The Minimal

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“Have less but be more.”

Japan has been well known for being the country with a minimal perspective, it’s one of the best traits I admire about japanese, they live a simple life but inside the city they got more than what the eye can see, it’s their lifestyle that really got me into.

Their art, their food, the beauty and their economy. It’s blinding always their motto of having less but being more, it makes me wanna be one of them.

Street and Denim

Street photography has been my favorite because it’s raw, the beauty in rust and mess is incredibly mesmerizing aside from the fact that it shows the real deal of life, it also allows us to keep these stolen memories. It’s often captured with dark hues, harsh light, high contrast or black and white. These portraits has 4 dimensions: 1. Rust 2. Raw 3. Mess and 4. Beauty.

Each photographer has their own interpretation of their photos, each one has concept and ideas, It’s always the reflection of the person behind the camera that makes a photograph interesting, to some it can be good or bad, some even ignore the manifestation of emotions, they only look at subjects, most people always forget about the details and accent so since I said that here’s an example.

I wanna share the second set of photos that will be added to my portfolio.

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Thank you.

Island Hop: The Northern Aesthetic

Ajuy, Iloilo Island Hop and More.

I am privileged for the opportunity given to me by the Municipality of Ajuy , Tourism Office  to take photos of their Islands. A great experience indeed.

Good view for here to there is what I’ve witnessed it’s like re-watching Moana the Philippines version (what?) Anyway, I wanna show you photos I’ve taken. This Gallery contains random photos and people I am with. A great experience for someone starting photography.

From Culasi Port, we hopped in the Bantay Dagat pump boat to start the adventure, waves are smashing that time but we never let that stop us from creating an iloilo experience summer story. taking these photographs is a struggle though, I just hope you lie the outcome. (laughs)

First stop Nasidman Island to buy TABAGAK (dried fish) and fresh fish. It’s always better with fresh, from an Urban guy who always get pork, beef and chicken, we seldomly taste this kind of food which we always crave about.

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This is just the first part of our adventure, stay tune! I’ll be posting part 2 of this blog when I finish with post-process. Ciao!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Tinagong Dagat, Miagao, Iloilo

Wild: A Solo Travel with Central Mountaineers

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Urban life can be so stressful from our tiring jobs, daily traffic, relationship demands or even spending money so most of us find an outlet to release it all and just relax for a bit, some stay at home, listen to music, watch movies, some goes out and drink with friends, cozy time in coffee shops, read books or even have a full body massage while other goes out on a travel out of the urban, trekking, beach or countryside, each of us have different taste and styles in reaching out to our inner self to be at our most relaxed state. I know its hard especially when we go through worst situations like a break up, losing jobs, finding your not good enough or even just a small confrontations and conflicts from people we care about, it’s unhealthy so, yes I suggest feeding your instagram or facebook with something that could free you from these issues.

PHILIPPINES, is one of the most beautiful countries in the world if you’re a naturist, an outdoor kind of person or an adventurer that would like to try new things from mountains to beaches ILOILO CITY has plenty of them.

This trip has led me to experience things I never thought I’d do from not giving in to my tired legs, my sleepy eyes to the hard climbs and more than an hour walks, I would admit it’s tiring but at the same time relaxing.

Miagao, Iloilo is famous with mountains and perfect scenery, since this is my first time trekking you can’t really blame me from complaining each and every stop but to be honest I feel fulfilled for the scene I’ve seen and stuff I’ve tried up in the mountains.

There are kubo’s (peasant houses) as an indication of each stops, streaming clean water from the mountains are available if you’ve drained your supply on your way to the top. It’s so cool how nature supplies everything to those who live there. You can stop for some time and breath. Here’s the first kubo stop. This is so instagrammable! (chuckles)

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Dont worry you’re not gonna be lost on your way up, there are tour guides you can contact in The Municipal Office of Miagao, Iloilo under the Risk Reduction Team. Have a peak of their faces. Details are down below.

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You will see and hear a lot of stuff on the way up from creepy stories, forests relaxing sound, wild flowers to plants you’ve never seen and beautiful views that’ll melt your heart out in happiness and excitement.

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The biggest flower in the world can also be found in Mt. Giob of Miagao, Iloilo or known as Raflessia Flower.

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This trip also happened because of the Tinagong Dagat, which is famous not just because of its magnificient placement in between mountains but also because of the stories it came from. According to legends there are two lovers from many years ago that got separated by the mountains dividing their towns and would walk and climb their life just to see each other, the story is analogous to Lambunao, Iloilo’s Tinagong dagat. Also one of the stories that creep the blood down my spine is the elemental that protects the place, the protector that will not allow anybody destroying this jewel from shining to life

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One of the tour guide whispered to us that there’s a tree that shows the image of the said protector, I was able to capture one photo before I shake myself to this horror.

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Anyway, this is just getting more intense, but after approximately 3 hours of climb and walk to reach and see those destinations we’re not into finish line yet. We should of course consider a place where we could sleep and eat, I was with some professional mountaineers that time so I didnt really worry how hard it is to set up a tent. 1 PM, when we arrive to Bato sang Giob (Rock of Mt. Giob.)

I’ve met the two natives that lived up the mountains of Miagao all their lives.

Meet Tatay Isiong and Nanay Letty.

The mountaineering isn’t not complete without waterfalls. This is a smaller waterfalls in the mountains, this the nearest one to our campsite but it’s still awesome.

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The fun and excitement continues from dusk to dawn, I am hoping to continue climbing mountains and I will make sure to update this page, each and every travel of mine. It’s an adventure afterall it’s not complete without details, if you’re interested in getting this adventure in your bucketlist, I guarantee it is fun and as a minimalist myself, you can be more and with less. Its one of the most relaxing moments of my life.

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You can ride Jeepney in Iloilo Terminal Market to Miag-ao for only Php 50.00 It’ll only take an hour and 30 minutes to get there, the trail guide will meet you at Miagao’s Municipal Office, trail guides are Val/Bon Bon you can contact them at ‪+639369508958‬ or  +639368403573. They also arrange transportation going to the jump-off point of Brgy. Ongyod, Miag-ao, Iloilo, we paid the Driver Php 1,000 out of 10 people the more the marrier, you just have to bring your own trekking gears like water suppy, food supply, tent eating utensils and you’re all set. The natives will accompany you by their kubo on the campsite so you’ll be safe as a kid in a crib.

I hope you enjoyed this blog, see you to my next destination!

Top 10: Movies that’s good for the brain

Everybody has their own lists of everything, it may be movies, songs or person. Creating a list is dangerous because of our differences but it can also be very healthy since we are the leaders of our own will we tend to put things into numbers of the least and the most things we enjoy, to start the year right I would list first the most usual form of entertainment: movies, I will add a little spice to create an open conversation of what’s not and what is; the brain is the busiest part of our body, it’s the part of our body that process everything from our bones to our muscles so its only important that we take care of it.

Here is my list of movies that’s good for the brain.

10. Gone Girl

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This movie was based on a best selling novel of Gillian Flynn from June 2012. A story of messed up relationship because of infedility and insecurity, a story of revenge and realization, a crazy antagonist with reasons and an open minded protagonist. Both of them are writers so one should expect a wide ideas of life, death and experiences.

9. Concussion

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Dr. Beneth Omalu is an ordinary patholgist with a great mind. This based on real events film uncovers the dangers of one sport (football) which leads a big riff between The Doctor and big company that host the said game, it’s an eye opener for those who aspire to be big one in said field to be very extra careful and accept whatver consequences they may face in the later time. The movie will elaborate the research which can amplify your knowledge about concussion.

8. Side Effect

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The Oceans Eleven Director Steven Soderbegh created another film that’ll leave your jaw open until the end of the film, a film where you brain will run faster than the movie investigating what was it and what will be. 2013 psychological film starring Jude Law and Rooney Mara will keep you asking question, It is a story of a Psychiatrist who attends to a woman diagnosed of a suicidal mental condition a story of determination and revelation. A must watch film.

7. Lucy

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Sci-fiction movie, starring the sexiest Scarlett Johansson, one of her best movie before Under the Skin, an ordinary student that got involved in drug trafficking because of the man he trusts, she was used to carry a new drug that can enhance the users cerebral capacity and max it to 100% which the scientist found to be impossible, research and interpretations are done in this movie a highly elaboration of facts about human brain and story of a girl never expected such.

8. Joy

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An ordinary girl that got lost in life, she was the breadwinner of her family before her journey to her dreams started, Jennifer Lawrence did an awesome job to portray a role of a desperate and talented woman, a must watch movie to those whose interests falls on sales and pitching.

6. Theory of Everything

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Stephen Hawkins is one of the people walked on earth with high intellectual qoutient, he’s one of those you wanna aspire, his story is as inspiring as his condition, it’ll show you both his emotional and intellectual history, many of us asked if he’s even human because of his capacity to analyze more than an average brain. A story of a husband, scientist, father and dreamer.

5. Wolf of the Wallstreet

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This is one of the best movie of Leonardo Di Caprio, 9/10. Story of a just man that learned a lot with influencial people, people he passed by and people he considered friend and foe; A movie that shows reality of business venture, the highs and lows, the successes to failures, the regrets and choices.

4. Cloud Atlas

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If you’ve watch this film million times and still not get it then I suggest to open a book and start reading more, this movie is combination of time paradox and butterfly effect. I’d rather not summaries the plot just watch it and I suggest to never get your eyes off the screen, its one of those movie that’ll leave you with hundreds of question before you understand the storyline.

3. Seven Psychopaths

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A story of a writer and an actor. A psychopath with a heart I should say, it’ll make us think and ask: Psychopaths supposed to have no feelings no matter what or who it may be, whats wrong with this movie? starring the most gorgeous Irish I’ve seen: Collin Farrell. This movie gained a lot of good reviews and awards.

2. Silver Linings Playbook

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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s chemistry is ugh! A guy that sufferred depression and got rehab met a girl with a messy history. No other words to say but man you found a new anthem!  It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay.

1. The Big Short

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All star cast film, that will help you amplify your knowledge in numbers, an interpretative version of a documentary that talks about the risks of entering the world of financial system. The film is noted for the unconventional techniques it employs to explain complex financial instruments. It also showed an eloborative diagrams and flows of the US financial and housing market.

I hope you liked it,

Thank you.

Dinagyang 2017: Ghost of the Party

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Dinagyang is one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines, celebrated every 3rd sunday of January in the Island of Panay, Iloilo City, PH. It’s a tradition that honors Señor Santo Nino (Baby Jesus). Each and every year a competition is held to create a bigger mass excitement, it’s a competition that show us back the stories of the past, myths and famous iloilo legend; dinagyang has created a huge stillness of entertainment, not only to honor the saint but to also show the culture and traditions we celebrate.

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It has contributed a lot to the region from tourist attraction to the perspective of fun and adventure. Everybody is happy with the competition, street dancing, merry making, beauty pageants, concerts and ofcourse the food festivals; every corners of the Iloilo shows the abundance of the never ending love, after all Iloilo has the City of Love title that entails not only the people but the city itself which literally creates a vibration LOVE and atmosphere of laughters, happiness and element surprise

Everybody asks for more and this festival wouldn’t end until the end of night which usually ends up with stampede’s and claustrophobic streets but everybody seemed to be okay and not notice it, no problem, I guess it’s how that works as long as everybody enjoys.

You should try and check us next year, I guarantee there’s more to it than what I know.

Have a good life!

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📍 ILOILO, PH

Growing pines in ILOILO.

No one could deny the beauty of pine trees, when the formation is created between trucks is like looking at big screen, surreal. Everybody has used this as a prop to many events, christmas, landscapes and even movies. Green and dark, bright with sunlight or white with snowflakes no matter what the set up is, It’s always better with pine.

 

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