Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Learning to Pack Light


Is it time for an outfit post yet? I feel like I haven't given you guys anything in ages! I've been in and out of Manila for a few weekends now, travelling locally to see what else is there to the tropical paradise that is the Philippines. Indeed, there is so much more.

It's been crazy to me how I've managed to find myself either on a plane or a bus going out of Manila almost every weekend. So, I've practically been living in a suitcase almost - only, because I'm close to mastering the art of bringing just a backpack, it's more of living in a backpack now. ;)

Power Dressing 101 romper | Seasonless Boutique sunnies | Payless sandals

I used to be terrible at packing. I used to overpack and bring a ton of things I didn't need. But as I went through each trip, I learned more and more what are my travel essentials as well as which clothes to bring (and how much of it) for certain trips.

This summer season, rompers or playsuits are an absolute heaven-sent for me. They're stylish, sexy, easy to move around in, and don't take much room in your bag! I can use them as a cover-up or an outfit in itself.

This romper from Power Dressing 101 is a favorite because of its print. It's floral, but a breath of fresh air from all the bright ones we see a lot today. While the print is toned down, the low back cut and halter top adds a little sexy factor to the look, revealing just the right amount of skin without being over-the-top. Rompers are great - except when you need to go to the bathroom. LOL! ;) Hey, sometimes you gotta go for style!

I've found that when it comes to packing light, not only do we need to narrow down the number of clothes we bring but also look at the material of the clothes we're bringing. Go light! :)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Travel 2014: Somewhere Else to Stay in Camiguin


Two weekends ago, I had my bags packed and my eyes set for Camiguin - a island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It was a trip that had been booked since December (thank you, seat sale) and it couldn't have come at a better time as I was in deep, deep stress. But before sharing with you how our trip went, let me share with you the place we stayed at - Somewhere Else Boutique Resort.

Located about a 30-minute drive away from the port of Camiguin, it is composed of house-like villas that make a group vacation easy. It is owned by Jerome Birnbaum, who decided Camiguin was where he wanted to begin his new journey.

Somewhere Else Boutique Resort goes above and beyond when it comes to caring for their guests. Jerome and his staff, Ayet, Angie, and Andrew, certainly know how to make everyone feel at home. From serving us breakfast outdoors - on the beach or at our backyard, to calling for home-serviced massages after a long day of trekking and exploring the beauty of Camiguin. Each time we came home from an adventurous day going around the island, Jerome and his staff were there to welcome his staff. Not to mention, they have quite the friendly dogs too!

The villa we rented for our stay was called Le Ryadh and was equipped with air conditioning, a shower and a toilet (separate), a day bed, an actual bed, and a small pool on the rooftop where you can lounge during the mornings or at sunset while sipping on a glass of red wine (which is exactly what we did). We were a group of five, so we had an extra bed added in. Le Ryadh was spacious so there was no need to worry about losing space from the extra bed.

At the side of the house, there was an outdoor shower which you can use after taking a dip at the beach, which is right behind the villa, so you get to enter the house all clean and sand-free. There is also a hammock bigger than any hammocks I've ever relaxed in.

If you come to Camiguin without a set plan, they have pamphlets of tourist spots; you can also ask Jerome personally and he'll easily suggest you some places to check out, complete with a map! ;) We usually had to go to him when we didn't know which restaurant to eat at next.

The sunsets are a beautiful bonus, too!

Somewhere Else Boutique Resort is also located nearby good restaurants like my favorite, Casa Roca Inn, as well as some spots to check out like Katibawasan Falls, Sto. Nino Cold Springs, Sunken Cemetery, and Guiob Church Ruins.

Photos from Kit De Silva and Garret Villanueva

For reservations and booking:
Contact Somewhere Else Boutique Resort at +63 999 67 67 583 or +63 88 387 9550
or visit their Facebook page.


* This is not a sponsored post.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cagbalete Camping Trip


Two weekends ago, I went on a camping trip to Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon. It was a 5-hour trip from Manila which entailed a four-hour bus ride and an hour on the boat. It was a great experience being with different traveling groups and individuals as well as with a few friends. I have always had a thing for outdoors (hiking, camping), so it was one of the trips I really wanted to kick-off my summer with.

Whenever people find out that I camp (as in I've camped without electricity whatsoever), I receive the same surprised expression. I suppose looks can really be deceiving at times! It surprises them that I appear very girly but can be a total guy's guy when it comes to these things. Yeah, I can pack everything in one backpack.

For just that weekend, we managed to explore the island as well as party and celebrate the Holi Festival. It just goes to show that you don't really need to spend so much or even have butt-loads of time in order to relax and unwind.

It is especially good for those who work from Monday to Friday to find time over the weekend to do something they love. After all, you have been working all week. It would be nice to get a little fresh air every now and then. ;) Escape the city, do something new!

I'm off to Camiguin tomorrow. I hope you are all having wonderful summer adventures, too!

What's your favorite weekend escape?


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Squeezing the Life Out Of Life


Happy April 1st! Did you celebrate April Fool's? I saw a lot of relationship status changes, fake news, and fake fights on my Facebook feed today. Honestly, I wasn't even sure if it was safe to believe anyone at that point - at least for this day. But it's been a fun day! And, I have to say, my favorite April Fool's treat is from Google, wherein they scattered 150 Pokemons around the world on the GoogleMaps app and have challenged users to "catch 'em all" to earn the title of "Pokemon Master". SO. MUCH. CHILDHOOD. FEELS. I'm actually still trying to complete my list. ;)

Going back to April, I can't believe how quickly the year is going by. I feel like I keep saying the same thing each time we begin a new month, but one can't help but feel like moments are coming and going too quickly. Experiences are happening too swiftly. But I think the important thing is to fully absorb each moment regardless of how quick or slow it comes by.

Traveling and meeting people from different parts of the globe has truly made me feel like I am not "squeezing the life out" of life enough. Does that make sense? We are given so many opportunities to maximize being alive, but we let fear and mundane get in the way of potentially extraordinary experiences.

After realizing this, I have been trying to make a more conscious effort to allow myself to experience moments by putting down my phone and enjoying the view, going offline and going out for a walk, and striking up a conversation with people who seem interesting.

Life isn't so bad when you allow yourself to detach from what's keeping you from the good. ;)

Vintage top | Butternut Fashion skirt | Pretty Little Blings rings | EZRA heels

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