2018: The Year in Photos

Photographs, Travel

There were a lot of great moments I had in 2018. I explored many places with friends and family in Canada and the Philippines. The challenges approached me but I have already faced them – survival, leadership, travel, and communication (especially hearing people) skills.

I mentioned I discovered my own styles of photography in 2017. I decided to turn cinematic photos into “unforgettable” photos. So I posted these photos which were only taken with Canon EOS 6D. You can check another blog post with different kinds of cameras.

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Philippines 2018 – Part 2

Travel

The second part is here! I was on trips with different groups. Group travel was challenging for me because of an individual’s unique personality and preference. I am a risk taker and a very active person. I just realized that they are more like “city life”. They don’t have hiking experiences so I brought a little emergency kit for them. However, this taught me and I probably got to the next level of team leadership. lol

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Philippines 2018 – Part 1

Travel

My Philippine trip was such amazing I have had in 2018 but I missed a few attractions due to bad weather. I, however, really enjoyed the trip.

The reasons why I wanted to visit the Philippines again are to spend Christmas time with my family and to learn more about geography & indigenous people of the Philippines. My stay was for 5 weeks. I was a solo traveller for a few days. I hanged out with my family and went on trips with my friends. I had the places and activities on my bucket list. These were marked off successfully.

Part 1 of 2: The photos are like my favourite valuable memories.

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Manning Park

Travel

It was such a wonderful week I have camped in Manning Park with a group of my great friends.

We decided to stay for 8 nights rather than just “weekend”. We discussed by collecting camping equipment, food, and activities. Two sedan cars were almost full even though we are only 6 people. It was so close! The stuff would pop out when opening a trunk. Haha!

So, there is no cell service at the campsite. No electricity and no phone addiction. The nights are so chilly. However, something wrong came up in that time. There was smoke from a wildfire. It was hazy some days. Oh well… but we still enjoyed our camp and outdoor activities such as playing cards, hiking, swimming, and more.

In fact, I grew up wanting to camp until I finally did it this year! I learned a lot from camping and great friends. It was such a great camp experience! It marked off my bucket list! But still want to do it again. Beach? Backpacking? Let’s see… Haha!

The photos were taken with my film cameras.
(Nikon F3 – Kodak Ultramax 400 & Olympus XA3 – 400 pushed to 800)

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Rope Runner Aerial Park – OPEN NOW

Travel

Rope Runner is the newest activity, which is located next to Squamish Adventure Centre. The structure, standing 17 metres high and 20 metres in diameter, is built of steel, wood, ropes, and wire. There are 49 games where people of all ages can run the ropes. Up to 60 people can play on the structure at any given time. You can pre-book their session so you won’t have to wait in line. Each session lasts 2 hours and no experience is necessary.

Admission for online rate starts at $44 for adult, $40 for youth between 13 and 18, and $34 for child. Walk-in starts at $49 for adults, $45 for youth and $39 for child. For groups, check Ticket Prices.

For those who have acrophobia (fear of the heights), NO WORRIES! You will be 100% safe. The guides will help and instruct you with harnesses. The carabiners are automatically locked so that you won’t fall down for sure.

For photos, carrying phones and any kinds of cameras are banned due to the safety.
[I hid my phone in my pocket but I was caught. My bad. So don’t do that. haha!]

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St. Mark’s Summit

Travel

St. Mark’s Summit is a part of the 29km Howe Sound Crest Trail that offers spectacular views of Howe Sound. You can start on Cypress Mountain and continue past Bowen Lookout to St. Mark’s Summit.

For a trail map of Cypress Provincial Park click here

Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 4-5 hours
Round trip: 11 km
Elevation Gain: 460 meters
Season: July – October
Dog-Friendly: Yes
Camping: No
Cellular Service: Patchy
Public Transit: No
Drive from Downtown Vancouver: 45 minutes

[08.12.2017]
The smog has been here for a few weeks. The sky seems a bit clear now. Hopefully, rain could clear the smoky sky tomorrow. However, the smog view is even beautiful.

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