Celebrate Life the Simplest in Christmas Day!

Celebrate Life the Simplest in Christmas Day!

December 25, 2010
Sta Catalina, San Ildefonso
Bulacan, Philippines

It’s Christmas Day! A time to celebrate life! be thankful for everything and be at peace to every mankind.

Where am I today? here in the Farm 🙂 seeing the simplest life without the electronics chaos and tweets. It’s a day of appreciation and feel the real peace and be thankful for Life always brings the Best for us. Celebrate Life the Simplest! Merry Christmas Everyone!

Portraits Overview

The rice field mean abundance! be thankful for the gift of grains that feeds millions of people.

Maxi, the Aspen Dog (Local Philippine Street Dog) – truly a man’s bestfriend! he guards the farm, walk with us like a tour guide, and keep us safe.

The Chili’s – we dont have wild berries and cherries in the Philippines, hope this will make our life hot hot hot 🙂 with overflowing blessings. It’s not fun to have a “cold” Christmas. Do you agree?

The Tomatoes – its green, young still. It turns red when it blooms. Just like Life 🙂 we should all bloom for goodness, the redness same as the Chinese festive color means bounty and love

The Different Grasses – we often see this type of wild grass, everywhere. but we don’t appreciate them much until someone capture them and focus on their beauty. They also have the details of life. Look around, the grasses could be someone, something. It’s just a symbol.

The Carabao Cart – the hardworker. It’s innate to everyone to accomplish better things in life.

The Farm Chicken – now they called it Free Range Chicken. they multiply fast, they provide eggs too! They were very harmless animal and kids love ’em so much. The most common advertise from Andoks, Mang Inasal, Jollibee, McDonald, and yeah KFC! 🙂 The world of chicken, the most served food in Christmas Day.

The Soil – our foundation, the complete cycle of life.

San Ildefonso

Flowers of ZhongShan Park, Beijing

Flowers of ZhongShan Park, Beijing

Location: ZhongShan Park (Also known as Sun Yat-Sen Park)

I had an opporunity to shoot with Chrysanthemums Show at ZhongShan Park last September 2009. These are the huge Chrysanthemums in different colors I’d ever seen. Beautiful flowers indeed!

Zhongshan Park is located to the west of Tian’AnMen Gate in the heart of the Inner City. It is the site of the former Altar of Land and Harvest (from 1421, emperor YongLe, Ming dynasty). The emperor would visit twice yearly – in the springtime to bring a good harvest and in the autumn for thanksgiving. Five different colours of earth are still kept at this altar, representing land from throughout the nation.


After 1911 the site became a park and was renamed in 1928 in honour of Sun Yat-sen, better-known in Chinese as Sun ZhongShan, who is considered to be the father of modern China. Sun ZhongShan was a key figure in the 1911 revolution which brought down the Qing dynasty and ended imperial rule in China and became the first president of the new republic. He is so popular that there are currently more than 40 ZhongShan Parks in China.

ZhongShan Park covers an area of 24 hectares (60 acres) and is a grand example of classical Chinese landscape gardening. It is also famous for many old cypress trees, some of which are over 1,000 years old.
The park also features a concert hall, a large pond, peonies (late spring and early summer), rock gardens, pavilions and colorful long corridors.

May Festival of Flowers 2009 Part 3 – Shades of Pink and Violet

The Shades of Pink symbolizes feminism while Violet represents light and vision. I called it “Barbie Dolls” colors and “Disney’s Princess” lovely gowns. The shades of pink, truly represents little girls fondness – baby pink and becoming a woman – hot pink! And for violets, the flowers itself and how it blooms.

May Festival of Flowers 2009 Part 2 (Shades of Red and Orange)

Here’s another set of fresh red and orange flowers  shots from different locations. I intend to include the sets of orange shades, a cross of red and yellow colors being its blends somehow.

Shades of Orange, It is bright and symbolizes Thanksgiving. There’s not so much study about the Orange Color since its a secondary or a mix of basic color.

Shades of Red stir the emotions of anger, passion and love.  It’s a symbol of courage and sacrifice and commonly used as the color that signals warning.  It’s being associated with Fire and Planet Mars.

My definition. It’s hot and beauty! whats yours? and please comment on your favorite Red Flowers too.

May Festival of Flowers 2009 Part 1. Shades of Yellow

Flower Power! The month of May is the Fiesta Season of the Philippines and the most popular event is “Flores de Mayo”Flores, from Spanish “flores” or Flowers of May. This is also a celebration of Flower Offerings in honor of Mama Mary

In celebration, let me show you my photograph collection of  flowers, starting with Yellow colors. Why Yellow? It’s Sunshine! and the color promotes cheerfulness. But wait, Yellow means they are a coward so yellow can have a negative meaning in some cultures, some says it’s jealousy? The meanings can be contradicting but I am hoping that all of these flowers promotes beauty and joy to my viewers.  Can you name some of them for me?

These shots were from different locations:

NYC Botanical Garden, NY. USA

Fort Funston, SFO. CA. USA

Lago de Oro, Calatagan Batangas, Philippines

Marikina Butterfly Farm, Marikina City, Philippines

Pattaya, Thailand

Ilog Maria Bee Farm, Tagaytay City, Philippines

Sonyas Garden, Tagaytay City, Philippines

San Pablo CA, USA