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So Near Yet So Far: Quisao

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The quest for a landscape and sunset photos have always taken me places but I usually stay away from the beaten path.  There are places in my country—the Philippines—which are known and favored by photographers.  Although any photographers' bucket list would probably include having taken those famous scenery, let me move on to something not all too common.

Or, perhaps something "common" or ordinary that no one would care much for it.

This hunt would take us to a little barangay called Quisao (there is now such a thing as Google Maps), that sits on the edge of Laguna Lake and forms the municipality of Pililla on the road towards Jala-jala.  On a road trip you would skip that isthmus as you travel from Rizal to Laguna on the East Road.  And if you ever wander on to that road, it is probably because you are on your way to Jala-jala and somewhere there is this spot where you have to slow down because the road becomes mildly congested.  And you would not even know what the na…

We Did Not Participate in the Earth Hour (2014)

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METRO MANILA MORNING SMOG
[IT WAS A BRIGHT AND SUNNY DAY]
PENTAX P-5 + SMCP A 50/2 + KODAK EKTAR 100
For the first time since the Earth Hour was introduced years ago, we decided not to join in the synchronized turning off of all household lights in this year’s Earth Hour (March 29, 2014).  For starters, we did spend an hour with almost all our electrical appliances turned off—not merely the lights.  You see we have been practicing our own version which we call the Earth Hour: Every Day for more than two years now.

What we have come to learn in the times that have gone by is that the Earth Hour has some inherent weaknesses that have come to bother our family.

IT MAY BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

An article posted in slate.com goes further to say that it “is a colossal waste of time—and energy”.  The article argues that the turning off the lights causes a drop in power demand causing a shutdown of power stations which has to come back online again an hour later.  The procedure to restart them may n…