ROYAL AIR INAUGURAL FLIGHT Clark to Puerto Princesa + Top Things to do in Puerto!

Onboard Royal Air’s inaugural flight from Clark to Puerto Princesa Airport in Palawan! I also list my favorite destinations in Puerto Princesa, including its two world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Royal Air was formerly a charter airline that’s now looking to compete with the big local legacy and budget carriers. They call themselves a “hybrid boutique airline,” offering full-service style amenities and service at a budget airline price, and they have the best legroom I have experienced in any local economy class flight. (Please note that this flight was paid for by Royal Air but these are my honest thoughts and impressions.)

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Royal Air Inaugural Flight Clark to Caticlan:

Shot and edited by Aaron Palabyab


  • Sony A6300 + kit lens

  • Zhiyun Crane V2

  • Boya BY-MM1 mini-shotgun microphone


  • FCP X

  • Adobe After Effects

  • Google Earth Studio

Additional footage c/o OnMedia / UNESCO Philippines / DICT (formerly CICT)

Underwater footage by Tony Exall

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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Our first award-winning collaboration!

Excited to be able to finally share this! Almost exactly a year ago, my artist partner Agnieszka Rowińska and I won the Creative Filmmaking Award at the Syrp Everyday Humans Short Film Competition for our very first collaboration, a profile on her that we made at Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. It features my video and time-lapse work alongside her art and animations, along with music from fellow resident, American composer Jason Richmond. You can watch it below:

Since then, Agnieszka and I have collaborated on numerous other projects, including more short films, an installation, and a photography series. We now call ourselves Kometa—check out some of our other work here!

A Day in the Life of a Creative Solopreneur: Christine Herrin of Everyday Explorers Co.

This week I hang out in Manila with Christine Herrin, a graphic designer, hand letterer, and the creative entrepreneur behind the Everyday Explorers Co.! She also happens to be one of my oldest and closest friends. I visit her in her studio in Escolta and we chat about the life of a working artist and solopreneur.

Hope you enjoy this new in-the-city episode and that it provided you with some useful insight!

Find Christine Herrin here: (International) (Philippines only)

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Shooting the Supermoon! (with no moon)

No super blood wolf moon in the Philippines, but a supermoon is always worth shooting for! Today Angelo and I rendezvous in Quezon City and try to figure out if we can find a good spot to catch what could be an epic full moonrise despite the very cloudy conditions.

Our previous all-night astrophotography adventure in Zambales:

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Gear used:

Sony A7RII

Sony FE 24-240 f/3.5-6.3

MeFoto Roadtrip Aluminum Tripod

Vlog shot on iPhone X

Edited on FCP X

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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EXPOSURE STACKING for Mobile Phone Astrophotography

Using Starry Landscape Stacker to see if I can improve the quality of my mobile landscape astrophotography! Watch to see the result.

I HIGHLY recommend you watch this in 4K on your computer! It's hard to see the details on a mobile phone.

I shot 11 images at f/2.0, 32s, ISO 3200 in RAW using my 2016 Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe and brought these into Lightroom then Starry Landscape Stacker and back into Lightroom.

Shooting the Milky Way with a Mobile Phone

Manual Stacking Tutorial on Lonely Speck

All Night Astrophotography Adventure in Zambales

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All Night Astrophotography Adventure in Zambales!

An all-night astrophotography adventure in search of great night skies in Zambales to practice shooting with my new star tracker, the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Mini. Photographer Angelo Mendoza and I explore more areas of San Felipe and Botolan for landscape photography, starry landscapes, and time-lapse.

Mobile astrophotography stacking tutorial

Our previous photography road trip to Zambales

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Gear used:

Vlog shot on iPhone X

Edited on FCP X

Music licensed via Epidemic Sound

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Is Travel a Good Investment? (Royal Air Inaugural Boracay flight!)

On today’s vlog, I join Royal Air's inaugural flight from Clark Airport to Caticlan Airport (Boracay)! Along the way, I share some real talk on the results of my decision to invest so much time and money in travel.

I love to fly so it was a treat to be one of the very first to experience this flight. I found Royal Air's 96-seater BAe 146-100 to be comfortable, with more legroom than much larger Airbus A320s operated by other airlines.

Thanks to Royal Air for having me onboard this inaugural flight! For more information or to book flights on Royal Air, visit

My other videos mentioned in the episode: To Those Who Would See Wonderful Things

Time on Earth

On pursuing experience over money as an artist

On winning 200,000 miles

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A Time-lapse and Landscape Photography Trip to Zambales!

Behind-the-scenes vlog of a landscape photography and time-lapse road trip with photographer Angelo Mendoza in Zambales, Philippines, in search of spots for sunset, astro landscapes, and sunrise. We explore the area and I share some insights and shooting tips along the way!

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Special thanks to Sorrento Sunwear for sponsoring my sunnies. I'm impressed with their high quality but affordable HD polarized sunglasses that I've traveled with a lot over the past few months. In this video I'm wearing their Jetsetters. Find them here:

My gear in this video:

  • Sony A7RII

  • Sony 24-240 f/3.5-6.3

  • Samyang 24mm f/1.4

  • Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8

  • MePhoto RoadTrip tripod

  • Formatt Hitech Firecrest 10-stop ND Filter

  • Rode Videomic (2nd gen)

  • iPhone X

  • Boya BY-MM1 mini shotgun mic

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3 Uncommon Steps to a Happier, Better New Year

For my last video of the year, I go through three powerful steps you can take to guarantee that next year will be better than the last.

My primary resource for this video was Tim Ferriss's book, Tribe of Mentors:

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