Saturday, April 20, 2024

Completed the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Filipino Solo Backpacker adventure on quest to complete this Earth's Seven Natural Wonders
December 2015 to February 2024

I made this post in honor of the breath-taking natural wonders of modern time seen on seven continents and in reference to CNN's Seven Natural Wonders. Seven Natural Wonders is an organization that was created with the mission of protecting and promoting the natural wonders of the world. The project was launched in 2008 in response to the New 7 Wonders efforts to change the natural wonders of the world. Seven Natural Wonders launched an effort to expand the 7 Natural Wonders of the World by creating campaigns to add the Seven natural Wonders for each continent. These campaigns differed from the efforts of New 7 Wonders because every wonder of nature was eligible with no requirements for entry fees, sponsorship fees of any kind and to protect the original vision and declaration of the seven natural wonders of the world. This campaign was distinguished by avoiding the influence of marketing and social media, and being determined by experts from around the world who leveraged statistical and traditional significance, uniqueness, and pure splendor.

Completed the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Friday, April 19, 2024

Completed the Seven New Wonders of the World

Filipino Solo Backpacker adventure on quest to complete this Earth's Seven New Wonders
May 2012 to March 2021

I made this post in honor of the breath-taking man-made wonders of modern time built on four continents and in reference to New7Wonders of the World was a campaign started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments. The popularity poll via free Web-based voting organized by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, with winners announced on July 2007 in Lisbon.

One of the best bucket list achievement I had in times of 2021 pandemic traveling in Latin America. I want to be the very best just like fewer ones ever were. To visit them is my real test, to experience them is my joy.

7. Machu Picchu (1450AD) - I visited last March 2021.

Sightseeing the Seven New Wonders of the World

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Completed the Seven Continents of the World

Pinoy Solo Backpacker journey to complete sightseeing the Earth's Seven Continents
2010 to 2019 #lakbaySevenContinents

Completed the Seven New Wonders (Man-Made) of the World
#lakbay100 Quest Completed (2010-June to 2019-July)

Geologically, the continents largely correspond to areas of continental crust that are found on the continental plates. A continent is defined as a large unbroken land mass completely surrounded by water. The seven continents are North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica. The island groups in the Pacific are often called Oceania, scientists consider them the remains of a continent.

Lakbay Seven Continents of the World beyond #lakbay100

Lakbay Seven Continents of the World beyond #lakbay100

Friday, April 12, 2024

Visited All 26 Countries of Schengen Visa as Philippine Passport holder

The quest to visit all Schengen Member States 2013-2024 as Pinoy Solo Backpacker

Schengen visa is a special document that allows a Schengen visa holder to travel freely within the 26 Schengen zone (European Countries) member states. Apply for the Schengen visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country where you spend the most timeThis visa is valid in all Schengen states for a stay of up to 90 days within a six-month period for a visit or tourism, but not for employment or family reunification purposes.

* maximum of 6 months validity after issuance with a period of stay of under 90 days
* If you get a multiple-entry Schengen visa, you may leave and return any number of times within the 180-day period, but the combined stay within the region must not total more than 90 days. Important is the date of the actual entry, not the beginning of the visa validity. 
* Valid Schengen Visa holders of most of the nationalities can transit/visit other European countries of (1)Albania(2)Bosnia and Herzegovina(3)Bulgaria(4)Croatia, (5)Cyprus(6)North Macedonia(7)Montenegro(8)Romania(9)Serbia(10)San Marino and (11)Moldova. Some of these countries provide maximum 15-days stay in any period given in the Schengen Visa duration.

Visited All 26 Countries of Schengen Visa Agreement as Philippine Passport holder

Monday, April 08, 2024

Continent: Marvels of Europe (visited 43 of 44 Countries)

exploring the world's best tourist spots on a Filipino style budget backpacking

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries." - James Madison

Interesting Facts about the Continent of Europe;
1. Europe is named after the Phoenician princess Europa of Greek myth who was seduced by Zeus disguised as a bull.
2. The whole Europe is only 2 % larger in area than Canada. Europe is the world’s second-smallest continent.
3. Europe is home to both the smallest country in the world, Vatican City State and the largest, Russia.
4. Many of the greatest empires in history were based in Europe. The British Empire was at one time the largest empire in the world.

Sightseeing the Continents; the Marvels of Europe

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Northern Lights in Tromso (Sommaroy) 2024

My 2024's First Trip on my quest to go beyond #lakbay100... Jan. 28 to Feb. 26, 2024

Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon that can paint the night sky with unearthly, surreal color. To observers at far-northern latitudes, they're a frequent occurrence, but many who live in more temperate climates have never seen them, even though they're sometimes seen as far south as 35 degrees north latitude. The Northern Lights usually circle the globe in a circular or elliptical "oval" centered on the earth's North Magnetic Pole, which is not at the same location as the North Geographic Pole, but rather is slightly offset in the direction of northern Canada. This oval is known as the "aurora oval". Aurora displays aren't strongest at the North Magnetic Pole; the area of greatest aurora activity is usually right under the aurora oval, which changes dynamically according to how the solar wind is flowing on any particular night,as%20the%20%22aurora%20oval%22.

How to Photograph Aurora with a Smart Phone

ISO - Set your ISO to 1,600 or higher to make sure the image is bright enough.
Shutter Speed - 10 seconds or longer—this gives the light more opportunity to be captured on film.
Exposure - Adjust to lower, as too much light might wash out the stars and auroras in the sky.
Focus - focus to infinity so that all elements in the sky are crisp and in focus.

Northern Lights in Tromso (Sommaroy) 2024

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