If you are visiting Coron, Philippines, do not miss this. The Island escapade tour is one of its kind, ‘relaxing’ and ‘luxurious’, 3 island hopping compared to the ”Coron island tour” where there is lot of swimming and snorkeling involved. To give you an idea of both, the Coron island tour would be more preferred by those adventurers. And this one can be right up your alley if you love beach bumming in the turquoise water and stunning picturesque nature, while sipping yummy tender coconut.

The drill was the same, for all the island trips. Once our booking was confirmed, they picked us up in the morning in a van and dropped off at the jetty.

Along with 15 other people, the captain gave us instructions and the boat took off. Since there were only 3 islands for this trip, we got good amount of time to enjoy and explore all the islands.

Bulog Dos Isand

After a gorgeous 1.5 hour boat ride, the first stop was the Bulog Dos Island. White sandy beaches, clear blue sky and turquoise  water, this is the view I would never ever get tired of. We docked our boat and began exploring the island. The thing I loved about these islands was, each of them had a different character.  So, no matter how many island tours you go to, each place will be different. This Bulog Dos island had white sandy beach and unique rock formations which gave it very unique character. There was a Two Seasons resort, which you could easily spot form the beach but you cannot go beyond a hill.

What's life without funny boomerangs 🗯

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Levitate 🔆

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Banana Island

The next stop was just after a 10 minute boat ride, long & white sandy, Banana Island. There are some cottages if you like to stay there overnight. There are lot of hammocks and huts also where you can rest and spend some time. By the time we finished exploring the island, it was almost noon and we were hungry. Lunch again, was carried/cooked on the boat, the captain and his crew happily set up a buffet table for us. We bonded over lunch with all the other people of our boat and it was amazing listening to everyone’s story. After lunch I found myself a throne in the middle of the beach and I decided to settle there.

Malcapuya Island

Since these three islands are close to each other, it generally takes 10-15 minutes boat ride to reach. So the third and final stop was, Malcapuya beach. Ah, what a sight it was..! This beach was way longer than the other two and had a completely different vibe. The water was so inviting, I could not stop myself from jumping in. Along with white sand and crystal turquoise water, it had a series of coconut trees as well as some very curved-fallen-half uprooted tree branches. Each and every branch could make a perfect post card. While Rohitt got his post cards, even I got mine, on a fallen coconut tree trunk..!

 

White pristine beaches and shades of blue …. photographs don't even do justice to how beautiful Philippines is ! ❤️

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After spending the whole day at the gorgeous beaches, we were dropped off at our hotel by 5:00 pm and we still had the entire evening to us. Since we were tired, we chilled at the hotel for some time, went out for dinner and planned the adventure for the next day……

 

Love,

Kruti

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Coron, you were amazing 😍 off to next destination – El Nido 🌊

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Philippines….. Stunning white beaches, crystal blue water, friendly locals, Mesmerizing sunrises &

sunsets , it’s a traveler’s paradise. Plus a bonus if you love spending your days in bare minimum clothes!

We have spent 2 weeks in this heaven, loved every bit of it and honestly, I would love to go back and

explore more. Here is our itinerary, experience, thing’s to do, what to pack, and some tips for traveling.

Because #ItsMoreFunInPhilippines 💛

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Philippines in general

Philippines is a group of more than 7000 islands located between the South-East Asia. That means, if you

were going to spend a day on each island, it would take you 20 years! English is spoken widely and

people are very friendly. Manila is the capital and Pesos is their currency. Indians need to get the visa

done on prior. There are a few International airports and Manila &  Cebu will be the best choice from

India because they are well connected.

When to travel

Philippines has only two seasons, wet & dry.  Late November till May is the dry season and rest of the year it’s wet. Since it’s a place with amazing beaches, choosing to go in the dry season would be wise. We went there on 24th February till 10th march and it was the perfect weather..!!

I could get used to this ✈️

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Our 2 week itinerary

When there are thousands of islands, it is a tough call to decide which ones to choose. Since we had only 2 weeks & wanted to explore the untouched islands & empty beaches, we chose Palawan over the most-popular tourist destination Boracay. The capital Manila and Cebu has the most well connected flights from across the world. We chose Manila because, it was closer to Palawan.   Here is what our 2 week itinerary looked like :

Bon voyage ⚓️

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Day 1 : Flew to Manila from Bangalore with a layover at Kuala Lumpur

Day 2: Reached Manila and spent the night there

Day 3: Two hour morning Flight to Busuanga and then 45 minutes bus journey to Coron. Checked in to our hotel, Vela Terraces.

Day 4: Island hopping began. Took the Coron Island Tour.

Day 5: Island Escapade tour

Day 6: Explored the Island on our rented scooter

Day 7: Left Coron in a ferry(4:30 hours duration) to El-Nido. Reached El-Nido in the evening.

Day 8: Island hopping tour A

Day 9: Trek to the falls, Nagpan beach & Duli beach

Day 10: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach

Day 11: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach

Day 12: 6 hours van journey from El-nido to Puerto Princesa. Reached in the evening to our Microtel Hotel.

Day 13: Relaxed at the Hotel & beach

Day 13: We were supposed to go to the Underground river tour but, we cancelled and spent the day at the Hotel & beach, again..!

Day 14: Left Philippines in the morning and reached Bangalore at mid-night.

What to Pack

Loads of bikinis, shorts & sunscreen…! You will survive the whole trip with just these two. But its better to carry some add ons like t-shirts, sunglasses, hats & caps,  maxi dresses for chilled out beach days, flowy dresses, shirt dresses, comfortable travel outfits with a jacket for flights, aloe vera gel for after sun.

I have reviewed this anti aging potion aka sunscreeen from @vlccin on the blog ☀️ go have a look 😛

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Thing’s to do

From an extreme adventurer to a beach bummer, Philippines will make everyone happy. The one thing you need to keep in mind is that, you must love water if you want to enjoy Philippines to the fullest..! You can do snorkeling, kayaking, scuba dive, free-dive, surfing, kite-surfing, Island hopping, beach bumming, swimming in the lagoons.. the list can go on…. Take your pick and you will love each & every gorgeous thing Philippines has to offer. Apart from diving & surfing, we tried everything and loved every bit of it.

Of Lagoons and tanned back

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Wait, it doesn’t end here.  If you came here looking for some exotic pictures, keep an eye for the next set of posts..! I am sure it’ll be worth it.

Love,

Kruti

 

After spending a whole week in the office, the weekend is finally here. I want to go out but my tired body wants to stay put. I decide to spend the day snuggling under a blanket, but my utterly cute Labrador comes wagging his tail to wake me up. Clearly, he knows it’s my day off and I am home with him, the whole day…!! He sniffs and touches his cold nose on my cheek as I try to chase him out. But, he has one mantra in life, never give up. I have no choice but to finally get out of the bed.

The day has finally begun and I am getting ready. I go through my wardrobe in search for a comfortable outfit and find this graphic tee from The Souled Store and decide to wear it. I am a die hard coffee lover so every time I wear this, I get excited like a little kid. The tee perfectly goes with my distressed denim shorts and flip flops. I carry The Souled Store tote with me that even my Boomer is obsessed with. I think he found his connection with Shaggy !
We spend the evening chilling and lazing around on the terrace and Boomer was being really obedient. For an over enthusiastic and hyper Labrador this is a rare thing so I decide to take advantage of his mood and get a couple of pictures clicked with him. Whether he knew he had to pose for the camera or was he actually listening to me or waiting for a treat, the answer to this, we will probably never know..! 
The Souled Store has some really cool stuff. Whether you are a friends fan or the big bang or star wars, they have them all. All the quirky prints are available on Tees, mugs, mobile covers, totes and a lot more. I am wearing the Caffeine tee from HERE and the tote from HERE. For the entire collection, you can check out their website HERE .

   

Love,
Kruti

Hello,

This post is in continuation of THIS. I had received this Coolpad Cool1 phone for review and what better way to show the camera quality than showing you a day in my life through Cool1 ? Now before I go ahead, if I have to compare this phone to Honor 6x, then here is what I feel. If I ignore the memory, which is more in Honor 6x, the camera indeed is better in Coolpad Cool1, the processor is more advanced and even battery life is better.

Disclaimer: All the pictures in this post are clicked with Coolpad Cool1 and absolutely no editing done, whatsoever. This is as real as it can get.

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. I woke up early for a shoot. The trench coat was hanging in my cupboard,  I was making myself a cup of coffee while listening to songs on my Coolpad Cool1. Once in a while I do like some music. I did my makeup, put on the fishnet stockings and headed out for a shoot. Once we finished the shoot, I changed  into my comfy boot cut jeans and headed for food. We then, decided to click the second outfit pictures using Coolpad Cool1. I was not very sure but, when we tried it, we realized, the camera was indeed amazing..!!

Coolpad Cool1 looks very sleek and is lightweight. It comes in two colors, silver & gold, I have a silver one. The phone also has a reversible battery which means you can use your phone as a power-bank, when you need it. The best part of the phone is, its battery life. It gives a stand-by time of 450 hours, 120 hours of music or 40 hours of movie playback.

The selfies were taken using the front 8MP camera, in beauty mode.

Clicked in Beauty mode

We went to a place called Yogisthaan and had yummy Aloo paratha, Poha and Masala tea.

Clicked in Pro mode

Meanwhile, clicked a few pictures as well.

Clocked in normal Photo mode

Clicked in Dual camera setup

Look, how green and pretty the place is…!!

Clocked in normal Photo mode

Post food,  we strolled around the neighborhood and visited a park.

Clicked in Pro mode

I love the quality of this phone.

Then on the way home, we spotted beautiful trees with pink flowers so we stopped for a picture. Boy ! Can’t believe it’s spring already……

Look how pretty the road looks…!    From where I stand…..

It was already afternoon, and after a nap I took my boy for a walk.

He loved the camera as well…

Clicked in Pro mode

Clocked in normal Photo mode

A few tricks, for the treat !

The only way to get his attention is FOOD !

Later I went for weekly grocery shopping. And this is how it looks like, well, mostly.

Look how vivid the colors look..!!

After dinner I hit the bed and just like that, before I could realize, my Sunday was over……

I am not much of a party animal and this is how I spend most of my Sundays. I wake up early, eat yummy and nutritious food, spend time with Rohitt & Boomer and go to bed early. You know what they say, it’s not a trend, it’s a lifestyle.

Hope you enjoyed the post. For more information on Coolpad Cool1, you can check out their website HERE. And If you are looking to buy it then, visit the nearest store or just click HERE.

Love,

Kruti

Being a blogger, I am always clicking pictures, selfies, updating my social media and taking calls, emails. Which means I am always with my phone. I’m also constantly scouting for new locations for my photo shoots. Surprisingly, most places in Bangalore do not allow photo shoots. You can click the same frame with your phone and not the camera, weird right..?? And when you have to cancel the shoot only because of this, it’s another nightmare…! This was the main reason that I wanted to get a new phone with which I can click some crisp pictures. So, when I got this Coolpad Cool1 phone, I knew this was the one I was looking for.  Coolpad Cool1 comes in two colors, silver and gold. These days I am obsessed with silver hues so I got the silver one. The phone is sleek, lightweight, has 32 GB memory, fingerprint scanner and some really amazing features !

The main thing I loved in this phone is the Camera. The Coolpad Cool1 has a dual 13MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture each, phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) and a dual-LED flash. The front camera is 8MP with an f/2.2 aperture. I have clicked some amazing pictures using this phone, which deserves another post. Stay tuned for that! And you will be shocked to see that the pictures clicked with this phone, are blog post worthy.

When you have 2 sim cards and you have been carrying 2 phones all these months, you know life isn’t easy. You forget to carry one phone sometimes or you cute little bag cannot fit both the phones together. It is then, at that moment, you think of a solution, which is nothing but get a phone with Dual Sim Technology. And once you get it you realize, I wish I had got it sooner.

This particular phone has a Reverse Charging Feature. Which means it has a dual direction USB type-c which charges your phone at lightning speeds & also makes your phone a power-bank when you need one. Isn’t that amazing ?

Raise your hands if you love clicking selfies, if you are reading this sitting in your office then nod your head instead. Coolpad Cool1 has 8mp front camera which, comes with an auto Beauty Mode, which adapts to your facial expression to capture the perfect selfie. Beauty mode smooth-ens the skin, blurs the lines, pores, marks and makes your face look more radiant in the pictures. Which means you will look like you have got your perfect dose of beauty sleep every time, even if you didn’t..!!

The phone is small enough to fit in all my handbags and big enough to watch a movie in. The 5.5 inch screen size is perfect for even typing mails. And if you are a clumsy one, like me, then you will be happy to know that it has gorilla glass protection.

I left home in the morning for a shoot and when I was back after a day full of running errands, meetings, constant Instagram stories, phone calls, watching YouTube videos, the battery was still way more than half.  If I have to describe the battery life of this Coolpad Cool1 in four words, lasts more than forever. Because it has 4000 mah battery which offers a stunning stand-by time of 450 hours, 120 hours of music or 40 hours of movie playback. Now binge watching YouTube videos will not kill the phone.

Thank you Coolpad Cool1 for sending the phone. I really liked the phone and loved using every bit of it. It even went perfectly with my trench coat and fishnet stockings combo.

If you need more information then, you can check out their website HERE. The phone is available in store or you can even get yours on Amazon.

Also, since Honor 6x is very similar to Cool1, I am going to do a mini-comparison between Coolpad Cool1 & Honor 6x for you guys.

  • Though they are similar, when it comes to their software, Cool1 has an advanced processor.
  • Both of them come with dual camera technology. However, Cool1 gives you clearer distant shots as well as clearer macro pictures.
  • The battery life is better in Cool1. Another point for that..!!
  • Cool1 has C-type reverse charging technology while Honor 6x still continues to be with micro USB cable.
  • The only part where Cool1 gives a point to Honor 6x is, it has 4+32GB non expandable memory. And Honor 6x comes with 4+64GB and expandable memory.
  • Price for Cool1 is INR 13,999/- while Honor 6X retails for INR 15,999/-.

That’s it guys. Do let me know what you think about this phone, the comparison or even my outfit in the comment section below.

Love,

Kruti