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 or the facebook page or e-mail me at

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




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


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

Manila, Philippines

Living in Manila can make you have a love-hate relationship with it. Sure, the traffic is horrible, the pollution can get pretty bad, poverty is everywhere, etc etc but people who grew up here or have come to call this city as their home can say that there are a lot of exciting things to do and people to meet. There’s just something about this place that, well, has made us grown to love it. Here are some snapshots of friends and with friends that focus on the love and the good in the big bad city.

sending love to Mira!! We miss you in Manila!

Dave & Tanya, awesome Berlitz language instructors

my attempted chalk art

Isa & some boys during a Milo commercial shoot

Louie from the Bloomfields

Salsa lovers Nica & Ely

with the Barcino boys at the Powerplant opening

Ateneo pride at the Araneta Coliseum

love from my student

Casa Nami Surf Pub Love by Amanda

Lifehouse concert in Manila

with the Stoked team, JV, Tim, Elaine & Mumph

Jellyfish at the Manila Ocean Park

Tempestuous Jones performing at Handle Bar, Makati

Cowboy from Tempestuous Jones

Cliff on his wedding day! Love to Shirley

Sacred heart, found in Chinatown by Roxy

check out the heart face paint during one of the CISV activities

hanging out with my surf girl friends in the city

Cliff & Shirley in Clark during the Hot Air Balloon Festival

La Union, Philippines

A little bit more of surf love with and from my surf friends at my favorite home sweet home spot in the Philippines : )

Prince of Philippine Surf, Luke Landrigan

zinc on one of the local kids

at the surf apartments, Jam (with her awesome shirt)

Nikki's little heart tattoo

on Kagey's surfboard

love for surf, photo by Alf Molo

fisheye lomo love too, sent by Noelle

Longboard Makeover

Sometimes, in the world of surfing, there are days when it’s raining and there are no waves or when they’re too big and choppy and not a pleasure to ride. So one day, when I was “living” in one of my favorite surf spots in the Philippines and it wasn’t a good day to surf, I decided to give one of my friend’s longboards a makeover. : ) The heart was actually his idea and it was already there. All I needed to do was add more colors to it and a bit of spunk. It turned out pretty well! Now I want to design my own surfboard! : )


what it orginally looked like, by Luke

I begin to work!

VOILA! The finished product : )

board is now used for the Billabong San Juan Surf School

my little model, Beau

now Beau can have her own heart surfboard too : )

Palawan, Philippines


in one of the beautiful unspoilt islands in Coron

in one of the lagoons

Heart shaped coral from Ate Sita

on his cruise ship around the islands, Armand

made by my niece Elise in Puerto Princesa

from the top! Coron

killing time on a rainy night in El Nido


snorkeling love, Palawan, Thierry

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