My Top 5 Travel Bucket List this Summer

2/25/2020


Coming forward this Summer 2020, There are quite a number of Travel List that I have listed and one of it is to go to the beach, land, and mountains. Crazy right? I don't think so.



The five things I wanted to do as I have hit my 30th Birthday is to travel on these countries that I have never been to.


  • Boracay
It's one of my dream destinations this year after postponing several occasions and opportunities come. However, I planned that this year would be different as I am rewarding myself in going to the places I wanted. I remember back in college my friends planned to go on this trip and look its past 10 years since we all first met and now, we are having different paths and priorities and Before I have another milestone in the coming years. I better grab this.



  • Hong Kong
I have seen so many pictures on Instagram and all over the internets photos about Hongkong and I have never been one a trip to Hongkong including last year since I had a full schedule that my life took away vacation time. Hongkong has given me an exotic feel and I just wanted to explore the things I could explore with at least 2 days trip in Macau, that would be an adventure for me.


  • Bali
I remember wanting to visit Bali was because of "Full House" a Korean TV drama starring Song Hye Kyo and Rain and wanting to visit the hotel they stayed and have a bike ride with a special someone. So many K-drama's had featured Bali, like Memories in Bali and the movie series Twilight Saga. Aside from that, they have beautiful beaches I wanted to explore their night market as my cousin had visited the country and her favorite vacation so far because of the beach.


  • Spain
Spain has always been one of my European dream destinations and going there to explore the beautiful country where my mother side's ancestors came from would be great to know it. Sagrada de Familia would be one of my top destinations and should I take a little refreshment for my Spanish Language Skills? Fingers crossed.



  • Maldives
The Maldives is one of the top beach destinations I have in mind, an ultimate getaway from the busy life. The beach and villas they have are great and there's no reason to explain why its one of my bucket list this summer.



Happy Galentine's Day!

2/21/2020


Oh! It's valentine's honey! One of the cheesiest seasons of the day wherein people seem a little bit of extra in everything. Extra Sweet, Extra Effort, Extra Care, Extra High Price rate (Flowers are like x5 high in price than any regular day) and Extra Hot and Sexy!

I'm not someone who'd rant on this, but I'd love those extras seeing these people happy and making others happy what a wonderful time it is. Either you are in a relationship, with a partner or single it's definitely worth spending this annual celebration of love.

Today, As just another ordinary day for me as I have no special someone to spend my day with but I did spend it with the GALS and had a Galentine's Day! (Celebrating Valentine's with Friends). It's another special day for independent and strong women! Raise your hands.


Happy Galentine's Day!
E.S.A

There will be no dull moments when we are together, we certainly talk about everything that goes up and away with our imaginations and clearly, with the photos you'll see below. You can figure it out. Spending our 2 hours for lunch was amazing and the food at Trattoria di Gianni was excellent, It has the right amount of sweetness that we just wanted to taste for today a perfect date for the 4 of us.

Is that me? Hmmp! Shoot! the bear in me

Happy Galentine's Day!
Shoot! Here goes ate Sharoooooon! 

 I guess you had a good laugh on how'd we look when filtered. Taken by no other Sharon herself.

Happy Galentine's Day!
I'm pretty sure we will pass as an influencer. Point the legs out! 
 And since, it's late for us to realize that we hadn't taken photos of the food. We were definitely hungry btw. It is much appreciated that we had time to spend it and take some off as a #GIRLBOSS still discussion while eating works perfectly with us.

Happy Galentine's Day!
Oh! Sweet with the bouquet of flowers from Bim to Sharon and a Vase(s) of Flowers from the table
 We had good food and conversation at the Trattoria di Gianni and my face didn't match to how I definitely looked and feel. Apologies my friends, I have bitch face. We'll I enjoyed spending my time with these ladies and a man. It was sweet and romantic to have flowers on Valentines and Still I'd go for Lara Quigaman's practical tips for valentines #pengengpera. (I just saw it in IG just now and made me laugh so hard.)

Happy Galentine's Day!
I'm happy here with a BITCH Face!

Thank you so much, Bim for spending time with us and for giving us a lunch treat!

Oh! Before, I end this post. Whether you are single or taken, it doesn't matter for every day is Valentine's day! Remember that you are worthy of being loved and be celebrated in small or big achievements and if you are struggle and grinding give yourself a treat coz you deserve it. Happy Galentines!


Top 10 Wedding Movies for the Bridesmaids

2/19/2020


It's another wonderful year for the couples within my group who are tying their knots this year and just like any other friends in the group, we are happy to see them go to another chapter of their lives. However, Its another story for the bridesmaid who are left behind but that should be the case.

Last 2019 the wedding bells have been uproaring its festivities for the upcoming brides and bridesmaid. Last year in July 2019, My friend, Annalie had tied the knot with Moncho. Our eldest in the group has finally found since Prince and as 2020's first quarter has rocked us with another wedding to come this February 28, 2020.



Before we loose ourselves our in celebration. I got the chance to binge-watch once again these movies. I won't be giving any spoilers and you should watch why I picked these movies to binge.


  1. My best friends Wedding (1997)
  2. Bachelorette (2012)
  3. 27 Dresses (2008)
  4. Bride Wars (2009)
  5. The Proposal 
  6. Princess Diaries 2
  7. Sweet Home Alabama
  8. The Wedding Planner
  9. Runaway Bride
  10. Bridesmaid

Watching these movies would remind you that I'm a 90's kid and I do love watching these over nd over again. Maybe in some movies we will get along but mind you. I hove this compilation it gives me goosebumps as well and remembering that back in college how we wanted our wedding's gonna be and how its going to look like and most importantly finding our lifetime partner and to all the bridesmaid out there. Let's have a party!

Weekend Getaway: Oslob Whaleshark Resort

2/18/2020






When we were younger, Marc and I would spend time in Tambuli Beach Resort where we both had fun despite a short period of time. Among my cousins, Marc is my closest and whom I considered being my younger baby boy brother. Way back then our weekends would be spent being together and would love to play. We had our love-hate relationship as well but at the end of the day.

Cebu is the pearl gem of the south and is blessed to have wonderful crystal waters. It has become both local and foreigners favorite destinations. Both Marc and I got separated when my mom and I moved to Manila and they migrated to the USA. Every time they come to visit the Philippines, they would bring the entire family to spend a weekend in a Hotel which becomes a norm.




After more than 3 years, Marc is back in the city traveling on his own, and this time he chose Oslob. It's a two to three-hour drive from the city of Cebu and though this isn't his first time visiting this place. Oslob is known to have whale sharks, we call it "Butanding" in Filipino. If you are one of those people who wanted to see for yourself the Whalesharks, you have to be in Oslob on or before 6am; by the time its 9:00am whale sharks seem to relax from the crowd. Prepare yourselves from the long waiting line as it will take 30-45minutes before you could hop into the "banka" or boat.

Marc booked the entire family, a hotel reservation good for everyone. Knowing him to be a picky person, the hotel of his choosing wouldn't be a surprise for me to which he'd book. He did book us to Oslob Whaleshark Resort. It's a new resort hotel in Oslob, wherein it has a narrow land use in a U-shape architecture. I immediately fell in love in the place upon entering the premises and it wasn't even hard to find since the resort itself is along the road.

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

This is the view that welcomed me upon entering the hotel, it was an open space on the ground floor and it was well utilized. You can immediately tell that the owners have hired an Architect and possibly an Interior Designer for this.

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel


Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel


Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

This is the gate upon entering the resort, at first I thought that they would open the gate so that our vehicles would be parked inside but it was only for the entrance of the guest. Our vehicles were parked outside. 

Below is the foyer of the resort with much details were shown, custom-made driftwood and a whale shark at the center. It got two seats on the side where guest could sit and relax as they wait for their reservation or just about to leave. Under the stairs was utilized as a dry pantry for food storage.


Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

The details in this didn't stop on its decors but it can also be seen in the balustrade where a "pala" (paddle), which is being used by the locals when paddling their boats and if you happen to visit the Whaleshark, you'll see the similarities of the paddles being used.

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

The reception area was a combination of Filipino elements and Oslob, a cultural mix of the town and the country itself and some touches of Asian culture. The resort has a friendly staff and makes our stay comfortable. They are accommodating as they could be. Though they have limited offers for us, which makes it more relaxing since you got to enjoy the beauty of nature while you stay in their hotel. 


Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

The architecture of this hotel is modern but with the touches of Filipino that can be seen through the details inside the premises. The use of capiz, iron and lots and lots of wood.  


Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

 In this area is there dining area, you can sit with your entire family or sit facing the waters. Wherein at night was one of the areas we spend a lot and shared memories to talk about things and relax. Waves of laughter and good food was a perfect combination.

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

This sliding door is a perfect example of utilizing the space, unfortunately despite going back and forth in the restroom, no photo was ever captured. I liked a lot their restroom, it was perfect for me. The sliding door was a custom-built made of hardwood and capiz but a carved whaleshark. Who would have thought of that was brilliant.

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

In this other side of the hotel, we are not allowed to enter, my wild guess that this area is for the owner's family base on the look and observation and some details seen though a closer look, this area are for family or owner's use and as part of their amenities is that we can use the Swimming Pool which the kids enjoyed alot.

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

The family enjoyed the pool area after a long stay at the beach and since we had fun spending day and night at the pool area. It was sad to let go when we were just about to check out. 

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

It is always a good idea to bond with family outside your comfort zones, I'm referring to being at home or at a nearby mall. There are more memories when gathering your family sometimes due to our busy schedule and as we go along what life brought us we forget the fun and that fun involves being out in our comfort zone, connect ourselves with nature and most especially connect with our mind and soul. It helps us keep our things on perspective level and that makes us more healthy as we are able to enjoy simple things and untangible things that life could offer.


Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

This is our family, and since I usually take the photo. I'm usually not included in the photo. At that time when we took our photo's the staff we're on the other side and we don't want to spoil the fun just to wait for them to take photo. Before I end my post, I want to thank Vicky of https://vickyflipfloptravels.com/ for she becomes the basis for writing my first travel blog. Honestly, I don't have any idea what to write on this post which I have been dying to write. I do hope anyone of you reading this post is enjoying.

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel

Ooopppsss. Before anything else, that's my mom! Just you to let you know I dropped my vlog las sunday to give you a glimpse of this resort. Check out my vlog.

Oslob Whale Shark Resort Hotel Tour | Emari Pimentel
That's my mom

5 Things you'll learn to love in Camp Sawi

2/13/2020

5 Things you'll learn to love in Camp Sawi


I was simply scrolling on my YouTube app when I got myself into a beach scenery. I wasn't reading the title at all. I tapped and thought its just a 1-minute trailer as I continue to work on my laptop. I thought I was watching a horror movie as few minutes went by and I got hooked with it.

Often times we misunderstood the word Love and over-use the word. How do we actually define it is how we see the word beyond its literal meaning. One way or another, watching movies such as Camp Sawi makes us re-think on what love means, what it stood for, what phase are we in that we call LOVE is defined worthy of the word itself.


Love towards Family. 


As for the first lead, Bridgette (Bella Padilla) had a no-closure after 10 years of being together with a Filipino-Chinese named Chris (Dennis Trillo), who was destined to get married honoring his family's wishes. They say to love someone more than 10 years is called true love but what happens when there is a duty towards your family? 

Chris on his part chooses his family and to last in a 10-year relationship must have been hard on him to break the heart of the person he loves and sees "probably" his future till he gets old and still, he did hurt that one person he thought he'd end up with (Bridgette). Since his story wasn't tackled, we can't say much of it and as the story has shown. 

It was love for his family that he chose, either it was for tradition or respecting his parents' wishes and sacrificing his own happiness. He made a decision base on love and he was brave to let go of something important (Bridgette) for him that caused his happiness at that time.  - I honestly feel bad for Bridgette to spend a decade with a man she loves.


Love will compromise.


Next was Clarisse (Yassi Pressman), a college student who had a relationship with a gay guy for about 2 or 3 months. Finding out the guy you dated is gay is absolutely devastating thinking that you have been used or a trophy or even a cover-up of his real identity. Thinking about it, I would have the same reaction of Bridgette (she laughed), when she first found out the reason behind Clarisse's break-up, because it's unusual to hear. 

Since she is the youngest among the girls on the island, she was the happiest broken-hearted. Her idea of love is different and by the time she had finished her camping session, She was able to move-on and forgave the guy who broke her heart and they got back together. There was a compromise on her part knowing that she will be judged and having an unusual set-up with the guy she truly loves despite the different sexuality. - I have nothing against women and gay falling in love, as a matter of fact I find them bold and courageous to hold on to a relationship wherein, I think, a high possibility of being neglected.)

Love of Family and Friends


Joan (Kim Molina), whose fiance died on the day they got engaged, It was like playing a game and you died during the first stage (base on my imagination). I couldn't say much about her character, but somehow I thought of a friend who's boyfriend died while on Christmas Break. I guess she must have felt the same or even worse.

Joan's family sent her to the Camp in order to get well and move on after what had happened to her dead fiancee. As they sought helped on the possibility to make her feel better after the incident. She found a support group in the camp, who will be there for her and listen to her despite her odd behavior as she deals with her own struggles and sometimes we just needed a friend who is reckless enough to though a stone on our heads to make us realize there is life after losing someone unexpectedly. 

It must have taken her a lot of months before she could say finally, I'm feeling better now. No matter what we are going through we will always have our family and friends who are willing to lend you their shoulders. It takes one situation to wake up and see the beauty after losing someone who will never come back.

To Love is to Respect one's relationship and yourself


Andi Eigenmann, A young successful art curator who fell in love with a married man. She was very courageous when she got into this relationship and yet probably impulsive. In the end, she was able to realize her mistake and let go of the married man he loves.  She realized that despite her happiness is a family falling apart and a woman is trying to fight for their family. Good for her that she realized it earlier.


Loving yourself.


While Arci Munoz portrays a liberated person due to her natural nature and influence. She made me laugh in all of her scenes though sometimes it's irritating that's just the spice of a good movie. She loves and gives her heart all out without nothing in return her passion for music shows in here.
When she finally faced her truth, she embraced the change that used to define her and make another definition of herself by re-inventing to be a better person, from being wild to classy still her quirkiness is still there. It was for me a definition of getting your S*** done.



During the course of heartbreak, there is no rules on how it is expressed, how it should be dealt and how things would turn-around after that day. Every day must have been hard to wake up knowing things will never be the same. How your patterns will change and sometime how will you fill in those memories in order to forget. 

By the moment, you embraced the reality of change. Knowing its hard to do but you still do what you have to do. You have given yourself the love that you need, finding your voice once more, taking chances on what you will do and most importantly is realizing things that have always been there and have been neglected all long. Life moves on and and Love will always be there  we just have to stay strong and find a way to find a better tomorrow. 

5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN IN CAMP SAWI









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