Hey guys! I’ve been MIA from the blog for awhile, but now I’m back – and so pleased to announce that while I was glamming it up in Miss Universe, the blog has also received a make-over! Welcome to the new look and feel, I hope you love it!
After our busy pageant schedule, there was nothing I was craving more than some R&R with my family, and what better place to close my Miss Universe chapter than in the same place it began? The Philippines, of course!
Ikinagagalak kong makarating dito sa Pilipinas!!
You should know by now that there’s no place I’d rather be than on an island.
There’s something alluring about island life. The slow pace, the tropical weather, and of course the sunshine, palm trees, and sea! It’s the environment that I was raised in, and I always feel at my most true self and my best on a rock sprouting palm trees and surrounded by salt water. It’s an island girl thing.
So, back to the Philippines! I kind of feel like the Philippines have been my home away from home throughout the years. I’ve celebrated many pageant and modeling accomplishments within these 7,107 archipelago islands. I’m a strong believer in “home is where the heart is”, and I’m pretty sure over the years I’ve left pieces of my heart scattered throughout the world, and definitely a major chunk in the Philippines. From the bottom of my heart, I can truly say that as a whole, I have never met more genuinely happy, nurturing, and supportive people in my life. Mahal ko kayo, Pilipinas!!
I’ve visited Manila, Pagudpud, Tagaytay, Baguio, Cebu, Bohol, and even Boracay throughout my three visits to the Philippines, but my family and I had yet to experience the famed beaches of Palawan. How can we say we’ve been to the Philippines and not have seen Palawan?!
With that said, the decision was made easily, airline tickets were booked, and we were officially off on our next family adventure!
Destination: El Nido, Palawan.
Packing for Palawan was a no brainer, I’m obsessed with everything Zimmermann. Their Tropical Lattice dress was the first item I put into my suitcase, and no joke, if this was the only dress I packed and I had to wear it everyday, I would be okay with that.
Pink is the hue of the moment, but it’s not a color I normally gravitate towards. I do LOVE pink, don’t get me wrong, but I usually feel pastel colors wash me out. I couldn’t resist this tropical print though.
And that incredible lattice detailing in the back?!
My heart thumps and flutters around anything palm tree printed. The adorable picot scallop trim was just the icing on the tropical cake.
As we hopped around the Matinloc Resort, this was the perfect little pink dress to transition from breakfast to beach to playing rummikub poolside (we loooove game-time in this family). I toggled between my Golden Goose Superstar Gold Sneakers and my Steve Madden Werkit Sandals. I love pairing these metallic sneakers with a feminine frock, but sometimes sandals are more practical for the beach (and even though these sandals are seasons old, they’re goodies and I take them everywhere with me).
With this dress especially, I put my hair up for two reasons, 1. I want to highlight the gorgeous lattice details in the back, and 2. humidity, need I say more? Toss on some mirrored sunnies and you’re ready for vacay mode.
We LOVED our time in Palawan, and truthfully, we wished we had stayed for an entire week. Yes, it was THAT relaxing and beautiful! However, making your way from Manila to El Nido is not for the faint of heart. You need an adventurous spirit as it took a plane, a bus, and a boat to reach our final destination. Hands down though, it’s totally worth it.
Make sure you pop over to my IG feed @carolyncarter to see photos from our stay at the Matinloc Resort and the *must do* boat tour we took of the Secret Lagoon and Snake Island.
P.S. If you need a driver in Palawan, without a doubt I have to recommend our driver Mark: +63.917.764.9991, just tell him Miss Universe US Virgin Islands sent you his way, and I promise, you’ll be in good hands!
Stay tuned for more posts about our time in Palawan, Philippines!
Maraming Salamat Po,