Summer Diaries

Family Vacation in Boracay (Part 1)

Our summer started a little bit late that the usual. I feel like I we do not have a summer at all. I think this is the first time that I was not able to visit a beach destination in the last 5 years on the months of March to May. Really a bummer, right?

So, you wonder why I this blog entry in the first place? My family has decided that we will visit Boracay on the month of June when Summer is officially over but that did stop us from having a fun time on the famous little island.

Airport

Window Seat Always

This entire series is a photo diary of sort. I do not have long narrative about Boracay and normally when I am in the island, I just enjoy the time though it’s different this time around as this is the first time I was able to visit Boracay with my family.

Home For The Week

Hello, Island!

Enjoy the pics from our first day in the island

Love

Pink and Gray

My Fave Love 😘

Focus On Me

Famous Jonah’s Milkshake


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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Day Two) 

Part two and second day of our trip to this wonderful place in Bataan, Philippines.

Chillin’ And Windblown Hair


Fountain Moment


Bougainvillia Life

Lights in The Noon


One day is not enough to take in what Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar offers. There are a lot to see and every corner of this property is instagrammable.

Happily Walking


Time Travel Thru a Tram


Waiting…

The walking tour from the first day almost covered what you want to see in the whole property and we used our second day like our own personal time to look more closely to the different houses and appreciate the architecture and design a little bit more.

Adobe House


Wide Space, Cobblestone and Pink Haired Me


Believe it or not, we were not able to come near the beach as we were too busy with taking in the beauty of the entire place. Too bad that I even brought some swimwear but in the end was not able to use them. Maybe I’ll use them on my next beach trip instead.

Angels


One of My Ultima Fave Spots in Las Casas


This quick and somehow educational trip is a way to start my summer (or maybe the only summer trip I have this year 😂) and I see myself in the near future that I’ll be coming back to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to see the new houses and attraction this place has to offer.

Morning Light


Wallflower



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Cebu (Part 4): Virgin Island in Bantayan

Cebu is known to house some of the best beaches in the Philippines. Being a beach lover myself, I will never pass the chance to visit one of the beach spots gaining popularity in Cebu. I’ve heard about this place a couple of years back, thanks to one of my closest college friends who is a Cebuana but raised in Manila (which by the way you can visit her blog by clicking HERE). I’ve been waiting about this part of my Cebu trip and definitely an icing on top of a great trip we had.

Toasted

For our last iterinary in Cebu, we went to Bantayan Island in Sta. Fe, Cebu. Bantayan Island has its own rustic charm as if time slows down when you are in this area. It is quickly gaining popularity among beach lovers and travellers alike. Though this is not a travel blog which normally gives directions and tips about the places I’ve visited, my blog is more of a personal online space for me to diary my travels and for the readers to find inspiration to travel as well. I’ll leave it to professionals to come-up with a legit travel blog.

The Virgin Island

Bantayan Island houses a lot nice beaches and even the beach front of Anika Beach Resort, where we stayed, boasts pristine white sands.

Pristine

Greenery 

One of the orders of business is to visit Virgin Island. We hopped on a boat instead and visited Virgin Island.

This is The Virgin Island

With College Friends

I did not set any expectations for this visit in Virgin Island as I do not know that this small island exists or even part of our iterinary. I have to say that this is a must visit place in Bantayan.

White Sands

Elements

Virgin Island feels like you were castawayed from the busy society. Perfect place to get a tan, enjoy the white sands & clear water and just enjoy.

Getting A Tan and A Lot of Memories

Slow Down

Somewhere Out There

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Laiya (Part 2): Vantage Point For Sunrise

Long overdue part two of my blog post of my beach trip in Laiya, Batangas.

For our second (and last day) of this quick getaway, we have decided to wake up early to catch the sunrise. The previous day, we were excited to catch the sunset but it so happened that Laiya in on the other side of the sunset. Upon learning that, we have decided to ring our alarm early so that we can catch the glory of sunrise. You could have known by now that everytime I go on beach trip, I never watching the sun rises and sets.

Sunrise

All Smiles

Golden

There is something about sunrise and sunset that I find amazing. Both time of the day exudes romantic and optimistic feel. Aside from that, this is the perfect time to have your photos taken, more commonly known as “Golden Hour”. Most people opt to enjoy golden hour during sunset (given the time) over sunrise. Though both time of the day provides a soft light and shadows to any photos which gives an automatic filter (without using one and less post-production process for photos).

Lost

Happiness

Also for the second day, we have the chance to enjoy the pool and see more what Sabangan Resort has to offer. We really love the ambiance as if you are in a secluded jungle because of the big trees surrounding the area.

Serene and Waiting

Pool Time

Rare

I really had fun with this beach trip with my best friend. Thanks to her, we have shared precious memories and thanks to my best friend that I have Instagram worthy and blog worthy pictures.

Greens

Come and Get It

Follow Me

Sitting and Smiling

Footprints In the Sands

You can get in touch with Sabangan Beach Resort by clicking HERE.

Sunrise

Thanks You Sabangan Beach Resort

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Laiya (Part 1): Sweet Beach Trip

I love beach trips. You could probably say by now that beach trips are my kind of vacation. These kind of trips are more memorable if shared with a best friend who will also be your photographer and constant “talk-mate”.


Though it has not been long since our last beach trip together, my college best friend is currently not based here in the Philippines. So we always make sure that whenever she’s back in town, that we book this kind of mini vacation.


For this weekend trip, we decided to visit one of the nearest beach destination in the Metro. Quite honestly, the term “near” is somewhat not appropriate given the travel time (including the horrendous traffic in the Metro plus the actual travel time) and the proximity of the beach destination.

We have visited Laiya, Batangas. Laiya is a sleepy town/ muncipality in Batangas known for its beach and resort accomodations. There are plenty of resorts to choose from but we have decided to stay in Sabangan beach Resort.


Sabangan Beach Resort boasts a nature style ambiance with modern amenities. Another great thing about the resort is it has its own beach front which is a a must consider when choosing or booking for this kind of trip/ vacation.

Day 2 of my short travel series in Laiya coming soon.

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Waters From The West

Vacations with friends are a must do during Summer. The last couple of years, I never pass on the chance to go to the beach with my closest friends.
     

Tactile

  

Out Of The Woods

 

To open the summer season, me and my college best friend went to visit one of the gems of Luzon, which is Zambales. I’ve been wanting to go to this province for the longest and if I am correct, the last time I visited this nearby province was more than 5 years ago. Despite the proximity of Zambales in the Metro, I rarely have the chance (perfect timing) to pay a visit.
 

College Bestfriends Foorever

  

Facing West

  

Jumping With Waves

 

Zambales offers a wide range of beach you can think of. You can have resort accomodation, camping or simple island life depends on your liking. Though I love travelling (or being a tourist), I do not consider myself as the adventurous one. I always opt to go for relaxing resort vacation. Good thing, Zambales offers what we were looking for. We stayed in Crystal Beach Resort in San Narciso. Most known for the annual music festival that takes place on their resort ground. We went their at the start of the summer season in the Philippines and we were able to book a room without any hassle though the last minute before checking in, we decided to upgrade our accomodation. Make sure to book and call them ahead of time if you want to stay for the weekend as rooms tend to book really fast.

 

Rustic Vibe

  

Straighforward Simple and Beautiful

  

Above Zambales’ Trees

    

Sit With Me?

  

Like We Own The Shore

 

There are a lot activities that can be done in the resort. For us, we just decided to stay on the beach and have so much fun capturing memories in our cameras. In short, what we did is beach bumming plus photoshoot. Aside from the beach, almost all corners of Crystal Beach are instagram worthy.

Must do for this vacation: watch the sunset and take advantage of the golden hour. Have you always though what “Golden Hour” is? It is the the time of the day just before sunset when all the photos taken do not need to be edited or do not need any filter. Golden hour will give you the glow any BB cream can provide. Trust me, it is one secret I live by when taking photos for my blog. Not just for my travel blog posts but for my OOTDs posts as well.
 

Glowing

  

Golden Sky

 

Hope you like the simple tip useful inside this travel blog post.

 

Happiness!

  

Driftwood

  

Love Me The Same

 

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Sending You All The Mini Hearts

Photoblog: Bolinao

Short vacation to start off the year 2016. Second time to visit the coastal town of Bolinao, this time with my bestfriend.

Hope you enjoy my very first photoblog entry (ever).
 

Gadgets

  

Staring Into The Blue

  

Happiness

  

Edge

  

Blown Away

  

Hair Flippin’

 

Fascination With Lighthouse

  

Serenity and Tropico

  

Chillin’ 😥

  

Born To See

  

Blonde and Pink ~ A Great Combination

 
 

Patar Beach

  

I Don’t Mind Walking In The Sands

  

Washed Ashore

 

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Palawan (Part 8): Twin Beach and Last Day

What I not so love in a vacation is the last day. I find it sad that the vacation is almost over but at the same time looking forward to what the last day of the vacation can offer. Sometimes, or let’s say most of the time, the cliche “saved the best for last” may be true. Not in the case for El Nido as every moment spent in the paradise island is a moment to treasure. Palawan is called the “Final Frontier” for so many reasons. I may have put in the superlatives in my previous posts, but those adjectives are still not enough to give justice to what you can see, sense and feel while vacationing in El Nido.

We started off the day a little early than the usual as we headed to El Nido’s famous twin beach. Honestly, I don’t think the twin beach is still part of El Nido town as the ride going to Nacpan- Calitang twin beach will take a little less than 60-90 minutes drive depending on your ride. You get it, it is too far from the main town of El Nido.

 

Off The Islands

  

Scenic View of Nacpan Beach

  

Stretch

 

Walk, Walk and Walk

Nacpan Beach is a long stretch of sands that extends around 1 or 2 kilometers. That’s not the exact measurement, but it is so long. So, if you like to spend your mornings walking in long stretch of fine sands, this is the perfect place for you. Aside from that, if you want to avoid the sun but still craves for the sea (the crashing waves and cool winds) this is also the perfect spot in El Nido for you. The entire stretch of Nacpan Beach is lined with coconut trees that will give a cool shade under the summer sun. Too much tan can sometimes kill you, eh?

 

Cue SNSD’s Summer Song “Party”

  

Early Morning Walk

  

To The Waters!

  

Can’t Help But Play Taylor Swift’s “Style” in My Head. 🎶

 Further to left when facing the waters of Nacpan Beach, you can climb a steep hill that will give you the best unobstructive view of the twin beach, Nacpan and Calitang Beach. Not too worry about finding your way up as the helpful stray dogs would be your own tour guides in the steep and sometimes narrow road up the hill.

 

(N) Nacpan; (S) Calitang. Collectively Known as Twin Beach

 
 

Forever Summer Gang

  

I Feel Freedom

 After a quick tour of El Nido’s twin beach, as we only stayed there a little less than two hours, we thought that the vacation and our “tour” is over. But we were wrong. Luxury of having connections to help you rent a private ride in a province. We went straight to Marimegmeg Beach which is located on the opposite side of the cove of Bacuit Bay. Marimegmeg Beach is a great alternative to Bacuit Bay if you are looking for a more relaxed ambiance for your accommodations. This is where you can literally stay under the coconut trees in a canopy and beach bum while reading a book. What a life! Marimegmeg Beach is known as where to view the best sunset in El Nido. Too bad we were not able to experience that sunset in Marimegmeg but our own little sunset in the middle of the sea is hard to top off.

 

Forever Summer View

 
 

Summer, Sun and Sands in Marimegmeg

  
   

Testing The Waters

   

Right Back At You!

    
 That wraps up my summer vacation in Palawan. Actually, I stayed an extra night in Puerto Princesa so technically this isn’t the last day of my vacation. I will definitely go back to Palawan and El Nido soon. Still too many islands and spots to discover. Our El Nido trip is definitely a one for the books (and one worth sharing). Travel more and experience what your country can offer.

 

See You Soon, Palawan! 💋

 
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Palawan (Part 7): Pocket Beaches and Lagoons

Last few islands for our second day of island hopping tour and El Nido keeps on revealing its beauty.

One of the last islands we have visited is the Cadlao Island/ Lagoon. Once you step in this lagoon-slash-island, it gives you the feel of being transported to prehistoric time as if any moment now a dinosaur will come out and play. Seriously, no dinosaurs in this place but extra careful with the monkeys. The water is calm and a little deep at some point. Perfect spot for beach bumming if you are too tired staying and tanning under the sun as the beach has eternal shade from the high limestone formations.

 

    

Frontier

  

Rugged Rock Formations

 
Pasandigan Beach is our next destination, just a short ride from Cadlao. This beach is for you if you like long walks in the beach. From this beach, you can see the El Nido town. In fact, some of the tourists opt to kayak from El Nido town to Pasadigan Beach.

   

Serenity

  

Airblown

 
Last island for the day and last island destination in El Nido is Bukal Island. A pocket island near Bacuit Bay. Calm and shallow waters are here perfect if you need that much needed photoshoot for your Instagram. Not much activities here but travelers can stay here for the night to experience an authentic island accommodation which is sleeping under the night sky either with or without a tent, which by the way is not my style.

 

Photoshoot Galore

  
  

El Nido Captured My Heart

 
On our way back to El Nido Town, we were lucky enough to experience and see the sunset in the middle of the ocean. As you know by now, sunset is my favorite part of the day and I make it a point to capture sunset wherever I go. I will never get tired of watching the sunset.

 

Sunset In The Middle of The Sea

 
That wraps up the second day of our island hopping in El Nido (and third day in Palawan). Bittersweet moment as this travel series is coming to an end.

 

The Not So Sleepy Town of El Nido

 
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Palawan (Part 6): Shrine in A Tropical Island

After enjoying the waves and shore in Helicopter Island, our tour commenced and got a very pleasant surprise which is in Matinloc Shrine.

Matinloc Shrine is one of the abandoned islands in El Nido. I really wonder what happened to this place but despite the island is an abandoned one, a lot of tourists are frequenting this place because of many reasons. In terms of design and architecture, Matinloc Shrine boasts a design reminiscent of Grecian aesthetic. The place also has that eerie feeling but not that scary feeling. Who will get scared with group of tourists enjoying the trip under the afternoon sun? Not me.

   

The Shrine

    

Port Like

  

Where People Bask Under The Sun

  

Stage?

  

From My OOTD Post

  Aside from the shrine in the island, it also has a very good view deck which will let you experience an unobstructive view of the neighboring islands and the vast waters of El Nido, at least on this side of town.

 

This View Is Heavenly

  

Giddy Kid

    

Happy Summer Crew

 After enjoying Matinloc Shrine, we stopped by a neighboring island to have a little rest and lunch. I have to say that each corner in El Nido is a gem.

 

Corner Pocket Beach

  

Amazing Rock Formation

    

Me and Lara Tried Snorkeling, The Rest Bummed By The Beach

 El Nido never cease to amaze me every time we visit any place. Hands down, El Nido is definitely one of the best places in the entire world.

  
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