May 23, 2016

The Miracle on Kalepa Ridge

It was a Wednesday, and our first full day in Kauai. We planned a hike around the Waimea Canyon, and then have a peek at the Kalalau cliffs, one of the most beautiful and remote areas on the island. We knew we couldn’t attempt to hike the latter trail, because it spans 11 miles and usually requires overnight camping; but we wanted to have a glimpse of it anyway.  The red, cream, and green layers of the Waimea Canyon We had gone around the Kōke’e trails of Waimea, having gone as far as the Waipoo Falls, and were back on […]
April 24, 2016

Mabuhay!

I’ve been back in Manila for a few weeks now, and I’ve been trying to sit down and write my stories, but it’s so hard to start describing a trip that unexpectedly changed my life. Without getting into too much detail at the moment, I’ll just share some of the things I’ve been up to since coming home – the product of an awakened sense of adventure, the longing to always be in nature, and the urge to share love and kindness to as many people as I can reach.During our time in Hawai’i, my travel twin, Celine, and I […]
March 9, 2016

Hello Summer, Goodbye Manila

The late sunrises and cool evenings have come to pass. I don’t know what the weather bureau has to say about it, but I think summer started on Monday. It’s not so much the sun — we have that all year round — but the humidity feels like a sweater I can’t remove. In this heat, all I do is daydream about being by the ocean. There, my body will match the brine, and I will float aimlessly…On Friday, I’m going to visit a friend in Hawai’i. We’ve been planning this trip together for months, listing down all we want […]
February 7, 2016

Love and Brownies

February, by virtue of Valentine’s Day on the 14th, has now become casually referred to as the month of love. I’ve never placed any specific importance on celebrating Valentine’s, but I’ve never hated it either, even when I was single. I’d taken the opportunity to do little things for my family and friends, like writing them little notes or giving them small tokens.  My boyfriend and I also celebrate our anniversary on this month, so we’ve been extra appreciative of one another these past few days. He gave me flowers and new charms for my Pandora bracelet, and I baked some Chocolate-Strawberry Truffle […]
February 2, 2016

Win of the Week: Rope Climb

Made it more than halfway! Photo from my friend Aly (who climbed all the way to the top!) Only on my second day back at CrossFit Greenhills (after a month-long hiatus,) and I conquered the rope! I tried this once late last year, and couldn’t understand the footwork; but took a mental note to pursue it as a new goal. Earlier today, with my Morning Crew, and with the help of “unusually-perky” Coach Stephen, I managed a few squat breaks (will double check this term) and almost made it to the top! I probably could’ve done it, but I belatedly […]
January 31, 2016

Four Weddings in Four Weeks

Some people don’t like attending weddings, but I love them. I see them as opportunities to dress up, take photos, get together with friends, and in some instances, reconnect with old ones. With my choral background and my current profession, I’ve also been asked to sing for many a ceremony and dinner reception; but whether I’m there as guest or as hired service, I try to enjoy every moment. Every wedding has a distinct quality, because most of the time it reflects the personalities of the bride and groom. It may be grand or simple, of mixed religious denominations or […]
January 22, 2016

The Catch-Up Storybook: Favorites from the Holidays

December came and went, and we’re more than halfway through January 2016! WHAT HAPPENED. I don’t like saying, “I’ve been busy” because that’s a lousy excuse for anything and everything; but rather, other things needed to be prioritized. But I’m back, and this year is looking up and up. To transition, I want to share some of my favorite things and photos at the moment (acquired and taken sometime during the holidays.) Obsessed with my tropical printed City Sneaks! Currently my favourite tank from #GingersnapsPH A Chef’s Classics holiday product shoot with Carl, director of Belle Studio; things are really not fancy behind the scenes (: #LetsCookPH The […]