Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Selfie-ing to the next level!

Starting up, the term "Selfie" has become the trend the past few months since the song "Let me take a selfie" came up. Everyone jumped onto the bandwagon of the song's popularity and "Selfies" have became the in thing to do. But what makes a perfect Selfie?

Normal people will use their phone to do so, which results in poor quality as lets face it. the camera used is probably 1.3 or 2.0 mp for the front facing camera. Samsung took it a notch higher and introduced the new NX Mini, Samsung's slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera to date with NFC & WiFi capabilities.

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What are the key features? (This will be a little bit technical)

1) Super Light & Slim - 158g weight & 22.5mm thickness
2) 3.9 inch flip up and touch display - awesome for selfies!
3) 20.5mp BSI CMOS Sensor
4) 6 fps Continuous Shot
5) 1/16000 sec Shutter Speed
6) Tag & Go - Allows to connect with NFC-enabled devices
7) Mobile Link - transfers images straight to your phones
8) Remote View Finder Pro - able for you to control the NX Mini with your phone
9) Group Share - send images up to 4 devices at 1 time
10) Comes in 5 colours that'll suit each personality (white, pink, mint green, brown and black)

With this you have 10 reasons already to get the Samsung NX Mini

Other than that, theres also the Smart Filters & Modes which will accommodate any of your shooting needs such as a panaromic shot, action freeze shot, rich tone (HDR) and much more!


Check out the video below:




Samsung was gracious enough for us to have a hands on the cameras itself and a bunch of us were selected to participate in the Samsung NX Mini campaign. We gathered up at Jeneris Cafe, Nu Sentral where we were given a Samsung NX Mini each, and a task which had to be completed. As for myself, I was given the task of "Sight & Sound" which is basically the local sights and sounds in KL. I partnered up with the beautiful Elvina Chua to conquer the streets of KL.

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Xiang & I

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The whole bunch of us
*photo credit to Don



We then departed over to Pasar Seni where we had an hour to walkabout to get the shots you want. For myself, I thought that "Sight & Sound" is a very broad genre, so I decided to shoot the famous landmarks from different angles, and also since its a selfie camera, I decided that Selfie's a is a must for the task

Elvina & I headed over to famous landmarks such as Petaling Street, Central Market and Puduraya where we could get shots of how life in KL is. I was one of the kiasu ones with a monopod, so i took selfies at the next level!

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Heading over to Pasar Seni


But first, let us take a selfie! 

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Selfie's with Elvina!

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Good morning KL!

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and again, Good morning!

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Some other people selfie-ing

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Where she goes I follow

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Macam model cheh wahh!
(oh wait, she is LOL, she actually won the Miss Yacht Internation Model 2013)


Best part? we managed to get some tourist to Selfie with us! Thanks to this Japanese couple & european guy!

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The european guy

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The Japanese couple



I then thought my selfies weren't enough, so I decided to take the risk of climbing down the monsoon drain, to take close up selfie's of the graffiti! pretty steep but worth it!

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After the whole 1 hour of photo taking, We headed over to Johnny Rockets, KLCC. my first time there and its a very old classic diner just like the one I would always remember Monica dancing in "Friends", now I feel old LOL. Had a nice burger and the fellowship with the rest while the results were announced on who had the best photo

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Drools!

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Mocchi and I

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Mocchi, Myself, Jackie, Ryan

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Om nom noms!

At the end of the day, Kifli managed to win the best photo which got him a new NX Mini! Once again, thanks to Samsung & Don from Manoah for organizing this out for us. It definitely was a blast! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Ultimate Zipline Camwhore and beautiful beaches at Palawan!

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Hi all! So I've been to Palawan recently and have talked about the City Tours of Palawan. As for now I'm gonna share about the beautiful places you should visit when it comes to sceneries and nature. Palawan is always known for their beaches, and also for their underground river which is said to be one of the 7 amazing wonders of nature over there.

This trip has been sponsored by Cebu Pacific Air as I'm the Cebu Pacific Juan Blogger Ambassador. Also there's accommodation sponsored by Agoda and also shopping money sponsored by VISA. I want to thank you guys for making it happen! Do read my first Palawan City Tour post here: 

So first stop, we decided to go for their underground river tour. We had one of the hotel tour staff to arrange it for us which costed us about 1300 pesos per person (RM100). For those who would want to go, you would need to book your spot a day earlier as they have restrict the number of people/slots going in to preserve the beauty of the place, of if you feel adventures, you can try heading there by yourself by planning your own itinerary and finding your own transport there.

A van came early about 8am where our tour started. Since our permit to enter the underground river was at 3pm, the first place we headed to was Ugong rock which showcases an amazing limestone cave and fun filled activities of ziplining. It was an hours drive away into the mountains and after just napping for a while, We finally reached. 

Ugong Rock stands 75 feet tall, and is about a 40 minute hike up. as for the option of going down, you can either hike your way down, or zipline your way done. Of course ziplining would cost a lil more [200-300 pesos more (RM15-25)], but it definitely is the easier and more fun way down.


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At the first stop

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Some cute lil signboards

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at the cave entrance

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The flash blinded my eyes

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Eileen on a vine swing

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Our American friend posing LOL

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Climbing through the caves



As for the highlight of this part, we managed to do some ziplining! You can choose either the Superman Zipline or the normal sitting down zipline. We chose the superman zipline so we could fly!



Check out my epic camwhore moment ziplining down!


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#LetMeTakeASelfie



After ugong rock, we headed over to the jetty which will bring us to the underground tour. We took an hour boat ride out to the island, The Underground river tour is unique as we would have to take a small boat through the caves where its pitch black in there. The cave is about 24km in length but we are only allowed  to head in about 4km.

There are plenty of bats there too, so its advisable not to look up with your mouth open LOL

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The Jetty

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Heading out on the boat

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Finally reached the Island

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I'm thinking,...after the 3rd cigarette its free? =D

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Some monitor lizards on the island

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Eileen & I on the small boat ready to enter the cave

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The underground river

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Rock formations in the cave

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One of the highest peaks of the cave

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Bats who are living in those small tiny holes

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The Candle

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Can you spot the "head" of a person?

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Stalagtites

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Eileen & I

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Exiting the cave

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Eileen and I outside the cave

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The journey back

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Ooohhhh a mountain.....




On our way back towards Puerto Princessa, we stopped by Elephant Cave, Karst Mountain. What's so special about it? The Amazing Race took place here! so its another tourist spot where everyone goes just to take a pic with the "Amazing Race" banner


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Yes I'm running!

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We won! LOLOL




That pretty much sums up another day at Palawan with the Underground River Tour as it is a full day itinerary. As for the 2nd day, we headed off for the Honda Bay Island Hopping tour. There were only 6 of us for this tour, so pretty much we were given full attention by our tour guide. For the Honda Bay Island hopping tour, we were visiting a few islands, which were Starfish Island, Lulu Island and Courie Island

Our first stop, Starfish Island! Ironically we didn't manage to see any starfish over there, and as for those who plan of going there, do rent those snorkelling boots as there are plenty of sharp coral over there

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Eileen & I

A small shoutout to Cebu Pacific Air for their Anniversary



Our next stop, Lulu Island! What's nice about this Island? its pretty small, and theres an awesome diving board over there! Plenty of chances to do fish feeding over there too!

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Lulu Island

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Chalets around the island

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Eileen jumping off the board

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Myself jumping off with a little twist

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Another guy flipping in



Last stop: Courie Island. Its a great place to chill as there's an open bar and a massage centre! we just had a nice halo-halo and san miguel beer there to chill things off :)


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A big Courie Island sign

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Eileen's Jumpshot

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Eileen & I again

That sums up my Underground river tour and island hopping at Palawan! Once again I would like to thank Cebu Pacific Air for sponsoring my trip there and I can't wait to work with you guys some more!

Read about my other Philippine adventures here:

Manila Trip:
http://www.seraphsam.com/2013/06/my-first-all-expense-paid-trip-to.html

http://www.seraphsam.com/2013/06/riding-jeepney-in-manila.html

http://www.seraphsam.com/2013/06/the-balut-challenge-taal-volcano.html

http://www.seraphsam.com/2013/05/awesome-dessert-halo-halo.html

Cebu Trip:
http://www.seraphsam.com/2013/08/my-trip-to-cebu-philippines.html

http://www.seraphsam.com/2013/07/cebus-lechon-baboi.html

Boracay Trip:
http://www.seraphsam.com/2014/01/boracay-getaway-awesome-beaches-and.html

http://www.seraphsam.com/2014/01/flying-skies-sinking-deep-below-ocean.html

http://www.seraphsam.com/2013/12/have-you-ever-tried-delicious-jonas.html

Palawan Trip
http://www.seraphsam.com/2014/03/exploring-palawans-city-with-crocodiles.html

http://www.seraphsam.com/2014/04/the-ultimate-zipline-camwhore-and.html