Mermaid Wish List Mondays
To channel my eternal sunshine state of mind into something that would help make my Mondays brighter, I put together the Mermaid Wish List. These are the current items or experiences that I’m pining for, and hopefully make fellow island girls stoked too.
And by placing them here, I hope that I’ll be motivated to hustle even more to tick all of these off of the list. The optimist in me believes that it can happen someday. Group hug?
1. No two shores are ever the same, and artist Gray Malin brilliantly captures this. Daydreaming of the day when I’ll be able to have a print of his.
2. Yup, if there was a bikini bottom that had my name on it, Mprint would be it. The tan line that it leaves behind is such a cutesicle too.
3. Sleekly designed (must be that Swedish touch), and it comes in my favorite color. These Urbanears Plattan Headphones are perf for lounging by the beach, working out, or hitting the road.
4. Newsflash to myself because I know nothing: the water is frigid here in California. I tried taking a dip at the beach for the first time last week, and it was freezing. I’m still saving up for a much needed wet suit, but if I didn’t have to sell my kidneys for this Cynthia Rowley one, I’ll take it!
5. Remember Chip? She organized an event where wellness, soulful food, the beach, and good music come together at Hale Manna. If I were back in Cebu, I would have loved to go to the Ubuntu Festival next month. Please check it out, and support the event—it seriously looks awesome.
I’d love to know—how about you, what are you looking forward to so far?
Brave the waves,
A Backpacker’s Photo Diary: Siquijor
On the ferry that took us to Siquijor from Dumaguete, my friends and I talked about how this trip felt like it had already happened before. Our plans had brewed over the course of three months that by the time we reached that dock, it was as though we were now retracing steps that had been carefully distilled, and previously taken. Have you ever daydreamed about a new destination so much that when you do get there, you feel like you’ve become a returning visitor?
Our group then stayed in a hut where we had everything all to ourselves—secluded cove, white sanded shores, and slow, quiet sunrises. I was so stoked to have a chef with us; our friend Kimong made the fluffiest scrambled eggs I’ve ever had. That particular breakfast would always be seared in my mind. My friends and I didn’t say much, took our time with drinking our coffee, and had the shared feeling of being in a good place.
For such an unhurried weekend though, I remember dancing a lot. I did a little jig every time I tasted fantastic food, when I cheered for my friends as they leapt from the ledge and into the turquoise waters, when we all gathered around a bonfire at night, and everyone raised their drinks to the stars…
…and when we arrived at Cambugahay Falls after taking a quick trek into the woods.
The Philippines has 7,107 islands, and offers so many options from which you can choose. But as we left the place, it was comforting to know that Siquijor stood out from the rest; it would always be there beckoning for me to come back, patiently waiting for an old friend.
Brave the waves,
Down The Rabbit Hole: Pinto Art Museum
I’m one of the most hopeless people you’ll ever take to a museum or art gallery. I’m more of a bouncy explorer/playmate as compared to a brooding, legit intelligentsia—unabashedly oooohing and aaaahing over cool pieces, getting too comfy with the free wine, and going all hammy with some badass installations. Exhibit A: the photo above. Hi.
It’s a good thing my close friends are just as crazy as I am…and to think two of them here are artists!
Seleena, Sannds, Gigi, Jpaul, and I took this trip to the Pinto Art Museum two Decembers ago (I know, trying to catch up with my backlogs, help). It was my first time there, and the whole complex was an endless play area to me. Each nook and cranny held a surprise, the layout and architecture of the buildings were unique, and one afternoon spent there felt like it wasn’t enough.
Pinto Art Museum would definitely rank as one of my top must-see attractions in Manila. If you decide to go—please take me with you. I might not be able to explain the meaning behind a brush stroke, or identify what art movement influenced a particular work…but at least we’ll have fun together?
- 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Subdivision, 1870 Antipolo, Rizal
- Open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 AM-6 PM
- +632 697 1015
Brave the waves,