8 Reasons Sony A5000 Is My Go-To Digital Camera

There are three things I cannot go without when travelling: my wallet, iPhone, and my digital camera. Firstly, obviously I cannot move without money; secondly, my iPhone is my ultimate savior when getting lost in a place where I am at and also the device that works as my eyes that share the world what I see; and lastly, my digital SLR camera — for raw pictures and quality still shots of whatever I find interesting.

Both my iPhone and DSLR are my most used devices when travelling. This is because if not a travel photographer, at least I think I am a travel photography enthusiast. I take photos of the places I go to, its people, and unfamiliar things using my iPhone and DSLR all the time for two reasons: iPhone is my real-time digital camera — meaning, it is my medium for photos I want to publish right away; and my DSLR is for more complicated options — for images I would process when I get back from my trip to publish on my online portfolio or on my blog.

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Sony A5000

Image source: Sony Philippines Website

This is why the Sony A5000 is probably the best digital camera for people like me. Below is the list of 8 things I can think of why it is my go-to digital camera:

  1. It’s handy. The number one thing I dislike about using a DSLR for my travels is because it is bulky and heavy. Most of the hours I spend when on a trip specially if it is outside the country is for walking. And sometimes, carrying an extremely heavy camera on my neck is such a pain — and when carrying it in my hand, it is too big. This is what I love about the Sony A5000, it is compact, light, and easy to carry around.
  2. Wifi/NFC. The wifi feature of the Sony A5000 is used for file transfer to devices such as your smartphone or whatnot. When you are using a DSLR for your travel photos, you cannot transfer it right away to your phone for you to publish it real time. Not with the Sony A5000 because through its wifi feature, you can connect it to your iPhone (or any mobile devices) and transfer the pictures you took using Sony A5000. Or if you have a Sony smartphone, you can use NFC to transfer files. Such a hugger for guys like me who love to share the pictures they shot real-time. #ATM LOL
  3. It’s Whopping 20.1 MP. This size is enough for decent billboard photos! And definitely great stuff for DSLR quality images. What’s not to love?
  4. Pop-up Flash. The Sony A5000 has a pop-up flash almost the same with the ones on DSLRs and produces the same image quality.
  5. Flippable LCD Display. This one right here is another hugger! I find it really helpful because I take photos at a different perspective such as worm’s eyeview and with an LCD Display that works as the viewer and can be flipped to your convenience is something to consider. Also, it is a great feature when taking selfies using the Sony A5000.
  6. It’s Perfect for Vlogging. If you vlog, the Sony A5000 got you. The flippable LCD display is great for selfies; and when you record your travels for your vlogs, you know you will love Sony A5000.
  7. It’s Mirrorless. Although when you purchase a Sony A5000 it comes with a powerful zoom lens, you can still use other lenses — same lens that you use for your Sony DSLR if you have one. It’s totally like having a DSLR camera at a size of three times less!
  8. RAW/JPEG. You can take RAW images just like on DSLRs! Enough said! 🙂

These are the reasons Sony A5000 is the perfect go-to digital camera for a travel blogger, travel photography enthusiast like me — it makes everything a little more convenient. 😉

– N

8 Reasons Sony A5000 Is My Go-To Digital Camera

Taipei, Taiwan

Ni hao! Here’s a summary video of my 4-day stay in Taiwan. 🙂

This trip was extra special to me from my previous out of the country trips because this was my first ever solo travel outside the Philippines. Haha!

It was so much fun and liberating! Well, I really like to travel alone so I already expected that I would enjoy this trip. Haha! But what I was super excited about before going to Taipei was the food I’m going to nibble on, the places I am going to visit, and the amazing weather! It’s the last week of February so it’s still chilly but not so much and it was perfect.

Below are some of the photos I took from the places I went to and a few of the food I tried while I’m there.

Lungshan Temple of Manka

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A typical street in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan.

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Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market

Squirrels and the lovely view in 228 Peace Park

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I was also lucky to see Sakura trees started blooming! So if you want to witness sakura blossoms in Taipei, it is perfect to visit sometime between last week of February and first week of March. 🙂

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Raohe Street Night Market

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Subway to Taipei Main Station

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The most famous skyscraper in Taiwan, the Taipei 101. I took this from the peak of the Elephant Mountain. It’s a steep hike but the view from up there is worth the sweat! Also, a few minutes of trek won’t hurt so much.

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That’s me and Taipei 101. See how wet my shirt is? Haha! For a very unprepared and unfit person like me, it was a challenge. But it didn’t kill me so, I would still recommend to do this. You can relax on the top after, it was amazing.

Taipei Zoo

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The vastness of Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is amazing! It’s also a great place to relax, take photographs, picnic, and whatever decent. Haha! There are sakura trees around, too. 😉

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That’s me again, with the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. Hehe

I also tried the famous Modern Toilet Restaurant in Ximending on my last day. The food is served in a bowl that looks like toilet. It’s cute, and very instragrammable. The price of the meals are a bit high from the usual prices of food in Taipei but it’s okay. Taste is OK too. I only had chicken curry, and I love chicken and curry so my comment about it is kind of bias… and yes, I loved it. The complimentary poop-shaped chocolate ice cream is so-so though. I would still recommend it for first time visitors for experience. The place is cozy, and homy so you will absolutely like it. 😉

Modern Toilet Restaurant

There are places I wasn’t able to go to because of oversleeping. Haha! Like Yehliu Geopark up north, the Sanxia District, Jiufen Old Street, and a lot more. I think it’s okay, then I have a reason to go back.

Taiwan, I’ll see you again! ❤

~ N

Taipei, Taiwan

Lake Sebu

I flew to the lowermost part of the Philippines for my first solo travel this year to experience Lake Sebu. It is an actual lake in a small town also called Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Mindanao. Before I leave for this trip, my mother, sister, friends, and office friends kept on telling me to take care, for obvious reasons that it is just a few hours away from where the bandits are nesting. To be honest, I kind of hesitated because of its reputation but still followed my guts, that everything will be fine. So I decided to go. But as expected, it has the warmest people. 🙂

It’s amazing to find peace in a place where most people perceive is lacking. 🙂

Here is a video of my adventures in Lake Sebu:

 

Things you must try:

  1. Seven Falls Zipline
  2. Extreme River Tubing
  3. Water Biking

Places to visit:

  1. Divine Mercy Garden
  2. Lotus Watching on Lake Sebu
  3. Bai Lang Dulay
  4. T’Boli Homestay
  5. Seven Falls
  6. T’Boli Museum

I will update this post soon for my Guide to Lake Sebu. 😉

Be well,
N

Lake Sebu

Thank you, 2016!

Happy New Year! This is a year-ender post so, it’s quite long. 😅

I ended 2015 with new relationships with the amazing people I met at my new job and with the folks I went with when climbing the picturesque mountains of Laguna and Batangas; with a lot of travels locally with some of my favorite people; with new experiences from every quarter of it; with memories — both good and not so good; and with lessons that left indelible marks in my heart. I was one of those hopefuls; hoping that 2016 will be a better year. But my 2016 was not a better year, it was my most AMAZING YEAR, yet! 😍

I haven’t done a year-ender post in a while (last time was 2011), and similar to my previous year-enders, I will highlight the best moments of every month of my 2016. So here it goes!

January

I never knew I would start my year with my first ever paid modeling project! There was a time in my life that I attended auditions and did VTRs hoping to land an acting project or a TVC and print ad project that would pay me a fortune but to no avail, and then I got tired and stopped and focused on more important things. And then Grab happened. It didn’t pay much but I was happy the fire inside me rekindled.

Grab Philippines’ Website
Grab PH Facebook Ad

It was also the first time I got to travel outside Laguna with my favorite people from college.

February

Got my baby! 🤗🤗🤗


March

Back at Enchanted Kingdom with the new people I met on that day. And remained friends since!

April

Every year, I go to a place that I have never been to, alone… on my birthday. This year, I finally got to visit Coron.

Celebrated my third decade alone on one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines! I only realised one thing after this, traveling alone is addictive!

May

Back at attending go-sees and VTRs, and fortunately, the one I attended this month landed me a series of modelling gigs that lasted until November. Such a humbling experience; I met a lot of cool people, too!


June

Visited Sagada at last! I have always wanted to visit this place long before That Thing Called Tadhana, and wanted to go even more after seeing the movie. I had the real Sagada experience with my favorite people from work. Got so great memories from that trip! ❤️


July

El Nido! One of my best friends Leslie went home after forever!


August

Another solo travel for me and this time I went to Boracay, after several years. I first visited Boracay last 2009 with friends from college. Ever since I remained in love with the island. If you have been there, you know why.

I went there alone and came back home with new friends I met from PubCrawl!

With the amazing people I met at PubCrawl Boracay. Photo credit: Pinky Veloso

 

September

Japan! Enough said. 😍

October

Went back to Boracay with Dhang! It was our first time riding a ferry to Caticlan. It was a 12-hour ride from Batangas. Dhang liked it but me not so much. Haha

November

Deltek’s 2016 Year End Party! We joined DelteKinetics last year, it’s an annual dance competition in Deltek and we placed second.

This year, we kept the place. Consistency is key people! 😂😂😂

Deltek Dance Crew

 

Deltek Dance Crew during awarding.

December

JENESYS 2016 Batch 5: Economics. I have so much to tell about this and I’m putting up a page on my blog about my experience. Hopefully I get to finish it before January ends.

JENESYS was one of the highlights of my 2016! I learned so much about Japan and the rich culture of the ASEAN countries! I can’t wait to share it to you!

I did not expect 2016 to be this wonderful! I just hoped for the best and I had the most amazing year I have had, yet! Although this year has been cruel to the world particularly in politics (need I say more? Haha), show business (for taking our favorite Hollywood artists from us), and with everything in general, I would say 2016 has been so kind to me and it treated me so well. I’m not expecting for 2017 to top that but I promise to work hard and bring it!

Thank you so much, 2016! 😊

N

Thank you, 2016!

A Video Summary Of JENESYS 2016

Hello! Here is a video collection of snippets I made from our JENESYS 2016 experience. My page for my JENESYS 2016 experience is still under construction but I couldn’t wait to share this so here you go. Haha


 

I really hope my JENESYS 2016 page goes live before the year ends. Haha  😉

A Video Summary Of JENESYS 2016