I will really miss 2009. I can consider it as one of the most fruitful years of travel. There was a time a year before that I thought I would never be able to travel that much in 2009. It was in 2008 when the economic condition forced me to go into a freelancing stint. I never knew if I would succeed in 2009 being a freelance photographer and writer. But here we are, looking back, despite the many things that happened in our country like the economic crash, calamities and other uncertainties there are still a lot to be thankful for 2009.
2008 has been blessed with so many travels. I actually had a very very hard time deciding the best-of-the best on all the destinations visited on 2008. While each destination offers something unique on its own, each decision is based on my deep experience which characteristics resonates most on the place. So this ‘best-of’ is based on my personal opinion but feel free to share what you think. So here goes….
The way 2008 started looks really promising and exciting as well. Getting a citation from WikiPilipinas.org as Wikipinoy of the Year for Bloggers under Geography and Travel on the first weekend of the year was quite a surprise. It’s really heartening to know that somehow, in this little corner of blogosphere, I’m able to contribute some information on the web regarding our beautiful country. And in 2008, I plan on continuing that by venturing into more adventurous destinations, more off-the-beaten paths and possibly (re)discovering some hidden gems in our 7107 islands and beyond. So here’s what to expect on 2008.
Placing large photo prints on my room wall
Holiday greetings! I hope everyone’s having a grand vacation. Truth to tell, I’ve been yearning to go to a certain destination like back to Sagada or anywhere else since I’m really excited to test my personal gift this Christmas, a 12-60mm (24-120mm) 2.8-4 SWD High Grade Zuiko Lens brought by my friend (Thank you Meg!) from Japan. With its considerably wider angle and longer zoom than my kit lens, and faster speed too, it would be my walk-around lens from now on. I already bought a couple of filters for it as well but things didn’t really work out. With the crazy humid weather we’re experiencing and occasional rains pouring in I thought I just stay here in Manila, which is a good thing actually. Aside from saving a bit of money, I get to spend some time at home with family, and actually clean my room. I’ve been so busy nowadays I didn’t realize dust has already settled on top of my old books I could no longer see the covers! Aside from cleaning and hanging up some large prints on my room wall, this free time has also given me some time to think about what I want for 2008 as well as looking back on 2007, thus producing this list. This would be the first time for me to do a Best-of-the Best series. As all travels has been great but there are some that really stood out in terms of character. So enough yakking and here goes.
Xmas Tree Parol
To all my visitors, regular blog readers here or everyone who stumbled here, wishing a sincere Merry Christmas to ALL! May each one of you have a joyous celebration with families and friends. And don’t forget that CHRIST is the heart of CHRISTmas who always reminds us to GIVE. With that you can send your gifts to this address…. hahaha kidding. Just enjoy the holidays, so eat, drink and be merry!
Sony Ericsson Top Shot of the Week
Yet another cellphone contest from Sony Ericsson. Nasusulit yung phone ko dito. Hahaha. Haven’t won anything yet in this contest, but I am really amused to see my shot as a feature for the week. I do hope I win again, even a K550i would suffice. Check out the other entries here at the gallery.
Lot’s of photo contest lately. I’m still sorting out which one to enter which.