Hi!! Thanks for following our #Boracawaii2016 story! We’re just halfway done with our trip and we’ve already checked a lot of stuff from our trip’s bucket list! ;w; For your reference, part 1 can be found here: LINK
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On day 4, we decided to go island hopping! :D
We chartered a private boat to take us to different places around the island. We paid 350php each ~
Our first stop was a snorkeling spot near Crocodile Island. Don’t worry, it’s named like that because it’s shaped like a crocodile, and not because of what might be lurking about in the water LOL :))
We donned our snorkeling gear (provided by the boatmen) and snorkeled away~ (> ▽ <;) There were lots of colorful fishies and HUGE corals underwater! I saw a Dory and a Nemo hehehe :3 Also, I scraped my toe on a GIANT coral beside the boat, ouch >3< good job chichi
Last year, we got the chance to feed the fish while snorkeling! We didn’t get that chance this time. :c (PS the boatmen that were assigned to us this time were kinda..irritable and un-friendly >__>)
After snorkeling, we ate some ice cream pops on the boat, then convinced the boatmen to take us to Crystal Cove island. Weirdly, the boatmen seemed to be totally against the idea, but still they complied with frowns on their faces. :)))
Crystal cove is a small island across Boracay, and it was developed by the local government to have a lot of picture-worthy photo-op spots and scenery. It also had 2 coves/caves, which were semi-filled with sea water. The island was like a park, and it was so beautiful. If I were a billionaire, I’d want an island like this for myself please LOL (^▽^).
At this point, Francis and I got separated from the rest of the group for some reason, so brace yourselves for a series of photos that involve only myself. (゜▽゜;)
After 30 minutes, the boatmen urged us to get back to the boat. >3> We didn’t complain because we were also getting hungry at that point. The boat traveled around Boracay island across huge waves. Yup. However, I think the scenery made the trip worth it. We saw a lot of caves along the way, and marvelous rock formations and cute little islets.
For our last stop, the boatmen took us to.. Puka beach. They took us to a restaurant so we could eat lunch there (they didn’t give us a chance to choose where we’d like to eat, lol, so we just concluded that they have an agreement with this restaurant). It was okay with us, since the restaurant staff were so warm and kind (in contrast with the boatmen hahaha sorry).
We ordered food, but what we didn’t know was that when they meant “for sharing”, it meant that one serving can feed a family of eight. :)))
Food arrived 30 minutes after we ordered. The servings were HUGE. As in fiesta-sized. For example, Kaye’s sinigang na hipon had around 30 pcs of shrimps in it, Kaila’s order of sweet and spicy pork was served in a large platter, and Ashley’s adobong manok was served in an even larger one. :))) We ended up having too much food, which we still almost finished because we were so hungry hahaha. We took some of the remaining food to go. :)
After billing out, we had a feeling that the boatmen were getting impatient, so we immediately went back to the boat. :))
And because we took a lot of time ordering and eating, we over-timed (according to the boatmen). So they made us pay an overtime fee of 500 pesos as soon as we got back to the front beach.( = 3 = ) pfft
We went back to our hotels at midday so we could shower and freshen up. We headed back to the beach at around 4pm, and walked to Station 1 to get some of the famous Jonah’s fruit shakes.
The line at Jonah’s was so long, and the orders were taking forever to complete as well. Half an hour after ordering, we ate nachos, isaw, and finally, drank our smoothies, while watching the sunset.
Afterwards, we met up with Ashley and Justin to try the bingsu place we saw in DMall the day before. Kaila has never tasted bingsu before so we were excited to try Boracay’s version of bingsu with her. Anyway, it was kinda disappointing because: 1. it was a lot more expensive aaggh, 2. not all flavors were available (only mango and chocolate @_@), 3. the serving was teeny-tiny sized, 4. the mangoes were still kinda sour. I suddenly missed Nunsan’s bingsu! ;A;
We spent the rest of the night just strolling around the beachfront, and finding places to sit hehehe. After agreeing about what we would do on the next day, we headed back to the hostel early to prepare for tomorrow and relax. :)
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Our 5th day was Ashley’s and Justin’s check out day in Boracay, so we all agreed to cross to mainland Caticlan and take a road trip to Antique.
Trivia: Both Kaila’s mom and our mom have roots in Antique! Maybe that’s why sometimes we look the same??! O M G cousin twinnieieieie?!?! :))
The trip was arranged by Francis’s parents. They even lent us their new L300 van, gave us gas money, cooked spaghetti and hotdogs for our trip, and found us a driver! Such generosity huhu thank you, Nanay and Papa! ♥ :) They advised us to visit Malalison island and Malumpati cold springs, which were both in Antique. Francis’s nephew, Bom-bom, also went with us! :D
After an hour or so, we reached the port where we could rent a boat that would take us across the sea to Malalison island.
The island was like an underdeveloped mini-Boracay island, with a white sand beach and and a sand bar too! There was no electricity in the island so the locals charged solar-powered batteries during the day. We got there at midday so it was so hot, we didn’t get the chance to check out the island’s scenic hilltops. Maybe next time? :)
I just want to say that I’m really thankful that I got to share this memorable vacation with these girls right here (and with Justin and Francis too!). :) I feel really lucky to have been able to get to know them better during this trip (especially, this day). :D
We sailed back to the mainland after an hour so we could head to our next destination: Malumpati Cold Springs!
I’ve only been to a cold spring once, in Nabas, and I almost forgot how cold the water was. Malumpati was surely a tourist spot, because even though it was located in an extremely remote place, it was filled with local and even foreign tourists!
Like in an “Authentic Filipino family outing” (as coined by Kaila LOL), we ate our spaghetti, hotdogs, and chikin before swimming. Francis’s aunt’s home-cooked spaghetti is THE BEST!
It was so funny, because we sort of thought that the water would be a bit warm because of all the people swimming in it, but we were so wrong. The water was not cool, it was COLD. :))) And for a spring, it was very deep!
We laughed our heads off the first time we soaked our feet in the water, because the coldness of it was so surprising hahaha. “HAHAHAHAHA WTF HOW ABOUT NO” :))) However, the moment I submerged my whole body in the water, I initially thought I’d chill to death, but no, weirdly enough, it was so refreshing! Ay, heaven. My gosh it felt like all the stress from the summer heat was miraculously being sucked away by the water.(*▽*)
Also, waddling around in the water in a fat floatie was so fun! The stones that surround the spring were covered in moss and were really slippery and icky, but we didn’t mind. We had tons of fun, like a bunch of kids frog-swimming in a dirty pond (well the spring was not dirty, but it had a lot of fallen leaves from the huge huge trees that surround it).
We left the spring just before the sun started to set. ♥ ♥ ♥
We drove Ashley and Justin to Ashley’s grandma’s house in Ibajay. It was her grandma’s birthday so we greeted her! :D She had such a sweet home! ♥
See you back in Manila, Ashley and Justin! ♥ Thanks for the warm company!
After dropping off Ashley and Justin, we drove back to Caticlan. We were so tired from swimming and felt so fresh from the cold springs (the magic of water from the mountains yes)~ that some of us fell asleep. :) When we woke up, we were already in front of Francis’s parent’s junk shop in Caticlan, and it was already dark. We went inside and thanked them profusely, and rode a trike back to the jetty port to get back to Boracay again. :)
Back in Boracay, we were hungry again LOL so we headed straight to DMall to eat dinner. We ate at Hoy Panga again, and boy, did we regret it. > A <
♥ REMINDER ♥ Please do not smoke on the beachfront. (Municipal Ordinance 272). And a shout-out to restaurant owners: please stop tolerating your guests when they do smoke on your premises, especially on your dining areas. Not cool =_=
After a series of unfortunate events during dinner, we strolled along the beach like we always do, and found a young man selling some light-up pseudo-fire-dancing toys. Of course I bought a pair hahahahahh (100 php for the large balls).
Kaila and I had a lot of fun showing off our skillz HAHAHAHA and fighting each other to the death with these light-up balls :)))
Finally, feeling exhausted from such a fun day, we headed back to the hostel.~ Good night! ♥
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It was Sunday, so we decided to just relax today. We channeled our inner “madam” and went to the beach in long, senyorita-like dresses hahaha :)) (Also, we miss Ashley+Justin! clingy much)
For lunch, we checked out rank 1 in Ashley’s top 10 restaurants in Boracay: the Sunny Side Cafe in station 3! :)
We tried their bestsellers, their special beef tapa and watermelon shake.
After lunch, we walked around the beach until we found a place where we could hang out madam-style. :))
Here we talked about our plans about possibly opening up a small cute crafts/souvenir shop in Boracay in the future! Kawaii PH Store in Boracay, why not! ^_^
After we finished our Halo-halo and cake, we continued our stroll. Made me realize that a long, senyorita-like outfit is a terrible decision because phew it’s extra hot!!! ; A ;
Francis helped me pick a new dress (it was also his idea that I should buy one lol) while Kaye helped Kaila pick a new swimsuit! :)
Also, check out these really beautiful embroidered purses, handkerchiefs, and fans we found while looking for a dress!
We said we’d return on the next day to buy some of these beautiful embroidered things, but we forgot to do so :c
Anyway, we also watched the sunset that afternoon. Everything was so laid back and it was just so relaxing. (u3u) ♥
Kaila wanted to eat dinner at a place with live music, so we ate at Red coconut. I was running out of money lol so I ordered the meal with the best value: Seafood Paella, which had rice, veggies, and seafood in one plate, for 300php (still expensive for me but anyway T_T) I think it was supposed to be for sharing because the serving was too big. Anyway, we shared food with each other and enjoyed listening to beautiful, live acoustic music.
After the singing, a group of folk dancers entertained us with fun folk dances! Kaila and I even tried to dance tinikling onstage HAHAHAH
For the finale, a group of professional fire dancers took the stage. They are by far the BEST fire dancers I have ever watched. They looked like fire benders!!! D:
Tummies full to bursting and musical cravings satisfied, we walked to Station 3 and took an E-trike back to the hostel. :)
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Aah, the last day of our #Boracawaii2016 trip. :) We’d be flying back to Manila on the next day at noon. Anyway, we agreed to make this day count, and just have lots of fun. :D
First, we went to E-Mall/E-talipapa (the old talipapa, before D-talipapa, before it burned down) to buy some pasalubong/souvenirs. Kaila bought a baby blue tiny guitar! :D
Afterwards, we went to D-talipapa to buy more pasalubong! Bought a rainbow dreamcatcher for Kaila, so she’ll always be reminded to go and catch her dreams (lol sabaw??) :)
Around lunchtime, we had our last lunch in Boracay at Bonchon. :D
After lunch, we headed back to the beach to the Baracuda Bar at station 2 to rent one of their umbrella seats in the beachfront. The umbrella seat was 100 php per hour per table, and there were 2 umbrella seats per table. Also, if you rent their umbrella seats, you can avail the “Buy 1 Take 1 promo” on their fruit shakes (100 php for 2 shakes!) :D
We bought pearl necklaces (friendship necklaces, according to us lol) from locals who were vending them around the beach. After buying, Kaila got sleepy so she napped for a bit while Kaye and I took pictures of each other doing Yowa-yowa levitating jump shots! :)
Francis left to buy me a coconut juice (on a coconut) haha, and when he got back, Kaila, Kaye, and I randomly formed a girl group called “The Coconut Girls” and sang “A coconut-nut” with Kaila’s tiny guitar and used Kaye’s shell bag as drums. :)))) Wat
After drinking our coconut juice, we continued to walk towards the cliff-side road at the far end of the front beach. It was a long, harsh trek under the burning sun. I felt like I was going to faint lol ;A; It was 3pm dear glob! T___T ///instantregret …or not??
When we reached the end of the beach, we were treated to an awesome scenery~
The long hellish trek under the sun was worth it!
The best thing about this area? A shady corner of the beach! The mountain/cliff was partially blocking the intense afternoon sun, plus there were trees all around so the breeze was cool and fresh. Ahh at last we can swim at 3pm without getting burnt lol
The area had lots of tidal pools and huge little-mermaid-rocks too! It was very different from the rest of the front beach, and we were really lucky to have this area to ourselves. :3
We took confidently cute pictures of ourselves haha instant pictorial :)))
We also saw a poor thin limping dog whom we were sure was starving, so we gave him some of Kaye’s mango bars (blondie bars with mangoes in them). The dog looked so grateful and we were so sad to bid him goodbye when we left the area. :c
We continued our walk until the edge of the cliff, which was a popular cliff diving spot among the local kids.
We turned back at that point and walked back to the front beach. ♥
The farther end of Station 1 had fewer people, and we saw some brave girls taking cute + sexy pictures of themselves in their swimsuits haha so we followed suit! :)
*Kaye didn’t want me to post her sexy ♥bikini♥ pictures hahahahaha SURE no problem ~ ~ ~ just gonna post this instead:
After watching the sunset, Kaila went for another massage session on the beach, while Kaye, Francis, and I went for a last swim. When it was already dark, we bought and ate some isaw before riding a trike to D-Talipapa for our last activity: Paluto! :)
Paluto is basically a cooking service in which you shall provide the main ingredients and the cooks shall do the rest. We bought 1.5 kg fresh huge prawns from the wet market for 600php per kilo, and asked the paluto restaurant to cook them into butter garlic prawns. The restaurant had an air-conditioned dining area on its attic, where we waited for our food to finish cooking.
Honestly, I can finish a whole kilogram of prawns/shrimps in one sitting. :))
Ahh~ our last night in Boracay went just like that, with us taking a final stroll on the busy front beach. ♥
We stayed up late that night packing up our stuff for tomorrow’s departure.
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Time to head home and plan new adventures! ♥
We left the hostel early in the morning. We would like to thank the staff and owner of My Hostel Boracay for accommodating us and for our wonderful stay! ♥ Will definitely recommend your hostel to our friends~ :)
Our flight home was scheduled at 11:30 am, so we were already in Caticlan by 7:00 am. We hired a tourist car again for 1,000 php so we can get to Kalibo airport fast. :)
We arrived at Kalibo airport at 9:00 am, with just enough time to buy more pasalubong! I highly recommend the suman (wrapped rice cakes) that the locals are selling around the airport. They’re 100 php per basket, with 15 pcs. of suman in each basket. They have different kinds of suman so make sure you try everything! ♥
And that was it! ♥ Our super fun 9-day-vacation-on-a-budget that involved a lot of street smarts, sharing, and a huge amount of generosity from friends and family. This is definitely the best trip I have ever had so far! ♥
Thanks, Kaila, Kaye, Francis, Ashley and Justin for this unforgettable trip! :*
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Check out this fun-filled video made by Kaila for our Boracawaii trip! ♥
If you have questions about our trip, please feel free to ask! :) ♥
Thanks for reading~ Also, please stay tuned for a “10 things to do in Boracay” cute infographic from us, illustrated by me! ♥ Please look forward to it~
Cheers, Chichi ♥