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Tanay Parola II (Black & White and on Film)

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The other day it was in color (here).  But I have to post this as well, it has a drama uniquely its own (I combined a red filter and a polarizer for this shot).


TANAY PAROLA PENTAX PROGRAM PLUS + SMCP K 24/2.8 + AGFA APX-100

Tanay Parola

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TANAY PAROLA PENTAX K-3 + SMCP DA 14/2.8 ED IF
So I was running away from the traffic of Metro Manila while APEC was going on...

Maybe All The Reason in the World

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"HALF REASONS - Part II"

I have been thinking about my luxury of thinking about “half-reasons” which in turn brings to mind people stuck living out “half-reasons”.  Security guards for one: love them—hate them.  But right now am thinking of a couple of guys taking turns in shifts to watch over the compound where I live in—all for minimum wage (actually less since one absentee homeowner has not given their share for a couple of months now).  At least the odds of anything violent happening in our gated community minimizes the risk to their lives and limbs, other security guards in more hazardous situation virtually have to offer their lives for that same minimum wage (okay, to be fair, maybe there is some “hazardous duty” add-ons…).  Is that the life they wanted to live?  Is that the career they would have preferred?  Or, is it simply a case where society and circumstances have sentenced them to a life less than what is desired?

Exercising my luxury of being able to think about …

"Half-Reasons"

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NOTHING ELSE TO DO PENTAX K-3 + SMCP DA 18-55/3.5-5.6 AL WR Let me put this in context, traffic in Metro Manila has gone from worse to apocalyptic.  Going out to do things sometimes requires a really compelling reason. Or, "half-reasons" or less than compelling stuff lumped together to justify a commute.  Or, some “activity” like cleaning your house or table.  “Half-reasons” are stuff that needs to be done but can be put off tomorrow or the next day or never.  No one would die if it was left undone yesterday.

Then I realize that life is full of “half reasons” which does not make a whole.  A couple of days did go by that was littered with “half-reasons” in which I ended up doing nothing.  And no one judged me: extra time to be mindlessly myself.  Depending on the mood it can be time wasted or time well spent.

Which brings me to a word a picked up in seminary: "kairos".  A word for "time" that is the twin of "chronos".  "Chronos" is the meas…

September

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Somewhere in SM Manila
SEPTEMBER NIKON FM2 + VIVITAR 28/2.5 TX + KODAK TRI-X 400

At Present

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PENTAX SPOTMATIC F + SMC TAKUMAR 135/2.5 + KENTMERE 400
"Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone" Hebrews 2:8b-9

Late Afternoon Thunderstorm

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LATE AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM PENTAX K-3 + SMCP 28-105/3.2-4.5 AL[IF]

Weird weather really.  They say were are experiencing the El Niño.  Maybe we are.

Disneyfication of the Gospel

Coming home from second grade Sunday school, my son asked me about the Bible story he just heard: “did it really happened that way?”  I sort of paused as I realized that I was torn between being “dad” and a Bible scholar.  So I asked him: “Do want to hear the National Geographic version or Disney Channel’s?”

We had this momentary staring contest as we both realized the profundity of it all.  I was the first to blink and quickly added that there is a History Channel version; but that already has a foregone conclusion that whatever it is must be a U.S. government conspiracy involving the Illuminati and aliens…

No. Let’s not go that way.

Anyway, this brings to mind that Disney itself has mangled the fairy tales it has made movies of.  Enough sites in the internet has compared the brutal and violent fairy tales and how tame the Disney versions are compare to them (see Huffington Post). 

Having taught children’s Sunday school long ago, I sort of remember the packaged material we dished out t…

Up There

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UP THERE PENTAX K-50 + SMCP F 35-135/3.5-4.5
So I was stuck in traffic again (yeah, I was THERE before...).

Goni

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GONI
PENTAX K-01 + SMCP DA 35/2.4 AL

Goni was the international name of a typhoon that lingered between the Philippines and Taiwan.  In the height of the typhoon, my brother decides to clean some of his windows.  So there.

70 Years: Remembering the End of World War II

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REMEMBERING MANILA AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MONUMENT PENTAX K-50 + SMCP DA n18-55/3.5-5.6 AL WR
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NOTE: I am adding a label on World War II since I have always been an armchair historian on the Second World War.

Friend Zone

Something went over my head when I was not looking, or, something sneaked by while I was aging.

There are stuff out there that you take for granted but as time goes by it does not stay the same anymore.  When I first heard about “friend zone” I had this warm thoughts about it until my then-preteen son explained it to me and things were never the same since.  It seems that the term “friend zone” is used to “limit” a relationship between a boy and a girl to a platonic level or maybe even something less as it kills more than simply the romantic or sexual possibilities.  It is usually something girls used to stop romantic advances dead in the water.

Argh.

Forget for a while that this deal is about boys and girls getting together (to keep it simple really; not that I am excluding LGBT possibilities); but putting a roadblock to something possibly intimate is the same as killing the relationship—like where else could a boy and a girl go with the carcass of a doomed relationship?  Boy and girl n…

There

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THERE Nikon N80 + AF Nikkor 24-120/3.5-5.6 D + Kentmere 400
Or, in Tagalog, you would say "doon" (do-oon)...then point with your lips.

New Books in my Collection

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Gifts from a friend: Kazuo Sumida



Tosa Late Night Diary My Journey to Siberia A Story of the New York Subway

Arigato, Sumida san.

Photo Gallery umpteenth version...

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So I just re-uploaded my Photo Gallery after a couple of years hibernating in a hard drive in various incarnations.  Still tweaking it but it is already up there.  Enjoy!

Wood

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WOOD PENTAX KM + SMCP 24/2.8 + FUJI ACROS 100

Alien Encounters

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ALIEN ENCOUNTERS PENTAX KM + SMCP 24/2.8 + FUJI ACROS 100 (D76)

Come Before

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Yeah, yeah, yeah ... so I was delinquent and did not post anything since middle of 2014...
COME BEFORE PENTAX KX + SMCP A 135/2.8 + KENTMERE 400 (D76)