since we were 12 years old

i never get tired of this place. daanbantayan is the ultimate haven for me. not because it’s has the perfect white sands or untouched waters but because it is quiet and is really a place where i can just unwind and not think about all life’s problems. the funny thing is, the rest house is not even ours. it belongs to my dad’s kind high school friend who has always allowed us to use the place whenever we want to — save when they want to use it for themselves. so for 7 years, we’ve been coming back here as a family or with my friends. every time, always as fun as the last.
blue green printed kaftan – thrifted | yellow green bikini top – props | brown sunnies – thrifted at carbon
this memory of time spent with my long time best friends (since we were 12 years old) will remain forever in my mind. believe it or not, but this is the first time in a long time that we’ve been able to go out of town where majority of us are present. good friends, good food — really good food like grilled pork, fresh crabs and fish and yummy kinilaw, good music, hilarious and challenging game of taboo, good drinks in the name of tanduay and kool-aid, never-ending laughter — what more could i ask for?


  1. Mez says:

    Daanbantayan looks beautiful! Please post more pictures πŸ™‚ I would love to be back there it's SO cold here.


  2. dred says:

    oh my that is one of the wildest sunset i've ever seen! nothing beats out-of-town trips in the company of your bestest friends and of course boyfriend! what more can you ask for a trip right? love the polka dot cover-up. πŸ™‚

    and congratulations to your friend april. πŸ™‚ happen to see a preview of the wedding pics in calography's fb page. really awesome pics. xx


  3. love the wedding pics and you and your family look lovely
    love alisha.


  4. Such beautiful photos πŸ™‚ It's always so nice to see how strong your bonds are with all the women πŸ™‚

    The sunsets and the clear waters are beautiful πŸ™‚


  5. Melai says:

    Ang sexy mo girl! Promise! Nakakainggit ang kasexy-han niyo. I don't have the guts to wear bathing suits. haha.

    This post made me miss my friends so much! As in!

    Style and Soul


  6. Lee says:

    Nice photos girl! Lalo na yung sunset picture, ang ganda. NA-miss ko bigla girlfriends na matagal ko nang hindi nakikita. πŸ˜€


  7. a la Modest says:

    What a beautiful sunset photo! So vivid! Looks like you had a grand time with your friends ❀


  8. DaMnViXeN says:

    gorgeous booties!! perfect ang liad mami ^^

    The ViXeN's LaiR


  9. betz says:

    wow, the sunset photo is sooo breathtaking. i miss beach so much. haven't had sands on my feet in over a year… you look lovely gizelle.

    by the way, that wedding photoshoot post you had looks so flippin' fun!


    PS: My friend and I started a new blog about NYC. There's so much more about this city beyond Carrie Bradshaw's Manolos. You might wanna visit this blog too (and feel free to follow!) πŸ™‚


  10. ARANXA. says:

    i seriously need to go somewhere tropical!
    I NEED ME A TAN, like yours! πŸ™‚
    amazing pics


  11. Leah says:

    I love the sunset shot… it's beautiful.

    And I love your beach cover-up.

    Toms is available in all Nothing but Water stores. They have branches everywhere. xoxo


  12. cherie says:

    seeing the beach makes me happy and your beach pictures brightened up my day πŸ™‚ love the sunset most


  13. Martwa Marta says:

    each time i see your photos which you took on a beach if feel so jealous that i cannot be there! you live in paradise, giselle!

    honestly, i didn't like 'the secret' as well – just like you i prefer some fiction novels just to forget about the surrounding grey world!


  14. StuddedLilly says:

    such pretty place! wish i'm there right now! you girls look so cute πŸ™‚

    **come enter for my Summer Love giveaway!**


  15. That place looks gorgeous, just like your kaftan.:)SarahD


  16. Daanbantayan looks beautiful! πŸ™‚ It's lovely.


  17. ROBINE says:

    Brilliant! Love the outfit and pictures!
    x Robine


  18. Gets says:

    The sunset's really beautiful! Love the third last one more of all. (: The beach has the clearest water too!

    Love your posts πŸ˜€ Definitely following you to see more!

    Love ya!


  19. alyssa says:

    gahhhh stop posting beach photos!! hahaha jk, they make me so jealous!


  20. Hannah says:

    Lovely cover up. It makes a swimsuit into a whole outfit.


  21. Kristine R. says:

    The kaftan is DIVINEE!!! πŸ™‚


  22. adrienne says:

    LOVE the photos! it looks like such a beautiful place


  23. pensandlens says:

    wow great photos Gizelle, love the cover up photo and your bikini….super love it…

    will reply to your message later, thanks for the email..

    take care love,


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