Monday, June 20, 2011

Canon Photoskwela 2011

A photography workshop sponsored by Canon held in Apo View Hotel, Davao City last June 18-19, 2011. The workshop covers the basic and advanced photography, scrapbooking and videography. On its first day, I arrived at the venue few minutes before the workshop started and only seats at the back available, luckily, my friend reserved me a front seat. That time, I brought with me an old Canon PoweShot A480 and a newly picked-up LBC package Canon PowerShot SX210 IS which I ordered online.

Friday, June 17, 2011

ABC: Amazing, Breathtaking Camiguin

Travel Period: March 17 - 20, 2011
Destination: Camiguin

Dream Came True
A year before our travel date, it was our dream to visit Camiguin and when a budget carrier offered another promo fares, we immediately grabbed a seats bound to Cagayan de Oro from Davao even though it's a one-way promo fare. We decided to travel by land back to Davao since it's still part of Mindanao island and commuting is not a problem. My travel buddies this time are Lorna and Armia, a high school classmates of mine way back 1999 to 2003. Armia nicknamed Mhing who celebrated her birthday three days before the trip which means this is also a post-birthday celebration trip. We met past five in the afternoon of March 17 at Davao International Airport, checked-in, and boarded the flight. Here we come CdeO and Camiguin!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Enchanted Kingdom, Taal Volcano and Tagaytay

Travel Period: March 11 - 14, 2011
Destination: Enchanted Kingdom, Taal Volcano and Tagaytay

The Cast
Another adventure trip we had but this time we availed a promo fare from Zest Air! We booked a flight bound to Manila together with my co-workers named Reuben and Jethro with her wife Blessie. Everything was already set from the map we tracked on Google Earth, to the rides we want to take on Enchanted Kingdom, the time and duration between activities on the itinerary down to the expenses needed on the trip. We met at the Davao International Airport on March 11 in the evening, checked-in and boarded the plane. It was our first time to ride on Zest Air and we landed on Manila domestic airport. We spent the rest of the night at the airport since we have to travel bound to Laguna early in the morning.

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Second Solo Backpacking Trip

Travel Period: February 12 - 15, 2011
Destination: White Beach, Puerto Galera

Conquer Southern Tagalog
I'm just glad that there are airlines who offer promo fares around the country including some international destinations. This time, we have availed another budget fare bound to Manila from Davao. We have been to northern part of Luzon in Bagiuo and Pangasinan, so, we decided to conquer the Southern Tagalog region. A friend of mine said that Puerto Galera is one of the visited tourist spot in the region for having those white sand beaches, which made up our mind to visit this place and made an itinerary out of it.

Spending Time With Family

Travel Period: January 20 - 24, 2011
Destination: Cebu and Bohol

Booking Details
Surely time travels really fast, imagine it was just last June 10, 2010 when a budget airline offered a promo fares on their flights with a travel period of January 1 - March 15, 2011, which means the promo was posted seven months early prior to the travel dates. In case you come across with this scenario, then don't hesitate to book for it even if the travel period is a year after because you won't even notice that your scheduled trip is fast approaching. I have traveled before with my friends, co-workers and college schoolmates, so this time I booked for my family bound to Bohol, my mother's birth place, via Davao - Cebu flight. :D

Friday, June 10, 2011

My Lakbayan Grade

It was a posted blog from a friend when I stumbled the Lakbayan application created by Eugene Villar. This application generates a marked map based on the places that you've been visited around the country. This is a straight forward program where you just need to tick the corresponding radio button based on how you experienced a particular place.

The choices are group into following:
  • Never set foot here
  • Just passing through
  • Been here once to a few times
  • I often go here
  • I live / had lived here

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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