A smartphone’s camera is no longer just an added feature but a necessity in this age of Instagram and Facebook social statuses. High-quality cameraphones tend to come with a steep price tag though. But here comes Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL, a mid-range priced shooter boasting a class-leading Laser Autofocus that can lock into focus in 0.3 second. We put this camera into real-world use in my recent trips and see how it performs as a smartphone and cameraphone.
A multi-purpose bag is quite a commodity for a traveler. Most common are the trolley-type bags that can turn into a backpack like the old Eagle Creek Twist Pack 22 I reviewed before. Eagle Creek may have done something revolutionary this time with their patent-pending Eagle Creek EC Lync System. So imagine a rolling bag that has a detachable and collapsible frame to convert it to a backpack or duffle bag and can also be stuffed in a smaller sac for storage. The idea seems doubtful for me at first. I was thinking, collapsible? Is it durable enough for rough handling in airport check-ins? Is it easy to assemble or convert? I had the opportunity of testing the Eagle Creek EC Lync System 22 bag for more than four months now and used it for a few local and international trips already.
I have worked with the Dornier/InFlight team for quite a while now and most of the time, the assignments had been really interesting much like the Cebu-Bohol “Escape Into the Wild” and the Laguna Lake Loop “Slice of Art” story. I like working mostly as a photographer with a team comprised of a writer and sometimes the art director as I’m more focused on shooting than interviewing for the story. For this five-day Bicol assignment with InFlight Traveller, I was with writer Monica de Leon and and Art Director Jocas See. We were accompanied by our guide, the Bicolano Man himself, Renato Jao. This assignment was pretty close to me as for the very long time (I think 10 years) I get to go back to my mom’s hometown which is Daraga, Albay. I used to spend summers here when I was a kid and I really like how the places has developed from what I remember. Also in this issue is a feature on one of my favorite resorts in Palawan, Qi Palawan. Check out the spreads below and hopefully you get a copy at the nearest bookstores like Fully Booked and National Bookstore.
I’m an advocate of walking. Whenever I’m in a new place or destination, walking is a way for me to familiarize with the environment. It gives me an idea on the economic and social status of the place aside from getting my bearings. When I was invited by a friend Tin of JovialWanderer to join Gideon of Pinoymountaineer as well as members of Global Shapers Community – Manila hub for #WalkEDSA last October 25, walking the length of Edsa from SM MOA to SM North Edsa, I jumped in on the idea. One of the reason is I haven’t done that before and it would be interesting to see Manila on foot through the city’s busiest thoroughfare.
“No time to exercise. Fitness center too far. Pricey membership.” These are some of the excuse people who are trying to get started on their fitness regimen. Now there’s little excuse to get fit especially with the entry of KFit app in Manila. KFit is like the Uber app of fitness. Whether you are into yoga, crossfit, muay thai, bodybuilding or zumba, you can search for a fitness center or studio near you and reserve at least an hour before the session. Here’s my experience with the app for over a month’s use.
As a photographer who’s slightly paranoid about my photo archive backups, it’s always a continuing quest to find a reliable hard drive To use in the long run. Believe me, I’ve already gone through some headaches with several hard drive failures. Since late last year 2014, I decided to try out the Transcend StoreJet 25M3 portable hard drive. I first, saw the hard drive from fellow photographers in Batanes and left quite a good impression from its built.
National Geographic. Manfrotto. Gitzo. If you have been into for photography for a while, these are the names of trusted brands already known for their quality and durability. Ask any photographer and one way or another, these brands will pop-up when people asked about reliable gear for tripods, bags and accessories. While their presence here in the Philippines have been floating around somewhere here and there through questionable distribution, the recent launch, showcase last week solidified their presence in the country. Manfrotto, National Geographic and Gitzo brought in their latest products and models and would be widely available nationwide through Henry’s, Colours and highly popular online store Lazada.