May 15, 2014

SUN.STAR | Those Women, Mt. Talinis and Jeanette

She arrived. She positioned her backpack beside her. It was almost as tall as her and perhaps as heavy. This would be our second climb together, and somehow, I expected her bag would be as interesting as the one she brought to Kan-Irag. About 30 meters from the jump-off, her nostrils flared from exhaustion. We all panted, but her huffs were more audible. Always, the start is the most arduous. “Pwede mag-weight distribution ta? (Can we have a weight distribution?),” I suggested. There were six of us: two of us were women, three men, and one young capable guide. Obliged […]
August 16, 2012

Camera Evolution: Some Deaths, Some Hopes

They arrived, Nikkita and Pawlito,  but their arrival was not as definite as the sudden death of my first professional camera, Pawlita, a Canon 1100D. Sammy, a Samsung ES10 | Mt. Pulag, Kabayan, Benguet, Philippines The earliest images that graced Backpacking with a Book were captured by Sammy, a Samsung ES10, a secondhand camera. I bought it from a “Kawat Store” for P4, 500. A college friend called it such since, according to her,  it is the pawnshop where snatchers and burglars sell their loot. It is across from Metro Colon, along Colonade Mall.