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Monday, May 22, 2017

Travel Gadget Review: Supremo 4K Action Camera

As an avid fan of travel and adventure, having an action camera is on my travel must-have list. But due to tight budget and since I have a bunch of cameras (DSLR and mirrorless), I do not find acquiring one as a very urgent need. Though seeing photos and videos online taken from action cameras make me want to buy one every time.
Way back in December 2015, I gave in and rewarded myself a Supremo 1 Wifi Action Camera. I enjoyed using it during travels especially to our beach escapades. This year, Supremo World invited me to use their latest model of Supremo - the Supremo 4K.

When I got the package, what I immediately tried to look at are the differences of both Supremo action cameras.

FYI - the design of the Supremo 4K Wrist Remote has gone more stylish and trendy.

What's inside the Supremo 4K Box:
  • Supremo Wrist Remote
  • Waterproof Case
  • Replacement Backdoor
  • Frame
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • 3-Hook Buckle
  • 360 degrees Rotating Swivel Arm
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm + Thumb Screws
  • Lock Bolt
  • Flat Mount
  • Curved Mount
  • Clip Mount
  • Handle Bar Mount
  • Safety Tether
  • Straps
  • 3M Adhesives
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Wall Charger
  • USB Cable
This latest action camera from Supremo ranges from Php3,999.99 to Php6,500.

Supremo 4K Sample Shots:
So I decided to test my new Supremo 4K in my recent trip to Batanes. Be the judge! :)
Blue Lagoon at Basco, Batanes (shot hand-held while on a moving vehicle, Gyroscope: Off)

Morong Beach, Batanes (Take note that this was taken in a cloudy day with scattered rainshowers)
Rolling Hills, part of Batanes North Tour (shot hand-held, Gyroscope: Off)

Chawa View Deck in Basco, Batanes - the 1st stop in Batanes South Tour
(shot hand-held, Gyroscope: Off)

The Verdict:
Supremo 4K is definitely a great buy! It is highly recommended for those who are always on the road who love taking photos and videos but with a limited budget. For its price, I could say that Supremo 4K produce promising results (one should only be very patient in updating the settings such as White Balance and Brightness from time to time depending on the location).

And oh, do not forget to download the Supremo World App! It is available in Google Play and Apple Store.

Monday, April 24, 2017

61 Countries Philippine Passport Holders Can Visit Without Applying for a VISA

For wanderlusts, visa requirement is one of the factors that are being considered before traveling abroad. To be approved for visa, some countries require a lot of documents, interviews, and even show money. But the Philippine Government has a good news for everyone - by June of this year, another country will be added on the long list of countries Filipinos can visit without visa.

I know our country is very beautiful and has endless number of beautiful spots to be proud of. But hey, you might consider going out of the country someday. Here's your handy dandy guide:

Currently, Philippines ranks 65th as the most powerful passport in the world (ranking is based on countries visa-free score).

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Street Art in the Philippines

By nature, the streets in the Philippines are vibrant and lively anytime of the day. For a country, which has once known with the happiest people in the world - that is definitely no wonder. On the other hand, if we are talking about the Street Art in the Philippines, we could probably only name a number. Yes, the street art scene in our country is seemingly young. It could probably be because of its different connotation with some tagging it synonymous with gang graffiti or simply vandalism per se for a long time.

Good thing that the artists nowadays relived and gave a new light to Street Art. Not to mention, that these creatives are pretty successful not just by doing their craft but by also opening the minds of everyone, making them revisit the Street Art in the Philippines. Everyone is now open and appreciative in seeing colors in the streets. Locals and even tourists are delighted to see these works of art and are even taking a snapshot. Philippines' Street Art scene is on its consistent run and is starting to boom. It is all over the internet and social media and is even considered as one of the best attractions found in different localities. Yes, believe me, some folks even travel for how many hours just to take a photo of these works of art.

Want to see some proof? Look at these!

Who's who?
Having the street art as one of BGC's main tourist attractions, 
more and more people are drawn to roam around the busy city

BGC (Bonifacio Global City) is gaining its popularity due to these colorful art pieces. These creations are mostly highly-commissioned done by Filipino and international artists. Featured are different styles, hues, graffiti paint markers, hues, and sizes (some can even go as high as 70 feet). They are all promising and are definitely a treat for everyone. Indeed, they are all refreshing that tired corporate slaves, joggers, and visitors around the area make a stop to have a peek and give their eyes a treat.
photo grabbed from Arts at BGC Facebook page
A 70 feet high canvas art work of Kris Abrigo. This is also the largest street art mural painted by a Filipino artist  

Other Street Art works can also be found along EDSA, Nagtahan Bridge, Intramuros, Marikina, and Makati. Have you seen any awesome street art somewhere? Share them here.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Colibra Island: A Secluded Paradise in Pangasinan

I have been wanting to check out and visit Colibra Island when we first visited Balinmanok in Dasol, Pangasinan. Unfortunately, due to limited budget (how I only wish I would win a jackpot prize in Lotto or in any betting sites), we were not able to push it through. Another reason also is that since my parents were too satisfied of the shore of Balinmanok Beach, they did not want to leave.

During our first visit, I knew for a fact that we are going back to Dasol - that is for sure! The smiles and feedback that I was getting from everyone in the trip was a strong proof. They were all happy; they really did enjoy. So when my Father's Birthday Trip to Calaguas Island got cancelled due to typhoon, without any second thoughts, my Father opted to go back to Balinmanok Beach instead.
Island Hopping at Colibra Island a.k.a Snake Island in Pangasinan

How to get to Colibra Island? Well, it is pretty easy. From Balinmanok Beach, you may rent a boat to do the island hopping which will bring you to 3 islands - Colibra Island, Cabacungan Cove, and Crocodile Island. In our part, when we saw Colibra Island, we were all contented that we decided to just stay there instead.

Boat rental fee ranges from Php1200 to Php1300 - this already includes the entire island hopping, a guide, and life vests. Boat ride would be approximately 30 minutes or so; make sure to leave the mainland around between 6AM - 7AM to ensure much smoother boat ride.

Colibra Island is actually an islet and can be explored in less than 30 minutes. It is a combination of rocky and sand parts. Tip: Do not settle on the part where the boats dock - the waves there are strong and one can barely have a good and relaxing swim.

Strong Waves at Colibra Island

Go for a short walk to the western end part of the island and you will see the best part of the island; the water is crystal clear and warm. It is also the best spot for swimming and snorkeling.

The Best Part of Colibra Island in Pangasinan

Please take note that there are no resorts nor cottages in Colibra Island. There are 4 widely-spread coconut trees which do not really help to give a good shade so do not expect any thing commercialized on this deserted island.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Thoughts in Between Travel: Unspoken Words in Calle Crisologo

Thousands of people have passed by this old street they call Calle Crisologo
Thousands of people are still passing, bumping each other without saying "Hi and Hellos"
At times it is crowded, sometimes one would feel alone
But this street is always mysterious, it could prolly be the cobblestones.
Everyone's busy. Everyone's amused.
That feeling of seeing something for the first time
It's always amazing
Yes, it's always amazing.
The feeling is good!

The array of vintage houses
This sight itself is truly a delight
An eye candy sort of sepia type.
The music of horses' hooves
The vintage shops on the sides
What could you ever ask for?
Ah.. hmm.. a countless selfies, maybe?
Dear, let's capture the memories, por favor?
Speakin' of antiquity and richness
Seem like History tickles one's mind in every step
One, two, three, another step
My knees tremble...
Shifting from present to past, past to present 
In a snap, I felt
Dislocated, confused, and vice versa

Why is it so perpetually good to look back?
Why do we wish these muted old walls could talk?
Why do we believe that people can just let bygones be bygones?
Why do we desire to relive the memories that have long been deeply embellished?
The answer? None.
The answer. Run.

Thousands of people have passed by this old street they call Calle Crisologo
Thousands of people are still passing, How I wish we could bump into each other again and say "Hi and Hellos"
But then again, I answered none. I ran.
Walking away in the tune of...

We've only just Vigan
White lace and promises
A kiss for luck and we're on our way

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Going Travel Loco Over Traveloka

For the past two years, it seems like I have lost my interest and excitement on airline seat sales. While everybody is spending sleepless nights booking for different Philippine and/or international destinations, I am already satisfied with the thought of seeing other people luckily booking themselves some. I can see them flooding my Facebook timeline with hashtags like #blessed, #SeeYouSoon*Insert destination here*, #seatsale, #PuyatPeroWorthIt, and so on. I also lost the hope in getting big discounts on booking hotels; I am already satisfied with the thought that my reservations got free breakfast, free WIFI, and ahmmm... free cancellation. It seems like anything more than that is next to impossible. To be honest, I could also say that it could be equated to losing interest to travel - or should I say losing interest to no interest at all. Anyone in my age would probably agree. I won't be pushing my luck to get cheap flights or budget hotels. I would not trade a good night sleep just to get myself some petty discounts. Yeah, I know what you're thinking right now, I am a certified #TitasOfManila.

Good thing, Traveloka came to the rescue!

I can no longer remember when and where I heard about Traveloka. Probably, it started when they featured Chasing Philippines as one of the Filipino Travel Bloggers Who Will Inspire Your Inner Wanderlust. See here:

I got curious and started using it - I find it more legit and is user-friendly too compared to other travel discount sites. No need to waste hours just to book a flight during seat sale, Traveloka will show the cheapest flights available from different airlines. Yes, cheapest flights from different airlines are being shown so there is really no need to go to their websites one by one. So, see? Traveloka does not simply save you a lot of money but it saves a lot of your precious time too. I booked my first flight (Singapore) and I was so happy because aside from the discounted rate due to seat sale, I also got an extra Php500 off my total bill. Isn't it amazing?

In short, I got addicted and kept on booking. I even downloaded the Traveloka App on my mobile phone to make it much much easier for me to book my flights and hotels in no time.
Download the Traveloka App - it is available in App Store for Iphone users and Google Play for Android users.
Caution: It's addicting. It's a must-have travel app.
Cool and simple user interface right?

It is very easy to use. Simply type in and select your destination, check-in date, duration, total number of guests, and number of rooms. And whoala! in less than a minute, hundreds of recommended hotels will show on the search results.

You may even filter your searches by star rating, budget, luxury, and location.

Traveloka is not into surprises, secret messages, and hidden charges; they divulge all the information up to the smallest details. It's a one stop shop - no need to jump from other websites to check rates, reviews, and exact location. By using Traveloka, the user can immediately see the images of the hotel, room details, reviews, hotel and cancellation policies.

Once you selected your hotel and your preferred room type, you may now proceed to reviewing your booking wherein you will be required to enter your name and contact number. At this page, you may include your special requests too (if you have any).
Booking your hotels via Traveloka is very convenient. This newest and most powerful hotel and flight booking app offers a lot of payment options: 1) credit/debit card 2) over the counter and 3) bank counters. Another good news, there's no convenience or booking fee in any of these options!

And last but not the least, and one of the greatest advantage of Traveloka, make sure to key in the promo code. On a regular basis, Traveloka sends promo codes which you can use to get additional discounts on top of their discounted rates.

Take my word, subscribe to their email newsletters, or probably like and follow their Facebook Page. All of their promo codes are working. The most recent promo code that I used trimmed down my total from Php4,698.28 to Php2,523.71. Big savings, right? 

Lastly, immediately after a few minutes of your purchase, a voucher will be sent to your email. Purchase confirmation will also be sent through email and SMS.
Traveloka is so easy and safe to use!

So stop searching and start booking. Let your love for travel be renewed.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Narra Hill: One of Airbnb's Best

We've been eyeing Narra Hill for about more than a year now. It has always been booked every time we try to make a reservation. So, when, one time we saw that it's finally available - in a blink of an eye, we found ourselves going to Tagaytay for our much deserved R&R.
Indeed, Narra Hill is a concrete sample of "What you see is what you get". I took the same shot I have been seeing on their website - and it left me in awe.

Make sure to wake up early to witness this.
Totally amazing!

All photos are taken using my mobile phone Sony Xperia Z1 Compact; I decided not to bring my cameras despite the fact that successfully booking Narra Hill is a rare chance. Why? I simply wanted to get my much deserved rest. I wanted to sleep, sleep, eat, and sleep. Anyways, you can avail their body massage too, which, our group did.

The place is a perfect spot to relax, appreciate nature, and enjoy each other's company. You'll get what I'm saying once you get a taste of Narra Hill's exclusivity. The entire place is serene, quiet, and secluded - a perfect destination for those who want a real "Me Time". It's also a big plus that they serve GREAT food. Tip: Do not plan to go out once you check in, simply avail and have Narra Hill set up a breakfast, lunch, or dinner meal. Promise, you guys won't regret it! 
Would you like to get up when you have this stunning view right in front of your bed?

Breathtaking view from our kubo's balcony.

Want to have your perfect weekend staycation? Book now! Narra Hill is located at Laurel, Tagaytay, Philippines. Enjoy! :)

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