Posts Tagged ‘boracay

i usually ignore raffles and stuff like that because you never win anyway, but they frakking called my ticket number and i won a trip to boracay… and if you must know, this happened at work, during our last christmas party, while i was wolfing down the remnants of someone else’s salad, haha.

but then i had no one to bring so i got my office family to come instead… that involved begging several directors and fighting some jedi. i decided to use the prize for my birthday, last july…

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now this was my advance party, haha. renz couldn’t come (peace tayo dung, if by any chance, you get to read this, lelz) but jb found a way to include him in the trip.


everything else went smoothly until my inahing manok, got left at the airport, for the love of buddha, haha. so two of my favorite persons couldn’t come to my birthday and it was miserable… somewhat. on a side note, i took a shoefie at naia because #sponsor. (kind ma’am, or sir from vans, i need new skate shoes, pls.)

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i landed in kalibo with my… ahem, bodyguards i mean bosses. they are too cute, like bears… we also met with ma’am lyn before boarding the bus to the seaport. it was eventful getting to boracay island, there were tons of screaming kids on the ferry and gorgeous but smelly tourists rode with us to our hotels. by the time i reached our hotel, a few veins were pulsating around my temples, i thought i was having the most depressing birthday ever.

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the following morning, which was my birthday, oh surprise! they bought me a fudgee bar, hahaha! jb is such a cheapskate that him buying me anything is a surprise. i highly appreciated this.

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we had a hearty breakfast at don vito ristorante somewhere in the middle of station 2 and well… tocino and mango juice are kind of far from being italian but eating with good friends… on your birthday… was exceptionally great. had a new friend too, gracia, who is annielyn’s friend. she smokes, i vape, we good yo, huzzah!


on a somewhat related note, i ate like a cow in boracay, or at least gorged down anything i fancied like the churros above.


we went island hopping, i’ve done this so many times though, that i was beggining to get bored, i was just looking forward to having cake on the island. i badgered everyone to get me cake when the activity ends… they kind of ignored me, all afternoon.


paano ba patitigilin ang bagyo kung ang gusto mo lang ay ambon? it was raining at times that afternoon, i felt like a chilled margarita glass. my birthday was turning out to be sucky and also, i still hadn’t had cake.

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when we got back to our hotel, i got the most pleasant surprise from my inahing manok (all my pixxors with her suck, so i’ll just add the ones from antique, heehee), she actually booked another flight and bought me cake, and everyone was in on it. i was so psyched! …and since they deprived me all afternoon, i was elated.

we ate at the old all you can eat seafood restaurant, where we ate the first time we went to boracay and bought trinkets and pasalubong after. this was one of those memorable birthdays, i wish i’d get to see everyone on the next one.

yun lang.

♥ melai


treated my sisters to halowich, which is a little dessert place at d’mall. the place looked nice and the color scheme was in my favorite color and it would have been cozy but there were too many people and annoying little spoiled brats fighting over ice cream when we went.


so i think the youngest got some green tea ice up top. this looks like the regular halo halo. the eldest, uh yeah, ehem, by that i mean me… i got some mango ice. it’s mango shake, nothing special though. and the middle one got mango holic, which she shared with me. this was soft serve mango ice cream and it was really really good.


my baba (chin) one and baba two. my sisters’ personalities are worlds apart, but they have this habit of protruding their necks and chin when getting their pixxors taken, hahaha. tapos umuwi na kami.

yun lang.

♥ melai

the last time i went to d’talipapa, it was pouring and we had to wade in the water because the place had a horrible drainage system, it was a challenge shopping and documenting but on this trip, mr. sun was present and the roads and sand were dry. was able to go to the back part where they sold gold and giant monsters… err i mean food!


since i came to boracay with my family, we were going to cook instead of eat at fancy restaurants so we brought some meat and super fresh vegetables here. anyhoo, they sold meat but i was really fascinated with the different clams and mollusks and shellfish. the patterns and shapes are amazing, oh and also they’d be perfect simmering in white wine if you were cooking and wanted something fancier than the usual ulam.


took my little sisters around the front part where they sold non-food stuff, both went to look at clothes and uh, girl stuff, hahaha. they sell too many clothes here but they’re a bit too flimsy for me, so i looked around for the usual handicrafts… so yes, they have wooden penises, haha. i found some wooden cats too and wooden kitchenware. there were painted ukuleles, seashells, and a bunch of other native products to ogle at.

it was kind of nicer buying stuff and not having to wade around in water, was able to get a heartshaped shell and uh, yes another ref magnet, heehee.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

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.

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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

was hoping we could get to roam around and check cafe’s and stores before we left boracay, but the rain was trolling… one moment it would be light drizzles, then gone, then pouring like crazy, but we did manage to get into


la crepe cafe… it’s somewhere on the beachfront and it’s in the middle of a makeshift spa place and fruit shake place. not so bad if you wanted a massage and eat and drink something sweet at the same time. they have a little fenced off area, cute way to make the customer’s use the counter, heehee.

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we ordered the la boracay, it was mangoes and chocolate and vanilla ice cream. nom nom nom.


we got lost afterwards and found boracay books, it’s kind of nice to find a bookstore in boracay island. it was full of second hand romance books. didn’t find anything interesting at the time so wasn’t able to get anything. we bought a few more things though at d’talipapa and trekked back to our hotel because the rain was trying to drown us. then of course, we gorged ourselves on the morning of our flight back to manila and ate even more by the kubo at the airport, hahaha!

so eun, this is the last part of our july boracay adventure, and i really had a great time! will come back next month with some ozzzumm people! huzzah!

yun lang.

♥ melai

hello, my name is melai and i write to document the places i’ve been to, the things i’ve seen, and the books i’ve read. sometimes, i also write about food.