bummed that it ended so shortly.

So, anyway, the following photos are some of my picks in the last shutter-bonanza in Siem Reap. The locations visited were the Tonle Sap Fishing Village, the ever famous Angkor Wat (seriously, everyone who goes to Cambodia must go to Angkor Wat),  the Angkor Thom City that houses my favorite Bayon Temple (the one with the massive stone faces on the towers) and the Terrace of Elephants, Ta Phrom (think Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), and Banteay Srei that has all those carvings of anything Shiva plastered upon its walls.

It took me more than two months to finally finish this album. Yes, I am that slow and yes, there were many, many shots. Like I said above — shutter-bonanza. Whew. So anyway, here goes:

{Warning: image-heavy post ahead}

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Exploring Singapore

The Merlion

Singapore is a tiny, tiny country and some of my friends told me you could explore most of it in 4 days. But because of my stupid allergies (I know, excuses, excuses, excuses), I wasn’t able to maximize my stay there. Add to that the fact that I’m lazy as hell and so I only got to photograph a few spots. Anyhoo, few places explored whatever, my vacation was still definitely a blast.

Anyway, what’s a trip without photos, eh? The following are shots from those rare times that I actually hauled my ass out and sauntered around the streets of Singapore.

Camera: Nikon D80
Lenses: AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF DX VR (Thanks Gyabo!), Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor.
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Experiencing Phuket

Phuket was amazing. But I’m not sure it’s amazing enough to compare with the beaches back in Pinas. The only thing Phuket has on Boracay or Palawan, etc is that it is very very convenient for a common traveler to go there. Also, the food was amazingly affordable, at least compared to the food prices here in Tokyo.

I enjoyed taking pictures in Patong Beach where we stayed and around the islands that were included in the tour. Here are some of those shots.

Star-Crossed Sun

Phuket Sunset

Parasailing
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Harajuku Golden Week

During the recent Golden Week while Toio was here, we found ourselves dragging our butts to Harajuku. Apparently everyone else thought the same thing. And so we found ourselves stuck between people even before we got out of the Harajuku station. Here’s a shot of the throng just after we squeezed ourselves out:

Harajuku Eki

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Weeeee!

Day 262 : Weeeeeee!

It’s finally snowboarding season. Enjoyed the trip to Ishiuchimaruyama in Niigata-ken. I can’t wait for the next one.

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At dahil diyan, me sa re-post ako ng past kwento from one of the snobo trips last year:

Istoryang Tebukuro

Umupo ako sumandali, inalis ang kaliwang glove para ayusin ang aking ponytail. Kita mo nga naman, nuknukan ng pagka-vain. Hinahangin na nang malakas, tinatangay na ng blizzard, gusto pang ayusin ang buhok.

Lumipad ang left-hand glove. Papunta sa may gilid. Na mataas ang snow.

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Haaay, Pinas

I just recently came back from a two-week vacay to my home country, the Philippines, and I’m still struggling to get my ass back in gear for work and life here in Japan. For 14 days, I gobbled down practically any Pinoy food that I could get my hands on. Matter of fact, the moment I got out of the NAIA Terminal 3 gate, I was facing two Jolly Hotdogs (from Jollibee) that the brats — er, siblings pala, bought before they went to the airport to pick me up.

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My 2008 in Photographs

Well, seeing that I got myself into this very expensive hobby this year, I might as well chronicle 2008 with, well, photos.

where's my deluminator?

I was very very excited to finally start 2008 (if you must know, my 2007 was pure hell) that I got myself dragged to far far away Sea Paradise to watch the *meh* fireworks and get my ass frozen. We got stuck at Higashi-Kanagawa (for n loooooong hours) waiting for the first train. It was less than five degrees celsius. I am never going to do that again. Ever.

So anyhoo, let’s go take a look at what happened to my year ^_^ (warning, very long post ahead).

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