Clark Museum… Visiting the Past and World War 2!

During our 25th wedding anniversary last month, my kids treated us for a visual and cultural experience. Yap, you heard it right… all expenses paid by my kids. And my daughter even volunteered to be our driver from Manila to Clark and vice versa which has a distance of about 160 kilometers in total. My wife and I are both “sitting pretty” at the back of the vehicle enjoying the trip!

The Clark Museum, located in Clark Freeport Zone, Mabalacat, Pampanga, features an expanded collection of artifacts, true-to-life replicas, scenic dioramas, old photographs, murals and interactive displays among others significant to the history of Clark, Pampanga and surrounding areas, generally called Metro Clark. The Clark Freeport Zone, used to be called Clark Airfield, was a stronghold of the combined Filipino and American forces during the end of World War II and a backbone of logistical support during the Vietnam War until 1975. Following the departure of American forces in 1991, the base eventually became the site of Clark International Airport, the Clark Freeport Zone and the Air Force City of the Philippine Air Force. (Wikipedia)

The Museum tells of the Filipino spirit of bravery, industry and ingenuity of a nation’s sovereign will running through a narrative across 4 galleries. It briefly tells a story, a bigger world from which Clark grew and speaks of social and economic advances, and continuing progress.

The Museum offers four (4) galleries: Gallery 1-Between Arayat and Pinatubo A Geo Hub for the Filipino Spirit; Gallery 2 People’s Industry and Ingenuity, Filipino Spirit in Craft and Ritual; Gallery 3 Interregnum: Clark Air Field, The Filipino Spirit rechanneled; and Gallery 4 Clark Freeport: Celebrating,The Filipino Spirit Renewed and Rising.

After visiting the four galleries, we were ushered in to a 4D theatre highlighting Pampanga’s history going past forward to the present. The 4D theater offers a one-of-a-kind experience which would allow visitors to view the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 with spectacular in-theater effects including wind, bubbles and mist to add a breathtaking fourth dimension.

If you ever will have a chance to visit our country, the Clark Museum is one of the place I will surely recommend. The following photos are some of the images I took inside the Museum.  But this photo set is just the tip of the iceberg, there are many more displays and interactions which will leave you in awe. 🙂

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Text Source: Visit Clark

My Matchbox…

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Why does the brain perceives a subject as miniature if the background was blurred in a certain fashion like this one?

The truck is actually real, folks… It is not a matchbox.

3D Puzzle: Dump Truck

One of the good things about having photography as a hobby is… It gives you a good reason to play with toys and the wife will not tease you!

I’m back into assembling puzzles and this time, I got me a dump truck! Whoa, and the dump bin is even movable… It is really fun to be a “kid” again sometimes, it keeps you young at heart!

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3D Puzzle: Ford T (1908)

One of the things I like to do during my spare time at home is to solve 3D puzzles, aside from solving the Rubik’s Cube and Sudoku, drawing and sketching, and playing the guitar and drums.

So, I bought a 3D puzzle by Scholas for ages 8+. I’m 8+, in fact I’m past 8×6 so I’m technically eligible to solve this puzzle in terms of age. It didn’t say any age limit, by the way, and there’s no law against an aging guy like me playing with toys for 8+.

Anyway, let’s move out of this “age” thing as age does not matter for a young at heart guy like me… And let me show you what I finally came up with out of the 36 pieces of jigsaws that need to be assembled together…

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A Ford T year 1908!

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... And this is the other side of my Ford T!

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... Front view!

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... The engine inside the hood!

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... Rear view!

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... Top view!

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... The underside!

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... And to see its actual size scaled with my wristwatch!

Of Closeups and Macros…

First of all, let’s put everything to what our normal eyes can see. I’ve used a miniature Bahay Kubo with my watch beside it for you to see the actual size of the miniature bahay kubo.
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For those who have visited my page, My Gear, I have in my bag a 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens which I use to take life-size closeups or macro shots since this lens has a 1:1 magnification.

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For really extreme closeups, I use my Commlite Extension Tubes with AF (auto focus) which allow me to further lengthen the magnification capability of my 60mm macro lens.

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The image below is a comparison of the images taken with my 60mm macro lens alone and with my 60mm macro lens with a 34mm extension tube (13mm + 21mm).

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Just the 60mm Macro Lens

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60mm Macro Lens with 34mm Extension Tube

The images below were all taken with just my 60mm Macro Lens.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”