From Bergen to Stavanger

One of the perks of taking a bus during summer (or during a nice sunny day) here in Norway is the beautiful views. Whenever I travel to Bergen (or Stavanger from Bergen), I always take the bus because it’s cheaper than flying (though flying would save lots of time). The travel time is 5 hours, with short stops and 2 ferry rides included.

Here are the shots from the ferry ride from Halhjem to Sandvikvåg.

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The wind turbines at Stord

Photo 101: Water and Orientation

Day three’s Photo 101 assignment is Water and Orientation. Here’s my take on this task. This shot was taken in the Philippines last year. That’s my bf going back to the shore after a couple of hours snorkeling. I remember that the locals on that island were impressed because my bf didn’t care about swimming alone in the scorching heat of the sun. Hehe.. Anyway, for this shot I used my Sony Nex5 and used Lightroom to adjust the exposure.

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Summer Vacation Part III: Feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola

The feast of Saint Ignatius de Loyola is celebrated on July 31. Saint Ignatius is the patron saint of the soldiers, the founder of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) and he is also one of the patron saints of Liloan Southern Leyte.

It’s not my first time to celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola in Liloan because my mom is from there and we have relatives there as well.

Anyway, we arrived in Liloan 2 weeks before the fiesta and it was raining (July is rainy season in the Philippines) but it wasn’t that bad compared to Manila. I’m thankful because the sun shined a couple of days after the arrival so we got the chance to go for a sightseeing and swimming. Then every morning, the sound of drums and lyres woke us up-yes there’s parade everyday before the fiesta! My cousins said that they celebrate their patron saint for a week and there are lots of activities before and during the fiesta. Like for example, the Lilo-Lilo Festival and the beauty pageant.

As a girl who grew up in Manila, I find fiestas outside the city more lively and more fun because people are cooperative and care about their community.

Summer Vacation in the Philippines Part II: The Old Man and His Violin

During my stay at Liloan Southern Leyte, I met an extraordinary man. He is an old man in his 60’s. He is a musician and he plays the violin but unlike the other violinists he doesn’t own a Stravidarius nor a Stentor. His violin is homemade. It is made from a rod, strings, bottlecaps and a tin can. When someone asked him what he can do with his musical instrument, he just simply sat on the bench and played. First he played a couple of Filipino music and then I requested for a Delilah. I’m really impressed because he got the tune (almost) eventhough his instrument is not one of the best. It only shows that he got the skill and the passion.

Check out the video at the last part of this post.

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Playing with passion.
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The spectators

Philippines 2014: Makati Avenue

Whenever I go to Metro Manila, I always stay at Makati Avenue Makati City because everything is accessible. From fastfood, restaurants, transportation and shopping malls (you name it). At the same time security is good here since there are police officers and security guards almost all of the time.

I was here a month ago and I stayed at Traveller’s Inn during the first week of my vacation in the Philippines. Traveller’s Inn is a condo-hotel located along Makati Avenue and P.Burgos. This part of Makati is known as the Red Lights District of the Philippines because of the night clubs, bars and women.

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A nice view of Makati Avenue from the condo-hotel.

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The Trip to Preikestolen

Preikestolen is one of the most visited places here in Norway. It is located at the western part of the country and belongs to Rogaland county. If you have been in Stavanger then I assumed that you have also heard about Preikestolen. Since Preikestolen is just a ferry and car/bus (the direct bus from Stavanger to the site is only available during season) ride from Stavanger.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend and I went to Preikestolen. The trip was really great and we had so much fun. Also, the weather was really good. It was sunny. So everyone’s happy during the hike.

Anyway, the plan was to catch the ferry to Tau at 8:30 a.m. but someone kept on snoozing the alarm so we left for Tau at 10:50 from Stavanger. Then from Tau we took the bus to Jørpeland. FYI, we didn’t drive. So we walked 3 hours from Jørpeland to the Preikestolen site.

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at Jørpeland
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Hiking is no joke. A good body condition is a prerequisite. Here I am preparing for the 3 hour walk!

3 hours of walking is really long but if you are not alone, time goes by swiftly. So hiking with friends is highly recommended here.

When we reached the site, we had to walk for another 2 hours to reach the top.

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Finally on the trail to the Pulpit Rock! Woohoo!
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Overlooking Preikestolen

There are many trails here. We took the local trail (accidentally) and reached the part higher than the Pulpit Rock. But so glad we did! The view is just simply amazing.

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The picture speaks for itself.

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Summary of our trip:

Stavanger-Tau by ferry =1hr and 5 minutes

Tau-Jørpeland by bus= circa 30 minutes

Jørpeland-Preikestolen site (camp) by foot= 3 hrs

Preikestolen site- top (Preikestolen)= 4 hrs and a half (back and forth)