Posts Tagged ‘island hopping

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


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

water activities are a main pastime in boracay, it was a good thing mr. sun showed his face on our second day there. so we decided to…

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boracay july 2014 fb

ay teka selfie muna, hahaha. our guide was nice enough to take our pixxors, i had a bunch of camwhores with me so… ayan. i’ve only started solo traveling this year, and it’s slightly embarrasing for me to take selfies. so having people to pose with and act all touristy felt super.

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we started off with helmet diving… although, it was only jb and me. so uh, just to make things clear, jb isn’t my boyfriend. he’s a good friend who acts as a a comic relief for all of us when he quips about things… but he has absolutely no ounce of sweetness towards me, tried hugging him once, you know, a good friendly hug like the way i hug my other friends, but he just swatted me. wahahahahaha!

so there, we just got stuck together because the other pair, ms. bhing and nyles, are more inseparable. but still jb is good company who can converse intelligently and most of the time is a gentleman, haha.


and since ms. bhing and nyles did not want to do the dive, i got stuck with him again which was good because i had to hold on to resident stingy because i was being dragged by the water. anyhoo, helmet diving was fun, we fed the pretty fish that all seemed like they haven’t eaten in days. they ate the bread so fast it was gone in minutes.

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since we did not drown from helmet diving, we tried parasailing afterwards. ah well, yes, after more selfies on the boat…

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parasailing is where they strap you on to a big chute and they let you hover around in the air for some fifteen minutes. it was nice to see boracay way up high, i mean it was that beautiful it made me forget that i was really high up and that the only thing that was keeping me safe was a single rope connected to the boat. so there, real ozzzummm experience.


i didn’t go snokeling though, because i don’t even know how to float, lol. might learn to swim someday… but i did enjoy the island hopping thing, which wasn’t exactly island hopping since we only went to one island. but the sights were pretty cool, there were mini islands all over and the big ones are full of secrets… i mean interesting rock formations.


the island we got to was nice, it had a pretty clean beach and everything was quiet for a while…


also we were so hungry, we decided to have lunch there… everything was so expensive though, like i don’t get how salted egg with tomatoes or adobong kangkong cost the same as small bowl of ramen in manila. we had no choice though so…


chopsuey and sinigang it is. was just so happy to eat, hehe. after being dumped more ten feet into the water, strapped into a parachute and dragged around by a boat, and getting everything waterlogged… something to warm up your stomach would be the best. oh yes, everything was a blast.

yun lang muna.

♥ 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.