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Monday, June 30, 2014

Street Photography: Intramuros Manila

Here are some of the photos I have taken during the street photography yesterday with some of the photo enthusiasts.  I was fun to be with some of the photographers.  Although it's quite exhausting, you'll begin to appreciate it the moment you get to be with the photographers doing a photo walk.  The photo walk started from Bayleaf Hotel at 2 p.m. at Intramuros and ended at Fort Santiago.

Friday, June 13, 2014

On Assignment: Exploring Some Parts of Southern California

At last I was able to submit my photo narrative entry for KLM On Assignment.  My entry was about my experience in walking while in Southern California.  During my six-month stay in California, I have walked a lot to have some glimpse of the moments and capture it with my camera, and collectively I have made more than a hundred miles in walking alone. It wasn't an easy experience, there was always some challenges while walking along the roads.  As I walk, I always have my heavy bag on my shoulder where inside is my camera and laptop.  I have sum up all my experiences and the photos I have taken during my walks in some parts of California.  It paid off though.

I had a hard time choosing and editing my photos prior from the submission I have made to On Assignment website.  First, my laptop shut down automatically and I brought my laptop for 4 times in the technician and with that I never knew if it would be fixed totally since I have all the photos in the hard drive of my computer.  It got overheat, the first time the technician diagnose it. Then it followed with different works that I finally brought my laptop to Gilmore and when it got fixed, then it still shut down.  So I brought it back hoping it will be fixed.  Finally they got it fixed and was able to submit my photos to the On Assignment website.

So here's the link of my entry:

Exploring Some Parts of Southern California

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Guide When Getting to Calayan Island

Calayan Island is a municipality in the province of Cagayan Valley.  It is located in the South China Sea in Luzon Strait.  It is one of the major islands of the Babuyan Islands.

I left Cubao on May 15 with Victory Liner via Tuguegarao.  The following day, I took the van at 5 a.m. to Claveria.  It was a 4-hour travel time to Claveria. 

Some lampitaw that docks in the shore of Calayan Island.
St. Bartholomew Church in Poblacion, Calayan

I had a 4-day, 3-night stay in Calayan Island.  Among the tourist destination of Calayan, one of the most visited spot is Sibang Beach, and you can never miss this one as this is the major attraction of the said island.

Getting to Calayan via Lampitaw Boat Ride via Claveria:

If you are in Claveria you can catch up the lampitaw boat at 6 a.m.  One location is in the main town where you can ride a tricycle and the other is at Taggat Lagoon.  In my case, my contact person Tessie reserved me to M/B Jason which docks to Taggat Lagoon.  The fee to ride the lampitaw will cost you 500 pesos.  There are no chairs when you ride lampitaw and no cover to protect you from the sunlight.  The weather is unpredictable and there may be times when the sea is rough.  Make sure you cover your things with the plastic bag so that it won’t get wet.  Chances are you may get wet due to unpredictable rough sea.

In the backround of the boat is M/V Eagle Ferry

There is a ferry in Aparri that leaves at 6 a.m.  M/V. Eagle is the only ferry that travels to Calayan and Aparri, vice versa.  The schedule may vary.  The ferry docks at Poblacion and is a walking distance to the municipal hall of Calayan. 

Where to Stay In Calayan Island:

There is no hotel or inn at Calayan Island.  You can stay at TPS Homestay and you can contact Tessie to reserve in advance.  The rate is 200 pesos a day and you can use the dining room and kitchen.  TPS Homestay offers catering service just in case you want someone to cook some meals for you. 

TPS Homestay
Dining Room
Tessie's wines that she sell to her guests
Sunset in Poblacion beach is a walking distance from the homestay

Contact Person:  Tessie Singun, 09298375737.  For your guided tour, Tessie can help you arrange your tour with the tour guide and tricycle service.  Aside from Sibang Beach, there are some spots that I was not able goad and I had some few regrets about missing out these places.

Some Helpful Information About Calayan Island

·         There’s no internet cafĂ© in Calayan.   If you are using your mobile phone or pocket wi-fi to surf or check any messages on email or Facebook, it’s really slow.  Smart works when you make a call or send some text messages.
·         There is no public market to buy some fresh foods.  If you want to buy some sea foods, there is a fish vendor that in the street.  You can also get a caterer that will serve the meals for you.
·         There’s no local bank in Calayan, no atm machines, make sure you bring extra cash.
·         There are no carinderias or restaurants, only some bake shops where you can buy goods.
·         Electricity is only available from 12 noon to 12 midnight. 

If you want to reserve a booking going back to Claveria or Appari, you can  let Tessie know beforehand so that she can help you with the schedule.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Just A Glimpse of Jalajala, Rizal

I have been researching about Jala-Jala, a tip-most town in Rizal Province just after Pililia.  I got curious about going to this town and in my researches, I have had few information gotten from the bloggers.  According to Wikipedia, Jalajala is a fourth class municipality of Rizal. with  more than 30,000 population as of 2010 census.  Southeast of Manila, it lies on eastern part of Rizal in the largest freshwater lake, Laguna de Bay.

Since getting to Jalajala was just short, I have never tried to cross the town proper and I let the jeepney driver to drop me off where I could walk to the nearest lake.  The local I have talked to informed me that jeepneys going back to Tanay, Rizal is up to 6 p.m. only so I really had a short stint in Jalajala.  I had few more pictures taken and when you get there, you can go to the lake where you can see and take photos of the setting sun.

I don't have much to say about Jalajala yet but will go back soon for more photo stints.