Saturday, October 15, 2016

Top Things that Photo Blogging Has Done to Change Me

When I started blogging the only thing I thought of is that I want to document or write everything memorable in my life. It's like a personal diary with twists: it's posted online and with photos.

I thought that expressing my feelings and my thoughts randomly is cool, not until I wanted to change the way I post my experiences. It’s always good to share the downside of your life and how to overcome it, but it would be better if you could share something that can inspire others.

(photo above: Ilocos Norte) 

About Jewel Clicks

I have a camera, I have a view, Ugh! I click the button of my camera.

Jewel Clicks is a photo blog I started in 2011. I came up with the name by combining my first name “Jewel” and “clicks” because I love clicking the button of my camera. I thought it would be great to share the photos I have taken in a blog. Multiply and i.PH was already dying that time.

I posted more photos of my life experiences and share the story visually and wrote some short stories about the photos. I talked about about travel, food and dining, lifestyle and events.

I believe that you don’t need an expensive camera to take good pictures.

"If you want change, do it! "

Walking the Wire Between Work and Life

(Struggle was real Soul Surfing in Siargao)

One of the things that I share in my blog is how millennials like me can enjoy their lives.

We all have to deal with responsibilities, difficulties and struggles in life, however you don’t have to mop around when dealing with them, preventing yourself from enjoying your life, instead you can choose to do things that you wanted to do for a long time now. For me, that meant pursuing my travel goals.

"Leave to Live"

I started traveling last 2013 when I said “yes” spontaneously to my friend and hopped into the ferry going to Bohol. Since then, I realized that it is possible to go to places you’ve never been to once in a while.  Since then I always leave to live. As a blogger posting my travel diaries online inspire others to take a break from work and to breathe, relax and enjoy.

(read my first trip in Bohol) 

Photo Blogging Aftermath

One of my most memorable travel experiences is when we went to Bantayan Island three months after Typhoon Yolanda hit. It was really a great change for me personally because as a blogger I was able to share about the situation in the island- that it is safe to go there and that all of the beach resorts are business as usual. Aside from that, we were able to help their local tourism.

Adventures with a Touch of Local Communities

Another change started when I decided to go on solo travels. The idea of a perfect travel is to have a big budget to spend. Oh well, not anymore as there are travel organizers who offer affordable rates and accept solo travelers or joiners to participate in the tour. The aim is to help the local community of our destination from food, accommodation, tour guide and buying local products.

( Had fun with Brandon my tour guide in El Nido, Palawan)

Children of Kalinga Village

As a blogger it is a great deed to share the experiences to others that “you just didn’t go there, you lived there”. I love interacting with locals and getting to know more about their culture.

Short and Simple Questions

Finally for the first time I will share these! 

Here are some messages from friends, people who've seen my post / video blog and people I met online and then became friends. 


Jewel Clicks Now

Sharing valuable, fun, and informative content on your blog will leads you to receiving questions from friends living abroad and friends who are planning to visit one of the places you’ve been to. I always love answering their questions giving them tips and advice, and being  their virtual tour guide whenever they need to. It feels good that I help promote tourism and local communities in my own little way.

Have a great day everyone!
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Monday, October 10, 2016

How I Spent My Weekend in Pattaya Thailand - Part 1

It's been a month since I get back from my trip in Thailand. (and yes, I'm blogging about it now.) I thought it would be nice to end my July with a bang, so I booked my tickets on that day. (An overdue post! Lucky those who can blog right away about their trip.)


After seven (long) years, my college friend who's working in Thailand and I met again and catch up with what we've been up to. I remembered that he invited me last 2014 to go there whenever we had a chance to talk online. I think being vulnerable to book tickets last June was a perfect timing. A travel bug bit me again.

I arrived in Bangkok at midnight on Friday. I just worked at home the entire day. I have no worries because I'm going to stay there for 2 weeks. (What 3D2N?) My first night out was in one of night markets in Bangkok, but I will share that on my next post.

We grabbed our breakfast before leaving the city. I love the location of my friend's place. It's like I'm in a small community where everything is there when you need it. Hello, convenient store, restaurants and coffee shops.

When Saturday morning arrived, I was so excited to jump in the front seat and go for two hour drive to Pattaya. YEY! My friend was shy, so he requested not to include him on my VLOG and photos. He's my college friend and living in Bangkok for 7 years. Whoa! He knows how to speak Thai language.

Hello RJ! 

Roadtrip mode on.

Finally toll gate to Pattaya! 

More than meets the eye?

After 2- 3 hours because we deal with traffic here are our itinerary:

First Stop:

Silverlake Vineyard

31/62 Moo 7, Na Chom Thian 20250, Thailand

We paid 100 Baht for an entrance each. It was not that really worth it for my friends who have been there many times with other visitors. HAHAHA but for the love of hospitality they have to go with me. 

We have a ride for every stops.

Stops for taking photos! HAHAHA

We were given one chip per person to get the free grape juice from their office. I haven't tasted it because I forgot why. Forgive me.

Panorama view

Buddha Mountain Pattaya (Khao Chi Chan)

Na Jomtien Km 163, Sukhumvit Road | Na Chom Thian Subdistrict, Sattahip 20250, Thailand

Entrance is free!

If you can't find a good background then make the tourists be your background.

Jumpshot is a must!

Pattaya Sheep Farms

Nong Pla Lai, Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

We dropped by here, but it was closed. *sad

We visited a shop where you can find a lot of unique items like you will definitely love to buy. Good thing I was able to manage because I can't with the excess baggage and heavy luggage. So I took some photos of the store inside. 

Makes me think of Cebu when I see guitars.

Friends are here!


Mimosa Pattaya

28/43-44 Moo 2 | Na Jomtien, Sattahip 20250, Thailand

This is where you can watch Lady boy show in the city. There are also stores and restaurants around the area and park where you can take photos opts. We were there at night and we were hungry looking for a place where to eat.

So we drove around and saw this stall. 

We had steak!

Sawasdee Seaview Pattaya Hotel

Time to rest! After our dinner, we looked for a place to stay near the Walking Street. This place is perfect where everything is walking distance.

Walking Street Pattaya

It was almost midnight when we went out of our hotel room. I was excited to see what's in this city. When we arrived there were many tourists, it was manageable to have some drinks while walking in the street.

Someone stole her heart.

Hi, McDonalds!

Second bottle of the night coming.

The truth is, I just ate ice cream in Pattaya! Here's my VLOG withe the Turkish ice cream man:

What a great night!

The next day went to an island in Pattaya. I can't wait to share you my photos. 

Have a great day everyone!

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