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


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

Sweetness from Singapore

Most of these photos come from my sister, Isabel. She went to Singapore for Valentines Day and I think that it was the best place to be to find hearts everywhere! It was really sweet of her to take photos of everything and give them to me. See, even if she and I fight and have our misunderstandings, I know that deep down she loves me!!! : ) Haha. Enjoy these photos from her and from a couple of other friends who went to Singapore as well.


my beautiful sister

orchard central heart entrance!

heart balloons

Ikea, Singapore - lots of heart stuff in here

I have one of these!! : )

I love you in different languages, Karla

photo from Karla

from a Dali art exhibit from Mathilde

Sharing the Surf Love

I believe that a surfer is a surfer – whether you hold 10 World Champion titles (aka Kelly Slater) or are a 5-year-old catching teeny tiny waves that just break near the shore. I’ve noticed that so many people these days are getting so caught up in riding the perfect barrel or catching the biggest wave or riding left-hand breakers that nobody else knows of. I admit that yes, those ARE cool, but at the end of the day (for me at least) surfing is about playing and dancing with the ocean, living and loving every second of it, and sharing that love and stoke with friends.

I just feel lucky and blessed that I do have those people that I can share my ocean heart with. As they say, the stoke is multiplied a hundred times if you’re sharing the awesome moments with your friends.

Read this in a surf magazine. So true!

Trying to make heart shapes with the 2 Carlas... not easy!

I love surfing & goofing around with my surf girl friends

Sunsets in Batanes from Cathy

Koa Smith

Bacon & pan de sal Brekkys in La Union from Kiddo

with Will and JP

pink hearts surf zinc



me & kage risking our lives in the impact zone to take a heart photo!

San Sebastian & Barcelona, Spain

More Spain photos from this European summer!! xoxo Besos


Sales~!!!! in Catalan! Barcelona, Noelle


Parc Guell, Barcelona, Noelle


Someday I'll surf and go to this beach! San Sebastian, Spain, Pam

With love from Spain. Thanks Pam!!! : )

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