Puerto Princessa, Palawan | Philippines | Day 1-3

When it comes to blogging my adventures, I am horrible. I disabled my blog on my site since I was not consistent enough with my posts. Now, I am back! I finally got a chance to really work on my photos from my trip to the Philippines.

Waiting... Took Korean Air, one of the best airlines I've been on.

Waiting... Took Korean Air, one of the best airlines I've been on.

The last time I was in the Philippines was about 10 years ago. This trip came as a blessing. I was not able to go back since due to work. I was a retail manager and I could never get time off during the holidays, since that is one of the busiest times of the year for retail. Now that I freelance, I had the opportunity to go for 2 weeks and I could not say no.

My travel companion, my brother.

My travel companion, my brother.

Day 1 & 2 | 12.25-26.17 | My brother (Kuya) and I flew on Christmas Day, which was lovely. The airport was not as busy as it would have been if we flew on Christmas Eve. Since it takes over 24hrs including layovers to travel to the Philippines, we didn't arrive until the 26th. Surprisingly, traveling there was not too bad. I didn't feel the effects of jet lag as badly. I could also thank my bad sleeping habits for that... Woohoo!

Once we arrive, I was hit with news that the following morning, my family and I would be traveling to Palawan. It's around 11:30pm...

Side note: I didn't really know what our plans would be once we got to the Philippines. Everyday was a surprise.

Day 2 | 12.26.17 | Around 7:30am, we head out to the airport. We arrive early, and as our flight time approaches, we are told that there is a delay. Not surprising, I looked up the weather in Palawan, and there was a storm in the area.  2-3hrs later, we finally board but not before we finished our FREE Jolibee meal that the airline provided for the inconvenience. Bless them! 

Smoke from the A/C... I want to believe.

Smoke from the A/C... I want to believe.

Hello, Puerto Princesa!

Hello, Puerto Princesa!

Once we arrive, it started to rain a little and then it stopped. It's as if Mother Nature knew we were on vacation. Thankful!

Road conditions after the storm.

Road conditions after the storm.

First stop, Crocodile Farm. Halfway through the tour it started to rain again. I definitely spoke too soon about the rain.

Hi, mom & dad!

Hi, mom & dad!

Afterwards, it was off to Baker's Hill, where they are known for their hopia, which is a Filipino pastry that is filled with bean paste & assorted flavors.

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Beautiful stone detail of a pathway.

Beautiful stone detail of a pathway.

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After a long day, we headed back to our hotel. Of course, my dad wanted to go out at night for a bit, so we went out and grabbed dinner at Chow King. Fast food for a quick trip out. Haha.

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Until the next post.

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Re-Birth

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I had the pleasure of photographing my friend 8 months after enduring a hardship in her life. It was an honor to be able to capture her as she is now, coming out of the darkness and conquering the hardship of her past. I am extremely happy for her and this is her re-birth.

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Duke Garden Shoot

I did a photoshoot with one of my friends at the Duke Gardens. It is a beautiful area and I wanted to do a nature shoot. I thought there would be more color flowers, but when we got to the location, it was not as colorful as I had hoped. Instead, as Tim Gunn would say, "make it work", and we did. 

The boyfriend create a little Behind-the-Scene video, which I wanted to share. Enjoy!

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LA - DAY 3

// JUNE 30, 2017

We started the day meeting up with friends in Little Tokyo then headed to Downtown LA to explore the area. I always wanted to visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall because I love the unique architecture. It has a very organic structure, which stands out among the geometric architecture that surrounds the building. While there, the boyfriend and I ended up doing a mini photoshoot.

Positive sticker. Second time seeing this beauty in the world.

Positive sticker. Second time seeing this beauty in the world.

Of course, the boyfriend wanted to take some pictures of me, and anyone that knows me knows I prefer being behind the camera than in front of it. So enjoy the silly pictures. I could not resist myself.

After exploring the Walt Disney Concert Hall, we were pretty famished, so we went to the one place the boyfriend wanted to go to for awhile, since we did not get a chance to go in NYC. BAOHAUS! We went there to hold us over until later for Korean BBQ with friends.

The buns from left to right: Birdhaus Bao, Chairman Bao, and Fried Fish Bao. All there were pretty good but our favorite was the Chairman. We also got some free stickers and buttons for Eddie Huang's show, Huang's World. I've seen a few episodes are it is pretty good. Very raw and Eddie is quite hilarious. Love it!

Afterwards, we grabbed some food at 8 Korean BBQ with my friend Jenny, who is in California for an internship, and her boyfriend. We ordered the Pork Plate, which gives you 8 different flavors of their samgyeopsal, which are slices of pork belly. This is probably the first time I have been to a Korean BBQ restaurant where you pay per table vs per person. For the price and the amount we got, I would say it was well worth it.

We ended our night getting bubble tea at Snow Monster because I heard you can get bubble tea in a light bulb at that location. A novelty item, yes, but I wanted to enjoy the experience and I was super excited to get one.

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