35mm Philippines: Cubao & Makati

35mm Philippines: Cubao & Makati

35mm Philippines: April 1st – April 6th 2017

As stifling as the pollution, heat, and humidity are in Manila, I enjoy walking the city’s streets. There’s busyness beyond the likes of my day to day life, and a vibrance, helped by the tropical sun, that is stragenly invigorating, whether it was the local market around the corner from my tita’s, to the streets in the centre of Makati.


My Olympus XA2 is one camera I like to have on me at all times when traveling. It’s small, fast, and inconspicuous, with a sharp 35mm Zuiko lens. It’s my preferred tool for street photography, and for taking general snapshots on the fly. I particularly enjoyed taking tricycles, so I could see more of the area and snap photos out the door.
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Along Manila Bay

Along Manila Bay

The Bay walk, along Roxas Boulevard, is simultaneously relaxed and a hive of activity. Local children run, swim, and shout. Street vendors call for customers. Motorbikes, bicycles, and even a horse and cart wend their way along the pavement. All along the sea wall, friends and couples chat happily, the din of heavy traffic ever-present in the background.

But this is not what I remember, two months removed. I remember serenity. Look out to sea and the noise of the world dissipates, and all you hear are gentle waves and the sea breeze. The cacophony of humanity recedes; only beauty touches your senses. That is the power of sunset at Manila Bay.

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All images © W.Austin (willfillstime)
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35mm Philippines: Views of Venice Grand Canal Mall_00_00079First of the roll. First of the trip. Olympus OM-40 + Kodak Ektar 100__0_00080Olympus OM-40 + Kodak Ektar 100__2_00082Jen. Olympus OM-40 + Kodak Ektar 10013A_00133I remember seeing these two have a small crash not long after I took this. Less of a crash, more of a tiny bump, really, but amusing nonetheless 😀 Olympus XA2 + Fuji Superia 100 (expired)
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The mall itself is definitely novel, but you can’t shake the feeling that it’s a glorified swimming pool surrounded by a shopping centre more reminiscent of Macau (The Venetian Macau casino, specifically) than Venice.”

Read the full account of my trip in The Travelogue.