Hello Word, or hello Professor Seslow, Let’s see. I’ve enjoyed this class so much, and I’m bittersweet about this class and CT in general. I wish I found out what Communications Technology was earlier on in my college career because I really love…
Hey World! Everyone needs a vacation!
I’ve been living in America for a big chunk of my life, although I was born in the Philippines I doesn’t even feel like it. So last summer I decided to explore my native land and a take a trip for the first time without my parents to the Philippines. I spent a week travel to two different islands with my boyfriend. I don’t speak Filipino very well, but I understand fluently. I have never been around the Philippines only to visit my family and stay close to my relatives’ homes. So this was something new to me, an adventure if you call it. I always saw a lot of these amazing places on Instagram and have been drawn to this small island in the south called Siargao.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Get on a long plane ride to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Then take another plane ride to Sayak Airport which is in Siargao Island.
AIRPORT TO TOWN
The main town in Siargao which is the most lively, and where most of the accommodations are located are in General Luna. It takes about 40mins to get there from the airport. There aren’t many taxis there. Usually, the hotel that you book will have an airport shuttle that will pick you up and drop you off but if your accommodation doesn’t provide for it there are also tricycles and rental motorbikes outside the airport.
There are so many options for hotels and hostels in town that it’s going to be easy to pick and choose according to your budget and lifestyle. We stayed at The Siargao Bleu Hotel & Spa, which was on the pricier side but it was worth it.
Photos above taken in Siargao Bleu Hotel & Spa
- The Siargao Bleu Hotel & Spa
- Bravo Siargao
- Kermit Siargao
- Harana Surf
- Apsaras Club
- Isla Cabana Resort
PLACES TO EAT
THINGS TO DO/VISIT
There are endless things to do on this Island. This the Surf Capital of the Philippines so of course the #1 thing you can do here is to surf.
- Famous Cloud9 Tower
- Eat all the local food
- Swim at the beach
- Island Hopping
- Daku Island
- Guyam Island
- Naked Island
- Makapunko Beach
- Sugba Lagoon
- Tayangban Cave Pools
BEST WAY TO GET AROUND
If you know how to drive, then I feel like the easiest, most convenient, and best way to explore the island is to rent a motorbike while you’re there and drive through the whole island. The hotel I stayed at had motorbike rentals for $8 a day! We didn’t really know how to use a motorbike but they were nice enough to give us a 5 minute tutorial and we were on our way. Another way to get around the island is to just hail a motorella (Filipino’s version of a rickshaw), or get on a “habal habal” ride (this is usually a motorcycle but they add an extension so it fits more people) and they are everywhere so it won’t be too hard to get around. Each ride is about 20php, which is less than a dollar per ride. You get on the ride, and you just yell “Para!” which is a pay of saying “can you stop here”.
Also protip: Google Maps works there so there is no getting lost.
Hey World! Want to know a secret?
Ever since I started doing concert photography, I have really gained a lot of knowledge in lighting, angles, and finding the moment for your perfect shot. It took me years trying to discover the secret of concert photography. My big question was HOW? I see folks on Instagram, and also during concerts with their media pass, and photo passes being able to go shoot musicians from the photo pit, and I would be so jealous. I thought wow they have the best jobs ever, I thought they worked for record labels, big magazine companies, or big online publications but boy was I wrong! A lot of my friends have been so impressed with my concert photography, that they think I’m actually making money from shooting shows but the truth is I just do it for fun. One day in the far future, it would be nice to turn concert photography into a career but for now just shooting shows, is good enough for me. I’ve gone through the embarrassing parts for you, so you don’t have to. How did I know you needed to be part of a publication to get a photo pass? Well… It’s because I’ve personally been rejected a good 5-6 times, thinking that I could just email the tour manager, or the record label asking for a photo pass for a certain show. I would get a reply with, “what’s your purpose?”, “what publication are you shooting for?”, “we don’t just give photo passes to anyone who aspires to be a concert photographer”,”we only give photo passes to publications”. Yeah Ouch! But hey that’s how I learned! and now I’m sharing it with you guys!
- BUILD A PORTFOLIO
Don’t get intimidated by the word “Portfolio”, I’m writing this because I was quite afraid of the word portfolio. It sounded professional, and serious to me but in reality it’s just a showcase of the best of your work. It doesn’t have to be anything great. Just put what you think is your best work. Believe me. The first few photos in my “portfolio” was a bunch of concert photos I took with a GoPro4 that I had to casual sneak into the venue, and also my IPhone 6. Sounds crazy right.
|Two Door Cinema Club taken with a GoPro4 Silver|
2. FIND A PUBLICATION
Once again, this sounds a bit overwhelming right? When I think of publication I think of magazines on the magazine stand type of publication. I was thinking inside the box when I heard publication but again in reality a publication can be anything from a local magazine, school news paper, online zines, online magazines, it can be anything that publishes music, and anything. I was lucky enough to have found a small magazine publication on Instagram who’s just starting up but the team is so dedicated to music that it has grown over the years. All you have to do is ask, I stumbled upon their Instagram and decided to give them a DM if they were in need of photographers, and that was the start of how I started to start concert photography. Btw, think small! Don’t overwhelm yourself. When I started out with Heart Eyes Magazine, their Instagram following was only about 500, and they were still in issue #2, and now they’ve got thirteen.
3. ASK THE TEAM
I’m writing based on my experiences, when I come around a show that I’d like to request a photo pass for, I would email the team and they would send a request as the publication to the musicians manager, or whoever it may be. Depends on how that certain publications work, but usually it’s the same gist. You email them or do a submission and they’ll do the talking and negotiating for you.
4. LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE, ENJOY, AND SHOOT THE SHOW.
Now! You’ve got yourself a photo pass, or a media pass! Congrats! I personally love to save my photo pass stickers, it’s like my new concert ticket. What can you expect at a show? You come in, show your ID at the desk and normally they’ll have your name on the list as media and they issue you a photo pass. Get familiar with the venue so you know where your an run to, to get the best shot. Normally, you’ll be allowed to shoot the main band/musician, plus their opening act. You will have pit access for the first three songs of every performer and ONLY THE FIRST THREE (again writing from my personal experiences), and once the third song finishes then you’re out of the photo pit. It doesn’t mean you can’t take anymore photos, so this part is where you can get creative but if you feel like you’ve got your shots, then you can just stay back and enjoy the show.
I even made it into their online magazine! I did a portrait shoot + concert shoot for Gabrielle Aplin at The Bowery Ballroom! Check it out below!
Also some of my photos from a previous The Killers show!
Until Next Time,
Hey World! Are you hungry?
When I was younger, pizza was just another delicious meal that everyone in elementary school patiently waited on Fridays. Pizza wasn’t an everyday meal, it was just during birthday parties, Costco runs with the family, and school lunch on Fridays. Pizza was nothing more than that, but as I got older, I’ve explored New York City every chance I get and that lead me to a new found love for Pizza. I’m an adult now and I have afford to have pizza whenever, and wherever I want. Just sayin’.Also when I say pizza, I’m not talking about Costco, Dominoes, Pizza Hut, and PapaJohns! I’m talking about New York City pizza perfection. I know I’m not the only one who feels passionately about pizza, pizza is a universal favorite whether you prefer with pineapples, or without Pizza is Pizza and we can that love for pizza together. I’m no Scott’s Pizza Tours, but I’d like to think I hold a decent amount of pizza knowledge to know that my top 10 pizza’s are worth trying! I’d rank them in numbers but honestly they’re all delicious!
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I know we talk a lot of talk when it comes to our favorites and everything is our “favorite” but damn forget about all those other pizza place because @forninopizza is currently taking the prize home. This classic Margherita 👌🏼 everything ratio perfect, perfect crisp bottom but not too burnt and the crust dipped in their chili oil 🤫 shhh
Paulie’s Pizzeria (Staten Island)
TwoBros Pizza (not all locations)
Gino’s(my favorite local pizzeria, but upside down slices only) Broadway, Elmhurst
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Rubirosa // Happy Easter 🐰 Half Tie-Dye and Bianca (about $40) Us: We enjoyed the comedic waiter and the family sitting next to us more than the pizza. Maybe we ordered the wrong type? The Bianca was too dry and bland for our taste. But we're not going to be so hard on Rubirosa because the tie-dye (right side) was pretty good. Pesto and everything was good. So if you guys come here avoid the Bianca and say yes to the tie-dye. Oh the kid next to our table was 5 and he ordered hot water… Yeah funny. #foodcouplenyc 😉
- Prince Street Pizza
- Dani’s Pizza
- Speedy Romeo
I understand that there are thirteen on this list, and I told you this was going to be my Top 10… but honestly they’re all so good that I had to put them all on the list.
Until Next Time,