Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Three Days and Two Nights in Boracay



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.

36 comments:

  1. I miss this paradise. I flew to caticlan and then took a ferry. Much faster. There was this man that walks up and down the beach every morning selling this savoury beancurd custard. I was so addicted to it. Did you see him?
    I hope you take more time and spend it alone at Barocay. I did that as well. Did a lot of good :)

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  2. We are snowed in today. That beautiful, hot beach is what I wish for now and also all those awesome food to cheer me up. I'm sure you had a great time there. I always love the beach...a great place to reflect, refresh and dream. Each time when I look out far into the horizon and up into the deep blue sky, I can only tell myself that there's no limit to my potential. When I look at the shoreline, it tells me that I must move out from shallow, dirty water to go out to deeper waters to swim freely.

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  3. It looks just like a paradise! And the dishes look so amazing!

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  4. Like Mary, I am also snowed in- These pictures make me want to teleport myself into these gorgeous pictures :( Those hot beaches look like paradise and when I look out of my window I see ice and people slipping and falling on the ice :| Thank you for giving my mind a break from the cold with these wonderful pictures!

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  5. What an amazing trip, Divina! Missed you so much. Wow... you ladies did really ate a lot there! haha.... so, how many pounds did you ladies put on??? I've never been to Boracay but from your pictures I'm sure that is an awesome place to visit. Glad that you finally get the chance to give yourself a break, a real good break! I'm so happy for you. Will write to you soon. Have a wonderful day & cheers always!
    Love, Kristy

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  6. Beautiful!!!!! Can't wait to share with you about our time in the Caribbean!

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  7. that is paradise, I felt like I was there for a second but then I realized I'm here in New York with all of this snow.

    all of those dishes look so amazing and mouthwatering!

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  8. So glad to see a new post my dear!! Yes, I too am snowed in and slipping on ice all the time ... ah, sand and sun. Thank you for this little visual break. I hope you go back soon too and have a much-deserved amazing time!

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  9. Wow, such a wonderful travel spot and the culinary foodie adventure as well! Can't wait to travel to Boracay!

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  10. I had eaten chicken Adobo once in a restaraunt and it was great!

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  11. It's been a really long time since last time I visited such a paradise from SE Asian. And I completely miss that!
    Food, resort, people......everything, SERIOUSLY EVERYTHING....is nowhere to compare.
    Now, I moved to Canada here, I thought Mexico would probably be a closer option. WRONG!!!! It's not!

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  12. Not only the beaches are beautiful but the dishes absolutely delicious, all of them. Makes me want to take a plane and fly over there!

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  13. Each of the entrees look amazing, especially the crab! The vacation spot looks like paradise and I'm overwhelmed by how blue the water is. I can imagine just how happy you are sipping juice out of the coconut.

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  14. While hoping to visit this charming place soon, I also selfishly wish that it won't get too popular hence the water, the foods will always be free from pollution.

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  15. Hi Divina.......all I've got to say about your photos is WOW! Absolutely gorgeous. Makes me want to jump a plane stop off in Japan, pick up my daughter in law who is Filipino and grew up in PI in the Bataan area. Have her take me on a tour of PI and meet her family, also.
    Could you share the Grilled Chicken Filipino Style on your blog? Also, Pinakbet with the fermented fish....which is that what they call Stinky Fish???
    I had my first encounter with stinky fish when our son and daughter in law lived with us back here in the states for a while. We were gone for the day and came home ( they were off somewhere shopping ) opened the front door and my first thoughts were "WHO DIED"! She loved it and they've taught our grandson to love it.
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog...do come again.

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  16. Wow!!!... these pics really bring back fond memories of our trip to your country... the Philippines!
    Beautiful....

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  17. what a great island retreat!! it's cold in LA and looking at the picture we can only dream... :)

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  18. Wow, sounds like it would have been a wonderful time. I would have been sad to leave so soon too! And oh, that food! I'm salivating for sure!

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  19. Wow you are so lucky to have had a trip like this, what dreams are made of. The beaches look amazing, they say the best things in life are free and when you see nature as beautiful as on those pictures I have to agree.

    The food looks absolutley delicious!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :-)

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  20. Sounds like you've had an amazing trip there! I enjoyed looking through your landscape and food photos!

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  21. I went to Boracay 2 years ago and absolutely loved it! The bus ride did make me quite dizzy though. I swear I had one of the best Mexican food on that Island (maybe I was just really hungry!) Your pictures brought back awesome memories for me!

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  22. Such gorgeous pictures! Looks like an absolute paradise!

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  23. It's strange that I haven't' been to Boracay, it looks fantastic. all that food is making me more excited about my trip to the Philippines. :D

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  24. very beautiful beach resort. Too bad it took you a long time to get there. I love all the food shots too. It's really intriguing to see typical pinoy style breakfast. Fried eggs and fried fish with rice. Simple and nice:)

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  25. i am so so hungry now after viewing all your fabulous photos!

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  26. Ahh Boracay - I miss that place - I heard that it is overrun with tourists but your pictures look so beautiful! And the food... I want to go back too!

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  27. What beautiful photos! That white sand and blue, blue sky look incredible. And the food looks really good too! Definitely qualifies it for a Paradise label :)

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  28. It's a great place just like a paradise to get away and feel relaxed for a while. Indeed, a three-days-and-two-nights trip is not enough.
    Your pics of the beach are beautiful, just like postcards. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Wow!What an amazing place! the food looks fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Thanks so much for sharing! This is such a great preview of what we hope to find when we head to Boracay just after Christmas Day. So sorry that traveling took so much of your time but hopefully only these fantastic memories will come to mind when you think back to this vacation! Merry, merry Christmas!

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  31. Your pictures makes me miss home... and Boracay! I love Boracay and I haven't been there in awhile.

    Merry Christmas Divina...

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  32. Wow... Beautiful place, and the food looks delicious. Happy holidays Divina.

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  33. Oh heavenly... I'm living vicariously through your vacation photos. The ocean and beaches look unreal, they're so perfect. And the food!!! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful trip!

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  34. ENVY is the word...last time I've been there was summer of 2001!!! gotta go back soon, a lot has changed but Bora's fine white sand beach is still the best

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  35. Beautiful photos. The beach is oh so superb, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your beautiful experience in paradise.

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  36. Wow what a beautiful place. Boracay is a real paradise, brilliant. I hope i can go there. The seafood is freshly. Look delicious. Thanks for those photos.


    Tanya Gemarin

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