HELP ME REPLACE MY LOST DRONE

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Hi there. I am Joel Jaws Andrada and I am a Travel Blogger and Videographer. Here is a sample of my work.

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I lost my drone in Batanes, Philippines. I went to Batanes to cover the wonderful and amazing tourist spots in collaboration with a local travel agency. I went to Vayang Rolling Hills and took off. My first attempt failed as I chickened out and decided to land as soon as I felt the gustiness of the wind. I told myself, “next time, Jaws… next time.” And then in ten minutes, I took off for the second time. I struggled piloting my drone…. until I could no longer control it. I wanted it to return to me but the wind just won’t let it. I could feel my drone’s yearning to come home to me… I stared at the distance counter on my mobile go higher and higher as my drone went farther and farther away. I watched my drone as it grew smaller and smaller in the horizon until we lost contact.

To some, it was just a drone. To me, it was all the video projects and travel opportunities gone with the wind. One thing I learned in Batanes is to never give up especially when I went back to Vayang Hills on my last day. The wind was a little less gusty but still feisty as ever. Batanes taught me that life will always be tough and the only way to live is to be tougher and sway with the wind. I am not giving up. This is what I am good at.

I am asking help from you so I can replace my lost drone so I can start making travel videos again and fulfill my commitments. Click here to donate. I am a bit tight on resources but I will prevail.

If you are also in need of a video editor, I can work for you. Thank you for your time and for even reading this piece.

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MY DRONE FLEW AWAY IN BATANES

Here is how I lost my drone in Batanes.

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I went to Batanes to cover the wonderful and amazing tourist spots. I went to Vayang Rolling Hills and took off. My first attempt failed as I chickened out and decided to land as soon as I felt the gustiness of the wind. I told myself, “next time, Jaws… next time.”
And then in ten minutes, I took off for the second time. I struggled piloting my drone…. until I could no longer control it. I wanted it to return to me but the wind just won’t let it. I could feel my drone’s yearning to come home to me… I stared at the distance counter on my mobile go higher and higher as my drone went farther and farther away. I watched my drone as it grew smaller and smaller in the horizon until we lost contact.
Thanks to my fellow travel blogger Cai Dominguez of Travelosyo and Kuya Wilson for staying with me and helping me look for my drone. Special thanks, too, to Mark Lawrence B Lechuga of Safetravel Philippines and Mike Barcelona Acebes of Katuvang B&B for their concern.

I will never forget Batanes. Batanes will hold a special place in my heart not only because of this unfortunate experience but because of its sheer and mystical beauty. I am going down in history as the first person to lose his drone while in flight in Batanes.
I am not giving up. I am only on my second day in Batanes. I will come up with a beautiful travel video featuring Batanes with or without a drone. Not yet signing out… sorry. Peace!

TREKKING, CLIFF JUMPING & SWIMMING IN TANGADAN FALLS, SAN GABRIEL, LA UNION

Almost every three months, my Dubai-based brother and I would spend quality time together by visiting a destination that we have not yet been to. #BROSontheROAD.

San Juan, La Union Road Sign
Surfing Area Road Sign, San Juan, La Union

Last April 2018, we went to San Juan, La Union with our mom and aunt who both opted to stay in the hotel room most of the time. On the other hand, my brother and I spent most of the time outside as expected.

On our first day, we went frolicking in San Juan’s Surf Town. I will post another blog about how we spent our day in San Juan. That night, I suggested that we go check out Tangadan Falls the next day. My brother said he would rather just stay in San Juan. I said “Okay, I am going anyway.”

I guess he felt I was so determined to go even by my lonesome. That is why the next day he woke me up and told me he was tagging along to explore San Gabriel and check out Tangadan Falls.

Trivia: I was told that San Gabriel is Vice Ganda’s hometown. 🙂

Below is the short #BROSontheROAD Travel Video featuring Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union. We went trekking, cliff jumping and swimming.

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Getting To Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union

Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel Entrance, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
Our Mom and Auntie in front of Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel in Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

 

We were billeted in Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. Just outside the hostel was a tricycle queue. We hired a tricycle to bring us to and from Tangadan Falls’ Jumping-Off Point  for P 500 or P 250 per head. I guess we got a good deal already since getting to San Gabriel would normally take about 45 minutes worth of gas tops and tricycle fare would be P 300 per person.

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We wore comfortable clothes and footwear and put on a generous amount of sunblock and insect repellent.   We left Flotsam and Jetsam at 8:15 AM. We got to the jumping-off point to meet our tour guide, Leo, at about 9 AM.

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It was an hour-trek to the cliff jumping point. Although, it was fairly an easy and enjoyable trek, I must say that one must be fit and ready for an hour of walking, climbing and crossing streams. Bringing the kids and elderly members of the family along may not be a good idea.

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There was also a resting area where snacks and refreshments were being sold.

Tangadan Falls Trek Vendor

Upon reaching the cliff jumping point, I immediately assembled my drone to get some aerial footage. My brother, on the other hand, did not waste time and went straight for the cliff and jumped into the water. I needed to stop whatever I was doing to capture his jump on video.

After ten minutes of flying, I packed my drone and jumped off the cliff to get underwater footage.

I would have wanted to stay a bit longer to get more photos for my Instagram feed but my brother was in a hurry and was already giving me the look. By 9:30 AM, we were back on the trail to the main attraction of San Gabriel, the Tangadan Falls. I asked my brother what was bothering him. He said he was worried that we would not be able to make it back on time to the hotel for check-out. Our check-out time was 11 AM.

At the rate we were going, I highly doubted we would make it back on time. But this I kept to myself and tried my best to entertain him in between climbing rocks and crossing streams. I told him not to worry in that our aunt can handle the check-out process. I also told him that I would advise our aunt via SMS that we might be running late and that she would have to just wait for us to get back. By the way, our Mom left early in the morning. She could not be away from her fur-babies for too long. Tough luck, there was no telecommunication signal in the area and was not able to advise our aunt just the same. LOL.

After 20 minutes, we reached Tangadan Falls. We paid the Environmental Fee of P 30 per person. I unpacked my drone for some #dronescapade while my brother… well… jumped immediately into the water.

My brother having a grand time in Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.
My brother having a grand time in Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.
Life vests for rent for P 50, Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
Life vests for rent for P 50.
Tangadan Falls Souvenirs
Souvenirs for sale onsite.

My brother, ever since, has always had a strong affinity to water. Even as a toddler, he could and would stay in the water until his skin got all wrinkled up. And so, he swam away in Tangadan Falls and completely forgot about the check-out time. LOL. We stayed in Tangadan Falls for almost two hours.

Swimming in Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
My brother has always had a strong affinity to water. Even as a toddler, he could and would stay in the water until his skin got all wrinkled up.

On the way back to the jumping-off point, we opted to rent a habal habal (motorcycle) for P 250 each. However, we had to do another twenty-minute trek to get to the pick-up point. Talk about delaying self-gratification. The trek to the pick-up point was quite challenging. It was a steep climb. I was literally gasping for air on the way up.

Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
Raft or balsa for rent for P 250 per hour

The motorcycle ride back to the jumping-off point was another highlight of this trip. The concrete-paved road was narrow and full of peaks and troughs. It was like riding a roller coaster. I had fun being the adrenaline junkie that I am. The only downside was… well, we were not given crash helmets to wear. Perhaps, this is something that the local tourism office should address to ensure the safety of tourists.

Paved narrow road from the trail head of Tangadan Falls to the jumping-off point
Paved and narrow road from the trail head of Tangadan Falls to the jumping-off point.

We arrived at the jumping-off point by 12:30 PM where the same tricycle and driver were waiting. By the time we got back to Flotsam and Jetsam, it was already 1 PM. True enough, our aunt single-handedly managed to bring out all our stuff from the room, did the whole check-out process and was cozily waiting for us at the reception area. Thanks, auntie Bing!

Not all road trips with my brother is smooth sailing. Just like any siblings, we would bicker a lot and agree to disagree (NOT). I must say though that every road trip with him is memorable and always an opportunity to get to know each other more. He will be coming home this month. We have not yet finalized where we will be going to next but I am sure we will both have a grand time.

Screen Shot of  Jem's Post on his Facebook Page describing our trip to Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.
Screen Shot of Jem’s Post on his Facebook Page describing our trip to Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.

 

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Me with our tour guide, Kuya Leo, in Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union.

Signing out for now. Peace!

HUBSAN H122D X4 STORM | A BEGINNER’S DRONE

Hubsan Intelligent Co., Ltd is a major manufacturer of remote-controlled drones from Shenzhen, China. They have over 20 different kinds of quadcopters or a helicopter that is lifted and propelled by four rotors.
In the fourth quarter of 2017, a new Hubsan quadcopter in the USA and Europe was launched, the HUBSAN H122D X4 Storm.
Main Features:
● Durable Carbon fiber frame with powerful coreless motors
WiFi FPV, 720P HD camera, access to App control
Follow Me Mode for following a moving object
Waypoints, i.e. setting the flight path and altitude
Point of Interest – circling around a certain point

 

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Specifications:

  • Frame material- carbon fiber
  • Motor type- coreless
  • Battery- 7.6V 2S 710mAh LiPo
  • Camera- built-in 720P HD Camera
  • Memory card- 4GB TF card
  • External memory- up to 32GB, Class 4 ( not included )
  • Transmitter- 2.4GHz Bluetooth
  • App download- QR code on user manual
  • Compatible system- Android, iOS
  • Product weight- 0.1170 kg

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  • Size- 3.7 inch X 3.7 inch
  • Max Flight Time- 8 minutes
  • Battery- 7.6V 710mAh Li-Po
  • Charging Time – 150 minutes
  • Distance- 100 meters
  • Built-in HD Camera 720P
  • FPV:Real Time Photo/Video Transmission

 

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Watch the video below and see for yourself how fun it is to pilot this drone.

  •  720P High Definition Camera
  •  360 Fills & Rolls
  •  Real Time FPV
  •  2.4Ghz RC Control Series
  •  5.8Ghz Video Transmission
  •  Max Flight Time 8 Minutes

I got to fly this sturdy little drone myself. Below is the video. I was a bit hesitant to fly high since I was flying indoors and there were a lot of people around me. I can not wait to fly this outdoors.

As you may have seen in the video, I crashed the drone more than a couple of times. Because of its carbon fiber frame, it remained intact and in good flying condition. This is perfect for beginners. It can also capture stunning photos with its 720P High Definition camera.
The Goggles Version comes with the following:
  • 1 x Hubsan H122D Racing Drone
  • 1 x Transmitter
  • 1 x 7.6V 710mAh Battery
  • 1 x HV002 Goggles
  • 1 x HS001 LCD Monitor
  • 1 x Charger
  • 4 x Blades Material
  • Carbon Fibre Motor
  • Coreless Quadcopter Size: 3.7 inch X 3.7 inch Battery
  • 7.6V (2S) 710mAh Lipo
  • Flight Time: Around 8minutes
  • Charging Time: 150 minutes
  • Max Flight: 100± meters
  • Function: Flips & Rolls
  • Low Battery Protection
  • Compatible With FatShark
For more information, please visit the Facebook Page of Pinoydrones here. You can also use my coupon code: JOEL20 to avail of discounts when you purchase one.
Happy flying! Signing out for now. Peace.

TRAVEL | LA UNION feat. THUNDERBIRD RESORTS & CASINO and PUGAD ADVENTURE

The year 2017 has been a year of self-discovery and transformation. It was when I have officially launched my online presence as a blogger through www.theskincareddict.com and vlogger via www.youtube.com/theskincareaddict.

Being true to my core, I intially blogged and vlogged about skin care, hence, the pseudonym The Skin Care Addict or TSCA.

Although I still write and talk about skin care every now and then, I have this penchant for travels. And in the last quarter of 2017, I have begun to embrace this new path, that is blogging for life, and decided to take it seriously by seizing moments and turning them into memories that I can share with my family, friends, readers and viewers.

I guess I was born a  nomad, will always be one and will die as one. As a child growing up, I have lived in at least three different cities. In college, my friends would call me a ‘social butterfly’ as I would often hop from one tambayan (hang-out) to another and from one boarding house to another. As an adult, I have lived in different cities in the metro. And often in my corporate career, I would shuttle in and out of airports and I enjoyed it. Here are just some of the places I have been to. Thanks to Instagram.

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I love #Japan. #nomad

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Brrrr #goldcoast

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Sawasdee ka.

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Sunset in Tanah Lot, Bali

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Hot Bali…

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Cold brrrr Geneva…

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Already here in Montreux, Switzerland.

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I have also been to a number of places in the country prior Instagram days.

As a travel blogger, I plan to visit more destinations this year and properly document each of them using stills and motion picture with ground, aerial and underwater footages whenever possible.

To officially ring in the new year, below is a 60-second video about LA UNION. It is also my OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ALTITUDE DRONES #PHFromAbove VIDEO CONTEST ON FACEBOOK.

It is a contest and would need your help by clicking the link below. Give it a like and share it to friends. 1 like = 1 point , 1 share = 2 points

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The aerial footage was shot on DJI Phantom 3 Standard while the ground footage was shot using a Canon EOS 550d DSLR camera. Special thanks to my brother, Jem Mark Andrada , and my mom for being so ever patient with me and supportive throughout this trip.

Thanks to  the management of Thunderbird Resorts and Casino and Pugad Adventure for their warm hospitality.

Let me know what you think of the video. I am still learning and would love to hear from you.

I will also be uploading separate vlogs and features about my trips to Thunderbird Resorts and Casino and Pugad Adventure soon. So, I hope you stay tuned.

Signing out for now. Peace.

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