Keep Your Camera and Equipment Organized With These Tips

Keep Your Camera and Equipment Organized With These Tips

It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a professional photographer or just somebody who enjoyed taking and editing regular pictures, the chances are that you have accumulated quite a collection of equipment. However, the chance are also that you have no idea where anything is and it is a complete mess.

Exploring Cloud Forest and World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall

Cloud Forest, Singapore

There's so much beauty I admired at Cloud Forest. It's one of my personal favorites in Singapore. With 2,577 glass panels of 690 different shapes and sizes, this huge dome is indeed like a mysterious world covered in mist. It is a 35-meter tall mountain in lush vegetation with the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

Cloud Forest, Singapore
*Map from Gardens by the Bay official website.

After going to Flower Dome, I spent most of my time at Cloud Forest. I was pretty thrilled to finally visit. It's amazing! I have no words. Maybe because it's the first of its kind that I saw in my life. I'm not very well-traveled at this point so I can't really compare to other countries. With the kind of chill and good music it  had, I felt like I was walking through a set of a movie but it felt so real. 

As you see from the map, there are nine unique zones in the conservatory. Let me walk you through some of the zones. I didn't take photos of everything. I wanted to feel the moment as much as I could. ;) 

The Falls

When I entered Cloud Forest, the very first thing I saw was a flock of tourists taking photos and videos. It was distracting, but what could I do? For that kind of tourist attraction, it's hard to ignore photo possibilities. I just stood in front of the world's tallest indoor waterfall - feeling the cool splash of the water, and waited for a while until people calmed down from taking photos. They did. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

So I finally had my turn! Here's me nailing the solo sesh travel game. Never underestimate what a selfie stick can do, yes? Bringing one can be annoying for some tourists, but people need to understand that we need to take photos too, and for most of us, photos are the only souvenirs we could have. I guess there's nothing wrong with that as long as you don't hit anyone with your stick. ;) 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

Waterfall View

This isn't just your ordinary waterfall. A good to know info is that cloud forests, such as this one, capture water droplets from mist and fog through epiphyte-laden branches. 

Sidenote - What are epiphytes? 

An organism that grows on the surface of another plant, but is not parasitic. It derives its moisture from the air, rain, or water around it. Examples are ferns, air plants, and orchids that grow on tree trunks in tropical rainforests. 

I just Googled that. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore

Crystal Mountain

Stepping into the Crystal Mountain Cave means exploring the different shapes of stalactites and stalagmites. This is also where you can learn more about geology, the world's continents, the age of the earth, and the importance of fossils. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

I passed by the Treetop Walk, The Cavern, and Secret Garden - all of which were amazing in that you will learn more about the unique biodiversity of cloud forests. I even went up directly to the Lost World before going down to Cloud Walk. 

Lost World is the highest point of the mountain. There you will find plants that typically grow at around 2,000 meters above sea level such as pitcher plants, and the Venus-fly catcher. This was where I didn't have photos (although I had a few video clips) because there was a bench to sit on, and I took that opportunity to rest. LOL. I also became an instant photographer of other tourists/strangers. It was all good! 

Cloud Walk

After resting my weary (but happy) feet for a while, I went down to Cloud Walk where I probably spent most of my time because it's unbelievably amazing, and it just felt really great to be there. You also get to have a spectacular view of the Marina Bay Sands through the glass panels. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

This was also where I realized that it's already 7:30 PM yet it's still bright outside. I didn't notice the time because I was having the time of my life. I checked my watch and was surprised that it's getting late. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore

The next few photos were of the Treetop Walk which was just below the Cloud Walk. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore

And the next ones were just attempts of getting closer to the plants. ;) 

Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore

Plus a lovely view. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

After exploring, the path led to the Cloud Forest gallery that featured sculptural-form display of striking graphics, images, and videos of how we can all do our part in environmental conservation, and sustainability. 

I loved the entire experience! It wasn't free, but the cost was already bundled with Flower Dome so you can visit two conservatories for around Php 888 (prices change). To get a discounted rate, book via Klook online by clicking this link (affiliate) --> Gardens by the Bay Ticket

Put These Awe Inspiring Wonders On Your Bucket List Of Temples

bagan temple, myanmar

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

As a culture vulture, you love nothing more than immersing yourself into the very fabric of the society that you’re visiting. You might stay with a local family, learn the language before you go, and clue yourself up on the intricacies of a destination’s cultural customs. For you, traveling is more than a pastime, it’s the freedom to see the world, make new friends and venture to new places. 

5 Tips to Selecting The Best Wedding Venue in Portland, Oregon

 Best Wedding Venue in Portland, Oregon

Choosing a wedding venue can set the stage for the style and feel of your wedding. Depending on the type of wedding you want to have, you will likely choose a venue that represents that. For example, if you hope to have a wedding that is rustic, you will likely want to find a venue that is either outdoors or lated in a cabin-like venue. 

Malapascua Island: What Really Happened

Malapascua Island, Cebu

I've been wanting to visit Malapascua ever since corporate years. I didn't plan on going sooner until I found out that I won a free hostel stay for four. I just came from my international trip, and I didn't want to spend again right away. But since the hostel stay would be free, I jumped at the idea of visiting the island the next weekend after. 

5 Tips to Shooting Better Travel Videos

5 Tips to Shooting Better Travel Videos

It can be very hard to capture magnificence and beauty with the eye of a camera. It can be just as hard to create an intriguing video that highlights your travels while still engaging others to stay tuned. After all, the video is highlighting aspects of your holiday which can be a challenge for people to become invested in spending time watching as they may not be able to relate to it. 

Like A Bee Inside Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

I hurriedly walked to Flower Dome at around 5 PM. I knew it was still quite early but I didn't want to rush my time there. I wanted to take every moment to savor what I'd see inside. I like flowers mainly because I admire the colors, so to see a whole lot of them in one garden would be lovely! 

Introducing North and South Carolina

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

Thinking of taking a trip to the US sometime soon? If so, you should certainly spend some time in either North or South Carolina. If you have the time, why not both Carolinas?! Here are some amazing things you can do in these two awe-inspiring states.

When In Singapore: Don't Miss Gardens By The Bay and Supertree Grove!

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay was definitely up there on my list of places to visit when I was planning my trip to Singapore. Since it's my first time in the country, I figured I should check off the tourist destinations first, and with all the research I did, Gardens by the Bay is always on top of the lists. And so be it. 

Travel Diary: How I Survived Day 1 in Singapore... Alone

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Two things.
1. I'm neither a budget traveler, nor a luxurious one.
2. I have poor sense of direction, but I can follow instructions.

Adventure Without The Expense: See The World on a Budget

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

Traveling opens up your eyes to new cultures and ways of life, allows you to meet new people, and gives you an appreciation of the world. It’s something that everyone should aim to do, but many are held back by the expense. And it’s true, traveling can be expensive. Flights, hotels, tickets, and food can all add up - however it doesn’t have to be as costly as you’d think. 

Funding Your Travels: How to Keep the Money Flowing

Funding Your Travels: How to Keep the Money Flowing

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

Have you ever dreamed of just up and leaving? Travel can seem like a pie in the sky dream for many people because it requires money that many don’t have. Wouldn’t it be nice to just drop everything, hop on a plane, and keep going? A life full of exploration, different cultures, and different people. Well, it may not be as unreachable as you think. In fact, many families are currently travelling the world, with their families in tow. But, how do they do it? Here are some options you may not have thought of.

Real Estate Investment

Investing in real estate could be your ticket out into the open world. If you own property, you have a few options. You can either spend some time upgrading the property and sell it on for a profit, thereby having the money you need to fund your next adventure. Or, if you already own a home, you could consider renting it out. That way, your mortgage is covered while you travel and you may have a little extra spending money too.

Seasonal Work

If travelling is a dream of yours, one of the best ways to do it is to be frugal with your money. You have to save as much of it as possible to make travelling a reality. Seasonal work could give you the income you need to save a significant amount and spend the rest of the year travelling. For example, investing in ski instructor courses in Canada would give you a skill that’s sought after during the Winter months so you’re free to travel during the Summer. It would also mean you would be free to change locations when you want to. There are wonderful ski resorts all over the world.

Sell, Sell, Sell

If you’re thinking about setting off on your travels and never looking back, it’s likely you’ll be able to make some money from the things you can’t take with you. A traveling lifestyle is minimalistic, so you won’t need your expensive sofa or your collection of Blu-Ray DVD’s. Moving from one place to the next means only holding onto items that have sentimental value and disposing of everything else. You may be surprised how much money you could put together from a simple yard sale.

Freelance Work

One of the best ways to keep earning as you travel is to find a job you can do from anywhere in the world. Freelancing is a great option for many travellers because all it usually requires is a laptop and an internet signal. You could do anything, from writing to web design or data entry to administration. Think about the skills you can offer and use sites like PeoplePerHour to bid on jobs.

Outsourcely is also a great yet easy platform for freelance remote workers to search for online jobs. If you have the skills in design and multimedia, content writing, web development, and other online businesses, you can start making real money online to fund your travels. If you are managing a team, you can also create an employer account so that it's easy for you to track your employees even while traveling. 

International Employers

Fancy teaching English in China or Japan? Perhaps you’d like to work for a charity doing work in Africa. There are many job opportunities around the world with short-term or flexible contracts. Do your research and think about where you’d want to go first.

There are so many options for funding your travelling experiences, so don’t give up hope just yet!

Easy Ways to Spoil Your Big Nature Hike

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

If you love your travel, and especially your places of natural beauty, then a hiking holiday has to be on your bucket list. It’s your chance to really step it up (pun intended) and to explore. You get to see a lot more than you usually would on the average vacation. However, it’s not as simple as taking a walk. People underestimate hiking holidays all the time. In particular, by making these three mistakes that can spoil the entire trip.