summer time beckons. it's the time of the year we always feel the itch to while away and have some time for ourself.
this time, boracay it is. trite as it may that i am a resident of aklan, i could never get enough of the island everytime i pay my yearly visit. the island has a lot more to offer from what you have experienced during your previous visits. is it because of the people? the party goers, the beach bummers and combers? the plain watchers? the endless choices for cheap finds for pasalubong? the oozing night life? maybe the food? or is it because of the beach itself? i dunno.
time and again, i am never a swimming lover (with exclusivity to beaches only since it makes me darker all the more. which means save for the indoor pools with covered ceiling). but boracay is entirely a different story.
now, you can figger out how i look after three straight days of swimming under the scorching sun yet cool and salty waters of the island.
may 2 proved to be a significant day for me. not to mention the day before that (well, it's a labor's day among other things and some things i'm saving for myself people will never know). i went with NEDA group in their company outing. gina (my office mate) went with me. we departed in manila at around 4 in the afternoon on board a van to batangas city pier where another motor vessel will be taking us to another island of calapan, mindoro ( you got it, we took the roro route). the van trip was exhilirating the airconditioner (or should i say the blower) was not functioning well. think about sweating out inside a closed van. it took us almost 2 hours. finally, the port of batangas came in sight. an international port in the making where a lot of reclamation are taking place. the ship we boarded was not that big just enough for 10 to 15 cars and for the passengers upstairs to sit and never lie on your back. the airconditioning unit wasnt working well too... a little to hot inside. we decided to head for the rooftop where you could see the islands. since its approaching sunset, the sun was at its magnificent place. the islands too were great as a backdrop we had some pictures taken during the trip. when dark set in, our alcoholic instinct told us to look for some beers. and so gina and i had one can each of san mig super dry at the rooftop while savoring the strong wind of the northern sky...
time to get off and head for the van again. this time bound for roxas, mindoro where another boat will take us to the island. the trip was exhausting again. really.
the ship bound for caticlan was a whole lot better. our accomodation was VIP room. and so i was able to stretch my back from the long journey. i dont need alcohol this time to bring me to wonderland. the fatigue was more than enough to lull me to sleep the minute my back touch the carpeted floor. i woke up feeling cold the aircon was in full blast. i had to spread my convertible pillow to cover my damp sole....
the morning cold woke me up. the not so transparent window is a witness that it's already morning and we're passing by the famous carabao island. it's the island before reaching the island of boracay. i was not able to see the shoreline though of romblon along the way. romblon province is also famous for its wonderful beaches. during my last trip there passing through the same strip of the ocean i guess, i was able to spot some dolphin jumping out of the water. not this time. but then i waited for some moments to pass by but there was really none.
anyway, while approaching the jetty port of caticlan, the island regales with its majestic white sand beaches from afar. i have noticed though that the shoreline facing the main island has been dotted with several infrastructure already compared to my trip late of last year. facing right through the main island is an expansion project of lorenzo villas. built right at the foot of the rocky mountain, the owner has constructed a concrete stairway so that you could go straight to the water. in fact you could use it as a diving board (if you're that resourceful)...other structures that could be seen i forgot the names but they are just as equally a sight to behold also.
pictures here and there. camera shutters are all at a buzz starting from the jetty port. our companions are just as excited as we are. another 20 minutes more of ferry ride and were finally there...
the moment my foot touched the oh so cool sand and clear waters, i felt exhilirated and at home. i could have kissed the sand and water if not for the ecoli and BOD and coliform in my mind. but i felt like home. that's the point.
well then, here's my observations during my three day stay in the island....
1. The Ultimate Boracay Fashion - people there dresses just differently. they have this unique style native only of boracay. two piece for the ladies are in with a sarong wrapped around their waste. You should have a henna tattoo for you to be able to relate. YOu're hair must be braided for you to be in. anklet, bracelet, necklace and earings in full color shouting coordination and a bag. And you must be dripping wet while walking along the shops. you must have the smell of a sunblock and not to mention the shades that completes the entire package. For men, trunks are out. surfboard shorts are definitely in without the shirt. of course, you still have that locally made necklace,, anklet, bracelet, the matching shade to hide away your eyes from so that you could watch the chicks in bikinis come hell or high waters. and oh well, of course the henna tattoo and the braided hair. yeah, for men, it's in. if you're a group, you could play rugby along the beach and pretend you're one of the rich men from the metropolis or a balikbayan from the north pole.
mind you, my entire stay there (im talking of almost all the time) was spent looking at the sexy people moving around in bikinis...but of course hidden under my tinted shades.
2. The Ultimate Getaway - boracay has a lot of things to offer for recreation. there's jet ski, scuba, para sail, banana ride, fly fish (i wish i could ride one day), island hopping, snorkel, boating, shopping, walking, celebrity watching, etc...the list goes on and on....
of the above, i was able to snorkel and island hop to crystal cove. first stop was going over the island just at the back to have pictures taken in the caves and some make believe ornate and old structures. we were in a hurry though since we only have 3 hours for snorkel and island hop. and so after some picture taking, we went straight to the snorkeling area. it was rather wavy but the sight underwater was really great. the fishes and the corals were all but colorful.
3. The Ultimate Gimmick Haven - boracay transforms itself into a gimmick mecca the moment the sun sets in. bars and kiosk and tables and chairs in all colors and shapes all come to life. the beach line is suddenly a sight to behold with the lights and the enticing food and drinks displayed on the shelf. any cuisine, you'll find it there. from timbuktu down to nauru island somewhere down under.
we spend the night at pier one during our first night. second night was at hey jude. the famous strip along d'mall. i had some lights and a sip of the frozen margarita bing2 had. sitting right next to my table were the crew of studio 23 with luis manzano (the vj).
4. The Ultimate Shopping Experience - name it, they have it in the island. great finds of course could be found in d'mall. though previously i use to shop in the now turned to ashes talipapa (i heard though that the businessmen there are slowly picking up the pieces). you could haggle for the pasalubongs at a bargain price. i think all the pasalubongs area there na. it's a one stop complete one stop shop.
5. The Ultimate Food Haven - now i could grin in envy at the food. as ive said, the food around the world just converge in the island. though a lot expensive, you could find some cheaper food store at the back portion of the island if your that spendthrift and dont want to taste the great cuisine the island has to offer. just like me, i was able to have a complete meal for only 29 bucks. that means one rice and one viand only. a swig of water will do the rest of the afternoon.
6. The Ultimate Sunset - yeah, what else is there than the best sunset in the whole wide world.
life is short. might as well enjoy the perks of it while we may still can...
honestly, im looking forward to another bora trip...bora...bora...bora