16 Sep

15. Learn how to surf, check!

I got to do something for my bucket list again! This was unplanned because I didn’t know that I could surf in Boracay. What I originally had in mind was to cross off “become a mermaid” from my bucket list by getting mermaid lessons. Mehe.

I read Soul Surfer back in high school. You know the true story about this amazing female surfer whose arm got bitten off by a shark? Well, there are no sharks in Boracay and the water was not too deep so I gathered all my confidence to try surfing and cross it off my bucket list once and for all. 

I’ve always admired surfers that I see on TV and I secretly wanted to have the skills that they have. Given that I have weak balancing skills (on land) I surprisingly did pretty good on water. Our instructor said that it’s easier to surf when you’re lightweight. I’ve always felt that my weight was a major flaw and I never thought that I could use it as an advantage for anything. Ha! Points for me!

Surfing lessons in Boracay cost about P700/hour. You can share the board with a friend and take turns to save money. The waves aren’t too harsh and the water isn’t deep compared to Siargao, the surfing capital of the Philippines. Note that this observation is solely based on photos from the internet. Hehe. I think Boracay is a good surfing spot for beginners like me. If you’re already a pro, you can also rent a surf board for P500/hour. The rates are negotiable so make sure you bring your haggling skills with you!

I have to admit, learning how to surf was exhausting and my shoulders were really sore the following day. But I had so much fun and I would have done it again if it weren’t for the typhoon. Oh well, next time!

  

xo


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15 Sep

White Beach

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Hello! I’ve been so excited to share these photos with you guys. Last week, I traveled to the beautiful island of Boracay for the first time. Yes, it was my first time and yes, I know you probably think I’m such a loser. For your information, I was deprived of travelling back in my teen years so forgive me if I sound like a loser right now. Hahaha. Anyway, I shall leave you with these photos while I get ready to doze off.

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Please excuse my weird skinny arms and derp face.

These photos were taken somewhere in Station 1 where the sand is at its finest. If I lived in the island, I would probably go barefoot all the time.

There’s something about the sun, sand, and sea that makes me feel so good. Being near the water never fails to cheer me up and forget about everything. Maybe I was a mermaid in my past life… or a crab… or a turtle. I’ll be posting 2 more parts (i think) of my travel diary soon. Ciao for now. Good night!

  

xo


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31 Aug

Weekend Photo Diary

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Aaaaand I’m back! After half a month, I am finally able to write about something up here. I’ve been busy with work (which I love, by the way) lately but thankfully, I was able to go on a short vacation this weekend.

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Looks familiar? Yes, I’ve been here before but I didn’t mention the name of the place. To give you a clue, it’s somewhere in northern Cebu. That’s all you’re gonna get from me. ;)

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If other people draw energy from large crowds and loud music, I get mine from quiet places and intimate conversations. These things help keep me sane. What I love about this place, apart from the free drinks and pizza, is how peaceful it is. I think everybody needs some peace and quiet in their lives - to think, to reflect, and to re-evaluate themselves. If you feel that life is starting to take its toll on you, I advise you to go somewhere quiet instead of submerging yourself into a sea of people. Give yourself some space and you might find the right answers.

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How did you spend your weekend?

  

xo


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16 Aug

Tea O’clock

Today, we had a spontaneous trip to this cute little place called Tea O’Clock. We were around the area so we decided to drop by. I love going to places like this during the morning (when it’s empty) because it’s peaceful and I don’t have to listen to other people’s chatters. #introvertproblems

It’s a really cozy place and the interior is verrryyy cute. I had to take pictures of, well, everything! With regards to the food and drinks, I must say, they have the best Wintermelon Milktea in town. The Mac n Cheese was okay but it was a bit sweet. Their drinks are priced at only P65-P75. Very affordable, right? :)

You can find their drink menu here.

Tea O’Clock Bubble Tea House is located at Vailoces Compund, Damascus Road, Nasipit Talamban, Cebu City.

They’re open from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm on Mondays to Saturdays and from 1:00 to 9:00 pm on Sundays.

  

xo


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13 Aug

Light

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Hello! Here’s my V-neck Project outfit #2.

I kept it light in terms of color and weight since the weather here in Cebu has been really warm lately. It feels like summer again, minus the fun and excitement.

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To make this super plain outfit more me, I topped it off with a cute floral cap. I’m so happy that I finally got the cap that I liked at such an affordable price! Woohoo!

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Creme sneakers and Charlie v-neck shirt from Zalora Philippines

Use the code ZBAPZZL upon checkout when you shop at www.zalora.com.ph to get 15% off!

  

xo


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09 Aug

Avoid The Void

Do you ever feel like you’re trapped in a void without any way of escaping?

Have you ever felt like being sucked into a vortex as your breath escapes your lungs with every second?

That’s how I see and feel about “destiny”.

The idea of your life being pre-written is absurd. I don’t know what your thoughts about this are, but to me it is quite the most absurd thing that some people choose to believe in.

At some point in my mundane life, I might have believed in destiny.

Haven’t we all?

But as I’ve grown older, I have chosen to believe that wewrite our own destinyWe choose our own fate.

I don’t think that we were put into this performance stage called “life” in order to play a single role.

For me, we choose our own roles. We may have had our roles assigned to us ahead, but I strongly believe that we can change it to however we want.

Your life is a book in writing process, and so is mine. There may be some things that we can’t stop from happening - like death - but apart from that, I believe that our lives are up to us.

The thought of a pre-written destiny makes me sick. As I’ve said, it is like being sucked into a void with no way out.

Some people say that they want to experience freedom, yet they believe in destiny.

How can we claim the most sought-after thing called “freedom” if this so-called “destiny” has already claimed us?

Has the thought ever crossed your mind?

If you have any thoughts on this and if you beg to disagree, please enlighten me.

To me, the bottom line is: don’t let anyone or anything stop you from doing what your heart and mind wants you to do now – even if it’s destiny. Fight it. Fight for what you want. Life does not just happen, YOU make it happen.

If someone tells you what your future will look like and you don’t like it, then don’t make it happen.

Choose your own path. Write your own destiny.

I will choose my own path. I will write my own destiny.

  

xo


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03 Aug

The V-Neck Project

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"The V-neck Project" was originally my boyfriend’s idea. He’s collecting V-neck shirts and I was kinda jealous so I decided to join in. Lol! My version is quite different though. Instead of only collecting V-neck shirts, my V-neck Project will also include styling it in different ways here in my blog! 

V-neck Project Style #1: Casual & Laid Back

Cebu is a very laid back city and the t-shirt + shorts + flats combo is the most common go-to outfit for girls on casual days. It’s comfortable and definitely the easiest outfit to pull off.

Matching shirts!

Zalora t-shirt & sandals, Wagw shorts (On him: Bench V-neck shirt) 

  Use the code ZBAPzzL to get 15% OFF on your first purchase at www.zalora.com.ph!

  

By the way, there’s a new Korean Cafe in Cebu… again! It’s called Cafe Talk and it’s located at Gaisano Country Mall, Banilad. 

The photo above was taken in the said cafe (obviously lol). 

Go check it out if you’re in the area! ;)

  

xo


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13 Jul

Travel Bucket Wish List

We all have a “list”. Whether it is written or embedded in the mind, I’m pretty sure everybody has one. I have several - food to eat and restaurants to go to, long term goals, things to do before I die (bucketlist), and this one you’re reading right now. My travel bucket wish list!

I recently came across Airbnb, a website that lets you book private spaces, villas, apartments, and even castles, for less! I have a few credits that I would definitely use for future travel. I might choose a local destination to use it for, but for now, let this girl dream!

Presenting, my Travel Bucket Wish List:

Maldives

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I love the comfort and good vibes that being in the beach gives me. Maldives tops my list of “the most wonderful beaches I wish I had the money to go to”. Why? I say, why not? The Maldives has pristine white sand beaches and exemplary marine life. Don’t even get me started on the breath-taking view! It’s definitely the perfect venue for some (luxurious) rest and relaxation.

Macau

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Most tourists go to Macau to gamble. It’s one of the top gambling destinations in the world. I, on the other hand, have no interest in gambling. I just want to go to The Venetian and go on a Gondola ride.

Spain

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Spain is a dream that shall never die. Even if I lost the chance to go to Spain for free once, I’m still not giving up!

Amsterdam

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By now you may have noticed that I have a thing for beautiful places with bodies of water, including canals. I don’t know why but I feel that they would satisfy my old soul. Okay, let me be honest. The Fault In Our Stars is also one of the reasons why I want to go to Amsterdam. *winks* I want to visit the world-class museums, including the Anne Frank House!

Paris

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Food, wine, fashion, and the Eiffel Tower. I’m in love with French pastries and wine. I couldn’t imagine the foodgasm I would have to experience when I get to taste the authentic ones. My mouth is starting to water even with just talking about it. God. I also happen to be very fascinated with the Eiffel Tower. I mean, who doesn’t?

London

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Way back in high school, London was my obsession. Hours of watching Mr. Bean probably creeped up to me then. From the red telephone booths, huge buses, black cabs, the stiff Queen’s guards, the Big Ben, the London Bridge, to the London Eye - everything fascinated me.

Italy

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As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, I prefer archaic cities (and countries) than the modernized ones. I would love to bask in the history of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Verona.

Greece

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So, I was writing an article (freelance work, don’t ask) a few days ago and I came across some facts about Greece. Did you know that Greece was found to be the horniest country in the world? HAHAHA. FYI, that’s not the reason why I want to go there. Just by looking at the photo above, it already takes my breath away. I wonder what would happen to me if I get to step on Greek soil. I would probably hyperventilate or something. You can find other reason to love Greece here.

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xo


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12 Jul

Coco Made Me Do It

Made me do what? I don’t know! Anyway, hi! *waves hand at your face*

How are you? :)

Oversized tees are so comfortable! I first had second thoughts about it since I’m so small and it would probably make me look like a clothes hanger but I got it anyway because… uhm, Coco made me do it? *cricket sounds*

As I’m getting older (nooooo!), I get lazier with dressing up. I’m now forever choosing comfort over fashion. A lot of things have also changed, even the little things that I complain about. Instead of complaining about pimples, I’m now complaining about how expensive gas is. Instead of complaining about how I can’t buy the things that I want, I am now much more concerned about how I can help out with house bills and all. As much as I would like to stay young and irresponsible, I can’t help the fact that as I’m getting older, my responsibilities are also getting bigger. Do I sound stressed? Lol

WAGW oversized teeRomwe sling bag

P.S.

Please help me win this #BAZOOKAROCKS3 contest by simply clicking this link: http://c.heyo.com/11hbmzk 

Pretty please? Just click it and you can exit the tab right away. Many thanks if you did! :)

  

xo


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01 Jul

Net-A-Porter X Sugar For Spike giveaway

What’s your daily make-up routine? I’ve been so lazy with doing my make-up for these past few months that my routine has been toned down to BB cream + eyebrows + lip balm. For all the makeup-loving ladies out there, here’s a giveaway that you’ll be excited about!

Get a chance to be one of the five winners of Urban Decay vouchers worth $100! Now that’s a good haul! Click the photo below to sign up:

Another good news for you is that Sugar For Spike is pleased to announce the release of its debut collection editorial lookbook.

The inspiration behind the lookbook comes from two friends, looking for an escape from the perfectionism and commercialism of their city, where they stumble into a “secret” underground hangout to have a little carefree fun. 

Dancing and twirling throughout the night, and forgetting whom they are and what the world deems as appropriate behaviour, they end up discovering that the liberation from the night out will be one of the memories they will treasure about their youth. 

The collection is slated to release at select retailers and online at sugarforspike.com on 7th August 2014. The line is also available for pre-order now, with free international shipping. Closing date for pre-orders is 10th July 2014.


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