Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Fall Collection Vol 1: Nami Island & Petite France

During my recent trip to Seoul, South Korea, I decided to bring two cameras - Canon EOS M10 (mirrorless), and my 5-yr old Canon EOS 1100D with a 50mm f1.8 prime lens. I know it's quite hassling to bring two, but I just can't afford to miss out Seoul's beautiful autumn foliage, plus our outfits were all on point!

Today, I'm going to share some of our photos in Nami Island & Petite France.

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Travel Essentials

I travel simply because it gives me a breath of fresh air. It allows me to immerse to new cultures, get lost to uncharted territories, and discover my strengths and weaknesses. Truly, traveling opens to us to a world like we've never imagined.

Before I set on a trip, whether local or abroad, I always make sure that I'm physically and emotionally prepared for it. Here are some of the things that I usually bring aside from my passport, travel and accommodation documents, and money.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Autumn OOTD in Seoul

Autumn is officially my favorite season. It is not too cold and not too hot thus, I can wear layers of clothes, something that I can't do in the Philippines because it's forever hot and humid here. My autumn OOTDs aren't just for the sake of fashion, it's more of comfort as it kept me warm and comfy throughout my trip.

Here are some of the outfits I wore during my autumn adventure in Seoul, South Korea.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Autumn in Seoul, South Korea

Autumn. It's the time of the year when the shades of crimson and orange dominate the landscape. There are reasons why it is easy to fall in love with Autumn - the climate is not too cold, I get the chance to wear layers of clothes and coats, something that I can't do in the Philippines where it is forever hot and humid, and the changing landscape is just scenic.

Last week, I got the chance to revisit Seoul again, this time in the middle of the Autumn season.

Monday, November 20, 2017

What it is Like to Experience Winter in South Korea

Making my way downtown...

Growing up in a tropical country where it is perpetually hot and humid all year round, snow is an alien term to me. When I was ten, I always see it in movies and some photos of my friends who went to the US. They have one thing in common -  they all enjoyed it. Their smiles were infectious and genuine. It's a smile that I can't have even if I bask in the heat of the sun and try to enjoy the beach while lying on the sand. It's not fun when you're pretending sand as snow.

Earlier this year, I traveled more than a thousand miles to the north, a journey that I wouldn't forget.

Friday, November 3, 2017

A Day in Manly Beach and Sydney Central Business District

The sun finally showed up its might and glory on my third day in Sydney. I really thought that it would still rain, and that would really suck if it really did.

I woke up at half past nine in the morning, which was kind of late. But since we weren't actually in a hurry, we left the flat at half past 10. The crisp, cold Spring morning was a perfect day to explore more of Sydney's suburb communities.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Blue Mountains in One Day: Hiking at New South Wales, Australia

blue mountains sydney australia

Okay, here's the thing: I was never a fan of hiking. Back in college, we used to hike for our Ecology subjects, and it was stressful. I'd rather swim in an open ocean than climbing hills and mountains. After college, I climbed two mountains in the Philippines - Mount Pinatubo, and Osmeña Peak, but heck, these aren't one of the country's highest peaks. These two are just, you know, an easy-peasy climb.

Months before this trip, I originally planned to visit Canberra, the capital of Australia. I have read a lot of blogs about doing a day tour there, but government buildings and flower parks weren't really my thing. While searching for Plan B, I came across with Blue Mountains National Park. Since I was itching for a new adventure, I thought of giving it a try. Perhaps, it's about time to try new things while I'm still young.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

First Day in Sydney, Australia

It was the longest flight I had experienced yet. Our flight to Sydney took off half past midnight (local time). Since it was a red-eye flight, almost everyone was sleeping soundly. I was lucky enough that no one was seated beside me; I had the entire row to myself! I carefully tucked my jacket to keep me warm and leaned on the cabin window. Then, I completely surrendered to a deep slumber.

I woke up to the sound of the trolley being pushed by the cabin crew. Groggy and feeling dry, I drank water with so much gusto and took a peek outside. The dawn was breaking - it was a symphony of pink, orange, and blue. We were still halfway to our destination. Then, it was starting to drive me nuts, frankly speaking. Five episodes of This Is Us didn't help. I became more anxious, well probably because of sleep deprivation.

Five minutes before eleven in the morning, the plane banked to the right. The deep blue waters of Botany Bay extends to infinity for quite some time until an unfamiliar landmass started to unfold. And there it was, Sydney. What used to be a settlement for prisoners in the early 18th century became one of the most livable cities in the world, and soon became my favorite city in the world.

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