Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dumaguete: South Pacific Photo Workshop 4

South Pacific Photo Workshop 4: Dumaguete City 

Here's my blog post about a recent photography workshop that I attended in Dumaguete City, Philippines. It was called the South Pacific Photo Workshop, and it focused on improving a photographer's photo journalism skills. It was taught by Mr. Luis Sinco, a Los Angeles Times photo journalist. Foundation University in Dumaguete was the host school for the workshop. Read about my blog post in more detail after the jump below:

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Young Filipino boys paddle in the tranquil waters of Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete. See more pictures of Dumaguete in a photo journalistic approach after the jump.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Bacolod: Hiking Tinagong Dagat in Mt. Mandalagan

Bacolod: Hiking Tinagong Dagat in Mt. Mandalagan

Tinagong Dagat is a potentially active volcano crater located deep within the rain forest of Mt. Mandalagan in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. This is a blog post detailing our recent hike up the mountain to reach Tinagong Dagat via Sitio Campuestohan Trail. Details on how to go about arranging your own hike are located towards the end of this post. 

Our group at the Tinagong Dagat crater that serves as the camping ground for the hike. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tagaytay: Antonio's Fine Dining

Antonio's Fine Dining, Tagaytay

The places that automatically come to mind when thinking of 'fine dining' in the Philippines are few and far between. But one name that hardly breaks a sweat when being the restaurant that a person mentions when thinking about this topic. This name is the (dare I use the term) legendary Antonio's. Antonio's Fine Dining is a classy restaurant located in the cool mountains of Tagaytay just south of Metro Manila that is known for their impeccable taste in full course meals. Read more after the jump:


Roasted Duck Breast topped with Pan Seared Foie Gras and Red Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes, Berries and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Jus. (Read more about it below)

I've always heard about Antonio's. The key take away from whatever I've heard about this place always boils down to three things: the food, the place and the price. The food, as they all say, is excellent. The place, as you would believe, makes you feel like you're not in the Philippines; and as for the price? You guessed it, it'll put a hole in that trusty old wallet of yours. After my girlfriend and I came from our dining experience there, I can say that these three facts are true. But rather than see the third point (price) as negative, I would say that you get what you pay for and the entire experience is worth it. (Lol I know this sounds like I am justifying the exorbitant amount we spent for our meals there, but really, it was worth it ;) )

Aside from ordering the main entrees which came with a salad, soup and dessert, we ordered this  Portebello Mushroom Souffle with a thick and creamy Gruyere Cheese sauce (Php 350) as an extra appetizer. We drowned the hapless souffle with this sinful white sauce.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Baguio: Cafe By The Ruins - Dua

Cafe By The Ruins - Dua

Cafe by the Ruins - Dua (dua means the number 'two' in Ilokano) is the newest extension of the successful and widely popular Cafe by the Ruins restaurant in Baguio. Nestled in a new spot along upper Session Road, Cafe Dua still serves the same good food within a refreshing new environment. Read more about Cafe Dua below:


Kesong Puti Salad (Php 280) - Our favorite. The deep fried kesong puti really compliments the leafy greens (and especially the aragula!) in this delicious salad. 

Whenever I am in Baguio, my woman and I always make it a point to dine at the original Cafe By The Ruins (peep a short look at it I did here.) down by Shuntung street (downtown Baguio.) We always go to that quaint little cafe because breakfast there just seems so right. From the fresh greens in their dishes to the signature Baguio ingredients that they use, it serves as a Baguio ritual for me and my girlfriend.

When we heard that Cafe By The Ruins was expanding, we decided to check it out and see what all the fuss was about.


Monday, January 5, 2015

My Top 12 Photos for 2014

My Top 12 Photos for 2014

2014 was one hell of a year. Now before we all move on to that 'new year, new me' stuff, I'd like to take a step back and share what my top twelve photos of this 2014 were. I found out that this year, I took around 8,705 photos. (and that's just the photos that I kinda wanted to keep lol). It was pretty tough choosing just 12 to place in this album.


I decided to choose the photos that had a more personal meaning to me rather than something with more visual impact. Check out each photo for a little back story on why I chose it.




I'd like to begin this album with cheese.

This year wouldn't have been as awesome if I didn't have this woman by my side. Through thick and thin and 889 kilometers (yep, that's how far we are from each other), this solid feline has put up with all kinds of surprises that have managed to crop up in the span of our relationship.

We had a pretty good year together and I'm looking forward to many more!