I began my own travel journal back in 2009, during my first trip to Ilocandia to the extreme north of the Philippines. That first trip was a weekend spent photographing the region’s well-known and lesser-known tourist attractions with a bunch of other photo enthusiasts, both digital and analog bugs alike. I recall jotting down notes in my little Moleskine during the entire 8-hour bus ride up north, or at least until we arrived at our first photo location - Bantay Tower in the town of Vigan.
That weekend was my first foray into the frantic business of travel photography. Technically, half the trip time was lost to travel, hence the mad dash to get into position faster than the other participants in order to take a crowd-free shot of that church, that lighthouse, that pristine white sand beach.
By the time we were back on the bus en route to Manila, I had filled two CF cards but barely a page of my travel journal, save for a list of expenses incurred and random time stamps of where we were at a particular point during the trip:
9.45PM: Departed Ortigas. Orange Bus. Pretty TF lanyards & bagtags.
2 AM: stop over at Lizza’s
4 AM: Arrived in Ilocos Sur… Santiago, San Bartolome, Sta. Maria
5.45 AM: Bantay Tower. Breakfast and photo op. Intro by Mr. Pabelico (?). VIGAN EMPANADA.
7 AM: Leave Bantay Tower & off to Paoay Church in Laoag
5.30 PM: Black Hoe sign along Brgy. Tabug main road.
10.30 PM: Stop over at Marsha’s Delicacies.
- 2 Royal Bibingka (Ghia) - PHP 130
- 1 Royal Bibinkga (15 pcs) - PHP 115
- Cornick - PHP 30
- Fans (3) - PHP 100
- Magnets (3) - PHP 100
- Tito Shirt - PHP 130
- Dad Shirt - PHP 130
- Native bags - PHP 100
- Photog book - PHP 160
Hardly a decent idea captured back then, it seems. It’s time to rekindle this old flame. What do you think?