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CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (traditional Chinese: 國立中正紀念堂; simplified Chinese: 国立中正纪念堂; ) is a famous monument erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It is located in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. The monument, surrounded by a park, stands at the east end of the Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National Theater and National Concert Hall.- Wikipedia

All photos captured with the Canon G7 (circa 2007) on highest JPEG size in 2009. Post processed in Photoshop CS2 on a Mac-iBook G4 (circa 2006) yesterday.

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PYROMANIACS ON NEW YEARS EVE: PART 1

The fireworks display on new years eve in Manila is a sight in itself. An hour or two before midnight, half the households in the city are showing off their own purchase.

Shooting on a tripod starts way before the new years eve countdown. Wait too long and the sky is filled with smoke

One of my favorite photos is the one all the way on the bottom. I was on the very edge of a building and one exploded very very… very near. And just in time I hit the shutter while I started to turn my back to the powder igniting the space in front of the lens. So close that I felt a plastic cap from a cardboard tube that contains explosive powder hit my back. Good thing no equipment or persons were damaged.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009

The 2000’s is the previous decade that started on January 1, 2000 and ended on December 31, 2009. It is the decade in which the 21st century and 3rd millennium began. -Wikipedia

Before leaving for the family new year’s eve bash, a few quick shots of the last sunset of the decade.

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After the devastation of typhoon Ondoy last September the Philippines is on it’s toes again waiting for the imminent erruption of Mayon volcano. In between, there was almost an unending wale of fire engine sirens across Metro Manila. There is no official head count on the sirens but 4 of the major fires that happened this December were caught on pixels from the watch tower.

Unfortunately, December isn’t even over yet. There are still New Years eve fireworks that are itching to light up the night sky.

MacDy_0001 Malabon Fire 12/2009

December 4, 2009 fire leaves 291 families homeless in Valenzuela City. Each family expected to receive Pph5,000 financial assistance from the local government.

MacDy_0002 Quiapo Blaze

Decmeber 12, 2009, fire lasted 6 hours that started Thursday afternoon in Quiapo, Manila, leaving families homeless.

MacDy_0003 New Manila Fire

December 15, 2009, at 6 pm a blaze broke in a shantytown near house number 20 11th Street, New Manila, Quezon City. Close to 100 families were affected by the fire which is a few meters away from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine along Broadway Street.

MacDy_0001 Dec 22 Pasay/Makati Blaze

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Firefighters in the Philippine cities of Makati and Pasay put out a blaze that gutted 700 houses and left more than 3,000 families homeless, officials said.

Christmas Eve

Turn on that espresso machine, stay up late and put on them night vision goggles- Santa is coming tonight! Hoping everyone has a wonderful and blessed day with their families.

MERRY CHRISTMAS Vertorama by http://www.flickr.com/photos/mnw168/

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UPDATE: JANUARY 03, 2010

Mayon volcano did not erupt as expected by The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and alert level has dropped from 4 to 3. Citizens of Legaspi City can now go back to their homes after spending almost the entire holiday season in evacuation centers.

But the agency, in a bulletin issued Saturday, said the lowering of the alert level “should not be interpreted that the unrest of the volcano has ceased. Alert Level 4 means a hazardous eruption is possible in days. Alert Level 3 means a hazardous eruption is possible in weeks.” – Enquirer.net

IMMINENT ERUPTION: MAYON VOLCANO

I, like many other Filipinos, have been following the news on the imminent eruption of Mayon volcano in Legazpi city. It is very unfortunate that another disaster is about to ruin the festive season. This incident reminds me of the Tsunami in December 26, 2004 that hit the coast of Indonesia. Of which, some compared it to the devastation caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Heroshima that ended WWII. Lets hope that Mayon will not wreck such havoc.

Photographs posted on this particular post were not captured by moi. Their respective copyright are mentioned with the accompanying photo.

Evacuees cook their meals amidst lava cascading down the slopes of the Mayon volcano in Legazpi city, Albay province, at dawn Thursday Dec.17, 2009, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Manila, Philippines. Security forces will forcibly evacuate thousands of residents reluctant to leave their farms near the smoldering volcano in the Philippines despite fears of a major eruption, officials said. (AP Photo/Dan Amaranto)

Lava continues to cascade down the slopes of Mayon volcano as viewed from Legazpi city in Albay province, 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines, Sunday evening Dec. 20, 2009. Government volcanollogists raised the five-level alert of Mayon volcano to 4 following increased activity of the country’s most active volcano. Tens of thousands residents living around the slopes of Mayon are now housed in evacuation centers and most likely will spend Christmas away from their homes since the country’s most active volcano became restive a week ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Soldiers prevent residents from venturing into the 8-kilometer-danger zone after government volcanol-logists raised the five-level alert of Mayon volcano activity to 4 after the country’s most active volcano showed increasing restiveness Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Albay province, 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands residents living around the slopes of Mayon are now housed in evacuation centers and most likely will spend Christmas away from their homes since the country’s most active volcano became restive a week ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippines Volcano December 2009Residents who were forcibly evacuated from the slopes of the restive Mayon volcano queue up for their daily ration as they are housed in a public school at Bacacay township, Albay province, about 500 kilometers (313 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. Tens of thousands of residents living around the slopes of Mayon volcano were evacuated to safer grounds after the country’s most active volcano spewed ash and continuing lava flow for six days now. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippines Volcano December 2009Evacuees, who were forced to evacuate from the continued restiveness of Mayon volcano, cook their meals at their temporary shelter at a public school in Bacacay township, Albay province, about 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. Tens of thousands residents living around the slopes of Mayon are now housed in evacuation centers and most likely will spend Christmas away from their homes since the country’s most active volcano became restive a week ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

From Yahoo News-AFP/Charism Sayat

Photo from Yahoo News-AFP/Charism Sayat

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REUTERS/Erik de Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

capt.photo_1261366816687-1-0Fact file on the Mayon volcano in the Philippines, which could erupt within days according to the government volcanologists. Several thousand villagers in the firing line of the Philippines’ rumbling Mount Mayon volcano risk forcible evacuation unless they leave the danger zone, officials said Monday.(AFP/null)

capt.photo_1261200991286-2-0Graphic showing a cutaway view of a volcano. Seismologists indicate that the 2,460 metre (8,070 feet) Mayon volcano in the Philippines is preparing for a major eruption. (AFP Graphic)

COFFEE CAKE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

It does not contain coffee but a great soul mate for it.

Superb with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as the spongy-ness of the cake absorbs the creamy flavors. While the layered apples provide the texture.

Coffee cake, don’t be mislead.

This journey was captured on a  Canon 50D + EF 50mm f1.8II (aka Nifty-Fifty) or the EF 85mm f1.8 in the natural ambiance of a cooking space. Recorded in RAW format, converted to TIF and finished off in Photoshop CS2 aided by a Bamboo tablet for good measure.

Thanks for viewing. Off to enjoy good coffee (while still post processing the thousands of photos)- there’s never enough time for it.

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THE WONDERS OF BEING 7 YEARS OLD

The hair makeover booth

In the moment

Boys will be boys

The star performer of the night

Enjoying the show with poise

The dove started off the magic show

Fire starter demonstrating how to do a proper BBQ

Having fun and amazed by it all

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