Almost all of us take photos, Travel to exotic places and meet local people, for us it can enrich our lives. We go back home with pictures to show to everyone and re-living the moment. But how about the people whom we met? How will they remember us that once upon a time, we stepped our foot in their door step.
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Spent few years traveling extensively around the Philippines. The country is marvelous in many ways. As my photography grows, I found myself being fascinated with our local tribes, history and culture. Took some images and these images was my key to where I am now – a Photo journalist.
Did I say “took” some images? Yes that’s what we all do now. We love to meet people specially when we travel and meet locals to have a sneak peek of their ways and experience at least an atom of their life, we take pictures, we take endless selfies. We learn how to appreciate what we have by them showing what their life is, a life of not having everything but yet willing to give what they have. But do we really make a difference to them? Do we leave mark on their door steps? Do we have something to leave to them so you can say” I was here”.
During my past travels, I’m longing share something to them, longing to know more and connect. That’s why this project came up.
In partnership with Kodak Photo Printer Philippines, we believe how images can bring joy in happiness to someone. Nowadays where technology reaches almost everywhere, we will embark to a journey to some remote places looking to find people who haven’t seen themselves in a photograph, at first I was skeptical on the mission to look for these people because it’s now the 20th century. But I was lucky enough to find some soul who’s waiting to see their “FIRST PHOTOGRAPH”
In few weeks, will show you more up close and in details their stories and my experience along with them. So watch this space.
Facebook, twitter and the list goes on for social networking sites, My Dad used to tell me way back in his time, people gather at the plaza after church and meet and greet ,that's how they roll before. I mean all this social networks are doing an amazing job connecting people, but there's something about doing it live in person, more raw , more honest just like what I experienced with Hannah on the previous post, When I said hello to her, in facebook that means " sending a friend request" she HI back that's "request accepted".
The night we got in Puraran beach, there were numbers of foreign people, to the point that some of them didn't have a room to stay or had to crunch in one room. This is not the normal crowd here, normally less people could be we just booked all at the same time.
By Day the beach was a typical beach, swimming, frisbee and hanging out, but at night it transform into a party place crowd ,mixed with different age and race, It was an awesome to meet the friendly Canadians who works at free and easy traveler- Graham, Tadd and Nigel these boys are travel guides and they gather travelers from Canada and bring them to different countries for 40-50 days of travel and yes they are the same Canadians we met on day 1 , so timely we were there to share a piece of the cherry.
We went to Puraran to have a little breaker from our busy life, and having a party at the beach is a bonus
Meeting different people in different cultures are so refreshing,sharing your thoughts and talk about almost anything and be able to see their reaction in person is way better than facebook- this blog is for the people we connected with- you guys rock!
Nigel is a funny guy l,I saw her that afternoon carrying a shovel putting a cross sign on the sand, I asked him what he's digging for he just said - Got nothing much to do and exercise. Well it's their thing maybe?
I want the world to know that I'm good at drinking beer! - Nigel
They dig half of the day, and the whole could fit 15 people, don't ask me I have no idea why they do that , But sure it looks fun!
This is Raymund the friendly priest in touchy bum to have a pics with me- nice background right?
Graham playing with Ralph's baby goaty- funny/awkward pics!
Ralph and Hannah Banana
Graham and Tadd preparing for the night party on their funny looking bow-ties.
Kuya andoy and his son Mark- our Guide during our Hike at Balakay point. He drives a tricycle for a living, such a lovely father.
Just now as I put this photo, noticed that there's a girl attempting to do Pole dancing.- this people sure know how to party!
Bonfire to complete the set! not sure if one did the rain dance.
Hannah doing her funny face again.
Traveler from France- Rowlan and Traveler from Canada Nigel and Graham of Free and easy traveler
Three nights of partying that's filled with laughter, fun - different people with amazing personalities that's what made it a great chemistry, sometimes we don't have to sit on a bench all day, sometimes it pays to connect.
To see more behind scenes and off guard photos click here.
Let me end this post by say thanks to all the people we met on the way, big and small you touched our heart and hope to see you all someday again.
Wanting to save money as we stay at the resort we opt to go to travel 1 hour going back to the town of Virac, and believe me it's not for the rushing people, we had to wait for an hour or so just to wait for more passenger on going back to Puraran beach. When we got at the Market we got what we needed and headed back to our stay, we left Puraran beach at around 11pm we got back at around 5ish time.
This is how we roll at the market!
Eating at a local place with locals, I thing I love about Hannah is shes always ready to smile to who ever greets her.
Going back to the our stay by jeep- large jeep.
We didn't leave Puraran without even trying their mouth watering lobster- that looks like a feast yes!
When I was laying on the beach in the sun with Hannah, I saw some people paddle surfing, so I thought why not try it? I'm not at all a good swimmer, I mean I can only swim when Dave is around to grab me when I sink,but I really really wana try it, We got two instructors and told them, we only want to paddle, But it was too late my instructor shouted "STAND UP!" so I did! Failed two times, but the third one was a success! got bruises and scratch on my feet as my trophy. Will I do it again? absolutely!
The day went by fast! I love hills and mountain, so that's where we went
next ,Balakay Point is what the locals call this place which was 15 minutes tricycle ride from the beach , And being up there is so close to heaven.
Im so high! (literally)
We took a moment to connect with nature- when you are there, you'll wonder how big the world is,yet you meet amazing people in one place.The grassy scent of air combined with the sea breeze made us sigh..
I don't normally ask people to do jump shot! but they asked for it. - look of screaming happiness!
After that hike.. think they need a pillow.
When things is not for you today,maybe it will be tomorrow... Why do I say this? Two years ago, Paula and I booked a flight going to Puraran beach in Catanduanes, we were so excited on stepping our feet on the wide sandy shore, but unfortunately the flight got cancelled and the air fare were refunded back to us like the airline company will not fly there ever again...
I almost forgot about this place, till we were able to book a ticket again from a different airline company! packed our bags and wear our sunnies for the summer opening ( March ) and head on our way. It's my first time to fly with Paula and Ralph so that I'm pretty much excited.
We were the last passenger to board in the plane, a bus picked us up to bring us to our ride..well that's what we thought, there's another passenger who's late to board aside from us.
Wearing gray shirt, sipping her coffee while holding her tote bag, and wearing a pleasant face, she reminded me of me when I travel solo and this Julia Roberts film poster "eat pray and love " which is also the meaning of the tattoo on my neck ...so I bravely said HI to her, one hello came a long way... she deserves to have another spot on my blog which you can view here.
This Article is Divided into four parts , Part 2: Surf + Hike , Part 3 Hello Hannah and Part 4: Connect + beach part
We were all pumped up even if we only had 1-2 hours sleep. Upon arriving in Virac airport, I already have plans in my mind,no really I do have it on my ipod to keep me reminded, I was standing outside the door when Paula and Ralph asked me who we were waiting for-there she is.. Hannah carrying her house I mean bag, seriously- it's almost as big as her and I wont even have to guess how heavy it was Ralph asked me " what makes you think she'll come with us " I just said "trust me ", Service van from Puraransurf came to asked if we wanted to use their service along with the three Canadians, I gave Hannah her options if she wanted to use the service or join us and YES she came with us to seabreeze resto to have a nice breakfast and meet his friend Raymund who's a local and lives there which is also a priest.
This two were doing some plans and that's Raymund the priest, no not your typical priest - he is also a surfer, they met in Baler in one of the surfing competition, I don't meet a surfing priest everyday!
Raymund referred Hannah to stay in Majestic beach resort, the resort next to us, but her stay was not yet confirmed. We offered her to stay with us instead, since the room we got was good for 4 people, and she just need rent an extra bed- awesome! she said.
Seabreeze resto where we had our breakfast and little getting to know. Then we left the town at around lunch time which took us 45 mins to get to Baras town .You arrive at the town of Baras and Puraran is 5-kilometer away or about 10-15- minute drive
Howling breeze met us upon getting to puraran beach resort , there's currently 2 operating beach resort in puraran beach, Purarasurf which we stayed at and Majestic Puraran and another one currently being built between these two resort,Do I surf? NO I'm here to beach bum and to get some tan, during summer months the waves are for beginner, August - September and typhoon season is when the Pros come over.
Cute kubo's ( hut ) in Puraran beach , the green one all the way to the left is our zen for 600 php per night good for 2 people.The brilliant thing about the resorts here- they will let you go to market and grab fresh goods and you can have the resort cook it for you or you can use the kitchen.
Due to travel time, on going back and forth getting goods from the town, we were not able to do a city tour and visit more places of interest and meet locals who weave , just going to the town can eat one day so we decided to just stay in the beach and enjoy what we already have-the beach , Hannah on the other hand opt to search for good wave spots with Raymund, it was really fun exchanging stories with them on what happened on their escapade during dinner time.
I love how the huts/cottages was laid out in Majestic surf, seems like a small village, I met Aireen Tanael who manage the place, and and awesome cook for local food, I so love her omelet!
here's Ralph and Paula taking some moments and Ralph attempting to get a coconut, and oh no that's not an underwear on Paula's head.
The rooms are just right for our size and most importantly clean, It was a cozy stay with sea view and 10 steps you are on the sand.
View from our humble balcony.
Waking up in the morning having the view of sunrise completes my coffee routine.
My Three funny travel buddies, they are just to quick when I say - POSE!
Ralph- hang over from last night ?
While Manila is congested, here you can hangout everywhere anywhere at anytime.
Mesmerized I guess is the word to describe just looking at this view...I opt to not to put any music on, and just listen to the waves...EPIC. The rock formation in the in the beach seems to be a majestic center piece.
There's our bubbly German girl- enjoying the sun.
Since the group wanted to hangout with me too, I chose to get more tan just outside our room- bright bright bright!
work it!! work it! work it!
As I write this blog I still think of the things we had back there, The food , the friendship,the nightly party, the people, I traveled solo and also with friends but what made this trip a heart melting one is the chance to be humane and care for a total stranger, and turning them into friend that will lead to them be a part of our life, After all we live in the same world, even we are different in colors. Hope this give you a little insight of the trip we had. It was an amazing time we all had and think we might go back.
To see more random photos click here and here
Also see :
Part 2: Surf + Hike
Part 3 Hello Hannah
Part 4: Connect + Beach party
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It's me, Melissa fox - a lifestyle,spirited photographer for modern and chic people , Wedding photographer based in Marikina City. I want bigger things in life and I love it when the inner kid takes command. I find passion in creating visual arts.
I have written several blogs about some destinations I've been to and some of the other things I love to do, and the blog section of this website is all about my ramblings! I hope that through my blogs you’ll get to know the person behind the lens and I’ll be able connect with you.