Ever since I posted my first post on this blog, I’ve been thinking of writing about the essentials I bring whenever I travel, since a lot of people has been asking what camera body and lens I use- I’m not an influencer! There really are several people who have asked me this, lol. So here is what I came up with. But first, let me start with what camera bag I use.

National Geographic Rucksack

I instantly fell in love with the design of this bag. It has a lot of compartments including a laptop compartment and several pockets which is ideal for photographers who has a lot of accessories. It’s comfortable and fashionable to carry around and It can accommodate one big DSLR Body with up to three standard-size lenses plus a 13-inch MacBook computer as well as one speed light together with other accessories. I have this bag for a year now, so far it’s still in-tack despite being used all the time and carrying almost 12 kilograms of weight each time. I can say that it will still last for the coming years.

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Camera Body Nikon D850

This is my main workhorse as of the moment and basically the best camera body I’ve ever used. Prior to this, I have been using a Nikon D610. The Nikon D610 is a great machine, its just that I needed to let it go since it’s so difficult to be bringing two full-frame camera bodies when traveling(just imagine the weight of the Nikon D850 and the Nikon D610 combined) and I don’t think I would ever need to use two camera bodies in my travels, only maybe when I have some gigs like an event or a wedding to avoid changing lenses all the time.

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Going back to the Nikon D850, I had this camera for almost a year now. So far I never had any complaints with it, basically living up to its name as the best DSLR camera in the market. If ever I would reach its shutter expectancy, I think I would still opt for the same model.

Camera Lenses | Sigma 35 and 85 Art | Tamron 24-70 G2

Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art

Sharp, fast and just the perfect focal coverage. The Sigma 35mm 1.4 DG HSM is a state of the art lens designed for full frame cameras but can also be used with APS-C sensors as well. It is also my very first ever full-frame lens. It accounts to most of the photos of my travels. Definitely one of my favorite lenses for Travel, portraiture, etc.

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Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art

As a portrait and travel photographer, this lens is definitely one hell of a beast! Ultra-sharp, fast and beautifully designed. The Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art is an ideal lens for a variety of photographic subjects, particularly portrait photography, both in-studio and on-location. For me, I use it mostly outdoors and I’m always impress by the way it performs. The only issue I have is the weight of the lens, plus most of the time, it’s mounted on my Nikon D850 which is already a very heavy camera body.- So imagine my neck and my shoulders at the end of the day. Those are only minor issues, as long as I’m happy with the images I take with it, then I can endure the pain. haha

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Tamron 24-70 f2.8 G2

I bought this lens to solve my problems of changing lenses all the time when I’m covering events. It looks amazing when it’s mounted on the Nikon D850. Performance wise, it doesn’t disappoint. It’s widest angle coverage is great for landscapes and interior photography. The highest zoom coverage can deliver sharply focused subjects with amazingly blurred background. Definitely a must-have lens for Travel and event Photographers.

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See full technical specs here.

Gopro Hero 5

I have this action camera for like almost three years now. I needed to have it since I have been traveling solo most of the time before, and you can conveniently take wide angle selfies with the Gopro attached to a GoPro stick.

So far I’m not planning to upgrade it anytime soon, I’m still happy with the quality of the images it provides- not much of a difference from the latest model.

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Vanguard VEO 235AB Aluminum Travel Tripod 

Light, compact and heavy duty, basically one of the best tripods I ever owned. I always bring it when I travel as it is so portable and doesn’t add much weight on my luggage. It also comes with a very nice bag. A must for every travel photographer.

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Macbook Pro 15 2018 with touch-bar. 

I process pretty much all my images here through Lightroom and photoshop. I have this for almost two years now and I haven’t had any issues of it lagging, just overheating a bit- but that’s only when I run several application at once or deal with really high data media files, just like a normal computer which overheats when running multiple applications. I highly suggest that if you plan to buy an apple computer, better buy this than the latest Macbook Air.


128 GB SanDisk Extreme Memory Cards

I have three of these ultra-fast memory cards. It’s a necessity to have ultra-fast memory cards to keep up with huge file sizes of DSLR images nowadays. As a photographer, we cannot let any delays to happen, especially when we are photographing crucial moments.

4TB WD Passport Hardrives

I have two of these external hard-drives. I have been using them for almost a year now, and believe it or not, I think I will be needing another one soon. I love the portability

Camera Flash V860II

An external flash like no other. Easy to carry along my travels. I use it most of the time when I’m covering events when the ambient light is not sufficient. I love its performance, I have been using it for a year now and no complaints so far.

X1T TTL Wireless Flash Trigger

One of the most used accessories I have- I use this to trigger my flashgun wirelessly when I’m trying to be creative with the lighting. The same as my comment on the Godox Flashgun, It’s easy to bring when I’m traveling and I have been using it for like a year now and I have no complaints so far.

So what are your travel essentials? Share it with us through the comment section below.

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Buscalan is a small village situated on the mountains of Tinglayan in the province of Kalinga in Northern-Philippines. It is home to the famous traditional tattooist Whang-od Oggay. Buscalan Village is also considered as the last traditional-tattoo haven in the Northern Philippines. Despite the distance and difficulty to reach the place, it doesn’t stop visitors (both local and foreigners) from visiting this village. That’s why sometimes, people’s journey to the village is considered a pilgrimage. 

Whang-od Oggay. Circa 2014

I went to Buscalan for a visit after three long years. I first visited Buscalan back in 2012, then been going back and forth between 2015 and 2016. Most houses back then were completely made from traditional materials, its foundation and walls are made-up of woods and the roofs are completely made-up of cogon grasses. But now, almost all houses are made from modern materials, like concrete and metals. Most of the houses were also converted to transient homes to accommodate all the people who visit the village. 

Typical Scene in Buscalan, Circa 2012

I also noticed a huge boom in tourism, there were like around thirty people waiting in line to get a tattoo. It’s nice that the village is receiving lots of visitors, however, this gives rise to some problems like problems with waste disposal, etc. I’ve observed that most visitors bring tons of plastic stuff with them and most of the time they just leave most of it in the village and this often leads to all of these plastics being scattered around.

So basically now, you cannot go to the village without a local-guide which I think is nice since it gives livelihood to some people. You also need to pay a visitor fee of php75 like around 1.5USD when you enter the village, which I think is ok as long as the money collected are being used properly for the development of the village. I still remember before, when villagers invite you over for a coffee whenever you pass by their homes but now you need to pay around 20php for a cup. Well, I think everyone needs to put a price in everything nowadays.

Visitors from other countries smile as they mingle with the locals over some bread and coffee. Buscalan, Circa 2014

One major noticeable change I noticed when I visited Buscalan is the construction of a concrete road towards the village. It’s sti ll on-going, but from the most vehicle-accessible point of the road to the village, it can now be only journeyed for 30 minutes. Many people (mostly people who are not from the village) were against it before, but now I think they’ve realized the importance of it to the villagers, especially to those young students who needed to walk several kilometers on rocky, muddy and narrow paths just to get to school back then. 

Side of the mountain is carved to give way to the construction of the concrete road to the village. Circa 2019

Change is inevitable, especially in this modern world we are in. I don’t know when I will be able to visit Buscalan again, but I’m excited to see what changes will happen till my next visit. 

Have you been to Buscalan? If so, then what are your thoughts and insights on the current situation of the village? Feel free to share them on the comment section below. 

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Traveling can be tiring sometimes, especially when you need to endure long haul flights and long hour bus rides. Thank goodness with Europe, most countries are pretty much situated near each other, so you can pretty much visit several countries in a single trip. That’s what I did with my Eastern-Europe Itinerary, I visited Krakow in Poland, Budapest in Hungary, Vienna in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia and Prague in the Czech Republic in a single trip.  But in this article, I will be discussing mainly about Budapest. 

Budapest is the capital of Hungary, a country landlocked by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Austria to the northwest, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, and Slovenia to the west. 

I arrived in Budapest from Krakow in Poland. It took roughly around seven hours to get here through bus. Quite long but it was all worth it when the site of Budapest has appeared from afar. And upon reaching the center, all I can say is that it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe. 

Before, there were two cities in Budapest, mainly Buda and Pest, they are basically located on opposite sides of the Danube River. But then they decided to merge the two cities into one and then they decided to just join the name of the two cities together. Hence, it’s called Budapest. 

There are lots of things which Budapest is famous for, but often times, people come here to experience Budapest’s public Baths. They have what they called ‘SPArty’ here, which basically means ‘Party in a Spa’. So you can pretty much go to a rave party in a Spa in Budapest. Well, you know what they say, only in Budapest! 

Below are compilation of some of the best places which I visited when I was in Budapest. 

Top Things to Do and See In Budapest

Hungarian Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament is Budapest’s famous landmark. It is one of the most iconic structures in the city. The parliament is situated in Kossuth Square, in the Pest side of the city and on the banks of the Danube. Aside from being an icon, It is also one of the most picturesque landmarks in the city.

The view of the parliament from the other side of the Danube River is basically a view to die for, especially during sunset- it’s just freakin’ gorgeous, so if you’re in Budapest or if you’re planning to visit this beautiful city, make sure to include this in your to-do list. 

Margaret Island

Margaret Island is an island in the Danube River. It is a tranquil getaway within the city. Here you can see the ruins of a 13th-century Dominican convent, a musical fountain and a small zoo. Other attractions include jogging tracks, thermal spas and swimming pools. You can also experience a great view of the Hungarian Parliament from here. During the warm months, there are pop-up bars and restaurants, as well as live music to enjoy when visiting the island. Definitely one of the must-go places when in Budapest. 

Margaret Bridge

Margaret Bridge or Margit híd is a three-way bridge in Budapest, Hungary, connecting Buda and Pest across the Danube and linking Margaret Island to the banks. It is the second-northernmost and second-oldest public bridge in Budapest.  -reference: Wikipedia

Heroes Square

One of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven chieftains of the Magyars and other important Hungarian national leaders, as well as the Memorial Stone of Heroes, often erroneously referred as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

-reference: Wikipedia

City Park

Budapest’s city park is located just after the Heroes Square. It is basically a place where everyone can find something to do. For me, I kinda enjoyed sitting on one of the benches here and just watch the duck swim on the pond.

Budapest Zoo

My favorite place in Budapest. The Budapest Zoo is the oldest zoo in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world. It has over  one-thousand animal species and is located within the city centre, which is unusual for a zoo. The zoo opened its doors on 9 August 1866.

Vaci Street

Often referred to as the tourist street. The Vaci Street is one of the most famous street in Budapest. It features a large number of restaurants and shops catering primarily to the tourist market. The best place to go when you plan to buy a few items for souvenirs. 

Liberty Bridge

In my opinion, I think this is Budapest’s most beautiful bridge. Come here during the night to see what I’m talking about. For photographers, make sure to bring your tripod with you-this is basically one of the best spots to do some long-exposure photography in the city. 

Have you been to Budapest? How was your experience?! Share it with us through the comment section below.

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