A common means of transport around the islands of the Philippine archipelago is the Banca (or Banka if you prefer). These craft can vary in size from being suitable for just one or two, to large commercial vessels carrying over two-hundred. Regardless of their size they all seem to offer cheap, if not a little noisy and uncomfortable, transport. What is certain however, is that around the coastlines, you are going to be presented with a journey of very pretty views.
Having enjoyed the experience of 72 hours in a historic Indian city, we touched base briefly in Hong Kong in order to change over clothes and collect another daughter, then it was back to the airport for a flight to The Philippines. When we eventually settled at our destination, this was the view that greeted us from the balcony of our rented apartment. The quayside is that at Puerto Galera, on the island of Mindoro, and it sits at the head of a bay that is supposedly included in the ‘Club of the most beautiful bays in the World’ – it is certainly a most picturesque location
On our trip down to the Philippines last month I had my first chance to have a good play with my new camera – the Olympus OMD. One of the things I like about the camera is that, along with it’s small size, I can take photos using the touch sensitive screen, whilst not holding the camera to my eye. This means it is relatively easy to shoot candid photos of people. Here’s a few shots of people taken during the week in this manner:
Some regular readers might recognise the identity of the ‘Bond-Girl’ emerging from the beautiful blue waters of the Verde Island Passage, off the equally stunning White Beach, Puerto Galera on the northern tip of the Island of Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines. Other readers can just enjoy the photo!
A relaxed ferry boat crewman enroute from Batangas to Puerto Galera in the Philippines. Punctual, polite and proficient; he and his banca crewmates got my money.
It is March the 1st and I have some ‘self-time’ in a hotel room in Dubai. I was aware that I’d neglected my blog for a while so thought I would check on its status and my recent photos to see how much I had to catch up on and……oh my goodness! Three and a half weeks have passed since my last post and any coherent attempt to review that time on a ‘daybyday’ basis would be irrelevant and meaningless, so I shall just start posting random photos and comments from this period as they come to me. First up, as a scene setter of perhaps why the blog has been so neglected, is a photo of a sunset scene in the Philippines as a seafarer punts his banca back to harbour.