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!!! πŸ™‚

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

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I love surfers.

I heart Kassia’s heart designs πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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

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.Β Β 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!Β 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

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!

OCEAN LOVE

Love for anything that has to do with the big blue ocean, the sea, surfing, water, waves, tropical sunsets, sea shells, sand art, etc. Photos from friends, mostly from the Philippines. : ) Enjoy!

 

A little sand man I made on the beach : )

Maica & Coco

surfboard love

 

 

in El Nido, Palawan (those are my niece's hands, it took 20 tries to get this right!)

my first time to wakeboard

 

Ocean Stars!! Don't worry, I put them all back in πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

photo by Alma in Pagudpud

sent by Ugo from photographer Stephan Salerno

We heart celebs.

These are people to have inspired us by doing the things they love to do, be it singing or riding horses. I’ve seen a photo of Beyonce doing this pose and a Spanish boy band having a music video doing this. I have to find it! But in the meantime, here are celebs who have decided to spread the love to the world.

 

with an Australian boy band called North, during an MTV interview

a concert photo of Taylor Swift

I wish I could watch a concert of Jason Mraz!

Asking world renowned Polo player, Nacho Figueras, to participate...

poor guy, he probably didn't know what he was doing... Thanks for being a sport though, Nacho!!

 

One of my favorite photos in this collection!!! Here with a smiling Nacho Figueras after a polo match in the Philippines : )

"running into" Nacho again at the Singapore airport... ha ha ha!

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