Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A little time in Positano

Ever since we first saw the movie, Only You, way back in the day, Bob and I have wanted to visit Positano, a little village tucked into the cliffs of Italy's Amalfi coast.  We had a short break between a busy week in England, and our next destination, Nigeria (where I'm posting this from).  So, at the last minute, we booked flights (thank you United Airlines Mileage Plus!) and rooms and had three wonderful days enjoying the romance and beauty of Positano.  

In photography, there are some places that look so much better than reality.  Others cannot be adequately described in pictures.  This is one of those places.  But it didn't stop me from trying!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Nadia and Alden's Wedding Celebration

Five years ago, Nadia and Alden were married, and their family has grown to include Aiden. Finally they were able to have the celebration of their dreams.  Alden grew up "Hilo side"of the Big Island, and though their home is now in Las Vegas, their family and friends from Hawaii and around the world gathered at the beautiful Sheraton Keauhou Resort and Spa for the big party!  

In addition to the business Alden owns and operates, he is also the founder of Another Joy Foundation bringing toys and cheer to children in developing nations. Because of their very busy schedules, the final planning for the wedding didn't happen until just three weeks before the event!  Sheraton Keauhou Resort and Spa's fantastic wedding coordinator, Natalie, did her magic, and the day was a dream come true!  Florals were by Annie of Bliss in Bloom.

I've recently added something that adds to the fun of receptions: a photo booth!  Complete with costumes, studio lighting, remote control shutter release so guests can take their own photos with instant viewing on my laptop.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fish Port in General Santos, Philippines

On the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines Islands, is a city called General Santos, locally known as "GenSan".  It is home of the country's largest fish port where thousands of pounds of fish, particularly yellow fin tuna are processed daily.

Two things struck me:  how could THAT many fish be offloaded every single day and not empty the ocean, and the crazy amount of hard work that is part of the whole operation. Over a six week time at sea, the big fish are caught on single lines by men in tiny wooden dinghies that are launched off the "mother ship".  If it was me, those fish would be towing me for miles across the sea!  How does that not happen?

After donning our white rubber boots and walking through a "cide" of some description to take care of any nasty things wanting to enter, my friends Anita, Ellen and I had a little tour.