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It’s been quite a tiring week. I’ve just finished uploading and backing up thousands of photos from various events on the external hard drive and DVDs.

Now, sorting through and post processing the photos will commence. But for now I will leave you with this…









When I lived on street level, as opposed to high rise condominium, I could not fully appreciate the beauty of a sunset.

Now that I’ve been living in a high rise for a few years the view of a sun setting is amazing. Even if the sun sets on the same spot on the horizon everyday the ambiance, clouds and colors are always unique to each day. The outcome of the days view mainly depends on weather conditions.

One disadvantage of living in a condo building is not having a grass lawn or backyard for the kids. Then again, how would one really define back yard?

Below are some views from my called back porch…


EXIF: Oct 16,2009 17:28:29 1/40 f8 ISO 100. Captured after heavy raining during a humid afternoon.


EXIF: Oct 19, 2009 17:43:06 1/13 f20 ISO 200. The weather was a chance of light rain and rain it did. Without clouds the sun would not have a place to reflect colors


EXIF: Oct 21, 2009 17:49:19 1/25 f3.5 ISO 400. It rained that whole afternoon. The actual sunset was ordinarily hazy and grey but when the sun disappeared it cast a red war paint glow.


EXIF: Oct 29, 2009 19:03:17 1/60 f4.0 ISO 200. The autonomous region of cupcake el strawberry. Light and creamy icing with a moist center-when ingested it produced a hallucination of sunset proportions.


Training for the big day.

Training for the big day.

According to my Apple Dictionary the word marathon is defined as such:

a long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km).
• [usu. with adj. ] a long-lasting or difficult task or operation of a specified kind : the last leg of an interview marathon that began this summer.
• [as adj. ] of great duration or distance; very long : marathon workdays.

Based on this definition my palms get slightly sweaty. 42.195 km is a distance that will most likely take an average person 4-5 hours to run.  Average meaning no vile vices, sleeps 7-8 hours a day and eats right with body weight matching their height. The numbers are not from some statistic but just a guesstimate based on a friends track record. Seems the running task at hand is a little daunting to me.

It’s that time of year again for Canon’s Photo Marathon Asia. This marathon is open to all Canon DSLR and point & shoot users. Plus a new video category added just for ’09 for all the 5D MK II and 500D owners. This is actually a 1 day event lasting from 6 in the morning til past 10 pm. Competing against strict contest criteria and deadlines, a maximum of 900 photographers will get the chance to win per theme in an assigned locale by Canon.

Participating Asian countries are: Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Philippines. These countries are divided into 2 regions. The first 6 countries get the “6 Countries, 6000 People, 1 Competition” and the latter 3 labeled it the “Go further, Get More Photo Marathon 09“. Go now and register if you are up for a sweaty blistering challenge. Think of this as a great exercise in shooting on the go- think guerilla warfare tactics managing through the jungles of Mindanao. Except when tired and thirsty you get the chance of walking into a 7-11.

Some countries start early October so join up and give those sensors a good work out! Trust me, it will be fun. How many days in a year do you ever get to see so many photographers running around shooting Canons?! See you all there and don’t forget to bring some towels cause it’s gonna get sweaty.

Real photojournalism at it's finest at the expense of the Jo mobile.

Real photojournalism at it's finest at the expense of the misterkodaker mobile.

Lastly, I would like to give a heart felt pat on the back to a friend who survived this and is doing ok, phew, that was a close one!

Yes, this photo is real. Good thing he always travels with a camera.

The incident is under investigation and I truly hope my friend receives proper compensation (a refund or a brand new one!).

The kiddies looking forward to the show...

The kiddies looking forward to the show...

A TV phenomenon taking the world by storm! Except the group has been around since 1999. I wouldn’t have noticed the Hi 5 show if I didn’t have a toddler. Which he watches religiously every weekday morning. Often times requesting Hi 5 by name and interacting with the show’s song and dance numbers. I highly recommend it. Hi 5 is multicultural and does not have any weird characters polluting kid’s subconscious.

The new Hi 5 (new members for 2010), are all from Australia that had a recent meet and greet mall tour in Metro Manila. We attended the one held at the SM North Edsa in Quezon City.

Dressed in bright colorful costumes Hi 5 ran out on the make shift stage while all children were chanting Hi 5 with a rhythmic clapping getting louder and louder. They sang and danced for a better part of half an hour. Entertaining children of all ages but from what I noticed, there were more adults than kids!

The fun begins.

The fun begins.

The whole show was a blur for me. I was running around trying to get a good angle until the song “Happy Monster” came on. It was nice of them to perform that one as it’s my son’s favorite of all the Hi 5 tunes. I lowered my camera and tried to see how my toddler was doing. Sure enough, with all the other kids, they were swinging and dancing to the beat!

Right when they finished their last number the group stepped right on up to the edge of the stage to shake hands with the kids. Good thing my wife was right there to lift my son up to get a high five from Fely Irvine (the girl in red jeans), who’s Filipino/Scottish. Good on ‘ya, kiddo!

Right after the show the group accommodated the first 50 attendees for a photo shoot on stage. We didn’t stick around for that as we were way past the number 50. Maybe next time…

Blaring out the popular Happy Monster tune and my son's favorite part.

Blaring out the popular Happy Monster tune.

Enjoying the show. There were more people than expected.

I am glad the security guards let the unofficial photographers shoot the event.

Capping off the show with their signature Hi 5 pose. A great time was had by all.

Capping off the show with their signature Hi 5 pose. A great time was had by all.

Last month, friends and I were warmly treated to a nights stay in a weekend vacation house (thank you, TC!). A stones throw from Manila, Tagaytay is readily accessible by a less than 2 hours drive.

A warm welcome to those who enter.

A warm welcome to those who enter.

Thats some heart pound, vein clotting goodness.

Thats some heart pounding, vein clotting goodness.

A fresh and peaceful morning in tagaytay.

A lovely morning in Tagaytay.

Wholesome goodness in one roll.

Wholesome goodness in one roll.

...soothing chicken adobo, Vietnamese style!

...soothing chicken adobo, Vietnamese style!

Totally relaxed by the nights stay and waking up to a beautiful, peaceful morning. All we did was pretty much sit at that porch with coffee in hand and talked til noon.

One night will never be enough. Now how ’bout a whole week-that would be relaxing =)


Some of the events I shoot are parties celebrating a 7th birthday. These are the fun ones. All the kids are running about and the photographer needs to be quick… more like lightning speed shooting. From one moment to the next happens in a second.

Need to be always on my toes trying to spot the next Kodak or as I like to say, Canon moment. This party in particular was quite a challenge as the children weren’t in one place watching the show on stage but running amok as fun activities were everywhere.

With colorful table centerpieces, an expert balloonist, a beautiful birthday cake and great food a good time was had by all! The night ended with the birthday celebrant happy as can be.






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