Puerto Galera Travel Diary: Virgin Island

Puerto Galera Travel Diary: Virgin Island | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
The best thing about living in an archipelago is that you never really run out of beaches. They're pretty abundant and one lifetime isn't enough to see all of them. That and they come in many forms too. The powder white sands are no doubt a tourist favorite but for some reason I like the ones where black and white sands meet. They look so magical to me. But Virgin Island in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro serves up a different charm and one that satisfied me nonetheless.

How to Travel Without a Passport

How to Travel Without a Passport | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
Itching to travel but don't have the bucks to get your passport tattooed? Me too! *ugh* But as what I'd like to tell my friends, you don't have to burn through your bank account to have an adventure of a lifetime. There are ways for us to travel without having to cross continents or carve a gaping hole on our wallets. Curious yet? I've got some tricks! (Stay till the end for a surprise.)

Spotlight: Nicole Angeles aka Riyokki

Spotlight: Nicole Angeles aka Riyokki (Art) | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
Some girls are made of sugar, spice and everything nice but Nikki, known to the internet as Riyokki, is full of sarcasm, sass and pastel class. Her art is the perfect juxtaposition of sweet and sassy. With illustrations that depict pop culture, online trends and to some extent teenage angst, it's no surprise why a lot of her works went viral on Facebook. They're relatable, current and hands-down humorous. I can't help but wonder what goes into this artist's head. Luckily, she's glad to let me (and you) in.

Puerto Galera Travel Diary: Mangrove Conservation and Ecotourism Area

Puerto Galera Mangrove Conservation and Ecotourism Area | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
Every time I hear the word "mangrove", I think of "mandrakes". You know the ones that shriek so loud they could melt your earwax? Ew. (If you're a muggle, you won't get that reference. Oops!) The Mangrove Conservation and Ecotourism Area was the second stop in our Puerto Galera day trip and for some reason it brought me back to my high school days when we'd go on mangrove planting trips as a class. That and I got to pretend I was in a real life version of Temple Run sans the scary creatures.

Puerto Galera Travel Diary: Mangyan Village

Puerto Galera Travel Diary: Mangyan Village | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
We didn't pre-plan out trip to Puerto Galera down pat. We just kind of winged it and hopped on a boat. (Looking back I think this is the most YOLO-ing I've done in my life. LOL. I've always been a planner but I wanted to let loose sometimes and here's the chance.) We thought we'd figure things out when we reach the island. If not, we can always waste our time by the beach which is already pretty inviting on its own. Luckily, Ate Tessie, the caretaker of the unit we rented, was one jolly fellow and she told us about the different places we could go to. She even helped arrange a land tour for us. It included a jeepney that can fit around 20 people and a driver who'll take us to 5 destinations we choose and we can spend as much or as less time on each as we please. Our first stop? Puerto Galera's Mangyan Village!

Puerto Galera Travel Diary: White Beach

Puerto Galera Travel Diary: White Beach | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
I have never traveled so far to see the beach. Growing up in Cebu, it was always just a half or an hour away by car. Moving to Manila made me realize that it was something I apparently missed. I've always said I was no beach bum and maybe perhaps I still am more of the mountain lover but there's a certain charm that the salt water brings especially when it presents itself in various shades of blue. Puerto Galera's White Beach was 3 hours away by bus and another 2 hours by boat. Was it worth the trouble? Definitely.

7 Must-See Places in Puerto Galera + Vlog, Itinerary, Budget and Lodging

7 Must-See Places in Puerto Galera (Vlog, Itinerary, Budget, Where to Stay) | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
One thing's for sure. The tropics never disappoint and Puerto Galera is no exception. I can barely remember the last time I went on vacation and recently I was reminded of how travel can nurture the soul and the mind. Would you believe that I even managed to write a poem on a boat? But that's not what this is about. That'll be a post for another day. I'm here to share something I've been wanting to go back to for so long: videos!

Blue Jersey

Blue Jersey by Anne Macachor | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles | Weightlifting Fairy Haneol Sports University Varsity Jacket
Out of the blue, I dreamt of you.
What could it be? A vision maybe?
It was all a blur. It feels slightly obscure.
I remember a jersey. It was all I could see.

10 Signs Anne Curtis is Your Long Lost Unnie

8 Signs Anne Curtis is Your Long Lost Unnie | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
"Daebak". An entire book of adjectives can be used to describe Anne Curtis, the Philippine's award winning princess of all media, but nothing quite encapsulates her better than this Korean slang word. The fact that she's relatable and very "makulit" makes her even more endearing to her fans. In fact, she could be your big sister! (Or mine. Hey, we have the same name!) Not sure? Check out the following signs. She might just be your long lost unnie.

Word Vomit: On Turning 4

Word Vomit: On Turning 4 | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
Four years ago, this blog was born out of sheer thirst for creativity. I was fresh out of college. After some memorable years of burrowing my nose in accounting books and burning my bushy eyebrows, I needed a creative escape. What I initially intended to be a platform for my poetry and short stories ultimately became a diary of sorts.

How to Bring Your Clothes Back from the Dead

How to Bring Your Clothes Back from the Dead (DIY Ideas: Recycle Old Clothes) | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
In with the new, out with the old. Trends come and go. But this doesn't mean that you'd have to throw all your old clothes away. That's just not practical. So what's a girl got to do? Resurrect departed (read boring) clothes back from the dead! To help you out, I’ve rounded up some DIY ideas that’ll breathe life into your lackluster wardrobe. Transform them from blah to bam with these five tricks!

Spotlight: Oona the Creative Enthusiast

Spotlight: Oona Holtane the Creative Enthusiast | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
When life takes on a sharp route towards boredom-land, the slightest glimpse of creativity can be the very spark we need to turn monotony into excitement. I for one gravitate towards visual and literary cues. They're my fuel and I believe I'm no stranger to this feeling. It is for this reason that I've decided to resurrect Spotlight, a blog series where I introduce some of the creative folks I stalk idolize from all over the world. Today, I'm focusing the limelight on Oona Holtane, Chicago based illustrator and designer with a penchant for art, music and British humor.

The Good Food Tour: Desserts Edition

Foodpanda's The Good Food Tour: Desserts Edition | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles

Shopee: Women Who Werq It with Camille Co

Shopee: Women Who Werq It with Camille Co | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
How do women "werq" it? How do we walk the talk? Females are no doubt multi-hyphenates. We all juggle a lot of roles so others can't help but stare in wonder. Truth be told, we each have our ways just the same as we are all unique. If we do try to look closely however, we'll soon realize that there are common denominators: food and fashion. Who would've guessed it would be so simple? 

To My Unnamed Prince Charming

To My Unnamed Prince Charming by Anne Macachor
I've written too many rhymes and verses for a face I haven't seen. How do you do it? You’ve managed to visit me in my dreams. Through faint cracks within my boring humdrum days, you’ve seeped through my senses down to the very core bringing light into the overcast.

Googly Gooeys: Brush Lettering and Watercolor Workshop

Googly Gooeys Brush Lettering and Watercolor Workshop | Anne's Scribbles and Doodles
I never imagined that I would come to associate the word "therapeutic" with watercolor. Growing up, I've gotten myself into various arts and crafts but never had the chance to experiment with the medium not until lately. Now, I could add it to the list of things I'd rather be doing on a Friday night. Apart from reading and writing (or eating) of course.