PHOTO DIARY: Travel & Sunset

Timed right, sunsets are one of the most amazing works of nature you could ever catch on camera.

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Browsing through my old travel photos, I realized that I have quite a habit of taking photos of the setting sun. I mean, who doesn’t. Timed right, sunsets are one of the most amazing works of nature you could ever catch on camera and I am glad that I have taken the time to do so, albeit not always on purpose.

I tried to recover as much as I can. Here’s a couple of photos I’ve taken during my beach travels.

Sta. Ana, Cagayan Valley - 2016 | Fujifilm X30
Sta. Ana, Cagayan Valley – 2016 | Fujifilm X30
Donsol River, Sorsogon - 2015 | Canon EOS M
Donsol River, Sorsogon – 2015 | Canon EOS M
Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte - 2013 | Canon EOS 1000D
Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte – 2013 | Canon EOS 1000D
Samar - 2016 | Fujifilm X30
Samar – 2016 | Fujifilm X30
Capul Island, Northern Samar - 2016 | Fujifilm X30
Capul Island, Northern Samar – 2016 | Fujifilm X30
Guyam Island, Siargao - 2016 | Fujifilm X30
Guyam Island, Siargao – 2016 | Fujifilm X30

Northbound. Philippines.

And then there’s me with my barely combed hair.

Pagudpud 2012
The next set of images is going to be a stream of photos from my three-day getaway earlier this month.

On an attempt to escape from the busy city for a while, a friend and I decided to back to a place we first visited on a somewhat educational trip back in college. That was way back in 2010, I think; and man this place is so far different now from how I remembered it back then.

Unlike the more commercial beach destinations in the Philippines, Pagudpud (Ilocos Norte) is somewhat underrated. It is perfect for a vacation, especially if you’re not really after the beach parties and whatnot. The beach is perfect and man, I clearly came to the city a different person after this trip.

We stayed at Evangeline Beach Resort—which probably serves the best mango shake in the whole wide world.

The place was nice, cozy, and their service was impeccable. I thought online reviews were exaggerating but no, they were all telling the truth about it.

DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED WITH THE FOOD. My friend and I were surprised at how delicious their food was. As what my friend said, never have I ever ate on a place where I liked absolutely everything they served; until Evangeline Beach Resort happened.

Shot taken at around noon.
Shot taken at around noon.
Noon was probably the perfect time to hit the waters. The sun wasn't that offensive and the water was cool as ever.
Noon was probably the perfect time to hit the waters. The sun wasn’t that offensive and the water was cool as ever.

We took a walk after a quick swim and lunch. We visited the place we stayed in 2009. That’s a walk down memory lane if you should call it.

It didn't look like this when we visited this area in 2009. It's so different now.
It didn’t look like this when we visited this area in 2009. It’s so different now.
Later that night, this boat scared me. I was looking inside it when a cat jumped out of nowhere. Seriously. I shrieked.
Later that night, this boat scared me. I was looking inside it when a cat jumped out of nowhere. Seriously. I shrieked.
That's a cool splash
That’s a cool splash

From the deck

And now. The food.

I actually have more photos of food in my iPod but the quality is nothing compared to what I have uploaded so far, so I chose to just feature the HQ shots I have.

May I just say that I love grilled cheese and chicken.
May I just say that I love grilled cheese and chicken.
I don't remember what they called it. Some fine drink that is.
I don’t remember what they called it. Some fine drink that is.
A huge plate of different grilled stuff from pork to fish. And man, I was so full after that.
A huge plate of different grilled stuff from pork to fish. And man, I was so full after that.

I never really liked Palabok but man, this one was easy on the eyes.

I swear. BEST. MANGO. SHAKE. EVER.
I swear. BEST. MANGO. SHAKE. EVER.

And then there’s me with my barely combed hair.

I promise to comb my hair next time.
I promise to comb my hair next time.

Then, it was time to go. A storm was fast approaching before we left so, the tide was quite high.

This is how the beach looked like before we left Sunday afternoon.
This is how the beach looked like before we left Sunday afternoon.

Should you want to visit Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, I strongly suggest you pick Evangeline Beach Resort.
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Official travel song: Even The Nights Are Better (Air Supply)

SG