As of now, Siargao is officially my favourite place in the Philippines. I spent an incredible 5 days there this August with a bunch of my friends, and decided chronicle this trip in my first travel ‘vlog’. Like most of the creative projects I embark on, editing the video was an interesting process with loads of highs and lows. I’d go on a 3 day editing binge where I’d be so immersed and excited to edit, then hit a proverbial wall where I’d lose all interest and completely dry up creatively. I always knew that putting this video together was going to be a challenge – as with anything you try for the first time! Whilst it’s not perfect, it was great to learn something new, and I think I managed to capture the essence of my trip the way I intended….
Do go chasing waterfalls
This year I told myself that I would travel more, both abroad and within the Philippines, and I’m happy to say that in the last 11 months, I have met and even exceeded my expectations on the quest to discover more corners of this world. What I didn’t expect was to find this much beauty so close to the madness of Manila. Usually when I want to get away from the city I’ll take a short trip to Tagaytay or Batangas, and until now I hadn’t really given Laguna a chance. Well, turns out that I was missing somewhere special!
Here are a few photos from the adventure that my Fujifilm family and I embarked on last week, where we trekked through Jurrasic Park-esque rainforests to swim in crystal clear waters.
A 4AM start in Makati...
Welcome to the newest section of my blog! My friends often ask me where I source my ingredients, and I’ve been thinking for a while that it would be great to feature some of my favourite brands here.
So to kick things off I want to introduce you to Take Root, a Filipino natural snack company run by two friends. Monica and Aileen were living in New York when they discovered healthy living, and realised that food could be healing, nutritious, and delicious all at the same time. Their mantra: organic whenever possible, straightforward ingredients you can actually pronounce, and flavors that are 100% delightful. I like that.