2 weeks with Batangas

My 2nd hometown.

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San Nicolas, Batangas

Batangas is where I stay during summer vacation in the Philippines. I stay at Taal, my grandmother’s hometown, for a few weeks to bond with my cousins, relatives, and of course my grandma. Strolling around the park and eating street foods are the usual stuff we do during summer. Not a very luxurious yet an awesome family bonding experience for me. We communicate with our cousins about our lives, academics, activities, and fetishes we do in our daily lives.

Photography is also ideal there in Batangas. You could see different sceneries in Batangas especially the “golden hour” around Taal Park.

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What’s photography without the portraits? Portraits were overflowing in my camera but of course as an “amateur”, I need to choose quality pics that I could enhance and post on social media platforms. Luckily my cousin is good looking so I had her as my subject. With a little guidance on how she should pose, these are the final products.

I also dedicate this portrait to my dearest grandmother. ❀

Every day is an enjoyable moment for us because I got to distance myself from the city and receive some fresh air. The most unforgettable moment during my stay are my relatives. They will always be in my heart wherever I go.

Those 2 weeks in Batangas were the most precious because I enjoy every bit of it every day. I may not visit them as often as I would before but I would never forget the moments and the memories Batangas gave me. I am looking forward to see them more often when I study senior high school here in the Philippines.

The 2nd Day Escapade: My Heart Fell for You

“A memory unforgotten.”

“My heart fell for you.” The first thing I said when I arrived at Boracay’s smooth, clean, white beach. Arriving at Boracay was like entering a paradise. The moment I arrived , the first thing I saw was its beach. I saw the clear, blue waves passing by the beach with its tall, sturdy trees standing beautifully in our eyes. My favorite part was the time I stepped to their smooth, white sand barefooted. It was an unforgettable experience that I would remember for years.

I expected that owh okay we’re just going to swim and take pictures of ourselves. You know, practical tourist xD But I was wrong. Boracay trip wouldn’t be exciting without ADVENTURE. 1st day was like:

“Owh ok. We’re just going to be chill around the area.”

“MYGAS so init! I want to sleep in the hotel na!”

“Wow! So beautiful but could I sleep first?”

“Water, water, water!”

It was because we arrived at the 13th of April, 2017 at around 12pm. The heat was really soaring up high, higher than my future xD (huhuhuhu!) It was not until the second day the adventure started. We arrived at the beach as early as 8:30 am. We were able to appreciate the beauty of the beach for the 1st time in 10 years. Island hopping was the 1st agenda in our bucketlist so we did just that.Β IMG_20170414_231713_797[1]

It was an island to island experience! From deep snorkling, sunny sunbathing, to limitless eating. Island hopping was a total package! I can’t sum up our activities during the course of the package. It was a fun and cool experience for the family πŸ™‚ .

During the afternoon, I didn’t expect that we will ride the banana boat for the first time in my life. I got elated when I knew that for that will be another adventure! I was like:

“WHOOOOOO!”

“Yes finally!”

“I LOVE IT!”

And so much more crazy expressions that you could think off. I was the only one in the family who took the risk and let go both hands during the ride. Yes, I was brave that time heheheh. The ride unfortunately lasted for 15 mins only and I wanted to ride again but it was TOO expensive for our pockets. I was then contented after that.

By the time the evening came. We came to the beach and ate dinner at Gerry’s Grill. It was a 2 hour wait and we ate our hearts out. My mom decided that we will walk and look for the fire dancers at Station 1. We were at Station 2 so therefore we need to walk all the way to Station 1 just to look for them. At first we thought that there were no dancers around the beach. We lost hope until my older sister found them flashing around the dimmed lighted beach. It was worth every sweat! Took unlimited photos and these were my products.

You couldn’t really expect what would happen. I just keep my expectations low and enjoy simple things. Boracay beach was already enjoying but this escapade was spectacular! I do not know when I will go back there. My heart misses Boracay already 😦 This was one of the highlights for me this summer. This will definitely be a memory unforgotten.

Listen to your Own Intuition

My debut blog!

“Listen to your own intuition.” It’s my own self-created motto based on my everyday experience. I do believe that we have our own instinct when comes to our hobbies. Passionate souls explore their craft by experimenting new things, going out of their comfort zone, and discovering endless possibilities. Personally I love capturing landscapes and portraits but sometimes I think that this photo could be more beautiful and catchy to the eyes. That’s where intuition kicks in.

I can’t post a picture straight off from the bat for I think that this photo could be beautified through enhancement/editing. Critical analysis and creative thinking comes into role. I have to produce a photo that would look modern, chic, and aesthetic. The edit should not be too plainΒ nor tooΒ EXAGGERATED. It should be an eye catcher and a jaw dropper. I never settle for less but I also believe that less is more. Every edit for me is another project so I give it my best shot.Β 1493572532534[1].jpg

After posting the finished product on Instagram (jerjerkim14, follow me πŸ˜€ ) My relatives would say that my pictures are well angled and are of good quality, that’s for the positive feedback but for improvement they do tell what I lack and try to improve on that. I am open for improvement. My dad told me that if want to be successful in my craft, never close your doors for opportunities and improvement. That became my perspective since then.

Your product really depends on you. You have the power to produce quality products in your chosen hobbies. Not all people will appreciate your creativity because you can’t please everyone. My only tip for rookie photographers, just start. You will eventually improve and learn. Listen to your own intuition for YOU are in control of your creativity. Stop holding back and start off your career.