Here are some interior and architecture shots of Sheridan Resort & Spa in Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan I took for AsianTraveler Magazine Philippines. Sheridan is, to date, the largest beachfront resort in Sabang, popular for the Puerto Princesa Underground River which was listed in the New 7 Wonders of Nature a few years back.
Yes, I ate bat in Indonesia.
Let me qualify that—I sampled less than a square inch of bat, dripping in sauce I could not remember, when on a writing assignment in North Sulawesi last year.
Don’t get me wrong—no amount of cheap flights to Indonesia or anywhere else would make me try BAT, of all things, at least not without a fair amount of “Come on, you’re already here” spiels. In this case, THAT came from our local guide Kern.
I’ve never seen Mount Pinatubo’s crater lake—something I’d like to do in the future—but this sulfuric lake in Indonesia is probably the closest I could get to it.
The seaside town of Bangui in Ilocos Norte is probably one of the most photographed localities in the north because of its more than a dozen wind turbines jutting out of the coastline, the West Philippine Sea raging nearby.
It’s always a challenge to take photos of this place since I’ve seen practically every angle from photos of others. How exactly to find a spot that hasn’t quite been seen yet was playing in my mind as our cramped tricycle bobbed its way along the short path inland into where the windmills were.
The Universe probably thought it would spare me from useless roaming around because we chanced upon a group of kids playing in the sand, the windmills visible from behind and in front of them, just as we alighted from the trike. The weather was perfect—too sunny for my already-sunburnt skin, but still, it was perfect for my camera. It was as convenient as I could have hoped for.
So while it’s good to scour a place’s every nook to get the shot you want, these lucky finds are more than ideal as well, especially for people like me who do not have the patience to fiddle with graduated filters and tripods and all the technicality that comes with shooting landscapes. Don’t get me wrong—I have immense, immense respect for landscapists. I’m not just made from the same patient, painstaking fabric.
This was my second time to cover the Black Nazarene procession happening in Quiapo in Manila every 9th of January. The big difference with my first time, of course, was that I tagged along Owen this year.
We went with only one plan: to shoot as long as we saw fit but not to trail the procession until it reaches the Quiapo Church, its destination. On my first time in 2010, the procession lasted well over 10 hours, but that was nothing compared to how long it had been for the past years: 18 hours this year, 22 hours last year! This year, the procession finished at 1:30 AM, last year’s at 5 AM.
We decided to call it a day quite early, since shooting for that long was out of the question that time. It had been an exhausting photo walk to say the least, but one that’s always worth seeing every time.
Well, the world didn’t end and unfortunately, we still have credit card bills, among other things, to live with. But of course, there is also so much more to look forward to and as much to be thankful for. 2012 has been a great year for me, especially in travel (and for this, let me introduce you to my travel blog—Two2Travel). Owen and I compiled six of our favorite snapshots each and these are my picks.
Before this year closes, I’d like to say thank you to the Universe for putting together such an awesome year for me and the people I love, and yeah, for not letting this beautiful world of ours crumble into pieces. Coz we still have to see the rest of it.
My favorite moments from 2012
I took this photo at the outskirts of downtown Coron. Owen and I rented a scooter to retrace the road we passed by earlier going to the airport, seeing as everyone was on two wheels as well. It was an easy-breezy first day which didn’t prepare us for another motorcycle
misadventure on our third day. It was, to me, our best trip yet.
This is a feature on our trip to Rizal in November 2012 for the Higantes Festival.
This feature is from Owen and I’s trip in Bohol. More blog posts here: