Girl We Love: Danika Nemis

 
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What do you do when you're not traveling?

When I’m not traveling, it feels like I’m still on a vacation because I live in La Union and the beach is just right in front of our house. I just surf and take care of my baby girl, Luna and we watch the sunset everyday.

What are your travel must-haves?

My travel must-haves are powerbank, VCO Virgin Coconut Oil to keep my skin moisturized, sunscreen and my favorite rose facial mist. 

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What do you like most about Wink?

What I like the most about Wink is their branding. Most of their clients are fun, adventurous, always on the go and confident women like me! Also, when I get a service done, they make sure that I am very comfortable and well taken care of. 

How does Wink help you with your travels?

I wear bikinis all the time and it’s such a hassle to always bring razors and spend time and money on shaving. I am very thankful with Wink because now I am always beach-ready and I don’t have to worry about anything. And after each session, I feel more confident with my body. 

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Best trip you've ever been on?

The best trip I’ve ever been on was the first time I went to Siargao. It made me appreciate the simple things in life. I was so amazed how beautiful the island and the people who live there were. My day on the island consisted of surfing, eating and hanging by the beach.

Do you have a travel bucket list? If yes, what countries/places are on it?

I wanna see the northern lights with my family and skydive in Utah and Africa!

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What do you love about traveling?

What I love about traveling is being exposed to a different culture and having to try different local food and hearing different languages. It feels good and liberating to be someplace where nobody knows you. 

What has been one of your favorite dishes you've eaten while traveling?

I love Indonesian food. 

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If you can be anywhere right now, where would you be and why?

If I could be anywhere right now, I’d wanna be in Aspen, Colorado skiing.

What's your go-to traveling hack/tip?

Always pack light. Wherever you go, make friends with the locals. 

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Kimi Juan tells us what's in her suitcase

 
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I love packing clothes I'm comfortable in. I own mostly Beachwear, but if I'll be getting on a plane I always pack a sweater, a light coat, and some joggers.

I always bring a toiletry bag with me when I travel, I cannot live without my skincare products, and it consists mostly of a cleanser, toner, SUNSCREEN (of course!), moisturizer, hair oil and tanning oil, perfume, hand cream and lip balm with SPF. 

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I can never travel without my camera, no matter how heavy it is, I'll take it with me, and I can never leave home without a light pair of sandals.

I love taking a hat with me to protect my face from extra bright days, and a tote, because you always need one. Of course, my phone, just to stay connected to the folks back home and so I can keep up with socials, my passport (very important!) and headphones. I put all my essentials in my favorite suitcase from Away because it’s super light and durable!

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I love earthy colors, I never wear anything with too much print on them, and i love keeping things simple with neutral colors. I love how neutral colors can be paired with anything and you can always mix and match outfits.

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If I can share one packing tip or hack, it would be to keep things simple, don't overthink it! I used to hate packing but now I love it because I take only the essentials with me. I always create a list of things I need to bring for every travel and it helps me bring everything I need. In the past I've forgotten a lot of things while packing, and keeping a list makes things easier. Always bring a tote when traveling, always bring extra shoes, and always pack an extra set of clothes, just in case you're feeling spontaneous.

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"Keep things simple, don’t overthink it!"

Photos all from Kimi Juan

 

Skin resolutions to make this 2018 that will make your travels hassle-free

If you’re on your way to your dream destination, the last thing you should worry about is your skin. To help you have that worry-free, fuss free and carefree travels, we’ve come up with some skin resolutions that will make your travels hassle-free this 2018:

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WHERE TO GO THIS 2018?

 

The more you travel, the more you realize there's so much of the world still to discover – and it’s thrilling to know that a new year is here with so much possibility to explore new places and and enjoy more experiences.

Here are some travel destinations you can add to your 2018 bucket list:

Fiji

Photo credit: @historymaker_rulebreaker

Photo credit: @historymaker_rulebreaker

It’s no secret that Fiji is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery — sun-drenched beaches, turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees colorful reefs, and rugged coastlines covered in greenery. Fiji supplies all the classic images of a tropical paradise.

👍 Fun Fact

Fiji is a nation of many islands with about 333 islands, only 110 are inhabited.

Fiji is “visa-free” for Filipinos holding a Philippine passport.

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Photocredits: @koh.phangan

Photocredits: @koh.phangan

Ko Pha Ngan is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is the premier backpacking destination in Southeast Asia. Although best known for the monthly full moon parties, which attract thousands of travellers from all over the globe, there is a lot more to stan Ko Pha Ngan than getting trashed and passing out in the powder-soft white sand.

👍Fun Fact

Ko Pha Ngan is ringed by over a dozen beaches some with fine white sand that squeaks between your toes and others with a more grainy, yellow sand.

NEPAL

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Nepal is a mecca for outdoorsy type travellers because of the country’s two famous treks – the Annapurna and the Everest Base Camp trek that offer up some of the best trekking opportunities in Asia. Nepal also offers a lot besides just hiking; from visiting wildlife in the country’s southern jungles to absorbing the chaotic pace of life in the capital city of Kathmandu, there is something for everyone in Nepal.

👍 Fun Fact

Nepal is such a great place for trekking, that you can even go trekking with kids.

PHONM PENH, CAMBODIA

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia is raw, wild, and untamed. Get lost and explore the jewel of South East Asia and fill your eyes with cultural treasures in the Royal Palace compound. There are also a number of beautiful temples (or wats) scattered around Phnom Penh, which are all worth seeing.

👍 Fun Fact

One of the most famous temples is Wat Phnom, where Phnom Penh was allegedly founded in 1422.

ROMBLON, PHILIPPINES

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Photo credit: @akosiberto_

Located in MIMAROPA Region, the province of Romblon is composed of 3 main islands – namely Tablas, Sibuyan and Romblon Islands. Aside from being the Marble capital of the Philippines, Romblon Province beckons tourists with its own beauty – boasting from its numerous unspoiled dive sites, white sand island beaches and caves to the lovely people and its inland treasures of historical and religious significance.

👍 Fun Fact

Romblon Province is a cluster of 20 islands and islets, of 17 municipalities and 17 dialects.

 

VALLETA, MALTA

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Photo credit: @tovogueorbus

Soak up some culture and spend an amazing couple of days surrounded by history, amazing baroque architecture, ancient fortresses, breathtaking cathedrals and some very fascinating museums. Malta is also known in Britain as a sun and sea destination – with more than 300 sunny days a year and surrounded by clear blue waters, some of the cleanest in the Mediterranean, and is much enjoyed by visiting swimmers, snorkellers and divers.

👍 Fun Fact

Valletta, The Fortress City, Citta' Umilissima, "a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen" is Malta's capital city.

 

Girl We Love: Cara Gonzalez

 
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What do you do when you're not traveling?

I transform smiles, as a dentist. During my free time, you can find me losing myself on the bike in my favorite indoor cycling studio or enjoying a cup of coffee or gin and tonic with friends. 

What are your travel must-haves?

Bikinis; and not just one set, I bring a lot for options! Sunblock, a good pair of sunglasses, a beach mat that can also serve as a towel, a canvas bag to reduce plastic use, my trusty insulated water bottle, speakers and a journal to take note of all my adventures.

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What do you like most about Wink? 

I love Wink for making everyday life so easy for me. The staff are very knowledgeable and accommodating. They make the whole process stress free and hassle free. The laser treatment is also seamless; you don't experience any pain and you're in and out of the studio in a blink of an eye without sacrificing the quality of their services. 

How does Wink help you with your travels?

Wink makes me feel even more comfortable and confident in my own skin. Wink has apprehended my pre-travel worries and has given me more time to relax and enjoy before and during my vacations.

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Best trip you've ever been on? 

Whenever I think about my best trip three trips always come to mind: first, a few friends and I went to Tacloban a year after typhoon Yolanda hit to visit and help those affected by the disaster. It was such a heartwarming and eye-opening experience for us. We ended our trip by camping in a simple but majestic paradise a few hours away called Kalanggaman, Leyte. Two sandbars spread like wings on each side of the island wrapped in crystal blue water. It was the perfect culmination of our trip; living the simplest way of life surrounded by such a breathtaking view. Second, My friends and I always start the year by heading to our secret spot in Nagsasa Island. Who would ever think such a peaceful paradise is just a few hours north of Manila. Nagsasa is the perfect mix of everything I love about the outdoors. The lush mountains are perfect for hikes. The water is cool and calm; always glistening when the sun is out. The beach is lined with hundreds of pine trees; a rare mix of nature. Trips to Nagsasa are always dear to me because it always makes me feel so grateful for the year that had passed and excited for what the new year has to offer. Lastly,  any trip to the magical island of Siargao is always the best. Driving motorbikes across endless rows of coconut trees, entering small roads that lead to quiet beaches, surfing in cloud 9, eating the best pizza in the world (beats even those I've had in Italy and New York), making friends that over time feel like family and just immersing yourself with the community is truly something you look for over and over again. Thus, making Siargao such a highly addictive place to be.

Do you have a travel bucket list? If yes, what countries/places are on it? 

On top of my bucket list is an African safari, I also want to scratch off my list all the 7,107 islands in the Philippines. We are so spoiled to be living in paradise. The least we could do is appreciate it and take good care of it. 

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What do you love about traveling?

Traveling to me is synonymous to learning. You learn about different cultures, different ways of life, and the most valuable lessons for me are the ones you learn about yourself. Traveling pushes you out of your comfort zone but at the same time gives you so much comfort in the midst of change. The best gift traveling gives you is a change in perspective and recharging your mind, body and spirit. 

What has been one of your favorite dishes you've eaten while traveling?

This is a tough one because I LOVE to eat. From the top of my head: Adobong posit from Neknek's carinderia in Real, Quezon, Pizza from Kermit and Sizzling Chickenjoy from Harana in Siargao, Peter Luger's burger in New York, Sushi made fresh from Tsukiji Market in sushi Dai, Truffle pasta from Trattoria Zaza in Italy,  and plum lemonade from the wet market in Bangkok. 

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If you can be anywhere right now, where would you be and why?

I would love to be in New Zealand right now enjoying the great outdoors. I am also loving the weather right now in New York because the leaves are all turning and everyone seems to share the same infectious energy before having to hibernate because of winter.

What's your go-to traveling hack/tip? 

Always bring an extra foldable tote around. It's perfect when you need extra space in your luggage and a great way to save the environment by reducing the use of plastic when you go shopping. Also, engage with locals so you get the best deals and appreciate the place as locals do. Tourist traps take the fun out of traveling so it's best to get local knowledge over anything else. 

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5 places to visit for your holiday getaway

 

Because our version of white Christmas is spending the Holidays with our loved ones somewhere sunny with white sand between our toes and having tons of adventure

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Photo credit: @batanestours

📍 Batanes

Located in the northernmost province in the Philippines, Batanes offers a unique blend of breath-taking sceneries - from the mighty stone houses to the towering sentinels standing on strikingly dramatic cliffs. Its untouched beauty is a proof of the local people's (Ivatans) respect for the nature which makes Batanes a place that breathes magic that's perfect for the holidays.

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Photo credit: @shieladventures

📍 Iloilo

Experience a major holiday trip at the heart-shaped Panay Island in Central Philippines. Dip into Panay Island’s amazing white sand beaches and huge coastlines while sunbathing and sipping a cocktail from a coconut, but there’s more to Panay than what you know - from Panay Island’s mountainous, jungled interior that has yet to be fully mapped to its rich culture and activities from across the province.

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Photo credit: @dindeguzma

📍 Marinduque

“Heart of the Philippines” – Marinduque is a treasure trove of surprising and out-of-the-ordinary natural beauty. Surrounded by the crystalline waters of Sibuyan Sea and Tayabas Bay, Marinduque offers various white sand beaches, well-preserved diving sites, enchanting caves, rejuvenating hot springs and tranquil islets which makes it the perfect getaway not just during the holidays but all-year round.

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Photo credit: @crissylakwatsera

📍 Negros Occidental

Being the fourth largest in the country with beautiful spots still unknown to many, Negros Occidental is not just a destination for relaxation but also an ideal Christmas getaway for every underwater enthusiast! Its coasts are strewn with white sand, its streets flanked with historic buildings, and its islands blessed with rich natural resources.

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Photo credit: @viewfromdrone

📍 Palawan

Enjoy the nature’s prowess and give in to the majestic paradise of Palawan. Dubbed as the “Last Frontier”, Palawan is a tropical paradise for those looking to get away from the busy streets of the city and wanting to enjoy few days of serenity, tranquillity and communing with nature this holiday season.

 

Best gifts to give yourself

 

You've had your share of gifts to your family and friends, now it's time to treat yourself because why not? You deserve it.

Scroll down to see the best gifts to give yourself:

A TRIP TO SIARGAO

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Treat yourself to a trip to awe-inspiring places like Siargao. Surf all the stress away, go island hopping, and just enjoy some fun time under the sun!

Read our Siargao Travel Guide here

CYCLING CLASSES

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Turn up your lifestyle and treat yourself to a different kind of a full body fitness workout. Push yourself beyond your comfort zone with an energizing workout that will challenge you physically and strengthen you mentally. Plus, there are incredible benefits happening to your body while you pedal away!

A NICE LUGGAGE THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO PLACES

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We know you love to travel so why not give yourself the perfect luggage that will help you travel with ease. We especially like this luggage from Wanderskye. Talk about staying chic while on the road.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

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Shaving and waxing on a regular basis could be exhausting and time consuming. Why not treat yourself to a laser treatment at Wink and get rid of those pesky unwanted hairs in a jiffy! Say goodbye to your old ways of shaving and plucking and say hello to a smoother, healthy-looking and hair-free skin all year round.

Book your appointment here