I posted my first entry here exactly one year ago – March 6, 2010. It’s Ang Laagan’s first birthday!
This “venture” of mine started just with the intention of having somewhere to post the pictures that I take. Just like almost everyone else, I got hooked into Photography, and back in 2009 I finally got myself my first serious system camera. At first, all of my output just went into two places – Facebook and the hard drive. However, I had a persistent urge to have a more “meaningful” use of my pictures, if only to justify the amount I have spent on my new gear. I tried sharing my pictures on Flickr, but somehow it felt flat, as if my photos weren’t capable of explaining themselves.
The other thing that has me hooked is Travel. I think I was born to roam around, and I’m one of those people who feel at home on the road, the type who would welcome 14 hour drives and 12 hour flights with open arms. To me the journey is the attraction, and having a beautiful place at the other end of a journey is just an added bonus…sort of like the icing on a cake.
The idea to start “Ang Laagan” hit me while my family and I were billeted at The Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay. I had the laptop with me, a wi-fi connection, a bunch of pictures, and enough time on my hands. The question just dawned on me -“Why don’t I take my travel experiences, my pictures, and blend them together with what is perhaps my most developed skill – writing?”. We checked in at The Boutique on March 5, and Ang Laagan’s first issue came out on March 6.
Though I liked to travel that much, I still do have a day job, and travelling is costly, so I really can’t do it as much as I would have wished to. That also meant that I had to take pictures and write about something in between trips, and that’s how the idea of writing about restaurants came about. “Gastronomy”, after all, is “travel’s” close cousin, in my opinion.
Throughout Ang Laagan’s first year, I posted entries on an almost weekly basis, and I enjoyed it. It’s one of those times I honestly had to ask myself “Why didn’t I think of this before?”. I was able to go to a good number of places within the country, and was blessed enough to have two international trips – to Bangkok and Hong Kong.
At first I only wanted to document my travel experiences from March 5, 2010 onwards, but I remembered that I also have pictures from my previous trips just lying around in the hard drive. I wanted to share those too, so I added journals about my previous, most memorable trips – China in 2007, and the USA and Switzerland in 2008. I would have wanted to add even more of my older experiences, but unfortunately, I only entered the digital age of photography in 2007. Everything before that was just stored in film, and since film was such an expensive medium, there were just a few.
This year is the year of the rabbit, and I hope it’s a good year for people who like to go hopping around into different places. I think my family and I have some pretty good plans for the year, and I’m sure there will be more exciting things to come across as the year unravels. If you’ve been following Ang Laagan, then thank you for your patronage. If not yet, then hop aboard! 🙂
Posted below are photos from my most memorable trips, on Ang Laagan’s first year.