Friday, June 27, 2008

from above - back to manila

"welcome to Philippine Airlines bound for Manila. expected time of arrival is 6:00am". i was now inside the plane for the earliest flight back to Manila. i've been to Cebu several times but there's always something new to discover on each trip.satisfied with all the photos that i've taken during my trip to Bantayan island and metropolitan Cebu, i thought it was already time to keep my digital camera and rest. as the plane ascends, i watched by the window the city lights of Cebu during dawn. the photo above shows Cebu city (left) and the island of Mactan (right). the colorful skies displayed on my window made me decide not to sleep and instead watch the sunrise from the plane. following Cebu's northern tip, i noticed that we were actually passing by the island of Bantayan. seeing the island from the plane confirms that i was really meant to be there. i noticed the shape of the Bantayan island with the neighboring Virgin and Hilantaga-an island. going north leaving the islands of Visayas and we were now entering the Luzon island. i observed that there's a mountain shape tip coming from the skies. it was actually Mt. Mayon's peak! the Philippines only nearly perfect cone shaped mountain. 40minutes has passed and the sun's rays are really stunning from my point of view. it looks like they were one with the clouds in displaying the sunrise's beauty. as we fly lower, this time we were over Mt. Banahaw. from all the flights that i've taken to and from Manila, i've never been this close to seeing Mt. Banahaw from the plane.
it simply shows that we were now approaching the Manila runway as we see more houses below. we were now landing with a view of Makati city's skyline and Fort Bonifacio.
it was another one memorable escape trip. i didn't expect this trip will really be this exciting. thanks for joining me on this travel.

39 comments:

Photo Cache said...

nice series of photos. di ka natulog sa plane ano?

Luke said...

fantastic clouds! very nice!

EM said...

I love the cloud, specially the 6th pic. Great shots even though your behind a glass.

Nothing nicer than going home with lots of beautiful memories!

R Panaderos said...

Nice shots, especially of the Makati skyline in the morning!

the donG said...

>photo cache, yes. hindi na talaga.

>luke, thanks.

>hi em, thanks! i was lucky enough to have a clear window. happy memories that'll last forever.

>panaderos, lucky to have landed on makati side because sometimes it lands on the coastal road side.

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful, just gorgeous. Thanks for bringing me along for the flight.

Rio said...

"thanks for joining me on this travel"......

thanks din for sharing with us ur photos and experiences para na din kaming nag travel kasama mo!..inaantay kong picturan mo yung burger at danggit na pasalubong mo sa amin ni kingdaddyrich e..=)hehe

san ang next stop mo?

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

Glad you opted to stay awake and watch the sunrise. That second photo is magical!!

Pietro said...

Splendid magnificent skies from the plane: thanks for sharing these wonderful views!

Selerines said...

Fantastic one that i have ever seen so far... Good work friend..

the donG said...

>hi sandy, my pleasure.

>hi doc rio, hehehe... oo nga. hindi ko na picturan yon. sayang. frozen na kasi.

next stop is batangas.

>hi karen, despite lack of sleep i decided to stay awake because of the sunrise.

>hi pietro, thanks too for keeping in touch.

>selerines, lucky! lucky to have seen the colorful skies on my way back.

atticus said...

wow. banahaw from a plane. takes my breath away.

i reached the peak of banahaw years ago. the view was sublime. grand. breathtaking. beautiful.

maryosep. mismong ang bundok pala. *sigh*

Islander said...

ah so mt. banahaw pala yun.. i used to notice them when on board the plane and quite curious in what part of the archipelago was that.

btw, nice photos... love them.

Aracir said...

amazing amazing shots! i love the clouds!!!

Earvin said...

Sarap sumakay ng eroplano. Di nakakasawa.

the donG said...

>atticus, wow! galing naman at naakyat mo sya bago nila ito sinara for preservation.

>islander, yes banahaw yon pero nadadaan din kung minsan ang makiling at taal.

>hi aracir, i like it when the color of the skies changes during sunrise. specially when you view it from the plane.

>earvin, sinabi mo. sa daming beses ko ng pagbyahe sa eroplano, hindi pa rin ako nagsasawa. every flight iba ibang views at experience. kaya lagi ako sa window side.

> Vanny said...

salamat at sinama mo kame kuya dong! kahit sa pictures lang, nafeel namen at naimagine na kasama mo kame sa trip mo.

PS.
sana next time, hnde lang sa imagination. :D

Ely said...

ilang minutes byahe?

Major Tom said...

Thanks for letting us join you in this particular dramatic flight (and the rest of the Cebu travel), it is so nice of you, what with all those breathtaking sights from above.

Lawstude said...

It has been a great Cebu and Bantayan Island series Dong. Definitely one of the most comprehensive tour and feature that I have ever seen and I enjoyed every post you made of your trip. More places to come parekoy.

Lyzius said...

dong bilib na talaga ako sa galing ng mga shots mo...panu ba nakukuha ang ganung mga timpla ng kulay? sa camera a yun o sa pagdevelop...gusto ko rin kasi mahook sa photography...

alicesg said...

Very beautiful scenery taken from the plane. I love the beautiful colours of the sky. Have a nice day.

Richard the Adventurer said...

Ang sarap lumipad... Hehe :)

Ang gandang tingnan ng mga ulap.

the donG said...

>hi vanny, hahaha... sana nga.

>ely, one hour ang trip from manila to cebu. fastest is 45minutes.

>major tom, more thanks to you for joining me in this escape.

>lawstude, oo. sana nga marami pa pero tag ulan ngayon so limited ang mga lugar na pwedeng puntahan ngayon. pero abangan pa rin ang mga susunod na byahe. inaabangan ko rin lagi mga byahe mo.

>hi lyzius, hindi pa ako ganun magaling sa camera. siguro nasa pagpili lang ng mga kukuhanan. tsaka at least sony or cannon ang gamit mong digicam kasi napansin ko may generic na brand hindi maganda ang quality. yung pagprint ay depende din sa printer at paper.

>alicesg, thank you! thank you!

>richard, sinabi mo. sarap bumyahe sa pinas!

Steven (Cavite Daily Photo) said...

It's been a while since I've rode a plane. Ten years ago pa yun nung nagpunta me sa States! Pero your photos made me reminice those moments when I'm looking outside the window and just see beds of clouds and the orange sunlight from the beautiful ball of sunrise on the end! Grabe sucha wonderful feeling as your great photos are!

Thanks for dropping by my Skywatch Friday Post and Leaving a comment! Hope to see you soon! God Bless and Have a great week starting tomorrow!

Steven^^

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Awesomely beautiful pictures. That sunrise was spectacular and the cloud shapes are wonderful. What a great time!

redlan said...

these shots are so refreshing to the eyes. I paused and took time looking them again and again. nakakinggit na experience. hindi pa ako nakasakay ng eroplano. hahaha. than ks sa pagshare ng idea. when time comes na makasakay na ako ng plane for the first time, i will take pics too am sure patago rin. di ba bawal yun?

ganda talaga ng pilipinas! how wonderful the world is really created! thanks to HIM!

the donG said...

>steven, tagal na nga nun. parang dapat bumyahe ka na kahit papunta dito sa manila.

>sandpiper, clouds are simply the creator's way of displaying how great he can be. that's why the clouds are that beautiful.

>redlan, hindi naman bawal ang camera sa eroplano. yung mga electronic gadgets lang na nagtatransmit ng signal.

sana nga makalipad ka na rin. sa una mong flight siguraduhing mag occupy ka sa window side. request mo lang sa counter pag check in.

ganda talaga ng pinas!

acey said...

beautiful shots, kuya dong!!! :) and i'm happy you enjoyed your short stay here! :) feel free to contact me when you come back, ha. :)

Dina said...

What a flight you had! Pity the poor people who do not want a window seat.
Thanks for taking us on vacation with you, Dong.

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

nice... very nice.

the donG said...

>hi acey, sure. we will inform you. we really enjoyed our stay there. saya sa cebu.

>dina, you're right about that. but i think more and more people choose to have the seat near the window. thanks for joining me on this escape.

>jasper, nice display of the creator's greatness.

bugsybee said...

ang ganda!

I've been flying to and back from Manila countless of times but I've never seen something like these ... or I may have been sleeping or reading throughout the trip.

Thanks to your photos I now have reason to watch closely! :)

luna miranda said...

beautiful photos of clouds and sunrise. i've been traveling to cebu regularly for the past 9 years but i didn't catch a sunrise or a sunset this beautiful. sleeping beauty kasi ako lagi.:D

Toe said...

I love the first photo... parang map ng Cebu with Mactan. You got great views from your seat Dong!

the donG said...

>hi bugsybee, i rarely sleep during air trips. i usually enjoy the view even how sleepy i am sometimes.

>hi luna, malamang nga. sleeping beauty ka lagi. ako din madalas bumyahe pero bihira rin ang ganito ka gandang view.

>hi toe, yes. i always make sure i get the window seat.

honey said...

dong, amazing ung clouds na nacocover sa sun...very breathtaking,
i salute your photography skills in capturing such a picturesque scene!

-honey-

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

ay naiinggit ako. Ang galing galing! Hindi kasi ako makapin-point kung ano bang lugar na ko pag nasa plane. Rare lang yung chance na alam ko talagang where am I. At nakita mo ba ang peak ng mahiyaing mayon na yan. Meant to be! hahah! great pix

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

ay naiinggit ako. Ang galing galing! Hindi kasi ako makapin-point kung ano bang lugar na ko pag nasa plane. Rare lang yung chance na alam ko talagang where am I. At nakita mo ba ang peak ng mahiyaing mayon na yan. Meant to be! hahah! great pix

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