Blue morning at Kookoos Nest, Zamboanguita, Philippines
A papaya leave in our garden in Dumaguete (Philippines)
One evening, last year, we went out into the garden in our house in Dumaguete City (Philippines). I tried out writing into the night together with my daughters. It worked!
The last rehearsal before the ballet show, a set on Flickr.
Katja went with the girls and her brother Jussi for a snorkelling morning not far from Dumaguete, between Cebu island and Sumilon island (Philippines), where every morning a group of 6-7 Whale Sharks gathers to get food from local fishermen.
Green wall, a set on Flickr.
The green wall at the elementary school in Piapi, Dumaguete (Philippines)
We stayed at the Kookoo’s Nest at Tambobo Bay for a weekend a couple of weeks ago. Great sunset, perfetct to sit at the end of jetty and enjoy some yoga time.
I was very happy to see that one of my pictures was selected for the new brochure of the Research and Policy in Development programme at the Overseas Development Institute. You can see the brochure HERE. My picture is on the front and back cover.
ODI’s Research and Development programme (RAPID) works to understand the relationship between research, policy and practice and promoting evidence-informed policy-making. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. ODI’s mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate. We work with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries.
Was trying to choose the weekly picture for my team in London. Could not choose between these tow. So for this week I post two photos. A couple of weekends ago I went back together with my family to the Kookoos’ Nest, 10km from Zamboanguita on almost the southern tip of the island of Negros where we live. The Kookoos’ nest is my favourite place in Negros.
It is Valentine Day here in the Philippines. It is a big day for the people in this country. It is afternoon. My daughter Venla is at home from school. Teachers spending time in their families as this is very much a family day. They are probably getting ready to go out to eat tonight. The busiest day of the year for the restaurants in Dumaguete, a restaurant owner told me once. We are in the garden. Sun is setting. Still autumn light in the late afternoon during this time of the year. The dry season is now with us. The monsoon has left us. Light is beautiful one hour before the sun will set. Happy Valentine, to all.
Every time I go to Silliman beach It looks a bit different. I went for a late afternoon walk and liked the clouds flying low over the sea and the shape of the island of Siquijor barely visible at the horizon. Groups of student from Silliman university had also gathered at the beach playing guitar and drinking rum.
Swimming training, a set on Flickr.
Nice evening watching the swimmers of the Dumaguete Blue Dolphin Club training and practicing all the four style. I had my zoom lens but the light was a bit low. Did not want to push the ISO too high or use flash. I like how the pictures turned our. They seem abstract paintings to me.
Werde art workshop with disadvantaged kids in Dumaguete, a set on Flickr.
Art workshop for disadvantaged children organised by Werde in Dumaguete . The workshop was organised with a Dumaguete-based artist: Hersley-Ven Casero. This is his website
I was driving the car back home from the Robison mall. I decided to take a short cut and avoid the centre of the city. I passed on the bridge near the Chinese pagoda where the view of the sea is usually really nice. That night was even better. The moon had just risen. I stopped the car and luckily had my camera with me.