Mel in El Nido, Palawan - Palm Trees and Coconuts - illumelation.com

THE WORDIER VERSION

I live in London - a city which I'm torn between loving and hating. I love the era we live in. It's fluid, freeing, and holds nothing against us. We can do anything we set our minds to. 

Having lived in bustling cities my whole life, I appreciate the luxury of stillness to an infinite degree. When I have a chance to be quiet, whether on a peaceful beach or a mountain beneath the stars, I like to close my eyes, breathe in the moment, and be. Escaping our world of perpetual digital distraction does the soul so very good.

My wanderlust is insatiable. I love to lose myself in new places, new cultures; meet new people, see new things. There's nothing quite like the nervousness and excitement that pools in my stomach when I look out of my airplane window and see an unexplored country welcoming me to the flesh and veins of its lands. I live for those moments of pure, unadulterated wonder.

When I’m not travelling, I remain a creature of habit. I like to curl up with good books for hours on end and play the same song on repeat until its backbeat is steeped into my memory. I like the smell of fresh lavender and how good my body feels after sipping lemon-infused water first thing in the morning. I like hot, freshly cooked adobo with plenty of bayleaf and balsamic vinegar - it reminds me of Mama, of Papa, of home.

And on that note, this year has taught me, more than anything else, that "home" is an unfixed concept.

Home is definitely where the heart is.


Hola! I'm Mel.

An island child dancing around the big city.

I'm a freelance journalist and traveller from London, with Filipino-Spanish roots.

I also recently started up Virginutty, an organic fairtrade Philippine coconut oil brand.

Welcome to my world of travel tales, human connection, and illuminations.

This blog is for you. 

I hope you find comfort and inspiration here.

Mel x