Independence Day Fireworks, Saratoga, CA – July 4, 2015


It has been my tradition to watch firework displays on July 4. I asked my niece(s) and others if they knew where to watch fireworks in the Bay Area. Many suggested to go to San Francisco but I ruled that out (traffic, crowds, etc.). Rennie, the husband of my niece Lara, suggested that we go […]

Lost in Wine Country – July 3, 2015


My fabulous cousin, Ethel. We were visiting my cousin Ethel who lives in Napa. We got lost driving around looking for a particular winery. But it didn’t matter. The Napa Valley is absolutely gorgeous.

California Here I Come! – July 1, 2015


On my way to California. For a one-week break to visit family and friends. I missed my flight to Denver and then on to San Jose but Southwest placed me onto the next flight via Las Vegas. No questions asked. I love Southwest! Yay! Here are some photos I took from the plane during the […]

Wednesday Night Fireworks – June 24, 2015


Navy Pier fireworks last Wednesday as seen from my balcony. I didn’t even have to get out of the house! It’s a new day!

Love and justice win. Thank you SCOTUS

Tall Ship Windy

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would […]

Oak St. Beach – June 21, 2015


James (L) and Daniel (R) Friends from out of town (Providence, RI and Champaign, IL) were visiting during the weekend. I met up with them at the restaurant on Oak St. Beach for drinks, but unfortunately, the Champaign visitors (Daphne and family) had to cut their visit short as they had to drive back to […]

Zombie March Chicago – June 20, 2015


The 8th Annual Chicago Zombie March. Enough said.

Harajuku – June 20, 2015


Caught the tail end of the Harajuku Fashion Walk in the loop while I was heading to the Daley Plaza to catch the tail end of the Zombie March. Harajuku refers to Japanese street fashion that originated in the Harajuku district of Tokyo which is jam packed with shops, fashion malls and chains and is […]

Got Caught in the Rain at the Buckingham Fountain – June 20, 2015


I planned to take pictures of the Navy Pier Fireworks again from the Buckingham Fountain last night after the Zombie March. The walk finished early and didn’t want to go home (otherwise I would have not come back), so I decided to go to the fountain and just hang out there, perhaps shoot around there […]

Chicago Blackhawks Victory Parade – The Loop, June 18, 2015


The star of the show, The Stanley Cup! Was able to get a fair vantage point from the second story window of Target. But I only have my 210mm with me. I wanted to walk light. Taken at State and Monroe in the Loop.

Buckingham Fountain and Wednesday Night Fireworks – June 17, 2015


Was at the Buckingham Fountain last night … and got a bonus. It was Wednesday night fireworks at Navy Pier and was somewhat visible at the back of the fountain. Yay!

My Site Was Down For Awhile …

Mr. Chicago-2

  But I am back now. With a new host and hopefully, this time, there will me not much interruptions.

A Short Trip to the Most Expensive Rain Shelter Ever Built – June 10, 2015


Got caught in the rain while at Millennium Park yesterday. Then my batteries went dead. So I went home early.

Jurassic World? – May 31, 2015


At the Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Fern Room. Dinosaurs could surely be at home there. On Chicagoist’s Around Town Urban Horto June 10, 2015.

Lincoln Park Zoo – May 10, 2015


I finally was able to see the new exhibit at the zoo – the Japanese Macaques, out in their habitat. Too bad, it wasn’t snowing.

Back to Gilberts, IL – May 9, 2015

Back To Gilberts-5

Another barbeque in Gilberts, IL, the party central for our family in Chicago. This time, for my niece, Rinah’s birthday and Mother’s Day celebrations. Happy birthday Rinah!

Annual Tulip Walk – May 3, 2015


Tulips are the most exotic flowers for me … because we didn’t have tulips (not even imported ones) when we were growing up in the Philippines. Now, because of globalization, I am sure they are available. And so I am always enthralled by their beauty and varieties, year in and year out. Especially the ones […]

Pacquiao-Mayweather Viewing – May 2, 2015


The husband of my niece held a Pacquiao-Mayweather viewing at their home in Gilberts, IL in the far northwestern suburbs of Chicago. It was quite a road trip, got home at 3 AM but it was worth it. Despite Pacquiao’s loss, we enjoyed celebrating our town fiesta, Chicago version. Our hometown of Malinao in the […]

Yesterday’s Walk Reprised and Then Some – April 26, 2015


Because I didn’t feel the walk yesterday, I went back out today and re-traced my walk from yesterday, seeing that the sky today … was so blue! It didn’t disappoint. I even made it to the Agora and the new skateboarding park at the south end of Grant Park. And saw a family of horned […]

Too Cold to Do Anything Walk – April 25, 2015


I went to the Adler Planetarium to shoot some spring flowers at the back, but it was just too cold to do anything. So after a few tentative shots, I left and went to Millennium Park. It was prom day shoot at the park. I felt bad for the girls who were in their best […]

Short Walk, Loop, April 18, 2015


I had such a grandiose plan to walk from the Loop to Navy Pier yesterday. But as soon as I got out of the subway on Lake St., I saw this sign (above), asked permission to take a photo, and … well, nothing can top this, so I cut my walk short. By the way, […]

Birding at Lincoln Park Zoo, April 10, 2015


After going to the hospital for a series of diagnostic test that seemed like hours to complete, I walked over to Lincoln Park Zoo a few short blocks away from the hospital, just before they closed for the day, to see what’s new. The Philippine birds were strutting their stuff to me today.

Springtime Walk in my Neighborhood – April 4, 2015


Just a short walk around my neighborhood on a nice Saturday afternoon.

Tourist in My Own City – Day 5 (Last Day), April 3, 2015


Took pot shots of new and old murals (and then some) along 18th St. while waiting for the Good Friday procession to come by.