The Quaint Town of Daet  Tuesday, May 16, 2017

For few days I was a third wheel to my brother and his best friend. I'm a third wheel / picture taker for hire by the way. When I had this styling project in Cafe Plazuela of Avenue Plaza Hotel and my Styling Workshop at Cafe 91, both in Naga City, these two volunteered to be my PAs. They helped me with all my runarounds that include carrying my stuff and setting them up, dealing with all my crazy ideas of doing this and that and coming with me to this spontaneous beach trip in Daet.

Bagasbas Beach is one of my favorite beaches. I have quite a lot of favorite beaches huh. It's near the city yet so quiet and non commercialized compared to La Union. But don't get me wrong, I so love LU and all its commercial establishments. Bagasbas offers a different vibe - laid back, serene and charming. And to me that makes it special.

We agreed to extend another day to go surfing the next morning, so we stayed in this transient along Bagasbas Road that cost us 1000 pesos only for an air-conditioned room good for us 3. It was a room ideal for backpackers. I forgot the name of the place, but it's the one beside Kick Milk Tea & Coffee.

Kick Milk Tea & Coffee is the newest establishment along Bagasbas Road. They offer not just milk tea, but also savory sandwiches, belgian waffle and coffee. The price is also affordable. Their milk tea isn't bad at all, I actually liked it, to be honest, but what I noticed more is the packaging. It's cute and very refreshing to the mind.

We were having our merienda when we realized that it was already sunset. For a few brief moments, the sky is in a deep hue of violet and pink. Watching the sun setting across the world is just as awe-inspiring experience. The light illuminates the entire beach in a gorgeous spectrum of warm hues. It was beautiful.

The following morning, I had to wake up the boys to catch the sunrise. I mentioned this a lot of times but I'm actually a sunrise person and it's mandatory to always get up early especially whenever I am on the beach.

We went walking on the beach while watching the sunrise. Before the sun dominates the horizon, there were grey skies that started to host the light splashes of color. The streaks of pink, orange and yellow paint the sky so beautiful.

Walking through the long brown stretch of Bagasbas Beach, you come to appreciate the quality of beauty, gracefulness and deep yet happy feeling within. It feels  so good to breathe in and out deeply the morning fresh air. 

At the far end of Bagasbas Road was the old airport runway where some paragliding pilots offers paragliding and paramotoring around Bagasbas Beach. The girl they were with told me that it cost 3000 pesos to experience it. We decided to just stay on the side and watch the experts do their stunts. I can totally imagine how amazing it would be flying in the air so I promised myself to try it next time.

The two boys I was with were excited to go surfing so we went back to the beach. From a far, I watched them catch their waves. It wasn't easy that day, series of waves were coming in every split of the second. I can tell they were having so much fun though. I was satisfied sitting and taking picture on the beach for hours. I was content simply being stoked on their stoke.

I mentioned in an instagram post how much I encourage my brother to try surfing. Nowadays, teenagers are very reckless. I don't say it's a bad thing, I was reckless in my younger years too. One of my reasons why I wanted him to try it is because surfing personally taught me one lesson in life that sometimes I ignore, the value of being focus and being patient. To be out on the water, waiting for waves in the middle of the sea, creates a sense of focus and patience. Out in the ocean, your only focus is the moment.

Back to School Outreach Project Goes to San Jose, Romblon  Thursday, June 23, 2016

It's been a month since we sailed the sea on a gloomy weather with our boxes of school supplies to get to this small island in Romblon, for us to be able to reach the local children in the community. It was my third outreach project with the organization and like the usual, I felt so blessed being part of it. The event fell on the day before my birthday, so it was celebrated with these wonderful children, and kind-hearted volunteers. I always believe even as a child that my higher purpose in life is to change the world. I would actively try to do so by spending my own time active in causes and charities. We do not have a lot but my father always reminds us the virtue of giving, being grateful and living for others. As a child, he would let us volunteer and participate when the brotherhood he was part of organizes activities like this. And in college this purpose was fueled more when I studied in a Jesuit institution that encourage us to be a man and woman for others.

Carabao Island is the southernmost island of the province and is where we stayed overnight. This side of the island is the uncrowded part and non-commercialized. And because there were no resorts, we rented a house that accommodates us, a house good for 30 people.  However because in the evening there were no source of electricity, most of us decided to pitch our tent and sleep under the stars instead.

Palm-fringed beach, tropical blue waters, natural debris everywhere like dry leaves and the silence of nature, it is exactly what a real virgin paradise for me. I know my photos are not giving any justice! But coming to this tropical island felt like we made it to the movie, Castaway.

The white pristine sand of Carabao Island is comparable to the white sand of Boracay. I can tell because the next day, on my birthday we hopped in a boat and went there as well as part of the itinerary. Carabao Island is just an hour away from Boracay which is going to be on a different post.

I know I have a very long way to go with my passion and idealism, and a truckload of dreams to chase after, but the things I have been learning about life and about humanity are so much valuable than anything else I see in the world. For the meantime, let these photographs and film be a tool to communicate what words cannot, let it brings you inside the most tender moments of these people's lives.

Beach Glamping at Crystal Beach  Thursday, June 9, 2016

I don’t think that you can ever go wrong with an easy glamping experience especially after conventional beach camping for days on a secluded island. Mel and I headed to Crystal beach, situated in the neighboring town, San Narciso after our island days in San Antonio. We found ourselves on a bus routed to the next town crossing our fingers for waves that would be perfect for surfing. We arrived noontime and unfortunately, there were no waves! So we are left with no choice but enjoy the facility of the resort.

What's inside our glamping tent. 

Glamping tent is good for 3 that comes with buffet breakfast.
Surf season is over.

I spent majority of my time inside our glamping tent, having a rest, reading and listening to music while Mel explores the entire resort. He would come back to me and shares something that might interest us. In the afternoon we waited for the sunset while sitting on a log in front of the beach. They were few people in the resort, doing the same thing. For some reason, sunset in a beach is magical. There were acoustic performance in the evening that we enjoyed watching while having our dinner.

Beautiful sunset ending a tropical day.
Here comes the sun.

The following morning, we waited for the sunrise in a hammock, took a short dip in the water and I stayed in one of the beach chairs under an umbrella while watching my boyfriend enjoys the small waves playing in his legs. I found a bottle of bubble solutions in the sand and enjoyed playing it like a child. It was a trip to remember. Did I mention that this whole Zambales trip was a trip we planned with our friends, but turned us down the last minute? Nonetheless, it went unexpectedly well.

Yes, there are unplanned things that happened like coming to this surf town with no waves to surf, but with the incidents that came up suddenly, that happened accidentally, like the little joy and moments we shared when we found a bottle of bubble solution and a bubble maker. It was worth it! 


Island Days in Talisayin Cove and Capones  Monday, May 30, 2016

Armed with our tent, a camera and our backpacks, Mel and I went to this underrated island in Zambales called Talisayin. Zambales is our go-to destination when we need a slow days from the hassle life in the metro. Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones were the islands we are able to explore way way back.  This time, in the laid back cove, Talisayin.

We were not able to book ahead of time the bus trip going to San Antonio so we waited more likely 3 hours as chance passengers. We arrived the town passed 4 already and sailed the sea for 45 minutes to get to Talisayin. Our tent was set up before the sun down.

RV Panambo

We woke up to a magical pastel morning, did some photo shoots, ate our easy breakfast - sandwich, bacon and boiled banana we prepared from Manila and explored the island after. We went to this viewing deck located at the left side of the cove and we were amazed how beautiful the entire place from afar.

RV Panambo
We find the most inspiration when we are exploring places like this, whenever we're with nature. 

We trekked the way up to the viewing deck. It was so breathtaking being up there. We're able to see the entire island with the calming silence of nature away from the rest of the world. And what's great about Talisayin is it's unpopular to the tourist, so lesser people. It's an entirely a different experience from the other islands in Zambales.

We left the Talisayin Cove around 7 in the morning and went to the beach side of Capones island. We submerged ourselves into seawater. I always feel refreshed by the sea, even if I only hop in for few hours, then listen to the nature for the rest of the day. There is something so incredibly enchanting about it, maybe the a magical shade of blue that we don’t usually see in everyday life. I can absolutely trade mainland for a simpler way of life like this.

First of Summer at Real Surf PH  Saturday, March 19, 2016

On the weekends of music festivals like Malasimbo and Wanderland, I took a trip with a couple of friends to an artist beach resort called Real Surf PH in Quezon hoping to beat the heat and the festival crowd. As soon as we step foot into the small town of Real, we’re surrounded with sand, water, waves, nature, beach resorts, surfers, and everything else associated with the beach.

Real Surf PH located in Brgy. Malapad, Real, Quezon is the new and the nearest surfing spot to Manila for surfers, beach bums and adventurers like us. The quirky resort is a budget-friendly yet comfortable escape from the metropolis with beachfront cabanas and tent areas. It is one of the most well maintained places I have been too. Staff are all nice and friendly and is willing to help, really take good care of their guests! Local children are charming as well, they would introduce their selves and ask for our names then would start a conversation. Everything about the trip was delightful to the heart.

Everyone's favorite spot because of its colorful and cozy feels.
The first thing i noticed in this place is the close attention to details.
A beach squad photo.
Apparently, this place could be a set of any Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie anytime soon.
RV Panambo

I spent the quiet hours just noticing the little things; the birds overhead, the sound the waves make as they crash, the feeling of sand in my toes, and the beautiful rose quartz sunset.

Nothing more like waking up from an afternoon nap to this.

The following day felt like full-on summer. We went to another resort called Magra to rent surf boards and go on surfing, we explored a nearby waterfalls and did a lot of walking around town.

I can’t imagine anything more perfect than spending the first of summer frolicking in the surf and sand, cooking over a bonfire, getting drunk, and falling asleep under the stars to the sound of gently crashing waves with different friends from the different walks of life.

More of GIF moment at Real Surf.

So here, taking my fondness to capture moments to the next level. Summer is officially in full swing, right?

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