TRAVEL: Maldives 2014

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You know how they say that Maldives is paradise? Well, I got to see it myself, together with my family and more than anything, we agree 100%.

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Don’t Date A Girl Who Travels

(Reblogged from Wahine Yogini Travels)

She’s the one with the messy unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. It’s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there. But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it.

Don’t date a girl who travels because she will bug you to book a flight every time there’s an airline seat sale. She wont party at Republiq. And she will never pay over $100 for Avicii because she knows that one weekend of clubbing is equivalent to one week somewhere far more exciting.

Chances are, she doesn’t have a job or refuses to work. Or she’s probably daydreaming about quitting. She doesn’t want to keep working her ass off for someone else’s dream. She has her own and is working towards it. She is a freelancer. She makes money from designing, writing, photography or something that requires creativity and imagination. Don’t waste her time complaining about your boring job.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She might have wasted her college degree and switched careers entirely. She is now a dive instructor or a yoga teacher. She’s not sure when the next paycheck is coming. But she doesn’t work like a robot all day, she goes out and takes what life has to offer and challenges you to do the same.

Don’t date a girl who travels for she has chosen a life of uncertainty. She doesn’t have a plan or a permanent address. She goes with the flow and follows her heart. She dances to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t wear a watch. Her days are ruled by the sun and the moon. When the waves are calling, life stops and she will be oblivious to everything else for a moment. But she has learned that the most important thing in life isn’t surfing.

Don’t date a girl who travels as she tends to speak her mind. She will never try to impress your parents or friends. She knows respect, but isn’t afraid to hold a debate about global issues or social responsibility.

She will never need you. She knows how to pitch a tent and screw her own fins without your help. She cooks well and doesn’t need you to pay for her meals. She is too independent and wont care whether you travel with her or not. She will forget to check in with you when she arrives at her destination. She’s busy living in the present. She talks to strangers. She will meet many interesting, like-minded people from around the world who share her passion and dreams. She will be bored with you.

So never date a girl who travels unless you can keep up with her. 
And if you unintentionally fall in love with one, don’t you dare keep her. 
Let her go.

Batangas, 2013

How my family spent our last weekend in the Philippines!! At least we got to enjoy the beach in the Philippines even if it’s just somewhere near and it was just the first week of February! LOL 😉
Batangas, I’ll never get tired of you!

Paris, France 2012: Day 2

Paris, France 2012: Day 2
The Fashion Show – Le Plus Grand Defile du Mode
When I joined the competition by Galeries Lafayette, all that I was looking forward to if ever I won (which I did) was the all expenses paid trip to Paris and lack the excitement for having to experience something that I never even dreamed of happening! Well, it was to walk a long runway in front of over a hundred French people in the streets of Paris like I’m some professional runway model!! So yeah, this blog is all about being part, as a runway model, in the biggest fashion event that happens every year hosted by Galeries Lafayette Paris. I’d try my very best to vividly describe to you guys what happened, like there’s a story in every photo that you’ll be seeing below! 😉
Above: Make-up!!; Below: The runway for rehearsals
First up, the make-up  I was fortunate enough (but I guess unfortunate too, in a way, which you’ll know why in the next topics) that I was included in the first batch to have hair and make-up done. Since we’re approx 400+ runway models, they actually started preparing everyone from 9AM even though the show starts at 7PM. The thing about having your make-up done in a big fashion event like this (or maybe just this one) is that they lack mirrors!! I had no idea what my look was going to be like and what she’s actually doing in my face already! And the make-up artist who did my make-up didn’t even speak English so we had awkward moments wherein she’ll suddenly blabber something to me in French and all I would say back is Je suis desole. Je ne comprends pas Francais. Je parle Anglais.. And yes, in French, that long! So when I was done.. Merci, and then left, looked at myself in the mirror the second I stepped out of the room! After make-up was hair and I guess my stylist got so carried away and the result was crazy but cool too! 😉
As for the runway in the photo, all I can say is that it was a hella waste of a time! Total rip-off of time, effort and embarrassment  (Since we didn’t speak French and only about 2 or 3 people spoke English, we did kind of got the attention that we didn’t really want. Ekh, foreigners we are in the land of the Parisians! LOL) So yeah, it was a wasted of time because: 1. That’s not how the actual runway was set-up in the venue; and 2. They could’ve just told us to walk and never stop instead of going to all the trouble of walking and posing in rehearsals. 
I know, I complain a lot! 😀
Jiovanni my love; Alexandre mi amor
So this is the part where I explain how unfortunate I am in having to be included in the first batch of hair and makeup! We were bored, BIGTIME!
I, together with ate Lucky and Joanna, finished our hair and make-up at around noon. Imagine how much time till the show! (Go do the math, sweetheart!) So since we were really bored, we all three made up this game where we would greet every cute/hot guy Bonjour and maybe take photos with them. I swear to god, everywhere you look, HOT FRENCH GUYS are everywhere!! Not only in the fashion show, meaning the models, but literally everywhere in the streets!! That even after the show, we’d greet any random hot guy we’d come across to! And this is definitely one of the Top 3 in my Why I love Paris list! 😉
Just to emphasize, Alexandre caught my attention most! He’s just so cute when he smiles!! And mind you, whenever we come across each other (since the preparation venue isn’t that big), his smile.. ugh, I’m gonna die! He’s definitely one of the reasons why I’m missing Paris now! LOL *died
Lovin’ what you see? Well, those are just sample looks in the show! 🙂 What I loved about the show is that it’s really for everybody, of every age participated!

Teehee! Here it is guys!! My 5 mins of fame, in the streets of Paris!!! 😀 Don’t mind the face, I just had to be serious since no one did really smile! LOL
Anyway, after the fashion show.. We had dinner at Au General Lafayette which was 5 mins walk from the streets where the fashion show was held. It was already evening time and it was just so freaking cold and I was really exhausted that I had to skip the main course and desserts and went back to the hotel early with Pye and Joanna 😦 
Again, I’d always be grateful for Galeries Lafayette for this once in a lifetime experience!! An experience that will never be forgotten :”> Like I always say, whenever I look back at my time in Paris (although it was a really really really short one), I could just cry of gratefulness and happiness! I am very blessed indeed! :”> Of course I thank my friends and family who supported me by voting for me during the competition! You guys made this possible!! Thank you, thank you! September 2012, you are forever in my heart! 🙂
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Paris, France 2012: Day 1

Paris, France 2012 – Day 1

Bonjour! If you have been reading my blog, following me on Twitter and/or my friend on Facebook, I am sure that you have had enough of me already blabbing about me going to Paris, already in Paris and leaving Paris 😛 LOL, as a social media freak, I bet you know how it is to update almost every minute, right? So yeah, I shall share with you guys the photos I took 🙂

We landed in Paris at 2:25pm, got out at quarter past 3 and reached the hotel at half past 4. The tour was at 6 and we only had a few mins of preppin’ to do as we had to wear our smart outfit since we will be heading straight to dinner after the tour. Hence the dress and the heels 🙂

First thing is first! Lemme start by asking you guys this.. Do you know that feeling when you’ve done nothing but dream about something to see it in person and when it’s right in front of you, you just can’t help but smile and be grateful and you just can’t stop staring at it. Well, that’s exactly how I felt whenever and wherever we were! In every bit of glimpse I get to see of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, La Rue Champs-Elysees, etc. I look at it until it’s completely out of my view. I was very happy indeed because it was a dream come true sooner than I have even dreamed of that I could actually cry :”>

La Tour Eiffer
Arc de Triomphe L’Etoile

Avenue des Champs-Elysees

Notre Dame Cathedral
Dome des Invalides
Petit Palais

These were the places we went to during the tour! Since we only had an hour and a half, we only had to chance to see some of Paris’ famous spots because we had to go to our dinner reservation at Le Georges! Anyway, all these photos were taken using my Canon EOS 1000D with a 18-55mm lens.
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