Monday, January 14, 2013

Year-end beach escapade with friends in Boracay

Joanne, Ced and I have been friends for almost three years now. We've always had the same dream of someday exploring the world. But it was only last year did we all get to travel together. 


Charlie's wedding was a breather for all three of us. Not only were we given some time off from work (well, Ced was still reading his emails on his phone), we also got to see our friend walk down the aisle --- and I mean, walk through a beautiful space full of white, fine sand!! 


We still had some hangover from the bliss that exuded from the union. So the days that followed literally had us all happy and giddy. We ate, we swam, we walked, we window-shopped and we slept several times a day. Heck, it was a vacation! December was supposed to be a peak month for the island already. But we still enjoyed the sea, the sand and the scorching sun with just a bearable number of people around. It was the perfect year-end escape.


I couldn't have asked for a better set of friends, as we all jived together. We enjoyed those leisurely strolls by the beach --- and talked endlessly about life and love. 

L-R: Me, Josh, Charlie & Helton (newlyweds), Ced, Joanne

Boracay will never be the same because my recent visit to the island was made even better. I'm sure more trips for us will follow suit...

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

46 comments:

Shugah Pauline Diez Gonzales said...

wow boracay. i never been to this beautiful island but im hoping I can, maybe soon. Every moment spent with the friends will always be extra memorable <3 Happy new year sis mai!

Mai_Flores said...

Happy New Year sis! here's to more travels Shugah.. I know that you've visited a lot of places na last year.. sana maka-travel na din kita soon! :) <3

Shugah Pauline Diez Gonzales said...

hopefully soon! I don't have travel plans pa for this year as I started the year backpacking for 8 days and my travel funds are depleting. maybe midyear depende depende sa budget tlga :D lets wander together soooon!

Mai_Flores said...

Let's sis! I plan to visit Hinatuan's Enchanted River.. gusto ko na talaga siyang bisitahin! :) Oh, and Davao! :)

Shugah Pauline Diez Gonzales said...

d ko pa yan navivisit din! Last place na d ko pa navisit here in mindanao and im planning to do it this year. tara??? :D <3 WANDER SHUGAH

Mai_Flores said...

Sige!! When ba ang best time to go there? :)

Riz Baldivia said...

Happy New year Mai! What a great way to start the year than basking in Boracay with your great friends! I miss boracay with friends! Glad you just had one amazing trip! :) Hope to travel with u soon :)

Mai_Flores said...

Happy New Year, Riz! :) Here's to traveling with you soon. :) #PTB

Rochkirstin Santos said...

I heard that Boracay this year is getting unclean and the facilities in the beach area are not being managed well. Do you know about this? Last time we visited the island was last August 2012.

Sarah Cabanlig said...

Never been to Bora. This post really makes me want to visit the place soon. Happy new year!

Franc Ramon said...

Such an excellent way to end it on the beach especially if the beach happens to be Boracay. I wonder why Boracay will never be the same. It enticed my curiosity.

Noria P. Adam-Lim said...

I love your sun-kissed faces. Spending bonding time with friends is precious and I'm sure you will treasure these moments with them. :)

jsncruz said...

You look really good here, Mai :) I've never been to Bora, but when I do I'll make sure to look good (or at least try to) in my pictures!

exlinkevents said...

Boracay panalo talaga! If partnered with the people you loved then the experience is super magical and fun!

Donald Pagulong said...

Been to Bora last Nov 2011, and the trip is one experience to remember. Why, just like you I have a fun time bonding with my family. Siguro kahit sa Manila break water lang , basta kasama mo mga mahal mo it would be a great experience.

Mai_Flores said...

Hi Rochkirstin! It has been a situation/issue long before. But whenever I visit Boracay, the establishments and even the beach just look spic and span. :) It's clean there. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Hahahaha.. well, it'll never be the same kasi ang dami naming weird encounters! I'll tell you about it when we have coffee soon. :P

Mai_Flores said...

We sure did! And thank you! WE loved our sun-kissed look. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Ay, bakit? I never looked good before? Lol! Joke.. thanks for the compliment, Jason! :) And looking good sa photos won't be a problem for you anymore noh! :P

Mai_Flores said...

Super, Sir Orly! :)

Mai_Flores said...

So true Tay! :) When's your next vacay with the family po? ;)

Mai_Flores said...

Do try and visit Boracay! Masaya don. :)

Franc Ramon said...

Looking forward to your kwento.

Jo-ann Ramirez said...

It is nice to know you have great friends, I miss my friends too. Bonding in a beautiful place makes the moment perfect.

Noks Sosa said...

Boracay is love. Cant wait to go back there. I really had fun when I had my vacation in Boracay. The water is really and inviting. At ang night life, naienjoy ko. :)

lovemindanao said...

wow .. how i wish i could get a mini reunion with my friends in Boracay .Your trip couldn't be even more fun having your true friends beside you. You extended your summer in december lovely escapade in paradise.. :)

Mary jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons said...

glad u had fun there! and of course the beach escape wont be perfect without our partner in crimes who's been friends with us thru the years! xx

Pal Raine said...

Great place celebrating it with GOOD PEOPLE...what a FESTIVAL you have there! Hope I can visit BORACAY this year.

Maria Gemma Defeo-Hilotin said...

I would love to visit Boracay someday!!!! Just looking at the photos makes me want to go there now!

mark pogi said...

You got me more and more envious with your Boracay post. The more it made me crave to travel soon.

Ron Leyba said...

Great Bora experience Mai. I really want to visit that place soon. poor me :(

Mai Flores said...

:)

ralph said...

it's always fun to spend vacation with friends or family and reminisce the times you shared together or talk about whats going on with your lives or simply enjoy the moment together. never been to bora... but i know i will be someday. Yahweh bless.

Anonymous said...

Booked! I just booked now my summer escapade with my grumpy to boracay this april. Haha!

melvin said...

boracay is really beutiful and i hope to be able to take my entire family there next time.i was alone kasi when i went there.

Violy Vallester said...

Miss ko na tuloy ang Bora! Can't recall a single trip that I made with close friends, we developed a different lifestyle na kasi after college which is sad. ;( Hope to bring my hubby there soon though. ;)

Mai Flores said...

How was your Boracay escapade last April? Hope it went well!

Mai Flores said...

Will it, Ralph! :) Dbale, at least Boracay's in the Philippines.. kayang-kaya puntahan anytime. :)

Mai Flores said...

Why poor you?

Mai Flores said...

Tara na sa Boracay, Mark! :P

Mai Flores said...

Hehehe.. it's probably time to plan a trip to Boracay soon! :)

Mai Flores said...

What festival? :)

Mai Flores said...

Indeed! :)

Mai Flores said...

I couldn't agree more with what you just said. :)

Mai Flores said...

Hahaha.. ibang klase din talaga ang nightlife sa Boracay! :P

Mai Flores said...

Timing din kasi sis, since my friends were getting married. :)