Pictures: The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

The 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta-Clark-Philippines (30)Some pictures from the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Omni Aviation Complex in Clark Field, Angeles City, Pampanga.

Arguably, there aren’t very many pics of actual hot air balloons in this one but that was simply due to timing and adverse weather later in the day.Still, plenty of stuff to look at during a nice day out…

Fire Safety Training, Manila Style

Manila Fire Safety TrainingWhen I had my fire safty training a while ago, it was done in the carpark of the Isle of Man fire station in Douglas, with a bit of paper burning and everything nice and small. Turns out they do fire training different here – very different.

A big plume of smoke appeared from the building across the road earlier today and a few minutes later the local fire brigade appeared. Strangely, though, they only threw a bit of water in the general direction of the smoke and otherwise seemed pretty relaxed. A few minutes later an old cut up oil drum was placed in the middle of the street and some petrol was poured into it. The whole thing was then set alight and the residents of the building, by now all gathered outside, could have a go at extinguishing it.

Not satisfied with setting liters of petrol ablaze in the middle of a street (a street that wasn’t closed in any way – traffic just continued to flow past), a gas bottle was then produced and also set alight, again in the middle of the road, with cars and bikes happily driving by.

Turns out the whole thing was an exercise in fire safety for the residents and that’s simply how they do things here. Sure was realistic but I’m pretty certain the whole spectacle would have caused any UK H&S inspector to have a serious panic attack. Lucky there are none of those here then…

Pictures: 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

3rd-Philippine-International-Pyromusical-Competition-Team-Malta-Manila-Fireworks-2012 (14)The 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition is taking place here in Manila at the moment. The event sees eight teams from diferent countries compete over four weekends and as you can imagine it’s quite a spectacle. Last week was the start, with the first batch of pictures being from Team Malta. I’ll try and get some more from the other teams over the coming week.

Pictures: Rachel Weisz & The Bourne Legacy Movie Set in Manila

Rachel Weisz on the set of The Bourne Legacy in ManilaSome Hollywood glamour to brighten up things around here: The Bourne Legacy ( is currently being filmed here in Manila.

Security is mega tight but that of course didn’t stop me from having a go, so below are a few shots of Rachel Weisz as well as the movie set.

Please Note: No reproduction of below images without written permission. That means I want you to ask first, ok?

Pictures from Dubai

Burj Khalifa Dubai Some more images to fill the site, this time from Dubai. Always wanted to have a look at the place and it was pretty much like I imagined: sand, shiny buildings, more sand, more shiny buildings.

Included in this set are of course images of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest buidling, Burj Al Arab, and a few posh cars. Burj Khalifa is eye-bendingly impressive to look at but also seems somewhat pointless. Pretty but pointless. A bit like the whole of Dubai, which seems like a slightly mental real-life version of Sim City.

Cammag 2011 – Pictures & Video

Cammag 2011 St John's Isle of ManBoxing Day on the Isle of Man mainly means one thing. No, not shopping sprees or finally sending the in-laws on their way home, but the annual game of Cammag at St John’s!

Turnout was quite decent again and the game ended 4:0 for the South.

Below are a few pics and a video from the day.

Pictures from Mittenwald, Bavaria

MittenwaldSome more images from Bavaria, this time from the town of Mittenwald.

Mittenwald is located approx. 16 kilometers to the south-east of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Valley of the River Isar, on the northern foothills of the Alps.

The picturesque town is probably best known for the manufacture of violins, violas and cellos.

Pictures from Munich, Bavaria

Christmas Market Munich 2011Just a few more pics from Bavaria, this time from the lovely city of Munich.

Typically my luck, snow arrived the day I left so all I got a day earlier was a rainy christmas market to walk through.

It’s still an extremely nice city and a visit is highly recommended, not only for the christmas market.

Pictures from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Marienplatz-BavariaBelow are a few images from a little town called Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Located in southern Bavaria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town and also happens to be where I lived for many years before moving to the Isle of Man.

Reason enough then to point a camera at some of the parts of the town I used to call ‘home’.

Video + Pictures: Isle of Man Santa Dash 2011

Isle of Man Santa Dash 2011Today saw the annual Santa Dash take place, with no less than 126 Santas running around the streets of Douglas.

Below are a few shots and a short video from the event.

The Dash was won by Kevin Loundes, ahead of Ryan Fairclough in second and Alan Corlett in third place.

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