Month: August 2015

Field Trip: National Museum

I can’t quite remember the last time I had a proper field trip. A field trip where you learn “new” things just like back in school. When an opportunity presents itself to visit one of the main museums in our country, better grab the opportunity then. A simple equation of free schedule plus a friend who shares the same interest plus heritage month equals to a day of field trip.

 

Grand Door of National Museum

  

Field Trip’s Outfit

  

Guardian Angel

 
Thanks to the government’s initiative of having a “Heritage Month”, a whole month (extended to another month) of free admission to the National Museum of the Philippines. I can’t remember when was the last time I visited the National Museum or if I did before; but one thing I am sure is that I feel like a student once again. All giggly and excited whenever we turn a curve or enter a room in the historic museum.

We started in the Old Senate Hall which they have turned into an arts museum. All important paintings and sculptures can be seen in this area.

 

Let’s Not Fall In Love – BigBang 🎶

  

Staircase Session

  

Waiting

  

Grand Architecture Less One Light

  

High Ceiling

  

Between Arts

 I treat arts as my stress reliever. I enjoy getting lost in the world of arts and trying to decipher the meaning of a painting or sculpture. For most of the part, I just simply want to be absorbed in all the swirls of color in the painting. Some paintings tell a story, some just plainly present itself as it is and doesn’t need explanations at all.

 

Arts, Arts, Arts

  

Sweet Smile

  

Black Vs Colors

  

Blacks, Whites, Blonde

  

Absorbing

 
Of course, I will not pass the chance to have my picture taken with the Philippines most popular painting, “The Spoliarium” by Juan Luna. I’m so happy that even there’s a lot people at that time, I managed to have a solo picture as if I am the only one inside the museum. I have to say that everyone was very respectful and nice as they make sure you have your own quality time with the Spoliarium.

 

The Spoliarium

 
Then we moved to another building which is still the National Museum. Though this time, the building houses historical artifacts from sunken ships, mining sites and historical landmarks.

 

China-ware

  

Books About Philippines Flora and Fauna

  

Through The Rabbit Hole

  

Shadow

  

Alibata

 
Perfect timing as there was an exhibition of ethnic Filipino textile. Arts, culture, architecture and fashion all rolled in one. I’m one happy field tripper here. 

  

By The Window

 
After a long day inside the museum, we moved to a Japanese Garden to have some more pictures taken.

   
   
Lastly, just before dinner, one item ticked off from my bucket list ~ Sunset session in Manila Bay! I always wanted and very vocal that I wanted to experience sunset in Manila Bay. Got to say that our country really has one of the best vantage sites in the whole world if you want to see a great sunset.

 

The Sunset in Manila Bay

  

Check.

 I really need to do more of this kind of field trip. I really wanted to visit more museums, get lost in the arts and learn. It was indeed a day in the museum plus more.

‘Til the next pose & post!

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Palawan (Part 8): Twin Beach and Last Day

What I not so love in a vacation is the last day. I find it sad that the vacation is almost over but at the same time looking forward to what the last day of the vacation can offer. Sometimes, or let’s say most of the time, the cliche “saved the best for last” may be true. Not in the case for El Nido as every moment spent in the paradise island is a moment to treasure. Palawan is called the “Final Frontier” for so many reasons. I may have put in the superlatives in my previous posts, but those adjectives are still not enough to give justice to what you can see, sense and feel while vacationing in El Nido.

We started off the day a little early than the usual as we headed to El Nido’s famous twin beach. Honestly, I don’t think the twin beach is still part of El Nido town as the ride going to Nacpan- Calitang twin beach will take a little less than 60-90 minutes drive depending on your ride. You get it, it is too far from the main town of El Nido.

 

Off The Islands

  

Scenic View of Nacpan Beach

  

Stretch

 

Walk, Walk and Walk

Nacpan Beach is a long stretch of sands that extends around 1 or 2 kilometers. That’s not the exact measurement, but it is so long. So, if you like to spend your mornings walking in long stretch of fine sands, this is the perfect place for you. Aside from that, if you want to avoid the sun but still craves for the sea (the crashing waves and cool winds) this is also the perfect spot in El Nido for you. The entire stretch of Nacpan Beach is lined with coconut trees that will give a cool shade under the summer sun. Too much tan can sometimes kill you, eh?

 

Cue SNSD’s Summer Song “Party”

  

Early Morning Walk

  

To The Waters!

  

Can’t Help But Play Taylor Swift’s “Style” in My Head. 🎶

 Further to left when facing the waters of Nacpan Beach, you can climb a steep hill that will give you the best unobstructive view of the twin beach, Nacpan and Calitang Beach. Not too worry about finding your way up as the helpful stray dogs would be your own tour guides in the steep and sometimes narrow road up the hill.

 

(N) Nacpan; (S) Calitang. Collectively Known as Twin Beach

 
 

Forever Summer Gang

  

I Feel Freedom

 After a quick tour of El Nido’s twin beach, as we only stayed there a little less than two hours, we thought that the vacation and our “tour” is over. But we were wrong. Luxury of having connections to help you rent a private ride in a province. We went straight to Marimegmeg Beach which is located on the opposite side of the cove of Bacuit Bay. Marimegmeg Beach is a great alternative to Bacuit Bay if you are looking for a more relaxed ambiance for your accommodations. This is where you can literally stay under the coconut trees in a canopy and beach bum while reading a book. What a life! Marimegmeg Beach is known as where to view the best sunset in El Nido. Too bad we were not able to experience that sunset in Marimegmeg but our own little sunset in the middle of the sea is hard to top off.

 

Forever Summer View

 
 

Summer, Sun and Sands in Marimegmeg

  
   

Testing The Waters

   

Right Back At You!

    
 That wraps up my summer vacation in Palawan. Actually, I stayed an extra night in Puerto Princesa so technically this isn’t the last day of my vacation. I will definitely go back to Palawan and El Nido soon. Still too many islands and spots to discover. Our El Nido trip is definitely a one for the books (and one worth sharing). Travel more and experience what your country can offer.

 

See You Soon, Palawan! 💋

 
‘Til the next pose & post!