The Philippines

San Sebastian Cathedral
San Sebastian Cathedral

Week one is down, and I have to say I am very very much impressed with everything that I have been exposed to here in the Philippines.  The area is as I envisioned having lived in Southeast Asia in the past, but the thing that I am truly surprised with is the warmth and  friendliness of the people I have dealt with so far in my travels.  I am currently living in Bacolod and I am learning so much.  First thing I have discovered is there a surprising more modern areas in town that out way the old style wooden shacks.  In many ways things are way less expensive compared to home, but then there are things that certainly rival the prices found back in Vancouver.  It has taken me a few days to get a full grip on the Peso to Canadian conversion rates, something that is extremely important when shopping!

The next thing I have noticed is that no matter where someone comes from, when the locals are headed to work, they are very well dressed, and I think there is not an average looking woman in all of the Philippines.  I say this with the greatest amount of respect.  Everyone is very respectful, and conservative in their ways which is very refreshing.  There is some homelessness here in Bacolod,

Fireball The Day After
Fireball The Day After

which once again is said as an observation as every city now a days that you visit has their share of street people.  At least here, it cools in the night from the sweltering heat, and does not freeze and snow as it does in Canada with our homelessness situations which are very dangerous.  Sadly, it seems to be an accepted way of life, which I think should be address well before we start assisting other countries.

If you have never been to the Philippines, I would highly recommend you give it a chance, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Vancouver Photowalk

Granville Island
Granville Island

I spent last night doing my first ever Vancouver Photowalk at Granville Island in Vancouver.  We met for 9 pm, and introduced ourselves, and headed on what was going to be two hours of learning new things about photography, night photography, exposures and various other things I learned.  I  just recently purchased a Canon 7D camera, and having just learned I will not be allowed to scuba dive anymore, the one true passion I have.  I decided it was time to follow my other passion and that is Photography.

So, after a quick search on the Internet I found Vancouver Photowalks, where they offer various Photowalks around Vancouver for a mere $99.00.  I was skeptical at first, but after a couple of minutes on the Photowalk I new this was going to be a great evening.  They also offer Group Rates for groups of 1 – 3 and then 1 – 4 and from what I can tell the private rates are very reasonable as well.

If you find you have a couple of hours free, and want to learn something new, try these guys out and do your first Vancouver Photowalk, I don’t think you will disappointed!!