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Bikinis, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Bad Bloggers


Hello, world! Emerging from the writing cave to share some exciting (!) news.


I’m actually here to do what bad bloggers do when they have absolutely nothing worthwhile/earthshaking/profound to say: Write about my summer vacation.

This is part 1 of a two-part post. Gasp. Yes, you read it right. Feel free to faint. TWO PARTS, people.  That should put me about… *quick mental calculation* a staggering two posts ahead of my 2012 blogging record! *happy dance*

Now, to borrow the immortal words of my alternate universe-husband, Benedict Cumberbatch…

“Shall we begin?”


I cheated on Boracay (sorry, Max) this year and headed off to Palawan.

Lagen Island, Palawan


I contemplated relating the whole experience to writing…

“Corals: The Use of Setting as a Character”

“Finding Nemo: Inner versus Outer Conflict”

Jack Fish: Holy *bleep.* They’re BIG.

Um, yeah. As you can see, that idea didn’t work out too well. I’m sadly not smart enough to relate snorkeling to the importance of outlining and island hopping to plot twists. In the end, I decided that the only way I was going to get this post up before winter was to simply post pictures with captions that when read  after three (maybe four) mojitos, would sound almost clever. Come back after you get properly intoxicated. I’ll wait.

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You’re back? Wow. You chugged those down fast. Oh, well. No judgement here.


No. My thighs have not grown to the size of logs. Blame the water, not the buffet. I swear.

Benedict couldn’t make it, but I did bring along my favorite fish.


Fish One

Fish Two

I’d post a pic of the hubby fish, but I don’t think he’d appreciate the world (i.e., the three people who read this blog. Hi, Mom.), seeing him in his swimming trunks. But since I don’t want you to feel cheated, let me offer you some equally *cough* breathtaking views…

My new writing cave.


“Are we there yet?”

Yes, kids. There is life without WiFi.

Our backyard

You’re missing out, Benedict. Call me.

Until next time! Next stop, Korea!

p.s. What happened to the “bikini” in the title, you ask? Well, here it is!

My six pack!

Huh? Can’t see the photo? Damn WordPress glitches…



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24 Responses to “Bikinis, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Bad Bloggers”

  1. Mom-Friday says:

    I’m a sucker! Clicked on the link to see a bikini shot! LOL!!!!
    Would love to go there sometime… only been to Dos Palmas (pre-terrorist phase) and the island is beautiful!

  2. Jane says:

    Yay!! I’m the happiest, now that you’ve blogged again after AGES! ;) I hope part 2 won’t be so faaaaaaaar behind. Looking forward to reading it already! <3

  3. Saaaaaaam!!!!!!!
    Wow I thought you fell off the edge of the world. I’m so glad to see you didn’t.

    Great pictures! I especially love the kayaking one and the (not sure if its sunrise or sunset) one. Looks like you’ve been having a great time.
    And its only 6:30am here so only drinking coffee. I’ll have some wine later and come back :-)

  4. angel011 says:

    Nice to see you’re blogging again! Lovely photos, and the girl in the last photo is adorable!

  5. Hi again, Sam!

    It’s very enjoyable to relax with a cup of java in the early a.m. and read one of your blog posts :) Always enjoy the pics, and it is good to hear you actually took a vacation (howbeit, without Benedict [sigh]…) Cool snorkeling! (I’ve never been…[another sigh]…). Thanks for the fun! :) )

  6. diane says:

    Oh welcome back to the blogosphere ;) When I saw your updates in my blog feed, I immediately went here.

    I also went to Palawan last month. Despite the delayed flight, allergies and toasted skin, it was all worth it!

    Will you be including Palawan in the second book? (fishing expedition haha) Can’t wait to see it.

  7. Sol says:

    It’s great to finally see a new entry in your blog. You’ve been staying in your batcave way too long. Palawan is definitely love. Had a grand time island hopping three years ago. Looks like you enjoyed your time in the island as well.

  8. WOW! Looks like a wonderful vacation!

    Glad to have you back in the blogging world. Can’t wait to see more pictures.

  9. tanya reimer says:

    Enjoyed the pics,. and glad to see you made it out of that writing cave. Yikes.

    • samantha says:

      Hi Tanya! Thanks! I have to say that this second book is quite the beast. It’s a very different writing experience from the first one. I hope it lets me come out and play more often :P

  10. supershay00 says:

    sooo cuuute post! You’re a cool mom!

    But hey, you owe us the “bikini” photo. We will be on the lookout of your part 2 post where a “sexy-in-bikini-sam” greets us! HAH! :D

  11. Icee Bee says:

    Loved the post Sam…Awesome pics by the way…Now you got me thinking of Palawan for our next vacay…

  12. Icee Bee says:

    Now I’m convinced. Time to check Palawan resorts’ websites.I have one year to plan this…Ooooh, so excited already!

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