Manic Manila

Yesterday we arrived in Manila for the first of eighteen days for our Honeymoon.

Manila, by far is the busiest city I have ever been to. With cars, scooters, motorcycles and the city’s bus system called “jeepneys” wizzing past you. Manila is a place to sure find a way to keep you on your toes at all points.


If you thought you could walk down the street with your phone in your face, your wrong. That is a quick death waiting to happen as you are sure to get run into or over by a driver that has people to see and places to go.

One of the most fascinating things I have found so far is the stares from other people. It’s easy to think we blend in until we have small school children pointing, giggling and asking to take photos with us. You almost would think we were mistaken for celebrities, but it is just their innocent curiosity of seeing someone different in their crowded metropolis that it literally stops them in their tracks.

There is lots of history in Manila, a lot surrounds the devastation that World War 2 left upon the city and the unconscious minds of the Filipino people.

It had been quite refreshing to see groups of pre-teen and teenage kids together enjoying their days dancing in park, taking photos, playing games and enjoying one another company. When I think about it, I truly can’t remember the last time I saw a group of teens interacting together without technology by their side and as a distraction to real human connection.

The food thus far has been decent. We’ve had rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner and even tried a local favourite called Bagnet Kare Kare which was pork belly with zucchini, and bok Choi in a peanut sauce.

We have chosen to stay in the business district of the city called Makati, where the skyscrapers are literally scraping the sky at 33 stories and the haze that covers the city gives it an intimate feel in the crowded, business of the city.

On Sunday we walked around Makati and it was surprisingly a ghost town. Since it is known as the business district with lots of financial institutions and HQ of major corporations, it seems people only travel to this area on weekdays. It was a nice surprise from the previous days chaos.

82F88386-AE0A-4510-A2BC-82D7DF21FA98E04BCDAD-D2CD-427A-8163-B94DC66EBAF4B45CA4C7-540F-41D1-A292-EF115D07474AWe walked around the market where many locals had set up vendors of local fruits, vegetables, seafood and protein.
We were really excited to try some local BBQd street food. We tried chicken legs, prawns, vegetable samosas, and pork crackling.

We walked back to our hotel and spent the day catching some rays by the roof top pool.

Today we are off to Coron and ready to explore more of a laid pack pace of life by the ocean.

Why Reversible Bathing Suits Make The Best Travel Companion

I recently got married in Jamaica and had a lot to pack. After many months of searching for the perfect bathing suit to accompany me on our ten day tropical vacation, I found such joy and convenience in having a reversible bathing suit.

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On the beach in Jamaica

Instead of packing one for each day, I cut down four of those days into two bathing suits. Everyone loves to have a new bathing suit look every day, and it made everything so much easier and fashionable by having four different looks with only 2 suits. If you got really creative and wanted to mix and match, you actually could make 16 different looks with two reversible bathing suits.

The suits I got were the Gold Feather Reversible bikini from Arrow & Eve and the Seamless Wave Reversible Bikini from PilyQ. Both incredibly flattering and the colours are so easy to mix and match. Gold Feather Reversible Bikini | Arrow & Eve

The Gold Feather reversible bikini is such an easy suit to mix and match since it is black and we all know black matches with everything. Even the gold feathers and black on the reversible side makes it elegant and easy to match with many different looks. You can look effortlessly chic in the all black, or glam it up with the gold feather. I absolutely love the ruffled bottoms, they make any shape look cute and sexy at the same time, and cheeky too! 😉 Gold Feather Reversible Bikini Bottoms | Arrow & Eve

A new favourite to my collection is the Wave Reversible Bikini. I got so many compliments on this one as it is fun and shimmery, and the seamless material is really different and not something you usually see in bathing suit material. I found this suit to be really easy to wear under other clothing, and since it was seamless, you didn’t get those bulky string lines under your shorts or dress. It was perfect. Seamless Wave Reversible Bikini | PilyQ

In a few weeks we are headed away again to escape the cold and off to Antigua. This time we are super strapped with luggage, so I again will have to hold back on packing seven different bathing suits, and I will definitely be putting my theory to the test and only bringing these two bathing suits with me to stand the test of mixing and matching. See you on the beach! xo

For more reversible bathing suit inspiration and other luxury bathing suits ideas check out Canadian owned Sunvixen Swimwear.

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We know swimwear. The team at Sun Vixen Swimwear is a beach loving, pool party planning, getaway going, day to night swimsuit wearing fashionista brigade. We believe in function and form. When you choose a Sun Vixen Swimwear product you step into the sun, glowing inside and out, confidently diving into any situation.

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This post was originally posted on Sunvixen Swimwear on March 4th, 2019.

About Me

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I am Lindsay. Welcome to my travel blog. I started this blog in 2011 when I left Canada for 10 months to travel Australia on my own after graduating university.

Writing a blog was the best way for me to update my friends and family about my adventures and to share what I was up to and what I was experiencing.

Writing has always been therapeutic to me and I found true therapy through travel.

I hope my adventures and experiences bring you as much inspiration and motivation to get out there and see this beautiful world that we are so lucky to call home.

I have travelled to 13 countries and counting and hope to continue to rack up my travels and never cure myself from this travel bug that I have been lucky enough to treat every so often.

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The French Rivera – where the rich and famous play

Thursday afternoon, we arrived at our last and final destination Nice, France located in the heart of the Cote des Azur or better known as the French Rivera.

The city of Nice is shaped around the glistening turquoise waters of the mediterranean sea, and neighbors the famous Principality of Monaco.
Our first day in Nice, we walked along the   Promenade de Anglais, and rented bikes and cruised along the boardwalk, people watching and admiring the amazing views.
We then finished off our night at a cute little pub in the harbour.
The next morning, our lovely host made us such a cute little breakfast a top her balcony which overlooked the city and the mountains. It was perfect.
After breakfast, we hopped of a bus for about 40 minutes for a scenic ride into the Principality of Monaco.
When we arrived in Monaco, it was almost noon, and that meant that everyone was going up to the Castle to watch the changing of the guards. We followed them, and saw the guards do the traditional ceremony of changing the guards.
We then took a brief tour of the castle where Princess Grace Kelly once reined. Grace Kelly was a famous Hollywood film star who married Prince Reiner and became the Princess of Monaco. Unfortunately she died in the 80s due to a car crash off of one of the many cliffs here.
We continued our visit to Monaco by touring town the alley ways and walking along the piers.
We had crepes for lunch and for dessert!
We made our final stop in Monaco in Monte Carlo at the famous Monte Carlo casino.
I may or may not have lost a small fortune at the roulette table, but all that matters is I had fun!
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On Saturday, was our last day in The French Rivera, we figured what better way to spend our full day in Europe than at the beach!
We had our last French meal of mussels and French fries, then headed on the airport to go to Barcelona for our last night!