Introduction of Plot
Crossing Bridges is an annual photography trip aimed at fostering relationships with photographers and admin/mods from around the various online Photo Forums in Asia.
2010 is the 7th edition of this gathering.
Participating photography forums are
Singapore - Clubsnap.com
Malaysia - Photomalaysia.com
Indonesia - Fotografer.net
Vietnam - Photo.vn
Philippines - Photoworldmanila.com (FPPF)
These 5 forums host a combined community of more than 500,000 photography enthusiasts from around the region. More forums over the next few years will be joining this bridge-building , community enhancement activity
Crossing Bridges began in 2004 and is organized on a rotation basis by each country each year
2004 - Central Java, Indonesia
2005 - Hong Kong and Macau
2006 - Hanoi and Sapa, Vietnam
2007 - Semporna East Malaysia
2008 - Siem Reap and Angkor Wat Cambodia
2009 - Padang West Sumatra, Indonesia
2010 - Western Visayas, Philippines
What do we do during these trips?
We go out daily shooting at various places but more importantly:
1. photographers and admin/mods from different countries/forums get to know one another better
2. total photography immersion ..... every year, we eat, sleep and errhmm... everything photography
3. we learn about the different cultures, habits, shooting styles of different countries
4. there will be a photo sharing session or two
Do I need to be a Pro or admin/mod in order to participate ?
NO, but it would be good if you are someone who is serious about photography as a hobby or as a job
NO Girlfriends/Boyfriends, NO Wives/Husbands allowed to tag along
Is this expensive?
This is a strictly non-profit program and participants pay a land cost that covers
daily twin sharing accomodations (3-4 star accomodations)
all meals (proper restauraunts)
all transport and sea transfers
all local taxes, admission fees, local guides' fees
opening and closing dinners
THIS trip will cost you US$450 per head for above .......... dont ask me how they stretch this amount out over 8 days with the above thrown in ... I have no clue.
This year's trip is 8 days (7 nights) and includes a domestic internal flight as well as inter-island ferry transfers
How do I get there?
You will need to buy a round trip plane ticket to get to the start point Cebu City, Philippines
I will be using Cebu Pacific Air
departing Singapore to Cebu on 18 Nov 2010
departing Cebu back to Singapore on 28 Nov 2010 (I want to spend 3 extra days AFTER the official trip to continue shooting other places there)
BUT of course you can go back to Singapore on 25 Nov Thurs if you want to .....
NOTE: Some Cebu Pacific flights from Singapore to Cebu will transit at Manila for a couple of hours.......... so not ALL flights are DIRECT Singapore to Cebu
Note Note : I understand that the Indonesians , Malaysian might want to spend an extra day or two too in Manila ........... you are free to tag along with them if you want to
WHATEVER IT IS......... DAY 1 starts on 18 Nov and Day 8 (end) is on 25 Nov