El Nido: Discovering Matinloc Island’s Secret Beach

El Nido Matinloc Secret Beach

Lounging at the Secret Beach

The groove to go Island Hopping is back on our fourth day in El Nido. We’re going again with Islanen Outdoors Tours since they have a very good slightly customized package and price (of P650) on Tour C which includes several sites in Matinloc Island and few stops on our way back. We had to wait a few minutes before they got everything ready. We had a smaller white boat this time highlighted by MMDA colors of pink and blue but it seems real solid and capable to handle the seas.

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Backpack Photography Banaue Workshop Experience

Backpack Photograpy Workshop Baang Hapao

Backpack Photography Workshop in Banaue

My good friend Oggie of Lagalog.com and I were conceptualizing for some time on how a photography workshop would be set apart from the numerous workshops being offered right now. One, we don’t want to have the usual classroom setting. We want participants to be out there on the field where most of the photography would happen and learn on the spot. Second, we want the participants to experience the place and the culture. Getting postcard pretty pictures is one thing but getting good pictures with relevance is another. So Backpack Photography Workshop is born sharing our style of shooting.

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Manila: The Dancing Jellies of Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park Jellies Display Hallway

Manila Ocean Park Jellies Display Hallway

When at sea, jelly fishes creeps me out. When beach waters are populated by these I’m hesitant to swim through. Imagine getting scars, itchiness and even fatal wounds from them. Last thing I want is getting myself pee-ed on just to neutralize the poison, or so I heard. I know I try to avoid them when I see them but I also can’t help but be fascinated by them as well. These semi-transparent sea creatures are very graceful dancers of the sea. And I find them even more fascinating when I saw a lot of them in Manila Ocean Park’s separate exhibit, Jellies, Dancing Sea Faeries.

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Singapore: Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce at F1 Rocks 2009 Concert

F1 Rocks @ Singapore Beyonce

Beyonce at F1 Rocks Concert Singapore

I was in Bato, Catanduanes taking pictures of the old church by the river. A funeral procession was approaching when my phone rang calling my attention. From the other end of the line, I heard a voice ask if I’m available to watch Black Eyed Peas on a certain date. Suddenly, suddenly, every noise slipped out from my senses and my head was instantaneously filled with words like “Boom Boom Pow”, “Let’s Get it Started” and “Where is the love?” For god sakes it’s Black Eyed Peas, of course I replied with a loud booming yes.

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Take U to the Philippines Music Video by Apl.de.ap Preview

Black Eyed Peas Concert in Fort Canning Singapore

Black Eyed Peas in F1 Rocks Concert, Fort Canning, Singapore

Department of Tourism Philippines and MTV Asia has a joint project soon to be launched first thing in October. We were fortunate enough to get an exclusive preview of their collaboration with renowned Filipino-American Apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo) of Black Eyed Peas called “Take U to the Philippines”

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Malasyia: Wonders of Aquaria

Aquaria KLCC Ticket Counters

Aquaria KLCC Ticket Counters

Coming from the Petronas Skybridge we went down the basement level of KLCC Suriya Mall and headed to a long pedestrian tunnel going to the Concourse level of Kuala Lumpur Convention Center to visit the Aquaria KLCC. I’m excited to see this and see how different it is from our very own Manila Ocean Park.

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Transit: The VIP Bus Ride to Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang  Kao Pick Sen (Lao Spaghetti Soup and Vegetable)

Breakfast by the Mekong River

I was swatting mosquitoes while sitting on the Northern Bus Station in Vientiane. It was 7:30pm, 30 minutes before my boarding time and I started applying a mosquito cream lotion on my exposed skin. There were several buses online and I wondered which one would be the VIP bus I would be taking. I saw other foreigners starting to move on to the last bus on the right. Yep it was our bus, “Luang Prabang” as the sign says. I placed my large pack at the lower storage and hopped in.

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