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we went to have lunch at astoria boracay, the place is by the beachfront at station one. it’s a very nice hotel…


it’s sort of extravagant but at the same time minimalist, lol, ano daw? we got to roam around the area a bit, it’s pretty organized, notice the way the beach chairs are all aligned. other stuff that i found interesting were the coconuts with lights, boats with glass bottoms, and a water jar which you use to wash your feet to get rid of the sand… this reminded me a lot of the tsubukai, the ones they use at shrines in japan.


the dining area had fish decor installations, that was nice too. and here’s lunch, probably the most expensive lunch i will ever have… it cost a hotel membership for my dad and tita not to mention several hours of boredom while waiting for the promotions peeps to finish their, uh, negotiations. they have salesmen roaming around and they’d invite you to a free lunch or dinner, jb and i got invited to one of these but it was raining like crazy so we didn’t go. nevertheless, a membership with a hotel with a lot of branches may be good if you have future travel plans. going back to lunch, the choux pastry swan was excellent, the rest were ok though.

boracay august 2014 fb
boracay august 2014 fb

finally got to lounge around white beach too. it’s amazing when it’s not raining, the water’s clear and you’ll get to see the sea’s palette. it’s too crowded though, there are lots of people selling stuff, and people taking selfies, and noisy families. if you want to do some beach bumming here, it’s ok but if you want to have some relaxing peace and quiet, there’s almost none.


we went island hopping too. sightseeing on a boat is so much fun, even got to eat ice cream while the rest of my family went snorkeling. i haven’t learned how to swim yet so i passed on that. will learn soon hopefully…


went on lamon mode on ilig iligan beach, last time i ate here, i had chopsuey and sinigang but since dad was treating we had binagoongan, grilled squid, and coconuts! we got an extra plate of grilled squid because dad is such a smooth talker, he probably charmed the waitress, hee hee.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


i didn’t get to watch the sunset during my first trip to boracay because of the rain trolling… but was finally able to see it during this trip! so here are some pretty views from bulabog beach!


oha oha, best free light show ever!

yun lang.

♥ melai

one month later, i was already back at boracay, so lucky my dad decided to go and treat us, huzzah! dad wanted to book a house probably because this was going to be our first ever fambam and staying in separate rooms in a hotel won’t really allow for much bonding… there were other villas available near white beach but all had something that we didn’t want such as a minimum stay of five days, no kitchen and dining areas, and for the love of buddha, one went as high as 100 thousand pesos a night–that place did come with a butler though, lols.

finally found cohiba villas, which is far from white beach but would only charge for the duration of our stay, had a fully equipped kitchen, and had the cheapest rates too.


the entrance reminded me of an art gallery… it had paintings and some wooden sculptures. oh yes, selfie by the mirror din. of course it leads to…


the living room, kitchen, and dining area … loved the water lily sofa and nothing beats putting your feet up while watching tv! the kitchen was pretty nice, really nice kitchenware too but they had some m&m mugs for some reason, haha. we didn’t use the dining table much, everybody ate in the kitchen island near the food or lounged around the sofa.


my niece who is also a tiyanak sometimes, heehee. she’d run around and say ‘poppy pop’ and ‘tita’ and that’s totally adorable although she has mastered wailing and crying too.


the master’s bedroom was awesome… because it had a cat statue in it, hahaha! i mean it was pretty spacious, and had it’s own bathroom. also, the wifi router’s in it…


we like chillin’… asian poses for my american dad. why are you so good looking, huh? yeah, i’m still small, boo.


the rest of us stayed in the second and third rooms. both were spacious and comfortable too. we got the regular amenities like towels, slippers, toiletries and the like. on a side note, there’s a restaurant in case you get hungry and are too lazy too cook and vans are available every hour if you want to go to white beach.


over-all cohiba villas is a great place, specially if you’re not into the wild crowds at white beach and if you’re going to boracay as a family. their staff are very helpful as well. oh and may i add that they have an amazing infinity pool! it’s best to take a dip at night!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


got invited by nyles from work to go to corregidor island last july and since i didn’t have plans at the time yet, i decided to go. we arrived at sun cruises’ jetty at around seven in the morning and manila bay looked pretty but there’s still too much trash, the water was murky black. on a side note, we boarded mv bay cruiser with a lot of time to spare. with nyles, it’s usually five minutes before the gate closes and some running-brisk walking to catch the aircraft or watercraft is involved, lol.


we arrived a few hours later at corregidor island, we didn’t get the usual package but decided to just roam around on our feet, was kind of envious of the tour group who were boarding the tranvia. but then i just got off work and hadn’t had time to eat yet, i’ll just probably get ill and fall off, hahaha!


passed by some large guns and a tsunami siren while we were looking for corregidor inn. thought the guns looked pretty well maintained, but then again, they were used to kill people…


corregidor has signs all around though and we didn’t have problems locating the in, maki will be pleased to see that the signs are in english and japanese, there’s also chinese translations but it would have been better if there were some korean too.

corregidor july 2014 fb

we found corregidor inn! it sort of reminds me one of those colonial houses in quezon province, which have hidden stairways and passages! this hotel probably has a lot of secrets too. it’s on top of a hill so if you’re going there by foot, leg strength is a must, char.

corregidor july 2014 fb
corregidor july 2014 fb

to satisfy our hungry stomachs, we immediately headed to la playa, the hotel’s restaurant. we chose the seats that were al fresco and we got some awesome views of this tadpole-shaped… some say sperm-shaped island, heehee. we camwhored while waiting for the food.


breakfast is served, huzzah! nyles got some fried fish but because i’m not that much of a health buff, it’s tocino with lots of vinegar and fried rice and eggs and iced tea for me! either this was really good or i was extremely hungry, the price was kind of expensive at around 200 plus php for this breakfast but i understand that the food are being delivered by boat to this island so that was ok.


after eating, we walked around the beach. there’s still trash but not as bad as manila bay’s. there were also some interesting stones scattered around, i forgot what they are called but they are the ones that are used in rock balancing.

corregidor july 2014 fb
corregidor july 2014 fb
corregidor july 2014 fb

we ventured into the dock afterwards and after the food, this was the best part of our adventure, the water around here isn’t so dirty so we were finally able to see some nice colors and the air was exceptionally cool too so we were able to camwhore a bit.


we walked a bit more uphill this time and we found the entrance to the war memorial zone, the air is humid here so we didn’t trudge forward that much but we did find some nice views of corregidor.


eventually had to get back to the hotel and we bought ice cold cokes for 75 php each but that’s still  cheaper than the 100 php ones in mount pinatubo. we chatted with a foreigner who’s a book writer and an elder couple from vigan who were keen on conversation that i forgot i was tired from all that walking.


bought a souvenir while waiting for the tranvia that would take us back to docks, another magnet to stick to the refrigerator, hahaha. on the other hand, noticed that the tiles in this area had a pretty vintage pattern.


one more pixxor before leaving! it’s great that the hotel had some large mirrors, for the the occasional selfie, you know. papa tiger is on the right, he’s the foreigner we talked to and he calls himself that, sounds cute for a jolly person. really enjoyed this trip to corregidor, and planning to come back sometime to do the history lesson… err the actual tour to the barracks and batteries.

yun lang.

♥ melai

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