Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far (MOA, Manila Bay)

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Brian Cooney

Let me share the recent ‘date’ I had with my husband. We went to Mall of Asia which is listed at the Forbes’ as one of the 10 largest malls in Asia and second to our own SM North Edsa. It is located at the Bay City, Pasay, Philippines. My photos for this week’s theme ‘Near and Far’ are located in Manila Bay, fronting the mall.

Manila Bay is a natural harbor which serves the Port of Manila (on Luzon), in the Philippines.The bay is considered to be one of the best natural harbors in Southeast Asia and one of the finest in the world. Strategically located around the capital city of the Philippines, Manila Bay facilitated commerce and trade between the Philippines and its neighbouring countries,becoming the gateway for socio-economic development even prior to Spanish occupation. With an area of 1,994 km2 (769.9 sq mi), and a coastline of 190 km (118.1 mi), Manila Bay is situated in the western part of Luzon and is bounded by Cavite and Metro Manila on the east, Bulacan and Pampanga on the north, and Bataan on the west and northwest. (WIKIPEDIA)

The ferris wheel you will find below is our version of the London Eye. They even call it, MOA EYE. This 180 ft tall wheel which is by far tallest in the Philippines just recently opened in December 2011. It will cost you 150php for regular cabin and 250 php VIP cabin (with picture taking).

It’s such a gloomy Friday.  The rain just stopped right before I took pictures which to me is a cool effect. The cold weather was perfect that day because we can stroll around the break waters of the bay not having to worry about the heat. Windy with a cool breeze of the ocean, just so perfect!

Isn’t it a lovely view from the top?

Honestly, I don’t really know that we have this wheel until we went out from the mall. You can just imagine how surprised I am. I don’t really go here that often as it’s too far from my place. Our purpose really was to catch the opening of ‘Cotton On’. There’s a lot of shoppers plus the store isn’t that big so we have to wait our turn to go inside. I had 2 500 vouchers, each you can use for a 1k purchase. I had two transactions, instead of paying 2200, I only paid 1200. Sweet.

Thank you for coming over to Manila. I love everything about Cotton On.

Taken inside the mall’s open space. Lovely, right?

I hope I can visit the place again soooon!!! Here’s the front view of the mall before I end the post.


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Travel Theme : SIGNS

Another week, another exciting theme.

SIGN – so short of a word yet it connotes soooo many things. Is it a gesture? Is it a zodiac sign, lol? Or a lettered board like a signage?

Let me just play around with it and I think I’d pick something that is not so obvious and will depend on the person who’s seeing the ‘sign’.

Examine the picture below, what do you think is the sign?

What about this picture I took at Kish Island, Iran?

Look through my baby’s eyes during her 5th birthday party. What do you see?

My nephew cleaning???

If you see a black cat cross your path?

Oh, this one is a little obvious.

That’s about it ‘coz each time I see a picture, I think of its hidden meaning. Is it a bad SIGN?

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Weekend Theme: What Makes Me Happy?

Currently listening to this music while blogging….

What makes me happy? Just like you, no doubt, family makes me happy.  Seeing my family bond makes me happy. I remember when we all went to Mindanao where my lola lives. It was her 80th birthday, Jan 21, ’11. At last, after so many years, family reunited just to see her. We all took some time off from our busy lives. Nothing or no one can stop us from seeing her.

We made sure everything would be perfect that day. We all made our share. A lot of activities lined up that day so everyone was busy, wrapping gifts, planning activies, checking the suppliers, etc. We even prepared a dance number for her. We hired a choreographer here in Manila just to make it perfect.

The most touching and memorable part was when the gentlemen in the family gave her roses. They were all lined up with a soft music background. Looking through her eyes, she felt really loved and appreciated. What a happy moment, maybe her happiest moment. Just imagine seeing her children (of 9 not all present) and grand children together in one place.

                                                                                        lined up to give lola a rose

I was watching everyone’s reaction and they are hiding their tears. Maybe they don’t want to show it to lola. Just gave her a big big hug. I wish Mindanao is near so we can visit her everyone now and then.

Oh, how I miss her. Makes me want to fly now. Maybe tomorrow.

                                                  4 generation picture. My lola, mom, me and my daughter.

                                                                                                  lola’s house


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Mindanao (play /mɪndəˈn/ min-də-now) is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. It is also the name of one of the three island groups in the country (the other two being Luzon and the Visayas), which consists of the island of Mindanao and smaller surrounding islands. Davao City is the largest city in Mindanao.

Mindanao is the only area of the Philippines with a significant Muslim presence. Due to widespread poverty and religious differences, the island has been the site of a separatist movement by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Fighting between MILF and Philippine forces has displaced more than 100,000 people. ~Wikipedia

Travel theme: Flowers

I came across another page with weekly challenge. Since I am new here, this activity  will help me a lot. It is something to be excited about each week. I can learn a lot from different people through their experiences, pictures and the like. I also discovered a new community here which shares the same passion that I have. I am so glad I chose wordpress. 🙂

In response to the challenge, I chose my bridal bouquet of red roses. We all love red roses as they are the traditional symbol for love and romance. They are also the most beautiful among all the roses.

Desire is another facet of the red rose. The red rose expresses the throbbing heat of new love, a passionate expression of attraction. Red is the color of consummation, of raging desires and craving passion. The meaning of the red rose then is quite apparent from its color itself. Red rose speaks of love that awaits a passionate expression.  —http://www.roseforlove.com

Here are the pictures of my red roses and I hope you like it.

I am beside the most beautiful mom. Don’t you guys agree?

It’s More Fun in the Philippines: ZAMBALES

Zambales is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Iba. With a land area of 3,700 km2, Zambales is the second largest among the seven provinces of Central Luzon. It has a population density of 150 people per square kilometer², one of the lowest in the country. The province is noted for its mangoes, which are abundant from January to April.

We stayed at Canoe Beach Resort which is a great place to stay. There are a lot of activities that the resort can organize for you like island hopping, mountain trekking, fishing, snorkeling and discovering nearby coves.  We then organized island hopping to Anawangin Cove. There are other coves by the way like Camara, Capones Nagsasa.

The Anawangin Cove is by far the most popular destination for campers and beach goers alike. Just the mention of the name Zambales will ring a bell for those who have gone to the cove that a trip to Pundaquit is never complete without feeling Anawangin’s mixture of volcanic ash and white sand beneath your feet.

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                                                  inside the resort

                                                  Pool Side at Canoe Beach Resort

                                                  on our way to Anawangin

                                                  finally at Anawangin


                                                  found a river

                                                pine trees

                                                  We were tired from playing against the waves.

                                                  lovely rock formation

                                                   time to go back to  Canoe

                                                   on our way back


What do you think of the place?