Vivere Azure was my sweet escape. Right before the Philippine summer ended and before sitting in my bedroom eating almonds and reading off my revision notes in preparation for my year-end school exams I was able to relax and enjoy myself. My family went out-of-town with my skating family. It was unfair how Ysabela and I arrived late because we had to go to SM Sta Rosa for Style lab. But, it was alright, that day we had the biggest and friendliest crowd. We arrived right on time when everyone was eating dinner and soon after, we went to one of the day villa’s and played cards.
Now I will tell you why we ended up looking like crazy animals. One of my skating ates made up a rule and said that if you lose a game, you will get punished with lipstick on your face. We played two card games- 1,2,3 pass and ‘king queen’ (I actually don’t know what it’s called!) Almost everyone had lipstick on them except for my coach and my mom. You would catch us laughing every thirty seconds because of the most random things. I was laughing so hard, the strap of my dress broke! I ended up being named the ‘baby panda’ because one of the skating moms, Tita Triccie said that we had to get my mom and she would make her face look like a panda, but I lost instead of her. What a funny night 🙂
We had a total of 6 bedrooms each one with a different theme. Ysabela and I were able to get one all to ourselves and our friend Angela had a sleepover with us. Our room wasn’t that big, I was shocked as there were five beds but it was still very spacious. I loved how there were bright-colored walls everywhere, bright rooms make me happy. It felt more like a Baguio home then a beach villa if you ask me, which is a good thing, it felt so cozy.
I’m not really into interior designing but I always like looking at nice bedrooms, it’s very interesting. Everything inside felt warm and earth-like. I guess it was because of the color tones, the wood furniture, the ethnic details and the pyramid -shaped roof that I found myself staring at before going to sleep. It was a shame how I only got to stay in the ‘Anima’ villa for one night, but I certainly enjoyed it every bit of it.
It was an early morning for all of us as we all headed out on two bangka’s to sepoc beach. I woke up one hour after I was supposed to. On the way, we passed by sombrero island and now I know where it got it’s name- It really looks like a fedora. It’s amazing how the rock formed to look like one and the sand surrounding it made it much more obvious.
We arrived at Sepoc not knowing what to expect. All I know was that there was sand, sea and a whole lot of sun. It was painfully bright. Soon after we arrived I was already in my whole body suit swimming and walking along the coastline. As you can see with my pictures, the sand is not fine and white. It’s definitely not like Boracay. Nonetheless, we still had a blast. I was glad it wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be, or else I would be shivering like crazy. I don’t normally like swimming in the beach, but I loved splashing around in this one 🙂
Before heading back to the resort, we stopped by at a diving spot and went snorkeling. Anilao, Batagnas is known to have good dive spot especially for check-out dives which I believe is a requirement for all those divers who want to get their licenses. As we jumped in the water, there were hundreds of sea creatures, and when my mom and brothers started feeding bread to the fish I screamed inside, I was just frightened that there were so many! There was so much sea life below me, it was colorful like it should be. I would have snorkeled longer but the current was so strong that my mom had to ask the boatman to drop a rope so my little brothers could hang on. As we were hanging on to the outriggers of the bangkas making sure we were close by our boats, my mom told me that when she was younger, she and her siblings hung on to the bangkas while it was moving and they would try to stay on. I wanted to try it but the current was way too strong.
As I was swimming around I also saw the divers exploring the sea, and I remembered when I went diving in El Nido 2 years ago, it was amazing! My dad and I tried to swim further down, but again the current was too strong. I hope to do it again sometime and eventually get my divers license too. I’ve never really been a great swimmer, but I was raised traveling by water, my family and I are beach people and we all somewhat know how to swim.
It’s funny how my rash top and swimming suit have the same color scheme as my blog design, #absolutelysavvygoestobatangas haha 🙂 It was great to see all the interesting creatures, tons of them!
After snorkeling we all went back to Vivere to rest. I forgot to mention that there are a lot of steps when you want to get from one place to another at the resort. It really reminds me of a forest, again like Baguio. Even though there were a lot of steps, I didn’t get super tired, it seemed alright for me, but not for our moms! 🙂
Because we missed out on a lot the day before, Ysabela and I decided to swim with a few others. Let me say, the view is spectacular. The ocean looked calm and relaxing, and we could see Sombero island from up there. Ysabela kept on complaining about how the water was too warm. With the hot weather, cold water would have been perfect!
Doesn’t my swimsuit look familiar? If you heard of I love koi, its part of the slumberdoll collection by Tricia Gosingtian. I’ve been buying I love koi swimsuits even before it became this popular, to be honest I was really surprised how much it has grown just from last summer. It’s showroom is just right behind our village so my mom and my titas would go there before the summer season starts. Anyways, when I saw it, it was like screaming my name. Aside from my favorite color has always been pink, the design was just simply cute! I can’t think of a better word to describe it. Moving on, I experimented mixing prints as if you look closely, my swimsuit have polka dots while my shorts have stripes on them, and toned it down with a white buttoned down shirt. And my sunglasses of course are from Les Moda, this time the flowers stuck on the top of the frame and not the sides. These shades definitely completed my outfit.
Even if I was in Vivere for one night and one day, I had a great time. I was able to hangout with my friends and family and set my mind off things like exams and homework. This mini trip is definitely one to remember. I hope to come back and try rafting and diving the next time. Vivere Azure is a great place to escape the city life.
One more week, summer break starts for me and my schoolmates. Watch out for more of my adventures these coming weeks.