14 Sunday Apr 2013
Third time’s the charm! Boracay became more commercialized right now than my first visit five years ago. It still has the pristine white sand and clear blue waters but with endless restaurants and night life along the long beach’ shore, it indefinitely became a lot better for locals and tourists. It has been and will always be one of the best vacation spots here in the Philippines. Warning: This is going to be a loooooooong entry!
Here’s what brought to the beach! My closet’s full of beach clothes, cropped tops, t-shirts and cutoffs and i think i brought most of them! That’s why i always find it hard to come up with a formal or business attire when needed. Hahaha. I never pack light (even when we were in Palawan i figured out i packed for five extra days).
One thing that was different from my past two trips in Boracay, i traveled with my sister and a friend this year. Though i miss mum and dad a lot for five days, i became more independent and i had to be an ‘ate’ to my little sister. Though i am always an ate to her everyday, i have to look after her more than myself because i have to keep myself together as i tend to lose tickets and directions. Carlo went with us because he wants something to Instagram haha! And it was true, he was always on Instagram even in the bathroom (but he’s sometimes madamot with wifi huhu i am worried about my followers hahaha joke).
We rode a bus from the airport going to the airplane. They confiscated our canned goods and a jar of peanut butter! Now we can’t push through with our one-nigt plan of eating canned goods at the hotel Hahaha. And guess what? Our flight got delayed for an hour. The pilot said we have to wait for 10 mins for the clearance to be released from Kalibo International Airport but that ten minutes became a grueling one hour. Everyone was hungry and people were shouting “Free lunch! Free lunch!” lol. Upon arriving Kalibo, i was looking for the bus that will take us to Caticlan. It was a two-hour bus ride then we were greeted by some people at the boat terminal. We had the boat to ourselves (parang private boat lang haha) that took us to the beach for about twenty minutes. It was almost dusk and we were super stoked that we were almost there!
Touchdown Boracay! The first thing that we did after lodging at the hotel was eat! We were starving so we headed to a buffet place (because Carlo insisted on eating buffets everyday) then we saw our good friend Raph at the street and Ina said he practically looked like a local who offers the water or land activities to people hahaha! We invited him for some drinks & strawberry sisha at De Ja Vu bar. Ironically it won’t happen again hahaha we won’t be back because their mixes were too strong! The place was good though. And Carlo never stops singing the “Pusong Bato” to annoy us.
Since it was a Friday, we partied at Epic club! It was my kind of vibe. It was so chill and we were just dancing the night away. I have never liked the wasakan kind of party or the get-drunk-til-you-cant-remember-what-you-did kind of thing. Carlo and Raph also told us that two tall guys were pushing them aside so that they could dance with us. But our friends were so protective, they pulled us right to the front row hahaha. It could have been my man! Just kidding.
Day two and we still don’t have anything planned for the rest of the days hahaha we were trying to be spontaneous without an itinerary lol. Oh well, here’s my attempt to post an ootd!
I love Ina’s high-waist swimsuit! The color combination looks so Litlle Mermaid don’t you think?
Our cousin was supposed to be with us but he backed out a week before because he couldn’t leave his carshop business so Ina and I sold kuya Mykee’s ticket to Carlo and processed the name change charge. Carlo, it was the longest five days of my life! Hahaha! Please don’t show yourself to us for a month. Just kidding! Look at the last photo, we were trying to imitate a photo we have seen before. Unleashing the inner jeje within ang peg!
Bianca and Adrian met us outside our hotel and we ate at a BBQ House. We have tried that already before with mum and dad. It was scorching hot so Ina and grabbed Ice Monster for lunch. After lunch, we were getting ready for our parasailing but something went wrong on the cruise. The machine stopped working and we were stranded in the middle of the sea. The waves were really big and it was my first time to get seasick! So they just refunded our money. Para-fail-ing!
We walked all the way to D’Talipapa for dinner! Everything had D in Boracay – D’Mall, D’tonakayo & D’lata haha i kidd. We bought squid and shrimp at the market and had them cooked at a restaurant. The spicy squid and garlic buttered shrimp were so yum! Ina thought that we had to buy bigas because everything there was ‘paluto’ hahaha. Then Raph brought us to Jonas’ milkshakes and i forced Ina to order the Peanut Butter & Chocolate milkshake while i got Banana & something (i forgot sorry). It was so good!!! Well my sister didn’t liked hers because she wanted a fruit as well. Hihi. Well good is an understatement. I was craving for milkshakes everyday of our trip.
We told ourselves we won’t take a bath so the stamp and tag from Friday’s party won’t come off and we’d get free passes haha but since we are good citizens of the world, we paid again for that party on Saturday night at Epic (by the way this photo is from their Facebook page). The music was good old tunes and i got my usual Sprite & Vodka (though i don’t drink softdrinks ever – i have tasted Coke only once in my entire life). Carlo got so kilig because i saw someone hitting on him for seven times (mas mahaba pa hair mo samin girl!). Ina also met a Russian girl at the bathroom and she told my sister she looks hipster with her outfit (hey ina those were my clothes! haha). Suddenly she started opening up to us and how she’s on a soul-searching because her boyfriend cheated on her. She went to Malasimbo in Palawan after that then Boracay. She was asking us for advice if she should forgive him or just forget it. As usual Ina and I had different answers haha can you guess what’s mine?
Day three and we are still alive! We asked Carlo to take our usual “sister-mala-candid photos” even though he was so annoyed hahaha! Haaay why you so sungit? jk i hope you won’t read this! I still won’t forget what left at the bathroom. It was so gross!!! I think i have seen death that time haha!
I think this is my most favorite ootd at the beach! The bikini print is so hippie and boho while my lace coverup was said to be classy. I don’t like to put labels on who i am or what i look but lately i’ve been donning bohemian and hipster styles since then. I guess i won’t grow any younger, so better wear these cropped tops and high-waist shorts before i become fifty years old. Hahaha.
Ina wanted to pair her neon lime green maxi skirt with a bandeau but we couldn’t find one before this trip so she just wore her basic black bikini. Notice her dip-dye bag? She made it! She even taught me how and i have my own peach and turquoise version. Kulang nalang idil-dye niya buong kwarto niya. Hahaha.
We visited some of our friends who were watching Boracay Open while others were playing Ultimate Frisbee.
I was hoping to get a glimpse of Derek Ramsey but i think he was somewhere buying us food. Chos.
We tried the famous brick-oven pizza from Red Coconut Finally, a decent food on the island. Hihi
The sun isn’t getting any colder! We walked all the way to Station 1 to get another milkshake even though we were dying from the heat. We can’t get enough of it!
We just went food tripping the whole day! I also pre-ordered a box at Real Coffee because i was dying to try their famous Calamansi Muffins.
While Carlo was sunset watching (and probably spotting hahaha), Ina and I played with the sun-rays again
What we have always wanted to do is to bask on the sun while i am reading a good book (but sadly i wasn’t able to do it) and while Ina was playing some songs with her Ukulele. It’s like we were in a pensive state, listening to the waves kissing the shore and the sun slowly drowning to infinity.
I super love the first photo! I have trained you well, Ina. Hihi
Thank you so much Ina for being so patient in taking hipster or ootd photos of me
The cloud looks like cotton candy
Carlo, Ina and I tried the restaurant in front of the Boracay Uptown mall (can you imagine they have a mall already?!). Then Winston called me to ask if he could join us for dinner since the rest of his friends went ahead. He also brought along Gie and Gracey. The food was okay and i could get used to the candlelit dinners by the beach. So relaxing! We made Carlo taste our favorite Gelato after dinner
Our good friend, Noel, invited us to go to the party with him at Summerplace. We said yes because we have been at Epic for two straight nights and we wanted to try something different. I haven’t hung out with Noel also for the past two days. But plans have changed (the group became bigger than expected also) and they said we go straight to Club Paraw that was at Station 1 (photo from kuya Migs). I won’t go back to that place again ever – all for the wrong reasons. The place was awfully scary and tawdry. I won’t get into the deets too much about what else happened but i just wished we stayed at the hotel to get enough rest for our adventure the next day.
On a brighter note, our day four was the bomb! We sailed through the ocean so we could get to Ariel’s point. The secret island was so beautiful and we had it to ourselves for the whole afternoon!
Carlo went right away and dove the 15 meters! It was so high and i am surprised he didn’t die hahaha. Can you see how suicidal the Asian was on the plank?
It is our first time to try cliff diving (probabaly because our parents would freak out if they were with us). Ina and i have fear of open water so it was really scary for us to jump into the ocean not knowing if we would float longer. This is what happens when you watch too much films. But since it was saltwater, they said we won’t sink. And i was amazed, we didn’t drown!
I was saved by the bell (the lunch bell hahaha)!
Cliff diving to death! It took me an hour standing on the edge of the plank hahaha just kidding! But seriously, when you’re at the end of the plank, you’ll have fear of heights too! My fear of open water disappeared but adrenaline rushed through my veins and i have decided to take a leap! Literally the biggest leap that i have taken in my life! This is legit yolo (even though i hate that word, i’ll use it just this time).
Open bar and buffet for all of us! I remember our foreigner friend who got stung by a jelly fish. He just poured the vodka to his open wound because he said there’s still alcohol in it. Makes sense. Hahaha!
I dove thrice and i can finally tick this off my bucketlist! But i still have bad bruises (that looks a lot like hemorrhage) and a broken bone from this 8 meter jump. This is what i get for being an adventurous soul but it feels so good! Well, on the inside. Hahaha. Because my right butt looked like i went on a hazing.
I told her i’ll kill her if she doesn’t jump but she’ll also die if she jumps. No choice hahaha so proud of my baby girl!
Cruise + Cliff diving + Kayaking (Carlo was so competitive) + Snorkeling (Ina was stuck on the raft hahaha)+ vodka & beer party in this secret island! It was the best day of our trip
And it’s not yet the end of the day! I picked up my Calamansi muffins and Carlo dragged (yes he forced us haha) us to this super expensive buffet in front of Boracay Regency because their US steak was to die for!
The Sea Breeze Cafe charged us for around 750 tops but since it was our last night, were game! We ate like there’s no tomorrow. We stayed there for more than three hours, eating non-stop! Look at how much we have eaten! We were the last ones to finish until the closing time.
Our last day at Boracay came and we bought souvenirs for our family and friends back home. We also got dreamcatcher again for our room. Ina and i took the remaining hours to play with the sand and wander around.
I am loving my flower crown!:) You can’t see it but i have already that time the huge bruise from our cliff diving.
To Ina, who will always be my travel and foodtrip buddy. It’s always fun to have adventures with you! From under the sea, on land and on air, we will conquer our fears together (and be fat together hahaha)! We will forever be matakaw and makukulit wherever we go! Can’t wait for our next adventure ♥
To the coolest parents on the planet, thank you for letting us travel alone (well in this case, together haha) even though we weren’t with you guys (or in any adult supervision lol). You are both lenient and forever supportive in our decisions & dreams. We love how much you trust us and how you let us be independent & matured women. Our next stop is Roma! Hahaha.
We were downright glum to leave this beautiful island but we have never been more euphoric to see mum and dad again! Home will always be my favorite place in the world ♥ ’til we meet again Boracay!