Thursday, July 16, 2015

Kota Kinabalu: A Photo Diary

Salt and sand.

Creating this photo series is fun, after all. This is also my way to save some photos that I really like, in case my external hd goes bonkers. I just hope that Blogger wouldn't shut down for good like Friendster and Multiply, who both went to Internet heaven almost a decade ago. My hopes are high for Google but I'm prepared for the worst case scenario. In Filipino slang, walang forever.

Kota Kinabalu was my first international destination. The reason why I chose KK was not because I wanted to avoid mainstream international destinations (e.g., Hongkong, Macau, and the likes), but because roundtrip tickets to Kota Kinabalu were sold at a very low price! Eh, beggars can't be choosy, diba?

Well, here it is... my Kota Kinabalu photo diary!

All photos were taken using my Canon EOS 1100D. This time, I only used my kit lens (18-55mm f/3.0-5.6), and were post-processed in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Siem Reap: A Photo Diary

We did not afford to miss the Angkor Wat sunrise, even if we only had 3 hrs of sleep.

I was browsing my external hd when I came across with the 2014 Adventures folder. Out of curiosity (and boredom), I clicked the folder and saw the Vietnam-Cambodia 2014 subfolder. I got surprised because I took hundreds of photos in Siem Reap, Cambodia alone (a total of 234 photos to be exact) yet I only managed to publish one blog post last year. Nonetheless, it did not suffice. Siem Reap is truly a perfect place for landscape photographers and hobbyists alike.

So here it is, a photo essay of my Siem Reap adventure last year. Let the photos speak for itself although there may be a few captions or backstories as we progress, so please bear with me. Haha!

Note: all photos were taken using a Canon EOS 1100D camera, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens and were post-processed in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Davao Dining: PERCH Modern Kitchen + Bar

Back when Davao City was not as lustrous and booming as today, the Davao food scene was rather boring. During that 'dark' period, Davaoeños were not that gastronomically adventurous because we only had a few choices back then. Many were not willing to spend that much on fancy restaurants, unless they offer huge discounts which is obviously detrimental to the business in the long run.

The sudden influx of businesses and investments which penetrated the city since 2010 had changed the economical landscape, and the mindset of the locals. Through the help of social media, more and more restaurants opened, offering new sets of dishes that will surely make food junkies happy.

Last week, I went home to Davao for a quick respite from the daily grind. Being a certified food junkie, I asked some of my friends to accompany me to Davao's newest restaurant - PERCH Modern Kitchen + Bar. I really got curious about it because for the past few weeks, my social media newsfeed and timelines were filled with mouthwatering treats from this restaurant. They just recently opened last May and they're located at the al fresco area of Felcris Centrale, Davao's newest shopping destination.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The things that only Davaoeños understand

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Disclaimer: First of all, this is not a paid political post, but I wish the otherwise so as to fund my future trips. Kidding aside, I am getting sick and tired of hearing and reading comments about my hometown and the kind of leadership that our mayor possessed. Read on, outsider.

Moving to Metro Manila three years ago was the toughest decision I made in my life. What choice did I have? It was the only way that I could achieve my lifelong dream of becoming an air traffic controller. It is not new to me when I get various reactions from people when they learn that I am from Davao. Some were curious on how we celebrate Christmas and New Year without fireworks, or how we party at night even if we have a citywide liquor ban at 1AM. Most of them however were curious about our mayor.

For more than twenty years of living in Davao, I have witnessed how my hometown grew and progressed - from a sleepy, lackluster town filled with unwanted elements to a bustling metropolis with investments pouring from both public and private sectors. It is no question on why Davao rose to one of the best performing cities in the country as it had reaped numerous awards both here and abroad.

Duterte became a household name, all thanks to the exposure made by the media, and his recent tirades with CHR Etta Rosales and DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima. I have voted for him twice and it hadn't gone to waste. Thus, I have the right to at least defend him from all those bandwagon critics. Simply put, they know nothing.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Last of Summer

Marabut, Samar
Caluwayan Palm Beach Resort
For most of us, summer is about to conclude unless if you're one of the victims of the academic calendar shift. Just last week, my mom and my grandmom flew all the way from Davao to Barugo, Leyte, my grandmom's hometown.

Here are some snapshots of my quick summer escapade in Leyte and Samar. And yep, #SummerSaSamar and #SamarOutThere are the two official hashtags of my last minute summer adventure because mapaso hinduro (it's sooo hot like OMG). Hurray! My Waray language skill is three pedestals higher than last year!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Six budget tips and tricks for traveling like a pro

We are already midway into the summer season but planning for travels abroad remains a favorite pastime for many. The demand for affordable airfares, accommodations and destinations continues to increase as more Filipinos are looking to reward themselves with an out-of-the-country trip with friends or family. Traveling offers a complete sensory experience: from authentic food, the sights and sounds, all the way to shopping and discovering great finds to remind you how wonderful your trip was.

All these experiences, however, entail budget. It takes patience and skill to know how to manage your expenses abroad, especially for the more luxurious destinations in Europe or North America. It might be challenging for some, but knowing how to get the best value for your hard-earned money will make your vacation more enjoyable, with a few more to spare for trinkets and souvenirs you can take home. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your travel budgets go a long way while you’re out of the country.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Scenic Delights and Activity Highlights on a Jamaican Cruise

Image by maxwelld [photo] used under the Creative Commons license

The Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations for those looking to vacation on the high seas, and the island of Jamaica is one of this region’s major attractions. Sailing along the white-sand coastline with its lush green backdrop is a sight to behold but the beaches aren’t the only place worth exploring on this island.

From the seductive beauty of Montego Bay, to the dance-hall parties of Kingston and waterfalls hidden amidst tropical forests – Jamaica is everything you ask for from a Caribbean Island.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Davao Skycycle Challenge

You only live once.

Almost everyone knows how to ride a bicycle, but only a few people dare to ride a bicycle 60 feet high and traversing 200 feet on a cable. Eden Nature Park currently offers Skycycle and thrill seekers shouldn't miss this newest attraction in Davao.

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