Music gets me into the groove of my workout. When running it helps me synchronize my pace with the beat and at the gym, it really helps shut out some outside noise especially of people just yapping around and not really working out. I have several earphones I use, the regular ones which I listen with for that much needed sound-trip and another one for active purposes. The Philips ActionFit Sweatproof In-Ear Headphone fits the latter and with a good budget tag to boot.
Coron has seen some major changes since my last visit 5 years ago. Aside from the better road from Busuanga Airport, definitely a lot more options for lodging has popped out. It was mid last year when Coron Ecolodge extended an invite to stay if ever we find ourselves in Coron. Luck have it that I I got a scheduled trip to Coron and took their invitation. Here’s my honest impression about this lodge.
I initially wanted to write the dispatch often during my 6 days with a Photo Tour Group organized by Karl Grobl for the Jim Cline Photo Tours. But I ended up late and sleepy in the evening or finding myself in a place with a poor internet connection especially in the highlands. Anyways, it’s the 3rd year for this photo tour and we had a full house of 10 photography enthusiast ready to explore and see what wonders the Philippine has to offer. It was a nice mix of group from the USA, Europe and Australia. They started in Manila the first of June and I came onboard later on the 4th to help out on their Vigan-Sagada-Baguio leg. As always, it is interesting to see different outputs from different photographers. From their styles and techniques to their creative vision. I didn’t shoot much as I try to keep myself away from people’s frame as having 12 photographers (including Karl and Kat from Jim Cline) around can get a little tricky when shooting but still I’m quite surprised with everyone’s output. I did manage to get a few shots that I like once in a while and will post them at Ironwulf En Route soon.
I have been using the Huawei E355 for half a year now. I went to buy one last November 2012 as I was looking for a mobile wifi solution while I travel to several places for a few months. I bring along my MacBook, my iPad and mobile phones with me and wanted to somehow connect all devices. A simple datacard dongle wouldn’t suffice as it could only connect me to my main device. A pocket wifi was also an option but it was way over my budget at that time. I found that the Huawei E355 struck a balance in terms of cost and features.
It was more than 5 years ago when I last set foot at the “Island Borne of Fire”, commonly known as Camiguin. When Cebu Pacific Air invited a few bloggers for a familiarization tour of the island, I was glad to be included. It was an opportune time to see what has changed through out the years. Cebu Pacific Air launched their Camiguin flights from their Cebu Hub last April 15, 2013. This familiarization tour of the island hopes to promote the island’s tourism and awareness of the easy flight access to the Camiguin via Cebu Pacific Air.
The camera bag I bring on a trip is dependent on what gear I would bring or the type of photography I would be doing. For casual street photography, I would eventually bring something like the PacSafe Camsafe Venture V12 Sling Bag. But on my recent trip to Coron Palawan, I knew I would be bringing a lot more, like my MacBook, a larger selection of lenses, some reading materials, notebooks, a water bottle and probably a few quick snacks since I would be staying longer and shooting a wider variety of subjects. I was fortunate to have the PacSafe Camsafe Venture V16 Slingpack for me to try out on that week long trip to Coron, PacSafe’s new camera bag geared for the active traveler.
Check out the latest, Action Asia Magazine May-June 2013 issue, as the favorite magazine for the adventure travel and action sports lifestyle comes with a free Philippines supplement. The Philippines supplement features some stunning imagery to entice readers to visit the Philippines. It also features articles on outdoor activities and destinations just outside Manila, a gallery of fantastic underwater scenery, Chip Childers (who I had the pleasure working with a couple times before) have a story on selected beaches in the country and there’s the “Baywatching” article on kayaking El Nido’s Bacuit Bay. I was fortunate enough to be part of the supplement lending a few images to Gideon Lacso’s (the Pinoy Mountaineer) article “Halsema: Highway to adventure” which talks about the adventures to one of my favorite destinations, the Cordillera’s.