Balamban

Balamban, Cebu

Ok, so you’ve been to the beach. You’ve had your fill of beaches (as if that was possible). You’re ready for a change. Here’s what you do: road trip part duex. This time pack your bags and head up the mountains. Just drive straight on up Busay, keep going for about an hour until you see a sign (and an extremely steep drive up) calling you up to West 35 Eco Resort, Balamban.

Balamban, Cebu

Sunrise at the beach has its appeal, but something about the fresh air up in the mountains just calms my heart.

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Yes, that’s my sister, Kryz, surrounded by greenery. This is an excellent place for taking photos of your loved ones. Though, to be fair, not everyone will look like her. Case in point, here are some shots of my mom and I trying to be glamorous. Not quite the same effect.

mom and me

Pretty dew drops. Imagine being surrounded by this much beauty. I’m not kidding, everything looked like this.

West 35 Balamban

Here’s a quick shot of their accommodations, yes, that is a trail of tiny yellow flowers leading to you room. It’s like a Disney movie. Bad guy not included.

West 35 Balamban

I wish I got more shots of the room itself but unfortunately I was distracted when they told me each room has its one private bonfire area! What?! S’mores anyone? Anyway, I digress, check out their site here if you wanna know more.

 

Jack

 

Bantayan

I’ll be the first to admit, getting to Bantayan isn’t the easy. But it is definitely worth it. So find some friends or someone you love and tell ‘em it’s time for a road trip!

You’re going on a “quick” three hour drive up north. From Cebu City head to (in this order) Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, Danao, Catmon, Sogod, Bogo, San Remegio. When you get to San Remegio find a place to park your car, hop on a ferry – Hagnaya to Santa Fe, it’ll be another 60-75 mins.

By now you should be fairly sick of sitting around, but no worries, you’re very nearly there! When you dock you’ll find a multitude of tricycles ready to take you to your hotel. Or if you’ve planned ahead, have the hotel pick you up. And the first thing you should do when you’re faced with that gorgeous view? Throw all your crap in the room and go for a swim, you deserve it!

Crystal clear waters, smooth white sand in between your toes, and the ocean breeze in your hair. Ahh paradise.

See, it was all worth it.

Jack x
 

Bantayan

Bantayan

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Beach front beach hut? Yes please.

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Hanging out with my amazing friends in an amazing place.

Bantayan Sunset

Bantayan Sunset

Bantayan Sunrise

Get up early for the sunrise, I promise, it’s worth it. Have I ever steered you wrong? I was right about Bantayan, wasn’t I?! ;)

Bantayan Sunrise

Bantayan Sunrise

Bantayan Sunrise

Click click on the panaroma to see it large!

Quick Update

Bokeh Christmas Portriat

Kryz Uy’s Christmas Bokeh Portrait. Taken at Dahilayan.

Wow, it’s been awhile. Sorry for the long absence but I’m backkk and with so much to share.

First of, I was thinking of making a Christmas bokeh tutorial. I know, I know, it’s been done before. But it’s really just a pretty effect. And whenever I see photos like this (see above) I get all warm inside. So if this is something you’d like to see, hit me up in the comments and I’ll put something together.

Young Ambassadors of Style

From l-r: Milen Aquino, Ccia Ang, Enzo Rabat, Adlai Rivera, Angela Fortich, Essa Santos, Mark Lotzof, Jessika Knight, and Mia Arcenas
Photos: Hannah Bacalla, Styling: Kryz Uy, Art Direction: Jacklyn Uy

And in WAGW news, the holiday season is always my busiest. I’m happy to announce that WAGW now has it’s very own website! Be sure to check it out: shopwagw.com. While you’re there check out the new Holiday issue we’ve just published. Featuring our Young Ambassadors of Style from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

Love,

Jack

A wishlist of sorts

It’s November and Christmas is only a few weeks away. Is everyone as excited as I am? I have loads of photos to show you, but I’ve been swamped with shoots upon shoots and I can’t share anything just yet. So instead, I’m making a random list that could possibly pass as a gift guide. Or not, like I said- random.

1. Short hair.

Not really a gift I know, but I’ve been obsessing about cutting my hair for ages now. Every now and then I get itching to cut off all my hair. I just can’t help it. I’ve never been the type to be patient enough with Rapunzel-long-locks. Unfortunately, I have biology going against me. With cheeks like mind the short hair I crave just makes me look like a pudgy little boy. But then at least, I’d have the body to match! Help me decide, strangers on the internet, what do you think? Keep it or cut it off?

2. Fuji xpro1.

Despite the mixed reviews (and price tag) on this cam, it still haunts my every waking moment. Well, ok, maybe not. But I definitely think about it a lot. Just read this review from Zach Arias and tell me you don’t feel the same! I know, I know, that’s Zach (first name basis, we’re tight that way) who is to say your pictures will turnout as amazing? Valid argument, it’s the photographer not the camera, but just look at it!

Photo from fujifilm.com

Ok, maybe I just have gas (gear acquisition syndrome).

 

3. Wacom tablet

I got mine 2 years ago and it’s my favorite thing ever. Sure you can get the job done with your mouse but think of your wrists! I have the Intous4 but they’ve rolled out the Intuos5 and it looks good (there I go again with the gas), I definitely recommend this.

Photo from Wacom.com

 

4. ONA bag insert

If you travel a lot this is a fantastic option to have. When I went on my China and Eurotrip I lugged around a huge backpack and spent my days wondering around like a sweaty turtle (eww).

Photo from photojojo.com

5. Ceramic alarm clock

So chic, so want it.

Photo from westelm.com

6. Muijo iPad sleeve

I’m starting to see a pattern in my choice of accessories….

Photo from mujjo.com

7. Awesome typeface bookends

Photo from designsponge.com

Ok, that’s all I got. For now. What have you been obsessing about? Hit me up in the comments, I’m desperate for gift ideas!

 

Jack x

 

Holiday Mode: Hong Kong (again)

I just had to share this. Here’s a short film by Ian Gamester. Talk about seeing the beauty in your everyday.

 

I’ve been thinking about how much we take our everyday moments for granted and I’ve decided to started carrying a point and shoot around again. I can’t tell you how much fun its been to just take snapshots again. To focus on whats happening and not think about my settings, exposure, or the weight of the camera around my neck. Here is some Hong Kong randomness with my lovely sisters.

Enjoy!

Jack

Kryz and Diane

Diane and I

Super spicy noodles!

Alley

Tall buildings

Panda hugging a tree. Do you see it? Took me awhile.

The view from our hotel room