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So I’ve been practicing web designing, and I am making the most of what I have. Good thing Mr.www.projectmanila.com and Ms. http://www.listless-tide.org constantly give me tips on how to improve my stuff.

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I’ll tell you the good news next time.

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Nothing beats this trip. This did not happen on a long weekend, nor on a holiday, but I told myself that I won’t miss this. I needed a break from the stress that my day job provides.

Beach, good laughs, and a camera. I knew this would be a perfect trip with my best friends.

*Kit and Jobo, sama kayo next time =)

Mike, Migs, Sharie, Justin, Dan, Me
Mike, Migs, Sharie, Justin , Dan, Me

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Sharie

Thanks for this.

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As I took steady steps toward them, they huddled, screamed out of excitement, and posed the best smile they can ever project. They are the most excited pieces of life during that morning. No one can ever stop them from posing in front of my lenses – no worries, nothing held them back. For, as how the saying goes, they will only be young once.

They Will Only Be Young Once

They Will Only Be Young Once

They Will Only Be Young Once

They Will Only Be Young Once

They Will Only Be Young Once

Come to think of it, I was young once as well.

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I was invited to join her in her climb t Mt. Pinatubo, along with other travel photographers and back-packers. Never have I tried hiking before, so I did not really know what to expect.

The trip turned out to be more than an adventure for us. It was a reuniting moment with nature, clicking practice for me and my camera, and a test of endurance for the long hours of hike.

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The adventure started off with a one-hour off road trip via 4×4 trucks. It was still early in the morning, the sunlight gave the best hue to every subject you can see around. Perfect time to get my camera clicking.
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After a very bumby ride on our way to the foot of the volcano, we were warned ehem told to to brace ourselves for the hike. Some prayed with their groups, some stretched and warmed themselves up, but me and W took a leak instead.
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Then the hike began. Not more than a minute after the start, I got sand and small stones in my sandals already. They were there the whole time. But it made me feel and appreciate the hike more.
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As we reached the crater of the famous volcano, I have to admit, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. The view was breath-taking. The colors and the details of the mountain were very intricate. The lake that settled in its crater gave a cool breeze to the scenic picture. Everything was perfect. You can’t help but to take a second look everytime you remove your eyes at her.

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Before we went down, the rain poured hard as if welcoming and blessing us with her grace.

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Seriously, the whole experience is more than real. It is beyond words. If I am given the chance to do it all over again, I’ll definitely do it. Bring the same stuff, take W with me again, invite the same group of fun people, and tackle the challenge head first.

Thanks to The Travel Factor for giving opportunities to back-packers, photographers and travelers to see the wonders of our country. If you have a Multiply page, add them up: thetravelfactor.multiply.com

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Sonya’s Garden

This was the main purpose of us going to Tagaytay – to check out Sonya’s Garden. We were first-timers so we didn’t know what to do at the beginning. We don’t know how to order or how to get things started. So we just observed, observed, took pictures, observed, and walah, food started to land on our table.

Sonya's Garden, Table Setting

Sonya's Garden, Interior

Sonya's Garden, Green Salad
This was the first to be served: Freshly harvested lettuce and arugula topped with mango, broad beans, eggs, cucumber, jackfruit, pineapple, edible flowers in season, etc., drizzled with Sonya’s Secret Dressing or Balsamic Vinegar. Personally, this was my favorite.

Sonya's Garden, Freshly Baked Sesame Bread
Everybody got full on the first wave of food, but they just kept on coming in: Freshly baked sesame bread from their Panaderia.

Sonya's Garden, Pesto, White Cheese, Anchovies, Tapenade
And of course, the bread comes with homemade dips: pesto, white cheese, anchovies, tapenade.

Sonya's Garden, Pasta
“Let there be pasta.” And so these appeared with three kinds of sauces: Sun dried tomato; chicken cream with mango; and ratatouille; topped with salmon belly, mushrooms, black olives, capers, anchovies.

Sonya's Garden, Tarragon Tea
The Tarragon Tea and its ever-calming aroma. I can spend the whole day just smelling it.

Sonya's Garden, Glazed Sweet Potato
And what’s a complete meal without its dessert? Some sweet potatos.

Sonya's Garden, Banana Rolls
Eto pa: Banana Rolls.

Sonya's Garden, Sinfully Tasty Chocolate Cake
This is the deadly part. You’ll commit a sin when you eat this, for it’s sinfully tasty. Haha.

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Sonya's Garden, Sunflower
You’ll see this outside.

The place is extremely calmingly fresh, and one can even fall asleep for the place’s cool breeze. I suggest that you go here when you drop by Tagaytay. Bring your friends along for their serving is good for small groups of people (5 or so I belive). Plus, the price is really reasonable.

Sonya’s Garden can be located at: Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines
(near the vicinity of Tagaytay City, Philippines)
For reservations:
call or text +63-9175329097 or +63-9175335140
Email them at: info@sonyasgarden.com

For the complete details of their services, go check their website: http://www.sonyasgarden.com
*Some contents of this post were taken from the menu page of the restaurant’s website. =)

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Caleruega was one of our stop-overs during our Tagaytay road trip. I’ve heard a lot of stories about the place (ghosts and all), so my expectations of the place impressively soared high. I got excited to take some photographs, and this is how I saw the place.

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Caleruega-Philippines can be located at: Brgy. Kaylaway, Batulao, Nasugbu Batangas
Email them at: caleruega_philippines@yahoo.com
Reach them at: 0921-2709890 / 0921-8304226
Visit them at: http://www.caleruega-philippines.ph

*I heard that if you want to get married here, you have to reserve a slot three years in advance.

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Antipolo Church

I have been living in Antipolo for 12 years now, and I haven’t taken a single photograph of our famous church. So one night, before my band practice, I checked my bag if I got a camera with me, then finally decided to capture its historic appeal.

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It was late already during that night. Few people were left, praying.

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