At first I was a bit hesitant if I will join or not, but after coming home from my short vacation, I realized I have 90% of the pictures, so I joined. Thanks to NicoleB for this very fun game.
Here are the items hunted!
1 - Souvenir. As a plus size person, it's difficult for me to buy shirts from the places I've visited. So, in my efforts to take home something from the places I've been to, I buy key chains. Not just any kind of key chains actually, I buy those that is distinctly unique from the place.
2 - Fish. I was so surprised at how big this fish was. So surprised I couldn't help but take a picture of it. It's hard to tell in the picture, but actually, the fish's fin was bigger than my palm! I took this picture using my cell phone at the Manila Ocean Park.
3 - Religious Building. One time, in a forum I belong to, I replied to a post with, "I admire people who were able to photograph the Quiapo Church. It's something I really wish I could do." Seems the universe really worked to my advantage, as just two or three days after I wrote the response, I was already in front of the church, taking pictures of it.
4 - Fire Department. One of the toughest things to hunt, while in my short vacation, I took a picture of the fire truck in San Juan, La Union, but it hardly qualifies as a Fire Department because the truck was parked at the Police Station. Actually, the Fire Department was taking office in the Police Station, but it would be hard for me to "defend" that, so when I saw this Fire Department in Vigan City as the bus passed by it, I quickly snapped a photo. Blurred, yes, but with the paranoia, I decided to be contented with this than risk being interrogated by the officers for taking pictures.
5 - Manhole. I stay at home most of the time, so I thought I would have a difficult time with this, but while walking home from the market, I saw this manhole and was uber ecstatic about it! It did make some people raise eyebrows as I took a picture of it (Come on, who takes picture of a manhole everyday?), but I loved it.
6 - Postcard. Believe it or not, these are postcards! Back in late 1990s and early 2000, the pop culture scene was so great there were actually stores selling different celebrity memorabilia, and it included postcards. I am a big Hanson fan, and these are just three of the numerous I have on album. Although I owned these since 1999 (the oldest), I just took this image before writing this post as I was hoping to buy a scenic postcard. I wasn't able to (I kept on forgetting), so I just tooke these out and take pictures.
7 - Water. In celebration of Earth Day, I went out of our house to take pictures of different nature related pictures. It had been raining all day, so majority of my shots had raindrops on it. This was my favorite in the set.
8 - Communication Device. While chit-chatting with my church sisters during our Household Prayer Meeting, I saw the crocodile stuffed toy. I asked my sisters if I could borrow their cell phones for a while so I could take pictures. I just found it funny to be taking pictures of the cell phones with the toy. With almost all of the people owning cell phones (Philippines holds the record for most number of text messages sent), some complained about the Cellular Companies hogging most of the people's monies because of the charge and all, hence the comparison with the crocodile.
9 - Life Event. Last Friday, my sister graduated in college. What a sweet and fulfilling moment not just for my sister, but for all of us.
10 - Foreign Stamp. One time, I entered a chatroom. I don't know what happened, but instead of going to the Asian chatroom, I found myself inside the African chatroom. Through it, I got to talk to a nice man from Nigeria, who later on became a good friend. We used to exchange snail mails, exchanging religious articles and inspiring stories, but ever since he graduated from college, he became busy with various non-government organizations, trying to teach children to read and write. He hoped of becoming a priest... I wonder if he had fulfilled it already.
11 - Tree. I attended a team building one time, but I arrived early than the call time, so I just roamed around the church's grounds to see the sights. This tree made me so interested that I took a picture of it.
12 - The Living Space of a Non-Human. This is Baluarte in Vigan City. I love visiting this place because it was the only kind I've seen wherein the animals are enjoying the big land for themselves. During late afternoon, this space is covered with all sorts of animals - deer, horses, geese, ostriches, etc. - living harmoniously together. Not only that, people can also touch the animals, but of course, there was a fence in between the animals and people, just so the animals still have a private place for themselves.
13 - Street Mirror. The toughest item in the list. Street mirrors aren't that visible in this country, so when I saw this mirror in a building while walking, I thought, "This can be classified as a street mirror, too, right?" That's me and my sister.
14 - Decoration Fixed in the House. While staying in a rest house in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, I saw this stone decoration near the stairwell. So pretty, isn't it?
15 - Foreign Flag. Flags, that is! =) I took this picture during the Singles for Christ International Conference in Cebu City. It was my first time to attend such event, and seeing different flags in the location made me feel happy to be part of it.
16 - Fire. Whenever I am in La Union, I always make it a point to visit my father's grave and light a candle for him and his nannies (whose bones were buried along with him). It's my way of giving my dad my respects, and to talk to him as well.
17 - Antenna. Most of the houses here have aerial antennas, and it was difficult to take pictures of our neighbor's roofs as we don't have an attic and I cannot climb to our own roof, so when I spotted this, I asked my brother if this qualifies as an antenna. He said yes, so I am posting this one. This is a cell site, by the way.
18 - Phone Booth. During a photo walk with my friend in the grounds of University of Santo Tomas, I saw a row of phone booths that seemed to be as old as the university (just kidding). Truth is, the phone booths were already out of order and are very old.
19 - Verboten Sign. Saw this view while brother and I were walking to the Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. I found it funny to be seeing this many "No Parking" signs in one area. "How many signs do you need so you'll know parking is not allowed here?" Hehehe.
20 - Beach. My mom hailed from the wonderful town of Bolinao in Pangasinan. The beaches here were so beautiful!
21 - City Scape. A picture I took from the window of the room in 22nd floor of the Richmonde Hotel in Ortigas City. It was the first (and probably the last) time there, and I didn't let the moment pass without taking a picture of the view from the window. Very tricky, though, as the curtains and parts of my camera can be seen in the image!
22 - Something Goofy. I was once privileged to be given a treat at Burger King (along with three other people of my choice), and I asked my brother and mom to come with me as my sister had an educational trip at that time. We had the newest Burger King burger, and here, brother was trying hard to bite the burger as big as he could!
23 - Something Carved. A stone design from a stage I saw in Baguio City. I didn't get the name of the artist behind this, but truly, I was so impressed with this!
24 - Eye. While in Fort Santiago doing some portrait shots of my sister, I noticed her very pretty eyelashes, so I asked her to stay still as I take a picture of her eye. I love my sister's eyelids and eyelashes!
25 - Something Rural. Farming here in the Philippines by far is the most noble profession in my opinion. Taken from the town of Balaoan in La Union.
Twenty Five items hunted. I really had fun with this game, hopefully there will be one coming up real soon! Thanks, NicoleB!
*** Jenn ***