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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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Transitioning to Summer


One of the exciting things about transitioning into a new season is having the chance to revamp your wardrobe. This means switching out the colors, textures, and silhouettes of the pieces that are currently on the top of your clothes pile. Just last weekend, I already saw a lot of fashionistas donning colorful and brightly printed pieces at the Manila Sundance Bazaar.

I've been really chill lately when it comes to my fashion choices because I'm going after comfort more than anything else. With this heat, it's impossible not to want to wear clothes that let you move freely and comfortably regardless of what you're wearing.

The silver lining is that summer means shorter hemlines, which means you get to show off your fancy footwear! ;) Naturally, my summer footwear of choice are sandals. It's good to invest in nice shoes this season because they can be the highlight of your look when you've put together the most casual outfit possible. I recently found out that I don't actually own enough flat sandals so I managed to find a few at Payless during one spontaneous shopping trip, which includes the one I'm wearing today.

Ah, I swear, no other summer has hit me this hard! I'm really turning into a mermaid now from all the water adventures and island life-living. LOL. I'm still on a Cagbalete Island hangover, so I'm excited for this weekend's festivities - the Tattoo x Status Sunset Party. WHAT TO WEAR?! Haha.

See you later? :)

Renouveau MNL top | ISHTA Clothing belt | The Ramp shorts | Payless sandals | Aldo bag

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