Conrado Girl: Lia Pablo
You’ve probably seen her on our Instagram posts but we’re so glad we got to catch up with our Conrado Girl Traveler. We chatted all about her recent trips and where she wore Conrado this summer!
Lia Pablo is from Manila, Philippines. You wouldn’t think this girl works a serious full-time job with her travel envy Instagram. If you don’t find her catching up some waves up in the northern region, she’s probably on the next plane somewhere else.
Lia spends most of her weekends in La Union. It's a little surf town up in the Northern Region of the Philippines.
What is your favorite place to stay in La Union?
Vessel Hostel, which is a hostel made of repurposed shipping containers, is THE BEST place to stay in Urbiztondo, La Union. I love how every single detail of this minimalist hostel has been thoughtfully considered.
Waking up early to catch some waves, where can you get coffee here?
I don’t drink that much coffee but I can never resist having a cup (or two) at El Union Coffee Shop. I also love their skillet cookies and indoor smores!
Where do you go for dinner?
The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands and we think Lia has gone to most it of it. She’s always looking for some place new to go and she found out about Cuatro Islas.
How did you find out about Cuatro Islas?
I was researching for an upcoming trip to Leyte when I came across a blog post about a relatively unknown group of islands located 3-4 hours away from Tacloban, Leyte. I’m always in search of under-the-radar beach destinations around the Philippines so when I saw pictures of the secluded beaches in Cuatros Islas, I knew I had to go there.
What's the best to do there? What's your favorite beach activity to do there?
It’s a great place to relax and disconnect from your gadgets because there’s no electricity and mobile reception in the islands. When my friends and I were there, our source of entertainment was a group of friendly dogs that followed us around the island the entire time. We spent the day hanging out in empty sand bars and swimming in crystal clear waters.
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. When the city is feeling pretty congested, she still finds places nearby to go to!
What's the best day to go to Pinto Art Museum?
Pinto Art Museum is proof that you don’t need to travel far to feel like you’re in another world. It’s located in the outskirts of Metro Manila and is easily accessible by car and public transportation. The museum is huge and has a great collection of contemporary and indigenous artwork. Some areas of the museum can get pretty crowded on Saturdays and Sundays so definitely try to go here on a weekday. I would also recommend going here in the late afternoon because the terrace is a great place to catch the sunset.
Where can you eat around?
14Four Cafe is a few minutes away from Pinto. It’s an all-day brunch spot with quirky and mismatched furniture.
The Philippines is part of South East Asia. It’s so close to other countries like Thailand, Vietnam or Indonesia that it’s easy to hop on a plane and explore a new country. Bali is the destination she hopped on a plane for this summer!
Lia gave us some tips when you’re heading to Bali!
There's so much to do and go to in Bali, what would you recommend for first-timers?
Choosing where to go in Bali can sometimes be difficult because it’s a huge island with countless interesting and diverse places to see. Your choice will depend on the type of experience you’re looking to get out of your trip.
For nature lovers, Ubud is a must-see because of its endless rice terraces and river valleys. It’s also the cultural heart of Bali. Uluwatu, on the other hand, is more laidback and simpler than Ubud and it offers world-class surfing. There are thousands of temples scattered around Bali but I think the Uluwatu Temple is a must-see. It lies on a cliff on the southern tip of the island and has the most perfect view of the sunset. I also enjoy going to Seminyak because it has some of the best restaurants and designer boutiques on this side of the world. Whether you’re backpacking alone, travelling with your family, or just looking for a place to relax, there will definitely be something for you in Bali.
What area in Bali do you prefer to stay at?
I love staying in Canggu because it offers the best of all worlds. It’s a beach-side area with a ton of boutique stores and quaint cafes. Canggu is the place to be for a more laid-back trip because it’s not as hectic and crowded as Kuta and Seminyak. I love how Canggu still has a rustic rural vibe.