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!!! 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!!!)



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

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!


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

Love is Natural.

It’s funny how even when I don’t consciously look for heart shaped leaves, they just appear out of nowhere. No kidding! It’s kind of cool though, because they’re like little messages from the universe saying, “Hey Elaine, we’re in on your little project too.” So here are random messages from Mother Nature by photos of my friends and myself reminding us to take care and love the earth we are in ; ). Enjoy!

found this leaf while jogging!

What can I say? Love can kinda sting sometimes ; )

Water drops from Ananda

Beautiful leaf and tiny flowers from Sheila

How awesome is this cloud?!?!?

This leaf came from a stem with a bunch of other leaves that did NOT look like this one at all. This one is special! : )

in Baguio with my sister

Love mother nature. It's the only one we've got.

Phuket, Thailand from Mika

Canadian Carvings from Meghan

Pumice stone found in Australia from Millie

Isn't this cool?? Water forming a heart shape from Rory

This heart was made of volcanic rock

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