I had no idea what am I getting into when I receive a tag from my friend Andrew Mamangun of trippingsbydrew.com to come up with my very own 7 Super Shots organized by HostelBookers challenge. I am glad that he includes me because I had fun, difficulty and enjoyable time doing this .
It was fun because while checking my file photos it brings back memories. While browsing, I can’t help but smile, feel sad, misses some place, wants to forget, hopes to stay forever etc all kinds of emotion. I find the exercise difficult at the same time because every place I visit I always have my favorite spur-of-the-moment shot. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I had captured quite a few great shots (at least from my very own perception hihihi). Some of them were taken while I am at the bus, train or boat. So there the difficulty in choosing the best among the best from my thousands photo collections. It was totally enjoyable. I realize, taking photos has nothing to do (but of course it helps) with whatever camera you use whether DSLR or simply point & shoot but more often it’s how and when, the angle, the timing, the weather, how well all these coordinates with one another. Okay to be honest I don’t know about photography at all, I am just super duper grateful that I think I am given an eye to capture, be it landscape or people at the right time and place. The idea I think is being open to your surroundings, be totally spontaneous and be really aware of the place you are in. You’ll definitely capture something beautiful when you least expect it. So here it goes
1 – Takes my breath away
Coron Palawan, Philippines
My recent visit in January with my mother made me fall in love all over again with the place. There is something magical about this Coron Island that mesmerizes me every time I went back. Continue reading →
Bondi beach is our next destination. Among other beaches, we have choose to spend the day exploring Bondi beach due to its vicinity from our hostel. While Aline, Inga and I are preparing for our things to bring to the beach we have agreed to drop by at the super market to buy bread, sandwich spread, drinks and some chips so we have something to eat while on the road. Aside from it would save us from getting hungry, it is a good alternative to go cheaper. We have had a discussion over dinner last night and it all boils down here: it is indeed expensive in Sydney. A meal can cost around 14-15 Australian dollars but if you’ll go for fast food like Ms Donalds you can have a meal for around 8-10 dollars. Mc Donalds will be our favorite then in the next few days .
Going to Bondi beach is easy and quite simple:
By Train. We walk to the nearest subway station from our hostel. We board at Kings Cross and alight at Bondi Junction station which is roughly around 10-12 minutes. Alternatively, you can board at other train stations from Central, Town Hall, Martin Place, Edgecliff going to Bondi Junction. And then we take the bus from Bondi Junction to ferry us to the beach.
By Bus. From Bondi Junction board either bus 380, 381, 382, or 333 which would take around 15 minutes to reach the beach.
Here are some photos of our day adventure at Bondi Beach:
This is the view that have welcomed us upon reaching Bondi beach
Weather in Australia varies depending on which state you are in. Like in Sydney where summer is fast approaching, months of November and December up to January is a peak season as this is the time when people from different parts of the world (especially for Europeans who’d like to escape winter) fly to Sydney to celebrate the season and have fun under the hot scorching sun. Tourists and locals flock to beaches in Bondi, Coogee or Manly.
A peek at beautiful Bondi beach from the tarp
I had a stop over at Darwin in the Northern Territory for 5 hours prior to my connecting flight to Sydney. It was early in the morning and I felt so dead tired and exhausted not because of a long trip but due to the terrible experience I had at the immigration. Talk about traveling alone. I don’t want to be labelled just because I am a woman and an Asian but sadly we are often subjected to some form of stereotyping. Sigh!