This is going to be one of the prettiest blog posts I’ve ever done. Actually, I can spend a lot of pages talking about how beautiful Maldives are, but usually photos do a better job at conveying it.

I was extremely luck to spend a few days at one of the top resorts in Maldives – Hurawalhi Resort which is located about 25 mins North of Male (that’s where the International Airport is).

I flew in late at night from Sri Lanka and since there are no flights to the resort islands after dark, I stayed at a local hotel overnight and headed to Hurawalhi the following morning.

This was super cool, because by the time I got to the resort, it was still very early and I could still have some breakfast and have an early check in (around 11a).

The Hurawalhi island operates on their own ‘island’ time, which is an hour off from standard Maldives time (which moves the sunrise to around 7a and sunset to 7p, which is awesome as otherwise there’d be a 6a sunrise and 6p sunset!).

Hurawalhi has both beach villas (with or without a pool) and ocean villas (same). I stayed at one of their sunrise ocean villas.

First thing I did, well before unpacking, was jumping into the ocean right from the desk. The water was sooo warm, so clean, so refreshing, it was one of these ‘can someone pinch me?’ moments.

After an afternoon of relaxing (aka: working on my YT videos), I met with Nicole, PR manager who showed me around the entire resort and walked me to 5.8 restaurant – the largest all glass underwater restaurant in the world. It’s submerged about 150 feet away from the shore, in the actual ocean. There is no netting or feeding the fish, but they hang out around regardless.

The dinner at 5.8 is an 8 course meal for $280 pp plus additional $90 pp if you’d like to do wine pairing (given that the whole experience of well orchestrated dishes is an art in itself, I now regret not doing the wine pairing – everyone seemed to think it made an amazing dining experience even better).

The following day, we went snorkeling in the morning, sun tanning on our private deck, went paddleboarding and then got a massage at the spa center (the massage rooms have glass floors so you can watch fish while having your back worked on 😉

In the evening, we had private candle lit dinner at the beach, which was just so romantic and the food was delicious – especially that I’m a huge fan of the chef from the buffet restaurant who’s in charge of the beach dinners. His food (and the buffet) was mind blowing – to the point it looks too pretty to eat and Ushan the pastry chef created the most original, delicious desserts I’ve ever seen in any buffet.

The next day, Hurawalhi sent us to their Dream Island – which is exactly what it sounds like. It was such a dream come true to have such a perfect little island only for me and Michael – (what’s super cool is that the staff drops you off, gives you a phone and leaves you on the island for a few hours truly by yourself!). Honestly, these few hours on the Dream Island would make flying across the world worthwhile for me, but that wasn’t the end of my activities for that day.

After an amazing lunch (and I want to pause for a second, because whenever you have all inclusive/buffet style meals at hotels they are usually OKAY, but the Canneli restaurant proved me wrong. This was hands down the best buffet I’ve ever experienced – the presentation was outstanding and the desert section mind blowing! As embarrassing as it sounds – I was really catching myself thinking about the buffet during the day haha!

That day we also got to go on a sunset cruise and saw dolphins, which was just so magical – it reminded me of my sailing days. Honestly, so so so perfect I can’t even find words to describe it.

Beautiful Coron.

First things first.

If this is my only blog post you’ll ever read about the Philippines- I just need to let you know that I love it here.
Listen, I’m the person that have been trying to avoid South East Asia for a long while – it just seemed to be the obvious backpackers choice and I wanted something a little off the beaten path. But the Philippines is different. The Philippines changed me. Let me tell you why.

10 reasons why Philippines is my favorite country and my #1 recommendation for you for 2017.

1. People. They alone would be good enough of a reason (but it does help they live in paradise). They are kind, patient, positive, honest and friendly. I can say that about a lot of countries but Filipinos have been consistently going above and beyond to fix my problems, not just saying ‘sorry you lost your camera’, they made sure to do everything possible to find it. Plus, they have an awesome sense of humor.

2. English is the official language which makes is very easy to communicate. Makes connecting so much easier.

3. Food is absolutely delicious and vegan friendly (and if it isn’t – the above mentioned friendly Philippinos will figure something out for you). It’s like a mix of Thai, Japanese and European food – not very spicy, but fresh and healthy.

4. It’s officially paradise on earth.

5. It’s not very expensive. Average meal in a local restaurant is about $3-$5. Better customer service than in America.

6. You can safety drink tap water in most places and don’t have to be paranoid about brushing teeth or the origins of your ice.

7. Because a lot of beautiful places are not very crowded and some are even completely isolated!

8. The water has 50 shades of blue.

9. It’s so big and diverse you can spend here an entire month and still not see everything.

10. People here respect nature and value it over getting $4 tip. I was constantly reminded not to throw food in the water so that fish don’t get dependent (it is a common practice in other countries to throw bread in the water to attract fish closer to divers for photo opportunities), not to put too much sunscreen on as it stays in the water. There were a lot of ‘do not tip’ signs everywhere and I never ever felt pressured/hinted/asked to tip anyone. It’s so much nicer to leave gratuity without being told so.

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Before heading to the Philippines, I was told by a lot of friend travel bloggers that not only I will fall in love in this beautiful country, but also that I should absolutely visit Coron. So I started my trip there and I am glad I did, because everything from kind people to beautiful locations was just perfect.

For the first few days, I stayed at the Funny Lion – an edgy resort nested on a hill overlooking the entire bay, which makes is probably the best sunset spot in town (especially if you head to the rooftop bar called the Pride Rock, where you can be sipping your cocktail in a jacuzzi and watch the sunset!).

I have to say, I really enjoy staying at the Funny Lion – I chose to collaborate with the hotel based on photos and reviews I saw online, but once I got there, I really really liked the vibe. Very modern, I’d even say hipster feeling and environmentally friendly – I loved there was very little plastic around (glass bottles and jars in the mini bar – oh – and always a little surprise in there too (either a yummy bite size dessert like chocolate pudding in a shot glass or a jar of watermelon water with mint).

People in the Philippines are just the nicest and cutest human beings so of course the staff was nothing short of amazing. Take a look at my photos and vlogs from there 🙂philip day 34-00910

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Take a look at my trip to London when I was visiting my friend Rekha in her apartment in High St Kensington.

I arrived from Luton Airport to Victoria Station & then caught the tube to my friend’s apartment. It was so fun to feel like a real Londoner and enjoy strolling around London and doing not much more than photos and people watching.

I went to see the Big Ben & the Buckingham Palace, visited Victoria Beckham store & headed to Oxford St to do some shopping – was especially excited about Top Shop & Mango, which we don’t have in Los Angeles.

In the evening, we went out for dinner to Redemption – a vegetarian restaurant in Notting Hill.

Hope your enjoy this vlog & me talking all the time haha 🙂

My second London Vlog will take you to Notting Hill & Portobello Markets for a stroll, my favorite Vegan Restaurant EVER called Farmacy London (where I had Matcha lemonade and best Beetroot Dahl). Then @TheBlondeFlamingo & @PinkLem were kind enough to show me around London and take some photos for me! Later that evening we went out to one of the most popular restaurants in London Dishoom & then to SushiSamba.

{ oh , I know I keep saying Dahl, but I meant NAAN! Sorry, that was after a few drinks ;P}

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I arrived in Paris after flying from a remote island in the Philippines to Los Angeles where I only had 12 hrs repack & see my babies (pets). I was tired! Luckily, my Airbnb was very close to the Eiffel Tower, so I spent a couple of days just hanging out on the street of Paris.

This was my 5th trip to the capital of France so I wasn’t necesarily driven to see all the major tourist attractions – I just wanted to eat croissants & macaroons, drinks coffee & enjoy the early Spring sun!

In the video, you can see I met up with French photographer Loic @loic80l & one of my IG followers @heels.on.the.trip

The Macaroons I spent my fortune one are the famous LAUDREE & the Montmatre cafe where the movie Amelia was shot is called Cafe Les Deus Moulin.

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