Weekly Photo Challenge: SUN

Sun, in my line of work where I’m always outside, a lot of times I just want it to go away. When the sun is brightly up and scorching, every shade is a fortress and even the slightest breeze feels like a christmas present. I hate places that clammy and humid during summer. Oftentimes, I get stuck to those places.

However way they put it, there is no summer in the Philippines, rather rainy days and sunny days. And when it isn’t raining, the sun can be an unforgiving four and a half times brutal monster you want to hide from.

I’m one who don’t complain about the weather. it’s just that it is undeniably *urgh* so hot in the Philippines. It is so easy to lose your cool when you’re there. People are sweating profusely like sinners inside the church. It even feels like you’re at its burning point, so to speak, when you’re in big cities. I’d imagine the sun to be smiling at me while I attempt to fan myself with a piece of cardboard.

So, what do you do?

Try use the old ‘join when you can’t beat’ approach. Go to a beach, do some water activities, smile back at the sun and just feel the summer heat. Outside the city where the focus are on busy and crowded streets, a day in a peaceful scenic setting is like sipping a ice cold softdrink after breaking a sweat.

I personally accepted that I cannot beat nor hide from the sun. I’ve backed out on always trying to save my complexion. I was raised greeting the sun everyday when I was in Philippines. It follows me in places I go to for work. There’s nothing left for me to do but embrace to it.

The sun can be a fiery hell of an adversary. That’s okay with me. The sun can also easily be blazingly “hot” and attractive.  It can be radiant and glare at me all day, looking at it and the scene it creates, at times, just brightens my day.

Plus, I hate extreme cold anyways.

[Photos are from Caramoan and Bohol]


There are great blogs and there are great bloggers. At times, it even feels like it’s hard to find both. This next


is an all around blogger, Gilly. Quite a number of finds there. She participates in a number of challenges. Check out her January Small Stone and the rest of her creative writing. You got pleasant personality and a little bit of humor here and there.

As much as I wanna dig out her old great entries, I can’t help but to shout out her recent posts on Exeter Cathedral. Be alert, this post really proves her blog to be a travel photography in disguise. Check out Lucid Gypsy | Be(coming) a Writer.


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    • Ow You so lucky to have that comfort of transferring to another place depending on the season. My work keeps me where I’m at and actually keeps me outside a lot of times. I’m combatting with the sun all my life that I actually have befriended it. Hehe.

  1. Reblogged this on Lucid Gypsy and commented:
    I am seriously begining to think of the Philippines as a holiday destination and that’s down to blogs like Sophomore Jinx whose photos show a paradise on earth!

    • Urgh, Gilly. I cannot find one of my favorite post of yours. It’s the one where you feature your hometown and my comment suggests that you should post more about it, or something like that. I think if you go to Manage Comments, find me on your comments, then you’d easily find it. After going back to your blog and couldn’t find, I got more curious, so I’m asking please to cure my itch and redirect me to it. Hehe.

      Another favorite is your camel tour. 😀

      I do not have twitter account. Sorry.

  2. For someone whose mood varies with the season (oops! I don’t have SAD), I’d say sunny day is a taste of heaven! Even if most of the times the heat becomes almost unbearable here in PH, I would still prefer it than wish for a rain. Wouldn’t want to spend my day any other way. Yeah, I know, I’m biased… I love Haring Araw! 🙂

  3. You certainly did manage to catch an array of lovely photos trying to avoid the sun. These are magnificent! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Hihi, I’m taking the compliment wholeheartedly. I know this is mine, but I can’t help to say that this particular is a personal favorite post. The pictures and the pun of words I played with writing it, which I haven’t done in such long while.

    • Ow no. They’re roaming around. Caramoan is an island. I think local folks are trusting each other. And since it’s such a small area, it’s easy to locate if it got lost or stolen.

      By the way, those are called CARABAO, the national animal of Philippines. No worries, I will post pictures exclusively of just those.

  4. Bro, this is one of the most amazing Sun-inspired series of images I’ve ever seen. Best of all, your excitement and joy can be felt through your words and the beautiful photos. And yes, I agree, “There’s nothing left for me to do but embrace to it.” Embrace we will to life’s adventures!

    • We were discussing it during lunch today. And so, I mentioned the ‘More fun in the PHilippines’ slogan and how it largely boosted tourism in the Philippines.

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