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Views of the Auckland Sky Tower

November marks our second year here in New Zealand, so I’ll be posting some photographs that I’ve taken of one of the iconic landmarks in Auckland’s skyline, the Sky Tower.

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Walking the Scott Kelby Photowalk at Whangarei, New Zealand

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Finally, after four years my wife and I were able to join our second Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. And this time, we even took our friends with us. Sadly, there was no nearby walk for us to join in Auckland so we all decided to go the “nearest” one in Whangarei and it took us almost two hours to get there.

Special thanks goes to Melody, who patiently drove us and even baked some yummy banana choco muffins with almonds for us.  Thanks for being so ever calm and composed throughout the ride.  Thanks as well to Xai for graciously allowing us to use her car as our official transport for the day.

We arrived at a quarter past five, just in time for the assembly. After some quick group shots, everyone went on their way to walk and shoot on the path to the giant fish hooks.

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Scott Kelby’s 8th Annual Worldwide Photowalk

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The time has come again to join one of the largest photo events in the world — the Scott Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photowalk, now on its 8th year.

Last year, my wife and I were unable to join so this year we’ve really planned to go, and invited some friends to go with us.

This will just be our second time to join, having joined the 4th one way back in 2011 at Intramuros, Manila.

For more info, please check out: http://kel.by/wwpw2015

So fellow walkers, see you on the 3rd of October!

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Intramuros Mini-Photo Walk

Lei & I were on our way to Barbara’s for our buffet dinner. We took the LRT to Carriedo Station then boarded a Pier jeep that would take us to Intramuros. But along the way we saw the ruins of the old Aduana building and we decided to check it out and take some shots as well. It was still early and we have enough time before the buffet starts at 6PM.


The place is a little creepy especially when you look through its rusted gates and grills. You could still see the ruins of old stairways and crumbling walls with creepy vines growing out of them.

It would be a great if they could have restored the Aduana to its former glory, but I highly doubt that this would happen. Many drivers and commuters alike just pass by oblivious of the history that lies within.

Just on the opposite side of the street from the Aduana ruins is a statue of King Philip II of Spain. We never even knew that this statue exists and we were glad to have found it.

Sadly, like other historical monuments in the country, I just felt that this statue of the King of Spain, where our country got its name from, was not given much prominence, honor and maintenance.  It’s rusting in some spots and a few more years it could be destroyed by acid rain.

Next, we headed to Plaza Mexico near the Pasig River, where the IV Centenario De La Expedicion Maritima Mexico Filipinas monument is located. This monument celebrates 400 years of maritime expeditions between Mexico and the Philippines and it was installed by former Presidents Diosdado Macapagal of the Philippines and Adolfo Lopez Mateos of Mexico.

We have passed this monument countless times before, and finally we got the chance to take pictures of it.  The obverse and reverse sides actually have different designs so I took pictures of both.

Like the King Philip monument, this one is in badly need of maintenance and a fresh coat of paint.  There were graffiti, it’s rusted in some places and trash was thrown just about everywhere. It’s sad that these monuments have fallen to neglect. I’ve read in another blog that there is a similar monument in Mexico and that one is well-maintained unlike ours.

Here’s a collage of the Mexico-Philippine monument:

Here’s a smaller monument with a relief of a galleon used in the Manila-Acapulco trade:

Our photo walk was short and sweet but we greatly enjoyed it. To cap it off, here’s a shot of a calesa at the rear of the the Aduana ruins which truly brings us back to days gone by…

Now on to Barbara’s for the much awaited buffet!