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Month: February 2006 (page 2 of 3)

Catholic Girls

During our stay in Bohol, we visited the “centuries old” Baclayon Church and Museum. One of the most interesting facts about the beautiful old church is that it’s moss-covered walls are held together with the “white of a million eggs”.

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Sandy goofs with school girls from the adjacent Catholic high school.

From Leaf Spring to Machete

This hard-working craftsman spends mornings hammering old automobile leaf springs into 10 knives per day with a minimum of precise hammer blows. The sweltering conditions mean a 5:00 AM to noon workday for this muscular man, who has obviously paid a heavy price for not wearing any sort of protective gear on his face. Our tour guide Neil displays the finished product.

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Manila Traffic Time Lapse

We had the opportunity to hang out on the 27th floor balcony of a building in the heart of Manila. I realized that this might be my one chance to shoot a time-lapse of the traffic, so I leaned the D2X and the monopod against the railing and started shooting. I had hoped for rush-hour traffic, but we arrived a bit early and had just 40 minutes in which to shoot the 1000 images needed to make this video. Traffic is not as heavy as I’d hoped, but the resulting video is still kinda cool.

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We’re Back!

Safely. For those who asked, the mud slide in Leyte was hundreds of miles away on another of the 7,107 islands that comprise the Philippines.

Now the real work begins. The sorting, retouching, color-correcting, uploading and the really difficult part – the search for the right words. Here we go…

While visiting Bohol, we took a tour which included a face-to-face with the one of the world’s smallest primates – the Philippine Tarsier. These cute google-eyed creatures have eyes that outweigh their brains. One Filipina said that Tarsiers scared her because their eyes are always on “high-beam”.

From there the four of us took a trip up the Loboc River on a boat designed to hold 40 or more people. We were served an excellent meal while two Filipinas waved pompons to keep flies from our food. This was one of the most unique experiences any of us had on this trip.

The day trip also included a stop at the bizarre and picturesque Chocolate Hills. The ancient mounds are much larger than I thought they’d be.

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Back in Tagbilaran, the noisy streets are clogged with deisel Jeepney’s and two-stroke tricycles. It’s noisy, the air is unfit to breathe, tourists make easy targets for the dozens of begging children. It’s a bit much to take. One thing that caught my eye was the religious slogan on the back of every single tricycle. It turns out that these are actually required by Bohol law. Drivers must paint a slogan on their tricycle in order to receive a license.

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Another surprise was that the children will pose with the familiar two-finger salute seen in other countries in the region. Funny!

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I Know This is a Good Trip

I have almost no time to blog! The business office closes in a few minutes, and I have much to say and too many images to post. Between Grant and myself, we have managed to fill up all of our CF cards and the hard drive on our laptop, and the trip is barely half over. So, without wasting another minute I’ll upload a few of the shots I’ve taken over the last few days. When we get back to Manila tomorrow, perhaps I’ll have the time to describe what they all are…

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