Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon, Utah
Spring 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hunting dolphins (and whales) is wrong!

Recently, a rising Hollywood actress was filmed trying to protect dolphins from being hunted by Japanese fishermen. She and conservation friends failed. The fishermen were very aggressive. As she and her conservation friends left after being threatened, they were able to film the waters turning red with the blood of the massacred dolphins.

Now, why would anyone want to kill these graceful and intelligent animals for food in this day and age? Can't an economically developed country like Japan afford to shift from dolphin and whale consumption to other sources of food that are more humane and enlightened?

The upcoming trade treaty between Japan and Philippines is worrisome because of the implications on Japanese trawlers fishing in Philippine territorial waters.

Do we really want to be party to this inhumane fishing practice?

See the graceful and friendly dolphins of Bais, Negros Oriental, Philippines.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Byahe tayo sa Pinas/Lets travel to the Philippines

Looking out of our dining room window, we can see the Catalina Mountains in Tucson with sunny blue skies. It’s an awesome sight, but it lacks one crucial aspect. Where’s the beach? Two emails I recently received stress this absence and need. One email forwards a video link on visiting the Philippines. Another, by a friend, asks about my last trip to Manila and whether I miss it already. Well Bea, looking at these ‘recently old’ videos on the Philippines, what can I say?

Check out these awesome videos.

Wow Philippines 30-second spot, April 2002

Byahe tayo, the music video. Twenty-one Filipino artists singing about the beauty of the Philippines. Great scenery shots. Video can be downloaded for free from the Philippine Department of Tourism website at

Byahe tayo short with English subtitles

“..when the gods created a Philippine island, they liked it so much they decided to create 7,000 more….

Diving the Philippines, Palau, and Marshall Islands

Apo Island,Negros Oriental diving

Greenpeace video on Apo Island