Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rising Sunset

The sunset sky! I mouthed a silent WOW!

The colors of the sky caught my attention as I looked anxiously outside my window trying to review the TO DO LIST I encircled ASAP this morning. It's already afternoon and I felt like I'm delaying something major that I must start immediately. I tried to ignore the dramatic beauty of the sky but I just couldn't. If I can't stop the time, I'd FREEZE this moment.

I hurriedly set up my camera and settled on a position that would frame the sunset perfectly. The sun looks rising than setting. I confused myself. The view of the beautiful sun made me remember the first thing that comes to my mind before (especially when I was a kid) when I think of Japan, the photo of the rising sun. Now, when I see a full-of-rays setting (in my head it's rising) sun, I think of Japan and the killer disaster that struck that country a year ago. The Tsunami.

I could still remember every second of that day. As I got the frightening news about the tsunami in Japan while on a meeting about disaster recovery (of all the meeting agenda) plan for our office in Dumaguete and Manila, I was bombarded with calls and SMS from home and friends updating me with the breaking news. My girlfriend was on the line crying because there was a tsunami threat in Manila and she was alone in her apartment. She was so worried about her relatives in Japan too.

Our disaster recovery team discontinued our discussion and we all tuned in and focused on CNN's coverage of that disaster. I couldn't breathe (and was sweating despite the max AC inside our videoconference room) seeing the live footage on our screen. In a snap, that area in Japan was covered with water. Like scenes from Hollywood movies. It was the end of the world.


This month, there are many documentaries reminiscing that disaster a year after. Everytime I see a docu trailer, I say a silent prayer. Almost 16,000 lives perished that day...in a snap. Life will never be the same for the people who survived that disaster. Truth be told, it will be etched in our mind too in this lifetime.

While I review my TO DO LIST and look at the photos of sunset I took, I'm glad that I walked away from my list for a while and enjoyed staring at the sunset. Sometimes, we have to stop for a while because enjoying the NOW is the most important...and the most "living". Live for the moment (sometimes). Let’s all live more.

Let's continue to pray for Japan...and for the other countries that were affected by this kind of disaster. Stay safe, my friends.
                            
The last two photos are my officemates I photographed for our company event.

46 comments:

  1. The disaster (once again) reminded us how weak we are when Nature's forces strikes. Weave to live with Nature and adapt to it. Not the other way around.

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  2. Beautiful sunset.
    Beautiful girls.

    But I have to say the girls more beautiful!
    Your new girls? ;)
    Lucky you!

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  3. That's true, RuneE. Hope we all do our share to heal our nature.

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  4. Hi, LC. Thanks a lot. How are you? Take care. :)

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  5. Gorgeous shots ... and I do aggree! I will never stopp thinking about countries that are affected by war and disaster.

    Irene, Norway

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  6. Thank you very much, Irene. Let's continue to pray for them and for everyone's safety. Have a nice day. :)

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  7. A year - it seems like yesterday and at the same time an age away.

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  8. You're right, it seems like yesterday, Gerald. Unforgettable event in our lives.

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  9. My thoughts & prayers are with you, all your relatives & workmates as you seek to deal with the worries & consequences of nature. Have a good week.

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  10. Thanks a lot, my dear Jayz. Get well soon. Same to you, hope you'll have a good week.

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  11. Amazing photos, really good, congrats

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  12. excellent shots! I am a fan!

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  13. Hi, Tiago. Thanks a lot.

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  14. Salamat ng marami, Kulasa. Ingat lagi. :)

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  15. Wonderful post and photos.

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  16. Thank you very much, Randy. Have a nice day. :)

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  17. i have a similar post kaya lang nakadraft pa, about a confusing sunrise and sunset. nahiya na tuloy ako magpost..:)

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  18. Hi, Dee. Mas masaya if pareho tayo ng theme. Haha. Please post it na. Thank you sa comments. Ingat sa mga trips. :)

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  19. your sunset shots are awe-inspiring, lito!

    what happened in japan last year was unthinkable. life is indeed so short to waste. i agree with you, we have to live for the moment! enjoy its every bits.

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  20. lovely girls, btw. :)

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  21. Salamat ng marami, Docgelo. Ang ganda lagi ng sunset ngayon sa atin kasi summer na ulit. Nakakawala ng pagod. :)

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  22. Girls become more beautiful kapag nakukunan ng photo. This is what I noticed sa mga officemates na napipicture-an ko, Docgelo. :)

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  23. Stunning sunsets! Sadly my colleagues are not so young and pretty!

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  24. Thanks a lot, VP. There are many new young people at the office today.

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  25. Beautiful sunsets! Your photography always amazes me Rizalenio!
    And Japan disaster will always remain fresh in our minds, pray for the people there.
    Beautiful colleagues too!!
    Have a nice day Rizalenio:)

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  26. Hi, Arti. You're right, felt like it happened yesterday only. Thank you very much. Stay safe, my dear friend. :)

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  27. Beautiful sun and...colleagues, Rizalenio!

    Yes, it was a remembering day for all of us, even here in Europe. Yesterday, an earthquake again...We pray for Japan and for this world too. There are too many wild changing during the last period...

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  28. well, i have to say that you must be at your creative peak lately!

    the sunset shots are SUPERB!!

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  29. Ohno. Please stay safe, Traveling Hawk. Will pray for everyone's safety. Weird changes are really noticeable now and the impact is quite alarming.

    Thanks a lot for your comments, my dear friend.

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  30. Thank you very much for noting that, Betty. That made me smile. Have a nice day. :)

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  31. lovely sunset images, so breathtaking, very inspiring that indeed, we need to live more, i ca't add to that. you took beautiful images of your officemates.

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  32. Thank you very much, Betchai. Happy weekend. :)

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  33. I think I'll find it hard to call in sick if my work environment is as beautiful as yours.

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  34. Hi, Sir bertN. Many offices (and condos) are with this kind of views nowadays here in our beloved Manila. :)

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  35. stunning sunsets. what a perfect way to end the day. your colleagues are photogenic and gorgeous.

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  36. Thank you very much again, LR. We are blessed to see the beautiful Manila sunset esp now that its summer. Happy weekend. :)

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  37. Nakaka-inggit naman ang working environment mo LOL.

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  38. Sir bertH, I can also see from my east side the view of San Mateo/Bulacan mountain. Happy weekend. Salamat. Ingat lagi. :)

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  39. I love how the sky's painted in yellow-orange-red hue!

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  40. Hi, Gay. The beauty of nature. Salamat sa comment. Ingat kayo :)

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  41. Great sunsets!
    Beautiful young ladies too.

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  42. Thanks a lot, Kostas. Have a great week ahead. :)

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  43. di ko nga malilimutan tong nangyari sa japan last year. tinawagan namin kagad counterpart sa japan. i too will a say a prayer for those who died.

    mukhang india ang theme ng coming event.

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  44. Hi, Dong Ho. Yep, very unforgettable event in our lives. Ingat lagi. Enjoying your trip with Chyng in Mindanao. :)

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  45. Wow, so beautiful! Your co-workers too! Good for you for taking advantage of the light and moment.

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  46. Thank you very much, Margaret. Have a nice day. :)

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