>> Saturday, January 31, 2015
A, B, C, D.
badum-dum-tssss. lol I am sorry for that.
Crystal clear water and fine white sand. Boracay is considered to be one of the best beaches in the Philippines (and I believe even in the world) and I'm sure anyone would fall in love with the beautiful scenery that Boracay has to offer. Crissy and Damian fell in love with the place the first time they visited a couple of years back, that they decided to invite their friends and family (mostly from Australia), and celebrate their union there.
It was also the farthest wedding that I have attended to date.
Day One: First footprint on the white sand
Tita Mimi, Tita Mercy, Jovel and I were up at 4 AM, feet rushing to catch our 6:20 AM flight. The sunrise greeted us while we were up in the air and the view was spectacular. However, the plane ride was not comfortable. Small planes + loud propellers + wind = me and my praning self. So I just distracted myself by taking pictures of the sun rays hitting the bed of clouds.
For the first timers, I recommend that you get the Southwest Tours for the airport to island transfer, especially if you're kind who'd be scared of pump boats with open windows. To get to the island, you'll have to take a shuttle from the airport to the port, ride a boat, then ride another shuttle to your hotel. Ninety percent of the people ride the pump boat which is the usual public transportation. It's pretty much safe if you want to be adventurous and travel like a local.
The pump boat
The boat transfer for the Southwest Tour is a ferry. The passenger area is airconditioned and enclosed. So when the waves are rough, you won't feel seasick that much. The fee is 400 each person for the whole transfer. It's not that bad if you're thinking about safety.
Once we were dropped off at the hotel, the first order of the day was to look for food. We travelled with empty stomachs so by the time we arrived at Boracay, we were tired and hungry.
Look who came with us on our trip!
We spent the rest of the day checking out the beach, covering part of Station 2 and 3. The whole stretch is categorized by stations. There are more people and more party places at stations 3 to 5, while stations 2 and 1 are like the resting and quiet places. That's just my observation on a non-peak season.
A room with a view... of the other rooms
"text-text lang sa beach pag may time"
Some of the souvenir items that they sell by the beach
Met up with Nikki and Monique (who stayed in another hotel) and took a dip in the ocean. We didn't stay long because the water was too cold to swim in. It was also low tide so even if we were already so far away from the shore, the water barely went up our chests.
Cloudy for a sunset shot, but it still produced a gorgeous sky shot
By night time, the beach is filled with performers.
Zonked out at 10 PM, which is early for a place known for partying. Lola mode. I'm not a night person. harhar
Day Two: "I do."
It's time to get ready for the main reason why we travelled far: the wedding!
Edge doesn't look too happy to be under the sun for a picture
Tita Mimi's shoesies
No Pooh and Edge, it is not your wedding
Cousin, Aunt and Uncle aka the bride's family
Shortest ceremony ever: Just after 10 minutes, Crissy and Damian were declared an official couple.
The cute niece
Cousin and niece, dad and daughter
Crissy and Damian were lucky that the weather cooperated with them that they were able to take gorgeous sunset couple shots.
Ticked off the photo list: take a picture of the sunset!
Day Three: The Last Goodbye
Even without sleep, Jovel and I were up at 5:30 AM to spend the last few hours by the water. We walked the whole stretch, even reaching up to Station 1. RIP feet. But we got to see what the place was about and see how the locals make their living out of tourism.
I cannot imagine this filled with people during the peak season. It must be claustrophobic.
Clean up crew!
Dogs of Boracay
The failed jump shot turned frolic shots
Boracay is indeed a lovely place, as long as you pick the best time to visit. As someone who prefers to be in a place with less people, January was perfect for me. I think I'm not gonna survive the peak season during Holy Week or summer, where the whole of Manila transfers there for a vacation. The place is also too commercialized for me because the whole shoreline is filled with restaurants, party places, hotels, and stores. It's too noisy for a beach, especially when night time hits. Some restaurants have videoke machines and the noise just rings in my ears. It's as if I never left home. lol Good thing our hotel was far from the noise and we were able to sleep soundly during our stay.
However, I like the culture and the environment that the people of Boracay has created for tourists -- both foreigners and Filipinos alike. The locals are very welcoming and they treat all visitors equally, may you be from the Philippines or from other countries. They're honest, helpful and warm. There are no cat callers and no one cares if you're laying on the beach with your whole back exposed to the sun, no one cares what your body type is, and no one cares what you're wearing to swim.
And how can you not admire the beautiful beach. I live in a country where the beaches are the bomb. Hashtag no filter.