Reflections at Nuvali Lakeside Picnic Grounds

Yesterday my wife and I went to Nuvali Lakeside Picnic Grounds once again for our usual brisk walking exercise. It has become our habit to go there regularly for my health sake. I’m now a senior citizen and some 4 years ago, I found out that I have a heart problem. I need to take more care of myself.

But as always, I could not help myself but take photos of the wonderful scenery around me. I always end up photoshooting aside from brisk walking haha!

For yesterday’s photos, it was quite a clear day and the water in the artificial lake was so clear and calm so I took advantage of the reflections in the water as my theme. For all these photos, I used my smartphone Sony Xperia F3216.

I have actually taken a lot of shots already of this same place but there is always something new and beautiful to shoot each time. As time permits, I will share it all here in my blog site.

Photography: Back to Portraits

My lovely wife

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In life we go through both joy and sorrow, a lot of ups and downs, trials and triumphs, problems and difficulties, successes as well as failures — and if we don’t get a hold of ourselves, we might end up sick or even worse. It’s always good to have something else to do, like having a hobby or something. For me, it’s photography. Here’s a photo of my wife, Jojie — a willing subject, always ready to pose for the camera. I have a ready-and-always-willing model haha! She has always been my favorite photo subject ever since we were still young until now.

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The Biggest and Tallest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines

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Ferris Wheel in Pampanga

My wife and I used to go to SM Pampanga often where we buy our food and groceries regularly. We still do but with the opening of Waltermart closer to our home, we have lessened our visits to SM Pampanga. There are times though when my wife would prefer to go there for a change.

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Several months ago, we noticed that big foundations were being constructed at the back area of SM Pampanga and as construction progressed over time, it was becoming obvious that they were constructing a ferris wheel. I thought to myself, this must be the biggest and tallest in the Philippines. I found out later on that I’m right. It is 65 meters in height and 50 meters in diameter. It really is the biggest and tallest ferris wheel in the Philippines. They call it the “Pampanga Eye.” The whole complex is called the Sky Ranch Pampanga. They have other rides built as well within that complex. It opened to the public just this December 2014.

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Well, it’s a good thing but there is a downside to it. I noticed that during this Christmas season, vehicular traffic has become heavier in this area because of this new attraction which seems to have captivated a lot of people in Central Luzon. The City of San Fernando, Pampanga is the regional center of this whole area of Region 3. For the first time my family and I experienced heavy traffic last January 2 when we went to SM Pampanga. It was the first time that traffic was crawling like we were at EDSA during peak hours! Traffic was even heavier right within the mall’s inner roads—really terrible . That was quite an experience.