TravelCast with Ally Quest, Podcast #3


So this weekend I have the lovely and talented Allison Wottowa on the line for my latest podcast.  It’s a memorable conversation with a fellow traveler and filmmaker (and serial Quantum Leap nerd).  She’s the host of the fabulous new series of international, era-oriented travel shorts hosted on her website, AllyQuest.com.

From the Wrigley Family on Catalina Island to Mayan history around the Yucatan, Ally waxes tantalizing travel topics and gives up an amazing top ten list for international wine connoisseurs.

Watch the travelcast (you know, a podcast for travel nuts), and then head on over to check out her website and YouTube channel.

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New Photos from the Philippines, 2nd album


Okay, so here is the second album of recently edited photos.  This is the rough draft editing stage of the photos.  The final drafts will be edited all together in a batch process and then uploaded to the commercial website.  So you’re getting the sneak preview before the photography page gets updated.

In this album, the elderly people taken in HDR are from the hill tribes living in the mountains.  The beautiful lady trying to hide her face from the camera was so shy that her friends made her take the photograph.  She very reluctantly and uncomfortably sat as I snapped these shots of her.  I gave her a warm thanks and a fist full of cash afterward.  And they wounldn’t let me leave without getting a shot of the tattoos that she acquired in her time in the hills.  The tribes people decorated themselves back then and are strangely embarrassed of it now.  The older gentleman sat proudly and let me take this shot even though the youngsters around him were laughing and pointing.  He seemed not to mind.

Be sure to click the images and make them larger.  The detail that comes out in HDR when you’re looking at the larger image reveals much more detail than a thumbnail.  Tremendous range is exposed in this technique of photography — which is responsible for giving the photos that “dreamy” feel to them.  The mountain shots have so much old-worldy feel to them in these shots.  There are many more that will make it to the commercial site, but these will have to do to start.

Take a look and be sure to leave me comments on what you think!

Travel Geek Short: Speaking with Ben: An Interview in the Philippines


During my trip to the Philippines, I created a feature length film, Travel Geek: Documentary Philippines. While I had to keep the interviews to a brief, few minutes on the film, the actual footage of the interviews were much longer. And because of their telling and impactful insights they offer into the Filipino culture and daily life, I wanted to also release this footage.

Thanks, Ben for your informative and candid conversation.

documentary philippines: interview with bert


During my trip to the Philippines, I created a feature length film, Travel Geek: Documentary Philippines. While I had to keep the interviews to a brief, few minutes on the film, the actual footage of the interviews were much longer. And because of their telling and impactful insights they offer into the Filipino culture and daily life, I wanted to also release this footage.

Thanks, Bert, for your informative and candid conversation.

Documentary Philippines: Interview with Joe


During my trip to the Philippines, I created a feature length film, Travel Geek: Documentary Philippines. While I had to keep the interviews to a brief, few minutes on the film, the actual footage of the interviews were much longer. And because of their telling and impactful insights they offer into the Filipino culture and daily life, I wanted to also release this footage.

Thanks, Joe for your informative and candid conversation.

Travel Geek: Documentary Philippines Out Now


Greetings all,

For about a month now, I have been working on my latest film, Travel Geek: Documentary Philippines.  And after releasing it in six parts, getting feedback, critiques and comments, I have done the final edits and produced the final draft.  But the story doesn’t end there.

Recently after I released it on Youtube, I got an email from a TV station in Los Angeles indicating that they wanted to pick it up for a spot on their new FIL/AM TV Channel 31 in their San Bernadino and L.A. viewership areas.  FIL/AM Channel 31 is a Filipino-American TV entertainment channel providing 24-7 coverage of news and entertainment from and for Filipinos living in California.

I was honored to accept their offer and I will be sure to make updates as they come in.  Hopefully I will be able to get a schedule of times it will be aired, and I will post that here and on my social networks.

Please enjoy this film as it has meant a lot to me.