I finally went to the beach after almost a year!

My last beach trip was in June 2016, though I did go to a pool party last December, which was somewhat a bad idea because it was way too cold for swimming :lol:

Like I said in my previous post, we left early Wednesday to vacation with my family in Iloilo, my mother’s province. We stayed there for six days but most of it comprised of family gatherings. I will be posting about the beach trip and Visita Iglesia soon though!

Here are the things I got in preparation for the beach trip:

  • Coco Cabana rashguard suit – I have a lot of swimsuits but I don’t have any rashguards which is why I decided I needed one. This one is a crop top paired with a high-waist bikini bottom. I wasn’t a big fan of rashguards before but I love it now! Excuse my derp face in the photo as the sunlight blinded me :lol: I definitely should’ve worn the next item in this photo.

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  • Metro Sunnies James sunglasses – These are Ray Ban-inspired but I don’t really care because my mother bought the same thing in brown for almost P9,000 ($181) and I bought my gold one for P285 ($6). I love Metro Sunnies so much, this is the third eye wear I bought from them. The first two are these eyeglasses. I had to buy a second pair of them because Chewie chewed my first pair :crying:

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  • Biore Perfect Milk sunscreen – Cat recommended this to me on my March skincare routine so I decided to try it out. It didn’t make me greasy or oily throughout the day, I love it! Thank you for the rec, Cat ^^
  • Go Pro Hero 5 – Buying this was actually my mother’s idea. She’s one of those tourist moms who always likes to take photos everywhere and she only recently discovered Go Pro through a politician :lol: She literally didn’t know it existed before she discovered it last month. I just thought she didn’t want to spend that much money for a camera but I was wrong.


Go Pro Hero 5 and Biore Perfect Milk sunscreen.


Apologies for being gone for more than a week! I brought my laptop with me but didn’t get to use it at all because we were always out with our relatives. I really do hope to finish writing my drafts so I can schedule them. Talk to you guys soon :heart:



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    On April 19th, 2017, Meghan said,
  1. The biore uv milk sounds like a beach must have!
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  2. On April 20th, 2017, Elisa L. said,
  3. hey your swimsuit is gorgeous! i don’t remember the last time i went to the beach. the scorching heat from the sun is just ugh NO. i cannot. i do, however, love the ocean.

    i’ve heard a few good things about the Biore UV SPF. my current SPF is one from Skinaqua which also has SPF50 and is also perfect for normal to oily skin. i think biore and skinaqua are like rivals in japanese drugstores haha

    your sunglasses is so cool too! very shiny B)
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    On April 20th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Elisa L., thank you! Same, I cannot stand the sun, which is why I bathe in sunscreen whenever I go outside or I just wear longsleeve shirts :lol:
    Ooooh, I didn’t know that. I’ll keep in mind to try out Skinaqua.

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  4. On April 20th, 2017, Maroon Caludin said,
  5. I haven’t been to the beach in years!

    And that swim suit is lovely! Looks great! And I don’t do sunglasses since I wear glasses (I do have it where they darken when outside in the sun though), but those are pretty! And that sun screen sounds nice! In my experience most skin care with milk is usually quite nice!
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    On April 20th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Maroon Caludin, thank you! I wear eyeglasses too, I just wear contact lenses whenever I want to wear sunglasses :D
    It is a nice sunscreen ^^

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  6. On April 20th, 2017, Tannya Aditya said,
  7. O DAMN I’M SO JEALOUS NOW. the last time i went to the beach was 2 years ago and i’m DYING to go back :crying: :crying: :crying: you got your necessities sorted, tho! and yes to gopro! especially if you’re diving a lot. it is hella pricey imo but daaaaaammmnnn what an investment. you can lend it and get some cash too B) B) glad you had fun, gillan!

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    On April 20th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Tannya Aditya, that was so long ago, you need to go soon!!

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  8. On April 20th, 2017, Nancy said,
  9. Your swimsuit looks great! I love the pattern of it as well. I’ve been seeing high-waisted bikini bottoms trending lately. I definitely need to check out the Biore Perfect Milk sunscreen because most sunscreens I’ve tried leaves me sticky/oily @__@. A GoPro goes a very long way. I bought one because it’s pretty cool to take videos without needing to kill your phone’s battery life. Hope you’ll take some neat shots with your GoPro!

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    On April 21st, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Nancy, same, high-waist bikinis sort of has a ’50s vibes. I guess they’re trying a throwback.
    Yeah, I hate having a dead battery while I’m somewhere I can’t charge :/

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  10. On April 20th, 2017, Sasha said,
  11. That rashguard suit is beautiful, the colors are just perfectly matched. :heart:

    I’d buy one but it would only be a waste of money, as I’m all but a beach bunny: I’ve always hated the stickyness of sand, my skin color is close to moon-white so I get sunburnt super-easily even with a SPF 50+ protective cream on, I can’t swim well and I hate laying down sunbathing lizard-like….nope, been there done that. Mountains and hiking all the way for me, thank you very much. :P XD

    By the way, how do I get onto your blog roll? ^^

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    On April 21st, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Sasha, thank you! I don’t know how to swim to save my life lol and I also don’t like sun-bathing because I’m already tan (and doesn’t it have negative effects on our skin?) I’d love to hike but I haven’t found the time or company to do so yet :/ My friends and I’s plans always fall apart lmao.
    You’re already on it! You’ve been on it a long time ^^

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    On April 21st, 2017, Sasha replied:

    @Gillan, Thank you, I’ve added you to mine as well. :heart: :heart:

    I used to go with my family, mainly my mum and my niece when she was a child, but it’s been a while since we went. :(

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  12. On April 22nd, 2017, Dianne said,
  13. I like the Coco Cabana rashguard. I like wearing rashguards for days when I feel like being conservative. I also bought the one-piece swimsuit I used in Boracay from Coco Cabana and I absolutely loved the material. I like your sunnies! I’m not really particular with the brands, as long as they’re doing their job and looks cute at the same time, then I’m good. See? the price difference was huge! And you wouldn’t feel much guilty if in case you lost it or broke it. haha.
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    On April 26th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Dianne, same! They have such good material.
    Truth! I would’ve died if I lost or broke my sunglasses that cost almost P9000 :lol:

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  14. On April 23rd, 2017, Kenny said,
  15. I never wear sunscreen, and I live in Florida, heh.
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  16. On April 23rd, 2017, Pauline said,
  17. Ahh, I love the beach! It’s my favourite place to be. I can happily sit on a beach and do nothing all day every day without feeling bad. That is saying a lot since I love being productive and a busy bee :P

    I LOVE your suit. Blues that match the ocean ;)

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    On April 26th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Pauline, same here! I love the ocean’s calming waves ^^
    Thank you!

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  18. On April 23rd, 2017, Claudine said,
  19. Wow, you look great in that rashguard suit, the design is really nice and it suits you really well :D

    I think I need to try out that Biore sunscreen. I don’t understand why I burn and tan so easily even with sunscreen on; I’ve tried switching brands but I’ve never tried Biore. I think it’s time I did!
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  20. On April 23rd, 2017, Chynna said,
  21. I absolutely LOVE the swimsuit and you look gorgeous in it! 😍

    My mum is exactly the same. She bought a DSLR for the specific purpose of taking SO MANY photos. Love her for it, though. Haha.

    I definitely need to have a beach vacay soon. I am craaaaaving the sun.

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    On April 26th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Chynna, thank you, sister! :heart:
    Same! Even if she makes me her designated photographer :lol:
    You should go to the beach soon, take a break ^^

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  22. On April 23rd, 2017, Nice said,
  23. Well, it’s been almost 10 years since my last visit at the beach. Haha! XD Yeah, our family isn’t that fond of going to vacations. But anyway, I like the stuff you shared, especially the sunglasses. <3 Also, if ever I'd have the opportunity to travel soon, I could use a rashguard as well. Yours is very stylish. It isn't the conventional one I usually see. I could use the Go Pro as well and the sunscreen. I like how you always seem to give product recommendations on your posts. I could learn a lot. ^^
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    On April 26th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Nice, that was so long ago! You should head to the beach soon, especially now that it’s summer and the heat is too intense in Metro Manila.
    Thank you! I’m glad this post helped you out ^^

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  24. On April 25th, 2017, Eena said,
  25. Omg Gillian!! I love love love your swimsuit. I used to be into bikinis but high-waisted ones have been appealing a lot to me lately; plus, you look super cute in it!

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    On April 26th, 2017, Gillan replied:

    @Eena, thank you so much! :heart:
    High-wasted ones are so cute and yet comfortable <3

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  26. On April 25th, 2017, Jeanne said,
  27. I for one, think a Go Pro is a beach necessity too! ;)

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  28. On April 25th, 2017, Kim Vo said,
  29. I love your bathing suit! By the way, your mom sounds really awesome. My mom would never buy expensive sunglasses or take photos with GoPros! She doesn’t even know how to use an iPhone. Bless that woman.

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  30. On April 26th, 2017, Kya said,
  31. They are really great suggestions! The glasses look really cool. :heart:

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  32. On April 26th, 2017, Wandering Ella said,
  33. I love your swim suit! <3
    And I like your mom for initiating on buying the GoPro! Haha.
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  34. On April 26th, 2017, Rosy said,
  35. I hope you had a lovely time at the beach, I live right on the coast so I’m always there, even in the freezing weather of late haha.

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  36. On May 8th, 2017, Cat said,
  37. I love the pattern on your rashguard suit! I’m also really glad the Biore perfect milk worked out for you :) I used some today and was reminded how nice and light it is. I had to come back to this entry because I didn’t realize I was mentioned in it, haha. It’s funny because it was recommended to me by another blogger too!

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