An afternoon in Sanga-Sanga and Tungkalang

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Sama Dilaut, Tausug, and Filipino boys stand at the edge of the Sanga-Sanga Bridge on the afternoon of November 26, 2015. The Sanga-Sanga Bridge is a favorite location of the community for enjoying their free time. Kalik (front) is a young Tausug in the Sanga-Sanga village. He said, "We love to swim. Every day after school we all meet here and jump off the bridge." (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Sama Dilaut, Tausug, and Filipino boys stand at the edge of the Sanga-Sanga Bridge on the afternoon of November 26, 2015. The Sanga-Sanga Bridge is a favorite location of the community for enjoying their free time. Kalik (front) is a young Tausug in the Sanga-Sanga village. He said, “We love to swim. Every day after school we all meet here and jump off the bridge.” (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A handmade fishing spear of a Sama Dilaut child. The Sama Dilaut, also known as Bajau or Badjao, are expect fishermen and fisherwomen who survive off the bounty of the ocean. Unfortunately, this bounty is not as plentiful and the Sama Dilaut are struggling to survive and to celebrate their traditional fishing practices. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A handmade fishing spear of a Sama Dilaut child. The Sama Dilaut, also known as Bajau or Badjao, are expert fishermen and fisherwomen who survive off the bounty of the ocean. Unfortunately, this bounty is not as plentiful and the Sama Dilaut are struggling to survive and to celebrate their traditional fishing practices. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The handmade swimming goggles of a young Sama Dilaut boy. The Sama Dilaut are expert swimmers and divers. The goggles are usually handmade and smaller than store goggles so that there is less pressure on the face of the swimmer. They rarely free dive with more than goggles and their spear. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The handmade swimming goggles of a young Sama Dilaut boy. The Sama Dilaut are expert swimmers and divers. The goggles are usually handmade and smaller than store goggles so that there is less pressure on the face of the swimmer. They rarely free dive with more than goggles and their spear. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Sama Dilaut boatbuilder waits for the cue to release the rope used to pull the new ships out to sea. Boatbuilding is a major part of Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. The newly constructed ships can only be tugged out to sea during hightide during the full moon. The entire community watches the difficult task. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Sama Dilaut boatbuilder waits for the cue to release the rope used to pull the new ships out to sea. Boatbuilding is a major part of Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. The newly constructed ships can only be tugged out to sea during hightide during the full moon. The entire community watches the difficult task. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2016. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Boatbuilders of Tungkalang take shade under one of the recently painted ships. The ships take up most of the shore in Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. The ships take approximately one year to complete and they last about four years. They are used for cargo transportation in the Sulu Archipelago and Malaysia. Once the skeletan is completed they are pulled out to sea during the high tide and the inside of the ship is finishd out to sea. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2016. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Boatbuilders of Tungkalang take shade under one of the recently painted ships. The ships take up most of the shoreline in Tungkalang, Tawi-Tawi. The ships take approximately one year to complete and they last about four years. They are used for cargo transportation in the Sulu Archipelago and Malaysia. Once the skeleton is completed they are pulled out to sea during the high tide and the inside of the ship is finished out to sea. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The boatbuilders of Tungkalang take a break before the second attempt at pulling the ship into the ocean for it's completion. The ships can only be pulled into the ocean during high tide during the full moon. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The boatbuilders of Tungkalang take a break before the second attempt at pulling the ship into the ocean for it’s completion. The ships can only be pulled into the ocean during high tide during the full moon. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Tausug boatbuilder pulls the tug-rope into the during the high tide in Tungkalang. Tungkalang is a major Sama Dilaut village, but in recent years it has also turned into a major ship building area. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Tausug boatbuilder pulls the tug-rope into the during the high tide in Tungkalang. Tungkalang is a major Sama Dilaut village, but in recent years it has also turned into a major ship building area. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Fishermen head out to sea on the evening of November 26, 2015. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Fishermen head out to sea on the evening of November 26, 2015. (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A local from Tawi-Tawi speeds by the Sanga-Sanga Channel after the ship pulling ceremony is complete. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A local from Tawi-Tawi speeds by the Sanga-Sanga Channel after the ship pulling ceremony is complete. (Marlena Skrobe)

Luuk Banca

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A young Sama Dilaut woman relaxes in front of her home on November 26, 2015 in Bajau Village, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Bajau Village is one of the largest Sama Dilaut (Bajau) settlements in the area. The modern Sama Dilaut families live in stilt houses on the coast rather in the tradiational "lepa" (boat). (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A young Sama Dilaut woman relaxes in front of her home on November 26, 2015 in Bajau Village, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Bajau Village is one of the largest Sama Dilaut (Bajau) settlements in the area. The modern Sama Dilaut families live in stilt houses on the coast rather in the tradiational “lepa” (boat). (Marlena Skrobe)

 

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Two young Sama Dilaut boys walk along wooden planks in Luuk Banca Bajau Village. The Sama Dilaut used to live on boats, but now most live in stilt houses on the coasts for easy access to the ocean. Most garbage is deposited directly below the houses and during high tide is carried out to sea. There is no infrustructure set up in Tawi-Tawi to help with recyclables. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Two young Sama Dilaut boys walk along wooden planks in Luuk Banca Bajau Village. The Sama Dilaut used to live on boats, but now most live in stilt houses on the coasts for easy access to the ocean. Most garbage is deposited directly below the houses and during high tide is carried out to sea. There is no infrustructure set up in Tawi-Tawi to help with recyclables. (Marlena Skrobe)

Capitol Hill, Bongao

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Josie Jumah of the Philippines National Police stands guard at Capitol Hill, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Bongao is the most populous of the 11 towns of the province of Tawi-Tawi. The capitol is also a mosque and can be seen from the ocean and surrounding areas. It's a popular hang out amongst locals and travelers because of the views from the hill. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. Josie Jumah of the Philippines National Police stands guard at Capitol Hill, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Bongao is the most populous of the 11 towns of the province of Tawi-Tawi. The capitol is also a mosque that can be seen from the ocean and surrounding areas. It’s a popular hang out amongst locals and travelers because of the views from the hill. (Marlena Skrobe)

November 26, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Minaret of the mosque at Capitol Hill, Bongao. Bongao is the most populous of the 11 towns of the province of Tawi-Tawi. The capitol is also a mosque and can be seen from the ocean and surrounding areas. It's a popular hang out amongst locals and travelers because of the views from the hill. A Minaret is a slim tower rising from a mosque. They vary in style and height, but they are used as a high point for prayer(adhan).(Marlena Skrobe)

November 27, 2015. Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. A Minaret of the mosque at Capitol Hill, Bongao. Bongao is the most populous of the 11 towns of the province of Tawi-Tawi. The capitol is also a mosque and can be seen from the ocean and surrounding areas. It’s a popular hang out amongst locals and travelers because of the views from the hill. A Minaret is a slim tower rising from a mosque. They vary in style and height, but they are used as a high point for prayer(adhan).(Marlena Skrobe)

Janet Skrobe Portrait

June 2, 2015. Portrait of my mother.

June 2, 2015. Portrait of my mother.

A few hours in Manila, Philippines

March 12, 2015. Manila, Philippines. Students enjoy the afternoon in Fort Satiago, Manila. The citadel was build by the Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The fort has a perimter of 2,030 feet in a triangular form. Tourists, students, and Filipinos often walk through the fort and enjoy the gardens. Parkour is a common activity within the fort because of the high walls.

March 12, 2015. Manila, Philippines. Students enjoy the afternoon in Fort Satiago, Manila. The citadel was build by the Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The fort has a perimter of 2,030 feet in a triangular form. Tourists, students, and Filipinos often walk through the fort and enjoy the gardens. Parkour is a common activity within the fort because of the high walls.

March 12, 2015. Manila, Philippines. A child walks across the back of a billboard on Roxas Boulevard, a popular waterfront promenade in Manila. The boulevard runs along Manila Bay from Luneta to Parañaque. It’s not only a major road running through the city, but it’s also home to many homeless and Sama Dilaut.

March 12, 2015. Manila, Philippines. A child walks across the back of a billboard on Roxas Boulevard, a popular waterfront promenade in Manila. The boulevard runs along Manila Bay from Luneta to Parañaque. It’s not only a major road running through the city, but it’s also home to many homeless and Sama Dilaut.

March 12, 2015. Manila, Philippines. Friends enjoy a game of basketball on March 12, 2015 on Roxas Boulevard in Manila. There are very few basketball courts on the Boulevard so these friends constructed a small court within palm trees on the waterfront. Basketball is extremely popular in the Philippines.

March 12, 2015. Manila, Philippines. Friends enjoy a game of basketball on March 12, 2015 on Roxas Boulevard in Manila. There are very few basketball courts on the Boulevard so these friends constructed a small court within palm trees on the waterfront. Basketball is extremely popular in the Philippines.

March 12, 2015. Manila, Philippines. Brightly colored peppers for sale during market in Manila, Philippines. “Tumpok” means heap or pile in Tagalog. In markets (Palengke), produce is often piled into portions for buyers.

March 12, 2015. Manila, Philippines. Brightly colored peppers for sale during market in Manila, Philippines. “Tumpok” means heap or pile in Tagalog. In markets (Palengke), produce is often piled into portions for buyers.

15 Hours in South Korea

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Worlds Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament

More than 100 teams from around the world competed in the theWorld Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship, held at Weston’s Regional Park from Wednesday, October 16, to Sunday, October 20. In hardcourt bike polo, one of the fastest growing sports in the world, two three-person teams control a ball with a mallet all while staying on their bikes. The object of the game is to win by scoring five goals or to have the most goals when the clock runs out. Three teams from Miami entered the Wildcard Entry, and one team finished high enough to play on Friday. Two Miami bike polo players also played during the Ladies Bench Event on Sunday and one was on the winning ladies team, The Wildcats. Here are some more photos from the championship.

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

 August 4, 2013. Olympic National Park, Washington. A view of Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and the Olympic Mountains. Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is 17 miles south of Port Angeles. It is open daily in the summer and open when ever the ridge is open the rest of the year. Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area is popular in the wintertime and has a lift available.

August 4, 2013. Olympic National Park, Washington. Deer on Hurricane Ridge are known for being extremely friendly. Visitors are not allowed to feed the deer, but the deer will approach anyway. The deer also drink the car coolant in the parking lot, which has been a problem.

Second Beach, Olympic National Park

 August 3, 2013. Olympic National Park, Washington. Campers on Second Beach gather to watch the sunset in Olympic National Park on August 2, 2013. Second Beach is a popular destination for both locals and tourists because it is a relatively easy hike and there is plenty of camping room on the beach. Campers may use driftwood for fires. In the summer Second Beach tends to me one of the more crowded destinations in the park.

August 4, 2013. Second Beach, Washington. A couple strolls along Second Beach on the morning og August 4, 2013. Campers on Second Beach woke to an extremely foggy day.

Sunset Sail on Puget Sound

 Seattle, Washington. July 31, 2013. A view of a sailboat on the Puget Sound from the local ferry to Bainbridge Island. In the distance are the Olympic Mountains. The ferries run frequently throughout the day and cost under 10 dollars for an adult roundtrip ticket.  Puget Sound is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean and part of the Salish Sea.