6 Guide Questions to Traveling Cheaply

6 Guide Questions to Traveling Cheaply

Traveling is often times branded as a luxury because unless you have deep pockets, it would be such a pain in the wallet to go to places. I’m pretty sure that if we all have that, we probably would’ve been to all of the countries and islands by now. But alas, we have to make do with what we currently have. It is so easy to overspend on something if you don’t keep an eye on your expenses, so here are 6 guide questions to keep in mind in order to travel cheaply.


1. What do I want to see there?





This is a question for your focus on your travel budget, which we already established as a crucial game in traveling. An effective way for you to be conscious about it is thinking about your destination. Focus the largest portion of your budget on what you want to see or experience in that place.  You can also use the holy trinity as a guide for your traveling budget, and that would be (1) accommodation, (2) transportation, and (3) food and drinks. Set aside travel emergency fund as well.


2. Am I traveling to a fancy hotel or not?





This is a question for your accommodation, and more than likely the answer would be the latter. It isn’t bad to get a hotel of your choice,  as your convenience will always be a priority. I’m not forcing you to stay in a sketchy hostel, either. But if you’re going to spend a bigger chunk of your day outdoors, it is more wallet-friendly to scrimp a little on hotels. Remember that you are paying extra for the logos and amenities that you probably can do without.


3. What can I bring with me that I already own?





This is a question on what resources you already have that can minimize your traveling expenses. An example would be carrying around a water bottle with you during walks. Almost every establishments would be willing to refill your bottle so you don’t have to buy another once you’re finished. Other items could be your bag essentials like tissues, snacks, slippers, etc. The price could look little, but it will add up after some time.


4. Does this represent my experience?





This is a question on the souvenirs you’re planning to buy. I admit, I’m partly guilty at taking home mass-produced printed tees, fridge magnets and little trinkets of places I’ve been to. But the way for you to travel cheap is to only bring home things that represent the culture and experience you’ve been through. Not only are you buying just a few things, you also know that your souvenirs has more significance to you.


5. What is this place’s food specialty?



This is a question on what food items are you splurging your money on. Eating out for your three meals could be expensive so you have to choose wisely which of the three. If you can make your own food for breakfast or any meals at your hotel, do it. When you do eat out, ask yourself if you’re going to spend more on drinks, food or dessert. It is also notably wise to eat like a local, for you’re steering clear of commercial restaurants where prices could be jacked up and you’re getting an authentic taste of your destination.


6. Do I really have to go there?





Tourist destinations and capital cities can be quite costly, and that is inevitable in any country. Not to mention thousands of tourists could be with you at the same place, at same time. Of course I cannot tell you not to visit them but you might want to try out some less-travelled spots where the origins of the place (like it’s status, culture and people) are still kept intact and commercialism is not that high. Ask yourself if it’s worth going somewhere where everybody has already traveled to, just for the sake and picture of it.


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A Trip To The North You’ll Definitely Remember

A Trip To The North You’ll Definitely Remember


What’s a better way to start your Sunday morning than a road trip away from the bustling streets of Manila for a breath of fresh air?


Hey there! I’m Candyd Sia. A marketing student at DLSU who eats anything that crosses her path and will someday travel the whole world. It’s time for a change of scenery and escape your usual stressful city life.  I know it could be scary to explore uncharted territory, so if you’re not geographically inclined like me, you can use this map (or waze) to put you in a little bit of peace. So rise and shine and let’s go on a trip to Antipolo!



Pinto Art Museum, facebook.com


If you don’t want to go through the hassle of waiting for parking, The Pinto Art Museum opens from 9AM-6PM, Tuesday-Sunday. I suggest you get there as soon as it opens, since there’s really no place to park other than on the streets beside the museum. Plus, you can get to take some good shots without having to worry about people being in the background.


Tip: If you’re a student, bring your school I.D and you’ll be able to get your ticket for only P100 instead of the regular rate of P180. If you plan to bring your grandparents with you, the senior citizen rate is P150.


There is also a no food, pets and changing clothes rule upon entering the premises so you better go there with a happy tummy and I hate to say this, but you have to leave your furry friends at home this time.  

Apart from having six galleries, it also has a separate museum for indigenous art and a pinto art gallery. There are also tons of gardens located at different areas where you can see a chapel, an amphitheater, a roof deck where you can see the sunset view and even a pool! Make sure to a lot at least 4 hours, if you plan to take your time to look through each gallery, appreciate the artworks and take those Instagram-worthy photos.



There’s this one gallery that we stumbled upon and its contents were, shall I say, interesting. Watch out for it since it’s pretty easy to miss considering it’s not an open gallery. But of course, the curiosity in me, told me to open the door and explore its contents with wide-eyes. Warning: don’t bring little kids in here since this room contains artworks not suitable for children.  



Bring a fan, umbrella and water or anything to beat the heat since it could get a bit steamy roaming around the whole place, especially when you go outdoors. This is where your fitness level will definitely get tested, but overall, it was a fun and enjoyable experience. Word can’t describe how beautiful and peaceful this place is. You really have to experience it yourself to understand what I’m saying.



After all the walking you’ve done, its time to fuel up and grab some lunch! You can opt to have lunch in the museum since they have their very own Pinto Café, Café Rizal and Café Tan-aw by Peppermill located inside. You can get reservations by calling 986-18-04 since it can get filled up pretty quickly.



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Address: Number 1, Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Phone Number: (02) 697-10-15

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00AM-6:00PM


If you want to go somewhere else and explore Antipolo a little bit further, you can try getting breakfast for lunch at Eggs for breakfast.  I suggest you order the One pan breakfast and Vigan longganisa.




Address: 21 Don Juan Street Villa Cecilia Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines

Phone Number: (02) 213-24-34

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00AM-5:00PM


Bonus: If you want to stay at Antipolo a little bit longer. You can opt to visit Cloud 9 to chill and watch the city lights sparkle with the amazing 360° view of the metro.



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Address: Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo, 1870, Philippines

Phone Number: (02) 584 3011 

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00AM-5:00PM



Photo credits: Candyd Sia

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Your Ultimate Checklist of Southern Cebu Experiences

Your Ultimate Checklist of Southern Cebu Experiences


Cebu is truly blessed with countless attractions from historical spots, natural wonders, vibrant festivals, and thrilling adventures. There’s just so much that it isn’t enough to see and experience everything in just one visit. Here are some of the South Cebu experiences you shouldn’t miss!



1. Dolphin Watching





There are several spots in the Visayas region where you can see dolphins, and one of the best spots is Cebu. When you try Pescador Island Hopping in Moalboal, this will be your first stop. Witnessing these amazing creatures play in their natural habitat is sincerely a spectacular experience. They usually swim near the water surface early in the morning. But always remember that these dolphins are in the wild and there isn’t a 100% guarantee they’ll show up during your visit.


2. Swimming with Sea Turtles





Another marine creature you’ll love seeing are the sea turtles! There’s a specific area you’ll visit during island hopping where the turtles normally stay for feeding. They look so calm and peaceful while swimming in the clear blue waters of Moalboal. The local guides will help you spot and swim along with the turtles.


3. Sardine Run





Oh, the sight of millions of sardine fish is simply jaw-dropping! The synchronized movements of the sardines against the backdrop of the deep blue water makes a picturesque view. No wonder this spot is popular to scuba and free divers. Even if you’re not into deep diving, you can witness this underwater marvel while snorkelling.


4. Osmena Peak






Catch a magnificent view of the sunrise from the highest peak of the province of Cebu! Found in Dalaguete, Osmena Peak reaches 1,013 masl yet it’s considered a friendly hike and good for beginners. The view up there is a sight you must see when visiting Southern Cebu!


5. White Sand Beaches





There’s always an inner beach bum inside every traveler. Worry not, because you also have several options of white sand beaches for some sweet time under the sun. There’s Basdaku White Beach in Moalboal and Sumilon Island in Oslob.


6. Waterfalls Hopping





There are plenty of beautiful waterfalls in South Cebu. There’s Aguinid Falls where you can climb eight levels of waterfalls. The highest falls in the area is Mantapuyan Falls in Barili. There’s also Tumalog Falls, and of course, the famous Kawasan Falls where you can book a canyoneering trip with local guides.


7. Whale Shark Interaction





Swim with the biggest fish in the sea — butanding! Whale shark interaction is the most unique experience you can find in South Cebu. Tan-awan, Oslob has been very popular for this attraction. Even foreign travelers visit Cebu just to see whale sharks! These marine animals are very friendly and are considered the gentle giants of the sea. Seeing them is an experience you surely can’t miss!


Tell us about your favorite South Cebu experience!


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Things I Was Thankful For On My Second Hike

Things I Was Thankful For On My Second Hike

I’m back again, and I’m very excited to announce that I have added a new mountain to my list of conquered trails! Two mountains in a month? Just about a week apart? That’s right! Last Saturday, June 19, I had yet another opportunity to climb my second mountain.

A few questions might pop in your head.

Honestly, who has the time to hike a mountain every weekend?

Where do I get the budget?

Which mountain did you climb?

Sadly, I won’t be answering any of those questions directly. But once you finish reading, you won’t even be thinking of finding the answers — you will just want to GO! As soon as you can!

Even if you’ve tried hiking before and decided it “wasn’t your forte”, you will definitely think twice. Believe me, I never thought I would want to hike another mountain after my first, semi-awful experience at Mount Sembrano. It was all a matter of preparation and hitting those girl scout skills that made me enjoy a lot more this time. In my previous article, I’ve complained about what I failed to do and the lessons I’ve gotten from all my mistakes. This time, I came up with several things that I was truly thankful about, the things that kept me going in the long run.



1. Six hours of sleep.


Sweet dreams look like this.

I picked up my own advice from last hike’s error, and I completely willed myself to sleep at 9pm on the dot, in time to rise at 3am. Sleep has never been much of a hindrance to my performance on the trail — I never really felt fatigue because of my lack of sleep, but it was good to not have insomnia that night (and to not be singing Despacito till the wee hours of the morning).


2. Getting warmed up.


Yam, a first time hiker.

Last hike, the team failed to do this crucial step, which is why one of us got a cramp along the way. I led the dynamic stretching routine before we headed up, to which Jecel commented that it was harder than the actual hike. I think it paid off in the end — the first timers, the ones who haven’t hiked in a few months and everyone who joined the mystery hike were all in good condition and didn’t get any cramps along the way (although someone got cramps during the warmup and after the hike).


Nel, an experienced hiker.

At the top, safe and sound.

3. My outfit.


When fellow hikers would look at my so-called costume, they would scratch their heads and ask me if I was feeling hot. My reply: I would feel much hotter without all these protection. I was equipped with a cap, the most comfortable and baggy jogging pants, socks, my Track and Field spikes, arm warmers that looked like they came from iCarly, fluffy gloves, and my Tralulu shirt. It really paid off in the end because I was not getting irritated from any sunburns. I was able to focus on larger problems of the hike (which, in reality, weren’t a lot).


Me, the Pokemon Hunter Bunny and my master.

My wardrobe was also borrowed by Jecel. Here she is wearing my raincoat as protection from the deadly UV rays transmitted from the sun.


4. My 3 liters of water.


Yam has a stick in her hand. I have a water bottle.

I now brought 3 instead of 2! It made all the difference, even if it weighed more. There was a store along the way that sold water though, so I could have still gone without an extra liter. I was also thankful that I didn’t feel the urge to pee even after 7 hours of the hike. When I got a chance to use the bathroom, I didn’t expel much fluid; it was probably because I lost most of the fluid in my body through my sweat.


5. My sunblock.


I finally added this necessity to my backpack! Even though I was already fully covered, the rays of the sun were still fatal and could lead to skin cancer, so I made sure to reapply every so often. I didn’t mind having to take off my gloves every time I needed to reapply because the gloves kept my hands clean and saved the use of wet wipes or alcohol. My sunblock was a big help for those who didn’t even bring caps.


Jecel and I wearing matching skin tones, with Nel in the background.


6. The friends.


Proof that we made it to the summit together!

To be honest, I never expected to vibe with any of the new people I met. I thought we were going to be pure strangers throughout the hike, only interacting with the people we already knew. I was, fortunately, wrong about that. Even if all of us were amateurs at singing, we kept each other alive with our voices. Most of them were also way older than me and although we just met on the same day, but we bonded like we were childhood friends of the same age.


Tralulu airplane symbol!

Since we missed the other interns who weren’t present, Paolo decided to photoshop Micha and himself.

7. The photographer.


Zaine Barron.

Being a photographer sounds like no big deal — especially since every millennial is easily associated with a camera or at least a smartphone camera wherever they go. Add a mountain to the equation and you will realize that this type of skill is no easy feat. Unfortunately, even my fellow photographer intern, Paolo, couldn’t join this week’s mystery hike. I was so thankful that one of our mystery hikers brought a DSLR all the way to the summit. Only a few of us were willing to take pictures with our iPhones, which we could retract when we didn’t need them, but Zaine had to carry an average of 800 grams of camera all the way up, 627 meters to be exact. Although she is not new to photography, she never had any classes in the specific field of mountain photography, yet she took all the awesome pictures featured on this post!


8. God.


He is present all around us.

Now, I am not trying to advertise my religion or anything like that, but I felt God’s presence among me, especially during the times when I was alone. There were times during the hike where I had no one with me — no guide, no friends, no dogs. There was a group that was advanced and too forward while there was another group that was way too far behind. I


God’s beautiful creation.

was in the middle, yet I was with God. I found myself making the sign of the cross, whenever I would come upon a steep slope or a very narrow path that could cost you your life if you made one wrong move. It wasn’t that this certain mountain was hard, but anything could happen. I wouldn’t have made it without Him.


One of the dogs in the community, Darna.

The tradition of a before and after prayer.


9. The guides.


Kuya Rolan and Ate Mel.

Happy Ate Mel.

Serious Kuya Rolan.

We were so lucky to have this set of guides. They are senior guides who have been going up and down the mountain ever since they were children. Kuya Rolan was at the start of the pack, leading us towards the summit. Ate Mel on the other hand was the sweeper, making sure nobody got injured or left behind. They made a dynamic duo, and they also made us a more efficient team. I felt safe with their presence, especially whenever they would lend a hand (literally) so we could make it up safely. I would just stare in awe when I would see them running down the mountain like it was a flat surface.



Unlike Mount Sembrano, I didn’t think twice about wanting to return here. The only bad experiences I had during this trip were coincidentally all related to the van. Going to the place, I couldn’t sleep soundly and my head kept bobbing backwards. On the way home, I ate a pack of Stickos and ended up vomiting because fast moving cars and undigested food don’t go well together. That event aside, this was the best hike I have ever been on. I wonder where I will go next. I really do.



Have you guessed the mountain yet?

Photo credits: Zaine Barron, Jecel Manabat

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7 Places to Dine for A Simple Father’s Day

7 Places to Dine for A Simple Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner! (It’s on June 18, by the way.) Whether you’re looking to heighten your bonding experience with Dad or keep it cozy simple with a common activity, you will totally dig these restos! We’ve got you covered with a list of quirky new places for all types of dads to try out around Metro Manila. They are definitely worth visiting since they are semi-newbies to the industry, most existing with only one branch!



1. Zoo Coffee



Perfect For: The Animal-Loving Dad


Although there may not be any real animals here, the life-size stuffed toys in this Korean owned resto are adorable substitutes! Watch as dad awes and coos at the critters seated on the chairs and laid down on the floor. They are very subtle conversationalists too!




Must Try: Strawberry Bread


Address: G/F Alphaland Makati Place, Ayala Avenue Extension cor. Malugay Street, Bel-air, Makati

Telephone: (02) 998 7608

Open: Mondays to Fridays from 7AM to 11PM

           Saturdays from 8AM to 11PM

           Sundays from 10AM to 11PM



2. Seoul Train Korean BBQ



Perfect For: The Closet Koreaboo Dad


Another Korean-inspired diner! No matter how old you are, you can still play pretend with Dad here and imagine yourselves inside a real Seoul Train Station because of the cute ambiance! There are some very reasonable prices of food here, but be sure to bring your credit card just in case you won’t be able to stop yourself from indulging.



Must Try: Bul Samgyeopsal


Address: #28 Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, near Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Telephone: (02) 287 2446

Open: Daily from 11AM to 2PM, and 5:30PM to 10PM



3. Early Bird Breakfast Club



Perfect For: The Mommy-Dad


Ever heard of Yin-Yang shaped champorado? Or how about menus in the style of newspapers? This place has got all that! The look and decorations of the resto will set your mood into a sweet one! Warning: you will be encouraged to eat a lot because of the charming arrangements of each dish! The Early Bird Breakfast Club also has a branch in Nuvali.



Must Try: Sweet Glazed Katcino


Address: Ground Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila

Telephone: (02) 403 1897

Open: All day, everyday



4. Shutter Cafe



Perfect For: The Photographer Dad


When you arrive here, don’t depend too much on the complimentary wifi! Instead, spend some quality time through a photoshoot with dad here! Everything about the place is Instagram worthy! You can head on over to the actual camera shop while waiting for your meal.



Must Try: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich


Address: 118 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St. cor. Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Telephone: (02) 413 6628

Open: Mondays to Saturdays from 10AM to 7PM



5. UKE Box Caffe



Perfect For: The Musician Dad

This must be the perfect place to pass a lazy day! On dad’s special day, don’t be afraid to fatten yourselves up with the mouth-watering, irresistible food that they serve, while resting on the bean bags that will take you to the beach. Keep you and dad productive by renting out a ukulele and learning how to jam with it! If that isn’t your type, you can borrow the board games.



Must Try: Uke’s Signature Cake


Address: 187 Village Center Euloguio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Libis, Quezon City

Telephone: (02) 374 7467

Open: Mondays to Thursdays from 9AM to 10PM

            Fridays to Saturdays from 9AM to 1AM

            Sundays from 12NN to 9PM



6. Blackbird



Perfect For: The Simple Yet Sophisticated Father


Now this place will unquestionably make dad feel high class! Opt to sit at the second floor, which is designed to look like a cockpit. The portions are small but pricey. Delight in that after-dinner cocktail to complete your course. Friendly tip: do not come to Blackbird underdressed or without any cash.



Must Try: Tender Short Ribs

Address: Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati

Telephone: (02) 828 4888

Open: Daily from 12NN to 11PM



7. NBA Cafe Manila



Perfect For: The Sports Enthusiast Dad


Still hung up on the results of the last NBA season? You can relive the rush here! The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the NBA Cafe is the large collection of various basketball jerseys. While dining, you will also be accompanied by television screens showcasing basketball games all day long.



Must Try: Burger and Fries


Address: Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati

Telephone: (02) 828 4888

Open: Monday to Thursday from 10AM to 11PM

            Friday to Sunday from 10AM to 1AM



Don’t forget to leave us a comment below on where you and dad would most likely enjoy!


Sources: Munchpunch, Phonebooky, Top List Network, Looloo

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8 Secret Apps for Better Travel Photos

8 Secret Apps for Better Travel Photos

Calling all aspiring photographers and amateurs alike! Don’t let your travel shots go to waste by keeping their quality below average. Invest in a few apps that we have handpicked for you, so that your memories of adventurous travels will be documented till the end of time. The best part — most of these apps are FREE!






Aside from being dubbed one of the “Best Apps in 2014” by The App Store, SKRWT was also among the “10 Best Photography Apps“ as claimed by The Guardian UK and part of the “7 Must-Have Apps for Drone Pilots“ from whereidrone.com. Every user seems to enjoy the app as well, as seen through the high 4.2 overall rating. We quote Sam Caesar, who gave the app a five star rating in Google Play along with a pleasant review:

“Taking the difficulty out of the final adjustments that make a photo epic, creating scenes that seem surreal and almost magical. LOVE this app, worth every penny. Between this and Snapseed, I never need to import photos to photoshop again.”



Price: $1.99 in The App Store; $1.49 on Google Play

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.4 and up.



2. Priime




The collection of shots on Priime’s website look exactly like any kind of stock photos you’ve encountered, except that they’ve been captured on iPhone! This app is so hidden that it has not received enough ratings to display an average for the current version of itself yet. More reason to download it now! Marty Yawick, lead author of the blog Life In LoFi: iPhoneography, shares his praise about the app:


Priime is a recent entry into the crowded field of iPhone photo filter apps. It’s a unique twist on the one-click filter apps. It has excellent pedigree and despite its quirks, it’s probably one of the better one-click filter apps in the app store. Priime is the brainchild of entrepreneur and photographer Art Chang.”



Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Not available.



3. Darkroom




Darkroom isn’t just limited to editing photos, you have a two-in-one photo AND video editor with this app! Be warned though that even though the app may be free, the in-app features will need to be unlocked for a reasonable $2.99. While there aren’t many reviews on The App Store, a number of people have been raving about Darkroom’s professionality, such as this expert reviewer of iOS software, Jason Parker:


“Darkroom gets a lot of things right with a direct link to your image library, a great interface that saves time and cool tools for adjusting your photos. I like that you can download the app for free, and that the developers hide the most sought-after feature behind the paywall. It gives you a chance to try it out, then spend a reasonable price for the whole app.”



Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Not available.



4. Afterlight




Experience a brand new kind of light (in your photos, at least) with this splendid app. Compare the before and after pictures and you will feel a positive vibe rushing into your day, even if the happiness came from just your photos. Afterlight bagged a 4.3 rating in Google Play and a 4.4 rating on The App Store. More people like Andrew Kunesh from idownloadblog.com have some great points to share about the app, while there is no hiding the bad:


Afterlight is an iPhoneographer’s dream app. Afterlight excels at shooting and editing photos and does them both beautifully. Additionally, the app has a ton of editing options, filters, and effects, giving you the tools you need to let your creativity run free. The only problem I have with Afterlight is that it lacks volume button shutter controls, forcing you to use the on-screen shutter button for all of your photo taking.”




Price: $0.99 in both The App Store and on Google Play

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.0.3 and up.



5. Snapseed




Get ready to add this app to your wish list or better yet, download it right away! “Nice shots” will be too much of an understatement once you’ve tried out the features of the very app developed by Google! Did we mention that this app is another editing software that caters to both photos and videos? The CNET Editor rated the app a solid five out of five stars, in all honesty:


“With its unique gesture-based interface, Snapseed offers an incredible level of control over its effects and filters. The tools and interface aren’t intuitive though, so it could take a while to get familiarized. If you’re a more serious mobile photographer looking for an app to fine-tune your photos with, Snapseed is your best choice.”



Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.1 and up.







VSCO, by the Visual Supply Company, is the best app to edit and share your photography. This is possible with film-inspired filters and professional image tools. You can also join a creative community with no public followers, likes or comments! If you’re the type of person who doesn’t care too much about publicity so long as you want to share your work with the world, here is the perfect place to showcase your talents. Sally and Daniel Grotta from Tom’s Guide share the positive and negative features of the app:



  • Excellent tools and filters
  • Useful asset-management options
  • Social sharing to a wide range of networks


  • Android camera feature not as robust as iOS version
  • Can’t share several pictures simultaneously on iOS
  • No frames, text or funky special effects
  • Crop tool works only with preset aspect ratios


VSCO Camera provides great tools and filters for traditional photography corrections and adjustments, but it lacks fun special effects.”


As long as you’re editing your travel pictures, the fancy effects won’t be seriously necessary, right?



Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.1 and up.



7. Pixlr




Unlock your creativity with Pixlr! Have you ever tried capturing a moment, only realizing that it could have been better? Make it beautiful with Pixlr! There are over two million combinations of free effects, overlays, and filters, you will never run out of ideas! Once you’ve finished, share your finished work directly to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or your other favorite social networks! This app is suitable for worldwide use since it comes in eleven different languages including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. Sally and Daniel Grotta give another review about the app:


  • Wide variety of useful tools, filters, borders and stickers
  • Good user-control options
  • Easy-to-use collage tool


  • Number of options can be overwhelming
  • Cluttered Interface
  • Help isn’t easily accessible


If you love to edit and play with your photos, Pixlr Mobile is a powerful app that has almost any tool you could want.”


Test out the gloomy effects to give your pictures a haunting backstory.


Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.0 and up.



8. Facetune




Out of all the editing apps we’ve went through, none of them really served to polish the minor details, since they were more focused on fixing the bigger picture. Facetune can help with a minor touch up, such as reshaping your jaw line, brightening up your teeth, and removing blemishes on your skin. Despite its name, Facetune isn’t only for editing faces. You can simply use the app to enhance your photos, such as blurring the background for more emphasis, or improving lighting. Roy Furchgott from The New York Times states that:


“Facetune helps you look your Hollywood best, even in photos taken on mobile phones.”



Price: $3.99 in The App Store, $5.99 on Google Play

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.1 and up.



Sources: Google Play, App Store, Life In LoFi: iPhoneography

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