Last December 8-10, my sister and I along with two of her friends went for a short vacation in the land of paradise. Three days and two nights in Boracay is not enough. It turned out that this short vacation lasted only one day as the other day was spent traveling to and from Boracay via Kalibo, Aklan. Aside from taking the plane from Metro Manila to Kalibo, you also have to take one and half hour bus ride, a 20 minute boat ride and another 10 minute car ride to reach your destination. Then, I realized later on that there is another way which only requires a boat ride. By the time I reached Boracay, my head was already spinning but it was all worth it as seeing the blue waters, cream sand and the vast sky slightly covered with clouds is a breath of fresh air.
Upon checking in, the first thing we did was to look for food. When you’re traveling, you may eat something that you’re not supposed to eat. And I did have a beef sausage on a bun at the airport and maintained my blood glucose by eating dried mangoes.
For this post, I want you to suspend all judgments about food. Stop thinking whether this food is healthy or not for awhile. Just think of them as food. Pardon the food photos (as well as my over- and underexposed photos) as some of them are quite blurry.
We stayed at the Waling Waling Beach Hotel (Waling Waling is a flower which is described as "Queen of the Philippine Orchids") which serves Filipino food. We took a hotel package that consists of breakfast and dinner. When choosing a hotel, make sure to reserve only for breakfast. That way, there would be a chance for you to try other restaurants. There are so many great hotels to choose from and lots of food to try. There were not much people on the beach at this time of the year. It was actually cloudy when we arrived. The sun actually showed up on the last day but it was still a great place to unwind and relax. If you feel like pumping up your adrenaline, there are also other water activities you can do. But 3 days and 2 nights is definitely not enough. On my next visit, I would stay longer on a different hotel and do other beach and water activities aside from the island hopping, snorkeling and the banana boat ride.
Here are some random photos of the beach at different times of the day and some food photos.
Buko Juice (Coconut Water)
Pinakbet (Stir-fried vegetables cooked with fermented fish called bagoong)
Crab with Garlic and Soy sauce
Beef Caldereta (A rich tomato-based stew traditionally cooked with goat meat). Should I call this a vegetable caldereta?
Chop Suey (A melange of stir-fried vegetables cooked with pieces of meat, usually pork)
Pan-fried Tanigue Fish Steaks
Grilled Chicken, Filipino Style
One of the common breakfasts in the Philippines: Deep-fried Bangus (Milkfish) and Eggs for breakfast. What happened to my fish? Bangus is an unofficial symbol of the Philippines.
Chicken Adobo with Coconut Milk and Young Ginger
Another version of Pinakbet
Lechon Kawali (Crispy Roasted Pork Belly) - good thing this photo is blurry or else you will salivate.
Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (@ Two Seasons)
Pinoy (Filipino-Style) Puttanesca (with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, local dried fish called tuyo, chorizo, button mushrooms and tomato sauce) (@ Two Seasons)
A salad of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and deep-fried banana chips; balsamic vinaigrette (@ Two Seasons)
Love the sound and the movement of the waves
West Cove - popularly known as Pacquiao’s Resort, is not Manny’s but is owned by businessman Crisostomo Aquino, who is a big fan and friend of the Pacquiaos. To the island folk, the West Cove is Pacquio's Resort. Manny Pacquiao is the famous Filipino professional boxer.
Someone's getting married.
Most of the food are really good. You might have noticed there are no dessert photos. I noticed that too when I arrived back here. It only means I’m going back again soon.
Hope you enjoyed it.