Saturday, March 31, 2012

Photography Camera: 5 Things to Consider When Planning to Purchase a Photography Camera

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Photography Camera | Nikon D3100
Up to now, I still have not decided what DSLR photography camera should I buy this year-- Nikon or Canon. I am still juggling my options here.

Here are the factors I am considering to help me decide what DSLR photography camera I should look for:

Price. Photography camera comes in different price range. Some are affordable while others are extremely expensive. The affordable deals are usually those that are at the lower end; while the expensive ones are usually designed for professional photographers. Apart from the photography camera, I should also be looking into the cost of purchasing the following items:

  1. Lenses
  2. Batteries
  3. Camera Bag. Thankfully, this usually comes free in every package. But I may need a spare photography camera bag when I am travelling.
  4. Filters
  5. Memory cards. Almost every model has a memory card. But, in terms of size, most of them are not enough.  
  6. Extended warranties. I think I would go for a photography camera that comes with an extended warranty.

Size. This is another factor I am considering when choosing the right photography camera. Even though I do not travel often, I prefer small and light models.

Purpose. My main purpose of purchasing a photography camera is for general photography. I can use it when travelling, capturing different types of objects and so on.

Resolution. According to photography camera experts, more megapixels are not always best. Higher megapixels are good if you want to print big pictures. However, if the camera is only used to print small sizes, MP is not that crucial.

Other features. I am also considering the following features:

  1. Burst mode. I need this in case I will have a sports or action photography session. This allows me to shoot multiple images quickly by simply pushing the shutter release.
  2. LCD Size
  3. Anti-shake. This is another attractive photography camera feature that I am looking forward to.
  4. Flash. Good thing is that entry-level DSLR photography cameras have built in flash.
  5. Connectivity
  6. Dust protection. Lower end DSLRs have this type of feature.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Quotes of Love: The Top 10 Quotes of Love That You are Going to Love

Quotes of Love: The Top 10 Quotes of Love That You are Going to Love

After making an account on Pinterest months ago, I was immediately hooked to it. One of the things I like about it is the quotes of love being posted by its different users. Some are hackneyed while others are new to my eyes (and ears). I like repinning those quotes of love to help me read them over and over again when I go online.

Here are 10 of my many favorite quotes of love from Pinterest.

Quotes of love #1 (A walk to remember)

Love is patient; Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boasts. It does not proud. It does not rude. It is not self-seeking. It does not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. It does not delight in evil. It rejoices with the truth. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It always perseveres. It never fails.
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Quotes of love #2

Love is a cycle:
When you love, you get hurt.
When you get hurt, you hate.
When you hate, you try to forget.
When you try to forget, you start missing.
And when you start missing, you’ll eventually fall in love again. quotes of love
Quotes of love #4

Being someone’s first love may be great, but to be their last is beyond perfect. --- This is so true.

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Quotes of Love #5

To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever...
The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes...

This hole in your heart is the shape of the one you lost- no one else can fit it. quotes of love
Quotes of love #6

When we first met, I had no idea you would be so important to me.

Quotes of love #7

I am not afraid of being with you. I am scared of feeling alone once you’re gone.

Quotes of love #8

The best love is the one that makes you a better person, without changing you into someone other than yourself.

Quotes of love #9

It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.

Quotes of love #10

You’re mine and only mine. All rights reserved.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Philippines and Its Fruits: Some of the Tropical Fruits of the Country

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The Philippines is rich in natural resources. Apart from landscapes and forests, this country is also abundant in tropical fruits. You may be able to purchase them in the USA or in European countries. But the taste is different because those fruits are at their best when grown in a tropical country, like the Philippines.

Here are some of the tropical fruits found in the Philippines:

Bananas. There are many varieties of bananas (saguing) that you can find in this country. My favorite is “tundan.” However, this variety is not exportable because foreigners simply abhore it. Why? Well, they say that it can cause constipation. But I beg to disagree. In our farm, we grow three (or four?) varieties of bananas, namely “lacatan,” “sab-a,” and “tundan.” Sab-a is commonly used for cooking. For instance, it can be added to tinolang manok (chicken ginger stew). 

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Durian. In the Philippines, it is described as the king of all tropical fruits. It is rich in protein and fats. I do not like durian fruit but most of my countrymen are fond of eating it. They say it is worth the money! I doubt it. But I do eat candies made of durian. 
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Mango. This tropical fruit is high in sugar and rich in vitamins A, C and D. In the Philippines, it is called the most majestic of all Philippine fruits. It can be eaten unripe or ripened. I usually prefer the former, especially when it is dipped in bagoong. 

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Mangosteen. This is one of the most expensive fruits in the Philippines, especially during off season. It has a sweet-acid taste that melts in the mouth. Its thick skin has medicinal value and being used in various herbal supplements, like MX3.

Papaya. I eat it almost everyday because of its high-fiber content. Apart from fiber, it is also rich in vitamins A and C. This is easy to grow. We actually had papaya tree in our front yard until it was destroyed by the previous flood.

Rambutan. Just the thought of rambutant makes me drool over. Its taste is soft and sweet. Its size is as big as a hen’s egg. The demand of this fruit in the Philippines and overseas is high. This is probably the reason it is rarely found on the market these days. This is also one of my favorite fruits. I can eat two kilos of rambutan in just one sitting and will always ask for more.

Santol. When unripe, the taste is very sour that lets you show a sour face. This fruit is used to make marmalade and is one of the fruits in the Philippines that is being exported. The best way to eat it is to have it with some salt and vinegar. 

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Well, these are just some of the tropical fruits widely available in the Philippines. They are easily grown and they offer essential vitamins.

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Where is Philippines Located? Some Facts About the Philippines

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Where is Philippines located? Well, this country is not like the US or Great Britain in which foreigners do not have to wonder of its exact location. Some people do not even know the existence of this third-world country.  

So, where is Philippines?

It is sitting in the Southeastern part of Asia. Its 7,107 islands are located between the Philippine Sea and South China Sea. On its east is Vietnam.

Getting to know the country

Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It may not be the most important thing when learning where is Philippines but knowing it makes a big difference.

Filipino (Tagalog) and English are the two official languages of this country. Tagalog is mostly spoken by Filipinos living in Luzon. The English language is the medium of instruction being used. For that reason, language is not a major barrier when visiting this country.

Choose Philippines

Language. Because people here speak English, foreigners do not have to learn Tagalog within a fixed time frame. Still, when learning where is Philippines, it would be best to know a little Tagalog. Just like visiting France, you will also have to learn how to speak La Francais even if it is just un peu

Filipinos. Another reason you should choose Philippines on your next foreign trip is the Filipinos. They (we) are known for being friendly and hospitable. In fact, they (we) can sleep on the floor in order to offer you their (our) most comfortable bed. This is to make sure that your stay will be more enjoyable and memorable.

Climate. The country has only two distinct seasons: summer and rainy seasons. Generally, people living here enjoy warm climate all year round.

Tourist destinations. When getting to know where is Philippines located at, foreigners will be bombarded with information about the 7,107 islands in the country. It could be a bit harder to choose the best islands to live or stay in the Philippines. To narrow the options down, you will be left with Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Do not worry, every option has something different, exciting to offer to all foreign and local tourists.

The best way to get to know where is Philippines located at is to visit this archipelago and experience the reasons foreigners keep on coming back to this country. In fact, some of them have decided to live and stay here for a lifetime.

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Sunday, March 04, 2012

About the Philippines: Learn About the Philippines before Planning a Trip in this Country

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When learning about the Philippines, one must consider the location of the said country. The Philippines is situated in the Southeast Asia and is surrounded by  water. Batanes is the northernmost group of islands in this country. It is located approximately 190 kilometers away from Taiwan. The southernmost part of the country is Tawi-Tawi. Its distance from Borneo is only 60 kilometers.

One of the important facts a traveller should know about the Phlippines is the climate. The country has 2 distinct seasons:

  1. Wet. It usually starts in June and ends in February.
  2. Dry. Summer usually starts in March and ends in June. With the effects of climate change, dry season in this country has been shortened.
Another fact about the Philippines a tourist must know is the currency. Philippine Peso is the official currency of the Philippines having the following denominations:

  1. 1000
  2. 500
  3. 200
  4. 100
  5. 50
  6. 20
  7. 10
  8. 1
  9. .50
  10. .10

Filipino (Tagalog) and English are used in this country. Further knowing about the Philippines in terms of dialects lets you realize that the country has 153 different dialects being spoken all over this archipelago. But the commonly used dialect is Tagalog.

Foreign tourists need not worry when visiting this country. The reason for this is that most Filipinos can speak and understand English. (By the way, Filipinos love to watch films about love. Sadly, Love in the Time of Cholera was not that successful here.)

Travel guide books about the Philippines recommend tourists to always bring some cash when traveling in the Philippines. Checks and credit card transactions are not always allowed in some parts of the country. But do not carry more than $3,000 without declaring it upon arrival.

Just like visiting other countries, a tourist must always be watchful of his/her own luggage. This is another important thing to keep in mind when learning about the Philippines and how to travel here.

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