OPPO F1s: Summer Destination

Summer is almost here! While I love the cool weather the past month, it comes with a nasty rain (read: floods). I cannot help but dream of sunshine! Once in a while, Mr. Sun gloriously shows himself teasing me of what lies ahead. Good thing my plans for an early summer wanderings are almost complete.

You see, my friends and I have this annual trip. We’ve been to Bicol, Sagada, Ilocos, Cagayan Province and Coron. We book for airline seat sale a year before a trip with a particular destination in mind. Last year, we booked a trip to Manila hoping we will be able to get Batanes tickets on sale. However, discounted tickets to Batanes were elusive so the plan did not push through. Two of us already have tickets to Manila and we were clueless where to go until last week!

And I am pretty excited! We are going to Bataan! This place was off my radar until my friend showed me some videos and photos of the places we are visiting. I am floored at the nature’s beauty, historic sites and delightful scenes presented before me.

I only have this lettering practice to show for now. In three weeks, I will have the photos and stories to tell! And it would be nice to have a reliable device that I can use to show you the beauty of Bataan.

I have heard good things about the OPPO F1S. I want to use that 13MP rear camera for night shots. The plaza at Balanga City lights up at night with illuminated fountains. Its backdrop is the charming facade of centuries-old style of architecture. To capture the magnificence of what my eyes can see would be such a delight if I have the OPPO F1s.

Screencap from the OPPO website

Its 16MP front camera allows in more light for that perfect selfie. I need all that help in that department especially that there are only two of us travelling together this time and I am really awkward with solo poses. There is also a selfie panorama feature. This device not only takes a photo of us but also of the striking landscape around us. It helps that it is a smartphone so I can still keep in touch with family back home. They can virtually travel with me!

Screencap from the OPPO website

I am stoked! See you Bataan!

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OPPO F1s: Travel Essentials

Photo by Kace Rodriguez

I always travel light. I try to fit all my things needed for a trip into a backpack. Apart from shirts, pants, undergarments and toiletries, there are travel essentials that I find myself bringing in every trip.

The funny thing is that I also have some of these things in my handbag whenever I go out. It is a survival kit of sorts when I am not in the comforts of home.

1. Shawl

A shawl serves as a blanket for those trips where I need a little warmth without having to bring a bulky blanket.  It can also double as a cover-up in the beach, picnic mat or extra piece of clothing in case there are wardrobe malfunctions.  In my case, I use it to cover my arms whenever I get self-conscious wearing sleeveless.

2. Travel documents

Of course, I won’t be able to leave the country without a passport. If it is a domestic travel, I bring any ID.

3. Headgear

This is a piece of stretchable cylindrical fabric that can be wrapped around your head. Unlike a hat, the head gear is easy to pack. Sometimes I just wrap it around my wrist so that I can wear it when needed. I use it to protect my head from the sun, wind and draft.  On bad hair days, this made me look a little decent. ha!

4. Sunglasses

I have a polarized prescription sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun’s glare. I have astigmatism so regular off-the-rack sunglasses would not suffice. I use the required lenses for my vision.

5. Medicine

I bring my own stash of anti-dizziness pills, paracetamol, loperamide, antacid and pain relievers. I also bring alcohol and betadine. This comes in handy when I do not feel well and there is no pharmacy nearby.

6. Socks

I sometimes travel red eye or on a night bus. My feet need some warmth.

7. Water bottle

I need to hydrate. All the walking and sightseeing often leave me thirsty. If you are like me who converts foreign prices into Philippine peso when traveling, you need to bring water bottle and fill it up with the water from the hotel. I remember having to shell out SGD 3.00 (Php 100) for water when I can easily drink water from tap if only I brought water bottle.

8. Tablet

I used to bring ballpen and paper for notes. Now that I own a tablet I do my note taking on the device. I have my ebooks stored there also so I have something to read during those times I am waiting in line or when I am staying in places where there is no television.

9. Cash

 Cash is king. As a backup, you can always buy things in case you forget to bring something to your trip.

Not in the pictures above is the one thing I always bring: camera.

Lately,  I am feeling the inconvenience of lugging a big camera around my neck.

A mobile device that can capture quality photos is something I should add to my travel essentials. I have heard good things about OPPO F1s.

Screen capture from the OPPO website

Its 16 MP front camera and f/2.0 aperture will hopefully help me become a selfie expert. (There is still hope in me since I am not good at this skill! Ha!)

What I am most interested to try is its 13MP rear camera that guarantees to capture wonderful photos even in low light conditions.

Screen capture from the OPPO website

If it can capture awesome night shots, I can only imagine what it can capture during the day.  This device would make traveling easier and way more lighter than before.  I can enjoy the sights and activities without having that camera weight around my neck. And  as a bonus, I get the quality photos I want which I can easily share in real-time. Oh, please be mine soon!

More information on the device can be found on their website: OPPO Philippines. Do not forget to like or follow them on their social media accounts:

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How about you? What are your travel essentials?

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A Weekend in Carmen

One fine weekend in June, work led me to a small enclave of a paradise. How lucky was I to be working on a weekend and waking up with this view!

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This is in a private rest house. The place is beautiful that it makes me want to work hard in order to afford a little place of paradise for myself one day.

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The place is in Carmen, Agusan del Norte and it has access to a beach.  The beach was rocky. Although you need beach shoes to wade into the water, the water was so clear. I can see the fishes.

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I did not bring swimwear so I hang out on those rocks.  I saw this fisherfolk in a boat made of 3 halves of a plastic barrel. He said that the simplest boat would cost Php 5,000 (approx $110) and that is pretty expensive for him.  This is Filipino ingenuity.  This boat may not be seaworthy but it is enough for the fisherfolk to get a day’s catch for the family and more.

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Our host’s neighbor had these huts and tree house.

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Farther left was this view.

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What a weekend!  I would not mind working again like this: perfect views, great people and full of hope for the future! Even the food was great!

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The Summer of 2016

The cursor on this blog post keeps blinking. It has been a long time since I wrote something and it takes awhile to compose my thoughts. Blame it on the hiatus or Monday blues. I am slowly easing my way into doing the projects I plan to do. My accomplishments for the past week included reduced laundry, cleaned closet and new sheets.  I also started reading a book. Yay! One step at a time and I’ll get in to the groove of things.

I spent a chunk of my summer time with my aunt and uncle who came to visit us. The last time my aunt visited us was 13 years ago; my uncle, 18 years. I think they need to increase the frequency of their visit.

To mark their arrival, we posed for a photo on the mural I made in one of my aunts’ wall.

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I made this one as my Facebook cover photo.

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We also went on a trip. We went to Camiguin, Bukidnon and El Savador (Misamis Oriental).

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We spent time with family.

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We went to Singapore.

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We had fiesta.

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Sometimes we went out. Sometimes we just stayed at home.

Then, summer came to a close. My aunt and uncle already left. We are back to Facetime, chat and Facebook interactions.

Whenever I reflect on the summer I had, I smile because I had a wonderful time. The experience affirms my love for travel. And to be able to do that, I need to work harder, live healthier and make every moment count. So here I am. I am determined to do the things I wanted to happen, in God’s grace and perfect time.

Oh, I got me a new niece last summer. Life is good. God is great. All the time.

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How was your summer? I hope you had a good one.

A Roadtrip to Roadtrip

My aunt came home one afternoon from a get-together with friends. She told us they went to a new cafe along the diversion road in the city. She said that the food was good. It was not accessible by public transportation so when my cousins invited me to go with them, I dropped everything. I cannot pass up the opportunity.

The cafe is named Roadtrip. It is a both a carwash and a cafe. So while you wait for your car to be washed, you can dine in their cafe.  The cafe was cozy and breezy with all the open windows.

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I love the stairs.  They are made of old tires that are filled with concrete.

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The cafe is pet-friendly. We brought my cousins’ mini-pinscher  and she felt at home.

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There is also a backyard with ducks. ( I was only able to capture one duck in the photo.)

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This is what we ordered- longsilog (longganisa, fried rice and egg) and bacon cheeseburger.

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This is the bacon cheeseburger upclose. It was delicious.  (Disclosure: I went back with friends. Twice.)

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Since we went to the Roadtrip Cafe early in the afternoon, we went to a roadtrip (literally!). This time… to the beach!

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I sometimes forget that we live near the beach.  One can just rent a cottage here for P50 (~$1).

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My cousins’ dog went for a swim.

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On the way the beach, we crossed the Masao bridge. The bridge crosses the Masao river.

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There are people who make a living from the river.

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We also went to the nearby barangay, Lumbocan, out of curiousity. We found this beautiful fishpond.

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 Oh, we passed by the area where pots of bougainvillea were sold. I love bougainvillea.

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We called it a day since our youngest roadtripper was already tired.

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Have you explored your hometown lately?