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.