Beach

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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Cebu (Part 2): All Sorts of Water From The South

After the tiring early afternoon trek in Osmena Peak and seeing what the highest peak in Cebu can show, we are off to the first beach in Cebu, which is Moalboal.

I never really knew about Moalboal until I came here. Good thing that my friend Amor is actually from Cebu. Moalboal is located in the southwestern part of Cebu. Pristine white sands and rich underwater are the main selling points of this part of Cebu. Scuba diving, free diving and snorkeling are the activities to do in this part of Cebu.

Long Stretch

I’ll Trade Anything For This Moment

Since Moalboal is facing on the western part, this means great news – superb sunset. Yes, the sunset here is nice, divine, and breathtaking and all the adjectives I can think of. I always make it a point to see the sunset whenever I am on a vacation.

The Moalboal Sunset

The following day, we opted to go to one of the islands to see in the Moalboal area which is known as Pescador Island.  This part of Cebu boasts rich marine life that can match the best diving spots to all the places I’ve been to. I never tried scuba diving but by simple doing a free dive or snorkel, you can easily see the greatness needs to be seen just after you jumped off from the boat. I marked this as a must visit place to visit while in Cebu.

Memories Shared With Friends

Rich

Two Completely Different Worlds

I Love To Try Free Diving Soon

Are They Trying To Drown Me? 😂✌️

After a morning of sea salt, we headed straight to Kawasan Falls. Originally, I did not intend to join this part as you know, I rather be the passive type of traveler, but hey, thank goodness that I’ve given it a go. I never knew that I will have so much fun jumping from a 30-foot waterfall and hurt my butt off after. It was exhilarating yet fulfilling at the same time. We took so many pictures in Kawasan Falls but I honestly think GoPro is not my camera of choice. There are water splashes all over; pictures were out of focused so I guess this part of this vacation will hold dearly in my mind.

Floating

Kawasan Falls

Under The Veil

Damn, My Make-up’s Ruined! 😂

Literally a Concrete Jungle

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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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Wraparound

I have this fascination that you might have noticed from the last couple of resort wear style blogs I posted before.

 

Long Stretch

  

Wrap Me Around

 

The last couple of beach trips, I always brought with me some wrap arounds, cardigans or pullovers. I really find it useful to bring at least one on your beach trip as you can use it in different ways.

 

Easy

  

Garden Resort

 

It also adds a little touch of drama to your beach wear.

 

Details

  

Golden Sky, Blue Sea

 

Oversized Wood Cardigan from H&M.

  

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Deep Blue

This probably the quickest that I’ve blogged so far. Just arrived from an out of town trip last night with my college best friend and I’ve already done a little bit of edit and draft. This is a really good sign.

This is the first outfit blog from my recent trip in Batangas (where else but to the beach). We are so lucky to be living in a tropical country that makes it far from impossible to visit a beach whenever you want to. Well, except maybe for a few days when rain is unbearable.
 

Summer in September

  

Close Up and Make Up Look

 

Recently, I have this fascination with blue tones. Whenever I do my shopping, blues always attract my eyes. I also think that blues mixes well with my peach/ pink hair. The combination of blues and pinks brings a more youthful feel.

 

Sitting Pretty

  

Backdrop: Sabangan Resort in Laiya

 

Sleeveless Top from H&M. Black Swim Shorts from H&M. Matte Black Shades from Sunnies. Straw Hat from Forever21.

Can I Get Another Beach Trip?

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Ilocos (Part 1): North

I have been wishful thinking for years that I will be able to visit Ilocos Province. It is one of the places I want to visit in the Philippines because of beautiful sceneries, food and of course the beach. Ilocos is located on the northern part of Luzon. For this trip, we are lucky enough as we were able to visit Ilocos Norte (including Pagudpod) and Ilocos Sur.

We started our extended weekend trip in Ilocos Norte specifically in Laoag City. Laoag City is known as the norternmost city in the Philippines and the capital of Ilocos Norte.
 

Always My Fave

  

Church

  

What Are You Waiting For?

  

Chillin’ at The Malacanang Of The North

  

Find Me, Find Me, Find Me

  

I’ll Never Get Tired of Greens and Blues

  

Baby, Baby 🎶

 

The following day was supposedly a beach day but the sun did not show up. Nevertheless, we still headed to Pagudpod. The rain will not stop is to explore the sleepy town of Pagudpod. There are a lot to see in Pagudpod and eventhough the skies are not generally beach friendly we still enjoyed our trip to Pagudpod.

 

Watchtower

  

Eerie Feels

  

Dip and Dye

  

Blown Away

  

Edge of Glory

  

Big Fan

 This is just the first part of my Ilocos travel diary. Part two is all about the heritage province of Ilocos Sur. Stay tuned.

 

Dream-Like

  

Owning This Little Piece of Heaven

  

Even A Blocked Sunset Is Still Gorgeous

 
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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

Technicolored

Dressing up on the beach is really tricky but at the same time a challenge I enjoy doing. Why do I say that? Mainly because when you buy your outfit pre-vacation: your skin is lighter, hair is the perfect color (for me blonde) and you tried to get ready for your vacation by being a little too watchful of what you eat. Then when you beach vacation starts: you eat (a lot!), stay in the sun longer (because you have so much fun and it’s always picture perfect under the sun) and your hair becomes more brassy (in case for my blonde hair – thanks to the sea).

 

Cue Beyonce’s “Deja Vu”

   

Zambales Life

 

For this summer, I tried (planned?) to be as colorful and bold on my coordinates but whenever I see monotones, my mind always says, “that’s perfect for you!”. So what better thing to do? Pack all the most colorful pieces you have and bring some blacks and gray. It’s just a matter of mixing and finding the balance for your coordinates.

Summer Coordinate

Geometric Print Sleeveless Top from Uniqlo. Swim Shorts from Robinson’s. Cover-up from H&M. Shades from Sunnies Studios.

Fashion has no rules. Style is what makes you an individual. Experiment with your coordinates. Have fun under the sun and get a tan. And most importantly, be confident.

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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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