For Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend ditched the whole roses and chocolates tradition, and just decided to surprise me with a box of macarons (he knows me too well), cute little piglet toy & a romantic dinner of course.

Aside from that, he told me a week ago that he wanted to have an out of town trip. Either to Moalboal, Sumilon or to Oslob. I was really game for this since I wanted an adventure too. I checked Trip Advisor and other blogs for good resorts down south and the resort that won me the most was Seafari Resort in Oslob. I thought going to Oslob was a good idea since we can also go whaleshark watching.

We left Cebu City around 7 in the morning and arrived in Oslob at 10:30 am. 

The resort is built in the steep foot of a rock mountain, at a place where the mountain meets the sea. The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive at the resort is the stunning view on the entrance. Little did I know that you have to take around 250 steps going down to the resort. It was challenging for us, but definitely worth it.

Their pool was really clean and well-maintained. Good thing there were only about 6 guests during our visit and most of them just stayed in their room or went to the town - so practically, the pool was all ours.

The food was great and satisfying. They had good vegetarian options and the price was pretty affordable.

Our afternoon was spent in the pool, drinking some booze and blasting music. 

We got up early the next day for the whaleshark experience. The resort even looked better at this time of the day.

The staff arranged a free-of-charge boat to take us over to the Whale Shark watching centre, which is 15 minutes away via bangka.

As soon as we arrived, the place was flooded with tourist and locals. 

Whale shark watching in Cebu started last September 2011 and it became popular all over the world. It’s just 30 or 50 meters from the shore and you can see these lovely sea creatures.

Up, close and personal with the famous, Butanding.

That was truly a fun and exciting experience. It probably took us around 30 minutes to swim and snorkel in the area. 

We had the rest of the day free.. So we went back to the resort, eat our breakfast and swam more!

Till next time, Oslob <3 

Valentine’s weekend well spent. I couldn’t done it any other way.

I spent the weekend with some old and new friends at my boyfriend’s friend, Allen’s beach house at Catmon. Catmon lies about 57.4 kms. Northeast of Cebu City. It is bounded by the municipalities of Sogod, Carmen, and Tuburan on the north, south, and west respectively. On the East is Camotes Sea.

His beach house is really beautiful! The best part about it.. Its just a 2 hour drive from the city. That’s the good thing about Cebu — everything is just close to each other! 

Infinity pool with the view of the sea

Incredibly beautiful house! The gang and I surely enjoyed our stay here.. Chilling by the pool, playing games, talking about life and enjoying the view. Thanks, Allen! :)

Want to see a spectacular view of downtown LA? Want to hike to the Hollywood sign? I’m sure you do.. Griffith Park is indeed the place to be.

Comprising over 4,000 acres, Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world. It is filled with wonderful attractions — LA Zoo, Griffith Observatory, Hiking trails and more! 

It was my first time to visit Griffith Park and I mainly depended on my Google Map App to take me there. Sadly, I got lost a couple of times and it took me to a different place in Los Feliz. But after numerous turns and phone calls we’ve made, we finally found Griffith!

Park

A healthy picnic

We started the afternoon by a having a lovely picnic at the park. You can never go wrong with Nutella, Strawberries and Banana.

Wheat bread with Nutella topped with bananas and strawberries

Our next stop was the Griffith Observatory. Here you can witness a breathtaking view of the city. Tens of millions have come to walk the inside of the building, view the live planetarium shows, or simply gaze out towards the coast and the heavens. The observatory was built with funds from the wealthy mining speculator, Griffith J. Griffith. I guess we all owe it to this man for making astronomy and observation accessible to all. He wanted a great park for a great city.He donated 3,015 acres of Rancho Los Felis to the City of Los Angeles in order to create a public park in his name.

The observatory

In my hiking attire

Love the view

After appreciating the view and taking the tour at the Observatory, it was finally time to take a hike. 

Now we are here!!! It was a good hike. :)

I can’t wait to visit this place again. Definitely a must see in SoCal.

I found myself walking around Rodeo Drive with my long time friend Christine. Of course, Beverly Hills was part of my must see places in Los Angeles. What to expect? Rows and rows of branded and designer boutiques. All the big fashion and high end firms have a presence here. 

Rodeo Drive has been known to be used as a filming location for countless movies and series. One of my favorite TV shows, 90210, obviously has some scenes filmed here. I felt like “Naomi” walking around and checking the designer boutiques out. 

After that lovely stroll, we decided to grab a bite at Urth Caffe. This was one of the cafes I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time! I've seen it over Instagram and Twitter since Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been expressing their cravings and love for Urth. We were so lucky that there was a branch nearby. They have one at Melrose, Downtown LA, Santa Monica, Pasadena and Beverly Hills. I love how this place serves organic coffee and tea, how cool is that?

Aside from their organic coffee and tea, they offer healthy and delicious salads, sandwiches and pizzas on the menu. I wanted to order everything on the menu since they all looked and sounded so good. If you want to go people watching and have a cup of coffee, then I suggest you take a visit to Urth. 

I apologize once again for being on hiatus. 

I spent the summer of 2013 in Southern California. I was out of the country for 56 days, out of my comfort zone and out and about in my city of dreams. It was my first time to travel on a 13 hour flight alone and my first time to be away from my parents for that long. I didn’t know what to expect, but nonetheless I was hopeful and excited for a wonderful adventure ahead.

I spent a month planning what attractions to see, what to do, and of course, where to eat (foodie).

For my first installment of my LA Diaries post, I will be sharing with you all my day at Irvine in SoCal. My good friend Mia and I headed down to Irvine for Easter Sunday. She has been studying at UC Irvine for 4 years now and she’s very familiar with the place. I couldn’t have any better tour guide than her. 

Drivin’ down to the OC

The Ferris wheel at the Irvine Spectrum

The Irvine Spectrum is a must see when at Irvine. This mall has all my favorite shops, good restaurants and a cinema too. Perfect if you wanna ditch those indoor malls, and just have an afternoon stroll around with a friend or two. 

From Rome, we took a 6 hour bus ride and headed to San Giovanni Rotondo. This town is located in the Southeastern part of Italy and is in the province of Foggia. . San Giovanni Rotondo is perhaps best known as the longtime home of the famed priest Padre Pio. It was truly a wonderful experience since I was able to strengthen my relationship with God in my 3 day trip here. Indeed, a nice place to get away from the busy city life.

To be able to see the pope was our main mission of this whole trip and we were very lucky to see Pope Benedict the XVI on the day of the Canonization.  The Pope a.ka. the Bishop of Rome is the ruler of the Vatican City, which is the smallest independent state in the world with a population of 832 people as of 2011

St. Peter’s Basilica, located in the Vatican City, is one of the largest churches in the world. I never expected to visit this church at such a young age! 

I love how the beach is only 30 minutes away from the city. Sometimes we have to get away from the hassle city life and just take time to unwind and relax. :) Take a plunge & dive in!