Boljoon. Chasing Sunsets

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Cebu Club Fort Med Panorama shot.  Chasing sunset.
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Calm Sea
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My Crew
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Crazy Friends.
Summer will never be complete without the aid of your bestest friends.  Right after my Tagaytay Solo Trip I jumped in and prepared my stuff for our Boljoon Roadtrip.  It wasn’t my first time to visit Club Fort Med, last year me and my crew went on a roadtrip with a few set of new friends. But this summer, two cars went on an epic adventure.  Jhessa and I were the designated drivers, call time was a bit early so I only had a few hours of sleep but my excitement kept me pumping to drive south for 2-3 gruesome hours.
I’ve said this a lot of times before I am completely fascinated by the summer sunshine, the wonderful smell of the ocean breeze, and the tingling sensation when your feet touches the sand.  I think I was really born to be an Island Girl and I can live in an island forever.
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Water Gypsies.
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Goofing around with my loves.
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My favorite sisters.
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Summer Sunset
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Jenine and Moi
It was such a great experience, Cebu Club Fort offers the nicest facilities, too bad we only had trouble connecting with the outside world.  There’s such thing as limited mobile connection probably because it is situated in a secluded area where network signals might not able to reach. The place is good for team buildings so that no outside communication can disturb you, even for couples who want to have their complete relaxation and sexy time hahahaha!  Just a gentle reminder, we had a tiny problem with their customer service but all in all, I’d probably visit the place over and over again.
So, I’d let the pictures to the talking, it gives more justice to my crazy adventure in comparison to me blabbing about it, hahahahha!!! Enjoy, toddles!
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My mandatory Yoga Pose.
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Goodbye group shot.
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Top: Thrifted
Shorts: H&M
FlipFlops: Colon Finds
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Sunnies: H&M
Watch: Cotton On

Bantayan Island 2015

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While on the road.  
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The boyf and I.
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Paradise
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Boys and their Drone.
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Drone Shot
It’s been seven years since my last visit to Bantayan Island, I was even devastated when it was greatly affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda last 2013.  But I am glad that the island is starting to rise above the struggles they experienced during the recent tragedy.  My brothers friend Jordan visited him and the boyf is also in town for his monthly visit, so it was the perfect time for us to be bonding for our Summer Escapade.
We packed our bags and went on a road trip to Bantayan, it takes 3-4 hours going to Bogo and another hour via the ferry to arrive at the island. Jordan and Jul was pretty excited because it’s their first time to visit the island. I, on the other hand was quite thrilled to go back after 7 dreadful years.  I am always an island girl, I love frolicking under the sun, enjoying the sand and the loving the smell of the sea. I was never afraid to run under the heat of the sun of course in comparison before, I am now putting in mind the importance of putting sunscreen on my body.  I think the responsibility comes with age. We stayed at the beautiful Kota Beach Resort, we settled in right away and prepared to basked under the sun.
The experience will never be forgotten, aside from the fact that it was the first time for the boyf and I to visit Bantayan together, it was also a way to release the stress away, we both deserved this vacation.  I’m going to let the photos and video do the talking.
Enjoy Kisses.
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Only in the Philippines.
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Swimwear: Marquis
Shorts: Thrifted
FlipFlop: Folded & Hung
Sunnies: Sunnies Studios
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OnePiece: Victoria’s Secret
Shorts: Thrifted
FlipFlops: Havaianas
Sunnies: Sunnies Studios
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Couple Selfie, damn it was way too hot.
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Mandatory Groufie before leaving the Island.
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Always and forever an Island Girl.
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Sunrise in Bantayan Island.
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And yes, our Underwater Kiss. 

Body Shamers, f*ck off!

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Acceptance is all you need, to find fulfilment within yourself.

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Tomorrow, summer will be officially over in the Philippines but in some parts of the globe, they are all excited to soak under the sun and feel the sand on their feet. As part of my comeback, I have prepared a series of summer escapades I had with my family and friends and of course part of it is being happy and confident with my own body and skin. There’s been a wide spread concern about people who body shames another person, I myself is a victim.  Sometimes we get too affected by what we see on TV or on the media, we sometimes thought of changing our appearances just to please other people. We sometimes feel the urge to seek validation from other people, when in fact we can give it to ourself. We sometimes hate our imperfections and loathe ourselves for being too ugly, too fat, too dark, too white or too damn skinny.

So here I am, typing down my feelings for everyone who has been body shamed.  Please do not feel bad about yourself but feel sorry for those who are saying negative things about you. They do not know a single bit of how wonderful you are as a person. I have been body shamed by some but I don’t hate them, they are entitled to their own opinion, but remember that whatever they say towards you is a true reflection of how they really feel about themselves. There are times that by saying mean things to others gives them the validation and affirmation that they are normal and perfect, where in fact, they themselves do not know how to love their own body, skin and self. I have addressed this issue in my blog over and over again and I will continue to address it, if by all means I have to own up to pointing out all my flaws and imperfections, I’d be happy to do so.
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Be confident.  
Love yourself whole heartedly so that  you can love and see the beauty in others freely.
I’ve been utterly confident with my own self, not that I feel so damn gorgeous but with loving myself comes with inner strength and empowerment that works as a great defense against all body shamers out there.  I believe that confidence is what makes a person amiable and finally I have learn to love myself a long time ago.  I was never afraid to show my freckles, my flabby arms, my keloid scars, oh dear my cellulites, blemishes, my ultimate yahoo.com round face and every single flaw I can think of. I am proud of who I am and with that goes to everyone who has accepted me 100% through and through.
Always remember that no one is allowed to run around and tell other person what they should and shouldn’t do with their bodies, who the hell are they?  I’ve only got one question for you? Have you seen your self lately? If you are born with such perfect body, skin, face, intelligence, personality and without any inch of imperfection then why do you care so much of what others would look like? What’s with all the big fuss?  Try to focus on your own imperfection and accept who you really are, probably in the long run you will find the gratification you’ve probably been looking for.
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Snippets of my Summer Escapade and yes I have huge thighs, cellulites, flabby arms, keloid scars, call me whatever you like.  I simply don’t care because you are utterly disgusting for feeling so full of yourself.
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I have long accepted all my flaws and imperfections and I don’t give a damn about what others would say.  So to all body-shamers out there f*ck off, 
“The secret to how to live without resentment in a world in which I was different from everyone else was to be indifferent to that difference.” —Al Capp

My Solo Trip 2015 (Taal Volcano)

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Morning view 

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Self-timer works best with this kind of view.  Right after eating my breakfast.

 The last leg for my Solo Trip consists of me, waking up early in the morning since the call time was 6:30am.  I ate my breakfast, enjoyed my morning coffee and view plus took a couple of photos of the place.  Traveling to Taal Lake took about 20-30 minutes, I was then left with the boat man going to the island where the volcano was located.  The boat ride was around 15 minutes only, it was one of the few trips that I’ve really enjoyed, I love being alone inside the boat, looking at the scenery and again enjoying my ME time.  When I arrived at the shore of the island, I was then escorted towards the horses stalls. At first, I wanted to do a day hike, but my driver told me that the terrain was very tough and the weather was so hot.

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ME-time.

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The road going to the crater.

I am not really a fan of riding horses, I remembered the first time I rode one was in Cebu and I was scared as hell.  Good thing my horseback riding experience was pretty safe, it took more than 30 minutes to get to the peak of the volcano.  I went down halfway the horseback ride to experience a short trek, it was something I had to do for myself.
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Panorama shot of the crater.  Taal Volcano.
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Top: Thrifted
Kimono: Blink Clothing
Skirt: Forever21
Sneakers: Ezra from ZaloraPH
Hat: Felt Hat from Cotton On
Sunnies: Sunnies Studios
Bag: Gifted (LV)
Necklace: Dog Tag from Silverworks
Watch: Fossil
Upon arriving at the peak, my jaw just dropped from the bewitching view of the volcano.  Taal Volcano is known to be the smallest active volcano in the world.  It’s unique location being surrounded by a lake makes it a geological sight. And from my experience, I did not regret spending for this trip.  I was just there staring at the crater, enthralled by its beauty.  I stayed there for almost 30-40 minutes, even though the scorching heat of the sun was very uncomfortable but the residents were very accommodating. Of course, I even asked some of them to take some whole body shots for me, aside from abusing the monopod in taking unlimited selfies, I can say that I am ending my Tagaytay adventure with a blast.
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The view from the other side of the island.
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Almost at the edge of the crater.  It was scary.
I went back to my hotel just in time for checking out and decided to eat my lunch at Bag of Beans.  They are famous for their dessert and drinks.  I had to give it to them, even though their back ribs was not able to beat my love for my local favorite but their delectable desserts captured my love for sweets all over again.  Right now they are tied up with my number one favorite dessert shop, Calea in Bacolod.
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I just went to cheesecake heaven.
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While waiting for my food.
 I had to rush back to Manila because I have a 9pm flight back to Cebu, I also have to meet my sister since it was her birthday that day.  Do you remember when I said during the first day that Manila Traffic did not affect me, I had to take back what I said in my previous post, Manila traffic is crazy, I almost missed my flight, but I think my cab driver was very skillful in finding the correct lane so as not to be stucked forever in Traffic.  I arrived on time before the airlines closed the gates for boarding.
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Me and my lovely sister Anna.
Traveling alone really gives you the chance to discover new things on your own, it is the time to indulge yourself with so many possible things.  Sometimes the perils of traveling alone worries most of our friends and family especially when it involves how safe are we and it aches to face the loneliness when you experience that blissful moment where all you can think of is to spend this amazing experience with someone.  I myself was about to give in to the idea of calling the boyf and asking him to tag along with me, but I decided I have to this for myself.  The fun and excitement will always be treasured forever, the triumphs of each moment will always live in my heart.  It is always wonderful to give yourself the satisfaction of being independent and living for that moment. It does not only make you a better person, but it makes you see the world in a different perspective.
There you go, I hope you’ve enjoyed my Solo Trip as much as I have enjoyed it on my own.  Again, never be afraid to explore the world alone, sometimes we just need that kick in life to give us the fulfilment that we’ve always wanted for in our life.
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Solo Trip 2015 (Tagaytay)

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Fresh from my Manila-Tagaytay trip. All smiles and excited.

My second day for my solo trip was bound for Tagaytay.  I woke up early to pack and prepare my bags for a two hour road trip going to Tagaytay. Checked my itinerary, and used Grab Taxi to get a cab from my hotel going to Starmall which is just near my area.  When I arrived at Starmall it took me a couple of turns to get to the van station, I had to take my lunch at a nearby restaurant and waited for the van to arrive.  The bummer was, you need to wait for the van to get full before departing for Tagaytay.  I was patient enough for an hour but I was quite worried that I might miss the entire day just by waiting so I volunteered to pay for 6 persons all in all.  Good thing the driver told me that he will drop me off right at my hotel.  I arrived at my hotel around 2pm-ish just perfect for checking in.  I will blog about my beautiful hotel in another blog post because Casa Alegria deserves a special post for their astounding scenery and their great service.

After taking a quick shower I then unpacked, prepared my stuff for a quick tour around the city, I planned to visit a few places but due to lack of time I decided to visit the places which I think I will enjoy the most.

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Thank God for the person who invented self-timers. Hhahahaha! 

First stop was the Picnic Grove, my trusted driver was very kind enough to accompany me and assisted me while I roamed around the area.  I decided to try their zip line since it wasn’t as dangerous as compared to the zip lines in Cebu or even in Bukidnon, the only thrill was trying it on your own with nobody to cheer you up.  I was even brave enough to carry my phone with me as I zip away, I was a bit scared that I might drop my phone but what is there left to lose right?  After the zip line experience, I trekked and walked around, took a couple of photos and asks some passersby to take a photo of me.  Trust me, I think I deserve a Miss Congeniality award for being so nice to everyone, not that I am naturally nice, hahahahha!

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Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

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Denim Dress: Red Blue Jeans

Sneakers: Ezra from ZaloraPH

Bag: Gifted (LV)

Bangles: Forever21

Sunnies: Sunnies Studio

Watch: Fossil

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My second stop was at Starbucks Coffee Tagaytay, why stop at Starbucks when I can visit any Starbucks place in Cebu? But this coffee place is different, I intentionally came here for their spectacular view of the Taal Volcano.  Ordered two desserts and my favorite coffee, spent an hour just sipping my coffee and looking at the view.  It would have been nice if I was heartbroken or I was into some emotional bliss, because the place was just perfect for being so melodramatic.  But even though I wasn’t feeling the dramatic vibe, I was very happy just by enjoying every single minute alone.  I considered it as my ME-time.
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Starbucks Tagaytay
After remotelessly staring at the Taal Volcano, I waited for the sun to set and travelled to my next destination, took a tricycle going to their jeepney station and boarded a jeepney going to Skyranch.  It would have been nice to visit the ranch early in the morning to see the top view of the entire city while riding the Sky Eye, but amazingly the city lights were as beautiful as seeing the entire city during daytime.  I wasn’t even prepared for the cold breeze because my dad said that it’s not as cold as  Baguio, so I never thought of packing a jacket.  Sadly at the time of my visit, the breeze was so cold that I was almost freezing to death.  Took a couple of photos of the area and decided to have my dinner at Leslie’s.  Leslie’s is know for their sumptuous food and yes they did not disappoint, they have literally big servings, so for a solo traveler like me, it is not highly recommended to eat at Leslie’s ALONE,  I wasn’t  even able to finish my Sinigang.  I was about to explode after my dinner.
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I arrived home safely and I settled all my stuff for an early trip at the Taal Volcano, the next day.  Going to Taal was not part of my itinerary but the hell, it’s a one in a lifetime experience, I swear I don’t know when can I visit Tagaytay again so while I still don’t have any important thing on my plate the next day, might as well try a day hike at the famous Volcano.
As always, I did my nightly beauty regime and went to lalala land. My fun, crazy and one of a kind trip to Taal will be posted next, for now enjoy my Tagaytay photos.  Kisses!!!
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P.S.
Tricycle fare are as reasonable as 8 pesos.
But if you have a special route,  you can bargain, I paid 200pesos including tip from my hotel, going to the Picnic Grove then Starbucks Tagaytay.
After my Skyranch adventure there were no longer jeepneys available so I decided to bargain for a tricyle to drop me off at my hotel since there are no taxi cab available in the city.  I paid roughly 150pesos which includes tip.