OPPO F1s: Capturing Philippines

By on January 12, 2017

For the past few years, I have been stuck on the work-home-and-a-little-bit-of-malling social life cycle. It wasn’t that hard for me though, my introvert self thanked me in fact. But after years of not having nature’s fresh air blow my hair to all places, even my introvert self requests for a getaway. Which also serves as a driving force for me to work harder on my new job and be a regular employee. Because we all know the equation: regularization = benefits! Hence, contradicting as it may seem, by the start of this year I can only wish for two things: a regularization at work and a vacation from my boring social life.

Shall I be given a chance to actually be on vacation anytime this year, I would love to go back to my favorite destination in the Philippines which is the province of Ilocos. Last time I’ve been there was during our batch tour in college and I instantly fell in love with every place we visit. We stayed there for 5 days and though already long for a student’s vacation, I know there are still lots of wonders scattered on the outskirts of this province.

Meanwhile, as I wait for my bosses’ verdict on my employment, allow me to look back on and share the memories of my 5-day Ilocos trip and what made it my favorite Philippine destination.

The people.
Naturally hospitable, they made us feel at home even if we are miles away from our own houses in Manila. During our stay, Pamulinawen Restaurant took care of our everyday breakfast and lunch. The food was a bit of the ordinary but considering having to serve hundreds students, what they served us was completely acceptable for me. We were hungrier for adventure too though. These kids selling handmade charms in Pagudpud also touched my heart for they took the effort to share stories to us about their place.

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The scenery.
Of course. THE SCENERY. I’ll let the photos do the talking this time. Hoping when I get to come back to this place I’ll be able to capture its beauty even more.

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Pagudpud Beach.
We were fortunate enough to be able to visit Ilocos region’s well-known white sand beach — Pagudpud. I wasn’t summer body ready as usual but the beauty of the beach made me go out there and just enjoy the moment. I love it! I really enjoyed swimming with my friends and taking photos on the white sand. It was my first time to walk on such fine beach sand that I forgot where I left my slippers because walking barefoot felt so comfortable.

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Looking back, I am really thankful that I was able to witness such beauty with my own eyes. Even moreso, being able to capture them into photos that preserves the memories and its timeless refinement infinitely stored.

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Thanks to modern technology, it became easier to go back at a moment in one’s life as if it happened just yesterday. I was using my classmate’s DSLR in taking most of the Ilocos photos back then and though I could capture the shots that I wanted, I found it too bulky especially when on the beach. Also, I had few photos with myself in it because SLR’s are of course, not selfie friendly. That’s why shall this dream of mine to visit Ilocos again happen, I am rooting for an OPPO F1s Selfie Expert phone to be my companion in capturing its immeasurable beauty yet again.

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There are a lot of reasons why I would love to have an OPPO F1S when I visit Ilocos but of course it’s its 16MP front camera would bring out what I really want to achieve there — to capture its beauty and this time, including mine. ^_^

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I can finally scout my best angles while showcasing the the majestic scenery of Ilocos. I believe OPPO F1s has a front beauty camera with a feature that enables more light to enter the camera and enhances its sensitivity. Such feature is an 1/3.1 inch sensor that aids in taking natural-looking selfies. So with or without filter, indoors or out, a perfect selfie is always guaranteed.

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OPPO F1S’ Daylight camera picture can help me achieve that perfect selfie even with the sun shining bright above us. This means more awesome shots with the famous Ilocos windmill on the background!

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No worries for selfies during the evening as well becaus this 16MP camera can adjust to light that I can already imagine how our photos by the seaside during the campfire sessions would turn out. Instant Instagram feed goals that is.

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I can’t wait until this dream of mine comes true. One thing is for sure, I will make every moment worthwhile and preserve the beauty of the province of Ilocos and to capture the wonderful scenery of the Philippines one photo at a time with OPPO F1S.

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Travelling solo down under

By on August 31, 2012

Heading south of the equator offers some of the most exciting travel destinations on earth. From Australia’s cosmopolitan cities to Papua New Guineas’ tropical paradise and the Philippines’ vibrant local culture – there’s no shortage of things to see and do down under.

Journeying to these destinations solo can be a fun and rewarding travel style. Yet like all parts of the globe, there are a few things to consider which will ensure your trip is safe and comfortable.

With this in mind, here’s a guide to help you navigate some of the southern hemisphere’s best holiday destinations by yourself.

Planning your trip

Impromptu and spontaneous decisions are often some of the most rewarding parts of a trip abroad, but some solid planning on the basics is always worthwhile. If you’re travelling solo, there are some travel destinations that might be worth avoiding. This could include areas that have an unsafe reputation, or even just popular couples retreats and honeymoon destinations.

If you’re booking your accommodation and transport in advance, choose to stay away from public transport areas like train stations as these often attract crime, and always arrive in a new city during the daytime.

Blending in with the locals

Respecting local customs is such an important part of travelling. Things like table manners, fashion and body language all shape how well you fit in with the local culture. Be sure to do your research in advance ─ particularly women, when deciding which items of clothing to pack.

Journey to the Philippines

The contrast between pristine natural surroundings and bustling megacities makes the Philippines a vibrant and exciting travel destination.

It’s a great location for solo travellers, with welcoming locals, affordable accommodation and best of all, hardly any of the tourist crowds drawn to places like Bali and Fiji.

Get lost in the rugged beauty of Samar, check out the hectic pace of Luzon and relax beachside on the Visayas.

Visiting New Guinea

If you’re looking to step off the beaten track, Papua New Guinea is just the location for you. With little established tourist infrastructure, you’re sure to find an authentic snapshot of local life.

From the historic Kokoda Track, to the stunning marine coastlines and the diverse rainforests, there’s no shortage of things to do and see.

If you’re a first time traveller, why not consider a guided tour? If you’re more seasoned and plan to travel solo, be sure to check government travel warnings to ensure the area is safe before departing.

The Aussie night life

Australia has its fair share of natural beauty, but if it’s a party you’re after, you can’t beat the coastal cities and towns.

Sydney is renowned for chic and modern nightlife, with destinations like the Opera Bar, The Ivy Bar and the hedonistic Kings Cross strip. For a more laid-back approach, head to the country’s alternative heartland, Byron Bay or the more chilled Perth coastline.

Australia is a safe city for the most part, but it pays to be cautious. Ladies should always watch their drinks, and be sure to catch a taxi back to your accommodation at the end of the night.

Heading on a night out is often more enjoyable if you go in a group. If you’re looking to meet other single travellers in the same city as you, dating websites like are a great place to start.

For more information about meeting compatible singles who share the same passion for travel as you simply click on this page.

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