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  • Day6

    Boracay

    October 12, 2016 on the Philippines

    Got to boracay last night, it's so nice!!! Ian wakened me at 6 to get the most oot o the day since we're only here two days. Walked alang the beach dis morning and went in the sea for a peerie dip. Then sunbathed at wir hotel and had a drink at the pool bar.

  • Day9

    Boracay

    April 22 on the Philippines

    Spent one day more than planned on Boracay Island. To much fun !

    Mangaged to get in some scuba dives which was really great. The reefs here are in pretty good condition, and the dive centers are really good. Also the Dive Masters seem well trained and were really helpful.

    Now how's this, in four days time the complete island will be shut down for tourism for six months, effecting 35,000 employees ! Can you imagine also the loss of income ? Already my last night there the island was noticeably quieter. The main street is to be widened, proper storm water drainage and waste water system to be installed, illegal buildings (including hotels) are going to be demolished.Read more

  • Day112

    Day 112: The Perils of Tropical Travel

    October 5, 2016 on the Philippines

    First proper day in Boracay. We were pretty keen to hit the beach, but unfortunately the weather wasn't looking great. Very overcast, low clouds and dark clouds on the horizon, though it wasn't actually raining. Shandos had a short swim while I lazed on the beach, then we had a wander over to the nearby outdoor shopping mall.

    We'd hardly gone anywhere before it started sprinkling. First stop was an ATM followed by a bakery where we bought lunch pastries, followed by a trip to the convenience store for beers and some snacks.

    By the time we'd finished it was raining moderately, so we retreated to our bungalow and spent the rest of the day reading and relaxing. It's a nice enough spot, though our room is much shabbier than we'd expected from the photos.

    By evening the rain still hadn't let up, and if anything had actually gotten heavier. We ducked out in the early evening to grab a burrito at a decent looking place we'd seen earlier in the day, but that was basically the end of our adventures for the day.

    Disappointing!
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  • Day113

    Day 113: It Gets Worse

    October 6, 2016 on the Philippines

    Rain rain go away. It rained almost the entire day today, so we spent pretty much the entire day on our bungalow balcony reading and relaxing.

    Ducked out around lunchtime to grab some more bakery fodder for lunch. I had a brief swim in the rain after lunch, but the water was pretty choppy and had lots of seaweed crap floating in it, so I didn't stay long.

    Late afternoon the rain stopped so we went for a walk northwards along the beach to the rocky outcrop at the end. There's a large cross up on the bluff (you can't get up there), and there's also a small grotto with a shrine to the Virgin Mary. More reminders that we're in a Catholic country now, first one of our trip (and first Christian country too!).

    Our walk was quite nice, and on the way back we stopped for a chorizo burger from a beach vendor. Each burger was literally just two large slices of chorizo, barbecued and served on a toasted bun with sauce. Very simple, but tasty! Afterwards we had our main dinner at the same restaurant from our first night, as they were doing half-priced crepes. I had a minced beef crepe with tomato, onion, garlic and cheese, while Shandos had one with chicken and spinach. And of course we finished off with a sweet crepe - apple and cinnamon with vanilla ice cream.

    We ate this on beanbags on the beach, as it wasn't raining and seemed to have cleared up. But as we went inside to pay the bill, the rain came lashing down, sending everyone scurrying for cover. Although we had an umbrella between us, we both got semi-drenched on the 10 metre walk back to our hotel entrance!

    Spent the rest of the evening relaxing, not much to report other than a huge thunderstorm passing overhead late at night. Boracay is a nice enough place, but I'm not really feeling the love at the moment, sadly. October is just on the cusp of the end of the rainy season, so we weren't expecting perfect weather, but we weren't expecting this either.
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  • Day114

    Day 114: It Gets Better

    October 7, 2016 on the Philippines

    After last night's big storm, we woke up today to mostly clear skies! Hurried breakfast and time to hit the beach, which we did at 9am.

    A good long swim followed by a long lounge in a beach lounger. This place is so much different when the sun's out, it's actually startling. The sand is very white (though not quite as pristine white as southern NSW beaches), the ocean turns a beautiful shade of green and blue, the palm trees sway, and the little sailboats all line up along the shore. Given the difficulty of getting here and the issues we've had, it's not my favourite place in the world, but today I'm definitely feeling glad we came here.

    Spent the day reading and hopping in and out of the water, as well as doing a bit of people watching. It's still National Week in China so there's more Chinese tourists than usual, but they aren't in big bus groups and seem to be wealthier than average, so have much better standards of behaviour and etiquette. I haven't seen any brazen displays of shouting or spitting, anyway. Just people having fun on a holiday (and taking a LOT of selfies).

    I had a sandwich from a shop in the outdoor mall for lunch, then resumed my spot in the beach chair. Listened to music, finished Book 10 of War & Peace, had a few swims. And best of all - we saw our first dachshund of the trip!! A Japanese lady was walking him just in front of us, so we of course made a big fuss over him and gave him a few cuddles. Didn't quite catch his name since it was Japanese, and he was an overweight Standard dachshund, so much larger than Schnitzel's slim Miniature size. But still great to see and cuddle!

    Evening rolled around and we realised we were both quite sunburnt, despite putting on a decent amount of sunscreen during the day. Headed a few doors away to a Greek restaurant for dinner, where I had an enormous lamb gyro (kebab) with capsicum rice as a side. The rice "side dish" was also enormous, and would've easily sufficed for a main on its own! Out the front of the restaurant they had fire-twirler dancers who were quite good, though we only had an intermittent view as people would stop in the walkway to watch. Entertaining, though I started to get a bit lightheaded from the kerosene fumes!

    Back to the room around 9pm, where we wound down for bed. And to cap off a great all-round day - a massive rainstorm started at about 9:30pm, by which time we were both safely ensconced in our bungalow for our last night on Boracay. Flight to Manila tomorrow!
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  • Day18

    Boracay

    June 12, 2017 on the Philippines

    Sometimes the best plans go awry and figuring the two flights to Boracay would be about the same as ferry and bus we opted for the later. This turned out to be one of our longest ever journeys 😫 made only slightly easier by the rum and gin we purchased before setting off. No rest for the wicked though, as soon as we arrived it was a quick shower and back out to make the most of the first night. Boracay was really busy and is definitely a party island!

    The rest is a blur and I don't remember how we got back to the hotel just that I woke up in the dreamiest bed. Boracay is divided in to stations and our hotel (Fairways and Bluewater) was in station 3 in the north east of the island. It was HUGE so big you had to get a shuttle bus around it, 6 pools, private beach and is built around a golf course. The Ventana pool was our favourite, an infinity pool looking out at crystal clear waters and boats zipping back and forth. We spent the day recuperating there before joining the Irish for a meal in the evening. Bailey decided he couldn't pass up on a chance of playing on the golf course so went off at 7am the next day.

    Our final day we spent by the pool before going to Villa Camila where Rosie had organised some surprise birthday celebrations for Graham and his mum 🎂
    I couldn't leave the Philippines without having a go on karaoke and got up to sing a duet with Jamie to back for good by take that. Everyone was stunned when the host performed a duet independently (male and female vocals) switching between the two seamlessly 😳 we loved our time in Boracay and only wish it was for longer 😍
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  • Day96

    Boracay, Philippinen

    December 18, 2016 on the Philippines

    ...der Besuch ist da, Florian und Andrea sind nun auch dabei und begleiten uns bis ins neue Jahr...das erste Ziel mit Ihnen war Boracay...eine wirklich coole Insel aber auch alles auf den Tourismus ausgelegt...weißer Sand und eine Strandbar neben der anderen...dementsprechend waren wir auch das eine oder andere mal nicht mehr ganz so nüchtern, besonders an dem Abend als unser Hostel die ganze Nacht kostenlos Rum Cola ausgeschenkt hat :D eine Schnorcheltour haben wir dann auch noch gemacht, leider war die nicht ganz so toll!Read more

  • Day1

    Never get bored in Boracay

    April 25 on the Philippines

    Boracay is undoubtedly the best island in the Philippines. With its powdery sand beaches, this is the best place to get tanned.

    This small island is a tourist haven. Koreans, Chinese, and lots of Westerners come to visit this beautiful island.

  • Day111

    Day 111: To the Philippines!

    October 4, 2016 on the Philippines

    Time for a new country. Up at 7am for a quick breakfast and shower, before packing our stuff and heading out the door. Our hosts still hadn't returned from their weekend away, so we dropped the keys in the mailbox and walked the few minutes to the station. Back along our well-travelled route to the airport, we arrived in plenty of time for our flight to Kalibo.

    Checked in without incident, had some morning tea and then arrived at the gate at exactly boarding time (in AirAsia parlance, "boarding time" is usually about when the aircraft shows up). The flight left about 10 minutes late which is pretty good by their standards, and was only about 2/3rds full meaning that we had the luxury of a three-seat block to ourselves.

    Longest flight of the trip (or at least since the Brisbane to Darwin flight), at just on 4 hours. But before we knew it, we had touched down at Kalibo airport on the island of Panay. I was a bit worried that the arrivals card asked if you had been sick in the past 30 days (which I had to truthfully answer yes, due to my cold). But once we were off the plane, the arrivals officer said "why did you say yes?" and I replied "I've got a cold". He nodded and waved me through - I hope the people with Ebola or Zika are as honest as me!!

    Although the small resort island of Boracay was our ultimate destination, we'd landed at Kalibo which is about 70km away, and you have to get the rest of the way there via local transport. So we picked our way through the touts at the airport exit, eventually picking one at random with a combined minivan+ferry ticket for 250 pesos each (about $7 - converting pesos to AUD is really annoying since it's an exchange rate of 35:1).

    The drive was about 90 minutes during which the ominous clouds that had loomed opened up, though not too heavily thankfully. First impressions are that this country seems like a Catholic version of Indonesia - everything built on the road, ramshackle style, with lots of churches/mosques around, people walking on the road, and so on. Also seemed to be huge numbers of schools - I reckon we drove past close to 100! Certainly much poorer than anywhere we'd been in Malaysia or Thailand.

    On arrival at the ferry terminal we were relieved of another 100 pesos each for environment taxes and terminal departure fees, before we boarded a tiny bamboo trimaran and set out across the channel. Thankfully Boracay jetty wasn't too far, and we reached it in probably less than 10 minutes. And the boat was covered, so the intermittent rain spots didn't cause too much drama.

    On to Boracay itself, finally! The island is not huge, though certainly larger than Gili T where we'd stayed many months ago. It's about seven kilometres long and not much more than a mile wide, for a total of about 10 square kilometres. It's renowned for having beautiful white sandy beaches, so we were pretty keen to check it out.

    First we had to find our hotel by haggling with a taxi driver (in a motor-trike, there aren't many cars here), who gave us a high price but nothing too bad. The drive was a bit exciting, flying down narrow streets in greasy conditions and spotting rain, but we soon arrived at our beachfront hotel. We'd chosen a bungalow for a large veranda with a hammock, but soon realised it was far more "rustic" than we'd realistic. Peeling paint, worn floors, and a general feeling of shabbiness. Plus the hammock is made out of reeds and I'm not sure it'll hold my weight! And to make things worse, the property next door is probably 2 feet away and an active construction site! Oh well, it's only a few days.

    By the time we got settled it was going dark (the sun sets very early here as it's right on the edge of a timezone change), so we headed out to check the place out. The main street is actually the beach itself - there's a sort of avenue between the beachfront buildings and the chairs/loungers etc actually on the beach proper, and everything faces into this avenue. Lots of hawkers and touts selling boat trips, cruises, adventure sports, restaurants, massages, pub crawls, selfie sticks, and many more things besides.

    It was fairly crowded despite this being the low season - it's actually a national holiday week in China where literally the entire country has the whole week off, so most of the tourists were Chinese. But they weren't on bus tours, and seemed to be mainly well behaved which was nice. After a short walk up and down some of the beach, we decided on dinner at a Filipino restaurant to try some local cuisine. I hadn't heard great things about Pinoy food (tending towards fried and greasy apparently), but the Adobo we had was OK - grilled and fried meat with some dipping sauces and a serve of rice. Surprisingly expensive though - our two plates plus a 2-for-1 mojito put the bill at 900 pesos or about $30 AUD. Close to the most expensive meal we've eaten in a long time! Boracay is generally an expensive place though I think, especially along the beachfront strip.

    After dinner we did a bit more wandering and had a drink in a bar with a live acoustic band. The woman sang quite well, or at least the Alanis Morissette songs. Not quite as well when she tried an Adele number! Back to our bungalow where we could hear the faint thumping of a nearby disco bar; not the greatest night's sleep for either of us unfortunately!
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