This online shoebox contains random pictures, notes, whatever. I've been a professional writer-photographer for so many years now. It's a damn good excuse to carry a camera around.

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That's right now here in the Philippines. Gorgeous. Sunsets. Every. Day.

Laiya
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Woohoooo! :)


 
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 #10) The World at 200mph


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November 6, Singapore: You know it the moment you hear the throaty roar of its V10 engine. And you feel it when the driver puts the pedal to the metal, sending the Lamborghini Gallardo from zero to sixty in just over three seconds. Your neck snaps backward, your head struggles to stay vertical against the strong momentum. Now I'm not a car guy and I'm certainly no gearhead, but sitting atop such mechanized muscle is a truly exciting power trip. The chick magnet styling, the James Bond-esque appeal, that feeling of superiority that comes from knowing you can easily leave anybody - anybody - in a cloud of dust and petrol fumes. The speedometer reads over 200mph, and physics and adrenaline conspire to give you that deliciously giddy feeling. And when its finally over you are breathless and spent. Your head is floating and your heart is pounding. And you want to do it again. And again. And again. Yes, it's almost like sex.

 

 

#9) The Best Siesta. Ever.


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December 2, Philippines: I was tired from a hectic schedule and not-so-fresh from an overnight flight. But thankfully this was downtime and the Smile team was on location. And if the location was as lovely as this - Lilom, a private resort on the shore of Mabini, Batangas - then there was only one thing to do while waiting for the best light.

 

This I did very well, sprawled on a bamboo balcony facing the sea. The late November weather was delectably cool. Coconut leaves rustled in the afternoon breeze. Roosters crowed and wind chimes sang. My eyes may have been shut but I took it all in, breathing fresh air and dreaming - no, living! - the classic tropical paradise dream. I rose from slumber with orange sunlight in my face, and facing a view so pretty I couldn't wait to get back to work. Those were sixty minutes well spent.

 

Oh, and our cover looked great - check out the January issue of Smile!


 
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Two minutes is all it takes. The quickest haircut is also the most thorough:

Kalbo

Photographed in the town market of Taal, Batangas :)


 
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The town of Taal, Batangas is a popular day trip from Manila. But if you get the chance to spend the night there:

Taal 
Night

DO IT!!!!


 
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The highway stretches before you, its concrete curves meandering past an idyllic backdrop of pine trees and rolling hills. You are traversing a ridgeline 600m above the sea.

To your right is a carpet of green; on your left is that postcard-perfect view of Lake Taal, its volcanic island spewing a feathery smoke trail, far down below. Here, the air is fresh and the winds are cool; this is nothing like hot, dusty, noisy Manila.

Taal 
Night

Glad to have written and photographed a piece on one of my hometowns. Read more about it in this month's issue of Jetstar Asia Magazine.


 


 
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