Brave The Waves

Sep 30

Mermaid Wish List Mondays

Hope you have a great start to your week!

1. Carlo and I have been talking about our dream place for years. While he has always wanted to have a tricked out entertainment room, I’ve been pining for an area that would inspire me to travel. I’d love to have this Watercolor World Map on one of our walls someday.image

2. While I’m pretty feminine when it comes to my outfit choices (you’ll hardly find me in a pair of pants…#hubadera), I crush hard on menswear pieces, and masculine accessories and bags. This Holkham Leather Weekender by The British Belt Company is such a stud, don’t you think so?

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3. When one of my good friends Cha saw this on Instagram, she immediately tagged me. Super kilig that she thought of me, and yes, all the pieces from Chloe Spring RTW slayed me!

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4. Polaroid Cube. Because adorable!

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5. I’ve been meaning to buy a piece from Sune, a local line in the Philippines, whose minimalist approach really struck a cord with me. Unfortunately, I was too caught up with my move to LA that I wasn’t able to do it before I left. This Erin Cutout Maxidress still haunts me in a good way—you can wear it with your bikini to the beach, layer it with a lace bralette, or take it out solo on a fun night. It’s difficult to find well made essentials in Manila that are far from basic, and have long shelf lives, so this brand is a godsend. I’m stoked to see what else Sune has in store for us in the future.

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Brave the waves,

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A Backpacker’s Photo Diary: Yosemite National Park

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Because we spent our first day at the cabin by going around the property and using its amenities, we were extra amped to go hiking when we drove to Yosemite National Park the next day. Everybody who had been to the park before had advised our group that an entire day wasn’t enough to see all of Yosemite, so we chose to pour our efforts on one route: the Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall Trail. Reaching an elevation of more than 5,000 feet, the hike was classified as strenuous, and took us around 7 hours total to complete (inclusive of the stops for photos, and snacks).

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The direction was mostly upward, some sections were so steep that my knees buckled, and there were times when I felt like my lungs were about to burst…but we were surrounded by such striking landscapes that it was all rewarding. I loved the team spirit that everyone displayed too. Some of our friends were fitness machines (hi, guys), but they adjusted to our pace. We all fell into a buddy system, and if somebody needed help, each one was quick to lend a hand. And man, all of these panoramic views became more breathtaking because I shared the experience of seeing it with friends.

I was so used to the Philippines’ tropical scenery that when I faced the vastness that Yosemite had—the mountain range, the cliffs, and dinosaur sized boulders, I felt like I was in another world. 

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My handmade, all around backpack crafted by Bags by Rubbertree

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After having my heart race for what felt like a bazillion hours, we then jumped into the freezing creek in Happy Isles, and dialled down the tempo. I was still dripping as we headed back to our cabin, but the thought of having another homemade dinner, round of drinks, and the gathering around the fire pit warmed me up throughout the ride.

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Yosemite National Park

Brave the waves,

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Sep 27

Fourth of July Weekender

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There wasn’t any more fitting way of getting to know ‘Murica than the Fourth of July weekender that my friends here in California planned. It was my first time to meet most of them, and I was grateful that they welcomed me to the pack, especially since it had just been two weeks since I’d arrived in the US. They put together a getaway to the Yosemite National Park area, rented a cabin for 12 people for three days, and really took care of everything. 

You guys, it was wild. Our cabin was just a 30-minute drive from the park, and it turned out better than what we expected. So when we got there, we opted to enjoy all the facilities on site first, and reserved the Yosemite hike for the next day.

In just a couple of hours, we were able to: do a barbecue for late lunch, hike up the hills and take in the sprawling view, take a dip in the swimming hole, grill and hang out at the fire pit for dinner, and had the best time under the stars, with some of the guys making music.

One of the things that I was worried about when I moved to LA to study for a year? The risk of getting lonely, and not having any friends. This experience comforted me, and I felt so thankful to meet these great people. It was kind of ironic—we were celebrating the US’ Independence Day, and yet they all gave me a much needed feeling of being home in the Philippines.

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Brave the waves,

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Some photos were taken by my friends Peter and Paolo