Sea-panx with Flotsam and Jetsam

Major sea-panx for the amazing days we spent at La Union. Finally back at my favorite escape place after 2 years.

I badly needed this break. Things have been tough over the past months but I never had the chance to leave until this week. We actually almost postponed this because of the destructive typhoon, Lawin (Haima), but the universe knew we deserved this trip and allowed us to push as planned.

This, by far, is the best trip I’ve had in my entire life.

On me: backpack from the Surplus Collection courtesy of Herschel Supply Co. | bikini top courtesy of Swim Lab | white high waist shorts from Mango

We drove Thursday midnight, hoping for safe roads and clear skies. I remember Deo and I held each other tightly while whispering our prayers before we took off. We were bound to take a journey to the unknown.

We expected to arrive in time for sunrise, but we already saw the signs of Flotsam and Jetsam around 3:00AM. The hostel was closed so we walked towards the beach; there were no lights except from our mobile phones, and we only relied on the sound of the waves. Strange yet beautiful.

Shortly after, we spotted the caretaker from the kitchen bar area. Good thing he knew where we were staying!

Top of the morning, La Union! Now, wouldn’t you want to wake up with this room and view? ♥

Flotsam and Jetsam accommodated us at the Sea View Queen with Balcony. Heard that’s their best room, and from our experience, it’s indeed the perfect one - seemed like we were in paradise!

I’ll feature the rest of the rooms of Flotsam and Jetsam in a separate blog post! You guys should stay tuned for that!

Breakfast time! Cereals, bread, and coffee, while looking at the lovely sea. It was so sunny at La Union, like the place didn’t experience any typhoon hours prior.

Oh, and by the way, this backpack from Herschel’s Surplus Collection was my trip buddy! I love how stylish and spacious it is; it carried all my stuff for 3 days! Overview: I brought a few tops, shorts, extra flipflops, a pouch full of bikini sets, toiletry kit, camera, and laptop!

More about this bag plus OOTD soon!

Just us and the sea. How beautiful it is to relive the way we laughed as the waves crashed along the shore while we were lying down. Those moments - appreciating the view, our relationship, and the life that we have - are the most precious ones. I’m grateful for a lot of things, and extremely thankful for Miguel Deo.

Really, what’s not to love about this person? ☆

Dinner hosted by Flotsam and Jetsam! They served Margherita Pizza, Chicken Wings, Onion Rings, and a couple of drinks. It was the kind of Friday night we needed. :)

Everything tasted so good! Not exaggerating! Deo's really meticulous with food and he liked all that they served to us, so that's something else! ;)

Night life at Flotsam and Jetsam’s the bomb! When you’re there, don’t miss Jeff Ortega’s 5-minute drink! I’m not the type to get tipsy in one glass, but that one made me dizzy af! Trufax, hahaha!

Day two at paradiso! Woke up to the best view - sun, waves, Deo. I couldn’t ask for more. Surreal. These are the moments I’ll remember all my life.

Favorites for breakfast: cereals, bread and Makai Bowl. When you’re at La Union, make sure to try out the healthy smoothie bowls at Flotsam and Jetsam. We tried the Amianan (dragon fruit smoothie bowl) and Carille (chocolate smoothie bowl), and they’re both super delicious and refreshing!

Long walks by the beach! Our friends recommended Sea Nymph Cafe, which was on the other side of San Juan, so we gave it a try for lunch.

We also visited San Juan Surf for refreshments. It’s been a while! I missed this spot! Here's my LU blog post 2 years ago.

Aside from some activities and lots of eating, I spent pretty much the entire weekend staring at the waves and my life partner. This quick escape brought too much feels and realizations; I got overwhelmed and emotional. I’ve said this before, but really, I never knew I have this capacity to love until I met Deo. He’s my rock, my source of happiness and strength. Amazing how he’s also my life line - for a reason only the two of us will understand.

Nag-iisang tiyak sa isang libong duda. Silong sa iyak at pagluluksa. Kung puso ko ay imamapa, ikaw ang dulo, gitna't simula. Nahanap din kita, nahanap din kita.

More about this lovely trip in my next blog post! Might squeeze in a few back logs in between, but hope you’ll stay up for it!


Have you ever had a dose of “hindi ko na alam” moment, wherein you completely have no idea of what to do anymore because life’s hitting you hard? And you find yourself staring blankly at something, wondering when will you ever be alright? I’ve had my share of that over the past weeks, or probably months, but your girl’s a survivor - she can bounce back and the universe has no choice but to let her live. :p

After all, I have the best reasons to wake up: Deo, who’s been my lifeline, the best companion and rock through it all, plus my parents and Deo’s family who are there to give unconditional support and love. Still an amazing life.

On me: drawstring top courtesy of Metro Department Store (available at Fairview Terraces) | skort courtesy of Metro Department Store | white denim jacket courtesy of Penshoppe | Adidas Stan Smiths

(n.) The ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.

Photos by Deo Montuerto

Keeping this short. I’ll leave the rest to myself. :) May we all fight anxiety and panic attacks with one pretty lipstick at a time. ☆

Landers Superstore - Membership Guide and Exclusive Items

For me, grocery shopping is oddly comforting. I enjoy walking around the wide halls of supermarkets while filling my basket with necessary items and a few stuff to satisfy my cravings. Believe it or not - I’m the domesticated type, and I cook, although not as often as before because of my insane schedule. Gone are the days when I get to make Beef Caldereta, Bicol Express and Pork Chao Fan for my folks. I badly need a break so I can do that again.

Anyway, I gave a little throwback because Landers Superstore brought back so many happy homey feels when we shopped there a few weeks back. It was my first time to visit Landers, and I really got giddy exploring familiar and new items at this haven. I felt inspired to get my hands on the kitchen again because of this grocery experience. And nope, their items aren’t so expensive.

Photo from Deo Montuerto

Most of my friends and readers raised this question to me when they saw my Snaps and Instagram Stories at Landers Superstore - How do I become a member?

How to become a member of Landers Superstore

Simply download the Membership Form here, print and fill it out. You can head over to Landers Balintawak or Otis to submit the form and have your photo taken. They’re open from Monday to Sunday. Make sure to bring 2 valid IDs, and prepare Php800.00! :)

Your Landers Superstore card is valid for 12 months and can be renewed. You may also use it for other branches, not just where you registered.

Now on to our superstore adventure! It’ll be quite impossible to squeeze in all the offers of Landers, so I opted to share those that caught my attention while shopping.

The hype’s real with this Wine Ice Cream. I got to taste the Chocolate Cabernet flavor and it was really good! :)

Why should you get this from Landers? Because this famous Canadian chocolate brand is only available here, and their packs are pretty affordable!

One of my staple drinks at Starbucks when I’m not in the mood for coffee or green tea latte.

My all-time favorite Japanese dressing! I remember I had a Kewpie phase 2 years ago wherein I paired all my meals with Kewpie. I think this one from Landers is the biggest size I’ve seen so far!

Special chicharon solely made for Landers! Need I say more?

Landers has an area for organic items. My parents will surely love that spot!

I got overwhelmed with their meat section because they pretty much have everything and anything we need at an affordable price.

The struggle was real in choosing for that perfect first Marie Morin cake. It was a battle between Chocolate Mousse and Salted Caramel. I got the latter, with absolutely no regrets!

Wouldn’t this make your taste buds happy? :)

Now would you look at that cart... Lol!

I’ve actually spotted a lot more interesting items like Jalapeno Cheddar Popcorn, Nutella Jug, a tub of Bean Boozled, etc - which you’ll have to find out for yourselves! ;)

Touring the whole superstore can get tiresome, but there’s Landers Central to help you revive your energy with good food! We tried out their Chicken Meal, Pizza, US Famous Beef Hotdog and Fries!


As if the sweets we’ve consumed weren’t enough yet, we tasted Doppio Ice Cream. I got the Strawberry Shortcake flavor and I’m definitely coming back for it! :)

Afternoon well-spent at Landers Superstore! Thank you so much for having #TeamARNEO! We’ll see you again very soon! ♡