Arms Free

Concealed between the trunks of the towering trees, a group of soldiers found their spot on the ground and took a break from shooting. Fortunately, they were not in the middle of a war; they were part of a short film that aims to benefit the children of those who fell. This image taken last…

A River Ran Through It

It wasn’t until I examined the soil I was standing on when I realized I had been trudging on what was a riverbed. As the river struggled to swell enough to cover its former territories, a small cattle took comfort in the sprouting greens that signalled their widening grazing land. The grainy earth had been…

Diaspora

A group of young farmers from the lowlands found themselves trying their luck in the highland farms of the Cordilleras. The elevation didn’t matter; it was about survival. It also didn’t matter that they could potentially displace local workers as a number of farmers from the mountains, ironically, want to try their luck down in…

Profile

The shared instruction was, “Make sure it’ll make a FANTASTIC PROFILE PIC!” Imagine the pressure. The shot would be a no-brainer. The sunset was so dramatic, it would generate substantial attention to those who are suckers for #sunset. The beach — oh that beach — is a popular vacation spot that #Boracay #summer #islandlife #beachlife…

Stuff, roll, bite

The method cannot be more simple: grab a leaf, pile a reasonable amount of selected toppings, roll. Bite. One can approach this clockwise, starting from the lower right quadrant: leaf, raw shallots and ginger, chopped lime, nuts, fried krill and pork fat. Top with sauce. Roll, bite. Every bite is as complex and as bright,…

Tres Solitaire

The place was almost full: pre-dinner drinks, post-work gab. The sun showed itself after hours of drizzle, and was setting amidst purple and pink clouds, and towers that were lighting up as dusk, then darkness, set in. The day called for three mojitos, glowering over an observation that would lead to a realisation. It was one…

Departures

A small group of Chinese locals stared as two foreigners departed on a raft on a river in Guilin. The wonder was, perhaps, the possibility of two female Asians traveling without fear and without care, but brimming with curiosity and fascination. We wondered, too, as everybody was friendly and accommodating, despite being without a clue…

On the way to Fall

Seasons change. Leaves turn rustic and golden. The roads are carpeted with fruits that crack under the feet. From a bare state to increasing layers, the skin pimples as the cold send shivers to the core. In the meantime, the heat melts, the sun beats on. The days crawl on, but we will get there….

Installation

When my selfie with Jesús Rafael Soto’s iconic Penetrable at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art did not work, I found that my dramatic shots were those of visitors who revelled amongst the strings, silhouetted against the late afternoon light, unaware that a detached traveler was preserving their magic moment. 

As Above

A lone chair sits on one of the lower peaks in Stough Canyon, at the end of a very unlikely trail just off the saddle.  Words etched on the wooden boards: “In Loving Memory of Michael O’Brien”. On those days I hiked these trails, I always paid this chair a visit because it reminded me that…