Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Packing is one of my favorite thing to do for an upcoming adventure. I start thinking and getting excited on what to bring, especially what to wear.... and i always imagine the photos that i would take using my mobile phone and SLR..... When traveling, don't forget to make a packing list so you won't forget anything!

BUT always travel light, yes because on your journey you will either always take a walk, go swimming, hiking, bungee jumping, ride a boat and all there is that has to do with travelling... It is always good to travel carrying only the things that you "Must" and will only need instead of digging in your bag, all along a trip, just to find what you needed to use because you've carried a lot of stuff in your baggage or bag. This doesn’t sound enjoyable, right?

I have a simple tips to travelers as of my travel packing of essential needs experience more comfortable and less of a rush, manage to prepare everything in a week in the bag/luggage,backpack that you will be using... and as the day is getting closer you will realize some of the things you put it at first might not be essential to bring on your travel you will be surprised and at the same time you will learn the most important thing to bring when packing for your travel essentials.

First if you're travelling outside the country specially if required for the country you're visiting, always make sure that your passports are intacked, well prepared, and valid. Always make it a habit as well to photocopy all your travel documents from your passports to your airline ticket to other more documents just in case officers from the airport or from the country you're visiting will ask for a copy. Valid identification cards such as government issued ID and passport must be presented during registration for the tour. Please bring these documents with you for a worry-free travel.

Always bring a Water Container DO NOT forget to do so because you will always be feeling thirsty in doing different activities on your travel and sometimes a bit expensive to other local destinations even at restaurants. So to save money might as well bring your own water bottle to refresh your energy. But at the same time do not drink too much water whenever you're gonna ride a long flight and a bus trip because more of ten than not you might have the feel to take a pee all the time...

Make sure you have enough Cash and Coins it can lessen the hassle when commuting and buying in a local store. Remember having enough money makes you buy a lot of pasalubong and souvenirs.... Debit and Credit Card is good to bring as well but remember int he local markets you cant use it ;)

Lets face it not everyone does travel with their own personal medicine kit or that thing we call first aid kit but it's time you must have it on your travel essentials. Have packets of vitamin C, multi-vitamin, paracetamol, medicine for cough and cold, headaches and toothache. I often travel with a small bottle of "White Flower" Ow yes call me old fashioned but i am more relaxed whenever i feel dizzy if I can inhale a bit of its scent and with lots and lots of minty candy as well. It's hard when you travel outside the country and you get to an emergency moment that you needed a medicine that you're used to taking and yet not available in the area that's why it's a must to have your own meds kit when travelling. Be a responsible traveler. Always be ready with your medicine aid kit wherever you go!

Always bring your own Eye Mask and Ear Plugs, for a more comfortable and relaxing sleep on planes or even if you're staying in a hostel or travelling from a bus. In my experience, nothing works better than an old-fashioned eye mask and foam ear plugs. They usually don’t last too long before the elastic wears out, there's a lot of few cheap sets like these. 

Make sure you have with you your own Tissue (specially the pocket wipes one) for a lot of purposes whenever you sweat out of activities and adventures and a Towel for the same purpose as well and for extra thing to use in hotel but make sure it is lightweight and not to huge....

And Eco Bags as well make it a habit to bring Eco Bags as much as possible as many as you can bring, because it is very useful during emergencies that you needed extra Bags for your stuff and pasalubongs.

If there's a must bring essential medicine/first aid kit of course there should also be Toiletry Kit and Vanity Kit when travelling. Even if sometimes hotels have their own sets of toiletries and vanity kits you can still keep it on your next travel. Bringing your own toothbrush is important because some of the free toothbrush on hotels are really hard on the gums to use hehehe that is why I'd rather bring my toothbrush and toothpaste because if you haven't notice most of the toothpaste amount are too little and have this bitter taste so might as well but a travel size toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and lotion you can put them all together in a ziplock pouch. With Vanity Kit for emergency purposes bring your razor, cotton buds and makeup kit all the girls would agree with me about this ;) But make sure to travel light your cosmetics kit as well there are tubes you can buy in cosmetics accessories already and its just perfect for a few days of travelling instead of bringing the full size ones.

Taken for granted Luggage Tag i have lots of this but before i don't usually use it not until i realized how important it is when travelling it's like my luggage necklace without it it won't look beautiful. When i first used it I suddenly realized how important it is for me to instantly spot my luggage among the crowd in the airport. Your Luggage Tag is as important as your ID because once you misplace or lost your luggage as long as you had attached a tag on it you can easily be contacted.... Besides it's nice to see your name on it, right ;)

I also suggest that you bring with you your Travel Journal or a Notebook, to take notes of the cities, foods, and people you meet along the way. Simply to take down notes of those beautiful memories. Make use of your Starbucks Planner Dudes ;)

Lightweight outfits such as skinny jeans, leggings, shorts, shirts, and a lot more. Bring as well a big scarf you can do a lot of use of it either cold to comfort you or hot to protect you from the heat of the sun. Slippers are a big help and sneakers because you can wear it no matter what your outfit is of the day. Bring a cup or a hood and always have a small sling bag with you for the stuff you needed to get instantly such as money, comb, powder, camera and little stuff.

Time is precious so always wear and or bring your watch with you to keep in track on the time of the day.....

It can also save you much money if you bring along with you some snacks that isn't bulky even chewing gum, candies, mini chocolates and a lot more....

Your complete must have gadgets and electronic devices you shouldn't forget to bring on your travels such as chargers, batteries, extensions, adaptors, headphones, usb, microsim and all other technical equipment put in an organizer which is lightweight and a see through pouch to easily get what you needed at a time.

And one of the most important travel essentials that everyone shouldn't forget is to bring your good camera quality selfie expert mobile phone that is OPPO F1s.....
A Beauty to See and to hold
5.5inch screen
2.5D Corning, Gorilla, Glass 4 Screen
Two Thread-thin metallic bands

16MP Front Camera
More Light, More Detail
The OPPO F1s uses a front beauty camera with a 1/3.1-inch sensor and an F/2.0 aperture. This allows for more light to enter the camera, and enhances its sensitivity. So you can take natural-looking selfies even in low-light conditions. 

Beautify 4.0
Naturally Beautiful You
Using facial data from millions of users, Beautify 4.0 allows users to capture their very best looks. Blemish reduction has been refined to ensure beautiful, natural-looking shots that are eye-catching for all the right reasons.

A host of plug-ins and filters gives endless opportunity for taking creative, share-able photos, and a new water-marking feature allows users to imprint photos with time, date, temperature and more.

Selfie Panorama
Users can simply rotate the phone from side to side to take a wide-angle selfie. The F1s automatically stitches together the photos to make sure that the whole party gets in the shot.

13MP Rear Camera
Wonderful Night Shots
The F1s sports a 13MP rear camera with an industry-leading imaging chip. A 1/3.06-inch sensor allows the F1s to maximize light sensitivity, making for wonderful nightime performance. The large pixels also work to bump up the dynamic range and give pictures a vivid depth and detail for capturing exceptionally clear and detailed photos.

0.22s Touch Access
Done Before You Notice
You'll know the finely crafter fingerprint reader is snappy, sensitive and durable the moment you first touch it. Though the reader button is a mere 0.1mm thick, its sensor is snappier and more accurate than ever. With self-learning arithmetic, the more frequency you use, the more sensitive it can be. It unlocks the phone just enough for you to prepare your gasp of surprise.

Customizable fingerprint-activated
app launch
Find the App with One Touch
You can set different applications to launch when you touch the sensor with different fingers. You can start up the camera with your thumb and your favorite chat app with your index finger. It's lightning-fast and flexible, with up to five customizable fingerprint commands.

3GB RAM, Faster Than Ever
The F1s' 3GB RAM and octa-core 64-bit processor make for smooth multitasking and seamless switching between apps, movies and music. All of your favorite games will cruise.

Dual-SIM+Individual SD Slot
Triple-Slot Tray
The F1s brings user two 4G SIM slots supporting top speeds of up to 150 Mbps and an additional memory card slot to expand storage by up to 128GB. Keeping life balanced is a breeze with the new triple-slot tray. With 32GB ROM, you'll also have plenty of room for all of your favorite media and memories.

Remember carry on memories even if you make it an excess baggage because that is one of the essential of travelling....

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


The country’s longest-running international photographers’ conference! 

Photo World Asia 2017 will be on January 26-31 in Makati, Philippines, the 31st edition of the international conference of photographers and photography trade show held under the auspices of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. This is the time of year when professional and hobby photographers compare notes, share experiences, and see what’s new in the industry.

There are two components of the event: the photography trade show at the Glorietta Ayala Malls will showcase the latest trends and products in the industry, with major camera manufacturers and suppliers attending, and the international photographers’ conference at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where photographers can learn from each other’s experiences to improve their craft.
Chairman for Photo World Asia 2017 is Prof. Joey Tañedo, professor at the UP College of Fine Arts, FPPF instructor, and Visual Arts director at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Theme for the 2017 conference is: “Tell Your Stories Well with Better Photography”.

Photo World Asia 2017 is on Jan 26-31 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati. Top photographers will speak at the convention and share their perspectives. 

Be there to talk to them, exchange ideas, meet old friends and make new ones. PWA 2017 is the 31st edition of the annual event under the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. 

Register at the link below:

In line with the theme, here is the line-up of speakers and schedule of activities for Photo World Asia 2017, January 26-31 in Makati:

Dan Pamintuan
An independent TV and film director, producing his own TV shows and indie films. He runs his own D-SHEP TV and Film Productions creating film and video content for TV and the web. In 2011, he directed and produced a TV show about Photography called, “Camerageek TV”. Dan will share his expertise at Photo World Asia 2017, the annual international photographers’ conference hosted by FPPF. Learn how to produce videos using the DSLR and other equipment, plus valuable tips on video editing.

Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara
Rhonson and Jojie have two things in common: Davao and photography. Both are accomplished award-winning photojournalists, with long lists of awards and published works between them, telling the story of Davao and Mindanao as only people with deep connections to the place can. They have produced works for television, books, magazines and newspapers. Rhonson and Jojie will deliver back-to-back lectures at Photo World Asia 2017.

Per-Andre Hoffmann
An Award-winning photographer was raised in Brazil and Norway, and schooled in the USA and London (Royal Navy School), England. He obtained his university degree in Germany for visual communications and design. His combined text-and-photo-articles reach far over 160-million upmarket consumers worldwide, with published works in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, GEO, STERN, VOGUE, TIME, LIFE, NEWSWEEK, among other magazines. His works have been used on TV (CNN), for advertising, and for official US-postage stamps. His regular clients include worldwide tourism and communications ministries, and airline, automobile, photo, and tourism companies. Per-Andre's photographs have been exhibited in museums worldwide and his works on photography appear in specialist publications in over 50 countries. Hoffmann is a multiple brand ambassador for CANON and other companies.

Charlie Lim
Singaporean photographer has developed an art form that he calls Oil Painting Photography, a genre that shot him to international fame. He styles himself as a painter of light. Charlie's images dwell on the boundaries of fine art and photography. 

In an age where digital manipulation has become ubiquitous, Charlie is a rebel. The key to his Oil Painting Photography is simplicity. Dimmed room, light torch, camera, action. In the hands of a master photographer, digital enhancement is minimal.

Charlie Lim was recently included by World Wide Art Books, publisher of the International Masters of Photography Volume II, a juried annual, invite-only art photography publication presenting noteworthy photographers from all over the world.

Christophe Loviny
French photojournalist tells excellent stories with his photographs and with his books. He has traveled the world for over 40 years and documented its stories with passion, empathy, and dignity. In the late 1980s he moved to Cambodia, settled in the ancient city of Angkor, and documented its people and culture. Loviny has published several books, including “Danseuses Sacrees d'Angkor” (The Sacred Dancers of Angkor), “Aung San Suu Kyi: A Portrait in Words and Pictures”, “Che: The Photobiography of Che Guevara”, and “JFK: Remembering Jack”. Loviny will speak at Photo World Asia 2017 to share his experiences as photographer, and you will have a chance to interact with him personally at the photographers’ conference.

Romy Gacad
A veteran photojournalist of many wars and struggles. He covered the tumultuous Martial Law years in the Philippines, the communist insurgencies, the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, and Mindanao secessionist fights. He later joined Agence France Press and covered three US wars: the 1991 Gulf War, 2001 war in Afghanistan, and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He also covered the Olympic Games from 1988 to 2004. Gacad has been nominated 3 times for his photographs of the 1988 Olympics, the 2001 Afghanistan war and the 2003 Iraq war. Pick the brain of the veteran war photographer when he speaks during Photo World Asia 2017. Attend the international photographers’ conference at the AIM.

Get a FREE Lowepro Adventura TLZ 30 when you buy a Tamron 17-50mm non-VC, 18-200mm VC or a 70-300mm non-VC during Photo World Asia 2017! Offer is exclusively from January 26 to 31, 2017 at the Glorietta Activity Center, during Photo World Asia 2017! What are you waiting for? Don't pass up this great deal! Grab a new Tamron lens this 2017!

Get awesome cashback deals when you buy selected Tamron lenses during Photo World 2017, up to PHP 5,000.00! Offer is exclusively from January 26 to 31, 2017 at the Glorietta Activity Center, during Photo World Asia 2017! What are you waiting for? Grab a new Tamron lens this 2017!

Nais mo bang i-level up ang iyong lighting equipment ngayong 2017? Wag palampasin ang promo na ito mula sa Phottix! Exclusive lamang ito sa Photo World Asia 2017, Enero 26 hanggang 31, 2017 sa Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City! Bili na!

Looking to equip yourself a new camera bag this 2017? Get up to 35% off when you buy selected Lowepro bags and cases during Photo World 2017. Offer is exclusively from January 26 to 31, 2017 at the Glorietta Activity Center, during Photo World Asia 2017! What are you waiting for? Keep your gear safe and well-protected this 2017 with Lowepro!

Get up to 50% off for selected Benro tripods and support systems exclusively during Photo World Asia 2017 from January 26 to 31, 2017 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City! Don't miss out on this offer! Start 2017 right with the right support for your camera! Let's Go!

We are excited to see all of you at the PHOTOWORLD ASIA 2017 to be held at the Glorietta Activity Center from January 26-31, 2017!

Visit the Nikon booth and win exclusive Nikon items! We're also offering FREE Membership for the Official Nikon Club and *FREE External Body cleaning* of your Nikon DSLR.
*First 15 customers on January 28 and 29.

Watch out for the Nikon Photoworld-exclusive freebies and promos for #KeyMission, #D3400, #D5600, #D500, #D5 and Coolpix cameras!

And don't forget to catch our NikonPros, Ted Madamba and Raymond Cruz, Nikon Instructor Laya Gerlock and Nikon Blogger/Influencer Chuckie Dreyfus during their talks.

January 30 - Destination:
TAAL The Heritage Town
The Grand Lady of Batangas
Program of Activities:
9:00 AM Expected Arrival
Welcoming activities at the La Patria monument (plaza area)
Guests to be led to Escuela Pia/Taal Cultural Center
Short Program: 
o Message/Welcome Remarks Mayor Pong Mercado
o TAAL Backgrounder Tourism Officer/BQ
Breakfast/Merienda…featuring the town’s famous delicacies
(Tsokolate, suman, empanada, pancit gisado, and Kapeng Barako.)
10:00 Start of Photowalk (locations…all within the plaza square)
(as assisted by Municipal Tourism Staff)
• Basilica San Martin de Tours/Parish Convent…
• (Portraiture session ….Monsignor Fred Madlangbayan)
• Row of old Houses within the area
• Municipal Building
• Casa Punzalan…embroidery work processes
• Public Market
12-12:15 All participants to be led to Galleria Taal/Camera Museum

1:30 Given the group assignments, each to be distributed to the sites
as previously identified…
• White House/Gon Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion
• Villavicencio Ancestral House/The Revolutionary Headquarters
• Caysasay area…Chapel, 125 steps and Wells
Note : Solo model for each of the site stated above
3:30 All back to Escuela Pia
Final Assembly and merienda

4:00 enroute to Manila, quick stop at Balisong Manufacturing Shop (ONA’s)
Crafting processes, Balisong Components and various styles



Mechanics :
  1. This photo contest is FREE and open to all photographers (pro, amateur, student or enthusiast) with photos taken using any Canon unit (DSLR, Mirrorless or Point-And Shoot).
  2. The submission of photo entries should be in JPEG DIGITAL FILE. One (1) photo entry per photographer. No multiple entries. Submitting multiple entries will be automatically disqualified. 
  3. Submission of photo entries is open from January 26 until 3pm of January 27. Entries will not be accepted anymore after 3pm of January 27.
  4. Submitting the final edited digital file must accompanied by a raw or unedited jpeg file for metafile verification.
  5. The metafile of the photo entries should not be touched, erased or replaced by any code or names. Only the authorized Canon Specialist can replace the metafile to the photographer’s name during the uploading/submission of the file in the Canon Booth together with the raw or unedited jpeg file. 
  6. All photo contest participants should be a Canon ImageNation member. For non-member, you can register your name at the Canon Booth on the day of your photo submission for FREE.
  7. Global editing/enhancement only ( Be close to the original look ). No heavy editing. No image manipulation. No edit “in” and “out” of images.
  8. Submit 8 inches X 12 inches digital file between 1mb and 3mb, 300 dpi size to the Canon Booth during PhotoWorld Asia 2017. Vertical or Horizontal (portrait or landscape) orientation is acceptable.
  9. Colored only. No Black & White. No sepia. No spot coloring of subject. No duo tone photos.
  10. No BORDER. It should be full/maximum scale photo within required size.
  11. No Watermark or any names that will identify the photographer’s name or camera club.
  12. No obscene, gory or offensive images. No negative message or interpretation that will affect the name of the sponsor, institution and the photographer.
  13. Top twenty (20) photo finalists will be printed using Canon PIXMA printer and will be displayed during the PhotoWorld Asia Conference 2017 at the Canon Booth, Glorietta, Activity Center, Ayala Mall, Makati. 
  14. The winners will receive the following prizes: 
  • Grand Prize Winner – 4,000 Starbucks Gift Certificate + Canon Gift Pack & Giveaways + Printed Photo 
  • 1st Place Winner – 2,500 Starbucks Gift Certificate + Canon Gift Pack & Giveaways + Printed Photo 
  • 2nd Place Winner – 2,000 Starbucks Gift Certificate + Canon Gift Pack & Giveaways + Printed Photo 
  • Runner Up Winners – Canon Gifts Packs & Giveaways + Printed Photos + Monopods

    15. Announcement of winners will be posted two (2) weeks after PhotoWorld Asia Conference 2017 via Canon ImageNation Website: http://www.canon.com.ph/imagenation
      16. Decisions of the judges are honored and final.
      17. Photographers retain full copyright over the submitted entries. However, they authorize Canon to use the same in any of its promotional campaign or material without compensation or remuneration, provided the name of the applicable photographer is properly recognized.
     18. Prizes should be claimed within 60 days from date of announcement at the 7th Floor, Canon Head Office, PCCI, One Campus Avenue, McKinley Hills, Taguig. Otherwise, the said prize(s) will be void/forfeited. Please call Ms. Rhea Zaldariaga of Lighthouse Events for further inquiries @ (+63) 917-7189497.

#GetMpPowered and learn from traveller Patrick Martin! Join the #CanonPH workshop at Photoworld Asia 2017 on January 29 at the Glorietta Activity Center. Get tips and tricks to make the most of your travels with the Canon EOS M10. See you there!

Get your camera cleaned for FREE! Drop by the Canon Camera Cleaning booth at the Photoworld Asia 2017, Glorietta, Ayala Center on January 27-29, 2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm. This is just one of the great actitivies in store for you as Canon celebrates 20 years!

Designed for first-time DSLR owners who want impressive results straight out of the box, capture those magic moments no matter your level with the EOS 1300D. With easy to use automatic shooting modes, large 18.0 MP sensor, Canon Camera Connect app integration and feature guide, EOS 1300D is always ready to go.

Get this promos exclusive at Photo World Asia 2017. Visit the Camerahaus booth from January 26-31, 2017 at the activity center, Glorietta Mall.

To Manila-based photographers, grab this opportunity. I will be talking about my recent favorite photos in a short workshop/talk tomorrow, 27 January, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at Glorietta Activity Center. This is brought to you by Sony Philippines and Photoworld Asia.

Learn to shoot quality videos with your Canon EOS 5D Mark IV from pro videographer Dennis Abad. Catch this exciting workshop from 6pm-8pm on January 27, at the Photoworld Asia Stage. Hit LIKE if you're excited!

Appreciate all that can be achieved with Fujifilm's new medium format mirrorless camera system, GFX. It combines outstanding resolution of 51.4 megapixels with exceptional tones, advanced color reproduction and high-performance lenses.
You can now start pre-ordering. Reserve yours now! Visit our booth at Photo World Asia 2017 at Glorietta Mall from Jan 26 - 31, 2017 or any Camerahaus store.

Heads up, everyone! We will be having a magazine sale! Visit our booth at Glorietta on January 26-31. And enjoy exciting events and promos at the Photoworld Asia 2017.

The photography trade show at the Glorietta Ayala is free and open to the public. The international photographers’ conference at the AIM in Makati requires registration and entrance fee:
Php 3,500.00 – for everybody
Php 3,000.00 – for camera club members, FPPF grads, students, senior citizens and PWD.

Out-of-town photo shoots are separate events not covered by conference fee.