Boracay 2014 || Last Days in Boracay

Since C and I literally passed out when we got to the room (there were a lot of memories I have in Boracay that was so surreal – but yeah, those stories are definitely staying in Boracay), we had trouble getting up the next morning. Magandang Umaga Boracay!

Yay, I already have a tan line! When I got back to Manila, everyone kept asking why I don’t seem to be tan at all – here’s a proof!

C does not like going out into the sun. He hates having to sweat like crazy (when he’s not working out) and he is taking care of his complexion. Hahaha!

We had a late breakfast at D’mall. Gin and Edward were up early since they stayed in the room the entire night, while Momon and Maddi met up with Maddi’s friends. We spotted this ‘Spanish’ restaurant called Ole Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant and decided to eat there. They had really huge servings! I ate a quarter of the rice and finished four pieces of garlic chicken. And yes, C had chicken as well. C is very particular about how he liked his coffee but he enjoyed the cup of coffee he ordered.

Funny story while we were walking on the beach. A guy approached us and for some reason, took us for foreigners. He started saying “ATV, Php 3,000 only! Very cheap, this is a special offer!” to which C replied “ang mahal naman!”. When he found out we weren’t foreigners, he priced it at Php 550 and when we declined, he lowered it to Php 300. We grabbed it! Haha! Driving an ATV seriously made us regret that we weren’t able to try it in Lignon Hill! If driving to Mt. Luho was fun, I bet driving to Mayon Volcano would have been so much better.

Mt. Luho Viewpoint is the highest peak in Boracay. I hope they get to preserve the beauty of Boracay. The commercialization of the island had made it more crowded and busy.

C and I talked to some of the locals and while they were happy that business opportunities increased for them, it has gotten harder to maintain the natural beauty of the island. See that white patch of land? Someone is developing this land to make condominiums, hotels, malls and whatnot.

A Korean couple was taking prenuptial photos in here and it was so hard to get a spot for a photo. While their poses were sweet and too adorable for words, C and I were posing like this for photos. This was the sweetest shot the photographer got. Haha!

C and I got back in time to join everyone else for lunch at I Love Backyard BBQ in D’mall.

We also did our shopping after lunch!

I never thought I would ever enjoy being a beach bum. But I did! We took a spot on the beach, talked and swam the rest of the afternoon. It was one of the highlights of this whole trip. And yes, another evidence of how much C takes care of his complexion. 😀

You can pay kids to do sand structures for you! C really wanted to have the chance to destroy a sand castle. I asked the kids if we could destroy it and they said yes! Nice kids! 🙂

I was craving for Korean food so we looked for one for dinner, and found Hae Maru Korean Restaurant. Unfortunately, it took three tries to make an order because the food I wanted were not available. I wasn’t satisfied though, so if you ask me if I would recommend this restaurant, I’d say no.

Before we left for home, I picked up three boxes of the famous Calamansi muffins! I swear, this place was so hard to find! We were pointed to different directions before we got here. But the calamansi muffins were a big hit when I brought it back to the office and with the family. 🙂

Last groufie for the Boracay buddies! 🙂

Boracay 2014 || What Happens in Boracay, Stays in Boracay

After our first night in Boracay, we agreed to meet up by 7 AM to grab some breakfast before heading out to sea. Due to the night before though, everybody had trouble waking up. Having a boyfriend who is always punctual, and a persistent alarm clock, we were up before everybody else. Good morning, Boracay!

C and I left a message that we’d be taking a stroll outside while they prepare for the day – and we did. The pristine white sand of Station 1 was amazing. I swear, walking on this beach felt like walking on all-purpose flour. Not almond flour, but all purpose flour!

The famous rock formation.

Finally, everyone’s ready! We passed on breakfast and immediately set out for some island hopping snorkeling and a trip to Puka Beach. I, unfortunately, did not get the memo to wear a maxi skirt. Haha!

To be honest, there were times while we were in the boat where I just wanted to tell C I love him so much – in case the boat overturned and we die. Haha! The waves were so crazy in some parts, if it was a ride in an amusement park, it would be a hit!

First glance of Puka Beach.

Together with C, Gin and Edward, we explored the beach. Momon got seasick on the way here. So kids, alcohol from the night before + no breakfast + crazy boat ride = not a good combination. 😀

The sand is not as refined in this area but it was much more serene compared to the busy white beach. The shade was also limited and I feel like I’m already super toast!

Cheers to 7 years of friendship!

C made this face because I had him go out of the shade so we could take photos.

Snorkeling was also super fun! There’s an environmental fee of Php 20 though every time you do. I know, because we had so much fun, we did it twice (and only Edward donned a life vest – again, do not do this when you’re not confident in your swimming skills).

When we got back, Momon was feeling a lot better. But he and Maddi barely grabbed a bite to eat at Puka Beach so they had to have another set of lunch. Therefore, only the four of us went to Station 1 for another stroll. We had merienda at Jonah’s. When we were planning our itinerary, Gin and I agreed that this should not be missed. The famous fruit shake in Boracay!

Things one must absolutely do in Boracay: paraw sailing during sunset. C and I made plans to go back to Boracay on a couple trip (but in three years because new places > revisiting places) and rent a private sailboat for sunset. New memories for places we’ve visited after we’ve gone to places we want to go. ❤

Boracay 2014 || Yay, Boracay!

This trip was such a spontaneous one. My best-est buddy, Gin, celebrates her birthday every May. We’ve both never been to Boracay, so we were planning to celebrate her birthday LaBoracay style (labor day weekend slash the busiest weekend in Boracay). However, she chanced upon Php 1550 round trip tickets to Kalibo for March. She immediately called me up to ask me and I said yes in a heartbeat! There were 6 of us/3 couples. To be honest, I have never gone on a triple couple trip, and neither have C – so exciting!

Our flight was on a Friday but I cannot afford to miss a day of work (because, hello money).. hence, I went straight to the airport from work and we flew for an hour to Kalibo! Given that it was a night time flight, we didn’t expect that there will be available boats to ferry us to Boracay. Apparently, there are available boats but I would never get on a boat at night. It’s scary and I don’t plan on dying in the middle of a deep dark sea. We decided to stay in La Esperanza Hotel in Kalibo where three huge beds in one room cost Php 3000. We checked out early though and without even grabbing a bite to eat. Fortunately, we found a McDonald’s drive-thru along the way!

We paid Php 250 each for a private van ride to the pier. Once we got to the pier, I think we paid Php 200 for the boat ride, the environmental fee and all the other fees you had to pay for that 5-minute ride. :p

First time to see Boracay in real life, albeit from afar! My family never considered going on vacation in Boracay because there’s not much to do aside from mostly being a beach bum.

After getting off the boat, we checked in at Casa Fiesta (Php 2500/night). It was in “Station 1” but C (..who was going for us to stay where they usually do. In Discovery Shores – yeah, as if I was going to shell out that much money) kept insisting that it was not from the view of our room.

To be honest, I really don’t care that much even if my waistline is so far away from my ideal waistline. I just wear what I want when I want to. 🙂

With our stomachs grumbling, we set out to find somewhere to eat. There was a guy standing outside Casa Fiesta who offered us free buffet lunch at Astoria Boracay. We assumed that the promotion they were talking about was regarding their lunch buffet. Since it was free, we decided to check it out! I swear, if you are ever in Boracay, never fall for this!!!

Aside from the food needing a lot of work, they would literally trap you for three hours (sometimes even more) to persuade you to shell out Php 180,000 to become a member at their crappy hotel that wasn’t even in the nicest part of the beach. Ugh!!! My face shows it all. Haha! Thankfully, I was with C. He never fails to keep me calm and (partially) sane.

I have been best friends with this girl for the past seven years, but we have never gone on an out of town trip together until now. So glad to be spending my first Boracay vacation with you BBB! 🙂

C saw this Crazy Crepes stall while the rest of the group were getting henna tattooed. Henna tattoos are such a hassle to maintain and I have stained tons of clothes with it, so I passed on the opportunity. C wore my sunglasses for the rest of the trip. He forgot to bring his own so he used mine the whole trip – and I only brought one. Hmp!

If traveling with my family meant sightseeing and walking all day, traveling with C was more relaxed. He likes getting pampered and de-stressing during vacations. So we promised to meet up with our travel buddies in time for dinner and did just that! I did miss my first Boracay sunset (which I heard from Gin was majestic) but the bright side is, 4 hours of spa goodness. After the exhausting quarter of a year that has been.. finally some me time (well, we-time hihihi).

C and I got out of the spa with enough time for me to change into something else before going to dinner. We ate at Gasthof near D’mall.

This couple is so cute! All throughout the trip, they had coordinating outfits.

C and I shared this half a slab of baby back ribs. It doesn’t look much in the photo but it was good enough for the two of us! Momon and Maddi (aka color coordinating couple) got the whole slab and it took them a while to finish everything. C and I also ordered Baked Oysters. We never really ate oysters until this one time where we got to taste Baked Oysters in a French-fusion restaurant. Also, I think this may or may not be the culprit of my tummy sickness (it could also be the alcohol but I’m leaning towards this one).

No more photos for what went after our dinner. You know what they say, what happens in Boracay, stays in Boracay. *wink wink*