Summer Hangover

POTATO The month of June has ended but not the rainy season. And yet here I am still filling up my blog with summer #OOTDs and summer photographs. It most certainly cannot be helped considering we live in a tropical country! No matter how long the rainy season drags on, the beautiful beaches will still remain and the sandy shores of Samal Island will always be a place to be reckoned with! For this summer #OOTD, I wanted to show you guys another way to dress the part. Maxi skirts and dresses, shorts, rompers, palazzo or harem pants are some of our most loved pieces when we’re out by the pool or the beach. But who says denim on denim looks can’t have their time in the sun too? This chambray skirt from Forever 21 was the perfect match for a denim jacket. I threw in some of the usual summer colors: a floral blue bikini that I used as a cropped top and white strapped sandals for a really cool tropical effect. I also wore my favourite navy blue cap and brought this colourful Vera Bradley sling bag with me for a pop of personality! And if I may say so, the Vera Bradley sling bag is really one of the best sling bags that exist in this world! I mean, it’s really small but the compartments of this bag are so well-thought of and were really put in the right places. I can fit so much stuff in it including my summer essentials like my sunglasses and sunscreen! I really enjoyed my time in the sun with this #OOTD. Sometimes the...

Photo Diary: Leticia By the Sea

POTATO It’s Thursday once again and here’s my #throwback blog post – slash – photo diary to when my colleagues and I spent a wonderful day just almost three weeks ago at Leticia by the Sea, a resort in Samal island. Lately I’ve been going to the beach a lot and it’s such a wonderful feeling to be out there in the sun, feeling the sand (and occasionally seaweed) on your toes, and getting seriously splashed or washed out by big waves. I’m always grateful for days at the beach. It makes me realize how much I’ve been missing spending all those days being lazy at home or stressed at work. Days like these are forever priceless. Leticia by the Sea is a hidden paradise located all the way in Talicud island – one of the most beautiful parts of Island Garden City of Samal. It is also one of the many private owned resorts with white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Getting there might take a while – an hour if I may say – but it’s worth it. I felt like I was far from Davao and that I flew to a different place to spend the last days of summer. Trust me, this resort is really just beautiful! My Leticia by the Sea photo diary starts NOW: I’m no photographer, but I hope you guys enjoyed going through my photos as much as I did taking them! For more details on Leticia By The Sea’s rates, visit their website www.leticiabythesearesort.com/ So, how was your summer? Let me know by commenting below! Love, Tori Share my post to the...

Tropical Kanakbai

POTATO Every once in a while it’s good to take some time off from our busy routines and spend time with our loved ones. It’s seriously time to enjoy the beach and to put on those summer outfits! And this summer, my family or “the women of my life” (because my family really is all about women more than men) and I decided to spend our summer in Dahican, Mati Davao Oriental. Of the many beautiful resorts or houses to choose from in Dahican, we decided to stay in Tropical Kanakbai because of the peaceful and bohemian vibe of the resort. It’s what our all-girl getaway deserves and more! My aunt was able to stay here previously and said it was an ideal place for a big group or a family. It’s just approximately 9 minutes away from Subangan Provincial Museum (our previous destination) or 5.5 kilometers away. Excitement was building up as we were nearing the resort and when we arrived, it surely did not disappoint. It totally nailed “peaceful” and “bohemian” if you ask me! I learned that “Kanakbai” means “My Home” in Mandaya and it definitely felt like home. And how can you not live here? The amenities in the villas are complete, from a dining area, to a kitchen and living room area that just exudes comfort, elegance and a homey vibe. Kanakbai is so beautiful that I couldn’t help but take photos of even the tiniest details in the resort! So here’s an account of our Tropical Kanakbai experience: Above photo: The first floor living room Above Photo: (1 of 2) Bohemian Center Pieces Above Photo: (2 of 2) Another beautiful...

The Bikini Life

POTATO The second we reached our beautiful villa in Kanakbai, Dahican, Mati Davao Oriental, my sisters, cousin and I rushed to get into our bikinis to enjoy the wonderful day at the beach that awaits! As much as fun  as it was being on the road trip, still, nothing beats reaching your destination! The beachfront of Kanakbai is a little rocky but it is a beautiful and breathtaking view in itself, plus it makes a very dramatic background for an #OOTD. You just have to be a little extra careful though! Kanakbai is just a few minutes’ walk to the main beach with the “I Love Mati” sign and we did not waste time to get there and literally have fun in the sun! My friends warned me about wearing a bikini and swimming in the wavy waters of Dahican because the waves could get a little bit strong in some days and might earn me some cuts from the rocky shores, or worse, I might lose my bikini and never get it back! But with exaggeration aside, the waves were less powerful that day and once you overcome the rocks on the shore, you will feel nothing but the comfort of pure sand on your feet. Well occasionally, you will feel seaweed pass your toes by but you’ll find that you’re braver than you ever thought you were! The sun was bright, beautiful and surprisingly not painful! It was a day of forgetting your worries and basking in the beauty that nature has to offer. I will always be grateful for experiences like these and for the wonderful world we...

Road to Dahican

POTATO I just had the best weekend with my family in Dahican, Mati Davao Oriental. It’s actually my first time to visit the city and admittedly, I was beyond excited! It was a long 4-hour drive from Davao to Mati but with my mom and sisters with me in the car, good music and chips (say yes to chips on road trips!) it was bound to be a fun journey. Plus, we were on a convoy with my aunts and cousin. We were trailing behind their vehicle, or tried so hard to! Now that’s how you do an all-girl road trip! Anyway, our first stopover was in the Davao Oriental Welcome Park to get a few snacks and do our business so we could get on the road without anymore interruptions, if you know what I mean. (Yes, peeing in a decent public bathroom is actual business to me!) Being in the welcome park meant that we were already halfway to our destination. Aside from the park, one of the things we looked forward to seeing was the island that resembled a “sleeping dinosaur” which people never usually miss taking a photo of, or with (from afar that is). And after a hundred or more songs playing in the car, we finally saw it! We all stepped out for a bit  and became all giddy because it definitely was a sight! With the sleeping dinosaur off our list of things to see, we went on our way to Dahican, and on the way there, it was hard not to notice the big white building with beautiful bricked grounds. It was...

Hello Again, Chemas!

POTATO I’ve got weekends off twice in a row and I’m super ecstatic! Last weekend I went to Eden nature park with my family (read about it here) and this weekend I went to Chemas by the Sea (again!) with my sisters. We love Chemas so much because it’s the most accessible and one of the prettiest beaches Samal Island has! We couldn’t help but come back! The last time we visited Chemas was last November 2015. I was with my sisters Rosario and Frances, our cousin Bel and our family friend, Aryssa. (Read about it here.) This time around, it was just me and my sisters. We’ll all get to bond very soon though! What excited us to go back to Chemas was its white sand and clear blue waters. Plus the interiors are unique and makes you feel like you’re not just 20 minutes away from Davao City. It’s definitely one of our favorite places. This place called for a yoga tree pose. So here I go! We weren’t able to go swimming as much as we could the last time we were here because it rained and it was too cold for a dip! So we made sure we did for this sisterhood getaway. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go swimming in in a perfect day like this? Some people who were in the resort that time might have thought we were crazy because we took too many photos and kept on laughing together. That’s totally one of the purposes of being in a summer getaway with your sisters in the first place! Well, for us...
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