Tag Archives: happiness

The Emotional Traveler: Philippine Travel Stories

Most photos of Philippine travel involves huge smiles from the subjects. Can’t help it, can you, guys. Even us, we can’t help but smile whenever we go out and experience the beauty of the Philippines. Smile and laughter are universal expressions of happiness. Let’s do something different. Let’s feature the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram which shows deeper emotions, but somehow seeing happiness through it all. C’mon, it’s not complicated. Here we go. Continue reading The Emotional Traveler: Philippine Travel Stories

The Smiling Hammock of Sabang, Puerto Princesa: Photo of the Day

We asked our kid what pops in his mind the first time he saw this photo. His answer is, uhm, brilliant: “I don’t know. A hammock?” Yes, it’s a hammock, silly, but look closer. Try this — smile, then squint your eyes and look at the photo, you’ll actually see the tropical universe smiling back at you. You don’t see it? Try opening your mind. The beauty of travel, as in photography, is the option to see the bigger picture or the focused view, even at the same time, and to see what is there or to see with one’s imagination. This no-frill hammock is daring us to kick our feet up, take time off from the daily grind, and relax. We hear the soft, salty breeze and Bobby McFerrin crooning “don’t worry, be happy.” Fortunately for us, Mike Plana graciously agreed that we feature this photo he snapped in Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan (check his Instagram account for more awesome photos). So, going back, look at the photo again and tell us what you see. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Smiling Hammock of Sabang, Puerto Princesa: Photo of the Day

Happines is Home Project: The OFW Project of Coca-Cola (Video)

VisitPinas generally features anything about the Philippines and Filipinos, for both Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. Coca-Cola, on the other hand, is obviously a foreign brand, but what it captured in this promotional feature is undeniably Filipino — the realities of OFW, the love for family and the special meaning of Christmas. And, well, the world-famous lechon. The opening line of this commercial, which will mostly become viral, goes: “More than 11 Million Filipinos have left their families to find better opportunities abroad.” Continue reading Happines is Home Project: The OFW Project of Coca-Cola (Video)