Friday, October 31, 2014

The Facebook Black and White Challenge

The Facebook Black and White Challenge

So there's been this photo challenge going around Facebook recently. It challenges users to post one black and white photograph for 5 days. To add to this, each time a black and white photo is posted, the user must nominate a friend to start his own five day black and white photo challenge. It was a pretty fun challenge. Check out the photos I posted after the jump. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bacolod: The Sunsets at Barangay Balaring

The Sunsets at Barangay Balaring

Conveniently located near the city of Bacolod, the sea side barangay of Balaring in Silay offers photographers one of the best vantage points to view the setting sun for people who don't want to stray too far from the city. Aside from sunsets, this little barangay offers a variety of seafood restaurants which are perched on stilts beside the seashore. 

Yes, that's me taking a self-lighted, self-portrait, or as I like to call them, "Lightfie's" lol
One of my recent haunts whenever I'm chasing sunsets is Barangay Balaring in Silay City. I first found out about this sea side barangay when I was still in highschool. It was the summer before I left for college and a few of my buddies and I decided to do some exploring. We had heard about this relatively untouched barangay by the sea that was a mere 25 minutes away from Bacolod. We had no notion of what it looked like or how the road conditions were going there, but what we had heard was that they had a sea side restaurant (sort of a karinderia) that served the best porkchops that side of Negros (Yes, ironic that a seaside restaurant be famed for it's grilled pork rather than its fresh seafood.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bacolod: Harvesting Shrimp

Harvesting Shrimp in Bacolod

Although Bacolod is more known for its sugarcane production, another lucrative trade here is the shrimp industry. The prawn farms or "punongs" as they call them in the local dialect, have supplied many an international company with the shrimp they need for export to other parts of the world.

This blog post is simply my fun little take on what it was like attending my good friend's first ever harvest of shrimp.

If there's one thing I learned about shrimp farming from my good friend, is that it is all about risk. Yes, I am aware that each business has its own risks and what not, but I would have to think that prawn farming is a little bit riskier than the rest. The rest of this blog post contains my amateur and unprofessional observations as to what shrimp farming is all about.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Engagement Session: Chris + Roslyn

Engagement Session: Chris + Roslyn

The following photos are out takes from a recent engagement session I was commissioned to shoot for a beautiful couple celebrating their engagement in the Philippines. The location chosen was that of The Ruins at Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. 

I had the joy and honor of documenting this beautiful couple's engagement session during their lengthy stay here in the Philippines. Since Chris and Roslyn call Bacolod their temporary home, it was only fitting that the photos be taken at a location that speaks volumes about love that endures.

The couple specifically requested for The Ruins (link) in Talisay City as the location for the shoot and I was more than happy to oblige. As The Ruins are sometimes called the 'Taj Mahal of Negros' due to a wealthy sugar baron building this majestic mansion for his wife, so did Chris and Roslyn have their moment at a structure that stood the test of time.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bacolod: 21 Restaurant Batchoy

21 Restaurant Batchoy: The Best Batchoy in Bacolod

21 Restaurant (or more locally known by it's old name as Bar 21), is a staple among both tourists to Bacolod City and locals alike. In my humble opinion, it serves some of the best batchoy in one of the most relaxing environments in the city. 

For those of you who don't know what batchoy is, let me explain what it is before you guys miss out anymore on this cholesterol-rific dish that many people in Bacolod claim to be a local delicacy.

When I had a visitor try this dish for the first time, my friend aptly dubbed it 'heart attack soup'. Imagine crunchy bits of chicharon generously scattered around a pipping hot and thick pork broth with bone marrow, egg, liver and chicken bits. Throw a handful of soft egg noodles in and sprinkle some green spring onions and you've got batchoy! Don't forget to add some soy sauce and pepper!

Batchoy is more or less synonymous to the Visayas region of the Philippines with Bacolod (Negros) and Iloilo (Panay) both hawking home cooked dishes that will whet any appetite. In Bacolod, the best batchoy for me can be found in 21 Restaurant along the main street called Lacson.