Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Smokey Mountain: Manila's Divine Comedy
The dumpsite in itself offers a glimpse of Dante Alighieri’s hell. As in Dante’s work, different layers of hell exist but they are all horrifying. Some people have small Sari-Sari stores on Smokey Mountain, others run a videoke machine or a ‘bar’ with a billiard table but most people who live in shacks on the dumpsite earn their living by collecting and selecting rubbish. All live in dirt, sharing the scarce space with millions of flies and armadas of rats and breathing a pestilent, highly toxic air. Father Giovanni calls it the ‘the smell of the politicians’ who are all good Catholics or Christians.
Every day is a fight for survival. Once the waste is being brought in or shifted, hundreds of scavengers fight for getting the best parts of it. Thanks to Father Giovanni’s work, many scavengers now have rubber boots to avoid stepping into sharp metal; he and his supporters run a number of projects to alleviate the burden of such life by offering basic health care and scholarships for the kids.
All photos from Smokey Mountain, Tondo, Metro Manila, October 2007.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
A Lahori night on a horse-drawn tonga
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Opening a new lane
Photo somewhere close to Santo Tomas, south-west of
Friday, October 26, 2007
Increase your sex drive
Every night starting around 9PM street vendors start shouting ‘baluuuut’ to sell this high-protein power snack.
Photo from Food Market, Taguig, Metro Manila, May 2007.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Shit house from Borneo with English lyrics
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The Taliban are back
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Hopeless, hopeless, hopeless
Like in most cases the MMDA is unable to provide a solution but is well equipped to create an even bigger problem. How many drivers must have missed the entrance to the new right highway and have to drive back all the way? I guess that most decision takers at the MMDA don’t drive by themselves since a sane driver wouldn’t be able to come up with so hopeless ideas of regulating traffic flows.
The good thing about nearly all MMDA road block decisions is still promising: They never last for long and are changed often (which surely adds to more problems).
Great job, MMDA! May the world learn from your development examples!
Photo from Ortigas, Metro Manila October 2007.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Something only a mother can love
If you look for a definition of frogfishes you might want to say 'creatures only mothers can love'.
The video below is showing a swimming frogfish, which is quite rare since you mostly find frogfishes sitting and waiting for prey. Frogfishes might move (actually walk) if you really annoy them with your camera.
Frogfishes swim slow, but the 'frogfish is known to have the fastest movement in the animal kingdom with a bite that has been photographed at high speed to take only 1/6000 of a second'.
Do you prefer orange? Do you want to see how a frogfish is angling and eats its prey?
All frogfishes from Mabul and Kapalai islands (North-West Celebes Sea, Malaysia), October 2007.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Photo above: whitetip reef sharks
Photo above: Qualli and turtle
Photo above: tight school of Jacks
All photos from Sipadan island, October 2007. Surely, Sipadan is one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world.