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October 2014 – Where Is Werribee? (Day 4)

Is a two-month writing/blogging spell worth the wait for this new travel blog post with one of the corniest titles ever? I hope the pictures more than make up for it. 😀

To answer the question that the (still extremely corny) title presents, Werribee is a suburb of Melbourne, which we were very fortunate to be able to explore courtesy of our gracious hosts, the Alcantara family. Even as I write about it now, I’m still floored by the depths and widths that Philippine hospitality to their fellow countrymen go to. So – to any member of the Alcantara family – if you’re reading this, please do know that to this moment, any mention or thought of Australia that we have always has your memories in it. 🙂


The family patriarch first took us to a place I myself would describe as touristy, but not too much that it just goes over your head (if that makes sense at all) – the Werribee State Rose Garden.

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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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April 2014 – From Mindoro to Home

MindoroSince we’re nearing the end of July now, I think it’s appropriate that I finally put a fitting end to this Mindoro series, no? Rest assured that it’s not half-heartedly done, though – in any case, our last day and trip home were as equally inspiring to write about as the trip itself was. Continue reading

Pueblo Por la Playa

Remember this “teaser” post? Well, if you’re somewhere around Lucena or Pagbilao in Quezon Province, then you’ll be happy to know that it’s on Pueblo Por la Playa – a semi-exclusive, private resort in Pagbilao, Quezon. (How redundant was that?! Hahaha) As I mentioned, it’s isolated most of the time, so it’s perfect for practicing photography – and outfit shots! – without being conscious of people around. We usually go there every Sunday afternoon if there are no prior appointments.

AND can I just mention, this relaxing post is sooo in vibe with – SEMBREAK! 😀 Yay! The favorite part of year (or semester, LOL) for teachers – the break. Words can’t explain how nice it is to just chill after weeks and months of non-stop work. Yeah, not so tough compared to those other mega-pressure jobs out there, but… baby steps. :p


 Doesn’t it look like the tranquil place that it is? 🙂

 Actually, tranquil as it looks, there’s also nothing much to do. 😐 My family, who is todo avail for free stuff, mainly comes for the swimming that comes free with membership. Here’s my dad teaching my big fat lazy brother how to swim. 😀

 Off we go… to the beach!

 Here, I learned how to play around with ISO – but of course, it makes pictures look grainy at times. There were some sky + cloud shots which I wanted to take, because the clouds had this pretty orange-tinted lining to them. (Not silver lining daw, LOL). But I couldn’t get the orange without making the picture super dark 😐 so this is another dilemma to be learned about!

 Okay, so it’s not Boracay, but it’s clean and serene enough that you can feel the ocean breeze, and have the privilege of standing there and taking it all in. It’s one of the most relaxing feelings in the world.

 Still playing around with ISO as the afternoon slowly transitioned to night. Can I just say, it’s amazing how many things you usually ignore in a place, especially when you frequent it; but when you’re learning photography or trying to observe something, all of them suddenly jump at you! 🙂

 Night finally came fast and quick (still getting used to it after getting used to 7pm-and-still-fairly-bright in Guangzhou), so I just went to the bathroom to take photos. 😀 May I just mention that this above photo was actually darker, but edited inside the D3200? Amaaazing. I discovered it had its own mini photo editor inside, and with a little toying around, some pictures actually turn out nice. 🙂 Especially if you’re such a newbie like me LOL

 And oh, I realized I forgot to mention – the whole resort’s Mexican-themed. 😀

I wanted to take this shot, but didn’t know how – and Dad came to the rescue. Having photographed and tinkered with those old cameras before, more or less he would know what he was talking about. Although it’s not a perfect shot, I still think it’s quite beautiful – mainly because I had my dad with me. 🙂 And would you believe it, my mom who normally makes lait (uh, sarcastically insults?) to my dad, piped up while I was focusing: “oh yeah, did you know that your dad was a good photographer during the day? Magaling yan! (He’s good!)” and blah blah. Awww, how sweet. 🙂 Ultimately, it’s not the relaxing place that relaxes and refreshes you, but it’s the fact that you have the people you love around you to enjoy it with you.

That’s something to be so thankful about, everyday. 🙂