General Nakar + A Montage of the Back to School Outreach   Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I ditched our trip to Palawan for this outreach project and apparently it was the best decision ever! Lesson learned though, to never give the chance to give back a second thought. It will leave you the sense of purpose and a lot of deep thoughts. 

Camp Apo Kabyawan is how Kuya Ryan called this specific beach side of Sitio Masla. He was our contact person or coordinator for this year's back to school program. He told us that he named this camp site after his folklore hero, who was a dumagat siaman that controls the storm and waves way back.  

Behind the bushes is the pathway going to the campsite. On the way you will see a selection of wild flowers among the grasses that color the landscape.

Apart from the beach, locals would go swimming in the river. Some would drink in there also! It was clear and not polluted though. My friends and I went swimming the afternoon after our program.

The Quaint Town of Daet  Tuesday, May 16, 2017

For few days I was a third wheel to my brother and his best friend. I'm a third wheel / picture taker for hire by the way. When I had this styling project in Cafe Plazuela of Avenue Plaza Hotel and my Styling Workshop at Cafe 91, both in Naga City, these two volunteered to be my PAs. They helped me with all my runarounds that include carrying my stuff and setting them up, dealing with all my crazy ideas of doing this and that and coming with me to this spontaneous beach trip in Daet.

Bagasbas Beach is one of my favorite beaches. I have quite a lot of favorite beaches huh. It's near the city yet so quiet and non commercialized compared to La Union. But don't get me wrong, I so love LU and all its commercial establishments. Bagasbas offers a different vibe - laid back, serene and charming. And to me that makes it special.

We agreed to extend another day to go surfing the next morning, so we stayed in this transient along Bagasbas Road that cost us 1000 pesos only for an air-conditioned room good for us 3. It was a room ideal for backpackers. I forgot the name of the place, but it's the one beside Kick Milk Tea & Coffee.

Kick Milk Tea & Coffee is the newest establishment along Bagasbas Road. They offer not just milk tea, but also savory sandwiches, belgian waffle and coffee. The price is also affordable. Their milk tea isn't bad at all, I actually liked it, to be honest, but what I noticed more is the packaging. It's cute and very refreshing to the mind.

We were having our merienda when we realized that it was already sunset. For a few brief moments, the sky is in a deep hue of violet and pink. Watching the sun setting across the world is just as awe-inspiring experience. The light illuminates the entire beach in a gorgeous spectrum of warm hues. It was beautiful.

The following morning, I had to wake up the boys to catch the sunrise. I mentioned this a lot of times but I'm actually a sunrise person and it's mandatory to always get up early especially whenever I am in the beach.

We went walking on the beach while watching the sunrise. Before the sun dominates the horizon, there were grey skies that started to host the light splashes of color. The streaks of pink, orange and yellow paint the sky so beautiful.

Walking through the long brown stretch of Bagasbas Beach, you come to appreciate the quality of beauty, gracefulness and deep yet happy feeling within. It feels  so good to breathe in and out deeply the morning fresh air. 

At the far end of Bagasbas Road was the old airport runway where some paragliding pilots offers paragliding and paramotoring around Bagasbas Beach. The girl they were with told me that it cost 3000 pesos to experience it. We decided to just stay on the side and watch the experts do their stunts. I can totally imagine how amazing it would be flying in the air so I promised myself to try it next time.

The two boys I was with were excited to go surfing so we went back to the beach. From a far, I watched them catch their waves. It wasn't easy that day, series of waves were coming in every split of the second. I can tell they were having so much fun though. I was satisfied sitting and taking picture on the beach for hours. I was content simply being stoked on their stoke.

I mentioned in an instagram post how much I encourage my brother to try surfing. Nowadays, teenagers are very reckless. I don't say it's a bad thing, I was reckless in my younger years too. One of my reasons why I wanted him to try it is because surfing personally taught me one lesson in life that sometimes I ignore, the value of being focus and being patient. To be out on the water, waiting for waves in the middle of the sea, creates a sense of focus and patience. Out in the ocean, your only focus is the moment.

Workcation at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Hotel and Resort, Tayabas, Quezon  Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ever since I decided to leave the corporate world and start my own career as a freelance photographer, content creator and social media person I was blessed with projects that apart from it challenges me are projects that allow me to grow and meet new people. For a week, I've worked with my fellow media studies students from Ateneo De Naga University. We were to create social media visual materials for this resort in Tayabas, Quezon called Kamayan sa Palaisdaan like lifestyle photos, food photos and videos for their summer campaign.

They collectively called themselves, Anoneo Entertainment. They are a group of students of Ateneo De Naga and aspiring film makers and actors with a sole purpose of entertaining all kinds of audience. They create comic content on their Facebook page and to produce videos is their way of practicing their skills.

The owner of the resort, Tita Vangie wanted this project to be experiential so she made sure we get to try all the amenities and services of Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Resort as we do the project. Apart from being a resort itself, inside of its premises are Air Summit Gourmet, an "in-flight" fine dining restaurant, Summit Blend Cafe, and Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Restaurant.

Who would have thought of recycling an airplane into a gourmet restaurant, right?

Coming to this resort is like coming home to our grandparent's home on a Sunday. Our days of work and vacation at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Resort felt like it was Sunday everyday. So much food to eat, different surprises inside the resort and welcoming owners and staff. I'm glad I got to work with fellow media studies students too who are incredibly talented and so much passion. It always just feels great to be in a project where young and vibrant creatives are involved. Those days doesn't feel like work at all.


Reconnecting with Nature at Riverfront Garden Resort, Maragondon, Cavite  Saturday, January 21, 2017

January for me has been, in a word: Details. The moment I set foot to this resort I felt the need to immediately disconnect from Social Media and connect with the elements of nature surrounding the place. I didn't use my mobile phone thus the photos below from my camera. I'll let them speak this time.

It's amazing how getting away from social media lets us appreciate all these little details we most of the time ignore. Coming to this place gives so much tranquility to the soul and brings so much delight to all my senses.

Riverfront Garden Resort
Maragondon Cavite
Contact: 0926-556-0429

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