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01/30/2015
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

 night evening photos of Anika Island Resort's property and beach: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Anika Island Resort photographed at night - images Samsung Camera NX300

Here's Anika Island Resort (check their web resource page here on wowB) photographed in detail for the first time, at night, including the overnight and right before dawn, showcased in this 7 photograph series, which really illustrates the peace, quiet and tranquility of the hotel resort property.

moon lit sky night evening photo of anika island resort's beach front and property accommodation: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Anika Island Resort photographed on their white Beach, right before dawn, with the interior property lights still on.

The one calming aspect of being out on the Anika Island Resort property late in the evening, is that everything seems to be in order, from the rooms Architecture and outward appearance, to the attention to detail in the landscaping on the property - everything works and is pleasing to the eye, and thus pleasing to the guests.

night evening photo of anika island resort's rooms, beach front and property overnight: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Anika Island Resort's Garden View Rooms shown at the right of the above photo - Samsung Camera NX300

Peace and Quiet in abundance at Anika Island Resort was planned from the beginning, even before the hotel was built, and this is especially eveident in the the evening - the resort also focuses on safety and peace-of-mind, with a guarded front entrance gate area and beach front, making it easy for guests to move about the property at any time of the day or evening without encountering anyone who's not authorized to actually be on the property.

moon lit night photo at anika island resort, showcasing the property, beach & rooms - bantayan island cebu philippines

above: Anika Island Resort's Sunrise View Rooms as seen with the Beach behind me. image Samsung Camera NX300

overnight evening sunrise photo before dawn, showing anika island resort's property, beach: bantayan island cebu philippines

And just as dawn approaches at 5:34am above, photographed with the property lights still on, the gorgeous colors of the pending sunrise showcase Anika Island Resort's beach front (hint: this is a fabulous time to be out on the Beach at Anika to relax with your morning coffee)

*Stay tuned for the next Anika Island Resort photo article in Part 2: Photographed at Sunrise

panorama photo on the beach at anika island resort, showcasing the ocean view 7 sunrise view rooms accommodation: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: Anika Island Resort's Ocean View Rooms + Sunrise View Rooms, photographed at Sunrise on Alice Beach.  panorama image NX300

See you at Anika Island Resort,

PJAMES

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01/24/2015
Category: General
Posted by: pjames

photo banner for anika island resort, showing the white beach and property

Because most travelers coming to Bantayan Island need to do at least one hotel night in Cebu City Philippines, stay at Premiere Citi Suites in the Fuente Osmena area, offering ultra clean and modern accommodation at fantastic rates.

Premiere Citi Suites is located just off Juana Osmena Street, at M. Yap Street and Ma. Cristina Street - call ahead and reserve your room at +63-32-266-0442 and 0923-700-7251 (Current rates starting at P1,500 to P2,400)

The DELUXE Room (P1,900 - aircon, hot shower, 32" cable TV, in room safe, minibar, mini refrigerator, WiFi) is showcased here in photos exclusive to wowBantayan.com; excellent value for money, and includes a sofa and spacious office desk.

interior design photo composite showing in room aircon comsortable accommodation at premiere citi suite hotel plus lobby & staff photos

above: my favorite deluxe room with 2 beds, hot shower + friendly staff + City view at the rooftop restaurant. images Samsung Camera NX300

interior design hotel photo: ultra wide panorama view inside the deluxe room accommodation at premiere citi suites in cebu city philippines (aircon, cable TV hot shower, refridgerator, WiFi and more)

above: the widest and most complete view of the Deluxe Room - this is how the room looks when walking in.

photography: interior design photos showcasing the room accommodation, lobby area and more at premiere citi suites hotel, cebu city philippines

The hotel is geared to a mix of various travelers and business guests, in a quiet, smoke free atmosphere, and the Professional  Staff at the hotel is some of the friendliest staff I've personally encountered anywhere - and I've stayed at more than a few hotels across Philippines and throughout North America.

above: more room accommodation detail with sofa area, office desk and great Cebu City views. Images Samsung Camera NX300.

photo of Cebu City at night, from the roof top restaurant at premiere citi suites hotel, Philippines. Samsung NX300 camera

above: The View of Cebu City at night from the roof top restaurant at Premiere Citi Suites. Image: Samsung Camera NX300.

photo composite of the roof top restaurant at premiere citi suites in cebu city philippines

above: The Views from inside the roof top restaurant during breakfast (served 6:30am-10am) + the city view: Images Samsung Camera NX300

photo at the front desk of premiere citi suites with the friendliest staff around

above: The Staff at Premiere is professional customer service orientated and some of the friendliest hotel staff you'll ever meet. Samsung NX300

interior design photography showcasing the lobby & accommodation at premiere citi suites hotel, cebu philippines

above: Premiere Citi Suites is a small boutique hotel; the lobby area and interior design details showcase serious comfort for guests. NX300.

photo inside the looby area at the front desk of premiere citi suites with their attentive professional staff

The front desk staff at Premiere can hook you up with a rental car with driver, or group tours etc. - just let them know exactly what you need and they'll take care of it for you.

above: Premiere Citi Suites caters to world travelers, city visitors and business guests - for reservations call +63-32-266-0442. Samsung NX300

photo of the tosiba 32" LCd flat panel cable TV in room at premiere citi suites hotel in cebu city philippines. photo Olympus Imaging E-3 DSLR

above: A nice touch while relaxing at Premiere Citi Suites - your 32" LCD flat panel TV with SkyCable above the mini bar.  Image Olympus E-3.

See you at Premiere Citi Suites,

PJAMES

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11/08/2014
Category: General
Posted by: pjames

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Tacloban City Revisited: New unpublished photographs with UK Photographer Christian Black

"failure to plan is a plan to fail" - a few words about advancing your personal security while traveling through dangerous places:
 
Since there was effectively no safe hotel accommodation  in Tacloban City right after the disaster (save for 1 hotel on limited generator power with only a few functional rooms taken over by the NGO's) I had to arrange a safe and secure place to stay during our trip, and staying in Tacloban City overnight was absolutely out of the question due to the sporadic violence and mayhem mainly happening after dark, and also because of the mandatory city wide curfew from 6pm-6am.
 
Getting caught out after dark in Tacloban during this time meant either you were likely to become the victim of a violent crime, or the military or police would simply jail you; none of those good things of course, so I advanced what we needed to function safely.
 
Please read the rest of the story here on the Typoon HAIYAN in Photographs page.
 
 
These are newly edited images of my trip into Tacloban City after the Typhoon, getting my friend UK photographer Christian Black in to get his content for the NGO's, then out as quickly as possible due to security and safety concerns.
 
Christian Black shooting photographs from our vehicle in Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan DEC-2013
 above: Christian Black shooting from our vehicle as we did not want to stop in this area.  Olympus VG140
 
Christian Black shooting Canon 1DX photographs from our vehicle in Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan DEC-2013
above: Christian Black shooting from our vehicle as we did not want to stop in this area unannounced.  Olympus VG140
 
Christian Black shooting photographs of local children with Canon 1DX at the Sports Complex in Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan DEC-2013
above: Christian Black shooting local children playing at the Tacloban City Astrodome Sports Complex safe zone for NGO's.  Olympus VG140 
 
Christian Black shooting photographs wit Canon 1DX from ground zero in Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan DEC-2013
above: Christian Black shooting the devistation at Ground Zero on the shoreline in Tacloban City after the Typhoon DEC-2013.  Olympus VG140  
 
In early December 2013 when Christian called me from Manila and told me his plans to go into Tacloban City to shoot documentary content for the NGO's, I advised him about several serious travel safety concerns, including setting up a vetted safe driver and vehicle in Ormoc City (3hrs. drive from Tacloban) secure, discreet accommodation in Ormoc where we'd be based, as there was zero accommodation to be had in Tacloban, excepting 1 hotel that was sold out to the NGO's.

So with it being too dangerous to try to stay overnight in Tacloban City due to the public insurrection, looting and street violence, plus the city wide dusk to dawn curfew was still very much in effect, I set up a large modern Estate from a friend of mine as our FOB/foward operating base - what made the Estate the perfect choice to hide out was that this place was 100% unseen from the street, so if the mayhem in Tacloban made its way into Ormoc City while we were there, we'd be safer than most.

The Estate had 24hr. armed guards and a very high security wall encircling the compound, plus a small staff of caretakers who looked after us with setting up our rooms and meals.

After I set up our driver and vehicle, my plan was to make the 3 hour drive from Ormoc into Tacloban and arrive mid morning - this would give CB enough time to visit a few of the safer areas to shoot in, then leave quickly before most would even know we were there, and then be on the road back to Ormoc at 3:30pm sharp for the drive back in the daylight, as any physical presence either on the ground in Tacloban or while en route back to Ormoc after dark was absolutely out of the question with assorted car jackings, muggings and robberies were taking place nightly; mayhem on a stick basically, and I was having none of that while looking after our group.
 
This plan worked beautifully: we got in, shot the needed content and our OUT was already set up back in Ormoc where we were safe and sound.
 
*The Moral of the Story - plan your trips into delicate areas carefully, have back up plans ready to go if needed, and get a qualified *chaperone* (eg. a security person and not a 'guide') on your team to set up & supervise your trip, professionally and safely.
 
 
photo portrait of UK photographer Christian Black w/Canon 1DX DSLR by Paul James: DEC-2013 Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines
above: Christian Black photographed by Paul James DEC-2013 on Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines.  photo Canon 5D MKII + 70-200mm L Lens.
 
 
exterior & interior photos of the ormoc city estate safe house mansion we used during the Tacloban City photography trip after typhoon haiyan yolanda with Christian Black, DEC-2013
above: Our secure and guarded Estate in Ormoc City, with Christian Black and Lau.  Photos Canon 1DX + 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens.
 
 
Honoring the dead and those who are still suffering from the Typhoon 1 year ago today,

PJAMES

 

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11/06/2014
Category: Island Life
Posted by: pjames

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Showcasing Marlin Beach Resort, Bantayan Island Philippines

Showcasing some of my better photography from the most recent huge photo shoot at Marlin Beach Resort in Santa Fe on Bantayan Island - Marlin's features very comfortable modern aircon rooms which have hot water showers, LCD flat panel TV's, comfortable beds, in room safes and much more with premium fit, finish and fixtures.

Marlin Beach Resort is centrally located in Santa Fe on Bantayan Island Philippines - Please contact them at +63-32-438-9093 and email marlin's here.

photo composite showing the large aircon 2 bed room in panorama format, as well as the exterior of the Marlin Hotel property: Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: the comfortable rooms at Marlin Resort, plus the outer hotel property on the Beach.  Samsung Camera NX300

Marlin's staff is customer service oriented to make guests feel comfortable and welcome, and they've laid out their beach area with some of the finest reclining chairs, furniture and top of the line heavy duty umbrellas imported from Germany, all to create your relaxing Beach Life experience.

photo composite on the beach showcasing a swimsuit filipina relaxing on the beach, and a panorama of the beach at Marlin resort, Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

above: the beach area at Marlin Resort on a sunny Blue Sky day.  Panorama with Samsung Camera NX300

Check out the Marlin Web Resource page here on wowBantayan.com for more photography of their accommodation and property.

See you at Marlin Beach Resort,

PJAMES

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11/03/2014
Category: General
Posted by: pjames

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Enjoying the Beach on a Tinker RAZOR ATV: Photos

Passed by one of my friends on the beach getting some quiet time in his 2014 Tinker brand RAZOR ATV, and although it's a Chineese copy of the Polaris model of the same name it's still a blast to drive, and with a lower tire pressure it can even cruise on the Beach sand without issue.

photo on the beach of the tinker razor ATV: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: relaxing on the beach in the Tinker RAZOR ATV - Beach Life is Good.  Samsung Camera NX300

At P160k retail, it comes with a 150cc engine, roll cage, off road knobby tread tires, 2 seats, rear cargo space, and a full set of front & rear lights.

detail photo of the tinker razor atv on the beach: bantayan island cebu philippines

above: front end detail of the Tinker RAZOR ATV.  Samsung Camera NX300

I've only driven it once, and it's a very stiff ride in terms of suspension, and taller drivers will find it cramped, but for what it is, it's a fun ride as long as you don't try to push it beyond its limits.

photo on the beach of the tinker razor atv on bantayan island cebu philippines

above: relaxing on the beach in the Tinker RAZOR ATV - with lower air pressure it can easily cruise on the sand.  Samsung Camera NX300

Enjoy your day wherever you may be,

PJAMES

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