Travel theme: Hot

I would’ve posted a photo of myself but it’s a travel ^^
but there is nothing HOTTER than summers in the Philippines…! and I mean it in more ways than one 😉

hot in Boracay

hot in Boracay

hot in Coron

hot in Coron

hot in Panglao

hot in Panglao

more Boracay here

more Coron here

for more hot stuff, check out where’s my backpack?

SUNDAY POST : Natural Resources

In response to jakesprinters weekly photo challenge, I give you my FAVORITE… ^^

from the tree to your kitchen ^^

buko / young coconut salad — always present in every occasion ^^

I already told you how gaga I am over coconut water in my older post** — it’s nature’s soft drink! ^^ It’s a great way to rehydrate your body, raise metabolism, promote weight loss, detoxify, cleanse your digestive tract and prevent urinary tract infections. I’m glad that I get to kill several birds with this one stone post. It’s a great way to spark awareness on the health benefits of the coconut water as well as the other uses of the coconut tree from root to tip:

Coconut Roots can be used for medicinal purposes.
Coconut Trunk yields durable wood which is made to various pieces of furniture and structures.
Coconut Husk is utilized to make rope, matting, and coarse cloth.
Coconut Leaves are used for roofing, paper pulp, midrib brooms, hats, fans, bags, etc
Coconut Inflorescence is used to produce Coconut Juice or Tuba – otherwise known as the “poor man’s wine”.
Virgin coconut oil is used for cosmetic and healing purposes.
Coconut Shell can be used as materials for handicrafts.
• And lastly, let’s not forget the coconut cooking oil and coconut vinegar which are staples in our household. ^^

And that’s just the really short version. The coconut tree has many more wonderful uses but that’s what google is for 😉

I love the coconut tree! It gives and gives ‘til there’s no more… It’s only appropriate for it to be called the Tree of Life. 🙂

Photos taken @ family-owned farm in Bombon, Cam Sur during last year’s visit ^^ no way to glam up the pics — it is what it is, naturally beautiful.

*older post here for What to Eat in the Philippines ^^

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

i’m thankful for the sun.. the water and sand between my toes..

i’m thankful for sunsets…

heck i’m even thankful for chocolates ^^

but most of all, i’m thankful for my family. 🙂

sorry, turkey… but you’re NOT the symbol of thanksgiving for me :p

Coron Palawan and
Boracay, Philippines
more of Boracay here

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Inspiration: What Inspires Me to Blog

“What inspires you to blog? We blog because there are people, places, things, and ideas that we care about so much we can’t help but tell the world about them. We want to know what inspires you. For this special mid-week photo challenge, we want to see portraits of you doing something that inspires you to blog.”

i think what inspires me to blog is life itself 🙂

Just over a month and a steadily growing number of followers…
It may not be plenty enough for you but it’s more than I have ever hoped for.
Thank you. ^^
Did you know that this blog was supposed to be a fashion blog?
Oh come on, surely you’ve noticed my blog title? ^^
I was gonna post photos of myself every day, wearing different outfits, with labels and short descriptions. 🙂
But somehow, I was taken into an entirely different direction.
And I’m glad. 🙂
So this blog is a little hard to define…
I write about anything and everything
Of this world and out of this world…
Fashion, food, travel, sand between my toes
Prose, poetry, crappy photography :p
My own issues, other people’s issues,
I’m just a silly girl with a lot of things on my mind. 🙂
So I guess this is just my little space.
Where everyone’s invited. 🙂

xo – kz

more about my blog here


Surroundings: Panicuason Hot Spring

would you take a dip in this?

surrounded by this?

the hot, welcoming water felt like heaven on a cold day…

the sound of water gushing ‘gainst the rocks, music to my ears

Below the lush greenery of Mt. Isarog in the Bicol region lies a hidden gem. Warm welcoming fresh spring water to soothe your troubles away… You get plenty of privacy during the cold months, which is by the way, the best season to visit the spring.. It’s a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city and now, they have rooms so vacationers can have a comfy overnight stay. Boyfie and I love going there during October when it starts to get a little chilly but basically we can just hop in the car and go there whenever we like. ^^ I especially love it when we get up around 4 a.m.-ish and it’s raining a little… The coldness in the mountain air and the raindrops and the hot water just overwhelms my senses. A tip though: don’t go there if it’s been raining for several consecutive days since landslides may occur. 🙂

SUNDAY POST : Surroundings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal III

I’m absolutely positively cray cray over this week’s challenge . So much so that this is my third, and I assure you, last entry ^^ ( 1st here, 2nd here )

Renewal can mean a lot of things… It could be a massive life-changing turn of events… a deep realization… the rebirth of things… the rekindling of a fire from the past… or it could simply be returning to your roots. And for me, that is my family.

You already know how much I love summers with my family. During the rest of the year, we may be scattered across the Philippines, Japan, the U.S. and Canada but during summers, we’re one big happy family. ^^ Here are some photos during another lazy summer afternoon. Photos were taken at CWC ( Camarines Sur Water Sports Complex ), another great tourist destination in my beloved province. Also, I wanna go back to what this blog has been initially about. 🙂

pool and cabana


a bite of laing pizza

If you’re a fan of wakeboarding, visit the CWC website here

xo – kz

All Wrapped Up: Crepes

Time to post about something that’s not for a daily prompt or weekly challenge. ^^ Believe it or not, I realized that I have something in common with crepes… We’re both yummy Sometimes we’re hot. Sometimes we’re cold. ^^

HOT – Baby Back Crepe

Ice Cream , Chocolate Hot Fudge Brownie.. sorry it melted 😦

oh they also have shelves and shelves of books..mostly about food and cooking. nice place. you can bring your laptop ‘ere too and blog away over some Lavazza.

xo- kz