You love me long time – Around Asia

A collection of cute photos from my sister and friends who traveled to China, Korea, Japan and Hong Kong 🙂

Anna loving the shopping in Hong Kong!

Kowloon by Missy Santos

Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong by Anna and Isa

Jen in Shanghai, China

My sister Isa found this aweeeesome heart wall in Seoul, Korea!!

Couples come here & put locks to promise their love. Seoul, Korea

Saigon by Dom Mas

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Hearts in Art & Fashion

my body paint when I dressed up as Pocahontas at a costume surf competition

Random and assorted photos of and with hearts from my friends around the world – that are found on walls, in the city, on clothes, etc.

Gill at the Circle Hostel in Zambales, Philippines

Love the ocean. Zambales, Philippines by Amanda

Prague, Czech Republic from Cat Juan Ladesma

My DIY skirt

Shopping in Amsterdam by Lea

What I wore to work for my pre-school student, awww

STOP! In the name of love…

Do you see it?

Meghan from Canada’s heart sunnies

Hawaiian art sent by Jun & Trina – she looks like me!!! Ha ha

Venice Beach, California from Kage

My new love: Surfista Travels Philippines

Whoa, it’s been a while since I last updated this blog and post new pictures!! But first I want to say THANK YOU to every single person from around the WORLD who have been tagging me, tweeting me, sending me photos of hearts and love and all the awesome beautiful things that make me and everyone else who sees it – SMILE and feel LOVED!!! 🙂

I’ve found another way to SHARE my passion and what I LOVE called Surfista Travels in the Philippines and that’s what’s been keeping me pretty busy. I don’t just get photos this time but I get to interact and meet so many more people that I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for Surfista. So I know you guys want to see your photos on this site, but know that I DO keep all of them and appreciate each one of them.

If you want to see what’s been taking my time away from this blog (haha), check out www.surfisatravels.com or the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SurfistaTravels or e-mail me at surfistatravels@yahoo.com.

Thanks for sharing and spreading the love (and this time the Surfista love too!!!)

xoxo,

Elaine

I love surfers.

I heart Kassia’s heart designs 🙂

Who said you needed to be bad-ass and only ride big waves to be a real hardcore SURFER??? If I’ve learned anything, it’s that surfers are actually one of the most chill and loving people on the planet. In order to enjoy what we do, we have to LOVE the beach, ocean, nature, our friends, ourselves, being in the moment and sharing that feeling with everyone. So yay, I think surfers who can pose with hearts are as bas-ass as bad-ass can get! ❤ Haha

Got to ask Bali’s Lee Wilson to pose with a heart in Thailand, ha ha

Coco Ho from Hawaii

Carissa Moore from Hawaii

Donavon Frankenreiter visits & sings in Manila 🙂

Photo by Sanuk’s Jeff Kelley – another awesome surfer

Elaine Abonal (me!!) with Donavon Frankenreiter

He told me, “I love hearts and rainbows and sunsets.” Awesomeness. My kinda guy!

Matt Grundy (awesome musician & in Donavon’s band) has a real heart on his sleeve!

Another heart on Matt Grundy’s sleeve 🙂

Super nice & awesome Brazilian Japanese surfer Akihiro Sato

Hanging out with my favorite surfer (& brother from another mother) Luke Landrigan in Phuket, Thailand

with Ronnie Esquivel, amazine one-legged surfer of La Union

Lea sends some lovin’ from PARIS

Lea in front of l'arc de Triomphe in Paris, France


          I used to be a group leader and chaperone to other Filipino exchange students to Europe (France, Spain, the UK). It’s fun although taking care of younger students and making sure they’re safe (and going to their classes) – while wanting to skip class and roam around myself – is not the easiest thing. Especially when you’re in another country. But once in a while, there are those ones that help you out and make you remember why you love being with people, especially those younger than you, and why you volunteer to do things like that.

          Here’s Lea – a girl I went to the United Kingdom with. We took heart photos in London and Scotland together and she reminded me of myself when I was 16! She knew I was an exchange student to the US when I was in high school and told me that she wanted to do that herself. NOW, she is spending a year in the Netherlands as an exchange student and is traveling, meeting new people, learning a new language & spending the best time of her life!

          One of the most heartwarming things anyone has ever told me was from her when said, “Thanks for being the inspiration to go on one of the greatest adventures of my life! Thanks  for being one of the greatest people I could look up to and be inspired. You were one of the key people who got me to want to go on gap year. :”) loveyouso!”

          It’s kinda nice when somebody tells you that you’re made a difference in their life : )

          So here are some photos from Lea during her trip to PARIS, France. She’s been sending me tons from Europe and will be sharing them eventually. xoxo

Lea and friend under the Eiffel tower

view from the Eiffel tower

the Notre Dame

 


We heart the Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands and although I’ve had my fair share of exploring these places, I still find that there is always something new to discover and love about this beautiful country that I live in! Mountains, white sand beaches, chocolate hills, smiling locals. There is definitely no place like home.  Here is a collection of photos and hearts from myself and my friends found in different places in the Philippine islands.

Have feet & love, will travel! Sheila in Baguio

Alexa in Capones, Zambales

Batad Elementary School, Mountain Province

a heart shaped rock found in Batad, Mountain Province

a heart shaped coral, Capones Island, Zambales

Anna in Capones, Zambales

Sunset in Batanes from Ian

Chocolate Hills, Bohol from David & Monika

Beautiful mountains north of the Philippines in Banaue, Mountain Province

Beautiful local girls, Sagada, Mountain Province

Cow chilling on the mountains with a heart shaped mark in Sagada

Heart painting from an exhibit in Manila, Sheila

Lots of love during Cat's wedding in Palawan, photo by Amanda

Sunsets, swimming pools & chill days, Southwoods Country Club

Beach love in Zambales, photo by Isabel

Biking passion in Tagaytay, photo from Mara

Alma momma love, Pagudpud

Bolinao from Isabel

Richelle at her home sweet home, La Union

Loving these islands isn't so hard. : ) Palawan by Kage

The beach, horses, elephants, pro surfers & lotsa hearts, Phuket, THAILAND


Who would have thought that Phuket, Thailand would have a lot of hearts? You really do find things where you least expect them. I just got back from a spontaneous trip to Thailand and I really didn’t think I would find THIS much hearts. But I did! What made find them a lot more fun was taking photos and posing with friends who were game to spread and give a little bit of lovin’ – even if they’re supposed to be cool professional surfers. ; )

So besides all the pad thai noodles, elephants, horses, beach, surf, and surf friends – all these hearts in Phuket made me heart this place more! Kob khun kha, Thailand! (I’m pretty sure I spelled that wrong!)

 

Filipino girls on Thai soil - or sand. Patong beach, Phuket


Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand with Mika & Amanda

 

Mango & watermelon shakes, how cute are those little hearts!!

 

Mika used to send me heart photos from Europe! Now traveling together, yay

 

Artsy fartsy cute little watermelon heart shot

More hearts on that "wholesome" strip of restaurants

 

Another resto with Luke's rice - while adding a smile on top : )

 

Aussie - Indo professional surfer Lee Wilson (Now THAT'S cool & badass! Haha)

 

Found this after riding an elephant! Cute

 

Went riding on the southern beaches of Phuket! Found this in an alleyway

 

I'm such a kid when I find these random little hearts everywhere!! Photo dedicated to my friends who love riding horses

Killing time during a surf comp & enjoying the colors at Patong Beach

Loving my newly bought tie-dyed beach dress!

 

Filipino-Aussie professional surfer Luke Landrigan (see! pro surfers are cool)

actually taken in the Bangkok airport, Thailand

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