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

Missing Potipot Island

Beaches as you can see, is one of my favorite destinations. As a kid, my mom used to take us to places we never knew, mostly what they call the virgin beaches. I wish digital cameras were a big hit back then, but no so I learned to stock them up on my head as mental images.

When I started out traveling on my own or with friends after college, I promised myself I would take as much photos as I can. My head is already full of so many things I can’t keep track of the others, lol! 🙂 Anyway, allow me to share with you the beautiful island I have met late 2009. This small but VERY beautiful place is in Candelaria Zambales City Philippines namely POTIPOT Island.

My first trip was very unforgettable, we took the Victory Liner Bus Station at 7:30 am and arrived at the place by 2:30 pm. That was 7 hours long but it was worth the trip (it just took that long because of too many stop overs). We stayed at Sunbloom Resort and was assisted by Ate Mercy who also cooked for us, so nice of her. You actually have two choices, you can stay at nearby resorts or sleep at Potipot, but we chose the first one.

Potipot 1 (5)The next day, we were ready to discover Potipot Island. From our resort, it only took around less than 10 minutes to reach the said island. The first time I set foot and the first time my toes felt the water, I knew fun had started.

Potipot 1 (6) This was one of the cottages for rent, you can stay here overnight or pitch a tent whatsoever.

Potipot 1 (7)Potipot 1 (8) Time for some solo pics (please do not mention my weight, haha! I was skinny back then).

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This old tree at the back of the island was love!

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So I climbed… 🙂

Potipot 1 (3)Before the sun set, we went back to Sunbloom Resort. Though I spent the entire day swimming, I am not done yet. I braved the cold waters and yes, swam until I was dead tired.

Potipot 1 (2)Potipot as a whole.

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Race anyone? One of my epic shots!

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Tanned up and loving it! ♥

After 5 months, I was back at the same place, this time with some great friends. Less hassle for the travel since two of them decided to drive. We laughed, ate and chatted all the way from Manila to Zambales. We joked around, talked about “Pilapils” and got even caught up by the police at Clark. Oh memories! I just love the good old times!

potipot 2 (1) Joann, Salvo, Miley, I, Eldrige and Che

potipot 2 (2)Che had a hard time ‘leveling’ up to the small one, haha! Her bod is naturally long and sexy! I miss her so much but I know she is having the time of her life right now. 🙂

potipot 2 (3) I crawl everywhere, and the sand can be my bed.

potipot 2 (4) Sun on my face 🙂 Summer love ♥

potipot 2 (5) Joann and the pink donut, lol!

potipot 2 (6)Isn’t he cute? 🙂

potipot 2 (7) Tan, tan, tan, summer, summer, summer, fun, fun, fun, sun, sun, sun!!!

potipot 2 (8) Eldrige, I and Miley

potipot 2 (9) A starfish!

potipot 2 (10)Small jellyfish, so adorable!

potipot 2 (11) Forgive my vanity, I just love posing before. 🙂

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Bench and I.

potipot 2 (13) Happy as ever!

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All tanned up!

I guess the photos above sums up my short travel story. As usual, I had a hard time thinking what photos to include since I am the type of person who wants to capture them all thinking, I will be able to use ‘this’ in the future. Truly I did, it has been 4 years and I what is great with having a personal blog is you can still write things up even if it’s about past travels and the like.

It’s the month of January, summer is around the corner and personally, I am looking forward for my first travel for year 2013. So excited, hope all the plans will be successful! Missing my sun kissed tan! ♥

Magalawa Island and the Starfishes!

Yes I am a BEACH! A beach lover in this case, haha! I want to share my wonderful experience when I visited Magalawa Island last year. It was a splendid one, I cannot hide my excitement, so far this is my favorite island. I actually call it the STARFISH Island. See for yourself why I call it that, surely, you will not be able to think of any other name except that one.

We left Manila around 3 in the morning since we love to travel early, you know, just the feeling of being alone in the road. We passed SCTEX and then Subic Bay Freeport Zone since it’s a nice shortcut if you’re heading to Zambales area.

After maybe 5 hours of driving, finally we came to Veritas road. Once you are in this area, it means you are near! Yey! Madelaine was really tired of driving so she let me drive Twinkie. Unfortunately, this road was a very rough one indeed. Honestly speaking, I had a hard time driving since I need to be careful since it was not my car at all.

After quite sometime, haha, after 40 minutes, we were able to park Twinkie. We just waited for the boat to pick up us at Oslet Compound. There was another family who rode the boat with us going to the island. So here is the exciting part, when we were on the boat and we are getting near to the island, a lot of starfishes greeted me! It was like, they are welcoming me, their mother, to my unknown home. I am overflowing with happiness, seeing these starry creatures made my spirits extremely positive. (I am a mermaid and I get my powers from sea creatures, lol)

This was the cottage that we rented, it already includes the mattress and pillows. Too bad we carried extra pillows and all that since we were afraid of getting colds and we didn’t have any idea that they were already there.

We took a few minutes to meet Ate Grace and her parents, they are the owners of the island and they are really hospitable. I actually spent a lot of time talking with them while eating. The package consists of food so you don’t need to worry about getting hungry. I tell you, if you are a fish lover, you will really enjoy it.

Once lunch was done, Ate Grace accompanied us to see this rest house situated in a sandbar, how cool is that right? I thought sandbars can only be found in far away beaches in Visayas and Mindanao, little did I know we have one in Luzon.

As soon as we stepped foot to Magalawa Island again, nothing can stop me, I don my starry bikini (from my sister Jolly, thanks sis for buying me this) and had a STARRY pictorial.

Before the day ended, I need to make sure that we’ll catch the sunset. So I posed and posed and posed until the sun set.

I summoned the sea and sand.

Finally the sun set already!

The following morning, it’s time to watch the sun rise and color the horizon.

After sunrise watching, we were given time to tour around the island again, this time, the island proved that there are maybe thousands of starfishes in this small island. This was a picture taken while we were on the boat.

After the island tour, we visited the back part of the island where you can see mangroves and small fishes. This shot below was very hard to get, because of the fish, it was so fast!

Now, it’s time for me to pose again! Endless posing, haha!

Have you seen Bruna Mars on the beach? 🙂 Yes that’s me!

Our breakfast and lunch.

The famous ONSE ONSE, wonder why? count their spots, it’s always 11, truly a gift of nature!

While waiting for the boat so we can go home, I wanna live here! I felt sad to leave the place but I promise I will come back! Now I am back in the Philly’s, I am actually planning it again.

MAGALAWA ISLAND add them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/magalawaisland All details such prices, how to get there and other information are on their info page. Thanks to Madelaine for the other pictures.