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.

overtimer19 asked: Hello Miss Lea :) I just want to ask if where do you usually buy your 35mm films in Cebu? Thank you. :D

in F8 in Gorordo. :)

sea-salt-everything-awesome asked: Hi miss lea. Hope you could do some tutorials or talk about photography soon☺️☺️☺️

Hello! I’ll see what I can do with that. Hehe. :)

Siargao (LCW x Lomochrome Purple)

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"Move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. Open your mind, get up off the couch. Move."

krishalalalala asked: How do you have such gorg bod? Do you work out? :)

I don’t work out. I just eat right. :) Thank you! And it’s not really that gorgeous. Hehe.

kristinefuster asked: Just wanted you to know I'm a fan of your page and I started following you on instagram cos I super love your photos and I love how you travel so much ... Honestly jealous. Ur perfect! :-) Keep it up x

Aaaw thank you so much! But I’m not even close to being perfect. :D

patkirchismycupcake asked: Hi lea! Just wanted to ask how come you often go to beaches. Like what do you do in life?

I’m currently Soak Swimwear’s brand ambassador. :)

sparklesofamermaid asked: What accessories do u usually use with ur gopro?

Just the monopod. :)

smcj1 asked: Hi, I followed you in IG and i am truly amaze on every picture you put and i was wondering what do you do in life and how old are you?

Hello! Thank you so much. :) I’m in my early 20’s and trying to live life to the fullest! :D

whitekeds asked: HI! i just discovered your blog and its awesome! really awesome. love your photos and travels. I hope to have a photowalk with you someday! haha :) and what camera do you prefer? Srt 101 or an OM - 2 ? THANKS AND STAY AWESOME! :)

Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words. :) I really don’t have an idea with the Olympus coz I don’t have one. The SRT101 is a great camera though. Everything is manual. Best for practicing. :) Thanks again!