Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’


Weekly Photo Challenge: The Splendid Door_Hagia Sophia

July 4, 2015
Door 3

Door to the Interior Room of Hagia Sophia


Displayed in one of the Corners at Hagia Sophia


One of the Exit Doors

Shot in Istanbul, Turkey.


WOW Istanbul!

March 14, 2015

These days, I daily hear over the radio the announcements of Turkish Airlines flying from here to Turkey starting March 30…. Each time I hear the ad, I am reminded of Istanbul — a truly wonderful place to visit. So nice! So interesting! And so culturally and historically rich! The first time I saw the mosques well lighted at night, I couldn’t help but exclaim: “WOW!” It was just looking at pictures on a fairytale book. Thanks to Weng Ulayan, ang may pakana kaya ako naglanding dun!!!


Trip to Istanbul, Turkey with Hagia Sophia Mosque in the background. Walking distance from it is the equally famous Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet. I remember that when I was a student I reported in my Humanities class about Hagia Sophia. That time, I was so engrossed on its beauty and history. I was day dreaming about seeing it then. And the dream came true…when I already stopped dreaming about it! Kaya ang saya!!! Dreaming coming true when least expected… [Photo taken by Weng]


Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry_New York City

February 14, 2015
Remembering Sept 11

Remembering September 11

New York Public Lib

New York Public Library

St Malachy's - The Actor's Chapel

The Actor’s Chapel

Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center


Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale_The Bean Chicago

February 8, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale.”


Tourists Flock to The Bean!!!


Quite easy to find me here!!!



Weekly Photo Challenge: FOCUS_Wood & Bamboo House

August 23, 2014

Here I focused on the house where one of our heroes, Apolinario Mabini [1864-1903] lived and died. His Sesquicentennial birth anniversary is being celebrated this year. The house — made of wood, with bamboo slats as flooring and his bed, also made of bamboo are being preserved. Mabini wrote essays against American imperialism at the turn of the century in the Philippines. Despite being a paralytic, he was appointed as Chief Adviser of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the First President of the Philippine Republic in 1898. He was the First Minister of Foreign Affairs, and First Minister of the National Council.

Mabini House_Bust

Bust of Apolinario Mabini, Brains of the Revolution inside the house where he lived while studying law at the University of Sto. Tomas. The house has become a national shrine. It is located inside the campus of PUP in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Mabini House_Floor

The floor is made of bamboo slats for air ventilation.

Mabini House_Bed

Mabini’s bed. “Banig”*, a handwoven mat is usually unrolled when one is about to sleep. It is usually made of “buri” [palm], pandan or sea grass leaves.

Mabini House_Room

Mabini’s Room

Dining Room

Dining Room; on the right side is the kitchen

Mabini House_Table

The video below shows how “BANIG”, the handwoven mat as shown above is being made. This film made good use of the camera aperture and depth of field – focusing and defocusing on the object/subject.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument / Empire State Building

April 19, 2014

Empire State Building is a monument to man’s architectural genius. The 103-storey building which opened in 1931 used to be the tallest in the US. Currently, it is “the fourth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the One World Trade Center, the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago.” [Wikipedia]. It was drizzling when we went there but tourists flocked to it despite the not-so-good weather. I guess not visiting it would make the journey to NY incomplete that’s why our hosts brought us to the Observatory Deck on the 86th floor.

Empire State Bldg_Ext3

The grandeur of the Empire State Building located in Midway Manhattan, New York City. [View from the ground level]

Empire State Bldg_Int

The view upon entering the building

Empire State Bldg_Int_CS

Closer shot of the wall

Empire State Bldg_Int_V

Turn around and against the light, this is what you’d see.

Empire State Bldg_Top

“Look at the Empire State Building spire!!!” Umm! Nothing really spectacular-looking, isn’t it? But it was more the fun of going up the Observatory Deck with close relatives that made the experience memorable…and of course, marveling while queueing and waiting for our turn at man’s architectural attempt to try to get near to “heaven” !!! LOL!

View fr Empire State Bldg

View from the Observatory Deck


Daily Prompt: Perspective_Hagia Sophia

November 21, 2013

From a predominantly Catholic country in the East [Philippines] to a predominantly Muslim Country [Turkey], it was indeed a total change in perspective for me, well, geographically that is. Anyhow, I quite enjoyed every new sights that I have seen, and every little new sounds that I heard, especially the Turkish language of course. It was also a joy to meet new people, and to meet old friends. Below are some shots taken from the bus as we head for Tuzla District when I arrived in Turkey on October 29. Friend Rowena Ulayan, now a resident of the place fetched me from Ataturk International Airport.

Crossing the Bridge

Going from the European to the Asian Side of Turkey

Old the new

The old and new architectural design contrasts caught my attention.

But of all the changes that I have seen, the magnificent and gigantic mosques are what really  amazed me, particularly The Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet [click to see night shots of the mosque] and Hagia Sophia. The latter was special to me somehow because when I was in college, I wrote a term paper in my Humanities subject about it. Seeing it in reality was dream come true.


Hagia Sophia


Interior shot of Hagia Sophia


Another shot of the dome. The building is currently under renovation.

I was still in Istanbul when Typhoon Yolanda [Haiyan] struck our country with a storm surge that devastated almost everything in its path and killed thousands [over 4,000 as of press time] which up to now are counting. The day before I left Turkey for home members of the Filipino community were at the peak of discussion re sending relief to our people. That goes true worldwide. The outpouring of help and sympathy came in all forms. Ambassador Irakli of Georgia whom Rowena and I met in the art exhibit of Edward Munch and Andy Warhol at Ankara, in his email said: “…Let me express my condolences with regards to the destruction of the Philippine city of Tacloban by the typhoon “Haiyan”, which took the lives of hundreds of peaceful citizens. I was at the Philippine’s Embassy and expressed the condolences on behalf of the people and government of Georgia. Let me wish you and your country all the best!!!” The destruction of Tacloban City itself has brought a lot of changes — physically as many villages were swept away, emotionally and psychologically  to the victims who survived, and to politicians who did not expect the extent of the damage as power and communications broke down and relief trickled slowly down to the people in the hinterlands. There will definitely be a change of perspective for all of us who never imagined the power of a typhoon such as this. [Click to watch recent scene from the aftermath]