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!
While waiting for our turn…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
My big little sisters.
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.
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.
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.
The first thing that we did was….
To take pictures of our own feet. Haha.
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.
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.
I’ve been meaning to try dining at Giligan’s in Smallville so for a welcome dinner with our balikbayan friend, Hannah, we decided to try it there.
I love their interiors. I love the ambience. It exudes warmth and is definitely perfect for intimate dinner dates.
Mango shake. Grilled bangus. Cordon Bleu. Spicy Chicken Wings. Pork Humba.
Everything was delectable. My friends and I enjoyed the food. The waiters were also attentive to our needs. However, they don’t accept credit card payments… yet.
Because I loved it there, I went back for another dinner date with a couple of highschool classmates.
We had P99 meals with unlimited rice. That’s grilled pork, lechon kawali, and their famous sisig. We also added a plate of garlic fried chicken.
I was with two future doctors. Good thing my nose didn’t bleed. Visit Giligan’s beside Amico’s pizza, just near the entrance of Smallville.
Pototan, a town about an hour-ride away, takes pride on their own Iwag Festival. In December, the towncenter is filled with Christmas lights. It’s the brightest town in Panay this time of the year. We arrived late and it rained so we did not have time to go around the other lighted figures.
The whole family rode on a sleigh. For only P15, you get to go around the plaza on this sleigh.
I managed to take a short video while we were on the sleigh. The plaza was huge so this was only a portion of it. Watch how the plaza glistens.
Visit Pototan and enjoy the lights with the family. You can bring rollerblades as there is a rink surrounding one of the gazebos. Bring a mat and some pica-pica so you can have a picnic under the lights. You can also enjoy good food such as barbeques and other grilled dishes in their food festival just across their plaza.
It’s always a great experience especially that not all houses set up Christmas lights nowadays. We didn’t even put up our Christmas tree at home!