Escape to Elyu

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In an effort to keep my thoughts away from my current concerns (personal reasons), and to at least squeeze in some “me time”, here I am reminiscing of days by the beach from our LU trip four months ago. Also quite fitting because I’ve booked a trip to LU next month for another much needed escape from life.

It’s funny how this trip came about. From a big group of girls, Mikka ended up bringing me and Janelle along (I packed the day we left Manila) plus her brother. Nevertheless, it was quite an amazing weekend (except, I had to deal with something crazy on my bus ride back to Manila that Sunday).

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Being 100% unfamiliar with how Philippine transportation works is very embarrassing for a Filipina like me. But – yes, I definitely had no idea how buses worked here (I don’t commute that much within the main city itself). Apparently, bus rides to LU leave by midnight as it takes around 5-6 hours to get there.

If there’s one thing I regret bringing (okay, fine, two) – it would be a thick and cozy hoodie (I brought a thin sweater…claps for me) as the bus gets really chilly, and a proper sleeping playlist without having to rely on LTE (good job for not compiling a playlist earlier, self).

Anyway, we left at the 14th of November (Friday), and arrived at around 5AM the next day at Flotsam & Jetsam.


Hipster would be the first word to associate this hostel, but I’d rather say that this hostel definitely has character & personality. Bursting with offbeat art, beautiful interiors, and a picturesque view of the seaside, it’s no wonder that Flotjet always gets fully booked (plus points because the amenities are, of course, clean, and they serve good food).

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After a quick breakfast to get our energy going, stopping by El Union (A+ coffee in LU) and Tali Ti Amianan (a homegrown brand selling beautifully handmade arm accessories), we spent the whole day by the beach. I may have spent most of it painting, though, which was nice – and which was very lola of me. I don’t know, I just like being by the waves and catching some Vitamin D and not having to think about anything else – except for that moment of serenity.


I’m not kidding when I say that Elyu is all sorts of beautiful. For a moment there, I felt like time was so…SLOW. Everything seemed to be at a pace that I can handle. I found myself constantly eager for time to swiftly go by, but it didn’t. It was just there, barely moving.

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While I was extremely a coward that weekend for trying out surfing, I stayed in the waiting area painting.

Photo 11-15-14, 4 30 50 PMwith soul sister Mikka

Here’s an interesting story about how Mikka & I became friends. After making it to the roster of interns last year for Pepper (aka #lifegoalsachieved), I randomly saw Mikka the same day I had a shoot for Candy magazine – and it turns out we were shot for the same feature + same issue! Things escalated from there. And up until now, I find it pretty amazing (and privileged) to be friends with someone as passionate and wonderful as her.

LU4Speaking of wonderful, dinner at the Gefseis was delicious, as well as the lychee mojito I had at the Flotjet bar. Also, that was the night Suitcase Souvenirs and Traveling Type were born!

(Silly us, still thinking of work while we’re on vacation.)

The second day was bittersweet. Our bus was scheduled to leave by 12 or 1 in the afternoon, so we had to make the most of a short morning.

Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without swinging by El Union. Too bad Kiddo wasn’t there that weekend to make us his famous grilled cheese sandwich. :( Instead, Mikka and I had iced mochas and a cookie skillet to cool off from the November heat.

With all the hustle and bustle that was happening last November, this was the perfect no frills way to get away from the city life.

And now, I am once again finding myself in that position of wanting to escape yet again – and find a better way to slowly get my life in proper shape. March is transition month for me, as well as it is a first step of The Road to ABC. I’m sincerely hoping that even if my heart is yearning for escape and getting away with things, I eventually find that balance within and have the strength to keep on going.

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I’ll sea you next month, LU.

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Any plans for the summer? Where are you headed? :)

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9 Responses to “Escape to Elyu”

  1. Chester
    March 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Nice place Abbey! I’m seriously noting this down because maybe if I run out of options within nearby beaches, I could hit LU.

  2. Abbey
    March 10, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Yesss you should visit! Although try going on weekdays if you want your quiet time ’cause it gets crowded on weekends (the place is getting a bit mainstream already).

  3. Patty Lagera
    March 10, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Ah! I hear wonderful things about this place – Mikka is (an online) friend of mine and I always see her posts about LU/Flotsam. I’m visiting the Philippines in May and *cannot* wait to go back to LU! Love your work always Abbey! – Patty

  4. Abbey
    March 10, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Hey Patty! Yes indeed – LU is a gem. Hope you have lots of fun when you come visit this May! Enjoy summer here! And thank you :)

  5. Paula
    March 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Been wanting to go to LU for the longest time! I’ve been there briefly when i was a kid so i don’t remember much anymore. Haha will definitely try flotsam! The place looks incredible!

  6. Abbey
    March 12, 2015 at 10:32 am

    You def should go back and check out Flotsam! :) It’s a nice place to stay in LU.

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  8. Chel
    May 11, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Came across your blog when I Googled for Flotsam and instantly fell in love with your site <3 Was wondering where did you take the bus from? Thinking of going here in the next few weeks.

    Chel x

  9. Abbey
    May 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Hey Chel! Thank you :) I forgot the bus name but we took a bus from Cubao Station, at 12MN :) Have fun in LU!