El Nido Resorts in Miniloc Island, 2019

23 February 2019

I dared not believe it would really happen until I was aboard the plane bound for Palawan because I was scared I would jinx it, but dreams really do come true—almost two weeks ago, I went to El Nido for 7-Eleven's Big Bite Dream Big promo.

The best kinds of OotDs are those that come with sand on your feet
7-Eleven Big Bite held a fun promo where you can choose among your Fashion, Concert, and Travel dreams. The Fashion dream winners had a shopping spree and a makeover, the Concert dream winners went to their dream concerts featuring their favorite artists, and the Travel dream winners had an all-expense paid trip to El Nido, Palawan with their respective plus ones. What a treat!

7-Eleven Big Bite Dream Big Travel crew
Group photo with 7-Eleven representatives, partner agencies (the group where I belong), brand partners, vloggers, and winners
I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful El Nido is, and I have a lot of photos to show you!

Too giddy and excited to be sea sick
This sight greeted us after our delayed flight and 45-minute boat ride
We stayed at the El Nido Resorts in Miniloc Island and we enjoyed every minute of our stay; the service staff and tour guides are all warm and accommodating, the amenities are top-notch, and the buffet spreads are always A+++.

Our villa
I shared the room with Irish of 7-Eleven
Travel essentials: BEACHBORN Sea Salt Spray and BEACHBORN Didi Cupps 2 in 1 Shampoo Bar
This magnificent view greets us every time we go to the dock to go to other islands
Feast your eyes with this view from the lounging chairs by the pool
We had the grandest time marveling at the lush beauty of the many islands and lagoons we visited

Ariel from Krissyfied Makes's Sea Maidens collection

Golden hour
The sunset cruise was so romantic, and I wish I can go back here with J
Dinner under the stars at a private island while being serenaded
It was perfect
Vloggers Daniel and Bret with 7-Eleven Big Bite Dream Big winners Gem and Rhea with their respective plus ones Mac and Ruan
Our second day there was filled with more activities, transferring from island to island, and swimming. It was my first time to kayak and although it was tiring and challenging, I really didn't mind because the views more than made up for it.

I also got to snorkel! It's an experience I will treasure in my heart forever huhu.

My only regret is that I didn't use the Action Camera I brought underwater to take photos of the fishes and coral reefs because I was too scared I would lose it, but I promise to get to it next time. There WILL be a next time.

I am also very thankful to be able to experience a starry night as beautiful as this again because I only see skies as star-lit as this one when I go to the province. Photo taken using my Huawei P20 Pro, and I am happy I get to keep this as a special memory. My heart is full.

I was there for work but it felt more like a paid vacation as Bret and Daniel didn't make it stressful for me. You should check out their vlogs because they always have great content.
What a treat to meet these girls and be like an annoying big sister to them for three days. Good luck on your future endeavors Gem, Mac, Rhea, and Ruan! May all of your other Big Dreams come true!
Travel is a luxury but it is something I would willingly save up for if it would mean visiting places as beautiful as El Nido. My takeaway from this trip is that I wish we can take care of our environment more to preserve these beautiful places so that more generations can see them.

Huge thanks to 7-Eleven Big Bite for this amazing opportunity! I will start joining more contests now because, who knows, Lady Luck might blow my way and make my dreams come true next time. 

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