Earth Hour

March 29, 2008

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On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Earth Hour invites people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in their local time zone. On this day, cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Chicago, Melbourne, Dubai, and Tel Aviv, will hold events to acknowledge their commitment to energy conservation.

Earth Hour is an international event that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour on the evening of 29 March at 8 pm local time until 9 pm to promote electricity conservation and thus lower carbon emissions.

It is promoted by World Wide Fund for Nature Australia (WWF), an environmental lobby group, and the Sydney Morning Herald. The first Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm on 31 March 2007. The 2007 Earth Hour is estimated to have cut Sydney’s mains electricity consumption by between 2.1% and 10.2% for that hour, with as many as 2.2 million people taking part. A second Earth Hour, in 2008, is planned to be an international event held in Sydney, many partner cities, and individuals around the world participating.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org)

So please show your support and switch off those lights. Sit on the beach or your rooftop, have a nice romantic hour under the stars, hum a tune, take pictures and help save the world!

More Photos

March 24, 2008

Here are a couple of pictures I took during my visit to Ilocos, Philippines. Some of them were taken in Vigan, Ilocos Sur where the heritage site is, but most of them were taken in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.

Bangui is such a great windy place. The people may be grumpy at first, but it takes a whole lot of effort to get them to lighten up to strangers. The perfect time for photography in this place would be very early in the morning or late in the afternoon as these are the times when the town would spring to life. As you take an afternoon stroll in the town plaza, you could see street hawkers vending all sorts of goodies like grilled corn; or the strange barbecued chicken head, awkwardly called the helmet (it was appetizing at first until the eye popped inside my mouth); frozen ice cream (as if the is such a thing like a molten ice cream – or is there?); the famous Ilocano empanada and a lot more. Morning photography is best taken on the beach with most of the townsfolk up and helping each other harvesting what meager bounty the sea could offer them (the effect of the sunrise on the people pulling in the fishnet set against a backdrop of the Bangui Bay windmills is just so dramatic). Seafood is not a very easy option if you wish to have delectable dining in Bangui as the sea is very rough most of the year. The best alternative is vegetable products. Ilocanos eat all kinds of vegetables and they have got the best recipes for anything that grows out of the earth.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Philippine Trip

March 24, 2008

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I went on a four week trip home last month for a bit on an R&R and I never imagined I would have so many memories to bring back with me afterwards.

I went home to my mom and dad’s place in Zamboanga for the first two weeks then; I went to Ilocos to visit Ross’ family’s place. I stayed up in the north for a good week before going back to Manila for another week.

I really don’t much to say about that now as I am pretty excited to share the pictures I took with everyone here.

Me and my family