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Being able to capture the emotion, essence and beauty transcending from a subject is something we find amazing.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Rose

The Rose is gowned in petaled grace and lovely beyond telling;
She always lifts a friendly face, regardless of her dwelling.
Her golden silence can express to us, no matter where, joy shared;
give solace in distress from those who fondly care.
The Rose has ways of saying things we much delight to hear;
without a spoken word, she brings and keeps our loved ones near.
~Laura S. Beck

Check out other enchanting flower entries at Today's Flowers and things beautiful in monochrome at Monochrome Monday.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Perfect Get-away

Phuket, Thailand has always been a favorite destination among many for holidays, particularly for romantic get-aways. We had a lot of cherished memories from our last vacation there. Look at this photo... can anyone resist the charm of this beautiful island?

Karon Beach - Phuket, Thailand during our last trip in 2007
(used a Pentax compact digicam in taking this photo)

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Burj Dubai

Took this photo last January 2009, notice the construction works that goes on 24/7.

The Burj Dubai is now currently the tallest structure in the world with a height of 818 meters and having 162 floors (though it has yet to be completed by December 2009). It is so tall that the tip of the spire can be seen by a person from as far as 95 Km (60 miles) away.

The Burj Dubai was designed to be the centerpiece of a large-scale, mixed-use development that will include 30,000 homes, nine hotels such as the Armani Hotels and Burj Dubai Lake Hotel & Serviced Apartments, 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of parkland, at least 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall (already open), and the 12-hectare (30-acre) man-made Burj Dubai Lake.

It was reported that the price of office space at Burj Dubai had reached $4,000 per sq ft (over $43,000 per sq m) and that the Armani Residences, also in Burj Dubai, were selling for US$3,500 per sq ft (over $37,500 per sq m).

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Facts credit: BurjDubai.com, Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

View From The Top

Took this photo while on an airplane ride to Davao City, Philippines a couple of years back. One of the perks of getting a window seat is being able to capture beautiful sights like this and leaving you speechless...

Check out other wet entries for Watery Wednesday HERE and Wordless Wednesday entries HERE.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Countless Buildings

This is the view from our apartment's roof top -- lots and lots of buildings.


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Monday, March 23, 2009

Rays


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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Birds' Flight

Took this while taking an walk early morning along Dubai Creekside. You'll find a lot of seagulls flocking in this area.


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Malaysian Mums

I took this photo during a visit to a flower farm in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia a few years back. Cameron Highlands is the largest and most famous hill resort and leading producer of flowers in Malaysia, you will also find an abundance of tea plantations and vegetable/fruit farms here.

This is my entry to Photohunt and Today's Flowers.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Disperse

Al Maktoum Road, Dubai

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Money

A penny saved is a penny earned. - Benjamin Franklin

Posted for VXFY Weekly Photo Themes and Wordless Wednesday.

Dubai Aquarium

Built as the biggest mall in the world (to have 2,000+ shops when fully completed), the newly opened Dubai Mall is fast becoming everyone's favorite mall in Dubai, it's becoming famous not just for shopping but also for aquamarine sightseeing. This mall is located at The Burj complex where the tallest building in the world can be seen (another grand sight, will save that for another post).

Dubai Mall's central feature is the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre which is right in the middle of the shopping center. It showcases a vast number of aquamarine life - lovely coral reef, huge sharks, and hundreds of different species of fish.

This huge aquarium proved to be a crowd drawer especially during it first weeks.

The aquarium's scuba diver staff doing the fish feeding, good thing we caught this on camera while he's mouth-feeding the Mantaray its meal for the day.

(Sorry for the photos' low resolution, only used a camera phone to take these).

Check out other very interesting Watery Wednesday entries HERE.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Souks (Markets)

Souq (Arabic: سوق, also sooq, souk, or suq; technical transliteration sūq; in Hebrew: שוק shuq). The souks, or traditional markets, are one of Dubai's greatest attractions. They are located on both sides of the creek, with the most impressive on the Deira side. Wandering around the atmospheric souks is a good way for visitors to get in touch with how life was in Dubai, before oil was discovered.

Old Souk / Spice Souk
(taken early morning so shops were still closed)

Textile Souk

Gold Souk

This is what many people around the world primarily recognize Dubai for -The City of Gold. As people race straight from the airport to the Gold Souq, they are not disappointed (don't take your sunglasses off, the greeting glare is bound to be eye damaging!). Streets of shops are aligned with sparking windows and the choices are impressive, as are the prices. The downside could only be the difficulty in deciding - where to start and which shop to buy from. Besides gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opals and amethysts line the windows in decorative display, and pearls are extremely cheap compared to western prices.

Other Souks in Dubai are Fish/Meat/Vegetable Souks.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

The Tree


Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots deeply into the earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The energy and birth of Spring
The growth and contentment of Summer
The wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The rest and quiet renewal of Winter
- Ilan Shamir, Advice From a Tree

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Photo Hunt: Four

This is my first entry to this fun meme - Photo Hunt. The theme for this week is "FOUR", so here goes my take on it...

Four "Abras"
(click to enlarge)

Abra (Arabic: عبرة‎) is a traditional boat made of wood, used to transport people across Dubai Creek in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A medium-sized single-engine craft with a capacity of about 20 passengers, it is driven by a single operator from a sort of cockpit stepped in the center of the hull. The short platform around the cockpit, sheltered by a canopy, is where the passengers are seated, all facing outwards 10 on each side. The speed of the engine may be varied, while the steering system is basic: often a wooden rudder connected to the cockpit's mechanism by means of ropes and pulleys.

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Three's Company

I was busy checking out these seagulls so I missed bothering what it was down there that they were checking out (notice how they all seem to be looking at the same direction, quite amusing huh).

Taken at Dubai Creekside

This is my entry to Camera Critters, do visit their website to see other interesting animal photos.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A New Day

Beautiful sunrise at Deira Creekside
(click photo to enlarge)

"When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -
to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
Marcus Aurelius


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Reaching Out

An Endearing Smile

For about 20 years now, both of us have been involved with Reach Youth Ministries, Inc., an NGO (non-government, non-profit organization) whose thrust is to help the poor - particularly street children and children living in depressed communities in many parts of the Philippines. Since our college days, we have been active volunteers for their Saturday outreaches (in fact it was even at Reach Youth where we first met), it really felt like we practically grew up and spent almost half of our lives there. Through this volunteer work, we've learned some of life's best lessons one can ever learn, met people who made such a strong impact in our lives, experienced the happiness serving brings and gained long-lasting friendships. Volunteers come from different walks of life - students, professionals, mothers, locals, expats, etc.

The main reason we joined this organization in the first place was because even at our young age then, we've always had a heart for the poor. There's a tug we feel in our hearts whenever we see impoverished kids, helpless and almost without hope of having a bright future ahead of them. Both of us have been blessed in many ways, and so we wanted to give back in whatever way we can, be able to share our time, talent and resources to these needy kids. We were assigned to do value formation classes and feeding programs to different communities. We were the teachers then, but we've always felt that we were the ones being taught - by life... learning important lessons about compassion, humility, contentment, commitment and so much more.

We've both grown so much as from our involvement in this NGO, and through the course of our relationship and interaction with the children, with the people in their communities and with our co-workers --our lives have been enriched in so many ways.

All through these 20 years, we we so blessed to have been immersed in this life-changing experience. Our many years of service in Reach Youth have been some of the best and most memorable years of our lives. Since we have left the Philippines in 2005, we were no longer able to actively volunteer and teach, but nevertheless, we are glad that we're still able to continue helping the organization in other ways. But we do miss going to the slum areas to be our kids every Saturday...

Our kids in Reach Youth Davao during our last visit on August 2007
(Arthur was taking the photo)


Having been a part of the lives of these kids...loving them and being loved by them...actually seeing some of them grow up and make good of their future, the beautiful smiles across their faces, their tender hugs which is their way of saying "thank you".... these... all these have given us pure and abounding joy.

This is our photo essay submission to A Picture's Worth.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Holiday Memories at the Beach

Took this from our archive of vacation photos. Boracay Island in the Philippines has always been a favorite holiday get-away for many, locals and tourists alike. We had a lot of cherished memories in Boracay - our honeymoon and several holidays with friends have been spent here.

Who can get over the beauty of its clear blue waters, powder white sands, breathtaking skies (especially the summer blue skies and sunsets, wow!), the fun, bubbly feel of the place and the warmth and friendliness of the island locals. We hope to spend another spectacular vacation spree on this island when we get the chance to return to the Philippines. You would notice in this photo that it was both sunny and cloudy at the same time, it was already raining heavily on other nearby islands when we took this, soon afterwards rain poured in, but that didn't stop us from still having fun!

(Note: We used a 2MP camera phone in taking this shot).

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bastakiya

We've always wanted to create a photo blog, finally...it's here.

For our first post, we'll take to you to our favorite place in Dubai - Bastakiya.

The Bastakiya District in Dubai is known for its fascinating century old architecture and the urban planning. An old residential area along the famous Dubai Creek in Bur Dubai, Bastakiya District dates back to the early 20th century. Measuring approx. 300 meters in length and 200 meters in width, the old Bastakiya area with its narrow lanes and tall wind towers has always fascinated visitors. Its amazing wind-towers, gypsum decorations and woodwork never fail to impress visitors. One can find largest concentration of traditionally designed courtyard houses to the east of Al Fahidi Fort, all built within wind towers. These rooftop wind towers were not merely decorative, but were used for the purpose of cooling houses. Dubai Municipality has been involved in renovate all the historic buildings of the Bastakiya area since December 2001.

The Bastakiya area now has a museum, cultural center, and an art gallery, along with restaurants and traditional markets in an effort to provide visitors an insight into the traditional life and cultural heritage of the area. The Majlis Gallery and XVA, an old traditional restored house with a hotel, gallery and café, are must visit attractions on your visit to Bastakiya District.

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