Oktubre 04, 2011

AWS RAKs joined "3rd Zero Waste in Seas" last September 17, 2011

   The 2011 International Coastal Clean Up movement dubbed as "3rd Zero Waste in Seas"  was held at Saac, Mactan, Lapu-lapu City last September 17, 2011. In line with this, an environmental awareness program was conducted at the BigFoot Studios which was included in the Php 250 registration fee together with snacks, certificate and a souvenir shirt. 

   The orientation was held before the clean-up activity and topics on biodiversity, the negative impacts of garbage on the marine ecosystem and the importance of clean-up drives were discussed.

AWS RAKs Club Members -
From left: Jesslee Cuizon (President), Selah Go, Jufni Rizada (Secretary),
Mark Montero, Tiffany Elaine Uy (Vice President), Gino Tristan Reyes, 

Ceff Benzel Lozada (Treasurer), Kevin Bernard San Gaspar, Danfiel YbaƱez
   We, the AWS Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) club members, took part of this cause and had a blast of fun during the event. They provided us with recycle trash bags and wooden tongs to use in gathering waste strewn on the shoreline of Mactan Island. 

   Funny how the title "Zero Waste in Seas" could be. It was surreal and too ambitious as what the host of the event said. One speaker said that it would probably take a lifetime to free up the seas from wastes. But the host then commented that a lifetime may not even be enough to achieve such thing unless we, the people, will change our activities and our way of living.

   The information drive took longer than the actual clean-up activity. Even so, I didn't have much objection as it was more powerful than just cleaning up the seas. Because no matter how many times we clean the shores, trashes will still appear for as long as there are human activities going on. The sad part here is that many of our poor fellows especially those in remote areas don't have access to this information. Nonetheless, we, the AWS RAKs members, are just thankful for the opportunity to become part of the event and for the information they shared to us. 

   Here are some pictures taken during the event:

Danf and Mark were obviously having fun with
a grin on their faces..

These children were busy playing while we
were busy picking trashes. Can we join, kids? ^^, 
Almost stumbled upon this sea creature. 
Oh my jelly!

Participants of the clean-up activity busy
picking up trashes

BigFoot Studios Building

Prizes were given away after the clean-up activity.
It was already dark then.
Luckily, I, Sir Jesslee and Kuya Gino won! Weeeh!
If I'm not mistaken, this is my first raffle win!
Oh, how I like the green shirt. :)

Setyembre 24, 2011

Photography - a starting realization of a dream

Travelling is great! And discovering new things on places you've visited and taking a picture of those is much greater. 

When travelling, you don’t want to take too much, but you also do not want to take too little and just settle for less when there's no option left. Instead of bringing heavy DSLR with you, now a sidekick digital camera, Canon S95, is worth the tradeoff of its compact size. Luckily, you can find a balance between too much and not enough once you use this PowerShot S95

The PowerShot S95 employs the Canon HS SYSTEM by combining a powerful 10.0 Megapixel CCD sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor. Thanks to this technological advancement, the S95 is dramatically more sensitive than cameras with identical megapixel counts, and delivers spectacular images with minimal noise. Increased sensitivity demands a higher ISO speed, and the PowerShot S95 delivers with a new maximum setting of ISO 12,800. Blur and camera shake are notably reduced for the ultimate in sharpness and clarity.

With Canon S95 

The good: Attractive, lightweight and well-designed; capable of producing very nice photos; complete set of manual controls; solid 720p video.

The bad: On the slow side, with subpar battery life; no low-compression JPEG option.

The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot S95's top-flight photos and a full manual feature set is worth it.

First few shots:

The Sky.

Sky meets blue waters.
From inside the airplane landing at NAIA on a rainy
August 27, 2011.. I love t
he raindrops!

Manila Ocean Park Center
The cutie and colorful jellies @ Manila Ocean Park

Lovely coral reefs @ Manila Ocean Park
Finding Nemo.. Where are you now?

School of fish.. Shhh.. They're studying.

Small but tough-looking sharks. Rawr! Aw!
By the way, the English Language Canon PowerShot S95 owner's manual / operating instructions (Canon calls it the "PowerShot S95 Camera User Guide") is now online and available for download at Canon.com.

Thank you for reading my first post. I would love to hear your comments for improvement on this travel + photography + anything blog. Thanks! :)