Summer’s here, which signals the start of roadtrips, beaches, and trips to the pool — in some cases, to the hot springs (went to one a week ago)!
The past weekend was about an impromptu beach trip that was a little last minute after a flippant invite by my cousin — meant to tease my mom — who already has plans to go to White Rock in Subic, Zambales with the rest of his family over the weekend. What wasn’t expected by all was that my mom was “in the mood” since she’s been itching to go to the beach, at least that’s what she said. So rooms were booked and paid for then preps for the roadtrip (car check and packing) were on the way.
I’m no stranger to long drives but this will be the first time I’d drive to Subic. It’s an estimated 4-5 hour drive (according to Waze it was around 185km from my house) depending on the traffic and amount of stopovers. I had set that we leave around 3am Saturday simply because I’d rather drive with less cars on EDSA and NLEX even when it would mean I’d be driving in the dark and will be tired the rest of the day.
DAY 11 • 01 April
We ended up leaving the house around quarter past 3am. Happily made it to White Rock around quarter to 7am with only one stopover for a quick bio-break for the senior passenger, haha. Adding to the awesome start of our day was when we checked in, the resort allowed us to head on straight to our room even when standard check-in time is 12nn. I was grateful about that gesture since it allowed me to rest up a bit while we unpacked and waited for the rest of our company to wake up and start the day. They arrived the day before.
Normal skincare ritual for me on beach trips is to simply wear sunscreen with SPF 50 for my face (Nivea) and body (Eucerin). And I’d wear a little foundation and powder to mattefy the skin a bit (won’t end up looking oily/shiny, which it usually does when I wear sunscreen) and, of course, SPF for my lips — used the Sunright Lip Balm SPF 15.