Through the Looking Glass…

It took me so long to come up with a response to this photography assignment: “incorporating glass into an image to add a layer of complexity.” Thus it was a blessing I and my family got to dine in a restaurant with this fascinating view of the outside…

Through a glass panel – The sharp lines and striking view of the buildings beyond, plus the soft twirls of the clouds in the sky, were made clearer by using more contrast and color saturation.
Through a glass panel 2 – same view but at a slightly different angle…
Through a glass panel 3 – I included more of the street below…
Through a glass panel 4 – stronger colors…

I never thought taking pictures through a looking glass can be interesting; now I’m hooked, thanks to The Daily Post’s Photography 101 course. Cheers!

Photography 101:Street View

On out of town trips, nothing gives me more pleasure than the ride itself for I get to admire the varying scenes of nature that we pass by, especially rustic landscapes of the countryside. Quiet roads and local street scenes fascinate me much, just like this street view leading to a modern subdivision down south of Manila, which is the subject of my post in response to Photography 101: Street

Gallery: Windows of the Soul


These are some of my photographs depicting different window scenes, except for the last photo which depicts the message of forgiveness and forgiving (see photo credit, A Christian Counselor). A window’s perspective. There’s something about windows that has always fascinated me; somehow the view from behind a window frame makes the scene outside more alluring than when I am seeing it out there.  On deeper reflection, we find  the world around us is mostly seen from the windows of our soul…

Looking for the beauty around us…

The way we see the world around us comes from deep within.


Out of the goodness of our heart comes goodness, and we see beauty around us.

And from the evil inside, we spew evil through our words and actions. I’m reminded of one quotation:  “When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself” ― Earl Nightingale


Indeed, for you show who you are, what you are by the way you judge others. We must be careful then of how to pass judgment on others — you can just see in many social media posts how cruel many are in their condemnation of others’ behavior by the way they share their opinions, or criticism about others – as if they themselves can never, ever do wrong!


When our heart is filled with love, we can see through the prism of love, and forgiving is made possible for us, though it’s hard to forgive those who have hurt us and our loved ones. Still, we can forgive, if we ask for the grace of God’s forgiveness.

From the windows of the soul…a vista of forgiveness…Rainbow of God’s Healing Light

                        Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us…             

Photo Credit: A Christian Counselor


On Being Hopeful


Taal Volcano, in the middle of Taal Lake, is the world’s smallest volcano. I took this photo myself, one of my many practice shots, during an out-of-town trip.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt