#Learn2017: What's Your Word of The Year?

Happpyyy New Year!!! Year 2017 will start very, very soon and I can only wish for more love and peace on earth as 2016 bids goodbye and 2017 signals a new beginning. I hope for better things to come - wishes and dreams, and more amazing adventures ahead. 

Before You Hit The Slopes, Plan Your Ski Trip

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

When you plan a ski trip, you can often get a little ahead of yourselves and want to get there right away. And that’s understandable, what kind of vacation is more exciting than a ski trip? Not many, that’s for sure. You might like to go on camping trips from time to time and who doesn’t love to lay out on a beach in the gorgeous sunshine, but nothing comes close to skiing! 

Top 12 Blissful Instagram Photos for 2016 And The Stories Behind

Creating a photoblog comes with so much expectations. Perhaps from myself, and I guess from others as well. Sometimes I tend to think that because I have a photoblog, people expect that I have amazing or the best photos. I try to follow that path but I'm not always successful. After all, I'm a human. Sometimes, I get impatient when taking photos too. ;)

My Awesome 2016 Adventures in Retrospect

*Via Photofy

It's been quite a while since I wrote something a little bit more personal than my usual blog posts. I think it's good to have this kind of post on my blog from time to time so that you who are reading this can confirm that I'm indeed a human being with feelings, lol! Kidding aside, I don't really have anything concrete to write about which makes this post more of a free writing sesh than a planned one.

Hidden Gems: Four Unusual Destinations In Thailand


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

Thailand is one of the most popular and well-loved destinations in the world for many different types of traveler. And there's a good reason for that: it's an incredible country. Thailand has so much to offer but many people might never see it all, even if they went back, year after year, for the rest of their lives. 

We've Got Your Year 2017 Travel Itinerary Sorted! Take A Look!

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

The year 2017 is fast approaching - in fact; it’s just a few days away now - which means that it’s the perfect time to start planning your 2017 travel itinerary. That is if you haven’t already done so, of course. Choosing when to go away each year and where to go can be a struggle, as most people only get a set period of time off of work each year which can be used to travel. 

Travel Diary: Stories About Cambodia & Unfiltered Photos


When you talk about Cambodia, Angkor Wat is probably the first thing you can think of. True enough, no one can take that away from you because Angkor Wat is really majestic and worth visiting. As I was browsing my travel photos today, I realized that I've already shown much of what I've seen and felt in Angkor Wat (hopefully). So I thought, what other interesting things about Cambodia can or should I show you? 

Make Your Camping Trip Even More Amazing With These Handy Tips

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo is from Pixabay

There are many benefits to camping. For one thing, you get to spend a night or so in the midst of amazing nature. And it’s always a fun trip if you go with a friend. Also, it means you can stop wherever you want to as you can just pitch up a tent in the outdoors! However, if you want to make your camping trip even more amazing, here are some handy tips you need to see.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Traveling To Canada


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo is from Pixabay

There are hundreds of countries you could travel to, but have you ever given any serious thought to a vacation in Canada? Many people forget about this country and focus too much on the neighboring United States. But lets forget about the States for one minute and focus on its super cool neighbor. 

Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Florida, The Sunshine State


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo is from Pixabay

We all know why Florida is such a popular destination, on the surface. Brilliant white beaches, world class theme parks, fantastic shopping, and a lively nightlife - it’s perfect for families, couples, and everyone else. But what about the secret side of Florida? 

Family Friendly Holiday Destinations With A Difference

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo is a beach in Norway taken from Pixabay

Holidays before children were mostly the same old thing. Not that they weren’t enjoyable by any stretch of the imagination. Those kinds of holidays were relaxing, filled with sun-drenched days drinking martinis at 10 am. Holidays with children are a much different affair that is for sure.

Moto Z Revolution + Moto Mods: Take Your Pick!

Moto Z Play

Were you one of those who owned the phenomenal flip phone Moto Razr back in the days? If you were, you will be delighted to know that Moto is now back with a bang and an innovative line of their newest smartphones available in the Philippines! 

Traveling To Europe? Here Are All The Important Points You Need To Remember

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo is from Pixabay.

When you are busy planning a vacation abroad, it can be all too easy to get wrapped up in all of the excitement. There is nothing wrong with looking forward to your big trip, but you should also remember that it is equally important to plan your trip and ensure you have everything you need before you leave. 

Important Things To Consider If You Choose To Get Married Abroad

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo is from Pixabay

Getting married abroad is the ultimate romantic getaway. For some people, the risk of rain or bad weather on their big day is too high, or they’d just like a change of scenery and to explore a new place. For them, their best option is to head overseas. But with it comes a whole load more to consider, from the legalities to the difficulties with organizing a wedding remotely. 

Let's Go To Tops Safely and Conveniently!

Tops Skyline Garden Cebu
*#NoFilter - I don't know what my camera did.

Any place that's overlooking the city or something to that effect always appeals to me. When you see things from the top, it's as if you're the king or the queen of the world. It gives a different kind of delight to your heart. I've been to a few places that have such kind of vibe but it's not always easy because first, I need a car to bring me there.

Why You Should Consider Volunteering Overseas

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots.

Volunteering overseas can have lots of benefits. Not only will you be helping a cause you feel strongly about, you can make a real difference. If this is something you’ve been thinking about for a while, here’s why you should consider volunteering overseas.

Exciting and Unusual Locations For Your Gap Year Travelers

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

The world really is your oyster when you take a gap year. Most people aren't weighed down by the responsibility of a mortgage or kids so they can go where they please. For a successful gap, you are going to want to visit some novel and exciting locations. If you are planning your gap year, or even on out right now, check out the recommendations below that will make your trip more interesting.

Top 3 Reasons To Visit Chile If You Are A Camera Addict


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

Chile is not the most popular country in terms of tourism industry in South America. A lengthy piece of land along the Pacific Ocean coastline, Chile has a lot of offer if you have an eye for detail and you love things out of the ordinary. So pack your travel essentials, your best camera,  your charger and discover where to take the best pictures in Chile. 

How To Have The Most Incredible Holiday!

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

If you’ve got a holiday planned, then you’ll want to make it one of the best experiences you’ve ever had. That’s what holidays are for! However, a few things can make your holiday less exciting, such as not feeling very confident in yourself and even coming on your period. Use these tips to make sure you have the most incredible holiday.

Unfiltered Snapshots: The Gateway to Angkor Thom

Angkor Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

As I was sorting my photos of Angkor temples, I was also wondering how I can retell my experience. If you recall, I mentioned on my blog post about Angkor Wat that I will share photos of Angkor Thom. And this is it! If you're interested in Angkor Wat, here's the link to my post -> Magnificent Angkor Wat

Kalye Serye Maynila: When In Baclaran


When there's a chance to go out, explore, and take photos - I'd gladly take it. Last week, I only had about 2 days and 1 night in Manila for the Vivo V5 Grand Launch. We were housed in Nobu Hotel, City of Dreams in Parañaque which made it convenient to sneak in a quick photowalk in Baclaran.

Vivo V5: Redefining The Perfect Selfie

Vivo Mobile has finally revealed their newest and hottest offer to the Philippine smart phone market. Their latest offering called V5 was unveiled in a grand and superb launch last Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque, Metro Manila.

Here's How You Can See Into The Future... Really

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots.

Have you ever wished that you could see into the future? We all likely have at some point. You might think that this kind of thing can only be seen in supernatural films and programs, but the truth is, you can actually train yourself to see glimpses of the future. Not kidding!

Kalye Serye Bangkok: #LocalFeels

bangkok, thailand

I usually just post photos and a few captions for my Kalye Serye series but sometimes I'm a keyboard warrior in a sense that typing comes first before thinking (rationally), lol. I'm writing this blog post on the fly because, ahhh busy week! This week's Kalye Serye is about the third and last destination of our 10-day backpacking trip - a.k.a BKK!

In Vietnam: Fun Food Tripping in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

One of the reasons a lot of travelers love to explore is, no doubt, food. Whether you travel in the Philippines or abroad, trying out local cuisines and delicacies is always included in the plan. I'd like to call it - livin' la vida local

Traveling in Style with StyleWe

Whether you travel in or outside the country, you would always want to bring the best and most appropriate clothes with you. Of course, as travelers and adventurers, you have your own style. In my case, I'm the type of person who will choose comfort over style any day. There are days when I wear mismatched colors and prints but I simply don't care as long as I look decent and okay. 

Kalye Serye Bloggers' Edition: Signature Pose

This week's edition of Kalye Serye comes with a twist. If you remember, I told you about the story of my signature pose which is the selfeet. I also showed you some of my most memorable selfeet snapshots.

This Bright Light City Will Definitely Set Your Soul On Fire!

*This blog post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots.

If you’re thinking about heading to America for a vacation this year, I only have one recommendation. Head to Vegas. I know what you’re thinking -- but I have kids and little ones and Vegas isn’t suitable for them, is it? 

Magnificent Angkor Wat - Visit It At Least Once In Your Life

angkor wat, siem reap, cambodia

Angkor Wat was once just a wild dream. I was fresh from college when I read about it from one of my favorite celebrity blogs. I found it fascinating and grand. That moment, I told myself that I wanted to be there. I wanted to be in Angkor Wat and know for myself how it feels to be there. But I was young and just started working. I didn't even have a passport yet. 

Maryland: The State That Really Does Have It All!

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

Plenty of places are great to visit for one reason or another. Whether that's the weather, the nightlife or the history. But every now and then you find yourself in a place that seems to have everything. A place that is so filled to the brim with things to do and see that you can't image how you're even going to take it all in. 

Selfeet Snapshots: This Is My Story. What's Yours? ♥

*Not me - but if I ever wear a pair of boots, I'll let you know. 

In a world where people take millions of photos everyday, there are always those who never fail to amaze us with their signature photo or pose. I am amazed.. and amused because these photos aren't just mere photos;  they also tell a story and exhibit creativity. 

Six Essentials to Pack for Travel This Winter

Six Essentials to Pack for Travel This Winter
*Photo credit

Now is the time when many of us might be planning a winter vacation. Though it might be nice to get some winter sun in somewhere like the Caribbean, you can still have a great trip in colder climes. You might have a ski trip planned, a hiking holiday, or just want to explore a city. 

Kalye Serye Ho Chi Minh: The Walking Spree

ho chi minh city, vietnam

Setting foot in Ho Chi Minh City is like setting foot in Cebu for the first time. At least in my experience. It took some time to finally sink in that I wasn't in Cebu anymore, and that I was actually in Vietnam - a new country with much different language, with one hour time difference (Philippines is one hour ahead), and with most likely different culture. 

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2016 - Oops We Did It Again!

best cebu blogs awards 2016

Oops we did it again! For the second time around, Blissful Snapshots is a finalist of Best Cebu Blogs Awards (BCBA) - Photoblog Category. Last year, I was overwhelmed because I made it as a finalist and although I did not win the coveted title, I was still happy because with so many blogs in Cebu, I was one of the five who made it to the final round.

Don't Make These Errors On Your Travels In The US If You Want Amazing Photos

I love exploring the US and taking my camera with me. After all, there are so many picturesque places to visit where you get some amazing shots. However, a lot of people make errors when they are traveling around America.

Drawing the Line Between Taking Photos and Being in the Moment

photography and travel
*Photo from Unsplash

If you've dropped by my about page at some point, you will find this statement > I go on travel and adventures to learn, experience, and live the moment while at the same time capture photos, space, time, and beauty. 

How To Deal With People Staring When You're Taking Photos

*Photo from Unsplash

Whether you're taking photos of your food in a crowded restaurant or your OOTDs in a beautiful corner of your village, school, or office - chances are, there will always be people who will stare or even glare at you, or wonder what on earth you are doing. Say hello, I'm just taking photos!

Houston Through A Lens

It’s the day of your holiday. You’ve woken up in a fantastic mood. It’s time to embrace the moment. Time to pack the suitcase. I can’t believe you didn’t do that earlier! What’s the first thing you need to bring? Clothes? Passport? Childhood teddy bear? 

Photography Insecurity? Here Are 3 Realistic Tips That Might Help

*Photo from Unsplash

People have different reasons when taking photos. Some take photos just to get a quick snap and keep them as a remembrance. Others take photos intentionally with the aim of following their creative or artistic pursuit. Whichever group you belong to, in some cases, you get discouraged if you don't get exactly what you want in a photo. 

Love Celebrities? Here's Where The Glitterati Take Vacations

If you’re obsessed with the A-list and always looking for a glimpse of them while you’re on your holidays, where should you go? Venice? LA? Paris? 

Don't Stall Your Roadtrip With One Of These Common Car Problems

*Photo from Pexels

Road trips are becoming very popular, and there is no wonder why! When you embark on a road trip, you have a lot of freedom and independence in your holiday. You won’t be tied to flight and train times and will be able to get to locations that are slightly off the beaten track

Kalye Serye Mandaue: The Market

One step forward, two steps backward. Shooting street photos is like dancing. It's like a performance. You step closer to your subject or you shoot from afar. I do not claim to be an expert at it but I do have my own ways and I seriously love photographing people and imagining what their lives are like and what could have been.

Remarkable Things To See And Do When You Only Have 48 Hours In Barcelona

Sometimes we find ourselves in a fantastic location with very little time to explore and take pictures. That is when we need to get focused and motivated to make sure we experience all the wonders place has to offer.

The Best Winter Wonderland Vacations To Consider This December

Forget laying around on a beach; at this time of year a stunning winter wonderland vacation is what it’s all about! With the coldest seasons fast approaching, there’s a ton of great opportunities to enjoy a magical wintery vacation. 

Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort

If you are in need of a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort might just be your best bet. Whether you just want a weekend staycation or you are traveling, this rustic resort can offer you convenience, relaxation, and lots of leisurely activities. 

Oppo F1S: 5 Amazing Camera Features for Mobile Photography

Oppo F1S: 5 Amazing Camera Features for Mobile Photography

Wanna know what's the newest and the hottest? Oppo F1s is! With its modern, stylish, and sleek design combined with high-end technology features, Oppo F1s is definitely the IT phone for me and for so many who have already tried its awesomeness. Who knows, maybe for you too?

Interested in India? What You Need To Know Before You Go


If you’re keen on photography, chances are you’re always looking for opportunities to get snap happy. Lots of professional photographers travel the globe. They want to find interesting landscapes and people to capture. There is nothing stopping you from following in their footsteps.

Photo Blogging: A Way to Inspire Change and Build Social Awareness

Through the years, blogs have significantly evolved from being online diaries into being informative and reliable go-to sources of practically about anything online. More and more blogs have moved past being private repository of emotions to becoming a public venue to inspire, inform, educate, and share advocacies, values, and goals. 

5 Compelling Reasons You Should Join Photowalks

If you're a shutterbug like me, your photography hobby can get stale through time if you don't constantly go out and shoot. I think you will also agree with me that your precious camera will most likely only collect dust if you don't use it often. I mean - it will still collect dust even when you use it often, but at least it's for that reason. ;)

Why Australia Could Be Your Photographic Heaven

No matter what kind of photography you love to do, and no matter what kind of camera you love to do it with, you need a fabulous subject for each shot. Do you enjoy portrait photography? You might be looking for interesting people in fascinating situations. Are landscapes more your thing? Then you could be hunting for extraordinary natural features, and astonishing places.