I got excited when I learned that this week’s challenge is about reflections because I love taking photographs of anything and their reflections. I have a lot to choose from but here are four photographs which are highly accessible at this time. 🙂
Sunny Side Up. During my last night in Siem Reap, I decided to have dinner at Tangram Garden which was just a few blocks from my hotel. The place, which oozed with Bali-inspired huts, was secluded and very intimate, perfect for candle-lit dinners away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Since I was dining solo, I shunned from the candle-lit set-up and settled in one of the huts. I got a “surprise sunny side-up egg” on my plate once I was done with my green salad with smoked fish. It was a cute touch to an impressive meal that was made all the more special by the owners who made sure I had a sumptuous meal before I bid goodbye to Siem Reap.
Circle of Life. I really can’t resist a good sunset. After witnessing Vietnam’s mighty sun in Ha Long and Hue, and Cambodia’s equally amazing sunset while en route to Phnom Pehn from Ho Chi Minh, I desperately wanted to see Siem Reap’s famous sunset on my birthday. Unfortunately, the sun was too shy to put on a show, I was forced to leave Angkor Wat with no photograph of its sunset.
On my third day and while biking around Angkor Wat, I sensed the sun was about to bring out a spectacle. I hurriedly biked to the foot of Bhakeng Hill, where tourists converge for the sunset. I wanted to ride the elephant to get to the hill but aside from my dwindling fund, the old man behind the elephant business was honest enough to tell me I will miss the sunset. I started to hike until another old man told me Bakheng was just crowded, it was impossible to enjoy the sunset.
With the sun fast descending from my view, I eagerly biked to the Angkor Thom Gate and was rewarded with this sunset.
Hill Station. I was on a self-imposed assignment in Carcar, Cebu earlier this year for an Anthony Bourdain-related piece on the town’s popular lechon (suckling pig). I didn’t know Carcar was also overflowing with stalls that sell chicharon. Before I got to the public market where lechons are sold in big numbers, I spent some time photographing the chicharon stalls located near the town’s park.
I wasn’t aiming for this photograph but I was glad that it came out this way.
A Walk in the Clouds. In Donsol, I live between the hills and the sea. More often than not, I rush to the beach to enjoy an amazing sunset. One time, I decided to see where the sun cast its magic during the golden hour – the hills. The rice fields were being prepared for the next planting season and it had just rained for a week, there were “pools” of different sizes in front of me.
It took me a while before I realized I can get the clouds to be part of the frame. It was honestly the first time I’ve seen the hills like this. You can bet I liked what i saw.
There. Until next week’s photo challenge! Love and light, everyone. 🙂
- All photographs taken with a canon 550d. Sunny Side Up and Circle of Life,10/2012. Hill Station, 01/2012. A Walk in the Clouds, 02/2012.