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October 2014 – The Wild Side of Melbourne (Day 3)

After recharging back to our normal selves in our first two days at Melbourne, we were beyond ready for a little adventure. Of course, our definition of adventure would be the tamest one possible – in this case, a day of strolling in comfortable, cool weather, on the hunt for our first sighting of Australia’s unique wild animals.

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May 2014, Davao – Eden Nature Park

After a lackluster first few days in Davao, the real fun began when my uncle, now a native of Davao, assigned his right-hand man to take us to the places that we must go to. And boy, does he know where to go. First stop: Eden Nature Park!Eden Nature Park Continue reading

May 2014 – Tulay Buhangin, Day 2

Tulay BuhanginDay 2, here we come! We explored this relatively unknown island instead of the usual, and a bit more famous now, Kuwebang Lampas. I don’t really know what name this island was – there we were, riding along in our bangka, when we saw this island and just decided to stop here!

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May 2014 – Tulay Buhangin

Coming from a two-week city-wide translation tour has made me long all the more for another trip to the beach. This time, though, I was enlightened by how helpful and, well, simply amazing a GoPro is. It’s in my sights now; hopefully, I can save up enough to be able to have one the next time we go to the beach!

And yes, I think banter completely unrelated to the topic of the actual post will be my trademark or something. Here, we have another trip to the unknown with the Luna family and a few more friends. By unknown, we literally didn’t know what the place was like…

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DSC_4175Yeah, we were here a few days ago. Jealous? Okay, I won’t rub it in. 😉

DSC_4166Joking! 😀

DSC_4160DSC_4161DSC_4163I’m not kidding you – you drive to a certain place and hike a looong way to get here, but one of Mom’s friends happened to work at the Pagbilao Power Plant (that red-and-white striped tower on top), so you can drive through inside the power plant and into a gate considerably nearer this piece of paradise. This was what we took advantage of; if not, you have to fare like how we did the first time and hike a good 30 minutes or so to the place.

But I mean, look at that water rushing. When we stepped out of the gate and into our little hike, the wide expanse of sea and the crystal clear azure water raging through the rocks just pumped us up!

DSC_4167Friendly reminder: avoid hiking at the sun’s peak hours of 10am to about 3pm. Pure torture, not to mention you’re practically asking for a sunburn.

DSC_4170DSC_4171DSC_4211AND HERE WE ARE! Look at that water! Look at that pristine white sand! We always call Pulo our “secret Boracay” because in terms of natural beauty, Pulo easily levels out Boracay.

DSC_4178DSC_4183DSC_4177Not to mention it has its distinctive cave, called Kuwebang Lampas. I tried crossing the cave to the other side of the ocean (not an easy swim, I tell ya), and… wow. It’s breathtaking. Pictures next time, though! Kaia’s not so waterproof right now. 😦

DSC_4188DSC_4185DSC_4186A swim is definitely recommended. Bring your snorkels and goggles, because even on the shore – yes, on the shallow waters where water goes only up to your knees – you can see Nemo and all his fishy cousins and relatives there. Crystal clear. Isn’t it amazing?!

DSC_4190DSC_4198DSC_4195DSC_4189Sounds perfect to picnic in, right? Weeell, that’s the catch. The area hasn’t been developed much yet, so now there’s only a few straw huts that charge you a fee for each person and the cottage. Don’t count on restrooms too, because they’re crude, and they charge one peso for each visit. Hmmm.

Well, some things have to go slow, right? I mean, the very first time we visited, there wasn’t even a restroom.

DSC_4199DSC_4192DSC_4231To show you how the huts generally look… and to campaign for our family friend. 😀


DSC_4210DSC_4202DSC_4213Having some fun with the cave 😉

DSC_4217DSC_4237DSC_4221Now this is a good idea to enjoy the waves without getting burned to a crisp. 🙂

DSC_4217DSC_4229DSC_4226The Dan photoshoot that ended with this hilarious shot. 😀

DSC_4234DSC_4236DSC_4238DSC_4239This shot went all skewed, but upon transferring it to my computer, I actually loved it. Ahh, Pulo, you are too picturesque.

All I can say is, if you know someone from Quezon Province (preferably the cities of Lucena or Pagbilao), this is an alternative worthy considering over the more expensive Boracay. 🙂 Just uhh, bring your own tents and airconditioning or something. HAHAHA 😀


Day in the Farm

DSC_3947One fine (scorching hot) Sunday afternoon, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit the private farm of one of our family friends. Though a hot summer afternoon spent in untamed fields doesn’t scream exciting to me, the lure of new photos won in the end. Anyway, I enjoyed the experience more than I thought I would! 🙂

DSC_3950DSC_3951DSC_3959DSC_3955DSC_3956For this trip I brought along the 50-mm lens, which is still challenging me in terms of shooting areas where I would have wanted a wider view. This I have to say: although I don’t get my wide-view shots that often, it’s challenging me to try different angles and framing, which is helping me learn a lot as well! It often makes for beautiful shots that I wouldn’t have thought of, like this:

DSC_3962DSC_3960DSC_3961Anyway, back to the farm. These look like poo, but they’re actually ginger! After that realization, you just take another breath and realize that there’s this faint smell of ginger around the area. O di ba, learned something new!

DSC_3965DSC_3970Another new fact learned: to pick fresh papaya from their trees, you gotta take a hold of it, and twist it until the stem-like thing at the top comes off. We did pick a lot of fresh papaya that day (always the most delicious!), and it thrilled our Chinese teachers to no end. Makes me realize that what us provincial people see as ordinary and normal can be a whole new experience for our city friends. 🙂

DSC_3980DSC_3974DSC_3975This area, being practically isolated save for the few land workers, is perfect for outfit shots, and you know why. You might even want to put in a little whimsy to your shots and blow wild dandelions. 🙂

DSC_3986DSC_3982DSC_3985When we got to the land workers’ simple little houses, the kids took two of their chickens and pitted them against each other, classic Filipino sabong style. LOL

DSC_3989DSC_3988This man just hacked and hacked into a tree to get bananas for us. Turns out you actually have to hack the tree down. How sad. 😦 Apparently, they grow fast enough so it’s not much of a problem for them.

DSC_3992DSC_3990DSC_3995Nearby was a naturally occurring spring. The surprises this place gives!

DSC_3997Aside from outfit shots, this place is perfect for cardio and working out. Just going up and down the rugged areas got us all winded! A good alternative to consider if you’re sick of your usual gym surroundings haha. #firstworldproblems
DSC_4003This little baby was a boy! Shock of my life! 😮

DSC_4007DSC_4009DSC_4010While we were gawking at the ala-Communist guy sitting atop his horse (must feel better galloping through the woods rather than walking through them, eh?), Tinay and her friend had already made their own fencing swords from long twigs and coconut shells. Now why didn’t I think of that? 😀 It was brilliant!

DSC_4012We were fortunate to be walking home when God regaled us with another of His many amazing sunsets:

DSC_4017DSC_4014DSC_4015That’s another thing most people take for granted: lovely sunsets. 🙂 Blessed!