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...

Sunset Calling

POTATO Some days just really call for my favorite white things: my white tank top, midi skirt and sneakers. White brings about a simplicity and elegance like no other. Whether you’re out shopping in your favorite mall, or strolling in a beautiful garden like this one, white can always be your best bet! These photos were taken the last time my family and I were in Eden Nature Park. If you’ve visited their resort recently, you’ve probably noticed that they changed up a few things in their playground and I’m loving the new look! I had to run there and have my sister take my photo before the sun sets! Hope you guys are having a great weekend! Love, Tori Share my post to the...

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...

A Day of Adventures at Eden Nature Park

POTATO Every once in a while I get two days off from work in a week. Unlike you lucky folks out there, it rarely happens to me and when it does, I treasure these days more and make sure I spend it the best way I can. It’s been quite a long time since my last adventure with my family. It was probably back in 2013 when we went to Universal Studios Singapore. Talk about that being almost three years ago! Everyone just seemed to be very busy after that – my sisters with school and my parents and I with work. But it’s seriously time to take a break. It’s summer after all! So we decided to go somewhere where we could experience an adventure for a little while without hopping on a plane to another city. Just 45 minutes to an hour away from Davao City proper, is Eden Nature Park and Resort. I’ve been here quite a lot before but every now and then they add something new and exciting to the place that make people come back every single time. There were so many things my family and I wanted to try in Eden’s attractions and among these were: (1) The Sky Cycle; (2) The Sky Swing; (3) The Sky Rider; and (4) Horseback Riding. Too many people were lined up for the sky swing and we weren’t able to reach before cut-off time which was sad. But that certainly didn’t stop us from trying everything else! It was my first time on the Skycycle and it was definitely scary at the beginning when they open...

Grey Becomes Her

POTATO It’s hard not to notice that the previous #OOTD blog post I made was an almost all-grey look. This time around, I decided to up the grey-on-grey action, which could not be helped given the fact that there has been too many grey pieces in my closet lately to the point that my favorite white pieces have become afraid to lose their turn on the spotlight. But not to worry, I’ve got so many pending looks that involve my favorite white clothes. I cannot wait to share them to you guys soon! Aside from being obviously attached to grey, I found myself pretty much into maxi skirts and dresses these days. Their comfort level is incomparable! Plus, it’s such a brilliant way to look sexy without showing a lot of skin! In my closet, I have a total of five maxi skirts and they’re mostly of basic colors! I have two of them in grey (one is plain and one is striped), one in black, one in maroon and one is a pleated navy blue. I  chose these shades because they’re the easiest to pair up with other pieces and because you could never go wrong with these basic, classic shades. I spotted this striped Uniqlo sweatshirt that had the exact same grey shade as my Forever21 maxi skirt. I could definitely say that it was a match made in heaven. To top this grey-on-grey look off, I put this grey beanie on which I’ve had since forever! Now who says you can’t be comfortable in your #OOTD without being stylish at the same time? I was out with my...
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