• culture,  Manila,  philippines,  photography

    11 Ways To Appreciate Manila (More)

    With all her splendor and history, if you have never explored Manila before, you might have a hard time exploring her now, right? Good point. But it took me, what, less than 6 months to fall in love with her, all while doing these intentional activities. So yes, I’m going all out on you and giving you 11 ways to appreciate Manila (more) based on my personal experiences.  I will admit, being in a relationship with Jec brought a lot of opportunities for me. Him being a person of connection, I met a lot of people through him. I’m an introvert in nature so it’s obvious that I don’t have a lot…

  • culture,  events,  philippines

    FIRST OF MANY: The 8th International Pyromusical Competition + Bulalo Date

    Last Saturday (March  18, 2017), Jec invited me to watch the 8th International Pyromusical Competition Finale with him at SM Mall Of Asia. For the last leg of the competition, Australia is the last country to show its firework displays. I thought it was going to be like watching fireworks on a New Year’s Eve, but it was actually more than that.  It was magnificent, up-close, and really magical. The fireworks made the sky look like a blank canvas splashed with all sorts of colors and patterns. Every time there would be a highlight of fireworks, everyone would exclaim in delight and amazement. It was a beautiful crowd. Everyone was…

  • culture,  events,  faith,  philippines,  photo dump,  photography,  religion

    The Beauty & Chaos Of Devotion

    A couple of days have already passed by when I first laid eyes on the chaos and, at the same time, devotion that is the Feast of the Black Nazarene. The feeling still lingers although I’m sure it’s not a sepanx. A form, maybe, but more like the disbelief that I’ve finally seen this Feast with my own two eyes. To say that it was chaotic is an understatement. At one point, even Jec got nervous that something might happen because it was really wild in the crowd down there. We were already on the viewing deck of National Museum but somehow the devotees still found a way to go…

  • Bicol,  philippines,  photo dump,  travels

    Photo Dump: Bicol • December 2016

    As you would have known, Jec and I went to Bicol last month (December 2016). I took a lot of photos and videos – especially videos – but unfortunately, I haven’t edited any of footages yet since I’m having some technical issues with my laptop right now. No matter how many files I delete, my startup disk is simply already too full. I have no idea how to fix it or how to find unnecessary files that I can delete, so to make up for the lack of vlogs, I’m just going to post some photos here in my blog. I’m not going to show everything, just a glimpse of…

  • baguio city,  philippines,  photo dump,  photography,  places

    Baguio City, November 2016

    Last month, my family and I went to Baguio City for the nth time this year. It was extremely cold. It was the first time I felt that way in Baguio because I would often do with a shirt and a pair of jeans, but this time, we were all wearing layers of clothes to keep ourselves warm. Of course, I took the opportunity to take photos for my blog. It rained on and off while we were there so I intentionally made the photos look a bit gloomy. DAY 1  We checked in, settled our stuff in the hotel room, and went out to explore the city.

  • philippines,  places,  vlog

    Vlog: Bae Explores Manila Ep. 2 • Rizal Park

    Last Thursday, Jec and I went to Manila for another episode for my #BaeExploresManila series. This time, we went to Rizal Park. We also focused on the spots people don’t really go to, like Rizal’s Execution Site and La Madre Filipina. In line with Bonifacio Day, we shared some tidbits about Bonifacio. Just in case you don’t know what that huge monument beside SM Manila is called, that’s the Bonifacio Shrine. Behind it is the Kartilya Ng Katipunan. Go watch my vlog on my YouTube channel: Bae Milanes. ??  Watch the vlog here:

  • culture,  local,  philippines,  vlog

    Bae Explores Manila Ep.1 • Binondo | Escolta | Quiapo ??

    My readers know how much I love exploring Manila. I’ve been to a lot of the famous spots and museums already (even secret ones), but for you, I will do it again! I have a number of blog posts up on my blog but to know how it really feels to live in Manila and embrace its culture, I took it upon myself to create Manila Exploration vlogs. This is so you’ll know how it feels to be in Manila, to ride her public transportations, to eat her food, to walk her streets, etc. For my first episode, I went to Binondo, Escolta, and Quiapo, and may have shed a…