Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
The Carving Capital of the Philippines annualy hold an ice carving contest on the 24th of July which is the day before the town fiesta.
San Santiago Apostol church with intricately carved facade showcasing Paetenian inherent gift in carving
church patio filled with color
over at the town plaza ICE AGE is beginning
men began chipping away several blocks of ice...
to form this one by joining several blocks
if you think those kibitzers were marvelling at the ice creations, you got it wrong. What they're really after were bottles of Emperador brandy already ice cold :)
three of the few I managed to photograph
Global warming doomsdayers must be telling the truth since just a few minutes when the gates were opened to the public to see the ice creations up close, they vanished rapidly. Not that they melted-- they ended up in mugs of on-lookers rooting for free ice!
Pictures taken with Canon Ixus 30, Photoshop used to blur background (something you can't do with a P&S camera but fairly easy on SLR). Black and white conversion using filters.