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
One of the highest points in Legazpi
I don't know about you, but the weeks are flying by! It's already Friday again and the first week of September is soon over. Can't believe how fast it's going! I'm back again with another throwback to the Philippines, in this post I will take you to a short trip to Ligñon Hill which is located in Legazpi. 
I think the best weather I had during my whole month in The Philippines must have been that day we went to Ligñon Hill. It was burning hot all day and not a lot of clouds on the sky to get cover from the sun. It was a bit of hassle to travel to Ligñon Hill as we took the public transportation. First we took a van, then a jeepney and then we took two different tricycles in the city of Legazpi. Ligñon Hill is one of the highest points in Legazpi and you can see the famous volcano Mayon from there. 
Fortunately, we got a ride to the top of the hill from the nice people working by the entrance before you start the long walk upwards. Once we got to the top of the Hill, we got to see this amazing view of the city of Legazpi. It was very cool getting to see a new angle of the city. 
Here's a photo of 3 out of 4 cousins who accompany me to visit the hill, in this photo they are taking a break and hiding from the sun. I didn't took a lot of photos that day as it was way too hot to even think about getting footage. Landscape photography isn't my thing either so I had a bit of a struggle to know how to capture what I wanted. 
This is the famous volcano Mayon which is the most active volcano in The Philippines. It's consider to be the most perfect shaped volcano because of it's summetrical form. Despite all the destruction the volcano has done, it's quite amazing. I've seen it being active one time when it had a big eruption back in 2006. Luckily, my family and I were not effected by it as bad as many others were. Mayon actually had an eruption only a day or two after I left Bicol which forced many locals to evacuate their homes and a lot of the schools in the near by area had to cancel the education for several days. 
Photographing a group of people that is more than 3 people is very difficult without a tripod. We had to do what we could with the situation we were in and ended up getting this photo. Haha. Not the best photo at all but I guess it has it's own charm. Next time I'm visiting the Philippines, I'm definitely going to try to use my tripod more even if it's a struggle to carrying it when traveling. 
We walked around a bit before we started our journey down the Hill. We definitely got our excersie of the week when walking down the hill, which I think the highest point was around 156 meters from the city below. I had never been at Ligñon Hill before so I was very happy to being able to see more of the city and visit a new place. 
It was it for this time, a very short post since there was not much else to say or photos to show. To end this post, I want to wish you a great weekend!
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel