When thinking about Picturesque landscapes and jaw dropping scenery here in the Philippines, there is only one thing that comes to mind, Batanes. It is an archipelago province in the Philippines situated in the Cagayan Valley region. It is the northernmost province in the country, and also the smallest, both in population and land area. The airport is located in Basco at the island of Batan (one of the largest island, the other two are Sabtang and Itbayat).

Travel time from Manila to Batanes is approximately One and a half hour. 

As expected, the scenery is perfect, everywhere we went, its like traveling back in time, the community there was so simple, people were so hospitable. There were cellphone signal but no data, yes, no data meaning internet is very scarce. I had to pay 120 pesos(hotel) for 120mb of internet, and i think i consumed all 120mb in an hour LOL.

We stayed for 3 days, Fist day we had an island tour (both North and South) in Batan island , second day, we went to the “spring of youth”which was a 45 minute hike. We also went to Fundacion Pacita, it a hotel on top of the hill, really nice place, and the food was good too. 

I brought my drone with me hoping i could get some nice aerial shots, but the wind was just too strong, i thought it was too risky so drone flying was scrapped off my list . I’ve wanted to take some long exposures in some of the beaches and also some sunset/sunrise shots  but transportation had to be arranged,so the plan didn’t push though .  The trip  was one for the books, and will always be on the top 5 list of my favorite places i have  been to. 

Travel Camera Part 2

well its been almost a month since my Trip , went to HK Disney and Boracay Ph with my family, and i can definitely say that this camera is the best i had so far, the built in ND filter was very useful at the bora trip, shooting wide open at F2.0 at a sunny 3pm day is usually not possible for me . 

TIP: Just be sure to put on a UV filter and a lens hood on your camera when at the beach because the sand is unforgiving in some situations :)

Hong kong was awesome! Took some shots, it was so discrete the subjects almost/never noticed me, i didn’t had enough time to do street photography , but i managed to take some snaps because the camera is compact and easily fits in my bag. 

TIP: always smile when doing street photography, we don want to intimidate or make the people in the area feel disrespected. 

I highly recommend this camera, the image quality, features, battery life, everything is almost perfect for travel, maybe the lack of weather sealing is the clincher for this to be a the perfect travel cam (in my opinion), can wait to bring this little beast in North America and Europe . Till then, ill be posting some photography tips soon here. Thanks guys! :)

  • “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
    — Robert Frank

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