Philippines: China or the USA?

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From a Filipino who has seen the world…

I like China because they sell cheap alternative products. I like America because of Star Wars, Titanic, Resident Evil, and of course, The Walking Dead, my favorite TV series!

I like China because of the birthday noodles, and that delicious lariat-style cuisine. I like America because of their hotdogs and hamburgers. Let’s add Disneyland and Universal Studios theme parks that bring out the child in you.

But of course, I also don’t like certain things from China and from America but these things will not make me “hate” them. Simply put, I love China, America, India, Russia, Australia, Japan, Canada, and the rest of the world!

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Custom White Balance versus the Presets

DSLRs have built-in white balance correction presets. Usually, they are "sunny", "cloudy", "shade", "tungsten", "flourescent", and "flash", with estimated Kelvin/color temperatures.  In certain cases, these presets may not work precisely to show the natural colors of your photo subjects. The two photos below show two preset white balance correction: the "Auto White Balance" and the... Continue Reading →

The Tagalog Word “Diyos” (god)… Where did it come from?

One of those things that is good to know…

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​Ever wondered where the Tagalog word “diyos” (god in English) came from?

The word “diyos” had its roots in the Latin word “deus” (pronounced as de-yus) which means a god or a deity. The Latin word “deus” can also be translated as “dies” (Latin; pronounced as di-yes) or Sun in English.

The ancients worshipped the Sun as a god. In the Grecian Pantheon of Gods, they had Zeus as the primary god of Olympus which was also seen as the Sun-God. Many scholars believe that the word “Zeus” was the origin of the Latin word “deus”. Yup, they’re actually phonetically similar.

The early Spaniards, who invaded the Philippines, said the mass in Latin which used the word “deus” to mean a god. The Filipinos later on adopted the Latin word “deus” as part of their language, pronounced as “di-yos”, to mean “god”. And that’s where the Tagalog word “diyos” came…

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Abby Uy… A Budding Street Photographer!

http://abbyuy.weebly.com/uploads/8/8/2/6/88268696/img-2733_orig.jpg There's a new girl in town... and oh boy! Her photographs really caught my eye.  I have featured one of her photographs which shows a dramatic image which made use of colors amid a dark, woody foreground. The image above is an artsy photograph of a concert with the band members placed inside a... Continue Reading →

A Portable Softbox…!

​Want to have a soft box for that awesome portrait shots but it's bulky on the go? Introducing... Pixco Portable Diffuser Soft Box for the strobists! It fits all types and kinds of speedlites and is only about Php400 (about US$9) at Lazada Online Store. Just got mine delivered today! :D:D:D

The Three Monkeys!

​In the Philippines, it is now somewhat "dangerous" to be unknowingly associated with someone who is into illegal drugs. To be safe, refrain from being with or having a picture with people you don't really know, including high profile personalities like mayors, councilors, congressmen, and even generals and showbiz celebrities who could eventually be named... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Yawn?

It depends... One's yawn can have a bad breath while others may have grizzly hairs stuck between their teeth as leftovers of a carnivore's meal!

Zoobic Safari is one tourist attraction you will find at Subic Bay Freeport’s Forest Adventure. Subic Bay was a former US Naval Base located in Olongapo, Zambales. After the Americans withdrew their naval forces in Subic Bay in 1991 after the expiration of the Military Bases Agreement, the area was converted into a tourist spot with... Continue Reading →

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