Birds of Different Feathers

We have tiny parrots here in the island and over the last few days I have fancied taking photos of them. It’s not easy to take photos of them as they keep on moving like little kids playing. Anyway, these tiny parrots don’t talk, they only chirp. They maybe small but they are loud.

Here’s some of the photos I took.

The bird flew away before I got the chance to click

Melancholia

I was browsing through my folders today and saw the photos I took last December when I stayed in Male’ for a day prior to my flight to Manila.

I stayed in a guest house and took some photos of the room while letting the time pass.

I am so used to being alone without feeling lonely, however, the room where I stayed has this melancholic air in it.

Not so sure if the feeling was brought about by the color of the wall paper or the effect of the sun rays dimmed by the curtain.

Sometimes I wonder why I take photos of curtains and windows and wall paper and pillow and other trivial stuff.

But then when I look at these pictures again a few months after taking them, not only do they bring back memories of the day but they also stir up certain feelings, known and unknown.

Maldivian Colors of Serenity

One of the perks of working here in the Maldives is that whenever you get stressed from your daily tasks or routine, you can just go out of your office and look at the stunning view and you’ll be so relaxed when you get back to the office.

And if the view is not enough, you can swim or snorkel or go for cruise or night fishing.

Yesterday, me and my colleagues went out for a fishing trip. The water was so still, the color combination of the sea and the sky and the sunset, oh, I just can’t put into words the magnificence of the view so I just took photos and you decide how you are going to describe these images.

ok, that’s my colleague Jihad and he kinda liked that part of the boat and he almost didn’t leave that place so I had to include him in this picture

Our catch for the night, I was able to catch 3 ha ha – image stolen from my colleague’s fb account

 

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Roaming Around Malé

Malé is the capital of the Maldives. It is small and densely populated.

Today, I got a chance to roam around the city and have taken some photos.

Streets

 

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Male has narrow streets, of course, what do we expect from a very small place. Hence, people use motor bikes and you’ll see tons of these bikes parked on the roadside. There are taxis though but sometimes, you’ll get stuck in traffic so bikes are more convenient I suppose.

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Ferry Terminal

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The only way (so far) to go to the airport from Malé is by ferry. The journey is just about 10mins and the fare is about 10 Rufiyaa.

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The China-Maldives friendship bridge is in progress. This bridge will connect Malé and Hulhumale (the island where the airport is).

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Where to Eat

For people like me, who are not so adventurous when it comes to food, I would always look for well known food chains wherever I go  but no luck for me here in Malé. There are no fast food chains, no famous coffee chains or whatsoever. All local cafes. Though I have my two favorite cafes here, a separate post will be published later on. 

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Other Random Photos

 

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And this, my friends is the Philippine flag. This is probably the building where our consulate is. 

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Walking around Malé (even by yourself) is pretty safe. You won’t see police roaming around, which is a sign that there are no threats of pickpockets etc., You will only see some police by the entrance of the government buildings and that’s about it. The place is also really small, you won’t get lost and even if you do, the people are quite friendly so it’s ok to ask for directions.

Postcards from Maldives

I’ve read somewhere, that photography is not about taking photos of what everyone can see daily. It is about looking for angles that everyone fails to see, unless you point it out to them – by taking photos (these aren’t the exact words but, something along these lines).

I have mentioned several times here already that I live in a small island and you can walk around it for 15mins. Sometimes I ask myself what other angle of the island have I not taken photo of. The trees and the flowers and the beach have been there for the last 6months and though I am not a photographer, sometimes my hands itch to click the camera.

However, a few days ago, I have kept my camera close to me and tried to catch moments that are out of the ordinary (or as I thought so) and here are some of the photos.

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Seaplane landing while the sun is setting
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A couple taking photos of the sunset while on the boat
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Seaplane on air
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Look at the sun rays and the clouds, so majestic
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I saw one of our colleagues wind surfing 
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Again, just look at the clouds
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I am really jealous. I want to learn how to wind surf ha ha

It’s ok to Cry

It has been raining for the last few days and honestly, I felt a bit bad for our guests here in the resort. Just imagine, you have been planning this trip for such a long time and you are so excited to see the sun, the sea and the sky, get a nice tan, show off your color to your friends (while they are let’s say in Europe where the temperature is almost at freezing point) and by the time you arrive here, there’s no sun but gray sky and heavy down pour of rain.

And if this happens to you, you might ask yourself – I came to the Maldives for the sun, but where is it?

There are certain inevitable things in life and no matter how we plan things, it doesn’t happen our way. Frustrating, right? But there’s nothing much we can do. And sometimes, fate can play some sort of a game. Unwanted things happen almost all at once and no matter how strong you are, you’ll come to a breaking point. And when that time comes, remember that it’s ok not to be ok. It’s ok to cry.

Crying is not a sign of defeat. It is just a sort of a break between you and your frustrations.

Look at your world once the rain is over. You won’t only see rainbows. You’ll  see a whole new world, fresh and full of life with brighter colors.

Sometimes, we just need to cry to release all our frustrations and clear our heads up. And once our tears have done their job, we’ll be able to figure things out. We’ll have a fresh new outlook.

So go ahead, cry and give yourself a chance to start anew.

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Maldives in Different Colors

In this post, I won’t talk a lot. I will just show you the Maldives  through my eyes (and lenses).

5o Shades of Blue

The Maldives is composed of 99% water and 1% percent land. Hence, expect that the country will be so blue. But wait, there’s more to the place than just being blue.

On bright sunny days, I cannot count how many shades of blue can I see. Royal blue, navy blue, cobalt blue, baby blue….name it, Maldives has it.

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There are nights when I feel that a blue fairy might have sprinkled some blue dust everywhere. I don’t know how but sometimes, really, even the wooden jetty has a shade of blue on it. And mind you, the pictures in this post have not been filtered nor edited.

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Wildly White

This country is also known for its soft and white sand that sparkles like diamonds whenever the sun is up.

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So far, I have seen very few species of flowers here in the island. Orchids, gumamela (hibiscus), bougainvillea and santan (ixora) – the tropical ones.

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Freshly Green

The summer feeling won’t be complete without the coconut trees.

Rumors has it that in the Maldives, there are more cases of death by falling coconuts on the human head than shark attacks. Hence, in my workplace, we have a dedicated team of gardeners who does not only look after the beauty of our resort, but as well ensures that no one gets into trouble due to unidentified flying coconuts.

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Breathtakingly Orange

Everyday, the sun paints a different color to the sky before it finally goes down to a rest. Sometimes I feel like I am looking at a huge painting, it just feels so surreal.

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Cutely Pink

When the sky is not orange during sunset, sometimes it has this baby pink and baby blue color that makes me feel like I am looking at giant cotton candies in the sky.

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Lonely Gray

The official tag line of the country is ‘The sunny side of life” because it is just summer all year round. Though there’s also a monsoon season which is from June to August where we expect a lot of rain. However, rainy season here doesn’t feel really rainy after all. Sometimes it just rains for 10 minutes then the sun is up again. Sometimes it rains the whole day, then the next day you’ll wake up to a whole new world that looks like it never rained the day before. Though, there are tougher days when it really rains for about 3 days straight.

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This photo was taken while I was in the speedboat.

 

Red as in Red

Red for gumamela and apologies for the bad photography skills. LOL.

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That’s all for now folks!

 

Puto-grapiya

Hindi pala madaling maging photographer ‘no?

Sinubukan namin magphotography session kahapon. Syempre ako lang yung camera man.

CAMERA MAN. (or woman?) oo pero di ko tatawagin ang sarili kong photographer. Camera man lang kasi ako lang yung may hawak ng camera.

Minsan akala natin madali lang ang mga bagay-bagay unless masubukan natin. Kala ko basta marunong ka kumuha ng anggulo at maganda camera mo eh pwede ka na sa larangan ng photographia.

Una ay nakakapagod pala. Naka isang oras at kalahati din kami kakahanap ng magandang background at anggulo. Bilang hindi kami propesyonal, wala pang mga props at make up and retouches and all. So palagay ko kung kasama yun, mahina ang 3 hours sa isang photo session.

Hindi din ako marunong gumamit ng mga photoshop at kung anu-ano pang programa para sa pageedit ng mga litrato. I don’t know photoshopping coz I only know shopping.

Ang sakit din na sa halos 300++ shots eh kaunti lang yung magugustuhan mong kuha bandang huli. Pero masaya yung mowdel ko kasi sa dami ng litrato, kahit everyday for the next 365 days ay makakapagpalit siya ng profile picture.

Kaya eto ang aking munting handog, mga litratong sariling sikap sa pagkuha at pag anggulo at pag-edit sa paint, LOL. Joke lang yung paint.

Saludo ako sa mga photographers. Taas ng respeto ko sa inyo mga ser at mam. 

Yung last two shots ang pinaka paborito ko sa lahat. Feeling ko ang pro ko. LOL

Cameraman: aysabaw

Mowdel: Mama Maria

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Abu Dhabi

I’ve been wanting to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi for the longest time (like, for the last 9 years that I’m in the UAE??) and I only had the chance today. I’ve passed by it a few times while on my way to Abu Dhabi from Dubai and vice versa but I have not seen it up close, not till today.

I saw this mosque from afar a few years back and I was so intrigued as it sparkles under the sunlight. It shines as if it has been sprinkled with gold, as if it has diamonds on its rooftop.

From afar, it is already stunning. Up close, I can’t put into words the right description that won’t understate its beauty. I will just share the photos that I took and you decide how you will describe it.

 

Entrance

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In Abaya
First things first. Ladies must wear Abaya upon entering the mosque. The Abayas are readily available at the main entrance and are free of charge
Shoe Rack
Shoe racks are available at the main door of the mosque as visitors should remove shoes upon entering the mosque.
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Talking about chandeliers….

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I believe those are the prayer timings…

The interior…

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Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque - Quran
The Holy Qur’an. Visitors are not allowed to touch these as a sign of respect.

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How to go to Sheikh Zayed Mosque

From Dubai:

Take the bus to Abu Dhabi at Al Ghubaiba Bus Station – AED 25/person

From Abu Dhabi:

Take any bus from the bus station in near Al Wahda Mall – AED 4/per person

Take a taxi from Al Whada Mall – AED 25-30

 

Thanks for passing by.

 

Yours truly,

aysabaw