Travel: Images of the Philippines

The Philippines was a very surreal experience for me. A culture shock. An assault on the senses. It felt like a long lost home, yet at the same time I felt like a stranger in my own country. We went because my father-in-law passed away and we had to take care of the necessary arrangements.

Pilipinas kong Mahal!

It seemed like I saw these banners everywhere… “Pilipinas kong Mahal!” My beloved Philippines.

Life in Rural Philippines
This is just one view of many photos I’d taken of the roads while traveling through the provinces of Luzon.

Coca-cola Flags in Dagupan City
We ate lunch at a popular Seafood Restaurant called “Silverio’s”. There were these banners in the parking lot that caught my eye.

The Forests of Baguio

The climate in Baguio was cool enough that I was actually feeling cold and I didn’t bring a jacket. Here is a typical view of pine trees in the outskirts of Baguio City.

Sunset in Ilocos Sur
We stopped at a beach resort called “The Sea of Dreams” in the town of Caba, in the province of La Union. I took several photos of the sunset here. I took tons of photos during the trip, but I’ll share a few favorites in the next few days.

I’m still reeling over my experiences in the Philippines… which ran the full spectrum of human emotions… from sadness and tragedy to retrospection and elation… a mixture of emotions that will definitely stay with me for the rest of my days.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

21 thoughts on “Travel: Images of the Philippines

  • Saturday June 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm
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    Even though you were away for a very sad reason, it looks like it was a nice trip. The pictures are gorgeous!

    Lots of love to you,

    Wendi
    XOXOXO

  • Saturday June 21, 2008 at 6:33 am
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    Even though you were away for a very sad reason, it looks like it was a nice trip. The pictures are gorgeous!

    Lots of love to you,

    Wendi
    XOXOXO

  • Monday June 23, 2008 at 6:46 pm
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    hi Carlos,
    Those are wonderful pictures. When was the last time you went to the Philippines?

  • Monday June 23, 2008 at 10:46 am
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    hi Carlos,
    Those are wonderful pictures. When was the last time you went to the Philippines?

  • Tuesday June 24, 2008 at 8:52 am
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    Awesome photos!

    I really dig the 2nd one (road shot with the 2 people standing to the side) and the last one (ocean sunset).

  • Tuesday June 24, 2008 at 12:52 am
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    Awesome photos!

    I really dig the 2nd one (road shot with the 2 people standing to the side) and the last one (ocean sunset).

  • Wednesday June 25, 2008 at 5:46 am
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    I find that the jet lag hits harder when i have to travel back east. I can’t tell if i am imagining it or …?
    Welcome back! You sounds exhausted, mentally, physically…

    When i do go back to Bhutan, i feel the culture shock too, but in a different way i suppose. To find the world changed so much with an infusion of new cultural values, and a very technology conscious and consumeristic Bhutanese society. Either way, the changes make me feel really old! :-))

    The colours of your photographs are intense! The green looks greener, the sky bluer, I feel like we get the watered down version here in Japan, perhaps because the weather also has been soo cloudy recently, and we have been having so much rainfall and many thunderstorms….:-((

  • Tuesday June 24, 2008 at 9:46 pm
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    I find that the jet lag hits harder when i have to travel back east. I can’t tell if i am imagining it or …?
    Welcome back! You sounds exhausted, mentally, physically…

    When i do go back to Bhutan, i feel the culture shock too, but in a different way i suppose. To find the world changed so much with an infusion of new cultural values, and a very technology conscious and consumeristic Bhutanese society. Either way, the changes make me feel really old! :-))

    The colours of your photographs are intense! The green looks greener, the sky bluer, I feel like we get the watered down version here in Japan, perhaps because the weather also has been soo cloudy recently, and we have been having so much rainfall and many thunderstorms….:-((

  • Wednesday June 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm
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    Hi Carlos. I’m sure it was great to be able to go to the Philippines, albeit under sad circumstances. You came at the time they celebrate their Independence Day on June 12. I always like taking sunset pictures and have some cool ones over the last few years. Every time I come back there, I feel less of a culture shock and feel more at home.

    Welcome back home. Things at RBJ have been quiet. VERY very quiet.

  • Wednesday June 25, 2008 at 8:39 am
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    Hi Carlos. I’m sure it was great to be able to go to the Philippines, albeit under sad circumstances. You came at the time they celebrate their Independence Day on June 12. I always like taking sunset pictures and have some cool ones over the last few years. Every time I come back there, I feel less of a culture shock and feel more at home.

    Welcome back home. Things at RBJ have been quiet. VERY very quiet.

  • Thursday June 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm
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    Hi Carlos,

    I imagine my experience would be similar to yours when I go to visit. My family moved to Canada from the Philippines when I was 4 years old.
    I hope your trip “back home”, although through a sad circumstance, was as personally enriching as you have described it to be.
    Thank you for sharing your photos… we do originate from a very beautiful place, don’t we? 🙂

    Cheers,
    Nenette

  • Thursday June 26, 2008 at 8:30 am
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    Hi Carlos,

    I imagine my experience would be similar to yours when I go to visit. My family moved to Canada from the Philippines when I was 4 years old.
    I hope your trip “back home”, although through a sad circumstance, was as personally enriching as you have described it to be.
    Thank you for sharing your photos… we do originate from a very beautiful place, don’t we? 🙂

    Cheers,
    Nenette

  • Friday June 27, 2008 at 8:54 am
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    The Philippine sky is so blue and the greenery very green, hopefully to make up for a journey made under sad circumstances.

  • Friday June 27, 2008 at 12:54 am
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    The Philippine sky is so blue and the greenery very green, hopefully to make up for a journey made under sad circumstances.

  • Friday June 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm
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    Despite the reasons for going back to your home country, it sounds like it was still an interesting trips. Love the sunset photo!

  • Friday June 27, 2008 at 4:48 am
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    Despite the reasons for going back to your home country, it sounds like it was still an interesting trips. Love the sunset photo!

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