August 22, 2015

Exploring Bohol

Can't believe it's been a week already since our beautiful trip to Bohol. I've been to Bohol back when I was in college but the weather wasn't too friendly that time so hearing that we will be flying to Bohol again, I had my fingers crossed that the weather would be friendlier this time.

From the sky on our way to Bohol. I planned on sleeping on the plane but I was so excited that I ended up not getting any.

While snorkeling in Balicasag Island, this guy passed by and we all freaked out! It was my first time to actually see one. I only get to see these guys on TV or in photos. I felt like I was in an episode of NatGeo for a few seconds. Luckily, Mel brought her underwater camera and one of the divers volunteered to follow this guy into to the deep.

(L-R) Marvin, Kimi, An, Thomas, Ecks, Mel, Elena

Sunset during our first day was gorgeous.

Bellevue Resort in Bohol


Butterfly cocoons (they wiggle when you touch them by the way!)

Empty cocoons

Beautiful butterflies inside the butterfly garden. Wish it wasn't raining though. We probably would have seen more flying around.

The famous Chocolate Hills (They're not brown right now since it's rainy season. But our guide told us that they look like giant Chocolate Kisses when it's summer time)

Bohol's man-made forest. Our guide also said that back then (not sure if they still do this) couples who plan to marry are required to plant 5 trees before getting married.

Probably one of the highlights of our trip to Bohol. Seeing fireflies at night. It was AMAZING. I'm not even kidding. Back in Manila, you'd probably see a couple flying around but these guys were in groups. They looked like Christmas lights on top of the trees. I tried my best to capture it in this photo. Still not over how amazed I was when I saw them.

Last morning in Bohol with these guys. So glad I got to spend my weekend with them! 

See you again soon, Bohol!
Big thanks to Travel Channel Destinations for inviting us to be part of this trip!

August 14, 2015

What's In My Weekend Bag + Giveaway

Making the extra effort of packing a day earlier so I won't end up over packing.

My blog turned 1 recently so to celebrate, I will be giving away this pretty HEX overnight bag! Just leave your email and/or Instagram handle on the comments section of this post and I will be randomly selecting the winner next week!
*open only to residents of the Philippines

August 4, 2015

Exploring Taal

I just realized that this blog just turned 1 last August 2!

Had such an amazing weekend with a group of passionate and talented individuals. It was great sharing what I know about mobile photography and Instagram. I also learned a lot from my co-teachers, Kimi Juan and Marvin Conanan

It was my first time to Parasail! My hands were glued to the handles the whole time. 

Melissa, Thomas and Kimi's turn on the Parasail!

(right) "Hey Mel can you sit there?"

BTS of this photo

Apparently, this crater looking mountain on this photo is not the Taal Volcano. Can't believe for years, I thought it was the volcano. I probably still wouldn't know if we didn't hike up Taal. Another thing I learned is that the lake surrounding the volcano used to be part of the sea but when the volcano erupted, it closed up the lake and now it's a fresh water lake.

Waking up to this view is just breathtaking! And look, the moon is still out!

View of the Taal Volcano Crater
(Not sure if you can see it but there are white areas in the lake. We were told that those white areas mean that the water is boiling!)

(left) My friend Sara Martinez who is in-charge or the business ops of Purveyr