Lizel Strömberg

My cousins tried wakeboarding
I have been very absent-minded this week which has result in me not posting any updates here on my blog for about a week. I know, it's another excuse and I hate that I'm always coming with them but I guess that's how life is at the moment. 
Anyway, here's my post about visiting Camsur Watersport Complex in the Philippines! 
Camsur Watersport Complex is located in Camarines Sur and offers different kinds of water activites such as wakeboarding, kneeboarding, waterskiing and wakeskating. It's the first watersport complex in the Philippines and Asia. There's different kinds accomodations for guests to book for their liking. On the "resort" there's also a skatepark, swimming pool, club house and more.
 
 
 
 
 
It's a very popular place for foreigners to visit. One person in the staff told us that a lot of visitors come to stay there for a longer period of time, some people up to 6 months or longer. Camsur Watersport Complex even has memberships for people to pay where you get unlimited wakeboarding, the shortest time is for 2 weeks and the longest is for 1 year. 
I hadn't heard about this place before and I was excited to be visiting a new place. Our trip to Camsur was very spontaneous, we went there a bit too late on the day and didn't even had clothes to change. Haha. Unfortunately I left some of my camera equipment at the hotel which I wish I had with me as it could have helped me getting a little bit better footage than I got.
We were a group of people going on this roadtrip: several of my cousins, my aunt, my uncle and my grandma. It was so nice spending time with all of them together. 
My cousins wanted to try out wakeboarding and they got an instructor who helped them to explain how to stay on the board. All of my cousins were very excited to be trying wakeboard for the first time! I didn't try it out as I didn't want to risk getting my glasses broken and I didn't had any clothes to change. But I was totally fine with just watching my cousins having fun and taking pictures.  
My cousins told me it was quite a workout to be wakeboarding but that it was a lot of fun. I'm impressed over how fast my cousins learned how to stand on the wakeboard. I think it only took them two or three times before they mananged to go from one side to the other on the practice route. Next time I'm back in the Philippines, I will definitely go back to Camsur and try out wakeboarding myself. It looked like a lot of fun and I would love to challenge myself to experience something new. 
I didn't had my zoom lens so unfortunately I couldn't get any good photos of my cousins on the water standing on the board. I also were more focused on being in the moment and spending time with my relatives.  
As we came there quite late, the sun were starting to set. I knew there were lots of other places and activites around the resort but unfortunately we didn't had time to walk around and explore more. Maybe next time!
The sun was setting and it was time for us to head back home, but before we left I took some shots of the sunset. I haven't been photographing a lot of sunsets and I still have to learn how to capture them in a better way. But I think I did okay at least with the circumstances.
I'm very bad at remembering to get my photos taken whenever I'm traveling but my aunt made sure to offer to take a photo of me with the sunset in the background. First I was not into the idea at all but then I rememberd that I will probably regret that I didn't took a photo later on. Haha.. 
When we were getting ready to leave, there were still a lot of people out having a good time. They would be wakeboarding, eating at the restuarante and playing games in the different community rooms. I think if you want to meet new people from all over the world and are into water sports this could be a place for you. I would actually not mind staying there for a couple of nights just to see how it's like. But not for a longer time since I'm more into experience the culture in the Philippines and experience more of the local vibe and people. 
I guess that was it for this time. I don't have a lot of things to say about this trip so I would just let the pictures talk for themselves. I had a nice time at the Camsur Watersport Complex and would love to go back there to get a more proper view of the place when things are not as hectic and unplanned as this trip was. 
 
Hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures!
Until next time,ingat!
/Lizel
 
 
Mayon Planetarium & Science Park
Thinking back on memories to write down is much harder than you would think. I think writing stories and keeping someone's interest with texts are an artform in itself which I'm still trying to learn. Having pictures to look back on to a time before the present, can help you jog your memory.  ❥  I'm aware that I'm a day late with my Filipino Friday post but I couldn't make it to the deadline yesterday as I wasn't feeling energetic and productive to being able to finish the text to it. In this post I will be sharing photographs yet again from my trip to The Phillipines. I will take you back to the day we went to Mayon Planetarium & Science Park. 
To get to the Planetarium and the Science Park we took the mopeds/motorcycles again. First time I ride one of those in The Philippines, I had to do the most to keep my calm and not panic as anxious I was. But this time, I was much more calmer and actually enjoyed riding on the moped. I had to make sure though, that the person driving was someone who was more experience with driving and being in traffic, or else I wouldn't go with them.
Mayon Planetarium & Science Park is located in Albay, it's about 854 meters above sea level and are by the foot of Mayon the Volcano. I've been at this place many times before with my family but I didn't mind going there again. I wanted to get a new sight of the place and try to get new kinds of photos of it. 
Here's a photo of all of my security guards (+ two friends to them who's behind the camera) who accompany me that day. Haha. In my family we always make jokes about my cousins being my security guards as most of them are guys and they always walk in numbers around me, so it kind of looks like they are protecting me which they also do. For people who doesn't know us, must think it's such a weird sight to see one single girl with all of these guys. I for sure have been getting A LOT OF weird looks and laughs on my trips to the Philippines. 
It was quite a ride to get to the Planetarium but I really enjoyed seeing the surroudings and feel the air rushing through my hair. Once we came to the top we walked around the park, took some photos, enjoyed the view and the company of each other. 
I like this photo of my cousin Erwin, he has this cool look and it's not often I capture him in photos as he's always somewhere else, taking his own photos and is a bit shy. But I'm glad he was around for this trip! 
Taking candid shots of people in a country where they spot you immediately make things a bit harder than usual, but I guess it comes with practice. 
When taking this photo of the stairs, I wanted to wait in a particular spot for me to get a better angle and have all of my cousins walking upwards. It was a bit more tricky than I first thought as many of them waited for me to come with them and kept looking back to me and check if I was okay. I had to tell them a couple of times, I was okay and was only waiting to get my photo. Haha a bit funny but still sweet of them.
Landscape photography isn't something I've done much since I started taking photos. I'm not very proud over these kind of photos that I've taken as I have a lot to learn. Landscape photography is definitely something I need to get better at. But I still want to share these photographs to give you a sense of the view we saw and for my own sake to look back at in the future when I hopefully have become much better at taking this kind of photos. Already until recently when I edited these photos, I've come to realize some of the mistakes I did when taking these photographs so hopefully until next time I know how to take them better. 
One of the mistakes I made when taking the trip to the Planetarium was to not bring a sweater. It was very windy there and much colder than I remebered. It was bareable though as long as we kept walking and not standing still for too long. I don't know if it usually are that windy when you go there. But if you go to Mayon Planetarium & Science Park don't wear a loose fit top as I did since it would fly up and show my stomach and almost my brah. Haha. I even had to tuck in my top in my pants to make sure it didn't flew up in my face. xD
I must say, when heading back home to Lola reaching a lower ground the tempature would become much warmer and it was so nice! You could feel the cold breeze over you leave as you got closer and closer to the village. 
That was it for this time. I hope you got something out of this post. I had a bit of a hard time knowing what to write as nothing major really happened during the time at the science park. It was just a nice calm day with my relatives to spend time together. Hopefully you at least liked seeing the pictures I captured. 
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
Visiting miradouros in Portugal
 
Miradouro is a Portuguese word for vantage-point. When Linnéa and I were doing research of different locations we wanted to visit during our trip to Portugal, we found out there were lots of different vantage-points in Lisbon to get a great view of the city from a higher point. The options were many which forced us to make a selection of places that made us more interested to see since the limited time we had. 
We took the metro to the station "Martim Moniz" where we would take the tram to the first vantage-point named "Miraduoro da Graça". We had some difficulties to understand how to take the tram since we didn't really understood how the schedule of the tram was setup. Unfortunately there wasn't any signs on how many stops it would be to get where we wanted on the tram. We board one of the trams which we thought would get us to the location and looked on the google map to try to find out how far we needed to go.
The tram rides were a bit shaky as these streets and trams were some of the oldest ones in the city. There where several signs telling people to be aware that there can be a lot of pickpockets on these trams. While being on the tram another obstacle appeared. Suddenly the tram didn't moved at all, first we didn't got any information. The driver went outside to see what was going on and when we looked out of the window there would be one tram in front of us and two behind us. The driver came back and told us that we couldn't get further as the tram in front of us was stuck and couldn't move because a car had parked right before a corner.
The drivers, the people walking passed us and some of the people working in the nearby shops tried to see if they could find the owner of the car but without any success. It was funny how no one really was that bothered about the situation, some would be a bit irritated but nothing major. The drivers of the trams would make jokes and asking if the passengers would help him carry the car away. Haha. We were not worried at all as the vibe didn't get intense. After a while, we left the tram and decided to walk the rest of the way as it seemed like the traffic wouldn't move in a very long time.
It was actually very nice walking around the streets of Lisbon. Consider the fact that Linnéa and I visited Portugal in the beginning of July, I was prepared that there would be a lot of tourists taking a vacation there at the same time as us. In our surprise, it was not as crowded as I thought it would be. We for sure saw a lot of tourists everywhere but it wasn't that tight of space. You would be completely fine walking on the streets and not feeling cabined. 
We arrived at "Miradouro da Graça" and we got to see a very nice view of the city. I think it was around 6pm on a Sunday, not a lot of shops were open and not that many locals on the streets. 
We stayed for a bit, took some shots and rested our legs a bit before we started walking again. Our next destination was "Miradouro de Santa Luiza" as we realized it wasn't too far away from us. We couldn't figure out how to take the tram and since we hadn't seen any trams in a while, we guessed the traffic hadn't started moved again. Because of that, we walked to the next vantage-point.
Walking to the other location took a lot more time than I think it probably should because we ended up stopping at different streets as we saw interesting buildings, shops or art on the way. I loved walking around the city, seeing the architecture and feel the vibe of another country.
The second location "Miradouro de Santa Luiza" were a bit more crowded as I think it's one of the most popular and common sight seeing locations for tourists to visist in Lisbon. It was a bit tricky to capture a good photo at this point without having too many people in the shot, but as we didn't had another place to be at, I could take the time to wait for that perfect moment
There were these street artists playing music nearby and I really enjoyed listening to them as they were playing Portuguese songs. I haven't been listening to a lot of Portuguese music so it was a nice change to getting to hear something new. These kids were there playing with each other in front of the street artists but also be sitting there listening to them play and sing. They were so cute so I had to take a photograph of them. 
It was very nice going to these vantage-points and being able to take your time to look around your surroudings, take the pictures we wanted and sit down for a bit. It was very cool seeing how Lisbon looked like from another perspective, to see all the colourful houses and realize how big of a city it actually is. At "Miradouro de Santa Luiza" there were also some kind of garden there outside of a church which had a lot of beautiful flowers. 
Nearby we also found a pool which I don't know if they actually use but it was there and had this beautiful tree next to it. 
I've been traveling a lot with my family and it has been lot of fun. But I really enjoyed traveling with Linnéa and not feeling as stressed out than usual. In this way, we could decide for ourself of what we want to do and not think too much about other people, that we only the two of us to make up plans for. If we wanted to take a moment to take photos we could and if we wanted to continue to walk, we could do that. Having a walk like this isn't something that I usually do but I really enjoyed it and it was lovely seeing something new. 
I highly recommend you to visit these vantage-points "Miraduoro da Graça" and "Miraduoro da Santa Luiza". We had a list of probably 5-7 other places we wanted to go to but these two were the only ones we were able to visit. If we get the opportunity to visit Portugal again, I would definitely try to go to the locations we didn't had time to visit. 
 
This was it for this time, I really hope you enjoyed this post! I'm very happy about these photos, I'm proud over what I managed to capture as this kind of photography isn't what I tend to create on a regular basis. More photographs from our trip to Portugal will be coming soon but until next time, ingat!
/Lizel