Sisterhood of the Traveling Bikinis

College, what do I remember? Hmm… of course, syringe, IV transfusions, some bone parts and a lil’ bit of anatomy. But mostly, I remember singing songs on the hallway, not sleeping until we finish endless reports, partying until dawn after the finals and having a great time with these promising nurses of the future.

What does a weekend of four ladies, all energy driven and passion seekers hold? Read along!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (1) First time to travel by boat going to Nagsasa Cove during nighttime. Though I am a good swimmer, I was kinda afraid at first since we are braving an open sea. But when the boat ride started, I knew it would be a safe one. The water was calm and inviting, thousands of stars twinkle in the sky and it was a great sight.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (2) After an hour and a half (travel time depends on how calm the sea is) we finally hit the shores. Since it was dark, I wasn’t able to appreciate the place as a whole, all I know was that I felt at home. The sands on my feet felt perfect. As you can see, we pitched our one and only tent, arranged our groceries and played cards before going to sleep.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (3) Morning came, another miracle given by God! This was the morning I thanked Him not only for the life He has given us but also for his wonderful creations. Waking up to this scenery was fantastic and oh so ‘mood motivator’. I will introduce my friends one by one as I go along, here we are, dancing to some songs for our morning exercise.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (5) So this photo shows how much I love rock formations, lol!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (6) After some time we decided it’s best to swim and experience the water.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (7) I just finished making “enseladang mangga” and they were all busy with their respective duties. Mona and Lyza cooking something and Kai, not so sure what she was up to at this time, haha!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (8) Afternoon came, perfect time to shoot some solos. I have read somewhere that photographers wait for this time of day just to get the perfect kind of light. Hope we got that kind of ‘light’ they were pertaining to.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (9) Kai being the model of the group had an idea about being submerged into the water. We came up with these shots. All photos were taken using a point and shoot digital camera, I say they were great shots! 🙂

Nagsasa Cove Trip (10) One problem, my blood temperature has always been hot, a lot of times people have mistaken me to be sick but it’s just normal I say. Being hot-tempered (blood only) mosquitoes love me. I ended up having 9 big bites… not so good. 😦

Nagsasa Cove Trip (11) My favorite shot among all! Always wanted to be Ariel of The Little Mermaid, this was the closest I got! Haha!

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And of course I needed a head shot! Thanks Mona for this one. 🙂

Nagsasa Cove Trip (13) Thanks to our sponsor Nivea, summer would not be same without you.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (14) Now it’s time to share some things about the people behind this happy event. Everyone, meet my friends, Mona, Lyza and Kai. All happy, single but we can’t escape some personal issues. I’m gonna keep them private (wink wink).

Nagsasa Cove Trip (15) Lyza, she currently works as a nurse abroad. If you don’t know her and she doesn’t smile at you, you might label her as a snob. Why? She has this almond piercing eyes that can look straight at you. But once you get to know her, you know she’s one of them ladies who knows how to have fun and keep it real.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (16) Sunsets remind us of another great day that we need to reflect on. Be thankful!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (17) Lyza and mine, the sand though grayish was as soft as Boracay. Just add up some twigs in it since the whole place of Nagsasa is covered by high pine trees.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (18) Trees, moon and mountains

Nagsasa Cove Trip (19) My three models!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (20) Reflection

Nagsasa Cove Trip (21) Kai, yes physically sexy and very good at dancing. When you talk about girl power, she’s one lady you can bet on. Not only does she photograph well, she knows how to model for real. Guess our love for great photos is our common denominator. She looks real pretty on the outside but oh so tough on the inside. Experiences make us independent at some point, like her case. I admire her for being frank most of the time and she knows it.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (22)Silhouette and friends

Nagsasa Cove Trip (23) Orangey horizon

Nagsasa Cove Trip (24) Now it’s time to finish what they started. I got to be a barista for a night! Yipee! Special thanks to Lyza for my coffees, she knows I can’t live without them. She placed so much efforts into these coffee of mine, it’s not a joke on how to boil water when you are on a camp site.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (25) Uno cards night! Uber fun! Sorry Mona if we asked you toooooooo many personal questions. 🙂

Nagsasa Cove Trip (26) Lyza bought some lanterns, so we wrote our wishes on them.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (27)And let them fly so high!!!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (28) Last morning before we head home, this was how our cottage looked like. Full of bikinis!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (29) (1)Save the best for the last? We have Mona, a lady who also live under books. We both love reading like religion. She also has this crafty side of her that I love so much. She borrowed my book one time and this was what I got in return. Emotions keep her real and she holds dear all the people around her.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (29)Notice how far we were from the shore?

Nagsasa Cove Trip (30) Just another narcissistic shot of the day

Nagsasa Cove Trip (31) My epic pose plus lovely girls!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (32) Thank you Nagsasa Cove, will be sure to come back. For those residing in the Philippines or anyone who wants to pay a visit, I have a good bangkero contact. Just email me and I will give you their number. Support local tourism!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (33)All travels come to an end, but it would be the experience that will never leave us. At the end of it all, it will make us better. Thank you Mona for calling me Aster, Kai for calling me Twinkle and Lyza for simply calling me Joyce 🙂 You know how I love each one of you, hopefully we will never lose our yearly tradition, travels and bikinis!

“Maybe the truth is there’s a little bit of loser in all of us you know, being happy isn’t having everything in your life being perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things. Making those count more then the bad stuff. Maybe we just get through it and that’s all we can ask for.” 
― Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

We danced… and still dancing

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I had a great weekend date with these three fab and sexy ladies. This post is just a teaser of the great time that we had at Nagsasa Cove in Zambales. Some things have been keeping me busy lately but I promise to share this experience with you soon. A big thanks to these ladies, you know what I mean! ^^

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Friends, Fun, Fringes at Boracay Part 2

Continuation of Part 1

Last day and night so we need to make the most out of it. Gen and I just stayed at the beach area while the rest of the girls went out for their para sailing adventure. Nag papaka beach bum lang ang peg namin dalawa. No wonder din, we were the darkest after the trip.
Batch 2 Boracay (1)Gen with a book in hand 🙂

Batch 2 Boracay (2)My frizzy dried hair while seating at a beach chair. I kinda loved it, walang suklay suklay pag ka gising, beach agad agad.

Batch 2 Boracay (3)Feeling ko siya din yung same jogger na nakita namin yesterday. Wow! Fitness to the max si ate!

Batch 2 Boracay (4)Drums and heartbeat ♥

Batch 2 Boracay (5)A lady missing and calling someone 🙂

Batch 2 Boracay (6) Gen, after her early morning swim.

Batch 2 Boracay (7)Feet up! ♥

Boracay part 2As she said “Being sexy is more of an attitude” :)♥ Always has been! Love your body shape no matter what, being too skinny is not that “in” anyway 🙂

Batch 2 Boracay (8) Sand angel! I look flushed na dito,swimming lang ng swimming hanggat may dagat. Thanks Jude and Anna dahil pinag trippan niyo ng sapat ang bangus belly ko, puro sand tuloy, haha!

Batch 2 Boracay (9) Exchanging stories and photos while sun bathing.

Batch 2 Boracay (10)I offer sand scrub for free 🙂

Batch 2 Boracay (11)Sand bathing while the rest sun bathes 🙂

Batch 2 Boracay (12) More beach mode lang ang peg namin for the last day.

Batch 2 Boracay (13) All smiles ♥

Batch 2 Boracay (14) Cuteness!

Batch 2 Boracay (15) Totoong nakakain si Jude ng sand, ano kaya lasa? Maalat na magaspang? haha 🙂

Batch 2 Boracay (16) Surprise surprise, pizza and pasta from Yellowcab for the birthday girls! We wish you more fun in life and more more more sun! 🙂 – Amie, Gen, Joycey.

Batch 2 Boracay (17)Nalipasan ata kami ng gutom, we were not able to to finish our pizza 😦

Batch 2 Boracay (18)Girls just wanna have fun!

Batch 2 Boracay (19) Now I am all tanned up, pinay na pinay lang ang dating. Thank you sun!

Batch 2 Boracay (20)Thank to Kuya for taking a photo of us, minsanan lang kami ma complete sa photo, hirap ng walang tripod. It is a must sa next travel.

Batch 2 Boracay (21)“Kuya isa pa, this side naman” 🙂

Batch 2 Boracay (22) Amie, Gen, Jude, Hilds and Anna, thank you girls for this wonderful and awesome trip. I cannot find the correct adjective or word to really describe it, but it was one of the FUNnest experience ever!

Batch 2 Boracay (23) Boracay sunsets never look the same but all of them are beyond beautiful.

Batch 2 Boracay (24) Loving my shirt in fringes!

Batch 2 Boracay (25) After a few walk and a short tricycle ride, we reached ‘D Talipapa’ where you can eat a lot of seafoods, buy souvenirs and get to know local folks.

Batch 2 Boracay (26) Amie shopping some stuff.

Batch 2 Boracay (27)Wooden keychain souvenirs, 4 for 100 pesos. You just need to choose 4 designs and Kuya will write down the names you want. He uses acrylic paints and he hand crafts them one by one. I can imagine the patience, look how fine the details were. Truly artsy!

Batch 2 Boracay (28)Real hands make real art.
Batch 2 Boracay (29) Cute little rastas!

Batch 2 Boracay (30) These bags are love ♥

Batch 2 Boracay (32) Walking back, I came across this shop. Too bad all my soaking up time were over, this can be so cute without slippers!

Batch 2 Boracay (33) Look at that! Weeeeee!

Batch 2 Boracay (34) So many things you can see here, good to take a lot of photos, everyone is busy about something, food, art, beach, music! Oh it is haven!

Batch 2 Boracay (35) After a few minutes of deciding when to eat, we finally chose this buffet. Not bad for the price, sulit lang 🙂

Batch 2 Boracay (36) Food galore

Batch 2 Boracay (37) Our tables looked okay pa dito, wala pa masyadong kalat, haha.

Batch 2 Boracay (38) Dinner plate, ang cute ng shells!

Batch 2 Boracay (39) But when the sea food arrived, it all started to get messy, haha! Sea Food atrack na!

Batch 2 Boracay (40)Looks like we have a sea food eating contest, ang sarap ng crabs, medyo mali liit nga lang, pero keri na…

Batch 2 Boracay (41)..madami naman sila, unlimited crabs ba kamo?

Batch 2 Boracay (42)Heaven na heaven lang

Batch 2 Boracay (43) Crabs made us really happy 🙂

Batch 2 Boracay (44) So as our table, haha! Burp!

Batch 2 Boracay (45) After dinner, Hilds and Gen went back to our place while the rest walked up to Boom Boom Bar. This bar is famous for its reggae rhythm. Perfect place to hang out for the last night. Above is Ferns Tosco who wrote the song “Island called Boracay” nice song, please take time to listen to it, let’s support OPM.

Batch 2 Boracay (46)Shake for me and a drink for Jude

Batch 2 Boracay (47)My fave set, Marvin really looks like Bob Marley 🙂

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While singing “Bad day”, well, it’s not bad at all when you hear him sing ♫

Thanks to the following people: Bianca for her SLR, Jambi and Ghel for lending me their swimsuits, drop_n_shop for the affordable shades and Mad For Fashion fringe tops.

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3

At 5 am my alarm went off, since I slept with my swimsuit on, I was ready in a few minutes with hopes of catching the sunrise. Sad to say, it was raining and I ended up having 2 cups of coffee. Morning talks were good, Hilda and Gen were early birds too, it was a big plus because our background music were songs of “The Creed”. I still wished I was able to watch them live but that’s okay. We talked about certain things, from real life experiences up to some old boring stuff. While waiting for the others to wake up, we decided to tour the area and my oh my, we found this wonderful cave! Too bad I still don’t have the photos with me, still need to grab them.

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (1)Breakfast time!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (2)Wet in the morning, yes, I swim first most of the time.

Villa Igang

Who can resist right?

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (3) Guimaras mangoes, so yellow!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (4) One last group photo, Andy left early. 😦

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (5)There’s always a first time, and this was one of hers.

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (6) Bridges over Villa Igang

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (7) Touring around the area again

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (8) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (9)Meet me at the end of world, the secret sanctuary. Make sure you find this heaven!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (10) Anna on top of the world

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (11) Hilda injured 😦

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Nipa huts and reflections

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (13) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (14) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (15) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (16) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (17) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (18) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (19) How I wish I own that house, beach front!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (20)I know I gained weight… but who cares? The rocks didn’t say anything when I leaned to them, lol!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (21) The yellow ladies!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (22) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (23)One of the many advantages of being small, squeezing myself into tiny spaces. 🙂

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (24) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (25) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (26) Ehem, my signature beach pose!

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Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (32) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (33) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (34) Flowers flowers flowers

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (35) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (36) Time to offer some prayerBacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (37) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (38) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (39) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (40) I caught him flying!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (41) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (42) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (43) Never leave Guimaras without any mangoes!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (44) Life is short, so buy many mangoes as long as you can, haha!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (45) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (46)Afternoon, we went back to Iloilo and stayed at Ongbun again. Nothing beats the real La Paz Batchoy.

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (47) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (48) We looked like twins here!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (49) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (50) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (51)Gen had been before which was a great advantage because we don’t need any tourist guide anymore. She knows where to bring us and what to show us. This was one of the highlight of the trip, visiting old churches.

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (52)Yes, the late Pope John Paul II visited the place, how I wish I was there.

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (53) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (54) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (55) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (56) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (57)I didn’t buy lots of food and sweets, promise! 🙂

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (58) Searching for souvenirs

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (59)My dinner plate at the famous “Breakthrough” Restaurant. I swear, seafood never tasted this great!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 3 (60) Hmmmm… who ate this? haha!

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Back in our hotel room, my feet trembling due to excessive swimming and walking. I need to put my legs up. If I can only sleep this way, I could have done that.