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Breathtaking Boracay: Parasailing

We arrived in Boracay at around 11 am. After checking in and having lunch, we immediately changed to our beach clothes and headed to our first adventure – parasailing!

We were actually lucky to have someone to guide us to sign up for cheaper adventure fees. We got package deals and such. We rode on a speedboat from the shore to the station in the middle of the sea. Okay, so our first adventure was actually riding the speedboat. Parasailing came in next. Lol!

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While waiting for our turn…
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Ugh. Look at my face! I got scared when I was buckled up because the wind already swayed me. Guess I’m that light. Can you see that big mole on my sole? Lol.?????????????????????????????????????

Up we go in 3, 2, 1…?????????????????????????????????????

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Being suspended high up in the air, you get to appreciate God’s majesty and creation in a different perspective. The multihued seas, the refreshing green mountains, and the blindingly yet beautifully white sands were perfect in aerial view. And the wind, the wind that can sway us from left to right. I cannot understand how this was only a minute portion of the world when it was actually very wide. Everything is just beyond comprehension.

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Breathtaking Boracay: Puka Beach

After all our adventures in Boracay, we decided to spend our last afternoon swimming. But who could swim in a sea full of people? The main shore was jam-packed and it was also kind of mossy. So I suggested that we go swimming at Puka Beach. It is only one ride away from the main shore. You only have to call a tryke to get to there and the fare costs only P100.

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Look at the flawless sand. Oh, and there were actually lots of people too.  Most of them were foreigners enjoying the sound of the waves and the heat. We walked farther so we could enjoy a portion of the beach to ourselves.
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My sisters and my cousin having fun. The water was cold and the sand didn’t feel warm on the feet too. It’s the perfect kind of beach. ?????????????????????????????????????

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?????????????????????????????????????I could spend hours lying on the sand at Puka Beach. I wish I can spend a night there just watching the stars while playing with the sand. Some people were sunbathing while reading there too. The place is perfect if you need some time alone away from the bustling noise of the main part of the island.

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Lakawon Island, Cadiz Viejo

One day, we thought of taking selfies so we travelled to Cadiz Viejo just to do that. Kidding.
Yet again, I experienced another paradise with my friends.
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We went to Lakawon Island in Cadiz Viejo. It’s a 2-hour bus ride from Bacolod City to the bus terminal in Cadiz City. From there, we took the tricycle to Cadiz Viejo for an hour. Yes, it is quite far but you are guaranteed fresh air, cool breeze, clean sea, and privacy that’s perfect for a short R and R.

Sad to say, the island was also affected by the supertyphoon last November. Some of the cottages were torn down, the electricity hasn’t been restored, and there was still no food available to be sold to the tourists. But you know, it’s all good.

That’s how tiny the island is.
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The first thing that we did was….
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To take pictures of our own feet. Haha.
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If you ask me, I still prefer Guimaras over Lakawon just because it is closer to home and traveling there doesn’t take that long. But if you’re aiming for solitude, this is the place to be.
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My friends and I were only there for a short while but we truly enjoyed the sun and the sand. With Uno cards, some chips, water, and our cellphones, as long as we’re with each other, it’s always a good time.

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Gleaming Guimaras: Raymen Beach Resort and Island Hopping

My cousin Bretzy and her friend Divine who are based in Manila went to Iloilo for a short vacay. We sailed across the vast seas (OA lang) from Iloilo to Guimaras Island for a beach getaway.

Here’s a perfect jump shot taken by our sailboat driver!

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First, we boarded a motorboat from Ortiz at around 6am, then a tricycle for P250 from the terminal to Raymen Beach Resort, Alubihod, Guimaras. The driver offered to wait for us until the afternoon so we paid him P600 from the terminal to the beach and back. 20131117_075042

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Ah, greens.

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Divine, a sucker for comfort insisted on getting a room for P2200 when we only stayed there from 9am-2pm. 20131117_091148

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Funny that we never actually swam in the beach. We took another boat to go island hopping. The rental fee is P500 for the first hour then P150 for each succeeding hour.
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The boat ride was smooth and we sat there silently, marveling at the beauty of God’s creation. Too overwhelming with an unexplainable grandeur and perfection.

Our first stop is at Seafdec – Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center.

Divine dared to feed some fish here. 1455005_10201495955134900_1583394332_n

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These fish can actually eat human flesh with the exemption of divers. Too bad I forgot its name.

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Giant grouper:

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Beautiful. It was simply beautiful with the white sand and crystal clear water.

Next stop was at the Turtle Island with only one turtle left! they had over 200 turtles there back then but they let them free about two years ago. This is the only one left there.20131117_113638

There’s this tunnel-like rock in the island that we loved. 20131117_114212

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The two tall and sexy human beings. Good thing I wasn’t in the picture. Haha. 20131117_114621

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The turtle was young yet it weighed around 4 kilos! Heavy!
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Our last stop was at the Bat Cave. Lol. Again, sorry because I didn’t take note of its name. 20131117_115606

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1472899_10201496038336980_580614170_n (1)The water was cool and very clean that I wanted to dip in the water so bad. Unfortunately, I couldn’t or else it will turn into a red sea. Talk about perfect timing.

When you chance upon Iloilo, don’t forget to drop by Guimaras Island. Upon arrival at the port, you can consult the Tourism Officer after you register. There are lots of beach resorts in the Island that you can choose from. You can also opt to take the Day Tour of the whole  island. It’s the perfect white sand beach getaway since it’s near Iloilo City. Next time, I’ll make sure I get to stay the night so I can gaze at the stars while I lay on the white sand shore.

My cousin’s three-day vacay was surely a blast. It was brief yet worthwhile.

Check out Raymen Beach Resort’s Official Website here.

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Boracay Sunset

One simply cannot have enough of the view of the sunset. I cannot even put into words the feeling that I get whenever I catch it. It’s one of the many things that I love about Boracay. The beauty of sunset over a wide horizon is something you just can’t describe properly.

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The sunset on our first day in Boracay was perfect. ?????????????????????????????????????

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Sunsets make me dream. Of love. And hope. It simply gives me a different kind of motivation – perhaps, it tells me that tomorrow is coming. It’s wonderful that the sun reminds us of hope twice a day because sometimes we need that reminder that often. The sun is a good post-it, isn’t it?

Sunsets are free. One should never miss it.

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Breathtaking Boracay: Zorbing

When I watched an episode of KrisTV where she and Sweet Lapus tried this adventure, I told myself that I will never miss the chance of riding one when I get to Boracay.

A zorb is basically an orb of plastic ball rolled downhill into a pool. When I first saw the hill I thought it was not that high and the few hundreds that we would spend on it will not be worth it.

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But it was really tiring going up the hill.
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We opted to go in pairs and my sisters went first. ?????????????????????????????????????

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Me and my cousin Faye. Uhm excuse my flabs. ?????????????????????????????????????

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I was wrong thinking that it will only take a short time for us to land downhill. While we were rolling, I was screaming and asking myself when it will end. Lol. We tumbled up and down and hit each other’s tummies and feet. We also tasted each other’s skin and hair. Eeww, that sounded nasty but I hope you get the picture. We really enjoyed the roll and I will definitely do it again.

Never miss this adventure when you go to Boracay. Zorb Park offers options on how you can go about your “fall”. Check out their page here.

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Breathtaking Boracay: Henna Tattoos

One of the simple activities you can do in Boracay is to get a henna tattoo. It’s a nice activity during the afternoon especially if the heat is unbearable and you would just prefer to lounge in a chair, sip a shake, while you watch passersby. There are lots of henna tattoo artists along the beach and the price of each tattoo depends on its size and design. Usually, the price starts from P75. It also dries up after 30 minutes so you don’t have to worry if it gets wet afterwards.

My last trip to Boracay was last March. I’ll blog about our whole trip for the next few days or weeks because I’m lazy like that. Lol. After our first adventure there, we decided to walk through the different stations and get some henna tattoos.

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My cousin Jeff’s dragon tattoo.

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My sister Julia’s artsy hennas.

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My sister Julisa is obviously a Paramore fan.

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And she got another one on her arm. While the artist was doing my sister’s tattoo, an Egyptian family stopped to watch. The mother asked about the saying which is “Love is the movement” and told the artist that her daughter’s getting a tattoo too of “Love is the moment”. ;)

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Mine! :)

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Some artists also do some permanent tattoos. My father got one in Boracay about two years ago. I heard Manny Pacquiao had some of his tattoos made by the same artist.

316023_2006095075906_3854851_nWe’re all tattooed on Papa’s chest. He didn’t finish the session though. There was supposed to be some shading somewhere but he couldn’t stand the pain anymore. Lol.

Don’t miss out on getting a henna when you’re in Boracay and make sure you choose to have it somewhere that’s uncovered. Remember, you paid for it so you can flaunt it!

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