It’s easier to be alone.
This is what happens when nobody’s there to take your picture. LOL Still lucky I was able to fit into the half of the frame for the last shot. The other half’s exposed.
Anyway, I made a promise to myself that I’ll be going somewhere to get my dose of salty air before the month ends! This morning, I just did. I went to my newest favorite go-to beach. Yay! More photos are on my instagram (@leagoeson) though, because iPhone’s always easier to use for self portraits. Or with anything. LOL
So many plans for October. Can’t wait to make everything happen! How did you spend your last day of September?
Jogging and coffee with Hanz :) Always fun to have him around! Missing this babe too so much!
Went up to the mountains with my favorite model just to take photos. Nah… not really! Haha! I just had to get my altered clothes. Haha!
Fetched a friend from the airport early in the morning. Had pancakes for breakfast. And headed straight right away to the northern part of Cebu to visit a friend for their town fiesta and ended up at the beach!
Non-airconditioned bus rides! So much fun!
The things I’d do to have this view!
Happy fiesta, Daan Bantayan! Haha! Can’t imagine I really went that far just to attend a fiesta! Hahaha! But we really went there to visit our friend, Eula. Not just for the fiesta.
Risky motorcycle riiiide!
Now, this is life!
Thank you, Lord for the gift of life! I wonder what’s in store for me next month? Hmmm. How was your August?
This is how I started August.
Let me warn you. This is going to be a long entry. So, I wish you luck and congratulations in advance if you reach the end. :)
4 in 1 coffee. The 4th one is the stirrer.
Last August 5, I took a ship to Hilongos, Leyte to see my friend, Rose the next day for a maternity shoot. The ship left Cebu at 9pm. We arrived at the port of Hilongos at 2am. Yes, that early. Imagine it’s dawn, you’re in the province. You don’t anyone. And it was my first time to be in that place.
Since it was still really very early, I decided to go to Canigao Island before going to Rose’s house in Baybay, Leyte. I took a shuttle from the port of Hilongos going to Matalom where I’m suppose to take a banca going to the said island. I sat next to Mark, a Cebuano who was heading to Maasin.
"Ikaw ra usa? (Are you alone?)", he asked. "O. (Yes.)", I answered with a smile. "Unsay pangalan nimo? (What’s your name?)", he was curious. "Bong." That was the name I used for the entire trip. I’ve always wanted to have a guy’s name. He was amazed of how eager I was to go on a trip alone. He asked a lot of questions. The places that I’ve been to and the things I’ve done before. It’s not that I’ve done a lot in my entire life. LOL. "Naka adto na ka sa zip line sa Sogod? (Have you tried the zip line in Sogod)", he asked trying to start a conversation again when I was about to close my eyes. "Wala pa. Mas ganahan ko ug dagat. (Not yet. I prefer beaches.)", I answered politely. "Ah. Serena ka man diay. (Oh. So, you’re a mermaid.)", he continued. LOL Never in my wildest dreams did I ever wish of becoming one.
The conversation has finally stopped. I fell asleep. The moment I opened my eyes, I found myself in the bus station of Maasin City. I just breathed deeply and exhaled the frustration out. Haha! It was still around 3am. I decided to take a van going back to Matalom. I was seated next to an old man. For the second time, I was asked with the same question Mark asked me, “Ikaw ra usa, day? (Are you alone?)”. Sigh. Why do people find it strange for someone to travel alone?
Maasin is an hour away from Matalom. If I’m not mistaken. I decided to sleep since I didn’t really get enough sleep that night. I tried to finish James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas which has been in my e-book shelf for the longest time. I woke up to a clap. Yes, a clap. That’s what passengers in Leyte do as a signal that they have reached their destination and they have to get off. I asked the old man beside me where we were already. “Hilongos na, day. (We’re already in Hilongos.)” *face palm* For the second time, I missed Matalom again. It was around 5am so I decided to just head on to Baybay.
Empty street of Baybay, Leyte. Tried to call Rose if I can go to their house at that time. There was no answer.
I decided to have pineapples for breakfast because I can’t find anything else to eat. Talked to the vendors. Surprisingly, they know my family background. They came from my province in Oroquieta too. Small world indeed.
Self-timer. Brought the newest addition to my collection during this trip. My Ricoh XR-1 attached with a 28mm f/2.8 prime lens.
I walked around their boulevard. There was still no reply from Rose. Saw a van going to Maasin. I can’t think of anywhere else to go but to Canigao. So I took the van again. This time, I made sure I will be awake during the entire trip. I sat next to Roger. I had met two Rogers during this trip, by the way. You’ll meet the other one later on. He’s been to Canigao for four times already. He witnessed a whirlwind during his last visit there. He was a very kind man. He texted his friend from Matalom asking what boats were available at that time. It was still 7 in the morning. His wife kept calling him, asking him where he already was and what was he doing. Sorry for eavesdropping. I can’t help but hear their conversation.
After almost an hour, the driver dropped me off to Super Ball where I took a banca to Canigao island. Finally!
I had to pay 500 Pesos for the whole banca since I was alone.
Whoever invented the self-timer, thank you.
Finally almost there! FINALLY!
The boat men left me their number so I could just call them anytime I needed them to pick me up not later than 5pm.
Was blessed to have a good weather on that day. It has been raining recently.
The first thing that I looked for when I got to the island. Haha!
I was the only tourist who came there.
Do you know where I placed the camera on this photo? On top of that boat before this photo of me! Haha!
Wrong kind of shoes for the beach but still comfy for the entire trip!
Fell in love with this island! Automatically added on top of my list!
"We is so much better than I." - James Patterson, Suzzane’s Diary for Nicholas
See how lovely it is? I never wanted to leave.
They have an entrance fee of Php 20.00, by the way.
"I’m here. Hard to Miss. I’m right here in your arms. I’m not going anywhere." - James Patterson, Suzzane’s Diary for Nicholas.
I texted the boat man to pick me up at around 1pm. I have to be at Rose’s asap before the sun sets.
Took a jeepney to Bato terminal from Matalom. It’s been a while since the last time I rode on a jeepney.
I miss living in the province but I love being in the city too. I still can’t imagine leaving Cebu. :(
Was chased by this old lady at the bus station asking for food. I gave her the corn that I bought of what was supposed to be my brunch. I asked her to smile for me. This is what she gave me.
Tricycle ride! I missed this!
Finally got to see Rose! But before the maternity shoot (which can’t be really considered as a shoot because we just walked around their neighborhood and took pictures), I ate like there’s no tomorrow! That’s what I like being in Rose’s place. It feels like home! Home of all homes!
As I always say, it really makes me happy when I get people to smile for me.
Did some catching up with Rose at Brandy Island. Always thankful to have her as a friend who understands and supports my wildest ideas.
If you’re following me on instagram, you’ll recognize this house from my trip to Leyte two weeks ago. :) I had a photo taken here before. I told the owner it was for a school project. LOL. Please don’t follow me.
We’re almost done with my trip to Leyte. Won’t be showing you that much from the “maternity” shoot since it’s kind of private.
Stretch your arms, guys! Take a deep breath! Haha!
I took a boat going back to Cebu at 8pm that night from Baybay. Arrived at 2am on the following day. Headed straight to the airport right away. I was catching a flight to Bacolod! But before that, I made sure to talk to my boyfriend who is right now 8,500 miles away from home. Can’t go on this trip without talking to him. And what do you do to people you can’t go on a day without talking to? Never let them go.
Good morning, city of smiles! I arrived there at around 7am. Calea was still closed so I decided to have breakfast at C’s which is just right across the street where Calea is.
Calea, finally! I had their Mud Pie ice cream cake! Heaven in my tummy!
After Calea, I decided to go to the iconic The Ruins. I took a jeepney going there. I really think it is best to take jeepneys or buses instead of taxis when you explore a city for you to be familiar with the places to go to. And ironically, that’s how I got lost.
But sometimes, it takes one to get lost to be found.
And just when you think you have no one else around, you find an old friend!
Hi, Jen! You are heaven sent! It was so good to see you again!
She even helped me with the directions!
Second tricycle ride for this entire trip!
On the way to The Ruins!
Behold, the Taj Mahal of Negros! A fail shot using the infamous table! Haha!
Walls built with egg whites which explains why it lasted for years. And as you can see, those carved letters look like letter E but it’s actually letter M turned sideways facing each other which stands for Mariano and Maria.
And this is the very witty Roger, the tour guide. It was an honor to meet him. I heard he was featured in Umagang Kay Ganda on that very same day. “You’re from Cebu, right? Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, you’re a blogger.” He said with absolute certainty. “Mukha ba talaga akong blogger?” I asked. “Oo. Kadalasan ng mga bloggers, nag-iisa when they travel alone.” Wow. Really? Haha! He is really funny! You must have him as your tour guide when you visit The Ruins!
The Ruins has really a very interesting history. Go open your history books and turn to page blah. Haha! This is where “Lahat ng makikita nyo ay akin.” originated. “Ma swerte ang mga duling.” Roger added. The Lacson family used to go upstairs and witness the sun setting down the sugar cane fields.
It was so kind of Kuya June to pick me up from the Ruins going back to the main road. Of course I had to pay him more than what he deserved.
And when in Bacolod, never miss the Inasal at Aida’s as suggested by Cebu’s Ryann Reyes! :)
After having lunch, I went to this newly opened mall in Bacolod, The District, where I waited until my flight. Had this Orea Ice Cream cake at Bob’s. Before getting there, I took a jeepney going to the terminal. I had a very embarrassing experience at the jeep. I only had 7 Peso coins left in my wallet and the rest were 500 Peso bills. The minimum fare is 8 Pesos so I had no choice but to give 500 Pesos to the driver. He got mad at me for not informing him ahead of time that I didn’t have coins left.
Sorry for this fail shot, but I had to take a picture of that old man wearing stripes with sunnies on! He is an angel! He gave me 1 Peso for my fare! Thank God people like him still exists!
A kind hearted taxi driver who took me to the airport gave me a buko pie. He bought two pieces while we were stuck in traffic when a vendor passed by. One for his daughter and one for me. Thank you, Kuya! Thank you, city of smiles!
Arrived in Cebu at 8 in the evening. A lot can happen in two days. Til the next trip?
"Life doesn’t go on forever. Enjoy every moment of it." - Suzzane of James Pattersons’s Suzzane’s Diary for Nicholas.
P.S. All photos were taken with Ricoh XR-1 loaded with Kodak Gold 100 and Lomography Color Negative ISO 800
Thank you for reading! :)
Last July 25 at 10pm, I left Cebu with my long time friend, Jasper for Leyte to do a Maternity shoot for our friend. But before going to their house in Baybay, we decided to go to Kalanggaman since we’re already in Leyte. We took a ferry (was it a ferry?) to Ormoc and from Ormoc, we took a van to Palompon.
We arrived at around 5 in the morning in Ormoc. We decided to have coffee at the nearest bakery.
On our way to the Tourism office of Palompon to book ourselves for a boat to Kalanggaman.
The boat to Kalanggaman is for Php 3,000 for 15 people. But since there were only 2 of us, we need to pay for Php 3,000.
Hi! A photo of us, finally!
Luckily, a fellow Cebuano family adopted us in their banca and were very generous enough to let us join them free of charge!
Spent the whole day soaking up the sun. We were blessed to have a good weather that day. It has been raining in Cebu recently.
Had a really long walk to the end of the sandbar. Kalanggaman is one of the nicest islands I’ve been to. If you want to be away from everything, this place is just right for you.
It is named after its bird-like form. Which you can’t really see in this photo. Sorry ._.
Going there just once is probably enough for me. There’s no electricity, food and water available in the island.
The family who adopted us were kind enough to also let us join them for lunch. They brought a lot of food with them. 4 of them married Norwegians. After lunch, there was a group of divers from the different parts of the world in the cottage next to us who were singing “Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling. Hence, the title of this post in Norwegian. I asked Fatrice, the daughter of Ate Daphney, the one who adopted us to translate it for me. Some of the divers asked to take a photo with me. I wish I can find them somewhere in the internet though. It’s nice to meet different kinds of people and get to know their culture. I like how Norwegians are very open-minded and how they treat everyone equally in their country. No discrimination at all, according to Ate Daphney.
And for some frustrating reasons, I can’t show you a single photo from the maternity shoot which gives me a reason to go back to Leyte next week. I really don’t know how to feel about this. So, ‘til the next post? Thank you for reading! Xx
P.S. All film photos were taken with LC-W loaded with Lomography Color Negative ISO 100
Some photos are also in instagram. Feel free to follow me at @leagoeson and in twitter: http://twitter.com/anotherlea
Whale Shark | Oslob, Cebu | LC-W Lomography Color Negative ISO 800
What happend to the forever?
It was 15 minutes past 10 pm when my assistant, who’s celebrating his birthday today and I got ourselves off from work. I decided to treat him to a movie house for his birthday and also to keep myself preoccupied. I let him chose which movie to watch. He chose a tagalog love story which I’ve seen before with a friend. I can’t remember if it was Paolo or Ron who was with me when I watched it. I hope I somehow made my assistant happy on his birthday. I still have yet to buy a present for him. After watching the movie (no, I’m not gonna say what title is), I dropped him home. Drove around for a while. Planned to go somewhere when finally, I felt sleepy.
Had a very long day. Went to Oslob earlier and went swimming with Barilie, one of the whale sharks in Oslob which is named after the bali (cut) in her fin.
Here’s a photo of us using an iPhone 5 taken by my sister who was inside a yellow submarine when she took this. Should save up for an underwater camera. Will post more photos with my LC-W soon.
It’s 30 minutes past 2 am. Thank God, I’m finally really sleepy. This is when coma sounds a lot better than being asleep. Goodnight! Xx
Salmon with Cream cheese sandwich and hot green tea latte before getting lost around the city in search for the LC-W.
My trusty pair of loafers from Topshop were the only shoes I brought with me to HK.
"How can you say you love one person when there are 7 billion people in the world that you would love more if you meet them? But you’ll never meet them. All right, so we do the best we can. Granted. But we must still realize that love is just the result of a chance encounter."
Last stop: Sheung Wan
After 7 stations, more than 20 streets, 6 Filipinos, 4 Americans and 2 Chinese people, found Lomography Gallery Store in Hong Kong finally!
Of course, I bought the LC-W. After all, that’s what I went there for. I tried it right away with the free B&W film which the sales lady gave me. Will post the photos when I can. :) The photo above was taken with LC-W but with the Lomography Color Negative ISO 800.
Had Muesli with Strawberry yogurt and Hojicha this time. Or was it green tea? I’m not sure. Anyway, during the 3rd day, I brought my LC-W which I named Baby J. :P
Didn’t know what to do on the 3rd day so I googled the must-see places in HK. I decided to check out the Hong Kong Museum of Art since you know, I’m kind of interested when it comes to art. LOL
Tah duh! But didn’t go inside because… just because.
Helliw! Double exposure at the Avenue of Stars.
Lovers at Kowloon Park.
See? I love taking photos of telephone booths.
Went back to the hotel on the evening to meet up with my “classmates”.
Found this artsy fartsy store beside Cotton On in Tsim Sha Tsui! I wanted to buy everything from there! :( (Double Exposure)
Hi, Hanz! Thanks for always willing to be my model. (Double Exposure)
Shooting Hanz shooting me.
Aloha Begin (Double Exposure)
Like a boss.
Theeerrrree! I’m almost done with this post. Congratulations for reaching this point!
Annoying. I know. Sorry. But not sorry.
You say goodbye too often.
Spent our last night walking around North Point. Thank you, Hanz for taking me to HK!
I regret not getting a tattoo of HK’s map. When I was in college, I told myself that I’ll get myself inked with every country’s map that I go to. But I don’t really like the thought of having a tattoo. I just want to have something in me that will always remind me how crazy and wonderful it is to get lost in a city you’ve never been before and to be out of your comfort zone.
Let’s see if I can finish this post. Take a deep breath. Inhale. Exhale.
So, last July 7, I went out of the country for the first time ever in my 20-ish years of existence. Thanks to Hanz Libato for inviting me to join the Hong Kong fashion week. But I chose to get lost around the city instead of attending the said event and wasn’t able to join a single activity with FIDA. #sorrynotsorry
I brought my trusty Nikon FM2 with me along with 4 rolls.
My new favorite Tuna Melt sandwich from the airport!!! I’m craving for this one right now! Had this before departing.
Hi, Hanz! At the HKIA.
HELLIIIW! I missed you guys!
Looking for a drink that we can understand to quench our thirst after a very long walk!
I also like taking photos of telephone booths.
Had Ramen on our first night for dinner at the Central.
Street food! One of the best things that happened to me in HK!
One of the nicest people I know of. Til our next adventure! :*
Aloha, Aloha! :D
I wish we have this in the Philippines.
Wheew! We stayed at Harbour Plaza in North Point. Those were few of the photos I took on our first day in HK. That’s all for now. Will post more tomorrow! Ciao! :)
Baby, if you’re reading this post, I’m sorry there was no sunset. :(
It’s been quite a while since my last set of film photos. Sorry, I have been busy lately. I drove myself to Moalboal last Friday just because.
Anyway, you can follow me in instagram at @leagoeson.