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WE WENT to Gumasa last weekend. Gumasa is known for its pristine white sand beaches that are likened to Boracay. There were plenty of driftwood and other decaying materials when we went there. There was a flood that hit the town of Glan where Gumasa is located. But they were quickly cleaned up by resort owners. Gumasa still has its enchanting beauty.

driftwood in Gumasa

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jeepney crossing floodwater

HOW I wish I was on one of Italy Tour Vacations when I took this photo. But, no, I was only in Baluan, General Santos City traversing a flooded highway, and not on a Gondola in Venice, Italy.

It is almost summertime here in the Philippines but the rains seem to have no intention of giving way to the sun and the fun. Weather reports explain that this is due to low pressure areas affecting the southern par of the Philippines where I am currently at. People in my town, I’m sure, are already thinking of possible summer getaways, but we can only hope, that this summer wouldn’t be taken over by rainy days.

I am, in fact, worried due to these rains because I have weekend outdoor exploration that will begin on Saturday. I am going back to Kalaja Falls with another set of nature-loving and adventure-seeking friends. I am aware that the trail is kind of technical and the rain would make it even more difficult. As early as now, I would be praying that we would have bright sunny days on Saturday and Sunday so we would all be safe.

Going back to the photo above, it features a jeepney. The jeepney is a symbol of American-Filipino friendship. The first jeepney was designed by a Filipino from a US military truck. The Filipinos extended it to accommodate more passengers and adorned it with colorful trimmings and accessories. There is, in fact, a photo contest featuring the jeepney and I have the intention to participate in said competition. However, I am afraid because my work would just be trampled about by the entries from accomplished photographers in the country. Oh, well, as they say, there is no harm in trying.

I think, I blabbered so much in this post. Haha. Anyway, I wish you liked that photo above. Thank you.

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irrigation rice field paddies


THIS IRRIGATION system delivers water to rice paddies in Palavilla, Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat. I took a picture of it because of its interesting pattern that emphasizes the distance of the ¬†objects in the background. On second thought, I just like it because it looks like a large letter “A,” which is the initial letter of my first name.


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The Old Artesian Pump

old artesian pump

WHEN WE went to Palavilla, Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat last weekend to attend my uncle’s burial, I spotted this old artesian water pump. I tried to use it and found out that it was still working. However, the people in the locality no longer find use for this artesian water pump because they now have water supply from a water district.

I could imagine how people flocked to this spot when it was first built as — probably — the only water source of the locals. Now, people don’t even care about its existence.

Like this well our time in this world will also come to an end. So I must do all that I can while I am here.

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Dry Dock

THE SHORES of Ladol in my hometown, Alabel, Sarangani, is undoubtedly one of the most featured subject in this blog. Here is another one, I took a few months ago. It’s an ordinary snapshot, but everytime I look at this photo, I remember how I was feeling that day I took this photo.

dry dock at ladol

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