Just this weekend, Daddy Bunny and his friends went to Batad, a village located in the Ifugao rice terraces waaaaay up north. They had a great experience seeing the world famous rice terraces up close.
A photo of the rice terraces was the first thing that came into my mind when I saw this week’s photo challenge. The terraces are carved into the mountain by the Ifugao ancestors about 2,000 years ago forming a unique pattern that is famous in its function and beauty.
Batad Rice Terraces: 2013
It is so postcard-worthy so no wonder a lot of photography and adventure enthusiasts come here.
Welcome May! I feel so good to finally be back after my April hiatus. It has been a manic April month and I can’t wait to look down on all those work like they’re teeny tiny ants just marching by. Looking down. From Above. So timely with this week’s photo challenge: From Above.
Walking along the path way, hand in hand with you
I see our shadows dancing, shadows of us two
And on this bright sunny day, both of us played
Played with our shadows, our hands, our hearts
Standing from above here, looking down on us
All my love for you will forever last
This week’s photo challenge is all about CHANGE. Since last year we were already contemplating on whether to continue Yui in the Home Room playgroup or move her to the “big school”. It was one of those decisions that meant a huge adjustment is coming.
This summer, we already went to the big school and the little one submitted her application for pre-school, took the entrance exams and had a glimpse of her future school.
It is huge and so much bigger than the Home Room center. It will have more students than the playgroup. It will have stricter rules and school regulations.
Definitely, a big change is coming our way. But this is something that we will all embrace with open arms. Our whole family is hand in hand with the adjustments that this change will bring.
And this application for enrollment is just the first step of our little big girl. 🙂
One small step. One giant leap.
This week’s photo challenge is all about showing a photo that says FUTURE TENSE to me.
I took this photo of the sunset at Cordova, Cebu the last time I went to visit my team there. We had dinner at Lantaw Floating Restaurant and this breathtaking sunset was the highlight of our day. To others, a sunset might mean that another day is ending, but personally I feel that it can also be a beginning…
A beginning of the coming night.
A perfect time to spend quiet and special moments with our loved ones.
And a promise that a new day is coming. A promise that tomorrow will bring new opportunities, new chances and a fresh start.
Wow, this is actually my first time to join the photo challenge posting through the mobile WordPress app. Amazing, right? 🙂
The Phoneography Challenge encourages bloggers to post photos captured using their phones. I’ve actually been posting lots of “phoneography” already but this is the first official challenge and I figured it would be fun to join.
I initially planned on getting out and take photos of our place but I still haven’t managed to do so (still planning…) Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time at work due to urgent tasks so last night I took photos of the area where I normally wait for Daddy Bunny to pick me up at night.
Not yet our ride: Trikes Abound
Aside from taxis and private vehicles that pass by this area, there are a lot of these tricycles that is common transportation to bring employees to the nearby MRT station and residential area.
Pan de Manila: Home of the freshly baked Pandesal
One of my favorite places in this office is the Pan de Manila bakery. It sells the local pandesal which keeps me nourished and brings back childhood memories as well.
Pan de Manila: Clearer sign
Photos taken using my Samsung Galaxy S II
Recently, we’ve been busy with preparations for some of our friends’ weddings. Four couple friends have asked Yui to be their flower girl so we’ve been to gown measurements, fitting and hunting of a dress since January. When I read about this week’s photo challenge, my thoughts wandered to our own wedding. Daddy bunny and I love Japanese music and anime and these were incorporated into our wedding program.
One of our unique ideas which received very good feedback from our guests is our wedding cake. Getting this cake was sort of a last minute decision. We initially wanted to have just a simple cake from the friendly neighborhood bake shop but when I saw this baker’s site and the cakes she made, I just fell in love with her work. So despite pulling another arm for the cake, we went for it. And we were not disappointed.
Our Wedding Cake: Japanese personal style
Some of our guests, who were not familiar with the Bleach anime, were baffled why the bride and groom toppers were wearing black. Well, we patterned them from Ichimaru Gin and Matusumoto Rangiku who are captain and vice-captain of the Shinigami. Too bad we were not able to have a zanpakuto in the topper but it might scare some of the guests more so I guess it’s fine. 😉
Bleach Anime Toppers
The lower designs are Daddy bunny and me in some of our notable things. Daddy bunny was holding a laptop since he is very techie (our family and friends’ own tech support 24/7). Prior to the wedding, I was assigned for 6 months in Chicago and the laptop was the bridge that linked us together. MSN Messenger and Skype became our best friends.
Daddy Bunny and his laptop
As for my topper, I’m wearing my signature school girl attire and holding my red guitar. I was learning how to play the guitar and bought this little electric guitar as a birthday gift to myself when I was in Chicago. It’s also the guitar that we used when we played at the wedding program.
Mommy Bunny and my guitar
This was really one of the unique ideas we had for our wedding which we will definitely keep in our memories forever. 🙂
For the second straight year, the Bunnies have written down goals for the year. Last year, I’ve crossed out driving from my list and the whole family is excited to fulfill our goals for 2013.
The photo challenge for this week is all about the Resolve for us to reach our resolutions. Slowly but surely, the Bunnies are also getting there. I blogged about one of our goals for this year: The Travelling Musicians. We resolved to get more travels this year and to learn a new musical instrument.
I’ve already booked a Cebu trip for February and although it is more work-related, I resolve to enjoy whatever adventures my team will plan for that weekend.
Camotes…I’m coming back for you ~~~
Oh, and the music! Daddy Bunny already started his violin lessons last week and despite being basically “tone deaf”, I’m trying my hand at something new. I’m so proud to say that at age 30, I learned how to play a very basic Happy Birthday in the piano. And a baby piano at that! Promise, by the end of the year I will have learned more songs. Maybe Twinkle Twinkle and Old MacDonald. 😛
Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks
The year is just starting but a lot of exciting things are already lined up for the Bunnies. This is going to be great! 🙂
I’m not really the type to write year-end posts on “the year that was” since I can’t find the words to sum up everything that happened and all the rollercoaster emotions I’ve been through in a year. I’ve started blog posts for several year-ends and then quit before I finish a paragraph. It’s just overwhelming.
I guess now that the weekly photo challenge is about my 2012 in pictures, I can finally have that year-end post that has eluded me for so long. This year has been one of the most challenging and emotional one for me and my family. But like they say, what does not kill me makes me stronger. So without further ado, here’s a sneak peek of My 2012.
It may not be the best but it sure is still filled with memories and lessons learned. Now that 2013 is here, cheers to more challenges and fun memories! Happy New Year everybody! 🙂
Silhouette is this week’s photo challenge over at The Daily Post. I had to dig deep for a photo but then remembered one of my favorite photos from our wedding…
We will be celebrating our fourth year wedding anniversary next month and I can’t believe that the overwhelming love I was feeling that day is still the love I feel today. And more. 🙂
This week’s photo challenge is BIG. A few years back I didn’t think that I would someday consider myself big. Pre-pregnancy I was only at 96 lbs then grew to as much as 130 lbs towards the end of the pregnancy. Getting pregnant is one of the greatest things that happened to me and although Yui is now an active and beautiful 3 year old, I still get awed at how big I was when I was carrying her. Seeing this little girl now and remembering her inside my womb is really a miracle.
Here I am, more than 3 years ago, in all my big belly glory 🙂