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About Me

Hey there! I'm Chad.
And you are here! Welcome to my site.

First, let me introduce myself  formally. I am Richard J. Roque, a Pinoy from the province of Bulacan. I am one of those urban slaves trying to escape from the monotony of everyday office life by travelling. 

A graduate of the hallowed halls of my beloved Bulacan State University, I am a registered Electronics Engineer and working as a Software Engineer. Yeah! An engineer but working in Information Technology world. 

Pleasure-seeker, I consider myself looking for something to satisfy me. But of course taking into consideration that it should be budget friendly. I try cuisines of the place and experience the must-try activities having the mindset that I might not go back to the place again.

Obviously, I love going places. I am a self-proclaimed "explorer". By that, I like going to places to I never been to and experience things I never tried before. My favorite destinations are beaches!  I love soaking myself under the heat of the sun. Maybe, this is also a reason why I am a travel agent! :)


Thrift tips, must-try's, where-to-go's, culture trivia and I guess funny and not so funny stories of my adventures and misadventures of a man craving to explore. This will tell you stories of how to enjoy a budget-friendly trip.

Feeling like a professional photographer, I make sure that my photos are different from the rest and so I adapted from whoever if someone has invented this concept before, the out of the postcard photography. LOL

In this blog, I mainly focus capturing photos that are not usually seen in postcards. I aim that these pictures are not the ordinary angles in which tourist spots are usually taken and known for.

I guess you might have noticed, I always wear fedora hat in my pictures.
So what's with the travel hat I usually wear?

It's my trademark! And I believe it looks good on my pictures. It makes may hair settle down. LOL
Other reasons? I think I am yet to discover. 

Traveling always gives me something to look forward to. It gives me that feeling of being free and  whole. I'm glad I have discovered this passion that I really like and hoping by sharing this experience through writing blogs, someone out there might also discover his or her own.

Richard J. Roque, ECE

DJEF Travel and Tours

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One of the things I loved during my stay this September 2015 was the ambiance of each place of the house. Every part of the house is a good place to relax and feel comfortable.

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Yes, I also have some photos like that! I know it's common to capture those scenic spots; but after all, I realized, my photos are kinda boring. LOL! Not looking like it's originally captured by me.

I'm no expert in terms of photography but below are my recommended things to do when taking travel photos.

1. Make "Out of the Postcard Photography".
This concept has been my goal. Shoot landmarks in a different perspective. Who knows, you might discover something new and make stories about it. It could be that the rear view of the famous landmark resembles a thing no one ever thought of? Make sense?
Don't go traditional.

2. Include local 'signages' in your photos.
In this way, your photo will have a good sense of place.Take a good shot of stores, restaurants with different names, road signs, and anything that is unique in the place.

3. …