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,
Stopping Time at Baler
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.
Happy Hour had no limit, started at lunch, and stretched well into the evening. The cheaper the drinks were, the better. Tira!
And despite the countless rounds of crazy drinking games we’d have the night before…we’d always, always wake up early for this.
Gotta love Brei and Chinky, the mermaids who made our past two surf trips happen. Thank you, guapas! Chula!
Brave the waves,
From Coast to Coast
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.
Brave the waves,