Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rain or Shine in Boracay!

My boyfriend and I went with a group of couples just this month of March (March 14-17, 2011 to be exact). The very highlights of our stay there were the ATV tour, the cold margarita-like shots at Pat’s Creek Bar, the fire-dancers at Beach Bum Bar, the surprising dance sessions at Epic Bar with the European hotties, the fruit shakes at Jonah’s, drinks at Loco Frio, the amazing food at SMOKE Restaurant, dinner by the beach at Calypso with Rubel, and of course, our lovely stay at Hannah Hotel Station 1. 

Yes, there were so many that I had to highlight, and it was a great 4-day vacation. And despite of the consistent morning rain, we were still able to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with our little beach escapades. Now, let some of our photos express the excitement for us.. =)

We arrived really late in Boracay since Zestair had to delay our flight due to the bad weather in the Visayas region. Our supposedly 12pm flight only turned up 8 hours later. We were actually on the plane already, about to land on the Kalibo Airport, up until the plane maneuvered back to MNL.  Crazy, right? Nonetheless, it was for everyone's safety.


We got to the island about 10pm. Good thing the owners of Hannah Hotel were really understanding of our situation. I was on the brink of rescheduling our booking for the next day. That's if we still missed getting on the last boat trip to Caticlan. But God was really good to us, as we immediately got a van that would take us straight to the port. The trip on the road took us about a good 1 1/2 hours. Our boat trip only took 10 minutes.

Since we got on the island really late, we were left with the options of getting some late dinner and drinks at the beach. And we ended up partying at Epic Bar right after dinner, whilst meeting the three nice caucasians who danced with our group the entire night.. We had so much fun that night, that we ended up getting back at our hotel past 3 am already.

Ok, so on to the other details of our trip! Since we were 8 in a group, we opted to avail of the ATV package that consisted of the Aviary and Tanawin stop-overs. The ATV ride was a bit slow-moving for us, since there were other tourists that were also driving on our trail. Plus the Aviary stop-over wasn't really that interesting. There were just these different bird species confined in make-shift cages, and a sex-hungry monkey that felt so threatened from one of the guys we were with. But the 'Tanawin' though was a refreshing sight as we were able to see a big portion of the island.


Basically, our trip consisted of drinking and dancing sessions until the wee hours of the morning, binge-eating during lunch and merienda, and sun-basking during the afternoon. Our last day was more laid-back; and a lot of beach strolling and picture-taking were alotted during the morning. Nothing fancy really.
Rubel and I opted to have dinner, just the two of us on our last night in the island. We walked the shores of Boracay, and ended up eating at Calypso by Station 3. The food there was a bit pricey as they were offering international cuisines. The one I ordered was a German dish, I guess. It was bland so I really didn't enjoy what I ate. But what I enjoyed though was the cool breeze and the very sight of my boyfriend, munching on some seafood delight. *wink* =) Anyway, we ended the night at the Beach Bum Bar Station 1, where we watched the Fire-Dancers do their famous dance routine.
Now, time to wrap up my first Boracay trip for this summer. Here’s to another TRAVEL EXPENSE SHEET to help you off with your future trip/s to the island of Boracay. 



Until the next shared journey! =)

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

P.S.
Stay at Hannah Hotel, as they're affordable and worth your every penny! You'll surely enjoy their homey-rooms, and most especially enjoy the very company of the owners. I'd like to thank Hannah, Paolo, and their parents for being so hospitable, kind, and generous to us during our stay in their beautiful hotel. =) I will definitely come back! =)

24 comments:

  1. Been to Boracay for the nth times and to tell you honestly, parang di talga nakakasawa....and this May babalik na naman kami dun to relax....I love their white sands!

    And tama ka masarap ang shakes sa Jonah...kaso ayoko na nung chocolate and banana....masyadong sticky :D

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  2. i love travel expense sheets. ahahahaha

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  3. So glad you made it to this trip despite the many delays.  The "biyahera" in you did it!!!

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  4. Must have been harrowing about that night travel in an unfamiliar place, with a boat ride! That actually sounded scary. Good thing all worked out well for you.

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  5. yey! Enjoy your boracay getaway.. as for me, gusto ko mag-try ng ibang beach. Oh btw, I read one of your comments sa isang fb group about watching Cirque Mother Africa. Natuloy ka? =)

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  6. Me too! Heheh. =)

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  7. Thanks Gigi! It sure did. =)

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  8. Actually, the plane ride going to Kalibo the first time, and having to be up in the air for more than 30 minutes, only to be notified that we're flying back to MNL due to bad weather -- was more of a horrendous feeling. =( Hassle even. Then again, safety first! =)

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  9. yes...kagabi nanuod kami :)

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  10. Me too! Hehe! How did you find the show? Ako medyo ok lang..

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  11. talga nandun ka? sayang di tayo nagkita....hays....ang tagal magstart di ba 1 hour delayed.  okay lang din sya for me...yung contortionist lang ang very remarkable for me :D

    San ka dun? nasa gitna kami sa VIP

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  12. Naku parang more than an hour late pa nga sis! And parehas tayo, the contortionist and the boy that was flipped for over 5o times!! =P And wow, halos magkalapit lang pala tayo. We were seated sa Premiere Left D-row. =)

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  13. tama! sayang talaga..di bale next time sana magkita din tayo :)

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  14. OO nga! Hehe.. see you sometime sis! =)

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  15. nice wrap up!
    one trip in an entire post! hahaha!
    I go to Boracay once or twice a year.. pg feel ko lang mg beach bumming..
    I normally go for ATV trip as well, I like driving it.
    Other tours I've done countless times that I don't go for it anymore..
    But I never really wrote a post about Boracay..
    The place is everyone's travel story!
    That's how it is in Boracay! a promising nice trip all year round.

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  16. Nice ba? Hehe..and wow, twice a year sa boracay? Astig ah! Ako once every two years siguro. =P I also enjoyed the ATV, pero mas enjoy sana kung wala mashadong turista.. congested kasi yung roads noong time namin, kasi ang dami rin nagATV na groups.

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  17. travelona ShoestringApril 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Before my ruptured brain Aneurysm surgery, I used to celebrate my birthday month in Boracay. I so love the white sand of station 1. Your post is complete! Wala na silang hahanapin pa! Congrats!
    Travel on a shoestring

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  18. Thanks for the info about this ATV. There wasn't even something like that when I last went there! You can drive it yourself? Amazing how you go to Boracay so often!

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  19. Hey Cha! My dad also experienced a brain aneursym.. but he didn't survive the surgery. But God blessed you  more, as he's given you a second life... And thank you for acknowledging my post, I appreciate it. =)

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  20. Yes, you can drive the ATV yourself. =) 

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  21.  Glad that you enjoyed your stay in Boracay. I also loved the ATV experience! I suddenly missed Boracay especially that it is always hot in Manila!

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  22. Yeah! It's been crazy hot these past few days! makes me want to hit the beach real soon *but quite restrained since I've gained a lot of pounds! lol* .....so how was your ATV experience? =)

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  23.  Haha. I gained alot too! But now I wouldnt care about figure.. Just enjoy life while you are younger! :) Well, ATV was fun because I thought we would only do it inside the track, but got surprised when the lead started driving outside the hi-way. It feels liberating but there is that sense of responsibility.. I like it, especially I don't drive :D Hehe

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  24. hahaha.. I'll take your word for it then! =) And I also don't know how to drive.. I only know how to work the mini-race karts and the ATV.. but the real car, no.. I'm scared of driving those! hahaha.. glad you enjoyed your atv experience especially with your highway encounter.. =P

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