Brave The Waves

Sep 23

Stopping Time at Baler

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One of the many reasons why I loved growing up in the province was the drawn out, lazy sunrise that would rouse you each morning. Your body would just naturally wake up at the crack of dawn, responding to a silent alarm. As though it just knew how a disservice it would be to miss seeing the sky change colors. 

In Baler, the days lasted longer, so any surf trip there was reminiscent of my childhood back in my hometown Cebu. My friends and I milked everything we could during the last weekend we had there. Nobody looked at their watches because…you didn’t have to, really.

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Happy Hour had no limit, started at lunch, and stretched well into the evening. The cheaper the drinks were, the better. Tira!

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And despite the countless rounds of crazy drinking games we’d have the night before…we’d always, always wake up early for this.

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Gotta love Brei and Chinky, the mermaids who made our past two surf trips happen. Thank you, guapas! Chula!

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Brave the waves,

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Sep 18

Hearts Skip A Beat for The xx in Manila

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You could always rely on The xx’ songs to set the mood in a gathering, jolt some feels into your road trip, or make time pass by faster as you’re crunching hours at work. When they hit Manila back in July, I was lucky to catch them live, and co-write another music review with Carlo. (The first one being on Stars.)

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A short excerpt:

For all the words that couldn’t be said, The xx came through for the crowd who waited with bated breath for their performance last July 30 at the NBC Tent. Songs about yearning, loss, and the space between one’s hands rose and fell with the audience’s electric pulse that night. Oscillating from precisely fast-paced to solemn notes, the band gave a moving show, and no one was spared.
 
Everybody—you witnessed that even those who did their best to steel themselves—surrendered; their raised palms were a testament to this.
Continue reading here.

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Two of my favorite people, May and Berts.

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There’s an influx of international acts that I love who are coming in our country, and I really hope that we’ll be able to snag another one before the year ends. (Phoenix, please!)

Brave the waves,

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Sep 04

From Coast to Coast

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The Philippines has some of the most stunning coast lines in the world, with the fringes of its islands laced in white. I love driving by coastal roads, and seeking out quiet coves, where you feel the thrill of seeing the shore just go on and on. A place like this deserves to have you explore the fine stretch ahead of you languidly. To forget words for a moment, and allow your thoughts to run free.

I went on another visit to Baler with my friends to surf, but because the waves were flat, we decided to check out Dicasalarin. We whiled away the rest of the day there, had a boodle fight lunch (which was all kinds of awesome), and went on a short hike.

All Sundays should be like this.

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Brave the waves,

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