"Do you love him?"
“Do you love her?”
“You’re still the one I love.”
“Why can’t it be us again?”

"Do you love him?"
“Do you love her?”
“You’re still the one I love.”
“Why can’t it be us again?”

Batanes Leftover (LCA+ x CN ISO 800)

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Don’t waste time for something that you know won’t last longer. Spend time with those who matter. Time flies fast. Life is short. We never know what happens next.

imagine-ist asked: Okaaay, please ignore my last ask since you answered it na diay. Oops! Sorry hehe. Another question :) how do you usually go about making friends with locals wherever you travel? How do you strike up a conversation?

Just like how you make friends on first day of school. :) Introduce yourself and smile. :)

imagine-ist asked: Hi Lea! I'm in love with your photos! May I ask, how do you take pictures when you're the one in it? Is someone taking your picture or do you timer it on a tripod or what? Especially the ones when you're at the beach or outdoors. Would really love to know. Thank you!

Hello! Random people. Tour guides and fellow travelers. Sometimes, self-timer. :)

chentryx asked: I super adore your blog! Wish I could travel and shoot that much, too! <3

Thank you so much for your kind words. Travel while you’re young! :)

jewelclicks asked: Re: Batanes Trip Post: Hi Lea! asa ka nagpabooked ug ticket to Batanes? Great photos as always, nahan ko muadto pero mahal ung ticket ng airline if from Manila. Please reply in private, thank you daan! x :)

Hello! Skyjet :)

smarizzz asked: Hi ate lea! If you don't mind, can I ask if you've already graduated in college and what course you took? And also, what job do you have? :3 oh and I love all you postsss and im sooo jealous of you coz you travel alot hoho im a wanderluster who doesn't wander hahahahahahaha

Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words. I graduated BSHRM from USC. You can also travel if you want. Just don’t be afraid to do it. :)

elainevidal asked: You often travel alone. I'm just curious, who usually take your photos? And oh, may I know what do you do for a living 'cause it seems like you have all the time in the world. <3

Randome people. Sometimes, tour guides or fellow travelers. I take a picture of them first and then I let them copy the composition. :)

prescripts asked: Hi Lea, can I just say that you contributed a huge part in making me realize what I really want to do with my life haha. Next year (summer) i'm traveling to hongkong, macau and china alone, i already booked a ticket bc it's cheaper. And my parents approved. While this coming sembreak i'm going to Nueva Ecija since I really liked the province there and also in Quezon Province. I'm going to remember everything that was written in your blog. Travel more, go filipina travelers! :)

Wow! Yay! That’s good to know! Safe travels and take many, many pictures! :D

Batanes August 2014 (LCA x CN ISO 800

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"Then, she began to breathe, and live, and every moment took her to a place where goodbyes were hard to come by. She was in love, but not in love with someone or something, she was in love with her life. And for the first time, in a long time, everything was inspiring."

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North Batan

Just like any other person who loves traveling as much as I do, I’d always dreamt of going to Batanes. Despite being cynically believed to be a typhoon belt, I’d always imagined myself wading across its vast green pastures, breathing in fresh air and basking creation at its best. Just a week ago, I was struck by a random midnight thought that made me want to get away. Few minutes later, I was booking myself a roundtrip ticket to Batanes.

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South Batan

Ironically, I went to a place where people live by the words “Honesty is the best policy and it starts with me.” Thus, the zero crime rate in the smallest and northernmost province of the Philippines. I didn’t inform anyone about this trip, except for my best friend. My parents never stopped me from going places. Just as long as I ask permission. This time, I didn’t. I felt guilty upon arriving, so I called up my mom saying “Surprise! I’m in Batanes!”. Good thing both of them have always been wanting to go to Batanes. They just asked me to send them pictures. 

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I’m not really a good story teller so just let my pictures do the talking. I have kept a few favorites to show you later.

I couldn’t find a better way to end this post. But, I’ll tell you what. Just go. Don’t say no. Nothing’s worse than the chances you didn’t take, the words you never said, the places you didn’t go, the pictures you didn’t take, missing the people you never met, and the time when it’s too late.