What Is and What's Not in Calaguas

Here's a little guide to help you manage your expectations on the island. Knowing what to expect, and not, will help you make the most of your trip to this paradise!

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Beauty Born Out of Destruction

As soon as I emerged from the trail, a magnificent beauty greeted me. Exhausted after a 1-hour-45-minute trek, the view was a pleasant reward. Who would have thought that this beautiful landscape was ironically created by destruction? It was simply beautiful.

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What is BRATpacking?

Everyone's familiar with the life of a backpacker -- those who live on a backpack to travel the world for long months, even years. They have the reputation of being grungy, spontaneous, friendly.

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Picking Our Way to Pico de Loro

I am not (yet!) a climbing enthusiast. In fact, this is my first real climb, as I consider my first two experiences of mountains as "treks" (Taal Volcano in 2005 and Sagada to Bomod-ok Falls in 2007). This is also my first camping trip as an adult, and I was worried that I wouldn't like it because of the absence of a toilet, shower, soft bed, nice linens, and all the other things that make life comfortable.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

It was love at first sight. That kind of love that makes you feel lost, and yet you know you're home. That kind of love that overwhelms you with emotions, and yet you feel serene. That kind of love that makes you feel like a fool, and yet you don't care. This is my favorite spot on earth, where the place is enchanting and the people are endearing.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

See you, Kinabalu!

I am anxiously waiting for August, because it's finally happening. See you in three months, Mt. Kinabalu!

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I am joining an international Mt. Kinabalu Expedition Climb by Coalition Duchenne to raise global awareness on Duchenne muscular distrophy, a debilitating and fatal illness that affects boys. Info from the organization's website:
It occurs in 1 in 3,500 male births, across all races, cultures and countries. It can happen to anyone. Duchenne is caused by a defect in the gene that codes for the protein dystrophin. Dystrophin is a vital protein that helps connect the muscle fiber to the cell membranes. Without dystrophin the muscle cells become unstable, are weakened and lose their functionality.
Read more info about this disease HERE.

If you are interested to join the climb or would like to inquire about the available slots and cost, you may send an inquiry to Cath HERE. It is a 3D/2N package that covers all expenses related to the climb. It is for sure a great feeling to finally climb this beautiful mountain, but everything will be more worthwhile because you are supporting a cause :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Something Fishy!

I've always wanted a fisheye lens, but the cost is too prohibitive for something that I won't get to use everyday. So when I saw a third party fisheye lens that sells for less than $400, I knew it's time to take one home. 

Samyang 8mm Fisheye Lens
P17,000 || Filters Exchange

I read a lot of online reviews on Samyang Fisheye 8mm lens, and all I found were praises for this glass. Here are my sample shots:

first shot: Filters Exchange store
view from my balcony
Whoah! The world is round!
starburst <3

The colors turned out vibrant, especially the sky. It is a manual lens, so you have to adjust the aperture manually. Filters won't fit, and there is no filter slot at the back of the lens. It is well-built, although the lens cap and the lens hood have that cheap plastic feel. But it doesn't matter. It is still a great lens, and I love it! Even my kitties approve of it! :)

Curious Rue

Qish looks like a dawg!

I can't wait to test it on my next travel <3

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