Litratong Pinoy #31: Tulay (Bridge)

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Panay Bridge (Roxas City Bridge
Roxas City, Capiz
Philippine

Sa susunod na taon ay mag-i-isang daang taon na ang Panay Bridge, isa sa mga landmarks sa lungsod ng Roxas. Ginawa noong taong 1910, at ilang bagyo at lindol na rin ang dumaan ay nakatayo pa rin ito. Ito ang nagdudugtong sa residential streets patungo sa commercial district ng aming lungsod. Ito rin ang nagsisilbing gateway papunta sa mga iba’t-ibang lalawigan ng Capiz.

Napag-usapan na rin lang natin ang mga lumang tulay, ipapakita ko sa inyo ang dalawa sa nakita kong tulay sa Angkor Wat complex. Kuha ito tatlong taon na ang nakakaraan. Actually causeways ito pero nagsisilbing tulay na rin. (Palusot pa!)

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Pasensya na sa makulit na kapatid kong bumalandra para mag-pose (nasa kanan)

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Bago makarating sa main entrance ng Angkor Wat Temple ay tatahakin mo muna itong may 500metrong causeway na gawa sa sandstone. Actually hugis-krus ang causeway na ito.

Yan lang po. Bow.

Wordless Wednesday #63 : Sadhus of Nepal

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These are some of the sadhus I met while sightseeing in the ancient city of Bakhtapur, just outside Kathmandu. Initially, I got scared when I first saw them -thick, matted dreadlocks and ochre body paints – but I was later told they were totally harmless. The sadhus are generally revered for their holiness, having chosen to leave behind the material world to focus on their spiritual perfection, however, there are some sadhus who are feared for their curses. Do you know what Khumbh Mela is? This is a mass gathering of all sadhus in (one of the four points along) the sacred rivers of India and it happens only once every three years.

See other Worldless entries here.

Photo Hunt #33: Reflections

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Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world, a truly magnificent Khmer architectural masterpiece, the highlight of every tourist’s visit, and the most photographed in all of Cambodia.

From afar, looking at this famous tourist attraction in Cambodia will fill you with awe and anticipation. The sheer beauty of the massive site can be overwhelmingly beautiful, especially when veiled in mist in the early morning hours. Mysterious passage ways, beautiful carvings adorning temple walls, tall towers and sweeping courtyards fill the temple landscape and create a sight unlike any other you may have seen. Scrutinized, admired and interpreted by thousands of archaeologists, architects and other designers, the blueprint of Angkor Wat Cambodia remains one of the most unique in the world. Even more beauty is added gracefully to this tourist attraction in Cambodia by a large expanse of gleaming water found in front of the main entrance.

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Seasoned photographers recommend that the best time to get a good shot of the facade is after 3pm when the sun is on one side and the front of Angkor Wat is illuminated.

Photo Hunt #26: Support

Coming back again for the PH after such a long time of being absent. My entry for this week is a photo of one of the towers of a lesser known temple Prey Rup found at the Angkor Wat complex. Shown in the photo is a re-assembled tower, a temple mountain design symbolically representing Mount Meru (characteristic of a Khmer classical architecture), the legendary home of Hindu gods.

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Being one of the World Heritage Sites, the Cambodian government took measures to protect the temples. There have been several conservation projects supported by Japan, Germany, France and other countries that were implemented and some are still ongoing. As you can see in the picture, huge blocks of sandstone are precariously held together by what looked like a string. I wonder though, with all the support generated for the conservation project, could they get another string/rope strong enough to support the sandstone blocks from falling down?

Photo Hunt #23 – Myself

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Ta Prohm Temple
Siem Reap, Cambodia

My first visit to Angkor Wat was unforgettable. It was when going to the great land of Angkor Wat, and walking the same path as the ancient Khmers who lived thousands of years ago; seeing the crumbling ruins, some still hidden in the midst of the jungle – unleashed the Indiana Jones in me.

Above is a photo of me at Ta Prohm temple. It is an eerie sight – rubble all over the place with overgrown trees and tangles of tree roots that seem to grab at unsuspecting tourists (see pic) and give it an almost supernatural feel. I got so carried away most of the time, hopping from one pile of rubble to another, that I forgot I was with someone (my husband), and that I was just one of those millions of excited, camera-toting tourists who visit Siem Reap every year.

Litratong Pinoy #2: Tatlo ang Sulok Ko

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Ito ang Cambodian wat o temple.
Kung nais na makitang mabuti ang detalye, paki-click ang litrato. Kung titingnan ninyo ng maigi, kapansin-pansin ang tatsulok na hugis ng roof o bubong nito. Ito ay karaniwang disenyo ng mga Buddhist wats dito sa Indochina, na kinabibilangan ng mga bansang Thailand, Burma, Laos at Cambodia. Ang litratong ito ay kuha malapit sa Oudong, may humigit-kumulang na 50kilometro ang layo mula sa capital ng Phnom Penh. Ang Oudong ang sinaunang capital ng bansang Cambodia, at dito matatagpuan ang iba’t-ibang maka-lumang stupa kung saan nakalagak ang mga labi ng mga namatay ng miyembro ng Royal family ng Cambodia.