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Dec 042017

I went to Bangkok, Thailand and Luang Prabang, Laos on October 19-27, 2016.

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Trip log:

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Day 1: October 19, 2016– flew to Bangkok, Thailand

Day 2: October 20, 2016– Bangkok Chinatown, overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Day 3: October 21, 2016- early morning arrival at Chiang Mai Railway Station, overnight bus from Chiang Rai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

Day 4: October 22, 2016– Luang Prabang day 1

Day 5: October 23, 2016- Luang Prabang day 2

Day 6: October 24, 2016– Luang Prabang day 3

Day 7: October 25, 2016– Luang Prabang departure day, back to Bangkok

Day 8: October 26, 2016– Bangkok Old City

Day 9: October 27, 2016– Jim Thompson House in the morning, back to Manila late afternoon

Gear used:

  1. Canon 100D (Rebel SL1) camera body
  2. lenses: EF-S STM 10-18 mm, EF-S STM 24 mm, EF STM 40 mm
  3. iPod Touch 6th generation
  4. SJ Cam SJ4000

The maps were generated by my Google Timeline history.

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Some highlights from this trip:

All graffiti shots from this trip:

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Dec 042017

October 27, 2016

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On my last day, I went to the Jim Thompson House before heading to the airport after lunch.
Jim Thompson was an American businessman who had a successful silk business empire. He disappeared in 1967 on a trip to Malaysia.

3 second clip of a woman making silk at the Jim Thompson House.

I shot the next photos on the way to the Jim Thompson House Museum. The big building with the sculpture is the Arts and Culture Center.

This was my lunch at the MBK Food Island food court in the MBK Shopping Center in Bangkok before I headed to the airport. Walking to the airport link metro station near me, I encountered an actual train that runs on the railroad on the ground. That was NOT the train I took to the airport. The one I took is the same one I took on the first day, using Bangkok’s light rail system.

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Dec 042017

October 26, 2016 (back to Bangkok)

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I took the metro to the Saphan Taksin BTS station that’s a staircase away from Sathorn Pier. There are ferries on that pier that go up and down the length of the Chao Phraya River. There were stalls selling black clothing for mourning the late king of Thailand, Bhumidol Adulyadej. He had just passed away a week before I flew there.

Crossing the footbridge from the Sathorn Taksin BTS metro exit to the pier, I saw this chicken walking around.

I took a ferry to Tha Chang (N9) pier to head to Bangkok’s Old City and the Grand Palace area.

6 second video clip of the ferry

I walked around there but was not able to get into the Grand Palace since the funeral for Thailand’s late king was going on.

Mourners in black were queued up outside waiting their turn to go in to pay their last respects.

I had lunch at a dining/ entertainment complex called Tha Maharaj.

There were also meals being given out. I was given a plate, pretty good. A second lunch.

And also water stations every few meters. It came in handy since it was a very hot walk.

Here are a few other photos of the Old City:

Lots of vendors were selling photos of the late king as souvenirs.

I took the much cheaper cross-ferry pier from the Tha Tien (N8) pier across the river to Wat Arun- the Temple of Dawn. (The ferry earlier plies the river lengthwise. This one goes “across”.)

The temple was under construction, but it still looked good. I also got to take some great graffiti shots right outside it.

Unfortunately, when I was ready to head back to the old city side of the river, the ferry had ceased operations for the day. Because Thailand’s prince was going to that temple for some funeral rites for the late king.

So I had to take a taxi which took the long way round to get back to the part of town where I came from.

Before I found a taxi, I walked around a couple of streets surrounding Wat Arun:

I even found these two great pieces of graffiti outside the temple.

I had the taxi take me to Khao San Road. I took some photos, got some graffiti shots, got shooed away by a seller of fake IDs.

Three sets of different graffiti:

One was a memorial to the Bloody May 1992 protest in Thailand.

According to Wikipedia:

Black May, or Bloody May is a common name for the 17–20 May 1992 popular protest in Bangkok against the government of General Suchinda Kraprayoon and the military crackdown that followed. Up to 200,000 people demonstrated in central Bangkok at the height of the protests. The military crackdown resulted in 52 officially confirmed deaths, many disappearances, hundreds of injuries, and over 3,500 arrests. Many of those arrested are alleged to have been tortured.

One was a standalone piece on the side of a building’s upper floor, and one was on a corrugated tin fencing a building.

Here’s the Rama VIII suspension bridge the spans the Chao Phraya:

After my Khao San Road jaunt, I took a taxi back to Ratchathewi, where I was staying. Those taxi rides let me experience the infamous Bangkok traffic, which I had previously avoided previously on this trip because I took the metro and boats.

While looking for a cab, I saw these cool double decker buses parked under a bridge. They’re for ferrying around the late king’s mourners.

I had dinner at La Monita Taco Truck in the food court of the Siam Paragon mall. It was all right. I walked around a bit more and took some night shots of the area surrounding that mall.

Here’s a photo of the old Scala Theater, which opened in 1969. According to Wikipedia, it’s the Scala is “the last remaining operational standalone single-screen cinema in the country”.

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Dec 042017

October 25, 2016 (Luang Prabang departure day)

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Early in the morning, I biked around again and took some photos of the Royal Palace Museum since it was too hot when I first went there on the first day for me to set up a good picture. The photo with the white fence is one of the entrances to climb up Mount Phousi (which I did not do).

I biked to the UXO Lao Visitors Centre after. It’s a small museum and office devoted to unexploded ordnance in Laos. There’s a lot of unexploded ordnance left over from the Vietnam War.

I got there a few minutes before the mini museum opened, so I biked outside and grabbed a sausage from a roadside grill before heading back.

Here are a few last shots of Luang Prabang I took biking around this day before and after the UXO Centre.

Here’s some I snapped from the van on the way to the airport.

I flew out of Luang Prabang in the afternoon. Did not opt to take the long bus ride to Chiang Rai to return to Thailand anymore. Luang Prabang’s airport was small, so the airplanes were very close to the windows. I was able to take a lot of clear photos of aircraft.

Since I took Air Asia, a budget airline, the plane landed at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok instead of the swankier Suvarnabhumi Airport. It took so long to get a car from this airport and the traffic was bad. There’s no subway like the airport I landed in on my first day. So I just got a pizza takeout from Gallery Pizza for dinner. It’s an art gallery that also makes and delivers fine pizza.

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Dec 042017

October 24, 2017 (Luang Prabang Day 3)

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I started the day with a great breakfast at Lotus Villa. I had this every morning of my stay there. It’s kind of like pho noodles but with a great tomato based clear broth. I would have two bowls and multiple spring rolls.

I spent most of this day hanging out at various food stalls along the Mekong River, since I spent the previous day mostly along the Nam Khan. I ate a lot from different stalls since I walked a long stretch and it was so hot. I had more of their delicious noodle soups. The noodles are like pho, so they’re thin and not too filling. Great spring rolls too.

I bought two neat paintings by a local artist. I framed them when I got home, you can see them below. I also got the shorts I’m wearing in the first photo at the Luang Prabang night market.

Here are more photos I shot biking around town.

Biked back to the side of the Mekong River to catch the sunset but my photos aren’t that great.

Had more crepes at the night market for dinner.

5 second clip of the seller making my peanut butter flavored crepes. This is a different crepe maker from Oct. 22. But in the same night market.

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Dec 042017

October 23, 2016 (Luang Prabang Day 2)

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I woke up right before sunrise to catch the early morning alms-giving ceremony. It was so early, it was still dark out as you can see in the photos below. These were taken on the same street as Lotus Villa.

These next ones were from the street around the corner. I then followed them down the road.

I went back to the hotel for breakfast after my early morning jog following the alms giving ceremony.

In the late morning, I borrowed the Lotus Villa hotel’s free bike and crossed the bridge to the other side of town across the Nam Khan River.

It was a hot and tiring bike ride so I didn’t take that many photos on the other side. Then I went back to the original side I came from and took photos of the Nam Khan River from there after lunch.

I put my SJ Cam SJ4000 action camera on a small tabletop tripod in the bike basket to shoot while I bike, but the mini tripod kept toppling over. It was a failure. Most of the footage was unusable. I stitched together a 13 second clip of acceptable footage to show what the neighborhood the other side of the bridge looks like.

I had lunch at a nice place called BBQ By The Bridge, which is a wooden structure serving Laotian specialties right by the wooden bridgemisge (for bikes & pedestrians only- no cars) that takes you over the Nam Khan River. Photo of the place and food is in this album. Google Translate came in handy when I wanted to ask the proprietor what their specials were. I’m glad I got a Lao (Unitel) prepaid sim card with 3G data.

Biking around after lunch, I spotted these grottoes carved into rock on a mountain/ hill across the Nam Khan River. It reminded me of my Street Side Virgin Mary grotto series.

Buddha statues on the side of rocks

Buddha statues on the side of rocks

For dinner, I ate in this fancy-ish place in town called the Victoria Xieng Thong Palace. I dropped by the night market again after to have some more crepes. Crepes are a big thing in Luang Prabang.

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Dec 042017

October 22, 2016

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I arrived in Luang Prabang around 5:30 AM in the morning via the bus I boarded in Chiang Rai 16 hours before.

I left my bags at the Lotus Villa, but couldn’t check in my room yet as it was too early. This is what the room looks like when I eventually got to check in later in the day.

I walked around town and took some photos. Please click the < and > on the left and right edges of the photos to advance to the next picture in the slideshow.

  • Le Musee National de Luang Prabang
  • mekong river
  • mekong river
  • tricycles in Luang Prabang
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • Wat Pa Huak temple
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • 7- Day 4- Luang Prabang 1st day- 060
  • two monks in gray
  • Chilean wines on display in the street
  • dog
  • dog
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • Wat Sibounheuang
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • Wat Sibounheuang
  • Wat Sensoukharam
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • 3 Nagas
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • ecole primaire
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • Luang Prabang architecture
  • boite aux lettres

Had lunch at La Rosa, a nice Italian place with great pizza.

I bought a Unitel sim card from the Lotus Villa hotel. They sold it with cheaper prepaid data plans than the bank. The bank in town also doubles as a dealer for Beeline (the other Laotian telco) sim cards and prepaid data plans. Some of the local stores also carry sims but it was hard to communicate so I just went with the hotel.

The Unitel sim card had lines marked out for nano and micro sims, but no perforated cutout. The hotel staff had to cut it manually using scissors.

Unitel’s mobile data coverage was pretty good for a developing country, even when I biked around random places in Luang Prabang, I would still get 3 bars of signal. I did not encounter losing signal or even having 3G drop to E while outdoors. Although, it would drop to E sometimes indoors in my hotel room.

The data speeds weren’t the fastest. I only ever got 3G signal, not 4G/ LTE, but I don’t recall it being any slower than what I was used to in the Philippines, even when my signal indicator back home said 4G.

It was slower than the 4G/ LTE data speeds I experienced for a couple of days with TrueMove in Bangkok, but Thailand probably has a more advanced 4G infrastructure.

More photos from when I went to walk around in the afternoon:

Had crepes and a sandwich for dinner at the night market.

Bacon and Egg Sandwich (11 second video clip)

chocolate banana crepe (8 second video clip)

This is a different stall from where I got peanut butter crepes on october 24.

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Dec 042017

October 21, 2016 (Luang Prabang Day 1)

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Total ground covered on this day:

The train pulled into Chiang Mai early in the morning. I went to Chiang Rai right after, and from there, took a bus at noon to cross the border into Laos.

I barely made it to Chiang Rai on time, so I only had time to grab this for lunch.

yogurt dairy drink and a sticky rice roll

yogurt dairy drink and a sticky rice roll

There weren’t that many options at the bus terminal.

It was a 16 hour bus ride. Four hours after departing Chiang Rai at noon, we crossed the Thailand- Laos border.


The bus stopped around 8 PM or so at a small rest stop for dinner. And then on went the bus until we got to Luang Prabang the day after around 5:30AM.

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Dec 042017

October 20, 2016

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map of my morning route

I walked around Bangkok’s Chinatown in the morning, then headed to the Bangkok Train Station late in the afternoon to take the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

photos from Bangkok’s Chinatown and the Yaowarat Street environs:

I had lunch at a Chinese restaurant there:

There was some pretty cool graffiti in a small narrow alley near Chinatown:

Before I went to Chinatown, I also managed to snag some good graffiti shots in Ratchathewi, where I stayed:

I also got to shoot these payphones in Ratchathewi to add to my pay phone photo collection:

I went to the Bangkok Railway Station in the afternoon to take the overnight train to Chiang Mai:

Here’s a 21 second video clip of what the sleeping berth interiors look like:

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Dec 042017

October 19, 2016

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I took Philippine Airlines to Bangkok:

After exiting immigration, my first order of business was to get a sim card – for Google Maps. I taped it up so it wouldn’t get lost when I went to Laos mid-week, because I wanted to go on using it for my last two days in Thailand. Thai mobile internet speed and coverage is pretty good the grand total of 3 days I was in Bangkok. The airport sim card kiosk sellers were excellent, they could speak both Mandarin and English. I got a prepaid data package for 10 days since I was returning to Bangkok after going to Luang Prabang on the evening of the seventh day after my arrival and staying for one and a half more days.

Thailand TrueMove sim card

Thailand TrueMove sim card

There’s a metro station in the same building as Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport that made it a cinch to get into the city after I landed, avoiding Bangkok’s infamous traffic jams.

I had dinner at a Thai place in a small strip mall like dining complex called Cocowalk Plaza in Ratchathewi:

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Nov 102017

Spotted this yesterday. #SpongeBob #jeepney #vehicle #transportation #everydayphilippines #city #street #urban #philippines

Nov 082017

This is my Google Maps timeline for the day I flew to HK from Manila. It was 1,149 km (according to Google Maps. See lefthand column. Click on photo to enlarge.)

This is my 4 minute video journal for my trip to Hong Kong last October 8 to 10, 2016:

(choose 720p HD quality on the lower right hand corner for a higher quality video.)

One of the first things I did upon getting there was buying a sim card so I had data on my phone- essential for using maps to get around. I didn’t buy a prepaid sim card from the airport. I got it from one of the Filipino stores in World-Wide Plaza in central (Hong Kong has a lot of Filipino migrant laborers).

It was real cheap because it didn’t have unlimited data. I think it had only 2 GB, but it’s more than sufficient for me for three days. The airport sim cards all offer unlimited data packages, but HK$88 felt like overkill for me since I was there for only three days. This cost me only HK$38.

Past Central, near the mid- Levels, there’s this really cool narrow alley with neat graffiti. I saw a small post with graffiti on it, took some photos, then noticed that there’s an even longer wall up the stairs it with more. I passed it on my walking up to the PMQ (00:17 time stamp in the video journal above).

hong kong graffiti

stairs to the right

It’s on the left side of this photo. In this photo, I was actually shooting this woman pushing her cart uphill, the graffiti wall just so happened to be on the edge of it. This was a really steep climb, she’s really incredible.

woman pushing cart uphill, Hong Kong, October 2016

These are the graffiti pictures:

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Street Scenes:

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Stanley Beach:

This is one of my favorite tourist spots in Hong Kong. That’s why it rates its own album.

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Pay Phones:

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Jan 152017

dog on a push cart with plastic bags
dog perched on a push cart with plastic bags, Quezon City, Philippines, October 2015

rooster 2
rooster, Fairview, May 2016

monkeys on the side of the road 13
roadside monkey, Subic, April 2016

cat behind grilles of a corner store 2
cat behind grilles of a corner store, Makati, Philippines, October 2015

stray cat nestled between rocks 3
stray cat nestled between rocks, Manila, April 2016

k-9 handler and dog 1
K-9 handler and dog, Makati, January 2016

white dog looking up
Shanghai, China, April 2016

Dec 152016

street tableau
Quezon City, Philippines, March 2016

Dec 072016

Jump to: Day 1(views of the rice terraces from different viewing decks) |Day 2 (Market Day + Downtown) | Day 3 (Batad Village)

In August 2016, I went to Banaue, Ifugao Province. It’s 371 kilometers north of where I departed in Quezon City.

371 km drive

371 km drive

Here are 28 of my favorite images from the trip that didn’t make it into the trip log albums below:

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Too long, didn’t read version -> Watch this video:

Day 1: 26 August 2016

I got to Banaue around 5:15 A.M., so I was really groggy. The hostel I stayed in sent a tricycle to fetch me, and I went to sleep upon getting to my bed 5 minutes after. I stayed at a hostel called Banaue Homestay on the main road.

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Parts of the ride were pretty horrible. The problem was not the bumpy roads, but the fact that it was zigzagging all over the place. One of my first purchases in town upon waking up was three tablets of carsickness medicine for the ride home.

I walked around a bit and grabbed a late lunch at the Las Vegas after waking up.

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Around 2:45 PM, I hired the hostel’s tricycle to take me on a tour of the different viewing stations set up for tourists to photograph the Banaue Rice Terraces.

The first spot was at the Hiwang Village. It involved a very mild hike of around ten to fifteen minutes. (5 photos)

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The next viewing stations were at the:

a.) View Point (4 photos)

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b.) the National Food Authority View Deck (where the sign proclaims that the view of the rice terraces printed on the 1,000 peso bill was taken here) (4 photos)

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c.) and the Main View Point. The signs are all hand-painted. (8 photos)

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That night, I had dinner at a cozy little lodge downtown called Sanafe. The place had a lot of old school photos and antiques.

Day 2: 27 August 2016

Saturday is the town’s market day. People from surrounding villages gathered downtown to buy and sell hard goods, livestock (mostly poultry), fresh vegetables, seafood (probably captured elsewhere as Banaue is landlocked), shaved ice desserts, grilled fast food, etc. (13 photos in slideshow below)

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– 13 second video clip of market day

I stayed for a couple of hours until it started raining around 1 PM, then I hightailed it back to Banaue Homestay.

I ventured back downtown late afternoon and hung out at the Uyami Green Lodge to have late lunch and read. I also had dinner there before heading back early evening.

Downtown is made up of two to three streets below the main road from the hostel I stayed in. You can access it via a road sloping down, or a narrow stairway.

Here are four photos of downtown at night.

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Day 3: 28 August 2016

I hired the hostel’s tricycle to take me to Batad. It’s a town around an hour away from the hostel that also has rice terraces. There’s a half hour hike from the last bit of paved road where we had to park the tricycle to the ticket booth. Then another half an hour from the ticket booth to various spots where you can sit and catch your breath on rickety benches. You can opt to hike another hour or so more to reach a famous waterfall, but I abandoned that plan an hour after hiking downhill.

(8 photos in slideshow below)

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The first ten minutes were on super rocky and muddy ground with a lot of gaps in between. I kept worrying I would fall down and never be heard from again. I don’t know how the locals seem to be able to hike it with just flip flops. It was quite slippery due to the rain.

I would pause every so often to catch my breath. Luckily, after the scary first ten minutes, there were paved stair steps to walk on.

You can opt to keep going down into the actual rice paddies and houses below, and then cross to the other side to the waterfalls I mentioned above.

There is no way to reach this part of town via any motorized vehicle, just on foot. Not even a bicycle.

After Batad, the tricycle took me back to my hostel where I rested. Left Banaue around 6 PM and got back home before 3 AM.

Nov 302016

barbershop with a motorcycle parked in front of it
Quezon City, Philippines, May 2015

green barbershop in Altura, Sta Mesa, Manila 3
Manila, Philippines, April 2016

cebu barbershop 1
Cebu, Philippines, January 2016

Nov 302016

Zoom In

scooter delivery

scooter delivery, Tainan City, June 2007

Oct 302016

security guard standing by the door of a corrugated tin wall
security guard standing by the door of a corrugated tin wall, July 2015

San Miguel beer crates in trucky
San Miguel beer crates in truck, October 2015

Oct 152016

punk's not dead written on a house- 4-4
house that says Punk’s Not Dead, Fariview, Quezon City, May 2016

blue house with pink flowers
blue house with pink flowers, Quezon City, Philippines, May 2015

big mansion in the middle of nowhere in Tagaytay
mansion in the middle of nowhere, Tagaytay, January 2016

Standard Photo Engraving building 4
Standard Photo Engraving building, Quezon City, March 2016

closed store-2
closed store, Fariview, Quezon City, May 2016

Oct 082016

bamboo on top of a motorcycle covered with a tarp
Quezon City, Philippines, October 2015

Oct 012016

coca cola painted on store with a woman on a bench

San Juan, Philippines

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Sep 262016

vulcanizing shop at night 1

Makati, Philippines, May 2015

Sep 202016

fuck yeah and height markers on wall
Mandaluyong, Philippines, November 2015

Sep 102016

Jehovah’s Witness jeep with a sign that says “The Watch Tower”:
top view of blue jeepney with The Watch Tower written on it
March 2016

tricycle that says Gift of God:
tricycle that says Gift of God-2
May 2016

Jeep that says Thanks God:
Thanks God sign on a jeepney
Quezon City, Philippines, April 2016

truck that says God Gave Me You:
truck with mud flap that says God gave me you
Subic, Philippines, April 2016

Aug 202016

seven new additions to my street side grotto collection (click link to see more!)

white street side grotto behind a Mormon temple 1
November 2015

blue virgin mary grotto with pictures
June 2015

virgin mary grotto behind grilles- makati - at night 2
January 2016

blue street side grotto across a Mormon temple 3
November 2015

green street side grotto 2
March 2016

small blue virgin mary grotto 2
November 2015

street side grotto, Matimyas St. 3
December 2015

Aug 152016

falling coconuts sign 3
Caution: Falling Coconuts, Quezon City, February 2016

warning- falling tree branches-2
Caution: Falling Branches, Quezon City, Philippines, May 2016

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Jul 302016

street key duplicator
Shanghai, China

key duplicator
San Juan, Philippines

both April 2016

Jul 152016

Stars and Stripes + Jesus on a jeepney, Quezon City, Philippines, April 2016

tricycle with an anime character 1
Japanese manga character on a tricycle, Quezon City, Philippines, May 2016

jeepney with convoy written on it 1
Jeepney depicting a truck with the word “convoy”, March 2016

Jul 042016

I met Flip One after he commented on a couple of my graffiti posts online. He invited me to watch him paint a wall in Taytay, Rizal. He wanted to do an homage to Wild Style, but written in baybayin, the precolonial Filipino alphabet.

This is the video of the day we met and shot Wild Style in Rizal. 8 minutes 42 seconds:

This is the 37 second time-lapse version for those of you in a rush:

Links to the stuff mentioned in the video:

  1. The story of the two Montana paints
  2. Wikipedia entry on baybayin, the precolonial Philippine writing system Flip One wrote his piece in.
  3. Flip One took me to this great wall in Marikina before we headed to Taytay to paint. Please click here to see the photos and video I took there.

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Jul 042016

I met Flip One after he commented on a couple of my graffiti posts online. He invited me to watch him do a wall in Rizal, but before we headed there, he took me to Buenviaje Street, Marikina, where there was a really long wall covered with great graffiti. I would never have seen this if he hadn’t brought me there, because I am very rarely in Marikina.

video length: 1 minute 19 seconds | YouTube link | Vimeo link

Please watch the videos I made of him painting the aforementioned wall in Taytay, Rizal:

Panoramic views:

Click to read information on Tado, the man memorialized in the piece above.

Close up views of each individual piece. Please click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

Jun 302016

truck typography
November 2015

old red car parked on the side of a street
March 2016

blue and white VW car
November 2015

car in front of a structure with a domed roof and cracked wall
March 2016

Jun 152016

jeepney at night
September 2015

jeepney interiors
March 2016

Jun 102016

I first shot the graffiti on the walls surrounding this basketball court one night last year, in September 2015.

basketball court graffiti at night, Mandaluyong

When I passed by again in May, I saw that some of the pieces have been changed, so I made it a point to go back and shoot it. Also, it looks more vibrant when photographed at daytime and my 2015 photograph of it was made at night. During the day, it looks like this:


Barangka Drive graffiti panorama, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

This section on the upper right of the wall impressed me a lot.

Please CLICK the thumbnails to view close up photos of the individual pieces:

Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 2016

Jun 052016

Watch a two minute video of me shooting the two parking lots:

They were both in parking lots along Quezon Avenue. As I mentioned in the video, the first piece was difficult to climb and access due to the rocky obstacles in front of it. So I don’t have close up shots of the individual pieces.

Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Quezon Avenue parking lot graffiti, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

These were outside:

This are some wide angle shots of the graffiti in the second parking lot:

quezon avenue graffiti panorama

Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Click the thumbnails below to view details of each piece:

May 312016

ice truck 2
April 2016

ice truck 3
December 2015

ice truck 1
December 2015

ice truck 1
April 2016

ice truck 6
December 2015

May 172016

November 2015 to March 2016:

9 de Pebrero, Mandaluyong, Philippines

two faces with letters 9 de Pebrero, Mandaluyong, Philippines, November 2015

basketball court graffiti at night- panorama

basketball court graffiti at night, Makati, Philippines September 2015

flying horse graffiti, San Juan, Philippines March 2016

flying horse graffiti, San Juan, Philippines March 2016

Hemady Street, New Manila, Philippines, March 2016

Hemady Street, New Manila, Philippines, March 2016


zoomed out view of the photo above


San Juan, Philippines, November 2015

zoomed out view of santolan graffiti


corner of Roces and Tuason Streets, Quezon City, March 2016

san juan, philippines

Aurora Boulevard, May 2015


Aurora Boulevard, December 2015

Click to see the evolution of this Aurora Boulevard wall from 2013 to 2015

More of my graffiti photos here.

May 112016

Topics: photos of strange signs, animals on the street, Shanghai, & more!

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Newsletter #4!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

This will be my first newsletter for 2016, so it will have more photos than usual. The photos in this letter were taken from January – May 2016. Please be patient and wait for the photos to load.

I was in Shanghai last month, so this newsletter will have a little extra foreign flavor. Click here to read my post about it.

I photograph signs a lot and there was a bumper crop of them the past few months since it was national election season. I’ll be putting together an album of those photos once I’ve organized them.

If you missed the last newsletter where I documented the evolution of the graffiti of a wall over three years, check it out here. Here’s a list of my past newsletters.

Hope you enjoy this month’s dispatch. Please forward this to friends of yours who may be interested, and ask them to subscribe too!

Always Fresh



roadside bike repair stall in Shanghai 
video length: 11 seconds

handmade rice krispie stall, Shanghai, China
video length: 13 seconds

This month’s addition to my ongoing series of various street side grottoes in the Philippines. 


street side grotto, Philippines

People often ask me where I find them. They’re actually everywhere, hidden in random nooks and crannies.

This was taken near Banawe, Quezon City, March 2016
Here’s a zoomed out view where I shot the grotto above.


street side grotto

Makati, March 2016


Makati, Philippines

Makati, Philippines



photos from the run up to the Philippine elections 2016

I like her clever visual pun on “lima” being the word for 5, and then drawing a hand with all five fingers on it. Most of the campaign signs I’ve seen weren’t that creative.


Philippines photos from the run up to the Philippine elections 2016

Only in the Philippines:


coconuts falling warning sign

And only in China… (Here are more photos of weird products I spotted in Shanghai.)

Oba Mao T-shirt (Obama + Mao Zedong)

Oba Mao T-shirt (Obama + Mao Zedong)

No dispatch is complete without an addition to my collection of Philippine graffiti:



That one was shot in Quezon City, on the corner of Roces and Tuason Streets.
Zoomed out view:



This one was shot along Hemady Street in New Manila.

graffiti new manila, Philippines
graffiti, new manila, Philippines

This one of a flying horse was shot in San Juan. The 3D perspective is really good.

graffiti- Philippines

Animals hanging out on the street:

cat Philippines

You wouldn’t want to mess with this one in a cockfight:


I spotted a bunch of monkeys randomly hanging out by the side of the highway outside Subic in January. I fired off some shots, but none were any good as I was too far and could not reverse. I went back to Subic this April and was able to get a few good shots.

There was also an enterprising monkey who was eating chips. Take a look at the 8 second video clip here.

Subic, Philippines

Subic, Philippines


This theater was built in the 1930s. See more of my Shanghai photos in my blog post.

Cathay Theatre- built in the 1930s

Cathay Theatre- built in the 1930s

I shot this in January on the road to Tagaytay. It was a mansion in the middle of nowhere. No other houses around.

big mansion in the middle of nowhere in tagaytay 2

Mandatory cheesy touristy shot of Pudong, Shanghai:

Pudong, Shanghai

Pudong, Shanghai

Street Key Duplicator:

Shanghai is ultramodern in many ways, yet still has a lot of old school tradesmen doing business on the street, as you can see from the rice krispie baker and bike repairman video clips I put above.

This street key duplicator stall reminded me of the numerous such street stalls here in the Philippines:

key duplicator street stall

Above: Shanghai, China | Below: San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines (both taken April 2016)

key duplicator

These rides have messages:

truck with mud flap that says God gave me you
Thanks God sign on a jeepney
tricycle with an anime character


So this guy has a Twilight hoodie…

guy on a motorcycle with a Twilight jacket
Shanghai, China
guy selling bottles of pink stuff
san juan slaughterhouse window with green stripe

From top to bottom:
Roxas Boulevard, Manila, April 2016
Shanghai, China, April 2016
Banawe, Quezon City, March 2016
San Juan, Metro Manila, February 2016

From the Web

I thought this article in the March 2016 issue of Harper’s Magazine asking whether staged photographs can tell the truth was pretty timely.

As it’s easier to create manipulated images with software and post them online, more and more people who aren’t used to internet staples like memes and satire websites encounter such images for the first time and take them as gospel truth, get enraged, or scared, and reproduce their misinterpretation elsewhere.

I like how this article explains that manipulated/ processed/ staged images aren’t necessarily “fake”, but subject to different meanings depending on the context of the shoot, and anyway, aren’t all photos “staged” somehow when you choose what to exclude out of the frame?

Here is the link to this great article.


Blast From The Past:

may 2010 elections

photo taken on National Election Day six years ago (2010)

Stamp of the Day:

pacquiao-stamp low res

This dispatch’s featured stamp is this Manny Pacquiao stamp issued in 2015, in honor of his being elected into the Philippine senate a couple of days ago.

Visit my Stamp Library for more.

Friendly Reminder: Punk’s Not Dead.

punk's not dead on house Fairview, Quezon City, Philippines


Photographed last month outside a house in Fairview, Quezon City.

punk's not dead on house

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