I don't usually blog about family vacation or travels, more so doing it here in my site's photoblog section, but this one's different for a few reasons. Yeah, I may also post this on my Facebook account, but I feel this really belongs here.
My wife and I recently had a 3-day stay at Boracay with my LA-based friend Mark Gonzales and his wife Trisha. Mark and I came from the same high school, grew up in the same town (Pandi), and he's the son of probably the teacher I'm closest to, Ma'am Sol (who I always work with on our batch's scholarship projects). The funny thing is I wasn't really friends with Mark then, as I was a year older and had a different circle of friends.
Until 2008. During a seven-month sabbatical in the US (also the time I was starting on my photography hobby), I received a message on my Multiply account. It was from Mark, who I didn't recognize at first because his face was covered by a camera on his profile photo. Turned out he was also into photography. Cool. It all started from there. When I visited California in 2009, we met up (and I got to meet Trisha for the first time) and they toured me around. We took a lot of photos, that's for sure. When I came back to the US for another vacation in 2010, I again dropped by California mainly to shoot. We had a photo-trip to Yosemite and other locations, and I stayed at their place due to his irresistible offer. Such a kind couple that's so easy to get along with. And I can say it was through photography that I got to know them.
So when Mark and Trisha came back here in the Philippines for a 19-day vacation (Mark was last here in 2002, Trisha in 2003 I think), we hit it up for a Boracay getaway. Mark and I had our 5D Mark III's and a few lenses for the trip. It would be a great photo op, right? Hmmmm, yep, but something happened along the way : we caught the lazy shooter syndrome. Our iPhone-shooting, wifi-seeking wives were the culprits. Our 5D3's stayed in our camera bags. We got content with iPhone photography.
Fortunately for me, I had with me something new. It was something I quickly fell in love with. It was my first time shooting extensively with it, and impressed me so much that the 5D3 quickly became an afterthought. The Canon EOS M.
It was light, it was cute, it was easy to use. It's like having a DSLR, only a lot, lot smaller. For lazy days like these, it was the perfect match for me.
Here are my photos of our Boracay sojourn, all shot with the EOS M...
I'm ecstatic at the EOS M results. It lived up to the hype. If these photos aren't enough proof, wait for my product review (got a lot of pending reviews to post).
It was a well-enjoyed Boracay trip. We loved The District. The weather was skin-friendly. There were a lot of foreign tourists (about an 80-20 ratio to Filipinos), but the island wasn't overcrowded. Overall a highly-enjoyable stay. Mark and Trish's company made it better. Even Anie told me afterward how she liked the couple.
Until we meet again, TMG! Maybe next year in LA? =)
Check out Mark's website, he's done a lot of fantastic weddings, among others : www.markgimages.com. Friend ko 'yan. =)